The program of insightful and engaging events will explore future opportunities and challenges presented by emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, digital assets, insurtech and virtual reality.
There are many questions that must be answered to understand the risks for broker-dealers and investment advisors who are considering a business mix that includes digital assets. Examples that hit at the core of how firms operate are custody for investment advisors and a similar topic of possession and control for broker-dealers. Unfortunately, for those… READ MORE
Regulators in the digital asset space are focusing a significant amount of attention to Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and digital asset trading. Their activities have included addressing the lack of transparency of exchanges that trade digital assets, jurisdictional issues, and the need to consider registration or qualifying for an exemption for ICOs and cryptocurrency-related investments…. READ MORE
What is Digital “Mining?” Blockchain or distributed ledger technology is a shared ledger, duplicated across a network of computers or operators of “nodes” on the network, typically referred to as “Miners”. Blockchain secures the data using encryption and the decentralized manner of retaining individual records across a wide group of operators of nodes, so that… READ MORE
As the popularity of digital assets/distributed ledger technology piques the interests of investors worldwide, firms registered with the SEC, FINRA, CFTC, NFA and the states must be prepared to determine if and how much they are interested in permitting their clients to participate in the volatile digital asset market. If so, as with all other… READ MORE
For most people the term ‘blockchain’ is synonymous to ‘cryptocurrency,’ largely due to media coverage of the wild value fluctuations of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and block.one’s recent Initial Coin Offering (ICO) of its token, EOS. But they are very distinct, and blockchain technology could be the far more important of the two. Once you understand… READ MORE
One of the challenges for firms regulated by states is the state’s autonomy to both draft and enforce their own laws It is important to be aware of the regulations in any states where you may be conducting business, including the offer or sale of digital assets. A review of state regulations reveals one common… READ MORE