What is Digital Mining? – Behind the Distributed Ledger Curtain

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

Digital Assets – Are You Ready?

The securities and futures industries have a long history of creating, distributing, and trading new and innovative products and asset classes. Innovation is not without risk and successful firms have typically introduced disciplined processes to achieve compliance within existing regulations, even when there are gray areas. For broker-dealers, the suitability rule (2111) is the guiding… READ MORE

Blockchain Technology – Transforming Global Business Activities

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

Digital Assets and State Regulatory Challenges

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

Cryptocurrencies Could Change Product Purchasing, Trading and Tracking

Cryptocurrency and the distributed ledger technology behind many of these “coins” or “tokens” have the potential to completely change the way securities are created, distributed, and traded. They also hold the potential to change how purchases are made and assets are tracked. As with any significant leap that our industry takes, opportunities must be balanced… READ MORE

SEC Fiduciary Standards Update

The SEC Proposes Rules and Interpretations to Address Relationships Between Retail Investors and Investment Professionals The Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission) has been considering issues relating to retail investor relationships with investment professionals for several years.  A study was undertaken following passage of the Dodd-Frank Act, resulting in certain recommendations in a 2011 report.  However,… READ MORE