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 and the Regulatory Challenges Around Them

The complexity and global popularity of cryptocurrencies, or digital assets, has initiated cooperative efforts between the SEC and CFTC to understand and regulate these products. The agencies have jointly testified before Congress and displayed interest in developing meaningful regulations; both agencies have promised additional working groups to pursue joint regulations. On January 24, 2018, the… READ MORE

Cryptocurrencies – Time to Understand the Products, Risks and Benefits

Cryptocurrencies and the distributed ledger technology behind them are changing the way the world thinks about financial transactions, settlement, and trading. Just in the last few days, major Wall Street firms have announced trading desks to focus on cryptocurrencies and two major US exchanges, NYSE / ICE and NASDAQ, are rumored to be considering trading… 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 Posts 2018 Exam Priorities

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) released its 2018 National Exam Program examination priorities yesterday. While most of the topics are familiar, there are a few new items of note. OCIE has divided its priorities into four categories: Retail investors including Seniors and those saving for retirement “Disclosures of the Costs of… READ MORE