Category Archives: Broker dealers

Crypto & Crowdfunding Come Together

Crowdfunding has officially met cryptocurrency as the popular site Indiegogo is now hosting the Initial Coin Offering for the St. Regis Hotel Aspen. The hotel company is using Rule 506(c) under Regulation D to sell security tokens that will represent … Continue reading

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Cannabis, Crypto and Crowdfunding

What could be bad? The leading marijuana magazine High Times has been on an acquisition spree, now being funded by its Securities and Exchange Commission registered Regulation A+ crowdfunded offering. According to Forbes, over 1,000 people have invested so far, … Continue reading

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SEC Evolving On Bitcoin

It appears that the Securities and Exchange Commission’s view of crypto-currencies is “evolving.” It is now apparently distinguishing between what it deems to be securities offerings (i.e., initial coin offerings) and tokens that are supposedly “assets.” In a recent speech, … Continue reading

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Academic Study Finds Big Profits in ICOs

To misquote celebrity chef Ina Garten: “How dangerous is this?” Boston College’s Carroll School of Management recently published a study of initial coin offerings (#ICO) concluding: “We find evidence of significant ICO underpricing, with average returns of 179% from the … Continue reading

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Big VCs Push SEC To Back Off

Big Venture Capital that supports crypto-currency firms have hired the major Washington, D.C. lobbyist guns to try to keep the Securities and Exchange Commission and other financial regulators off their backs. According to the Wall Street Journal, “The group wanted … Continue reading

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Selling Stock On GoFundMe – Bad Idea

Let’s face it. Trying to crowdfund millions of dollars to take over a company where the donors get nothing in return is not a viable strategy. Issac Larian’s effort to raise $1 Billion has garnered only $62,000 in pledges to … Continue reading

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Israel Finds Crypto-Currency Not A “Security”

The Israel Securities Authority Committee for the Examination and Regulation of Initial Coin Offerings has ruled that ““cryptocurrencies that are designed to be used exclusively as a medium of payment, clearing, or exchange and are not limited to a specific … Continue reading

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