Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The SEC Says Ethereum Tokens Are Not Securities

The SEC has announced that it is not considering Ethereum and its digital coin ether as securities.The SEC has declared that Ethereum and its digital coin ether, are not securities The announcement led the price of ether to rise by over 8 percent, hitting a high of $520 per token.

William Hinman, director of the division of corporation finance at the SEC, explained at the summit: “Based on my understanding of the present state of ether, the Ethereum network and its decentralized structure, current offers and sales of ether are not securities transactions.”

Hinman also hints that other cryptocurrencies, or altcoins, might one day no longer need securities regulation. He says, “Over time, there may be other sufficiently decentralized networks and systems where regulating the tokens or coins that function on them as securities may not be required.”

In the past, the SEC has considered some digital tokens as securities, particularly tokens distributed through an initial coin offering. Last July, DAO tokens were found to be securitiesafter an investigation, according to a public SEC report. Therefore, they were subject to federal securities laws and the issuers had to register all sales of DAO tokens with the SEC. The report cautioned investors against initial coin offerings, which can also violate securities law. Months later, SEC chairman Jay Clayton clarified that “every ICO I’ve seen is a security,” and many were illegal.

Read more from The Verge here.

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