The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has confirmed that blockchain tokens are not exempt from securities laws, ruling that tokens issued last year by The DAO (a decentralized autonomous organization that utilized the Ethereum blockchain and was subsequently hacked) constituted “securities”. The SEC chose not to take legal action in that case, indicating that it will investigate similar initial coin offerings (ICOs) on a case-by-case basis.
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Bitcoin is set to receive a boost with news that the parent company of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is developing an online trading platform that would allow large investors to buy and hold bitcoin. Unlike the futures contracts being offered by Goldman Sachs and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, ‘swaps’ would be utilized to enable investors to buy a contract that would result in the customer owning bitcoin the next day. NYSE clients and investors would be able to directly buy, sell, and hold bitcoin, possibly in a wallet, similar to Coinbase or other existing cryptocurrency platforms.
NYSE Swaps 'Revelation' Points to Cryptocurrency Boost
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Goldman Sachs, in pioneering a new cryptocurrency market on Wall Street, plans to start small and offer a limited number of derivatives, according to a person briefed on the decisions. It will trade bitcoin futures in a principal, market-making capacity, and will also create non-deliverable forward products.
Goldman to Set up Bank to Trade in Bitcoin
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