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  • 5 Things to Know about ICOs | SEC
  • AirToken & Paragon Coin to Become Securities | Cryptovest
  • The Security Token Landscape is Now Clearly Defined | Vertalo News
  • SEC Settlements Reveal Roadmap for ICO Remediation | JD Supra
  • The Big Picture: Security Tokens and Liquidity | Hackernoon
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Companies and individuals are increasingly considering initial coin offerings (ICOs) as a way to raise capital or participate in investment opportunities. While these digital assets and the technology behind them may present a new and efficient means for carrying out financial transactions, they also bring increased risk of fraud and manipulation because the markets for these assets are less regulated than traditional capital markets.

That’s why we are providing this information about the three “Rs” of ICOs: Risks, Rewards and Responsibilities. Read more
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), announced on Friday that it had settled its charges against two firms involved with initial coin offerings (ICO), a form of fundraising based on cryptocurrencies. The SEC said that the cases represented a precedent when it comes to civil penalties for ICO firms violating the securities offering registration requirements. As a result, CarrierEQ and Paragon Coin, the two targeted firms, agreed to compensate harmed investors and register their tokens as securities as stipulated by the law. The companies will also...  Read more
The Big Picture: Security Tokens and Liquidity
Liquidity is one of the golden promises of security tokens as a new asset class. Unfortunately, until now, the security tokens have shown an almost concerning lack of liquidity. Most people tend to see liquidity as a factor related to the maturity of the market and assume that it will develop organically in the security token space. The truth is a bit more complex. 

The security token industry's first landscape overview was recently released by The Block, in partnership with Vertalo.

Since its initial release, Vertalo has since created an updated version, and is actively working with industry participants to continue building out the content.

Check it out and be sure to visit often to see the latest projects included in the landscape. You can also submit your own company or project for consideration using the feedback tools provided.
Since at least July 2017, when the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced it expected initial coin offerings (ICOs) to either register under U.S. securities laws or qualify for an exemption, crypto-market participants have worried about what action the SEC might take regarding the thousands of ICOs that raised billions of dollars’ worth of value, but that neither registered with the SEC nor qualified for an exemption.

Two settlements announced on November 16, 2018 go a long way toward providing... Read more