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Back in 2017, a boom in ICO creation was seen as hundreds of companies that were formed on the Blockchain with its attached digital currency were born in the form of an investable token. SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) already had a closer look at the ICOs token and has declared them securities in most cases. Not every token that is being developed off the Blockchain should have that quality that directs it to be categorized as securities. Only a few other types of tokens are available that can be built off the Blockchain and one of them are utility tokens.

Although there are more than two types of tokens, it’s still essential to improve these two types, as they can be used in defining a new token that comes through an ICO- the security and utility token. To understand the divergence between these two tokens, a direction can be selected by ICO that can work better for them.

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What is Security Token?

If a value of crypto-token originates from an external tradable asset, it is categorized as a security token. If we look at the DAO tokens from 2016, it was declared by SEC that ICO tokens might be a subject to federal securities laws. ICO tokens never meant to be securities, but the chairman of SEC, Jay Clayton, noted that every ICO token that SEC has seen so far is considered as security and clarified, that if a crypto-asset that is allotted by a company upsurges in worth over time, depending on the company’s performance, it is also considered as security.

What is Utility Token?

Utility tokens are another style of tokens that serve a role in various cases where there’s a requirement of the security token. A utility token represents the future access to a service or a product of the company. The characteristic that defines the utility tokens is that they’re not intended for investments. If they’re properly organized, then this characteristic frees utility tokens from federal laws governing securities.

You can also say that utility tokens are the coupons for the company. It’s basically a token that is different from the typical ICO token that is being used by many at this time. Despite the fact that it’s not perfect for every company, there are still many examples where utility tokens have a great place against the security tokens.

Should you choose utility over security?

Many companies rely on the “securities” but still, there are many companies that will not do the same. There is a collection of multiple types of utility tokens as each of them has different features that could include the needs of ICO. So, it’s really important to split the tokens into fungible or non-fungible.

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What Does Mark Zuckerberg Have To Say About Cryptocurrencies?

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Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has uncovered his intentions to study decentralized technology, particularly cryptographic forms of money, as part of his promise to ‘fix’ Facebook in 2018.

On his Facebook page, Zuckerberg posted a message with the details of his ‘own challenge’ – like a resolution – for the new year, joined by a promise to study technologies “like encryption and digital money.”

“My personal challenge for 2018 is concentrating on settling these critical issues,” Zuckerberg composed, alluding to people’s rights being impeded by the government and different concerns expedited by media, government, and technologies. “One of the fascinating questions in technology at the moment is about centralization versus decentralization,” the billionaire added, uncovering his own particular motivations to get into technology was its capability to “be a decentralizing power that puts more power in peoples’ hand,” especially after the introduction of internet in the 90s.

“But, today, many individuals have lost confidence in that promise,” Zuckerberg included, indicating a centralized control of information and technology a relatively smaller but elite group of huge tech organizations, Facebook included, and governments who routinely participate in surveillance.

Mark promised to pledge his time and endeavors into understanding decentralized technologies, or ‘counter-trends’ to the worries stated previously.

He wrote:

“There are critical counter-trends to this – like encryption and digital currency — that take control from incorporated frameworks and put it back into individuals’ hands. However, they accompany the risk of being harder to control. I’m intrigued to go further and think about the positive and negative parts of these advancements, and how best to utilize them in our administrations.”

Zuckerberg is the latest mainstream figure to public commend decentralized blockchain advancements and it remains to be seen how he intends to ‘fix’ Facebook, the world’s greatest social platform with an estimated 2 billion users, by adopting p2p, decentralized technologies.

 

Story credit: ccn.com

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Bunz Trading Zone Launches Its Own Cryptocurrency

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Bunz Trading Zone is a Canadian online trading and barter platform. According to the local paper “The Globe and Mail,” the platform is launching its own cryptocurrency under the name of BTZ. BTZ is pronounced as “bitz” and as it’s reported, BTZ is going to be the first Canadian cryptocurrency to launch to ‘an already-established community’ and will become available to 200,000 users of the company from 9th April.

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The Bunz community grew rapidly after its launch. Bunz was basically launched as a private Facebook group in 2013 by Emily Bitze (fashion designer) for exchanging unused things with friends and after the launch, it expanded outside Facebook and Toronto. The Bunz website, plus app, were launched two years ago.

According to the Globe and Mail reports, the platform expanded rapidly due to its minimalism and the absence of cash. Though, the currency’s absence based on barter platform, has offered one of the biggest challenges to Bunz as well. Without an exchange of currency, there won’t be an evident income stream.

Bunz Users Will Receive 1,000 BTZ

After this latest cryptocurrency news, the project’s blog showed details that all Bunz users will be receiving 1,000 BTZ respectively, which can be traded for goods and facilities and can be exchanged amid the members of the community. Basically, the 1,000 BTZ will have the value of about ‘three coffees’. Sascha Mojtahedi, who is the CEO Bunz Trading Zone says, that the company has planned a revenue model, however, he refused to say anything about what it is or when it is going to be introduced.

Mojtahedi said that the main purpose of the BTZ launch is to grab the attention of more users to the platform, as he stated:

“You have to be able to reward people with cryptocurrency that they’ve earned as a result of their passive involvement in the network and then enable them to use it with their peers and merchants. It gives us the room to create new models that people may not have thought of.”

Also, at the beginning of this year, known as an e-commerce giant of Japan, Rakuten announced its plans to issue its own cryptocurrency. Hiroshi Mikitani (CEO) said that it’s going to be a borderless currency.

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South Korean Blockchain Startups Bypass ICO Ban

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After South Korea banned ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings), things seem to have slowed down; however, the ban hasn’t totally halted the flow of new digital coins on local exchanges. Despite the South Korea ICO ban, startups in the country haven’t closed their doors on the fundraising process and are settling their ICOs overseas and then, listing their digital coins on the exchanges of South Korea. The expansion arises on the heels of a report which suggests that the country, South Korea, is reconsidering its stance on ICOs.

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Crackdown on Crypto-Markets

In September 2017, South Korea unleashed its crackdown on the cryptocurrency markets and banned ICO listings in the country. This move by South Korea threw a wrench into trading volumes of cryptocurrencies, where the price of Bitcoin is considered to trade at a heavy premium against other markets. Also, a rumour was circulating last month that the investors in South Korea might be scooping up Bitstamp (Luxembourg-based bitcoin exchange), in a contract which has the worth of almost $400 million; however, these reports haven’t been confirmed yet.

With all the other news related to the virtual currency exchanges, it’s been observed from several sources that Bitstamp, as it is one of the oldest exchanges, is in the final stage of being vended to the investors of South Korea for $400 million; however, buyers and the exchange, both are not commenting on it.

 

ICON (ICX)

For now, the surge has started to turn for ICO issuers, as it’s proven through ICON (ICX), which is a new coin developed by DAYLI Financial Group (Seoul-based fintech), though it is issued in Switzerland. The ICON Foundation is listed in Switzerland and works out of Korea. The top two cryptocurrency exchanges of South Korea are; Bithumb and Upbit. Both of these exchanges support ICON for trading. While South Korea followed China and banned ICOs, the issuing firms have discovered a way to avoid the regulations. ICON has been proved as a lucrative investment up to now, as it started trading at $0.11 and rocketed to $2.64 immediately.

 

Park Nok-sun, the NH Investment and Securities cryptocurrency analyst told Reuters that the listing on the trading platforms of South Korea is substantial, since it’s the first-platform-coin of the country that has advanced on code which can support other applications as well. ICON isn’t the only digital currency of South Korea that have evaded the ban. This trend has matured, as almost 12 companies have launched ICOs abroad; however, they’ve also listed their coins on the exchanges of South Korean, including Hyundai subsidiary Hyundai BS&C.

According to Reuters, regulators of South Korea want the blockchain startups of the country to be “transparent” about the international deals but at the same time, it doesn’t intend to be a hurdle in their way. Meanwhile, it would be inexpensive and much easier for South Korea to let the local startups launch their token sales locally again.

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Warning issued by Philippines SEC to Crypto Investment Platform

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Like regulators in a number of countries, the Philippines Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has been increasing its concern over cryptocurrency related investments. It has recently warned a cryptocurrency investment platform because it offered unregistered securities. The firm known as Onecash Trading, recruits’ cryptocurrency traders as their affiliate members and promises to reward them in local currency, whenever they recruit new members of the same scheme for Onecash Trading.

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According to that SEC alert, the firm Onecash Trading has been promising potential investors returns of 200 percent interest over eight weeks. Though its registered headquarter is not known. Onecash claims its global coverage of services across 73 different countries. In a statement issued by SEC, it was said that the firm is offering unregistered securities to investors in the Philippines.

SEC thereby warned the public that such investment schemes are not secure whether they offer traditional currency use of money or cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, ethereum, litecoin, dash, monero or any other such digital currency. It was also stated that all such transactions are considered as securities subject to the regulatory authority of the SEC.

It was further stated that any person involved with promoting, selling and recruiting investment services for Onecash, no matter if he is a salesman, dealer or agent, the person will face prosecution and serious penalties up to 5 million pesos ($270,000) or imprisonment of up to 21 years.

Suggestions for Online Traders

The SEC has also shown its concerns that many online trading platforms appear to investors as SEC-registered and regulated companies or firms while in fact they are not. In the same way, many of these firms sometimes call themselves as exchanges, giving the pseudo impression that they are being regulated by national securities exchange. To cancel any chance of further fraud in this regard the SEC has devised a pack of rules in the light of which online traders should ask the following questions before they decide to trade digital assets:

  • Is your firm registered as a national securities exchange?
  • Can any information be found in FINRA’s BrokerCheck about any individuals operating your firm?
  • How do you ensure safety of your users’ trading and personal information?
  • What kind of measures you take against cybersecurity threats?
  • What kind of other services are provided by your firm?
  • How does your firm select assets for its digital trading?
  • Who can trade on the platform?
  • What is the trading criteria for your platform?
  • How do you set prices for your platform?
  • Are all the users treated equally or not?
  • Is your firm registered with the SEC for all the above-mentioned services?

The SEC hopes that the above measures would cancel any chance of fatal fraud in the online cryptocurrency related investments.

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