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The DAICO Is Here – Does the New ICO Model Offer Better Security?

This article is originally posted at Coincentral.com on June 8, 2018 by Sarah Rothrie The ICO has become the go-to method for blockchain startups to crowdfund their new ventures. However, in January 2017, Vitalik Buterin published his idea for a new model improving on the ICO – the DAICO. The acronym is a contraction of DAO and ICO, standing for “Decentralized…

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Decentralized Exchanges (DEXs): The Future of Trading Cryptocurrency

This article is originally posted at Coincentral.com on May 21, 2018 by Erin Gorsline Blockchains and cryptocurrencies were originally designed to remove the need for central authorities. However, centralized exchanges (CEX’s) like Coinbase contradict this value and put control back into the hands of companies that function similar to banks. As well, in the past four years, hackers have run off with billions…

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Ethereum Futures Contracts Have Officially Arrived

Ethereum Futures Contracts Have Officially Arrived

This article is originally posted at Coincentral.com on May 14, 2018 by Richard Malone Crypto Facilities, a fully-regulated cryptocurrency exchange based in London, is now offering Ethereum futures contracts. At 4:00pm GST on May 11th, the exchange became the first licensed organization to provide Ether derivatives trading, representing a significant step towards institutional maturation for the nascent cryptocurrency market. Investors will now be…

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Is your airdrop a distribution of securities?

Is your airdrop a distribution of securities?

Thinking of conducting an airdrop? You’re not alone. This year has seen a marked increase in the number of companies using airdrops to distribute tokens (to the point that some have likened the airdrop to spam). There are a number of reasons behind this surge in popularity – including the heightened uncertainty surrounding the regulatory status of ICO’s. However, while companies…

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These Nations Are Proving That Size Doesn’t Matter in Cryptocurrency

These Nations Are Proving That Size Doesn’t Matter in Cryptocurrency

This article is originally posted at Coincentral.com on April 27, 2018 by Cole Gibson In recent years, cryptocurrency has become much more than just a hobby or speculative investment. It has become an industry ripe with opportunity. While China is still the global leader in cryptocurrency mining, their restrictions on crypto are forcing crypto businesses to look elsewhere for a place to…

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What the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s probe means for startups

What the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s probe means for startups

I’m not mad I’m terrified. These are blue chip deals with top law firms who checked every box they could think of. And the SEC is going after not just the companies but the investors. – Arrington XRP Capital’s Michael Arrington in a since-deleted Tweet The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) probe of the cryptocurrency sector has very much…

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Paying tax on your cryptocurrency holdings

Paying tax on your cryptocurrency holdings

The content in this article is provided for general information purposes and does not constitute legal or other professional advice or an opinion of any kind. We advise our readers to seek out qualified legal or professional counsel before making any decisions. The Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) wants to tax your cryptocurrency holdings, and they have the legal right to…

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BCSC Call for Comment: Securities and the Future of Fintech

BCSC Call for Comment: Securities and the Future of Fintech

The British Columbia Securities Commission (the “BCSC” or the “Commission”) has requested public comment on the future of financial technology (“Fintech”). In a notice BCN2018/01 issued on February 14, 2018, the Commission sets out the results of its prior consultations and requests further comments on potential regulatory action to clarify or modernize securities laws in the hopes of creating a…

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