SEC Charges for ICO Fraud

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As of September 29, 2017, the SEC charged businessman Maksim Zaslavskiy and his two companies, REcoin Group Foundation and DRC (Diamond Reserve Club) World, with defrauding investors via a scheme involving two faux ICO’s (initial coin offerings) backed by nonexistent investments in real estate and diamonds. This event is particularly significant because it appears to be the first time that … Read More

Overstock DAO

Julianne DardanesCryptocurrency, Market Rules & Responsibilities

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On September 27th Overstock.com’s blockchain-focused investment subsidiary Medici Ventures announced that its very own alternative trading system (ATS) will be open for business for any initial coin offering (ICO) in need of a new place to trade per the new SEC guidelines. This platform was initiated via a joint venture between Medici’s capital markets branch tØ along with RenGen LLC … Read More

Bitcoin Cash Fork

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The controversial birth of Bitcoin Cash on August 1 has created a fundamental crossroads for both the users of the popular cryptocurrency along with its underlying technology. What could amount to trillion dollar questions are now being asked about the future of Bitcoin that are as much philosophical in nature as they are practical in application.

CBOE Boards the Cryptocurrency Train

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On August 2nd, the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) launched itself into the Bitcoin market worth tens of billions of dollars via an announcement that left many of the cryptocurrency’s users jumping for joy. This announcement revealed that the CBOE has entered into an exclusive global license with Gemini Trust Company to use Gemini’s Bitcoin market data to create new … Read More

Brexit Supreme Court Ruling and Article 50

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Last June British voters shocked the world by answering affirmatively to a referendum that, if acted on, would remove the United Kingdom from the European Union. The political and economic implications of this decision were and still remain largely unknown, but we outlined some of the possibilities in our initial post about this topic over the summer.

Art and the Art of Raising Money: Part 4, Asset Classes Q&A

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Part 3 of our Art and the Art of Raising Money series focused on certain factors of production and distribution that correlate with a film’s financial success. All three of our panelists agreed that the best strategy involves investing in a promising production team. The remaining portion of the event was opened up to the audience for questions, and it … Read More

Ending the EU Affair: Brexit and the Markets

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In the words of famous English rock band The Clash, Britain has been asking itself “should I stay or should I go?” for the past ten months now – the relationship in question being its affair with the European Union. After a year-long campaign on both sides of the coin to determine the country’s political and economic future, the U.K. finally voted to call it quits. But, as we all know, break-ups can be messy and … Read More