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SEC Chairman Says Most Crypto ICOs are Securities; Bloodbath For Tokens?

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It may be the wrong time for crypto investors to hold onto tokens issued by initial coin offering (ICO) projects.

On CNBC, Jay Clayton, the chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) emphasized once again that most ICOs that are being talked about by investors in the global cryptocurrency market are considered securities under U.S. laws.

If a token is sold during an ICO to investors in the U.S. and the token is acknowledged a security by the SEC, it could become subject to a penalty imposed by the SEC, which then could lead to the allowance of investors to file for refunds based on the value of their initial investment.

Bitcoin is Not a Security But Most Tokens are Securities

Dozens of ICOs are already being investigated by the SEC and in the months to come, the SEC expects to crackdown on more projects that raised money from U.S. investors through the distribution of unregistered securities.

The SEC chairman firmly stated that bitcoin is not a security and several SEC officials have also said that Ethereum is considered a non-security. But, most tokens that are in existence in the market are seen as securities by the commission, which leaves them vulnerable to investigations.

Clayton said:

“We don’t believe Bitcoin is a security. Many of the ICOs that you see and you talk about, they are securities. And if you’re going to offer or sell securities, you have to do so in compliance with our laws. We’ve been clear about that, the recent actions further emphasized that our securities laws to apply to the ICO space, and if people are going to raise money using initial coin offerings they either have to do so in private placement or register with the SEC.”

Most tokens, even those with active developer communities, strong products, partnerships, and user bases, are down on average 80 percent to 98 percent. Given the substantial decline in the price of tokens, low market cap tokens could appeal to traders in the market. But, some have fallen more than 90 percent against Bitcoin (BTC), which fell by 82 percent since its all-time high at $19,500, and the sell-pressure on tokens is increasing.

Currently, the SEC is employing a strategy of taking down the biggest ICOs in their respective sectors, as seen in its recent settlement with Paragon and and Airfox. It likely will not go after large-scale projects like Ripple (XRP) that could lead to a full-fledged lawsuit, and Ripple is already dealing with a federal lawsuit that will provide clarity on the regulatory nature of the asset.

The SEC’s stance towards ICOs is quite clear; but the guideline on which tokens are considered as securities and which are not remains uncertain. Airfox and Paragon both claimed to operate as utility tokens to prove that they are not securities but the SEC denied the justification.

As U.S. based attorney Stephend Palley wrote:

“PRG token sale was an unregistered securities offering; PRG tokens are securities and order provides detailed analysis of sale and remedial actions. Analysis applies to just about every token sale in the last 2 years.”

Not the Right Time

0x (ZRX) and Brave Attention Token (BAT), two tokens listed by Coinbase, are considered to be immune from the SEC’s crackdown on tokens. Coinbase explicitly described in June that it will only list tokens that are approved by the SEC as a non-security.

Apart from the two, there simply isn’t any guideline available to prove that a token is a non-security and as such, due to the regulatory uncertainty, it is not the right time to invest or hold onto tokens.

Disclaimer: The author owns bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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Minor Bounce Lifts Bitcoin Price Back Above $3,200; Waves Making Big Moves

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Cryptocurrencies levitated off yearly lows Sunday, with Litecoin and bitcoin SV emerging the biggest winners following an early weekend retreat. Another shake-up in the top-20 suggests 2019 will be a pivotal year for altcoins and tokens, which have struggled to remain relevant in the face of increasing bitcoin dominance and declining interest among retail investors.

Bitcoin Recovers

The leading digital currency experienced a modest relief rally on Sunday after setting a new yearly low the previous morning. BTC is currently valued at $3,266, having gained 2% on the day. The price peaked just above $3,305 earlier in the session.

Trading in BTC on virtual currency exchanges has declined sharply over the weekend; on Sunday, total daily turnover reached $3.8 billion, according to CoinMarketCap. Spot trading as a share of overall market activity rose to more than 80% with BTC/USDT, ETH/USD and BTC/KRW the most dominant pairs.

With a market cap of nearly $57 billion, bitcoin exerts a strong gravitational pull on altcoins and tokens. Bitcoin’s share of the overall market cap, now at 55%, has risen steadily during the latest leg of the bear market.

Bitcoin SV Leads Rally

In terms of best individual performers, bitcoin SV launched an 18% gain on Sunday as the protocol’s backers remained committed to achieving market dominance in the long term. Craig Steven Wright, one of SV’s most prominent backers, says he’s in it for the long haul in the wake of last month’s hard fork. This comes despite overwhelming support for bitcoin cash ABC, the primary implementation of the BCH hard fork.

Wright appears no longer keen on attacking the competing protocol but will instead focus on brand and business development to attract new users.

In its short history, SV has demonstrated an ability to move inversely with the broader market. This has allowed it to quickly scale the market cap rankings but also fall just as quickly. On Sunday, the coin was worth $77.50 for a total value of nearly $1.4 billion.

Waves Skyrockets

Waves coin briefly cracked the top-20, adding to a string of gains since the end of November that have set the digital currency apart from its peers. At the time of writing, Waves had slipped back to 22nd place with a value of $2.47 and a market cap of $247.4 million. Astonishingly, the cryptocurrency has gained nearly 160% since Nov. 25. Over the same stretch, the broader cryptocurrency market fell by 13%.

As a token customization platform, Waves operates its own decentralized exchange where new tokens can trade alongside major cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and Litecoin. At last check, the decentralized exchange had 69 crypto listings and over 20,000 custom tokens.

CCN reported a 50% surge in Waves coin last week following a mobile wallet upgrade that allows users to buy cryptocurrency with credit cards. This may have contributed to the rise of trading volume in Waves coin.

Disclaimer: The author owns bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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Tron Price Analysis: Fundamentals are Stronger than Ever; TRX Bulls Staging Comeback

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  • Tron network has breached over 100 million transactions, as reported by Justin Sun.
  • Zero transaction fees are anticipated on the Tron ecosystem, by Friday 21st

TRX/USD has remained generally soft since the 29th November. The price has been cooling and ranging since its spike higher at the back end of November. TRX is remaining well supported within a near-term acting demand zone. This has been in action since 20th November, providing necessary comfort, to prevent a free-fall below the 1 cent mark.

Despite this described technical behavior, the fundamentals surrounding the Tron foundation remain very strong indeed, as the founder Justin Sun likes to keep the community up to date with all the latest via his Twitter feed. There seemingly being much promise surrounding Tron’s daily activity and transactions.

Tron Hit 100 Million Transactions

Sun, took to his Twitter account today, to announce that it had recorded 100 million transactions. He said, “TRON has reached 100 million transactions today.” Sun provided a screenshot of the Tron platform, which showed the number of transactions had in fact breached the 100 million mark.

100 million transactions

Over 2 Million Daily Transactions

Previously, he had boasted how the Tron network continues to breach records with its daily transactions, tecently having well and truly smashed through the 2 million mark. One community member, which Justin Sun retweeted, provided a comparison of Tron’s daily transactions, versus its peers: “TRON’s new record of 2,64 million daily transactions in comparison w/ the Top 5; 9.6 times more than Bitcoin’s 275k, 4.6 x Ethereum’s 567k, 4.1 x Ripple’s 633k, 188 x Tether’s 14k, and 264 x Stellar’s 10k.”

Zero Transaction Fees Coming Soon

Elsewhere, Justin Sun had posted something via the Tron community on his Twitter. This detailed, “The transaction fee of TRXMarket has dropped to 0.1% at 07:00(UTC) on Dec 14th! And 0 transaction fee will be realized by next Friday.” Given this, the ecosystem may see zero transaction fees by Friday 21st December.

Technical Review – TRX/USD

TRX/USD daily chart

Looking to the upside, should the bulls maintain this current course of momentum, TRX/USD could be in for decent gain. Firstly, resistance in a prior acting demand zone must be broken down for greater moves north. This can be seen tracking from $0.01600 up to $0.01800. As mentioned, this area had previously been supporting TRX/USD from August right up until November. Given the length of acting demand, it may prove a challenge breaking down.

TRX/BTC daily chart

Lastly, TRX/BTC is heading towards an extremely critical and game-changing zone. An area where the price faltered in August and October. As can be observed via the daily chart view, there appears to be some chunky sellers camped here. As a result, on each occasion, this region sent the price free-falling back down to the south. A clearance above will see a large renewed wave of buying pressure come back into play.

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Litecoin Price Analysis: LTC/USD E­­­njoys Double-Digit Gains as Lightening Network Seen Imminent

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  • Litecoin has run higher by 20% over the past three sessions.
  • The community of Litecoin is very much excited about the upcoming activation of the Litecoin Lightening Network.

The Litecoin price is currently enjoying a bull run, running at its third consecutive session in the green. LTC/USD having gained a whopping 20% to the upside after producing another bottom area around the $22 territory.

Prior to this push higher being observed, LTC/USD had been moving within a tight range, after bottoming on 7th December. It initially appeared to be subject to another extended move to the downside, given the formed range-block.

Litecoin bulls still need to breakout from this mentioned formation. The low as detailed above is seen down at $22. The upper part of the range can be observed up within the $27 territory. To avoid another bear attack near-term, this must be breached.

Litecoin Lightning Network Imminent

Earlier this week, cryptocurrency exchange, CoinGate, did announce via witter that the Litecoin Lightning Network is now ready for its deployment. CoinGate also put itself up for hosting for the activation to take place on their platform. The exchange tweeted: “Litecoin community, we bear some exciting news! Our Litecoin LightningNetwork is ready to be deployed and will soon be live on CoinGate! Keep up with the news as we’re getting closer!”

The Litecoin founder, Charlie Lee, responded: “Even Litecoin will soon have more than 1000 merchants accepting LN payments! Thanks CoinGatecom!” Lee recently spoke about the Lightning Network, where he detailed how it is a second-layer solution for payments that go through Bitcoin and Litecoin.

Technical Review – LTC/USD

LTC/USD daily chart

As touched on earlier, the key for greater upside is to see a break out from the mentioned range-block. The bulls must storm through the $27 territory. However, not long after there is another barrier in the way. LTC/USD, between the 25th November and the 5th December, was in a prior range-block. The bottom for this was seen around $27 up to $29, which was a very short-term demand area. A push above this zone should pave way for a fast return back towards $50.

LTC/BTC Daily Chart Review

LTC/BTC daily chart

In the latest run to the upside for Litecoin, it has moved to its highest levels seen since 1st December. There is a key near-term barrier being eyed around current levels. A descending trend line running from the start of August is observed. The bulls must force a daily close above this resistance to see a further wave of buying pressure.

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