EDUCATION  |  12.09.18  |  The Tokenist

Bill Gates: We are “compelled” to transition to a digital financial system

Gates highlights how the world’s poorest people do have assets: their intellect, labor, and their savings. However, the lack of financial infrastructure in the developing world exploits these assets, as opposed to allowing these individuals to see their full benefits. But a digital financial system would bring a much needed change.

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EDUCATION  |  12.07.18  |  Forbes

The rise of the stable coins: Will they be the next to endure regulatory scrutiny from the SEC?

A “stable coin” is a cryptocurrency that is pegged to another stable asset, like gold or the U.S. dollar, but is not tied to a central bank. This allows for using cryptocurrency to pay for everyday things. As the cryptocurrency markets continue to sink, stable coins are mushrooming like there's no tomorrow. It will probably only be a matter of time before the SEC turns its attention to this class of digital assets.

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EDUCATION  |  12.07.18  |  Nasdaq.com

Transforming FinTech: A global approach to the security tokens movement

Despite current setbacks in the cryptocurrency market, the security token movement remains a bastion of optimism for blockchain and finance industry actors. With an estimated addressable market of $500 trillion, security tokens are an attractive prospect for many. But to unlock the full potential of this tremendous new asset class, industry collaboration—on a global scale—will be necessary

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EDUCATION  |  12.07.18  |  The Tokenist

SEC Chairman Jay Clayton: “I’m not going to change rules just to fit a technology”

Jay Clayton officially took office in May 2017. When he was sworn in, he wasn’t asked a single question related to blockchain or cryptocurrencies. Now, a common debate concerning regulations centers upon security tokens. Some believe that tokenized securities need new laws—but Clayton has consistently implied that security tokens are subject to the existing securities laws as established by his commission.

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NEWS  |  12.07.18  |  Cryptovest

Tokeny and Security Token Network team up on STO initiative

Luxembourg-based fintech company Tokeny has teamed up with Security Token Network to provide end-to-end STO services and foster the industry’s development and mass adoption. The strategic partnership will see Tokeny deliver issuance solutions including token management, deployment, and governance. For its part, Security Token Network will be responsible for the planning, project execution, marketing, and fundraising needed for an STO.

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EDUCATION  |  12.01.18  |  The Tokenist

STOs v. ICOs: What’s the difference?

ICOs were all the rage in 2017 and early 2018, raising billions upon billions of dollars. But a disproportionate number of these projects failed to deliver. With ICOs falling to the wayside amid legal concerns, a new token offering model is on the horizon: security token offerings. Learn the crucial difference between these two models.

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NEWS  |  12.02.18  |  Filthy Lucre

Fidelity Investments looks to expand its digital asset trading

Fidelity Investments revealed at the Block FS conference in New York that it’s looking to expand its institutional cryptocurrency asset platform to now include trading services for the top five to seven cryptocurrencies by market capitalization. The platform is expected to be launched next year.

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NEWS  |  11.27.18  |  SludgeFeed

Coinbase and Ripple back security token startup ‘Securitize’

Securitize, a San Francisco-based startup that assists companies with tokenizing assets and traditional securities, has closed a $12.75 million Series A round led by Blockchain Capital, with notable participation from Coinbase Ventures and Ripple’s Xpring Fund. The startup wants to tokenize the $7 trillion securities industry to improve transparency and liquidity.

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NEWS  |  11.27.18  |  The Tokenist

Patrick Byrne and Overstock.com go all-in on security tokens

Founder Patrick Byrne is planning to sell Overstock.com and direct his full attention to the blockchain industry. Byrne’s most anticipated project in the blockchain space is the developing security token exchange tZero. The platform raised $134 million during its initial offering and aims to operate under SEC approval within months.

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NEWS  |  11.27.18  |  CoinDesk

Harbor launches tokenized equity purchases with real estate offering

Blockchain startup Harbor has officially launched its security token compliance platform and is moving to offer digitized shares in a high-rise building located in South Carolina, an apartment block called The Hub at Columbia. Investors can now register to buy the 955 shares—represented by 955 tokens—available at a cost of $21,000 apiece.

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NEWS  |  11.27.18  |  Cryptonews

Security tokens industry got a boost from investors

Securitize, a compliance platform for issuing and managing digitized securities on the blockchain, has raised $12.75 million in funding led by Blockchain Capital with other investors including Coinbase Ventures, Global Brain, NXTP, OK Blockchain Capital, and Xpring. The close of this Series A funding round comes ahead of Securitize’s plans to launch a digital security offering (DSO—another name for STO) in 2019.

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NEWS  |  11.15.18  |  Cryptovest

John McAfee involved in tokenizing rare art

Tokenizing real-world value has been an idea making the circles in crypto space. From buildings to businesses or metal mining rights, offering to own a part through a cryptographic token is seen as a viable investment opportunity. But tokenizing artworks has also been a part of the business.

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NEWS  |  11.15.18  |  CryptoSlate

Investor rights and legal risks might make STOs the future of funding

The Wild West days of crypto funding are over. The initial excitement over ICOs seems to have faded as rapidly as it has started. When implementing an ICO, a company doesn’t have to sell equity, and users can buy tokens for use, making it beneficial for both parties. However, as utility tokens are not an investment in the company itself, the users aren’t entitled to anything from the company.

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