SEC Says Cryptocurrencies Are Assets Under its regulatory Jurisdiction
Nigeria’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said it will start regulating to unregulated digit assets like Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
The Commission made the statement on Monday in a publication released on its website.
It said the objective is not to hinder technology or stifle innovation but to create standards that encourage ethical practices and protect both investors and businesses offering digital assets as an investment vehicle.
The statement reads, “Since digital assets offerings provide alternative investment opportunities for the investing public, it is essential to ensure that these offerings operate in a manner that is consistent with investor protection, the interest of the public, market integrity and transparency.”
SEC said it has been conferred powers by section 13 of the Investment and Securities Act, 2007 to regulate investments and securities business in Nigeria.
It, therefore, stated that in line with these provisions, it has adopted a three-pronged objective to regulate market innovation, foster investment safety, deepen market provisions and provide solutions to investment problems.
It said, “Section 13 of the Investment and Securities Act, 2007 conferred powers on the commission as the apex regulator of the Nigerian capital market to regulate investments and securities business in Nigeria.
“In line with these powers, the SEC has adopted a three-pronged objective to regulate innovation, hinged on safety, market deepening and providing solution to problems. This will guide its strategy, its regulations and its interaction with innovators seeking legitimacy and relevance.
“Consequently, the SEC will regulate crypto-token or crypto-coin investments when the character of the investments qualifies as securities transactions.”
Accordingly, the commission explained that virtual assets are securities unless proven otherwise.
It said, “Issuers or sponsors are expected to satisfy the burden of proving that the virtual assets do not constitute securities by making an initial assessment filing.
“However, where the finding of the commission is that the virtual assets are indeed securities (not structured to be exclusively offered through crowdfunding portals or other exempt methods), then the issuer or sponsor must register the digital assets.
“The registration process for virtual assets will therefore involve a two-prong approach – an initial assessment filing to satisfy the burden of proof and a filing for registration proper, either made directly by the issuer or sponsor or where the burden of proof is not satisfied.
“Similarly, all digital assets token offering, initial coin offerings, security token ICOs and other Blockchain-based offers of digital assets within Nigeria or by Nigerian issuers or sponsors or foreign issuers targeting Nigerian investors, shall be subject to the regulation of the commission.”
Paxful Expands Beyond Bitcoin, Adds Tether (USDT) to its Platform
Global peer-to-peer bitcoin marketplace, Paxful, announced today the addition of Tether (USDT) to its platform. USDT belongs to a class of cryptocurrencies known as stablecoins.
A stablecoin is a type of cryptocurrency whose value reflects an existing fiat currency (e.g. US Dollars). The inclusion of USDT, the world’s largest stablecoin by market value, will assist users in combating a volatile market, protecting their assets, and expanding their portfolio.
The industry has seen a surging demand for a stable digital currency amidst fears of an economic recession in both traditional and digital markets. In the last 12 months, Tether has established itself as a champion amongst stablecoins, with a market capitalization of over $13 billion (https://bit.ly/3kdjoHk).
“We consider this a big step for us since this is the first cryptocurrency other than bitcoin we have on the platform,” said Ray Youssef, CEO, and co-founder of Paxful. “We always listen to our customers. We understand that some come to Paxful for wealth generation and turn to crypto for stability when their national currency is affected by inflation. We hope that this can aid them to be more in control of their finances.”
The addition comes with a hedging option, allowing users to instantly convert BTC to USDT and vice versa, helping the users protect their funds during bitcoin price fluctuations.
The company also plans to enable USDT trading on the platform. Same as with the bitcoin (BTC) trading in the Paxful marketplace, users can buy and sell USDT with over 300 payment methods. The USDT balance is accessible via the wallet page, where the current market price for both coins is displayed. The launch of this feature marks Paxful’s first step towards potentially adding new cryptocurrencies in the future.
The company recently announced that the platform Paxful has hit 4.5 million registered wallets, reached 4.6 billion USD in trading volume, and reduced dispute levels to under 1%. Since inception, they have added 1 million users per year and so far in 2020 and are on track to sign up an additional 2 million users by the end of the year.
Bitcoin to Replace Gold as Top Safe-haven Asset Within a Generation
Bitcoin will replace gold as the ultimate financial safe haven within a generation, predicts the CEO of one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory and fintech organisations.
The prediction from Nigel Green, chief executive and founder of deVere Group, comes as growing geopolitical uncertainty, including Brexit and the U.S. presidential election, and central banks’ historic money printing policies, amongst other issues, are prompting many investors to urgently rebalance their portfolios.
He comments: “For thousands of years, gold has been the ultimate financial safe haven.
“It’s always been the go-to asset in times of political, social and economic uncertainty as it is expected to retain its value or even grow in value when other assets fall, therefore enabling investors to reduce their exposure to losses.
“Moving forward, older investors are likely to continue with gold, but millennials and Generation Z, who are so-called ‘digital natives’, can be expected to go for Bitcoin and other digital currencies instead.
“I believe that the precious metal will lose its crown as the most sought-after reserve asset to Bitcoin within a generation – particularly because the biggest-ever generational transfer of wealth – likely to be more than $60tn – from baby boomers to millennials is already underway.”
Mr Green continues: “Bitcoin’s key characteristics, such as its fixed supply and how transactions are immutable, distributed, non-sovereign and decentralised are highly attractive for investors in an uncertain but increasingly digitalised, tech-driven world.
“It has already earned it the label ‘digital gold’ and I believe its status in this regard will grow exponentially over the next year or two, especially with the economic fallout from Covid, central banks’ record-shattering levels of money-printing, heightening trade tensions between economic superpowers, and mounting social and political unrest.”
The deVere CEO concludes: “Until now, gold has been known as the ultimate safe-haven asset, but Bitcoin — which shares its key characteristics of being a store of value and scarcity — will take over.
“As the world turns ever-more digital and is more and more financially dominated by those who have grown up surrounded by technology, from an investment point of view, gold will increasingly be seen as a relic of the past.”
Bitcoin Bulls’ Case Stronger Than Ever – Despite Price Drop
Bitcoin to Rebound Despite 12 Percent Decline in Price
The Bitcoin ‘break out’ case is stronger than ever – despite the cryptocurrency’s price dropping 12% over the last seven days, affirms the CEO of one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory and fintech organisations.
The comments from Nigel Green, chief executive and founder of deVere, come after the leading digital asset fell to around $10,000 over the weekend.
Mr. Green notes: “Crypto cynics and finance traditionalists will use the current – and temporary – fall in Bitcoin as an excuse to knock its inherent strengths to fit their own agendas.
“However, the reality is that the case for Bitcoin to break out this year is stronger than ever.”
He continues: “The first reason is about record-shattering stimulus initiatives. Governments and central banks around the world are continuing to prop-up their economies. Just last week France announced a new $100bn package.
“The off-the-scale level of money printing drastically devalues traditional currencies, which serves to boost the price of Bitcoin as investors look for viable alternatives.
“The stimulus agendas are unsustainable in the longer-term and there’s a potential inflation issue looming. Investors know this and are revising their portfolios accordingly.”
Mr Green adds: “The second reason is that the uncertainty created by the U.S. presidential election is going to intensify between now and November 3.
“Investors will pile into safe-haven assets, which are not tied to any specific country, such as Bitcoin and gold.”
But perhaps even more important are the underlying fundamentals, says the deVere boss.
“Bitcoin’s price will remain on an upward trajectory in 2020 and beyond because the fundamentals haven’t changed– namely that cryptocurrencies are the future of money.
“Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are digital and global. We’re going through a tech revolution and cryptocurrencies are digital by their very nature.
“It is also about demographics. Younger people, who are of course the future, have always lived in a digital era, so using digital currency is going to be second nature.
“In addition, there will be an acceleration of institutional investment which is likely to be driven by greater regulatory clarity.
“For instance, Bermuda last week took another step towards cementing its drive towards crypto by testing a digital token, which can be used to buy food and other essentials.”
More and more global jurisdictions can be expected to join the likes of Malta, Hong Kong, Japan, Switzerland – and now Bermuda – in becoming crypto-friendly from a regulatory and pro-business viewpoint.
“The institutional expertise and capital will bolster prices significantly.”
Mr Green concludes: “The fundamentals that make Bitcoin an attractive investment are, in fact, gaining strength.
“If anything, the drop in price below $10,000, which is a critical psychological level, will be used by investors as a key buying opportunity – especially given that Bitcoin has soared by about 70% year-on-year, making it one of the best-performing assets of 2020.”
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