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The crypto world just got shaken by a new legal ruling that’s putting the spotlight back on the long-debated question: What counts as a security in the eyes of US regulators? Ripple Labs, the creator of the Ripple centralized blockchain, has been wrestling with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for three years. On Thursday, US District Judge Analisa Torres ruled that Ripple’s XRP token was a security when sold to institutional investors years ago but not when sold to the general public.
Judge Torres reasoned that institutional investors, unlike retail traders, were likely aware of XRP’s securities-like attributes when Ripple initially pitched the token to interested parties. This verdict could be seen as a victory for both Ripple and the SEC, as it lends some weight to arguments on both sides of the security debate. Yet, applying this decision to the broader crypto market isn’t straightforward.
The ruling is based on how well retail investors understood crypto up until 2020. Bitcoin was worth only a fraction of its current value back then and regulatory opinions about the crypto space were still in their infancy. So, will the SEC try to clarify what counts as a security to the general public in the future? Considering its recent lawsuits against crypto giants like Binance, Coinbase and Gemini, it’s possible. These cases have identified tokens like Polygon’s MATIC and Algorand’s ALGO that might face similar scrutiny as XRP.
While this ruling might hold back institutional pre-funding of new tokens, it also doesn’t mean clear skies for the crypto industry. The SEC’s crypto-related workload is growing, with charges filed against Celsius and former CEO Alex Mashinsky and ongoing cases against Binance and FTX. Plus, Ripple’s case isn’t over yet — it’s set to get its own trial date soon. So while crypto prices are soaring, the industry still faces considerable uncertainty due to these ongoing regulatory challenges. Read more here.
Zucoins Continue To Navigate The Landscape
While the ruling may temper institutional pre-funding of new tokens, it does not signify smooth sailing for the crypto industry. The SEC’s crypto-related workload is expanding, with charges filed against companies like Celsius and former CEO Alex Mashinsky and ongoing cases against major players such as Binance and FTX. Ripple’s legal battle is far from over, with its own trial date on the horizon. Consequently, despite the soaring crypto prices, the industry continues to grapple with uncertainty stemming from regulatory challenges.
Ongoing regulatory challenges create uncertainty for the broader crypto industry. This is why Zucoins has been carefully and consciously navigating the rapidly changing regulatory environment, to give the system it’s best chance of fulfilling its goals for a decentralised, simple and no-fee transaction system, amongst many other abilities. Numerous changes and hard-problems have been solved and continue to be, in order to comply with various needs the system has to fulfil.
A recent report from Chainalysis busts several prevalent cryptocurrency myths, bringing clarity to a space often shrouded in misconception. The report tackles over 30 myths, with some particularly relevant to today’s crypto environment.
The notion that crypto investments equate to gambling is debunked. While acknowledging the role of speculation, Chainalysis underscores the innovative potential of crypto, particularly in decentralized finance (DeFi). By leveraging smart contracts, DeFi enables faster, simpler lending practices. The report suggests that this technology could revolutionize conventional loans such as mortgages by moving them on-chain, thereby reducing friction. It also highlights that many investors balance their portfolios with both ‘meme’ coins and more traditional investments, much like the mix of high-risk and stable stocks in conventional portfolios.
Chainalysis also dispels the myth that crypto is too complex for the average consumer. While certain aspects of crypto technology can be intricate, the report argues that understanding the technology that underpins it is not necessary for trading and purchasing. The comparison is made to the SWIFT system for international bank transfers, which most consumers use without understanding the technical details.
Trust in crypto is also addressed, with the report refuting the myth that it’s a tool predominantly for criminals. It notes that blockchain has in fact been used to aid criminal investigations and enhance transparency. Tools exist to track wallet addresses and perform blockchain analytics and crypto exchanges must comply with Know-Your-Customer and anti-money laundering regulations. Law enforcement’s use of these tools has led to successful investigations, debunking the theory that crypto transactions are anonymous and untraceable.
Finally, the report rejects the idea that crypto is a passing fad. Despite disruptive events and market volatility, transaction volume remains higher than in 2019 and 2020 and crypto has a global market cap of approximately $1.18 trillion. Chainalysis concludes that the use of crypto is on the rise, asserting a continued growth trajectory for the industry. Read more here.
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