• Securities and Exchange Commission chairman Jay Clayton looking as if he just heard a joke about stablecoins (via SEC)
    Bitcoin,  United States

    SEC Chair Jay Clayton says Bitcoin ETFs are making progress

    The way Clayton described his agency’s concerns during a CNBC interview may be more telling than what he said

    Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton said that agency is closer to approving a cryptocurrency ETF that would let retail investors invest in bitcoin through mainstream brokerage accounts.

  • SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce speaking at New York University, March 26, 2018 (photo by Lawrence Lewitinn for Modern Consensus).
    United States

    Crypto Mom says SEC takes nanny state approach

    SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce thinks regulatory overreach is hindering cryptocurrency innovation

    Hester Peirce doesn’t want the government to protect you from dumb cryptocurrency investments. Speaking at a taping of Laura Shin’s Unchained podcast at NYU’s Stern School of Business on March 26, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s “Crypto Mom”—a nickname she picked up after dissenting from the commission’s June 2018 decision not to approve a cryptocurrency exchange traded fund (ETF)—expressed a belief that her agency should be focused on protecting securities investors from fraud, not hindering speculation.

  • Alt coins,  Bitcoin,  Media,  Tether

    Must-reads for August 24, 2018

    Here are the crypto stories you should be watching today and this weekend

    It’s Getting Harder to Pump Up Prices in Cryptocurrency Markets (Bloomberg) Bloomberg’s Matt Leising is quickly becoming our personal hero. He faces a barrage of insults from cryptobros on Reddit and Twitter but instead of backing down, the intrepid reporter doubles down, noting, “It’s getting hard to pump amid the dump in the $209 billion cryptocurrency market. At least that appears to be the case when you look at Tether, one of the most-traded digital assets and also one that’s allegedly been used to manipulate the price of Bitcoin.” Stay strong, Matt. Stay strong!   Mt Gox’s Bitcoin Creditors Can Now File for Rehabilitation Claims (CoinDesk) Another step forward in…

  • BlackRock
    Bitcoin,  Cryptocurrencies,  Innovators

    Cryptos rally on very old BlackRock news

    Financial News reports story that has been around for year; crypto enthusiasts use it as excuse to buy more

    Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies rallied more that 5 percent on Monday but it was off of very old news. Earlier in the day, Dow Jones’ Financial News reported on the existence of a working group at the $6.3 trillion asset manager, titling the piece, “BlackRock begins exploration of bitcoin”. That was followed by a Reuters interview with CEO Larry Fink saying the company was “evaluating cryptocurrencies.” However, none of this is actual new. That’s because BlackRock’s Blockchain Labs has been around for a few years. On YouTube, one can even view a presentation by George Kouzmov, a member of the working group, talk for a full hour to a London…