• Former CFTC Chairman Chris Giancarlo and SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce
    People,  Regulation

    Crypto Mom tells SEC to go easy on her ICO offspring

    SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce wants to give initial coin offering projects a three-year grace period before securities laws kick in

    SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce has unveiled her proposal to implement a "safe harbor" for crypto startups, allowing them a three-year grace period after their initial coin offerings to achieve a level of decentralization sufficient to pass the Howey test. 

  • Crypto Mom is not impressed (via Flickr CC BY 2.0)
    Cryptocurrencies,  People

    SEC’s Crypto Mom: Daddy’s Ferrari doesn’t make you a sophisticated investor

    The Securities and Exchange Commission is poised to open non-public cryptocurrency sales to less-wealthy investors who know what they’re doing

    The Securities and Exchange Commission wants to make it easier to become a sophisticated investor. The term is, technically, “accredited investor,” and currently, it translates roughly to “rich.”  Since the agency’s crackdown on ICOs, accredited investors have been a primary way to raise money in the cryptocurrency market. Under the Securities Act of 1933’s Regulation D, it is far easier to sell securities to individuals and businesses that meet this standard.  The problem with “accredited investors” that the agency feels it needs to solve is summed up nicely in a Dec. 18 statement by the ever-quotable Commissioner Hester Peirce, also known as “Crypto Mom” for her industry advocacy. “Our current definition includes investors that…

  • Lies, lies, lies, yeah—They're gonna get you (via Pixabay).
    Uncategorized

    Telegram to SEC: Liar, liar, pants on fire!

    The maker of the TON blockchain’s whiny response to the agency’s lawsuit stopping a $1.7 billion token sale is the latest example of the industry’s willingness to fight the Securities and Exchange Commission

    The Securities and Exchange Commission doesn’t understand cryptocurrencies, is unfair, and is out of touch with what its own commissioners are saying in public.

  • 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.