ICO German Regulators demand unified regulatory efforts against ICO Published 3 months ago on October 30, 2018 By Viraj S Share Tweet On Sunday, BaFin, the highest ranked financial regulatory body in Germany has called for international efforts to control and monitor the sky-by-night cryptocurrency projects issuing non-secured Initial Coin Offerings ( ICO). The call for a stringent monitoring framework has been on the rise from regulatory bodies of several nations where cryptocurrencies become a dominant financial product. The United States, the regulatory institution has already been denouncing the impact of these defunct-ICOs and the need to better monitor offerings. Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) Chairperson, Felix Hufeld in a conversation with the financial publication, expressed that: “The number (of ICO) and the volume (of money) per ICO are both getting higher. Investors have mostly minimal rights…I can thus only recommend private investors keep away from such things.” Germany’s perspective about cryptocurrency has been about asking for international-level of regulations, where other countries also collaborate, and there is the simultaneous imposition of these rules. Back in January 2018, the country’s largest bank Bundesbank’s Board member Joachim Wuermeling had said, “Effective regulation of virtual currencies would therefore only be achievable through the greatest possible international cooperation because the regulatory power of nation-states is obviously limited.” In the US, the SEC has been acting down strongly against companies involved in crypto-based crimes and blockchain operations which have exploited vulnerabilities of the investor community. Texas is one of the states in the United States to work at controlling these crypto-risks at the state levels. Other countries such as China have already banned operations of cryptocurrency exchanges in the country. The result of the strong action was that Chinese traders simply moved their operations to neighbor Japan and South Korea-based exchanges. Disappearing ICO Much of the concerns raised by heads of regulatory bodies worldwide stems from the fact that markets across the world are witness fraud and scams related to ICO offers. Typically these offers disappear after the initial phase of fund-raising. Investors wanting to cash in on the opportunity to invest early and ride the early-adopter price benefit, as these tokens eventually gain at prices in crypto markets has been the reason for the prolonged success of these ICO scams. Hence, there is value in the latest appeal made by Hufeld. He proposes that as regulators the respective institutions should focus on self-regulation before asking for a mainstream blanket ban on these financial products. Hufeld opines that ICO could well be niche product or issue. It is yet to be seen if these ICO will eventually grow to be a financial product which will have a sweeping impact across economies. Until then, these products will be small instruments which require monitoring and scrutinizing for their fraudulent practices. Additionally, it is the most conducive environment to develop a framework for ‘long-term’ protective practices to introduce international or standardized regulation which will ensure that there is sufficient and constant pressure on such firms and companies to engage in such practices. Multiple “international forums” would be the ideal platform for curtailing the activities of such offerings. 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Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website #Scam ICOs Keep Failing: How Not to Fall for a Scam Published 3 days ago on January 20, 2019 By Janet F. Sanchez If you have been trading in the cryptocurrency arena for the last few years, no doubt you have come across ICOs. For those of you who aren’t in the know, an ICO is initial coin offering made by new cryptocurrency projects. Typically, these offerings are made by way of crowdfunding as a means to draw investment to kickstart the currency effectively and provide traders and investors with the opportunity to pick up potentially valuable tokens at a discounted rate. The tokens are sold on the premise of a successful launch with investors being able to cash in if the project is successful by selling their tokens in the future. So far so good, ICOs are providing a solid base for investment with the opportunity to make generous returns when the platform is live. The problem is that ICOs are often scams. In fact, it was estimated by ICO advisory group Statis that 80% of all ICOs that went to market was in fact scams set up by fraudulent individuals looking to make a lot of money and disappear as quickly as they had emerged. That does mean, though, that 20% of all ICOs are legitimate and profitable, but with 4 out of 5 being outright scams, how can you tell the good from the bad? And how can you make sure your investment is with an ICO that could yield lucratively in the future? 5 Ways to Identify an ICO Scam To start, it is important to highlight that there is no fool-proof way in determining whether an ICO is a scam or not. In an ideal world, scammers would be easily identifiable, but the problems arise due to the sophistication employed by scammers to get investment. There are, however, 5 good indicators showing whether or not an ICO is a scam, and if these raise alarm bells, it is probably best to find one that doesn’t. Tip #1 – Understanding the Development Team This is critical and should be your first concern when considering whether an ICO is a scam. Development teams for these projects often have good track records that are independently verified through third-party sources. This is primarily because it is very rare that a grass-roots ICO project with no development history or credentials would be legitimate. Familiarize yourself with the team behind the ICO, “google” their head office, check their educational and business history on LinkedIn. If a development team or individuals behind the project have already contributed productively to the crypto world then it might be a key indication that they are legitimate. Tip #2 – Get to Grips with the Whitepaper An ICO whitepaper is very much like a business plan. It should identify the key areas that the ICO is looking to address, how it intends to achieve its goals, and more importantly, it should outline any concerns that the developers have. This last point is something that scammers often overlook as they don’t wish to perpetuate any negative connotations attached to their offering. This is because they want as many people on board as possible. A legitimate whitepaper will highlight areas that the developers are wary of as well as ways in which they intend to combat them. It will show careful planning and contingencies being put in place from the outset. If the whitepaper seems too good to be true, it likely is! Tip #3 – Examine the Token The offering for an ICO will be made through either a token or some tangible currency system. If an ICO has been set up honestly, it will be relatively straightforward for investors to view the system and token performance. This information should be accessible so that you can discern how a token has performed over time as well as view current performance. Marry this information up to the claims and projections in the whitepaper, is it feasible that the token can achieve results in the way that the developers are claiming it can? If you can’t track token’s performance at all, it is a clear indicator that something is not right about the ICO and you should move on to the next one. Tip #4 – Take Everything with a Pinch of Salt Tying back in with the feasibility mentioned in the previous point, always err on the side of caution when evaluating the company’s claims. If an ICO looks very attractive, but after evaluation of its performance you have been discouraged by borderline or poor performance, it is best to steer clear rather than expect a turnaround. Cryptocurrency, in general, is rife with exaggerated claims and hype, only legitimate platforms retain value regardless of this. So it is very important you trust your gut instincts when deciding if a particular project is for you. If something doesn’t look right or doesn’t ring true, don’t make excuses for why that might be and move on instead. Tip #5 – Spread Your Risk Even the most seasoned investors have fallen for ICO scams. This is because they often appear very real. It is worth mentioning that you should never put all of your capital into one ICO but rather look at other offerings and balance out investments to find a dynamic that not only works for you but protects you if one is a scam. If you have been caught out by a scam, think carefully about the process you employed when selecting that ICO, establish where you went wrong or what can be done differently. If you can’t do that, it is perhaps best to steer clear of the ICO market and look to other fantastic opportunities in the crypto world. Some ICOs have had incredible success, but the ICO market is currently littered with poor ICO options that are purely there to rob you. Always be inquisitive, ask questions and make sure you feel comfortable before investing. Continue Reading ICO Pablo Escobar’s Brother: Roberto Escobar launches Escobar Stablecoin ICO Published 2 weeks ago on January 13, 2019 By Joyce Lang Roberto Escobar, the former operator of the Medellin cartel and the brother of the late drug lord Pablo Escobar has launched an initial coin offering for a dollar pegged stablecoin. Roberto Escobar is directly targeting Donald Trump in his crowdfunding campaign and is targeting a whopping $50 million investment. Escobar ICO: The crowdfunding is being promoted on the official Impeach Trump Fund website which reads that Roberto Escobar is now accepting donations to impeach President Donald Trump in 2019. The website has also posted content starting Donald Trump has the worst president that the United States of America has had. The donation can be made by buying the ESCOBAR stablecoin on the website http://escobartrump.org/. The Escobar ICO also claims that USDT or Tether is not a trustworthy stablecoin and Escobar Stablecoin is planning to compete with USDT. They are also claiming that Donald Trump had ordered GoFundMe to close down their funding after they had received $10 million investment. Olof Gustafsson, the CEO of Escobar Inc, the company running the ICO and the stablecoin told Hard Fork that earlier their aim was to raise $50 million using GoFundMe platform but their funding was shut down b the website. Just within 24 hours of being shut down, they launched the ESCOBAR stablecoin for avoiding anyone to censor them again. ESCOBAR stablecoin whitepaper: The whitepaper of the ESCOBAR stablecoin reads that 1 billion ESCOBAR tokens (ERC 20) shall be issued on the Ethereum Blockchain. The tokens shall be pegged with US dollar and will be redeemable through an entity registered in Belize. The COO of Escobar Inc, Daniel Reitberg said that they had plans to launch the ESCOBAR stablecoin in 2019 and is they are insisting people to use their stablecoin. He also added that they don’t trust Tether and that Roberto Escobar has had a wonderful career in his lifetime making hundreds of billions of dollars. Roberto Escobar had earlier tried launching Diet Bitcoin: A bitcoin hard fork in March 2018. The Diet Bitcoin website read that bitcoin needed an alternative as CIA was about to destroy bitcoin. Continue Reading Cryptocurrency South Korea Planning ICO and Crypto Taxation Published 2 months ago on December 3, 2018 By Layla Harding In accordance with a document presented by Hong Nam-ki, the finance minister nominee, the government tax authorities of South Korea are planning the taxation on Cryptocurrencies and Initial Coin Offerings. Document submitted to the National Assembly of South Korea According to Hong Nam-ki, the document shall be concluded by the creation and advancement of tax infrastructure. The document was submitted to the Korean National Assembly. A special task force shall be appointed to access the document and examine different cryptocurrency taxation plans to choose the most suitable. The document mentioned cryptocurrency as an electronic sign of value that is issued by private authorities and not by a government bank or financial institutions. The document also stated about more than 2000 crypto that exists in the cryptocurrency world although only about 160 are being traded currently on the exchanges of South Korea. Hong Nam-ki also focused on Initial Coin Offerings that are currently banned in South Korea saying that ICO market will be examined and monitored carefully. 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