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US Senator Requests Government Agencies Step Up Efforts to Prosecute Criminal Use of CryptocurrenciesBitcoin News - 17 September 2021, 6:00 pm
U.S. Senator Margaret Hassan has requested that government agencies take “additional targeted steps to prevent and prosecute the use of cryptocurrency for criminal purposes.” She expressed her concern over “the rise in the use of cryptocurrency for criminal purposes.” US Senator Requests Agencies Take Steps to Prevent and Prosecute Use of Crypto for Criminal Purposes […]Read More
- Cointelegraph.com News - 17 September 2021, 5:00 pm
Meanwhile, the SOL’s latest downside move forms a classic bullish continuation structure, with a profit target above $250. Solana (SOL) price extended its slide on Sept. 17 as a major network outage over the past week — pointing to heightened security risks — hit traders’ confidence.The SOL/USD exchange rate fell up to 13.27% to its intraday low of $133.53 in a corrective trend that began after it topped out near $221.38 on Sept 9. As a result, SOL’s price has almost crashed by 40% since its all-time high last week, despite more than tripling their value in the past 30 days.Outage hurts SOL priceSolana backers tout its layer-1 blockchain solutions as a direct competitor to…Read More
- Cointelegraph.com News - 17 September 2021, 4:42 pm
The former cabinet minister, known by some as Mad Max, has been outspoken in his criticism of vaccine mandates, mask mandates and lockdowns in Canada during the pandemic. Maxime Bernier, founder and leader of the People’s Party of Canada, has said he supports the adoption of cryptocurrencies in the country.In a Tuesday tweet, Bernier said cryptocurrencies are “another new and innovative way” to counter the actions by central banks, which he claimed are “destroying our money and economy.” The Canadian politician has criticized the Bank of Canada for “printing money” and called out Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for his economic policies.Bernier, a former cabinet minister known by some as Mad Max, has been outspoken in…Read More
- Cointelegraph.com News - 17 September 2021, 4:37 pm
Here’s how savvy traders booked front-row seats for last week’s 50% rally from LUNA and RAY. Online information flows have a tremendous influence on the prices of crypto assets. Just this week, investors witnessed how even fake news can sometimes make the market value of a token explode, even if for just an hour. Fortunately, the effects of legitimate news tends to last longer, but the trick for investors is to figure out which stories to look at when making trading decisions.Extensive research suggests that there are three types of news announcements that consistently affect crypto prices: exchange listings, staking program launches and new partnerships. While there hasn’t been a legitimate partnership announcement that resulted…Read More
- Bitcoin News - 17 September 2021, 4:00 pm
Following the successful Alonzo hard fork, the Cardano network now has a large swathe of new smart contracts. However, developers must wait to use them as they are locked in a timelock contract. At the time of writing, metrics show an aggregate total of 2,352 smart contracts since the Alonzo upgrade was implemented. Cardano Has […]Read More
- Cointelegraph.com News - 17 September 2021, 2:14 pm
A blockchain network can excel at security or speed — but not both — Solana’s Yakovenko tells Cointelegraph, as the network is betting on speed. There was a lot of talk at SALT Conference 2021 about Solana Labs, the supersonic racer of layer-one blockchain networks. Not surprisingly, much of that conversation centered on speed — or, in network parlance, transactions per second (TPS).If blockchain technology is ever to achieve mass adoption — 1 billion users, say — then it has to get faster, said Sam Bankman-Fried, CEO of crypto exchange platform FTX, in a Monday morning panel session, adding, “You can’t have 1 billion people using a chain that has 10 transactions per second. It…Read More
- Bitcoin News - 17 September 2021, 2:00 pm
According to reports stemming from the Salvadoran Court of Accounts, the regulatory body is planning to investigate the government’s bitcoin automated teller machine (ATM) purchases and Chivo kiosk construction. The investigation follows the recent protest in El Salvador against the adoption of bitcoin as the crowd set fire to a bitcoin ATM. Human Rights Group […]Read More
- Cointelegraph.com News - 17 September 2021, 1:59 pm
PayPal’s Bitcoin trading services are now fully available in the United Kingdom after the global payment giant began rolling out services last month. PayPal officially announced on Friday that all eligible customers in the United Kingdom can now buy, hold and sell cryptocurrencies using their PayPal accounts.Customers can trade four major cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH), Litecoin (LTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH). As announced previously, crypto trading will only be available to PayPal customers with verified identities.PayPal announced plans to move into the British cryptocurrency market in late August, immediately proceeding with a partial rollout of crypto trading services. The move marks the first expansion of PayPal’s cryptocurrency services beyond the United States.Speaking to Cointelegraph, a…Read More
- Cointelegraph.com News - 17 September 2021, 1:38 pm
SushiSwap’s CTO will instruct their lawyer to “file an IC3 complaint with the FBI” if the suspected hacker doesn’t return the funds. Joseph Delong, chief technology officer of decentralized finance (DeFi) platform SushiSwap, announced that a hacker compromised the supply chain of its token launchpad platform, MISO.According to Delong, the “anonymous contractor with the GH handle AristoK3 injected malicious code into the Miso front end,” replacing the auction wallet address with their own and subsequently acquiring 865 Ether (ETH), valued at $3 million. This data can be verified via EtherScan.The hacker exploited the single target of the Jay Pegs Auto Mart token auction, a parody NFT project imitating the value of a 2007 Kia Sedona.On what he…Read More
- Bitcoin News - 17 September 2021, 1:00 pm
xSigma, a blockchain R&D lab and subsidiary of ZK International (Nasdaq: ZKIN), is excited to announce the launch of their all-new, official non-fungible token (NFT) marketplace, MaximNFT.com. The platform is launched in partnership with Maxim, a legendary men’s magazine available in 75 countries. The burgeoning marketplace will grant exclusive access to Maxim’s own NFT collections. […]Read More
- Bitcoin News - 17 September 2021, 11:30 am
Investors in Ireland are attracted to digital opportunities offering better returns and often find them online, a new survey has indicated. According to the poll, 11% of investors have already bought a digital asset and a quarter of the young Irish are betting on cryptocurrencies. Low Interest Rates, Search for Long-Term Returns Push More Irish […]Read More
- Bitcoin News - 17 September 2021, 9:30 am
The Nigerian currency, the naira, plunged to a new all-time low of N570 for every dollar on September 16, 2021. This new exchange rate means since August 17, the naira has now lost about a tenth of its value on the foreign currency black market. Naira Overvalued In spite of this plunge, which has been […]Read More
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An initial coin offering (ICO) is the cryptocurrency industry’s equivalent to an initial public offering (IPO). A company looking to raise money to create a new coin, app, or service launches an ICO as a way to raise funds.
Interested investors can buy into the offering and receive a new cryptocurrency token issued by the company. This token may have some utility in using the product or service the company is offering, or it may just represent a stake in the company or project.
How an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) Works
When a cryptocurrency startup wants to raise money through ICO, it usually creates a whitepaper which outlines what the project is about, the need the project will fulfill upon completion, how much money is needed, how many of the virtual tokens the founders will keep, what type of money will be accepted, and how long the ICO campaign will run for.
During the ICO campaign, enthusiasts and supporters of the project buy some of the project’s tokens with fiat or digital currency. These coins are referred to the buyers as tokens and are similar to shares of a company sold to investors during an IPO.
If the money raised does not meet the minimum funds required by the firm, the money may be returned to the backers; at this point, the ICO would be deemed unsuccessful. If the funding requirements are met within the specified timeframe, the money raised is used to pursue the goals of the project.
Although ICOs aren’t regulated, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) can intervene. For example, the maker of Telegram raised $1.7 billion in an ICO in 2018 and 2019, but the SEC filed an emergency action and obtained a temporary restraining order due to alleged illegal activity on the part of the development team.1 In March 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a preliminary injunction, and Telegram had to return $1.2 billion to investors and pay a civil penalty of $18.5 million.
Investors looking to buy into ICOs should first familiarize themselves with the cryptocurrency space more broadly. In the case of most ICOs, investors must purchase tokens with pre-existing cryptocurrencies. This means that an ICO investor will need to already have a cryptocurrency wallet set up for a currency like bitcoin or ethereum, as well as having a wallet capable of holding whichever token or currency they want to purchase.
How does one go about finding ICOs in which to participate? There is no recipe for staying abreast of the latest ICOs. The best thing that an interested investor can do is read up about new projects online. ICOs generate a substantial amount of hype, and there are numerous places online in which investors gather to discuss new opportunities. There are dedicated sites that aggregate ICOs, allowing investors to discover new ICOs and compare different offerings against one another.
Initial Coin Offering (ICO) vs. Initial Public Offering (IPO)
For traditional companies, there are a few ways of going about raising the funds necessary for development and expansion. A company can start small and grow as its profits allow, remaining beholden only to company owners. However, this also means they may have to wait a long time for funds to build up. Alternately, companies can look to outside investors for early support, providing them a quick influx of cash—but typically coming with the trade-off of giving away a portion of ownership stake. Another method is to go public, earning funds from individual investors by selling shares through an IPO.
While IPOs deal purely with investors, ICOs may deal with supporters that are keen to invest in a new project, much like a crowdfunding event. But ICOs differ from crowdfunding in that the backers of ICOs are motivated by a prospective return on their investments while the funds raised in crowdfunding campaigns are basically donations. For these reasons, ICOs are referred to as “crowdsales.”
ICOs also retain at least two important structural differences from IPOs. First, ICOs are largely unregulated, meaning that government organizations like the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) do not oversee them.3 Secondly, due to their decentralization and lack of regulation, ICOs are much freer in terms of structure than IPOs.
ICOs can be structured in a variety of ways. In some cases, a company sets a specific goal or limit for its funding, which means that each token sold in the ICO has a pre-set price and that the total token supply is static. In other cases, there is a static supply of ICO tokens but a dynamic funding goal—this means that the distribution of tokens to investors will be dependent upon the funds received (i.e. the more total funds received in the ICO, the higher the overall token price).
Still, others have a dynamic token supply which is determined according to the amount of funding received. In these cases, the price of a token is static, but there is no limit to the number of total tokens (save for parameters like ICO length).