SEC Publishings on Cryptocurrencies

Updated 3 months ago by Eric Nemeth

The following is a list of commentary from the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) relating to cryptocurrencies and blockchain.

Date (M/D/Y) SEC Posting Titles/Links Details
3/28/03 Final Rule: Custody of Investment Company Assets with a Securities Depository Amendments to the Investment Company Act of 1940
7/9/17 Comments on File No. SR-NYSE Arca-2017-06 Ari Paul suggests the positive disruptive effects cryptocurrencies would have on capital markets through the creation of cryptocurrency-ETFs on regulated exchanges such as the NYSE.
7/25/17 Report of Investigation Pursuant to Section 21(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934: The DAO SEC explicates the importance of complying with securities acts by registering with SEC.
7/25/17 SEC Issues Investigative Report Concluding DAO Tokens, a Digital Asset, Were Securities Press release detailing how U.S. securities laws may apply to offers, sales, and trading of interests in virtual organizations
12/11/17 Statement on Cryptocurrencies and Initial Coin Offerings Inform investors and market professionals on the securities laws that they must abide to. Details discussions around cryptocurrencies, ICO's and securities regulations
1/4/18 Statement on NASAA’s Message to Investors about ICOs Explains that investing in ICO's that are not compliant with regulations are risky and cautions "that, if you lose money, there is a substantial risk that our effrots will not result in a recovery of your investment
1/18/18 Staff Letter: Engaging on Fund Innovation and Cryptocurrency-related Holdings Highlighting 5 thematic questions that need to be discussed to engage fund innovation in cryptoasset holdings.
1/25/18 Statement by SEC Chairman Jay Clayton and CFTC Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo: Regulators are Looking at Cryptocurrency Announcing the CFTC and SEC's commitment to "continue to work together to bring transparency and integrity to these markets and, importantly, to deter and prosecute fraud and abuse"
2/6/18 Chairman’s Testimony on Virtual Currencies: The Roles of the SEC and CFTC Testimony to Congress on the roles the SEC and CFTC will play on regulating cryptocurrencies.
3/7/18 Statement on Potentially Unlawful Online Platforms for Trading Digital Assets This public statement details regulatory framework for which exchanges must register with and provides resources for the pursuance of compliancy.
5/2/18 Beaches and Bitcoin: Remarks before the Medici Conference Commissioner Peirce discusses the roles of "regulatory sandboxes" and "lifeguards" play in monitoring innovation.
5/22/18 Statement on NASAA’s Announcement of Enforcement Sweep Targeting Fraudulent ICOs and Crypto-asset Investment Products This statement announces enforcement actions by the SEC and NASAA to regulate and forewarn investors about fraudulant ICO's
6/4/18 SEC Names Valerie A. Szczepanik Senior Advisor for Digital Assets and Innovation SEC appoints senior advisor for new position title Digital Assets and Innovation Senior Advisor

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Speech by Director of Divison of Corporate Finance clarifies that Ethereum is not a security. Presents questions to possibly define what makes a digital asset a security.
7/26/18 Dissent of Commissioner Hester M. Peirce to Release No. 34-83723; File No. SR-BatsBZX-2016-30 "I respectfully dissent from the Commission’s order disapproving a proposed rule change, as amended, to list and trade shares of the Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust on Bats BZX Exchange, Inc. (“BZX”)." - Commissioner Hester M. Peirce
8/22/18 Release No. 34-83904; File No. SR-NYSEArca-2017-139
Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Order Disapproving a Proposed Rule Change to List and Trade the Shares of the ProShares Bitcoin ETF and the ProShares Short Bitcoin ETF
9/13/18 Statement Regarding SEC Staff Views "The Commission’s longstanding position is that all staff statements are nonbinding and create no enforceable legal rights or obligations of the Commission or other parties."
12/6/18 SEC Rulemaking Over the Past Year, the Road Ahead and Challenges Posed by Brexit, LIBOR Transition and Cybersecurity Risks "I will review our progress on the agenda for 2018, then discuss the agenda for 2019, and close with observations on certain of the key risks that we are monitoring—namely, Brexit, the LIBOR transition and cybersecurity risks."
12/6/18 Notice of Designation of a Longer Period for Commission Action on Proceedings to Determine Whether to Approve or Disapprove a Proposed Rule Change to List and Trade Shares of SolidX Bitcoin Shares Issued by the VanEck SolidX Bitcoin Trust "The Commission finds it appropriate to designate a longer period within which to issue
an order approving or disapproving the proposed rule change so that it has sufficient time to consider this proposed rule change."

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