Shake it up Biden now shake it up Biden? Ya the SEC has a new chairman kicking the acting chairman to the curb soon. Is this new guy, good or bad for crypto & what does this mean for quarter 1 of 2021!? Coinbase IPO still a go? XRP is it a Security!? Well, letâ€™s find out in about 10 minutes because itâ€™s time for Chico Crypto! So, who did the Bidster pick to lead his SEC commission presumably for the next 4 years!? Well, it wasnâ€™t one of the acting democratic commissioners, Alission Lee or Caroline Crenshaw. It was a newbie, Gary Gensler.
So who, what, where, and why is Gary Gensler!? Well, Gary is actually a former banker for Goldman Socks then turned financial regulator for the Obama administration. Serving as chairman of the CFTC, from 2009 to 2014. But he started with ole bill Clinton, serving in smaller financial government positions from 1997 to 2001. So, Gary is back in the driver’s seat as a chairman with Biden who he worked with before.
But this time itâ€™s with the SEC. What is Garyâ€™s mission going to be?? Well, we have to go back in time and see what Gary has been doing since leaving the CFTC. Did he turn pro-crypto? Did he get involved with cryptocurrency!? Pro-crypto maybe but he did get involved with the industry. January 2018, it was announced by the MIT Digital currency initiative, that Gary was joining them as a Senior Advisor & even as a senior lecturer aka professor.
That is pretty damn involved. Which we can confirm, some of his courses are online for free, links for those are in the description if you want his full thoughts on crypto, 24- hour-long sessions. AKA a full day of Gary. Canâ€™t handle that, well luckily you have chico to break his thoughts down. So obviously by joining MIT and the digital currency initiative he is pro-bitcoin as they are pro-bitcoin.
Most of their initiatives are bitcoin-focused, including bitcoin core development, but they also dabble in zks & cbdcs. Wall St. Journal covered him like for bitcoin and blockchain technology in 2018, in an article titled â€œFormer CFTC Chair Has Bitcoin on the Brainâ€ And this is evident from his courses, in an introductory course: Money, Ledgers & Bitcoin you can see the enthusiasm in his eyes, pushing his students and viewers to read Satoshi Nakamotoâ€™s whitepaper.
So, that is a good sign out the gate. He understands the technology & agrees that bitcoin is not a security. Bitcoin gets a nod and a green check from Gary. So what about the others? Ethereum, XRP, the thousands of other ICOs. What are his thoughts beyond just BTC?? Letâ€™s begin with Ether besides BTC, Ether is the only other digital currency the CFTC has publicly stated is a commodity.
And this view by Gary’s former division was just reinforced in December, when CME, the Chicago mercantile exchange confirmed Ether futures would launch in February of 2021. Aka next month So whatâ€™s Garyâ€™s own views? Well, he gave a lecture, called Smart contracts and apps, which of course included Ethereum, but also his thoughts on if he thinks its a security. Letâ€™s listen in. So, he does personally think the Ethereum ICO, was security offering back in 2014, but there are rulingâ€™s that it’s sufficiently decentralized.
Moving out of the securities basket. And again CME launching futures in a month confirms that. So ether gets a green check, but with a task from Gare Bear. So now the big questions that need to be answered are XRP as Iâ€™m sure their Army has been holding their breath regarding the new chairman. Well sorry to burst your XRP bubble, but it isnâ€™t the best of news. Letâ€™s hear it. He has strong views that yes it’s a security, but itâ€™s not up to him itâ€™s up to the courts.
Which as we know, Ripple is in the middle of right now. Defending that XRP is not a security. And thanks to Leonidas on Twitter for putting this together, but the lawyers have been set for both the SEC and Ripple, and itâ€™s a long list of lawyers on the XRP side, as they are obviously going to need it with the SEC confirmed to be aiming to be moving full steam ahead with the security ruling.
So the court battle will rage on. Which methinks why, Flare their Plan F, is moving full steam ahead with their network launch, planned for quarter 2 of this year. Even now integrating with Litecoin and dropping to their holders pushing them away from fully airdrop dependent, on just the possible security XRP. But regarding Flare, it’s one of the thousands of other cryptocurrency and blockchain projects trading in some form, centralized exchange like Binance or coin base or decentralized through something like uni swap.
So what are Garyâ€™s thoughts on those? ICOs, Airdrops, NFTs, IEOs?? The altcoin you may be holding!? Well before we get into just that, itâ€™s time for a sponsored segment of this article supported by the team at Shopping.io & like always, if you’re watching gare bear, I do it right the full details of our agreement are below. What do I like about shopping.io? Simplicityâ€™s a gateway to make purchases from eCommerce sites with cryptocurrency from sites like Walmart, Amazon, eBay & more. Easy signup, with tiered plans based on staking their token SPI, which we will get into in a second.
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There are options, and shopping.io, provides free ones, just holding SPI options, and staking options. Now back to Gary Gensler and his thoughts on ICOs and altcoins. Well sorry to burst the altcoin bubble, itâ€™s not good. April 2018, out of MIT’s own technology review blog, they posted this article.
â€œFormer regulator under Obama says more than 1,000 ICOs are not following the lawâ€ In the article, it stated Gesler has said â€œMore than $10 billion has been raised via ICOs, a blockchain-based fund-raising method. But a significant fraction of these are fraudulent, and many were launched in a way that is not compliant with US securities laws established in the 1930s.
To reach its full potential â€œblockchain technology will need to come within the public policy framework and Weâ€™re not in very good shape right now.â€ Which is confirmed by his words on Bloomberg in 2018. Letâ€™s listen in. So in Garyâ€™s eyeâ€™s if your project Ran an ICO, and raised funds, you may just be a security.
So if you hold an ALTCOIN, that raises funds within the United States, there may be questions from Garyâ€™s department down the road. But it’s a specific case by case matter. Just raising funds does not directly put you into the securities basket. It all comes down to decentralization folks.
s your project sufficiently decentralized? You can confirm this from this 2018 Bloomberg article titled â€œFormer CFTC Head Says Big Cryptocurrencies Could Be Classified as Securitiesâ€ And in it, Gensler said this to Bloomberg regarding classifying tokens as securities. â€œThereâ€™s a strong case, particularly for Ripple,â€ as Ether is more decentralizedâ€. Now for the altcoin holders. Itâ€™s time to take a big introspective look into what you are holding.
Did it run an ICO, did they take investors where they werenâ€™t supposed to, is there even a freaking product, and is that freaking product sufficiently decentralized? If more than a few are those are checked, especially no product. All I have to say is yikes. But what about those that raised no funds, like an airdrop!? Well luckily the gare bear has also has talked on this in 2018 as well, just a clip, but letâ€™s watch now.
Airdropâ€™s do not get you off the hook!? What does he mean!? Well, it all comes down to once again, decentralization and product, and token airdrop distribution. Did the runners of the airdrop enrich themselves? Did they pull of a seriously unfair distribution?? Gary doesnâ€™t like that as seen from his thoughts on the reason for XRP being a security and Ripples token distribution.. Unfair distribution, continually enriching themselves.
If the Airdrop did that, it just might be a security. So those thinking of dropping. Make sure you have a product, it’s decentralized & donâ€™t get greedy. But what about those NFTs non-fungible tokens!? Gary has also spoken on these specifically crypto kitties and those hold a special place in his heart for some reason.
Letâ€™s listen in. His thoughts on NFTS are good, as it comes down to seat license and special ownership. So my friends, changes. They are coming to the crypto industry led by the SEC. These last words from the Gare the bear on Bloomberg sum it up to the extent they can, what extent they will go is to be seen.
Cheers, Iâ€™ll see you next time!.
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