American SEC starts purge of cryptocurrencies by targeting Bittrex

Bittrex.com – one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges announced that it will stop trading following cryptocurrencies: Bitshares, Bata, BT Token (Draco), DAR.

Bitshares is largest from these cryptos, holds $155 mln in capitalization and fell in just a few minutes by a 24% , while Draco’s price decreased 60% and DAR -58% . This means effectively death for these virtual online coins and big losses for unlucky investors.

A very bad day for Bitshares: almost 60 million USD evaporated from investors accounts. Source: coinmarketcap.com.

The reason behind this purge is SEC (U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission) request to stop these coins from being suggested by Bittrex, because they are securities. SEC just a few days ago exposed cryptocurrency scam, charging two companies with defrauding investors in a pair of ICOs purportedly backed by investments in real estate and diamonds. REcoin meant to be “The Very first Ever Cryptocurrency Backed by Real Estate.”, but in fact it turned out to be nothing more than a scam.

Securities are tradable financial assets like stocks, futures contracts for commodities or currency pairs and to trade one, trading institution needs to obtain US license and meet the requirements, which none of virtual coin exchanges can met, because of intangible value of cryptos. No one can trade securities in US without SEC permit and that is big problem for businesses suggesting these online currencies to investors.

What does it mean for cryptocurrencies?

In fact it shouldn’t be a surprise for anybody , because SEC don’t want to list Bitcoin as a financial product, and actually warnsinvestors about dangers of buying virtual internet coins such as as Bitcoin. In 2014 SEC issued an “Investor Alert about Bitcoin and Other Virtual Currency-Related Investments” where this financial institution raises a few delicious points about Bitcoin:

  • “Bitcoin might be a Ponzi scheme”
  • “Bitcoin users may be targets for fraudulent or high-risk investment schemes”
  • “Bitcoins are not legal tender”
  • “Bitcoin exchanges may stop operating or permanently shut down due to fraud, technical glitches, hackers or malware. Bitcoins also may be stolen by hackers.”
  • “Bitcoin does not have an established track record of credibility and trust”

SEC also stresses that exchanges need to obtain their permits before selling – but in fact, none of crypto exchanges bothers with such trivial matters.

Especially larger virtual coins like Bitcoin and Ethereum are vulnerable, because they aren’t back by anything more than a rigid beliefs and lambo wishes, so they aren’t indeed a real financial assets. SEC uses exact same argument as Chinese regulators, who closed all virtual exchanges in China just few days ago.

If SEC will go after this path and starts targeting other US exchanges, it means a unrecoverable crash for Bitcoin and Ethereum. As Twitter user StartaleTV noted – “all alt are up in the air now”. I would say more: it’s possible end of Bitcoin and other main cryptos like Ethereum. SEC isn’t working too quick – but if it starts regulations on broad scale, it will effectively kill Bitcoin fad.

My name is Maciej Włodarczak and I have Ten years of practice in making money from financial assets. I own various online ventures and I am eToro Popular Investor with 20-30% yearly gains.

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Maciej, you are doing a disservice to the industry unless you want to harm it. Bitshares is one of the best tokens on the planet. There’s something fishy here with Bittrex.

It’s so good that it fell by 85% in last Four months!

Most of “old” coins like litecoin, btc and others were falling in such way!

“We need to protect America’s investors by ruining their wealth”

SEC’s rightly protecting investors from “virtual internet coins”, attempting to prevent another bubble.

What is it that actually is backing US currency? How is it any less virtual than crypto? and you also said only Government can issue currency? As in the Federal Reserve? This is the Government agency errr I mean Private company you trust?

USD is backed by Federal Reserve System, Gross Domestic Product and taxes.

Cryptocurrencies are backed by sketchy promises, moon memes and lambo fantasies.

so why they dont avoid all the propertty bubble and debt bubble that the banks got in, this is only the big capitalization whales attempting to stop the common citizen from getting out of the matrix

Quick, take the crimson pill! 😀

>, Cryptocurrencies are backed by sketchy promises, moon memes and lambo desires.

…, much like Gold …, all it does is *bling* *bling*

Gold is precious metal used to produce expensive jewelry and industrial parts, thanks to its excellent conductive properties.

Bitcoin is “virtual internet coin”, mined in Chinese server farms. It’s used to power desires of Lamborghini cars and moon missions.

Very Nice Article!

This article is pretty much a fabrication and is laden with FUD. Very sad to see. BitShares is a major threat to all centralized exchanges. I think that’s why Bittrex is removing them. Cheap shot!

Not a conspiracy, more like fear from folks panicked of economical and technological evolution and progression, so they attempt to kill what menaces their status quo.

Too bad they can’t kill the internet, rewrite the laws of mathematics, or stop society from pushing forward into what they want.

Hahaha.. Stock Traders Keep Dreaming! Removing coins from one exchange means NOTHING! We will trade on any exchange. Matter of fact, we don’t even need exchanges anymore. Decentralized exchanges are popping up everywhere! Good with your rigged game!

There is not a single one working “decentralized” exchange.

Bata is a decentralised currency with modified litecoin core.

It’s not currency – because only government may issue one.

It’s a security – because it’s tradable financial asset intended for profits.

Your virtual fake coin proceeds to tank and is -35% today. SEC attempts to protect investors from such inexcusable losses, which aren’t possible in case of real financial assets like currency pairs (I mean, real currency like EUR/USD not “internet coins”), stock or commodity contracts.

BATA cap fell since yesterday in market cap from $Four mln USD to $1,Three mln USD. Will you pay back almost $Three mln that all holders lost? No – and in case of real financial instruments you would be obliged to.

No as the cryptocurrency is mined and miners are rewarded for their efforts in securing the network,

It is not a security at all. Of course, I suppose you are in the class that believes Bitcoin is a security as well.

Government currency is fake as it is an IOU.

You should at least apologize to BATA holders – now it’s just $900K, so I guess this “decentralized currency” is dead.

Bata is a scam project with no development for Two years. Only dev attempting to sell his stash

Before crypto I flipped antique photos on ebay as a hobby, if you think crypto is volatile, imagine spending $500 for a civil-war daguerrotype, re-selling it on ebay and it completes up going for $300, there you’re out $200. But did I ever beg the government to come protect me or bail me out? No, because i’m a responsible adult who does with my money what I want. You win some, you lose some.

You are correct tho’ crypto coins are not legal currencies, but by the IRS’s own definitions coins is property, akin to the photos I used to sell. So how can the SEC label it a security while another branch of government disagrees, were my antiques securities? Is my Adobe Cloud license key a security, because essentially that is all coins are are cryptographic keys. This all gets real fuzzy in the 21st century.

Personally I think mature adults are capable of making their own decisions, i’ve made more money in crypto in one year then I could ever have hoped to make in a lifetime, and all this talk of regulation, China bans etc. has done more to kill the price of the market as a entire lately then scams have, is this what is considered protecting investors? Snatching money out of the forearms of working class people who found a nice niche in life that is profitable and effortless to get in? I’m not a moron and I doubt 90% of other traders are either, we know its volatile and that is exactly how we like it. Regulating it is one thing, menacing to outright ruin a entire market is another.

And if you think crypto is a fraud, how can these social media companies like Snapchat which turn no profit and deals primarily in teenagers sending child porn to each other be valuated at $17 BILLION dollars? Where are the regulators when it comes to outright con jobs like that? And yet people call Bitcoin at $70b a “bubble”.

I think your hate or extreme concern is misplaced.

Currencies aren’t securities, but currency pairs are. Cryptocurrencies are actual pairs like BTC/USD or ETH/USD.

Your Adobe key isn’t security, because it’s not investment asset devised for taking profits.

Snapchat lost 50% since IPO in March 2017 and is as bad investment as cryptocurrencies, that’s why investors are abandoning this ship.

They’re “abandoning this ship,” so hard that it’s growing at a rapid tempo each and every day. Are you even thinking about what you write? You aren’t instilling much trust in your audience . . . You’re coming across as someone who feels threatened and is now switching to a defensive position that doesn’t take reality into account.

Fellow who’s in fiat stocks thinks cryptocoins will die.

Now there’s a shocker.

More like he’s pleading they’ll die, but knows that it’s a force of nature at this point that isn’t going to be stopped. Lol.

IF SEC or whatever government assets determines to close exchanges, traders will stir to DEX or to exchanges which got government support, such as those in Japan.

Crypto Currency will not just vanish.

That’s what I think, but the time will tell.

Oh, but we have been there. Americans already traded Bitcoins on a largest Japanese exchange.

It was called Mt. Gox.

It’s 2017, “Stock Emporor.” Get with the times.

What about Ripple xrp?

Hey. No one cares SEC. You are irrelevant. Close them all, we will have our own de-centralized exchanges and will always carry a store of value.

We are the threat that you cannot stop.

We must be coming in the “Then they fight you” phase. Every article this boy writes is anti-crypto which holds an demonstrable conflict to his empire of stocks.

Fear it up much? You, other rich-guy gamblers, the SEC, the banks, and govt’s will lose control of portions of the economy and are the ones who are indeed hodlin’ the fear coin.

This common cryptocurrency “Rich Banksters and Evil Government” narration is equal parts cringy and stupid. It’s the same level of conspiracy theory as vapid earth or anti-vaccination.

Hi Maciej, for something to be a security or not it must be subjected to the Howie Test. According to the TXSRB, The Tokens &, Exchange Self-Regulating Assets, Bitshares is a clean token and will not be subject to SEC or other government crackdowns which is happening right now!

You seem like an intelligent fellow so I am confused why you are telling that Bitshares is a security. Perhaps you should be more research before reporting your FUD unless of course that’s indeed your real intention

This pompously named, self-proclaimed “Tokens &, Exchange Self-Regulating Body” of yours is not even a private organization let alone governmental one, and its Google spreadsheet is irrelevant for any valuation of regulatory figures.

It’s not like those spreadsheets have been written by Coinbase

It was made up by private Bitcoin exchange Coinbase, not any government agency. It’s not legal act, just their “analysis”.

Regulations imposed by the SEC on scam ICO’s is nothing but bullish for bitcoin. ETH should undoubtedly take a hit since presently its only wise contracts are contracts for launching ICO’s lol.

Stuff bittrex then, binance is better anyway

So the SEC decision makes the US very cryptocurrency and blockchain unfriendly. Certainly not the smartest stir ever, one step rearwards. People will stir else where. The next step in the blockchain and cryptocurrency evolution will be accelerated with decentralised exchanges. At that point no-one will care about the SEC and it becomes obsolete.

Also makes me wonder just what they will approve, with everyone waking up to blockchain technology and realising just how significant it is. No-one will want to touch some blockchain with a centralised coin with a ten foot barge pole!

Even if SEC determined to ban crypto, it ain’t going to stop people invest in crypto.

What’s make you think Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency will die ?

It’s only 140B market and abruptly SEC begin to fright to go after china footsteps to ban crypto ICO and exchanges.

Oh wait, why even SEC go after china footstep? When is this so called powerful SEC even want to go after China? Why SEC didn’t ban Facebook, Amazon when China Ban them ?

If you are thinking Japan will ban Bitcoin, Guess this is where you are wrong. Mt.GOX was a disaster in crypto history, that is why, Japan take the very first step to come out with regulation in regards to Bitcoin, and now, they are friendly country that permit Bitcoin to boom.

Have you even read the latest 11 exchanges has been given license to operate as cryptocurrency exchanges ?

Now, you are laughing everyone who invest in cryptocurrency, but down the road in 3-5 years, we will look back at this article again and laugh at you.

“All truth passes through three stages – very first, it is ridiculed, then it’s violently opposed until eventually it’s accepted as being self-evident.”

During the next financial crisis, Stock Emperor will become “Bagholder Emperor”. People in crypto will be not affected by the crisis. It’s just matter of time.

“Global Crisis” is another cringy cryptocurrency narrative. Global economy is now in the best condition in a years and indices worldwide are cracking all-time high each month.

And in the (unprobable) event of crisis volatile, feeble and unregulated cryptocurrencies would be the very first victim – so you better not plead for one.

Best condition? This is made me laugh. Hedge funds for one example have been shutting down at a record rhythm. Those liquidations aren’t reflecting in the market. Figure out who’s pulling the strings on the stock market or you can just keep living in la la land

US, German, Japan, China (Shanghai and Hongkong), French, UK and other stock markets are now all time-high. Can you provide examples of those “hedge funds” of yours? You can’t.

All is into a big stratospeheric Bubble…,

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