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Why the SEC’s ‘ICO Guide’ Paints a Dark Picture for Cryptocurrency in 2019

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This week, the Securities and Exchange Commission tweeted out its guidelines for those launching and investing in ICOs, although many would say that over a year on from the peak of the cryptocurrency boom, the guidelines amount to too little, too late. That said, the document still throws up several points of contention, including a rather gloomy outlook for cryptocurrency exchanges – even decentralized ones – and at least one possible violation of the First Amendment on the part of the SEC. Cryptocurrency Promotion: A Knife’s Edge The SEC defines a security as: “A token or offering that promotes the

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