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April 16, 2018, 06:25:26 AM
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The Bermuda Monetary Authority has issued a consultation paper on draft regulations pertaining to “virtual currency businesses” and initial coin offerings (ICOs). The proposed bill seeks to create a framework that encourages and fosters the development of Bermuda’s nascent cryptocurrency industry.

Bermuda Reveals Regulatory Proposals for Crypto Industry

The minister of national security, Wayne Caines, described the proposed regulations a “landmark legislation for Bermuda,” adding that “The emergence of new financial products and services created through the use of technology has opened new and exciting opportunities for entrepreneurs and businesses.”

On Thursday, Mr. Caines presented “Bermuda’s fintech strategy” to “more than 150 of Bermuda’s key business partners.” Mr. Caines stated that the government “recognizes that there’s significant interest in virtual currencies and blockchain technology,” emphasizing Bermuda’s desire to “become a global leader in the fintech space.”

Crypto Sector to be Encouraged Despite Virtual Currency Not Recognized as Legal Tender

The consultation paper defines “virtual currency [as] a digital representation of value that can be digitally traded,” adding that “such does not have legal tender status […] in any jurisdiction,” however, fulfills monetary “functions only by agreement within the community of users of the virtual currency.”

Whilst the document notes that “The virtual currency sector is varied in business types,” the major participants are described as being comprised of “ICO issuers,” “virtual currency exchange providers and traders,” “custodial wallet providers,” and “virtual currency miners.”

The proposed framework will require that businesses facilitating the sale of or providing services relating to cryptocurrencies collect and retain key information pertaining to customers, noting that the cryptocurrency sector “presents tremendous risk that requires robust […] Anti-Money Laundering/Anti-Terrorism Financing (AML/ATF) regulation.”

Full article: https://news.bitcoin.com/bermuda-reveals-draft-crypto-regulations-plans-embrace-icos/
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April 16, 2018, 07:15:50 AM
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I think this is a good idea. These governments should create some governing body like the SEC to give their stamp of approval to these ICOs, before people can invest. Let the ICOs apply for approval and give some minimum requirements and guidelines for them to abide by, before they can launch their ICOs.

If this is done correctly, people will lose a lot less money on scam ICOs and the operators of these scam ICOs can be charged formally, when they run with the money. <They will be identified before they launch these ICOs>

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I think this is a good idea. These governments should create some governing body like the SEC to give their stamp of approval to these ICOs, before people can invest. Let the ICOs apply for approval and give some minimum requirements and guidelines for them to abide by, before they can launch their ICOs.

If this is done correctly, people will lose a lot less money on scam ICOs and the operators of these scam ICOs can be charged formally, when they run with the money. <They will be identified before they launch these ICOs>

I agree, investors should be protected from losing all their money. I'm sure there is a possibility for returning at least 50% of invested money back to investors in case an ICO ends in failure. I can't say how to do it exactly, maybe some funds should be escrowed by a trusted company or there are other ways, but investors surely have to be more protected than before. The ICO scams affect negatively the overall reputation of cryptocurrencies and something has to be done to remedy this situation.

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