54.8% of Publicly Funded Cryptos Could Be Securities in FINMA's Eyes, CryptoCompare Research Finds

Out of the top 200 cryptoassets, 78.5% would be classified as “receiving some sort of funding” and, out of these, over half would be considered securities by Switzerland’s financial supervisor, the Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA), research found.

This according to CryptoCompare’s Cryptoasset Taxonomy Report, which followed guidelines FINMA set earlier this year to support initial coin offerings (ICOs). These determined there are three different token categories: payment tokens, utility tokens, and asset tokens.

As CryptoGlobe covered at the time, payment tokens are those that are set to only be used as a payment method. Utility tokens are those “intended to provide digital access to an application or service,” while asset tokens represent a share in a company or earning stream, or an “entitlement to dividends or interest payments.”

CryptoCompare’s report noted that FINMA’s regulations are clear on non-functional tokens that are tradeable – these are classified as securities. While asset tokens are also considered securities, utility tokens only fall into the category if they also or only have an investment function. Payment tokens, if functional, aren’t securities.

The global cryptocurrency market data provider’s report, using FINMA’s classifications, determined 65% of the top 100 cryptoassets by market cap are utilities, while 22% are payment tokens. The remaining 13% are “either asset tokens or combination use-cases.”

Breakdown of cryptoasset categories

Further, the report found that out of the top 200 cryptoassets, 157 would be classified as receiving “some sort of funding.” It further reveals that out of these 157 cryptoassets, “at least” 54.8% would be considered securities.

FINMA, earlier this year, clarified financial market laws and regulations aren’t applicable to all ICOs and, presumably, to all tokens. As such, the applicability of regulations to blockchain-based tokens will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

At the time, FINMA’s CEO Mark Branson noted the organization’s approach to ICOs was “balanced,” as it allowed legitimate innovators to launch their projects in Switzerland, while “protecting investors and the integrity of the financial system.”

ICO projects that issue payment tokens reportedly have to comply with anti-money laundering (AML) regulations. At the time Oliver Bussmann, the president of the Crypto Valley Association in the canton of Zug, predicted FINMA’s approach would increase the number of Switzerland-based ICOs.

Litecoin Outperforms the Market With 19% Jump as Its Halving Approaches

The price of Litecoin, a cryptocurrency seen as the silver to bitcoin’s gold, has jumped 19% in the last 24-hour period, in what appears to be a recovery fueled by the upcoming halvening event.

According to CryptoCompare data litecoin is currently trading at $93.8, after rising 19% from about $78 in only a day. In the last 30 days the cryptocurrency is down by about 29% because of a strong correction the cryptocurrency space endured this month.

Litecoin prce performance

Year to date, LTC is up by about 210% as it started off 2019 close to the $30, as it was already recovering from a $22 low it saw in the 2018 bear market, which took the price of most cryptocurrencies down by well over 80%.

The cryptocurrency’s market cap is now of $5.6 billion, down from $8 billion in late June when it was trading close to the $130 mark. While most cryptocurrencies are up in the last 24 hours LTC is outperforming the market thanks to its upcoming halving event.

The event is expected to occur on August 6, and will see block rewards on the Litecoin blockchain drop from 25 LTC to 12.5 LTC per block. On Litecoin the halving event occurs once every 840,000 blocks.

It’s going to decrease inflation, which according to some analysts will remind users of the cryptocurrency’s limited supply and will, in turn, see them value LTC higher and accumulate more as scarcity increases demand.

Another factor that could be behind litecoin’s price performance is a recent partnership the Litecoin Foundation signed with American football team Miami Dolphins, which saw LTC become the team’s “official cryptocurrency” for its 50/50 raffle.

Back in December the Foundation partnered with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) a leading mixed martial arts organization, to display the Litecoin logo in a title match. The publicity the cryptocurrency might’ve gotten from these partnerships may have contributed to the surge.