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.

Weekly Newsletter

Bitcoin Below $10K: Crypto Analyst PlanB Says 'Ignore the Noise, Focus on the Signal'

Siamak Masnavi

On Monday (February 17), as Bitcoin continued its fall below $10,000, popular pseudonymous analyst "PlanB" (@100trillionUSD) advised his followers on Twitter to keep their eyes on the big picture.

Bitcoin didn't have a great weekend.

According to data from CryptoCompare, Bitcoin started the weekend at $10,343, and ended it at $9,872, as you can see in the price-chart below:

BTC-USD 2 Week Chart on 17 Feb 2020.png

For holders of Bitcoin, the pain continued on Monday. By around 14:00, when PlanB took to Twitter, Bitcoin had fallen to $9,609:

BTC-USD 24 Hour Chart on 17 Feb 2020.png

This is when PlanB told his Twitter followers to "ignore the noise" and "focus on the signal":

In a Medium blog post published on 19 March 2019, PlanB talked about scarcity in terms of the stock-to-flow (SF) ratio -- where stock is "the size of the existing stockpiles or reserves" and flow is "the yearly production" -- and used this to model Bitcoin's value.

He wrote:

The predicted market value for bitcoin after May 2020 halving is $1trn, which translates in a bitcoin price of $55,000. That is quite spectacular. I guess time will tell and we will probably know one or two years after the halving, in 2020 or 2021.

In a tweet sent out last Monday, PlanB said that he expected the price of Bitcoin to be over $10K by the next block mining reward halving (expected on 12 May 2020), at which point he expects the major bull run to start, taking the Bitcoin price all the way to $100K before the end of 2021:

 

Featured Image by "geralt" via Pixabay.com