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.

Chainlink and Dai Will Soon Be Listed on Crypto Exchange Gemini, LINK Up Over 18%

On Thursday (April 9), crypto exchange Gemini, which was founded in 2014 by the famous Winklevoss twins, announced that in addition to the upcoming support for Basic Attention Token (BAT), which was announced on Monday (April 6), it would be listing three more cryptoassets on April 24.

In a blog post published earlier today, Gemini said that it plans to support three new cryptoassets on its trading platform: Chainlink (LINK), Dai (DAI), and Orchid (OXT).

Gemini also said it will be allowing LINK, DAI, and OXT deposits into Gemini accounts starting at 09:30 Easter Time (or 13:30 UTC) on 24 April 2020, and mentioned that trading would "follow shortly thereafter."

This is the first month that Gemini has added support for any new digital assets since December 2018 (when it listed Bitcoin Cash), and this move by Gemini will bring the total number of cryptoassets it supports to nine (the others are Btcoin, Ether, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, Zcash, Chainlink, Dai, and Orchid). As for custody, Gemini currently supports the following 15 cryptoassets: ZRX, BRD, MANA, ENJ, FXC, GUSD, GNT, KNC, LOOM, MKR, NMR, OMG, STORJ, FIL, and CSP.

Gemini will be offering the following nine trading pairs for LINK, DAI, and OXT:

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On Monday (April 6), Gemini announced that it would be adding support for Basic Attention Token (BAT) on April 24.

Here is how Gemini is describing these four cryptoassets:

  • "Basic Attention Token is the native currency token of the Brave Browser, which is built to provide a more efficient and effective mechanism for connecting and rewarding users, advertisers, and publishers."
  • "Chainlink is building a bridge between smart contracts and off-blockchain data, broadening their access to information and increasing their application potential."
  • "Dai is a decentralized, crypto-collateralized stablecoin that seeks to maintain a 1:1 soft-peg with the U.S. dollar. Its primary purpose is to provide you with stable crypto dollars to use on the Ethereum network."
  • "Orchid is a peer-to-peer marketplace for virtual private networking (VPN) providers. OXT is the token used to purchase VPN bandwidth."

According to data from CryptoCompare, at press time (around 12:13 UTC on April 9), LINK, DAI, and OXT are currently trading at $3.242, $1.025, and $0.1404 -- up 13.99%, 0.39%, and 2.26% -- respectively in the past 24-hour period:

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