Crypto Hedge-Fund Bubble to Deflate, Bloomberg Thinks

According to Bloomberg, at least nine funds have been shuttered so far this year and funds have losses of 23 percent in 2018, industry tracker says
03 April 2018   557

In 2017 on the background of an impressive price jump of bitcoin, more than 150 hedge funds were launched, thanks to which many institutional and private investors paid attention to cryptocurrencies. However, since December the bitcoin rate has more than halved, forcing investors to start thinking twice before placing their funds in similar enterprises, Bloomberg writes.

New capital has slowed, even for a higher-profile fund like ours.

Kyle Samani

Co-founder of Multicoin Capital

 This fund was launched in August last year and has about $ 50 million under management.

At the same time, such a noticeable decrease in the price of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies resulted in at least nine funds, including Crowd Crypto Fund and Alpha Protocol, are stopping their work, removing websites and accounts from social networks.

Considering the potential regulatory and market risks, AlphaProtocol has decided that the best approach is to refund the private sale contributors.

Alpha Protocol Team

Polychain Capital, as of September 2017, is probably the largest cryptocurrency hedge fund with about $ 250 million under management, in January, decided to refuse to enter the stock exchange in Canada. Even earlier, in December, billionaire Mike Novogratz refused plans to launch a crypto fund, directing efforts to create a trading crypto-currency bank and investments in related technologies. 

According to Lex Sokolin, director of financial engineering at Autonomous Research, until the end of 2018, up to 10% of all crypto funds may be terminated, while Rick Marini from Protocol Ventures believes that only 50 funds will be able to attract sufficient external capital to lead sustainable business. The remaining funds, he said, will have problems.

Nevertheless, even against the background of lower prices, optimists are still present. In particular, they see the potential in the blockchain techology, as well as in such crypto-currencies as Ethereum, Ripple and Litecoin.

According to Marini, now he receives on average three pitches from new crypto-currency funds. He usually meets representatives of two of them, but he plans to invest only in one or two in 2018.

SEC to Accuse Veritaseum ICO of Fraud

SEC believes that project's tokensale, thru which it raised $14.8M back in 2017-2018 had a signs of scam and company misled the investors
14 August 2019   346

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has sued New Yorker  and Veritaseum-related companies that have been caught by the agency in conducting an unregistered ICO with signs of fraud. It is reported by Cointelegraph.

According to documents published on the network, the SEC intends to hold Reggie Middleton accountable and immediately freeze the assets of Veritaseum Inc. and Veritaseum LLC.

The Commission claims that the defendants raised about $ 14.8 million through an initial coin offering (ICO) in 2017 - early 2018. At the same time, many investors were misled, as the company distorted information about the conditions of the token sale and deliberately hid some significant details.

The American regulator claims that the project still has about $ 8 million of illegally raised funds. According to the SEC, these assets must be frozen immediately.

Amid this news, the Veritaseum (VERI) rate has fallen by 70%. Now the coin is trading near the $ 5 mark, although at the beginning of 2018 its rate was approaching $ 500.

Veritaseum was created as a financial p2p platform, involving the movement of capital without traditional intermediaries. Also, VERI was positioned as a utility token for use in consulting services and access to various research works.

In 2017, Veritaseum blockchain startup fell victim to hackers, having lost $ 8.4 million from ICO investors.