ESMA: "ICOs are very risky"

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued two Statements on Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs)
13 November 2017   1833

The European Securities Market Authority (ESMA) issued an official statement, that warn investors of the extremely risky and speculative nature of the ICO. This is reported by Bloomberg.

In particular, the statement of the financial regulator says that this type of investment is fraught with a complete loss of the invested capital.

ESMA is alerting investors of the high risk of losing all of their invested capital as ICOs are very risky and highly speculative investments. The price of the coin or token is typically extremely volatile and investors may not be able to redeem them for a prolonged period. Another key risk stems from the fact that, depending on how they are structured, ICOs may fall outside of the scope of EU laws and regulations, in which case investors cannot benefit from the protection that these laws and regulations provide. ICOs are also vulnerable to the risk of fraud or money laundering.
 

The ESMA Statement

In addition, the ESMA published a guide for companies implementing the ICO, which states that in many cases they need to ensure compliance with the requirements of EU financial regulation related to providing potential investors with full information about the placement and countering money laundering.

Note that the European regulator first published an official statement on the ICO, despite the fact that other national regulators have repeatedly warned investors about the dangers associated with the initial placement of coins. So, earlier financial regulators of Germany and Great Britain called the ICO "a speculative form of investment."

Bibox Exchange to Conduct 4 IEO Simultaneously

The allocation of tokens will be perfomed in the order of the lottery among holders of BIX tokens and the IEO to be perfomed at Bibox's Orbit platform
19 April 2019   186

Bibox cryptocurrency exchange presented four projects that will conduct the initial exchange offering of their tokens as part of the first wave of IEO on April 22 on the Bibox Orbit platform.

  1. The Force Protocol (FOR) is a distributed protocol of crypto-financial services based on a public blockchain system, providing opportunities for cross-platform asset transaction and communication, use of crypto assets from several blockchains to provide steybcocoins, issue tokenized bonds, etc.
  2. Ludos (LUD) is a solution for a distributed gaming ecosystem designed to bring large-scale blockchain games and economic incentives to life.
  3. Staking (SKR) is a decentralized asset management platform that allows investors to safely stack tokens.
  4. X-Block (IX) is a computing system based on the blockchain architecture.

The allocation of tokens will be perfomed in the order of the lottery among holders of BIX tokens. Potential investors will be able to declare how many tokens of a project they want to purchase based on their BIX, after which a separate rally will be held for each of the projects.