Great Ripple Debate to Gain Momemntum

Some believe that the decision of the US Financial Crimes Network, issued in 2015, allows classifying XRP as a tool that can not be controlled by the SEC
18 June 2018   1778

Last week, a representative of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) acknowledged that bitcoin and Ethereum could not be recognized as securities because of their decentralization and would not be governed by relevant laws. However, the question of whether the XRP is a security remains open. This is reported by Bitcoinist.

Some believe that the decision of the US Financial Crimes Network (FinCEN), issued in 2015, allows classifying XRP as a tool that can not be controlled by the SEC.

@codetsunami Twitter
@codetsunami Twitter

During the trial in 2015, FinCEN accused Ripple Labs of violating the banking secrecy law, stating that the startup acted as a financial services company without registration with FinCEN. In addition, Ripple at that time did not use the proper practices to prevent money laundering.

Subsequently, the conflict was resolved, the criminal prosecution was terminated, and Ripple was fined $ 450,000. More importantly, the sale of XRP was allowed. Ripple Labs also made the necessary changes to its own protocol to ensure transparency of transactions. Prosecutor Melinda Haag, commenting on this case, said that she hopes that Ripple will set a standard for future investment proposals in the field of digital currencies.

FinCEN already signed an agreement with Ripple Inc. allowing them to continue their XRP sales. If XRP is an unlicensed security then FinCEN now has to explain why they signed an agreement allowing the sale of said unlicensed securities. Never going to happen. XRP isn't a security. These are the agreed facts of the settlement where FinCEN agrees with prejudice that XRP is a currency and therefore not a security. This debate is over.

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Not everyone agrees that FinCEN's decision will prevent the SEC from recognizing XRP as a security, but the existence of a precedent is undoubtedly an important factor in regulation.

Bitso to Expand to Latin America With Investors Help

The amount of financing, attracted by the most popular Mexican exchange from the Coindesk and Ripple, isn't reported
15 October 2019   101

Mexico's leading cryptocurrency exchange Bitso has attracted funding from industry-famous investors to expand its operations in Latin America. The amount of investment is not disclosed, reports The Block.

The financing round was led by fintech company Ripple, also the largest US cryptocurrency company Coinbase took part in it. In addition, the participants in the round were Digital Currency Group and Pantera Capital, who had previously invested in the exchange.

Bitso has been operating in Mexico since 2014 and claims to serve 750,000 users in the country. The exchange intends to use the raised funds for business expansion primarily in such large countries as Argentina and Brazil.

Among other economic difficulties, a number of Latin American states are facing currency crises. In Argentina, the government, for example, imposed restrictions on the purchase of foreign currency, trying to stop the fall of the peso. Brazil's economy has fallen into recession due to high unemployment, declining investment and a global recession.

Against this background, cryptocurrency activity is growing in the region.

Weekly LocalBitcoins Volume in Argentina (USD)
Weekly LocalBitcoins Volume in Argentina (USD)

In Argentina, weekly volumes of bitcoin transactions on the p2p platform LocalBitcoins jumped to almost $ 196 thousand. In Brazil, this figure reached $ 307 thousand.