Malta to Propose ICO Definition Test

The proposed test will help to find out if the ICO's token is a security or utility token
16 April 2018   1057

The authorities of Malta have submitted a test that will clearly determine when a token issued through ICO is considered a security. This is reported by CoinDesk.

The Financial Services Authority of Malta published a consultation document and now accepts public comments on its contents. The document describes the so-called Financial Instrument Test, which would ultimately become part of its proposed Virtual Financial Asset Act (VFAA).

The agency reported that the methodology of the test is based on a discussion of a previous document published in November 2017, when this idea was presented for the first time.

The test includes 3 stages, which first of all will determine whether an asset based on distributed registry technology (DLT) can be classified as "virtual tokens" or utility-tokens that are not securities.

Virtual token is a DLT asset which has no utility, value or application outside of the DLT platform on which it was issued and that cannot be exchanged for funds on such platform or with the issuer of such DLT asset.
 

The Financial Services Authority of Malta proposal document

Tokens that belong to this category will not be regulated by the law "On virtual financial assets".

Assets that are traded on the secondary market will pass to the second stage of testing, where the token will be checked for compliance with various definitions of the security in European legislation, including tradable securities, money market instruments or financial derivatives.

If it turns out that the token corresponds to the definition of one of these assets, it will be regulated in accordance with the EU directive "On the markets of financial instruments".

A negative result in the second stage will allow the token to be admitted to the third stage of testing, at which the issue of token regulation will be decided in accordance with the Law on Virtual Financial Assets. At this stage, both the pan-European and the national criteria of Malta will be presented.

Proposed to cover all ICOs organized in Malta, the paper is currently open for public input until May 5, the agency said.

Users Suspected RusGas of Scam

Reddit users have already accused RusGas of exit scam, since its behavior is much like  recent scam project Oyster Protocol
07 December 2018   95

The RusGas cryptocurrency project (RGS) demonstrates disturbing signs and releases new tokens in excess of the pre-set emission limit, Cryptovest reports. With an aggregate capitalization of $ 117, RGS trading volume for the last few days is $ 35,000. Events unfold against the backdrop of promises made by the project organizers about the upcoming restart.

Most of the RGS trade is focused on the Crex24 exchange, which has a daily  of $ 700,000. RusGas had a daily volume of several million dollars in its best days, which already then caused questions about the authenticity of this value.

According to CoinMarketCap, RGS emissions are limited to 10 billion tokens, but Etherscan indicates that currently 298 addresses contain 860 billion RGS. The rapid growth of emissions was recorded in recent days and hours. The largest wallet contains 99% of all tokens, which is probably the crex24 wallet. The developers themselves explain these movements to the next restart.

Reddit users have already accused RusGas of exit scam, since its behavior is much like  recent scam project Oyster Protocol(PRL), when the additional issue feature was used in a smart contract.

The likelihood of such an outcome is a characteristic feature of projects based on the Ethereum protocol, which allows additional emission of tokens through a smart contract at the discretion of its owner, not to mention other vulnerabilities that cost investors a lot of money.

RusGas is based on the idea of ​​using tokens and blockchains to optimize the Russian gas industry. Despite the dubiousness of the project’s mission, the data on the network indicates that in April of this year he managed to raise $ 2.2 million for ICO.