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Paragon Pump is Short-Lived leading up to SEC enforced Reimbursement

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Paragon Pumps

In an astounding few hours, the Cannabis based company, Paragon, experienced an almost 10,000% pump in price to ring in the new-year.

Unsurprisingly, the token has been unable to sustain this absurd increase in value.  A peak price of $10 per token was reached, after beginning January 1st at around $0.1 per token. In the time since this, prices have returned to roughly $0.3 per token.

A pump-and-dump group is believed to be have been responsible for this short-term growth. It is important to note that this rapid rise was only seen the exchange known as YoBit. This isolated response further cements the notion that these price actions were the result of a pump-and-dump scheme.

SEC Scuffle

Co-ordinators behind the pump were most likely capitalizing on the upcoming deadline for the return of investors’ funds from Paragon.

Paragon was the subject of an investigation by the SEC earlier in the year. Upon doing so, the SEC deemed that Paragon illegally marketed and distributed digital securities, under the pretense they were not securities.

As a result of that ruling, Paragon came to a settlement with the SEC. Part of this agreement was that Paragon would return any funds received by investors prior to October 15, 2017.

In addition, Paragon tokens would be registered as digital securities, and a fine paid to the SEC.

Celebrity Promotion

Some may recognize the name Paragon.  It has previously been affiliated with US rapper ‘Game’. Acting as one of the first celebrities to endorse a blockchain project, ‘Game’ found himself on the wrong end of a lawsuit. This involved plaintiffs claiming that Paragon had falsely represented business dealings, with ‘Game’ being a spokesperson.

In the time since this, various other celebrities have found themselves caught up in similar situations. We recently detailed several of these HERE.

Pump and Dump Schemes

Simply put, a pump-and-dump scheme is a preplanned, coordinated event that is orchestrated by a group of individuals. These individuals will often take advantage of projects with upcoming news, and communicate a plan to artificially boost the price prior to news occurring. Participants will agree to continually buy the token/coin up until a certain price, and then all at once, sell their tokens.

This process takes advantage of individuals outside of the group. For example, individuals that purchased the Paragon token during the pump may have done so at $10, thinking that the project was finally taking off. Only to find that they were taken advantage of, with their money going to the group after they intentionally crash the price.

These schemes are unfortunately commonplace on cryptocurrency exchanges. They are especially common on smaller exchanges with low liquidity, as token prices are easier to influence. Not only are these groups illegally manipulating markets, but they are an active detriment to both the present and future of blockchain.

It should be noted that companies typically have nothing to do with pump-and-dump schemes at all. These events are orchestrated by random individuals with no connection to the token issuer.

SEC Hesitation

Pump-and-dump schemes are a perfect example of the market manipulation causing hesitation by the SEC towards ETF approval.

The SEC has stated that until such schemes can be kept under control, an ETF will not be approved.  As it is their job, afterall, to protect investors.

Paragon

Paragon as a company has persevered throughout all these struggles. They continue their goal of revolutionizing the Cannabis industry through the implementation of blockchain.

Upon striking a settlement with the SEC in November, Paragon CEO, Ms. Versteeg, stated the following, “This resolution with the SEC gives Paragon the path forward to full compliance with the U.S. securities laws and clears the way for Paragon to pursue its vision of bringing transparency and accountability to the cannabis industry through blockchain technology. Paragon is proud that the PRG token is included in today’s action by the SEC and are thereby being granted the opportunity to avail itself of this groundbreaking path forward while continuing to pioneer efforts and to participate in the ever evolving ICO marketplace…We believe many purchasers of PRG tokens share our vision of revolutionizing the cannabis industry through blockchain technology, and this action today is an important step in solidifying our compliance and furthering developments of our state-of-the-art cannabis seed-to-sale technology platform and co-working space.”

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Security Token Issuers to Benefit from alliance of ‘Issuance’ and ‘VStock Transfer’

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Issuance partners with VStock Transfer

Just announced today, deal marketing platform, Issuance, has partnered with stock transfer agent, VStock Transfer. This alliance was formed as Issuance saw a need on behalf of security token issuers.  This was the ease of token registration and transfer.

As a result, partnering with a transfer agent such as VStock Transfer, allows companies having completed a digital security offering the ability to utilize services and experience based upon decades of experience in securities law.

These teams should be able to hit the ground running, as Issuance CEO, Darren Marble, has had previous experience working with VStock Transfer. Through their ability to provide experience, along with cost saving measures, it’s no wonder why Issuance has partnered with VStock Transfer.

Commentary

The CEOs of each company discussed the partnership at hand.

Yoel Goldfeder, CEO of VStock Transfer, stated, “As an SEC-compliant transfer agent who has had the pleasure of working with a range of companies from private to pre-IPO issuers to NYSE American, NASDAQ and OTC listed companies, it was a seamless pivot into digital securities…We look forward to working with Issuance, an industry pioneer who will help to fuel the capital raising component for our clients.”

Darren Marble, CEO of Issuance, stated, “As digital securities continue to merge with the capital market infrastructure, support from companies such as VStock Transfer are critical to remain compliant throughout the lifespan of a DSO…We are thrilled to add VStock Transfer to our growing network of strategic partners and provide valuable registry and transfer services for our clients and their shareholders.”

VStock Transfer

VStock Transfer is based out of Woodmere, New York, where they provide services as an SEC registered ‘stock transfer agent’. The company is spearheaded by CEO, Yoel Goldfeder – a seasoned attorney specializing in corporate and securities law.

For a deeper look at what services VStock Transfer is able to provide, make sure to visit their website HERE.

Issuance

Issuance was founded in 2018, and is based out of Los Angeles, California.  Above all, the main purpose of the company is to act as a bridging platform. For example, this means working to connect investors with appropriate digital securities issuers.

Make sure to check securities.io again for future news on Issuance, as they have indicated future plans to tokenize themselves.

Recent News

Issuance is rapidly developing into a well-rounded company.  For instance, this marks just one of various strategic partnerships announced in recent weeks.

Here is a look at a few of our other articles detailing those endeavours.

Issuance and Tokeny – Partnering with a Goal of Interconnectivity

‘PCG Holdings’ Shows Belief in Security Tokens with Investment in Issuance

Exclusive Interview with Issuance CEO – Darren Marble

Issuance partners with Prime Trust

Vertalo and Issuance join Forces

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Digital Securities Platform DX.Exchange, Survives First Week Scare

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Dx.Exchange has had quite the tumultuous week. As the exchange closes its first week of operation, the team behind the project was able to dodge a potentially damaging situation.

From hordes of investors signing up pre-launch, to potentially disastrous glitches, here is a brief look at the problems that plagued week 1.

Details of the Problem

Upon launch of the platform, an anonymous user took it upon themselves to evaluate DX.Exchange. Shockingly, the user found information leaks that could potentially be harmful to a variety of parties.

Information being leaked ranged from password reset links, to names, email addresses, and more. With this, if someone were so inclined, they would be able to create backdoor entrances to user’s accounts.

It isn’t hard to imagine what kind of havoc a malicious individual could wreak.

Problem Solved

In an attempt to allay investor’s fears, Dx.Exchange has reached out the public with the following statement.

“We would like to thank the vigilant reporter, and our supportive community, who together with, brought his issue to our attention. We are happy to report that the vulnerability has been successfully patched, and no user funds were compromised. Our launch was met with a stellar response from our community eager to trade cryptocurrencies and digital stocks. Customer funds were always safe, our multi layer advanced monitoring and defense mechanism was able to avoid any further issue.”

This statement came after the company scheduled platform maintenance within hours of the news breaking.

Caught out Attention

DX.Exchange originally caught our attention due to the manner in which they offer their services. Rather than hosting digital securities of companies that have decided to tokenize, DX.Exchange has taken a different approach.

They are purchasing traditional shares of publically traded companies, and then issuing their own security tokens to investors, representing ownership of the shares. Due to the method in which this transaction takes place, the shares are held by DX.Exchange. However, investors holding the associated security token receive the full range of benefits associated with them (dividends, equity etc.).

Examples of these companies notably include Apple, Tesla, Amazon, and others.

Skeptics Abound

The CEO of DX.Exchange has stated that due to their licencing and region of operation, the SEC has no means in which to stop them from offering these services.

However, there are many skeptics of the exchange that believe it will eventually face due recourse. Through what means is unclear, but there are certainly going to be companies that do not want their shares tokenized in such a fashion.

Dx.Exchange

DX.Exchange is based out of Estonia, and was founded in 2018. Above all, the company acts as an online exchange, providing investors access to a variety of digital assets.

Prior to the events discussed here today, we recently spoke about DX.Exchange and the companies recent launch. To learn more about DX.Exchange, make sure to read the article below.

DX.Exchange to Tokenize Publically traded Securities

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tZERO Completes Distribution of Security Token

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Token Issuance

In a recent press release, tZERO has announced that it has finished distributing their native token. This token goes by ‘TZROP’, and is known as a digital security – representing ownership in tZERO itself.

While tZERO finished the token creation process months ago, per regulations, it was mandated that they remain in lock-up for a 90-day period. During this time, tokens were to be held by a third party custodial service.  Finally, this 90-day lockup came to an end on January 10th, resulting in the aforementioned distribution and press release.

Successful STO

This issuance process comes months after tZERO completed a wildly successful security token offering, or ‘STO’.  For example, taking place over a roughly 2 month span in mid-2018, tZERO was able to raise $134 million USD.  In addition, this raise was made possible through investments seen from over 1000 parties worldwide.

Commentary on the Issuance

Multiple representatives from tZERO spoke on the importance of this token issuance.

tZERO Executive Chairman, Patrick Byrne, stated, “The issuance of the world’s first public cryptosecurity, OSTKP, in 2016 was tZERO’s Chuck Yeager moment: we broke the speed of sound by introducing the concept of real-time trade settlement. Today marks our Yuri Gagarin moment, where we leave behind the confines of the known world of traditional capital markets and take the first steps towards a new market powered by blockchain.”

tZERO CEO, Saum Noursalehi, stated, “This is one of the first Security Token Offerings on a decentralized public network, and was conducted in full compliance with the U.S. securities laws…This is an exciting milestone for tZERO, and we are even more enthusiastic about the opportunities this will create for private and public companies wishing to raise capital through security token offerings, and for investors who wish to trade those securities.”

Next Up?

The next step to be taken by tZERO, and the most anticipated by investors, will be the launch of a trading platform. The company originally launched a prototype of this platform on April 9th of 2018.  However, it is anticipated that a full launch will occur midway through 2019.

The launch of this platform will facilitate trading via secondary markets.  Thereby, imbuing new levels of liquidity to previously illiquid assets.

Recent News

We have recently reported on progress being made by tZERO. For instance, here are a look at a few noteworthy events from recent days.

tZERO is rounding into Form, After Being Awarded a Recent Patent

GSR Capital turns to tZERO for the tokenization of ‘Cobalt’

tZERO

tZERO is based out of New York, and is a subsidiary of Overstock.com. Each are products of Patrick Byrne’s, who has recently noted that he will be increasing his focus on the development of tZERO.  Above all, this subsidiary acts as a platform to facilitate various services aimed towards security tokens.

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