SEC charged Ripple with selling $1.3 billion in unregistered securities
After last week Robinhood got accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of misleading its clients about how it makes profit, SEC filed charges against Ripple this week.
According to the Commission, Ripple, Christian Larsen, and CEO Bradley Garlinghouse raised over $1.3 billion through an unregistered security offering. Stephanie Avakian, SEC’s Enforcement Division director stated, “We allege that Ripple, Larsen, and Garlinghouse failed to register their ongoing offer and sale of billions of XRP to retail investors, which deprived potential purchasers of adequate disclosures about XRP and Ripple’s business and other important long-standing protections that are fundamental to our robust public market system.” Moreover, Larsen and Garlinghouse conducted personal unregistered XRP sales worth $600 million.
But according to Bradley Garlinghouse, the lawsuit was expected. He didn’t fail to add that SEC’s allegations are “fundamentally wrong as a matter of law and fact,” bringing attention to the fact that his company’s cryptocurrency, XRP is, after all, a currency, and it does not have to be registered as an investment contract.
While Ripple finds itself in a pickle, Bitcoin recently reached an all-time high as it traded at $23,400 after it surged more than 12% on December 17. Since the beginning of the year, it gained over 200%.
Following the news, XRP lost $2 billion in market value, as it traded 12% lower, according to CoinMarketCap.
Read here all about Robinhood’s charges!
Sources: forbes.com, cnbc.com
This information is prepared for general circulation. It does not regard to the specific investment objectives, financial situation or the particular needs of any recipient.
You should independently evaluate each financial product and consider the suitability of such a financial product, by taking into account your specific investment objectives, financial situation or particular needs, and by consulting an independent financial adviser as needed, before dealing in any financial products mentioned in this document.
This information may not be published, circulated, reproduced or distributed in whole or in part to any other person without the Company’s prior written consent. Past performance is not always indicative of likely or future performance. Any views or opinions presented are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of za.capex.com
JME Financial Services (Pty) Ltd trading as ZA.CAPEX.COM acts as intermediary between the investor and Magnasale Trading Ltd, the counterparty to the contract for difference purchased by the Investor via ZA.CAPEX.COM, authorised & regulated by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission with license number 264/15. Magnasale Trading Ltd is the principal to the CFD purchased by investors.