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SEC fines ICORating for misleading ICO reviews

Amandeep Sonewane | Aug. 21, 2019
SEC fines ICORating for misleading ICO reviews

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has reached a $269,000 settlement with an ICO rating firm for biased ICO reviews.

August 21, 2019 | AtoZ Markets - The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has settled a fine with a Russian-based firm that was publishing initial coin offerings (ICOs) without showing the fact that it had accepted payment to do so.

ICORating to pay $269k settlement for biased ICO reviews

Late yesterday, according to Reuters, the US SEC announced it has reached a $269,000 settlement with an ICO rating firm named  According to the US SEC, ICO Rating promoted cryptocurrency projects between December 2017 and July 2018, which was the famous boom period for ICOs and cryptocurrency market哪个平台能玩腾讯分分彩五星 that should have been classified as securities.

哪个平台能玩腾讯分分彩五星Therefore, should have disclosed the fact that it accepted payment to promote some coins and tokens.

哪个平台能玩腾讯分分彩五星ICO Rating is the trade name for a firm which was formed in September 2016. The rating company is based in the St. Petersburg, Russia metropolitan area, and formerly claimed to have branches in New York, Amsterdam, and Singapore.

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Russian firm voids its own mission statement

The company positions itself as a rating agency that issues independent analytical research. And their website says its mission is to help the market to achieve the necessary standards of quality, transparency, and reliability, which they void.

哪个平台能玩腾讯分分彩五星As per this case, it is clear that the firm itself can’t even meet the basic standards of transparency.

Melissa Hodgman, a director in the SEC’s enforcement division quoted that: “The securities laws require promoters, including both people and entities, to disclose compensation they receive for touting investments so that potential investors are aware they are viewing a paid promotional item.”

ICO Rating has neither admitted nor denied the claims by US SEC. However, it has agreed with termination and cease from committing any future violations of the same nature. It also agreed to repay its profits and prejudgment interest totaling $106,998 and a civil penalty of $162,000.

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