Research recently undertaken by the FCA has found that 5.35% of the UK population hold (or have previously held) cryptoassets where in 2019 this figure was 3%. For several years now the Government, the Bank of England and the FCA have been consulting on and considering how best to regulate this burgeoning market.
The year 2019 started with plenty of optimism regarding the growth of Security Token Offerings (STOs). Many articles at the start of the year suggested, like this one on TokenMarket, that “it’s looking very likely that 2019 will be the year of the security token offering”. In this blog we look back on some of the key moments of 2019 with regard to STOs and consider whether 2019 really was the dawning of a new era worthy of the revolutionary hype back at the start of the year. However, if you would first like to take a step back and digest a user-friendly introduction to the concept of security tokens, please listen to our podcast or read our earlier crypto assets blog.
In just ten years, cryptoassets have become a £100 billion industry. We now face the alarming prospect that millions of pounds can be hidden behind a few lines of computer code without ever touching a bank account. If your soon-to-be ex-partner has made a fortune with Bitcoin, how do you get a share?
The tenth anniversary of the first ever BitCoin transaction will fall in April 2020. Not many people are using cryptoassets for everyday transactions, such as a takeaway pizza order and as such Satoshi Nakamoto’s vision of a stateless peer to peer electronic currency is yet to be realised, but in the last few years cryptoassets have certainly entered the public consciousness, even if that does mostly relate to the huge spike in the value of BitCoin in December 2017.
Security tokens are a digital representation of ownership rights in real world assets (such as property or shares) and have captured the curiosity of entrepreneurs, startups and investors. This blog summarises the potential benefits and pitfalls of security tokens and is part of our wider crypto assets blog.