Category: Social Media


Bitcoin Prices Continue Volatile Surge Despite Increasing Regulatory Scrutiny

Posted on December 1st, by in CFTC, Enforcement, Financial Fraud, IRS, Social Media. Comments Off on Bitcoin Prices Continue Volatile Surge Despite Increasing Regulatory Scrutiny

In recent days, Bitcoin prices have surged past $11,000 before dropping back to around $10,000. This represents a more than 1000% growth since the start of 2017. In the last month alone, the price has more than doubled. This surge follows the announcement by the CME Group, the world’s leading derivatives marketplace, to launch Bitcoin futures on December 18. CBOE Global Markets Inc. also intends to launch a Bitcoin futures soon. Both received a green light from the CFTC today, December 1, through the process of self-certification – a pledge that the products do not run afoul of the law. There are also rumors that NASDAQ will launch a futures contract based on Bitcoin in 2018.

Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency, a digital asset designed to work as a medium of exchange using cryptography to secure the transaction and verify the transfer … Read More »


SEC Offers Guidance on Use of Social Media Commentary by Investment Advisers

Posted on April 11th, by in Investment Advisers, SEC Guidance, Social Media. Comments Off on SEC Offers Guidance on Use of Social Media Commentary by Investment Advisers

This article was first published by Drinker Biddle’s Investment Management Group and republished here for the benefit of our readers.

On March 28, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), Division of Investment Management, issued guidance that clarifies when it is permissible for an investment adviser or an investment adviser representative (“IAR”) to publish public commentary (“testimonials”) about the investment adviser. In light of the widespread use of social media by consumers, the SEC issued guidance in the form of a Q&A that now generally permits an investment adviser to publish testimonials through social media, so long as such testimonials originally appear on independent, third-party social media sites, are unedited and the investment adviser or its IAR has no direct or indirect influence or control over the independent site or its contents.

Section 206(4) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (“Advisers Act”) … Read More »




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