SEC: Majority of ICOs Should Fall Under Regulatory Control

Blockchain ETFs that focus on the underlying technology for cryptocurrencies shrugged off Hinman’s statements, such as Amplify Transformational Data Shrg ETF (NYSEArca: BLOK) and Reality Shares Nasdaq NexGen Economy ETF (NASDAQ: BLCN).  BLOK was up 0.62% and BLOK was up 0.42% an hour before the market close.

Bitcoin Prices Down Overall

Despite the latest statements by Hinman, prices of Bitcoin are down overall at about $6,600–almost 70% less than its high of almost $20,000 back in December.  Investors worried that the falling price could spill over into the stock market can feel at ease since its an isolated issue, according to Matt Maley, an equity strategist at institutional trading firm Miller Tabak.

“There are things to be concerned about in terms of the stock market here with emerging markets and other issues, but I don’t think bitcoin is going to be one of them,” said Maley. “Everybody was talking about both of those things when they were in their bubbles, but only in the tech stocks did they own it all.  Everybody seemed to own some tech stocks, whether it be the individual names or through their mutual funds. Today, while that bubble was forming in bitcoin, not very many people bought it at all.”

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