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If You Build the Blockchain, Regulators Will Come

The hardest part of drafting any new regulation is establishing a definition. In fact, most of the policy work is in the definition and there are alarmingly few policy considerations after something is defined as a covered entity. The definition of cryptocurrency has already proved problematic for regulators. Essentially, to commodities regulators, virtual currency is a commodity. For bank regulators, it is a bank. For securities regulators, it is a security. For those who regulate money transmitters, it is a money transmitter. For the purpose of property taxes, it is a property. Everyone wants a stake in the new world of virtual currency.

07/12/2016
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Bill's Not Just a Bill. And He's Not Just Sitting Here on Capitol Hill.

As the "drop dead date" for Obama administration regulations draws near, we are expecting a flood of "midnight regulations." Regulatory agencies, in an eleventh-hour attempt to pass new rules before the start of the next administration, will make a huge push in ushering in new proposals. In preparation for this regulatory outburst, we have provided a brief guide explaining how proposed rules become regulations.

05/16/2016
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SEC Celebrates Small Business Week, Releases Another Novel of Regulations

Just in time for Small Business Week, the SEC issued a 341-page concept release on disclosure requirements. Their generous gift of rambling, redundant Small Business Week reading material is accompanied with 340 pages of specific requests for comments. Unfortunately, the SEC forgot that every great novel needs a cover, so we provided them with the one pictured above.

05/12/2016
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London Whale-Sized Regulations on Wall Street Pay

Financial regulators released a 279-page proposal that would set parameters around how and when Wall Street Executives make their money. The proposal, mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act, is a five-year project spanning across six regulatory agencies.

05/11/2016
Ron Paul Introduces SEC Transparency Act
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Ron Paul Introduces SEC Transparency Act

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) whose purpose is to regulate the stock market and prevent corporate abuses has become no stranger to controversy. Recently, a Politico article revealed that top officials at the SEC spent a significant part of their day watching pornography on the taxpayer’s dime. Yet, the SEC pornography scandal resulted in zero firings.

08/04/2010