Hodler’s Digest, April 1–7: Top Stories, Price Movements, Quotes and FUD of the Week

Top Stories This Week

PayPal Invests in Digital Identity-Focused Blockchain Startup in Apparent First

Global online payments firm PayPal has invested in startup Cambridge Blockchain, a firm that focuses on leveraging the tech in order to give users more control over their digital identities. The investment, whose amount is undisclosed, is part of an extension to a Series A funding round that had raised an initial $7 million in May 2018. The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has stated that Cambridge Blockchain raised a total of $3.5 million in new equity since May 2018. Cambridge Blockchain has notably joined major players such as Microsoft, IBM, Mastercard, and Accenture to collaborate under the canopy of a non-profit organization dubbed the Decentralized Identity Foundation.

SEC Staff Publish Framework for Determining If Digital Assets Are Investment Contracts

Staff at the U.S. SEC have published a framework that will help market participants figure out if a digital asset is deemed to be an investment contract, and therefore a security. The framework is not a rule, regulation, or statement of the U.S. Commission, but is the work of two of the SEC’s commissioners: Bill Hinman, director of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance and Valerie Szczepanik, Senior Advisor for Digital Assets and Innovation — also known as the “crypto czar.” The framework focuses on the economic reality of the transaction itself and “what character the instrument is given in commerce by the terms of the offer, the plan of distribution, and the economic inducements held out to the prospect.”

Coinbase Expands Into Cross-Border Payments

Major U.S. crypto exchange and wallet Coinbase stated this week that it has expanded into cross-border payments. The entity’s development means that Coinbase customers can now transfer funds to any other user with a Coinbase account globally using both (XRP) and the exchange’s stablecoin USDCoin (USDC) with no fee. Coinbase also made the news again this week when it