Good morning. Here’s what’s happening:
Prices: The market seems confident that the SEC's move to appeal the favorable Ripple ruling isn't going to lead to much.
Insights: Curve exploit fiasco revealed the susceptibility in the DeFi space, and what is a Bart pattern?
The world's largest digital asset is trading at $29,581, down 0.8%, while ether is trading at $1,854, down 0.1%.
Last month, U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York ruled that Ripple's XRP token sales did not constitute investment contracts, though institutional sales violated federal securities laws. The ruling led to a rally in XRP, Solana's SOL token, and other tokens that were alleged to be securities, but legal experts believe it does not fully settle the definition of a digital asset as a security under U.S. law.
Now, the SEC is seeking to appeal part of a recent decision that ruled Ripple's programmatic sales and other distributions of XRP did not involve the offer of or sale of securities under the Howey test, while a federal judge previously determined that Ripple's direct sales to institutional investors violated securities law.
It should also be noted that the market is in a relentless period of HODLing at the moment with exchange balances at close to record lows, and the amount of bitcoin and ether that haven't moved in 7-10 years at a record high, meaning that it'll take a lot to move the market – more than the news that the SEC is filing an appeal of a case that it might not win.
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