SEC Goes After Crypto Investing With Game Show Inspired Spots

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is warning investors away from casual crypto speculation by using mock videos.

AccessTimeIconJun 1, 2022 at 8:19 p.m. UTC
Updated May 11, 2023 at 4:56 p.m. UTC

Cryptocurrency speculation is lumped in with other highly risky ventures in a series of new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) videos meant to educate potential investors by comparing some investment choices with a game show.

"Investing is not a game,” says the voiceover in each of the public service spots released by the SEC on Wednesday. The videos caution viewers to do research before making choices with their money.

In one spot the mock host invites contestants of "Investomania" to choose from a classic game show board of options that includes a range of dubious investments. The possible selections include one square labeled “crypto to the moon,” mixed among others such as “stock tips from your uncle,” “meme stocks” and “tulip bulbs.”

In another, a contestant says, “I’ll take celebrity endorsements,” with a mock celebrity responding, “You should buy crypto, trust me – I’m an actor.”

This series appears to be the SEC’s answer to the recent proliferation of crypto advertising on television, including in such popular and expensive time slots as the commercial breaks during U.S. professional football’s Super Bowl .

“It’s as important as ever for investors to take time to educate themselves,” SEC Chair Gary Gensler said in a statement.

UPDATE (June 1, 2022, 10:42 UTC): Adds information on SEC site.


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