Sep 4, 2017

China bans 'initial coin offerings'

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The Chinese government has banned "initial coin offerings" (or ICOs), according to reports by local media. The government committee led by China's central bank also issued a list of 60 exchanges that will be investigated, though some have already halted their ICO trades.

Why it matters: ICOs have recently exploded in popularity as an alternative mechanism for cryptocurrency-related projects to raise money to fund their development. In China alone this year, there have been 65 ICOs that have raised a total of $397.1 million as of July, according to Chinese news agency Xinhua. However, there have been rising concerns over scams, and regulators are taking action. In July, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission issued a warning that some ICOs may be subject to securities laws.

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Catch up on today's biggest news:

  1. Mike Bloomberg offers to release women from 3 NDAs
  2. Wells Fargo agrees to pay $3 billion to settle consumer abuse charges
  3. Bloomberg campaign says Tennessee vandalism "echoes language" from Bernie supporters
  4. Scoop: New White House personnel chief tells Cabinet liaisons to target Never Trumpers
  5. Nearly half of Republicans support pardoning Roger Stone

Wells Fargo agrees to pay $3 billion to settle consumer abuse charges

Clients use an ATM at a Wells Fargo Bank in Los Angeles, Calif. Photo: Ronen Tivony/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Wells Fargo agreed to a pay a combined $3 billion to the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday for opening millions of fake customer accounts between 2002 and 2016, the SEC said in a press release.

The big picture: The fine "is among the largest corporate penalties reached during the Trump administration," the Washington Post reports.

Bloomberg offers to release women from 3 nondisclosure agreements

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Mike Bloomberg said Friday his company will release women identified to have signed three nondisclosure agreements so they can publicly discuss their allegations against him if they wish.

Why it matters, via Axios' Margaret Talev: Bloomberg’s shift in policy toward NDAs comes as he tries to stanch his loss of female support after the Las Vegas debate. It is an effort to separate the total number of harassment and culture complaints at the large company from those directed at him personally. That could reframe the criticism against him, but also protect the company from legal fallout if all past NDAs were placed in jeopardy.