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Kenya’s Capital Markets Authority cautions public against participating in coin offerings

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In a bid to protect investors, Capital Markets Authority (CMA) on Thursday, 3 January 2018, cautioned the public against participating in any initial coin offering or trading in any coin exchange offered by Kenyan based, Wiseman Talent Ventures.

CMA noted that Wiseman Talent Ventures is raising money from the public through issuance of digital tokens in the form of Coins and further providing a platform for the trading of the said Coins on its coin exchange.

The firm also promised guaranteed returns of 10 percent monthly on the initial investment in Coins which were issued at 100 shillings ($0.98) at the Initial Coin Offering (ICO) and are now purportedly being marketed as trading at 2,000 shillings($19.56) at its Coin Exchange.

Further, the Kencoin value being marketed as exponentially rising since its initial offering poses substantive information asymmetry, liquidity and fraud risks.

“It is important for the general public to note that the nature and features of the Capital Raising and Coins Trading promoted by Wiseman Talent Ventures is taking the form of Regulated activities which have not yet been approved by the Authority,” CMA Chief Executive Paul Muthaura noted in a statement issued in Nairobi.

Global trends in unregulated digital currencies demonstrates that the cryptoasset market is uncertain and has experienced accelerated boom and bust cycles which may expose investors to substantial losses.

By comparison in December 2017, the price of Bitcoin was US$19,783 and it has since fallen to US$3,810, Litecoin was US$366 a coin and has since come down to US$30. Ethereum was US$ 1,400 in January 2018 and has fallen to US$130.


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