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EURGBP Remains Vulnerable Short Term But With Caution

EURGBP remains vulnerable short term as it closed lower the past week. This has open the door for more weakness. But it could face a recovery threat in the new week as it took back its intra day losses on Friday. Support stands at the 0.8850 level where a violation will turn focus to the 0.8800 level. A break of here will aim at the 0.8750 level. Its daily RSI is bearish and pointing lower suggesting more decline.  On the upside, resistance resides at the 0.8950 level. A turn above there will change risk towards the 0.9000 level. Further up, resistance comes in at 0.9050 level followed by the 0.9100 level. All in all, EURGBP remains biased to the downside in the short term but with caution.

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EURUSD Remain Vulnerable, Bear Pressure Eyes 1.1550/25 Zone

EURUSD remains vulnerable to the downside following its past week lower close. This development has opened the door for more weakness in the days ahead. On the upside, resistance comes in at 1.1650 level. A break through there opening the door for more upside towards the 1.1700 level. Further up, resistance lies at the 1.1750 level where a break will expose the 1.1800 level. But, support lies at the 1.1550 level where a violation will aim at the 1.1500 level. A break of here will aim at the 1.1450 level. Below here will open the door for more weakness towards the 1.1400. All in all, EURUSD still faces further downside pressure. 

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GBPJPY Aims At Key Resistance At 149.71 On Bull Pressure

GBPJPY aims at key resistance located at 149.71 level. This is coming on the back of its intra day strength during Monday trading session today. On the downside, support comes in at the 148.50 level where a violation will aim at the 148.00 level. A break below here will target the 147.50 level followed by the 147.00 level. On the upside, resistance resides at the 149.50 level followed by the 150.00 level. A cut through that level will set the stage for a move further higher towards the 150.50 level. Further out, resistance resides at the 151.00 level. Its daily RSI is pointing higher suggesting more strength. All in all, GBPJPY faces further upside pressure towards its key resistance zone at 149.71

 

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AUDUSD Faces Bear Risk, Eyes 0.7141/43 Zone

AUDUSD faces bear risk as it eyes its key support located at 0.7141/43. This is coming on the back of its weakness during Tuesday trading session. Support resides at the 0.7141/43 level where a breach will aim at the 0.7100 level. A move below that level will set the stage for a run at the 0.7100 level. Further down, AUDUSD should extend its decline towards the 0.7050 level. Its daily RSI is bearish and pointing lower suggesting further weakness. On the upside, resistance lies at the 1.7200 level. A cut through this level will turn attention to the 0.7300 level. The next resistance comes in at the 0.7350 level where a violation will set the stage for a retarget of the 0.7400 level. On the whole, AUDUSD faces further downside threats as it looks to recapture its key support.

 

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NZDUSD Bearish Pressure Eyes 0.6502 Zone

NZDUSD bearish pressure eyes 0.6502 zone as it retains its broader medium term downtrend. This development leaves it vulnerable beyond the above support. Support lies at the 0.6450 level. Further down, the 0.6400 level comes in as the next downside target. Its daily RSI is bearish and pointing lower suggesting further weakness. On the upside, resistance resides at the 0.6600 level where a break will turn attention to the 0.6650 level. A break of here will have to occur to create scope for a move towards the 0.6700 level. Further out, resistance stands at the 0.6750 level. All in all, NZDUSD faces further downside pressure medium term.

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EURGBP Weakened Further On Sell-off, Targets 0.8750 Zone

EURGBP Weakened further on sell-off on Friday to end the lower for two consecutive weeks. This leaves risk lower in the new week. Support stands at the 0.8750 level where a violation will turn focus to the 0.8700 level. A break will aim at the 0.8650 level. Its daily RSI bearish and pointing lower suggesting further weakness. Conversely, resistance resides at the 0.8850 level where a violation if seen will turn risk towards the 0.8900 level. Further up, resistance comes in at 0.8950 level followed by the 0.9000 level. All in all, EURGBP remains biased to the downside on more decline

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EURUSD Remains Vulnerable Short Term Though With Caution

EURUSD remains vulnerable short term to the downside on further weakness. But, a corrective recovery could occur in the new week. On the upside, resistance comes in at 1.1550 level. A break through there opening the door for more upside towards the 1.1600 level. Further up, resistance lies at the 1.1650 level where a break will expose the 1.1700 level. On the downside, support lies at the 1.1500 level where a violation will aim at the 1.1450 level. A break of here will aim at the 1.1400 level. Below here will open the door for more weakness towards the 1.1350. All in all, EURUSD still faces further downside pressure.

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EURUSD Price Extension Eyes 1.1590 Resistance Zone 

EURUSD price extension now eyes its cluster of resistance located the 1.1593/99 zone. This is coming on the back of its lower price rejection candle printed on Monday. On the upside, resistance comes in at 1.1600 level with a break through there opening the door for more upside towards the 1.1650 level. Further up, resistance lies at the 1.1700 level where a break will expose the 1.1750 level. Conversely, support lies at the 1.1500 level where a violation will aim at the 1.1450 level. A break of here will aim at the 1.1400 level. Below here will open the door for more weakness towards the 1.1350. All in all, EURUSD still faces further upside pressure on corrective recovery.
 

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EURGBP Faces Corrective Recovery Threats On Price Rejection

EURGBP Faces corrective recovery threats on price rejection. This is coming on back of the reversal of earlier losses for the week. A follow through higher is now expected in the new week. Support stands at the 0.8750 level where a violation will turn focus to the 0.8700 level. A break will aim at the 0.8650 level. Its weekly RSI is bearish and pointing lower suggesting further weakness. Resistance resides at the 0.8850 level where a violation if seen will turn risk towards the 0.8900 level. Further up, resistance comes in at 0.8950 level followed by the 0.9000 level. All in all, EURGBP remains biased to the upside on correction.

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GBPUSD Upside Momentum Halts , Eyes 1.3082 Zone

GBPUSD upside momentum was halted during Wednesday trading session. It now eyes its support located at 1.3082 level. Further down, support comes in at the 1.3050 level where a break will turn focus to the 1.3000 level. Further down, support lies at the 1.2950 level. Below here will set the stage for more decline towards the 1.2900 level. Its daily RSI is bearish and pointing lower suggesting further weakness. Resistance stands at the 1.3150 with a turn above here allowing for more strength towards the 1.3200 level. Further out, resistance stands at the 1.3250 level followed by the 1.3300 level. On the whole, GBPUSD faces downside pressure with more weakness likely.

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USDCHF Faces Bull Pressure Threats, Eyes On 1.0000 Level
 
USDCHF faces bull pressure threats with eyes on the 1.0000, its big psycho level. On the downside, support lies at the 0.9900 level. A turn below here will open the door for more weakness towards the 0.9850 level and then the 0.9800 level. On the upside, resistance resides at the 1.0000 level where a break will clear the way for more strength to occur towards the 1.0050 level. Further out, resistance comes in at the 1.0100 level. Above here if seen will turn attention to 1.0150. All in all, USDCHF faces further price strength
 
 
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USDCHF Faces Bull Pressure Threats, Eyes On 1.0000 Level
 
USDCHF faces bull pressure threats with eyes on the 1.0000, its big psycho level. On the downside, support lies at the 0.9900 level. A turn below here will open the door for more weakness towards the 0.9850 level and then the 0.9800 level. On the upside, resistance resides at the 1.0000 level where a break will clear the way for more strength to occur towards the 1.0050 level. Further out, resistance comes in at the 1.0100 level. Above here if seen will turn attention to 1.0150. All in all, USDCHF faces further price strength
 
 
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EURUSD Downside Pressure Stalls, Bounces Off 1.1531 Support

EURUSD downside pressure stalled as it saw a bounce off its key support at 1.1531 to close higher on Friday. While that level holds as support it faces the risk of a move further higher nearer term. On the upside, resistance comes in at 1.1550 level. A break through there opens the door for more upside towards the 1.1600 level. Further up, resistance lies at the 1.1650 level where a break will expose the 1.1700 level. On the downside, support lies at the 1.1450 level where a violation will aim at the 1.1400 level. A break of here will aim at the 1.1350 level. Below here will open the door for more weakness towards the 1.1300. All in all, EURUSD still faces a downside pressure medium term but with recovery threats.

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GOLD Faces Consolidation Threats On Price Halt

GOLD faces consolidation threats following a price halt on Friday. On the downside, support comes in at the 1,215.00 level where a break will turn attention to the 1,205.00 level. Further down, a cut through here will open the door for a move lower towards the 1,200.00 level. Below here if seen could trigger further downside pressure targeting the 1,100.00 level. Its daily RSI is bullish and pointing higher suggesting more strength. Conversely, resistance resides at the 1,230.00 level where a break will aim at the 1,240.00 level. A turn above there will expose the 1,250.00 level. Further out, resistance stands at the 1,260.00 level. All in all, GOLD looks to decline further lower on price halt.
 

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EURJPY Extends Recovery Pressure Towards 130.49 Zone

EURJPY extends recovery pressure with eyes on the 130.49 resistance zone. This is coming on the back its price reversal on Friday. Support comes in at the 129.50 level where a break if seen will aim at the 129.00 level. A cut through here will turn focus to the 128.50 level and lower towards the 128.00 level. On the upside, resistance resides at the 130.49 level. Further out, we envisage a possible move towards the 131.00 level. Further out, resistance resides at the 131.50 level with a turn above here aiming at the 132.00 level. On the whole, EURJPY continues to face further upside on further strength.
 

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GBPUSD Price Decline Eyes 1.2862 Support On Bear Pressure

GBPUSD price declines eyes 1.2862 support zone as it continues to hold on to its broader weakness. The immediate support resides at 1.2900 level. Further down, support comes in at the 1.2862 level where a break will turn focus to the 1.2800 level. Further down, support comes in at the 1.2800 level. Below here will set the stage for more weakness towards the 1.2750 level. On the upside, resistance stands at the 1.2950. A turn above here will allow more strength to build up towards the 1.3000 level. Further out, resistance stands at the 1.3050 level followed by the 1.3100 level. On the whole, GBPUSD faces further downside pressure short term.

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AUDUSD Broader Trend Remains Lower, Eyes 0.7042 level

AUDUSD broader trend remains lower as it eyes the 0.7042 support level. Support resides at the 0.7042 level where a breach will aim at the 0.7000 level. Below here will set the stage for a run at the 0.6950 level with a cut through here targeting further downside pressure towards the 0.6900 level. On the upside, resistance lies at the 1.7100 level. A cut through here will turn attention to the 0.7150 level and then the 0.7200 level where a violation will set the stage for a retarget of the 0.7250 level. Its daily RSI is bearish and pointing higher suggesting further strength. On the whole, AUDUSD faces further downside threats with eyes on key support.

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USDCAD Price Action Suggests Test Of 1.3150/74 Area

USDCAD price action suggests a further move higher and test of its key resistance at 1.3150/74 area. Support lies at the 1.3100 level where a break will target at the 1.3050 level. Further down, support comes in at the 1.3000 level. On further move lower, the pair may aim at the 1.2950 support level. On the upside, resistance lies at the 1.3150/74 levels where a violation will turn attention to the 1.3200 level. Further up, resistance resides at the 1.3250 level and then the 1.3300 level. Its daily RSI is bearish and pointing higher suggesting further weakness. All in all, USDCAD looks to strengthen further with trend resumption in the cards.

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EURGBP Price Recovery Remains Intact On Rally

EURGBP price recovery remains intact following its rally the past week. Support stands at the 0.8850 level where a violation will turn focus to the 0.8800 level. A break below here will aim at the 0.8750 level. On the upside, resistance resides at the 0.8950 level. A violation if seen will turn risk towards the 0.9000 level. Further up, resistance comes in at 0.9050 level followed by the 0.9100 level. Its Weekly RSI is bullish and pointing higher suggesting further strength. All in all, EURGBP remains biased to the upside on further recovery.

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USDJPY Price Reversal Leaves Risk Towards 112.88 Zone

USDJPY price reversal leaves risk towards the 112.88 resistance. On the downside, support comes at the 112.00 level where a break will target the 111.50 level. A break through here will turn focus to the 111.00 level and then lower towards the 110.50 level. On the upside, resistance comes in at 112.50 level. Above here will open the door for more strength towards the 113.00 level. Further out, we expect a possible move towards the 113.50 level on a break of the former level. Further out, resistance resides at the 114.00 level with a turn above here targeting the 114.50 level. On the whole, USDJPY faces further upside pressure following its price reversal

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USDCHF Remains Weak And Vulnerable On Price Sell Off

USDCHF remains weak and vulnerable on price sell off the past week. On the downside, support lies at the 0.9950 level. A turn below there will set the stage for more decline towards the 0.9900 level. And then the 0.9850 level. Its weekly RSI is bearish and pointing lower suggesting further weakness. On the upside, resistance resides at the 1.0050 level where a breach will clear the way for more strength to develop towards the 1.0100 level. Above here, resistance comes in at the 1.0150 level followed by the 1.0200 level. All in all, USDCHF faces further price weakness on price correction.

 

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GOLD Remains Vulnerable Below Key Resistance At 1,2987.55 Level

GOLD remains vulnerable below key resistance at 1,298.55 level as it looks for more weakness. commodity looks to pullback as it rejected higher prices the past week. On the downside, support comes in at the 1,280.00 level where a break will turn attention to the 1,270.00 level. Further down, a cut through here will open the door for a move lower towards the 1,260.00 level. Below here if seen could trigger further downside pressure targeting the 1,250.00 level. Conversely, resistance resides at the 1,290.00 level where a break will aim at the 1,300.00 level. A turn above there will expose the 1,310.00 level. Further out, resistance stands at the 1,320.00 level. All in all, GOLD looks to move further lower on correction.

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GBPUSD Bearish, Sets Up To Weaken Further On Corrective Pressure

GBPUSD sets up to weaken further corrective pressure following its rejection of upside pressure. Support is seen at 1.2700 level. Further down, support comes in at the 1.2650 level where a break will turn focus to the 1.2600 level. Further down, support lies at the 1.2550 level. Below here will set the stage for more weakness towards the 1.2500 level. On the upside, resistance stands at the 1.2750 with a turn above here allowing for additional strength to build up towards the 1.2800 level. Further out, resistance stands at the 1.2850 level followed by the 1.9000 level. On the whole, GBPUSD faces further downside pressure

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USDJPY Remains Biased To The Upside On Corrective Recovery.

USDJPY remains biased to upside on corrective as we expect more strength in the days ahead. On the upside, resistance comes in at 109.00 level. Above here will turn attention to the 109.50 level. Further out, we expect a possible move towards the 110.00 level if the earlier resistance is taken out. A break of here will open the door for more gain towards the 110.50. Its daily RSI is bearish and pointing higher suggesting further weakness. On the downside, support comes in at the 108.00 level where a break will target the 107.50 level. Below that level will turn focus to the 107.00 level and then lower towards the 106.50 level. On the whole, USDJPY faces further upside on corrective recovery.  
 

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GBPUSD Targets Further Upside Pressure Towards 1.3000/29 Zone

GBPUSD targets further upside pressure towards 1.3000/29 zone. Support is seen at 1.2950 level. Further down, support comes in at the 1.2900 level where a break will turn focus to the 1.2850 level. Further down, support lies at the 1.2800 level. Below here will set the stage for more weakness towards the 1.2750 level. On the upside, resistance stands at the 1.3000 with a turn above here allowing for additional strength to build up towards the 1.3050 level. Further out, resistance stands at the 1.3100 level followed by the 1.3150 level. On the whole, GBPUSD faces further upside pressure.

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This transpires because investors stock up on the asset towards the event. After the event, however, the price of the said asset drops significantly. This kind of activity has transpired frequently in the cryptocurrency space. One such occasion was the Bitcoin futures trading releases for the CBOE and CME. Just a few days to the CME’s release, the price of Bitcoin rallied from $6,400 and peaked close to its all-time high of $20,000 in a day. Not surprisingly, the price dropped considerably in the period that followed those releases. Furthermore, some cryptocurrency experts believe that the aftermath of the halving has already been priced in. It has been observed that demand is “missing” in the Bitcoin market, this could be a clear indication that the halving has been priced in. Usually, months before a halving, a boost in demand and price of Bitcoin is always noticeable. This time, however, no increase can be observed in neither of the stated areas. In this case, it could lead to a lateral trading period which might be a good thing for traders. At the moment, Bitcoin is still struggling to break above the $7,200 mark and there are no signs of a reversal happening soon. Whatever the result may be one thing is for sure, the price of Bitcoin is set to experience drastic changes this year.   Source: https://learn2.trade 
    • Your All-Round Guide To Security Token Offerings Security token offerings (STOs) are one of the most revered investment options in the crypto space at the moment. It has even been termed the “future of fundraising”. But what exactly are STOs and what is the rave all about? This article aims to break down STOs, what it is all about, and how it can be beneficial to you. What Exactly is a Security Token Offering? STOs, simply put, provide a means of tokenizing fungible financial assets such as stocks, bonds, and REITs, and introduces the tokens to the public through regulated channels. STOs are a lot like ICOs as they generally involve the same processes. However, the differentiating factor between STOs and ICOs is in the tokens being sold. With ICOs, the tokens are usually non-descriptive and could range from anything digital currencies to utility tokens. With STOs however, the token is a “security”, meaning that it is exchangeable and possesses a set monetary value. Breakdown of Security Tokens Security tokens function as digital versions of the assets they represent. Here’s a list of some popular security token representations: 1- Capital markets: Firms can convert their shares into tokens, allowing investors to own parts of the firm. In some cases, owners of tokens receive dividends and can execute votes on the affairs of the firm. 2- Equity funds: Equity funds can also tokenize their shares for sale. 3- Commodities: Commodities like gold, natural gas, coffee can be tokenized. 4- Real estate: The equity of this asset class can be tokenized, much like how REITs function. STOs do not change the underlying securities, instead, it makes these assets more readily accessible on a digital platform. Unlike other digital assets, security tokens can only be traded on certain regulated exchanges. Some exchanges require interested investors to meet some set qualifications. Advantages of STOs STOs are formulated with regulatory-compliance in mind, unlike ordinary token sales. Security tokens provide its owners with several legally binding rights. Some security tokens even bestow its owners with rights to dividends or other defined streams of income. Security tokens are also beneficial to their issuers. From the onset, the entities issuing the tokens are aware that their tokens are being purchased by accredited and verified investors and so, they don’t have to worry about the credibility of their investors. Other advantages of STOs include: 1- It is adequately regulated: Entities issuing security tokens must operate under the guidance of designated regulatory agencies in the region like SECs and FTCs. 2- You can rest assured that STOs won’t falter in the future: Unlike ICOs that cannot be guaranteed, STOs are sure to always deliver because it is properly regulated. 3- STOs offer great convenience: Procuring security tokens is easy, straightforward, and stress-free. All you need to do is to adhere to the STO requirement in your jurisdiction and you’re good to go. 4- It can be programmed: Security tokens are programmable and can be facilitated by smart contracts. 5- Automated dividend disbursement and voting: Some security tokens are structured to send dividends automatically through smart contracts. Also, some security tokens provide the bearer with exclusive voting rights in the affairs of the entity offering the tokens. 6- It is a globally accessible investment vehicle: Investors across the globe can procure security tokens regardless of their location. 7- It is not susceptible to manipulation: Considering the mode of operation STOs are run by, big players cannot manipulate its movements. 8- STOs are very liquid: It is a very promising investment option as it has an impressive liquidity quality and can be traded easily. With benefits like these, STOs are for sure transforming the fundamentals of the financial sphere. Disadvantages of STOs As with every other form of investment, security tokens has its limitations and shortcomings. Some of these limits are: 1- It is considerably more costly than utility tokens: STOs, unlike ICOs, hosts many organizations in their fundraising campaigns. Also, regulatory fees are not cheap which makes it more capital-intensive to host STOs. 2- Investor Qualifications: Countries like the US have certain qualifications an investor has to scale before becoming eligible to engage STOs. According to the SEC to be an “Accredited investor”, you must have an annual income rate of $200k and above or a minimum of $1 million in the bank. 3- Specific trading conditions: STOs can only be traded on certain designated exchanges. Also, these tokens are time-bound meaning that you are allowed to trade these tokens between investors for a set period after the STO. The Howey Test Usually, tokens are said to be securities, by law, when they pass certain thresholds. One such way to identify a security instrument is by applying the “Howey Test”. But first, let’s look at a piece of quick background information on how the Howey test came to be. In 1944, a citrus plantation called the Howey company of Florida leased out a large portion of its land to several investors in a bid to raise funds for much-needed developments. The buyers of the land were not skilled or versed in citrus farming in any way and decided instead to just be “speculators” and let the experts do their jobs. The lease was made on the premise that profits would be generated for the investors by the lessor. Not long after the business transaction the Howey company was sanctioned and accused by the United States SEC of failing to register the sale with the authority. The SEC maintained that the company was dealing with unregistered security. Howey denied the claims however, assuring that what it offered wasn’t a security. After much debate, the case ended up in the Supreme Court, which later ruled in favor of the SEC that Howey’s land leasing were undoubtedly securities. It remarked that investors were purchasing land mainly because they saw an opportunity to make a profit off the deal. Howey was then ordered to register the sale. This was the story of the enactment of the Howey test. Today, per the Howey test, anything is deemed to be a security if it satisfies the following criteria: 1- The investment included money. 2- The investment was made on an enterprise. 3- Profit will be made from the efforts of the providers of the investment. The Howey test has become a stronghold name in the crypto space. In 2017 and 2018 (during the “Heydey boom”), many ICO providers were completely consumed with scaling the Howey test as it was a major determinant used in ascertaining the legality of an ICO by the SEC. Failure to pass the test meant the offering was illegal and was sanctioned by the authorities. Some ICOs even advertised their tokens as investment instruments that had no value, describing their tokens as “utilities” used only for interactions on the platform. The Inception of STOs The very first STO was released by Blockchain Capital on the 10th of April 2017. The release pooled about $10 million in one day. Several STOs have been released following the first event including tZero, Sharespost, Aspen Coin, Quadrant Biosciences, and many more. STOs have since gained widespread acceptance and relevance in today’s market. Understanding the Distinction Between Security Tokens and Tokenized Security Confusing security token for tokenized securities is a common trap that people fall into. The main distinction between the two is that the former is usually a recently issued token that functions on a distributed ledger system while the latter is just a digital manifestation of pre-existing financial instruments. Apart from similarities in appearance and nomenclature, security tokens have absolutely nothing in common with tokenized securities. What Entities are Involved in an STO Issuance? Assuming a business entity plans on issuing security tokens as an embodiment of equity in its establishment, the next necessary step for that business would be to involve certain players and follow certain directives. It has to formally contact an issuance platform to serve as a medium for issuing the tokens. Popular issuance platforms include Polymath and Harbor, which consist of service providers like custodians, broker-dealers, and legal entities to carry out secure processes. Who Can Invest in STOs? STOs are available to the general public for the taking, regardless of location. However, as mentioned previously, the US has certain rules guiding STO investments. In the US, it is mandatory to be an “accredited investor” before you can invest in this instrument. An accredited investor is an individual with an annual cash flow of $200k and above for at least 2 years or a net worth of $1 million and above. More nations are starting to adopt the United States’ classification method and have begun restricting certain classes from investing in STOs. It is advisable to always research on the STO rules and regulations of the jurisdiction you’re planning on investing with. Final Word STOs provide businesses with the prospect of raising funds in an easy and regulated setting. It gives both investors and issuers a good deal of benefits, while also ensuring insurances against fraudulent or malicious practices, unlike ICOs. Issuers are not limited to any industry, they can vary from several sectors including real estate, VC firms, and small and medium enterprises. Moving forward, we will likely witness prominent firms venture into the STOs.   Source: https://learn2.trade 
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