The Ultimate Guide to Security Token Offerings

Curious about investing in security tokens? Then this guide is for you.

Between 2017 and 2018, the blockchain and investment worlds were buzzing with news of initial coin offerings (ICOs), the new form of crypto-enabled fundraising that stood to change everything from how venture capital firms operate to how stock is bought and sold. It seemed like the hype would never end.


But reality caught up with ICOs when the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) answered the big question on everyone’s mind: how will these new investments be regulated?


The SEC’s 2017 ruling stated that the majority of ICOs were distributing unregistered securities, which meant they were fully responsible for following all applicable security regulations.


While the U.S. is not the only market for investments, it has influence over how other countries operate. Many other countries followed suit, ruling that ICOs were legal as long as they met strict securities regulations. Countries like China and South Korea, however, instituted outright bans on ICOs.


Paired with the “Wild West” nature of ICOs, these regulations caused the bubble to burst in 2018, and the hype began to die.


While some individuals criticized the SEC’s ruling, many industry professionals viewed the stance as a major step forward because it provided a clear path for blockchain companies to follow.  


With new regulatory clarity, the security token offering (STO) emerged as a new and improved form of ICO. Over the past few months, STOs have generated tremendous buzz as the future of ICOs, and many industry insiders hail them as the next big thing.


In this six-part series, we’ll cover everything you need to know about STOs: what they are, how they work, what benefits they provide, and what the future holds for them.


If you’d like to jump ahead, use the navigation below. If you’d rather read this all as one guide, download our 2019 Ultimate Guide to Security Token Offerings.


Chapter 1: Why Security Token Offerings Matter

Chapter 2: Security Token Offerings 101

Chapter 3: The Benefits Of Security Token Offerings

Chapter 4: The Challenges Of Security Token Offerings

Chapter 5: The State of Security Token Offerings 2019

Chapter 6: The Future Of Security Token Offerings

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