Overstock’s tZERO to Launch Broker Dealer in First Half of 2020
Overstock’s blockchain arm tZERO aims to launch its cryptocurrency and digital asset broker dealer service in the first half of 2020.
In a letter to investors released on Jan. 30, tZERO CEO Saum Noursalehi provided a recap of the company’s progress over the last year and highlighted tZERO’s goals for 2020. One of the main objectives of the company is to roll out a digital assets broker dealer in the first half of the current year, dubbed tZERO Markets.
Noursalehi said that the company is working closely with regulators on the matter, and further added that “this is an important initiative as it will allow us to integrate our web and mobile app experiences in the future, enabling investors to trade digital securities and cryptocurrencies on one platform.”
As previously reported, tZERO’s Boston Security Token Exchange filed an application with the SEC to approve the launch of a market for publicly traded registered security tokens, in October 2019. The exchange asked asks the commission to “adopt rules to govern the trading of equity securities on the Exchange” which “would operate a fully automated, price/time priority execution system for the trading of ‘security tokens.’”
Broker dealers receive the green light from the SEC
Last November, Harbor, a digital platform for alternative assets, received a transfer agent license from the SEC. The license enables Harbor to maintain financial records of security token ownership, track account balances and pay out dividends while attracting blockchain companies that are looking to conduct Reg A+ offerings.
The blockchain-based startup Blockstack was the first-ever digital token offering to receive the go-ahead from the SEC to run a $23 million investment round under Regulation A+. Founders of Blockstack Muneeb Ali and Ryan Shea reportedly spent 10 months and approximately $2 million to get approval from the SEC for a Reg A+ offering.