Thai SEC Bans 3 Major Cryptocurrencies from Use in ICOs
The Thai Securities and Exchange Commission has made the decision to remove three major cryptocurrencies from a list of digital currencies that are allowed to be used as ICO investments and in base trading pairs for digital asset trading, according to a new report from the Bangkok Post.
Indeed, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, and Ethereum Classic are technically no longer allowed for use in Thai ICOs. However, the Bangkok Post explained that “such removal does not have an impact on investors or businesses involved with digital assets, since there is still no authorised ICO and local digital exchanges [that] use BCH, ETC and LTC as base trading pairs.”
Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, and Stellar Remain on the List of Authorised Cryptocurrencies
The list still allows Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, and Stellar to be used in ICO investing and as a base trading pair for registered digital asset exchanges. However, the Thai SEC clarified that these cryptocurrencies still do not have status as legal tender for payment.
The list of all seven approved cryptocurrencies was originally released in July of 2018. The criteria for which cryptocurrencies were selected based on several factors, including how many coins the asset could be traded with directly.
Other criteria included the technical design of each coin’s decentralized network and the coin’s market liquidity; the coins that have been removed on the list were reportedly done so ‘based on an assessment of cryptocurrency development, related news and other important factors.’