SEC Believes Filecoin Is a Security, Grayscale Warns Investors

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission believes Filecoin's FIL token qualifies a security, according to a Wednesday announcement from Grayscale Investments.

The major crypto investment firm had applied to the SEC to launch a Filecoin Trust product, which would give investors indirect exposure to FIL. (Disclosure: Protocol Labs, the company behind Filecoin, is one of Decrypt’s 22 investors.)

But the SEC told Grayscale in a letter yesterday that FIL “meets the definition of a security under the federal securities laws” and, therefore, the application must be withdrawn, according to the firm.

Representatives for Protocol Labs did not immediately respond to Decrypt's request for comment.

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