This week, we saw what is arguably the most positive news of the year for crypto and web3: the ruling in the case of the SEC versus Ripple (XRP). But, what does it mean for web3 as a whole?
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In last week’s episode, John and I discussed the Folding Ideas documentary about Decentraland. This week, we turn our attention to current affairs and the topic that all of crypto is discussing: XRP.
Mint One Podcast, Episode 72: What XRP’s Win Over the SEC Means for Web3
If you haven’t followed what has been happening with the crypto ecosystem, Ripple ($XRP), I will give you a quick overview. Several years ago, the SEC opened a lawsuit against Ripple claiming that the $XRP token is a security and that they, therefore, sold unregistered securities. What determines a security in the US is anything that meets all three criteria of the Howey Test. As I mention in the episode, I worked on creating a simple explanation of the Howey Test, so here are my notes:
The Howey Test is used to determine whether a transaction is considered an investment contract, therefore a security. It was created in 1946 during the SEC vs W.J. Howey Co. The Howey Test has 3 criteria that all need to be met:
- Investment of Money: People putting money into a venture; exchange of money for an investment opportunity.
- Common Enterprise: An organization where multiple investors put their money into it and expect the company or a third party to make their investment go up.
- Expectation of Profit: Investors anticipate earning profits (from the efforts of others, as above).
The judge’s ruling in the $XRP case was complicated, but for all intents and purposes, the judge deemed $XRP as not a security, which caused a crypto market pump. For a more complete explanation of the case and what it might mean for web3 as a whole, listen to episode 72 of the Mint One podcast!
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