Wednesday, December 16, 2015

"SEC Approves Overstock's Plan to Issue Stock Via Bitcoin’s Blockchain" (OSTK)

I have a rule regarding Overstock and its CEO: Stay the hell away.
He's mentally ill.

Not in a goodhearted creative-but-crazy manner but in a "The voices in my head say bad things" way.

The stock was up 6% yesterday but here's the action this year:

OSTK Inc. daily Stock Chart
From Wired:
The Securities and Exchange Commission has approved a plan from online retailer to issue company stock via the Internet, signaling a significant shift in the way financial securities will be distributed and traded in the years to come.

Over the past year, Overstock and its freethinking CEO, Patrick Byrne, have developed technology for issuing financial securities by way of the blockchain, the vast online ledger underpinning the bitcoin digital currency. The blockchain is essentially an enormous database that runs across a global network of independent computers. With bitcoin, this ledger tracks the exchange of money. But it can also track the exchange of anything else that holds value, including stocks, bonds, and other financial securities. Overstock has already used the blockchain to issue private bonds, which did not require explicit regulatory approval. Now, the SEC has told the company it can issue public securities in much the same way.

Public documents filed by Overstock show that the SEC has approved an amended Form S-3 that would allow the company to issue public securities via blockchain-based technology, and Byrne plans to announce the news this evening at a bitcoin conference in San Diego. It’s unclear when the company will actually issue a public security on the blockchain. “You can assume its high on our list of priorities for 2016,” Byrne tells WIRED.

Overstock built its technology under the aegis of a subsidiary called TØ.com, and it plans to offer this “cryptosecurity” tech as a service to other businesses, so that they too can issue stock via the blockchain. Each business would need separate approval from the SEC, but Overstock could use the system to issue stock for a third-party before issuing its own....MORE
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Here's Over(under?)stock's performance during the 6 1/2 year bull market.
It didn't participate:

OSTK Inc. monthly Stock Chart