The future of investing
Blockchain technology is leveling the investor playing field… and the security token is the most remarkable example of it yet.
Security tokens are digital, liquid contracts that provide partial ownership of any asset that has underlying value—such as a business, a car, or real estate. Like stocks, security tokens represent an ownership stake and can pay a dividend. But the stake is preserved on the blockchain (a digital ledger).
The transparency and efficiency of the blockchain make security tokens a faster, easier, and cheaper way to raise capital than through a traditional investment bank… opening the door to small businesses that need capital to grow while avoiding exorbitant Wall Street fees.
For investors, security tokens offer access not only to previously illiquid assets (like works of art or resort properties), but also to early-stage growth companies like Curzio Research. No longer will Main Street have to wait for a company like Uber to go public via an IPO, when most of the gains have already been made by large private investors.
Financial institutions and exchanges all over the world are now preparing for all types of assets to be tokenized. It’s one of the biggest trends to hit investing in years. And the new opportunities for investors will be mind boggling…
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Curzio Equity Owners Token
Equity in the financial publishing industry
In 2019 Curzio Research partnered with Securitize, a token issuance and lifecycle management platform, to launch its own security token offering-the Curzio Equity Owners (CEO) token. The digital security issuance and private placement offering was for U.S. accredited investors and non-U.S. investors with exemptions under Regulation D and Regulation S of the Securities Exchange Act.
The Company raised approximately $4 million almost entirely from its own client base.
After the 12-month lock-up for CEO token holders, the required process under rule 144 of the Securities Exchange Act, including the receipt of a legal opinion letter was completed, allowing global trading to public investors on MERJ Exchange.
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Security Token Industry Market Cap
Security Token Offerings are rapidly becoming a preferred method for alternative financing. They deliver the same benefits as traditional private placements but are cheaper for issuers and provide improved liquidity for investors.
Processes are in place to ensure complete adherence to all applicable securities laws and regulations. As support structures and companies become more standardized, the market is likely to explode. Just look at the growth in the market’s infancy stage.
* All YTD figures accurate as of September 30, 2020.
Source:Security Token Market
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Security Token Offering (STO)?
An STO is a tokenized offering of securities available for sale.
What is an STO?
An STO is a security token offering.
Can anyone invest in an STO?
The initial offering is available only to accredited investors in the U.S., who are assumed to have the knowledge and experience to make educated high-risk investments.
What’s the difference between ICOs and STOs?
Unlike ICOs which could be launched with an idea, a website, and a whitepaper, when setting up a compliant security token offering, the company goes through rigorous examination by advisors and legal teams. Everything from legal documentation to financial reports to business plans are scrutinized.
Are STOs regulated?
STOs are regulated. But each offering should be thoroughly researched and vetted by investors just as would be expected with an IPO or private placement.
What do KYC and AML stands for?
KYC stands for Know Your Customer and AML is Anti Money Laundering. They represent a set of standards and processes that ensure banned or sanctioned parties aren’t participating in the ICO/STO.
What is the CEO token?
The CEO tokens are security tokens that represent equity in Curzio Research.
Who can buy the CEO token?
US investors and international investors from 40 countries around the world qualify to purchase the CEO token
Where do I find the CEO token?
The CEO token is trading on MERJ Exchange.
How do I buy the Curzio Equity Owner (CEO) token?
The CEO token is trading on the MERJ Exchange. You can sign up for an account now.
How do I set up an account with MERJ Exchange?
Watch an instructional video.
Are STOs a risky investment?
As with any small-cap or start up, STOs require due diligence. Be sure the company is legitimate, the team is serious, and the strategy is viable.