The United States securities regulator has in recent lawsuits designated a slate of cryptocurrencies as securities, including Algorand (ALGO) and Flow (FLOW), which hit all-time price lows following the declaration.
On June 10, ALGO and FLOW hit their respective historic lows of $0.098 and $0.46, having dropped around 30% in the past seven days, according to CoinGecko data.
Both have slightly rebounded since, with ALGO up over 12.5% and FLOW recovering just over 10.5% since June 10.
Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission sued crypto exchanges Binance and Coinbase. In the process, the regulator labeled 16 new cryptocurrencies as securities, including FLOW and Internet Computer (ICP).
ICP has also seen a drop of about 25% in the past week and is currently trading around $3.65 — just 25 cents off its all-time low of $3.40 from December 2022.
Securities definition rebuffed
On June 10, Polygon Labs tweeted in response to the SEC’s definition of MATIC without directly addressing the regulator.
It highlighted that Polygon was developed and deployed outside of the U.S. and MATIC was globally available “with actions that did not target the U.S. at any time.”
We are proud of the history of the Polygon network – developed outside the US, deployed outside the US, and focused to this day on the global community that supports the network. MATIC was a necessary part of the Polygon technology from Day 1, ensuring that the network would be…
— Polygon (Labs) (@0xPolygonLabs) June 10, 2023
The Solana Foundation similarly took to Twitter on June 10 to say it “disagrees with the characterization of SOL as a security.”
Cardano development company Input Output Global (IOG) said on June 7 it was “aware” of the SEC’s definition of ADA and claimed there were “numerous factual inaccuracies” by the regulator.
“Under no circumstances is ADA a security under U.S. securities laws. It never has been,” the firm wrote in a blog post.