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Coinbase Faces SEC Probe on Crypto Listings; Shares Tumble

  • Regulator probing whether firm offered unregistered securities
  • Company has asked watchdog to clarify digital-asset rules
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Coinbase Facing SEC Probe Over Cryptocurrency Listings
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Coinbase Global Inc. is facing a US probe into whether it improperly let Americans trade digital assets that should have been registered as securities, according to three people familiar with the matter. The company’s shares dropped 21%.

The US Securities and Exchange Commission’s scrutiny of Coinbase has increased since the platform expanded the number of tokens in which it offers trading, said two of the people, who asked not to be named because the inquiry hasn’t been disclosed publicly. The probe by the SEC’s enforcement unit predates the agency’s investigation into an alleged insider trading scheme that led the regulator last week to sue a former Coinbase manager and two other people.