No DOGE Allowed? Thai SEC Bans Meme, Fan and Exchange Tokens as Well as NFTs

12 June 2021

Thailand’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced Friday it’s banned several of the hottest types of tokens in cryptocurrency including meme tokens, fan tokens and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) in an apparent attempt to rein in trading in crypto instruments in which the prices are largely determined by social whim.

The move by the Thai SEC is just the latest action by the regulator as it works to provide a framework for crypto in the kingdom. While not looking to ban crypto altogether, the regulator has opted for a protective stance to prevent regular subjects and even traders from risking their funds through crypto investments.

Per the SEC, the following are no longer allowed to be traded in Thailand, effective June 11:

  • Meme tokens, which the SEC describes as having no clear objective or substance or no support with the price depending on the trend in the social world. Though not mentioned by name, presumably this applies to meme-based coins such as Dogecoin (DOGE), the price of which has influenced to a massive degree by celebrities, most notably Elon Musk.
  • Fan tokens, digital assets that represent ownership of a voting right and give a person access to earn club-specific rewards and services. The tokens can be traded for other goods and services such as VIP experiences, etc.
  • NFT, which for a few brief months this year was the hottest sector of crypto. They are digital assets that represent a wide range of unique tangible and intangible items, from collectible sports cards to virtual real estate and even digital sneakers. Unlike regular cryptocurrencies, NFTs cannot be directly exchanged with one another.
  • Exchange tokens such as those issued by Binance (BNB), Uniswap (UNI), FTX (FTT) that allow holders to get benefits such as reduced transaction fees on the corresponding exchange.
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