Nexo charged for its unregistered interest product by eight US states

Crypto lending platform Nexo faces charges from eight US state regulators for promoting “Earn Interest Product” to users without officially registering it as securities, Reuters reports.

Nexo has been encouraging users to try out their interest-earning products without permission. According to the report, the platform failed to reveal necessary disclosures to its customers.

Nexo’s Earn Interest Product offers users high-yield earnings of about 36% for depositing assets on its exchange. For any person, this was a big interest figure worth the investment.

However, The court filing revealed that Nexo had falsely claimed that it was a verified and licensed platform for its customers.

Eight states, California, Kentucky, New York, Maryland, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Washington, and Vermont regulators are now on a hunt to charge Nexo for violating the capital-markets law.

“Since the SEC guidance on earn products in February 2022, Nexo has voluntarily ceased the onboarding of new U.S. clients for our Earn Interest Product…” the company revealed.

The firm also cleared up that the 36% interest was for one applicable asset and a single digital percent of interest is for other assets. This means not all assets receive the same 36% interest.

“Nexo is a very different provider of earn interest products,” the company said, “it did not engage in uncollateralized loans… or needed to resort to any withdrawal restrictions.”

The firm is working with the U.S. federal and state regulators “to fulfill their mandates of investor protection by examining past behavior of providers of earn interest products,” the company added.

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