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Why Bitcoin Is Better Than Banks: Major Credit Card Breach Exposes 60M Accounts

Why Bitcoin Is Better Than Banks: Major Credit Card Breach Exposes 60M AccountsSberbank, the largest bank in Russia with a regional and global presence, has suffered a major data breach. Personal information belonging to millions of clients is now being sold on the black market. Initial analyses suggest the trove of data for sale is real, highlighting the risks associated with traditional banking. Also read: Turkish Government […]

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Banking Giant HSBC Set to Fire 10,000 More Employees

The banking sector continues to suffer drastic layoffs as the global economic outlook remains uncertain. The latest financial institution reported to be set for cutting a massive amount of workers is HSBC, which has already announced firing thousands of people just a few weeks ago. Also Read: Bitfinex Braces for Imminent Lawsuit Alleging Tether Manipulates […]

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Bank Raided, Arrests Made But RBI Still Restricts Withdrawals

Bank Raided, Arrests Made But RBI Still Restricts WithdrawalsThe crisis has elevated at the cooperative bank recently placed under regulatory restrictions by India’s central bank. Multiple branches have been raided and several arrests were made. However, the RBI continues to impose a withdrawal limit, preventing bank customers from accessing their savings. The bank has 137 branches across India. Also read: RBI Ban Stops […]

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German Bank Predicts BTC at $90,000 After Next Halving

German Bank Predicts BTC at $90,000 After Next HalvingYou wouldn’t expect a traditional financial institution to come up with a very optimistic forecast about the future of a cryptocurrency or an honest appraisal of its design. But Bayern LB, a lender based in the rich German province of Bavaria, has surprised the crypto community. In a recently published research paper, the bank asks […]

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Big Banks Won’t Touch Crypto Clients – But These Smaller Banks Will

Catering to Crypto Clients, Small Banks Embrace an Opportunity Big Players Are Missing Out OnCryptocurrencies undoubtedly bring new business opportunities. The expanding industry around digital assets and its customers need more and more services that traditional sectors can provide. Banking is often a bottleneck in the crypto space as most traditional institutions are still reluctant to get their feet wet. Smaller banks, however, are more willing to occupy this […]

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Crypto Banking Expands With Positive Interest Rates and New Services

Crypto Banking Expands With Positive Interest Rates and New ServicesBanking, in the traditional sense of the term, has become a financial burden for account holders in regions where the era of subzero interest rates has already set in. European nations like Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, and Eurozone countries have been in negative territory for some time, and banks there have started passing the burden to […]

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Initiative to Curtail Negative Interest Rates Gains Traction in Germany

Ban on Negative Rates Initiative Gains Traction in GermanyNegative interest rates, a common occurrence in Europe these days, are unpleasant for both banks and clients. And financial institutions have been increasingly transferring the bulk of the burden on to their customers. Some political factions in Germany, however, aren’t happy with the trend and are pushing for adequate protection for the ordinary small saver, […]

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The New Bitcoin Banks Are Here

The New Bitcoin Banks Are HereA new age of banking is imminent. Legacy models will be forced to follow suit or become obsolete in the eyes of value holders worldwide, as new bitcoin and crypto services take over, seeking to implement blockchain systems with an eye on convenience and financial inclusion. Announcements of stablecoins and exchange services from giants Binance, […]

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Major Swedish Bank Orders Negative Interest Rate on Euro Deposits

Major Swedish Bank Surprises With Negative Interest Rate on Euro DepositsSub-zero interest rates have become the norm in some countries, especially in Europe. Nordic nations such as Sweden and Denmark have been in negative territory for a while and a growing number of banks in the region are now charging depositors for keeping their money. Saving in fiat right now, unlike cryptocurrencies lately, leads to […]

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Owning Fiat Just Got More Expensive – NIRP Strikes Again

Owning Fiat Just Got More Expensive - NIRP Strikes AgainWith the recent Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) announcement that even more customers will be charged to hold money in their banks, people are scrambling to find ways to preserve their wealth, while USB and others scramble to dam the losses resulting from national negative interest rate policy (NIRP). The relatively recent experiments with NIRP […]

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Liquidity Difficulties in China: Second Bank Bail-Out Now Reality

Another Troubled Chinese Bank Bailed Out by BeijingAlthough it has its peculiarities, the Chinese banking sector now faces similar challenges to the west’s financial system. Dozens of small banks have been experiencing liquidity difficulties in the past few months. Observers believe the expanding problem has the potential to trigger a financial crisis that could grow into a new global meltdown. Chinese state-owned […]

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Unbanked for Buying Bitcoin: How the Financial System Criminalizes Crypto

Unbanked for Buying Bitcoin: How the Financial System Criminalizes CryptoWhen we think of the unbanked, we envisage citizens of developing nations who lack the means and documentation to obtain access. But you don’t have to be a Mongolian goat herder to find yourself financially excluded. In the West, relatively affluent citizens are having their banking services withdrawn suddenly and without warning. Their ‘crime’? Buying […]

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Money Laundering Fines Worth Billions Help Bankers Avoid Prosecution and Unpleasant Labels

Money Laundering Fines Worth Billions Help Bankers Avoid Prosecution and Unpleasant LabelsThe recent seizure of a cargo ship owned by JP Morgan, a vessel loaded with 20 tons of cocaine according to latest accounts, highlighted the risks of banks’ involvement in illicit activities, inadvertent or otherwise. And although U.S. authorities released the MSC Gayane after the owner, JP Morgan’s asset management arm, and the operator, Mediterranean […]

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Money Laundering Scandals Bring Court Charges and Record Job Cuts to Euro Banks

Money Laundering Scandals Bring Euro Banks Court Charges and Record Job CutsThe international financial establishment is known to express concern about the risks of money laundering when the crypto space is mentioned. A string of scandals indicates, however, that traditional banks are not only susceptible to the phenomenon but sometimes complicit, whether knowingly or inadvertently. New chapters have been added to the saga over the last […]

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Tel Aviv Court Rules Bank Can’t Close Crypto Miner’s Account

Tel Aviv Court Rules Bank Can’t Close Crypto Miner’s AccountA court in Israel has once again ruled against a local bank which tried to close the account of a cryptocurrency related business without any due cause. This time a Tel Aviv court has determined that a bank can’t refuse to operate an account on behalf of a crypto miner. Also Read: Tel Aviv Court […]

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Wyoming Senate Passes Bill Recognizing Cryptocurrency as Money

Wyoming Senate Passes Bill Defining Cryptocurrency as PropertyThe Senate of the U.S. state of Wyoming has passed a bill which defines cryptocurrency as property and establishes rules including for allowing banks to provide crypto custodial services. For secured transactions, however, the bill recognizes cryptocurrency as money subject to some of the same rules as money in the state. Also read: Indian Supreme Court Moves […]

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Belarus’ Largest Commercial Bank May Establish a Cryptocurrency Exchange

Largest Commercial Bank in Belarus May Set up a Cryptocurrency ExchangeThe cryptocurrency market might be underperforming in terms of prices, but the technology continues to evolve and become deeply integrated into the economy. This is especially true in smaller nations that see an opportunity to stake a claim in the new digital economy. The latest example of this can be seen in Belarus, whose largest […]

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The Daily: Crypto Startups Licensed in Poland, Dutch Bank Offers Coin Storage

The Daily: Crypto Startups Licensed in Poland, Dutch Bank Offers Coin StorageIn this edition of The Daily, the Polish financial watchdog has authorized two crypto companies to operate as payment service providers and a bank in the Netherlands now offers crypto storage to its clients. Also, recently leaked images show the long-awaited Samsung S10 may indeed come with a cryptocurrency wallet. Also read: Huobi Downsizes, New […]

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PBOC Deputy Governor Calls STOs ‘Illegal Financial Activity’

Local media has reported that the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) has banned security token offerings (STOs). Pan Gongsheng, a deputy governor of the PBOC, has mobilized the same rhetoric used with regard to initial coin offerings (ICOs) in describing STOs, accusing security token offerings of comprising “illegal financial activity.” Also Read: Federal Agents Told This […]

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The Daily: Belarus Adopts New Regulations, Galaxy Digital Releases Q3 Results

The Daily: Belarus Adopts New Regulations, Galaxy Digital Releases Q3 ResultsIn this edition of The Daily, we look at the latest regulatory development in Europe – Belarus High Technologies Park has adopted new regulations for cryptocurrency companies. We also cover Galaxy Digital’s report into its third quarter financial results and an alert issued in Texas about a new scam promising refunds to Bitconnect investors.   […]

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UK Regulators Plan “Comprehensive Response” to Illicit Crypto Use

Christopher Woolard of the United Kingdom (UK) Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has indicated that UK regulators are planning a “comprehensive response” to the illicit adoption of crypto assets amid increased adoption among local businesses and consumers. Despite announcing increased regulatory action regarding illegal use of crypto, Woolard stated he does not view crypto assets as […]

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