Category: Europe

ECB Keeps Subzero Interest Rates and Open-Ended QE Worth €20B a Month But Launches Policy Review

ECB Keeps Subzero Interest Rates and Open-Ended QE Worth €20B a Month But Launches Policy ReviewThe European Central Bank (ECB) has launched an extensive review that will examine a wide range of its policies by the end of this year. Under its new president, Christine Lagarde, the bank will try to establish why its monetary stimulus has failed to achieve the Eurozone’s goal of close to 2% inflation. Sharing few […]

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With New Regulations, Europe’s Crypto Companies May Be Running Out of Options

With New Regulations, Europe’s Crypto Companies May Be Running Out of OptionsEuropean crypto companies are finding themselves in a changing regulatory environment. The new realities they have to deal with stem from the fifth edition of the European Union’s anti-money laundering directive. AMLD5 introduces stricter customer due diligence requirements and some in the industry have realized their business models, based on key principles of the crypto […]

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European Central Bank’s CBDC Borrows Bitcoin’s Pseudo-Anonymity

European Central Bank's CBDC Borrows Bitcoin's Pseudo-AnonymityOn December 17, the European Central Bank (ECB) published a report that showcased its blockchain technology proof-of-concept. One particular feature the central bank digital chain holds is the ability to issue “anonymity vouchers.” Also read: Lagarde Sees Demand for Stablecoins, Plans to Put ECB ‘Ahead of the Curve’ ECB Report Explores Anonymity in Central Bank […]

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Fidelity Launching Crypto Services in Europe, Citing ‘Significant Interest’

Fidelity Launching Crypto Services in Europe, Citing 'Significant Interest'Fidelity Investments is expanding its crypto services to European clients after seeing increasing potential in this market. The expansion builds upon the company’s U.S. crypto business. “We’ve seen significant interest and engagement by the institutional community, which show no signs of slowing,” the company revealed. Also read: Regulatory Roundup – Crypto ‘Inevitable’ in India, China […]

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European AML Directive Pushes Crypto Startup Bottle Pay Out of Business

European AML Directive Pushes Crypto Startup Bottle Pay Out of BusinessBottle Pay, a cryptocurrency payments provider from the U.K., has announced its decision to cease operations by the end of the year. Despite attracting some serious funding and expanding its user base significantly in the past few months, the company has found it unacceptable to continue to work under the upcoming EU regulations. AMLD5, the […]

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The Country With Europe’s Highest Interest Rate Has Cut It 5 Times This Year

The Country With the Highest Interest Rate in Europe Has Cut It 5 Times This YearAround half of European countries, over 20, now have 0% interest rates and a few are already in negative territory. Ukraine, which has the highest benchmark interest rate on the continent, has just reduced it again, for the fifth time this year. The race between central banks to cut rates, when there is inflation, has […]

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Sweden’s Financial Authority Approves Swiss Crypto ETP Provider Amun

Sweden's Financial Authority Approves Swiss Crypto ETP Provider AmunOn December 10, Switzerland-based firm Amun AG announced the company’s base prospectus has been approved by the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority (SFSA). The ETP provider said it has extensive plans to expand its digital asset ETPs throughout Europe, while Sweden shows “strong demand” for these products. Also read: Wisdomtree’s Physically Backed Bitcoin ETP Goes Live […]

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EU Finance Ministers Place Defacto Ban on Libra

EU Finance Ministers Place Defacto Ban on LibraLibra’s ongoing organizational snags and run-ins with regulators continue into December, as EU finance ministers agreed Thursday that Libra cannot be launched in the EU until concerns are adequately addressed. The finance ministers issued a joint statement citing regulatory “challenges and risks.” Also Read: Libra Testnet Fails to Impress as New Legislation Looms Lawmakers Still […]

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European Banks Struggle With Low Interest Rates and Strict Regulations

European Banks Struggle With Low Interest Rates and Strict RegulationsBanks in Europe have been in a difficult spot lately. A new report reveals that financial institutions across the region faced serious difficulties in the 2018 financial year, and despite all the cost cutting that followed, haven’t managed to compensate the revenue decline in 2019. Historically low interest rates, new regulatory hurdles and competition from […]

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‘No-Deal Brexit Huge Positive for UK Cryptocurrency’ – How Brexit Could Affect the Industry

'No-Deal Brexit Huge Positive for UK Cryptocurrency' - How Brexit Could Affect the IndustryBritish lawmakers have voted to postpone a crucial Brexit vote and forced Prime Minister Boris Johnson to ask the EU for an extension. News.Bitcoin.com talked to the CEO of a local crypto exchange to find out the effects a no-deal Brexit could have on the crypto industry. Also read: SEC Wants Second Look at Bitwise […]

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FOIN Allows Merchants to Accept Crypto Payments In-Store

FOIN Allows Merchants to Accept Crypto Payments In-StoreFOIN, a cryptocurrency company and a developer of the transparent payment system FoPay, announced the strategic partnership with Cyclebit, a crypto payment solutions provider. According to the official information, starting from that day, FOIN, the decentralized peer to peer cryptocurrency for the finance sector, along with 20 other top cryptos are accepted at more than 200,000 points of sale in Europe, Asia, and Canada. Now, FOIN holders can use their digital assets to make purchasing in stores, cafes, restaurants, and even service companies (e.g. barber shops).

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Massive Layoffs: Banks Cutting Nearly 60,000 Jobs Worldwide

Massive Layoffs: Banks Cutting Nearly 60,000 Jobs WorldwideBanks are laying off workers across the globe as revenue declines throughout the sector. According to reports, banks have announced nearly 60,000 job cuts so far this year, with most of the layoffs happening in Europe, especially in Germany. Also read: Panic at 137 Bank Branches as RBI Limits Withdrawals to ₹1,000 Almost 60,000 Job […]

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Bitflyer Adds Bitcoin Cash Trading Across Europe and the US

Bitflyer Adds Bitcoin Cash Trading Across Europe and the USBitflyer has added a selected number of new cryptocurrencies for its European and American clients to trade. Bitcoin cash (BCH) is among the few digital assets now available to buy and sell on all licensed platforms operated by the Japanese company. Also Read: NASA to Launch Bitcoin to the Moon? Space Agency Seeks Crypto Experience […]

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How Cryptocurrencies Can Mitigate Some of Brexit’s Negative Effects

How Cryptocurrencies Can Mitigate Some Negative Effects of BrexitBrexit, the European divorce saga that has been going on for years, has created a lot of headaches for politicians and ordinary people on both sides of the Channel. The process of Britain leaving the European Union is now heading towards another one of its deadlines while London and Brussels are trying to separate with […]

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European Countries Step Up Response to Facebook’s Libra

European Countries Step Up Their Responses to Facebook’s LibraThe European Central Bank (ECB) and a number of countries in the region have stepped up their efforts in response to Facebook’s Libra, which has revived a competing ECB project for instant payments. As Facebook engages Switzerland’s financial regulator, the ECB clarifies how Libra can be regulated under EU laws. Also read: India’s Popular ‘Who […]

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At Least 19 Central Banks Give Way to Monetary Easing As Economy Slows

More Than 18 Central Banks Give Way to Monetary Easing As Economy SlowsIn a coordinated fashion, more than 18 central banks worldwide have or plan to cut interest rates, sparking a domino effect of monetary easing. It’s been 10 years since the world has seen central planners orchestrate such harmonization in an attempt to save the economy from a deep recession. Also Read: Money and Democracy: Why […]

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Why Portugal’s Tax-Free Crypto Trading Matters for Bitcoin

Why Portugal’s Tax-Free Crypto Trading Matters for BitcoinCryptocurrency enthusiasts and businesses in the industry have had to put up with regulatory uncertainty for quite some time. The strong desire to tap into their incomes and profits goes hand in hand with failure on behalf of authorities and regulators to fully understand the nature of decentralized digital assets. Not to mention how absurd […]

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EU Members Adopt Tougher Crypto Rules Than AML Directive Requires

EU Members Adopt Tougher Crypto Rules Than AML Directive RequiresEurope is gradually tightening the rules for the crypto space. A wave of new regulations are introducing stricter requirements for companies operating in the industry and cryptocurrency users are going to feel the difference in the coming months. The measures stem from the obligation of member states to transpose EU’s Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (AMLD5) […]

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PR: Liechtenstein Financial Market Authority Approves Tokenized Real Estate Investment Product

PR: Liechtenstein Financial Market Authority Approves Tokenized Real Estate Investment ProductCROWDLITOKEN AG pioneers and starts distribution of a digital bond – European retail investors benefit as well

For the first time in Europe, the Liechtenstein Financial Market Authority (FMA) has approved the offering prospectus for a tokenised real estate investment product. CROWDLITOKEN AG is thus a pioneer for new financial innovations. The Security Token Offering (STO) is now running in European countries. By using blockchain technology, qualified and retail investors are enabled to invest in first-class real estate in Europe. Also the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has confirmed that no special regulatory approval is needed to market this new class of digital assets in Switzerland.

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