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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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As US Expands Subprime Mortgage Program, Is a New Crisis Looming?

US Expands Subprime Mortgage Program, Is a New Crisis Looming?The Federal Housing Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, has recently adopted new guidelines widening the scope of condo purchases eligible for lower down payment loans insured by the government. While that could lead to more members of certain social groups buying a first home, critics fear a new […]

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Big Banks Enabled Jeffrey Epstein’s Sex Trafficking Crimes

Big Banks Enabled Jeffrey Epstein’s Sex Trafficking CrimesUnlike the unfounded narrative that cryptocurrency enables crime, big banks are more than happy to serve unsavory clients if it is lucrative enough for them. The latest example of this is a report that Jeffrey Epstein was apparently using his bank accounts to fund sex trafficking and possibly other crimes. Also Read: Deutsche Bank Collapse […]

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Big Banks, Big Troubles: HSBC, Deutsche, Societe, and Citi Lay Off Thousands Worldwide

Big Banks, Big Troubles: HSBC, Deutsche, Societe, and Citi Lay Off Thousands WorldwideBanking giants are in trouble and it’s starting to show. Key players in the industry have already announced massive job cuts and executives with hefty salaries have been dismissed. HSBC, the largest bank in Europe, has revealed it plans to lay off over 4,000 employees and Citigroup is preparing to shrink its trading staff slashing […]

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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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P2P Crypto Lending Is on the Rise

P2P Crypto Lending Is on the RiseAs peer-to-peer cash, it only seems logical that cryptocurrency should be deployed for P2P lending. While that application has taken time to materialize, bitcoin and other crypto assets are now increasingly fulfilling that purpose. Across the BTC, BCH and ETH networks, credit is being supplied to ordinary citizens while bypassing its traditional gatekeepers, usurping the […]

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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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‘Don’t Worry We Can Just Print More Money’ – Swedish Central Bank Ponders -1.5% Interest Rate

At a press conference on Wednesday, the head of the Swedish Central Bank admitted that interest rates could potentially go as low as -1.5%, and quipped that Swedes likely wouldn’t even protest. Other countries implementing negative interest rate policies are producing lukewarm results that don’t address the root causes of currency devaluation. Nor do they […]

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Three Bank Failures Open New Chapter in Never-Ending Financial Crisis

Three Bank Failures Open New Chapter in Never-Ending Financial CrisisThe collapse of three banks on three different continents indicates a new global crisis is brewing. But it may also show that the last one never really ended and the tools used to manage the global economy simply don’t work. Also read: Side Effects of Economic Growth: Is Snowden Right to Say Bitcoiners Shouldn’t Be […]

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Bitcoin Cash ETP Lists on Leading Swiss Stock Exchange

Cryptocurrency tracking instruments traded on established equity exchanges allow institutional and retail investors to gain exposure to digital assets. Now there is a new option to invest in bitcoin cash (BCH) with an exchange traded product in one of the most advanced markets in the world. Under the ticker ABCH, bitcoin cash is the sixth […]

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Market Rebound Boosts Adoption of Cryptocurrencies for Payments

Market Rebound Boosts Adoption of Cryptocurrencies for Payments, Study FindsThe use of digital assets to make payments is growing, according to a recently published study. It reveals that cryptocurrency’s role as a viable means of payment has been expanding and this year’s market rebound has increased the turnover of crypto payments. The report suggests that debit cards linked to digital currency wallets will remain […]

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CME’s Bitcoin Futures Hit New Records

CME's Bitcoin Futures Open Interest and Daily Volumes See Significant GrowthEver since the Chicago Board Options Exchange (Cboe) announced it was ending its bitcoin futures products back in March, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME Group) has seen a huge influx of bitcoin derivatives volumes. During the second week of May, CME’s bitcoin futures touched a milestone when it surpassed 33,000 contracts ($1.3 billion notional value) […]

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Another Aspiring Satoshi Copyrights the Bitcoin Whitepaper

The cryptocurrency community got riled up recently over Craig Wright’s U.S. copyright registration of the Bitcoin whitepaper and some of the code from the early software. However, on May 24 the U.S. Copyright Office saw a Bitcoin whitepaper registration by a man named Wei Liu, bringing another legal challenger to Wright’s claim of ownership over […]

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Crypto Assets Outshine Most Traditional Investments in 2019

Last year, cryptocurrency proponents either complained about the low prices or celebrated the fact they could obtain cheaper coins. 2019 has been an entirely different story, however, as digital assets have started to gain significant value in comparison to traditional assets like stocks, oil, and precious metals. Also Read: US Copyright Office Responds to Craig […]

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US Copyright Office Responds to Craig Wright’s Bitcoin Registrations

US Copyright Office Responds to Craig Wright's Bitcoin RegistrationsOn May 21, 2019, a press release was sent to a variety of publications that said Craig Wright was granted two U.S. copyrights for the original Bitcoin white paper and version 0.1 of the cryptocurrency’s code. Meanwhile, the U.S. Copyright Office specifically addressed the matter in a press release which emphasized the agency “does not […]

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CME’s Bitcoin Futures Break Records With $1 Billion in Notional Volume

CME Group's Bitcoin Futures Breaks Records With $1 Billion in Notional VolumeThe world’s largest options and futures exchange, Chicago Mercantile Exchange & Chicago Board of Trade (CME Group) and its bitcoin futures contracts saw an all-time high on May 13. According to CME’s records, the exchange recorded 33,700 contracts on Monday which represented a notional value of around 168,000 BTC ($1.35 billion). Also Read: Our Value […]

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Renewed Market Growth Has Sparked Demand for Crypto-Backed Loans

Market Growth Makes Crypto-Backed Loans AttractiveWith cryptocurrency markets back to life, hodling sounds like a smart strategy once again. Cryptocurrency owners are now more likely to pledge coins to borrow fiat if they need it, rather than sell their appreciating digital assets. The spread of crypto-backed loans could also be a good indicator of investor sentiment. According to a source […]

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47% of Institutional Investors Welcome Crypto Investments, Survey Shows

47% of Institutional Investors Welcome Crypto Investments, Survey ShowsA new study reveals surging investments in cryptocurrencies by institutional investors, with almost half of them viewing crypto assets as having a place in their portfolios. “Institutional investors are overwhelmingly favorable about the appealing characteristics of digital assets,” Fidelity Investments described. Also read: Indian Supreme Court Postpones Crypto Case at Government’s Request Institutional Investors See […]

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