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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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Swiss Licensed Crypto Bank Expanding Into 9 Markets

Swiss Licensed Crypto Bank Expanding Into 9 MarketsA fully operational crypto-focused bank based in Switzerland is expanding into nine other markets. With a banking and securities dealer license from the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority, its services include crypto custody, trading, and asset management. The bank has launched its investment business including a cryptocurrency index. Also read: Swiss Crypto Bank SEBA Launches […]

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Swiss Crypto Bank SEBA Launches With Range of Services

Swiss Crypto Bank SEBA Launches With a Range of ServicesSEBA Bank is now fully operational with a range of services to bridge the gap between the crypto world and traditional banking. Licensed in Switzerland, the bank’s crypto services include asset management, trading, custody, and financing. Its wallet app, e-banking, and card enable customers to convert between cryptocurrencies and traditional investments such as stocks, bonds, […]

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Holders of the Digital Yuan Will Not Be Paid Interest

Holders of the Digital Yuan Will Not Be Paid InterestChina has been sending mixed signals about its preparedness to issue a national crypto. Despite the new blockchain push, there is still no timeframe for the anticipated launch of the digital yuan and few details have been revealed so far. However, a senior official from China’s central bank pulled the curtain back slightly this week. […]

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Crypto-Friendly Silvergate Bank IPO Debuts on NYSE

Crypto-Friendly Silvergate Bank IPO Debuts on NYSEThe U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has declared the IPO of pro-crypto Silvergate Bank effective. Its shares started trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday. The crypto-friendly bank works with 756 customers in the crypto space, including Coinbase, Gemini, Circle, Bitstamp, Kraken, and Bittrex. The bank has attributed significant growth to its […]

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New Hire to Head Digital Currency Research at the US Fed

New Hire to Head Digital Currency Research at the FedThe United States Federal Reserve is looking to employ a Manager, Retail Payments, part of whose responsibilities will be to oversee the research of digital currencies and distributed ledgers. The job ad has been published amid pressure from Capitol Hill to explore the possibilities of issuing a digital dollar. Also read: Why Central Banks Are […]

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CME Group Publishes Bitcoin Options Specifications

CME Group Publishes Bitcoin Options SpecificationsIn mid-September, the foreign exchange company CME Group announced the launch of options on its bitcoin futures contracts in Q1 2020, pending regulatory review. CME Group executive Tim McCourt said there was “increasing client demand” for the firm’s bitcoin derivatives and now the company has published specifications for the options products. Also Read: French Ministry […]

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Indian Crypto Trading Volumes Accelerate on Positive Sentiments

Indian Crypto Trading Volumes Accelerate on Positive SentimentsCryptocurrency trading volumes in India have accelerated despite regulatory uncertainty and banking restrictions imposed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). Global trading platforms and service providers have also been expanding their operations to serve Indian users. Also read: Mistakes Crypto Owners and Traders Should Avoid Strong Trading Volume Growth Banking services may be restricted […]

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McKinsey: Majority of Banks May Not Be Economically Viable

McKinsey: Majority of Banks Globally May Not Be Economically ViableManagement consulting firm McKinsey & Company has published a global banking review and found that a majority of banks worldwide may not be economically viable. More than half of them still do not generate their cost of equity 10 years after the crisis and may not survive an economic downturn. Also read: FATF Starts Checking […]

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Belarusian Bank Gets the Go-Ahead to Service Crypto Investors

Belarusian Bank to Service Crypto InvestorsA bank in Belarus has effectively gotten the green light to process transfers related to digital assets. DFS, an affiliated company of Belveb Banking Holding’s member VEB Technologies, was recently registered as a resident of the High Technologies Park. The country’s special economic zone has already become home to many crypto businesses. Also read: Bittrex […]

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How Centralized Payment Systems Learned to Accept Decentralized Cryptocurrency

How Centralized Payment Systems Learned to Accept Decentralized CryptocurrencyThey might not be shouting it from the rooftops, but fiat payment gateways are no longer the enemy of bitcoin. Hostilities have ceased, the bad blood has been let, and today the fiat and crypto worlds are bridged and doing business. Despite the two systems sporting opposing aims and architecture, many centralized payment processors have […]

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Cashaa Launches Banking Solution for Indian Crypto Owners

Cashaa Launches Banking Solution for Indian Crypto OwnersBanking services platform Cashaa is offering a solution for Indian crypto owners facing banking restrictions imposed by the country’s central bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The service allows users to deposit up to 1 crore rupees (~$141,012) per month to purchase cryptocurrencies. Also read: Indian Finance Minister Answers Crypto Questions at IMF Meeting […]

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Fed Research Considers Negative Interest Rates Effective Policy Tool

Fed Research Considers Negative Interest Rates Effective Policy ToolA research paper published by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco shows how negative interest rates could become an important policy tool for fighting future economic downturns. The paper examines the market response to the introduction of negative interest rates by five major central banks. Also read: Where US Regulators Stand on Cryptocurrency Fed […]

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CME Bitcoin Futures Sees Institutional Interest and Demand from Asia

CME Bitcoin Futures Sees Institutional Interest and Demand from AsiaGlobal markets business CME Group said that institutional interest toward the firm’s Bitcoin futures is thriving and 2019’s third-quarter data showed a record number of open interest. Moreover, despite the lackluster start, the Intercontinental Exchange’s (ICE) Bakkt platform has seen an increase in interest with the company’s physically-settled bitcoin futures product. Also read: Honestnode Founder […]

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Diversified Crypto Fund Receives FINRA Regulatory Approval

Diversified Crypto Fund Receives FINRA Regulatory ApprovalGrayscale Investments has received regulatory approval to publicly quote shares of its diversified crypto fund. The product, which is the firm’s only diversified offering, invests in five main cryptocurrencies. In addition, the firm offers nine single-asset investment funds, some of which are also quoted publicly. Also read: 7 Crypto Exchange-Traded Products Now Live on Swiss […]

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SEC Rejects Another High-Profile Bitcoin ETF Proposal

SEC Rejects Another High-Profile Bitcoin ETF ProposalAnother high-profile proposal for a bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) has been denied by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The agency, however, emphasized that the disapproval was not based on whether bitcoin has utility or value as an innovation or an investment. Shares of the Bitwise Bitcoin ETF Trust were to be listed on […]

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United Nations Agency Unicef Launches Cryptocurrency Fund

United Nations Agency Unicef Launches Cryptocurrency FundUnicef announced Wednesday that it has launched a cryptocurrency fund and become the first United Nations organization to hold onto its crypto donations. Without converting them into fiat, the fund will hold two cryptocurrencies and disburse them to support projects benefiting children worldwide. Also read: RBI Ban Stops Indian Police From Cashing Out Seized Crypto […]

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Major German Coop Bank Passes Negative Interest Rates to Customers

Major German Coop Bank Passes Negative Interest Rates to CustomersOne of Germany’s largest cooperative banks has begun charging its retail customers a negative interest rate. Other major banks could follow suit since the European Central Bank cut the deposit rate to a record low. Deutsche Bank recently said that it needs to be “much more robust about passing on negative rates.” Also read: Massive […]

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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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Data Shows Institutional Interest in Bitcoin Has Diminished

Data Shows Institutional Interest in Bitcoin Has DiminishedLast spring and the beginning of summer 2019 saw digital asset markets spike considerably in value, and many speculators assumed the rise was due to institutional investors. However, BTC and a variety of other popular digital asset prices started plummeting in August. Reports now detail that institutional interest is waning and new data that analyzed […]

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7 Crypto ETPs Now Trading on Main Swiss Stock Exchange

7 Crypto ETPs Now Trading on Main Swiss Stock ExchangeSwitzerland’s principal stock exchange now has seven cryptocurrency exchange-traded products (ETPs) listed. They allow investors to either gain exposure to individual cryptocurrencies or invest in portfolios of top cryptocurrencies. Four ETPs track the prices of single cryptocurrencies. Also read: New Evidence Escalates Panic as RBI Still Limits Bank Withdrawals Crypto Index in Swiss Franc MV […]

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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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Bankers Start to Recognize Bitcoin’s Role in Financial Evolution

Bankers Start to Recognize Bitcoin’s Role in Financial EvolutionDigitization, disruption, blockchain, and frictionless payments. It’s amazing how prominent figures from the financial elite can provide a pretty detailed description of decentralized money without uttering “bitcoin” or “crypto.” But the fact of the matter is that clever businessmen in any industry, banking is no exception, would quickly spot emerging competition, analyze its strengths, and […]

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