Category: Regulations

Andrew Yang’s ‘Freedom Dividend’ Is Not Only Unnecessary, It’s Unethical

Andrew Yang’s 'Freedom Dividend' Plan Is Not Only Unnecessary, It’s UnethicalAndrew Yang has taken to Twitter in dynamic fashion as of late, advertising his universal basic income (UBI) proposal known as the “Freedom Dividend.” While throwing money at people out of pocket always generates a buzz, there’s a mathematically and ethically broken side to the plan few are talking about. Also Read: Do You Know […]

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Bank of Lithuania Issues Guidelines on Security Token Offerings

Bank of Lithuania Issues Guidelines on Security Token OfferingsRecognizing that businesses are seeking alternative ways to raise capital other than bank lending, the Bank of Lithuania has issued new guidelines on security token offerings. The goal is to clarify applicable rules without introducing more regulations. Also read: Mario Draghi Leaves European Central Bank Without Ever Raising Interest Rates Guidelines Aiming to Avoid More […]

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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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Circle Drops Poloniex Leaving US Crypto Traders High and Dry

Circle Drops Poloniex Leaving US Crypto Traders High and DryAccording to a blog post published by Circle, the cryptocurrency firm is releasing its subsidiary exchange Poloniex which is now owned by an “Asian investment group.” The trading platform will become an independent company called Polo Digital Assets, Ltd., and after November 1, 2019, U.S. residents will no longer be able to use the platform. […]

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Telegram Awaits Court Hearing on SEC Case Against Its Token Sale

Telegram Awaits Court Hearing on SEC Case Against Its Token SaleTelegram, the most popular messenger in the crypto community, is facing challenges surrounding the launch of its TON blockchain. Following an intervention by the U.S. securities regulator, a court hearing on the sale of the native gram tokens is scheduled to take place a week before the network was expected to go live. Also read: […]

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More Nations Join the Club of Crypto-Friendly Jurisdictions

More Nations Join the Club of Crypto-Friendly JurisdictionsRegulatory barriers are a major concern for businesses working with decentralized assets. Not all governments, however, are putting obstacles in front of crypto companies. In fact the number taking a crypto-friendly stance is in fact increasing. Also read: Ukraine in a Rush to Legalize Cryptocurrencies Under Zelensky Executives View Regulations as the Biggest Threat Government […]

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Ukraine in a Rush to Legalize Cryptocurrencies Under Zelensky

Ukraine in a Rush to Legalize Cryptocurrencies Under ZelenskyThe new administration in Kiev, headed by the young president Volodymyr Zelensky, has brought renewed interest in cryptocurrencies. Fresh energy is now being injected into efforts to legalize decentralized digital money and regulate related economic activities. New draft laws have been proposed or are under preparation to accommodate the nascent industry, from which the Ukrainian […]

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Liechtenstein Adopts Token Act to Attract Crypto Business

Liechtenstein Adopts Token Act to Attract Crypto BusinessOne of Europe’s smallest but richest nations, Liechtenstein, has made a significant step towards clarifying the regulatory environment in its already crypto-friendly jurisdiction. The parliament of the German-speaking principality in the heart of Europe has just passed a law that is likely to entice even more crypto companies to its territory. Also read: Turkish Government […]

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Russia Regulates Digital Rights, Advances Other Crypto-Related Bills

Russia Regulates Digital Rights, Advances Other Crypto-Related BillsAfter much deliberation in the past months and years, Moscow has recently taken important steps toward regulating the crypto space. These are part of the efforts to open the way for the development of the Russian digital economy. The country, heavily dependent on energy exports and hurt by Western sanctions, needs alternative sources of revenue […]

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Shots Fired as Nancy Pelosi Challenger Bacelar Funds Campaign With Crypto

Shots Fired as Nancy Pelosi Challenger Bacelar Funds Campaign with Crypto27-year-old Agatha Bacelar is a Brazilian-American immigrant from a STEM background, and she’s targeting Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s seat in the California Congress (CA-12) in the next election cycle. Her campaign is seeking to raise $1 million in crypto (BTC, BCH, ETH, LTC or USDC) to match the amount of stock Pelosi holds […]

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IRS Releases ‘Tax Cheat’ Info Raising Concerns About Crypto Theft

IRS Releases 'Tax Cheat' Info Raising Concerns About Crypto TheftThe U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released a new report and infographic on Thursday illustrating unpaid or underpaid taxes for the years 2011 – 2013. The numbers reflect estimates based on the last such findings, for the years 2008 – 2010. With commissioner Chuck Rettig citing the importance of voluntary compliance, and crypto’s popularity on […]

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Without Disobedience, Bitcoin Is No Better Than Gold

Without Disobedience, Bitcoin Is No Better Than GoldWith the launch of Bakkt’s bitcoin futures market and Binance’s revamped U.S. exchange, there’s been a lot of talk in the space about institutionalization and traditional money flowing into crypto. It’s almost as if some believe that Bitcoin can’t scale as a purely peer-to-peer electronic cash system and that third parties and regulators must be […]

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Changes Afoot for Philippine Crypto-Friendly Economic Zone

Changes Afoot for Philippine Crypto-Friendly Economic ZoneThe special economic zone in the Philippines known for its crypto friendliness is undergoing some changes. Government-owned Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (Ceza) is investigating a case involving one of its licensed crypto exchanges after a tip from the Chinese government. The authority has also issued new directives to all of its licensees, including 40 crypto […]

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Taxation Isn’t Just Theft – It’s Bad for Crypto Adoption

Taxation Is Not Only Theft, It’s Also Bad for Crypto AdoptionCrypto awareness is reaching levels almost unimaginable just years ago, with telecommunications giants, big banks, mainstream media, and even professional sports teams now discussing and flouting digital assets. AT&T now allows customers to pay their phone bills in bitcoin, Japanese SMS giant Line is adding an FSA-approved crypto exchange to its hugely popular chat app, […]

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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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Agorism and Bitcoin: Free People Don’t Ask Maxine Waters for Permission

Agorism and Bitcoin: Free People Don't Ask Maxine Waters for PermissionAnti-agorism Congressional Representative Maxine Waters still has misgivings about Facebook’s proposed Libra digital currency, even after meeting with Swiss government officials to discuss the tech last week. The sustained reservations echo the message of July’s open letter from the House of Representatives to Facebook, calling for a halt on Libra’s ongoing development. While many view […]

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Crypto Salaries Gain Regulatory Recognition Around the World

Crypto Salaries Gain Regulatory Recognition Around the WorldSalaries paid in decentralized digital coins have become a norm across the crypto industry, but there’s really no reason why cryptocurrencies can’t be used for remuneration by businesses in other sectors as well. In many jurisdictions that should be legal even in the absence of dedicated legislation. Switzerland, New Zealand, Japan and Estonia are a […]

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Mega Drug Pushers Johnson & Johnson Get Away While Peaceful Silk Road Is Destroyed

Mega Drug Pushers Johnson & Johnson Get Away While Peaceful Silk Road Is DestroyedIt’s been said that those who protest the loudest are often the ones who are guilty, and when it comes to government and their pet corporations, things are no different. No surprise, then, that the blustery moralizing — and violent state force brought to bear against businesses — are most intense where the money and […]

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The White House Just Blamed Bitcoin for America’s Opiate Crisis

The White House Just Blamed Bitcoin for America's Opiate CrisisThe opioid epidemic is the new devil Bitcoin is being blamed for inflaming, to be added to the already long list of heinous crimes crypto is supposedly responsible for, like terrorism, money laundering, and trafficking. While it’s painfully clear that the U.S. dollar is a much more common tool for these unethical and illicit activities, […]

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Fiat Lite vs. Freedom Maximalist: The Two Types of Bitcoiner

Fiat Lite vs. Freedom Maximalist - Regulations Highlight Two Types of BitcoinersAs regulation continues growing exponentially for cryptocurrencies worldwide, a chasm is yawning ever deeper between supporters. On the one hand, many yearn for massive adoption and clear regulations so they can get on with their trading, and get on with their lives – not to mention the lucrative value gains attendant to such ubiquity. This […]

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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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Tax Expert: IRS Letters Confirm That Trading Cryptos Is a Taxable Event

Expert Insists IRS Letters Clarify - Exchanging One Crypto for Another Is TaxableThe U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced on July 26 that 10,000 American cryptocurrency users will receive a letter reminding them to pay taxes or amend any mistakes on past filings. At the time, IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig said U.S. taxpayers should take the warning letters “very seriously.” Sean Ryan, CTO of Node40, a platform […]

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US Regulator Plans to Outsource Running Cryptocurrency Nodes

US Regulator Plans to Outsource Running Cryptocurrency NodesA recently published document reveals that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has plans to hire contractors to run specific cryptocurrency full nodes for the government agency. According to the SEC documentation, the regulator wants third-party contractors to run nodes for Bitcoin Core (BTC), Ripple (XRP) and Ethereum (ETH) in order to monitor compliance […]

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Large Regulated Token Sales Indicate ICOs May Be Coming Back

Large Regulated Token Sales Indicate ICOs May Be Coming BackInitial coin offerings have seen a significant decline in popularity, but they are not to be written off completely. Although you don’t hear the term “ICO” so often nowadays, some recent regulatory developments indicate they have a place in the digital economy realm. Crowdfunding through token sales has a chance of becoming a mainstream instrument […]

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