Category: Regulators

Brussels Asks Europeans How to Regulate Bitcoin, Public Consultation Continues Into March

Brussels Asks Europeans How to Regulate Bitcoin, Public Consultation Continues Into MarchThe European Commission is gathering feedback from EU citizens, businesses, regulators and other interested parties to establish a regulatory framework for crypto assets and markets on a European level. The public consultation which started in December will continue until March 19, 2020, with the finalized proposal expected in the third quarter. Also read: Swiss Financial […]

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XRP Still Third Largest Crypto by Market Cap After Founder Dumps 1 Billion Coins

XRP Still Third Largest Crypto by Market Cap After Founder Dumps 1 Billion CoinsCrypto traders and speculators have been discussing the digital currency XRP (ripple) lately because the price has been stagnant compared to other digital assets. Some venture capitalists and analysts plan to short XRP, while other speculators believe the crypto is poised for a price jump in the future. Additionally, crypto enthusiasts have been discussing Ripple […]

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Bitcoin Trust GBTC Shares Spike Despite 30% Premium

Bitcoin and cryptocurrency prices have seen significant gains as the entire cryptoconomy is up more than 40% since mid-December. Grayscale’s Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) has also seen an uptick and shares have climbed 9% this week. The news follows the asset manager’s recent registration as a reporting company with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and […]

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Ukraine to Oversee Crypto Transactions Above $1,200, Sees Opportunities in Legalization Not Risks

Ukraine to Oversee Crypto Transactions Above $1,200, Sees Opportunities in Legalization Not RisksCryptocurrency transactions in Ukraine will be strictly monitored by the state, although the country’s finance minister admits that it’s not digital coins but fiat cash that criminals and corrupt officials are more likely to use. The legalization of cryptocurrencies remains a priority in Kiev as the government has indicated its clear understanding that the benefits […]

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Lawsuit Against Ripple May Decide the Fate of XRP but Regulators Have the Final Say

Lawsuit Against Ripple May Decide the Fate of XRP but Regulators Have the Final SayA prolonged legal battle, which may hold the key to XRP’s future, has been extended again. The class action lawsuit alleges that Ripple issued and sold the coin, one of the largest by market cap, as an unregistered security. The decision on the defendant’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit has been postponed. But even a […]

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FATF Holds Global Forum to Discuss Crypto Supervision

FATF Holds Global Forum to Discuss Crypto SupervisionThe Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and over 50 delegations involved in crypto supervision recently gathered to discuss how to regulate crypto assets and related service providers. While examining three key areas, they stressed the importance of international cooperation, citing that cryptocurrencies are global products. Also read: Regulation Roundup: EU-Wide Crypto Regulations, New Rules in […]

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Regulatory Roundup: EU-Wide Crypto Regulations, New Rules in Europe, US, Asia

Regulatory Roundup: EU-Wide Crypto Regulations, New Rules in Europe, US, AsiaIn this roundup, we cover EU-wide crypto regulations and individual countries’ new digital asset rules including Austria and the U.K. We also cover numerous crypto regulatory developments in the U.S., China, Japan, South Korea, India, and the Philippines. Also read: Regs Roundup: SEC Actions, Crypto Tax-Free in Korea, New Chinese Laws EU-Wide Crypto Regulations Begin […]

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US and European Regulators Say Crypto a Priority This Year

US and European Regulators Say Crypto a Priority This YearSeveral regulators in the U.S. and Europe have made cryptocurrency among their top priorities this year. The Securities and Exchange Commission’s compliance office and the European Securities and Markets Authority, in collaboration with other regulators, have outlined their plans to focus on crypto oversight. Further, China’s central bank has made digital currency a priority. Also […]

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Turkey Prepares to Increase Oversight in the Crypto Space

Turkey Prepares to Increase Oversight in the Crypto SpaceTurkish authorities, alarmed by the spread of cryptocurrencies in the country, are reportedly ramping up efforts to introduce greater oversight into the sector. Local media revealed that regulators are under pressure to increase supervision in 2020 because of the growing popularity of decentralized crypto assets among Turks. Also read: Uzbekistan Bans Citizens From Buying Crypto, […]

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Authorities in Sichuan Go After Miners to Save Electricity in the Dry Season

Authorities in Sichuan Go After Miners to Save Electricity in the Dry SeasonRegional authorities in the province of Sichuan are reportedly pressuring bitcoin miners to scale down operations amid electricity shortages during the dry season in Southwest China. A meeting has been scheduled with regulators, the state run grid operator and mining companies. Two hydropower stations have been fined already for powering bitcoin farms without authorization. Also […]

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Regulatory Roundup: New US Crypto Bill, France’s 1st Approved ICO, Muslim Crypto

Regulatory Roundup: New US Crypto Bill, France's 1st Approved ICO, Muslim CryptoIn this roundup, we cover a wide range of regulatory developments in the crypto space. Much has transpired in the U.S., including a new crypto bill, SEC’s proposal, lawmakers seeking answers from the IRS, and the state of Michigan signing several crypto bills into law. We also cover France’s first-approved initial coin offering, a proposal […]

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Chinese Regulators Question 8 Crypto Companies in Shenzhen

Chinese Regulators Question 8 Crypto Companies in Shenzhen, Reports DetailAuthorities in Shenzhen have started pressuring crypto businesses operating in China’s tech capital. Eight companies, two suspected operators of trading platforms, and six entities allegedly associated with coin offerings, have been placed under inquiry, Chinese media revealed, with authorities reportedly questioning their representatives at a meeting hosted by Shenzhen Financial Regulatory Bureau. Also read: Crypto […]

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Australia Probes Big Four Bank Accused of 23 Million Money Laundering Breaches

Australia Probes Big Four Bank Accused of 23 Million Money Laundering BreachesWith stricter new regulations on the horizon for the crypto space around the world, Australians have found that it’s actually their traditional financial institutions that have been breaching well-established anti-money laundering rules and other industry standards this year. Westpac, one of the country’s largest banks, is now under investigation for millions of purported violations of […]

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Where US Regulators Stand on Crypto Assets

Where US Regulators Stand on Crypto AssetsThe U.S. has many regulators responsible for overseeing different aspects of crypto assets, each with its own stance on how they should be regulated. Major regulators in the U.S. with strong opinions on cryptocurrency include the SEC, the CFTC, the Federal Reserve, Fincen, and the IRS. Also read: Tax Guide: What Crypto Owners Should Know […]

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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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Banks Stopped Walmart Bank – Now the Retail Giant Hits Back With Crypto

Banks Stopped Walmart Bank - Now the Retail Giant Hits Back With CryptoOn August 1, it was discovered that the giant retail corporation Walmart has patented plans for a stablecoin that’s backed by U.S. dollars. If released into the wild, the USD-based cryptocurrency would be issued to select Walmart retailers and partners while the patent’s description explains the coin could be used outside of Walmart’s retail scope […]

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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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Consensys Inner Conflicts Spark Legal Action Against Founder

Consensys Inner Conflicts Spark Legal Action Against FounderEthereum cofounder Joseph Lubin was recently summoned to court in New York when a former employee initiated a lawsuit for more than $13 million. According to the summons stemming from former Token Foundry CEO, Harrison Hines, relief was being sought for alleged unpaid profits, fraud, unjust enrichment, and breach of contract. Also Read: Another Self-Proclaimed […]

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Honestnode Founder Discusses the First Stablecoin Built on Bitcoin Cash

Honestnode Founder Discusses the First Stablecoin Built on Bitcoin CashOn June 12, the Honestnode team announced the release of a new stablecoin project built on top of the Bitcoin Cash network called Honestcoin (USDH). The new token was made using the Simple Ledger Protocol (SLP) and recently launched on the cryptocurrency trading platform Coinex. This week news.Bitcoin.com spoke with the founder of Honestnode, Jian […]

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How 5 Asian Countries Regulate Cryptocurrency

How 5 Asian Countries Regulate CryptocurrencyThe Financial Stability Board has detailed how its member countries regulate crypto assets, who the regulators are, and the scope of their oversight. Most countries have more than one government body monitoring and regulating different aspects of crypto activities. Among the board’s Asian member countries, India is the only one with no legal mandate to […]

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Finland’s Regulatory Watchdog Plans to Supervise Localbitcoins Operations

Finland's Regulatory Watchdog Plans to Supervise Localbitcoins OperationsOn Monday, the Helsinki-based peer-to-peer crypto exchange Localbitcoins announced it is adding several different identification processes in order to improve AML and KYC requirements. The move to bolster the new customer verification procedure follows Finland’s Financial Supervisory Authority (FSA) mandating supervision over exchange operations. Also read: Mineable Cryptocurrencies Are Far More Valuable Than Non-Mineable Coins […]

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Stablecoins Are Threatened by These Two Major Issues

On the heels of recent commentary from the published correspondence between Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) chairman Jay Clayton and representative Ted Budd, SEC senior advisor Valerie Szczepanik explained at Austin’s SXSW conference that stablecoins may be violating current securities laws. Also read: Payglobal Provides Cryptocurrency to Fiat Transfers With Existing Bank Cards Stablecoins May […]

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Report Claims Chinese Mining Giant Bitmain Is Prepping for New Leadership

Report Claims Chinese Mining Giant Bitmain Is Prepping for New LeadershipThe cryptocurrency mining manufacturer Bitmain may have a new chief executive officer in the near future according to regional reports. Bitmain’s director of product engineering, Haichao Wang, will apparently take the lead role within the corporation but no official timetable has been announced. Also Read: Nick Szabo: Central Banks May Turn to Cryptocurrency Reserves Over Gold […]

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Central Bank Official: Regulators Are Hindering the Development of Cryptocurrencies

Regulators Hinder the Development of Cryptocurrencies, Central Bank Official SaysAn excessive number of regulatory agencies are interfering with the prospects of successful development of cryptocurrencies in Ukraine, according to a high-ranking representative of the country’s central bank. What the sector needs instead is proper regulations and laws that will allow it to grow, the banker insists. Also read: Cryptocurrency Exchanges Eye Russia for Expansion […]

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