Category: Regulators

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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The Next Big Thing or a Total Monstrosity? Four Experts Weigh in on Stablecoins

Stablecoins have long divided opinion in the crypto community, with some believing they’re needed to gradually convert the masses away from fiat, whereas others have grave concerns about these dollar-pegged assets. Four experts – Gabriel Cardona, Roger Ver, Miko Matsumura, and Vin Armani – recently shared very different stablecoin opinions on the Bitcoin.com podcast.  Also […]

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The Daily: Binance Offers Multiple Accounts, Huobi Plans Institutional Exchange

In this edition of The Daily, cryptocurrency exchange Binance has announced support for multiple accounts and we’ve got all the details. Elsewhere, digital asset exchange Huobi wants to launch a regulated platform for institutional investors under its Gibraltar license. Finally, we cover a warning about an unauthorized crypto brokerage that has been issued by regulators […]

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UK Regulators Plan “Comprehensive Response” to Illicit Crypto Use

Christopher Woolard of the United Kingdom (UK) Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has indicated that UK regulators are planning a “comprehensive response” to the illicit adoption of crypto assets amid increased adoption among local businesses and consumers. Despite announcing increased regulatory action regarding illegal use of crypto, Woolard stated he does not view crypto assets as […]

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Market Slump Puts Crypto Derivatives in the Spotlight

As volatility returns to cryptocurrency markets, with serious losses over the past week or so, digital asset exchanges and other fintech platforms have again turned their attention to crypto derivatives. Instruments such as bitcoin futures contracts can help traders hedge against risks and even profit from falling prices.  Also read: Isle of Man Updates Registration […]

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Estonia Issues Over 900 Licenses to Cryptocurrency Businesses

Estonia Issues Over 900 Licenses to Cryptocurrency BusinessesIn less than a year since Estonia introduced licensing for companies operating in the cryptocurrency industry, the number of licenses issued has surpassed 900. Authorities in the Baltic country have adopted a rather progressive approach to regulating the crypto space but startups have complained that local banks are still reluctant to offer them regular services. […]

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Treasury Committee Criticizes UK Regulators’ “Unsustainable” Crypto Stance

Treasury Committee Criticizes U.K. Regulators’ “Unsustainable” Crypto StanceThe parliamentary report published by the UK Treasury Committee has advocated for regulation of the “wild west” crypto-assets sector. The report criticizes the “ambiguity” of the current stance of UK regulators, arguing that with effective regulations, the United Kingdom could become a “global center” for the emerging cryptocurrency sector. Also Read: Brazil’s Biggest Banks Under […]

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Exchanges Round-Up: Aus Regulators Doubt Coinjar Volume, Paysend Partners With Bitstamp

Exchanges Round-Up: Aus Regulators Doubt Coinjar Volume, Paysend Partners With BitstampIn recent news pertaining to cryptocurrency exchanges, Australia’s financial regulators have expressed skepticism regarding Coinjar’s purported trade volume, Paysend has partnered with Bitstamp to facilitate cryptocurrency purchases through its Global Account, and Seed Cx has announced a $15 million USD Series B funding round. Also Read: A Decade After Lehman Brothers Died: Mises, Satoshi, Bitcoin, and […]

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43 Women Nominated for the Board of the Swiss Crypto Valley Association

Swiss Crypto Valley Association to Elect Two Women to Its BoardThe Crypto Valley Association in Switzerland has decided to elect two female board members to diversify its male-dominated leadership. The vote scheduled for September 20 has attracted an unexpected number of nominations – 43. The women will fill similar roles to those of the current members, including co-chairing working groups and interacting with authorities and […]

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South Korea Urges 14 Countries to Create International Discipline System for Crypto

South Korea Urges 14 Countries to Create International Discipline System for CryptoAt an annual international conference for regulators in Seoul, the South Korean Financial Supervisory Service urged regulators from 14 other countries to create an international discipline system for cryptocurrency and initial coin offerings. The Korean government also outlined its current crypto countermeasures and pushed for better information sharing and international cooperation. Also read: Yahoo! Japan Confirms […]

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Operation Cryptosweep: 200+ Crypto Cases in North America, 46 Enforcement Actions

Operation Cryptosweep: 200+ Crypto Cases in North America, 46 Enforcement ActionsNorth American regulators have revealed that more than 200 cryptocurrency-related cases are being actively investigated, with 46 enforcement actions taken. The coordinated efforts by over 40 jurisdictions in the U.S. and Canada are part of Operation Cryptosweep, aimed at cracking down on unregistered and fraudulent crypto-related investment products. Also read: Yahoo! Japan Confirms Entrance Into the […]

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DOJ Special Agent Empathizes With Bitcoin Adoption in Venezuela

DOJ Special Agent Empathizes With Bitcoin Adoption in VenezuelaIn an interview conducted earlier this month at the Chainxchange blockchain convention, Lilia Infante, a special agent with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) who pioneered the DOJ’s first Cyber Investigative Task Force looking at the use of cryptocurrencies in criminal investigations, recently discussed her views regarding the adoption of virtual currencies. Mrs. Infante expressed […]

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The Daily: Coinbase Increases Trading Limits, ABCC Opens in Malta, Omniex Hires Former Regulators

The Daily: Coinbase Increases Trading Limits, ABCC Opens in Malta, Omniex Hires Former RegulatorsOn Wednesday, The Daily features a couple of announcements from Coinbase: the US crypto exchange enables instant purchasing with increased daily trading limits and is now accepting ETC deposits on its Coinbase Pro platform. We’ve also covered the opening of ABCC’s European headquarters in Malta and Omniex’s decision to appoint two former regulators as advisors. […]

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South Korea Plans to End Major Tax Benefits for Bitcoin Exchanges

South Korea Plans to End Major Tax Benefits for Bitcoin ExchangesThe South Korean government has announced a new set of tax law amendments. Under this proposal, bitcoin exchanges will no longer be eligible for income and corporate tax deductions currently enjoyed by small and medium-sized businesses. The regulators have also been considering imposing capital gains tax on the sale of cryptocurrencies. Also read: Yahoo! Japan Confirms […]

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Ukraine’s Financial Stability Council Supports Crypto Regulatory Concept

Ukraine’s Financial Stability Council Supports Crypto Regulatory ConceptUkraine has taken a positive step towards legalizing cryptocurrencies. A new regulatory concept, one that recognizes coins and tokens as financial instruments, has won support from the members of the country’s Financial Stability Council. The body includes representatives of the National Bank, the Finance Ministry and other government agencies. Also read: Minsk Mulls Rules for […]

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