Bitcoin 

Swiss SIX Digital Exchange CEO Departs Due to ‘Strategic Differences’

The CEO of Switzerland’s SIX Digital Exchange (SDX), the cryptocurrency-focused arm of the the country’s principal SIX Swiss Exchange, is departing the company, local news outlet SwissInfo reported on Aug. 14.  CEO departs before SDX launch Martin Halblaub will step down after eight months into his job when his contract expires at the end of August following disagreements on how the trading platform should be run.  Halblaub reportedly wanted SDX to launch as an independent company, while the board of the parent company — SIX Group — disagreed. He commented…

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Ethereum 

Crypto Banking Firm FairX Shuts Down Due to Lack of Financing

FairX, a financial services company involved with banking and digital assets, has shut down its operations as it failed to establish a licensed national bank. According to a FairX Twitter thread on July 19, the company has fallen short of setting up a licensed national bank due to a lack of funding. FairX was trying to raise funds for the planned bank over the past 14 months, which it described as: “… a new, licensed, fully regulated national bank, modeled as a financial market utility, that would work with individuals…

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Ethereum 

Weiss Crypto Ratings Downgrades EOS Due to Centralization Concerns

United States-based financial research firm Weiss Ratings announced that it has downgraded its rating of cryptocurrency EOS because of the blockchain’s “serious problems” with centralization. Weiss announced the report in a tweet published on June 7. In the tweet, Weiss Ratings claims that the cryptocurrency in question has severe centralization issues and that “their event last week did anything to alleviate that,” evidently referring to an event hosted by EOS developer, Block.one on June 1. Weiss decided to lower EOS’ technology score, given the development. The tweet also hinted that…

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Ethereum 

Another Crypto Exchange Closes Due to Regulatory Pressure

Indian crypto exchange Koinex has ceased operations effective immediately, co-founder Rahul Raj confirmed in a blog post on June 27. Raj said multiple delays by government agencies in clarifying crypto regulation have played a factor in the decision to close. This month’s proposal to introduce a 10-year jail sentence for Indian citizens who use cryptocurrencies had also contributed to a “sharp decline in trading volumes.” According to Raj, Koinex had experienced “regular disruption,” including denials when attempting to use payment services. He alleged this disruption extended to non-crypto transactions as well –…

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Bitcoin 

Traditional Exchanges Pull Back From Reg A+ IPOs Due to Fraud Concerns

Traditional exchanges are holding off on Reg A+ initial public offerings (IPOs) following problematic offerings like that of purported cryptocurrency firm Longfin Corp., the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported on June 10. Earlier in June, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) filed fraud charges against Longfin. The SEC claimed that Longfin fabricated 90% of its revenue and sold over 400,000 shares of Longfin that it did not have the funds to back in a scheme to secure its spot on the Nasdaq. The complaint also reportedly stated that…

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Bitcoin 

Margin Lenders on Poloniex Lost $13.5 Million Due to Flash Crash

Margin lenders on American cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex have lost around $13.5 million due to a flash crash. Poloniex announced about the incident in a blog post published on June 6. Poloniex revealed that on May 26 a severe price crash in the clams (CLAM) market led to margin loans losses amounting to roughly 1,800 bitcoin (BTC), or approximately $13.5 million at the time. The incident affected 0.4% of all users and resulted in the reduction of all active BTC loans by 16.202%. The exchange subsequently froze all of the defaulted…

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Bitcoin 

UK-Based Crypto Mining Firm Argo Upgrades Q2 2019 Forecast Due to Market Rally

London-based cryptocurrency mining firm Argo Blockchain has significantly upgraded its 2019 second quarter forecast in light of the crypto market upturn. The news was reported by Alliance finance and stock market news agency for London South East on June 3. Following news of Argo’s revised forecast, shares in the firm reportedly spiked 20% to 6.29 pence (around $0.08) during morning trading hours today. The firm has a market capitalization of £18 million (around $22.8 million), Alliance notes. By the end of Q2 2019, Argo revealed it expects to generate 420…

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Bitcoin 

Russia’s Largest Bank Halts Crypto Plans Due to Central Bank’s Negative Stance

Russia’s largest bank, the state-owned Sberbank, has suspended its crypto-related plans due to the central bank’s negative stance on the industry, local news agency TASS reports on May 30. Sberbank vice president Andrey Shemetov has reportedly revealed the news at a recent press conference, claiming that Sberbank had been awaiting crypto legislation that would allow it to trade cryptocurrencies. However, Shemetov stressed that the local financial regulator and the central bank, the Bank of Russia, is against the adoption of the crypto space at the moment. As such, the bank…

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Bitcoin 

Russia Delays Adoption of Crypto Regulation Due to FATF Order to Legislate Bitcoin

Russia has postponed the adoption of crypto legislation due to a requirement from the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (FATF), local news agency TASS reports on May 21. According to the report, the FATF has recently ordered Russian lawmakers to expand the terminology of the federal bill on the regulation of crypto assets, requiring that the country legislate major industry terms such as cryptocurrencies and bitcoin (BTC). Russia’s major crypto bill, “On Digital Financial Assets” (DFA) was passed by the Russian parliament in May 2018, but was sent…

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Bitcoin 

Bitcoin’s Recent Surge Due its Maturation as an Asset

New data suggests that bitcoin’s (BTC) growth is explained by its maturation as an asset based on conversations surrounding the leading cryptocurrency, Bloomberg reported on May 15. Bloomberg cited a report from web intelligence platform Indexica, that developed an index based on natural language processing of textual documents in an effort to explain bitcoin’s recent surge. The research reportedly revealed three major drivers of the coin’s growth, including conversations surrounding bitcoin, fewer concerns about fraud and a shift in the sentiment of how people talk about bitcoin from the past…

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