Bitcoin 

New CryptoCompare Research Assesses Top Performers Among Crypto Exchanges

Cryptocurrencies data and indices provider CryptoCompare’s new research has assessed and ranked performance among cryptocurrency exchanges as of June 2019. To prepare the ranking of cryptocurrency exchanges, CryptoCompare analyzed data collected between May 1 and May 30 of the current year, considering a series of key components such as geography, legal and regulatory assessment, investment, company quality, data provision and market quality, and trade surveillance. Top performers are reportedly located in the United States, South Korea, and Japan, while Malta is underperforming in its resident digital currency exchanges. CryptoCompare states…

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Bitcoin 

FATF to Release New Rules for Global Crypto Sector, Impacting Exchanges, Funds, Custodians

On June 21, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) will reportedly publish a note clarifying how participant nations should exercise oversight for the digital assets sector, according to FATF spokeswoman Alexandra Wijmenga-Daniel. The news was reported by Bloomberg on June 12. Per Bloomberg, the new rules will apply to a wide gamut of businesses dealing with cryptocurrencies and tokens — including crypto exchanges, custodians and crypto hedge funds. FATF is an intergovernmental organization established on the initiative of the G7 to promote the implementation of legal, regulatory and operational measures…

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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 

Russia May Build Offshore Destination for Cryptocurrencies, Exchanges and Forex

Russia may build a large financial center on the island of Bolshoy Ussuriysky, according to a report by the state-run TASS news agency on June 8. Leonid Petukhov, who heads the Far Eastern Agency for Attracting Investments and Supporting Exports, said the island could become an offshore destination for cryptocurrencies, crypto exchanges and forex markets. Bolshoy Ussuriysky lies on the border between Russia and China, with western parts of the long-disputed territory transferred to Beijing following a 2004 agreement. Petukhov made his statements while speaking to TASS at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Russia has already…

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Blockchain 

Malaysian Securities Regulator Registers Three Cryptocurrency Exchanges

The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) has registered cryptocurrency exchanges Luno Malaysia, Sinegy Technologies and Tokenize Technology, according to a press release on June 4. Crypto exchanges are reportedly required by law to register with the SC, and the recently-approved exchanges will have up to nine months to achieve compliance with the SC’s regulation standards. In a statement shared with Cointelegraph, Luno stated that the aforementioned three exchanges are the only registered digital asset exchanges to operate in Malaysia. Luno General Manager of Southeast Asia David Low said: “We’ve been working…

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Blockchain 

64% of Ransomware Attackers Launder Proceeds via Crypto Exchanges

United States-based blockchain intelligence firm Chainalysis claims that 64% of ransomware attack cash-out strategies involve the laundering of funds via cryptocurrency exchanges. The data was revealed in a Chainalysis webinar attended by Cointelegraph on May 30. A ransomware attack involves the infection of a target with malware and the demand of a ransom payment — frequently denominated in cryptocurrencies. The payment is demanded in return for the ostensible delivery of a decryptor tool that can help victims recover access to their data. Chainalysis — which provides blockchain analytics tools that…

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Bitcoin 

Fake Trading Volumes by Exchanges Do Not Impact BTC Prices

American crypto investment manager Bitwise released a paper claiming that fake trading volumes by crypto exchanges do not impact bitcoin’s (BTC) price. Released on May 24, the white paper is an extended version of Bitwise’s March presentation alleging that 95% of volume on unregulated exchanges is fake. Published on the official website of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the new white paper is based upon the research that Bitwise Asset Management presented to the SEC on March 17, 2019, as specified in the document. In the white…

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Blockchain 

Crypto Derivatives Platform Vows to Tackle Socialized Losses Seen on Other Exchanges

A crypto futures exchange says its features mean it is well-positioned to solve current problems that exist among rivals. The team behind FTX claims they were driven to act after “hours of feedback” to established exchanges about the problems with their products went ignored. As a result, the company claims that its platform “reduces the likelihood of clawbacks” through a three-tiered liquidation model — tackling the problem represented by “significant amount of customer funds on other derivatives exchanges that have been claimed by socialized losses.” In a blog post, the…

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Japan to Check Money Laundering Policies of Crypto Exchanges Ahead of FATF Inspection

Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) is reportedly cracking down on crypto exchanges that offer anonymous transactions or have weak identity verification practices in preparation for inspection by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) this fall. Nikkei Asian Review reported the development on May 22. The FATF will reportedly send its investigatory arm to review the strength of the Japanese FSA’s anti-money laundering (AML) policies, which includes policy for crypto exchanges and other financial services. Japan reportedly was given the worst possible score for identity verification in financial institutions in a…

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Blockchain 

Are Centralized Exchanges the Way to Go?

It goes without saying that exchanges command significant influence over the cryptocurrency market, being the exclusive portals for fiat into the world of blockchain. Exchanges are also the most significant winners of the cryptocurrency craze, and bank billions by raking in fees and maintaining custody over sizeable crypto wallets comprised of their own funds but also those of the customers. In a largely unregulated environment, the latter idea comes with its own set of implications and risks. Not every exchange uses its capital to reduce these risks adequately. Instead of reinvesting…

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