Blockchain 

House Financial Services Committee Will Continue Libra Review

Representative Maxine Waters, chair of the United States House of Representatives’ Financial Services Committee, says the committee will continue to review Facebook’s proposed cryptocurrency Libra and the corresponding digital wallet Calibra. A priority for autumn 2019 Waters announced the committee’s priorities for fall 2019 on Aug. 23. According to the statement, the committee plans to receive the testimony and opinions from governmental officials and regulators.  Specifically, Waters lists Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Kraninger, Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Calabria and Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Quarles. Waters…

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Bitcoin 

Bitcoin Price ‘Will Struggle’ in Big Financial Crisis, Says Investor

Spencer Bogart, a general partner at venture capital firm Blockchain Capital, thinks that Bitcoin (BTC) will be a safe haven in the long term. However, he has a nuanced view of how BTC price will play out with respect to various economic events. Bogart shared his views during an interview with Bloomberg on Aug. 20. According to him, risks of monetary devaluation can drive Bitcoin’s price up. Bogart commented: “I think longer term Bitcoin will absolutely be a safe haven […] I think that when you have looming risks of…

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Blockchain 

Israeli Financial Authority to Accelerate Blockchain, Fintech Licensure

The Capital Market, Insurance and Saving Authority, a division of Israel’s Ministry of Finance (MoF), is looking to accelerate the process of procuring licenses for blockchain and fintech companies in the country. Israeli business news outlet Calcalist reported the development on Aug. 19. According to the report, the authority has launched dedicated industry teams, some of which specialize in blockchain companies.   According to the report, the authority is hoping to foster local competition by licensing more fintech companies. Moshe Barkat, who was appointed as the supervisor for the department back…

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Blockchain 

Germany Grants BaFin License to Financial Firm for STO Platform

Luxembourg-registered financial firm Black Manta Capital Partners has received a license from the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) for its Security Token Offering (STO) platform. A regulated STO platform in Germany Black Manta Capital Partners announced on Aug. 19 that its Berlin-based entity received a MiFID II license by BaFin for its regulated STO platform on Aug. 1 nine months after filing. Now, the company will be able to offer regulated brokerage services using blockchain technology. On its platform, the firm represents rights to an asset as tokens managed…

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Blockchain 

US Financial Regulators Reach $7M Settlement Over PlexCorps ICO

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has reached a multi-million dollar settlement with PlexCorps owner Dominique Lacroix, business partner Sabrina Paradis-Royer and PlexCorps over an allegedly fraudulent initial coin offering (ICO). The SEC submitted its settlement agreement to a U.S. District Court in Brooklyn on Aug. 12. According to the filing, the defendants will collectively be fined nearly $7 million as part of the settlement agreement.  The SEC concluded that the defendants raised $8,269,218 through the PlexCoin ICO. The agreement further states that the defendants will pay 55%…

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Bitcoin 

Can Central Bank Digital Currencies Be Used to Fight Financial Crimes?

Paper money today is a marginal part of the currency in circulation and represents a direct relationship between the end user and the central bank. Its use is, however, unknown to the central bank; in a certain sense, it can therefore be said that like cryptocurrencies, cash can be used for illicit purposes. Central banks could start the process of digitizing paper money and thus create their own digital currency. Such a solution would have the great advantage of combating the shadow economy and illegal activities, and could be a…

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Ethereum 

UK Financial Regulator FCA Won’t Regulate Bitcoin and Ether

Major British regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), will not regulate Bitcoin (BTC) as a part of its recent guidance on crypto assets. FCA finalizes its statement on crypto after a public consultation released in January On July 31, the FCA issued its finalized policy statement on cryptocurrencies in a document titled “PS19/22: Guidance on Cryptoassets.” The document represents an updated version of a consultation paper on crypto assets that was first released for public comment in January 2019, and intends to bring more regulatory clarity to the existing types…

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Bitcoin 

Crypto Not a Solution for Financial Inclusion, Lawyer Tells US Senate

In a prepared statement for today’s United States Senate’s crypto hearing by international lawyer Mehrsa Baradaran, suggests that cryptos are not the solution for financial inclusion and equity in banking. Policy, not technology is the solution In her statement, published on the Senate’s website, Baradaran explains that the issues of inequality and inefficiency in finance that Bitcoin (BTC) and other cryptocurrencies are trying to solve should be resolved through policy, not technology.  She explains that such issues should be addressed “in this chamber, and not in a tech startup office…

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Bitcoin 

Bakkt to Launch in Q3, Pending NY Financial Department Approval

Bakkt, a Bitcoin (BTC) futures platform still in development, is purportedly closing in on a Q3 launch date. An anonymous source close to the company reportedly shared this information with blockchain and crypto news publication The Block, according to a report on July 26. However, The Block says it has received a copy of a slide-deck indicating that Bakkt still needs the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) to approve its warehousing service — the company’s proposed cold storage solution for safely storing private keys. According to the report,…

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Blockchain 

Japanese Financial Services Giant Monex Wants to Join Facebook’s Libra

Online brokerage Monex Group Inc., owner of the hacked Japanese crypto exchange Coincheck, plans to join the Facebook Libra cryptocurrency project. A report from Cointelegraph Japan today, July 26, reveals that Monex Group’s CEO Oki Matsumoto announced the company had filed an application to join the Libra Association during a press conference on Monex’s Q2 2019 financial results earlier this week. The Libra Association is the newly-established, independent governance consortium for Facebook’s planned stablecoin, dubbed Libra, and is currently negotiating with a host of other potential members — including Visa,…

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