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FATF to Enforce Time Restriction on Exchanges’ Customer Information

FATF To Enforce Time Restriction on Exchanges' Customer Information

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), who met last week for another round of talks to decide on new AML steps, is to bring in a time restriction for crypto exchanges on data sharing. The FATF has set a time limit of 12 months during which time exchanges must share user and sender information with “beneficiary institutions”. The new data …


SEC More Informed Than Expected at DC Blockchain Forum

SEC More Informed Than Expected at DC Blockchain Forum

The week started with the much-awaited Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) first Fintech Forum, held on 31 June in Washington DC. Issues on the agenda were expected to be related to cryptocurrency assets and DLT with key SEC officials being joined by various legal, financial and technical experts, but what surprised experts was the degree of knowledge SEC representatives already …


How the ICO Market Has Been Regaining Investor Faith

How the ICO Market Has Been Regaining Investor Faith

In 2018, funds raised from initial coin offerings (ICOs) fell dramatically from over USD 1 and a half billion in January, to under USD 75 million in December. However, new data showing the activities of the month of May so far indicates that investor faith has begun to regain strength in the light of increasingly highly-rated ICO projects, with 85% …


IRS Still Dragging Heels on Crypto Rules

The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) moves to provide clear cryptocurrency taxation guideline to the increasing user base in the United States continues to develop at a snail’s pace with the agency responsible for collecting taxes promising Congress that it will issue new cryptocurrency tax guidance soon. This, of course, is not the first of such promises over recent times; …


How Important is Blockchain Interoperability?

How Important is Blockchain Interoperability_

Blockchain interoperability describes the process by which different blockchains can communicate with one another, allowing a smoother process of sharing information. Many consider interoperability key to the success of blockchain applications being user-friendly, practical, and economically efficient. Think of it in terms of social media; if everyone’s friends are using different platforms that can’t interact with one another, the success …


Binance Withdrawals, Deposits to Resume Tomorrow Following Hack

Binance Withdrawals, Deposits to Resume Tomorrow Following Hack

Hacked cryptocurrency exchange Binance plans to have deposit and withdrawal services up and running again by tomorrow, CEO Changpeng Zhao revealed. In a company blog update, Zhao claimed the team had made ”significant overhauls” to the system, adding or restructuring the architecture of the exchange’s advanced security features. Upgrading the system requires a trading halt, he noted, with the exact …


Germany Looks to Pass New Blockchain Bond Regulation by Summer

Germany Looks to Pass New Blockchain Bond Regulation by Summer

Germany plans to instate new blockchain regulation before the parliament’s summer recess, focusing on what is being called a ”digital value right”. Such a digital value right would allow bonds, such as bearer bonds that are traditionally paper-backed, to be issued as virtual tokens on a blockchain. The process could take place through a similar scenario as the following: a …


New Global Poll Reveals High-Net-Worth Individuals Are Flocking to Crypto

New Global Poll Reveals High-Net-Worth Individuals Are Flocking to Crypto (1)

A new survey by global financial advisory service deVere Group revealed that over two-thirds of high-net-worth individuals – having investable assets in the excess of EUR 1 million or its equivalent – will invest in cryptocurrencies over the next three years. In fact, the survey shows that 68 percent of poll participants are already invested or will join those invested …


Latest BitFlyer Poll Sees European Confidence in Crypto High

A recent bitFlyer European study of consumer confidence in cryptocurrency has released figures showing a growing interest in the technology across the continent. The study by the Japanese crypto and blockchain company selected a range of respondents from across Europe by selecting 10 pools of 1,000 people from each nation. The countries chosen for the study were Belgium, Denmark, France, …


Breaking Down the Latest Ethereum Developments

Breaking Down the Latest Ethereum Developments

Ethereum’s core development team is constantly working to improve and make changes to the native blockchain on which the #2 cryptocurrency is built. This can be observed via the on-chain data available, including the popularity of the native smart contracts. However, as the bulk of the cryptocurrency market enjoys a period of bullish growth, Ethereum is struggling to entice miners to …


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