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Japan’s Financial Services Agency Hits Exchanges with Unexpected Inspections

Amidst a sudden drop in cryptocurrency prices at mid-week, Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) reported that they had carried out a surprise inspection of two Japanese exchanges. Bitcoin dropped 2.25% to USD 5,409.4 by 12:46 PM ET (04:46 GMT), after rising to a one-month high at USD 5,586.3 in the mid-week. The drop-in prices pushed the crypto market cap down …


Brexit, Binance and Bitcoin: A New Era for Crypto in the UK?

Brexit, Binance and Bitcoin: A New Era for Crypto in the UK?

With the clock ticking on Britain’s much-debated exit from membership of the EU and all that means if a decision is finally agreed by September, where will this leave the UK in European Crypto Space? In a position of strength, or cut-off from its legislative support on the other side of the channel? Well, no man is an island, according …


CFTC Commissioner Says Sheer Pace of Fintech Has Stalled Bakkt Type Approvals

CFTC Commissioner Says Sheer Pace of Fintech Has Stalled Bakkt Type Approvals

CFTC Commissioner Christopher Giancarlo believes that the current period of innovation makes it challenging to approve proposals like Bakkt. The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is an independent agency of the US government created in 1974, that regulates futures and options markets. Bakkt had promised prospective clients it would request permission from the CFTC to provide the first Bitcoin …


Bakkt Gets Creative with NY Crypto License

Bakkt Gets Creative with NY Crypto License

The Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), owner of the New York Stock Exchange, is attempting to facilitate the launch of its delayed Bakkt platform by obtaining a New York cryptocurrency license to seemingly bring about a more favorable outcome, according to Bloomberg’s report. The much-lauded physically delivered Bitcoin futures platform – Bakkt – which is expected to further the adoption of Bitcoin …


RBI Sandbox to Promote Fintech, Blockchain, Excludes Crypto

RBI Sandbox to Promote Fintech, Blockchain, Excludes Crypto

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has rolled out what it termed a ‘Draft Enabling Framework for Regulatory Sandbox,’ that will serve as a requirement guide for the burgeoning fintech sector. In 2016, in response to the rapidly growing fintech space, the RBI set up a committee (Inter-Regulatory Working Group on FinTech and Digital Banking in India) tasked with the …


Japan Regulator Urges Improved Security for Offline Crypto Custody

Japan Regulator Urges Improved Security for Offline Crypto Custody (1)

Cryptocurrency exchanges in Japan will be required to fortify their cold wallet storages, according to a Reuters report. Citing a source with direct knowledge of the matter told, the report states that Japan’s financial regulator, the Financial Services Agency (FSA), is uneased by the current security levels of some exchanges as it perceives risks of internal thefts that threaten cold …


Cambridge: Lack of Crypto Terminology Standard Impedes Global Regulatory Response

Cambridge: Lack of Crypto Terminology Standard Impedes Global Regulatory Response

A study by the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) to assess the global cryptocurrency regulatory landscape identified a lack of crypto terminology standards as a major factor in regulation delays for most jurisdictions. The report was compiled by CCAF with the support of Nomura Research Institute (NRI) and is recognized as the first global comparative study of crypto asset regulations …


France Will Push EU to Adopt New Crypto Regulatory Framework

France Will Push EU to Adopt New Crypto Regulatory Framework

France is keen for her European Union neighbors to adopt a similar framework for cryptocurrency to its own newly- formed financial sector legislation. Its new laws have been structured to keep the Finance Ministry, exchanges, and traders satisfied that there is a little bit of harmony for all, and a relief for many traders who have been expecting a tightening …


Lithuania to Announce Tough New Crypto Laws

Lithuania To Announce Tough New Crypto Laws

Lithuania is reported to be working on cryptocurrency regulations which surpass Europe’s Anti-Money Laundering Directives for their prohibitive impact. The new changes are likely to put pressure on the cryptocurrency space as the government in Vilnius attempts to tighten its control. Lithuania’s central bank has also been canvassing commercial banks and exchanges to get a clear picture of cryptocurrency and …


Could IMF’s “Learning Coin” Mean a Shift from Fear and Loathing to Acceptance?

Could IMF’s “Learning Coin” Mean A Shift From Fear and Loathing to Acceptance

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank’s recent announcement suggest that they are not quite going crypto, but are nonetheless launching a private blockchain complete with a coin. And this could have major implications for world finance. Although the “Learning Coin” may be a new concept that the two financial giants have carefully designed to carry no monetary …


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