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Hiring Report Suggests High Interest in Blockchain Industry

The hype surrounding blockchain industry, as well as the cryptocurrency sector, may have waned a little, but a report published by TheNextWeb suggests hiring expertise in the sector still grows, courtesy of a few ‘old-school’ tech companies. It’s a given that prominent fintech startups had it rough in the past year, having to lay off some of their staff. Still, …


London Stock Exchange Leads $20 Million Investment Round for UK Crypto Startup Nivaura

London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) revealed today that it had invested in London-based cryptocurrency startup Nivaura, leading a GBP 15 million (USD 20 million) funding round. The investment was revealed in a joint statement from the two companies which acknowledged LSEG had paid an undisclosed amount for a minority stake. Nivaura was the company responsible for the world’s first cryptocurrency-denominated bond issuance …


UK Think Tank to Study Crypto Impact on Economic Institutions

According to a recent report by crypto media outlet CoinTelegraph, the Institute of Decentralized Economics (IDE) has opened in the United Kingdom for the study of the economic impact of cryptocurrencies and its underlying blockchain technology. The source says the initiative is being backed by fintech company Sweetbridge and that the think tank will explore the possible potentials of decentralized …


Brexit Delays UK Blockchain Customs Project

Brexit Delays UK Blockchain Customs Project (1)

In the wake of Brexit, further work on the development of “blockchain-based distributed ledger project for customs needs” has been halted by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC). On the UK Parliament’s website, a question regarding the development of the abovementioned project was raised in the Q&A section. Eddie Hughes, member of parliament (MP), raised the question regarding the future …


Starting Young: UK High School Wins 3rd Place in Barclays Blockchain Comp

Starting Young_ UK High School Wins 3rd Place in Barclays Blockchain Comp

Blockchain enthusiasts are starting young, as proved by the third-placed team at a blockchain interoperability hackathon at the Barclays Rise fintech hub in London. The hackathon was hosted by London-based blockchain startup Clearmatics. The prize was awarded to a team of high school students from Bedford, who was up against challenging senior competition. Not only did the students take away the …


US Crypto Regulations Between a Rock and a Hard Place

US Crypto Regulations Between a Rock and a Hard Place

In the midst of the delay for the approval of Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) applications after several rejections, and current uncertainty regarding regulatory framework, US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Commissioner Hester Peirce provided insights into the matter as an opportunity for better industry development. Last week, Heister made comments on the issues of state regulation at the University of …


Brit Rail Passengers Earning Crypto Whilst They Travel With New DOVU Project

Brit Rail Passengers Earning Crypto Whilst They Travel With New DOVU Project

DOVU, a London-based startup aiming to become the “the global marketplace for transport data,” is to incorporate cryptocurrency earning as part of its latest project. The company has always had strong support since its launch two years ago backed by seed funding from InMotion Ventures, Jaguar Land Rover’s investment arm, and Creative England — a fund backed by the government. …


UK OTC Firm Gets Derivatives Go Ahead from Regulator

UK OTC Firm Gets Derivatives Go Ahead from Regulator, CFDs

The UK watchdog, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has granted permission for London based firm B2C2 OTC Ltd to deal in cryptocurrency CFDs. “Contracts for Difference” (CFDs) are designed for traders to predict crypto price fluctuations allowing them to profit from rising or fallings markets. The FCA’s acceptance of the B2C2 OTC Ltd application is seen as unexpected given the stance of …


Capital Gains Reminder for Crypto Investors as UK Tax Year Ends

Capital Gains Reminder for Crypto Investors As UK Tax Year Ends

Tax on cryptocurrency earnings has become an important factor at year’s end, which many UK cryptocurrency investors will soon find out as their 31 January deadline approaches. New regulations created in 2018 means that this month’s tax returns will need a little more care when completed by crypto enthusiasts and exchanges as well, although companies are still awaiting more details. …


UK Financial Regulator Releases Crypto Consultation Paper

UK Financial Regulator Releases Crypto Consultation Paper

The UK’s top financial authority Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has released a new consultation paper for cryptoassets in the country. While the FCA has reportedly been considering a more direct role in managing cryptocurrencies and tokens, the new paper is an attempt to make things clearer for investors and the cryptocurrency community for future regulatory purposes. A series of final guidelines …


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