Cryptocurrency Fever is Starting to Fade: Russian Central Bank

Elvira Nabiullina, the head of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, claimed that investors’ excitement toward cryptocurrency has begun to cool. Her remarks came at the FINOPOLIS innovative financial technology forum. Cryptocurrency Fever ‘Beginning to Disappear’ The famed Russian economist and former economic advisor to the Russian President Vladimir Putin represented businesses’ point of view …

Bitcoin is Not a Legal Tender in Zambia

Zambia’s central bank has said that cryptocurrencies like bitcoin aren’t legal tender in the country. The Bank of Zambia (BoZ), responsible for creating and implementing monetary policies for the world’s 105th largest economy, explained their stance against the use of cryptocurrencies in contrast to the growing public interests in the field. The central bank admitted …

CFTC Cracks Down Harder on Cryptocurrency Fraud Under Trump

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has bolstered its police actions in the last fiscal year, driven largely by cryptocurrency cases, according to The Wall Street Journal. Under President Trump, the federal derivatives market regulator levied about $900 million in civil penalties in 2018 alone, exceeding the annual amount in five of the eight years …

TechCrunch Founder Outraged at US, Will Crypto Firms Also Pivot to Asia?

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has been heavily criticized for its actions against Elon Musk’s Tesla, the crypto market and investment firms within the local market. On Sept. 29, Michael Arrington, the co-founder of TechCrunch, announced that his venture capital firm has decided to move out of the US and relocate to Asia …

U.S. Faces Crypto Exodus if Govt. Doesn’t Adopt ‘Light-Touch’ Regulation

More than 50 stakeholders from the cryptocurrency and finance industries this week met with U.S. lawmakers in Washington to discuss the future of blockchain regulations in the country. The roundtable, which took place at Capitol Hill at the behest of Rep. Warren Davidson (R-OH), saw attendance from the representatives of industry heavyweights including Coinbase, Kraken, …

How the Recent $60m Crypto Hacking Attack Will Impact Japanese Market

Zaif, a major crypto exchange in Japan, was hacked this week, losing nearly $60 million in user funds in a high profile security breach. Local publications including Japan Times reported that 6.7 billion yen was stolen by an unknown group of hackers, 2.2 billion yen in corporate funds and 4.5 billion yen in user funds …

Texas Regulators Shut Down Three Cryptocurrency Scams

The Texas State Securities Board has issued an emergency action to halt the deceitful offerings of investments in three cryptocurrency related schemes. The agency entered a cease and desist order against Coins Miner Investment Ltd, DigitalBank Ltd, as well as Ultimate Assets, who is charged for offering Texans misleading ROIs and promising to grow an …

John McAfee Told His Followers to ‘Flood’ the SEC’s Inbox. It Didn’t Go Well.

This is why we can’t have nice things. A few months ago, cybersecurity pioneer and noted provocateur John McAfee took to Twitter to implore his followers to “flood” Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Jay Clayton’s office with emails and calls. McAfee wanted them to demand that Clayton — to whom he affectionately referred as …

Is India Ready to Legalize Crypto? Officials Visit Japan & to Study Policies

While the Supreme Court of India hears the crypto exchange industry’s case against the central bank following the latter’s banking ban, regulators are exploring regulatory policies for the nascent sector. Businesses and associations in the cryptocurrency and blockchain sector are expected to participate in the hearing alongside the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), …

S.Korea’s Central Bank Sweats Over ‘Kimchi Premium’ in Crypto Prices

While South Korea’s government policies have largely nullified the so-called ‘Kimchi Premium’ in cryptocurrency prices, the country’s central bank has called for continued monitoring into markets. Officials at the Bank of Korea (BOK), the country’s central bank, have called for continued vigilance into South Korean crypto trading markets in an attempt to keep a lid …