UAE and Saudi Arabian Central Banks to Jointly Launch Cryptocurrency

It’s confirmed. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia will work on cross-border digital currency. The exact date when it would be issued is still unknown but we know one thing, the digital currency is not targeted at consumers. It’s strictly for banks. Arabian news outlet Gulf News reports that the central bank of …

Congressman Finalizing Bill to Exempt ICOs from Securities Laws

Republican Congressman Warren Davidson, an avowed bitcoin adn blockchain fan, plans to introduce federal legislation that will regulate initial coin offerings (ICO) and cryptocurrencies. The bill would create an “asset class” for tokens, which would prevent them from “being classified as securities, but would also allow the federal government to regulate initial coin offerings more …

Does Europe’s ‘Blockchain Island’ Really Live up to the Hype?

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Malta. The Blockchain Island. A postage-stamp-sized nation nestled in the Mediterranean famous for its rocky coastline, Baroque cathedrals, Megalithic temples, and centuries of culture. It’s a veritable mishmash of graying British expats, luxurious hotels, exotic women, cars that drive on the left, and a host of other legacies left by the various …

Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Calls for More Cryptocurrency Regulations

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn The Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, Wissanu Krea-ngam, has called for the enhancement of cryptocurrency regulations in the country. Speaking during the fourth regional Counter-Terrorism Financing Summit which took place in Bangkok, Wissanu argued that there was a need for more domestic and international legal measures to be put in place to …

China’s Central Bank Slams Blockchain Investment ‘Bubble’

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn China’s central bank has called on the government to strengthen supervision into ‘speculative’ financing and investments in the blockchain sector. The Research Bureau of the People’s Bank of China, the country’s central bank, published a working paper titled ‘What can a blockchain do and cannot do?’ on Tuesday. An early analysis of …

Russian Financial Watchdog Calls for Global Crypto Exchange Regulations

Russia’s Financial Monitor Service (FMS) is seeking the intervention of a global financial watchdog to regulate cryptocurrencies, local media sources have reported. Russia Wants Global Crypto Regulations The Russian financial regulatory agency contacted the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to request an intergovernmental initiative that could control the supply and flow of cryptocurrencies. Pavel Livadny, the Deputy …

Hong Kong Stock Exchange Proposes Framework for Cryptocurrency Regulation

The Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX) believes that legal frameworks around finance and cryptos should be the same. The world’s sixth largest stock exchange in its research paper looks at the need for regulators to keep up with the pace of financial technologies. And if they lag behind, the existing laws of finance should be …

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 …