‘Totally Absurd’ – New FATF Rules To Turn Bitcoin Exchanges Into Banks

Intergovernmental body the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has committed to making 200 countries treat cryptocurrency exchanges like banks. FATF Among ‘Biggest Threats’ To Crypto As Bloomberg reported June 11, an update to how national regulators should treat businesses dealing with cryptocurrency tokens will officially go public on the 21st of the month. Its impact […]

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South Korea’s Biggest Bank U-Turns on Crypto With Custody Service

South Korea’s largest bank by assets, KB Kookmin, has partnered with a cryptocurrency startup to develop custody solutions. South Korea’s Kookmin U-Turns on Crypto Reported by local media outlet Business Korea June 11, Kookmin will now work with local company Atomrigs Lab, which is active in digital asset protection. The move marks a decisive change […]

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Apple and Facebook Now Competing With Banks

International ratings agency Weiss Ratings thinks tech giants like Apple and Facebook entering the crypto-space prove they are, in fact, becoming banks themselves and their ‘answer’ is nothing like Bitcoin – which competes with central banks.  Facebook, Apple ‘Becoming Banks’ In a blog post June 5, developer and Weiss Crypto Investor editor Juan Villaverde told […]

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‘Bankers Know They Can’t Stop Bitcoin’

Max Keiser has delivered a swift putdown of a US regulator head after he warned national TV cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin are prone to manipulation. SEC Rejects Treating BTC Like Stocks Speaking to CNBC, Jay Clayton, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), said that fiat markets had controls over malpractice which decentralized alternatives […]

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Bitcoin-Bashing Banking ‘Cartels’ Fined €1B For Currency Manipulation

The European Commission has fined five banks, including the anti-Bitcoin JP Morgan, a total of over €1 billion for currency rigging. Traders clubbed together into ‘cartels’ to manipulate the foreign exchange market between 2007 and 2013. You Can Trust The Big Banks… To Help Themselves The “Banana Split” cartel involved traders from Barclays, RBS, Citigroup, […]

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‘You Can’t Buy Bitcoin’ – Is How Banks Promote Bitcoin, Says Economist

Economist Saifedean Ammous was recently interviewed on Stephan Livera’s Podcast. Ammous explained the best way government can defeat Bitcoin and why banning it actually helps the opposite. As per the original podcast, Ammous was asked to comment on his most recent research on the potential strategies that could be employed by governments to shut down […]

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Bitcoin Should ‘Depart’ From Proof-of-Work, Says Bank Of International Settlements

Bitcoin figures have dismissed the latest report on cryptocurrencies by the Bank of International Settlements (BIS) after it claimed Bitcoin must stop using its Proof-of-Work algorithm. BIS: Bitcoin Must Drop Proof-of-Work The report, ‘Beyond the doomsday economics of “proof-of-work” in cryptocurrencies,’ was released January 21. It focused on double-spend attacks within cryptocurrency blockchains, as well […]

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Satoshi’s Vision ‘Not a New VISA’ But An Alternative to Banks, Says Dan Held

Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto wanted it to be an “alternative to banks,” not a “new VISA,” cryptocurrency veteran and former Blockchain executive Dan Held has said. What’s In A ‘Vision’? In a series of tweets January 14, Held became the latest well-known figure to take issue with pundits who claim Bitcoin’s intended purpose is primarily […]

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The Only Regulated Bitcoin Exchange in Germany Will Become A Bank in 2019

The operator of Germany’s only regulated cryptocurrency exchange has confirmed it will de facto become a bank after securing a 100 percent takeover of Tremmel Wertpapierhandelsbank. Bitcoin.de Buys Tremmel Wertpapierhandelsbank Bitcoin Group SE, which operates Bitcoin.de, will be able to offer a raft of services connected with cryptocurrency thanks to a banking license once the […]

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Swiss Regulator: Crypto Assets Need 800% Risk Weighting In Absence Of Formal Rules

Swiss financial regulator has informally signaled cryptocurrency investments should have a risk weighting ratio of 800 percent of the original amount. FINMA Highlights Bank, Dealer Queries According to local news media outlet Swissinfo, the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) revealed the figure in October in response to a query by trustee and accountant association […]

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