Japanese Financial Services Agency Approaches Crypto ETFs With Caution, Cites Volatility

The Japanese Financial Services Agency (FSA) showed a cautious approach towards cryptocurrency-based exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in comments at the finance committee of the upper house of the National Diet on May 30. Cointelegraph Japan reported on the comments earlier today. Per the report, local politician Takeshi Fujimaki noted during the meeting that he expects a crypto-based ETF to be approved […]

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Iran's Crypto Barometer — Regular Users Feeling the Heat

Iran’s plan to battle international sanctions through the use of a state-sponsored cryptocurrency has been brewing for over a year now. It’s been a viable and exciting option for a country that had been cut off from the global economic community up until 2015 and again in 2017, following a short reprieve after agreeing to dial down its nuclear energy […]

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SEC Postpones VanEck Bitcoin ETF, Yet Again. Should We Expect an Approval in 2019?

Yesterday, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) postponed its decision on the VanEck/SolidX bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF) proposal, signaling that the regulator is still not ready to see crypto-based funds being traded on regulated exchanges. However, while the general sentiment is that the agency will continue to push back, there’s a slight chance that a crypto ETF […]

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The Russian Finance Ministry delays bitcoin regulation bill

There’ve been several reports covering the fact that Russia has been trying to develop a bill  meant to regulate digital currencies, yet nothing has been released so far. In fact, the Russian Ministry of Finance has recently sent out a press statement, saying that their introduction for a cryptocurrency regulation bill may be delayed until the next year. Not only […]

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Financial Stability Board: Crypto Could ‘Challenge Any Framework’

The growth of cryptocurrencies as an asset class “may challenge any framework” for financial stability, according to remarks from the chair of the Financial Stability Board (FSB) on Feb. 10. Speaking at a Bank of International Settlements’ (BIS) special governors meeting in Hong Kong, FSB chair, Randal K. Quarles, stated that the FSB “decided to undertake a review of its […]

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UK Financial Watchdog: $255 Mln Lost in Crypto-Related, Other Investment Scams in 2018

The United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has reported that common investment scams’ losses — including those crypto-related — amounted in total to over £197 million ($255 million) in 2018. The agency reported the losses in an official press release published on Feb. 6. According to data from the FCA call center, the most common reported scams involved unauthorized investments […]

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South Korea Will Keep ICO Ban, Says Financial Services Commission

South Korea will continue to ban initial coin offerings (ICOs) in the country, state financial regulator the Financial Services Commission (FSC) confirmed in a press release Jan. 30. Unveiling the results of a survey undertaken from September 2018, the body said it had discovered that firms conducting ICOs were making use of foreign jurisdictions, but still raising funds from South […]

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Italian Government Introduces Blockchain Terms in Regulation for First Time

The Italian Senate committee has approved an amendment on blockchain industry regulation, Cointelegraph Italia reports on Jan. 24. The amendment, known as the “Decreto semplificazioni,” has been approved by the Senate committees of Constitutional Affairs and Public Works yesterday, Jan. 23, and reportedly represents the first regulatory move in the blockchain space by the Italian government. The amendment provides basic […]

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