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Government of Abkhazia to Intensify Identification of Crypto Mining Farms

News Abkhazia, an autonomous region in northwest Georgia, is planning to intensify the works on the identification of cryptocurrency mining farms in the region. According to a news release published on the Cabinet of Ministers’ website on Dec. 12, Prime Minister of Abkhazia Valeri Bganba held a me..

Bitcoin Exchange BitMEX Faces $300M Investor Lawsuit Over Lost Equity

News A former JPMorgan derivatives trader is suing one of the world’s biggest cryptocurrency exchanges for $300 million after it allegedly failed to deliver his equity. According to filing with the Superior Court of the State of California in San Francisco dated Dec. 4, Frank Amato and RGB Coin ar..

China: Former Central Bank Exec to Reportedly Head New Tech Regulation Division

News China’s securities regulator is reportedly setting up a tech division that will be headed by the former chief of the central bank’s digital currency initiative. Yao Qian, a former director of the Digital Currency Research Institute at the People’s Bank of China (PBoC), will serve as director ..

FinCEN Director Notes Improved Oversight of Cryptocurrency Industry

News The director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) says the cryptocurrency industry has begun to fall in line with the agency’s regulations on money transmission services. In a speech delivered at the American Bankers Association/American Bar Association Financial Crimes Enforc..

SEC Cryptocurrency Approach ‘Measured,’ Chairman Clayton Tells Senate

News United States regulators believe they have adopted a “measured yet proactive approach” to cryptocurrency regulation which aids both retail and institutional investors. That was the formal view of Jay Clayton, chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), who updated lawmakers..

Crypto Gains New EU Stronghold as Sweden Approves Swiss ETP Startup

News Swiss cryptocurrency financial firm Amun AG has gained permission to offer its products to retail clients in the European Union. In a press release issued on Dec. 10, Amun confirmed it had received approval for a base prospectus it filed with Sweden’s finance regulator, the Swedish Financial ..

A Reality Check: Blockchain and DLT in International Trade

Expert Take Distributed ledger technology, colloquially termed “blockchain,” is making a bold promise to help bring the trade industry into the digital age. To help shed light on the intricate workings of the technology and the role that it is playing in the international trade industry, Trade Fin..

South Korea: Gov’t Seeks to Tax Crypto Transactions as Capital Gains

News The South Korean government plans to tax capital gains on cryptocurrency transactions. A Dec. 9 report from The Korea Times reveals that a revised bill to introduce the measure will be drawn up by the country’s Ministry of Economy and Finance by the first half of 2020. In parallel, the Korean..

Steven Mnuchin Does Not Expect US to Issue Digital Dollar in Next 5 Years

News United States Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin said that he and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell do not anticipate the development of a national digital currency in the country. Mnuchin delivered his comments during a House Financial Services Committee hearing in Washington, Blo..

EU Won’t Let Stablecoins Enter Market Until Risks Are Addressed

News No global stablecoin project will begin operation in the European Union (EU) until the associated risks to monetary sovereignty are addressed, according to EU authorities. In a joint statement adopted by the Council of the European Union and the European Commission (EC), the Council and the C..

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