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Bitcoin Scams Continue to Exploit Covid-19 Chaos in UK

News Following a warning from the national watchdog earlier this month, regional authorities across the United Kingdom say Bitcoin scammers are using the coronavirus crisis to hoax citizens. In a series of consumer fraud alerts published throughout March, Manchester city council and the counties ..

China and UK’s Planned Digital Currencies Appear to Have Little in Common

News As major central bank digital currency (CBDC) projects develop apace, it is becoming clear that not all digital coins will look, or even function the same way. A recent analysis by Chinese financial media group InterChain Pulse reveals that two of the most visible such projects — those of the..

Does Bitcoin Have Intrinsic Value or Is It Based on Thin Air?

Analysis In early March, the Bank of England’s governor-designate, Andrew Bailey, said that Bitcoin has no intrinsic value. He controversially stated that any investor that holds Bitcoin should be prepared to lose all of the money. Bailey said, “If you want to buy it, fine, but understand it has n..

PAX Gold Can Now Be Traded Against Swiss Franc and British Pound

News While global stock markets are experiencing extreme turmoil, cryptocurrency projects keep introducing more ways to trade gold-backed assets twenty-four hours a day. PAX Gold (PAXG), a major cryptocurrency pegged to physical gold, has now rolled out for trading against two European fiat curren..

UK Police Reports 562 Cases of Bitcoin-Related Blackmail Over Last Two Years

News United Kingdom police forces have received hundreds of blackmailing complaints since 2018, in which nefarious parties demanded Bitcoin (BTC). By tracking numbers from 2018 and 2019 across thirteen U.K. police teams, think tank Parliament Street found 562 reports of blackmailers demanding Bitc..

DeFi Skepticism, Decentralization, Tax Define London Blockchain Week

Event Recap The final stage of London Blockchain Week looked as if it would be the latest victim to the coronavirus crisis. Many of the events that had initially been set to take place physically were held online. Others were canceled outright. But the jewel in the crown of blockchain week in Lond..

Fintech in the United Kingdom After Brexit

Expert Take The first round of negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Union to determine their future, post-Brexit relationship took place between March 2 and March 5 in Brussels, Belgium. The outcome of these negotiations will shape the way the two work together following the en..

Retail Crypto Insurance: Protecting Crypto Holdings Becoming Mainstream

Follow up Insurance underwriters associated with Lloyd’s of London are now backing a new liability policy designed to protect cryptocurrency stored in online wallets. With a modest minimum of 1,000 British pounds ($1,275) in protected assets and rather flexible terms, the product seems to be geare..

UK Gov’t Includes Blockchain in Negotiation for US Free Trade Agreement

News The United Kingdom’s Department for International Trade recently published its agenda for negotiation of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States. Contained within the wide-reaching document, blockchain is identified as one area in which businesses and the country will benefit from..

Bitcoin Steadies as Bank of England Suddenly Cuts Rates to 11-Year Low

Markets News The United Kingdom’s central bank has followed the Federal Reserve in suddenly cutting interest rates — by the most since 2009. As various news outlets including the Financial Times reported on March 11, the Bank of England (BoE) said the move was in direct response to economic press..

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