Rare Joint Statement From U.S. Regulators Proves Crypto Centralization Is Here

The U.S. SEC, Fincen and CFTC issued a rare joint statement Friday addressing regulation of “activities involving digital assets.” Citing crypto’s perceived role in money laundering and terrorism, the regulatory power trio prescribed stricter adherence to anti-money laundering (AML) policies and know your customer (KYC) protocols. The statement is a highly visible product of the new crypto reality: for many, it’s no longer about Satoshi’s vision, but regulated, de-clawed digital assets for the obedient masses. Also Read: Telegram Awaits Court Hearing on SEC Case Against Its Token Sale Centralization of…

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Price Analysis 16/10: BTC, ETH, XRP, BCH, LTC, EOS, BNB, BSV, XLM, TRX

Many major cryptocurrencies were rejected at their overhead resistances which shows weakness within the market. Is a bear market developing? The crypto market has been struggling since topping out in June but this does not mean institutional interest in crypto has diminished. The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Group tweeted that customer interest in CME Bitcoin (BTC) futures remained strong in Q3 2019 compared to Q3 2018. The total increase in open interest during this period was about 61%, which shows that the involvement of institutional traders is on the rise.…

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Central Banks Have Three Options for Crypto Regulations, Says Official

The deputy governor of Banque De France said that central banks really only have three available options to address cryptocurrencies: ignore, ban or adopt. Denis Beau, the deputy governor of France’s central bank, Banque De France, recently delivered comments regarding central banks’ approaches to cryptocurrencies. Establish appropriate cryptocurrency regulations  On Oct. 16, Beau spoke at the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum conference in London, where he discussed the role of cryptocurrency assets in today’s global financial payment system. Beau stated that the traditional bank-based ecosystem could face significant changes…

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Swiss Federal Council Continues to Monitor Stablecoins and Blockchain

The Swiss Federal Council continues to monitor new digital technology developments such as blockchain, stablecoins and distributed ledger technology. The Swiss Federal Council is continuing to keep close tabs on global stablecoin projects and their possible opportunities and challenges. Switzerland is seen as very crypto-friendly In a press release on Oct. 16, the Swiss Federal Council stated that it was recently informed about “current opportunities and challenges associated with stablecoins” and that Switzerland will continue to monitor new digital technology developments, such as blockchain and distributed ledger technology. The Federal…

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Bitcoin Back Below $8K — But Is the Macro Bullish Trend Broken?

Bitcoin price has dropped nearly 10% in 2 days but remains range-bound in a macro bullish trend. Bitcoin (BTC) price has continued its multiple-day slide, dropping 5.3% over the past two days and 9.6% from it’s $8,800 high 5 days ago. While Bitcoin bears are celebrating, the price remains range-bound, as can be seen clearly on the daily chart. Bitcoin price has been trading in this range since September 25th, the day after the large drop from $10,000.  Bulls will be looking for a break above the range to signal…

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Where US Regulators Stand on Cryptocurrency

The U.S. has many regulators responsible for overseeing different aspects of crypto assets, each with its own stance on how they should be regulated. Major regulators in the U.S. with strong opinions on cryptocurrency include the SEC, the CFTC, the Federal Reserve, Fincen, and the IRS. Also read: Tax Guide: What Crypto Owners Should Know The Securities and Exchange Commission The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has statutory authority over crypto assets that are deemed “security,” with its oversight extending to the offer, sale and trading in those assets. A…

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Bitcoin Is Totally Different Than Libra: Calibra Head David Marcus

Calibra head David Marcus says he is a big fan of Bitcoin, but it is totally different than Libra. ⁠David Marcus, the head of Facebook’s forthcoming cryptocurrency wallet Calibra, said that he is a fan of Bitcoin (BTC), but it is totally different than the proposed Libra stablecoin. Bitcoin is digital gold, Marcus Says In a Squawk Box interview on Oct. 16, Marcus stated that he has been looking at Bitcoin since 2012 and considers it to be akin to digital gold. When asked by Squawk Box co-host Joe Kernen…

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Xpring Invests In Swedish Startup to Build XRP Hardware Wallet Firmware

Ripple’s investment arm and tech incubator Xpring has invested in Swedish crypto self-custody startup Towo Labs to build hardware wallet firmware supporting XRP. Ripple’s investment arm and tech incubator Xpring has invested in Swedish cryptocurrency self-custody startup Towo Labs to build hardware wallet firmware. Xpring announced the news in a blog post on Oct. 16, stating that the startup plans to develop a new version of the XRP Toolkit and hardware wallet firmware supporting all XRP Ledger transaction types, as well as a noncustodial web interface. In a parallel announcement,…

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ICOs Are Dead But ICO Scammers Are Immortal

The initial coin offering may have all but died, but the ICO scammer marches on regardless. Whereas legitimate projects have to wrangle with all kinds of challenges including the strength of the market, generating value for investors, creating a real product and actually delivering on the promises they make, the soulless scammer is unencumbered by technical constraints, work ethic or any sense of decency. Also read: Bitcoin’s Smallest Unit ‘Satoshi’ Added to Oxford English Dictionary How Do You Kill That Which Has No Life? Much like the humble cockroach, there…

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US Authorities Analyze Bitcoin Transactions to Shut Down Child Porn Ring

United States law enforcement agencies analyzed Bitcoin transactions to locate and subsequently shut down a global child pornography site. United States law enforcement agencies analyzed Bitcoin (BTC) transactions to locate and subsequently shut down a global child pornography site. Per an Oct. 16 press release, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the shutdown of the largest-to-date child sexual exploitation market called Welcome to Video which was operated by South Korean national, Jong Woo Son. The site offered child pornography videos for sale using Bitcoin. Crypto brings authorities closer to catching…

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