SEC Chair’s Written Testimony Hints at Moderation for Cryptocurrencies, but ICOs Be Warned

The written testimony from Jay Clayton, chairman of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), was released on February 5, 2018.

SEC Halts AriseBank ICO, Calling It “an Outright Scam”

In a statement from the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), an emergency relief action was filed to shut down AriseBank, which it described as “an outright scam.” In a growing list of enforcement actions by the SEC, the complaint against AriseBank stated that the Dallas-based company had used deceptive tactics to raise what they claim was $600 million of its $1 billion goal in just two months.

Cryptocurrency-Friendly Regulations in Belarus Could Attract Foreign Capital and ICOs

At the end of 2017, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko signed a “Digital Economy Development Ordinance,” aimed at developing the country’s IT sector and attracting blockchain technology companies, capital and talent from all over the world.

South Korea Allows Cryptocurrency Trading for Real-Name Registered Accounts

Six Korean banks will begin allowing the simultaneous opening of accounts, deposits and withdrawals, as well as transfers of funds between these accounts and exchanges, beginning on January 30, 2018, but with some new restrictions.

Cryptocurrency’s Red Tuesday Firesale Leaves Everyone Speculating

The cryptocurrency sky fell yesterday as 49 of the top 50 coins (by Market Cap) were down with only Tether (USDT) posting a gain.

CFTC to Discuss Digital Currency Futures Certification Process

Five weeks ago, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced three exchanges had self-certified Bitcoin derivatives products. Following the subsequent backlash from the Futures Industry Association (FIA), the CFTC has announced two public committee meetings to review the self-certification process, procedures and operational controls for listing and trading digital currency futures.

SEC/NASAA Ring in 2018 by Hinting at Need for (More) Cryptocurrency Regulation

Yesterday, January 4, 2018, the three prominent figures of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) endorsed the concerns raised in the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA)’s cautionary directive on cryptocurrencies, ICOs, and other “Cryptocurrency-Related Investment Products.

Our Top 5 Bitcoin “Good News” Stories of 2017

When the history of Bitcoin and blockchains is written, 2017 will be the year tagged as the “turning point” when Bitcoin and “red hot” blockchain technology went mainstream. The steadily rising bitcoin price and market cap is a key, though not the only, indicator that a tipping point has been reached.

South Korea Moves to Regulate Domestic Bitcoin Trading, Exchanges

Since late November 2017, South Korea has looked to regulate cryptocurrency trading in domestic exchanges, including Bithumb, Coinone and Korbit,  The Korea Herald reports.

Charlie Lee: Japan and South Korea Regulations Good For Bitcoin

On CNBC’s Squawk Box, Litecoin creator and former Coinbase executive Charlie Lee discussed the future of bitcoin, Litecoin, and the cryptocurrency market in the long-term.

Philippine Central Bank ‘Reviewing’ 12 Bitcoin Exchange Applications

The Philippine central bank is reportedly reviewing 12 applications for bitcoin exchange registrations.
Leaked: South Korean Government’s Four Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Regulations

Leaked: South Korean Government’s Four Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Regulations

Earlier today, as South Korean mainstream media outlet Hankyoreh reported, the South Korean government’s planned regulations around bitcoin and the cryptocurrency market have been leaked.

South Korean Government Holds Emergency Meeting to Discuss Bitcoin

The South Korean government held an emergency meeting to evaluate the state of the local cryptocurrency exchange market and trading of digital currencies.

Indian Central Bank’s Bitcoin Warning: A Sign of Fear?

On December 5, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the country’s central bank, cautioned investors of bitcoin, clarifying that the government is yet to regulate bitcoin and cryptocurrency exchanges within the local market.

South Korean Government to Allow Institutional Investors to Participate in ICOs

According to a report by Chosun, a leading mainstream news publication in South Korea, the South Korean government is planning to allow initial coin offerings (ICOs) in the near future, with strict regulations and policies in place.

South Korea (Pre)Issues Ban on Bitcoin Futures Trading

South Korea’s primary financial regulator and watchdog has banned securities firms from launching bitcoin futures contracts, according to a local report.

The Promise and Regulatory Challenge of "Physical" Bitcoins

Physical bitcoins that can be exchanged like cash have been discussed for years. In 2010, Gavin Andresen himself started a Bitcoin Forum discussion on possible ways to “print out bitcoins to function as user-created paper money.

Korean Regulator Hints at Reversing ICO Ban & “Stringent” Bitcoin Regulation

A senior official from Korea’s Financial Services Commission has vowed to regulate the local bitcoin space while hinting at putting an end to the blanket ICO ban.

SEC Isn’t Done with ICOs, Likely to Take “More Actions” Against Them

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Regulators Greenlight Bitcoin Futures

Bitcoin futures contracts to be offered by CME Group Inc. and Cboe Futures Exchange to mainstream investors. CME Group, the world’s largest futures exchange, has announced that it has self-certified the initial listing of its Bitcoin futures contract.

Bitcoin ‘Looks Like a Bubble’, We’ll Be ‘Friendly’ to ICOs: Israel Securities Regulator

The chairman of the Israel Securities Authority joins the bandwagon of critics calling bitcoin a ‘bubble’.

We’re Guarding Consumers Over Bitcoin: New York Regulator

Maria Vullo, the superintendent of New York Department of Financial Services, told Bloomberg’s David Westin in a TV interview that the department keeps on top of bitcoin.

Bitcoin-Friendly Philippines Plans ICO Regulation

After introducing regulations for bitcoin exchanges earlier this year, authorities in the Philippines are casting their eye on initial coin offerings (ICOs).

UK Treasury Plans Tighter Regulation of Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies

The British government is planning to introduce strict regulations of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin to combat crime like tax evasion and money laundering.

China was Right to Shut Down Bitcoin Exchanges & ICOs: PBoC Official

A vice governor of China’s central bank has doubled down on the regulator’s sweeping ban on ICOs in September that also led to the shuttering of local bitcoin exchanges.