Fund Manager: US Might Have Already Lost Crypto Innovation Race

As U.S. lawmakers wrestle with what to do with Facebook’s Libra, they are being forced to confront another digital currency that they’ve been trying to avoid like the plague – bitcoin. Unfortunately, the longer lawmakers wait, the more left behind the U.S. becomes as crypto innovation goes elsewhere. Even Facebook chose Switzerland for its Libra […] The post Fund Manager: US Might Have Already Lost Crypto Innovation Race appeared first on CCN Markets

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Treasury Secretary Won’t Let Crypto Become Next Swiss Bank Accounts

By CCN Markets: U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that the G7’s Financial Action Task Force (FATF) organization will never let crypto assets “become the equivalent of secret numbered accounts.” Mnuchin was addressing a plenary session of the G7 initiative aimed at combating money laundering and terrorism financing. The U.S. Treasury Secretary was referring to secretive bank accounts commonly offered in Switzerland as well as other offshore financial hubs where the identity of the account holder is kept secret and a client is only identified by a code word. Mnuchin…

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Bitcoin in Crosshairs as SEC & DOJ Drop Hammer on Crypto Firm Longfin

By CCN: The “crypto” startup Longfin Corp. got spanked by both the SEC and the DOJ for fraud amid a broader regulatory crackdown on bitcoin-related financial crimes. Specifically, Longfin’s CEO, Venkata Meenavalli, is accused of inflating the company’s revenue by $66 million in order to fraudulently secure a listing on the Nasdaq in 2017. Prosecutors Say Longfin Cooked the Books The Securities and Exchange Commission also accused Longfin executives of insider trading, saying they illegally sold $33 million of stock in unregistered transactions. While the screaming headlines suggest that the…

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VanEck Unfazed by Shutdown’s Impact on Bitcoin ETF Application

By CCN.com: Investment manager VanEck remains confident about its bitcoin ETF application, despite the US government shutdown. Why? Because the firm believes it has laid a robust foundation for the VanEck/SolidX Bitcoin ETF to eventually win SEC approval. “I have done everything I can to build the right market structure for Bitcoin and digital assets,” VanEck’s director The post VanEck Unfazed by Shutdown’s Impact on Bitcoin ETF Application appeared first on CCN

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Swiss Regulator Imposes 800% Risk Weighting for Bank Crypto Trading

The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has instructed banks dealing in cryptoassets to apply a risk weighting of eight times their market value  when calculating loss-absorbing capital buffers. In a confidential letter seen by swissinfo.ch, the regulator also imposed a 4 percent cap on crypto positions as a percentage of total capital held by banks, The post Swiss Regulator Imposes 800% Risk Weighting for Bank Crypto Trading appeared first on CCN

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Hacked Bitcoin Exchange Zaif Discontinues New Registrations

Tech Bureau Inc., the owner of Zaif exchange, decided to suspend new account registrations at their trading platform temporarily. The decision came on September 28, 14 days after a hacking incident took place at Zaif and caused the crypto exchange more than $60 million worth of damages. Tech Bureau said in its press statement that The post Hacked Bitcoin Exchange Zaif Discontinues New Registrations appeared first on CCN

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Australia Central Bank Admires Bitcoin But Says It Has ‘Flaws’

“Even if one is quite skeptical of whether bitcoin will have a significant role in the economy in the future, I think it is hard to avoid some admiration for its design,” Reserve Bank of Australia official Tony Richards thus addressed bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in general in a speech to the Australian Business Economists in The post Australia Central Bank Admires Bitcoin But Says It Has ‘Flaws’ appeared first on CCN

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DOJ’s Bitcoin Price Manipulation Probe a ‘Good Thing’: Mike Novogratz

Billionaire investor and former hedge fund manager Mike Novogratz said that he is optimistic that the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) recently-launched probe into allegations of bitcoin price manipulation will contribute to the long-term health of the cryptocurrency market. Speaking in an interview with Bloomberg, Novogratz — the founder of $250 million cryptocurrency merchant bank The post DOJ’s Bitcoin Price Manipulation Probe a ‘Good Thing’: Mike Novogratz appeared first on CCN

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