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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Dubai Bitcoin Exchange Halts Fiat Withdrawals Due to Bank ‘Issue’

Dubai-based exchange BitOasis has suspended UAE Dirham/BTC trading, citing issues with the bank servicing the exchange itself. A communication was sent to BitOasis users yesterday that starting Tuesday, no more dirham can be withdrawn from the exchange, leaving users with today only to move their balance elsewhere or top it up with more dirham if The post Dubai Bitcoin Exchange Halts Fiat Withdrawals Due to Bank ‘Issue’ appeared first on CCN

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47% of South Africans Plan to Invest in Cryptocurrencies

South Africa has the most sophisticated economy and financial sector on the continent, and its citizens are increasingly warming up to the idea of investing and trading in cryptocurrencies — despite regulatory concerns over such decentralised digital financial assets across the world. The MyBroadband 2018 Cryptocurrency Survey — completed in April — shows that more South The post 47% of South Africans Plan to Invest in Cryptocurrencies appeared first on CCN

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SEC: ICO Tokens Should Be Regulated as Securities, Not Bitcoin

The role of cryptocurrencies was thrust into the spotlight during a hearing between Congress and the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The US House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations held a hearing with the Wall Street regulator on April 26, and they explored regulating cryptocurrencies in what they still seem to believe exist in a The post SEC: ICO Tokens Should Be Regulated as Securities, Not Bitcoin appeared first on CCN

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