Getting Real: Banking Technologists and Professor Debate Blockchain at Federal Reserve Atlanta by Cali Haan

Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Says Facebook’s Libra Coin Some Distance from Full Implementation on Compliance Side

Reserve Bank of Australia chief Philip Lowe told participants in a Q&A session June 20th that he does not expect Facebook’s new Libra cryptocurrency network to be fully implemented any time soon. “There’s a lot of water under the bridge before Facebook’s proposal becomes something… Read More

Report: So Far, Banking Partners Notably Absent in Facebook’s New Libra Cryptocurrency Program

Last week’s announcement of “Libra,” Facebook’s move into creating a cryptocurrency payments infrastructure to underpin its social network, was met with considerable fanfare and may have induced a rally in the price of Bitcoins. But several pundits on Yahoo have noted that so far, banks… Read More

First Asian Stablecoin: TrustToken Issues Hong Kong Dollar backed Crypto, Partners with Legacy Trust on Custody

TrustToken is issuing a stablecoin backed by Hong Kong dollars. TrustToken says this is the first stablecoin pegged to an Asian currency. TrueHKD will be pegged one-to-to one with the Hong Kong dollar that is currently worth about USD $0.13. TrustToken has partnered with Legacy… Read More

CabbageTech Founder & Crypto Trader Patrick McDonnell Pleads Guilty to Fraud in Virtual Currency Case

Patrick McDonnell (46), aka “Jason Flack,” has copped a plea of a single fraud charge in an ongoing case of cryptocurrency fraud.  McDonnell was indicted last March. McDonnell operator of CabbageTech, a company that was doing business as Coin Drop Markets, faces up to 20… Read More

Trump Ally and Economist Stephen Moore Says Facebook’s Crypto Libra “On Balance…a Good Thing”

Facebook announced it’s forthcoming price-stabilized cryptocurrency, “Libra,” last week, and many politicians across the globe have been sounding the alarm on it. A number of American politicians issued sober warnings regarding the advent of Libra. US Senator Sherrod Brown warned that Facebook’s new payment system would… Read More

Digital Assets: Key Goal of V20 is to Explore Solutions and Come Up with a Solution to FATF Guidelines Impacting VASPs

Later this week the V20 conference will take place alongside the bi-annual G20 event being hosted in Japan. The G20 is, of course, the global powwow of 19 leading nations plus the EU. While mostly a lot of hobnobbing and back-room policy wrangling, while in… Read More

US Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin on Crypto: “VASPs will be required to implement the same AML/CFT requirements as traditional financial institutions”

Last week, FATF President Marshall Billingslea of the US, chaired the Plenary meeting under the U.S. Presidency in Orlando.  US Secretary of Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin was on hand to provide remarks on the accomplishments of the group. As part of his speech at the… Read More

Bitbond CEO Says FATF is Going Too Far with Global Guidelines for Crypto Industry

Bitbond, a Germany-based global online lending platform that is in the process of issuing one of the first security tokens, says guidelines issued by FATF impacting “virtual asset service providers” or VASPs – has gone too far. Bitbond, licensed by BaFin, is in the midst… Read More

DTCC: Analyst says “DLT Maximalism” for Clearing Would Lead to Liquidity Crunch and Reduced Market Oversight

A Senior Analyst on Greenwich Associates’ Market Structure and Technology Team has produced a whitepaper and participated in a series of videos that challenge “DLT maximalist” claims that distributed ledger technology (DLT or “blockchain”) can effectively replace the roles played by central clearinghouses in securities settlement…. Read More

QuadrigaCX CEO Created Fake Accounts, Traded User Funds and Transferred Them to Personal Accounts

Fiduciary and operational incompetence have been a matter of record since news emerged that Gerald Cotten, CEO of the Canadian cryptocurrency trading platform QuadrigaCX, died without giving anyone password access to $215 million CAD of user cryptocurrencies he ostensibly kept in cold wallet storage devices…. Read More

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