Politics, Legal & Regulation

Here is the OECD Report on Initial Coin Offerings to Support SMEs

Just about every international organization that touches finance has postulated on initial coin offerings (ICOs) and what should be done with this new form of access to capital. Last week, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) had their say. Last fall, the OECD… Read More

Six Alleged Bitcoin Mining Equipment Thieves Convicted in Iceland

Seven men police believe conspired to rob multiple Bitcoin “mines” in Iceland have been convicted, and their leader sentenced to 4.5 years in prison, Icelandic news outlet DV reports. Starting in December 2017, and for several weeks thereafter, six men led by Sindri Thor Steffanson allegedly robbed… Read More

Blockchain: State of Wyoming Introduces Bill to Better Define Digital Assets

This past week, the state of Wyoming introduced legislation designed to clarify the taxable status of digital assets. The bill (SF 0125), is being sponsored by state Senators Nethercott, Driskill, Perkins and Rothfuss, along with Representatives Harshman, Lindholm, Loucks, Olsen and Wilson. Wyoming has positioned… Read More

Fintech Sandboxes & Innovation Hubs: European Report Outlines What’s Working Now

A joint report by the European Securities Markets Authority (ESMA), the European Banking Authority (EBA), and the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA), addresses the topic of Fintech Sandboxes, the approach by regulators to partner with emerging Fintech firms by creating a safe place… Read More

Japan: Financial Services Authority Approves Crypto Garage for Fintech Sandbox, the First Blockchain and Finance Project Authorized

Crypto Garage has accepted into the Japanese Financial Services Authority (FSA) Fintech Sandbox program. This is the first blockchain and finance project authorized by the Sandbox. The FSA announced the news in a release which was followed by a post by the parent company of… Read More

Going in Hot: Michael Terpin to Use RICO Act in Pursuit of Justice against Alleged SIM Swap Crypto Fraudster Nicholas Truglia

SIM Swap fraud is a pressing problem not only in the crypto world but identity fraud in general. A fairly new scam, the con is hatched when a criminal takes over an individual’s mobile phone by cloning the hardware. Once the perpetrator controls the mobile… Read More

Cryptocurrency Gains Officially Taxable in Chile

“Due to the boom that the commercialization of these assets,” profits from the sale and trading of bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies are now taxable in Chile, Diario Bitcoin reports. Chilean tax authorities have added a special provision to tax form 22, a deliberately vague, catch-all… Read More

Use of Bitcoin on Dark Net Doubled in 2018 Despite 80% Price Drop

An average of $2 million USD in Bitcoins per day is still flowing into Dark Net markets, despite an 80% price slump and the mid-2017 shuttering of Alpha Bay and Hansa, two popular Dark marketplaces, Reuters reports. Reuters says that flow represents a doubling of… Read More

Seven Charged in Taiwan Crypto Investment Case

Seven individuals have been arrested in Taiwan and charged with operating a crypto investment scheme police believe defrauded 1000 investors out of $51 million USD, Focus Taiwan reports. The seven are charged with “violating multiple banking and business…laws” covered by Taiwan’s Banking and Multi-Level Marketing Supervision acts. Among… Read More

Security Token Offerings: A Cautionary Tale of Reg D Offerings

In 2012 the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act was signed into law by President Barack Obama. It required the SEC to write rules and issue studies on capital formation, disclosure, and registration requirements. There were three main areas that the investment community took notice… Read More

Alternative Finance is Booming in Latin America: Diego Herrera from the Inter-American Development Bank Provides Deeper Perspective into the Fast Emerging Fintech Market

Last month, CI covered the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) Americas Report. Overall, alternative finance grew 26% with the US dominating the sector as the largest market in the region. But digging into Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), this market grew by a huge 94%… Read More

South African Authorities Urge Regulation of Crypto Sector, Aim to Do So By End of Q1 2019

Authorities responsible for regulating finance, banking and taxation in South Africa have issued a consultation paper stating that regulation of the cryptocurrency/digital token sector should be enacted forthwith and adjusted to accommodate innovation later: “The IFWG and Crypto Assets Regulatory Working Group is of the… Read More

SBE Council Highlights Policy Agenda to Help Out the Little Guy Including Access to Capital. Will Congress Listen?

The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) is out with their policy goals for the incoming Congress. SBE Council is an entity that advocates on behalf of the sector of the economy (small business) that drives most job creation and economic growth. Thus, it… Read More

Police Confirm Amount Hacked from New Zealand Cryptocurrency Exchange Cryptopia “Significant,” Investigation Continues

New Zealand cryptocurrency exchange Cryptopia went dark this week after “suffer(ing) a security breach which resulted in significant losses,” on Monday: The exchange is still offline this morning and all trading suspended pending “maintenance.” New Zealand Police issued a press release today regarding the hack stating… Read More

Venezuelan President Multiplies the Value of El Petro Cryptocurrency By Ten

Nicolas Maduro, President of Venezuela, has announced a ten-fold increase to the value of the country’s new national cryptocurrency, el petro, to 36 ooo sovereign bolivars (not to be confused with standard bolivars) and has also raised the minimum wage in the country by 18 000… Read More

European Banking Federation Report on Crypto Assets: Ensure Consumer Protection but Avoid Over-Regulation as Crypto Has Potential Benefits

CI has recently covered two European reports on the emerging crypto-asset or digital asset marketplace. Both the European Securities Markets Authority (ESMA) and the European Banking Authority (EBA) have had their say on what the European Commission should do. A few days later, the European… Read More

Here is the European Banking Authority Report on Crypto Assets

Last week, on the same day the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a report on digital assets sharing their perspective with the European Commission (EC), the European Banking Authority (EBA) did the same. The EBA said that crypto-asset-related activity in the EU is… Read More

Enforcement Never Rests: SEC Announces Charges in the Edgar Hacking Case

Even while much of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is on furlough due to the US government shutdown, today the SEC announced charges against nine defendants for participating a hack into the SEC’s EDGAR system – the database that hosts all mandated securities filings…. Read More

Scottish Man Who Bought Gun and Ammo on Dark Net Using Bitcoin Jailed for Five Years

A man who spent $2570 USD in Bitcoin buying a Glock 9 mm gun, a silencer and 150 rounds of ammunition on the Dark Net has been sentenced to five years in prison by a judge in Scotland, Bloomberg reports. David Mitchell, 48, whom the… Read More

Johns Hopkins Prof Steve Hanke Partners with Airtm to Spearhead Airdrop Venezuela’s $1M/Crypto Campaign

Airtm, which operates a blockchain and bank-connected digital wallet and the P2P exchange platform AirPlatform, aims to provide globally-connected financial services to consumers and businesses in the developing world. The platform is now focusing its efforts on Venezuela, specifically in the new Airdrop Venezuela campaign. “Over the… Read More

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