Politics, Legal & Regulation

Policy and regulations impacting innovations in Finance.

Binance Is “Operating a Recognized Market Without Authorization,” the Malaysian Securities Commission Warns, Public Advised Not to Make Investments with Such Firms

The Securities Commission (SC) of Malaysia, which recently warned residents about facing lengthy prison sentences and fines for operating unlicensed Cryptocurrency ATMs, has specifically mentioned that Binance, the world’s largest digital asset exchange, is not authorized to offer services in the country. The Malaysian SC… Read More

Texas Man Receives $1.1 Million Under Paycheck Protection Program, Uses Funds to Buy Crypto, Busted for Fraud

The US Attorney in the Southern District of Texas has arrested an individual for allegedly receiving over $1.1 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans which were used to purchase cryptocurrency according to a statement by the Department of Justice. Joshua Thomas Argires, 29,  of… Read More

Cop a Plea: Arrested Wirecard Executive Formerly based in Dubai Wants to Cooperate with Investigators

A former Wirecard (WDI:DE) executive who was based in Dubai but returned to Germany and was quickly arrested wants to cooperate with investigators according to multiple reports. The unnamed individual was previously CEO of Cardsystems Middle East an entity that reportedly generated the bulk of… Read More

Malaysian Securities Commission Warns that Operating a Crypto ATM without Authorization May Result in 10 Years Prison Sentence and Heavy Fines

The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) recently warned local consumers and businesses against the usage of Cryptocurrency Automatic Teller Machines (Crypto ATMs). Crypto ATMs are machines that let individuals purchase and sell digital assets through cash, debit or credit cards or electronic wallets. These machines have… Read More

The EU has Fallen Behind on FATF’s Timelines, including Adopting Rules for Virtual Asset Service Providers, Elsa Madrolle from CoolBitX Claims

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an intergovernmental organization that develops policies to combat money laundering and terrorism financing, recently concluded its year long review of its Travel Rule standards for virtual asset service providers (VASPs). The FATF confirmed that it will be extending its… Read More

US Dept of Energy Awards $1 Million to InfoBeyond Technology to Work on Gridchain, an Auditable Blockchain for Smart Grid Data Integrity

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has reportedly awarded over $1 million to InfoBeyond Technology LLC, a software development company. The DOE funded initiative, called “Gridchain: An Auditable Blockchain for Smart Grid Data Integrity and Immutability,” was awarded the grant money during the recent selection… Read More

UK FCA Worried about Access to Cash as Bank Branches Shutter, ATMs Go Away

The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published draft guidance on their expectations for banks and availability to cash in a market that is seeing a growing number of bank branches closing and ATMs going away. The regulator states that it wants to ensure that… Read More

Former Fintech Lead at Milken Institute, Jackson Mueller Takes New Role at Digital Asset Firm Securrency

Jackson Mueller has long been a key voice and industry participant in the policy realm in regards to the Fintech ecosystem. Until recently, Mueller was the Associate Director, Fintech Program at the Milken Institute, Center for Financial Markets. Mueller’s reports have long been a solid… Read More

Lendy Investors Demand the Arrest of Former Directors Liam Brooke and Tim Gordan after they Allegedly Siphoned Investor Funds to Overseas Firms

UK-based Lendy, a peer to peer (P2P) lender that shut down in 2019 and went into administration, was requiring previous investors to pass certain anti-money laundering (AML) checks again, before they qualify to get refunds. Administrators of the bankrupt P2P lender have revealed that the… Read More

South Korean Digital Asset Investors Might Have to Pay Up to 20% in Taxes on Capital Gains from Crypto Trading

South Korea’s private sector members have revealed that the nation’s citizens may have to pay as much as 20% of their cryptocurrency earnings in taxes. The country’s lawmakers have said that virtual currencies are like electronic or digital certificates of economic value that may be… Read More

Blockchain: Singapore’s Project Ubin Completes Final Phase Depicting How Financial Services Can Benefit from Blockchain, Payments Prototype Included Participation of JPMorgan

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and Temasek have published the final report on a blockchain trial. The report, “Project Ubin Phase 5: Enabling Broad Ecosystem Opportunities” shares insights into the blockchain-based multi-currency payments network prototype that was built and describes how the network could… Read More

Digital Payments: G20 Member Nations Working on New Rules and Policies for Online Transactions

The G20 summit, which will include representatives from 19 different countries and the EU, will be working on laying the groundwork for accepting digital payments. The G20, which is an international forum for world governments and central bank governors, might make changes to the existing… Read More

Railsbank CEO Calls on Regulators to Step Up Safeguarding of e-Money Firms Following Wirecard Collapse

The Wirecard AG (WDI:DE) scandal has rocked the Fintech world as the once high flying firm that was a member of the DAX filed for bankruptcy following the revelation of a €1.9 billion in missing funds. Regulators, elected officials as well as Fintech industry insiders have… Read More

Fintech Insider Says Online Lenders are Struggling Due to US Government Programs Supporting Businesses During COVID-19

Yesterday, Crowdfund Insider reported on layoffs at OnDeck (NYSE:ONDK) – an SME focused online lender. Like many online lenders, COVID-19 has hit this sector of Fintech hard. Looking for additional insight into the challenges the industry CI reached out to an industry insider for their perspective… Read More

Bitcoins Used to Pay for Products are Taxable Income, Wages Paid in Virtual Currency are Subject to Witholding, Turbo Tax Explains

Gary Guthrie from ConsumerAffairs notes that the July 15, 2020 tax-filing deadline for US taxpayers is approaching, and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) plans to ensure that US residents have the appropriate tools and services to assist them with filing taxes and meeting their obligations…. Read More

US Secret Service has Awarded Four-Year Contract to Coinbase to Use its Blockchain Analytics Software

San Francisco-based crypto exchange Coinbase is offering its blockchain analytics software to the US Secret Service, a federal law enforcement agency that operates under the Department of Homeland Security. The agency performs criminal investigations and aims to protect the country’s leaders and their family members…. Read More

Financial Inclusion: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Introduces Project to Help Underserved US Businesses and Individuals

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), an independent bureau within the US Department of the Treasury that serves to charter, regulate, and supervise all national banks  (among other responsibilities), has introduced an initiative that aims to promote greater financial inclusion of unserved… Read More

Don’t Mess with Texas: Texas State Securities Board Issues C&D to Loudmines & Swiftminex Crypto Offerings

Texas State Securities Board has issued two emergency cease and desist orders against cryptocurrency investment offerings. One is for Loudmines and the other is for Swiftminex. Both entities are ostensibly based in Houston, thus the Board ironically stated there may be a problem. LoudMines is… Read More

New York Supreme Court Rejects Crypto Exchange Bitfinex and Parent Co. iFinex’s Appeal Involving $850 Million in Lost Funds

A US state appeals court on July 9, 2020 confirmed that it will be siding with the New York Office of the Attorney General (NYAG) as it aims to obtain documents, involving an investigation, from Bitfinex, a major digital asset exchange, and its sister company… Read More

CFTC Schedules Fintech Event “Empower Innovation 2020”

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has announced a series of Fintech focused virtual events to take place later this fall. Hosted by the CFTC’s innovation section, LabCFTC, “Empower Innovation 2020” will be a series of virtual events in place of a “Fintech Forward” conference… Read More

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