Tagged: bitcoin

St.Louis Federal Reserve Adds Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, and Litecoin to Data Tracking Service

This week, the Federal Reserve of St. Louis has added multiple cryptocurrencies to their data tracking service FRED. FRED has added four series on the prices of different cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, and Litecoin (but no Ripple), with the data is coming from Coinbase. All of the information is being updated… Read More

Trump-Appointed Consumer Protection Chief Recommends Crypto-Regulatory ‘Sweet Spot’

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Chief, Mick Mulvaney, called for balanced regulation of ‘financial technology’ markets Wednesday at the Future of Fintech conference in New York, Coindesk reports: “We knew at an early point in Bitcoin that as with any developing financial technology we needed… Read More

Goldman Sachs CEO: “Bitcoin Not for Me” but Has a Future

The CEO of Goldman Sachs, Lloyd Blankfield, told an audience at the Economic Club of New York recently that he does not side with other powerful bankers who have dismissed Bitcoin; “I’m not in this school of saying… because it’s uncomfortable with me, because it’s… Read More

Crypto Philosopher Antonopoulis Speaks in Panama on ‘Decentralized Globalization’

Bitcoin and crypto’s unofficial chief philosopher has released a video of a talk he gave on ‘globalized decentralization’ at the PanamaChain conference in Panama City May 6th. Andreas Antonopoulos is the author of two important books on Bitcoin: The Internet of Money (for lay audiences)… Read More

China Tolerating Bitcoin Mining in Remote Regions: “Xi Desires This Power for China”

In an atmospheric piece filed 2700km from Shanghai and 3000 miles above sea level, Nikkei Asian Review reporter Yusho Cho describes a 7000 computer-strong mining operation quietly thrumming out Bitcoins in the remote western plateau region of Qinghai. Local authorities, says Cho, are fine with… Read More

Square’s Cash App Scores BitLicense in New York

On Monday, payments platform Square announced it has secured a virtual currency license from the New York State Department of Financial Services office. The company reported it is fully launched with the ability to buy and sell bitcoin through its mobile Cash app earlier this year… Read More

Report: Crypto Hedge Fund Performance Tanks

  A report in the FT is pointing to the fact that cryptocurrency / blockchain hedge fund returns have dropped dramatically in recent month as volatile markets impacted the price of Bitcoin and other alt coins. Bitcoin began the year trading far higher. On January… Read More

Fundstrat Claims Bitcoin Price Drawn Down When Futures Expire

In regular commodities markets, futures are understood to help stabilize prices to consumers. Not so with Bitcoin, says the Head of Research at “independent research boutique” Fundstrat. Tom Le, a former Chief Equity Strategist at JP Morgan, has floated a possible correlation between a fall in… Read More

Ripple Admits Its Expedited Banking Network, xRapid, “Hasn’t Gotten There Yet”

For several weeks, the CEO of Ripple, Brad Garlinghouse, has been publicly calling out Bitcoin. The Ripple vs. Bitcoin rivalry goes all the way back to 2012, when Ripple’s founders developed the company’s services specifically to service the banks and cross-border remittance firms Bitcoin was… Read More

Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s and Fitch Warn They May Downgrade Financial Institutions Exposed to Bitcoin Futures

The three biggest agencies relied upon to assess the credit-worthiness of banks and investment products -Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s and Fitch- have indicated they may downgrade scores of institutions that clear Bitcoin futures contracts or have exposure to the clearing of them, Risk.net reports. Last… Read More

BAFIN asks: “Was ist Hype und was Bleibt?” – Addressing Blockchain, Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency in General

In a speech delivered by the President of BAFIN Felix Hufeld, Germany’s Federal Financial Supervisory Authority, addressed the topic of blockchain, Bitcoin and cryptocurrency in general. According to BAFIN’s President, blockchain is a very promising technology. But when it comes to crypto, well not so… Read More

Academics Claim Tether Used to Pump the Price of Bitcoin on the Bitfinex Exchange

A finance professor at the University of Texas experienced in fraud detection has alleged that a focussed campaign to inflate the price of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies occurred on the Bitfinex exchange last year, the New York Times reports. Professor John Griffin and grad student… Read More

Sentencing of Los Angeles LocalBitcoins Seller Delayed

A LocalBitcoins seller, known as “Bitcoin Maven,” who plead guilty to running an unregistered money transmission business and laundering drug money for Bitcoin, had her sentencing postponed yesterday at a federal court in LA. As part of a pre-indictment plea agreement, Theresa Tetley, 50, pleaded… Read More

CFTC Subpoenas Four Crypto Exchanges in Bitcoin Market Manipulation Probe, Cryptocurrencies in the Red

As part of a probe examining possible manipulation in Bitcoin markets, the regulator responsible for overseeing futures and commodity trading in the US has subpoenaed four American cryptocurrency exchanges to produce volumes of trade data, WSJ reported Friday June 8th. Top cryptocurrencies have since turned red as this… Read More

Crypto Online Lender Unchained Capital Closes $2.995 Million Seed Round

Online lender Unchained Capital has closed on a $2.995 million seed round, including a $595k SAFE. Investors included, Michael Komaransky, Brian Spaly, Mike W. Erwin and Whurley of Ecliptic Capital, and Ezra Galston of Starting Line. In addition to making investments this round, Komaransky, Erwin and Galston… Read More

AML and Sanctions Compliance Issues Facing Cryptocurrency Companies

Over the past few years, continued advancements in the payments industry and financial services technology have significantly expanded the way money financial transactions are processed and managed.  Banks and payment and technology firms are accelerating efforts to innovate and adapt financial services alternatives to meet… Read More

Early Bitcoin-Supporting Venture Blockchain Celebrates 25 Million Digital Wallets Downloaded

The Blockchain company, one of the few startups to survive Bitcoin’s early days while maintaining its founding ethics, saw downloads of its mobile and desktop wallet surpass the 25 million mark this week. The Blockchain wallet app now boasts more users than TD Ameritrade (11… Read More

Global Expansion Continues: Huobi Crypto Exchange Establishes Foothold in Brazil

In a recent conversation with Brazilian nationals, including a bank manager and an accountant, I was told that Bitcoin is “not popular” in Brazil. That may be about to change. Brazilian site Portal do Bitcoin have reported that representatives from the third largest cryptocurrency exchange… Read More

Retailers Will Drive the Adoption of Cryptocurrency, Not The Other Way Around

When Overstock (NASDAQ:OSTK) became the first major retailer to accept Bitcoin for payment in 2014, the move raised eyebrows. Four years later, cryptocurrencies still struggle with being seen as “fake” money, exacerbated by boom and bust headlines and regulatory uncertainty. The fastest path to legitimacy?… Read More

Venezuela is Halting Imports of Cryptocurrency Mining Equipment

Venezuelan customs officials have been blocking imports of cryptocurrency mining equipment arriving in the country by land and by sea since April, Noticiero Digital and El Interes reports. GPU and ASIC rigs, related cards and processors, power packs and even mobile phones are reportedly being swept… Read More