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US Presidents Working Group on Financial Markets Discusses Stablecoins

Yesterday, the U.S. Presidents Working Group (PWG) on Financial Markets met to discuss stablecoins with an expectation of a recommendation in the coming months. The meeting was convened by the Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen. According to a readout distributed by Treasury, during… Read More

Expert Slams FinCEN Proposed Rules on Virtual Currency and Other Digital Assets as a Mistake and Lose-Lose

Several months ago, FinCEN submitted for publication in the Federal Register its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding certain transactions that involve virtual currency or digital assets. FinCEN or the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network is a bureau of the US Department of the Treasury that… Read More

Pushing Through the Fintech Frontier: Financial Regulators Poised to Expand Fintech and Cryptocurrency Oversight


President Joe Biden’s young administration is poised to deliver heightened – and perhaps unprecedented – regulatory scrutiny of the exploding Fintech industry.  The groundwork for a more active regulatory regime has been set over the course of the past decade.  Prior administrations harnessed existing enforcement… Read More

FinCEN Worries that Art and Antiquities May Be Utilized by Nefarious Actors to Launder Funds

While there is a good amount of discourse regarding the risk of digital assets and the ability for bad actors to use crypto to launder money or perhaps finance illicit activities FinCEN recently indicated their attention in a more tactile direction. Earlier this week, FinCEN… Read More

US Department of Treasury Comments on FATF Guidance on Virtual Assets

The US Department of Treasury has issued a statement on the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) second plenary meeting during the German Presidency of the global regulatory agency. According to Treasury, FATF advanced its work on several issues, including finalizing a non-public report on terrorist… Read More

FinCEN Extends Comment Period on Digital Asset Transactions in Small Win for Crypto Industry

FinCEN has submitted for publication in the Federal Register an Extension Notice, which will extend the comment period on its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding certain transactions involving virtual currency or digital assets. FinCEN, part of the US Department of Treasury, came under criticism… Read More

Dr. Janet Yellen Becomes First Woman US Secretary of the Treasury

Dr. Janet Yellen was unanimously voted out of committee the Senate Finance Committee on January 22nd and approved by the Senate today in a vote of 84 for the nomination and 15 against (and one not voting). In being approved, Yellen became the first female… Read More

Dr. Janet Yellen’s Testimony Before the Senate Finance Committee: “I believe the United States must be a leader in the digital asset and financial technology areas”

Earlier this week, Dr. Janet Yellen, former Chair of the US Federal Reserve and soon to be the Secretary of the Treasury, testified at a hearing before the Senate Finance Committee in regards to her nomination. In advance of the hearing, Dr. Yellen submitted an… Read More

CoinFlip: “FinCEN’s proposed rulemaking would impose arbitrary and unnecessary burdens on virtual currency businesses”

FinCEN, part of the US Department of Treasury, is in the process of creating rules that will impact the digital asset ecosystem. FinCEN is seeking to address the illicit activity in the “convertible virtual currency” (CVC) sector and the “anticipated growth” of “legal tender digital… Read More

Neobank Current Claims to be First Fintech to Receive Government Stimulus Payments, Distributes Money to Accounts

As the most recent stimulus package dealing with COVID-driven economic damage became law, funds are being distributed across the country. Earlier this evening, the US Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service commenced delivering the second round of Economic Impact Payments to millions of Americans… Read More

Hackers Broke Into US Department of Treasury, Emails Monitored for Months – Report

Russian hackers have apparently breached defenses at the US Department of Treasury monitoring emails for months, according to a report. Treasury was not alone, according to Reuters, the US Department of Commerce reportedly issued a statement on the breach to their systems: “We have asked… Read More

Digital Asset Insiders Comment on FSOC Report

The US Department of Treasury has published the annual FSOC report. The Financial Stability Oversight Council convenes every year to review potential systemic risks to the financial services industry. FSOC members include the top financial services regulators including the SEC, the Fed, the OCC, etc…. Read More

The US Department of Treasury FSOC Report Addresses Fintech, Digital Assets and More

The US Department of Treasury has posted the annual Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) report and financial innovation is a prominent part of the document. FSOC was established by the Dodd-Frank Act and is charged with three primary purposes: To identify risks to the financial… Read More

FinCEN Targets Bitcoin Mixer with $60 Million Penalty Pertaining to Money Laundering

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has targeted Larry Dean Harmon, of Akron, Ohio, the founder of Helix and Coin Ninja in a first enforcement action targeting a crypto mixer. In a release, FinCEN said Harmon and his operations were assessed a $60 million civil… Read More

FATF Meeting Addresses Virtual Assets, Study Continues on Crypto with Focus on Stablecoins

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) completed a meeting this week calling on members to “tackle new threats and vulnerabilities posed by criminals during the COVID-19 crisis.” The FATF is an international policy-making and standard-setting body, headquartered in Paris, dedicated to combating money laundering and… Read More

FinCEN Director Kenneth Blanco Discusses Travel Rule for Crypto, COVID-19 is a Lure for the Bad Guys

FinCEN Director Kenneth A. Blanco delivered a speech at virtual Consensus this past week addressing several hot topics of the day – including the “Travel Rule”; the FATF requirement that virtual asset service providers (or VASPs – think crypto exchanges) maintain information on purchasers and… Read More

Lendio CEO Calls CARES Act Process to Provide Support for SMEs a “Mess”

Last week in advance of the opening up of federal subsidized programs to backstop small businesses in the US crushed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Lendio CEO Brock Blake took to Twitter to criticize the lack of coordination between the US Department of Treasury and the… Read More

US Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin Convenes with Crypto Industry Leaders

Yesterday, the U.S. Treasury Department held a meeting with cryptocurrency industry leaders to discuss regulatory and supervisory challenges facing the digital asset industry. Secretary Steven Mnuchin issued the following statement: “The U.S. welcomes responsible innovation, including new technologies that may improve the efficiency of the… Read More

White House Budget Proposes Returning Secret Service to the US Department of Treasury, Cites Crypto Concerns as a Factor

This week the White House, via the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), released the proposed federal budget for 2021. According to the White House, the plan seeks to balance the budget within 15 years by proposing $4.6 trillion in deficit reduction. Debt, as a… Read More

US Treasury Department Blocks Crypto Addresses of Chinese Fentanyl “Kingpins”

The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) have named several Chinese nationals, “as significant foreign narcotics traffickers pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act).” OFAC is also, “identifying Bitcoin addresses associated with these… Read More

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