Global Regulatory Reform: 2020 Will See Cryptocurrency Enter a New Regulatory Era

Global Regulatory Reform: 2020 Will See Cryptocurrency Enter a New Regulatory Era

The beginning of 2020 has been a whirlwind of change for cryptocurrency regulations across the globe. Spearheaded by the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF’s) global recommendations for the regulation of virtual currencies made in 2019, jurisdictions worldwide are now implementing monumental changes to their previously “light-handed” regulatory frameworks. In the US, regulatory changes are being explored, but are yet to be implemented. In more progressive jurisdictions, such as South Korea and Germany, changes have been…

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Blockchain Banking: Five Financial Institutions and Their Stance on Crypto

Blockchain Banking: Five Financial Institutions and Their Stance on Crypto

Banks and financial institutions can use blockchain in several ways. For one thing, cryptocurrency and blockchain-powered systems offer fast and inexpensive transactions, settlements, and payments. Blockchain is also useful for banks that want to handle client records, identities, and other data in a secure way. However, some banks are hostile toward the idea. Many banks see cryptocurrency as a threat to their existence, or even as a danger to the economy at large. Others simply…

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Crypto Selling May be Overdone as Market Bounces, BTC, BSV, DASH, ARK, Mar. 23

Crypto Selling May be Overdone as Market Bounces, BTC, BSV, DASH, ARK, Mar. 23

BTC  Bitcoin has held onto key support at the trendline mentioned in last weeks’ article, with a rally up to the $6,900 level. This has retreated overnight, due to another drop in stock futures after U.S. Democrats voted against the proposed stimulus package for the economy. Another vote is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. and the BTC support is still in play for now. Bitcoin actually did well to bounce last week with stock markets still…

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Why Does Canada Need to Develop a Digital Currency?

Why Does Canada Need to Develop a Digital Currency?

Tim Lane, who is the Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada, was the one who first spoke about this at FinTech RDV 2020 in Montreal. He declared that launching a digital currency was not the main goal, but the bank might consider it shortly. The Bank of Canada is examining two possible scenarios that could lead to the need to launch a digital version of the local currency. In the first, the use of…

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Cryptocurrency vs. Coronavirus: How Blockchain Is Responding to COVID-19

Cryptocurrency vs. Coronavirus: How Blockchain Is Responding to COVID-19

Since January, Coronavirus (COVID-19) has dominated the news cycle. With wide-ranging effects on public health policies, market conditions, business practices, supply chains, and more, the outbreak has become this year’s most significant global event. Here’s how the blockchain world is responding to the matter. Companies Are Standing Strong Few if any cryptocurrency companies have shut down entirely in response to the virus. Binance and Hodl Hodl, for example, have noted that they rely on worldwide…

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Cryptocurrency Market Hit Hard in Global Market Panic, BTC, LINK, QTUM, XVG, Mar. 16

Cryptocurrency Market Hit Hard in Global Market Panic, BTC, LINK, QTUM, XVG, Mar. 16

Bitcoin was over 6% lower on Monday after another panic erupted in financial markets and saw riskier assets sold off. The market reacted badly to another bout of central bank panic and the continuing shut down of world business due to the coronavirus. The US Federal Reserve announced a cut in interest rates to zero percent and a stimulus package of $700 billion in an attempt to soothe worried investors, but the move had the…

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Web Assembly: How Can It Improve Blockchain-Based Web Apps and DApps?

Web Assembly: How Can It Improve Blockchain-Based Web Apps and DApps?

Web Assembly (or WASM) is a standard that allows developers to compile programs written in various languages as cross-browser web applications. Since it began development in 2015, WASM has gained plenty of traction: it has earned support from four major browsers, and it has proven to be popular among developers as well. Now, many blockchain projects are deciding to take advantage of WASM. That choice could bring countless improvements to blockchain-based DApps and smart contracts,…

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BTC Eyes Previous Lows Near $7,000 as Markets Panic, LEO, EOS, ADA, Mar. 9

BTC Eyes Previous Lows Near $7,000 as Markets Panic, LEO, EOS, ADA, Mar. 9

BTC I noted in last weeks’ article that, The support level around $7,000 will be key for BTC if it wants to continue the uptrend that began around January 2019.  BTC Price Index Bitcoin tried to mount a rally back to the $9,200 level but after it failed ahead of the 50 moving average, the price then collapsed on Sunday, as the markets continue to see a sell-off across the board in risk assets. Key…

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What Are the Reasons Behind Bitcoin’s terrible PR in the Nordics?

What Are the Reasons Behind Bitcoin’s terrible PR in the Nordics?

Over the last few years, cryptocurrencies have definitely seen some growth in the Nordic countries. You have examples like Sweden, where they’re planning to go fully cashless by introducing one, unified online cryptocurrency named e-krona. Then there’s the story of Norway’s Liberstad, a libertarian city-community that has created its own personal cryptocurrency called city coin, built on its own blockchain named city chain. Stories like these are abundant, but at the same time, it’s doubtless…

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Payment Processors Reinvented: Five Merchant Tools With New Features

Payment Processors Reinvented: Five Merchant Tools With New Features

Cryptocurrency payment processors allow merchants and retailers to accept Bitcoin and other altcoins as payment. Each service is fundamentally similar: they typically offer a web plugin, point-of-sale app, or an online billing platform. With these and other tools, any business can begin to accept cryptocurrency in just seconds. There are many services to choose from, but a few platforms have emerged as clear leaders. BitPay, CoinGate, and Coinbase Commerce are widely recognized as mainstream solutions,…

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