Regulatory Developments

Japan to Tighten Rules on Cryptocurrency Margin Trading

Japan is putting in place new, stricter rules for cryptocurrency margin trading from next year. According to a report from Nikkei Asian Review on Tuesday, the Japanese Cabinet, the executive agency of the country’s government, has approved draft amendments related to financial instruments and payment services laws that include two notable changes related to cryptocurrencies. Firstly, … Read more


ESMA publishes its Data Operational Plan under a no-deal Brexit scenario

ESMA publishes its Data Operational Plan under a no-deal Brexit scenario Tuesday 19 March 2019 20:15 The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has today published a statement in relation to the impact on ESMA’s databases and IT systems of a no-deal Brexit scenario on 29 March 2019. This statement complements the previous statement on the … Read more


ESMA’s application of the trading obligation for shares following a no-deal Brexit

ESMA’s application of the trading obligation for shares following a no-deal Brexit Tuesday 19 March 2019 18:31 The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published a statement on the impact on the MiFIR trading obligation for shares (TO) of the United Kingdom (UK) leaving the European Union (EU) on 29 March 2019 without a … Read more


A Franco-German Regulatory Strategy for Crypto Assets Is Starting to Emerge—and ahead of the EU

A Regulatory Approach for Crypto is Congealing with the Efforts by the EU’s Most Powerful Member-States  Jennifer D’hoir is Senior Advisor, Innovation & FinTech at Gide 255, and Katja Langenbucher is a law professor at Sciences Po, in Paris, France Financial innovation has been put under increased regulatory scrutiny, in particular at the EU level since the publication of … Read more


FIS to buy Worldpay for $34 billion

Financial services technology provider FIS has reached a deal to acquire Worldpay, Inc., a leader in eCommerce and payments, in the largest acquisition in the history of the payments sector.


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Report From Former CFTC Chairman Calls for Advanced Crypto Regulations

A recent report published for the Brookings Institution is calling for enhanced regulations on cryptocurrencies. The report was authored by Harvard University fellow Timothy Massad, who served as chairman of the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) during the administration of Pres. Barack Obama. The report dubbed “It’s time to strengthen the regulation of … Read more


In the Daily: Cryptopia Resumes Trading, US Crypto Lobbying Intensifies, Visa Crypto Job

In this edition of The Daily we cover the resumption of trading on the hacked New Zealand exchange Cryptopia, the American digital assets industry’s increased lobbying of politicians, and a wanted ad by the Visa Crypto team. Also Read: Tel Aviv Court Rules Bank Can’t Close Crypto Miner’s Account Cryptopia Resumes Trading, Plans Rebate The … Read more


75% of Bitcoin Exchanges Report ‘Suspicious’ Crypto Trading Volumes: Research

A site called TheTie released a report today that estimates over 86% of all reported Bitcoin exchange volume is suspicious, while 75% of exchanges report extremely dubious volumes. The research uses a different formula than other reports have: it values each website’s visitors and compares that value to the reported figures. Potential Fake Crypto Volumes … Read more


Citi Cancels Plans For Its Own Cryptocurrency

JPMorgan Chase isn’t the only bank that has been working on a cryptocurrency. Citigroup was as well, but ultimately decided to scrap it instead of bringing it to market. That’s according to Recommended for you


While Tether Withdraws Claim of USD Backing, Rival Stablecoins Provide Monthly Attestations

The controversy surrounding the backing of Tether’s USDT tokens has resurfaced following a recent alteration to the company’s terms of service that now state the reserves backing USDT comprise “traditional currency and cash equivalents and … other assets and receivables from loans made by Tether to third parties.” Despite tether’s dominance among stablecoins by market … Read more


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Cybersecurity, Data and AML/Sanctions

Report: Malware Targets Israeli Fintech Firms Working in Crypto, Forex Trading

Israeli fintech companies that work with forex and crypto trading are being targeted by malware, according to a blog post from threat research department Unit 42 of cybersecurity company Palo Alto Networks published on March 19. Per the report, Unit 42 first encountered an older version of the malware in question, Cardinal RAT, in 2017. … Read more


FTC proposes sweeping new privacy amendments

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently proposed to amend a pair of rules promulgated under the Gramm-Leach Bliley Act (GLBA) that would bring broad new requirements for financial institutions to protect the privacy and security of the customer information they hold. Both proposals are intended to align the FTC’s interpretations of the rules with those … Read more


Senate Hearing Grills Equifax, Marriott CEOs On Data Breaches

Data privacy and security is becoming a popular political issue, and the latest proof of that came Thursday (March 7) on Capitol Hill. During a hearing for the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Investigations, executives from Equifax and Marriott were called out on their companies’ recent data breaches, while other witnesses … Read more


IMF Recommends Immediate Action on Malta’s AML and CFT Supervision

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said that the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) has critical gaps in its supervision for anti-money laundering (AML) and combating the financing of terrorism (CFT), and is recommending “urgent action.” The news was reported by local news outlet the Times of Malta on Feb. 28. A Financial System Stability … Read more


FATF Issues Preliminary Guidelines on Digital Assets to Combat Money Laundering

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an intergovernmental organization that develops policies against money laundering, has published preliminary guidelines for cryptocurrencies on its website on Thursday, Feb. 28. The FATF held a meeting on preliminary crypto requirements on Feb. 22. According to the organization, the new text of the Interpretive Note to Recommendation 15 — … Read more


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Banking, Finance and Investment

Bitcoin ETF: SEC Receives 84% Negative Feedback on Application

The SEC received just seven comment letters from the public in response to a solicitation for feedback it had requested in February 2019. Of those, six urged the agency to reject the application. (That’s around 84%.) The industry’s enthusiasm for a Bitcoin ETF (exchange-traded fund) appears to be waning — if you judge that by … Read more


The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation Provides Guidelines for Security Tokens and Post Trade Responsibilities

The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) has published guidelines on security tokens and post trade responsibilities. The issuance of these guiding principles are an important step in the utilization of the issuance and ongoing trading of blockchain based securities tokens or crypto assets. DTCC recognizes the need for safety, security, and reliability around these … Read more


Marketplace Lending News Roundup – March 16, 2019

During the week I share the latest marketplace lending and fintech news on Twitter as it happens. Then every Saturday I take the most interesting news items and blog posts from the past week and share them here. Do paycheck advance apps improve financial health? from American Banker – Paycheck advance apps have become a popular … Read more


CBOE Will Not List Bitcoin Futures in March, Cites Need to Assess Crypto Derivatives

The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) will not add a new Bitcoin (BTC) futures market in March, the firm said in a statement on March 14. Per the statement, CBOE is re-evaluating how it approaches trading digital assets. CBOE said: “CFE is not adding a Cboe Bitcoin (USD) (“XBT”) futures contract for trading in March … Read more


Central bank digital currencies need bigger incentive to succeed, researchers find

IMF paper estimates the potential demand for central bank digital currencies


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