A European Union commissioner plans to hold a meeting of public and private sector stakeholders to discuss the impact of cryptocurrencies on central banks. In remarks at a press conference for the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) on Tuesday, Valdis Dombrovskis, the Vice President for the Euro and Social Dialogue, said he...
Bithumb and Korbit, two of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in the South Korean market, have announced that Kookmin Bank deposits and withdrawals will be disabled by the end of January. Shinhan Bank Will Support Cryptocurrency Exchanges Kookmin Bank, the biggest financial institution in South Korea, has decided not to support cryptocurrency...
The Business Administration Department of the People's Bank of China (PBoC) has reportedly issued a document today requiring payment providers in Beijing to stop facilitating cryptocurrency trading activities. The news, first reported by Securities Times, a state-owned media outlet launched by the Communism Party mouthpiece the People's Daily, said the document...
The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released a staff letter on Jan. 18, directed at two Wall Сtreet trade groups that are interested in opening ETFs and mutual funds based on Bitcoin (BTC). The letter makes the case that companies offering cryptocurrency-based investment products are not yet able to comply with...
The operator of BitConnect, a cryptocurrency that has long courted controversy, has announced the closure of its cryptocurrency exchange and a separate lending platform. In an announcement on its website on Tuesday, BitConnect confirmed the immediate closure of its lending operation whereas its exchange platform will effectively shutter in a further five...
On January 15, in a public press conference, South Korea President Moon Jae-in’s executive office Blue House spokesperson Jeong Ki-joon, emphasized that there will be no cryptocurrency trading ban in the near future. In an official announcement, spokesperson Jeong noted that the cryptocurrency regulation task force created by the government...
Yesterday, on January 15, the entire cryptocurrency market recorded a massive decline in value, as bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, and other major cryptocurrencies fell amidst a major correction. The cryptocurrency market lost $60 billion in market valuation, mostly due to the massive decline in the price of smaller cryptocurrencies in the market.’ Bitcoin,...
More than 100,000 South Korea residents have signed petitions asking the government there to step back from any plans to close the country's cryptocurrency exchanges. Earlier this week, the South Korean Justice Ministry announced that it was preparing legislation to close the country's online exchanges amid a speculative boom in cryptocurrencies. That...
International money-remittance firm MoneyGram is partnering with Ripple to test the startup's XRP token for international payments. According to a press release, MoneyGram will test Ripple's xRapid service due to its claimed speed and cost efficiency. The release noted that XRP transaction fees are significantly less than those of the bitcoin...
Legendary investor and billionaire Warren Buffett continues his bearish outlook on bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. In a televised interview on CNBC, Buffett was asked about JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon’s backpedaling take on bitcoin, after the latter expressed regret about calling bitcoin a ‘fraud’ last year. Queried if he too would re-think...