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Cryptocurrency Regulation Update (June 2018)

By Phil Glazier – Crypto Research @BitwiseInvest | prev at MGV, KKR, Berkeley

This piece is part of a monthly series covering regulatory updates related to cryptocurrencies (here are the updates from MarchApril, and May). Although prices have come down in recent months, recent statements from regulators reflect a deeper acknowledgement of the technology underlying cryptocurrencies and their future potential (in particular, comments from the IMF). This piece provides important regulatory updates since the May piece, broken down by developments in the United States and the rest of the world.

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Cryptocurrencies

June 21, 2018

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Crypto Fund AG Receives Swiss FINMA Approval

Crypto Finance has received regulatory approval from Swiss regulators. The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has reportedly given its seal of approval for the Crypto Fund AG – the first in Switzerland. (more…)

Banks, Cryptocurrencies

June 19, 2018

Blockchain Technology Seeing New Paradigm With Dramatic Shift to ICOs

By Venture Scanner

With all the ICO buzz in the Blockchain sector, we dove into our Blockchain Technology report and research platform to examine how significant this new financing model has been. It comes as no surprise that we can conclude that the Blockchain Technology sector is experiencing a new financing paradigm.

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Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

June 1, 2018

12 Top Crypto Influencers Share Thoughts on the Future

By Matt Ward Angel Investor,

The internet is filled with spammy top 10 lists. Unfortunately clickbait seems to be all anyone is interested in publishing.

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Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

May 31, 2018

Why Blockchain is Hard

By Jimmy Song, Bitcoin Educator

The hype around blockchain is massive. To hear the blockchain hype train tell it, blockchain will now:

  1. Solve income inequality
  2. Make all data secure forever
  3. Make everything much more efficient and trustless
  4. Save dying babies

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Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

May 28, 2018

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Why crypto must comply or die

Inadequate oversight can create industry crises — an effect we are starting to see in crypto. Over the last year, tokens have been at the centre of multiple global hacks and large-scale fraud – such as the theftof $400 million in Coincheck tokens, the Parity coding error that froze over 513,776 ETH, the PlexCoin ICO which saw the SEC freeze $15m worth of assets and jail the founder, and the Pincoin scam that left investors short by $660 million with the founders still at large. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

May 18, 2018

Sberbank and MTS issue first Russian bonds on a blockchain

Sberbank and telco MTS have implemented the first Russian issue of commercial bonds via smart contracts utilising a blockchain platform developed by National Settlement Depository. (more…)

Banks, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

May 16, 2018

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Circle raises $110 million (or 13,300 BTC)

By Romain Dillet for TechCrunch;

Cryptocurrency startup Circle has raised a $110 million funding round, which values the company near $3 billion. Cryptocurrency mining company Bitmain is leading the round. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Hotnews

May 16, 2018

KODAKCoin in “Final Phase” as Token Offering Officially to Commence on May 21st

WENN Digital, the developer of the blockchain based KODAKOne Image Rights Management Platform, has announced that the offering of Simple Agreements for Future Tokens (SAFTs) and the underlying KODAKCoin Token will officially commence on May 21, 2018. The offering will be facilitated through Cointopia and managed via Pickwick Capital Partners, LLC and Exemplar Capital, LLC, both FINRA-member firms and SEC-registered broker-dealers. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

May 11, 2018

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Why ICOs Need to Follow Ethical Principles

By treehouse.

According to Coinschedule start-ups raised $6.6 billion so far in 2018 through ICOs. It confirms the appetite for new projects to use this fundraising structure rather than the more traditional ways used in order to attract financing. However, the ICO market is still highly unregulated (at least outside of the US, Singapore and Switzerland). Whether this is a good or a bad thing is not the point of this article and we should anyway be soon getting more details from regulatory bodies on this topic. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

May 4, 2018

Australian Cyber Security Firm Entersoft Claims $1 Billion ICO Milestone

Entersoft, an Australian cyber security firm, says it has now helped to launch USD $1 billion worth of initial coin offerings (ICOs) around the world without a single hack or lost token value.

According to Entersoft, during last ten months, the company has helped 30 companies through its “one stop shop” security support service for ICOs. Scams and phishing attacks have become rampant in the ICO sector. The Enetersoft service includes anti-phishing and wallet, operations and smart contract security. The company also puts in place measures to reduce the risk of false reputational attacks on ICO sponsors.

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Cryptocurrencies

April 23, 2018

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National Bank of Canada & JPMorgan Test Out Blockchain Technology with NBC Debt Issuance in U.S. Financial Markets

National Bank of Canada (NBC) announced on Friday, with the support of J.P. Morgan, it issued a $150 million one-year floating-rate Yankee certificate of deposit, with a parallel simulation of the issuance using blockchain technology. According to the banking group, this blockchain test involved the parties following the execution of the actual transaction through a debt issuance application developed by J.P. Morgan that runs on Quorum, an open-sourced variant of the Ethereum blockchain, specifically designed to meet the needs of financial markets participants. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

April 22, 2018

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Speculative interest in cryptocurrencies may have peaked – Barclays

The cryptocurrency mania of late 2017 spread like an infectious disease but we may have already reached the immunity threshold, meaning speculative interest in the likes of Bitcoin has possibly already peaked, says a new research report from Barclays. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

April 13, 2018

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Increasing Interest of VCs in ICOs

Despite the growing concerns of regulators over the ICOs, venture capitalists (VCs) have shown increasing interest in these offerings. However, what they are more interested in is the equity stakes rather than the proceeds from coin sales. Moreover, the growth of security tokens is expected as regulators intervene. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

April 13, 2018

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Ripple Invests $25M Worth Of XRP Into Blockchain Capital’s Fund

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Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

April 12, 2018

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The Era of ICO’s

By Ricky Lee, Find Exchange

While the cryptocurrency market is exciting, it remains a very mysterious place for the majority of people. While many specialists remain sceptical about the future of cryptocurrencies, there are an increasing number of people investing heavily, with the hopes of getting rich quick. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

April 11, 2018

How we made $100K trading CryptoKitties

Founder Cat #4, the main protagonist of the story.

By Ivan Bogatyy, Entrepreneur. Previously @GoogleResearch 2014–2018, @Stanford CS/SCPD, Moscow State U mathematics. ivan@bogatyy.org

By now everyone has heard of CryptoKitties, a cute game that went viral to the point of overloading the whole Ethereum network. This is the inside story behind how we made $107K investing in CryptoKitties and briefly set the record for the largest sale ever (currently second-largest). Later, we made ~$8K running an automated arbitrage bot. While playing the speculation game at the height of the mania was exciting, the bot was fairly technically involved and will be interesting to people who want to learn blockchain engineering in general.

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Cryptocurrencies, Global trends

April 11, 2018

Calculating Crypto Currency Gain/Loss

If you have bought/sold crypto currencies across various exchanges , you would realize by this time it’s incredibly hard to keep the books straight. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

April 6, 2018

ICO Platform CoinList Raises $9.2 Million Series A

CoinList, an initial coin offering (ICO) platform for accredited investors and quality Blockchain projects, has announced a $9.2 million Series A funding round. CoinList previously raised funding from VC Accomplice and Protocol Labs, a research, development and deployment lab for network protocols. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies

April 6, 2018

Telegram Files New Form D with SEC Indicating $1.7 Billion will be Raised

Telegram or TON Issuer, has filed a new Form D with the Securities and Exchange Commission that indicates $1.7 will be (or has been) raised for one of the hottest initial coin offerings ever.

According to the Reg D 506c offering document; (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends

April 3, 2018

My Blockchain Adventures in Africa

By Shawn Gordon for his blog

In December 2017 I had an opportunity to discover the Kenyan based Nurucoin ICO and write up a spotlight article on it. As sometimes happens, I develop an affinity for the person/company that I talked to when putting these articles together and in this case, I kept in contact with CEO Isaac Muthui.

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Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

April 3, 2018

Bitcoin Replacing Offshore Banking

For decades wealthy individuals, corporations, and institutions have had the luxury of hiding their vast sums of wealth in tax havens to avoid high tax rates, particularly in Switzerland. Since bank secrecy laws were enshrined in Switzerland’s constitution in 1934, Switzerland has become home to one-third of the world’s overall hidden wealth. However, on December 31, 2017, that ability to dodge the tax man will no longer exist.  (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

April 3, 2018

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Refugee charity turns to crypto with $1M donation from Ethereum’s founder and OmiseGo

By Jon Russel for TechCrunch

The crypto industry is often criticized from the outline for creating wealth that exists only in digital form, is unstable and driven by greed. That’s why a new charity initiative from top figures inside the Ethereum community might make a few non-believers sit up for a moment. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends

March 28, 2018

Switzerland’s Financial Market Supervisory Authority Presentation on Initial Coin Offering Regulation

The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has published a deck on initial coin offerings. FINMA has scheduled a series of roundtable meetings in collaboration with the Swiss Crypto Valley Association. The first Roundtable took place last week in Zug, Switzerland. In February, FINMA issued a clarification of sorts regarding the regulatory status of ICOs noting its intent to foster innovation and support the nascent industry that has bloomed in the Alpine nation.

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Cryptocurrencies, Global trends, Government activities

March 23, 2018

How Blockchain Will Revolutionize Online Marketplaces

By Michiel Mulders,

Centralized marketplaces have some well-known issues which are almost all related to trust. It is incredible that marketplaces like eBay do work. We trust a complete stranger our money before he has sent any wished goods.People who have lost faith in humanity might be wrong. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

March 22, 2018

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How Blockchain Startups Are Trying to Recover ICO’s Reputation

By Danny Wesley for Medium

The ICO fundraising mechanism became one of the most popular topics of 2017. New blockchain tech and cryptocurrencies allowed startups all over the world to access capital which was practically impossible for them before. Token sales became an even more effective tool than going to VCs (startups raised more money via ICOs). However, this fairytale could not last forever, and the hangover came soon enough as more and more ICO projects started failing. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

March 21, 2018

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CryptoKitties raises $12M from Andreessen Horowitz and Union Square Ventures

By Fitz Tepper for Techcrunch

CryptoKitties, the virtual collectible kitten game that turned into a viral sensation has raised $12M in funding and will be spun out from Axiom Zen, the Vancouver and San Francisco-based design studio that originally built the game. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

March 21, 2018

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Building A Good Cryptocurrency Model Is Harder Than You Think

By Daniel Chen, Founder at OpenToken, lead engineer at Andreessen Horowitz, Caltech Computer Science, Economics

As cryptocurrencies have exploded in value, so too have the attempts tounderstand them. Even more exciting is a recent uptick in quantitativeanalysis. Spreadsheet models have risen in popularity as a tool for evaluating and predicting trends. (more…)

Analytics, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends

March 19, 2018

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