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cryptocurrency: what are your options?

Since its development in 2009, cryptocurrency has been in the financial space as both a threat and an innovation to the business and economic scene. Budget investors have been swayed by the virtual monetary device that offers anonymity, easy international transactions, and feasibility as an investment instrument. Its familiarity has bred numerous investors in the market. Their rising number ha...

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Why cryptocurrency is the future of electronic cash systems

In this article, we’ll look at why cryptocurrency is the future of electronic cash systems. Why it should become the most widely-used type of payment–and how this could impact the future of the global economy. We’ll also discuss why the Bitcoin dip and other market factors present both challenges and opportunities. **Consumer Benefits of cryptocurrency** Since the beginning of the 21...

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Best cryptocurrency to mine in 2019

**cryptocurrency Mining is a decentralized way to issue and distribute new cryptocurrency while protecting a blockchain network from malicious activity.** On systems like Bitcoin that use a Proof-of-Work consensus, mining involves confirming user transactions. In turn, miners are rewarded with a preset amount of digital currency. Mining equipment ranges from central processing units (CPUs) to...

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cryptocurrency in 2019: things to expect

...rices followed by a contraction. The bubble deflates when investors cease to buy at elevated prices and massive sell-offs occur. As for bitcoin, yes it is a bubble, and it indeed popped. The market is expected to calm down a bit after the bubble and cryptocurrency trading will remain profitable. **cryptocurrency as Payment** Retailers are starting to accept cryptocurrency as payment. At this...

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Investments in cryptocurrency – is one of the main topics in the UK Financial Ombudsman Service’s Annual Review

Recently the **UK Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) has expressed its opinion on cryptocurrency**, among the other topics raised by UK investors, in its Annual Review 2017/18. In the above-mentioned Review, the **Ombudsman classify cryptocurrency as other risky investments category** and noted the excessive volatility of cryptocurrency. Many activities relating to cryptocurrencies are not re...

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Bitcoin and cryptocurrency litigation

Since its development in 2009, cryptocurrency has been in the financial space as both a threat and an innovation to the business and economic scene. Budget investors have been swayed by the virtual monetary device that offers anonymity, easy international transactions,and feasibility as an investment instrument. Its familiarity has bred numerous investors in the market. Their rising number has...

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Estonian cryptocurrency Exchange License

...paid up capital: EUR 2,500.00 Overview In accordance with the Estonian legislation an authorization is required for a company to provide services of the exchange of virtual currency or custodial wallet services. Application for a cryptocurrency exchange license, must be submitted to the Register of Economic Activities. It is important to note that a company must appoint a manag...

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Mauritius is willing to adapt distributed ledger technology and acknowledge the cryptocurrency as digital asset

Mauritius is one of the well-known financial centers. Being focused on a lasting economic growth, Mauritius is willing to advance traditional industrial development with an innovative approach. The Republic has admitted that the current digital revolution grants opportunities for smaller economies (for instance Mauritius) to open new and innovative growth perspectives. For this reason, **Mauritiu...

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Blockchain: how it affects legal liability

... According to Don and Alex Tapscott, authors of Blockchain Revolution, the **blockchain is an incorruptible digital ledger of economic transactions**. Invented by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008, this next-generation database can be used to record not only cryptocurrency and other financial transactions but also anything that has value. This means anything from a latest mobile purchase, a free voucher or...

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Chinese court: bitcoin is a property with "economic value" and must be protected by law

...ed all points put forth by the defendant, stating the return of cryptocurrencies is a contractual obligation not governed by the central bank’s dictum. Notable, the court accented that no Chinese legislation restricts ownership of bitcoin or other cryptocurrency and linked transaction between two parties. The Shenzhen court is well known and has a solid reputation regarding contract issues i...

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What is coin selection and why does it matter?

...Possible Solution?** It was blockchain developer Mark Erhardt who first proposed how to optimize the Bitcoin coin selection algorithm. Although, it was Andrew Chow who implemented the update. Erhardt now works for BitGo, which develops enterprise cryptocurrency solutions for institutional investors. There, he has developed Predictive UTXO, which helps to offset the fees involved in spending man...

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Malta as the new crypto bay

...e newly created industry that will probably become the next big thing following the Internet, as well as will affect almost everything of our everyday life. Recently, the Maltese authorities ratified three bills that created a regulatory base for cryptocurrency and blockchain industry. The three above-mentioned bills are: the **‘Malta Digital Innovation Authority Act’**, the **‘Innovative...

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ICO vs IPO. Main differences

The cryptocurrency market has caught attention of many, from brokers wishing to make some quick earnings, to high skilled professionals who have extended experience in the classical capital market. Therefore, it was rather expected when initial coin offerings (ICO’s) accumulated more funds in the first three months of 2018 than during the entire 2017. Nowadays we hear a lot of different inf...

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Recovering Trust in Digital Currency

...is still projected to grow. Full anonymity of blockchain operations along with rapid increase in value to fiat currencies can be a powerful economic tool for those national and supra-national authorities, which first learn to efficiently regulate cryptocurrency and offer secure conditions for retail investors. Introducing efficient worldwide regulation for cryptocurrency will definitely take ti...

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Wirex receives E-Money License

**The cryptocurrency debit card issuer Wirex became the third blockchain-based platform to receive an e-money license from UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).** This license gives the company a wide-array of new capabilities. Among these new functionalities include access to traditional banking services. The FCA is responsible for determining financial regulations in the UK. In the pas...

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China's Central Bank is planning to ban crypto airdrops

**The People's Bank of China (PBoC), China's central bank, has its eyes on cryptocurrency companies that are conducting free airdrop campaigns in the country.** In its latest financial stability report for 2018, which was published on November 2, 2018 the **central bank stated that there has been a surge in the number of "disguised" Initial Coin Offerings (ICO)**, as well as free distribution ...

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Singapore authorities are planning to support crypto startups with receiving banking services

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), also known as the city-state's central bank, is currently working on the new approach to provide cryptocurrency startups with internal banking services. The above-mentioned development is part of the country's efforts to boost its fintech development sector. Based on the statement of Ravi Menon, MAS managing director, the **government of Singapore is...

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New crypto regulation from Switzerland

**FINMA (Switzerland’s Financial Market Supervisory Authority) has recently announced a new fintech license**, with moderate conditions, that is appropriate to blockchain and cryptocurrency-based companies. On 3rd December, 2018 the regulator stated that the new regulation will grant recognized “innovative financial companies” the ability to accept public deposits of up to 100 million Sw...

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FATF is planning to release International Crypto Regulation by next summer

France-based money laundering intergovernmental watchdog, Financial Action Task Force (FATF), has seen growing tension from global governments to unify regulation of the cryptocurrency industry. As stated in the Reuters report Friday, **the FATF said it will publish international rules for cryptocurrency regulation by next summer**. The possible regulations will put into effect licensing sche...

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Ethereum has attracted considerable interest of the CFTC

...dity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) wishes to learn more about one of the most popular cryptocurrencies – Ethereum (ETH). Let's try to figure out what caused such an interest from the regulator's side. **Ethereum is the second most discussed cryptocurrency right now.** Ethereum proposes to provide a blockchain with an integral, fully fledged programming language that can be employed to cre...

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Ripple XRP price prediction for 2019

...y, the process is challenging for people in less developed countries where banking systems are not as advanced as their developed counterparts. For example, business owners in some African countries find it easier to pay for goods in China, using cryptocurrency. This is due to the increased speed, efficiency, and security of such transactions. Ripple is an embodiment of these benefits and works...

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Japan's Financial Services Agency is ready to approve crypto exchange-traded funds (ETFs)

...ge-traded funds) tracking cryptocurrencies. Liberal Democratic Party, **Japan’s main ruling party, is planning to submit a draft law by March 2019, that, among other things, can potentially include changes to existing financial rules regarding cryptocurrency**. The above-mentioned bill is created in order to increase the level of self-regulatory administration of crypto-industry and classify...

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Top 5 crypto-friendly jurisdictions

...rprising at first. Actually, Estonia is European pioneer when it comes to digitization. Needless to say, the DLT technology will not be undetected by the Estonian authorities. Estonia was one of the first countries that committed to issue its own cryptocurrency. Together with the earlier created e-Residency program, they wanted to develop an Estcoin in order to expedite payment processing. ...

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Leading Russian banks intend to work with crypto

During a meeting, held at the Moscow Exchange, **numerous Russian banking organizations expressed their readiness to collaborate with the industry of cryptocurrency and blockchain**, stated Russian news site RBC on September 19. According to an unnamed source, cryptocurrency has a huge potential in Russian region and the demand over the past year has grown significantly, but the banks are unab...

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Bitcoin scams recently

Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency, a type of electronic cash that was formed in 2008. In 2009, Satoshi Nakamoto wrote a paper title Bitcoin: A peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System. In 2009, Nakamoto mined the first Bitcoin blockchain, the genesis block. Thus, started the wild ride that is Bitcoin. The volatility of Bitcoin is well-known to investors. Despite its volatility, more and more people have bee...

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Hedge fund billionaire joined crypto market

**Steven Cohen, better known as the “Hedge Fund King”, recently has enter the crypto market.** Cohen through his venture capital firm, Cohen Private Ventures, made a significant investment in cryptocurrency-focused hedge fund Autonomous Partners, as was stated in the Fortune [article](http://fortune.com/2018/07/12/steven-cohens-bitcoin-crypto-autonomous-partners/){._blank} published on the 1...

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“To trade or not to trade?” or How Chinese Exchanges Overcome the Bitcoin Ban?

...e-known fact that China had banned Bitcoin exchanges. The reason for this ban is the government’s statement that frauds and money laundering took place on the exchanges.* Before these bans, China had a trustworthy role as one of the biggest **cryptocurrency** trading markets. At the same time, this country is ahead with the mining business and became, actually, one of the centers for crypto...

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Bitcoin Mining Faces Rumors in China

...rts a very negative attitude towards Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. However, mining is still not banned and, any unofficial statements that might claim it is an outlaw, do not have any legal power. At the same time, we have to remind that the **cryptocurrency exchanges** and **ICO** are illegal in China. Considering the fact, that the government has already restricted the access of Chinese...

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Is Accepting Bitcoin a Reasonable Choice for Banks?

...t is an economic phenomenon, which can be the biggest miracle and a challenge for all the traditional economy at the same time. Even though many **banking facilities** are suspicious about Bitcoin, the others have a proactive position on adding cryptocurrency services to their scope. Moreover, the CEO of the Citigroup Bank, one of the most respectable businessmen in the world, claims that som...

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How Brokers in China Feel After the Website Blocks

We have already informed you regarding the latest **Chinese website restrictions** that occurred due to lack of information towards the financial regulator. Soon after the government **banned Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency exchanges**, followed by the bans of other trade platforms. It affected all FX and trading platforms without ICP certificates. Trading community stated that the access to...

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Bermuda warns: virtual currency shall not pass

Each jurisdiction makes and individual decisions on the matters of **cryptocurrency business**. We have already informed you about the countries whose reception of blockchain is mostly positive and the new legal initiatives are giving business space to work. However, it is not about **Bermuda**. Currently, this territory is not against cryptocurrencies, but the Bermuda Monetary Authority has ...

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List of ICOs to watch in June

At present, the main concern among cryptocurrency enthusiasts is a sharp drop in the exchange rate. But this does not affect **the popularity of the blockchain technology**. Recently, the **number of new blockchain projects, varying from gaming to artificial intelligence, rapidly increased**. Here are some projects that successfully launched during the previous month and are worth to be revie...

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A raising trend of investment scams in Australia

..., Consumer Affairs Victoria, a business unit of the Department of Justice & Regulation, within the Victorian government, announced its concerns about Bitcoin scams. The above-mentioned regulator received reports of people being deceived through fake cryptocurrency websites. Recently in Australia **new regulatory requirements entered into force** and the Australian authorities proceed to inform...

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Coinbase was approved by SEC to list security tokens

One of the top U.S. cryptocurrency exchange, **Coinbase Inc., has been granted the regulatory’s approval to acquire securities of several firms** – it is a great progress in legitimizing crypto investments and provisions of related services to public in a trustworthy way. Last month, the exchange announced that it intends to purchase three companies: (I) Keystone Capital Corp., (II) Venov...

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Bitmain's IPO: looming threats and insights from a Bear market

When Bitcoin mining and ASIC miner-producing juggernaut **Bitmain** released its IPO prospectus to the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong in September 2018, the world got to take a peek at some wild growth rates in the cryptocurrency industry not purely linked to astronomical gains from market speculation. The most impressive component is the leap from Bitmain’s 2016 revenue ($278M) and profit ($11...

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New hype or a real irreplaceable instrument. Contracts of digital age.

...lockchain (this is the most common conception). A blockchain is essentially a decentralized accounting ledger that uses a network of computers and cryptographical algorithms to track transfer of assets and secure the ledger from tampering. For usual cryptocurrency, that gives two parties, who don’t know each other, an ironclad guarantee that an agreed upon transfer of funds will happen as expect...

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Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies: time to regulate

...ncial space, anything unregulated and unregistered would cause doubts and uneasiness. In the case of cryptocurrencies, such as bitcoin, financial regulators all over the world have started to find ways to oversee the blockchain, or the record of all cryptocurrency transactions, as well as to address the irregularities presented by these virtual currencies that mostly bypass financial firms, exchan...

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Decentralized Internet – affordable resources and privacy on the web

...ns primarily as a user interface and provides browsers and links so people can navigate to websites. You may be thinking that a decentralized internet could bring a better user interface then. But anyone experiencing the user interface of typical cryptocurrency wallets and blockchain sites might well be skeptical. The web implemented a number of design choices reasonable people might well ar...

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5 signs of booming blockchain innovation in Australia

...ing Stock Exchange*** Despite recent announcements from NYSE parent company ICE and Switzerland’s SIX, Australia’s largest stock exchange is already light years ahead. Not only has The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) already been listing cryptocurrency exchanges and blockchain companies since 2014, but they’re actually migrating their entire infrastructure to blockchain by 2020. W...

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The government of Zimbabwe is willing to treat bitcoin same way Switzerland does

...id Mr. Ncube, *“But there are other countries which are moving faster. If you look at the Swiss central bank they are investing in and understanding Bitcoin.”* At the same time the RBZ has taken an increasingly cautious position regarding the cryptocurrency, in May of 2018 it prohibited all internal banking institutions from servicing cryptocurrency businesses in a way similar to India and ...

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Lolli: how legit is the customer loyalty program that rewards users in bitcoin

Imagine getting paid while shopping online. Even better, imagine getting paid in cryptocurrency while shopping online. Sound good? A new customer rewards platform called Lolli thinks so and is paving the way for a new cryptocurrency cashback model. Or perhaps it should be coined the new bitcoinback model? Either way, users of the service will receive rewards in Bitcoin when shopping at one of Lo...

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Know-hows on Different Legislations and Blockchain Implementation Profitability in Your Business

...work.* At the same time, there are different approaches to regulations of **Blockchain companies** in the world. Some countries accept new ways and some do not. We are not aiming to explain how the **Blockchain** works or why is everyone buying **cryptocurrency** now, we would like to examine different types of regulations. Gibraltar, the British Overseas territory, is one of the subjects ...

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Japan Virtual Currency Exchange Provider’s License

...are some examples of businesses that do not fall under the Virtual Currency Exchange Business, as described by the Act: Natural or legal entity that engages in Virtual Currency trade only for its own investment purpose; Companies engaging in cryptocurrency Mining; Software developers; Wallet service providers that do not engage in sale or purchase of Virtual Currency. Benefits of ...

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