Helen Partz – Cointelegraph
The South Korean government has banned its own officials from holding and trading cryptocurrency, which is considered to be ‘the first time the government has formulated a virtual currency ban for all public officials,” Maeil Business reported.(Ed. Note: link in Korean).
FAO: Which is not a bad thing after all. Don’t you think? The cryptomarkets fell quite aggressively after these news hit but now (at the time of writing) it seems to have already digested everything successfully. In fact I think this is a very good thing for the cryptoverse. South Korea’s example ought to be followed by all countries experiencing heavy crypto trading until proper regulation emerges. Remember how quick and aggressive the crypto markets have reacted in the past 6 months after remarks issued by various high-ranking officials everywhere in the world. We need regulation and until then we need to at least try to avoid any possible source of manipulation…
Wolfie Zhao – CoinDesk
Chinese regulators are reportedly blocking social media accounts held by cryptocurrency exchanges that still offer services in the country. According to a report by Caixin authorities have shut down some exchanges’ channels on China’s dominant social messaging app, WeChat.
DNT: For example, if you are trying to access some previous content of cryptocurrency exchange OKEx on WeChat, don’t be surprised if you’ll see this message “The platform may have violated relevant laws and regulations after being reviewed per users’ complaints. The account is currently blocked and content is not available.“, the story informs.
FAO: Anything else left to be shut?
Reuters Staff – Reuters
Cryptocurrencies pose a risk to British consumers, though not to the financial system as a whole, the Bank of England’s chief economist, Andy Haldane, said. “There’s lots of potential risks there, one of which is the danger to the consumer from buying into this stuff,” Haldane said in a BBC television interview.
DNT: So, Mr. Haldane agrees his boss BoE Governor Mark Carney, who recently said (details here – Fans Section) that BTC will face a regulatory crackdown, and used words like “inherently risky” or “anarchy” while he was referring to the most known altcoin in the world.
FAO: So the central bankers’ campaign goes as planned, now Haldane is on BBC, using British diplomacy in his speech. Better to have another read of Jeff Kutler’s latest piece – we had it yesterday, in Regulation. Also, check my comments the other day on Mark Carney’s latest remarks and our opinion on recent market volatility and what this could mean for the future of the “cryptoverse”. We first published it on Linkedin Pulse on Feb 13th, and you can also read it on Global Association of Risk Professionals’ website!
Derek Cai – Tech In Asia
Electrify, a Singapore-based startup that aims to use a blockchain to let consumers buy electricity from energy retailers and other consumers, has raised US$30 million in under 10 days via a token sale, the company said. This makes it one of the largest token sales from a Singapore company on record, according to Tech in Asia’s data.
FAO: You are absolutely right! I should have placed this in our new section – “Future Stars?”
Kate Rooney – CNBC
Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss – Reuters
Coinbase announced the launch of its first-ever index fund, marking the company’s foray into asset management. The U.S. firm has formed a subsidiary called Coinbase Asset Management to oversee the new Coinbase Index Fund, product lead Reuben Bramanathan said.
DNT: I’m looking forward to find out how the asset management industry will react to this challenge.
FAO: Coinbase goes into crypto asset management, after seeing the potential in this space (according to Autonomous Next, in Feb. 15 2018 there were 226 crypto-focussed hedge funds, up from 110 funds as of Oct. 18 2017, 55 funds at Aug. 29 2017 and just 37 at the start of 2017.). The new business and product will surely be very appealing for institutional investors preparing to enter this new universe.
Rachel McIntosh – Finance Magnates
In an era of controversy surrounding some of the world’s more famous ‘pegged’ currencies, Bittrex co-founder Richie Lai has announced that the exchange will be listing TrueUSD on its platform, a currency that touts itself as “the world’s first legally-backed stable cryptocurrency.”
FAO: Things heat up in the world of pegged currencies!
Reuters Staff – Reuters
The Venezuela government will start auctioning its new petro cryptocurrency to private companies via its Dicom fx platform in a few weeks, Vice President Tareck El Aissami said.
DNT: Don’t forget to check our FREE ARCHIVE for a lot more stories about the “petro” cryptocurrency, through which the Maduro regime hopes to diminish the effect of the U.S. financial sanctions.
FAO: …a project that “inspired”a lot of other countries too – check the list here, Cryptos section.
Daniel Roberts – Yahoo Finance
Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard, who died in 2004, is getting into the cryptocurrency game.The late rapper’s estate is launching a utility token called Dirty Coin to fund music projects and other ventures. Why, exactly? It’s simple, says the late legend’s son Bar-Sun Jones, aka Young Dirty Bastard: “Crypto is very big. The blockchain is one of the biggest inventions of our time. And I don’t want to be out of the party, I want to come in to the party.”
DNT: Yo, yo ..check this out! If you are a musician, you can fund your project with Dirty Coin. Imagination has no limits.
Rahul Singireddy – Forbes
DNT: This Rahul Singireddy story is quite fascinating: what have become the students that had put together a Bitcoin mining rig in their dorm room.
Gareth Allan & Takako Taniguchi – Bloomberg (subscription)
Ripple is working with 61 Japanese banks on an application that will enable customers to settle cash transfers instantly around the clock, the latest effort to apply blockchain technology in finance.
FAO: That is something…
The Next Web
Opera updated its built-in currency converter to support cryptocurrency, starting with Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin. The feature has been there for a couple of months now, but it seems it has remained under the radar for most crypto-enthusiasts. For those unfamiliar, the currency converter essentially lets you convert fiat currencies to BTC, BCH, ETH or LTC by simply highlighting the original amount – without leaving the site or using third-party converters.
Michael del Castillo – CoinDesk
Bitcoin seems to be testing politicians across all aisles. In fact, even members of the U.S. political party known for its broad opposition to regulation have been embracing the idea the market needs greater oversight, according to former CFTC commissioner Bart Chilton.
DNT: Bart Chilton is quite a “voice”….Recently, he said he wished he had invested in bitcoin and other popular cryptocurrencies back when he was telling everyone to be careful…Details here, Fans Section.
FAO: First regulate the “cryptoverse’, then tax it…tax revenues are good for any political parties.
Olga Kharif – Bloomberg (subscription)
Issuers and investors in ICOs for digital coins appear to have something else to worry about besides the increased scrutiny of U.S. regulators. Some startups that accept digital or fiat currencies in exchange for their newly issued tokens are money transmitters, which must be in compliance with bank secrecy and know-your-customer guidelines, according to a newly released letter from the Department of the Treasury.
Brendan Pierson – Reuters
U.S. District Judge Jack Weinstein in Brooklyn ruled that the CFTC had standing to bring a fraud lawsuit against New York resident Patrick McDonnell and his company Coin Drop Markets, allowing the case to go forward.
Abdi Latif Dahir – Quartz
Kenya has for years regarded blockchain technology and digital currencies with suspicion, comparing bitcoin to a “pyramid scheme,” and emphasizing that it had no legal footing.
But Kenya softened its stance last week, and announced that the government is setting up an 11-member task force that will study the benefits and challenges associated with blockchain technologies.
Oliver Smith – Forbes
A low tax rate over the years has made Lichtenstein a hub for financial services – part of the reason it’s now home to more registered businesses than citizens. Now nestled between the Swiss Alps and Austria, Liechtenstein’s Crown Prince Alois has been sending signals to the cryptocurrency community that his family’s principality of Liechtenstein is the place to bring their businesses. And it’s working.
FAO: Tell you why, Liechtenstein to Switzerland’s Zug (home of the Crypto Valley) is a 1.5h drive…
Geoff White – BBC
A UK company has been linked to the laundering of 650,000 stolen bitcoins worth £4.5bn, a BBC Radio 4 investigation has found. The coins were taken by hackers from Tokyo-based Bitcoin exchange Mt Gox, leaving tens of thousands of customers out of pocket.
It’s not clear who is in control of the London-based firm Always Efficient LLP.
FAO: I guess it was “always efficient” until it wasn’t – Mt Gox reverberations…after so many years…
Kate Rooney – CNBC
Coinbase’s botched roll-out of bitcoin cash trading cost investors more than $5 million, a lawsuit alleges. Coinbase is the leading U.S. marketplace for buying major cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin. After the cryptocurrency split into bitcoin and bitcoin cash last summer, Coinbase said it would make the offshoot coin available on its site by Jan. 1.
Helen Partz – Cointelegraph
New Brunswick, Canada’s financial watchdog warned cryptocurrency investors of a potential scam website Bitcoin-bank.io that claims to be a “cryptobank” in an investor alert. According to the statement, the Financial and Consumer Services Commission started investigating the company profile after Bitcoin-bank.io appeared in ads on a Canadian online classified website.
DNT: Well, that’s good to know!
Romain Dillet – TechCrunch
The co-founders behind Centrifuge have previously created an essential company with Taulia. Now, they want to do it again, but on the blockchain.
FAO: Florin Adrian Oprea, Editor-in-chief Blockchain Daily News
DNT: Decebal Nicolaie Todarita, Editor Blockchain Daily News