17 Jan

South Korea Considers Banning Digital Currency Trading

By Daniel Zo Cryptocurrencies, Ban, South Korea Read Comments

Leaving aside the massive growth in value for Bitcoin in 2017, the digital currency is off to a rocky start in 2018. This is mostly due to increased volatility, given the end of the holiday season, alongside with several world events, with direct consequences in the bitcoin price.

Therefore, on the 9th of January, the bitcoin price plunged by roughly 13.5%, which is approximately $2,000, following news that South Korea is actively planning to ban digital currency trading within the country.

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20 Dec

South Korea Plans to Introduce More Digital Currency Regulations

By Daniel Zo South Korea, EU, USA, Japan, ICO Read Comments

During the last couple of months, South Korea’s attitude on bitcoin and other digital currencies has begun to change, and recent reports now indicate that the country is considering new regulation. Before anything else, it is important to point out the fact that following China’s ban on ICOs and cryptocurrency exchanges, numerous companies affected moved abroad to countries such as South Korea and Japan, where regulation was more lenient.

However, according to recent reports, there have been several proposals in South Korea, meant to prevent those who are underage from opening accounts on digital currency exchanges, while also taxing capital gains made from trading.

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08 Dec

UK Treasury to Oversee Digital Currency Trading Activities

By Daniel Zo ATM, Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, UK, UK Treasury Read Comments

According to recent reports, the UK Government alongside with the governments of a few European Union countries are planning to further regulate digital currencies, in order to make sure that they’re not being used for illegal purposes, such as money laundering or illegal/terrorism financing.

The statement was first made by a spokesperson from the UK Treasury, who mentioned that bitcoin and other digital currencies should be regulated, and brought in line with the country’s current legislation on anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing policies. According to the spokesperson, ‘We have clear tax rules for people who use cryptocurrencies, and like all tax rules, these are kept under review. We also intend to update regulation to bring virtual currency exchange platforms into anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing regulation.’

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09 Nov

Tips to Keep in Mind When Creating Your Digital Currency Portfolio

By Daniel Zo Investing, ICO Read Comments

Judging by the recent price increases for digital currencies, more and more investors are considering the idea of getting their very own digital currency portfolio. However, as easy as it may sound, having a crypto portfolio with a high-yield potential can often be difficult if certain tips aren’t followed, and especially if investors are on a budget.

Therefore, when making digital currency investments, it is often essential to reach a perfect balance in your portfolio, by finding smart ways of diversifying it. In return, this will lead to an increase of the potential yield, while also reducing possible loses, based on market volatility.

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16 Oct

Will Malaysia End up Banning Digital Currencies Altogether?

By Daniel Zo Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, Malaysia, Ban Read Comments

Digital currency regulation represents an issue that numerous governments throughout the world are dealing with, as the cryptocurrency ecosystem continues to evolve. In the case of Malaysia for instance, there are more and more talks about how and if bitcoin should be regulated, alongside with whether it should be banned entirely.

To put things better into perspective, reports suggest that the Central Bank is now taking a couple of cues from China, following a couple of statements that haven’t been positive towards digital currencies and possible regulation in the future. It is interesting to see how things changed, judging by the fact that in 2014, the BNM stated that: “The Bitcoin is not recognised as legal tender in Malaysia. The Central Bank does not regulate the operations of Bitcoin. The public is therefore advised to be cautious of the risks associated with the usage of such digital currency.”

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03 Sep

Ethereum Creator Signs Deal with Russian Bank for Ethereum Russia

By Daniel Zo Ethereum, Russia, ETH, Bank Read Comments

During the last couple of months, Ethereum has had its ups and downs, yet at this time, it is close to nearing $400 in value for a single token, whereas the development of smart, decentralized applications based on smart contracts is at its peak.

Recent reports indicate that the founder of Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin, has recently signed a contract with the Russian State Bank for Foreign Economic Affairs and Development (VEB), to develop a separate entity, similar to the traditional one, named Ethereum Russia. The main purpose for this development is to help enhance the country’s abilities to create, adopt and implement blockchain technology.

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03 Aug

How Ethereum Managed to Gain Traction and Credibility

By Daniel Zo Ethereum Read Comments

During the last couple of months, digital currencies of all kinds have been growing exponentially in terms of their value. This represents a trend that hasn’t only affected bitcoin and Ethereum, but other altcoins as well, thus showcasing that digital currencies are indeed the future of the financial market.

However, volatility on the market is still present as currencies struggle to find their true value. This has led to both some sharp increases, but also decreases in terms of their price. Perhaps one of the most amazing growths in terms of value was covered by Ethereum, which holds the second highest market cap, as it managed to grow from around $7 in the beginning of this year, to over $400 in June 2017.

Based on this aspect, Ethereum has managed to entertain a 5400% increase in terms of its values in only six months, so this begs the question: What is the fuel of this massive growth?

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05 May

Ethereum Breaks Its All-time High, and Reaches $7 Billion Market Cap

By Daniel Zo Cryptocurrency, Ethereum Read Comments

Since the Ethereum platform first appeared on the market, interest in it has both peaked and decreased overtime. However, it seems like the popularity of Ethereum is quickly growing, considering the fact that it has just managed to surpass the $7 billion market cap, which is the same level of the Bitcoin market cap, present last year, thus showing just how much it has grown.

During the last couple of days, Ethereum managed to soar from $50 for one Ether, to around $80, thus once again surpassing its all-time high, which is simply amazing for the smart contracts platform.

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24 Apr

Differentiating Bitcoin from Ethereum & Understanding Smart Contracts

By Daniel Zo Bitcoin, Ethereum Read Comments

If you’ve been following the recent digital currency news, then chances are that you’ve heard about Ethereum and all the buzz that it has been creating since its launch. As Ethereum is still quite new, many who are just hearing of it tend to ask themselves the following question: Why use Ethereum, when we already have Bitcoin, a much more popular digital currency?

This exact question represents the source to a lot of confusion surrounding the two projects. While they seem similar at first, their core purpose is extremely different. To put things better into perspective, Bitcoin is only meant as a digital currency, used to buy/sell products and services, whereas Ethereum is slightly more different. In fact, it represents a platform based on blockchain technology, used by people to develop decentralized applications, which work thanks to smart contracts, and are fuelled by Ether, the currency of Ethereum.

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15 Mar

The Current State of Digital Currencies in China

By Daniel Zo Bitcoin, China Read Comments

The People’s Bank of China, also known as PBOC, has been in the media’s attention during the last month, as it is currently deliberating the faith of digital currency and digital currency exchanges operating in the Asian country.

A recent digest from the PBOC related on the current Yuan rates, market sentiment, a couple of new developments in the country’s exchange policies, but also changes in the financial market regulations, and Chinese economic data.

Digital currencies are also mentioned, and in this case, it has been stated that bitcoin exchanges are unlikely to become official exchanges in China in the near future. Not only this, as the Chairman of the Bank’s Operation Office, Zhou Xuedong mentioned that a couple of price bubbles were noticed on bitcoin, and that China is in desperate needed of a proper legislative framework concerning Bitcoin trading. Because of this, the regulator will likely introduce a couple of other measures in order to help strengthen the oversight that the PBOC plays above Bitcoin exchanges and platforms operating in China.

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