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10 Jul

China’s Central Bank Blockchain Financial Trading Platform Processes Over $4 Billion

By Daniel Zo China, Blockchain, Bank Read Comments

While China has actively iterated its negative opinion on cryptocurrencies, the Asian nation is actively looking for ways to implement blockchain technology in its daily financial operations.

According to recent reports, not long ago, the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) has developed a blockchain-based financial trading solution that would be used to process a variety of transactions, with the focus being put on foreign currency exchanges. Now, the system has been in use for a while, and the PBoC recently issued a press statement, mentioning that the blockchain platform has processed over $4.36 billion-worth of foreign exchange transactions.


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01 Jul

Recent Changes on Cryptocurrency Legislation in Iran, Russia and Malta

By Daniel Zo Malta, Russia, Iran, Blockchain, Mining, Ban Read Comments

The worldwide cryptocurrency and blockchain regulatory framework is undergoing constant changes, backed by big perspective differences, resulting in friendly and anti-crypto laws.

As such, this article will cover 3 recent developments on the crypto regulatory trend, being carried out in Iran, Russia and Malta.

Iranian Crypto Miners Are Threatened with Power Cuts

Not long ago, Iran’s Deputy Energy Minister has shared his opinion on digital currency mining, and states that miners should be charged higher rates for their power usage. At that time, he also mentioned that subsidies should be cut to zero.

Unfortunately, the situation has gotten worse. Based on this, Iran’s state-sponsored power company, Tavanir, has warned cryptocurrency miners that they will be detected and that power cuts will be carried out. The argument behind this threat is that Iran’s power consumption has reportedly increased by 7% on a yearly basis, due to the vast increase in local crypto mining operations. Additionally, a new framework that makes utilizing the national power grid for mining operations has been implemented.


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17 Jun

Inside India’s Plan of Jailing Cryptocurrency Users

By Daniel Zo India, Cryptocurrency, Ban Read Comments

At this moment in time, many of the worlds countries have opened up to the cryptocurrency market, whereas some have also introduced laws meant to regulate the industry. As such, the number of crypto-friendly countries is steadily growing.

Despite this aspect, recent reports indicate that India’s stance against digital currencies is slowly, yet surely getting worse. With this in mind, an inter-ministerial panel, put in charge with drafting up a regulatory framework for the cryptocurrency market, has reportedly proposed 10 years jail punishment for anyone connected to Bitcoin and other digital currencies.


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12 Jun

Russia and Iran Plan to Stop Supporting the Crypto Mining Industry

By Daniel Zo Russia, Iran, Mining, Crypto, Ban Read Comments

Despite the increased popularity of cryptocurrencies, the mining industry is still struggling in several countries. As part of this article, we will cover two recent developments that have taken place in Russia and Iran.

Russia Planning to Introduce Administrative Penalties for Crypto Miners

With this in mind, recent reports indicate that the Russian State Duma is currently debating whether administrative responsibility should be introduced for the local digital currency mining market. According to Anatoly Aksakov, the chairman of the Duma’s Financial Market Committee: “I note that any operations with cryptocurrency that are contrary to the Russian legislation will be considered illegitimate. This means that mining, organizing issuance, circulation, creating exchange points for these tools will be prohibited. Administrative liability in the form of a fine will be incurred for such actions. We believe that cryptocurrencies created on open blockchains such as bitcoins, ethers, and others are illegitimate tools.”


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13 Jun

International Monetary Fund Advocates Central Bank Crypto Regulations

By Daniel Zo IMF, Bank, Regulations Read Comments

During the last couple of months, numerous monetary regulatory agencies have turned their eyes towards the digital currency market. Now, reports indicate that the International Monetary Fund is advocating for central banks to introduce regulatory policies, while also encouraging innovation on the fiat market.

Based on this, the deputy director for the Monetary and Capital Markets Department of the IMF has outlined a couple of responses meant to lower the rivalry present between banks and digital currencies. With this in mind, he mentioned that: “Central banks should continue to strive to make fiat currencies better and more stable units of account.” To do so, central banks should introduce measures meant to discourage money laundering and terrorism financing, while also protecting consumers and taxing digital currency transactions.


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30 May

South Korean National Assembly Committee Proposes Lifting Domestic ICO Ban

By Daniel Zo South Korea, ICO, Ban Read Comments

Despite the risks associated with Initial Coin Offerings, the trend has become extremely popular in areas throughout the world. In an effort to reduce the risk of fraud, money laundering and tax avoidance, several countries have banned ICOs.

South Korea was one of these, as the Financial Services Commission, a government department in-charge with financial policies and supervision, banned domestic ICOs in September 2017. Now, recent reports indicate that the South Korean National Assembly has proposed the idea of lifting the ban placed on domestic ICOs.


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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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16 Dec

Ethereum Reaches new All-Time High of $750

By Daniel Zo Ethereum, Ether, EU, Bank Read Comments

The last few months have been truly kind to the world of digital currencies, considering the fact that all major cryptocurrencies have reached unbelievable new all-time highs, thanks to increasing investor interest, bitcoin futures, and new blockchain and crypto-based platforms revolutionizing our current financial system from the ground up.

With this in mind, Ethereum, which is the world’s second biggest digital currency in terms of market capitalization has reached a new all-time high on Thursday, the 14th of December, with values first breaking the $600 threshold, and then surging even higher to $750. At the time of writing, the value of Ether, has decreased a bit, as it is currently trading at approximately $670.


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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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