FinTech News Bulletin (Last Updated: January 02, 2019)

January 02, 2019

  • European Standards Organisation to Elevate Governmental Bodies with new group

ETSI is Planning to Roll Out  A New Blockchain Group

  • Bitcoin Sees Worst Year in 2018

Down more than 70 in 2018, Bitcoin Closes It’s Worst Year on Record

  • Financial Conduct Authority Issues Warnings Against Crpyto Companies

FCA Probes 18 Businesses Involved in Cryptocurrency Transactions

December 11, 2018

  • Jay Clayton Stresses on Low Investor Protection Despite Growing Trend of CryptoAssets

ICOs Are Effective Way to Raise Capital If Rules Are Followed – SEC Chairman

  • More Interest Towards Blockchain Seen In the UK Parliament

UK Parliament Member Suggests Making Bitcoin a Payment Option For Local Taxation System

  • Japanese Authorities Propose Changes in Taxing Regime to Increase Adoption

Japanese Lawmaker Proposes 4 Changes To Ease Crypto Tax Burden

December 07, 2018

  • Two Bills on Virtual Currencies Introduced by the USA

U.S. Congressmen Introduce Two Bills To Prevent Crpyto Price Manipulation

  • World Economic Forum Assesses Policy Implications for Crypto-Assets

The Future of Crypto-Assets Opportunities from Opportunities to Policy Implications

  • Blockchain Startups Cut Spending and Staff Heavily as Markets Tumble

Crypto Market Crash Leaving Bankrupt Startups in its Wake

December 03, 2018

  • G-20 Countries Plan Necessary Reform for the Digitised World

G-20 Summit Agrees to Regulate Cryptocurrencies in line with FATF Standards 

  • Liechtenstein Bank aims to be ‘Blockchain Investment Bank’

Liechtenstein Bank Issues  Launched a New Service for Building Blockchains 

  • Fidelity to Expand Breadth of Digital Assets

Fidelity Looking to Expand Digital Asset Trading Beyond Bitcoin and Ether

November 30, 2018

  • SEC Chairman gives guidance on what US regulators are looking at

6 Big Takeaways from SEC Chair Clayton’s Crypto Remarks 

  • Amazon Managed Blockchain Platform Gets Launched

Amazon Has Launched a New Service for Building Blockchains

  • World’s first Listed Multi-Asset Crypto Index Product Started Trading

Amun Crypto Basket Index ETP Lists on Swiss Exchange (SIX)

November 26, 2018

  • Decline in Bitcoin’s price and hash rate causes massive shutdown

600k Bitcoin Miners Shut Down in the last 2 weeks, F2Pool Founder Estimates

  • Institutionalisation in the crypto markets comes with a challenge, according to KPMG

New KPMG Report Says Cryptoassets have arrived but are you ready for institutionalization? 

  • Strength of the British blockchain industry revealed in new report

State of the UK DLT Market


November 23, 2018

  • European Commission launches a new blockchain association effective from next year

Major Banks Sign Up for New EU Commission Blockchain App Association

  • SEC issues settled orders against 2 companies for the sale of unregistered securities after raising capital

ICO Issuers, Class Action Lawsuits Find Succor from US Regulator

  • Findings suggest 2018 to be a weak year in terms of ICO performance

ICO Woe Compounded by two bleak studies of 2018 ICO performance

November 21, 2018

  • Top Financial Tech Firms and Banks launch Guidelines to help UK startups

UK Banks publish Fintech Collaboration Toolkit

  • FCA looking to potentially ban some crypto-backed derivatives with underlying market integrity issues

UK Could Ban Some Crypto Derivatives says Financial Watchdog Executive

  • UK now receives 42 per cent of all venture capital funding in Europe

UK’s technology startups are raising the bar in European venture capital 

November 20, 2018

  • ESMA and SMSG publish a report to discuss steps to contain risks of ICOs and Cryptoassets

Stakeholder Report on ICOs and CryptoAssets 

  • US Deputy Attorney Rosenstein calls for international cooperation in investigating  cryptocurrency crimes

Department of Justice: Regulators can’t let criminals “hide behind” crypto

  • Bitcoin drops to it’s 2018 lowest levels

No End in sight for Crypto Sell-Off as Bitcoin Breaches $4,500


October 31, 2018

  • More guidance on crypto tax expected early next year

UK Government Says it will update Crypto Tax Guidance By Early Next Year

  • Crypto-based derivatives raise huge concerns, according to FCA

UK’s Financial Regulator Mulls Ban on sale of crpyto derivatives

  • Fidelity, State Street and Northern Trust join the crypto-bandwagon

Institutions coming for your crypto


October 26, 2018

  • UK Royal Mint suspends plans to create gold-backed crpyto-asset

UK Royal Mint says Market Conditions Led to Blockchain Gold Plan Freeze

  • Settlement infrastructure provider gets license for  blockchain-based central securities depository system

UK Blockchain firm SETL wins license to operate Central Securities Depository

  • Coinbase and Circle collaborate to create “Centre Consortium” for Stablecoins

Giants Coinbase and Circle form JV to boost adoption of dollar-backed digital coins


October 23, 2018

  • Blockchain Disruption in Numbers

Use of blockchain in Major Industries by numbers: Retail, Manufacturing, Finance and Others 

  • Stablecoin Tether retains dominance

Tether remains dominant despite concerns

  • Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) plans to regulate blockchain-service providers

China’s Internet Censor Releases Draft Regulation for Blockchain Startups

October 18, 2018

  • EU Parliament Issues Resolution on Distributed Ledger Technologies

 Blockchain Resolution Passed by EU Parliament but GDPR Could Be Weak Link 

  • Bitcoin Futures  on  Chicago Mercantile Exchange see significant jump this quarter

CME: Average Daily Volume for Bitcoin Futures Grew 41% in Q3

  • Japan Eases Accounting Procedures for Cryptoassets

Japanese Government Working to Simplify Cryptocurrency Tax Filings

October 15, 2018

October 12, 2018


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