The price of Bitcoin has been regaining its footing after China’s clampdown on ICOs and exchanges. This is not the first time China has tried to stifle cryptocurrencies for fear that they can be effective means for citizens to keep their capital safe in unfavorable economic conditions, out of reach of authorities. China may attempt to nationalize the local crypto industry, and could issue digital Chinese Yuan tokens to act as the new reserve currency on newer, more-highly regulated exchanges—platforms where tokens created via state-sanctioned platforms using the new denomination could be traded. The regulations could drive innovation for Chinese fiat gateways running through decentralized exchanges, which may become the only means for investors to swap their tokens. The ruling may also push users into more anonymous cryptocurrencies that do not leave a digital footprint.
According to a report from Reuters, Mexican officials have drafted a legislative proposal that would regulate the country’s FinTech industry. President Enrique Pena Nieto has said that the proposed bill will be introduced in the Mexican Senate by September 20. The draft language recognizes the important contribution that the financial technology sector makes to the nation’s economy, and stresses the need for regulatory action:
A Columbus GA medical clinic announced this week that it will now accept Bitcoin as payment for services. In a press release announcing the decision, the clinic referred to the digital currency as a “completely independent money system” and praised its lack of restrictions, outside controls, and hidden fees. The announcement claims that the center will be among the first in its area to accept the world’s most well-known digital currency.
Nebraska attorneys who have been wondering whether they can ethically accept Bitcoin from their clients received an answer this week from the state’s Lawyers Advisory Committee. In an opinion dated September 11, the eight-person ethics panel ruled that the state’s lawyers can accept Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies without raising ethical concerns, if they take certain precautions.
BTC China has announced that it will no longer provide a platform for digital currency trading, effective September 30, 2017, and has already moved to halt new account registrations. The news comes as statements from unnamed official sources indicate that Chinese regulators have started to deliver shutdown directives to the country’s cryptocurrency exchanges.
Steve Wasserman: “Vments will meet incumbent financial services demand for digital innovation in an environment that threatens their relevance.”
Digital currency and online data management are at the frontier of transformational change in banking and financial services, as innovations in the blockchain space are changing the rules in the competitive financial landscape. DCEBrief spoke with Steve Wasserman — the founder of two highly successful startups that both made it into Inc’s list of the 500 fastest growing companies. His latest venture VmentsTM offers digital products and services designed to better serve the needs of banks and other financial entities in the blockchain era.
As the United States and the international community continue their efforts to isolate North Korea by tightening the existing sanctions regime, recent reports suggest that the country’s government may be pursuing alternative means for financing its nuclear goals. CNBC and CNN recently reported on intelligence indicating that the rogue nation is increasingly focused on mining and stealing Bitcoin.
As Bitcoin has risen in value throughout 2017, there’s been an increase in calls for regulation of the digital currency space. Various governments around the world have moved to change laws and regulations to provide some level of control over the industry. According to a group of economists at the Bank of Finland, however, those regulations might be unnecessary.
Citizens in the Swiss municipality of Chiasso will soon have the option to pay some of their taxes using Bitcoin. Beginning in January 2018, the government will initiate a trial that will permit area residents to use the digital currency for up to 250 Swiss francs of taxes. The decision comes as officials in Chiasso continue their efforts to attract more digital currency startups to the area.
Russia’s complex relationship with digital currency took another interesting turn this week, as news reports suggest that the government is preparing to provide electricity subsidies to its domestic Bitcoin miners. The Russian news outlet Izvestiya reportedly broke the news, as Institute for Internet Development (IRI) project activities director Arseny Shcheltsin reportedly confirmed that authorities are creating a test program to provide the country’s digital currency miners with discounted electricity.
A report from Caixin sent the Bitcoin community into a tailspin today, after the Chinese media outlet suggested that the nation’s regulatory authorities were preparing to shut down domestic digital currency exchanges. The report is based on information from unnamed sources, who claim that the authorities have already issued an order directing local regulators to begin the process of closing those exchanges.
For digital currency users in the United States who might want to use their cryptocurrency for real-world commercial transactions, the rules under the existing tax regime are both complex and inexplicable. Those rules can turn even the most minor transactions into reportable capital gains – which is why digital currency users currently need to carefully record their transactions to track any potential tax obligations that may arise. A new bill in the U.S. House of Representatives could help to ease that burden.
In August, Coinbase revealed that the company’s latest funding effort yielded $100 million – which brought its total valuation to $1 billion and made it the first so-called “unicorn” in its industry. Moreover, recent data from the Coinbase website indicates that the exchange’s volume has increased to $20 billion. According to that data, the company has reached another milestone as well: Coinbase now serves 10 million digital currency customers.
A property development company in London has recently announced that it will begin accepting Bitcoin from its tenants. The Collective is now accepting rental deposits in Bitcoin, and has said that tenants will be able to use the digital currency to pay their monthly rental payments beginning later this year. According to a report in The Guardian, the company is now the first property developer in the United Kingdom to accept Bitcoin.
Australian firm Stargroup plans to modify the company’s network of ATMs to provide them with Bitcoin trading capability, as part of a new deal with blockchain company DigitalX. The initiative will begin with the conversion of 500 of Stargroup’s Australian machines, dramatically increasing the number of Bitcoin ATMs in the country. As part of the deal, Stargroup will reportedly share ATM transaction fees with DigitalX.
Early this morning a Chinese working committee representing seven government administrations including the People’s Bank of China, and the regulatory, banking and insurance commissions ruled that Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) constitute an illegal means of capital acquisition. Organizations and individuals are now expected to cease all ICO related activity, and banks and financial institutions are instructed to cease all business with organizations that do.
Op-Ed: World Funding Summit in Los Angeles on November 17 and 18 has Attracted some of the Brightest Minds in the World of Alternative Finance.
The World Funding Summit will attract some of the brightest minds in the world of alternative finance as they gather for a two-day conference in Los Angeles on November 17 and 18, 2017. Among them, Alan Yong, Co-Founder of DNotes, who will be sharing his in-depth knowledge of cryptocurrency, blockchain technology, and ICO’s; concepts that are not yet fully understood in many prominent financial circles. He will be informing entrepreneurs of the benefits these new platforms can offer in their efforts to raise additional capital, and sharing his expertise accrued through 40 years of business experience combined with insights gained as CEO of a promising cryptocurrency based corporation. Mr. Yong has said this will be the perfect opportunity to showcase DNotes.
Burger King Russia made news in June when one of its Moscow branches began to accept Bitcoin as payment for meals. Now, the fast food giant is providing even more digital currency benefits to its Russian customers, as the company unveils the new WhopperCoin. The Burger King digital token will be used in Russian branches as part of a new customer rewards program.
A report published by LendEDU this week reveals that there has been a dramatic increase in the number of digital currency-related complaints to the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or CFPB. In 2016, there were a total of seven such complaints filed with the Bureau. This year, experts expect that number to rise to roughly 425.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has issued yet another trading suspension for a Bitcoin exchange – this time targeting American Security Resources Corp (ARSC). That suspension was issued last week, on the same day the SEC also suspended trading for First Bitcoin Capital Corp due to the agency’s questions about that company’s lack of transparency. The agency’s suspension notice detailed its concerns about ASRC: