Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reportedly plans to tell Congress that his proposed Libra digital currency payment system will expand the United States’ financial leadership around the globe, CNBC reports. Zuckerberg is expected to provide testimony before the House Financial Services Committee tomorrow.
On Wednesday, Telegram responded to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s October 11 emergency action seeking a preliminary injunction against the company and its Gram digital token. In an October 16 court filing, the company asked the federal court to reject the SEC’s preliminary injunction request, arguing that the action could be “misconstrued” by the public, Telegram’s customers, and investors:
The United States Securities and Exchange Commission announced Friday that it has obtained a temporary restraining order against Telegram Group and its subsidiary TON Issuer. In a press release, the SEC said that the complaint alleges that Telegram and TON Issuer have been conducting an ongoing, unregistered digital token offering in violation of Securities Act registration provisions.
Bank of Russia chair Elvira Nabiullina downplayed any possibility that the central bank might issue its own national digital currency, noting that there was no obvious need to do so, Tass reports. Nabiullina made the remarks during this week’s Finopolus forum on innovative fintech in Sochi, Russia.
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the regulatory agency responsible for overseeing the UK financial industry, has dramatically increased its scrutiny of cryptocurrency-related businesses over the last year, the Financial Times reports.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced on Monday that it has reached a settlement with Block One to address the company’s unregistered initial coin offering for its EOS project. The firm reportedly raised $4 billion in an ICO conducted from June 2017 until June 2018. Block One agreed to pay a monetary penalty of $24 million.
When Facebook announced its Libra digital currency project several months ago, the company expected to launch its Libra token in June 2020. According to Libra Association managing director Bertrand Perez, however, that launch could be delayed as the project’s backers work to allay regulators’ concerns.
The Intercontinental Exchange’s Bakkt bitcoin futures trading officially launched on Sunday, with the first physically-deliverable bitcoin futures trade executed at a price of $10,115, according to a tweet from Bakkt. According to reports, trading was relatively slow, with only five contracts traded in the first hour and a little more than two-dozen completed within the next ten hours.
The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services will be conducting an oversight hearing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 24, 2019. The “Oversight of the Securities and Exchange Commission: Wall Street’s Cop on the Beat” hearing will include a focus on cryptocurrency-related issues, according to a September 19 memorandum published by the committee.
Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton said Thursday that bitcoin will need to be more regulated before it can be traded on any major exchange, CNBC reports. Clayton made the remarks at the Delivering Alpha conference, where he was the featured opening speaker.
On Monday, The Bank for International Settlements hosted a meeting in Basel, Switzerland to discuss the issue of stablecoins like those proposed by Facebook and J.P. Morgan. After the meeting, Calibra CEO David Marcus took to Twitter to try to allay any concerns policymakers might have about Libra’s potential for threatening the monetary sovereignty of the modern nation-state.
On Friday, the United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced new sanctions against three North Korean cyber groups believed to be responsible for cyber-attacks on financial institutions, cryptocurrency exchanges, and other critical infrastructure.
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire warned that his country wants to prevent Facebook Libra development in the European Union due to concerns about its risk to national governments’ ‘monetary sovereignty’ and potential abuse, the BBC reports. Le Maire made the comments during a Paris meeting of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) has suggested that its plans to launch its own digital currency are primarily motivated by a desire to protect its foreign exchange sovereignty. However, Circle CEO Jeremy Allaire believes that the move could also help promote broader use of China’s currency around the world.
The Marshall Islands is moving forward with its plans to develop a blockchain-based national digital currency that the government hopes will reduce reliance on the U.S. dollar, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday. When launched, the Marshallese sovereign (SOV) is expected to be recognized as the island nation’s legal tender.
Blockstack has announced that its SEC-approved token offering closed on September 9, after raising a total of $23 million. Blockstack co-founder and CEO Muneeb Ali announced the news in a recent blog post that thanked the thousands of investors who participated in the sale:
If Facebook’s Libra project expects to operate within the United States, it will need to do so in full compliance with U.S. anti-money laundering and counter-terror financing regulations, according to U.S. Under Secretary of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Sigal Mandelker.
The Bank of the Republic of Burundi has banned cryptocurrency trading in the country, according to a recent Bloomberg report. The central bank’s decision was in response to public requests to intervene from citizens who suffered losses from digital currency trading.
The Netherlands central bank, De Nederlandsche Bank, announced Tuesday that it will start regulating cryptocurrency services on January 10, 2020, Reuters reports. According to the central bank’s statement announcing the news, digital asset companies in the Netherlands will need to register to do business in the country:
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced this week that it has reached a settlement with Dallas-based cryptocurrency firm Bitqyck Inc. In a press release, the SEC said that the company and its founders has defrauded investors who purchased its digital assets. The defendants were also accused of operating an unregistered exchange.