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Genesis Global Trading granted New York’s BitLicense

Genesis Global Trading, a broker-dealer registered with the SEC and FINRA, and wholly-owned subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, today announced that it has received approval from the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) for a BitLicense.

SharesPost gets SEC approval for secondary trading of security tokens

SharesPost, a leading provider of private growth company liquidity solutions and research, today announced that is has secured the necessary approvals from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority for its Alternative Trading System (ATS) to facilitate secondary trading of digital security tokens.

SEC and CFTC examining status of Ethereum

The Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) and CFTC are continuing to consider reviews to determine whether Ethereum is a security and if it needs to be subjected to US federal regulations as any other type of security in the market.

South Korea planning to lift ban on ICOs

The South Korean government may soon lift the ban it put on local Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) in September 2017. The move, presented in a bill by National Assembly Representative Hong Eui-rak with ten others was tabled in parliament on Wednesday, May 2nd.

Mitek delivers digital KYC for bitcoin broker BTCDirect

Mitek, a mobile capture and digital identity verification software company today announced it will be providing digital onboarding for customers. BTCDirect acts as an agent in the buying and selling of bitcoins which has experienced rapid growth with up to 3000 onboarding requests a day.

Crypto wallet and exchange app Eidoo awarded Swiss VQF license

Today Eidoo, the multi crypto wallet and hybrid exchange application announced that it’s one of the first crypto companies to have been awarded the Financial Services Standards Association (VQF) license, thanks to its Know Your Customer (KYC) process that it insists on for its ICO participants and exchange users.

Korea Blockchain Association announces self-regulating framework for exchanges

The Korea Blockchain Association (KBA) proclaimed their new self-regulatory framework for members on Tuesday of this week. These new rules are expected to help strengthen the integrity and transparency of cryptocurrency exchanges in the country.

Reserve Bank of India restricts bank transfers for bitcoin exchanges

This past week, the Reserve Bank Of India (RBI) declared new policies concerning the operation of Indian bitcoin and cryptocurrency exchanges. The news came when the RBI announced its bi-monthly monetary policy for the fiscal year 2018-19.

Australian cryptocurrency exchanges must now register with AUSTRAC

As of April 3rd, changes to the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 (AML/CTF Act) in Australia will affect digital currency exchange (DCE) services. Australian exchanges will be required to register with AUSTRAC (Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre) and meet their obligations.

Could Crypto Tax Amnesty Be On The Horizon?

Cryptocurrency taxes have been a bit of a gray area over the past few years. Many virtual currency investors didn’t know how to report their coin trades on their individual tax returns, and many more didn’t know that crypto income had to be reported at all.

IRS reminds taxpayers to report virtual currency transactions

The Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers that income from virtual currency transactions is reportable on their income tax returns. Virtual currency transactions are taxable by law just like transactions in any other property.

US bitcoin exchange Gemini proposes Virtual Commodity Association

The U.S. registered bitcoin and ether exchange Gemini today put forth proposals for a new self-regulatory organization which would be called the Virtual Commodity Association (VCA), for the United States virtual currency industry, specifically virtual commodity exchange platforms and custodians.

Japan blockchain and cryptocurrency groups join to improve consumer confidence

Two groups which comprise a total of 16 registered cryptocurrency operators have recently agreed to form one unified group that will work together with authorities in Japan.

U.S. SEC subpoenas ICOs and crypto asset funds

US regulators have expanded on their probing of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) that have raised red flags as fraudulent. The regulator has lately subpoenaed a number of ICOs that are suspected to have violated US security laws.

BitQuick reintroduces its Bitcoin Compliance API

BitQuick, a US instant buying and selling Bitcoin marketplace has relaunched its Compliance API. Initially released in 2015, it allows state and federally regulated businesses to access customer data in order to remain compliant and fulfill their policy obligations.
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