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Chinese Government Intensifies Crackdown on Cryptocurrencies

Reports over the weekend indicated that the Chinese government is continuing its hard line against cryptocurrency trading. The People’s Bank of China (PBOC), the Chinese central bank, apparently ordered payment processors to audit their internal operations to determine whether their systems were being used to facilitate cryptocurrency trading. If so, those payment processors would be […]

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US Legislators, Regulators to Discuss Future of Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency

US regulators from the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) have formed a working group to focus on cryptocurrencies. FSOC is comprised of some of the country’s major federal financial regulators, including the Chairman of the Federal Reserve System, the Comptroller of the Currency, the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the Chairman […]

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New Pan-Asian Cryptocurrency Regulation Coming?

Recent reports have indicated that there may be new pan-Asian cryptocurrency regulation in the works. Regulatory authorities from China, South Korea, and Japan have allegedly met to begin discussing a common framework to regulate the cryptocurrency industry. One of the main concerns of regulators in each of these countries is the amount of purely speculative, […]

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CFTC to Meet and Discuss Bitcoin Futures Self-Certification

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission plans to hold meetings this month to discuss matters affecting digital currencies, including the self-certification process used to approve the sale of Bitcoin futures. Both the Commission’s technology advisory committee and the market risk advisory committee will hold meetings to discuss issues surrounding Bitcoin and digital currency trading. The […]


The Effect of Spectre and Meltdown on Cryptocurrencies

Just over a week ago we saw the first public notice of Spectre and Meltdown, two vulnerabilities that expose just about every computer, smartphone, and tablet to malicious hacking. Billions of devices are at risk of hacking, and patches, while necessary, will slow down devices since the flaws occur at the very basic levels of […]

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Exponential Growth at Cryptocurrency Exchanges

Interest in cryptocurrencies has grown so strong in recent weeks that cryptocurrency exchanges are struggling to keep up with consumer demand. Exchanges such as Coinbase, Bitfinex, and Binance announced that they were seeing 100,000+ users per day trying to sign up for their services, with Binance seeing 250,000 users sign up in a single day. […]

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ECB’s Nowotny: Bitcoin Should Be Regulated and Taxed

Austrian central bank head Ewald Nowotny recently called for taxation and regulation of Bitcoin transactions. Nowotny, a member of the European Central Bank’s (ECB) governing council, stated that everyone who engages in financial transactions should be identified and pay a value-added tax (VAT). That obviously puts him at odds with Bitcoin’s quasi-anonymous nature. Nowotny’s statement […]

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Are Bitcoin Billionaires Cashing Out?

One of the perennial knocks against Bitcoin has been its price volatility. Compared to other financial assets, Bitcoin is incredibly volatile, with intraday price swings often exceeding the percentages that would stop trading on major financial exchanges. There are a few reasons for that, one of them being that Bitcoin markets are still relatively new, […]

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Goldman Sachs to Start Bitcoin Trading

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The Tax Reform Bill Will Affect Cryptocurrency Trading

The recent tax reform bill brought many welcome changes to taxpayers and should benefit most people through lowering their tax bills. But for cryptocurrency traders and investors there was one change that the tax bill made that could see them liable to pay taxes that they up to now have been avoiding. The tax reform […]