Fiat Money is Used 800 Times More than Bitcoin for Money Laundering: Report

The report from the United Nations Office and Chainalysis on Drugs and Crime reveals that fiat currency is utilized 800 times more to launder cash on the darknet than Bitcoin. The research forces crypto critics back to the drawing board to brainstorm on another lie. Bitcoin (BTC) is clean, pure, and free from all the financial threats as purported by some critics; this is according to the recent research published by Messari. The research was inspired by the recent statements by Steven Mnuchin, U.S. Treasury Secretary. The results from the…

Fidelity’s Crypto Branch Files for a New York Trust License: Report

Fidelity’s crypto arm Fidelity Digital Assets Services (FDAS) has applied for a license to operate as a trust in New York State. FDAS has filed an application with the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) for a trust license, crypto media outlet The Block reported on July 20, citing several unnamed sources familiar with the matter. If the license is approved, FDAS will officially be allowed to offer its crypto custodial services in the state of New York, operating as a Limited Purpose Trust Company, the report notes. In…

Major Crypto Markets Report Mixed Signals, Gold Slightly Fell

Friday, July 19 — Cryptocurrency markets are reporting mixed signals, with most of the top-20 coins by market capitalization are down over the last 24 hours. Market visualization. Source: Coin360 Bitcoin (BTC) has stayed above the $10,000 threshold during the day and is trading at around $10,412 at press time. The leading cryptocurrency has lost 2.14% on the day, while its weekly losses amount to nearly 10%.  As reported earlier today, U.S. Congressman Patrick McHenry, who represents North Carolina’s 10th District, told fellow lawmakers directly that attempts to stop Bitcoin…

U.S. Regulator Investigating Crypto Exchange BitMEX — Report

United States regulator the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is reportedly investigating derivatives giant BitMEX. CFTC wants to know if Americans using BitMEX According to sources citing people familiar with the matter speaking to Bloomberg, the CFTC suspects that BitMEX, which is registered in the Seychelles, allowed U.S. residents to use its platform to trade. Under current law, the U.S. is one of the countries excluded from using BitMEX and similar crypto-based financial services, but users may have sought to circumvent the geoblock using services such as VPNs. The investigation,…

Grayscale Investments Report Assets Under Management of $2.7B

Digital asset management fund Grayscale Investments has recorded an all-time high volume of assets under management of $2.7 billion. Per a Digital Asset Investment Report on Q2 2019 that Grayscale shared with Cointelegraph on July 16, the firm counted over $2.7 billion in assets under management as of July 15, 2019. The figure thus marks a near tripling of assets under management by the company since the preceding quarter. Grayscale’s overall performance in Q2 Grayscale stated in the report that total investments into its single-asset and diversified investment products in…

Binance Wants to Open a New Local Exchange in South Korea: Report

Binance, the world’s largest crypto exchange by daily trading volume to date, is reportedly planning to set up a branch in South Korea. Malta-based crypto exchange Binance is working with local partners in South Korea to launch a new exchange in the country, Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao (CZ) revealed, according to a report by crypto media outlet Block In Press on July 16. CZ reportedly said that the company does not know the details of the establishment of the new office in South Korea. However, a global representative of Binance…

BTC and LTC Halving ‘Shock’ May Be Mitigated by Merged Mining: Report

The effect of block reward halvings for both Bitcoin (BTC) and Litecoin (BTC) mining could be mitigated by merged mining, according to a report by a research arm of major crypto exchange Binance released on July 12. Following Charlie Lee’s prediction that some miners may shut down Litecoin mining after the halving, which is expected to take place on Aug. 5, 2019, Binance Research analyzed the potential of so-called merged mining to retain incentives for crypto miners. Merged mining is a practice of using the work done for one blockchain,…

Coinbase Looks to Launch a Captive Insurance Company With Aon: Report

United States’ biggest cryptocurrency exchange, Coinbase, is reportedly looking to launch a captive insurance company, industry news outlet Coindesk reports on July 10. Per the report, industry sources told the outlet that Coinbase is looking to launch its captive insurance company in partnership with insurance brokerage firm Aon.  According to accountancy news outlet CPAJournal, “a captive insurance company is a subsidiary formed by a private company to finance its retained losses in a formal structure under the guidance of an appropriate state insurance department.” Such a solution allows the company…

ICO publishes annual report covering an ‘unprecedented’ year

The public has woken up to the potential of their personal data, the Information Commissioner has said as the ICO’s annual report for 2018-19 was published today. Elizabeth Denham also said it covered an ‘unprecedented’ year for the regulator. Ms Denham continued: “The ICO has covered an enormous amount of ground over the last year – from the introduction of a new data protection law, to our calls to change the freedom of information law, from record-setting fines to a record number of people raising data protection concerns. “The biggest…

Top Crypto Markets Report Losses, Bitcoin Hovers Around $11,000

Friday, July 5 — the top-20 digital currencies by market capitalization are trading in the red zone, with only Chainlink (LINK) seeing daily gains, according to data from Coin360. Market visualization courtesy of Coin360 Bitcoin (BTC) has been trading in a narrow corridor from $11,701 to $10,751 as its highest point during the day. The leading crypto has lost 6.25% over the past 24 hours, and is currently trading at $10,969. In terms of its weekly performance, bitcoin has seen a price drop by 2.73%. Bitcoin has become less correlated…