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What Should We Expect From an Exchange Tailor-Made for Wall Street Investors?

Last week, the CEO of the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) said that the firm’s digital asset platform, Bakkt, is expected to launch later in 2019. It is time to look deeper into the project, and see what it can bring to the crypto industry.What is Bakkt exactly?Bakkt (pronounced “backed,” referring

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Iran: Still Waiting for the Blockchain Revolution

From Jan. 29 to 30, Tehran hosted the eighth annual conference on Electronic Banking and Payment Systems, which was promoted by the Monetary and Banking Research Institution, the research arm of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI). Among the announced topics under the theme of the “Blockchain Revolution,” it

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How We Will Remember the Year of the Dog? ICO Market Decline, Trend Toward Compliance and Other Takeaways

Happy Chinese New Year! As the Year of the Yellow Mountain Dog has drawn to a close, it is time to look back at what happened.While there was a promising start in January 2018, when most altcoins were enjoying their all-time highs, the bear eventually took over, and the

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QuadrigaCX Is Filing for Creditor Protection Amid Liquidity Crisis, Community Remains Largely Skeptical

Canadian cryptocurrency exchange QuadrigaCX is in hot water: Following the sudden death of its 30-year-old founder, Gerald Cotten, the exchange has allegedly lost access to its cold wallets, where most of the funds were stored.Now, the exchange has taken to court to avoid the collapse, but some community members

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Malta’s Regulatory Framework Has Attracted Crypto Players, but International Watchdogs and Local Opposition Are Skeptical

Last week, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) claimed that the growth of blockchain in Malta has created major risks of money laundering and terrorism financing in the island’s economy, as per the local media.Malta is renowned for its crypto-friendly politics, whose efforts in the field have earned it the

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Under Fire: Kik Is Gearing Up for a Fight With the SEC

Canadian-based social media startup Kik is gearing up to challenge a proposed enforcement action from the United States Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) over a fundraising initiative in 2017.The American securities regulator believes that Kik’s Token Distribution Event (TDE) two years ago violated securities laws. The company raised $97 million

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Analysis: Understanding the SEC’s Stance on Crypto

Last year the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission took enforcement action against initial coin offerings and other crypto companies perpetrating fraud. Many believe 2019 will be the year when regulators clamp down on rogue cryptocurrency operators. Here we decode the overlapping and occasionally contradictory stance taken by U.S. regulators, and

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British Regulators Ruminate on Crypto Rules While Standing Firm on Crypto Taxation

A significant crypto market slump has brought concern and alarm, but also some unexpected side benefits. One such benefit comes from how financial regulators in the United Kingdom now appear sufficiently relaxed about crypto and its growth that they can take their time to carefully consider fair regulation. Without the

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Korea’s Largest Internet Firm Kakao Is Running a Crypto ICO That Is Not Subject to SEC Scrutiny

Kakao, South Korea’s largest internet conglomerate that operates applications and have nearly a 90 percent dominance in their respective markets, is running an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) to raise funds for its blockchain project called Clay.In March, Kakao released its initial attempt to conduct a token sale by establishing

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G20 Leaders Declare Commitment to Regulate Crypto Assets

While some countries have taken the lead to regulate various aspects of using cryptocurrencies, many have left the matter completely up in the air. This might soon change as pressure is mounting on governments to develop standards for crypto regulations, as evident by the latest G20 meeting of top

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