CFTC to Discuss Digital Currency Futures Certification Process

Five weeks ago, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced three exchanges had self-certified Bitcoin derivatives products. Following the subsequent backlash from the Futures Industry Association (FIA), the CFTC has announced two public committee meetings to review the self-certification process, procedures and operational controls for listing and trading digital currency futures.

SEC/NASAA Ring in 2018 by Hinting at Need for (More) Cryptocurrency Regulation

Yesterday, January 4, 2018, the three prominent figures of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) endorsed the concerns raised in the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA)’s cautionary directive on cryptocurrencies, ICOs, and other “Cryptocurrency-Related Investment Products.

Our Top 5 Bitcoin “Good News” Stories of 2017

When the history of Bitcoin and blockchains is written, 2017 will be the year tagged as the “turning point” when Bitcoin and “red hot” blockchain technology went mainstream. The steadily rising bitcoin price and market cap is a key, though not the only, indicator that a tipping point has been reached.

South Korea Moves to Regulate Domestic Bitcoin Trading, Exchanges

Since late November 2017, South Korea has looked to regulate cryptocurrency trading in domestic exchanges, including Bithumb, Coinone and Korbit,  The Korea Herald reports.

Charlie Lee: Japan and South Korea Regulations Good For Bitcoin

On CNBC’s Squawk Box, Litecoin creator and former Coinbase executive Charlie Lee discussed the future of bitcoin, Litecoin, and the cryptocurrency market in the long-term.

Philippine Central Bank ‘Reviewing’ 12 Bitcoin Exchange Applications

The Philippine central bank is reportedly reviewing 12 applications for bitcoin exchange registrations.
Leaked: South Korean Government’s Four Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Regulations

Leaked: South Korean Government’s Four Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Regulations

Earlier today, as South Korean mainstream media outlet Hankyoreh reported, the South Korean government’s planned regulations around bitcoin and the cryptocurrency market have been leaked.

South Korean Government Holds Emergency Meeting to Discuss Bitcoin

The South Korean government held an emergency meeting to evaluate the state of the local cryptocurrency exchange market and trading of digital currencies.

Indian Central Bank’s Bitcoin Warning: A Sign of Fear?

On December 5, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the country’s central bank, cautioned investors of bitcoin, clarifying that the government is yet to regulate bitcoin and cryptocurrency exchanges within the local market.

South Korean Government to Allow Institutional Investors to Participate in ICOs

According to a report by Chosun, a leading mainstream news publication in South Korea, the South Korean government is planning to allow initial coin offerings (ICOs) in the near future, with strict regulations and policies in place.

South Korea (Pre)Issues Ban on Bitcoin Futures Trading

South Korea’s primary financial regulator and watchdog has banned securities firms from launching bitcoin futures contracts, according to a local report.

The Promise and Regulatory Challenge of "Physical" Bitcoins

Physical bitcoins that can be exchanged like cash have been discussed for years. In 2010, Gavin Andresen himself started a Bitcoin Forum discussion on possible ways to “print out bitcoins to function as user-created paper money.

Korean Regulator Hints at Reversing ICO Ban & “Stringent” Bitcoin Regulation

A senior official from Korea’s Financial Services Commission has vowed to regulate the local bitcoin space while hinting at putting an end to the blanket ICO ban.

SEC Isn’t Done with ICOs, Likely to Take “More Actions” Against Them

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Regulators Greenlight Bitcoin Futures

Bitcoin futures contracts to be offered by CME Group Inc. and Cboe Futures Exchange to mainstream investors. CME Group, the world’s largest futures exchange, has announced that it has self-certified the initial listing of its Bitcoin futures contract.

Bitcoin ‘Looks Like a Bubble’, We’ll Be ‘Friendly’ to ICOs: Israel Securities Regulator

The chairman of the Israel Securities Authority joins the bandwagon of critics calling bitcoin a ‘bubble’.

We’re Guarding Consumers Over Bitcoin: New York Regulator

Maria Vullo, the superintendent of New York Department of Financial Services, told Bloomberg’s David Westin in a TV interview that the department keeps on top of bitcoin.

Bitcoin-Friendly Philippines Plans ICO Regulation

After introducing regulations for bitcoin exchanges earlier this year, authorities in the Philippines are casting their eye on initial coin offerings (ICOs).

UK Treasury Plans Tighter Regulation of Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies

The British government is planning to introduce strict regulations of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin to combat crime like tax evasion and money laundering.

China was Right to Shut Down Bitcoin Exchanges & ICOs: PBoC Official

A vice governor of China’s central bank has doubled down on the regulator’s sweeping ban on ICOs in September that also led to the shuttering of local bitcoin exchanges.

Japanese Bitcoin Exchange bitFlyer Now Licensed in the U.S.

Tokyo-based bitFlyer has become the fourth digital currency exchange to receive approval from the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) for a “BitLicense” to operate as a virtual currency exchange in New York.
South Korea Nears Mandating Regulations for Bitcoin Exchanges

South Korea Nears Mandating Regulations for Bitcoin Exchanges

South Korean authorities are reportedly close to putting the final touches on regulations for bitcoin and cryptocurrency exchanges. The Financial Services Commission (FSC), South Korea’s financial regulator and authority, is outlining regulations that will mandate cryptocurrency exchanges to play by its rules. The regulator publicly revealed its intention to introduce regulations for bitcoin exchanges last year with a focus on regulatory and licensing parameters.

World’s Largest Bitcoin Market Japan has “Loose” Regulations, Doesn’t Bode Well: Analyst

Koji Higashi, the co-founder of IndieSquare and Japanese cryptocurrency researcher, revealed Japan, the largest bitcoin market in the world in terms of daily trading volume, has friendly and loose regulations for bitcoin businesses and investors. But, while the Japanese government has legalized bitcoin as a currency and a legitimate payment method, other minor alternative cryptocurrencies (altcoins) are receiving the same treatment as bitcoin.

Bitcoin Exchange Globitex Granted European Electronic Money License

Globitex, a new bitcoin exchange co-founded by former Bitcoin Foundation Executive Director Jon Matonis, is announcing that its parent Globitex Holding (Latvia) group company NexPay UAB has been granted an Electronic Money Institution (EMI) license by the Bank of Lithuania, a regulatory authority in the European Union, to carry out payment services and e-money issuance in the EU.

“We Welcome Bitcoin” [with Regulations], Says Iran’s Cyberspace Authority

Iran’s High Council of Cyberspace (HCC) has opened up about its embracive approach to cryptocurrencies like bitcoin in the country. Iran’s HCC, a prominent authority that could decide the legality of cryptocurrencies in the country, has welcomed the prospect of bitcoin in Iranian society, under well-defined regulations. Speaking to Iranian news agency ILNA, HCC secretary Abolhassan Firouzabadi said in quotes reported by the Financial Tribune: We [at the HCC] welcome Bitcoin, but we must have regulations for Bitcoin and any other digital currency…Our view regarding Bitcoin is positive, but it does not mean that we will not require regulations in this regard because following the rules is a must.