Is Plustoken to Blame for Bitcoin’s Sell-Off?

Armchair theorists love postulating the reasons behind bitcoin’s latest price rise or sell-off. From China FUD to exchange hacks, anything and everything is fair game for blame. Plustoken is the latest bitcoin bear-maker that’s being credited with the last three months of downward price action. But is the revenue from a ponzi coin really responsible for bitcoin’s drop, or are there broader forces at play? Also read: US Judge Denies Customer’s Plea to Quash IRS Bitstamp Inquiry Anatomy of a Scam In June, the ringleaders of Plustoken were arrested by…

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Despite St. Louis Branch Warnings, New York Fed Pumps $108 Billion Into US Economy

On Wednesday, November 27, the U.S. Federal Reserve pumped $108 billion into the American economy using overnight repo tactics and 15-day repos. The central bank explained the move will stimulate more liquidity into the faltering U.S. economy, but economists from the St. Louis Federal Reserve branch say too much money-printing could lead the country into “economic ruin.” Also read: US to Strictly Enforce Crypto Rules Similar to FATF Guidelines New York Fed Injects Billions Into the Financial Sector The Federal Reserve has been pumping money into the American economy for…

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US Judge Denies Customer’s Plea to Quash IRS Bitstamp Inquiry

A Washington Western District Court judge has rejected petitioner William Zietzke’s appeal to stop the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from accessing his Bitstamp trade data. An IRS summons invoked Zietzke to file a petition to quash the tax agency’s investigation into his private accounts. Even though the presiding Judge John Coughenour believes the IRS summons is “overbroad,” he still denied Zietzke’s petition. Also read: IRS Dispels Crypto Tax Confusion Washington Judge Will Allow IRS to Summons Bitstamp Over a Customer’s Transactions in 2016 William Zietzke filed a motion to…

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US Fed Weighs Up Potential CBDC as Countermove Against China

The Fed chairman’s recent letter illuminates how monetary policy bigwigs view crypto and if it might greenlight a USD stablecoin. Where just a handful of years ago, the idea would have been immediately dismissed or even met with ridicule, the United States Federal Reserve is now taking the concept of an official dollar stablecoin seriously. Markets have heard more frequent guidance from the Fed on cryptocurrencies in recent years, and thanks to two curious U.S. representatives — French Hill and Bill Foster — this guidance now includes an enlightening response…

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KPMG Launches DLT Supply Chain Tool in Australia, China and Japan

Big Four consulting firm KPMG officially launched its blockchain-based track and trace platform in Australia, China and Japan. Big Four audit firm KPMG has officially launched a blockchain-based track and trace platform in Australia, China and Japan. Dubbed KPMG Origins, the tool is designed to increase transparency and traceability of processes in multiple industries such as agriculture, manufacturing and financial services, the firm announced on Nov. 28. The official launch of KPMG Origins in Australia, China and Japan comes after successful pilot implementations with clients in those countries, the press…

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Robinhood Withdraws Bank Charter Application Due to Regulatory Challenges

Stock and cryptocurrency trading platform Robinhood has withdrawn its bank charter application with the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Stock and cryptocurrency trading platform Robinhood has withdrawn its bank charter application with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. As CNBC reported on Nov. 27, Robinhood voluntarily decided to withdraw its application with the regulator due to the challenges the company could face in receiving a charter. A spokesperson said that “Robinhood will continue to focus on increasing participation in the financial system and challenging the…

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Coinbase Secures Patent for System to Identify Non-Compliant Accounts

Major American cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has been awarded a patent for a system that identifies and flags non-compliant accounts. Major American cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has been awarded a patent for a system that identifies and flags non-compliant accounts. A filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office on Nov. 19 details a system containing a scoring model that “determines a compliance score for each one of the accounts based on the respective factors associated with the respective account.” The system then compares the compliance score for each account to…

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Op Ed: Why We Can All Feel Thankful for Bitcoin

Thanksgiving Day is the perfect opportunity to turn our attention to the people, events and things that make our lives better and offer us reasons to feel grateful. While meeting family members around the dinner table is an excellent way of expressing appreciation, those of us who irreversibly fell down the Bitcoin rabbit hole may have a few extra reasons to show gratitude.  Why should one feel thankful for Bitcoin? Whether we like it or not, it has changed our views on finance, politics, law and economics. The simple act…

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US Government Worried Crypto Can Shift Power to Private Sector

Cryptocurrency is one of the top issues for the U.S. Treasury. Particularly, the Treasury is worried decentralized cryptocurrencies can shift some functions away from the government to the private sector and raise the issue of self-government, according to Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Justin Muzinich. Also read: US to Strictly Enforce Crypto Rules Similar to FATF Guidelines Power Shift, Self-Government Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Justin Muzinich discussed the Treasury’s priorities at the annual conference of the Bank Policy Institute (BPI) in New York last week. One area he…

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Kraken, One of Oldest Bitcoin Exchanges, Joins Silvergate Exchange Network

Major United States-based crypto exchange Kraken joined the Silvergate Exchange Network, following Winklevoss’ Gemini. Kraken, one of the largest and oldest Bitcoin (BTC) exchanges in the world, has joined the Silvergate Exchange Network (SEN). By joining SEN, the United States-based cryptocurrency exchange enables its clients to deposit and withdraw U.S. dollars from Silvergate accounts with no fees, the firm announced Nov. 27. According to the announcement, the depositing process will be different based on whether Kraken users have a Silvergate account. If they have an account at Silvergate, Kraken users…

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