Singapore Hosts New Fiat-Crypto Exchange, Welcomes Crypto Bank Accounts

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It has been a busy week for Singapore as it relates to cryptocurrency. The city-state is set open the first fiat-crypto exchange in Southeast Asia, while the financial regulator has vowed to help crypto companies set up local bank accounts, according to media reports.  Also read: Salt to Offer Crypto-Backed Loans in 7 Global Markets,…

Bitcoin Trading Flourishes on Whatsapp Following African Exchange Closures

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Governments in Africa simply cannot stop an idea whose time has come. In Zimbabwe, financial regulators banned cryptocurrency trading, and shut down two exchanges, thinking to have killed the ecosystem, only for Bitcoin to find a new life on Whatsapp. Kenyan authorities have sounded tough on virtual currency, warning banks and individuals against trading such,…

Shapeshift CEO Responds to Wall Street Journal Laundering Claims

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Reporters at the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) tied innovative ecosystem cryptocurrency exchange Shapeshift to money laundering. “How Dirty Money Disappears Into the Black Hole of Cryptocurrency,” was its published product from months of investigative journalism. The company’s CEO, Erik Voorhees, claims cooperation with the WSJ was obtained “under false pretenses.” He also charges the WSJ…

Exchanges Round-Up: Coinbase to Hire 130, EF Hutton Backs Acex Exchange

Exchanges Round-Up: Coinbase to Hire 130, EF Hutton Backs Acex Exchange

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In cryptocurrency exchange news, Coinbase plans to hire 130 additional staff at its New York office by the end of 2019, a recently announced exchange which will be backed EF Hutton has declared that it will launch before January 2019, and Digifinex has announced that it will replace its USDT pairings for TUSD. Also Read: Growing…

The Daily: Mycrypto Raises $4 million, Islamic Crypto Exchange Sets Foot in Malta

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Wallet solution Mycrypto has raised $4 million to build a platform allowing users to create new wallets, the full details of which are in this edition of The Daily. Also, the wallet advertised by software guru John McAfee, Bitfi, is removing the ‘unhackable’ claim from its branding, an Islamic crypto exchange applies for a license…

Indian Exchange Resumes Fiat Deposits and Withdrawals Using New Method

Indian Exchange Resumes Fiat Deposits and Withdrawals Using New Method

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An Indian cryptocurrency exchange has come up with a new method to allow its users to deposit and withdraw rupees despite the crypto banking ban by the country’s central bank. The exchange also guarantees that rupee requests will be processed within 30 minutes or the user will receive ten free XRP credited to their account.…

Malta Tops Exchange-Based Crypto Trade, Russia Leads in OTC Volume

Malta Tops Exchange-Based Crypto Trade, Russia Leads in OTC Volume

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Jurisdictions with crypto-friendly legislation or comprehensive regulations in place are leading in terms of exchange-based cryptocurrency trading. According to a new study, however, over the counter and P2P exchange is much more popular in developing nations and countries where non-cash payments are still not widely spread. Also read: Crypto Funds Number 466 Despite Trends, Uncertainty…

Huobi Exchange Suspends Services for Japanese Residents

Huobi Exchange Suspends Services for Japanese Residents

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Crypto exchange Huobi notified its Japanese customers via e-mail on Wednesday that it will be closing accounts of users who are residents of Japan. According to Huobi, their decision came up as a result of compliance issues with the Japanese law. Also read: Huobi Creates Its Own Cryptocurrency Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF) No Japanese Traders on Huobi…

Crypto Exchange Approved for Regulatory Sandbox License in Bahrain

Crypto Exchange Approved for Regulatory Sandbox License in Bahrain

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A Dubai-based cryptocurrency exchange has reportedly become the first crypto exchange in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to receive a regulatory sandbox license. The license was granted by the Central Bank of Bahrain and will take effect this week. Also read: Yahoo! Japan Confirms Entrance Into the Crypto Space Crypto Exchange Received Sandbox…

Regulations Round-Up: CFTC Rejects FOIA Request, SEC Not Modifying Securities Laws

Regulations Round-Up: CFTC Rejects FOIA Request, SEC Not Modifying Securities Laws

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In recent regulatory news, the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has rejected a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request regarding the subpoenas recently received by Bitfinex and Tether; the United States Securities and Exchanges (SEC) Chairman, Jay Clayton, has indicated that the regulator will not alter existing securities legislation to cater to cryptocurrencies.…