Bitcoin Group SE Buys Investment Bank Tremmel for Undisclosed Figure

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Bitcoin Group SE has bought 100 percent shares of investment bank Tremmel for an undisclosed amount. This is the German digital currency exchange operator’s second acquisition in 2018. Bitcoin Group, which holds current assets of $40 million, said Tremmel allows it to issue its own cryptocurrency-related products, conduct proprietary trading and operate bitcoin ATMs. Also…

Namibian Bitcoin Trading Platform BTN Perseveres Despite Partial Crypto Ban

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Bitcoin Trade Namibia (BTN), an emerging bitcoin marketplace, is trying to make things work for Namibians keen on investing in digital assets, even though it could take up to three days before buy orders are settled. However, in an industry where government forces crave control, the delay looks like it should be worth the wait.…

Vietnam at Crossroads on Cryptocurrency Regulations

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Vietnamese authorities are still considering their approach to regulating the cryptocurrency space. The Ministry of Justice has put forward several alternative solutions and the Ministry of Industry and Trade has expressed its opposition to the ban on imports of mining equipment. Also read: Uzbekistan Sets up International Arbitration Center for Crypto Businesses Justice Ministry Reports…

Iran Completes Development of Rial-Supported National Cryptocurrency

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Iran has finalized the development of its national cryptocurrency, which is backed by the local fiat unit, the rial. Once the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) approves its use, the yet-to-be-named digital currency will then be issued to banking institutions for testing in payments, internal and interbank settlements according to local media reports. Also Read: Bahamas…

‘Asia’s Amazon’ Starts Using Bithumb’s Payment Service for Cryptocurrency Users

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One of South Korea’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, Bithumb, has begun providing a cryptocurrency payment service to a major online marketplace it refers to as “Asia’s Amazon.” Korean users can use their cryptocurrencies held at the exchange to pay for purchases on Qoo10 using this service. Also read: Yahoo! Japan Confirms Entrance Into the Crypto Space Qoo10…

Trade.io Acquires Primus Capital Markets to Offer BTC-Backed Forex Trading

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Trade.io, a cryptocurrency exchange and investment company, has acquired British brokerage firm Primus Capital Markets Ltd for an undisclosed amount. The new subsidiary is to start trading foreign currency using digital assets as base currency under a new name, TIO Markets. Initially, customers will be able to make deposits and withdrawals in bitcoin core, ethereum,…

French Lawmakers to Lower Cryptocurrency Tax by 6 Percent

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French lawmakers have adopted an amendment to the 2019 budget bill that will cut capital gains tax on bitcoin sales to 30 percent from 36.2 percent. This will bring cryptocurrency transactions in line with other non-real estate assets, which are taxed at a flat rate of 30 percent. Also Read: Survey: South Africans Turn to Crypto…

Global Cryptocurrency Exchanges Cut Ties With Iran After New US Sanctions

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A number of cryptocurrency exchanges have reportedly cut ties with Iran after the U.S. imposed tougher economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Sepehr Mohammadi, head of Iran’s Blockchain Community, told local media that Binance and Bittrex are some of the platforms to have unofficially dropped Iran from the list of supported countries to receive services.…

Venezuela’s Supreme Court Orders Payment in National Cryptocurrency

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Venezuela’s Supreme Tribunal of Justice has ordered a compensation payment of 266 petros, the country’s national cryptocurrency, in a workplace injury case. Meanwhile, the Venezuelan government has launched the petro savings plan, backed by 4 million of the digital currency. Also read: Yahoo! Japan Confirms Entrance Into the Crypto Space Venezuela’s Supreme Court Recognizes Petro The…