Gatecoin Crypto Exchange to Shut Down on Court’s Orders

Hong Kong-based cryptocurrency exchange Gatecoin will shut down and enter liquidation after an unsuccessful attempt to recover funds lost in a dispute with a former payment services provider. Announced yesterday, the company distributed the message to customers via their corporate website. There, the team behind the project explained the suspension of the service occurred after…

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P2P Markets Report: Dumping Drives Record Volume Across Latin America and Asia

Markets and Prices The heavy selling pressure that has dominated the cryptocurrency markets in recent weeks has coincided with a surge in peer-to-peer (P2P) trade volume across the Localbitcoins markets in Asia and South America. Globally, higher trade activity over the past two weeks has also driven the strongest volume since September 2017, with roughly…

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MetLife Asia Affiliate Trials Blockchain Insurance Product

LumenLab, an affiliate to insurance giant MetLife’s Asia bureau, has successfully trialed a blockchain-powered insurance product to offer financial protection to pregnant women with a risk of gestational diabetes. According to a news release published Monday, the product, dubbed “Vitana,” will connect its customers’ electronic medical records to their mobile devices to issue a policy in…

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Court Says India’s Crypto Exchange Bank Account Ban Will Continue

India’s highest court has declined to end a ban enacted by the national central bank that bars the country’s crypto exchanges from doing business with regulated financial firms. Bloomberg reported Tuesday that the Indian Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, said that the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) prohibition on providing services to crypto-related…

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Japan’s Finance Minister Balks at Changing Crypto Tax Rules

Japan’s top financial official is cautious about the idea of his nation changing how it taxes gains from cryptocurrencies. During a meeting with the budget committee of the Upper House on June 25, Senator Kenji Fukimaki asked whether Japan’s tax policy on cryptocurrency profits could be changed from its current “miscellaneous income” classification to “separate…

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Malta Emerges as World’s Cryptocurrency Hub Despite EU’s TAX3 Investigation: Expert Take

In our Expert Takes, opinion leaders from inside and outside the crypto industry express their views, share their experience and give professional advice. Expert Takes cover everything from Blockchain technology and ICO funding to taxation, regulation, and cryptocurrency adoption by different sectors of the economy. If you would like to contribute an Expert Take, please…

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