CFTC Chair Giancarlo Hints at What’s Holding Back Bakkt’s Bitcoin Futures

The Takeaway Bakkt, the proposed bitcoin futures exchange, remains in regulatory limbo CFTC Chairman Christopher Giancarlo wouldn’t discuss specific proposals, but his general comments about crypto regulation offer hints at the reasons Bakkt is languishing Part of the problem appears to be the firm’s plan to custody its own bitcoin, and clear trades through its…

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FinCEN Issues First-Ever Civil Penalty Against Bitcoin Exchange

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a bureau within the U.S. Department of the Treasury, has imposed its first-ever penalty on a peer-to-peer crypto exchange for violating AML regulations, among other violations. FinCEN announced the penalty on its website on April 18, 2019, declaring that it had levied a civil money penalty against bitcoin trader…

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France Adopts New Cryptocurrency Regulation

The French government has adopted a financial sector bill that establishes a legal framework for cryptocurrency service providers and initial coin offerings. The bill includes both optional and mandatory licensing, and also specifies the types of funds that can invest in crypto assets. Also read: Indian Supreme Court Postpones Crypto Case at Government’s Request Pacte…

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SEC’s First Crypto ‘No-Action’ Letter Took 11 Months to Secure

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) cleared TurnKey Jet, Inc to raise money via the sale of a custom cryptocurrency on Wednesday in the form of a “no-action” letter, it’s first to address blockchain-based fundraising. The letter means the Florida-based startup can sell TKJ tokens to customers with the sole purpose of helping them book travel on…

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Pakistan Introduces Crypto Regulation

The Pakistani government will now regulate local cryptocurrency firms under new legislation. Local news outlet The Express Tribune reported that the government of Pakistan will introduce Electronic Money Institutions (EMI) regulations based on the recommendations of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). The FATF is an intergovernmental organization based in France that creates policies for…

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