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CoinMarketCap Launches Crypto Indices on Nasdaq, Bloomberg, Others

CoinMarketCap announced that it will launch two cryptocurrency benchmark indices on Nasdaq Global Index Data Service, Bloomberg Terminal, Thomson Reuters Eikon and Börse Stuttgart. The news was revealed in a post on the crypto data firm’s blog, published on March 20. The two indices are calculated and administered by German index provider Solactive, the post notes. Per the announcement, the indices will cover the top 200 cryptocurrencies by market capitalization, one including Bitcoin (BTC) and one without it. The latter benchmark will be called CMC Crypto 200 ex BTC Index…

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JPMorgan Chase Exec: Crypto Innovators Will 'Ultimately Have to Use a Bank to Move Funds’

JPMorgan Chase’s Ron Karpovich says there is “more partnership instead of competition” between the financial establishment and crypto disruptors. Ron Karpovich, Global Head of eCommerce Solutions at JPMorgan Chase, stated that there is “more partnership instead of competition” between the financial establishment and crypto disruptors when it comes to the payments space. Karpovich made his remarks during an interview on CNBC’s Squawk Box today, March 20. In response to a question from CNBC’s host as to how the banking giant is poised to compete with new and disruptive actors than…

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Dollar Is Not Designed for the Internet, but Stablecoins Are

Sterling Witzke has been working at Winklevoss Capital — a venture capital firm set up by the famous Winklevoss twins — for five years now. As a professional investor, she is very interested in financing early stage crypto and blockchain projects. She believes that stablecoins are perfectly designed for the needs of internet payments and will steadily gain popularity as the industry evolves. We talked to Sterling Witzke about the future of fiat-pegged cryptocurrencies, the necessity of proper legal frameworks and the future of the maturing crypto industry. Clarity is…

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After QuadrigaCX: New Regulations for Canadian Exchanges Are in the Works

As anxiety grows around every new twist and turn in the ongoing QuadrigaCX drama, along with extensive QuadrigaCX media coverage, Canada’s mainstream media has been calling on the government to bring in better oversight and regulation of cryptocurrency businesses, especially cryptocurrency exchanges. In response to these calls for more regulation and calls from some crypto businesses for more regulatory clarity, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) released a discussion paper on March 14, 2019, with a “New Proposed Platform Framework” that would…

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Israeli Court Rules Against One-Size-Fits-All Bitcoin Ban by Bank

An Israeli court ruled on March 17, 2019, that banks can’t enforce a blanket ban against all accounts linked to cryptocurrency. Instead, the court said, banks need to consider the specific type and scope of crypto-related activity before determining whether or not to open an account. The case involved a lawsuit begun in May 2018 by Israminers, a bitcoin mining company based in Ukraine, against the Union Bank of Israel. The bank refused to accept deposits into the company’s account, and ultimately shut the account down because much of the…

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Bitcoin Accepted as Payment Option by Major US Electronics Company

Avnet has become the latest major enterprise to begin accepting payment in bitcoin and other cryptocurrency. On March 19, 2019, the company announced that it will allow customers to pay for goods and services using bitcoin and bitcoin cash. Crypto payment processor BitPay will facilitate the transactions. Founded in 1921, Avnet is one of the oldest major American electronics companies. With more than 15,000 employees and net income north of $250 million, it’s also one of the country’s larger technology firms. Today, its business centers around helping to design and…

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Op Ed: Hanging Money Launderers Out to Dry: The Role of KYC/AML in Blockchain

Crime isn’t supposed to pay, but sometimes the wages of sin are paid in bitcoin. Last week, Japanese police reported that 2018 saw a tenfold increase of cryptocurrency money laundering. In 2017, Japan’s National Police Agency discovered fewer than 700 instances of crypto money laundering. Last year, they found more than 7,000 cases. What is it about this new asset class, which is enabled by blockchain distributed ledger technology, that makes it so appealing to criminals? And what can be done to keep cryptocurrency clean? Cryptocurrencies present the world with…

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US SEC Solicits Feedback on Crypto Assets and Custody Rules

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is soliciting industry input as it potentially reconsiders existing custody rules in specific cases of digital asset trading and settlement. The SEC launched its information gathering initiative in an open letter to Karen Barr, president and CEO of the Investment Adviser Association, on March 12. Currently, the Custody Rule (Rule 206(4)-2) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 determines rules that aim to protect investors who delegate custody of their funds or securities to professional investment advisors. As the letter outlines, such…

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Sats Back: How the Ebates of Bitcoin Plans to Convert Holders to Spenders

“The biggest problem I could think of was distribution. How do you share and educate both consumers and merchants on the power of bitcoin? I learned how much consumers loved earning and why merchants make decisions to adopt new technology.” Given his experience as an e-commerce professional, Alex Adelman, co-founder and CEO of Lolli, should know. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011, the entrepreneur started Cosmic, an e-commerce gateway “with the idea to democratize commerce, allowing anyone to buy anything anywhere,” he told…

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Bitcoin Price Analysis: Slow Grind Could Lead to Short Squeeze

Last Friday, we discussed a macro resistance level bitcoin would likely test. The level was tested three times prior and immediately rejected. Now, for the fourth time, we find ourselves situated above the level as we wait to see if our support holds: Figure 1: BTC-USD, Daily Candles, Fourth Test of Macro Resistance The first three attempts to hold support above the black, broken resistance have been stifled with relatively high amounts of volume. However, something to note is that the three rejections of the overhead resistance have become weaker…

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