Politics, Legal & Regulation

Policy and regulations impacting innovations in Finance.

MAS Bans Crypto Advertising in Singapore

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) today took steps to effectively ban the advertising of cryptocurrencies to the general public. The guidelines cover payment institutions, banks and other financial institutions, as well as applicants under Singapore’s Payment Services Act. Services included in the directives are… Read More

SEC Files Fraud Charges Involving Gold Hawgs Development Corp. Crypto Offering

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed fraud charges against Paul A. Garcia of Severance, Colorado, for allegedly stealing approximately one-quarter of investor funds raised for Gold Hawgs Development Corp. Gold Hawgs reportedly sought to develop a gold hawg token that would be backed… Read More

UK Fintech TrueLayer Evaluates Impact and Progress of Open Banking

Open Banking is four years old now, however, the team at TrueLayer asks “who’s using it, how is it benefitting consumers and what’s next?” TrueLayer writes in a blog post that the updated Payment Services Directive (PSD2) came into force “on 13 January 2018, introducing… Read More

Anchorage Digital Shares Survey Results Revealing that Many Americans Believe Crypto and Regulatory Clarity are Vital to US Economy

Anchorage Digital, the first federally chartered digital asset bank, has shared survey results that show OCC approval “gives Americans greater confidence in cryptocurrency.” The team at Anchorage Digital writes in a blog post that as the volume of conversation around cryptocurrency and digital assets continues… Read More

Project Helvetia: Swiss National Bank, Along with SIX and BIS, Test CBDC Settlement

The Swiss National Bank (SNB) has successfully tested wholesale CBCD [central bank digital currency] settlement in a partnership with the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) and SIX (parent of the Swiss Stock Exchange). The test was completed during Q4 2021. The project utilized SDX, the… Read More

European Lender Mintos Says it Has Removed Cautionary Measures for Firms in Kazakhstan Following Unrest

European lender Mintos writes in an extensive update that the Internet connections in Kazakhstan has now been restored, and the restrictions on international payments “were lifted.” The team at Mintos also mentioned that they’ve received proof of payment from all their lending firms from Kazakhstan…. Read More

House Committee on Energy and Commerce Schedules Hearing on Crypto and Energy Usage

Everyone knows that crypto mining can use a lot of energy. Blockchain transactions in generally can inhale a lot of server time. All of this means that crypto is not the most energy-efficient sector of Fintech. This fact has caught the eye of elected officials… Read More

European Blockchain Services Infrastructure Selects Phase 2 Blockchain Providers

The European Commission has selected 5 blockchain providers as part of the ongoing European Blockchain Services Infrastructure (EBSI) initiative. The EBSI has been in the works for several years now as the EU aims to leverage blockchain technology to improve or add digital services to benefit the population… Read More

Congressman Tom Emmer Introduces Legislation Prohibiting the Fed From Issuing CBDC to Consumers

Congressman Tom Emmer introduced legislation today designed to prohibit the US Federal Reserve from issuing Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDCs) directly to consumers. Emmer is a member of the House Committee on Financial Services and ranking Member on the Fintech Task Force. According to the… Read More

Fed Chair Jerome Powell Sees No Problem with Private Stablecoins Existing Alongside CBDCs

Chairman of the Federal Reserve Jerome Powell spent much of yesterday testifying in front of the US Senate Banking Committee as part of his nomination process. It is anticipated that Powell will easily be approved by the Committee as well as the full Senate for… Read More

NYDIG Subsidiary Bottlepay Now the First Lightning Firm to be a Registered Crypto-Asset Business with the UK’s FCA

NYDIG, a Bitcoin company, announced that its subsidiary Bottlepay, a Bitcoin-based international payments company, has been granted registration as a Cryptoasset Business from the United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Bottlepay is one of a small number of crypto-asset companies to have secured this type… Read More

Digital Banking: Revolut Officially Launches as a Bank in 10 European Nations

Digital banking Fintech Revolut has reportedly launched operations as a bank in 10 Western European nations, allowing it to provide its customers in these markets with deposit protection. Revolut, which is a provider of a financial super-app with over 18 million customers across the globe,… Read More

ComplyAdvantage Predicts More Debates About Definition of VASPs, More Discussions on Environmental Crime in 2022

The team at ComplyAdvantage, an AI-enhanced financial crime detection firm, notes that from regime change in Myanmar and Afghanistan to a “spotlight on environmental crime at COP26 and the explosive Pandora Papers leak, 2021 has been another landmark year for compliance professionals.” ComplyAdvantage writes in… Read More

BlockFi Founders Committed to Working Towards Regulatory Clarity in 2022, Plan to Add More Digital Assets for Trading

Zac Prince (Founder and CEO at BlockFi) and Flori Marquez (Co-founder and SVP of Operations at BlockFi), noted that  2021 was “not the year anyone predicted.” Prince and Marquez wrote in a blog post published by BlockFi: “Across the globe, we experienced challenges and joys… Read More

NASAA Publishes Annual List of Investment Risks: Crypto – Digital Assets Top the List

The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) has published its annual list of investor lists. NASAA is the lobbying-representative group that represents state securities regulators across the US as well as provincial regulators in Canada and Mexican regulators as well. Topping the list for 2022… Read More

Innovate Finance Responds to FCA Discussion Paper, “Sustainability Disclosure Requirements and Investment Labels”

Innovate Finance, the independent industry body that represents and advances the international Fintech community in the United Kingdom, explains that it aims to accelerate the UK’s role in the financial services sector by “directly supporting the next generation of technology-led innovators.” The UK Fintech sector… Read More

Ranking Republicans Slam SEC Chair Gary Gensler for Rushing Proposed Rules by Limiting Comment Periods

Senator Pat Toomey and Representative Patrick McHenry have sent a letter to SEC Chairman Gary Gensler criticizing his decision to limit comment periods on proposed rulemaking. McHenry is the Ranking Member on the House Committee on Financial Services and Toomey is the Ranking Member on… Read More

Former SEC Official Predicts End of Businesses Accepting Cryptocurrency, Labels Crypto a “Menacing Cancer”

At least one former enforcement executive from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is predicting the demise of crypto – or at least a significant setback for digital assets. John Reed Stark, former head of the SEC’s Internet Enforcement team says that new rules from… Read More

MAS Reveals that Social Aspects of a Retail CBDC Featured “Strongly” in the Global CBDC Challenge: Report

Sopnendu Mohanty, Chief Fintech Officer at the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), notes in the Global CBDC Challenge 2021 Report that history has shown that currency is a protean concept. Mohanty points out that from livestock around 9000 BC, to the introduction of paper money around… Read More

SPACs Have Big Year in 2021. What’s Next for 2022?

Doug Ellenoff of Ellenoff, Grossman and Schole Shares Insight into Booming SPAC Market. Special purpose Acquisition Companies or SPACs had a blowout year in 2021.  While the financing vehicle has been around for decades, in recent years SPACs have rocketed in popularity. SPACs are an… Read More

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