China biggest cryptocurrency mining machines Bitmain suspends sales

In a statement China’s biggest maker of cryptocurrency mining machines Bitmain said, it had suspended sales of its products in the spot market to help ease selling pressure. The development comes after Beijing imposed a ban on mining bitcoins. Bitmain said, it is looking for “quality” power supplies abroad and is looking for foreign clients…

DoJ seizes $1 billion in bitcoins associated with underground marketplace Silk Road

In a statement the U.S. Justice Department stated, it had seized more than $1 billion worth of bitcoin associated with the underground online marketplace Silk Road. The Justice Department is seeking the forfeiture of the bitcoins, which had been in the possession of an unnamed hacker who had stolen them from the “notorious” website. The…

Cryptocurrency trading platforms will henceforth be regulated

On Tuesday, Hong Kong’s securities watchdog stated, the city will require every cryptocurrency trading platforms to be regulated regardless of whether they trade securities. In a statement Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) said, previously the regulatory framework for cryptocurrency trading platforms had the ‘opt in’ option; now this has become mandatory, said SFC…

France’s finance commission eases capital gains tax on bitcoins with other non-real estate assets

The finance commission has moved to amend the 2019 budget bill to include the sales of crypto assets which will be taxed at 30% rather than the earlier 36.2%. France’s finance commission in its lower house of parliament has backed plans to lower tax on the sales of bitcoins, thus bringing it on par with…

Virtual currency exchanges at risk of market manipulation: Report from NY Attorney General’s office

The report by NY Attorney General’s office is based on a study of several online platforms where virtual currencies, including bitcoins, are regularly traded. According to a report published by the New York Attorney General’s office, cryptocurrency exchanges are typically plagued by poor market surveillance, lack sufficient customer protections, and have pervasive conflicts of interest.…

Digital currencies are not yet ripe for consumer adoption: Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard

Listing out the serious challenges posed by digital currencies, Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard opined blochain technology, the underlying technology that powers them, could be harnessed for facilitating and easing bank-to-bank transactions, as well as for payments in financial markets. In what is likely to be one of the Federal Reserve’s most detailed critiques of…

Cryptocurrency investors file lawsuit against Coincheck Inc

While Coincheck wants to resume trading once it can guarantee the secure resumption of its operations, investors want to withdraw their holdings so that they can continue trading on other cryptocurrency exchanges. On Thursday, cryptocurrency investors in Japan launched a lawsuit against Tokyo-based cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck Inc in efforts aimed at forcing it to allow…