Crypto change CrossTower enters India despite uncertainty

In a significant development U.S.-headquartered digital currency exchange CrossTower has set up a local unit in India and has launched a trading platform to increase its traction in the burgeoning domestic crypto market. The development comes at a time when the fate of cryptocurrency is still unclear in India. CrossTower India has hired 35 people…

Central bank digital currency will help ease trading in cryptocurrencies

In a statement, Oki Matsumoto, the head of Japan’s Monex Group said, digital currencies of Japan’s central bank will help boost trading of cryptocurrencies by providing a trusted and convenient platform for converting them into legal tenders. Welcoming the move the Bank of Japan, Matsumoto, the CEO of the Monex Group said, it will look…

Trading in New Zealand’s stock market resumes following 4 consecutive days of offshore DDoS cyber attacks

On Friday, trading resumed at New Zealand’s stock exchange following offshore Distributed Denial Of Service (DDoS) offshore cyber attacks for four consecutive days. In a statement, the government said, national security systems had been activated to support the bourse. While the origin of the “offshore” DDoS attack is being investigated, the failure to stop the…

U.S. Federal Reserve looking at potentially issuing its own digital currency

In a statement, Governor Lael Brainard of the U.S. Federal Reserve stated, the central bank is looking at a broad range of issues surrounding digital currencies and payments, including design, policy and legal considerations around potentially issuing its own digital currency. The development underscores an openness in the possibility of the Federal Reserve issuing its…

Singapore liberalizing its banking sector, receives 21 applications for digital bank licenses

On Tuesday, Singapore’s central bank stated, it has received 21 applications for digital bank licenses which includes 7 licenses for retail banking while the balance is for wholesale bank licenses. The development marks Singapore’s biggest liberalization of its banking sector in two decades as it pushes to bring about online-only banks which will have lower…

Commercial banks should adopt blockchain technology: China central bank official

Chinese President Xi Jinping has placed blockchain technology as a foundational layer for future development of platforms. On Monday, a Chinese central bank official stated, commercial banks will have to step up their application of blockchain technology in order to deepen their commitments towards digital finance. The comments were made by Li Wei, head of…

China to pass cryptography law in preparation for launching digital currency

China is treating blockchain technology as a foundational building block for future science and technology innovations. Late on Saturday, in a development that marks China gearing up to launch its own digital currency, the country’s rubber stamp parliament passed a new law on cryptography, reported state media late on Saturday. In 2014, China’s central bank…

China’s central bank issues warning on ICOs and virtual currencies

In a warning to investors, China’s central bank – Shanghai Head Office – has warned investors not to invest blindly in virtual currencies and ICOs. On Tuesday, in a disclosure aimed at increasing risk awareness among investors, China’s central bank Shanghai Head Office warned investors that initial coin offerings (ICOs) and virtual currency investment carry…