Bank of Japan kicks off feasibility study on issuing its own digital currency

In a significant development sees cryptocurrencies increasingly gaining traction, on Monday the Bank of Japan (BOJ) has started feasibility study of issuing its own digital currency, joining efforts by other central banks that are aiming to match the innovation in the field achieved by the private sector. In a statement the BOJ said, during the…

Robinhood allows customers to deposit, withdraw cryptocurrencies

In a statement, online broker Robinhood said, it intends to allow customers the ability to deposit and withdraw cryptocurrencies, including the meme-based dogecoin. Currently, Robinhood, a trading app popular with young investors, allows customers to buy, sell and hold cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin on its platform; however, it does not allow its users to withdraw their…

Cryptocurrencies extend gains following Tesla Inc’s investment in Bitcoin

On Tuesday, cryptocurrencies extended their gains with Ethereum and Bitcoin reaching record highs; the development comes in the wake of Tesla investing $1.5 billion in bitcoin. Bitcoin posted its biggest daily percentage gain in more than three years overnight following Tesla Inc’s disclosure of its investment in the bitcoin in its 2020 annual report. On…

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…

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…

Due diligence on cryptocurrencies a must before they are widely adopted: EU Finance Ministers

Finance ministers from the European Union have agreed that private digital currencies including Facebook’s Libra should not be allowed in the European Union until potential risks surrounding them are clearly addressed. The move confirms the tough stance claimed by the EU on stablecurrencies such as Facebook’s Libra, which incidentally has attracted criticism from global regulators…

Swiss-startup SEBA Crypto AG raises $103 million in latest funding round

SEBA Crypto AG aims to be the bridge between new age financial instruments and traditional institutions. It wants to build a bank that will offer cryptocurrency services to companies and investors while at the same time extend traditional banking services to firms. In an interesting development, SEBA Crypto AG, a Swiss startup, has raised $103…

South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Coinrail hacked

The hack occurred over the weekend. Coinrail has temporarily suspended trading in the virtual currency exchange. On Monday, with Coinrail, a South Korean cryptocurrency exchange, disclosing that it was hacked during the weekend, there followed an extended sell-off of bitcoin which saw it touch its 2-month low. In recent given the number of hacks involved…