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Indian Finance Minister Answers Crypto Questions at IMF Meeting

At an IMF and World Bank meeting, Indian Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman talked about cryptocurrency and stablecoins when asked about Facebook’s Libra digital currency project. RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das also addressed the subject at the conference. Also read: Indian Supreme Court Postpones Crypto Case to…

Fed Research Considers Negative Interest Rates Effective Policy Tool

A research paper published by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco shows how negative interest rates could become an important policy tool for fighting future economic downturns. The paper examines the market response to the introduction of negative interest rates by five major central…

SEC Wants Second Look at Bitwise Bitcoin ETF Proposal

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is reviewing its order issued last week pertaining to a rejected proposal for a bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF). The proposal was filed by NYSE Arca for the Bitwise Bitcoin ETF Trust. Meanwhile, the SEC is also evaluating a…

Where US Regulators Stand on Crypto Assets

The U.S. has many regulators responsible for overseeing different aspects of crypto assets, each with its own stance on how they should be regulated. Major regulators in the U.S. with strong opinions on cryptocurrency include the SEC, the CFTC, the Federal Reserve, Fincen, and the…

G20 Informed Stablecoins Could Pose Financial Stability Risk

The Financial Stability Board has informed the G20 finance ministers and central bank chiefs of the risks stablecoins could pose to financial stability. Unlike crypto assets which do not pose financial stability risk at this time, stablecoins could pose a host of challenges. Also read:…

Indian Supreme Court Postpones Crypto Case to November

The Supreme Court of India on Tuesday once again postponed hearing the case against the crypto banking restrictions by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The central bank has replied to crypto exchanges’ representation as directed by the court, which was supposed to resume hearing…

Diversified Crypto Fund Receives FINRA Regulatory Approval

Grayscale Investments has received regulatory approval to publicly quote shares of its diversified crypto fund. The product, which is the firm’s only diversified offering, invests in five main cryptocurrencies. In addition, the firm offers nine single-asset investment funds, some of which are also quoted publicly.…

Tax Guide: What Crypto Owners Should Know

With the rise in price and the growing adoption of cryptocurrencies, more governments worldwide have been ramping up efforts to tax them. Some countries are using extreme measures to get their hands on this new source of untapped revenue, but there are also tax-friendly countries…

IRS to Require 150 Million Tax Filers to Disclose Crypto Dealings

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has unveiled a new draft tax form used by some 150 million people in the country to file tax returns. It has a section that requires them to answer whether they have received, sold, sent, exchanged, or acquired any…

Visa, Mastercard, Ebay, Stripe Join Paypal in Leaving Libra

Most payment companies have now pulled out of Facebook’s Libra project. Visa, Mastercard, Ebay, and Stripe have followed Paypal in dropping out of the project amid regulatory concerns. The Libra Association has responded to the exodus of these companies. David Marcus, who is in charge…

5,200 Tobacco Shops in France Now Sell Bitcoin

Bitcoin can now be purchased at 5,200 tobacco shops in France. Fintech startup Keplerk launched the service on Oct. 10 after halting it for many months. France’s 24,000 licensed tobacco shops have diversified into non-tobacco products to boost revenue. Also read: IRS Issues New Crypto…