Japan’s Tax Committee Looks to Simplify Cryptocurrency Gains Reporting

Japan’s Tax Investigation Committee, an advisory body of the government, is looking to simplify its tax filling system as confusion has led to poor reporting of profits with digital currencies in the country. Japan Lawmakers Discuss Ways to Simplify Tax Returns of Cryptocurrency Gains At a meeting held on Wednesday, members of the taxation committee

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SEC Establishes FinHub to Engage Public on Cryptocurrencies

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced the launch of the Strategic Hub for Innovation and Financial Technology (FinHub) to promote public engagement on fintech-related issues and initiatives, including blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies. SEC Launches FinHub Portal in Connection with the Issuance of Its DAO Report FinHub, which replaces several internal working groups at

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First Bitcoin Fraud Action Filed by the CFTC, Accused Ordered to Pay Over $2.5 Million

A  New York federal court has ordered Gelfman Blueprint, a Bitcoin-denominated hedge fund, and its CEO Nicholas Gelfman to pay over $2.5 million in civil monetary penalties and restitution in the first Bitcoin fraud action filed by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). CFTC First Bitcoin Fraud Action Results in $2.5 Million Penalty Over $600,000

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CME Bitcoin Futures Contract Hits Volume High of 5,053 Contracts in Q3, up by 41%

CME Group announced its average daily volumes in the third quarter. Bitcoin futures ADV rose 41 percent to 5,053 contracts with open interest increasing by 19 percent to 2,873. CME Group Announces Bitcoin Futures Contracts Volume Up By 41% Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), described by The Economist as “the biggest financial exchange you have never heard

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Bitcoin Trades at $300 Premium on Bitfinex as Tether Faces Panic

As Tether faces credibility issues in the cryptocurrency market, holders are taking a 5 percent haircut as they exchange the stable coin for other cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, on the Bitfinex exchange. The increased fear that each token issued may not be backed by one U.S. Dollar has resulted in a premium of up to $300 on

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Blockchain Technology Adopted for Land Registry and Sea Trade

Blockchain technology is rapidly being adopted for public purposes. New South Wales’ plan to fully digitize property transactions and Abu Dhabi Ports’ test to improve cargo visibility and streamline trade flows are two new examples of the disruption taking place today. New South Wales Partners with ChromaWay to Digitize Property Transactions by July 2019 As

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Rwanda to Use Blockchain to Eradicate Conflict Resources from Supply Chain

The government of Rwanda is leading an innovative mineral traceability initiative using blockchain. To that effect, the project is working with U.K.-based startup Circulor and its blockchain powered supply chain platform to record the provenance of metals in order to eradicate sources of funding for conflict minerals. Circulor to Help Rwanda Comply with International Agreements Tantalum

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Higher Correlation Between Stocks and Bitcoin May Hurt Crypto Market, Analyst Says

The discussion of an existing correlation between stocks and Bitcoin continues. Having been found to move in tandem during short periods, both asset classes have experienced gains in 2017 and losses in early 2018. Their common ground, however, may boil down to sentiment. Correlation Between Stocks and Crypto Only Found over Short-Term Traditional assets, such as stocks,

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Apple’s Steve Wozniak Joins Blockchain-Powered VC Firm As Co-Founder

EQUI Global, a venture capital fund built on a blockchain-powered back end, has announced Steve Wozniak as a co-founder. Wozniak is best known for his work at Apple, company he co-founded together with Steve Jobs. VC Firm to Be Listed on Cryptocurrency Exchanges As EquiToken With Steve Wozniak at the helm of EQUI Global, the firm

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Hong Kong to Propose Regulation for Cryptocurrency Trading

Hong Kong’s financial watchdog is looking to tighten investor protection by regulating cryptocurrency trading platforms. The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), however, is limited by its legal regulatory reach of securities only, according to Carlson Tong Ka-shing, the outgoing chairman. Outgoing SFC Chairman Says Ban on Cryptocurrency Trading “Will Not Work in Today’s Internet World” In

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