Chainalysis Urges FATF to Rethink Data Demands on Crypto Exchanges

Blockchain analysis firm Chainalysis has hit back at recommendations from intergovernmental financial anti-crime organization the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in a direct letter dated April 8. The letter, which Chainalysis sent to the FATF, criticizes the organization’s demands to make cryptocurrency exchanges identify and keep records of senders and recipients involved in cryptocurrency transactions. These demands had surfaced at the end of February, with the FATF subsequently inviting public feedback on its literature. According to Chainalysis, such requests would place exchanges, which the FATF calls “Virtual Asset Service Providers…

Fake Volume on Crypto Exchanges Isn’t the Half of It

Daniel Cawrey is CEO of Pactum Capital, a cryptocurrency investment firm focused on market making and liquidity. Formerly a CoinDesk Contributing Editor, he is author of the upcoming “Mastering Blockchain” book to be published by O’Reilly Media. Recently, a report was produced by Bitwise Asset Management showing the existence of faked volumes in the bitcoin market – 95% of total volume according to its research. It’s hard to disagree with many of the facts in the report. Yet there are some items left out in this presentation to the SEC.…

Lightning Offers Growth Path for Emerging-Market Crypto Exchanges

While leading cryptocurrency exchanges like Coinbase and Binance feverishly add new tokens, smaller exchanges serving emerging markets are pivoting toward retail applications of the lightning network’s bitcoin scaling solution. The latest is Singapore-based exchange Zebpay, which now offers lightning wallet options for users who want to send lightning-enabled payments to external wallets. Bitcoin users can cash out their crypto directly to make a nearly instant payment to any lightning-friendly wallet. For now, Zebpay will enable this feature by handling all the channels to recipients on the back-end. “Next comes allowing…

Canada Proposes Regulatory Framework for Cryptocurrency Exchanges

Canadian financial regulatory authorities are considering putting in place rules for cryptocurrency exchanges in the country. The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) published a consultation paper on Thursday, seeking input from the fintech community on how regulatory requirements can be developed for cryptocurrency platforms. “The emergence of digital and crypto assets continues to be a growing area of interest,” said Andrew J. Kriegler, president and CEO of the IIROC in a separate statement on Thursday, adding: “We must adapt to innovation, and provide…

Pro-Bitcoin Square Headlines London Stock Exchange’s Blockchain ETF

Invesco, an American firm, and Elwood, a British digital asset investment company, announced the launch of a blockchain ETF on the London Stock Exchange today. The exchange-traded fund features 48 companies with ties to the blockchain industry, including some – like Square – that have dabbled directly in the bitcoin or crypto space. Invesco & Elwood Team up for UK Blockchain ETF The London Stock Exchange just listed a blockchain ETF, providing investors with broad exposure to companies that are active in the crypto space, including Square and Overstock. |…

Revolut App Now Lets Users Auto-Trigger Cash and Crypto Exchanges

Mobile finance app Revolut has launched a new feature allowing users to “auto-exchange” cash and cryptocurrencies. The firm announced Tuesday that its over 4 million users can now automatically exchange, say, U.S. dollar (USD) to bitcoin (BTC) or ether (ETH) to XRP, based on a pre-set target rate. Fiat-to-fiat exchanges are also possible. Once a target rate is set in the app – either above or below current rates – Revolut said the exchange will trigger once the target has been reached. It warns, though, that the achieved rate could be…

A Fight Is Brewing Among QuadrigaCX Crypto Exchange’s Creditors

Creditors of the failed cryptocurrency exchange QuadrigaCX are bracing for a fight – among themselves. Customers who had fiat currency balances at the exchange before it went offline and sought protection from creditors in a Canadian court last week are beginning to argue they should be paid back first from recovered assets. But they expect customers who stored crypto at QuadrigaCX to push back on such demands. And even some fiat holders say such prioritization would be unfair. “There seems to be a conflict going on between creditors themselves,” Canadian resident and…

Why Major Crypto Exchanges are Granting Bitcoin Cash With BCH Ticker

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn The hash power war between Bitcoin Cash (BCH) and Bitcoin Cash SV (BCHSV) ended with a one-sided victory for BCH. Prior to the hard fork on November 15, major cryptocurrency exchanges publicly expressed support towards the roadmap set forth by bitcoincash.org or ABC, the original Bitcoin Cash blockchain network. Fast forward eight days, a growing number of leading cryptocurrency trading platforms have begun to officially adopt ABC as the original Bitcoin Cash network with the ticker BCH. What Triggered Coinbase and Kraken to Support BCH? Earlier this…

Bitcoin Cash Price Sets New Yearly Low as Exchanges Open BCH Trading

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn It has been five days since the Bitcoin Cash fork began and crippled the stability of the BCH ecosystem, and the worst part is that it is not looking to recover anytime soon. The BCH/USD pair on Tuesday dropped another 40 percent — on paper, anyway (most exchanges paused BCH trading ahead of the fork and are consequently seeing all of the recent market losses realized at once) — setting new yearly lows at 237.14-fiat. There were no signs of upside recoveries that could stand for long.…

After the Fork: Here’s How Exchanges Are Dealing With Bitcoin Cash

The smoke is still clearing from Bitcoin Cash’s hard fork, but exchanges have already moved in to add support for the products of the skirmish. On November 16, 2018, what was intended to be a routine hard fork upgrade of the Bitcoin Cash blockchain became a struggle for hashing power and chain dominance as Bitcoin Satoshi’s Vision (SV), led by Craig S. Wright, attempted to wrestle control over the Bitcoin Cash blockchain from its original client, Bitcoin ABC. Bitcoin ABC (thus far) has strong-armed Bitcoin SV with its mining power…