ASIC chair Longo calls the growing demand for crypto ‘impossible to ignore’

Joe Longo, chair of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, or ASIC, spoke at the Australian Financial Review Super and Wealth Summit on Monday at the Fullerton Hotel in Sydney.  The rise of crypto, he said, has been “nothing short of phenomenal, and impossible to ignore.” As a corporate and markets regulator, Longo admitted to a certain fascination with decentralized autonomous organizations, or DAOs. He said that they present certain challenges for national regulators like ASIC: “To paraphrase a concept familiar to corporate lawyers, to whom does ASIC turn to…

eToro to delist Cardano by 2022 for US users due to regulatory concerns

In a statement released to customers on Tuesday, Israeli cryptocurrency exchange eToro announced it would delist Cardano (ADA) and Tron (TRX) for United States customers by the end of the year. After Dec. 31, U.S. users will no longer be able to open new positions in the tokens nor stake ADA and TRX. In addition, wallets will be effectively in withdraw-only mode until the first quarter of 2022, when selling will also become limited. In making the decision, eToro cited regulatory concerns surrounding both assets. The move came as a surprise…

South Korea financial authority rules that NFTs are taxable

South Korea’s Financial Services Commission, or FSC, announced Tuesday that nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, will be taxed starting next year. According to The Korea Herald, this tax law amendment would impose a 20% tax on income from virtual assets that exceed 2.5 million won ($2,102) as of Jan. 1, 2022.  The FSC’s vice chairman Doh Kyu-sang specified that only some NFTs would be categorized as virtual assets and therefore subject to “other income” taxes, referring to those used for investment or payment on a large scale. Tax authorities are in…

US Senator Pat Toomey supports digital dollar, nomination of Powell as Fed chair

Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey, one of the lawmakers who supported amending the language around crypto in the recently passed infrastructure law, said the United States should lead the world in the adoption of a central bank digital currency, or CBDC. In a Tuesday interview with Bloomberg’s David Westin, Toomey said the U.S. dollar should have “the most sophisticated capabilities of any currency in the world” as the country could benefit from a digital dollar. However, the senator said the rollout of any U.S. central bank digital currency should not rely…

How to enhance DeFi security

Creating a cryptocurrency from scratch isn’t easy. It requires extensive knowledge of various programming languages and knowledge of blockchain use cases, among other things. Instead of going through that effort, those newer to the crypto space wanting to build their own project tend toward tokens.  Tokens are a crypto asset that exists within an ecosystem, like a project built on Ethereum. A token may be compatible with all Ethereum-based assets sharing the same token standard but wouldn’t be compatible with cross-chain cryptocurrencies. Essentially, tokens enable one to build their blockchain-based…

Bank of England sees CBDCs as a revolution for the future of money

In an event streamed live on Wednesday, Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey and deputy governor for financial stability Sir Jon Cunliffe answered questions from lawmakers from the Economic Affairs Committee. When asked about the growth of innovation surrounding digital currencies in the country, Sir Cunliffe gave the following comment:  “It’s quite difficult to predict how innovators will take money and actually use money going forward. But we are starting to see programmable money being used in the crypto world. And I would expect we would see a similar revolution in…

Fed conducted ‘policy sprints’ around crypto assets to address regulatory clarity

The United States Federal Reserve is planning to address ambiguities that they feel are plaguing digital asset regulation in the country following rapid analyses by government agencies. In a Tuesd announcement, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System said it recently worked with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency on a series of “policy sprints” aimed at addressing regulatory clarity in the crypto space. The interagency effort included building a greater understanding of the terminology surrounding crypto assets, identifying potential risks,…

Regal to partner with Flexa to enable digital currency payments in theatres

On Tuesday morning, Regal, a movie operator of more than 500 locations and 7,000 screens in 42 states plus D.C., announced it would be partnering with digital payment network Flexa to enable its customers to pay for movie tickets, food and beverages in crypto. Regal will accept a wide variety of coins and tokens, such as Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), Doge (DOGE), USD Coin (USDC), DAI (DAI), Gemini Dollar (GUSD), Chainlink (LINK), Cosmos (ATOM), Basic Attention Token (BAT) and more. Flexa is known for its ability to guarantee…

Exodus wallet integrates with SportX to enable esports betting with crypto

Cryptocurrency wallet Exodus has officially integrated with SportX, an online sports and crypto betting platform, giving users the ability to wager on esports games through smart contracts executed on the Polygon network.  The partnership, which was announced Tuesday, gives Exodus’ more than 1 million users access to SportX’s decentralized betting exchange where they can place bets on a wide range of sports and esports games using cryptocurrency. The minimum bet amount is $5, denominated in USD Coin (USDC), which can be sent directly to the Exodus wallet or exchanged from…

How Solana and Cardano are paving new avenues for NFT growth

The term “digital ownership” has only recently come to mean anything. While nonfungible tokens (NFTs) have been around for some time now, it’s in the last year or two that they’ve caught the attention of mainstream media. The third quarter of 2021 alone saw over $10 billion in NFT trade volume across blockchains, a substantial increase from Q2’s $1.2 billion. NFTs are unique digital assets that represent ownership. As proof of ownership, NFTs extend from things like art and digital collectibles to real estate and other physical assets. This is…