Binance launches New Zealand-based offices following regulatory approval

Global cryptocurrency exchange Binance has registered with New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and opened local offices in the country. In a Sept. 29 tweet, Binance said it was registered as a financial service provider in New Zealand, allowing residents to access services including spot trading, nonfungible tokens and staking. The move to the crypto-friendly Pacific nation followed regulators in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Kazakhstan and Italy giving the green light for Binance to open an offshoot. “New Zealand is an exciting market with a strong history of fintech…

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Post offices adopting NFTs leads to a philately renaissance

Philately? If you are a millennial, there is a good chance you used Google to find out that there is a word dedicated to collecting and studying postage stamps. This same search also paints the picture of a hobby in decline, as younger generations are increasingly preoccupied with their screens and the constant stream of dopamine hits served up by TikTok, Instagram, Twitter and other popular social media platforms. Two European postal services have looked to capitalize on the popularity of nonfungible tokens (NFTs) in recent years to reinvigorate the…

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CFTC commissioner visits Ripple offices as decision in SEC case looms

Caroline Pham, one of five commissioners at the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission, or CFTC, met with Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse ahead of a court decision which could affect how regulators handle XRP tokens. In a Monday tweet, Pham said she visited Ripple Labs’ offices as part of a “learning tour” involving crypto and blockchain. Garlinghouse later tweeted that the commissioner’s visit was related to “public-private engagement” — likely referring to a privately funded company like Ripple engaging with U.S. regulators. The next stop on my learning tour was…

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SEC to address growing crypto issuer filings with specialized offices

In light of the influx of filings from cryptocurrency issuers in the United States, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) decided to set up two new offices this fall to provide specialized support to the seven offices currently responsible for reviewing issuer filings.  Under the Division of Corporation Finance’s Disclosure Review Program (DRP), the SEC announced plans to add two offices — an Office of Crypto Assets and an Office of Industrial Applications and Services — purely focused on dealing with crypto assets and industrial applications and services, respectively. Sharing…

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U.S. trademark and copyright offices to study IP impact of NFTs

As nonfungible tokens (NFTs) continue to garner interest, the United States Patent and Trademark Office and U.S. Copyright Office are set to launch a study into their impact on intellectual property rights. The examination of NFTs comes after a request from senators Patrick Leahy and Thom Tillis in June for a deep dive into the potential ramifications the burgeoning asset class could have in regard to intellectual property rights. The two departments have agreed to conduct the study in correspondence with Leahy and Tillis, conducting preliminary discussions to plot a…

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Companies open offices in the metaverse

There’s been a sharp decline in interest for the “metaverse” keyword in Google search. However, while the hype may be waning, it seems that companies are still very keen on dipping their toes into the virtual world. In March alone, companies have either launched or revealed plans to build metaverse offices that would be used for online meetings with international clients, internal innovation hubs and enhancing social communication with users. While we may be witnessing its earlier versions, metaverse offices seem like a sneak peek into the future of work.…

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Few calls to ‘Buy The Dip’… but uber-rich Family Offices are keen on crypto

Short term social media data suggests that traders aren’t calling for buying the Bitcoin (BTC) dip right now… but the long term picture is much brighter, with separate research showing that 77% of family offices in the U.S. are either looking at, or have invested in crypto. The BTFD data was compiled from posts mentioning “buy the dip” on social media platforms such as Twitter, Reddit, Discord and Telegram by K J Lanaul and published on the Insights Santiment blog earlier this week. It tells a positive story too, in…

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60% of uber-rich family offices considering crypto or own it: Goldman Sachs

A survey conducted by major investment bank Goldman Sachs has found that close to half of its family office clients want to add cryptocurrency to their portfolios, signaling the ultra-wealthy are becoming increasingly bullish on digital assets. The survey, reported by Bloomberg, queried more than 150 family offices worldwide and found that 15% are already exposed to crypto assets. A further 45% of offices expressed interest in investing in the asset class as a hedge against “higher inflation, prolonged low rates, and other macroeconomic developments following a year of unprecedented…

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VanEck and BetaShares apply for Aussie crypto ETFs as family offices snap up BTC

Family offices in Australia are reportedly piling into digital assets as fund managers compete to list the country’s first cryptocurrency-backed exchange-traded fund. VanEck and BetaShares have each lodged submissions with the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) following a rejection of industry speculation in March that the exchange was opposed to such products. The ASX confirmed that had received formal applications from several other investment managers eager to launch their own Bitcoin ETFs. Earlier this week VanEck Asia-Pacific chief executive Arian Neiron stated that the crypto asset movement had become more mainstream…

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Bithumb crypto exchange temporarily closes some offices due to COVID-19

Bithumb, the largest cryptocurrency exchange in South Korea, is preparing to close some of its offices due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. According to an official announcement on Nov. 23, Bithumb will be temporarily suspending its offline support center in Gangnam to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Bithumb noted that the number of domestic confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease has increased, causing local authorities to adopt more preventive measures. Bithumb’s support center in Seoul will be closed on Nov. 24 until further notice. In the meantime, Bithumb will operate…

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