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Ripple Under Scrutiny During UK Treasury Committee Hearing

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Ripple Under Scrutiny During UK Treasury Committee Hearing

Ripple came under attack during a UK Parliamentary hearing in the UK that discussed cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology on May 1. Ripple Under the Spotlight The attacks didn’t come from members of Parliament, but rather Martin Walker and FT Alphaville editor Izabella Kaminska who spoke before the Treasury Committee. The pair also submitted written evidence saying that within the crypto…

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Centrica Plans Blockchain Trial to Revolutionise Power Distribution Model

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Centrica Plans Blockchain Trial to Revolutionise Power Distribution Model

British energy giant Centrica announced April 30, 2018, that it plans to “deploy blockchain technology as part of Local Energy Market trial in Cornwall.” The platform, named Exergy, will enable small consumers and businesses to trade electricity with each other depending on need. Blockchain to Disrupt Traditional Energy Model The pilot project, to be implemented in partnership with LO3 Energy,…

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UK’s Financial Conduct Authority Issues Warning on Cryptocurrency Derivatives

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UK’s Financial Conduct Authority Issues Warning on Cryptocurrency Derivatives

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) released a statement on April 6, 2018, which mentioned that any firm that offers cryptocurrency derivatives needs to be authorized by the FCA. While the FCA does not regulate cryptocurrencies, cryptocurrency derivatives are, however, “capable of being financial instruments under the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (MIFD II), although we do not consider cryptocurrencies…

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Bitcoin Foundation Co-founder: No Such Thing as Bitcoin Bubble

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Bitcoin Foundation Co-founder: No Such Thing as Bitcoin Bubble

Jon Matonis, co-founder of Bitcoin Foundation, has dismissed the negative investor sentiment that the crypto market is a bubble about to pop. Instead, Matonis stated that the fixed income bonds and equity markets around the world which are being inflated artificially by central banks, thus working as an unofficial syndicate. Media Rings Bubble Bells It must be noted that not…

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‘A Stable, Flourishing Cryptocurrency Exchange in London’ Possible, According to City Finance Minister

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‘A Stable, Flourishing Cryptocurrency Exchange in London’ Possible, According to City Finance Minister

Days after the UK government announced the establishment of a crypto task force, the City’s Minister John Glen has said that the city could host a “flourishing” crypto exchange if the right level of regulation is found. At the Treasury International FinTech Conference, the minister gave a speech that recognized the importance of establishing the appropriate regulation that would minimize…

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Task Force Launched in the UK to Look at Pros and Cons of Cryptocurrency

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Task Force Launched in the UK to Look at Pros and Cons of Cryptocurrency

Across the world, there have been scrambles taking place by the authorities to get comprehensive regulations and oversight controls in place for the digital currency sector. Announced March 22, the UK will set up a cryptocurrency ‘task force.’ A number of regulatory agencies were caught on the back foot with the explosion in growth of cryptocurrency during 2017. They are…

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New E-money License Lets Coinbase Strengthen its Foothold in the UK

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New E-money License Lets Coinbase Strengthen its Foothold in the UK

Cryptocurrency exchange and wallet service provider Coinbase has bagged an e-money license from the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The new development was revealed by Zeeshan Feroz, the chief executive of the company’s UK division. Feroz explained in in a blog post on March 14 that the new license only covers the company’s fiat activities and not its cryptocurrency transactions….

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Hullcoin Plans to Launch Cryptocurrency Tied to Local Community “Currency”

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Hullcoin Plans to Launch Cryptocurrency Tied to Local Community “Currency”

Kaini Industries, the company behind Hullcoin, has revealed plans to develop a new cryptocurrency that will be linked to the Hull’s community voucher Hullcoin through the use of smart contract technology. Launched in 2014, Hullcoin is described as the “world’s first community loyalty point.” The token has no intrinsic value but can be used to redeem vouchers and discounts in…

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Over One Third of Startups in Second Cohort of FCA’s Fintech Sandbox Are Building Blockchain Solutions

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Over One Third of Startups in Second Cohort of FCA’s Fintech Sandbox Are Building Blockchain Solutions

The UK’s financial regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), has announced the second cohort of its fintech sandbox on June 15. Out of the 24 startups joining this year’s cohort, nine are developing solutions using blockchain technology, which is a testament to the potential that the FCA sees for this new technology to play a major role in the financial…

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Could Brexit Force Further Fintech and Cryptocurrency Innovation in the UK?

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Could Brexit Force Further Fintech and Cryptocurrency Innovation in the UK?

The United Kingdom has relied on its financial services industry to drive economic growth for decades. However, in light of the British population’s vote to leave the European Union and, thereby, potentially lose the access to the European Single Market, the UK’s status as Europe’s leading financial hub may wane. Is this for better or for worse regarding the crypto…

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