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Major Exchanges Urge UK Regulator to Not Restrict Crypto Derivatives

The World Federation of Exchanges (WFE), a global trade association of publicly-regulated exchanges, has appealed to the United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to not restrict cryptocurrency derivatives for retail investors.The WFE made a statement on Oct. 7 in response to the British financial regulator’s consultation paper on a

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New York State Financial Regulator Hiring Crypto and Blockchain Specialist

New York state’s financial regulator is hiring a specialist with expertise in the field of virtual currencies and blockchain, per a recently published announcement.The Department of Financial Services is looking to hire a Deputy Superintendent in the Research and Innovation Division, with a background in cryptocurrencies, blockchain, distributed ledger

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Brazilian Securities Regulator Bans Bitcoin, Forex Broker

The Brazilian Securities Commission (CVM) has banned a forex broker offering Bitcoin (BTC) options, Cointelegraph Brasil reported on Sept. 25.On Sept. 25, CVM published a public warning of irregular action concerning XM Global Limited through the Superintendent of Market and Intermediary (SMI) Relations. In its warning, the CVM states

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Luxembourg Regulator Red-Flags Activities of BitPay Clone Website

Luxembourg’s financial regulator, the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF), has red-flagged the activities of a fraudulent clone website that is impersonating cryptocurrency payment services provider BitPay.On Sept. 18, the CSSF issued a warning about a company going by the name Bitbay Europe S.A. The website alludes to being

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New York Regulator Greenlights Paxos to Launch Gold-Backed Cryptocurrency

Linda A. Lacewell, Superintendent of Financial Services, confirmed that New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) has allowed Paxos Trust Company LLC to offer a gold-backed virtual currency.This will be the first such virtual currency due to be authorized by NYDFS that will be backed by the gold and

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Maltese Financial Regulator Will Actively Monitor Cryptocurrency Firms

The Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) says in its recently published strategic plan that it will actively monitor and manage business-related risks related to cryptocurrency firms.Monitor crypto firms to prevent crypto-related crimesOn Sept. 6, the MFSA published its three-year strategic plan for 2019–2021 which states the Malta financial regulator will

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Swiss Crypto Banks Receive Licenses From Financial Regulator

The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has reportedly granted two banking and securities dealer licences to crypto-focused banks.Two Swiss crypto-specializing firms, Seba Crypto AG and Sygnum have received banking and securities dealer licenses, the banks said in separate statements on Aug. 26.With the new license, Seba expects to

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UK’s Ad Regulator Accuses BitMEX Exchange of Misleading Bitcoin Graph

The advertising regulator ASA notes that BitMEX ads breached the code along with the lack of clear explanation of the risks involved with the BTC investments.On Wednesday, August 14, the U.K. Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld its complaint against the crypto derivatives platform BitMEX for showing a “misleading” Bitcoin

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