Russia to recognize digital financial assets as property

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Philippines introduces digital bank as a new category

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OECD working on adopting an international set of standards for reporting taxes on crypto assets

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BIS argues that stablecoins may allow for embedded supervision

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The Spanish CB holds it as open whether CBDCs could provide more effective solutions than stablecoins

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China’s President urges G20 nations to support CBDCs and provide supportive regulation

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South Africa solicits comments on a draft declaration of crypto assets as financial products

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The IMF points to the fact that current CB legal frameworks are inadequate for retail CBDCs

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The BoE believes cryptocurrency could be good for financial stability

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The UAE published new crypto asset law and its CB issued digital currencies regulation

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UK BoE warns banks to adjust to digital currencies

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Swiss FINMA consults on upgrades to the Circular on video and online identification

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The US SEC has brought to court 56 cases related to cryptocurrencies since 2017

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Belarus state-owned Belarusbank launched the first legal cryptocurrency exchange

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Kyrgyzstan develops cryptocurrency law

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FATF prepares to regulate P2P crypto exchanges in 2021

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The ECB will focus on AML, CFT and user privacy before allowing the release of a CBDC

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Russia determined to amend crypto law to address tax evasion

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Pakistan to introduce a regulatory framework for digital assets

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A US chief OCC officer highlighted cryptocurrencies benefits to US Senate

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Spain introduces sandbox for crypto-related projects

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COVID-19 has led CB and financial regulators to prioritise fintech (World Bank study)

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Argentina may consider a national framework for crypto

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US New Jersey is considering a Digital Asset and Blockchain Act, making licensing mandatory

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UK Treasury to consult on private stablecoins guidelines

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The US SEC increases the limitation on fundraising for cryptocurrency firms, profiting STOs

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South Korea strengthens AML surveillance and provisions. The usage of Privacy coins could be affected

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Switzerland establishes a Green Fintech Network to improve framework conditions

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Cayman Islands has commenced a regulatory framework for virtual asset service providers

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EU ECB starts a public consultation on digital euro

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Hong Kong’s HKMA new priorities include research on CBDC and Regtech adoption

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Hong Kong poised to regulate all cryptocurrency trading platforms

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China determined to lead the formulation of international rules on digital currency

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Iran allows cryptocurrencies for import funding by the CBI

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Malaysia upgrades IEO and Digital Custody rules

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Swiss SNB and BIS to run a pilot CBDC project by end 2020

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China wants its official digital yuan to be the only yuan-pegged stablecoin in China

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US FinCEN intends to lower from USD 3’000 to USD 250 the applicability threshold for the Travel Rule

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Bahamas becomes the first country to introduce a retail CBDC

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US CFTC recognizes the specific custodial risk characterizing virtual currencies

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Switzerland initiated consultation on blanket ordinance in area of blockchain

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Spain approves a bill to tax cryptocurrency capital gains

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Isle of Man clarifies regulatory treatment of cryptocurrencies and other tokens

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FSB sets out high-level recommendations for the regulation, supervision and oversight of GSC

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OECD proposes a framework for cryptocurrency tax reporting

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Dutch CB approves Amsterdam Digital Asset Exchange allowing it to process crypto transactions

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Bank of Japan to begin experimenting its own CBDC in 2021

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BIS issued CBDC report and highlights key principles for CBDC

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US SEC sees DeFi potential but also regulatory challenges with it

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US DoJ categorises the illicit uses of cryptos in an enforcement paper

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Philippines CB intends to require higher minimum capital ratios from digital banks

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Malaysia’s Shariah Advisory Council chairman acknowledges crypto’s great potential

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Kazakhstan offers tax free bitcoin mining

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South Korea moves to the next preparatory stage for a potential CBDC

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Canadian CB highlights risks connected to storing and using DLT-based CBDCs

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The UK FCA bans the sale of crypto derivatives to retail consumers on suitability concerns

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Abkhazia lifted the cryptocurrency mining ban

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US OCC filed charge against cryptoexchange BitMEX for operating without regulatory approvals

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US FED outlined CBDC work noting that the pandemic accelerated the work in this area

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FATF reports on ML/TF red flag indicators associated with Virtual Assets to assist VASPs

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EU adopts a digital finance strategy that will deliver comprehensive cryptoassets regulation by 2024

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ECB’s crypto task force produced scenarios for stablecoins outlook to underpin policy analysis

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Russia determined to crack down on cryptocurrencies-based tax evasion

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US Congress representative of Texas proposes bill establishing a single framework for cryptoexchanges

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Israel considers exempting capital gains from taxation

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Bermuda approves a cryptocurrency ETF that will track Nasdaq Crypto Index

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Venezuela recognizes the mining of digital currency as a legal activity

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Switzerland’s central bank argues that retail CBDC does not require blockchain technology

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ECB sees digital euro as a complement of traditional cash

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US OCC interpretative note says stablecoins may be held by federally chartered banks

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US State regulators agreed to a single set of supervisory rules for cryptocurrency service providers

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Abkhazia set to revoke cryptomining ban and regulate it instead

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EU to implement a comprehensive DLT and cryptoasset friendly framework by 2024

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Bahamas intends to become the world first country to introduce a CBDC

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Gibraltar updates its DLT guidance notes to include the latest FAFT recommendations

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According to a private company report, privacy coins pose less AML risk than other cryptocurrencies

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India may introduce a cryptocurrency trading ban

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Nigeria’s SEC proposes to regulate cryptocurrencies and classify cryptoassets as securities

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France CB governor warns EU not to lose momentum in tackling stablecoins challenges

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European Commission requested to draw up strict stablecoins regulation by influential member states

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Switzerland set new digital priorities

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German CB president makes clear the EU is committed to the continuance of banknotes and coins

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ECB: Changing consumer preferences and competition shape the global payments landscape

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Switzerland completes the political approval process for its blockchain law (into force next year)

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UK BoE asked G20 economies to work on common global standards for stablecoins and CBDCs

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Brazil to implement CBDC before 2023

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Australia takes steps to promote a thriving and innovative fintech and regtech ecosystem

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Swiss Canton Zug to accept corporate and individual tax payments in BTC & ETH (100k CHF)

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Russia again attempting to outlaw crypto

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Philippines to issue a framework for the licensing of digital banks

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Swiss FINMA authorizes Sygnum bank’s OTF, bringing to life an end-to-end tokenization offer

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Kazakhstan to boost investments in cryptomining up to 700 USDm

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US OCC to craft policy on crypto payments, after authorizing banks to custody crypto

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The Singapore Exchange (SGX) to list two crypto indices (BTC, ETH) with CryptoCompare

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The Singapore Exchange (SGX) has completed its first digital bond issuance

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Taiwan’s FSC introduces a 3-year fintech roadmap, introducing a new fintech license

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Brazil’s CB to assess how CBDC could fit with the payment system and related benefits

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SEC expands definition of accredited investors allowing a role to financial literacy

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Australia’s ASIC upgrades the sandbox to allow for a 24-month testing period and more activities

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US IRS intensifies activities aimed at improving cryptocurrency tax compliance

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