ECB chief underlines the demand for stablecoins and the need to respond to it

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IMF draws up benefits and challenges of CBDC and specifies its policy role

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BCBS opens consultation on the design of a prudential treatment for cryptoassets

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US NYDFS willing to enhance Bitlicense process

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US FinCen suspicious activity reports spikes in 2019, indicating heightened monitoring at VASP level

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US SEC approves bitcoin futures fund

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South Korea to introduce a tax on digital assets capital gains

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EU member states tighten crypto AML while transposing AMLD5

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Ukraine passed a FATF inspired cryptocurrency law

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US Fed & Treasury rules out issuing CBDC in the next five years

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BIS supports CBDC for wholesale payments, but stop short on retail CBDC

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France to test digital token in 1Q2020 (wholesale payments between financial institutions)

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India central bank against private digital currencies but open to CBDC

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ECB explores the potential for a digital currency

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Russia’s legal status of cryptocurrencies, ICOs and mining still unclear

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Germany allows its banks to offer the sale and storage of cryptocurrencies next year

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Swiss Federal Council adopts the dispatch on the framework conditions for DLT/blockchain

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South Korea passes a bill to regulate crypto, promoting growth and legality

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France recommends to use DLT for settlements within the Eurozone

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China has shut down almost 200 unlicensed cryptoexchanges

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US Financial Services Committee puts forward a bill that would classify stablecoins as securities

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Singapore is considering allowing cryptocurrency-based derivatives on regulated exchanges

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BCBS to study the implications for banks and supervisors of an increase of use of cryptoassets

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BCBS to solicit industry views on the prudential treatment of banks’ exposures to crypto assets

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Ukraina develops cryptoregulation

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China launches technical committees for unifying efforts on blockchain technology

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FED analyses costs and benefits of developing a CBDC in the US

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US FinCEN sees all stablecoins as subject to federal KYC and AML laws

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US SEC to re-examine its decision to reject BTC ETF application

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Japan has no intention to launch a digital currency currently

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Paraguay works on a raft of new cryptocurrency legislation

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UK increases crypto legal certainty

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US Fed reiterates any stablecoin must adhere to regulatory demands

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China’s PBOC pilots restriction on large-scale cash transactions to combat criminal activities

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Former ECB president warns BTC is not real and any purchase amounts to speculation

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EU AFME recommends supervisory convergence on crypto assets regulation

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BIS launched Innovation Hub in Singapore

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China no longer considers mining a banned industry

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The US FBI voices concerns around the terrorist-related use of virtual assets

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The US IRS cracks down on cryptocurrency-based tax evasion

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FSB to publish a consultative report on regulatory issues of stablecoins in April 2020

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Turkey may launch digital Lira in 2020

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Hong Kong steps up crypto portfolio management and crypto exchanges regulation

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EU takes position on stable coins in line with the G7 / FSB arguments

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ASIFMA releases tokenized securities report

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China introduces a new nationwide certification system for fintech products

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EU steps up digital currency thinking in the wake of Libra

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China’s CB digital currency not expected to make extensive use of blockchain technology

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FATF consults on draft guidance on digital identity

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IOSCO says stable coins may come under securities regulation

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China announces measures to develop the fintech sector in Shanghai

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UK tax authority concludes cryptocurrencies are not money, currency, stock or marketable securities

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OMFIF releases CB digital currencies report

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The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision to work on the prudential treatment of cryptoassets

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China to issue CB digital currency and says DLT-based currencies miss real sovereign wealth support

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South Korea to boost investments in support of blockchain industry

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Lithuania issued STO guidelines, enhancing regulatory clarity and investor protection

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China passes cryptography law to encourage research and market development

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China to accelerate the development of blockchain technology in support of industrial transformation

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Australia releases Fintech & Regtech issues paper for comment

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US regulators join the global financial innovation network to enhance regulatory clarity

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FB boss testifies before US Committee about Libra

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US Congress to consider a bill classifying stablecoins such as Libra as securities

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Germany not in favor of private solutions such as Libra to recognized XB payment inefficiencies

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FATF agreed on how to assess implementation of requirements to counter ML risk arising from cryptos

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G7 reports on (global) stablecoins. No authorisation until challenges and risks are addressed

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OECD hopes to finalise digital tax framework by June 2020

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French minister does not believe that a regulatory response to Libra’s risks is possible

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Bermuda accepts tax payments in Circle’s USD stable coin

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BIS sums up the role of cryptoassets in the payment system

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G7 Task Force reportedly says Libra can’t go ahead until it is proven safe and secure

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FSB highlights potential financial stability issues from global stablecoins

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US agencies issue joint statement emphasizing AML obligations when dealing with digital assets

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US SEC filed action against Telegram, as it failed to register Grams (a security)

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US CFTC says Ether, like bitcoin, is a commodity, not a security

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US SEC rejects BTC ETF proposal filed by Bitwise

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The UK BoE takes position on Libra and focuses on highest standards of end to end resilience

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The US IRS details crypto reporting obligations including in case of hard forks

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Swiss SNB and BIS starts innovation hub to focus on integration of digital CB money with DLT

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The EC to propose legislation on stable coins such as Libra

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Hong Kong provides guidance to fund managers on handling virtual assets

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UK: FCA’s investigations into cryptocurrencies surged in 2019 and are positive for the market

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Hong Kong introduces terms and conditions for virtual asset fund managers

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Russia steps up crypto regulatory certainty as the law on Digital Rights enters into force

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FSB works on stable coins, recognizing that their rise could cause regulatory challenges

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Liechtenstein has passed the Blockchain Act, which enters into force 1.1.20

Japan issues draft guidelines for Funds investing in cryptoassets

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Russia’s lawmakers categorise cryptoassets in ‘virtual’, ‘technical’ and ‘digital’

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US FED: State-issued digital money is inevitable

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US SEC: BTC is not a security

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Swiss SIF underlines FINMA’s lead on Libra and the importance of AML & international coordination

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Ukraina: Legalising cryptocurrencies becomes a priority

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ECB says Libra could address global payment system problems, but problems need to be addressed first

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Japan’s BoJ requests Libra to be subject to highest level of globally coordinated regulation

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US SEC extends decision period on BTC ETF proposal to the maximum possible length

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EU narrows scope of ‘right to be forgotten’

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For IFRIC, cryptocurrencies are intangible assets (accounting status)

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Swiss SIX delays its digital exchange platform

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US CFTC expects cryptoindustry to grow and reiterates a principle-based regulatory approach

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South Korea’s FSC set up fintech investment fund

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