S. Korean Financial Regulator Planning to Directly Regulate Cryptocurrency Exchanges 19806

The Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) under the Financial Services Commission (FSC) has disclosed a plan to directly regulate cryptocurrency exchanges and bring them into the regulatory system. Currently, the FIU indirectly controls cryptocurrency exchanges through administrative guidance to banks.

An FIU official said on Aug. 6 that the government will enhance the transparency of cryptocurrency transactions by introducing a “cryptocurrency exchange licensing system” recommended by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

Lee Tae-hoon, head of administration and planning at the FIU, said, “If an amendment to the Act on Reporting and Use of Certain Financial Transaction Information, which reflects the FATF’s international standards for cryptocurrencies, passes the National Assembly, it will be possible to prevent money laundering through cryptocurrencies.”

Lee was speaking at a public hearing on the enactment of a law to improve transparency in virtual asset trading held at the National Assembly Member’s Office building.

“If the amendment is approved by lawmakers, we can raise the effectiveness of regulations by shifting from the current indirect regulation through commercial banks to direct regulation,” Lee said.

In this regard, crypto exchanges and legal circles pointed out that the regulations on banks’ issuance of real-name accounts to cryptocurrency exchanges need to be specified first to ensure that cryptocurrency exchanges have the same level of real-name authentication and anti-money laundering systems as that of traditional financial companies.

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Top 5 Altcoins: ATOM, TRX, ADA, EOS and XMR 13944

ATOM/USD

Cosmos (ATOM) has seen huge gains in the past seven days with a 19% rally. During the week, the community approved the Cosmos hub 3 upgrade, which is likely to take place on Dec. 11. Can the altcoin continue its rally in the next few days or will it face profit booking? Let’s analyze its chart.

ATOM/USD weekly chart. Source: Tradingview

ATOM/USD weekly chart. Source: Tradingview

The ATOM/USD pair is stuck in a $4.4389 to $1.9101 range. The bulls failed to propel the price above the range a couple of weeks back. However, the subsequent dip below $3 was purchased aggressively that has propelled the price back towards the resistance. This is a positive sign as it shows strong demand at lower levels.

We anticipate the buyers to make one more attempt to push the price above the overhead resistance. If successful, the pair might pick up momentum and rally to $7, which is likely to act as a stiff resistance. Therefore, traders can buy on a close (UTC time) above $4.4389 with a stop loss of $2.60.

However, if the bulls fail to push the price above $4.4389, the price might extend its stay inside the range for a few more weeks. The first support on the downside is $2.6218 and below it $1.9101.

TRX/USD

Cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex acquired TRX Market, the largest non-custodial exchange on the Tron (TRX) network, for an undisclosed amount. Following the buyout, Poloniex has renamed TRX Market as “Poloni DEX” and has changed the website to poloniex.org.

TRX/USDT weekly chart. Source: Tradingview

TRX/USDT weekly chart. Source: Tradingview

The TRX/USD pair is stuck in a large range between $0.041 on the upside and $0.011240 on the downside. Currently, the price is attempting to bounce off the minor support close to $0.013 levels.

A strong rebound can carry the price to $0.02340, which is likely to attract sellers. If the price turns down from the overhead resistance, the pair will consolidate between $0.013 and $0.02340, whereas, a breakout of $0.02340 can propel the price to $0.0410

Conversely, if the price turns down from the current levels and plummets below $0.013, a retest of $0.011240 will be on the cards. The 20-week EMA is sloping down gradually and the RSI is still in the negative territory, which suggests that bears are in command. We do not find any reliable buy setups, hence, we remain neutral on the pair.

ADA/USD

The Cardano (ADA) Foundation and fintech platform Coti, have developed AdaPay, an ADA payment gateway for merchants, which offers “near-instant” settlement in 35 fiat currencies directly in their bank accounts. Will this move boost prices in the coming weeks? Let’s study its chart.

ADA/USDT weekly chart. Source: Tradingview

ADA/USDT weekly chart. Source: Tradingview

The bulls have been attempting to defend the support at $0.035778 for the past two weeks. However, with the 20-week EMA sloping down and the RSI in the negative territory, the advantage is with the bears.

If the rebound fails to scale above the 20-week EMA, the bears will attempt to sink the price below $0.035778. If successful, a retest of $0.028271 will be on the cards. Below this level, the downtrend will resume.

The first sign of strength will be a move above the 20-week EMA. Such a move will indicate accumulation by the bulls at lower levels. The ADA/USD pair will pick up momentum on a break above the $0.0560221 to $0.065229 resistance zone.

EOS/USD

Six of EOS’s total pool of Block Producers are being managed by a single entity, according to EOS Block Producer EOS New York.

This again raked up the issue of centralization in the EOS community. However, the altcoin shrugged aside the news and managed to rally about 8% in the past seven days. Can it extend its rally?

EOS/USD weekly chart. Source: Tradingview

EOS/USD weekly chart. Source: Tradingview

The EOS/USD pair is bouncing off the critical support at $2.4001. This is a positive sign as it shows that buyers are keen to accumulate at lower levels. The price can now move up to the downtrend line.

We anticipate stiff resistance at the downtrend line because three previous relief rallies had been rejected there. If the price again reverses direction from the downtrend line, the bears will attempt to sink it below $2.4001. If successful, a retest of $1.55 is likely.

Alternatively, if the bulls can propel the price above the downtrend line, a move to $4.8719 is can occur. The pair will pick up momentum on a break above this level.

XMR/USD

A few crypto exchanges are delisting privacy-centric coins to appease regulators. Cryptocurrency exchange BitBay, for example, will delist Monero (XMR) on Feb. 19 next year.

Security firm Eset has reported that cybercriminals have been using YouTube channels to distribute a Monero cryptocurrency mining module. However, after Eset informed YouTube, the channels were removed. Business technology publication ZDNet has reported that hackers have launched a new cryptojacking campaign to target vulnerable Docker instances to deploy crypto-malware to mine Monero.

Even though the news flow has not been supportive, the altcoin has turned out to be the fifth-best performer of the past seven days. Do the technicals project a further rally? Let’s find out.

XMR/USDT weekly chart. Source: Tradingview

XMR/USDT weekly chart. Source: Tradingview

The XMR/USD pair has been trading inside a descending channel for the past few months. A breakout of the channel and the moving averages will be the first sign that the downtrend might be over.

If the price closes (UTC time) above the moving averages, we anticipate a move to $121.427. Therefore, traders can initiate long positions on a close (UTC time) above the moving averages with a stop below $38.

However, if the price fails to sustain above the channel, the bears will attempt to sink the pair below the critical support at $38.83. This is an important level to watch out for because if it cracks, the downtrend will resume.

The market data is provided by the HitBTC exchange.

Alibaba and OneConnect take the top two positions in Blockchain Patents list and file IPO prospectuses on the same day 16379

On the afternoon of November 18, BlockData released China Blockchain Patents Report 2019 and the Comprehensive Strength list of China’s Blockchain Patents 2019. Alibaba ranked first in the list, while OneConnect and China Unicom took second and third place, respectively. In an accompanying ranking by strength of blockchain patents specifically in the fintech field, OneConnect topped the list, followed by Ping An Technology, Hangzhou Fuzamei Technology, Launch Tech, Baidu, Tencent Technology and WeBank. In order to comprehensively demonstrate the strength of all companies having obtained blockchain patents, the list is based on an analysis that takes into consideration five factors: the number of patent applications, the number of patents granted, the scope of patent protection, the location in the patent family and the application for the patent.

Just prior to the launch of the list, the top two performers, Alibaba and OneConnect, had issued IPO prospectuses in Hong Kong and the United States and were receiving substantial attention from capital markets.

On the evening of November 13, Alibaba submitted a preliminary prospectus that appeared on the website of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (SEHK), announcing a plan to issue 500 million new ordinary shares worldwide and list on the main board of the exchange. If Alibaba successfully launches an IPO in Hong Kong, it will be the largestever such transaction in the Hong Kong market. Alibaba will also be the first Chinese Internet company to be listed in both Hong Kong and New York. Based on Alibaba’s prospectus, as of June 30, 2019, the company held 6,175 authorized patents and 13,336 publicly filed patent applications in China. Elsewhere, the company held 3,112 authorized patents and 9,742 publicly filed patent applications.

On November 13, OneConnect formally applied for an IPO with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). According to the prospectus, as of the end of September 2019, the company has applied for 2,850 domestic patents and 542 foreign patents. OneConnect topped the list in the accompanying ranking by strength of blockchain patents specifically in the fintech field released by BlockData. OneConnect’s blockchain solution FiMAX has been implemented in the Chinese government’s super vehicle management office as well as in solutions for supply chain finance, trade finance, small and medium-sized enterprise loans, intelligent environmental protection, mortgages, drug traceability and electronic medical records spanning five key sectors: finance, smart city, real estate, automotive and healthcare.

Walmart Canada and DLT Labs™ launch world’s largest full production blockchain solution for industrial application 18692

Walmart Canada and DLT Labs™ today announce the launch of Walmart Canada’s blockchain-based freight and payment network, the world’s largest full production blockchain solution for any industrial application. The new system uses distributed ledger technology to track deliveries, verify transactions, and automate payments and reconciliation among Walmart Canada and its carriers which deliver inventory to over 400 retail stores across Canada annually. All Walmart Canada’s third-party carriers are scheduled to be live by February 1, 2020. The solution is accessible using a web portal and an easy to use mobile application.

Walmart Canada partnered with DLT Labs™ to automate freight and payment data using DLT’s leading supply chain platform DL Asset Track™. The new blockchain-based freight and payment network manages, integrates and synchronizes all the supply chain and logistics data in real time, aggregating the data between Walmart Canada and its fleet of third-party trucks on a shared ledger. The solution also automates the myriad necessary calculations enabling real-time invoicing, payments and settlement. At the same time, it seamlessly integrates with each company’s legacy systems, so organizations can continue to follow their existing processes without retraining or a new investment in technology. This innovation arose from Walmart Canada’s continued focus on reducing costs to ensure the lowest everyday prices for Canadian consumers.

John Bayliss, senior vice-president, logistics and supply chain, Walmart Canada, says, “Walmart Canada is dedicated to efficiency across our business, including most importantly in our supply chain and logistics management. Our carrier partners move over 500,000 loads of inventory nationally, which creates an extraordinary volume of transaction data. This new dynamic and interactive blockchain technology platform is creating complete transparency between Walmart Canada and all of our carrier partners.” Bayliss adds, “Blockchain is enabling a material advance in our smart transportation network, with expedited payments, extensive cost savings and other benefits among our supply chain. Moreover, this degree of improved efficiency represents a powerful platform for us to continue to reduce our environmental footprint and continue our leadership in environmental sustainability.”

Loudon Owen, CEO of DLT Labs™, says, “Walmart is a global leader in innovation, with a relentless focus on improving people’s lives, and DLT Labs™ is delighted to partner with such an extraordinary organization to bring the world’s first and largest blockchain solution for industry into production. This proves the high value of blockchain and sets the stage to revolutionize supply chain management and logistics, due to its ability to enable secure information sharing, manage trust and reduce waste in multi-partner operational processes.” Owen adds, “Just as the Roman’s concept, ‘dictum meum pactum’ (meaning ‘my word is my bond’) was fundamental to building trade, this product creates a secure digital handshake using blockchain to renew trust and efficiency in global trade.”

Bison Transport was the carrier partner in the pilot of this new blockchain-based freight and payment network. According to Rod Hendrickson, VP Finance, Bison Transport, “Great partners find innovative ways to create business solutions that benefit both parties. The blockchain initiative we worked on with Walmart and DLT Labs is just that – a mutually beneficial solution that works well for Bison Transport and Walmart Canada.  This project is a new paradigm that will greatly improve workflows, reduce paperwork, and make the business we do with Walmart more efficient.”

Walmart Canada’s distribution centres are hubs of activity, with more than 4,500 associates and drivers moving thousands of items daily from sites located in CalgaryMississauga and Cornwall to stores from coast to coast across Canada. Walmart Canada operates 8.75 million square feet of distribution center and moves more than 853 million cases of merchandise annually. These goods are transported by a combination of 3rd party fleet as well as Walmart Canada’s own fleet of 180 tractors, 2,000 trailers and more than 350 drivers. Each third-party trailer tracks approximately 200 data points per shipment. Automating this data collection and management using blockchain results in a significant cost-saving.

Walmart Canada is committed to ongoing leadership in developing smart transportation networks, having already established more efficient techniques for loading, routing, driving, and energy efficient improvements with truck manufacturers. Interconnecting the data between Walmart Canada and its carrier partners provides a platform to materially improve operations, delivery coordination and routing efficiency, waste and cost reduction, and automated payment reconciliation and processing.

Credit/Debit Card Top-Up for Singapore MCO Visa Card is Now Available 19755

Crypto.com, the pioneering payments and cryptocurrency platform, is introducing SGD direct top-up for MCO Visa Cards in Singapore. A frequently requested feature, cardholders can now fund their MCO Visa Card with credit/debit cards, in addition to topping up from their Crypto Wallet.

Users can top up their MCO Visa Cards with no fees using debit cards and a 1% processing fee (based on the top up amount) will be applicable for top up using credit cards. Users can top up their MCO Visa card now by following these instructions.

Note: Requires app version iOS 3.40/ Android 3.40 or higher

About Crypto.com

Crypto.com was founded in 2016 on a simple belief: it’s a basic human right for everyone to control their money, data and identity. With over 1 million users on its platform today, Crypto.com provides a powerful alternative to traditional financial services, turning its vision of “cryptocurrency in every wallet” into reality, one customer at a time. Crypto.com is built on a solid foundation of security, privacy and compliance and is the first cryptocurrency company in the world to have CCSS Level 3, ISO27001:2013 and PCI:DSS 3.2.1, Level 1 compliance. Crypto.com is headquartered in Hong Kong with a 205+ strong team. For more information, please visit www.crypto.com.

StockCharts.com Introduces Cryptocurrency Data and Advanced Charting for Digital Assets 20657

StockCharts.com has announced the addition of cryptocurrency data to its award-winning financial charting platform and full suite of investment analysis tools. The initial slate of data includes 15 prominent cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, XRP, Bitcoin Cash, Monero and many more, with others expected to be added in the near future.

“The advanced charting tools are the heart and soul of StockCharts, but data is the lifeblood,” said Chip Anderson, founder and President of StockCharts.com. “Our data coverage is an ever-expanding puzzle, and the addition of crypto is the latest piece. We’ve watched this market carefully over the past few years, and the time is right to bring this growing new asset class to StockCharts. I’m excited to help our users chart and analyze the crypto world like never before with this new data now on the site.”

Cryptocurrency data launched on the StockCharts.com website during the week of Nov. 4 and is now available for charting analysis to both free users and paid members. All cryptocurrency data is updated in real time, 24/7.

“We’re absolutely thrilled about the addition of crypto data to StockCharts.com,” said Grayson Roze, StockCharts.com VP of Operations. “We’re always looking for ways to deliver more value to the investment routines of our users, and supporting the crypto markets as we now do is a wonderful next step in that mission. Adding this data is a great boost to our product on its own, but in concert with the ongoing rollout of our new Advanced Charting Platform, the excitement has only just begun.”

StockCharts.com users will be able to track cryptos with advanced technical charts, run custom technical scans for all cryptocurrencies and set automatic alerts for coins that they follow most closely.

The launch slate of cryptocurrencies on StockCharts.com includes:

  • Bitcoin ($BTCUSD)
  • Ethereum ($ETHUSD)
  • XRP ($XRPUSD)
  • Bitcoin Cash ($BCHUSD)
  • Tether ($USDTUSD)
  • Litecoin ($LTCUSD)
  • EOS ($EOSUSD)
  • Binance Coin ($BNBUSD)
  • Chainlin ($LINKUSD)
  • Bitcoin SV ($BSVUSD)
  • TRON ($TRXUSD)
  • Stellar ($XLMUSD)
  • Cardano ($ADAUSD)
  • Monero ($XMRUSD)
  • IOTA ($MIOTAUSD)

A complete, real-time summary of all cryptocurrencies currently available on StockCharts can be found at StockCharts.com/crypto.

About StockCharts

StockCharts.com is the web’s leading technical analysis and financial charting platform for online retail investors. Founded in 1999 by early Microsoft developer Chip Anderson, the company has been an industry leader in the financial technology space for nearly two decades, providing innovative, award-winning charting and analysis tools to a global audience.

By using technology to help investors visualize financial data, StockCharts.com allows users to better analyze the markets, monitor and manage their portfolios, find promising new stocks and funds to buy and, ultimately, make smart, well-timed investment decisions. With over 1.5 million active monthly users and counting around the world, the company serves an ever-growing, ever-changing array of active traders and investors.

Bahrain to Fast-track Setup Process for Global Startups 23287

Bahrain

The Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) – the investment promotion agency for the Kingdom of Bahrain in partnership with Web Summit – announced today a fast-track setup process for startups globally looking to take advantage of the business environment and startup ecosystem in Bahrain. The initiative will also enable startups to access the broader MENA region markets with the hyper-connected Kingdom of Bahrain as their launchpad.

The announcement was made prior to the leading annual technology conference Web Summit 2019, which will be attended by a high-level delegation from Team Bahrain to include; the EDB, Tamkeem (Bahrain Labour Fund), Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Bahraini startups and accelerators. International startups and related entities interested in learning more about Bahrain startup ecosystem, and the benefits Bahrain has to offer, are encouraged to visit the Bahrain EDB stand – no. E359, pavilion 3 – where a team will be on hand for the duration of the summit (November 5 – 7) to answer any questions.

The fast-track setup process is a free service offered through a dedicated concierge, and includes:

  • A fast-tracked entry process which will cover residency, visa requirements and business registration
  • Guidance from Bahrain’s incubators and accelerators, as well as access to their networks and programmes that will provide businesses with the connections they need to grow and expand
  • Access to grants and financial support

The initiative will allow businesses and startups to benefit from the full ecosystem in Bahrain, which boasts operating costs up to 40% lower than its neighbours, one of the region’s most highly skilled local workforces and some of the most advanced soft infrastructure in MENA. Sitting at the nexus of the Middle East, the Kingdom offers a convenient springboard into the wider region opportunity, including its largest market, Saudi Arabia.

Commenting on this announcement, Ms. Pakiza Abdulrahman, Manager of Business Development – Startups at Bahrain EDB said:

“International startups can benefit hugely from the entrepreneurial support structure in Bahrain – offering access to capital, talent and new markets. With a hassle-free approach to setting up businesses in Bahrain, there is no better base to scale across the growing $1.5 trillion Gulf market.”

Michael Cunningham, Senior Vice President of Partnerships at the Web Summit said:

“We’re glad to see startup initiatives like that of the Bahrain Economic Development Board. It will be great that startups present at this year’s Web Summit will be able to benefit from their efforts.”

In recent years, Bahrain has expended considerable resources diversifying away from a previous focus on hydrocarbons. It now enjoys a burgeoning and increasingly dynamic digital economy; a maturing tech community; and a rapidly growing FinTech ecosystem. The Kingdom’s pioneering, agile and flexible regulatory framework allows it to regulate emerging technologies – such as open banking and cryptocurrencies – in a way other jurisdictions simply cannot. Thanks to this, Bahrain has earned a reputation as the region’s de facto test-bed for cutting edge technologies.