UK Watchdog Warns of Crypto Scams Using ‘Prestigious’ London Addresses as Smokescreen

The U.K.’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has said that crypto investment scams are increasingly targeting British investors, in an official warning published August 17. The watchdog warns that fraudsters often use celebrity images, slick websites or “prestigious” City of London addresses as a smokescreen through which to lure prospective investors. It adds: “Scam firms can …

Ripple Partners With Three Crypto Exchanges as Part of XRapid Solution

Ripple has added three cryptocurrency exchanges to its cross-border payments settlement product, according to a press release published August 16. Ripple has partnered with U.S.-based Bittrex, Mexican Bitso, and Philippine Coins.Ph cryptocurrency trading platforms within its initiative to build a “healthy” ecosystem of digital asset exchange. The new partners will enable Ripple’s xRapid payments solution …

BCG Report Offers ‘Reality Check’ for Blockchain in Commodities Trading

Major U.S. consulting firm Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has released an in-depth report August 16, which it dubs a “reality check” for the use of blockchain in the commodity trading industry. For commodities trading, BCG argues that there is a strong argument for using blockchain, while taking stock of “significant drawbacks on several fronts.” The …

Thai SEC Clears Seven Cryptocurrency Operators to Serve Clients, Reviews Two More

Thai regulators announced Thursday, August 16, that they have so far approved seven business entities to conduct cryptocurrency operations as part of the formalization of the country’s domestic market. In a statement, Thailand’s Securities and Exchange Commission (Thai SEC) confirmed Bitcoin Co. Ltd. (BX), Bitkub Online Co. Ltd., Cash2coins Co. Ltd., Group Co. Ltd. (TDAX), …

Coinbase to Pursue Decentralized Form of Identification Following Acquisition

Cryptocurrency exchange and wallet service Coinbase has acquired San Francisco-based startup Distributed Systems Inc., which works on decentralized identity solutions, according to an August 15 announcement. In the blog post, B Byrne, project manager for Identity at Coinbase, said Distributed Systems will help the exchange work on new ways to validate and verify identity within its …

Bank of Montreal, Teachers’ Pension Fund Trial Canadian Dollar Debt Deal via Blockchain

The Bank of Montreal and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan have tested a Canadian-dollar debt deal using blockchain, Bloomberg reports August 15. In the pilot transaction, the bank is said to have sold $250 million Canadian dollars (around $190 million) of one-year floating rate deposit notes to the teachers’ pension fund, implementing blockchain tech to mirror …

Jamaica Stock Exchange to Introduce Crypto and Tokens Trading via Canadian Fintech Firm

The Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) has selected Canadian fintech company Blockstation to facilitate the trading of digital currencies and tokens on the JSE, according to an August 14 press release. Upon implementation of the project, JSE will provide trading, quotes, execution, and settlement services for cryptocurrencies and tokens. Kirk Brown, Head Trader for a broker …

Venezuela to Use Petro as Unit of Account for Salaries, Goods and Services

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has announced that the national oil-backed cryptocurrency, the Petro, will be used as a unit of account within the country, news outlet ABC International reported August 14. Nicolás Maduro reportedly announced in a television address, that the state oil company PDVSA will use the Petro as a unit of account. Additionally, …

South Korean Ministry Drops Cryptocurrency Exchanges From Venture Enterprise Classification

The government of South Korea announced it had excluded cryptocurrency exchanges from legislation governing venture businesses in a press release issued Monday, August 13. The brief document from the country’s Ministry of Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and Startups (MSS) explained that contrary to previous decisions, it would now place exchanges alongside bars and nightclubs …