New York Financial Regulators Approve Blockchain Payments System

The Department of Financial Services of New York (NYDFS) has authorized a blockchain-based digital platform offered by a local bank, an official NYDFS press release states Dec. 4. NYDFS superintendent Maria T. Vullo announced today that the department authorized New York-based Signature Bank to offer its digital payment platform Signet in the state. The approved …

Nasdaq’s Bitcoin Futures Will Launch in ‘First Half’ of 2019

The world’s second largest stock exchange Nasdaq has confirmed it plans to launch Bitcoin futures in the first half of 2019, U.K. daily tabloid the Express reported Monday, Dec. 3. As reported, two insider sources had already leaked the plans to Bloomberg in late November. Yesterday’s confirmation from Joseph Christinat, vice president of Nasdaq’s media …

US Trading Technology Firm Partners With R3 Blockchain Consortium

American trading-communications firm IPC Systems has partnered with enterprise blockchain software consortium R3, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph Dec. 3. IPC is a trading technology service company known for producing trading turrets, which are communications systems used by financial traders on their trading desks. Through the Partnership, IPC plans to support the …

Japanese Exchange GMO Coin Set to Resume Bitcoin Cash Trading on ABC’s Chain

GMO Coin, a Japanese cryptocurrency exchange, has resumed Bitcoin Cash (BCH) trading with the BCHABC blockchain, Finance Magnates (FM) reports Dec. 3. The exchange has reportedly “announced that it will be resuming BCH/JPY trading” tomorrow, Dec. 4. The trading had been “temporarily suspended” in an attempt “to avoid the disruption caused” by the recent Nov. …

Islamic Financial Institution Partners With Startup to Develop Interbank Blockchain Tools

Saudi Arabian developmental institution the Islamic Development Bank Group (IsDB) has partnered with a Tunisian startup to develop interbank blockchain tools, a press release confirmed Nov. 29. IsDB, which will conduct the project through its private sector subsidiary, the Islamic Corporation for the Development of Private Sector (ICD), wants to improve Islamic financial institutions’ liquidity …

G20 Country Leaders Call for International Cryptocurrency Taxation

The G20 countries have called for the taxation of cryptocurrency, as well as its regulation to combat money laundering, Japanese news outlet Jiji.com reports Dec. 2. According to Jiji.com, the final text of a document jointly delivered by G20 leaders calls for “a taxation system for cross-border electronic payment services.” The article then specifies that …

Amendments to Anti-Money-Laundering Regulations Will Tighten Crypto Regulation

The Estonian Ministry of Finance will shortly add amendments to a recently-passed financial bill that are meant to “tighten” crypto-related regulation, Estonian financial newspaper Äripäev reports Nov. 28. According to the article, a new version of the Anti Money Laundering (AML) and Terrorist Financing Prevention Act came into force this week in Estonia, conforming legislation …

Amazon Presents Its Quasi-Blockchain Solution, Platform for Ethereum and Hyperledger Fabric

On Nov. 28, e-commerce giant Amazon announced two blockchain-related products: Amazon Quantum Ledger Database (QLDB) and Amazon Managed Blockchain. The company hence marked its further expansion into the field of blockchain technology, which started with blockchain-related patents and collaborations that Amazon has seemingly chose over working with cryptocurrencies, per se. So what are those new …