Highlighting what went right, and what went wrong, in this week’s crypto news analysis.
Looking back at last week’s biggest news, including price analyses for BTC, ETH, and XRP.
In the same week that Goldman Sachs took a dim view of Bitcoin and crypto writ large – the irony of their negative stance being partly based on crypto’s ability to be used for money laundering was not lost on the community – JP Morgan was forced to settle a class action law suit from retail users over excessive fees and interest rates. A precedent which could effect other banks and payment providers who have been known to charge retail users excessive fees.
Elsewhere, mobile carriers are doubling down on crypto with Gemini becoming the first major exchange to be integrated with Samsung wallet, allowing retail users to self-custodise assets directly on their phone. And Vodafone has inked a partnership with blockchain firm Energy Web to explore IoT connections for energy distribution assets like wind turbines.
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BitClave, a California startup whose Ethereum-based search engine raised $25.5 million in a 2017 token sale, will pay back its 9,500 investors in a settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). BitClave raised the funds between June and November 2017 to investors around the world, including in the US. But it failed, like most ICOs, to register its tokens as securities.
BitClave will pay prejudgment interest of $3 million, and a penalty of $400,000.
BlockTower Capital’s cryptocurrency hedge fund has defied this year’s coronavirus-induced crash and returned 33% profits in the first four months of 2020, according to a report by CoinDesk.
Despite the havoc coronavirus wreaked on markets, the fund did better in those four months than the stock index did in any full year since 1997. And as a result of the climb, the fund returned 73% for those who invested from day one and held on through to last month.
Swiss financial watchdog, the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has given the go-ahead to InCore bank to engage in digital asset transactions. InCore is now the first Swiss B2B bank to be approved by the FINMA to carry out its digital currency business and will now be able to allow institutional clients to purchase, sell, and hold crypto assets which is expected to further play into increasing the appetite for the emerging asset class.
InCore had previously already partnered with Swiss IT consulting company Inacta AG to provide services for digital assets management.
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