The market cap may be dropping, but the pace is gathering for regulators the world over. In the UK and US, consultations continue with output expected in Jan/Feb 2019.  Still plenty of time to have your say.

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Global

IMF head Christine Lagarde backs central bank digital currencies in new age of crypto. Read more

Report by central banks of England, Canada, Singapore explores ‘single universal cryptocurrency backed by basket of currencies’. Read more

 

Europe

Bulgaria

Top officials caught selling passports for Bitcoin to Moldova, Ukraine, Macedonia. Read more

France

Regulators seek to drop crypto Capital Gains Tax to 30 percent. Read more

Government task force will adopt ICO laws by 2019. Read more

Tobacco shops allowed to sell Bitcoin, Ethereum from January 2019. Read more

Germany

Bitcoin group buys out investment bank. Read more

Italy

Stock market regulator CONSOB orders Cease and Desist on three crypto trading companies. Read more

Malta

‘Blockchain Island’ architect Steve Tendon outlines fourth blockchain bill to give smart contracts, DAOs legal personality. Read more

OKEx exchange adds Vietnamese Dong to fiat trades in light of ‘substantial interest’. Read more

Norway

$116m crypto mining plan shelved after Norway levies heavy taxes. Read more

Russia

Crypto offshore zone participants can choose their own jurisdictions. Read more

Tech subsidiary Govermedia Plus Canada swoops for UK EXMO exchange. Read more

Industrial adoption of blockchain likely by 2020, says bank CEO. Read more

Spain

BBVA bank completes €150m syndicated loan on blockchain, claims world first. Read more

Catalan head of citizen participation calls for blockchain voting. Read more

Sweden

Cryptocurrency miners rack up $1.5m electricity debt then disappear. Read more

Switzerland

FINMA regulator sets eight-fold risk weighting, 4% cap on bank Bitcoin trades. Read more

Amun Crypto ETP goes live on SIX exchange under HODL ticker. Read more

‘No future’ for Bitcoin says UBS chief economist. Watch now

Zug court orders green crypto mining firm Envoin to shutter. Read more

UK

Swedish man jailed for sending bomb to trading site over password reset. Read more

Market slump takes pressure off urgent UK regulations, says deputy head of finance at HM Treasury. Read more

Financial Conduct Authority watchdog doubles number of cryptocurrency probes. Read more

Ukraine

Government confirms official plans for cryptocurrency framework. Read more

 

The Americas

Argentina

OKCoin exchange adds Peso as it eyes Latin expansion. Read more

Brazil

Cryptocurrency exchanges must now produce monthly tax reports for Department for Federal Revenue regulator. Read more

Canada

University shuts down entire network to fend off crypto-mining attack. Read more

Giant DMG mining farm goes live after switching China for 85MW plot in British Columbia. Read more

Ontario court takes custody of cryptocurrency exchange’s frozen funds. Read more

Marshall Islands

President squeaks through no-confidence vote to push ahead with Sovereign national cryptocurrency. Read more

Paraguay

Government provides state-owned land to South Korean cryptocurrency mining project. Read more

United States

Securities and Exchange Commission widens scope in cryptocurrency fraud crackdown. Read more

BlackRock won’t issue ETF until cryptocurrencies ‘legitimate’, says CEO. Read more

New York State regulator grants virtual licence to Bitcoin ATM provider. Read more

Nasdaq releases paper pushing for ‘surveillance’ of crypto assets to beat fraud. Read more

Bank of America wins patent for crypto custody. Read more

Pro-Bitcoin governors win in Colorado and California midterm elections. Read more

SEC shuts down EtherDelta token trading platform as ‘unregistered securities exchange’. Read more

Texas State Securities Board issues Cease and Desist to Australian crypto cloud miner accused of MLM scheme. Read more

Michigan State bans political donations made in cryptocurrency. Read more

CFTC fines cryptocurrency trader $1.1m for chasing losses with employer’s money. Read more

Ripple Labs files to move class action securities lawsuit to federal level. Read more

Auction house Christies records $318m art sales on private blockchain. Read more

New Ohio congressman wants bill to block SEC from ICO oversight. Read more

SEC sends back $27m to investors in two unregistered ICOs. Read more

SEC investigating Salt’s $50m ICO. Read more

New York State grants licence for crypto custodian. Read more

Rural Washington county proposes special rate for crypto-miners to combat unprecedented demand. Read more

KPMG bullish on crypto long-term but currencies ‘need to be institutionalised’. Read more

Federal Electoral Commission green-lights political mining pool donations. Read more

US Dept of Homeland Security seeking bids for $800,000 blockchain streamlining solutions. Read more

North Dakota orders Russian ICO fraud to stop operating. Read more

Cryptocurrency-related lawsuits moon 300% since 2017, Diar finds. Read more

US Dept of Justice probes Tether for Bitcoin price manipulation. Read more

Bakkt delays Bitcoin futures launch as bear market mauls crypto again. Read more

Ohio becomes first state to allow taxes to be paid in Bitcoin. Read more

SEC Chairman vows no Bitcoin ETF before ‘manipulation risks’ addressed. Read more

Nasdaq working with CFTC on Bitcoin futures market. Read more

New York Stock Exchange chair Jay Sprecher tells conference Bitcoin here to stay. Read more

Goldman Sachs can’t carry out crypto custody despite uptick in customer interest. Read more

Treasury blocks Iranian Bitcoin addresses linked to SamSam ransomware. Read more

Venezuela

Supreme Court orders national institute to make indemnity payments in Petro cryptocurrency. Read more

Banks begin showing customer balances in Petro. Read more

Government to present Petro to OPEC as unit of account for oil. Read more

Department store giant Traki now accepts payments in Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum. Read more

 

Middle East & North Africa

Iran

Binance exchange urges users to withdraw funds to comply with US sanctions. Read more

Israel

Bank of Israel moves away from cryptocurrency-style ‘digital shekel’ with research project release. Read more

UAE

Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange mulls cryptocurrency, DLT infrastructure in research paper. Read more

 

Central Asia

Azerbaijan

Ministry of Justice working to implement smart contracts in housing, utilities. Read more

Central bank rules out state-backed cryptocurrency - for now. Read more

Central bank agrees to run smart contracts ‘to automate processes’. Read more

Kazakhstan

Ministry for Agriculture plans sector-specific cryptocurrency for 2019. Read more

Uzbekistan

Authorities plan dispute resolution centre for IP, blockchain, investments. Read more

 

South Asia

India

Financial Stability and Development Council considers cryptocurrency ban. Read more

Largest private company Reliance is paid on blockchain. Read more

Finance Ministry to clarify cryptocurrency regulatory in December. Read more

 

East Asia & the Pacific

Cambodia

Oxfam adds blockchain to boost profits for rural rice farmers. Read more

China

Mining farms power down ahead of ‘strict’ tax inspections. Read more

Central bank doubles down on blockchain criticism in new report. Read more

Huobi exchange forms first Communist Party Committee. Read more

Hong Kong

Securities and Futures Commission proposes regulatory sandbox for cryptocurrency exchanges. Read more

SFC watchdog says funds investing more than 10% of holdings in cryptocurrencies must be licenced. Read more

BTCC exchange confirms mining pool will close permanently in November. Read more

OKEx exchange abruptly terminates $135m of Bitcoin Cash derivatives, infuriating traders. Read more

Indonesia

Jakarta Futures Exchange to develop blockchain-based exchange. Read more

Japan

GMO Internet posts $5.5m loss in cryptocurrency mining division. Read more

Eight arrested in Tokyo over $68m cryptocurrency Ponzi scheme. Read more

Financial Services Agency regulator unveils plan to regulate cryptocurrency wallet services. Read more

Malaysia

ICO going ahead to raise funds for opposition political party. Read more

Ministry of Education debuts blockchain degrees to combat explosion in fake scrolls. Read more

Bank Negara Malaysia has ‘final say’ on cryptocurrencies, chief warns. Read more

Finance minister: Cryptocurrency, ICO regulations coming in Q1 2019. Read more

North Korea

Pyongyang to host second open blockchain and cryptocurrency conference. Read more

Philippines

China’s Huaren Capital eyes ‘digital peso’ launch in H1 2019. Read more

Singapore

National stock exchange and central bank complete tokenised assets programme to offer delivery versus payment settlements. Read more

Blockchain platform opens up renewable energy market. Read more

KuCoin exchange takes $20m funding from three VC firms. Read more

Monetary Authority of Singapore presses ahead with cryptocurrency payment regulations. Read more

Singapore’s first Bitcoin trial begins over market maker’s wrongly reversed trades. Read more

Bill tabled to put crypto payments under central bank oversight. Read more

South Korea

Nonghyup commercial bank acted unlawfully to stop cryptocurrency exchange Coinis’ account, court rules. Read more

Pure Bit exchange disappears with $2.8m in exit scam. Read more

Banks free to work with KYC, AML-compliant cryptocurrency exchanges, says head of Financial Services Commission. Read more

Zeniex exchange shuts down after just six months, fund confusion blamed. Read more

Blockchain voting system under trial. Read more

Taiwan

Legislative Yuan amends anti-money laundering, terrorism financing rules to include cryptocurrencies. Read more

Thailand

Deputy Prime Minister urges stricter cryptocurrency regulations. Read more

Democrat Party holds primary election using ZCoin blockchain. Read more

Bank of Thailand governor says digital currencies ‘more than three to five years away’ from mass adoption. Read more

 

Caribbean

Examinations Council for 16 Caribbean nations to issue blockchain degree certificates. Read more

Bahamas

Deltec bank refuses to confirm Tether relationship day after stablecoin claims $1.8bn account. Read more

 

Africa

Nigeria

Opposition leader vows comprehensive blockchain, Bitcoin legal framework if elected. Read more

Union Bank faces online backlash after threats to close accounts with cryptocurrency deposits. Read more

Rwanda

Government signs MOU to produce land value, title registries on blockchain. Read more

Zambia

Three arrested in alleged $2.4m Bitcoin investment scam. Read more

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