October saw the UK becoming the first G7 country with a pro-crypto head of state explicitly committing to crypto-friendly policies. New incoming PM Rishi Sunak declared his objective of building the country into a global crypto hub back in April (whilst in the position of the Chancellor of the Exchequer) and the community is eagerly awaiting the re-confirmation of this roadmap in his new capacity.
Ethereum successfully executes highly-anticipated Merge event, ushering in Proof-of-Stake era.
IMF: Cryptoassets are no longer niche and regulators need to catch up.
Powell, Lagarde urge more regulation for DeFi and stablecoins.
Landmark international CBDC test deemed success, BIS says.
Emerging markets lead global crypto adoption in bear market, Chainalysis says.
Amazon among five companies to develop digital euro prototype for the ECB.
EU lawmakers attack Amazon’s involvement in digital euro project.
European stock exchange to list Bitcoin carbon-neutral ETP.
Crypto is ‘key’ to cracking down on crime, says Europol.
EU lawmakers vote down green crypto mining study.
Stablecoin restriction dropped from E.U. digital asset framework.
Binance’s CZ says Europe’s MiCA framework could be a global crypto regulation standard.
Europe reportedly cancels AML amendment that would have forced identity verification for non-custodial wallets.
Armenia aims to position itself as a Bitcoin mining hub.
Crypto.com scores fresh regulatory approval in France.
Coinbase mispricing allows users in Georgia to cash out for 100 times rate.
Binance sued in Italy over exchanges outages.
Bank of Ireland warns customers to beware as crypto investment scams jump 164% in six months.
Coinbase wins Dutch approval that should give crypto exchange access to all of EU.
Norwegian central bank uses Ethereum to build national digital currency.
Russia reportedly aims to use CBDC for international settlements with China.
Sweden’s central bank tests CBDC for retail and international remittance payments.
Central banks can push DeFi into mainstream — Swiss National Bank official.
Japanese banking giant Nomura’s crypto unit to be based in Switzerland.
Ukrainian police bust crypto call centers defrauding investors across Europe.
Vitalik Buterin makes surprise appearance at Kyiv Tech Summit.
Bank of England deputy governor says existing financial regulations should extend to crypto.
Revolut given full regulatory approval to offer crypto services in UK.
UK financial regulator issues consumer warning against FTX.
FTX was in talks with FCA about crypto licence before watchdog’s warning.
UK introduces law to seize, freeze and recover crypto.
Economic secretary wants UK to be 'country of choice' for crypto space.
UK orders crypto exchanges to .
Crypto exchange Huobi Global enables cryptocurrency purchases with fiat in Latin America.
Crypto loans are booming in Latin America amid runaway bank rates and inflation.
Argentina’s tax authority conducts first ever raids on secret crypto miners.
Central Bank of Argentina issues new compliance rules for digital wallets.
Brazilian SEC in cryptocurrency regulation.
Crypto exchange Bybit barred from brokering securities in Brazil.
Binance hires former Brazilian central bank president as adviser.
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau says investing in crypto is not an escape from inflation.
The Conservative Party of Canada elects pro-Bitcoin leader Pierre Poilievre as party head.
Ripple’s plan to tokenise Colombian land stalls amid new administration.
El Salvador Bitcoin bond delayed due to security concerns: Bitfinex CTO.
Paraguay’s President vetoes bill that would regulate crypto mining and trading.
Paraguay senators reject President’s bitcoin mining law Veto.
New regulatory bill grants Uruguayan Central Bank control over the nation's crypto industry.
CFTC's Pham calls for new office focused on retail traders, with eye to crypto protections.
California issues cease-and-desist against crypto lender Nexo.
U.S. Department of Defense taps intelligence firm to evaluate crypto threat to national security.
SEC sues 2 crypto advisory firms and their owner for misappropriating investors’ funds.
Chamber of Digital Commerce gets approval to join the SEC vs Ripple lawsuit.
SEC, Ripple call for immediate ruling in suit over whether XRP sales violated securities laws.
Framework to ban members of Congress and SCOTUS from trading stocks includes crypto provision.
SEC charges crypto influencer Ian Balina over unregistered ICO in 2018.
Colorado is now accepting tax payments in cryptocurrency, as Gov. Polis promised.
Nasdaq to enter crypto custody market for institutional clients.
IRS to summon users who don’t report and pay tax on crypto transactions.
Coinbase sued over patent infringement.
SEC plans new ‘Office of Crypto Assets’ to find soft targets.
Biden’s executive order produces few answers in crypto reports from US Treasury.
New York judge orders Tether to document USDT backing.
Florida govt warns against auto warranty scammers asking crypto payments.
Washington state joins Celsius bankruptcy case as interested party.
Dozens of Celsius clients ask US court to recover $22.5m in crypto.
US Treasury blacklists several more bitcoin addresses allegedly tied to Iran ransomware attacks.
SEC Chair Gary Gensler backs giving CFTC bitcoin oversight.
US congressman to review all Binance US files related to consumer safety.
Coinbase backs Tornado Cash lawsuit against U.S. Treasury.
California Gov. Newsom vetoes crypto licensing and regulatory framework.
California State Assembly passes bill for licensing and regulating crypto firms.
U.S. Treasury sanctions neo-Nazi Russian wallet addresses.
White House OSTP department analyses 18 CBDC design choices for the US.
EmpiresX Head Trader pleads guilty to global cryptocurrency investment fraud scheme that amassed approximately $100m from investors.
US Treasury report encourages instant payment, recommends more CBDC research.
British Virgin Islands
Huobi wins license in the British Virgin Islands, no timeline for the UK yet.
Middle East & North Africa
Iran to start testing a digital rial this week.
Israeli crypto exchange receives capital markets license in country first.
New hire in Saudi Central Bank to reportedly work on crypto regulations.
Dubai reportedly grants regulatory approval for Blockchain.com.
UAE’s minister acknowledges future of crypto lies firmly within the mainstream financial system.
UAE Ministry of Economy opens up new headquarters in the Metaverse.
Over 11% UAE residents have invested in cryptocurrencies.
Reserve Bank of India preparing to trial a CBDC with public sector banks and fintechs.
Indian police arrest two suspected of duping 1,400 in alleged $12m crypto scam.
Crypto exchange WazirX sees assets unfrozen amid Indian regulator's investigation.
Kazakhstan ready to legalise crypto as Russians flock to the country.
Kazakhstan presents first draft law on crypto mining.
Uzbekistan introduces monthly fees for crypto companies effective immediately.
Wirex to support government of Uzbekistan to adopt blockchain.
East Asia & Pacific
Australian senator drafts bill aimed at stablecoin, digital yuan regulation.
Australian Federal Police forms cryptocurrency unit, AFR reports.
Reserve Bank of Australia seeks input on use cases for CBDC pilot program.
JPMorgan: China’s metaverse-related economy could reach $4T.
Possession of bitcoin still legal in China despite the ban, lawyer says.
China expands trial of its e-CNY CBDC to four new provinces: SCMP.
Hong Kong Monetary Authority to reportedly begin CBDC trials in Q4.
Japan to reportedly toughen remittance rules to fight money laundering using crypto.
Japan’s financial regulator proposes tax reforms for crypto.
Japanese gov't issues NFTs to reward local authorities' work.
Singapore banking giant DBS builds out crypto trading services for wealth clients.
Crypto unit of Japan's SBI wins capital markets license in Singapore.
Binance registers in New Zealand and opens office.
Crypto.com targeted in latest round of Lazarus Group's fake job scams.
U.S. seizes $30m in crypto from North Korea-linked hackers.
North Korea’s Lazarus hackers target macOS users seeking Crypto jobs.
Crypto.com targeted in latest round of Lazarus Group's fake job scams.
Do Kwon says he is "not on the run," cooperating with authorities.
South Korea is gearing up to institutionalise security tokens.
Korean authorities reportedly order freeze of $67m of Bitcoin tied to Do Kwon.
South Korean authorities request Interpol red notice for Terra’s Do Kwon.
Taiwan approves 24 crypto platforms, including WOO Network, for AML compliance.
Thai SEC bans crypto staking and lending services.
Thailand toughens crypto ad rules.
Binance launches New Zealand-based offices following regulatory approval.
Vietnam leads global crypto adoption, U.S. comes fifth.
Crypto is quietly thriving in sub-Saharan Africa: Chainalysis report.
Demand for blockchain developers is rising in Africa.
Nigeria to establish special economic zone for crypto.
Nigeria is Africa’s biggest crypto market amid bank trading ban.