October Regulator Roundup

100+ regulation and policy updates from the month of October

Copper

All eyes were on the U.S in October as the first bitcoin-based exchange-traded fund (ETF) finally got a green light from the SEC.

Cboe entered the digital asset spot and derivatives marketplaces through the acquisition of ErisX, and the country officially overtook China as the biggest bitcoin mining hub.

Elsewhere, El Salvador started mining bitcoins with volcanos, Nigeria rolled out Africa’s CBDC and FATF finalised its crypto guidance with clarifications on DeFi, NFTs.

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Global

FATF includes DeFi in guidance for crypto service providers. More

Global watchdogs set out guidance on regulating stablecoins. More

FinCEN charts massive surge in ransomware activity reports in H1 2021. More

IMF says crypto boom poses challenges to financial stability. More

BIS report questions whether stablecoins, CBDCs can create risks in developing countries. More

Europe

EU

SEC chair Gensler reaches out to European Parliament on crypto regulation. More

Chainalysis: Europe becomes largest crypto economy with over $1T in transactions. More

European Central Bank announces digital euro advisory group members. More

Estonia

Estonian regulator wants to revoke all crypto exchange licenses. More

France

Regulated French investment firm offers interest-focused crypto bundles. More

French regulator warns against unauthorised crypto platforms. More

France tests CBDC issuance in treasury bond blockchain trial. More

Germany

German law enforcement begins auction of 215 seized bitcoins. More

Gurnsey

Guernsey regulator approves Jacobi Asset Management’s Bitcoin ETF launch. More

Russia

Russia does ‘absolutely nothing’ to regulate crypto, RACIB head says. More

Putin says he accepts crypto’s role in making payments. More

Russia aims to limit crypto purchases by non-accredited investors. More

Russian officials consider proposal to mine Bitcoin with associated gas. More

​​Russia considers new energy tariffs as Chinese crypto miners relocate. More

Russia aims to replace US dollar reserves with digital assets in long term. More

Spain

Spanish banks are preparing to offer crypto services: report. More

Bank of Spain issues registration guidelines for crypto services. More

Switzerland

Swiss crypto exchange aims for IPO. More

Swiss think tank initiates vote to add Bitcoin in federal constitution. More

UK

UK’s ex-chancellor Philip Hammond joins Copper. More

Crypto poses ‘limited risk’ to UK: Bank of England. More

Former Chancellor Philip Hammond: UK’s treatment of digital assets is a ‘huge risk’ for finance sector. More

Bank of England leader calls crypto regulation a ‘matter of urgency’ for financial stability. More

Over $200m lost to crypto fraud in the UK this year. More

Crypterium gets FCA registration in UK. More

Ukraine

Ukraine’s president returns long-awaited crypto bill to Parliament, seeking regulatory revisions. More

Americas

Latinx communities continue to rise above Bitcoin adoption obstacles. More

Brazil

Brazil aims to tighten penalties for crypto-related financial crimes. More

Central Bank of Brazil reports Brazilians have bought more than $4bn in cryptocurrency this year. More

Canada

Canadian city plans to supply residents’ heat using Bitcoin mining. More

El Salvador

El Salvador has started mining bitcoin with volcanos. More

El Salvador’s president tweets plan to use bitcoin profits to build an animal hospital. More

El Salvador announces purchase of 420 bitcoin, worth nearly $25m. More

Identity thieves exploit El Salvador’s Chivo bitcoin wallet’s setup process. More

Mexico

Mexico’s stock exchange is analysing crypto-focused products. More

United States

ProShares Bitcoin ETF debuts on NYSE on Oct. 19. More

Biden administration seeks to regulate stablecoin issuers as banks. More

Valkyrie Bitcoin futures ETF launches on Nasdaq on Oct. 22. More

Valkyrie files to offer leveraged bitcoin futures ETF. More

SEC approves Volt Equity’s crypto stock ETF. More

Why Facebook’s crypto wallet, Novi, is facing resistance. More

SEC Chair Gary Gensler responds to concerns about first Bitcoin-linked ETF. More

Valkyrie pulls leveraged ETF application at SEC’s request. More

SEC pushes deadlines on four bitcoin ETF applications to late 2021. More

Hackers rob thousands of Coinbase customers using MFA flaw. More

Coinbase unveils its Digital Asset Policy Proposal to spark conversation around comprehensive crypto regulation. More

USDC stablecoin backer Circle Internet subpoenaed by US SEC. More

US Lawmaker proposes Safe Harbor bill, echoing SEC Commissioner Peirce. More

Gensler confirms SEC won’t ban crypto… but Congress could. More

Andrew Yang expresses support for bitcoin after launching new party. More

US Senator Cynthia Lummis bought up to $100k worth of BTC in August. More

White House weighs wide-ranging push for crypto oversight. More

FBI arrested 26 Israelis on suspicion of involvement in crypto fraud scheme. More

US overtakes China as biggest bitcoin mining hub after Beijing ban. More

Bitwise files for physically backed Bitcoin ETF with NYSE Arca. More

CFTC fines Tether and Bitfinex $42.5m for ‘untrue or misleading’ claims. More

New York joins crackdown on crypto lending, seemingly targeting Nexo and Celsius. More

Fitch Ratings issues stablecoin warning. More

Bakkt begins trading on New York Stock Exchange. More

Cboe set to acquire crypto spot and derivatives exchange ErisX. More

Facebook, Square, PayPal and others told to hand over payments info to consumer finance watchdog. More

Walmart shoppers can now buy bitcoin at 200 kiosks in its stores. More

Coinbase spent nearly $800k on lobbying in 2021’s third quarter as part of influence revamp. More

Mastercard plans to allow US partners to offer crypto loyalty rewards. More

ProShares reportedly seeks waiver from CME for position limits on new bitcoin futures ETF. More

US regulators are exploring policy for banks to handle crypto, says FDIC chair. More

US Senator Hagerty to CFPB Director: Don’t stifle crypto innovation. More

The DOJ is looking for someone to helm its new crypto enforcement team. More

SEC secures green light from US Treasury to regulate stablecoins. More

Venezuela

Venezuela’s Caracas airport to start receiving crypto as payment. More

Caribbean

Cuba

Cuba’s communist regime is trying to control crypto. More

St Kitts & Nevis

SKN now leading Caribbean nation for crypto banking. More

 

Middle East & North Africa

Iran

Iran announces pilot of national cryptocurrency. More

Israel

Israel reportedly on its way to design digital Shekel based on Ethereum. More

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan to limit power for crypto mining to 100 MW nationwide. More

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia exploring blockchain and CBDC to reduce cash usage. More

UAE

Dubai regulator announces new regulations for investment tokens. More

BitOasis crypto exchange to help Dubai Police spread fraud awareness. More

UAE crypto exchange BitOasis raises $30m to expand in MENA. More

South Asia

Chainalysis: Crypto transactions surge 706% in Asia as institutional adoption grows. More

India

Crypto regulations instead of a ban in India by February 2022: report. More

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka appoints committee to implement crypto mining and blockchain. More

East Asia & Pacific

Australia

Australian securities regulator issues guidelines for crypto ETPs. More

Australian pension fund considers crypto investment. More

China

Chinese users of KuCoin exchange forced to close their accounts till end of 2021. More

China’s Central Bank governor vows to continue fintech crackdown. More

Hong Kong

Hong Kong exploring CBDC as part of fintech strategy. More

Hong Kong released an official whitepaper of its CBDC. More 

New Zealand

New Zealand launched its first Bitcoin-only investment fund. More

Singapore

DBS Bank’s brokerage arm receives license from Singapore regulator. More

South Korea

South Korean financial regulators move forward on crypto taxation and exchange oversight. More

Thailand

Thailand retail giant pilots cryptocurrency coin for its mall. More

Thai Prime Minister cautions investors getting into crypto as interest in digital assets soars. More

 

Africa

Ethiopia

Cardano is on track with its “digital transformation” of Ethiopia. More

Nigeria

Federal High Court of Nigeria approves eNaira CBDC rollout. More

Nigeria’s eNaira CBDC goes live. More

Nigeria ranks ahead of U.S., others in crypto ownership. Bitcoin remains hot favorite. More

South Africa

South Africa has introduced stricter rules for crypto traders. More

Binance ends trading in South Africa after FSCA’s warning. More

South Africa police issue arrest warrant for fraud-accused crypto trader. More

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