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Vietnam’s central bank issues new Bitcoin warning

Posted on 28th February, 2014

Following in the footsteps of Thailand, China and other countries in the region, Vietnam’s central bank issued a new warning on the dangers of Bitcoin today. The statement explained that Bitcoin and other virtual currencies are not legal tender in Vietnam, and are not permitted as a form of payment within the country. The statement […]

Senator Joe Manchin calls for federal ban on Bitcoin

Posted on 26th February, 2014

Is Bitcoin “disruptive” enough to the U.S. economy to merit a federal-level ban? According to U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), it is. In a strongly worded letter to the Treasury, Federal Reserve and other related financial agencies, Manchin called for the outright prohibition of “this dangerous currency” before it can harm American consumers. Manchin’s letter […]

Australian government watching all Bitcoin-to-AUD conversions

Posted on 24th February, 2014

In a report published earlier today on ZDNet, a representative from the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (Austrac) confirmed that the Australian government are tracking every visible conversion of Bitcoin into and out of Australian dollars (AUD). The anti-money laundering agency’s CEO, John Schmidt, made the statement while giving a statement before Australia’s Senate […]

Senate Chairman gives nod to Bitcoin regulation task force

Posted on 22nd February, 2014

In what is likely to be seen as a step towards increased U.S. regulation of virtual currencies, the Chairman of the US Senate’s Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC), Senator Tom Carper (D-Del), endorsed the creation of task force on the topic by the Conference of State Bank Supervisors. The “Emerging Payments Task Force” […]

NY financial regulator Ben Lawsky talks Bitcoin on Reddit

Posted on 20th February, 2014

Earlier today, New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) superintendent Ben Lawsky participated in a Bitcoin-themed Ask Me Anything (AMA) on Reddit, offering a window into the state’s plans for future regulation of the cryptocurrency. Lawsky made headlines last week after sketching out a regulatory framework that would include a “BitLicense” for those doing business […]

Central Bank of Brazil releases warning on virtual currencies

Posted on 20th February, 2014

The Banco Central do Brasil issued a warning today about virtual currencies. The Brazilian central bank joins a chorus of skeptical voices in the banking industry, including Canada, Israel, India and China. The Brazilian bank’s statement outlines concerns familiar to anyone following cryptocurrencies, namely the lack of regulation, high price volatility and concerns about the […]

New warning on cryptocurrencies from Israeli regulators

Posted on 19th February, 2014

Israel’s two major state financial regulators issued a joint statement today warning urging caution on “decentralized ‘virtual currencies’ (such as Bitcoin).” The statement from the Israeli Ministry of Finance and Bank of Israel (BoI) doesn’t introduce new regulation in the country, but it does serve as an indicator of current government thinking about Bitcoin and […]

Thailand’s central bank approves Bitcoin exchange

Posted on 17th February, 2014

In August of 2013, the Bank of Thailand released a strongly worded letter explaining that Bitcoin was an “illegal” form of currency in the country. Even though Thailand’s central bank lacked the authority to actually make trading in Bitcoin a crime, the disapproval was strong enough that public trading in Bitcoin was effectively halted in […]

What the new Obama rules on marijuana money means for Bitcoin

Posted on 15th February, 2014

Yesterday, the Obama administration announced new guidelines allowing the banking industry to do business with legal marijuana sellers. While this is clearly a game changing moment for the mainstream financial sector, the implications for the growing Bitcoin market will also be significant. To understand why, it’s worth remembering that Bitcoin first entered the mainstream consciousness […]

New York regulator Ben Lawsky weighs in on recent Bitcoin woes

Posted on 13th February, 2014

Ben Lawsky from New York’s Department of Financial Services made headlines yesterday after outlining his state’s plan for regulating Bitcoin, but his other comments about the cryptocurrency that may be more interesting. Speaking at Future Tense in Washington, DC, Lawksy weighed in on the recent price drops caused by the “transaction malleability” glitch. “I think […]