Finma: Crypto Startups Can Handle up to $100M of Deposits in Switzerland

Crypto-asset companies can now apply for licenses to handle as much as 100 million Swiss francs ($100 million) in public deposits under new regulations published on Dec. 3 by Switzerland’s Financial Market Supervisory Authority (Finma). The development underscores the European country’s efforts to promote technological innovation, as in the past only commercial …

Bahamas Releases Discussion Paper on Crypto-Asset Regulation

The Central Bank of The Bahamas (CBOB) has released a discussion paper proposing how it intends to regulate digital assets. This includes initial coin offerings as part of efforts to eliminate the alleged threat of tax evasion, fraud and money laundering. However, when regulation eventually comes, it is likely that …

Bitcoin Trading Flourishes on Whatsapp Following African Exchange Closures

Governments in Africa simply cannot stop an idea whose time has come. In Zimbabwe, financial regulators banned cryptocurrency trading, and shut down two exchanges, thinking to have killed the ecosystem, only for Bitcoin to find a new life on Whatsapp. Kenyan authorities have sounded tough on virtual currency, warning banks …

US Dollar Losing Dominance as a Means for Settling Transactions in Africa

The dominance of the United States dollar as a settlement currency in Africa is being challenged by emerging payment methods in financial technology and by native African fiat currencies. In the four years to 2017, fewer people in the continent of 1.2 billion transacted via the US dollar than they …

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