Tag Archives: USA

Major Stablecoin Basis to Close, Return Funds to Investors: Sources

Major United States-based stablecoin project Basis will shut down operations and return most of its funds to investors, crypto news outlet The Block reports today, Dec. 12. Citing “multiple people with direct knowledge of the situation,” the reports states that the algorithmic stablecoin project is set to return the majority of the $133 million in funding it raised… Read More »

AriseBank Founders to Pay $2.7 Million in Fines to Settle ICO Fraud Charges

A United States federal court has ordered two executives from crypto firm AriseBank to pay nearly $2.7 million in fines, according to a U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) announcement Dec. 12. The ruling follows an investigation by the SEC, which found that AriseBank was  operating a fraudulent Initial Coin Offering (ICO). AriseBank CEO Jared Rice was arrested by… Read More »

IBM Research Teams up With Agritech Firm to Boost African Agribusiness with Blockchain

IBM Research has teamed up with United States-based agriculture tech firm Hello Tractor to boost the African agriculture industry with blockchain. The partnership was described in a Dec. 11 blog post on IBM’s official website. According to the post, the IBM Research division in Kenya is working with Hello Tractor’s developers in order to apply various tools and… Read More »

Crypto Exchange Coincheck’s Owner Monex to Launch Crypto Trading in US starting Q1 2019

Online broker Monex Group, known for buying hacked Japanese crypto exchange Coincheck in April, has announced it will launch cryptocurrency trading in the United States, Cointelegraph Japan reports Wednesday, Dec. 12. Monex held a conference in Tokyo, where John Bartleman — president of Monex’s U.S. subsidiary TradeStation Group, Inc. — took part. He announced that crypto trading will… Read More »

Reports: Crypto Exchange Kraken to Plan Private Offering After ‘$4 Billion’ Valuation

United States cryptocurrency exchange Kraken is considering a private offering to high net worth investors, Finance Magnates reported Dec. 12, quoting emails sent by the company. Kraken, which is currently the subject of a lawsuit over its support of the competing forks of altcoin Bitcoin Cash (BCH), has reportedly valued its shares at $4 billion. According to Finance… Read More »

SEC Chairman Expresses ‘Optimism’ About DLT Investment Opportunities in Senate Testimony

United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) chairman Jay Clayton has said this week that he is “optimistic” that developments in distributed ledger technology (DLT) can “help facilitate capital formation.” Speaking as part of a testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs — published on the SEC website Dec. 11 — Clayton added… Read More »

Four Vermont State Agencies Establish Blockchain Working Group

Four agencies of the state government of Vermont in the United States have jointly formed a working group to study blockchain technology, according to an announcement published Dec. 10. The working group will comprise the Attorney General’s Office, the Department of Financial Regulation (DFR), the Secretary of State, and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD), and… Read More »

US CFTC Asks for Comments to Improve Understanding of Ethereum Blockchain, Altcoin

The United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is seeking public comments and guidance on the Ethereum (ETH) blockchain, according to an official press release published Dec. 11. In order to improve the commission’s understanding of Ethereum and its underlying technology, the CFTC has announced its intention to publish a respective Request for Information (RFI) with the Federal… Read More »

‘We’re at Home in Crypto Winter’: Winklevoss Twins Launch Crypto Trading App

Cryptocurrency trading platform Gemini founders Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss have launched a mobile crypto trading app together with a new investment vehicle, according to an official blog post published Dec. 11. As the post outlines, the new app allows users to buy and sell crypto, and monitor real-time and historical crypto market prices for Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH),… Read More »

Harvard Economist: Bitcoin’s Future Value More Likely to Be $100 Than $100K

The former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has characterized Bitcoin (BTC) as “a lottery ticket,” in an article for major United Kingdom daily broadsheet The Guardian Dec. 10. Writing in the midst of the recent crypto market price collapse, current Harvard University Professor of Economics and Public Policy Kenneth Rogoff suggested that the “overwhelming sentiment”… Read More »