The International Monetary Fund (IMF) isn’t terribly worried about the financial stability risks posed by cryptocurrencies. Nonetheless, the organization expressed limited concerns about leveraged trading of cryptocurrencies, the integration of crypto-assets into mainstream financial products, and the cross-border character of these digital assets. In the International Monetary Fund’s April 2018 Global Financial Stability Report, the…


The Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) has announced a blockchain solution aimed to improve efficiency in the insurance industry. Working with tech giant IBM and financial services firm Suncorp New Zealand, ANZ is building a blockchain-based platform that will ease the transfer of data and premium payments between brokers and insurers, ultimately making…


Global trade is not just a question of moving merchandise from one point to another. Goods do need to move, but they do so through a web of intermediaries, each with distinct priorities and systems. Exporters, importers, banks, truckers, shippers, customs agents and regulators all require checks and verifications at various points along the chain,…


On Wednesday April 15, the Malta Independent carried a detailed report on the Press Conference given by Parliamentary Secretary Silvio Schembri, who holds the Portfolio for Financial Services. During the Press Conference, Schembri presented the new bill for setting up an ‘authority’ to  regulate companies offering services in cryptocurrency and blockchain. The title of The Malta…


Bitcoin and the major altcoins extended their recovery on Saturday, as the cryptocurrency market approached multi-month highs on improved investor sentiment. Cryptocurrency Market Extends Rally Cryptocurrencies added more than $17 billion in market cap on Saturday, bringing their total value to $430.8 billion. That’s roughly $7 billion shy of the Tuesday peak. Bitcoin prices peaked…


With its banking prowess, low taxes and elite universities, Switzerland hopes crypto-finance startups will make cities like Zug, seen here in 2017, the heart of an emerging Crypto Valley in Europe. ZUG, Switzerland—When 24-year-old Ian Worrall launched his crypto-investment startup MyBit last year, he chose this Swiss lakeside city. It was an odd fit: the no-holds-barred…

For many years, TransferWise, the fintech company that allows users to send bank payments with extremely cheap fees and shorter verification periods was the most dominant fintech business in Europe. This month, Revolut reached a $1.7 billion valuation after integrating cryptocurrency, surpassing Transferwise. Why the Statement of Nasdaq CEO Wasn’t a Joke Earlier this week,…


Do you want to invest in Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies? If you are new to the world of blockchain and digital currencies, you might have a hard time locating and identifying the best cryptocurrency exchange. It is crucial that you choose an exchange platform with a suitable set of features, good reputation, and offers the…


What is a Stable Coin? A “stable coin” is a cryptocurrency that is pegged to another stable asset, like gold or the U.S. dollar. It’s a currency that is global, but is not tied to a central bank and has low volatility. This allows for practical usage of using cryptocurrency like paying for things every…


Who Needs Privacy, Anyway? Governments, Facebook, maybe even your neighbor – with the technological advancements these days, it’s fairly easy for anyone to snoop around and get a sneak peek into your private life. Hence, the importance of privacy coins. You might be thinking, “Privacy, shmivacy – I’ve got nothing hide.” That may be so,…


Braid, a psychological horror film screening at the Tribeca Film Festival, was financed by selling crytocurrency tokens. Braid Mitzi Peirone thanks God for cryptocurrency. Peirone’s Braid, a psychological horror flick screening at the Tribeca Film Festival this week, touts itself as the first feature-length film funded by cryptocurrency. She considered more traditional ways of raising her…


Whenever there is mention of blockchain or cryptocurrency ventures more often, people associate the idea with a couple of male participants. While they are female entrepreneurs and investors in the cryptocurrency community, there is little awareness among women on the potential of getting into the technology. However, that is set to end with the latest…


30 years ago The Economist in its “Get Ready for a World Currency” article predicted a new world currency. “Americans, Japanese, Europeans, and people in many other rich countries, and some relatively poor ones will probably be paying for their shopping with the same currency.” The Economist named the currency “Phoenix”, but it was used…


Investors and traders may be celebrating the apparent return of “alt season” as crypto values across the board exhibit positive movement, but Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin isn’t convinced. The cryptocurrency market is currently exhibiting strong bullish signals, with a cumulative market cap of over $388 billion. While a large portion of this growth is attributed…


Gibraltar has set itself at the forefront of the regulation of businesses that use Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT). On 12th October 2017, Gibraltar introduced a comprehensive set of new laws to regulate DLT businesses, making it the first country in Europe to take this bold step it also launched the Gibraltar Blockchain Exchange (GBX) a…


Market indicators suggest quickly-changing sentiment might push prices upwards. Turtle BC has an interesting tool for gauging the proportion of buy and sell signals in the market, and the last month has seen a fairly dramatic shift. Source This chart shows the percentage of buy orders in the market, compared to sell orders. At the…