This article is originally published in Albaron Ventures. As Bitcoin and other digital assets continue to grow in adoption and popularity, a common topic for discussion is whether the U.S. government, or any government for that matter, can exert control of its use.  There are two core issues that lay the foundation of the Bitcoin…

Crypto security startup BitGo has received approval in the U.S. to act as a qualified custodian for digital assets. The company, which has spent most of 2018 attempting to launch a regulated custodian entity, announced that the BitGo Trust had been approved by the South Dakota Division of Banking on Thursday, meaning it can now offer…

A top Australian financial regulator has indicated it will take a new approach when regulating cryptocurrency exchanges, as well as tighten scrutiny of initial coin offerings (ICOs),. In its a corporate plan for 2018–2022, released Friday, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) outlined its areas of focus for the period. Top of that list is to continue…

Over the past two days, the narrative on bitcoin exchange traded funds (ETFs) in the U.S. has felt like a rollercoaster. Up until Wednesday, all eyes were watching for a final decision on two futures-backed bitcoin ETF proposals set to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and created by ProShares. However, the…

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced Thursday that nine bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) disapproval orders are to be stayed until further review. Referencing Rule 431 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice, the SEC said in a series of letters that it would reconsider the three rejections made by the U.S. regulator’s staff. But…

Jonathan M. Padilla is a Schwarzman Scholar at Tsinghua University where he wrote the dissertation “New Regulations for the New Economy: A Proposal for the G20 on the Regulation of Cryptocurrency,” from which this article was adapted. He has advised major e-commerce and natural resource companies on blockchain integration and has a background in government…

Cryptocurrencies will take center stage once again on Capitol Hill next week. The U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee announced Thursday that it would host a hearing titled “The Future of Money: Digital Currency” on Wednesday, July 18. Though the Committee, headed by Chairman Jeb Hensarling, has yet to announce a full list of…

I want to quash this false narrative that’s been going around for the past two years that you can separate blockchain from crypto. You can’t.” No, that’s not a bitcoin maximalist, a HODLer or a crypto-anarchist talking. It’s a regulator. And Sopnendu Mohanty, the chief fintech officer of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, wasn’t preaching…

U.S. regulators are still looking into cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings, but don’t aim to suppress the industry, according to comments made during a panel at CoinDesk’s Consensus 2018 conference in New York. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) enforcement director James McDonald, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Enforcement Division Cyber Unit chief Robert Cohen and associate…

Some countries in Asia are feeling the pain of inadequate cryptocurrency regulation, while others, like India, China and South Korea, have taken an uncertain or hostile stance to cryptocurrency. In contrast, Japan is building a clear framework for how virtual currency exchanges, and soon initial coin offerings (ICOs), should operate there. In doing so, Japan…

The Bank of England, the U.K.’s central banking authority, is developing a proof-of-concept (PoC) examining how to maintain privacy over a distributed ledger-based network while still allowing a regulatory overview of the data. Partnering for the project with Chain, a blockchain startup that develops infrastructure protocols, the Bank of England released a paper on Wednesday setting…


The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has explicitly prohibited regulated entities from doing business with any companies dealing in virtual currencies. Last week’s decision raised concerns regarding a full ban on cryptocurrencies, which is not true. The jolted market fears Bitcoin and altcoins will face a drop in traded volumes in India, but that may…


China’s central bank states that the country is willing to support a global regulatory framework for cryptocurrency established by G20. China’s Central Bank Supports Global Regulatory Framework The Institute of International Finance, a part of The People’s Bank of China (PBOC), offered new insight to the country’s cryptocurrency policy on its “Global Banking Industry Outlook Report” released…


The South Korean Financial Services Commission (FSC) has aired plans to encourage the use of blockchain technology in new payment systems aimed to better protect user information. According to Korea JoongAng Daily, the FSC will introduce new regulations to open the doors for banks and insurance companies to protect customer data and simplify verification processes with…


Speaking at a press conference on the sidelines of the annual session of the National People’s Congress, Zhou Xiaochuan, the governor of the People’s Bank of China (PBoC), made it clear that the country does not recognize Bitcoin and other digital currencies like it does traditional banking tools such as paper money, coins, and credit…