Central Bank of Laos Issues Warning Against Using Cryptocurrency

The central bank of Laos has warned the public against the use, purchase or sale of digital currencies, local news outlet Vientiane Times reported on May 21.

The Bank of the Lao PDR has issued a warning to financial market participants and the public against cryptocurrency transactions as they are considered illegal in the country.

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Hong Kong Issues New Rules to Regulate Cryptocurrency Funds and Exchanges

Hong Kong’s securities regulator issued a statement setting out guidelines for funds dealing with cryptocurrency Thursday, Nov. 1, saying it could move to formally regulate exchanges.

In what it called “guidance on regulatory standards,” the autonomous Chinese territory’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) set in motion a series of steps that chief Ashley Alder hinted would culminate in a formal regulatory environment.

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China Issues First Tax Authority-Approved Invoice on Blockchain

China’s first digital invoice on the blockchain has been issued in the southeastern city of Shenzhen, local news platform EEO reports August 10.

This is the first implementation of a pilot blockchain ecosystem for invoices that has been developed by Tencent — the developer of the 1 billion-user social media platform WeChat — together with the Shenzhen Municipal Taxation Bureau.

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US Treasury Releases Fintech Report, Discusses Issues Relevant to Cryptocurrency

The U.S. Treasury Department released its highly anticipated report that examines the current monetary system, discusses cryptocurrency, and proposes sweeping changes that would cut regulatory inefficiency and incubate new technologies.

The report, which is titled “A Financial System That Creates Economic Opportunities: Nonbank Financials, Fintech, and Innovation” was drafted under Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and addressed to President Donald Trump. 

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China: World’s Third-Largest Bank Issues Farmland Mortgage Loan on a Blockchain


In a significant breakthrough to deepen the reform of mortgage loans, the Agricultural Bank of China (ABC) revealed that it has issued a farmland loan worth $300,000 on the blockchain in a trial.

The bank, as reported by a local news source, used a segment of agriculture land as collateral to issue the mortgage loan in one of its Guizhou province branches.

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