Robinhood Withdraws Bank Charter Application Due to Regulatory Challenges

Stock and cryptocurrency trading platform Robinhood has withdrawn its bank charter application with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

As CNBC reported on Nov. 27, Robinhood voluntarily decided to withdraw its application with the regulator due to the challenges the company could face in receiving a charter. A spokesperson said that “Robinhood will continue to focus on increasing participation in the financial system and challenging the industry to better serve everyone.”

Robinhood applied for a bank charter with the United States Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in April,

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Singapore: Crypto Derivatives Set to Come Under Regulatory Oversight

Singapore’s central bank and financial regulator, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), has proposed bringing crypto derivatives trading under its purview.

According to a BNN Bloomberg report on Nov. 20, the MAS’ proposal would make the trading of derivatives based on underlying assets like Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH) subject to the city-state’s Securities and Futures Act.

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G20 Finance Leaders: Stablecoins Present Serious Regulatory Risks

The G20 finance chiefs of the world agree that global stablecoins give rise to a set of public policy and regulatory risks.

On Oct. 18, Reuters reported that the G20, an international forum for the governments and central bank governors from 19 countries and the European Union, have called upon the International Monetary Fund to examine various macroeconomic implications of global stablecoins,

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Alipay Denounces Bitcoin OTC Trading: Regulatory ‘Gray Area’ in China

Earlier in October 2019, Binance announced a fiat on-ramp for crypto trading via Chinese payment services Alipay and WeChat. This move was part of the exchange giant’s peer-to-peer (P2P) trading rollout for Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH) and Tether (USDT) against the Chinese yuan.

The public nature of this announcement did bring questions to the fore regarding the use of payment channels like Alipay and WeChat for crypto trading.

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South Korea Is Hoping for Regulatory Clarity as Crypto Laws Toughen

South Korean regulators seems to strongly favor blockchain over cryptocurrencies, and some recent events have further proven this hypothesis. As a result, as much as 97% of local digital assets exchanges are in danger of extinction, local reports suggest. 

Meanwhile, local politicians and regulators have started lobbying a new set of regulations,

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PwC: Regulatory Uncertainty and Lack of User Trust Inhibit Blockchain Adoption

Regulatory uncertainty and trust are major barriers to blockchain adoption among businesses, according to a study released August 27 by ‘Big Four’ auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

A new study entitled “Blockchain is here. What’s your next move?” conducted by PwC examined 600 executives in 15 countries on their development of blockchain and opinions about its potential.

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Japan Self-Regulatory Crypto Exchange Association Considers Trading Cap for Some Clients

The Japan Virtual Currency Exchange Association (JVCEA) will obligate its member exchanges to place limits on the trading activity of some clients, Cointelegraph Japan reports today, July 28.

The self-regulatory body has reportedly established a policy of to require its member crypto exchanges to place maximum limits on the volumes traded by the exchanges’ customers.

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Circle Taps Fmr. Goldman Sachs Executive to Spearhead Regulatory Affairs


Circle Internet Financial has hired Benedicte Nolens, a former Goldman Sachs executive director, as its new head of global regulatory affairs and head of compliance for Europe and Asia operations, as the company expands into global crypto securities trading, according to Business Insider.

Circle Goldman SachsBenedicte Nolens | Source: LinkedIn

Nolens brings significant regulatory experience,

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Japan: Self-Regulatory Crypto Exchange Association Considers Margin Trade Limits to Stem Losses

The Japan Virtual Currency Exchange Association (JVCEA) said it wants to place restrictions on member exchanges’ margin trading. The news of the plans of Japan’s self-regulatory cryptocurrency body comes from a Chinese media report July 24.

Margin trading is the practice of borrowing money from the broker, used by crypto traders to buy or sell more cryptocurrency than they could afford on their own –

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Japan May Play Leading Role in G20’s Crypto Regulatory Stance

Despite gaining legitimacy in the eyes of many more individuals across the world, cryptocurrencies are still a contested topic within regulatory circles, especially with the regulatory bodies of developed countries.

FSB: Crypto Assets Don’t Pose A Risk To Global Financial Stability

The Financial Stability Board (FSB) recently released a report highlighting cryptocurrencies or “crypto-assets” as the board likes to call them. 

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Hodler’s Digest, July 16-22: Coinbase Backpedals on Regulatory Approval and Switzerland Becomes Even More Crypto Friendly

Coming every Sunday, the Hodler’s Digest will help you to track every single important news story that happened this week. The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions, and much more — a week on Cointelegraph in one link.

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Crypto Exchange Coinbase Retracts Announcement Of Getting Regulatory Approval

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Japan Revamps Financial Regulatory Agency to Address Issues in FinTech, Cryptocurrencies

Japan has overhauled its financial regulator, the Financial Services Agency (FSA), in order to better deal with fintech-related fields, including cryptocurrencies, news outlet Nikkei Asian Review reported July 17. Changes were made to various bureaus in order to make the organization more suited to address new problems and challenges in the financial sector.

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