Canada Proposes Regulatory Framework for Cryptocurrency Exchanges

Canadian financial regulatory authorities are considering putting in place rules for cryptocurrency exchanges in the country. The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) published a consultation paper on Thursday, seeking input from the fintech community on how regulatory requirements can be developed for cryptocurrency platforms. “The emergence of digital and crypto assets continues to be a growing area of interest,” said Andrew J. Kriegler, president and CEO of the IIROC in a separate statement on Thursday, adding: “We must adapt to innovation, and provide…

Pro-Bitcoin Square Headlines London Stock Exchange’s Blockchain ETF

Invesco, an American firm, and Elwood, a British digital asset investment company, announced the launch of a blockchain ETF on the London Stock Exchange today. The exchange-traded fund features 48 companies with ties to the blockchain industry, including some – like Square – that have dabbled directly in the bitcoin or crypto space. Invesco & Elwood Team up for UK Blockchain ETF The London Stock Exchange just listed a blockchain ETF, providing investors with broad exposure to companies that are active in the crypto space, including Square and Overstock. |…

Revolut App Now Lets Users Auto-Trigger Cash and Crypto Exchanges

Mobile finance app Revolut has launched a new feature allowing users to “auto-exchange” cash and cryptocurrencies. The firm announced Tuesday that its over 4 million users can now automatically exchange, say, U.S. dollar (USD) to bitcoin (BTC) or ether (ETH) to XRP, based on a pre-set target rate. Fiat-to-fiat exchanges are also possible. Once a target rate is set in the app – either above or below current rates – Revolut said the exchange will trigger once the target has been reached. It warns, though, that the achieved rate could be…

Report: Crypto Exchanges Saw Trading Volumes Plummet in January

The crypto winter that started toward the end of last year doesn’t appear to be showing signs of slowing down. Digital assets like bitcoin lost more than 80 percent of their value while the overall crypto market cap shrunk from over $600 billion in January 2018 to less than $138 billion in December 2018. Now, blockchain and cryptocurrency research firm Diar has released a report that reveals a sizeable drop in crypto trade volumes in January 2019 for popular crypto exchanges Binance, Gemini, OKEx and Coinbase. Popular Exchanges Affected The…

A Fight Is Brewing Among QuadrigaCX Crypto Exchange’s Creditors

Creditors of the failed cryptocurrency exchange QuadrigaCX are bracing for a fight – among themselves. Customers who had fiat currency balances at the exchange before it went offline and sought protection from creditors in a Canadian court last week are beginning to argue they should be paid back first from recovered assets. But they expect customers who stored crypto at QuadrigaCX to push back on such demands. And even some fiat holders say such prioritization would be unfair. “There seems to be a conflict going on between creditors themselves,” Canadian resident and…

Crypto Startup Wants You to Trade on Exchanges Without Trusting Them

A new protocol aims to allow crypto users to maintain control of their private keys while trading on centralized exchanges. Arwen, a startup formerly known as Commonwealth Crypto, launched a testnet version of its namesake protocol Monday. CEO Sharon Goldberg described it as “a layer-two protocol specifically for trading.” In other words, trades will take place off-chain. As Goldberg explained: “You put a smart contract on a blockchain where it locks up coins and once it’s locked up, you can do all sorts of transactions … without posting those transactions…

Top Officials at Two Korean Cryptocurrency Exchanges Face Fraud Indictments

Several of South Korea’s top crypto exchanges have found themselves in hot water, with executives at a couple of exchanges facing criminal charges and jail time. According to a news report on the Korean website Blockinpress, the CEO of Komid, a Korean crypto exchange, has received a three-year prison sentence for committing fraud against investors by artificially inflating the exchange’s actual trading volume. Another company executive also received a sentence of two years for his role in these crimes. The report claims that Komid fabricated over 5 million accounts to…

London Stock Exchange’s Trading Tech to Power New Crypto Exchange

The London Stock Exchange (LSE) is providing the trade-matching technology for an upcoming cryptocurrency exchange in Hong Kong. The LSE Group announced Tuesday that its Millennium Exchange matching engine has been chosen to power AAX, a new exchange platform being launched by Hong Kong-based fintech firm ATOM Group. AAX is scheduled to be launched in the first half of this year and will be the first crypto exchange to use the matching engine product, according to the LSE. According to a separate statement from the ATOM Group on Tuesday, the LSE…

Two Thirds of Korean Crypto Exchanges Fail Government Security Check

Only a third of cryptocurrency exchanges inspected got a full pass in a recent government security audit. The Ministry of Science and ICT, the Korea Internet & Security Agency and the Ministry of Economy and Finance inspected a total of 21 crypto exchanges from September to December 2018, examining 85 different security aspects. Notably, only 7 of them – Upbit, Bithumb, Gopax, Korbit, Coinone, Hanbitco, and Huobi Korea – cleared all the tests, CoinDesk Korea reported Thursday. The remaining 14 exchanges are “vulnerable to hacking attacks at all times because of poor…

Expect the SEC to Target More Token Exchanges After EtherDelta

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) settlement with the founder of EtherDelta is likely the first of many enforcement actions to come against crypto token exchanges. Until recently, the SEC’s scrutiny of the cryptocurrency industry largely focused on projects and teams that raised money through initial coin offerings (ICOs) in possible violation of securities laws. But a person familiar with the SEC’s thinking told CoinDesk Thursday that crypto trading platforms have become a significant priority for the agency’s enforcement division. As such, the news that the SEC had charged EtherDelta founder Zachary…