US SEC Postpones Verdict on VanEck ETF Application, Again

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has delayed its decision on the VanEck bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF) proposal, according to an official SEC filing on May 20. The SEC has added a 35 day period for gathering more information and opinions on the proposal, which was initially filed by the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) last year. In January, CBOE withdrew its request for a rule change when the U.S. government shutdown decreased the SEC’s operational abilities, then subsequently reapplied on January 31 after the government shutdown…

US Tax Authority Prioritizes Issuing Guidance on Cryptocurrencies

The United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has prioritized issuing tax guidance on cryptocurrencies, according to a May 16 letter. The letter from the IRS comes in response to a request from 21 representatives in Congress, including Rep. Tom Emmer, to provide clarity on reporting taxes on cryptocurrency holdings. In the letter to the tax authority, the representatives then claimed that there is still “substantial ambiguity on a number of important questions about the federal taxation” of the emerging type of asset. In the new addressed to Emmer, IRS Commissioner…

Dutch Bank ABN AMRO Launches Blockchain Inventory Tracking Platform ‘Forcefield’

Dutch bank ABN AMRO announced that it is launching a blockchain inventory tracking platform dubbed Forcefield in a press release published on May 17. Per the announcement, the platform is an Internet of Things solution that allows the monitoring of physical trade inventories with sensors and near-field communication chips. Forcefield was developed over the past year as a stand-alone product and became an independent company following a successful proof-of-concept that was conducted with consulting firm Accenture. The bank claims that the system can lead to more secure physical handling processes…

Low Turnout Hinders MakerDAO Vote to Decrease Stablecoin Stability Fee by 2%

The vote to decrease stability fee for MakerDAO’s Ethereum blockchain-based decentralized stablecoin Dai has failed, according to the voting results published on May 20. The vote about whether to decrease the fee by 2% to 17.5% per year started yesterday, May 19. MakerDAO is looking to change the yearly stability fee in an attempt to improve the token’s peg to the U.S. dollar after its exchange price has been hovering above $1. The stability fee is a charge levied by Maker participants when DAI is used for loans. Voters failed…

SEC Still In Information-Gathering Mode Regarding Bitcoin ETF

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is “still in information-gathering mode” regarding a bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF), the managing director of ETF.com told CNBC on May 20. Dave Nadig, managing director of а leading authority on ETFs, delivered his comments on the issue during an interview with the ETF Edge show. Nadig said: “It is clear the SEC is still in information gathering mode. […] Technically, there are deadlines, but honestly they [SEC] can do what they want, they can kick this down the road until they…

Zimbabwe Stock Exchange Eyes Blockchain-Based Products, Needs Regulatory Clarity

Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) chief executive Justin Bgoni says ZSE is interested in adopting blockchain technology if regulatory certainty can be achieved, according to a report by local news daily The Chronicle on May 20 Bgoni, while in favor of blockchain technology, is waiting to apply blockchain technology at ZSE until regulatory certainty issues have been resolved: “Then there is the money side to blockchain technology. This is a bit difficult, in terms of regulation, we are not yet clear on this and we do not want to do something…

UK Watchdog Reports $34 Million Lost in Crypto and Forex Scams Last Year

The primary financial regulator of the United Kingdom, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), reports that crypto investors in the country lost over $34 million due to cryptocurrency and forex scams from 2018–2019 the Financial Times reports on May 20. According to the data, which the FCA gathered from the U.K. national fraud and cybercrime reporting center, Action Fraud, individual loss due to scams decreased from $76,000 to $18,500 while total losses fell by $14 million. However, the number of reports more than tripled to reach 1,834, with 81 percent of…

Bitcoin Price Analysis: Strong Selling With Weekly Level Getting Tested

Summary: The market is seeing a current rejection of the weekly level outlined in 2018’s bull market. The zone between $8,300 and $8,400 has a strong point of interest in the previous bear market and we are currently seeing high levels of supply surface as people take profit. If we fail to break the $8,400 level, we can expect to see a retest of $7,400 and potentially even a deeper dive into the $6,800s as this represents another macro, weekly level and has yet to see a very strong test…

‘The Dollar Is Going to Self Destruct’: Talking Bitcoin With Ron Paul

Dr. Ron Paul was into sound money before it was cool. Before he became an initiate in the Austrian school of economics, he served as a flight surgeon in the United States Airforce and as a private practice OBGYN in Texas. Proselytized by the works of Ludwig von Mises and Ayn Rand, Paul decided to run for Congress in the ’70s following the termination of the Bretton Woods agreement — an international pact that was the dollars final, albeit tentative, tie to the gold standard. Nixon’s decision to withdraw from…

SEC Delays VanEck ETF Yet Again

In the Bitcoin industry’s Sisyphean struggle to secure a Bitcoin exchange traded fund (ETF), the boulder is rolling back down the hill. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) posted a notice today, May 20, 2019, that it is delaying its decision on the VanEck and SolidX Bitcoin ETF proposal. With this additional extension (the first coming on March 29, 2019), the agency will have until August 19, 2019 to either approve, reject or delay the decision yet again; if it is delayed a second time, the agency will have…