US: NY State Dep of Financial Services pre-approves 10 crypto for custody and listing

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India may introduce a crypto ban again

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Russia suspended anonymous wallet deposits

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Russia prohibits crypto as means of payment but allows issuance of crypto securities

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US’ OCC sees DLT-based digital money as better long term set up than CB monopoly

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Russia dropped plans to criminalise bitcoin transactions

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Germany’s fintech council argues that digital money can increase transactions’ efficiency

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US recognizes bitcoin as a form of money in the context of money transmission licensing in D.C.

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US OCC authorizes banks to provide cryptocurrency custody services to customers

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Jamaica determined to develop and test wholesale and retail CBDC in a sandbox environment

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Singapore consults on stricter cryptobusiness rules in line with FATF standards

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UK to regulate cryptocurrency promotions to limit investors risk

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France’s BdF has selected eight candidates to test wholesale CBDC

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Japan’s BoF creates team dedicated to CBDC

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China plans to make Beijing a blockchain innovation hub by 2022

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South Africa seeks to align its crypto regulation to the FATF standards

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South Korea mulls the introduction of a 20% capital gains tax on cryptocurrencies

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U.K.’s BoE may rollout its CBDC in a few years

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Iran authorizes 14 mining farm and cuts up to 50% electricity tariff to support mining

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South Korea to invest over USD 48.2bn in blockchain by 2025 to promote digitisation

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Japan to eye CBDC in its economic plan to safeguard yen’s sovereignty

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Malaysia’s Shariah Advisory Council permits to invest and trade cryptocurrencies

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The US SEC expedites the review process for funds. It could be positive for BTC ETF funds

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Philippines prepares guidances on the establishment of digital banks

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The BIS innovation hub opens new centres in Toronto, London, Frankfurth, Paris and Stockholm

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Monaco adopts ICO and STO legislation

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The EU poised to issue new cryptoregulation to reaffirm harmonized standards across member states

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Spain to require crypto businesses to register with financial authorities following AMLD5

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BIS recognizes and supports benefits of CBDC, distinguishing between wholesale and retail CBDCs

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Thailand to prototype real life business cases of its CBDC

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Singapore’s MAS announced 14 out of 21 digital bank applications have met eligibility criteria

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Mauritius issues guidance for regulated STOs

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Canada’s CB launches retail CBDC project

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Swiss House of Representatives unanimously passes the proposed Blockchain Act

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South Korea’s CB creates legal advisory panel to pave the way for CBDCs

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Former Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann joins the Crypto Valley

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Estonia’s Financial Intelligence Unit cancels 30% of the cryptocurrencies licenses on AML concerns

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India proposes to ban cryptocurrencies by law 3 months after it had ruled a lifting of the banking ban

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US SEC received filings for a publicly traded bitcoin fund by Wilshire Phoenix

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US Congress to explore benefits of digital dollar as COVID crisis revealed current banking shortcomings

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Thailand launches sandbox to test P2P lending platforms

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Korea’s CB released 10-year strategy and foresees establishment of a digital innovation division

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Russia experiences political push back against the nation’s planned ban on cryptocurrencies

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New York and French authorities signed MoU to help spreading blockchain use cases

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Ghana confirms commitment to piloting a CBDC

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US OCC Chief to engage in facilitating the opening of banking relationships for blockchain companies

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US’ OCC consults on digital banking activities, including on cryptoassets and use of DLT

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US Philadelphia FED research paper points to advantages of CBDC in case of financial panic

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Kyrgyzstan may regulate cryptomining and introduce flat 15% tax on cryptoassets sales

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Japan’s finance minister opposes the reduction of bitcoin trading tax to 20% and wants to keep 55%

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China expands inheritance rights in its civil code to include cryptocurrencies

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Kazakhstan to deliberate on a bill that would make mining legal

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South Korea’s Parliament to vote on taxing bitcoin profits in September

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Antigua and Barbuda adopt digital assets bill to become digital assets friendly nation

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US’ Louisiana on the way to open up to crypto

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Russia considers penalizing cryptocurrency transactions

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China has released the e-Yuan. Decentralised nature and working arrangements still unclear

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Myanmar has outlawed the use of digital currencies

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Iran to work on new national strategy for cryptomining, including regulation and mining revenue

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Ukraine consults on virtual assets law that provides legal status to crypto assets

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Albania introduces legal crypto framework, joining Malta and France am amongst the EU countries

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China adds crypto to the training program of its Communist Party officials

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Philippines address money laundering risk through virtual assets and VASPs

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Brazil instituted a Digital Government Strategy, unifying digital channels, developing interoperability

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China’s CB proposes a blockchain trade financing platform for a regional construction project

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Telegram’s TON throws the towel after SEC brough legal action against it

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Swiss Parliament adopts DLT framework

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Qatar explores the use of blockchain within the existing regulations

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Gibraltar: Token sales are securities offering by default

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Vietnam establishes research group to stay abreast of new blockchain developments

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Retail CBDC is now the main ECB research focus

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Croatia introduces the first regulated passive bitcoin investment fund

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China believes digital Yuan will replace cash

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EU points to importance of asset management function to make global stablecoins viable

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UK FCA launches digital sandbox focused on developing solutions to the COVID19 outbreak

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South African regulators recommend how to regulate crypto assets and related service providers

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Portugal to create a sandbox zone to support its digital transition action plan

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Japan’s STO association published self-regulatory guidelines

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Holland CB ready to play a leading role in a pan-European CBCD experiment

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BIS anticipates COVID-19 will accelerate the digital transition beyond payments

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Blockchain association INATBA partners with EC to address challenges raised by COVID-19

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Facebook redesigned its Libra global stablecoin project and filed for license in Switzerland

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China to introduce a national blockchain platform to assist faster and cheaper deployments

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China committed to devise national blockchain and DLT standards

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FSB issued 10 consultative recommendations to advance global stablecoins regulation

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EU says AMLD5 framework is outdated compared to FATF standards and proposes amendments

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Singapore’s MAS set aside 70 USDm to support fintech firms amidst the global economic slump

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France ready to ban stablecoins if necessary

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FSB prioritises the enhancement of cross-border payments leveraging fintech innovation

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Malta’s flop: a blockchain framework, no licenses, departing crypto firms

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BIS speculates that digital payments and CBDCs will be boosted by the Covid-19

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FATF finds US largely compliant with Recommendation 15 (virtual currencies)

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FINMA carried out approx. 60 ICO investigations in 2019, opening enforcement against 3 of them

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Russia may introduce a regulatory sandbox for digital technologies and crypto industry

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US recommend creation of digital dollar as part of Corona stimulus bills

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IOSCO issues report analyzing regulatory issues arising from the use of global stablecoins

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Singapore recommends to trace previous transactions of tokens as far back as necessary (AML)

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Hawaii introduces regulatory sandbox for digital firms

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Russia may ban crypto issuance and circulation

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Zimbabwe introduces regulatory sandbox for cryptofirms

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