The ECB holds it as highly unlikely that CBs will hold bitcoins anytime soon

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French AMC proposes to endorse ESMA with supervisory powers in the EU over cryptoassets related services

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South Korea’s CB urges to distinguish legally sharply between CBDC (legal currency) and cryptoassets

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Nigeria CB reminds citizens that dealing with cryptocurrencies is prohibited

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Thailand’s SEC consults on rules for digital asset wallet service providers

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India seeks to create a CBDC, prohibit all private cryptocurrencies, promote blockchain / DLT

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OECD released report on regulatory approaches to the tokenization of assets

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BIS CBDC survey shows steady progress towards implementation

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Digital currencies are high on the WEF 2021 program. Likely focus on CBDC and Stablecoins

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BIS Innovation Hub to focus on 6 topics going forward, including CBDC, tokenization, open finance

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US Nebraska proposes crypto friendly legislation

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US President put a freeze on the proposed FinCEN private crypto wallet rules

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US Treasury points to illicit use of BTC; evidence shows USD is the currency of choice for illicit activities

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FSB to issue a report on regulatory and supervisory approaches with respect to stablecoins in 2021

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Dubai poised to improve and expand its digital assets regulatory framework as part of 2021-22 plan

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France CB completes for the first time a transaction using a wholesale CBDC

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ECB to consider starting a digital Euro project during 2021

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US FinCEN reopens comment period for controversial crypto transactions reporting rule

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ECB President wishes global regulation for bitcoin to work properly

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New Zealand’s FMA issued warnings against cryptocurrencies & exchanges

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UK FCA warns about risks of investing in cryptocurrency products

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UK FCA consults on authorization regime for stablecoin issuers

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Israel classifies utility tokens as securities

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Colombia allows companies to buy cryptocurrencies to inject capital

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Kyrgystan poised to introduce cryptoexchange regulation

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US IRS committed to implement cryptoassets taxation

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US FinCEN to propose to include cryptocurrencies in the Bank Secrecy Act-related reporting duties

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India mulls 18% goods & services tax on bitcoin transactions

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US SEC plans to file a lawsuit against Ripple over alleged sale of unlicensed securities

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FATF removes The Bahamas from the list of Jurisdictions under Increased Monitoring

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US FinCEN consults on cryptotransaction rules designed to close loopholes (reporting & KYC records)

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Hong Kong SFC has licensed the first cryptoassets trading platform

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Germany legalises securities transactions on the blockchain

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France introduces tougher KYC for digital currency transactions

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France tests CBDC

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Venezuela establishes guidelines to grant crypto mining licenses

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Switzerland anticipates to 1 Feb 2021 the entry into force of DLT-based securities laws

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France bans anonymous crypto accounts

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G7 determined to step up digital assets regulation to prevent illicit uses

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Singapore introduces a new blockchain research program to boost adoption

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US OCC confirms intention to introduce cryptocurrency regulations that will attract institutionals

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US Lawmakers propose bill forcing private stablecoins issuers to be licensed by the FED & FDIC

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Singapore MAS authorizes two Digital Full Bank license and two Digital Wholesale Bank license

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A Pakistan province legalizes crypto trading and mining, requesting federal government to follow suit

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US SEC sets up standalone office FinHub to focus on responsible innovation

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BIS, Swiss SNB and SIX Exchange successfully completed a wholesale CBDC experiment

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Cyprus SEC issues a crypto regulatory guide

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ECB believes in digital Euro, holds bitcoin as too volatile and stablecoins threatening privacy & stability

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MAS allows e-wallet users to make real-time funds transfers between bank accounts and e-wallets

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South Korea to enforce a 20% tax on crypto capital gains from January 2022

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Russia to recognize digital financial assets as property

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Philippines introduces digital bank as a new category

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OECD working on adopting an international set of standards for reporting taxes on crypto assets

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BIS argues that stablecoins may allow for embedded supervision

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The Spanish CB holds it as open whether CBDCs could provide more effective solutions than stablecoins

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China’s President urges G20 nations to support CBDCs and provide supportive regulation

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South Africa solicits comments on a draft declaration of crypto assets as financial products

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The IMF points to the fact that current CB legal frameworks are inadequate for retail CBDCs

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The BoE believes cryptocurrency could be good for financial stability

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The UAE published new crypto asset law and its CB issued digital currencies regulation

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UK BoE warns banks to adjust to digital currencies

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Swiss FINMA consults on upgrades to the Circular on video and online identification

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The US SEC has brought to court 56 cases related to cryptocurrencies since 2017

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Belarus state-owned Belarusbank launched the first legal cryptocurrency exchange

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Kyrgyzstan develops cryptocurrency law

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FATF prepares to regulate P2P crypto exchanges in 2021

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The ECB will focus on AML, CFT and user privacy before allowing the release of a CBDC

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Russia determined to amend crypto law to address tax evasion

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Pakistan to introduce a regulatory framework for digital assets

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A US chief OCC officer highlighted cryptocurrencies benefits to US Senate

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Spain introduces sandbox for crypto-related projects

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COVID-19 has led CB and financial regulators to prioritise fintech (World Bank study)

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Argentina may consider a national framework for crypto

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US New Jersey is considering a Digital Asset and Blockchain Act, making licensing mandatory

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UK Treasury to consult on private stablecoins guidelines

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The US SEC increases the limitation on fundraising for cryptocurrency firms, profiting STOs

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South Korea strengthens AML surveillance and provisions. The usage of Privacy coins could be affected

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Switzerland establishes a Green Fintech Network to improve framework conditions

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Cayman Islands has commenced a regulatory framework for virtual asset service providers

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EU ECB starts a public consultation on digital euro

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Hong Kong’s HKMA new priorities include research on CBDC and Regtech adoption

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Hong Kong poised to regulate all cryptocurrency trading platforms

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China determined to lead the formulation of international rules on digital currency

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Iran allows cryptocurrencies for import funding by the CBI

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Malaysia upgrades IEO and Digital Custody rules

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Swiss SNB and BIS to run a pilot CBDC project by end 2020

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China wants its official digital yuan to be the only yuan-pegged stablecoin in China

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US FinCEN intends to lower from USD 3’000 to USD 250 the applicability threshold for the Travel Rule

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Bahamas becomes the first country to introduce a retail CBDC

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US CFTC recognizes the specific custodial risk characterizing virtual currencies

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Switzerland initiated consultation on blanket ordinance in area of blockchain

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Spain approves a bill to tax cryptocurrency capital gains

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Isle of Man clarifies regulatory treatment of cryptocurrencies and other tokens

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FSB sets out high-level recommendations for the regulation, supervision and oversight of GSC

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OECD proposes a framework for cryptocurrency tax reporting

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Dutch CB approves Amsterdam Digital Asset Exchange allowing it to process crypto transactions

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Bank of Japan to begin experimenting its own CBDC in 2021

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BIS issued CBDC report and highlights key principles for CBDC

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US SEC sees DeFi potential but also regulatory challenges with it

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US DoJ categorises the illicit uses of cryptos in an enforcement paper

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