Bitcoin Businesses Push Back Against Proposed Canadian Crypto Regulatory Framework

On May 16, 2019, San Francisco-based crypto exchange Kraken posted on Twitter a summary of its response to the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) “Proposed Framework for Crypto-Asset Trading Platforms”: “Kraken strongly recommends against Canada imposing a security law framework on cryptocurrency exchanges in public response to the Proposed Framework for Crypto-Asset Trading Platforms published by…

IRS Commissioner Makes Crypto Tax Clarity a Priority

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is planning to overhaul its methods for determining the federal taxes due on cryptocurrency payments to improve clarity for taxpayers. The decision stems from the recent attempt by Minnesota Representative Tom Emmer to pass legislation reforming the way that hard forks and the resultant “forkcoins” are viewed by tax…

Dutch Man Arrested for $111 Million Fake Mining Scheme

On March 21, 2019, Dutch news outlet NL Times reported that “Berry van M.,” a 33-year-old Dutch businessman and the operator of now-defunct trading platform Koinz Trading, has been arrested on charges of deceiving investors with a bogus bitcoin mining scheme. The report claims that van M. was the director of companies that sold “computers…

Bisq’s Lead Developer Makes Way for DAO to Take Over

The founder of decentralized crypto exchange Bisq has stepped away from all roles and activities, allowing the exchange’s DAO (decentralized autonomous organization) to oversee its operations. Manfred Karrer released the departure announcement on Bisq’s official site on May 16, 2019, claiming that the exchange is “entering a new phase” and that the DAO “is now…

During Bullish April, Fiat-to-Crypto Exchanges Outperform Crypto-to-Crypto

In its April 2019 Exchange Review, released on May 20, 2019, London-based crypto data analysis firm CryptoCompare found that fiat-to-crypto exchanges performed much better than crypto-to-crypto platforms did over the last month, as cryptocurrency prices rose across the board. According to the report, fiat-to-crypto exchanges enjoyed an impressive 85 percent uptick in monthly trading volumes…

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…