Bitcoin exchanges are under fire in India, as many of the nation’s top banks have suspended or greatly curtailed functionality on exchange accounts. State Bank of India (SBI), Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank and Yes Bank have all taken strong action toward crypto exchanges, either closing accounts or...
Recently published data from the South Korean Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) shows that in 2017 several major South Korean banks have earned 2.2 bln won ($2 mln) in commissions from virtual accounts for cryptocurrency investing, a sum 36 times higher than the 61 mln won ($57,340) made the previous...
Japan’s Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG), the fourth largest bank in the world, will launch its own digital currency MUFG coin, local news publication Mainichi.jp reported Sunday, Jan. 14. MUFG is the largest financial company in Japan and is set to become the first Japanese bank to issue a virtual...
With the rise of interest that hit its peak in late 2017 surrounding cryptocurrencies, it was only a matter of time before the regulators and their kin got stuck into the cryptocurrency world. Banks, central banks, regulators and other financial institutes are racking their brains about this phenomenon, and...
In a move that will have far-reaching implications, Metropolitan Bank Holding Corp has halted all cryptocurrency related wire transfers, effective immediately, per a report from Fortune. The information came from statements by Metropolitan customers who were informed that the bank would be “ceasing all international crypto-related wire transfers.” The decision is...
The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) has said it is “considering” introducing a digital version of its national currency, the hryvnia, that is not based on Blockchain, at least for now. The central bank reported in a Facebook post Thursday Jan. 11 that it is studying “new and innovative technologies”...
Cryptocurrency purists have always judged new coins by a few important factors. On top of that list has always been decentralization. However, one of the bigger coins in the cryptocurrency market has been hiding in plain sight with its centralized nature. But, its recent boom that saw it finish...
It may be hard to believe, but two billion people in the world still do not have a bank account.  Most of them live in low and middle income emerging markets, but even in high-income countries, large numbers of people are unable to use banks to meet their day...