Category: Banks

Dozen Crypto Companies Await Portugal License Despite Bank Account Closures

Dozen Crypto Companies Await Portugal License Despite Bank Account Closures

The central bank of Portugal is now reviewing 12 requests from businesses that want to provide crypto-related services in the country. The applications are pending decision amid recent reports that some commercial banks are closing accounts of already approved operators. Binance Among Cryptocurrency Platforms Seeking Authorization in Portugal Portugal’s monetary authority is currently evaluating requests […]

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Financial Superintendence of Colombia Presents Project to Regulate Crypto Service Providers

Financial Superintendence of Colombia Presents Project to Regulate Crypto Service Providers

The Financial Superintendence of Colombia presented a project that seeks to bring clarity to how links between banks and virtual asset service providers (VASPs) will be handled in the future. The document defines certain key concepts and determines a set of prerequisites that banks need to verify before accepting virtual asset service providers as customers. […]

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Russian Blockchain Alternative to SWIFT to Prevent Disconnection of Nations, Banks

Russian Blockchain Alternative to SWIFT to Prevent Disconnection of Nations, Banks

A Russian university is ready to test its blockchain-based analogue to the global payment messaging network SWIFT, from which Russian banks were cut off as part of Western sanctions. The developers say their system would not allow the disconnecting of countries and banks. Russian Developers Create SWIFT Substitute Using Blockchain Experts from the Competence Center […]

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Circle Taps New York Community Bank as its Latest Custodian for USDC Reserves

Circle Taps New York Community Bank as its Latest Custodian for USDC Reserves

Circle has tapped a New York state-based community bank as its latest custodial provider for USDC reserves. The move reflects Circle’s strategy to deepen partnerships with Community Banks across the U.S., attempting to make payments more inclusive to underserved communities. Under the new agreement, New York Community Bancorp’s bank subsidiary, New York Community Bank, will […]

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Bank of Russia Accelerates Schedule for Digital Ruble Project

Bank of Russia Accelerates Schedule for Digital Ruble Project

The Central Bank of Russia continues to step up efforts to test and issue the digital ruble, with a roadmap for the full implementation of the new form of the national fiat now expected by the end of 2023. Trials with real transactions and users are scheduled to begin next April, earlier than originally planned. […]

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Kazakhstan Allows Registered Crypto Exchanges to Open Accounts at Local Banks

Kazakhstan Allows Registered Crypto Exchanges to Open Accounts at Local Banks

Government officials in Kazakhstan have approved regulations that will govern interactions between authorized coin trading platforms and traditional financial institutions. The new rules will allow registered cryptocurrency exchanges to have bank accounts in the country. Pilot Project to Develop Kazakhstan Into Regional Crypto Hub Regulations allowing crypto exchanges registered at the Astana International Financial Center […]

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Jack Ma’s Ant Group Launched a Digital Bank Focused on Small Busineses in Singapore

Jack Ma’s Ant Group Launched a Digital Bank Focused on Small Busineses in Singapore

Chinese billionaire Jack Ma’s Ant Group announced the soft launch of its Singapore-based digital bank – ANEXT Bank – on Monday, marking its latest foray in cracking into digital banking beyond its domestic market. The new entity will offer account services to small and medium enterprises starting from Q3 2022. Leveraging Ant’s Footprint in Assisting […]

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Russia’s Industrial Giant Rostec Announces Blockchain-Based Alternative to SWIFT

Russia’s Industrial Giant Rostec Announces Blockchain-Based Alternative to SWIFT

Rostec, the Russian manufacturing and technology conglomerate, has developed a system allowing the processing of international settlements and storage of digital currency. The blockchain-based platform has been announced as an alternative to SWIFT, which is unavailable for some Russian banks. Rostec Employs Distributed Ledger Technology to Substitute SWIFT Russian state-owned corporation Rostec has built a […]

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Central Bank of Armenia Urged to Regulate Cryptocurrencies

Central Bank of Armenia Urged to Regulate Cryptocurrencies

Calls have been issued in Armenia for the central bank to do its job and put the country’s crypto space in order. Both government regulators and representatives of the financial sector insist that the industry needs regulation to prevent the use of cryptocurrencies for illicit purposes. Bankers and Tax Officials in Armenia Call for Crypto […]

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