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Bitfinex to Terminate Services for U.S. Retail Customers by November 9

Markets and Prices Bitfinex has announced its plan to terminate all services for U.S. individual customers by November 9th 2017. Their announcement comprised a follow-up to a statement issued in August, which indicated the company was suspending all new requests for account verification from U.S. individuals.Also Read: The Controversy Surroundin


The Satoshi Revolution: A Revolution of Rising Expectations (part 3)

Featured The Satoshi Revolution: A Revolution of Rising Expectations.Chapter 1: A Revolution of Rising Expectations (part 3).by Wendy McElroyA lot of people automatically dismiss e-currency as a lost cause because of all the companies that failed since the 1990’s. I hope it’s obvious it was only the centrally controlled nature of those systems th


Swedish Officials Settle First Debt in Bitcoin

Featured Swedish officials with the Swedish Enforcement Authority has settled a debt with bitcoin. This is the first time the enforcement agency in the country accepted bitcoin as payment rendered for debt owed to the State. Also read: Panama City Strip Mall Merchants Embrace Bitcoin CustomersNew Asset For Use by the Swedish Enforcemen


Blockchain Technology’s Applications in Banking is ‘Infinite’: Credit Suisse Banker James Disney

Credit Suisse bank’s global head of software investment banking, James Disney, addressed the applications of Blockchain technology in the banking industry saying, ‘sky is the limit.’He cited as an example the use of the technology in the processing of private equity transactions using leveraged buyouts financed with debt.In his interview with CNBC’s “Fast Money” in mid-October 2017, Di


Op Ed: Is There a Future for Banking in a Cryptocurrency-Dominated World?

What is the future of banking, central banking and financial intermediation in a world in which cryptocurrency is dominant? Let’s speculate a bit, with the proviso that no one can fully anticipate how these markets will evolve.We can find hints in the speech by IMF head Christine Lagarde at a Bank of England conference in September 2017. She dropped some words that likely sent some chills down a

BlockMason’s Credit Protocol Token Sale Opens to Public at Long Last.

It’s been a long week for the many customers interested in participating in BlockMason’s much-anticipated Credit Protocol token sale. While the sale opened on Oct. 1, the first week of purchases was reserved for those who signed up for the token sale whitelist and reserved and early purchase slot.After a strong first week, selling roughly $2 million of Credit Protocol tokens, the sale will ope


How Blockchain Helps Pave the Way for More Autonomous Governance

The referendum vote for the independence of Catalonia has adversely affected the stock market in Spain as of early October 2017.Among the affected indexes is the IBEX, which registered a 15-month low. Spanish government bond yields, however, increased by almost 2%.The uncertainties due to the referendum and its accompanying protests and violence have made locally-focused investors jittery. The goo


The Satoshi Revolution – How and Why Government Outlawed Private Money

Featured The Satoshi Revolution: A Revolution of Rising Expectations.Chapter 1: Listening to the Past (part 2).by Wendy McElroyHow did ratification of the United States Constitution in 1788 affect private money?People assume the United States Constitution grants Congress a monopoly ‘right’ to issue money. The assumption comes from Article 1, Sect

Russia’s Central Bank Instructs Clearinghouse Not to Settle Cryptocurrency Contracts

Regulation The Central Bank of Russia has sent a letter to one of the country’s biggest clearinghouses, instructing them to refuse to clear and settle over-the-counter (OTC) contracts based on cryptocurrencies. The clearinghouse has been named as a partner to multiple initial coin offering (ICO) projects.Also read: Russia Proposes Adding Crypt

BlockMason Successfully Launches Whitelist Capped Token Sale

After months of anticipation, BlockMason has finally launched the initial phase of their Credit Protocol token sale, open to those who signed up to purchase tokens through a whitelist. During the first period of the sale, BlockMason has capped the purchase of CPT tokens to ensure that large purchasers, often known as “whales,” are unable to block out smaller buyers for the highly demanded toke