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Nasdaq-Listed “Blockchain” Companies Hit With New Legal Troubles

Markets and Prices Adding “Blockchain” to the name of their firms have proved to be very beneficial to the top management of publicly listed companies over the past year. However, this tactic also attracted negative attention from regulators, and now two Nasdaq firms are facing additional troubles. Also Read: Robinhood Starts Rolling Out Cry

Bank of America Acknowledges the Threat Posed by Cryptocurrency

Economy & Regulation For all the inroads that bitcoin has made on the current financial system, it has yet to threaten their ascendancy. The CEOs of Paypal, Visa, and other legacy payment systems may have been monitoring the rise of cryptocurrencies, but they have not been losing sleep over them. Now, in a frank report to the SEC, Bank of America

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Canada: TD Bank Bans Credit Card Purchases of Crypto Following Global Trend

Following in the footsteps of several major banks globally, the Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD), one of the largest banks in North America, announced  in an email statement to customers on Friday, Feb. 23, that it is banning the purchase of cryptocurrency with credit cards, local journal The Globe and Mail reports.A representative of TD, the first major Canadian bank to enact such a ban, said

Pump and Dump in Crypto: Cases, Measures, Warnings

The pump and dump, an age-old scheme to quickly raise the value of a worthless asset and then selling it to reap the profits from the price increase. Not only is the pump and dump illegally under the securities laws, but it is also extremely popular in the world of Blockchain technology, cryptocurrency, and digital assets.How does it workIn a pump and dump scheme, the price of a worthless asset-us

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Riot Blockchain Gets Hit by Another Shareholder Lawsuit

After changing its name to Riot Blockchain in October to include the word “blockchain,” the public company watched its stock skyrocket from $8 a share to more than $38 during a cryptocurrency rally at the beginning of the year.The first significant problem was the company did not have any real focus on blockchain technology. Before October, Riot was known as Bioptix, a maker of diagnostic mach

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Week in Review for February 23, 2018: Sidechains, Stings and Venezuela

In the past week, news from Venezuela was at the forefront, where crypto mining is way up due to cheap electricity. But their stab at launching their own crypto, the Petro, is not looking like a great plan so far.Good news in regulation, however, is coming from the state of Wyoming as the House unanimously passed two pro-blockchain bills, with five more in the pipe.On the technological front, rese

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Bank Of America: Our ‘Inability To Adapt’ Could See A Failure To Compete With Crypto

Bank of America (BoA) has admitted to US regulators it may be “unable” to compete with the growing use of cryptocurrency.In its annual report to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) this week, filed Feb. 22, the major US bank for the first time highlights cryptocurrency as an area that may cause it “substantial expenditure” as it tries to remain competitive.“Our inability to adap

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SEC Director of Investor Education: ‘Don’t Flip A Coin’ Over Crypto Investments

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investor’s website published a light-hearted notice this week to all investors considering buying the “latest new cryptocurrency or token.”Lori Schock, the Director of the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy, wrote an informal post aimed at the everyday retail crypto investor, beginning with an anecdote from a visit to a retiremen

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Tezos Head & Board Member Step Down, Platform Prepares ‘Timely Launch’

The Tezos blockchain project may finally get underway after two board members of the Tezos Foundation, including its founder and president Johann Gevers, voluntarily stepped down and were replaced by Tezos community members, according to a press release published Feb. 22.Newly appointed Ryan Jesperson and Michel Mauny join Lars Haussmann, appointed to the board on Jan. 31, right as the foundation

France Cracks Down on Bitcoin Derivatives

Featured Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF), the independent regulatory body governing France’s stock market, issued two statements today, one on initial coin offerings (ICOs) and another on the prospect of bitcoin derivatives. Both point to more oversight to come for crypto in France, including everything from formal authorizations to a ban o

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