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Regulatory uncertainty keeps traditional asset managers out of the crypto space, survey takers say

Regulatory uncertainty keeps traditional asset managers out of the crypto space, survey takers say

More than half the participants in a recent The Block Research survey say that regulatory uncertainty is keeping traditional asset managers from entering the crypto and digital asset space. The Block completed 38 interviews with firms in our sample set, drawing on professionals who predominantly work in the digital asset sector. The list of participants …

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The Emergence of Crypto Prime Brokers Adds Resilience but Also Risk

The Emergence of Crypto Prime Brokers Adds Resilience but Also Risk

There are many types of hockey-stick evolutions in new industries. Startups dream of the lying-on-its-back L shape for their sales growth. Entrepreneurs chase the “escape velocity” funding momentum. And a subsector can simmer along with a low hum of activity until boom, years of progress and feverish months of under-the-surface connecting explode in a series …

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CoinMarketCap rolls out a new ranking system for crypto market pairs

CoinMarketCap rolls out a new ranking system for crypto market pairs

Crypto market data aggregator CoinMarketCap announced Friday that it has gone live with a new ranking system for market pairs. As detailed in a blog post, CoinMarketCap will use a ranking system that combines several different factors. The site explained: “The market pairs of exchanges will now be algorithmically scored across three aspects — reported …

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LMAX CEO says household names will enter crypto in the next two years

LMAX CEO says household names will enter crypto in the next two years

The next two years will be critical for institutions entering crypto, according to David Mercer, CEO of LMAX, and the much-awaited wave of interest will be driven by the customer. On this week’s episode of The Scoop, Mercer told The Block LMAX Digital has already seen a significant uptick in inquiries from banks and funds …

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Iranian President Calls for National Crypto Mining Strategy

Iranian President Calls for National Crypto Mining Strategy

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has ordered the government to draw up a renewed national approach for the emerging crypto industry. Chairing Iran’s economic coordination headquarters – a seminar for the national economic strategy – earlier this week, Rouhani told officials from the Central Bank of Iran (CBI), energy department and information and communication technology ministries …

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JK Rowling Asks About Bitcoin. Accursed Crypto Twitter Scares Her Off

JK Rowling Asks About Bitcoin. Accursed Crypto Twitter Scares Her Off

JK Rowling probably wasn’t expecting to unleash the bitcoin community’s pent up passion and imagination when she tweeted two sentences asking about bitcoin. But the author of the Harry Potter series did. Responding to a tweet from CoinDesk senior reporter Leigh Cuen, Rowling tweeted: “I don’t understand bitcoin. Please explain it to me.” In just …

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Blockchain Bites: Last Day of Consensus, Will Crypto Save the Internet?

Blockchain Bites: Last Day of Consensus, Will Crypto Save the Internet?

Top Shelf Consensus: Distributed ended on a high note with a keynote address from Juan Benet, founder of Protocol Labs, who granted a rare interview as he closed out the week-long virtual conference.  Speaking widely on the topics of decentralization and Web 3.0, Benet said, “the internet has become dramatically more important to us.” Over a …

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50-Year-Old Australian Woman Charged With Unlawfully Exchanging Over $3M in Crypto

50-Year-Old Australian Woman Charged With Unlawfully Exchanging Over $3M in Crypto

An Australian woman in her fifties has been charged by New South Wales State Police for unlawfully exchanging millions of dollars-worth of cryptocurrency including bitcoin. As reported by 9News Australia, detectives from the New South Wales (NSW) Cybercrime Squad charged the unnamed woman after conducting a search of her car outside a shopping center in …

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1.4% of FinCEN's Suspicious Activity Reports Since 2013 Mentioned Crypto

1.4% of FinCEN’s Suspicious Activity Reports Since 2013 Mentioned Crypto

More than 70,000 crypto-related suspicious activity reports (SARs) have been filed since 2013, but the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has issued a stark warning that some offshore companies may not be doing enough to stamp out illicit behavior. Speaking at CoinDesk’s Consensus: Distributed virtual conference on Wednesday, FinCEN director Kenneth Blanco said that around …

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