UK Financial Watchdog Issues Full Guidance on Crypto Assets

The U.K. Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has finalized its guidance on crypto assets, clarifying which tokens fall under its jurisdiction. Most of the rules issued Wednesday were proposed in consultation paper CP19, which was released for public comment in January. As widely expected, the final guidance does not drastically alter the regulatory landscape, instead specifying […]

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Ex-R3 Director Tim Swanson Joins Blockchain Builder Clearmatics

Outspoken blockchain analyst Tim Swanson is joining U.K.-based Clearmatics, one of the top rivals to his former employer R3. Swanson, the founder and director of research at Post Oak Labs, has been on Clearmatics’ advisory board since 2015. He will come on board full-time next week as head of market intelligence, he told CoinDesk. “It […]

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Switzerland’s SIX Stock Exchange Is Working on a Swiss Franc Stablecoin

SIX, the Swiss national stock exchange group, is working on creating its own “stablecoin” – a cryptocurrency pegged to the Swiss franc – to facilitate transactions on the SIX Digital Exchange (SDX), CoinDesk has learned. A spokesman for SIX confirmed the move in an email, telling CoinDesk: “Yes, we are currently working on a CHF […]

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$25 Million in 2 Weeks: BlockFi Booms as Bitcoin, Ether Investors Seek Interest

The Takeaway BlockFi’s interest-yielding deposit accounts, launched in beta in January and fully live this month, have attracted more than $35 million in crypto. Most of it is being lent to institutional borrowers. BlockFi’s terms of service give the company significant leeway over how it uses depositors’ funds and what interest rate it can pay […]

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Swiss Stock Exchange SIX Will Tokenize Equity on R3’s Corda Blockchain

SIX Group, the Swiss stock exchange operator, has picked R3’s Corda Enterprise platform as the underlying blockchain for the digital asset trading, settlement, and custody service it is building. Revealed exclusively to CoinDesk, SIX chose Corda Enterprise after spending a good deal of time kicking the tires of various distributed ledger technology (DLT) stacks, for […]

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Security Tokens vs. Tokenized Securities: It’s More Than Semantics

Noelle Acheson is a veteran of company analysis and member of CoinDesk’s product team. The following article originally appeared in Institutional Crypto by CoinDesk, a newsletter for the institutional market, with news and views on crypto infrastructure delivered every Tuesday. Sign up here. ————————– We need to get serious about vocabulary. The crypto sector has earned a well-deserved […]

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Wyoming Blockchain Bill Proposes Issuance of Tokenized Stock Certificates

Lawmakers from the U.S. state of Wyoming have introduced legislation that would allow the issuance of tokenized stock certificates using blockchain tech. On Wednesday, representative Jared Olsen (Republican), along with senator Chris Rothfuss (Democratic) and six other Republican representatives jointly filed House Bill 0185, titled “Corporate stock-certificate tokens,” proposing an amendment that would permit the use […]

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Tokenized Securities: Curb Your Enthusiasm

Noelle Acheson is a veteran of company analysis and member of CoinDesk’s product team. The following article originally appeared in Institutional Crypto by CoinDesk, a newsletter for the institutional market, with news and views on crypto infrastructure delivered every Tuesday. Sign up here.  With so much buzz around tokenized securities, compounded by strong progress from […]

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4 Banks Complete €100K Commercial Paper Transaction on R3’s Corda

Four European banks – Commerzbank, ING, Natixis and Rabobank – have settled a live transaction for a short-term debt instrument on the Corda platform developed by blockchain consortium startup R3. According to a report from FinTech Futures on Thursday, the transaction involved an issuance of a one-day maturity euro commercial paper (ECP) worth €100,000 (or […]

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Bitcoin ETF Seekers Met With SEC Monday In Latest Pitch for Approval

Members of VanEck, SolidX and the Cboe BZX Exchange met with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) staff earlier this week to present a new argument on why the bitcoin market is ready for an exchange-traded fund (ETF). In the latest push to convince the regulator to approve a rule change which would open the door […]

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