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Money Laundering Fines Worth Billions Help Bankers Avoid Prosecution and Unpleasant Labels

</header> <strong>The recent seizure of a cargo ship owned by JP Morgan, a vessel loaded with 20 tons of cocaine according to latest accounts, highlighted the risks of banks’ involvement in illicit activities, inadvertent or otherwise. And although U.S. authorities released the MSC Gayane after the owner, JP Morgan’s asset management arm, and the operator, …

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Share Internet Data Launches Banking App in Tandem With LDJ Capital

Internet crowdsourcing company Share Internet Data Ltd (SID) has partnered with private equity firm LDJ Capital to launch a blockchain-based digital banking solution. The new digital banking app is called LDJ Digital, according to a press release on July 16. According to the announcement, LDG Digital can function as a debit card and it supports …

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Brazilian State Launches Blockchain Platform for Government Contract Bids

In Brazil, the state of Bahia has launched a blockchain application to track the process of public bidding on government contracts, according to a report by Cointelegraph Brazil on July 12. The blockchain-based solution, called Online Bid Solution (SOL) was reportedly developed by Cayenne Technology and Design. Bids will reportedly be completely transparent and secure …

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Prasos Secures Payment Institution License From Finnish Watchdog

Finland-based cryptocurrency firm Prasos has secured a payment institution license via the Finnish Financial Supervisory Authority (FFSA). The news comes by way of an official announcement via its crypto exchange website on July 12. According to the announcement, Prasos is now the third crypto firm in Europe to secure a payment institution license. According to its …

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CBDCs Hold No Interest Without Full Anonymity: Banxico Deputy Governor

Central bank digital currencies (CBDC) will not hold much interest for the general public unless they provide full anonymity, the deputy governor of Mexico’s central bank has argued. The executive’s remarks were published by the Bank for International Settlements on July 11. Javier Calafell, deputy governor of the Bank of Mexico (Banxico), delivered a speech …

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Canada: Crypto Exchanges Must Register With Financial Watchdog Next June

Cryptocurrency exchanges in Canada will be legally required to register with the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FinTRAC) as of June 1, 2020, according to a notice published on July 10. This requirement will come into effect along with other amendments to Canada’s new anti-money-laundering (AML) laws next year. Crypto exchanges will …

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HSBC Blockchain Connection Reduces Transaction Time by 40%

Global banking giant HSBC has tested out its blockchain-based trade finance platform Voltron and reduced transaction time by 40%, the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply reported on July 10. To arrange a shipment between Hong Kong and Dubai, HSBC partnered with major retail organization Landmark Group which provided its blockchain platform ReChainMe. The companies …

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‘PayPal is F*cked’: BitMEX CEO Says Facebook Libra Will Make Banks ‘Dumb Nodes’

Facebook’s Libra payment protocol could make central and commercial banks irrelevant, but PayPal has no future anyway, the CEO of derivatives giant BitMEX thinks. Arthur Hayes made the comments in a new interview with Taiwanese news network BlockTempo TV on July 9. Speaking during this year’s Asia Blockchain Summit (ABS), Hayes made grim forecasts for …

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LG Applies for ‘ThinQ Wallet’ Crypto Wallet Trademark in the U.S.

South Korean technology behemoth LG applied for the “ThinQ Wallet” trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on July 2, data published on the official office’s website shows. According to the filing documents, the trademark is for services concerning transaction and settlement services, mobile banking, “issuance of cyber money,” and “payment application …

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Money Laundering Scandals Bring Court Charges and Record Job Cuts to Euro Banks

</header> <strong>The international financial establishment is known to express concern about the risks of money laundering when the crypto space is mentioned. A string of scandals indicates, however, that traditional banks are not only susceptible to the phenomenon but sometimes complicit, whether knowingly or inadvertently. New chapters have been added to the saga over the …

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