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Swiss Banks Enter the Age of Bitcoin

DAVOS — Switzerland’s banking industry has long been known to privately safeguard wealth, so some bankers see bitcoin as a natural fit for the nation’s financial sector. Although such bankers may still be a minority, Zurich-based SEBA Bank AG opened in November 2019 with a universal banking license and a suite of services ranging from fiat …

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In First ‘Pure Crypto’ Hire, Silvergate Bank Recruits Blockstream Liquid Network Exec

Crypto-friendly Silvergate Bank has made its first hire from the hardcore bitcoin community to support an ambitious roadmap for its business serving digital currency clients.  Benjamin Richman, formerly director of business development and partnerships at bitcoin tech startup Blockstream, joined the La Jolla, Calif.-based bank at the end of last month as director of digital …

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3 More Execs Leave Swiss Stock Exchange’s $100M Blockchain Project

Three executives have left SDX, the blockchain-based digital asset trading venue owned by Swiss stock exchange operator SIX Group, since the year began, including two founding team members. Ivo Sauter, SDX’s head of clients and products, and Sven Roth, its chief digital officer, both left their full-time positions. Roth will continue as an external advisor …

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Blockstream Co-Founder Joins Bitcoin-Only Startup River Financial

Industry veteran Jonathan Wilkins, a co-founder of bitcoin tech startup Blockstream, is joining up-and-coming bitcoin brokerage River Financial as Chief Security Officer (CSO). River is a bitcoin-only financial institution for buying and selling the digital currency (emphatically not an exchange; it says it’s “for the long-term investor”). Currently available only to testers who have received …

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Australian Regulator Gives Green Light to App-Based Retail Bitcoin Fund

Australia’s finance watchdog has given the go-ahead to a bitcoin fund aimed at retail investors. The first such fund in the country, the bitcoin offering is being launched by micro-investment app provider Raiz Invest Australia, reports The Australian Financial Review. The Raiz app allows users to invest the small change left over from everyday purchases …

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Bitfinex Investor’s Crypto Lending Startup Posts $2.3M in 2019 Revenue

China-based RenrenBit, a peer-to-peer cryptocurrency lending and wallet startup, has disclosed it took $600,000 in net income from revenue of $2.3 million in 2019. The startup, founded by well-known Chinese over-the-counter trader Zhao Dong, who’s also an investor in Bitfinex and Binance, published an unaudited income statement on Monday as part of its commitment to …

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Amazon may offer hand recognition payments to other stores

Sponsored Links Sean Ellis via Getty Images Amazon’s rumored hand recognition payment tech might be useful beyond paying for produce at Whole Foods. Wall Street Journal sources say the company is developing hand-based checkout terminals that it would sell to “coffee shops, fast-food restaurants” and other stores that tend to have repeat customers, not just …

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2019’s DeFi Boom Creates New Questions for Tax Filing Season

The decentralized finance (DeFi) boom of 2019, leading to over $785 million in locked crypto assets, is already making accountants dizzy.  If you lock up bitcoin or ether in exchange for a synthetic asset or a stablecoin, as nearly a dozen projects and platforms today allow, is that a trade or merely a temporary reorganizing …

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Winklevoss-Led Gemini Exchange Now Has Its Own Insurance Company

Gemini, the crypto exchange founded by Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, has created its own insurance company to protect clients against the potential loss of coins from its offline vaults – with a possibly record-breaking $200 million coverage limit. Announced Thursday, the new “captive” will provide insurance for customers of Gemini Custody, the crypto cold storage …

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Kraken Acquires One of Australia’s Longest-Running Crypto Exchanges

U.S.-based Kraken announced its plans for expansion into the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region on Tuesday after acquiring one of Australia’s longest-running cryptocurrency exchanges, Bit Trade. Kraken is aiming to position itself as the premier cryptocurrency service within the region, identifying Australia as a key growth area for retail and institutional clients. The financial terms of the …

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