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Bank Of Singapore: Bitcoin Could Succeed As A Store Of Value

The Singaporean private banking arm of OCBC Bank has dismissed the chances of cryptocurrencies eventually replacing fiat currencies as a medium of exchange. However, the large institution believes that BTC and other altcoins can replace gold in terms of serving as a store of value.Cryptocurrencies: Store Of Value; Not Medium Of ExchangeEver since the introduction of Bitcoin in the late 2000s, people have wondered if the cryptocurrency could indeed live up to the potential of operating as an...

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‘Bitcoin is Bad’ Narrative Weakens as Aussie Banks Have Reportedly Laundered $385M for Drug Cartels

Amid the renewed anti-Bitcoin remarks ascribed to mainstream finance stakeholders, reports have emerged showing banks in Australia working in cahoots with violent South American cocaine cartels. Despite aspersions to the contrary, the crypto market continues to account for an insignificant proportion of global financial crimes.Australian Banks Funelling Dirty Money for Drug CartelsAccording to the Australian Financial Review, banks in the country have reportedly laundered about 500 million...

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Russia’s Sberbank Seeks Approval To Launch Its Own Cryptocurrency

Giant state-owned Russian bank Sberbank has reportedly sought approval from the nation’s central bank to launch its own cryptocurrency through a blockchain platform.Separately, a Russian court has removed the leading crypto exchange Binance from a regulator’s blacklist.Sberbank Looks Into Launching Its Own Crypto?According to the local coverage, Sberbank of Russia, one of the largest banks in the world’s largest country by landmass, has applied with the central bank to register a blockchain...

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Bitcoin Exchange Owner Sues Australian Banks For $290K For Accounts Closure

The legal battle comes as the Aussie man allegedly suffered significant losses in his crypto business after the banks, Westpac and ANZ, shut down his accounts, local media reported Monday.According to the proceedings filed at the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal, Allan Flynn alleged that the banks’ action was illegal as they closed his accounts without any prior warning or reason.  20 Accounts Closed In Three YearsFlynn owns an AUSTRAC-registered crypto exchange with about 450 customers....

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HSBC Blocks Transactions From Crypto Exchanges

As Bitcoin cools from its recent all-time high, HSBC has become the latest banking giant to restrict what its customers can invest in by preventing them from transferring any profits from crypto exchanges to their bank accounts.banAccording to a recent report in The Sunday Times, HSBC has blocked transactions to or from crypto exchanges as it takes a heavy-handed approach to Bitcoin and its brethren. A number of U.K. banks have also made moves to prevent their customers from buying crypto...

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Banks Now Have Permission to Use Stable Coins for Payments

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has published a new letter stating that banks are now permitted to utilize stable coins to perform what the letter refers to as “bank-permissible functions” including, but not limited to, payment activities.Stable Coins Are Headed for the TopIn other words, banks may now use and accept stable coins as means of payment, as can their customers. This is a huge step forward in what cryptocurrency was initially designed for; to be used as a...

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Blockchain To The Masses: Hashed Successfully Raised $120 Million

Three months after registering Hashed Venture Fund I, the blockchain-focused investment group Hashed has already raised $120 million. The organization plans to utilize the funds to invest in the blockchain space and other fintech companies focused on protocol economy.Hashed Has Raised $120M In Three MonthsBased in Seoul, North Korea, Hashed’s mission is to enhance the mass adoption of blockchain technology and also to provide research and advisory services to companies in the field.In a press...

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Puerto Rico Digital Bank Greenlighted To Offer Bitcoin Custody

The Puerto Rico Office of the Commissioner of Financial Institutions (OCIF) has granted permission to FV Bank to provide custody services for cryptocurrency assets such as Ethereum and Bitcoin. The institution plans to integrate the new service into its digital banking platform as of early 2021.FV Bank Granted Permission To Be A Crypto CustodianHeadquartered in Puerto Rico, United States, FV Bank is a global digital bank servicing domestic and international businesses focusеed on providing...

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Coinbase Reportedly Hires Goldman Sachs To Lead IPO Preparations

The digital asset trading venue has reportedly doubled-down on its endeavors for its planned stock market listing. The US multinational investment bank Goldman Sachs, which has a somewhat controversial history with the cryptocurrency industry, will lead the preparations. CryptoPotato reported recently that the exchange had confidentially submitted a draft registration statement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). By completing Form S-1, Coinbase completed the initial...

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Bitcoin’s Run Won’t Harm Gold: Goldman Sachs Disagrees With JPM

With bitcoin climbing to new all-time highs, the cryptocurrency has garnered the attention of centralized financial institutions. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. offered its views on the market and said that BTC’s rise shouldn’t threaten gold’s position as the inflation hedge of choice as both assets can coexist.Bitcoin And Gold Can CoexistEver since bitcoin’s creation, the primary cryptocurrency has been largely compared to the yellow metal due to some of the common attributes, such as the limited...

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