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Crypto Could Undermine USD as the World’s Reserve Currency

The U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence has posted a research opportunity entitled “Evaluating the Impact of U.S. Dollar Losing Its Status as World Reserve Currency.” “There are many advantages for U.S. national security to have the U.S. dollar as the world reserve currency. Any international transaction settled in US dollars gives the […]

Facebook Libra vs Bitcoin

Libra is created by Facebook and has the backing of numerous large corporations. In contrast, Bitcoin was created by an anonymous person or group going by the name Satoshi Nakamoto. They are both based on Blockchain technology. Facebook Libra vs Bitcoin: Trust Bitcoin is a virtual currency that does not involve any third parties. You […]

Where did Facebook’s Libra go wrong?

As Google and other major enterprises take part in Hedera’s 39-member governance council, a number of companies have left Facebook’s Libra Association, a project that aims to create a global cryptocurrency-based payments network. Despite backlash from regulators and government officials, companies such as PayPal, Mastercard and Visa initially joined Libra’s governance council. According to Harmon, […]

OKEx Partners With Indian Cryptocurrency Exchange CoinDCX

CoinDCX one of the largest trading and liquidity aggregator platform announces its partnership with a leading global cryptocurrency exchange OKEx. OKEx cryptocurrency exchange is headquartered in Malta which provides digital assets trading services like fiat-to-token, token-to-token, futures, options, and derivatives trading to users globally. CoinDCX announced the partnership with OKEx along with the launch of […]

Facebook’s Libra is a no-go in the majority of countries

People distrust big tech companies, the recent survey showed. Emerging markets are more loyal both to state-backed and private digital money. People are unlikely to use digital money issued by big tech companies as they do not trust them, the latest research performed by Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum revealed.  According to the poll, […]

Central banks weigh up response to Libra and bitcoin

Central banks are contemplating a response to alternative money systems, such as bitcoin or Libra, with new digital versions of their own currencies. They go by the name of Central Bank Digital Currencies, or CBDCs. Libra’s stablecoin project launched in Geneva last year was a “watershed” moment that “kicked everyone in the pants”, Michael Sung, […]

Countries Where Ethereum is Banned or Legal

If you are looking to buy, sell, or spend Ethereum (ETH), you should first check if Ethereum is legal in your country. Different countries hold different stances on cryptocurrency and their regulations. While some countries’ laws single out Bitcoin, it is still rare to find a jurisdiction which created a different set of rules concerning […]

Japan’s New Leverage Rule, South Korea for Mainstream Crypto, Initiative in Crypto Valley of Asia

Several other Asian countries have made crypto-related announcements this past week. In Japan, the Financial Services Agency (FSA) has reportedly revealed its plans to limit the leverage in crypto margin trading to twice the deposits of traders. Local media reported that the new rule will be included in a Cabinet Office order linked to the […]

Binance acquires Mumbai’s bitcoin exchange WazirX

Through this acquisition, Binance is expected to foray into the fledgling Indian market, which is counted among the top exchanges globally. Binance, a global cryptocurrency exchange, has acquired Mumbai-based bitcoin exchange WazirX, in a significant move in the cryptocurrency ecosystem in India. The transaction was estimated at $5-10 million, according to sources. Over the last […]

National Crypto Rupee Proposed in Indian Draft Blockchain Strategy

India to Advance in Blockchain Tech According to reports, the National Institute for Smart Governance (NISG) has submitted a draft strategy on blockchain for stakeholder comments which will help define the ecosystem for distributed ledger technology and crypto in India. The paper states that blockchain was a priority topic at the Davos World Economic Forum […]

Can BitIndia Become the Paytm of Digital Money in India?

Bitcoin has been gaining popularity in one of the most populous countries in the world, India. The digital currency is backed by the Blockchain technology, which has established itself as the driver and backbone in many fields. Both Bitcoin and Blockchain technology have been around since 2009 when Bitcoin emerged on the world stage and […]

RBI Confirms Crypto Not Banned in India

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has confirmed that cryptocurrency is not banned in India. During the latest supreme court hearing of the crypto case, the central bank’s reply to the Internet and Mobile Association of India was read out in detail. The RBI clarified that it only fenced in the entities it regulates, such […]

Major cryptocurrency exchange Binance has launched peer-to-peer (P2P) trading for the Vietnamese dong (VND)

Vietnam-based Binance users can now directly purchase and sell major cryptocurrencies using VND through the latest versions of the Binance P2P mobile app on iOS and Android. The four supported cryptocurrencies include Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH), major stablecoin Tether (USDT) as well as Binance’s native cryptocurrency Binance Coin (BNB), the firm said in a press […]

Ripple’s Partner MoneyGram Expands in India, Will It Affect XRP Price?

Multinational payment remittance platform MoneyGram has announced a partnership with the EbixCash network, to expand Moneygram’s presence in India. The partnership was announced in an official MoneyGram news release published on Monday, Jan. 13. The press release states that EbixCash is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ebix, Inc. The latter is an international supplier of application software products, […]

This Year Proved Asia Is Ahead in Crypto-Blockchain Adoption

This post is part of CoinDesk’s 2019 Year in Review, a collection of 100 op-eds, interviews and takes on the state of blockchain and the world. Michael Ou is CEO of CoolBitX, a blockchain security company and creator of the first hardware wallet that enables bluetooth-to-smartphone pairings. In 2019, it became clear that Asia was […]

India: Cryptocurrency won’t survive, claims former FinSec Subhash Garg

India’s former Finance Secretary, Subhash Chandra Garg, has been very vocal about cryptocurrencies for a long time now, having also played a significant role in shaping the country’s draft policy on cryptocurrencies. Garg has now released a new blog post on crypto and digital currencies titled, “Currencies will be digital; cryptocurrencies will not survive,” a […]

9 Popular Bitcoin Exchanges in India

1. Zebpay Founded in: 2015 Founded by: Sandeep Goenka, Mahin Gupta, and Saurabh Agarwal Zebpay is one of India’s most popular Bitcoin exchange. In recent times, it has significantly increased and improved its operations. It’s an app-first platform; meaning you can’t use it to trade on desktops or browsers. Zebpay app is quite appealing and […]

India’s central bank mulls digital currency issuance

Last week, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said it is exploring the issuance of a central bank digital currency (CBDC), but will pursue the idea in due course, local news outlet Livemint reported. The central bank governor Shaktikanta Das said it is ‘too early’ to talk about a CBDC owing to technological handicaps. However, […]

India vs. the people: The battle over cryptocurrency ownership continues

India has a curious relationship with blockchain. On the one hand, the Indian government is a huge proponent of blockchain technology, and nearly half the states in India have already initiated government-sponsored blockchain projects. At the same time, the government has been very ambivalent toward cryptocurrency, drafting a slew of measures in the last couple […]

India’s Crypto Crackdown: Wealthy Bitcoiners Targeted, Start-Ups Scrutinized

It has been a busy week for the government of India concerning cryptocurrencies. After it raided crypto exchanges, it is now actively investigating wealthy bitcoiners through the Income Tax Department of India (ITDI). In addition to roustings and investigations, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) announced new scrutiny initiatives regarding initial coin offerings […]

India’s Cryptocurrency Dilemma

Cryptocurrency is a highly disruptive technology, with a high carbon footprint, that can affect many stakeholders in today’s trust based financial system. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), its currency issuing power and its supervisory role in the payments system domain are first casualty because blockchain is completely decentralised and anonymous. But if we place […]

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