• Dirty money is as big as the EU's budget, and former EU Justice Commissioner Věra_Jourová wants a bigger cut (via Wikipedia, CC-BY-SA-2.0).
    Regulation

    Citing customer privacy concerns three EU cryptocurrency firms close

    Bottle Pay, Chopcoin, and Simplecoin shut down in December rather than enforce new European Union anti-money laundering rules

    Citing customer privacy concerns brought on by strict new European Union anti-money laundering laws, three cryptocurrency companies announced plans to shut down in December. The first was bitcoin gaming platform Chopcoin, which announced in November that it would close on Dec. 16. The company cited “regulatory concerns [that would] force KYC on our users.” KYC stands for “know your customer” banking regulations used to fight money laundering and combat the financing of terrorism (CFT). The other two firms planning to close up shop this month, Simplecoin and Bottle Pay, also cited moral principles. They refused to go along with the European Union’s Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive regulations, which come into force on…

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    United States

    Finance professionals predict US first to global digital currency

    China’s digital yuan has a big lead, and a central bank representative called the creation of the first global stablecoin ‘a horse race.’

    China has spent five years preparing to launch the digital yuan, which might happen in a matter of months. But bankers and financial industry professionals surveyed at an industry conference in October still believe the United States will be the first to create a global digital currency.

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    Bitcoin

    Chainalysis: Financial professionals love, fear Bitcoin

    Half of the bankers and financial professionals surveyed believe Bitcoin will beat the S&P 500 in 2020, but compliance concerns are keeping them away

    Financial professionals see a bright future for cryptocurrencies, yet the vast majority say legal and regulatory concerns are causing their clients are keeping their distance, according to a new study.

  • Martine Paris interviewing Facebook's Kevin Weil at SF Blockchain Week (via @GCODigital).
    Libra

    Full speed ahead for Calibra, says Facebook’s Kevin Weil | Interview

    Libra’s co-creator on scaling blockchain for financial inclusion

    It’s been a pretty intense month for the Libra Association, whose stablecoin has come under intense scrutiny from the U.S. Congress and the G7 over fears of destabilizing the global financial system when it launches next year.