• Keeping crypto in a piggy bank is still safer than many exchanges (via Shutterstock).
    Cryptocurrencies

    Crypto firms may not remain banking pariahs forever

    Senate, Federal Reserve express interest in crypto banking regulations; financial institutions’ patents say they are also interested

    When it comes to getting a bank account, cryptocurrency and blockchain firms are being treated like marijuana sellers. That may not be a bad thing.

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    Asia & Australia,  Europe,  Regulation

    As the US dithers on regulating cryptocurrencies, other regions move forward

    Support for blockchain technology is stronger both in the US and abroad

    Cryptocurrency and blockchain enthusiasts were excited about the ​announcement​ this week that President Donald Trump plans to name Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, a longtime supporter of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology, as his interim White House chief of staff before the end of the year. As a congressman, Mulvaney was a co-founder of the ​Congressional Blockchain Caucus​. When it comes to actually embracing cryptocurrencies, the U.S. has been generally skeptical. As a recent opinion piece in the ​Harvard Business Review​ by law firm Jones Day blockchain initiative leaders Stephen J. Obie and Mark W. Rasmussen noted: ​“Without clear regulations, cryptocurrency innovation in the United States is being stifled.…

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    Cryptocurrencies,  Europe

    Southern Europe stakes a claim to blockchain leadership

    Seven EU members including France, Spain, and Italy commit to advancing blockchain law and technology

    Seven European Union member states including France, Spain, and Italy have signed a joint declaration committing them to promoting the use of blockchain technology in providing government services. Led by Malta, which has been positioning itself as the EU’s “Blockchain Island,” the seven Mediterranean nations on Dec. 4 announced their “forward-looking vision to make Southern Europe a leader on emerging technologies, such as Distributed Ledger Technologies,” another name for the blockchain technology underlying cryptocurrencies. “We believe that Distributed Ledger Technologies could be one of the instruments that can help our countries transform their economies and society into truly digital ones and become a leading region in this sector,” the declaration…

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    Cryptocurrencies,  Europe,  Innovators

    Binance shines light on Malta as crypto’s new tax haven

    Now all you have to do is move there

    Good news for European Binance customers: The one-year-old cryptocurrency exchange based in Hong Kong is looking to set up shop on Malta The prime minister of Malta personally welcomed the crypto behemoth to the Mediterranean island nation between Sicily and Tunisia. The move may be good news for the EU’s wealthy, too. On Thursday, , the exchange got a slap on the wrist from Japan for operating without registering first. A few hours later, the company’s CEO, Zhao Changpeng, told Bloomberg that Binance will start a “fiat-to-crypto exchange” on Malta instead. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat personally tweeted his greeting to company: Welcome to #Malta 🇲🇹 @binance. We aim to be…