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    Asia & Australia,  Bitcoin,  Canada,  Ethereum,  Media

    Must-reads for October 4, 2018: TD Ameritrade finds futures in crypto, Manhattan real estate goes blockchain, North Korean crypto hackers starve Canadians

    Stock brokerage giant TD Ameritrade bets on a new cryptocurrency exchange (CNBC) TD Ameritrade is getting into the crypto trading business by investing in ErisX, a crypto spot and futures exchange. “The crypto exchange is regulated by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, a prerequisite for investing, [head of TD’s futures and FX trading JB] Mackenzie said. Certain aspects of the ErisX offering are still pending regulatory approval, a TD Ameritrade spokesperson said,” reports CNBC’s Kate Rooney.   A First For Manhattan: $30M Real Estate Property Tokenized With Blockchain (Forbes) An East Village condo project is trying to get financing by turning to the Ethereum blockchain, because if there’s ever a…

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    Must-reads for September 13, 2018: Diamonds, Dimon, schmucks, and a trillion dollars worth of stories

    Morgan Stanley Plans to Offer Bitcoin Swap Trading for Clients (Bloomberg) Morgan Stanley is joining the ranks of institutions by offering swaps to its clients, according to a report by Bloomberg’s Alastair Marsh. A source at the bank told Marsh that a swap product would launch once there’s enough institutional demand and after it gets through internal approvals. For the unfamiliar, a swap would essentially “swap” exposures of one asset with another. Let’s say fund has $1 billion in the S&P 500. They would then enter into an agreement with someone who has $1 billion in Bitcoin to trade returns. Thus if after the first three months the S&P 500…

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    Five countries join forces to crack down on crypto tax crimes

    A group of five nations have formed an international alliance to fight cryptocurrency-related tax crimes and money laundering schemes. The Joint Chiefs of Global Tax Enforcement, or J5, includes tax agencies from Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Authorities from the five countries hope the collaborative effort will increase their success in combating cross-border tax crimes. “We will work together to gather information, share intelligence, conduct operations, and build the capacity of tax crime enforcement officials,” the group said on its new page on the IRS website, adding that J5 plans on piloting new approaches and conducting joint operations against offshore tax crimes. Cryptocurrency allows…

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    The Canadian government’s research arm is now blockchain-enabled

    Latest Cryptocurrency News: The Canadian government’s research arm is now blockchain-enabled Only a few days ago, it was reported that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service viewed blockchain as one of several “mega-trends” that will have broad economic and social impact in the years to come.  Sure enough, the country’s primary research center has begun placing bets on the technology. Set up as part of the Canadian government’s “brain,” the National Research Council collects and publishes a wide variety of scientific and industrial information. Now that brain is, in part, blockchain-enabled. The NRC has been experimenting with software by Canadian blockchain darlings Bitaccess to build a system that lets public institutions…