• WisdomTree Bitcoin ETF
    Bitcoin,  Regulation

    WisdomTree joins Bitcoin ETF race

    The exchange-traded fund provider is the fifth firm this year to file for U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission permission to launch a Bitcoin ETF

    WisdomTree has joined a competitive race to be the first United States company to launch such a product on the local market. Other contenders include VanEck, which filed on Dec. 30, Valkyrie on Jan. 22, and Bitwise Asset Management and New York Digital Investment Group (NYDIG) in February. Recent rumors say investment bank giant Goldman Sachs could soon join them.

  • Ripple kills Michael Barr Comptroller Currency
    Regulation,  Ripple

    Ripple advisor’s crypto connections kill appointment as banking regulator

    Former Ripple Advisory Board member Michael Barr was too moderate and pro-crypto for progressives who blocked his nomination as Comptroller of the Currency

    Barr was seen as part of a trio of crypto-friendly financial regulators nominated or under consideration by the administration of President Joe Biden. Former MIT digital asset and blockchain professor Gary Gensler is in the process of being confirmed as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), while DC Fintech Week conference head Chris Brummer is said the be the choice to lead the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

  • CFTC investigating Binance
    Cryptocurrencies,  Regulation

    CFTC investigating Binance for American crypto customers: Report

    The enforcement agency may be investigating whether the No. 1 cryptocurrency exchange still serves American clients, despite claims that it does not

    Binance began kicking U.S. customers off its platform in November—even though it had closed its platform to Americans on June 14, 2019—after setting up the independent exchange Binance.US in the country. At the time, Binance CEO Changpeng “CZ” Zhao said Binance.US would “bring the security, speed, and liquidity of Binance.com to North America,” in full regulatory compliance with all U.S. laws.

  • ripple SEC bank accounts
    Regulation,  Ripple,  XRP

    Ripple Execs to SEC: Stay out of our bank accounts

    Brad Garlinghouse and Chris Larsen accuse the Securities and Exchange Commission of seeking a ‘fishing expedition’ through their personal finances

    “The SEC’s multi-front attempt to troll through the Individual Defendant’s personal financial information in a non-fraud litigation, where the Defendants have already agreed to produce the relevant information regarding the challenged transactions, is a wholly inappropriate overreach,” the pair’s lawyers said in March 11 filing.