• Gary Gensler at the SEC
    Cryptocurrencies,  Regulation,  Ripple,  XRP

    Gary Gensler at the SEC: Will he be a friend to the crypto industry?

    Although he’s written passionately about digital assets in the past, he’s previously said that most cryptocurrencies sold through ICOs are securities

    If appointed, his tenure at the SEC would likely be considerably different than Jay Clayton’s, whose legacy has been tainted by a considerable lack of regulatory certainty surrounding digital assets—much to the exasperation of the cryptocurrency innovators and investors, as well as some regulators like SEC Commissioner Hester “Crypto Mom” Peirce.

  • Anchorage crypto first national bank
    Cryptocurrencies,  Regulation

    Anchorage wins crypto’s first national bank charter

    The cryptocurrency custodian says its federal bank status will provide Wall Street and institutional investors an extra level of comfort in jumping into digital

    The conditional approval of Anchorage’s national trust charter application “makes Anchorage Digital Bank National Association the first federally chartered digital asset bank in history,” said Anchorage CEO Nathan McCauley and President Diogo Mónica. “This is a major milestone, not only for us as an organization, but also for the crypto industry and the wider financial world. Crypto deserves a bank," they said.

  • Gary Gensler to head SEC
    Bitcoin,  Regulation,  Ripple

    MIT blockchain prof Gary Gensler to head SEC: Report

    Citing two sources, Reuters is claiming that the Biden administration intends to appoint the former CFTC commissioner to head the Securities and Exchange Commission

    An SEC chairman who understands and appreciates the potential of blockchain and cryptocurrencies would likely be a huge improvement over the recently departed SEC chairman Jay Clayton, who has been a staunch opponent of allowing bitcoin exchange traded funds, often citing rampant market manipulation.

  • BitMEX completes user verification
    Regulation

    In wake of indictments, BitMEX completes user verification program

    The cryptocurrency derivatives exchange began putting an anti-money-laundering program in place for all of its users following the indictment of several executives, including former CEO Arthur Hayes

    The Seychelles-based exchange has been under severe pressure since the Oct. 1 indictment, when the four executives were charged with violating the Bank Secrecy Act by failing to put an acceptable user identity verification program in place.