Hodler’s Digest, Jan. 21–27: Top Stories, Price Movements, Quotes and FUD of the Week

The CBOE has withdrawn their BTC ETF rule change application, while Wyoming introduces crypto-friendly legislation. Top Stories This Week CBOE Withdraws BTC ETF Rule Exchange Request From SEC Amid Gov’t Shutdown The Chicago Board Options Exchange’s (CBOE) BZX Equity Exchange has withdrawn its request for a rule change from the United States Securities and Exchange […]

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From the UK to Malaysia: How Countries Have Been Classifying Crypto Across the World

The U.K.’s financial watchdog has released a detailed consultation paper on regulation of crypto. On Jan. 23, the United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA), the domestic financial regulator, released a 50-page-long consultation paper dubbed “Guidance on Cryptoassets.” As the U.K. seems to be moving closer toward rolling out a definitive regulatory framework, it is time […]

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Cybersecurity Firm WISeKey, Tech Holding Censof Announce Malaysian Blockchain Center

Latest partnership is the second blockchain-related announcement from cybersecurity firm WISeKey this week. Swiss-based cybersecurity firm WISeKey and a subsidiary of Malaysian tech investment holding Censof announced a partnership to expand blockchain activities, according to a press release Jan. 25. WISeKey, which focuses on secure authentication and identification using a cryptographic tool called Root of […]

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Malaysia Develops Harsh Regulation Alongside With Positives Attitudes Toward Crypto

Malaysia has given cryptocurrencies the regulatory green light — but they have to adhere to securities laws and will be governed as such. Cryptocurrency exchanges and blockchain-based companies in Malaysia face some testing times following regulatory changes in the country. As of Tuesday, Jan. 15, new regulations governing cryptocurrencies have come into effect in Malaysia. […]

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Malaysian Cryptocurrency Regulation to Classify Digital Assets, Tokens as Securities

Malaysian cryptocurrency regulation comes into effect on Tuesday, classifying crypto-assets as securities. Malaysian cryptocurrency regulation comes into effect on Tuesday, Reuters reports on Monday, Jan. 14. The Malaysian finance minister, Lim Guan Eng, reportedly said today that the Capital Markets and Services Order 2019 would become effective on Jan. 15. According to Reuters, the new […]

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Malaysian Government Reportedly Still Undecided on Whether to Legalize Crypto

The Malaysian government is reportedly still undecided whether or not to legalize cryptocurrencies. The Malaysian government is reportedly still undecided whether to legalize cryptocurrencies, English-language local media New Straits Times reports on Jan. 12. When answering a query about whether digital currencies are currently legal or illegal, Khalid Abdul Samad, the Malaysian federal territories minister, […]

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Pakistan Telenor Subsidiary Launches Remittance Service Using Alipay’s Blockchain Tech

A new blockchain-powered platform, backed by Alipay’s blockchain technology, will deliver cross-border remittance service between Pakistan Malaysia. The Pakistan-based subsidiary of global telecommunications giant Telenor has launched a blockchain-powered cross-border remittance service, according to a press release published Jan. 8. Per the announcement, the Pakistan-based Telenor Microfinance Bank (TMB), Valyou — a Malaysian fintech subsidiary […]

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Malaysia: Finance Regulator, Central Bank Say Cryptocurrency Regulation ‘Being Put in Place’

Authorities are in the process of developing cryptocurrency and ICO rules, which could become law in Q1 2019. Malaysia’s finance regulator and central bank issued a joint press statement Dec. 6 in which they confirmed they were “putting in place” legislation on cryptocurrency and Initial Coin Offering (ICO) assets. The statement from the Malaysia’s Securities […]

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‘Hope Coin’: The Story of Malaysia’s Crypto Political Fundraising Platform

Crypto fundraising might be a great tool to fight corrupt regimes, but what happens when freedom fighters seize power? The ongoing controversy surrounding Malaysia’s proposed political cryptocurrency, Harapan Coin, is far from letting up. On Nov. 26, the country’s finance minister, Lim Guan Eng, weighed in on the issue by reiterating that any entity looking to issue […]

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