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Swiss Crypto Banks Receive Licenses From Financial Regulator

The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has reportedly granted two banking and securities dealer licences to crypto-focused banks. Two Swiss crypto-specializing firms, Seba Crypto AG and Sygnum have received banking and securities dealer licenses, the banks said in separate statements on Aug. 26. With the new license, Seba expects to officially launch its new trading platform platform in early October 2019, the company stated. Seba’s plans include the establishment of a digital asset platform for professional traders, firms and institutional clients, as well as custody storage and asset management.…

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What’s Driving Up Bitcoin Price? Central Banks, Says FT Reporter

The Financial Times’ chief correspondent for international finance has argued that central banks can ironically be credited for igniting Bitcoin’s price. In a column for Nikkei Asian Review on Aug. 21, Henry Sender said that banks’ dovish policies are spurring an increasing recognition of cryptocurrencies as safe-haven assets.   Hedging big macro risks with Bitcoin Analysts anticipate more dovish announcements from the Federal Reserve at this year’s central banking meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, later this week. In July, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell cut interest rates for the first time in…

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Buy Gold as Bitcoin Price Rises, Central Banks Cut Rates

Veteran frontier markets investor Mark Mobius suggested that cryptocurrencies will boost the price of gold.  Canadian finance news outlet BNN Bloomberg interviewed Mark Mobius on Aug. 20. The legendary investor believes cryptocurrencies will help the rise of gold. He explained:  “You have all these currencies, new currencies coming into play. […] I call them ‘psycho currencies,’ because it’s a matter of faith whether you believe in Bitcoin or any of the other cyber-currencies. I think with the rise of that, there’s going to be a demand for real, hard assets,…

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Israeli Bitcoiners Petition Banks to Disclose Crypto Policies

The Israel Bitcoin Association, a nonprofit organization that promotes the use of Bitcoin (BTC) and cryptocurrencies, has reportedly filed a freedom of information petition with a Jerusalem court. The petition purportedly seeks to require local banks to disclose their policies on money originating from digital currencies.  Local news daily Globes reported on Aug. 19 that state banks are required to report reasons for refusing transactions to the country’s central bank, the Bank of Israel. The association previously reached out to Bank of Israel, asking for clarification on the cryptocurrency policies…

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