Brazil’s Central Bank Develops Blockchain Data Sharing Platform for Financial Regulators

Brazil’s central bank has created a permissioned digital ledger platform that will enable data sharing among financial regulators, Finextra reports today, June 20. The ledger, called the Information Integration Platform for Regulators (Pier), will be used by regulators to exchange information on general authorization processes of financial institutions, ranging from administrative processes to the conduct of employees. Additional information not related to administrative sanctioning processes can also be shared if mutual interest is shown. Pier, developed by the Banco Central de Brasil’s IT department (Deinf), will connect the Securities and…

Reality Shares Launches World’s First China Blockchain ETF

In an effort to take advantage of China’s innovation in the cryptocurrency sphere, asset management firm Reality Shares launched the first ever blockchain ETF for the country. The company says their goal is to “democratize the world’s best investing ideas.” According to a news release on June 20th, the Reality Shares Nasdaq NexGen Economy China ETF (Nasdaq: BCNA), will focus on Chinese companies committed to “developing, researching, supporting, or utilizing blockchain.” Investors can either speak with a financial advisor about adding the ETF to an account or invest directly on…

Young Millionaires Interested in Investing in Cryptocurrencies

In its World Wealth Report 2018, consulting firm Capgemini identified a marked growth of interest in cryptocurrencies among rich investors, Cointelegraph auf Deutsch reported yesterday, June 19. For the report, Capgemini interviewed high-net-worth individuals (HNWI) and asset managers around the world about their interest in cryptocurrencies. According to the report, nearly a third (29 percent) of the surveyed millionaires expressed a high interest and more than a quarter (almost 27 percent) a general interest. The potential of cryptocurrencies to generate investment returns and store value is a driving interest among…

Another Celebrity Enters the Crypto Market – Crypto Currency News

Akon launches Akoin: To add to the list of celebrities that have been entering the cryptocurrency market, singer Akon has announced that he has launched his own cryptocurrency called Akoin. Akon Launches Akoin: Cannes Lions 2018 Akon announced his new coin Akoin at the Cannes Lions 2018 ‘Blockchain, Entrepreneurship and Empowering the Future’ panel on Saturday, June 18th. Leading up the event, Akon tweeted about his upcoming stint at on the panel. I’ll be speaking at @Cannes_Lions today on “Blockchain, Entrepreneurship and Empowering the Future…Come check it out at 3:30…

Goldman Sachs Exploring Crypto Derivatives, Says COO

Leading U.S. investment banking group Goldman Sachs is exploring cryptocurrency trading derivatives, Goldman Sachs Chief Operating Officer (COO) said in an interview with Bloomberg June 20. COO David Solomon stated that the company is already assisting clients in publicly-traded derivatives such as Bitcoin (BTC) futures, and that the company is “very cautiously” considering “some other activities” in the field. According to Solomon, the purpose of the company is to “evolve its business and adapt to the environment” with respect to cryptocurrencies. “We are clearing some futures around Bitcoin, talking about…

Brazil’s Central Bank Unveils Blockchain Data Exchange for Regulators

Brazil’s central bank has unveiled details of a newly-developed blockchain platform that will be used to facilitate information exchange between the country’s financial regulators. Dubbed ‘Pier’, the blockchain was developed by the Banco Central do Brasil (BCB)’s own IT department and will be used to share data securely between the central bank and other domestic regulators, the BSB said in an announcement. Specifically, Pier will allow for data exchange between the BCB, the Securities and Exchange Commission of Brazil, the Superintendence of Private Insurance and the National Pension Funds Authority.…

Bithumb – Details Still Sketchy After $30 Mln Hack

South Korea’s biggest cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb is scrambling to protect users funds after a large scale hack. Initial reports from the Yonhap new agency indicate that over $30 million worth of cryptocurrencies were stolen during a cyber attack on June 19. Cointelegraph Japan was informed that the hot wallet was hacked during the night and cryptocurrency stolen included Ripple. Once the exchange was made aware of the attack, it froze deposit and withdrawal services. Bithumb has already assured customers affected by the hack will be compensated for their losses. “We…

Leftover Euros Can Now Be Exchanged for Crypto at Schipol Airport! – Crypto Currency News

We all know it can be a pain to exchange foreign currency, but Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport is trying to help people avoid that hassle. Travellers going through Schipol Airport will now be able to exchange any leftover euros for cryptocurrency! Specifically, people will be able to trade euros for Bitcoin (BTC) or Ethereum (ETH) at one of the several Bitcoin ATMs that have been set up at Schipol’s Arrival Hall 2 and its Departure Halls 1 and 2. According to the official press release reported on Wednesday, the ATMs are currently on…

Stablecoin Project Secures Backing From Peter Thiel, Coinbase, 40 Others

A new project for a stabilized cryptocurrency that would function “like normal money,” has received backing from Peter Thiel, Coinbase, Distributed Global, GSR.IO and 40 others, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph June 20. The developmental-stage stable-value crypto project is dubbed “Reserve,” and closed a collective $5 mln seed round to develop a fully decentralized cryptocurrency that works “by locking up other cryptoassets in a smart contract in order to provide backing to the Reserve token and stabilize its price.” According to Reserve co-founder Nevin Freeman, the seed…

Rapper Akon Creates ‘Akoin’ Cryptocurrency for Use in Senegal’s ‘Akon Crypto City’

Rapper and singer Akon of twelve Billboard Top Ten Hits, including the famous “Smack That,” has announced the creation of his own cryptocurrency for use in his new African “Akon Crypto City,” Page Six reported yesterday, June 19. During a panel at Cannes Lion, Senegal-descended Akon said that his cryptocurrency, the Akoin, will be available in two weeks for use in the 2,000 acres of land recently given to him by the president of Senegal. The new Akon Crypto City describes itself as a “100% crypto-based city with Akoin at…