US CFTC Chair: Blockchain Would Have Improved Regulator Response to 2008 Financial Crash

United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo says that blockchain technology would have allowed for a “far faster, better-informed, and more calibrated regulatory intervention” in response to the 2008 financial crisis.Giancarlo made his remarks during a speech —  entitled “The New Futurism: 21st Century Financial Markets, Technology and Regulation” —  which…

Iran Developing National Blockchain Platform on IBM Hyperledger Fabric

The Central Bank of Iran (CBI), via its Informatics and Services Corporation (ISC) and in conjunction with Areatak — a Tehran-based blockchain solutions provider — is developing a national blockchain project for its banking and financial sector.Called the Borna platform, Iran hopes to use the project to revamp its banking ecosystem, creating a digital financial…

German State Announces Plan to Establish European Blockchain Institute

The government of the German state North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) announced plans to establish the European Blockchain Institute to research blockchain technology in a press release on May 13.According to NRW Economics Minister Andreas Pinkwart, the European Blockchain Institute will be founded in the city of Dortmund later this year, inside the Fraunhofer Institute for Material…

Bitcoins for Frappuccino: Will Starbucks’ Crypto Endeavours Pave the Way for Mainstream Adoption?

The United States coffeehouse chain Starbucks is one of the most mainstream companies to look into crypto, and its intentions have finally been confirmed this week: The company has teamed up with Microsoft to track its beans with a blockchain.Moreover, reports say that the coffee giant might start accepting bitcoin (BTC) payments in its U.S.…

US Blockchain Investor Terpin Awarded Over $75 Million in SIM Swapping Case

United States blockchain and crypto investor Michael Terpin has won $75.8 million in a civil case against 21-year-old Nicholas Truglia, who reportedly defrauded him of crypto assets. Reuters reported the news on May 10.Per the report, the California Superior Court last week ordered Manhattan resident Truglia to pay the amount above in compensatory and punitive…

US CFTC Chair Says Interest in Crypto Could Bring About More Clearinghouses

The United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) chairman Christopher Giancarlo said that the “explosion in interest” in cryptocurrencies will likely lead to new applications for clearinghouses. Giancarlo delivered his comments in a speech published on May 1.In his testimony to the House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy and Credit…

Arca Funds Files With SEC to Issue Stablecoin-Like Digitized Shares on ETH Blockchain

Arca Funds, an American institutional-grade investment manager, is seeking regulatory approval to issue digitized securities on blockchain, according to a filing document released on April 12.The company has filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to issue its Arca UST Coins — digitized shares that will be authenticated and then recorded in…

Institutional Investment in Bitcoin Futures Drops as Price Settles: CFTC

The overall institutional investment in Bitcoin (BTC) futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) decreased this past week, according to data published by the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on April 9.The data shows that as of April 9, institutional investors and asset managers had 244 open long positions, a decrease of 71…

Hodler’s Digest, April 1–7: Top Stories, Price Movements, Quotes and FUD of the Week

Top Stories This WeekPayPal Invests in Digital Identity-Focused Blockchain Startup in Apparent FirstGlobal online payments firm PayPal has invested in startup Cambridge Blockchain, a firm that focuses on leveraging the tech in order to give users more control over their digital identities. The investment, whose amount is undisclosed, is part of an extension to a…