The Monetary Authority of Singapore has announced to help digital currency firms open local banks. The step is aimed to bridge the gap between cryptocurrency firms and banks and to improve the financial sector of the country.
According to Bloomberg, Singapore has tried to take steps to upgrade its financial sector to provide jobs and expand its company. But the government is taking steps carefully in dealing with virtual currency exchanges and firms. Crypto firms in the country are facing difficulty in opening local bank accounts and are disappointed over the absence of a regulatory framework in the country.
Commenting on the difficulty encountered by digital currency firms, Ravi Menon, Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, said:
We should not be trying to create an extremely lax regulatory environment in order to attract that kind of business. What we are trying to do is to bring the banks and cryptocurrency fintech startups together to see if there is some understanding they can reach.
Menon further said that because of the sensitive nature of cryptocurrencies, banks would need to explore innovative ways and methods to establish some form of authenticity. Also, the Managing director said that all parties concerned would work collectively try to settle the problem the crypto firms are facing the country.
Menon, however, justified the attitude of local banks, saying that they need to apply caution because of the obscurity associated with cryptocurrency. The Managing Director added that the regulatory body is concerned with protecting investors and preventing money laundering when dealing with the cryptocurrency industry.
Singapore Striving to Lead Cryptocurrency Adoption in Southeast Asia
Well, forget the regulatory framework of Singapore, the country is often seen as a haven for several digital currency startups and boosting the cryptocurrency with its full potential. The Asian country is among the top three largest ICO launch pads behind U.S. and Switzerland.
Singapore wants and strives to be at the forefront of cryptocurrency activities. Recently, Crypto.com, a Hong Kong-based blockchain startup, announced the introduction of Asia’s first cryptocurrency Visa debit card, starting with Singapore. Furthermore, the country expressed its desire to be the first country to accept virtual currency and DLTs fully. Also, behemoth cryptocurrency exchange, Binance, also announced its entrance into the Asian country. The company further said that a fiat-crypto exchange would be operational in Singapore on September 18.
Bitcoin under $4000
Bitcoin is crashing again in crypto market along with other cryptocurrencies, as Bitcoin again dipped under $4000 mark.
2018 will be remembered as one of the worst years for crypto currencies, after spectacular boom of crypto market in 2017 in terms of adoption and increase in market cap, this year so far has proven to be the opposite of that, Crypto market cap reached the level of $800 billion at the start of 2018 and now the total worth of crypto market is $125 billion which shows more than 80% of decline in overall market cap.
Bitcoin dipped below the level of $3500 few days ago and now market is crashing one more time, shows that bottom is still not here and we are far away from bottom as of now, market dynamics are changing, shows that all the speculators in the market are taking a big hit from this bear market.
It will be interesting to see, how bitcoin will survive this crucial time period, but the biggest question is, where is the bottom? because according to many analysts in crypto market, bottom lies somewhere between $2000-$3000
India’s largest Mobile & Internet industry forms Blockchain Committee
India is promoting the blockchain ecosystem in the country and the latest move in this regard is the country’s influential internet and mobile industry association has formed a committee dedicated to the decentralized (blockchain) technology.
India’s most-read business daily the Economic Times reported, with the new blockchain committee, the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) is batting an eye on the government to widen the blockchain industry and startups. India’s most-read business daily the Economic Times report.
The focus is to use blockchain technology to facilitate job creation and reduce the unemployment rate in the country. This will give a boom to the new digital economy in the country, the report added.
The new committee within the influential non-profit will be chaired by Tina Singh, digital chief at private lending giant Mahindra Finance.
She told the publication:
“Blockchain is undeniably the technology of the future, slated to bring decentralization and trust and accountability into multiple areas of business. However, in order to be more effective and enter the mainstream, blockchain technology needs the intervention of government bodies, regulatory authorities, and corporates.”
The committee includes several includes many well-reputed executives of major corporate giants spanning tech and financial sectors such as Microsoft, Mastercard, IBM and HDFC Bank, India’s biggest private bank.
Interestingly, the committee also includes Sandeep Goenka, founder of major Indian bitcoin exchange Zebpay. The app-only exchange was among India’s earliest and largest exchanges until it closed trading services less than a month ago. However, Zebpay continues to provide a wallet service to users, the exchange said it was “unable to find a reasonable way to conduct the cryptocurrency exchange business” following the central bank’s comprehensive ban that bars banks from providing services to exchanges and the wider crypto sector.
Despite the ban and less viability on the cryptocurrency sector, which remains unregulated, the formation of the blockchain committee proves the consistent effort to integrate the groundbreaking tech into wider society.
The IAMAI Blockchain Committee will focus on creating dialogue between all stakeholders; curate and create content to aid skill development and move towards creating a participative economy with the usage of blockchain.”
BTCC Chinese Crypto firm plans to start its services in South Korea
BTCC, China’s first cryptocurrency exchange, has planned to expand its services in South Korea on October 31, 2018.
Initially known as BTC China, the cryptocurrency trading exchange was one of the largest in the world in terms of trading volume. However, owing to China’s crackdown on crypto trading and initial coin offerings (ICOs), the exchange was asked to shut down its services in the country in September last year and transferred to Hong Kong in January 2018.
According to a report, BTCC’s Korea operations will be headed by Lee Jae-beom. He said that BTCC Koplannedaned to highlight a new vision of cryptocurrencies. The exchange will first launch its beta services this month, with the official debut set for November.
Furthermore, the exchange stated that it will provide not only the trading, buying and selling services to its customers, but it also plans to create own a wallet, a mining pool, and a consumer payments service. However, there is still no information about the coins listed on an exchange. On the South Korean version of its website, the company has not yet specified which coins will be supported on the exchange.
Commenting on the launch, Lee said: “Cryptocurrency exchanges are facing a turning point due to a downturn in local exchanges while global exchanges are making a leap here. BTCC Korea will be able to present a new strategy and vision of crypto exchanges.”
The report said, BTCC also plans to expand its services and it wants to achieve this via strategic tie-ups with local and global firms. Recently, the company announced that it had joined hands with Defytime, a producer of anti-ageing products. The partnership will helpDefytime to adopt blockchain in healthcare products.
In Hong Kong, BTCC offers a range of services and products for trading to a global customer base. In particular, the exchange facilitates the trading of five cryptocurrencies against the USD – BTC, BCH, ETH, LTC, and DASH. In addition, BCH, ETH, LTC and DASH can also be traded against BTC.
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