Do Banks Even Want to Go Blockchain?

On June 18, Carlos Torres, CEO of Spanish bank BBVA, declared that blockchain is “not mature” and faces major challenges. During the past month, blockchain’s effectiveness and maturity were also questioned by players as big as the Bank of Canada (BoC), the Russian Central Bank, and DNB, the Central Bank of the Netherlands. While blockchain …

Analyst Predicts Bitcoin Price Rebound Above $10,000 by 2019

Todd Gordon, founder of TradingAnalysis.com predicted Bitcoin (BTC) to drop to $4,000 prior to a rebound above $10,000 by 2019 on CNBC’s Stock Draft June 22. Gordon suggested that BTC will drop below $5,000, subsequently hitting $10,000 by the end of the year, citing significant market volatility to be the main reason. When asked to …

US and South Korea to Strengthen Joint Cooperation on Fourth Industrial Revolution

The US State Department and South Korea’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MSIT) have resolved to strengthen the two countries’ cooperation in advancing the Fourth Industrial Revolution, at a press conference held in Seoul today, June 22. The so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution has been characterized by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as a series of …

Irish Bitcoin Broker Claims Country’s Banks Are Closing Crypto-Related Accounts

The co-founder of Irish Bitcoin (BTC) broker Eircoin accused the Banking and Payments Federation of Ireland (BPFI) of discriminating against crypto-related accounts, The Irish Times reports June 21. Dave Fleming blamed the BPFI for, “seeking to muddy the waters with insinuations of dirty money.” Eircoin, which is reportedly “Ireland’s only Bitcoin broker,” was closed in …

Crypto ‘Too Primitive’ to Issue State Digital Currency

Board director of the Swiss National Bank (SNB) Thomas Moser said that cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology are too primitive to consider issuing a state-backed digital currency, local news outlet swissinfo.ch reported June 21. Speaking at the Crypto Valley blockchain conference in Zug, Moser compared blockchain in its present condition with the “useless innovation” of compact …

Members of Congress Must Disclose Crypto Holdings Above $1,000

The Ethics Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives has issued a memorandum requiring all House Members to disclose their cryptocurrency holdings worth over $1,000, Bloomberg reported yesterday, June 20. The memo, dated June 18, outlines a range of disclosure requirements for lawmakers, covering crypto holdings, participation in Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), and any income …

Analysts Concerned About Crypto Mining Impact on AMD Share Price

While Advanced Micro Devices Inc.’s (AMD) shares have seen substantial growth in the past month due to a cryptocurrency mining boom, two analysts warn that investors could be disappointed should mining die down, MarketWatch reported June 20. In the past month, AMD’s stock has gained around 30 percent thanks to the graphic processing units (GPUs) …

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) …