Despite Criticism, Bitcoin Is A Superior Investment To Gold

What’s been a hedge against inflation for thousands of years has had its throne usurped by bitcoin, and for good reason. Alexander Vasiliev is the co-founder and CCO of the global payment network Mercuryo. Ever since bitcoin began to grow in popularity, many people have come to call it “digital gold.” And for valid reasons. While the cryptocurrency’s anonymous creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, originally intended bitcoin to function as a peer-to-peer (P2P) electronic cash system, BTC also possesses excellent store of value and safe-haven asset qualities. Gold has similar store of value…

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Texas Announces State-Chartered Banks Can Provide Cryptocurrency Custody Services

The Texas Department of Banking has announced that state-chartered banks can provide cryptocurrency custody services. “The Texas Department of Banking believes that the authority to provide these services with respect to virtual currencies already exists,” the banking authority said. Texas State-Chartered Banks Officially Authorized to Offer Crypto Custody Services The Texas Department of Banking issued a notice to the banking industry Thursday, stating: Texas state-chartered banks may provide customers with virtual currency custody services, so long as the bank has adequate protocols in place to effectively manage the risks and…

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Taproot Locks In: Bitcoin Protocol Upgrade Will Activate In November

Taproot has locked in with the Bitcoin protocol upgrade now set to activate in November. Bitcoin is upgrading. Taproot, the Bitcoin protocol upgrade that makes smart contracts more private and compact, has locked in. As of just now, more than 90 percent of all blocks that will be mined in the current difficulty period have signaled support for the upgrade, which means that Bitcoin Core versions 0.21.1 and newer will start enforcing the new rules in November of this year, as will the alternative Taproot activation client. Taproot Taproot is…

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Thailand Bans Meme Coins, Fan Tokens, NFTs From Trading on Crypto Exchanges

The Thai Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has enacted new rules for cryptocurrency exchanges operating in the country. Certain types of cryptocurrencies, including meme coins, fan coins, and non-fungible tokens (NFTs), are prohibited to trade on crypto exchanges. Thailand Sets New Rules for Crypto Exchanges, Banning Certain Types of Cryptocurrencies The Thai Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced Friday that its board of directors has approved new rules governing cryptocurrency exchanges. Secretary-General Ruenvadee Suwanmongkol stated that the board meeting held on June 9 had passed a resolution approving the SEC…

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India Probes Cryptocurrency Exchange Wazirx in Chinese Money Laundering Case

India’s Directorate of Enforcement (ED) has reportedly sent a notice to Wazirx, one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in India, under the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999, (FEMA). The investigation was initiated “on the basis of the ongoing money-laundering investigation into Chinese owned illegal online betting applications,” the ED detailed. ED’s FEMA Investigation of Wazirx India’s Directorate of Enforcement (ED) reportedly said Friday that it has issued a Show Cause Notice (SCN) to Wazirx, CEO Nischal Shetty, and co-founder Sameer Hanuman Mhatre. Wazirx is one of the largest crypto exchanges…

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Kraken Weighs in on IPO After Coinbase’s Lackluster Direct Listing Performance

Kraken, the US-based exchange, is weighing in on whether to use an IPO or a direct listing to go public. Kraken’s CEO Jesse Powell stated that after Coinbase’s performance, they were considering other options for going public next year. The company will be the second crypto exchange to go public in the US if things happen as projected. Kraken Considers IPO vs Direct Listing for Going Public Kraken, one of the leading US-based crypto exchanges, is having doubts about how to go public. Its CEO, Jesse Powell, had indicated earlier…

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