Top Analyst’s Doom Warning: Many Cryptocurrencies Will Go Bankrupt

Bitcoin is currently retracing from its strong parabolic move over the last few weeks. This may mean that many crypto enthusiasts are anticipating the advent of the altseason (altcoin season). For those who are not familiar, the altseason is one of the most profitable periods in cryptocurrency trading. It is a time where other crypto tokens exponentially rise in value against bitcoin. Those who catch the move early can grow their bitcoin stockpile anywhere from 2x to 100x. Bitcoin has been booming in H1 2019 but an analyst is predicting…

Russia Is Getting Serious About Blockchain, but Remains on the Fence About Cryptocurrencies

Last week, an annual forum featuring Russia’s top people from the economic sector was held in St. Petersburg, and cryptocurrencies were a hot topic there. Notably, government agents and state-controlled businesses were vocal about their interest in blockchain, but seemed to distance themselves from digital tokens. Meanwhile, the regulatory framework for cryptocurrencies is still missing in the country, despite the fact that local authorities have been tasked to prepare the needed amendment a while ago. So, where is Russia heading in terms of crypto and blockchain? Brief introduction to Russia’s…

Major Cryptocurrencies in The Green as Bitcoin Rallies Over $8,100

Wednesday, June 12 — Top cryptocurrencies bitcoin (BTC), ether (ETH), and ripple (XRP) are all in the green. Cryptocurrencies on the whole are trending up today, according to data provided by Coin360. Market visualization courtesy of Coin360 After peaking around $9,000 in May, BTC crashed down to under $8,000 but seems to be slowly recovering. BTC was trading just shy of $8,000 earlier today, and is now trading at $8,130 at press time. Overall, the top cryptocurrency is up by approximately 2.72% over teh past 24 hours at press time.…

Reserve Bank of India Denies Involvement in Draft Bill to Ban Cryptocurrencies

The Reserve Bank of India is denying any knowledge of a proposed ban on cryptocurrencies — despite reports that a number of governmental agencies have backed the draft legislation — according to a Right to Information request filed on June 4. Varun Sethi, a lawyer specializing in blockchain, filed the inquiry into the RBI’s involvement with “Banning of Cryptocurrencies and Regulation of Official Digital Currencies Bill 2019″ draft, following a report from the Economic Times. The legislation would ban the sale, purchase, and issuance of all types of cryptocurrencies. Bank…

US Congressman Seeks Tax Clarity for Cryptocurrencies

United States Congressman (R-N.C.) Ted Budd testified to the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee on purported issues with current tax laws on cryptocurrencies, as per a video of the testimony released on June 4. Congressman Budd argued that cryptocurrencies should have a de minimis tax exemption like foreign currencies. Budd commented that he cosponsored bill H.R.3708, or the “Cryptocurrency Tax Fairness Act,” which would extend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to treat personal cryptocurrency purchases like personal transactions in foreign currency, which are not taxed. Budd highlighted…

Terror Groups Are Increasingly Using Cryptocurrencies, Senior Russian Official Warns

The director of Russia’s federal security service, the FSB, has warned that terror groups are increasingly being financed through cryptocurrencies, Russian news site RBK reported on May 21. FSB head Alexander Bortnikov said global terrorist organizations have been mastering the use of virtual currencies for some time, along with encrypted communication tools that enable them to evade security services. He added: “Electronic payment systems and cryptocurrencies are increasingly being used by terrorists to move money received from some states and organizations that support the global terrorist network.” According to Bortnikov, terror groups…

US Tax Authority Prioritizes Issuing Guidance on Cryptocurrencies

The United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has prioritized issuing tax guidance on cryptocurrencies, according to a May 16 letter. The letter from the IRS comes in response to a request from 21 representatives in Congress, including Rep. Tom Emmer, to provide clarity on reporting taxes on cryptocurrency holdings. In the letter to the tax authority, the representatives then claimed that there is still “substantial ambiguity on a number of important questions about the federal taxation” of the emerging type of asset. In the new addressed to Emmer, IRS Commissioner…

Cryptocurrencies Pose No Threat to Financial Stability: EU Central Bank

The European Central Bank (ECB) has said that cryptocurrencies are currently not a threat to financial stability in the euro zone. In its latest paper on the subject, published Friday, the ECB said the combined value of crypto-assets is small relative to the financial system, and “linkages” to the financial sector are still limited. Further, banks in the EU do not appear to have “systemically relevant” holdings of crypto-assets. The ECB also said cryptocurrencies do not perform the functions of money. A “very low” number of merchants currently allow buying of goods…

As Cryptocurrencies Lose Popularity, Regulation Isn’t a Priority

Crypto regulation is not a priority for the Russian government since cryptocurrencies have lost their popularity, the Russian prime minister has recently argued. Prime minister Dmitry Medvedev’s comments were reported by Russian news agency Fontanka on May 16. According to Medvedev, cryptocurrencies are not that interesting for the population anymore, which decreases the need for the adoption of crypto regulations. He said: “The popularity of cryptocurrencies has decreased so far, which likely makes the regulation issue not that relevant already.” Speaking at an annual international judicial forum on May 15,…