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FATF says UK virtual currencies exchanges pose low money laundering threat

According to the Financial Action Task Force although virtual currencies are an "emerging risk", there is no evidence that broad scale money laundering and terrorism financing is happening through this sector in the UK

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G20 leaders commit to crypto regulation in line with FATF

The leaders of the G20 countries have pledged to regulate crypto-assets for anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism in line with the Financial Action Task Force standards

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US SEC issues cease-and-desist order and $50,000 to crypto fund

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has ordered CoinAlpha to cease and desist from violating the Securities Act and pay a civil money penalty of $50,000 

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EU issues call for tenders for blockchain study

The European Commission has issued a call for tenders for a study to analyse and assess blockchain developments and the potential impacts of the technology on society and the economy

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PSD2: EU adopts Commission Delegated Regulation on RTS on EBA electronic central register

The Commission Delegated Regulation supplements PSD2 with regard to regulatory technical standards setting technical requirements on development, operation and maintenance of the electronic central register relating to payment services and on access to the information contained in it

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FCA proposes permanent ban on binary options and restrictions on CFDs for retail investors

The UK Financial Conduct Authority is consulting on a proposed ban on the sale, marketing and distribution of binary options and restrictions to the sale, marketing and distribution of contracts for difference and similar products to retail customers

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ECB launches instant payments system

The Target Instant Payments Settlement (TIPS) system will be available to consumers and businesses across the 19 states in the eurozone and will offer near real-time payments via smartphones, PCs and in-store payment point

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US government department seeks anti-fraud blockchain solutions

The US Department of Homeland Security is calling on blockchain startups to come up with innovative solutions to enhance anti-forgery and counterfeiting capabilities for digital documentation

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