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FCA clarifies cryptoassets regulation

Following consultation earlier this year, the Financial Conduct Authority guidance has released guidance to provide greater clarity on some areas, including when certain type of cryptoassets would fall under the regulator's remit

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Crypto now included in UK crime plan

The UK Treasury and Home Office have issued a plan to fight fraud, money laundering, bribery and corruption, including establishing a new cryptoassets regime with the Financial Conduct Authority, "to create one of the most comprehensive global responses to the use of cryptoassets in illicit activity"

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FCA proposes ban on sale of crypto-derivatives to retail consumers

The UK Financial Conduct Authority is consulting on banning the sale, marketing and distribution to all retail consumers of all derivatives and exchange-traded notes that reference unregulated transferable cryptoassets by firms acting in, or from, the UK

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FATF issues new rules for the crypto sector

The Financial Action Task Force has finalised its interpretative note to Recommendation 15, clarifying how its Standards and measures should apply in respect of virtual assets and virtual asset service providers

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EBA annual report: actions taken during the last year and next steps

The European Banking Authority (EBA) annual report sets out the actions taken last year and next steps the authority will take for 2019. Here, we how the EBA has approached and is planning to approach a number of issues, including financial innovation, FinTech, cryptoassets, PSD2 and anti-money laundering/combating terrorism financing 

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ECB report reviews implications of cryptoassets for financial stability

The European Central Bank has said that cryptoassets' implications for and/or risks to the financial stability of the eurozone are limited and/or manageable based on existing regulatory frameworks. In addition, there is no case currently for central bank digital currencies

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FSB report considers implications of decentralised financial technologies

The Financial Stability Board report report focuses on technologies that may reduce or eliminate the need for intermediaries or centralised processes that have traditionally been involved in providing financial services

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Australia updates information for businesses on ICOs and cryptoassets

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has updated Information Sheet 225 on cryptoassets to help market participants understand how the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) and the Australian Securities and Investment Commission Act 2001 may apply to businesses considering undertaking an ICO or that are involved with cryptoassets

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