JPMorgan Chase, the largest U.S. bank (and the world’s sixth largest), has created its own cryptocurrency, a stablecoin called “JPM Coin.” According to CNBC, J.P. Morgan “moves more than $6 trillion around the world every day for corporations in its massive wholesale payments business,” and in a few months, it will start trials for use of this new cryptocurrency for instant settlement of payments between its clients. The report says that J.P. Morgan is for a future blockchain-powered world, but before that happens………..
Paraguay has reportedly recently paid for an Argentinian shipment worth little over $7,000 in bitcoin, the flagship cryptocurrency, in an apparent first for both countries. The deal was made as part of new program incentivizing small shipments. According to Cointelegraph en Español, Argentina sold Paraguay pesticides and fumigation products, and paid for the products in BTC, which was then converted to Argentina’s fiat currency, the peso, to pay the agricultural chemicals’ exporter.
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A company that offers the service of converting crypto to fiat in the form of luxury goods is reported to record a staggering amount of transactions. Elizabeth White, the founder and CEO of The White Company that offers the service admitted in an interview that her company records $250 million worth of transactions during the ongoing bear market. She said that the fear of “a crypto doom” has led many crypto owners, most of which are millionaires even billionaires to turn to her company’s one-of-a-kind services, as reported by BTC Wires…………..
Source: Firm that helps people buy luxury goods with crypto records $250M transactions
A new update has emerged from the South Korean financial authority, the Financial Services Commission (FSC). The financial regulatory decided to maintain the ban enforced towards ICOs, based on the findings of the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS). Started September last year, the FSS conducted a survey to 22 enterprises in the country that had launched ICOs, on which they only received feedbacks from 13 of them………..
Source: South Korean financial watchdog sticks to the decision of banning ICO
Cryptocurrency exchanges that want to use Nasdaq’s proprietary surveillance technology need to have more than money. A team of about 20 people contribute to an elaborate due-diligence process aimed at ensuring that any exchange that wants to use the technology, which scans for fraudulent transaction patterns, is technically capable and morally inclined to use the powerful software wisely………
Source: Nasdaq Is Now Working With 7 Cryptocurrency Exchanges
Blockchain analysis firm Chainalysis has disclosed that just two groups benefited from the majority of cryptocurrency hacks that have occurred to date. Per The Wall Street Journal, the two hacking groups could have obtained as much as $1 billion in cryptocurrencies. Since bitcoin came into being, over $1.7 billion worth of cryptocurrencies are estimated to have been stolen. According to Chainalysis’ chief economist, Philip Gradwell, the two hacking groups are most likely still active.
Source: Two Groups Have Dominated Cryptocurrency Hacks, Raking in $1 Billion: Chainalysis
Adena Friedman, president and CEO of Nasdaq Inc., says that cryptocurrency “deserves an opportunity to find a sustainable future in our economy,” in a post on LinkedIn, published Jan. 20. Writing ahead of her appearance at the World Economic Forum at Davos this week — the opening day of which is today, Jan. 22 — Friedman stated that Nasdaq believes crypto will have a role in the future, characterizing “the invention itself [as] a tremendous demonstration of genius and creativity………….
Source: Nasdaq CEO: Crypto Could Still Become ‘a Global Currency of the Future’