Swiss Arm of Russian Largest Bank Gazprombank To Offer Bitcoin Custody And Trading

The Swiss arm of one of Russia’s largest banks yesterday announced that it would offer crypto custodian and Bitcoin exchange services to the businesses and institutions it counts as customers. The Swiss subsidiary of Gazprombank, Russia’s third-largest bank, has received authorization from the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) to offer “the safe custody of…

Australia Taps Ethereum for Digital Dollar (AUD) Project

The Reserve Bank of Australia, the country’s central bank, is exploring the use of a central bank digital currency, a digital form of fiat currency issued by the state. The central bank is partnering with Commonwealth Bank, National Australia Bank, and Perpetual and ConsenSys Software on the project. Central bank digital currencies have been dominating…

JPMorgan Sets Up Dedicated Crypto Unit, Launches JPM Coin

After JPMorgan analysts praised bitcoin, saying that the price of the cryptocurrency could triple, JPMorgan reveals that it has set up a dedicated crypto unit and its own cryptocurrency is now being used commercially by a large tech company for the first time.Global investment bank and financial services company JPMorgan Chase has set up a…

DBS Plans For A New Crypto Currency Exchange

A DIGITAL currency exchange backed by Singapore‘s largest lender DBS is in the works, although the bank is still in the process of seeking regulatory approval. Industry observers say that if approved, the DBS Digital Exchange could be one of the world’s first crypto exchanges backed by a traditional bank. A version of the exchange’s…

Iran Turns To Bitcoin To Fund Imports

Crippled by sanctions imposed by the US government, Iran has turned to cryptocurrency to fund imports. The Islamic republic has become the first country in the world to adopt bitcoin at a state level for value exchange, Trustnodes reports, citing a story issued by the official IRNA news agency. The Iranian cabinet has changed legislation…

Bitcoin Moves Closer To Mass Adoption With PayPal Addition

Bitcoin has rallied $1,000 in the last 24 hours after payments platform PayPal (PYPL) announced that it would begin accepting payments in digital currency. PayPal has over 26 million merchant accounts and 345 million users on its platform that will soon be able to buy, hold, and sell Bitcoin. The announcement also stated that Ethereum,…

How bitcoin met the real world in Africa

Four months ago, Abolaji Odunjo made a fundamental change to his business selling mobile phones in a bustling street market in Lagos: He started paying his suppliers in bitcoin. Odunjo sources handsets and accessories from China and the United Arab Emirates. His Chinese suppliers asked to be paid in the cryptocurrency, he said, for speed…

Brazilian Fund Manager Hashdex and Nasdaq to Launch World’s First Bitcoin ETF

Brazil’s Hashdex is teaming up with Nasdaq to bring the world’s first Bitcoin ETF to the Bermuda Stock Exchange. Regulated Brazilian fund manager Hashdex has inked a deal with Nasdaq to launch the world’s first crypto asset exchange-traded fund (ETF) on the Bermuda Stock Exchange (BSX). The stock exchange announced it had approved the ‘Hashdex…

There Are Now Over 10,000 Bitcoin ATMs Throughout the World

The number of bitcoin ATMs installed throughout the world has exceeded 10,000, and the United States continue to lead the rest of the world in crypto ATMs with 76% of machines installed. According to CoinATMRadar, the first Bitcoin ATM was installed back in 2013 and in seven years the industry grew to over 10,000 machines…

Indian Crypto Exchange WazirX to Enter DeFi Amid Uncertain Regulations

One of the leading cryptocurrency exchanges in India, WazirX, today said they are gearing up to develop and launch their first decentralized finance product in partnership with the Matic network. In an announcement shared with Cointelegraph, the company said they will launch an automated market maker (AMM) protocol. Nischal Shetty, the CEO of WazirX, shared…

PayPal and Venmo to Roll Out Crypto Trading

Fintech giant PayPal plans to roll out direct sales of cryptocurrency to its 325 million users, according to three people familiar with the matter. Currently, PayPal can be used as an alternative means for withdrawing funds from exchanges such as Coinbase, but this would be a first in terms of offering direct sales of crypto. “My understanding is that they are going to allow buys and sells of crypto directly from PayPal and Venmo,” a well-placed industry source told CoinDesk. “They are going to have some sort of a built-in wallet functionality so you can store it there.”