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Pushing Through the Fintech Frontier: Financial Regulators Poised to Expand Fintech and Cryptocurrency Oversight


President Joe Biden’s young administration is poised to deliver heightened – and perhaps unprecedented – regulatory scrutiny of the exploding Fintech industry.  The groundwork for a more active regulatory regime has been set over the course of the past decade.  Prior administrations harnessed existing enforcement… Read More

Fed Chair Jerome Powell Cautions that Bitcoin Investments and Trading Pose Major Risks, Not Suitable for Payments or Store of Value

US Federal Reserve Chairperson Jerome Powell has cautioned that transacting in digital currencies such as Bitcoin can pose significant risks due to the high volatility nature of these new assets. Powell noted that virtual currencies remain highly volatile. He pointed out that Bitcoin may not… Read More

US Department of Treasury Comments on FATF Guidance on Virtual Assets

The US Department of Treasury has issued a statement on the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) second plenary meeting during the German Presidency of the global regulatory agency. According to Treasury, FATF advanced its work on several issues, including finalizing a non-public report on terrorist… Read More

Bitcoin Is “Extremely Inefficient” when Used to Settle Financial Transactions, US Treasury Sec Janet Yellen Argues

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen stated on Monday (February 22, 2021) that Bitcoin is an “extremely inefficient” way to settle financial transactions. Yellen commented on how the digital currency’s price fell sharply (as usual) during morning trading hours, but then stayed above the $53,000 mark… Read More

Global Digital Finance Broadly Agrees with Hong Kong Proposal to Regulate VASPs but Worries that Blocking Retail from Crypto is Wrong Move

Last November, Hong Kong kicked off a consultation pertaining to anti-money laundering (AML) and counter finance terrorist (CFT) regulation that will impact cryptocurrency exchanges or virtual asset service providers (VASPs). The deadline for comments delivered to the Hong Kong Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau (FTSB),… Read More

US Department of Treasury Hosts Financial Innovation Roundtable, Secretary Yellen Says Misuse of Crypto is a Growing Problem

The US Department of Treasury hosted the U.S. Financial Sector Innovation Policy Roundtable the past two days. Policymakers and regulators, as well as members of the private sector, participated in the meeting to discuss policy issues surrounding Fintech and innovation “fostering economic recovery, competitiveness, and financial… Read More

Crypto Transactions have AML Capabilities that are Almost Impossible to Replicate in Traditional Investigations: CipherTrace

Blockchain security firm CipherTrace notes that during her confirmation hearing on January 19, Dr. Janet Yellen, US President Joe Biden’s pick for Secretary of the Treasury, had said that “many” virtual currencies remain “a particular concern” when it comes to terrorism and criminal financing (and… Read More

Crypto Exchange Coinbase Requests Rulemaking Pause from FinCEN following the Issuance of Biden White House Guidance to US Agencies

San Francisco-based crypto exchange Coinbase has requested a rulemaking pause from the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) following the Biden White House guidance to agencies. Coinbase writes in a letter that was reportedly shared with Kenneth Blanco, Director, FinCEN on January 25, 2021, that after… Read More

Dr. Janet Yellen Becomes First Woman US Secretary of the Treasury

Dr. Janet Yellen was unanimously voted out of committee the Senate Finance Committee on January 22nd and approved by the Senate today in a vote of 84 for the nomination and 15 against (and one not voting). In being approved, Yellen became the first female… Read More

Dr. Janet Yellen’s Testimony Before the Senate Finance Committee: “I believe the United States must be a leader in the digital asset and financial technology areas”

Earlier this week, Dr. Janet Yellen, former Chair of the US Federal Reserve and soon to be the Secretary of the Treasury, testified at a hearing before the Senate Finance Committee in regards to her nomination. In advance of the hearing, Dr. Yellen submitted an… Read More

Women Became the Story in 2017

As Oprah Winfrey put it during her acceptance speech at the Golden Globes on January 7th, 2018. The reverberations of her words have re-ignited, for anyone who thought it was a just a trend, the importance of #metoo, the industry-agnostic movement. Actually, it is all-encompassing… Read More

Senate Side: Janet Yellen Testimony Continues (Video)

Janet Yellen, Chair of the Federal Reserve, returns to Capitol Hill again today to continue her testimony.  Today she returns to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs.  The hearing, entitled, “The Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress”, will give Yellen a… Read More

Janet Yellen Testifying at House Financial Services Committee (Video)

Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy Testimony by Janet Yellen, Chairman of the Federal Reserve, to the House Financial Services Committee.   Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen will appear before the full committee to deliver the Federal Reserve’s semi-annual Monetary Policy Report to… Read More

Big Week at House Financial Services Committee as Janet Yellen is set to Appear

The House Financial Services Committee has an interesting schedule next week. On Wednesday, February 10th, Janet Yellen, Chair of the Federal Reserve, will wander up to Capitol Hill for a thorough grilling by Committee members. The Fed raised rates by 25 basis points last December… Read More

Will Marketplace Lenders Feel the Squeeze as Interest Rates Rise?

As most Fed followers expected, the FOMC decided to increase interest rates nudging up rates by 25 basis points. The last time the Fed raised rates was almost 10 years ago. The back and forth chatter regarding when the Fed would act has been a… Read More

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