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Middle East’s First Central Bank-Backed Crypto Exchange to Launch in 2019

Middle East’s First Central Bank-Backed Crypto Exchange to Launch in 2019 Two blockchain veterans are gearing up to launch what could be the first cryptocurrency exchange in the Persian Gulf to be licensed by a central bank. Revealed exclusively to CoinDesk, Rain Financial has opened its public waiting list after …

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Sandboxes Aren’t Enough: Blockchain Leaders Seek Regulation Relief

Sandboxes Aren’t Enough: Blockchain Leaders Seek Regulation Relief Even in blockchain-friendly jurisdictions, regulatory hurdles and old-fashioned mindsets are holding back innovation and growth for the industry. At least, that’s the conclusion you might have drawn from some of the talks at the Concordia Summit in New York Monday. The event, …

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Regulators Plan ‘Global Sandbox’ for FinTech Including Blockchain

Regulators Plan ‘Global Sandbox’ for FinTech Including Blockchain A number of financial regulators from across the globe are forming a new alliance to facilitate the growth of financial technologies such as blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT). The U.K.’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), which spearheaded one of the world’s first …

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UK Watchdog Welcomes First Crypto Startups to Regulatory Sandbox

UK Watchdog Welcomes First Crypto Startups to Regulatory Sandbox For the first time, the U.K.’s financial regulator is directly recognizing the potential of blockchain-related startups. For the latest and fourth cohort of startups for its regulatory “sandbox,” the country’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has given access to 11 blockchain and …

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Crypto Startups Don’t Need Sandboxes, They Need Greenhouses

Crypto Startups Don’t Need Sandboxes, They Need Greenhouses John Collins, is an affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University and former head of policy for crypto exchange Coinbase. I’ve written before about how I believe regulatory “sandboxes” for financial services innovation serve a useful function and, in absence of …

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EU, US Lawmakers Tout ‘Sandbox’ Approach for Blockchain Development

EU, US Lawmakers Tout ‘Sandbox’ Approach for Blockchain Development International lawmakers speaking at CoinDesk’s Consensus 2018 conference today argued that regulatory “sandboxes” may offer the best approach for blockchain innovation in the absence of official guidance. Speaking at a panel discussion on global jurisdictions, U.S. House Representative David Schweikert said …

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