Switzerland's 'Crypto Valley' Zug Ranked 'Fastest-Growing' Tech Hub in Europe

The Swiss city of Zug, home to crypto and blockchain development hub “Crypto Valley,” has been ranked the fastest-growing tech community in Europe. Swiss startup news channel StartupTicker reported this on Dec. 6. According to the latest annual “State of…

Swiss Fintech License Allows Blockchain, Crypto Firms to Accept $100 Mln in Public Funds

The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has released guidelines for their new “FinTech” license, according to a FINMA official press release released Dec. 3 The Swiss financial regulator revealed that license pursuants, which can be blockchain-related and crypto-related firms,…

US Commodities Regulator CFTC Issues Smart Contracts Primer, Outlines Benefits and Risks

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)’s fintech innovation hub LabCFTC has issued a Primer on Smart Contracts, according to an official announcement Nov. 27. The primer is LabCFTC’s second fintech-educational publication, the first being its October 2017 primer on…

Ten Blockchain, Fintech Firms Launch Association to Make ‘Code of Conduct’ for Crypto

Ten financial and tech firms have established an Association for Digital Asset Markets (ADAM) to create a “code of conduct” for the cryptocurrency sector. The launch was announced in a press release published Nov. 27. Among ADAM’s founding members are…

Major Swiss Stock Exchange SIX Lists World’s First Multi-Crypto ETP Amidst Market Collapse

Switzerland’s principal stock exchange SIX Swiss Exchange will list the world’s first multi-crypto-based exchange-traded product (ETP) next week, the Financial Times (FT) reported Saturday, Nov. 16. Backed by the Swiss startup Amun AG, the first global multi-crypto ETP will be…

Two Pro-Crypto Candidates Score Wins in US Midterm Gubernatorial Elections

Two pro-cryptocurrency candidates have won seats to become governors of the U.S. states of California and Colorado in the country’s midterm gubernatorial elections, fintech news outlet TrustNodes reports Nov. 7. In the California race, Democrat contender Gavin Newsom sealed 59…

Morgan Stanley Report Shows Strong Institutional Investment for Bitcoin

On October 31, multinational investment bank and financial services company, Morgan Stanley, released their latest report on Bitcoin. The report, entitled “Update: Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain,” stated that Bitcoins and altcoins have constituted a “new institutional investment class” since 2017.…

Precious Ledgers: Why Blockchain Is the Right Fit for Gold and Diamonds

This week, two major news within the precious metals industry broke. First, the world’s largest diamond company, Russia’s Alrosa, joined a blockchain project aimed at increasing transparency. Secondly, the world’s largest bank, JPMorgan, reportedly started to use its blockchain to…