Irish Gov’t Approves Anti-Money Laundering Bill Affecting Cryptocurrency

The Cabinet, the executive organ of the government of Ireland, has approved a bill that would give effect to the European Union (EU) Fifth Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Directive, the Irish Times reported Jan. 3. The directive — which came into…

Switzerland to Regulate Blockchain Within Existing Financial Laws

The government of Switzerland wants to accommodate the blockchain sector within its existing financial laws. The country’s Federal Council issued a report on Friday, providing a legal framework for distributed ledger technology (DLT), or blockchain,, stating that Switzerland’s existing rules are…

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.…

Japanese Regulator Grants SBI Ripple Asia a Payments License for Blockchain-based App

Financial services company SBI Holdings announced it had secured a license from Japanese regulators for its joint money transfer operation with Ripple in a statement Wednesday, September 26. SBI Ripple Asia, a venture under development with Ripple since 2017, now…