Bitcoin-Friendly Square Hits All-Time High Market Cap after Earning Bitlicense

The market valuation of Square, the multi-billion dollar payments company of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, surged three percent overnight after the company obtained the BitLicense from the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) to operate as a cryptocurrency platform. BitLicense is Difficult to Obtain New York is considered to have the strictest policies and … Continued

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Financial Services Provider Square Acquires New York Bitlicense

Financial Services Provider Square Acquires New York Bitlicense

The company Square announced on Monday the firm has been granted the Bitlicense from the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS). The firm and its ‘Cash App’ are now legally allowed to operate and utilize cryptocurrency solutions in the state of New York.

Also Read: Cryptocurrency Brokerage Service Genesis Global Granted Bitlicense

Square Has Obtained the New York Bitlicense

 Financial Services Provider Square Acquires New York Bitlicense
The Square Cash App was offered to most U.S. states this past February and now the company can operate in the state of New York. Users can purchase and sell Bitcoin Core (BTC) from within the app.

Square, Inc. is a payment processor and financial services provider that was launched in 2010. The San Francisco based company was founded by Jack Dorsey (also the CEO of Twitter) and Jim McKelvey back in 2010 and the firm has been staunch bitcoin supporters for quite some time. Back in November 2017, the company announced it was implementing in-app BTC buy/sell Options for certain select customers. A few months later in February of 2018 Square rolled out the BTC service for all users. Since then the revenue derived from the cryptocurrency in-app services has added around $8Bn USD to Square’s overall valuation according to data collected last May. Now this week, Square has been granted the official Bitlicense money-transmitter approval from the DFS.

“DFS is pleased to approve Square’s application and welcomes them to New York’s expanding and well-regulated virtual currency market,” explained the Financial Services Superintendent Maria T. Vullo during the announcement on Monday.

DFS continues to work in support of a vibrant and competitive virtual currency market that connects and empowers New Yorkers in a global marketplace while ensuring strong state-regulatory oversight is in place.

Square Joins Eight Licensed Cryptocurrency Operations in New York

According to the DFS, the regulators have conducted a review over Square’s business model which includes anti-money laundering guidelines, Know-Your-Customer (KYC), and cybersecurity policies. Moreover, the DFS states the newly licensed Square will be under supervision. The New York regulatory agency has granted the Bitlicense to Circle, Gemini, Coinbase, XRP II, Paxos (formally Itbit), Bitflyer, Xapo, and more recently Genesis Global Trading Inc.

“We are thrilled to now provide New Yorkers with Cash App’s quick and simple way to buy and sell bitcoin,” said Brian Grassadonia, Head of Square’s Cash App service.

Square and the New York State DFS share a vision of empowering people with greater access to the financial system and today’s news is an important step in realizing that goal.

Now New York residents will be able to utilize the Cash App in the state as the region was one of the few states where the cryptocurrency option wasn’t incorporated until today.

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BitLicense Recipient itBit Will Become First New York Exchange to List Stellar (XLM)

Institutional cryptocurrency exchange and BitLicense recipient itBit has announced that it has received approval from the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) to list four new cryptocurrencies: ethereum (ETH), bitcoin cash (BCH), litecoin (LTC), and stellar (XLM). ItBit, which says it operates the second-largest US bitcoin trading platform by total volume, announced on Thursday

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BitLicense Charter Recipient itBit Will Become First New York Exchange to List Stellar (XLM)

Institutional cryptocurrency exchange and BitLicense charter recipient itBit has announced that it has received approval from the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) to list four new cryptocurrencies: ethereum (ETH), bitcoin cash (BCH), litecoin (LTC), and stellar (XLM). ItBit, which says it operates the second-largest US bitcoin trading platform by total volume, announced on … Continued

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Regulated Crypto Exchange Itbit Adds BCH, ETH, LTC, and XLM Products

Regulated Crypto Exchange Itbit Adds BCH, ETH, LTC, and XLM Products

Regulated cryptocurrency exchange Itbit announced today that it has received approval from the New York State Department of Financial Services to add more cryptocurrencies to its product offerings. The company will begin offering custody, escrow, OTC trading, and exchange services for BCH, ETH, LTC, and XLM, in addition to its existing BTC offerings.

Also read: Yahoo! Japan Confirms Entrance Into the Crypto Space

Approval by the NYDFS

Regulated Crypto Exchange Itbit Adds BCH, ETH, LTC, and XLM ProductsItbit announced on Thursday, June 14, that it will start offering several new products based on cryptocurrencies other than BTC. The New York-based company wrote:

Global crypto asset platform Itbit announced today it has received approval from the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) to offer expanded trading and custody services for bitcoin cash (BCH), ethereum (ETH), litecoin (LTC) and stellar lumens (XLM). Itbit will start immediately offering custody, escrow and OTC trading services for these new assets, with platform exchange trading to follow.

Regulated Crypto Exchange Itbit Adds BCH, ETH, LTC, and XLM ProductsPreviously only BTC products were available. Itbit COO Andrew Chang commented, “by gaining this regulatory approval, we are now able to open the doors for individuals and institutions to access crypto assets beyond just bitcoin.”

Itbit became the first bitcoin exchange to be granted a banking license by the NYDFS in May 2015. The license allows the exchange to operate in all 50 U.S. states under the New York banking laws, CEO Chad Cascarilla explained at the time.

Itbit’s Product Offerings

Itbit’s website outlines several services such as crypto exchange, OTC trading, and custody services. “US dollars are FDIC-insured and all fiat and bitcoin customer assets are fully protected and backed by mandatory capital reserves,” the company details. For OTC trading, the minimum investment is 25 BTC.

Regulated Crypto Exchange Itbit Adds BCH, ETH, LTC, and XLM ProductsThe exchange also offers escrow transactions. While “Itbit acts as the agent to negotiate a trade between two parties and conducts settlement” in OTC trading, it “acts as a neutral party to settle a trade brought forward by an agent or buyer/seller mandate” in escrow transactions.

At the end of May, Itbit’s operator, Paxos, announced that it had raised $65 million. Part of the funds raised will be used to operate the Itbit exchange and custodian service, CEO and co-founder Charles Cascarilla said at the time.

Last week, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) reportedly demanded trading data from Itbit and three other crypto exchanges since bitcoin futures provided by CME Group, which it regulates, derive their value from them.

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DOJ Crypto Investigation Tanks Prices, Fundstrat Welcomes Adult Supervision

DOJ Crypto Investigation Tanks Prices, Fundstrat Welcomes Adult Supervision

Investigations are all about the crypto ecosystem, but a recent report regarding a US Department of Justice price manipulation crackdown was widely said to be the cause of market caps falling, and by a lot. Fundstrat, the ecosystem’s favorite financial professional crypto bull, is on record as welcoming government regulation, what it calls “adult supervision.”

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Fundstrat Welcomes Adult Supervision of Crypto

Legacy media, thanks to a Bloomberg article, ran wild with fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) this week, regarding a supposed US Department of Justice investigation of price manipulation. Weaker hands in response effectively sent bitcoin core (BTC) well below $8K, heading for 7, and the entire crypto market cap slid accordingly.

Debate about regulation in the US and around the world has raged the entirety of cryptocurrency’s near decade-long life. Bitcoin licensing in New York, senate hearings, G20 central bankers urging global crypto laws, the requisite jockeying and lobbying for exclusive access to regulators, taken together, seems to be slouching toward something major coming down from financial minders. And well-publicized recent hacks haven’t helped confidence. There seems to be a new initial coin offering scam daily. 

DOJ Crypto Investigation Tanks Prices, Fundstrat Welcomes Adult Supervision

Rumors the DOJ is teaming with US bitcoin futures regulator, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and possibly patching-in the US Securities and Exchange Commission can spook animal spirits, of course. Anecdotal evidence abounds. Add to that six rather frightening words, when strung together by regulators, that make speculators’ ears perk, “neither confirm nor deny an investigation” becomes all the evidence anyone needs to dump positions. Even large exchange Bitfinex has been subpoenaed by the CFTC.

The ecosystem’s favorite bull, Thomas Lee of Fundstrat, in a client letter, put a finer point on happenings: “These stories have pressured the crypto market, as regulatory action (and related headline risk) reduces risk appetite and also is a further deterrent for near-term inflows from new investors. However, these actions signal that adult supervision is coming to crypto and adding such oversight incrementally improves the structural integrity and legitimacy for crypto-currency investor. In other words, in order for institutional investors to be more actively engaged in crypto markets, such adult supervision is a necessary precondition.”

Regulation is an Anathema to Bitcoin

Prior to welcoming crypto regulation, Mr. Lee ate a giant, warm slice of humble pie following his Consensus conference bump prediction of many thousands in BTC price increase. Just the reverse, of course, happened, and Mr. Lee, to his credit, reappeared on as many shows to take his medicine. He acknowledged getting it badly wrong, but ultimately attributed the decline due to unforeseen regulatory rumors and, ironically, saturation at the conference of hype.

In a slide presentation graphic, Fundstrat continued to use “welcome,” as in crackdowns being “welcome and also widely anticipated.” On price specific manipulation investigations, they urged “this probe is again, a very welcome development.”

DOJ Crypto Investigation Tanks Prices, Fundstrat Welcomes Adult Supervision

To crypto enthusiasts, they are decidedly torn. On the one hand, nearly everyone will agree bitcoin was developed to essentially leave government regulatory environments. Government regulations are not issued out of benevolence toward the hoi polloi. No, rather they’re instead an effort to pick winners and losers in terms of which sector of businesses lobbied the hardest, greasing wheels of states in their direction. Regulations enforce burdens often on startups, insulating more established and connected businesses from too much competition. Corruption, then, can and does become institutional. Present day banking is proof enough. Bitcoin, in Satoshi’s vision, releases adopters from financial cartels, at least in theory. To invite regulators goes against everything crypto stands for.

On the other hand, regulation does seem to be inevitable. And if it is, shouldn’t the ecosystem get out in front? Seems rational enough, and that’s a generous reading of Mr. Lee and Fundstrat’s comments. Nevertheless, the company remains bullish on bitcoin core (BTC). They point to Coinbase in particular and its staggering growth to 20 million customers, and BTC related wallet downloads of more than 3.5 million. They do, however, hold to a degree of caution if headlines remain negative and mining rewards/price reach parity.

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Cryptocurrency Brokerage Service Genesis Global Granted Bitlicense

Cryptocurrency Brokerage Service Genesis Global Granted Bitlicense

On May 17 the Digital Currency Group initiative and Over-the-Counter (OTC) cryptocurrency service, Genesis Global Trading, announced that Genesis was recently granted the New York state Bitlicense. The company that provides OTC solutions to institutional buyers can now operate freely in New York — A territory that many call, ‘the financial capital of the world,’ as Genesis aims to provide significant BTC, BCH, ETC, LTC, ZEC, XRP, and ETH liquidity in the state.

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DCG Backed Genesis Global Trading Granted New York State Bitlicense

Cryptocurrency Brokerage Service Genesis Global Granted BitlicenseGenesis Global Trading has announced the firm has been granted the Bitlicense, and the company will be allowed to operate in New York with other approved businesses such as Coinbase, Circle, and Itbit. The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) approved the company and provided Genesis with the Bitlicense — which will allow the firm to trade the various digital assets it holds with institutional investors. Before the company was granted the Bitlicense the firm operated under the DFS “safe harbor” provision.

Genesis was launched in 2013 and is backed by the venture capital organization the Digital Currency Group (DCG), a firm founded by Barry Silbert. The company is a regulated cryptocurrency OTC dealer that “provides access to institutional investors and high net worth individuals looking to buy or sell large sums of digital currencies.” Genesis has offered deep pools of liquidity, 24-7 trading, and same-day settlement since the company’s inception.

“We are very pleased that DFS has approved the Genesis Global Trading BitLicense application,” said Michael Moro, CEO, Genesis Global Trading.

Although we have operated under a safe harbor provision in recent years, today’s decision is an important step forward and reaffirms the robust compliance measures we have enacted as an established trading partner.    

Barry Silbert Hopes More Cryptocurrency Businesses Are Approved in NY

Cryptocurrency Brokerage Service Genesis Global Granted Bitlicense
Barry Silbert.

To use the Genesis platform, traders have a $75,000 USD minimum deposit, and all users are subject to AML and KYC regulatory guidelines. In addition to being an approved brokerage service that can sell Bitcoin Core (BTC), the DFS has also approved to procure Zcash (ZEC), Ethereum (ETH), Ethereum Classic (ETC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Ripple (XRP), and Litecoin (LTC). Genesis also states the firm is also registered with the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) and Finra as well.

The Digital Currency Group’s founder Barry Silbert was excited for Genesis commenting on the subject over Twitter.

“Congrats to the team at Genesis Trading on being granted a Bitlicense, joining Coinbase Circle, Ripple, Bitflyer USA, and Itbit,” Silbert states.

 

Hoping to see the NYDFS ramp up their licensing pace so that NY does not continue to fall behind.

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New York Grants Fifth-Ever BitLicense to Crypto Broker Genesis Global Trading

Cryptocurrency brokerage firm Genesis Global Trading has become the latest firm to receive a BitLicense from the state’s financial regulatory. The New York-based Genesis on Thursday announced that the state’s Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) had approved its application, making it one of a handful of firms to receive a BitLicense, which formally allows cryptocurrency … Continued

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Bitcoin in Brief Friday: Truths, T-Shirts, Things That Matter

Bitcoin in Brief Friday: Truths, T-Shirts, Things That Matter

In today’s Bitcoin in Brief we are focusing on some truths that have been uttered recently in regards to the latest attempt by authorities in New York to cross borders, when it comes to crypto controls and regulations. Also, crypto T-shirts, inspired by digital aesthetics, have been put on sale. Do you want to know why their design is a bit old-fashioned? Crypto markets are to blame…

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Speaking from Crypto Perspective

Bitcoin in Brief Friday: Truths, T-Shirts, Things That MatterKraken CEO, Jesse Powell, has been praised for saying what many in the crypto community have been thinking about the latest actions by authorities in New York. The state’s Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, has sent letters to 13 crypto exchanges as part of his inquiry into policies and practices employed by the trading platforms. “Consumers have the right to transparency and accountability when they invest,” Schneiderman said, adding that many cryptocurrency traders do not have access to the “basic facts” needed to assess the integrity and security of these platforms.

Bitcoin in Brief Friday: Truths, T-Shirts, Things That Matter
Eric Schneiderman

Not complying with Schneiderman’s probe, Jesse Powell has refused to send complete the questionnaire, opt instead to respond with strong-worded language. “Kraken’s BitLicense prompted exit from New York in 2015 pays another dividend today. When I saw this 34-point demand, I immediately thought ‘The audacity of these guys – the entitlement, the disrespect for our business, our time! […] I realized that we made the right decision to get the hell out of New York,” he said in a Twitter post. Kraken’s chief executive was referring to the controversial licensing regime for crypto companies in the state.

Thanks for the Ethical Stance!

In his post, Powell also said that his company would be happy to help government understand the business, but “this is not the way to go about it.” “When is it going to be enough for New York? We did all this once already, and then you gave us the BitLicense […] This ‘questionnaire’ we received today proves that New York is not only hostile to crypto, it is hostile to business,” he stated. “Somebody has to say what everybody’s actually thinking about the NYAG’s inquiry. The placative kowtowing toward this kind of abuse sends the message that it’s ok. It’s not ok. It’s insulting,” Kraken CEO tweeted.

Bitcoin in Brief Friday: Truths, T-Shirts, Things That MatterPowell’s comments received support from colleagues and members of the whole community. “Jesse – thank you for taking the ethical stance and speaking up for what’s right”, Shapeshift CEO Erik Voorhees wrote on Twitter. “Crypto has brought more transparency to finance and protection to consumers than the last 100 years of bureaucratic nonsense that has spilled from the sewers of New York,” he said.

From Crypto Truths to Crypto T-shirts

A “Crypto T-shirt” is now available from The Hundreds. As they say, it’s “inspired by digital aesthetics and iconography, featuring graphic flips on cryptocurrency logos, services, and sites”. The T-shirts can be ordered online. They take cryptos for the limited edition. You can buy yours with any of the following digital coins: Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, and Ethereum. However, keep in mind that it’s available for purchase only through a Coinbase account.

Bitcoin in Brief Friday: Truths, T-Shirts, Things That MatterAccording to the product’s description, the back print is a Bitcoin flip, rendered in wire frame, and with the RGB color spectrum used in the representation of images in electronic systems. The graphs refer to the rise and fall of the mentioned cryptocurrencies. The currently available designs on the T-shirt, however, depict a drastic drop. The message is a bit outdated, as it doesn’t represent what we are currently witnessing in the markets. Bitcoin is now trading well over $8,000 USD, while Bitcoin Cash just crossed the $1,000 dollar mark.

Exciting Things Happening With  Brave Browser

Privacy web browser Brave Software and Dow Jones Media Group have just announced a partnership through which the companies aim to test blockchain technology in digital publishing, among other exciting plans. Under the agreement, Brave will provide access to premium content from Dow Jones to a limited number of users who download the Brave browser. The available content set features full access to Barrons.com or a premium MarketWatch newsletter.

Bitcoin in Brief Friday: Truths, T-Shirts, Things That MatterThe companies intend to experiment with blockchain-based technologies in media and advertising. A number of innovative solutions in the news and information space will be tested. Content will be delivered via Brave’s blockchain-based digital advertising and services platform. Under the agreement, Barron’s and MarketWatch, both Dow Jones Media brands, will become verified publishers on the Basic Attention Token (BAT) platform, developed by Brave.

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New York Tells Cryptocurrency Exchanges to be More Transparent

Cryptocurrency exchanges need to make transparency a greater priority, the New York Attorney General’s office said on Tuesday. Writing in a letter addressed to 13 cryptocurrency exchanges, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office requests that companies provide information on a range of topics related to the operation of their trading platforms. “Representing a technological

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