Australians to be Able to Buy BTC & ETH at Newsagents

Bitcoin and Ethereum became closer to Australian people
02 March 2018   693

The Australian cryptocurrency exchange Bitcoin. com. au has launched a new service, with which the country's residents can purchase Bitcoins and Ether for Fiat. Since March 1, this service has become available in more than 1200 newsagents, reports 9Finance.

When your product is totally digital it can be hard to gain trust from consumers because there's no tangible product being handed over. Using newsagents provides consumers with a convenient and trusted way for investors to buy cryptocurrency. Traditionally, the only people who knew about Ethereum or wanted to buy it were those who already had bought Bitcoin. But now that cryptocurrency is more well-known we found that Ethereum's cheaper price point made it a more digestible value proposition for buyers. 
 

Rupert Hackett 

CEO, Bitcoin. com. au

 Bitcoin. com. au, which has been operating for a year and a half, is described on the site as "one of the first independent bitcoin-exchanges in Australia". Since March 1, the site also began to support operations with Ethereum for the first time.

To purchase crypto-currency in newsagents participating in the program, users only need to register their own wallet. During the purchase, the seller will scan the QR code, after which the corresponding amount of coins will be transferred within 20 minutes, Hackett added. The minimum purchase amount is AUD 50 (about $ 39). The Bitcoin. com. au commission is 5%.

SEC to Need More Info on BTC ETF

SEC is gathering more input from the public – to date, according to the agency, more than 1,400 comments have been submitted
21 September 2018   167

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced the beginning of a formal process for considering the application for the creation of bitcoin-ETF from the New York companies VanEck and SolidX. Nevertheless, the agency appealed to the community for more information. This is stated in the document published on the SEC website.

Institution of such proceedings is appropriate at this time in view of the legal and policy issues raised by the proposed rule change. Institution of proceedings does not indicate that the Commission has reached any conclusions with respect to any of the issues involved. Rather, as described below, the Commission seeks and encourages interested persons to provide comments on the proposed rule change.
 

The US Securities and Exchange Commission

At the moment, the SEC received about 1,400 comments.

According to the document, the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) has signed an agreement on the exchange of data on bitcoin transactions, trading and the state of the market with the cryptocurrency trading platform with Gemini.

The agency asked commentators to clarify the position of Gemini in the digital currency market and assess the likelihood of increased volatility at this site in connection with possible trades of bitcoin-ETF.

So, before September 30, the department had to decide on whether to approve, deny or initiate the proceedings. The SEC chose the latter, which is likely to delay the process until the next year.