The Bank of Korea Forms Cryptocurrency Task Force

The task force will be led by Shin Ho-soon, deputy governor of BOK, with the assistance of bank’s payment and settlement system department
11 January 2018   1176

The Bank of Korea (BOK) announced on Tuesday that it has launched a task force to study cryptocurrency and its effect on conventional financial system amid growing concerns over cryptocurrency frenzy.

The task force will be led by Shin Ho-soon, deputy governor of BOK, with the assistance of bank’s payment and settlement system department. A total of eight departments including financial stability and monetary policy at the central bank will join the group study on cryptocurrency’s impacts on overall financial system.

The BOK will also explore central bank-led cryptocurrency, a hot discussion topic at the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) and central banks around the world, on top of creating a new team that will specialize in virtual currency later this month.

Recently, we have reported that the South Korean tax investigation into exchange platforms caused a massive selloff in cryptocurrency market.

SEC to Start VanEck-SolidX BTC-ETF Consideration

Starting today, the 45-day countdown to the SEC initial decision was launched
20 February 2019   98

For the first time since August of last year, two proposals on the creation of a Bitcoin-ETF are under consideration by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

The application of VanEck and SolidX, issued in cooperation with the Cboe BZX exchange, as expected, was included in the Federal Register issue this Wednesday, with which the 45-day countdown to the SEC initial decision was launched. The application of Bitwise Asset Management and NYSE Arca was published last week.

I … hope that our investment in regulatory and market education, hard work and commitment will be honored when the time comes.
 

Gabor Gurbacs

Director of digital asset strategy, VanEck

The head of Bitwise’s research department, Matt Hogan, believes that not only firms that have submitted bids to create Bitcoin-ETFs are looking for approvals, but and the entire “extremely fast-growing” crypto industry.

A year ago there was maybe one qualified crypto custodian … and now there are half-a-dozen, and that number will go up from here. A little more than year ago, we didn’t have futures. A year ago we didn’t have nearly as many firms making markets. A few months ago, you didn’t have folks like Fidelity announced in the space. It’s evolving really, really quickly.
 

Matt Hougan

Global head of research, Bitwise

 As reported, ultimately, however, a bitcoin ETF approval will depend on how companies approach their proposals.