Bank Threatens To Close Accounts Of Bitcoin Buyers

Lakestone Bank & Trust sent a letter to its client, threaten close client's account if cryptocurrency transactions continue
20 December 2017   2099

Today Jordan Spencer, a client of Lakestone Bank & Trust, said on his Facebook account that the bank sent him a letter, informing that purchases and receiving funds from Coinbase.com is against Lakestone’s policy and the bank will close Jordan’s account if transactions continue.

In response to the banks actions, the community of Facebook gave a lot of negative feedbacks on Lakestone bank Facebook page, stating the bank is not allowed to dictate its clients to abandon investment in bitcoin or other alternative coins.

At the moment of press, the rating of Lakestone Bank on Facebook is 1.1/5.

SEC to Start VanEck-SolidX BTC-ETF Consideration

Starting today, the 45-day countdown to the SEC initial decision was launched
20 February 2019   105

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.