Citibank India Bans Crypto Purchases on Both Credit and Debit Cards

Citibank India is the latest lender which is now tightening the squeeze  
14 February 2018   747

According to the email dated February 13, Citibank banned the opportunity to use debit and credit cards in order to buy cryptocurrencies.

The email stated that the Reserve Bank of India, cautioning members of the public regarding the potential economic, financial, operational, legal, customer protection, and security-related risks associated with dealing with bitcoins, cryptocurrencies, and virtual currencies, Citi India has decided to not permit use of its credit and debit cards towards purchase or trading of such  cryptocurrencies.

In India, Citibank banned cryptocurrency-related transactions both on credit and debit cards. By contrast, the US Citibank forbade customers from borrowing money only on credit cards for such purchases.

Consequently, this case of banned cryptocurrency-related transactions isn’t the first. Banks like Lloyds, JP Morgan Chase & Co, and Bank of America, too, forbidden customers from using credit cards issued by them to buy cryptocurrencies. More than that, India’s income-tax department has also issued notices to about 100,000 such investors, seeking to tax their profits.

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   183

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.