Cryptocurrency to be Regulated in France

French Ministry of the Economy and Finances creates working group to regulate cryptocurrency
22 March 2018   1667

Bruno Le Maire, the French Minister of the Economy, announced the government initiative to constitute the instructions and regulations towards cryptocurrency. The group is also aimed to decrease the influence of Bitcoin and altcoins to the formal system of economy with the help of required concept. These measures would help French government to prevent tax avoidance and some other criminal activities (such as money laundering).

In an op-ed that was published in French media this week the Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire made a promise not to miss the blockchain revolution. He refined the reasons of the French authorities`decision to regulate the technology. According to his point of view, it is impossible for any consumer or entrepreneur to carry out a transaction, invest, develop in business being in a regulatory vacuum. The Minister also put this position on the top among the rest questions to be discussed at G20 Summit in Buenos Aires. Bruno Le Maire is sure that the role of France is to be a driving force in “building the world of tomorrow”.

The Minister is going to present his case at the G20 Summit in 2018 in Argentina. He hopes that the framework can help in decreasing illegal activity in cryptocurrencies. Le Maire also explained that the sphere of digital funds is extremely attractive for criminals.

The leader of the working group is Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of France Jean-Pierre Landau. The French Central Bank supports the Government and hopes there would be no negative impact and consequences for the traditional economy system.

The key object of cryptocurrency regulation is to limit various negative factors in the financial sphere caused by digital money, such as the price volatility. Le Maire claims that at the same time the regulation of the cryptocurrency can support the development of the technology and can even lead to the economic growth. As blockchain can destroy not only traditional daily practices in banking and financial markets, but also patents and certified acts, the French Minister of Economy urges that the working group should foresee all these changes and become “actors of this revolution”, instead of simple viewers.

Argo Blockchain to Report on x10 Revenue Increase

For the 2019, the company received Bitcoin mining revenue of £ 8.5 million, in 2018 it was £ 760,000
20 January 2020   80

Bitcoin mining company Argo Blockchain said this Monday that its revenue from its core business in 2019 increased 10 times. According to a press release on the website of the London Stock Exchange (LSE), where Argo shares are traded, for the first full year in business, the company received revenue of £ 8.5 million compared to £ 760,000 in 2018.

Argo listing on the main LSE market took place in August 2018. The data presented were not audited - the reports after the audit will be available in April.

The company clarifies that in the fourth quarter of 2019, it mined 432 bitcoins, which is six bitcoins higher than in the third quarter. However, in the last quarter, the company's revenue fell to £ 2.66 million, while in the third quarter it was £ 3.63 million.

Our mining operations continued to generate industry-best mining margin in the last quarter despite a softening in market conditions from the previous quarter. Our state-of-the-art mining platform is performing as expected and with the expansion of our mining network on pace, along with the recent rise with the price of Bitcoin, Argo is well-placed for a strong year ahead.

 

Peter Wall

Argo Blockchain CEO

 The company is increasing mining capacity in anticipation of halving and currently has 13,364 devices, including 6,375 Bitmain Antminer T17s, which were installed on January 1. By the end of the quarter, Argo intends to add another 3,625 of the same miners. It is estimated that with a full set of 17,000 devices, its computing capacity will exceed 650 petaheches.