EU seeks to counter threat of bitcoin bubble bursting

European Commission Vice-President warned in a letter to the heads of three financial EU regulators to update financial rules in order to face high volatility of bitcoin
22 December 2017   858

On Wednesday European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis warned in a letter to the heads of three financial EU regulators to urgently update financial rules in order to face high volatility of bitcoin.

Valdis Dombrovskis, a former Latvian prime minister, also urged to improve the applicability of regulatory framework to bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. He added that the agencies must draw up new plans in light of the recent market developments.

The developments relating to bitcoin and crypto-currencies in recent weeks require our heightened attention. There are clear risks for investors and consumers associated to price volatility – including the risk of a complete loss of investment, operational and security failures, market manipulation, and liability gaps.

 

Valdis Dombrovskis

Vice-President, European Commission

We have reported that in the beginning of December the British government announced its plans to introduce strict regulations of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

US Authorities to Sell $4.3M Worth Seized BTC

As reported, the Bitcoins were seized during different federal investigations
18 October 2018   114

The US Federal Penitentiary and Marshals Service has announced an auction, during which 660 Bitcoins will be sold, previously confiscated by law enforcement agencies. The current market value of the coins put up for sale is about $ 4.3 million, CoinDesk reports.

Bitcoins offered for sale were seized during federal criminal, civil and administrative investigations.

The auction will be held on November 5, and to participate in it, you must register no later than October 31 and make a deposit of $ 200,000.

The trades will be divided into two parts and include the sale of six blocks of 100 BTC and one more block of 60 BTC. Auction participants will not be able to view other people's rates or change their own.

The Office clarified that part of the assets put up for auction includes Bitcoins, which were seized during the recent investigations into the cases of the traders Teresa Tetley and Thomas Mario Costanzo. Teresa Tetley was sentenced in July to a year in prison on charges of trading in cryptocurrency without the necessary license and laundering money obtained from drug trafficking.

The Marshals do not report which part of the bitcoins seized from Tetley and Costanzo is put up for auction, however, it was previously known that 40 BTC were withdrawn from the first, and 80 BTC from the second.

Two previous major auctions for the sale of confiscated bitcoins were held in the United States in January and March of this year. In the first case, 3813 BTC was sold, in the second - 2170 BTC.