MAS to Develop Framework for Crypto Payment Services

Singapore's watchdog has finalized the country’s new regulatory framework for cryptocurrency payment services
20 November 2018   647

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), which serves as the country's central bank, on Monday announced the completion of the development of a new regulatory framework for payment services. The new law "will provide a more favorable atmosphere for innovation in payment services, while at the same time ensuring that the risks of various payment channels will be successfully eliminated." This is reported by Bitcoin.com.

Cryptocurrency service providers currently outside the legal field of the country can expect to receive a license in accordance with the new regulations.

It is expected to affect electronic wallets and digital payment tokens such as Grabpay, bitcoin and ethereum. Activities to be regulated by the bill include the issuing of accounts and electronic money, the transfer of money within and out of Singapore, the acquisition of merchants who will use their platform, money changing, and the dealing in and exchange of digital payment tokens such as bitcoin.
 

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According to the central bank, the law includes two parallel regulatory frameworks. The first will allow “to regulate systemically important payment systems for financial stability as well as efficiency reasons” the second provides for the licensing of retail payment service providers.

Service providers must apply for a license, either as a currency exchange service or as a payment institution, standard or large. The first two will be regulated in the context of countering money laundering and the financing of terrorism, while more complex rules are envisaged for large payment institutions.

BTC Invesment Profitability to Exceed Traditional Assets

This conclusion was made by Binance Research team in study "What Bear Market?"; since begining of the year the BTC has grown by more than 50%, while oil by 33%
08 May 2019   321

Since the beginning of the year, Bitcoin has grown faster than traditional market assets, including oil, technology companies, real estate and gold. This conclusion was made by Binance Research in the new study "What Bear Market?"

Since the beginning of the year, the price of Bitcoin has grown by more than 50%, while oil - by 33%, tech stocks - by 18%. The price of gold in five months slipped by 1%.

Recently, however, some factors have emerged that may put pressure on the price of Bitcoin. Thus, the recovery of BTC growth slowed down somewhat amid news of a hacker attack on the popular Binance exchange itself, as a result of which 7,000 BTC ($ 40.5 million) were stolen.

Another potentially negative factor for the price of Bitcoin could be the upcoming IEO of the Bitfinex exchange, where Tether stablecoins will be used to purchase LEO tokens for $ 1 billion. It can lead to situation when large players can may actively sell BTC.