MasterCard to ban issuing BTC prepaid cards outside EU

Non-residents of the EEA will no longer be able to use Bitcoin-cards from MasterCard
14 October 2017   2338

Lately, Visa announced it would suspend all crypto debit cards outside of the European Economic Area (EEA).

Now, it seems like MasterCard is to do the exact same thing. Existing cards will remain active for three more months, after which point they will be blocked automatically.

This news affects a lot of companies involved in the cryptocurrency debit card industry. Advcash, for instance, has already informed its customers that it cannot offer plastic and virtual cards to users in countries outside the EEA.

We regret to inform you that starting today due to recent Mastercard policy changes Wave Crest Holdings, our card provider, is unable to offer plastic and virtual cards to users in countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA). At the moment, we do not issue new Advanced Cash cards to countries outside the EEA/SEPA zone. Existing cards issued to non-EEA countries will remain active for 90 more days, after which they will be blocked. We are working to keep offering our cards to countries where we have the most users despite these policy changes. We will be able to tell you more about this at a later stage.We apologise for any possible inconvenience in this regard.
 

Advcash team

All existing cards belonging to people outside the EEA will remain active for another 90 days. After that time, MasterCard will block the cards automatically. Any remaining funds on one’s card must either be spent or withdrawn through the card issuer before that time. It will become impossible to register for such cards as a non-EEA citizen from now on.

VanEck & SolidX to Withdraw BTC ETF Application

Bitwise and Wilshire Phoenix' Bitcoin applications are still pending
18 September 2019   46

The bid for Bitcoin ETF launch by VanEck and SolidX, considered the most likely candidate for approval, was withdrawn amid continuing uncertainty from the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

VanEck and SolidX planned to place their Bitcoin ETFs on the Chicago Options Exchange (Cboe). However, as follows from the notification published on Tuesday, on September 13, the latter withdrew the application for a change in the rules, which, if approved, would allow launching the corresponding tool.

Previously, SEC postponed the solution several times at the request of VanEck and SolidX. The last time this happened in August was when the decision on Bitcoin ETFs from Bitwise Asset Management and Wilshire Phoenix was also postponed.

The final deadlines for decision making on Bitwise and VanEck / SolidX applications were on October 13 and 18, respectively. Wilshire Phoenix's decision is due on September 29th.

It should be noted that over the past few years, various companies have sought approval from the SEC to launch exchange-traded funds, but each time the regulator refused. Most often, the reasons for the negative decision were explained by the risks of market manipulations and insufficiently developed market control tools.