Metropolitan Bank Denies Ceasing Cryptocurrency Transfers

Two days ago Fortune reported that the bank had ceased international wire transfers related to cryptocurrencies
17 January 2018   440

Metropolitan Commercial Bank stated on January 16 that mass media reports that the bank has moved to halt international wires related to cryptocurrencies are “erroneous statements”.

The statement comes two days after Fortune's report that the bank had ceased international wire transfers related to cryptocurrencies because it was unable to verify that overseas banks complied with certain rules or regulations.

This is a long-standing policy of the Bank and remains in effect today. Last week, the Bank sent out a reminder to customers of its policy against accepting cryptocurrency-related wire transfers from non-U.S. entities. This reminder to customers is not a new policy for the Bank and was not due to, nor did the Bank experience, any incident of international fraud.

 

The Metropolitan Bank statement

The bank added that the bank's long-standing policy of not accepting cryptocurrency-related wire transfers from non-U.S. entities is part of its robust risk management program that is designed to ensure the safe and sound operations of the Bank in compliance with applicable laws, rules and guidance.

Arizona to Protect Crypto Nodes Legally

According to the public records, proposed protections for cryptocurrency node operators are moving ahead in Arizona's legislature
21 February 2018   43

On February 6 House Bill 2602 was filed by Representative Jeff Weninger (R.-17). It passed the Arizona House of Representatives on February 20 with 55 out of 60 votes. Now it will be sent to the State Senate.

The bill will prevent governments in the state from imposing restrictions on people who run nodes in their residences.

The bill does not specify whether it is restricted to cryptocurrency miners. However, the bill states that individuals using computing power to either validate or encrypt a transaction on a blockchain are protected.

This is just one out several bills making their way through the Arizona legislature. Another bill by Weninger would formally define the terms "coin", "blockchain," and "initial coin offering" within the state's legal framework.

Another bill recently passed by the Arizona Senate which would empower the state government to accept taxes in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.