POTUS banned purchase of Petro

The decision is made in accordance with the ongoing campaign of pressuring the current government of Nicolas Maduro
20 March 2018   856

On March, 19 Donald trump issued an order to forbid any purchase operations of the Venezuelan cryptocurrency. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was authorized to carry out all the necessary enforcement actions to adopt the order. There is an ongoing policy of the US government to oppose the Venezuelan one and pressure it. Such action interferes with the Venezuela interests to enhance its foreign reserves as the transactions of only US dollar and euro were greenlit.

It’s a pretty big blow. Since most cryptocurrencies are not actually backed by anything real, cryptocurrency speculation is based on the greater fool theory -- I can buy this at $100 because there is someone who is a bigger idiot who is going to buy it at $200. When you take the U.S. out of that equation, you reduce the interest and potential for that speculation.


Russ Dallen

Managing director, Caracas Capital

The sanctions against Venezuela apart from Petro purchase bad include government officials both current and former like Vice Minister of Internal Commerce, alternate director of the board of National Bank of Housing and Habitat and former president of board of directors of Venezuela Institute of Social Security. The situation of Venezuela will be discussed at G20 conference.

President Maduro decimated the Venezuelan economy and spurred a humanitarian crisis. Instead of correcting course to avoid further catastrophe, the Maduro regime is attempting to circumvent sanctions through the Petro digital currency – a ploy that Venezuela’s democratically-elected National Assembly has denounced and Treasury has cautioned U.S. persons to avoid. We discussed how to achieve our shared objectives of restoring Venezuelan democracy, combating the kleptocracy of the Maduro regime, and responding to the humanitarian crisis caused by Maduro’s economic policy.


Steven Mnuchin

Secretary, U.S. Treasury

Barclays to Freeze Crypto Trading Project

This is reported by two anonymous sources to Financial News London
15 October 2018   100

One of the largest UK bank Barclays has suspended work on its own crypto-trading project, Financial News reports citing two sources familiar with the situation.

Earlier this year, the bank gathered a high profile team to explore opportunities for cryptocurrency trading as part of its own business. However, according to one source, the initiative was “frozen”.

The former head of Barclays for energy trading, Chris Tyrer, who headed the “digital assets project,” left the bank in September after management decided to freeze the initiative.

Together with Tyrer, the macro-strategy in the field of foreign exchange and emerging markets was Marvin Barth, Senior Technical Specialist Lee Brain, and Consultant Matthew Jobb Duval.

Their task was to determine whether cryptocurrencies are an asset class with far-reaching prospects, whether Barclays customers are interested in them and what type of IT infrastructure will be needed to work with them, the source said.