Six German banks dealing in crypto, says BaFin

According to German finance ministry six banks in the country are already dealing in cryptocurrencies
05 June 2018   1382

At least six financial institutions in Germany are dealing with cryptocurrency in one form or another, according to the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin). This surprising statement was made in response to the inquiry by the member of left-wing political party “The Left” Thomas Lutze.

While not naming the banks in question, BaFin went on to clarify that financial institutions are dealing in and/or possibly acquiring cryptocurrency. It's not surprising, considering the fact that German banks were fist to introduce their clients to Bitcoin several years ago, but the absence of clear government regulation regarding the cryptocurrencies has slowed down the adoption process considerably. Of course, it's quite possible, that the regulations would have put a damper on things and by now there wouldn't be any way for institutions to work with crypto.

Still, BaFin is closely watching the banks under its authority for money laundering, with or without crypto. But anything else, while being closely monitored, is not prohibited, for example, any financial institution with appropriate crypto licenses can place cryptocurrency ATMs in the country.

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The bid for Bitcoin ETF launch by VanEck and SolidX, considered the most likely candidate for approval, was withdrawn amid continuing uncertainty from the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).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