UK Bank Refuses to Ban Crypto Despite Overall Trend

Barclays bank representative stated that Bitcoin buying on credit cards will remain allowed and no bans are planned according to the bank policy
08 February 2018   258

Barclays is a British multinational bank and financial services company headquartered in London, which is offering products and services across personal, corporate and investment banking, credit cards and wealth management.

In a recent interview with BBC, Barclays has announced that customers will continue to be able to purchase cryptocurrencies using credit cards, despite the overall trend of banks banning cryptocurrency. For instance, british Lloyd’s Banking Group confirmed that it will block any cryptocurrency-related operations with credit cards.

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Barclays Spokesperson

The spokesperson from Barclays bank claimed in an interview with BBC that customers will be able to use both Barclays debit cards and Barclaycard credit cards to purchase cryptocurrencies.

As for the situation in other countries, US financial institutions like JP Morgan Chase & Co., Citigroup Inc. and Bank of America Corp. have announced that they had started blocking crypto transactions made with credit cards.

Wyoming Passed Bill Exempting Utility Tokens from Securities Laws

The Wyoming House of Representatives has unanimously approved a bill exempting utility tokens from securities laws  
20 February 2018   71

On Monday, House Bill (HB) 70 passed the House 60 to 0 and will now head to the Senate. The bill exempts utility tokens from securities laws. This will attracts ICO’s launches to the state and will make the state a favorable environment for blockchain startups.

According to the bill, the utility token must meet three conditions:

  1. The token’s issuer must not market it as an investment;

  2. The token must be exchangeable for goods and services, for example, startups must have a working product or service at the time the tokens are issued;

  3. The token’s issuer must not actively make efforts to create a secondary market for the token by entering into a repurchase agreement or agreeing to locate buyers for the token.

It is important to note that there are four more cryptocurrency and blockchain-related bills currently moving through the Wyoming legislature.

HB 19 passed the House of Representatives on Monday and is now awaiting introduction in the Senate. The bill exempts cryptocurrency from the state’s money transmitter act.

HB 101 has passed its second reading in the House and, if it passes its final hearing, will then go to the Senate. This bill will allow companies to create and use blockchains for the purpose of storing records and conducting inter-office communication.

HB 126 has just passed its second reading in the House. It will allow the creation of series LLCs.

Senate File (SF) 111 passed a vote to introduce on Friday and is now headed to a committee hearing. This bill will exempt cryptocurrency assets from state property taxes.