UK Watchdogs to Release Cryptocurrency Report

Recognizing that cryptocurrencies do not directly fall within the scope of the Agency, FCA stressed that some aspects of their use are within its competence
09 April 2018   123

According to the plan of the Financial Conduct Agency (FCA) of Great Britain for 2018/2019, it, intends to publish a report on crypto-currencies together with the UK Treasury and the Bank of England. 

Technology plays a pivotal role in delivering financial products and services. It enables firms’ innovation (see the Innovation, big data, technology and competition crosssector theme) and supports their business strategies. New technologies can lead to harm if they are not safely adopted and managed. For example, new technologies such as distributed ledger (blockchain) and artificial intelligence rely on access to sensitive and high quality data. But new technologies present opportunities for helping firms to meet Know Your Customer or anti-money laundering requirements more efficiently.
 

FCA Business Plan

The "key activity" of the innovative FCA program will be directed, among other things, to crypto-currencies - FCA plans to assist the companies with regulatory recommendations, as well as to keep up with new market trends such as "ICO and distributed registry technology."

The FCA report also says that the cryptocurrencies themselves do not fall under their jurisdiction, but some models of using cryptocurrency packaged in other financial instruments fall under it, which makes the overall landscape more complicated.

FCA also notes that it has already begun to regulate work with cryptocurrency derivatives, including futures, contracts for price differences and options.

Agency will continue to monitor parameters such as the number of new entry points to the market and the emergence of new innovative products to understand whether fintech can help "improve competition for the benefit of customers.

Australia joins the crypto-discussions arena with Bitcoin & Blockchain Fair

The inaugural Bitcoin and Blockchain Fair will be presented at the Sydney Showgrounds on May 12-13 with an all-round program about cryptocurrency and blockchain
21 April 2018   27

A high profile event in cryptocurrency and blockchain is coming to Sydney, Australia on May 12-13 – Bitcoin and Blockchain Fair. The conference will provide a platform to interact and discuss on all areas of the cryptocurrency and blockchain technology sectors (fintech, investment, venture capital, regulation, ICO, etc.), current opportunities and perspectives in the form of a Forum and an Exhibition Showcases.

The Exhibition Showcase that will allow to exhibit showcases and engage with crypto services providers, government and fintech startups. Forum is the bulk of the conference and is comprised of 2-day sessions to allow international speakers and industry leaders of the crypto and blockchain sectors a chance to share their expertise. May 12 is focusing on cryptocurrency and ICO engagement; May 13 wil cover blockchain technology overview, case studies, solutions and future trends.

The fair is organized by ABF Business and Principal Sponsor Coinspot. Exhibitors and Speakers include attendees from Asia, Europe and USA together with key Australian high profile crypto & blockchain enterprises. The full agenda of the event can be found here.