US Government: Officials must disclose Crypto Holdings

The United States Office of Government Ethics (OGE) claims digital currencies should be declared by politicians in order to avoid conflicts of interest
19 June 2018   403

This statement applies whether the holdings are described as coins or tokens. The letter affirms that politicians have been seeking guidance from the OGE about what to do about their cryptocurrency, and the office is thus aware that “virtual currencies are experiencing a surge in use and access”. It is also mentioned that the legal framework governing the assets is not yet solidified, and alerts that further guidance will likely need to be published.

The IRS, the country’s tax authority, estimates virtual currency as property, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission consider them as commodities, while the Securities and Exchange Commission is still making their desicion. It recently affirmed that while Ethereum is not a security (that caused the price of that token to jump by nine percent), many are being advanced as investment assets and thus would follow under its jurisdiction. Ripple, a major cryptocurrency firm, is presently facing a lawsuit over exactly this matter.

The OGE approves that it itself does not regard cryptocurrency to be legal tender, but according to the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 government employees must inform about any source of income. Thus, they are now demanded to report crypto holdings if those holdings exceed a value of $1000 and/or bring them $200 in profit during a specified reporting period.

Zb.com to Open Office at Malta

Country made another step froward to leadership in blockchain industry
16 August 2018   125

Fifth in terms of the daily trading volumee exchange ZB.com announced plans to open a representative office in Malta. This is reported by CCN.

Secretary of the Malta Parliament for Digital Innovation and Finance Silvio Schembri said that the opening of ZB.com will be another step in the country's leadership in the blockchain industry.

At first, the Maltese branch of ZB.com will offer customers only cryptocurrency exchange, and subsequently also plans to add support for the currency. ZB.com will be the third exchange in Malta, following the offices of Binance and Bitbay, which offers the exchange of digital currencies for fiat money.

Malta is perhaps the world’s most progressive and forward-thinking nation in DLT, crypto and fintech, and we are very excited to be part of the Blockchain Island. We are confident we will be able to announce our live operations soon.
 

Jimmy Zhao

Co-founder, ZB.com

Zhao said that he was invited to Malta by his business partners and met with government officials to discuss the possibility of opening a representative office.

According to CoinMarketCap, the volume of deals on ZB.com for the last 24 hours was areoud $ 267M. The most popular trading pairs on the platform are BTC / USDT, Dash / USDT, Qtum / USDT and ETH / USDT.