Inflation Stings, Bitcoin Racing Car, Digital Dolar + More News
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US inflation is rising more than expected—in April alone, it grew by the most since 2009, amid rising concerns about the inflationary pressure, Bloomberg reported. The consumer price index (CPI) rose to 4.2%, twice as much as the highest projection in a Bloomberg survey of economists. (Learn more: Bitcoin Faces Hedge Test Amid Rising Inflation Concerns)
Jack Mallers, Founder of US-based Bitcoin (BTC) Lightning startup Zap, said that "the world’s first Bitcoin Car" will be racing at the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 30. "Future hall of fame auto racing driver Ed Carpenter of Ed Carpenter Racing has forfeited all sponsors this year and together we are breaking the traditional sponsorship model," Mallers said.
- The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston is doing research on the technology that could be used to create a hypothetical digital currency through a joint project with MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative, Reuters reported. They plan to release a white paper and open-source code early in the third quarter this year.
- Solana Foundation said they have partnered with Hacken Foundation, Gate.io, Coin DCX, and BRZ to launch three strategic investment funds that will bring USD 60m of new capital to the Solana (SOL) ecosystem. Funds will be used to drive growth in the emerging markets of Brazil, Russia, India, and Ukraine, assisting in the development of key projects emerging from the Solana Season hackathon in each region, they added.
- Bitwise Asset Management said it launched the Bitwise Crypto Industry Innovators ETF (NYSE: BITQ). BITQ aims to provide investors with exposure to valuable public companies that are participants in the growing bitcoin and cryptocurrency sector, they added.
- Holding company Iconic Fund’s exchange-traded product (ETP), called Physical Bitcoin ETP, listed today on the Deutsche Börse's Xetra platform. The asset is designed to offer investors access to the crypto industry without the technical layer of buying and holding BTC.
- Brazilian money management firm focusing on cryptoassets, Hashdex Gestora de Recursos Ltda, have raised USD 26m in a funding round led by Softbank Group and Coinbase, Bloomberg reported. The company launched the first crypto exchange-traded fund in Brazil’s local exchange, called the Hashdex Nasdaq Crypto Index Fundo de Indice, earlier this year.
- South Korea’s NongHyup (NH) Bank has followed suit with rival Woori Bank in placing caps on cash remittances as kimchi premium-related BTC trading continues amid government pressure on banks to intervene. Per Yonhap, NH has taken a slightly different course of action, limiting the amount of remittances non-Koreans and customers based overseas can make in the space of one calendar month to USD 10,000 using online platforms. Non-Koreans and non-resident customers can still make transfers of up to USD 50,000 – providing they make requests in-person at NH branches. The bank said its move was being made “to prevent suspicious overseas remittances such as the purchase of cryptocurrency by [non-Koreans] and non-residents.”
- The Texas House of Representatives passed a bill that would recognize cryptocurrencies under commercial law, and it has now moved to the Texas Senate for amendments and a potential final vote.
- The Argentinian tax body has demanded that crypto exchanges in the country submit trading data to tax officials – as the nation shapes up to become the latest to start hunting down tax evaders who trade crypto. Per Bae Negocios, the Administración Federal de Ingresos Públicos (AFIP) has ordered exchanges operating in the country to report crypto transactions conducted on their platforms on a monthly basis. The AFIP wants trading platforms to provide data on the identity of their clients, as well as clients’ crypto incomes and monthly wallet balances.
- Hungary plans to slash the tax on cryptocurrency earnings by 50% from next year in an effort to encourage investors to declare income from crypto trading, Bloomberg reported. The government said it will lower the rate on such earnings to 15% from 30.5% starting in 2022, which would bring it in line with capital gains levies on stocks.
- The Japanese crypto exchanges TaoTao and BITpoint have won official recognition as government-recognized “first-class” financial services providers, reported CoinPost. A number of Japan’s leading crypto exchanges are still rated as “second-class” providers, although a small group – including Rakuten Wallet, GMO Coin and DMM Bitcoin – have already gained the same status, which, as well as helping boost the platforms’ standings in the financial community, allows them to offer crypto derivative-related services.
- Cryptoasset platform Crypto.com has become the first such service to receive the Class 3 Virtual Financial Assets (VFA) License from the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA), according to an emailed statement. For customers, this means better protection, as the platform will be subject to rigorous requirements of security, governance, and compliance, they said.
- Bitrue said it established a new investment fund worth USD 50m. "We will be carefully selecting projects that we deem have an appreciable chance of becoming successful or have some form of significant value," Adam O'Neill, Chief Marketing Officer of Bitrue, was quoted as saying in an announcement.
- Former executives of crypto exchange BitMEX will face trial on March 28th, 2022 on charges of money laundering and violating the Bank Secrecy Act, Law360 reported.