Wells Fargo Strategist Throws Shade on Gold While Bitcoin Outshines All

By CCN: Wells Fargo’s name is synonymous with gold.  Henry Wells and William Fargo launched the bank in the Wild West during the California Gold Rush, supporting both the investment in and delivery of the precious metal via its famous stagecoach. The U.S. has come a long way since the stagecoach, and bitcoin is now encroaching on gold’s store-of-value territory. Shockingly, Wells Fargo Head of Real Asset Strategy John LaForge no longer believes the precious metal is the one to own, telling Kitco: “Stocks, in the last few weeks have…

German Watchdog Warns Public About Alleged Hiring by Crypto Exchange CoinBene

The Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin), Germany’s financial regulator, has issued a public warning about cryptocurrency exchange CoinBene on May 28. The watchdog says that CoinBene has been recruiting freelance crypto traders who get paid on commission. BaFin states that since crypto assets are financial instruments, trading them requires authorization under Germany’s Banking Act, or Kreditwesengesetz (KWG). BaFin states that CoinBene is not listed in Germany’s commercial register and has not obtained proper licensure for trading crypto assets as required by the KWG. CoinBene has previously responded to inquiries regarding…

South Korea’s Bitcoin Trading Volumes on LocalBitcoins Reach New Record Levels

Bitcoin (BTC) trading volumes in South Korea have recently reached new levels on peer-to-peer (P2P) exchange LocalBitcoins, according to charts on BTC statistics service Coin Dance. According to the data, bitcoin weekly trading volumes have surged over the past two weeks, with the latest week recording a new high of around 219 million South-Korean won ($185,000). South Korea LocalBitcoins Weekly Trade Volumes in BTC. Source: Coin Dance Founded in Finland in 2012, LocalBitcoins offers over-the-counter trading of local currency for bitcoin and operates as a P2P trading platform. The Finnish…

Circulation of Facebook’s Crypto Could Face Demographic Challenges

Facebook’s payment-focused cryptocurrency Globalcoin will face demographic challenges, according to recent research by cryptocurrency analysis firm Diar published on May 28. Facebook’s native cryptocurrency — which will purportedly seek to disrupt or bypass banking networks in order to remove financial barriers and lessen consumer costs — will reportedly launch in 2020. In its recent report, Diar suggests that the coin will face demographic challenges as the social media giant’s user base is aging. There is purportedly not enough awareness about digital currencies among the aging user base, while the small…

Russian State Tests Blockchain-Based Application for Public Administration

The Russian state of Nizhny Novgorod is testing the use of the blockchain-based application “City N” for public administration tasks, according to a report by ForkLog on May 28. State residents will reportedly be able to file their taxes on the blockchain-based Vostok platform using the City N application. Other services of the application include the ability to verify the identity of Nizhny Novgorod residents, as well as being able to track expenditures residents have paid to the states budget via the online portal of public services Gosuslugi. Governor of…

BitMEX Operator Firm Donates to MIT to Conduct Crypto, Bitcoin-Related Research

The owner and operator of cryptocurrency exchange BitMEX has donated to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to conduct cryptocurrency-related research, according to an announcement published on May 28. HDR Global Trading Limited has made a donation to the MIT Digital Currency Initiative (DCI), the objective of which is to conduct the research necessary to support the development of digital currency and blockchain technology. Specifically, the funds will be allocated to support Bitcoin Core developers Wladimir van der Laan and Cory Fields. Commenting on the sponsorship, Sam Reed, CTO of…

Dubai Government and UAE Bank Unveil Blockchain-Based Mortgage Platform

The Dubai Land Department (DLD), the real estate arm of the Executive Council of Dubai, has partnered with UAE-based Mashreq Bank to release a blockchain-based mortgage platform, according to a report by The National on May 28. According to the report, the blockchain-based platform will act as a repository for mortgage records, as well as a way to confirm that the mortgages comply with registration policies. Additionally, the platform will accommodate on-going updates that occur after a property sale, such as recording liquidation and payment defaults or changes to the…

Velocity Ledger Technology Launches Testnet and Blockchain API in Bermuda

Bermuda-based fintech firm Velocity Ledger Technology (VLT) has launched a testnet and blockchain API for trading digital assets in Bermuda, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on May 28. VLT is reportedly letting users develop digital asset applications with their blockchain viewer and web portal, if they are granted early access to the products via request forms. User can create apps for issuing, trading and settling digital asset tokens. Companies can reportedly launch initial coin offerings (ICOs) via these applications via a white label software-as-a-service basis, provided that…

Top Coins Are Trading Sideways While Oil Reports Mixed Signals

Tuesday, May 28 — Major cryptocurrencies have continued trading sideways, reporting mixed signals at press time, according to Cointelegraph’s Coin360 data. Market visualization from Coin360 After steadily pushing to the $9,000 price mark on May 27, bitcoin (BTC) is now trading at around $8,732. The leading cryptocurrency has lost 0.17% over the day, while its highest and lowest price points on the day were $8,850 and $8,485 respectively. As earlier reported, bitcoin hit an all-time high versus the Argentine peso amid the ongoing decline of the currency. The bitcoin price…

German Regulator Has No Info on ‘Cyber Incidents’ on German Crypto Trading Platforms

Germany’s financial regulator has no knowledge of “cyber incidents” or market manipulation occurring on crypto trading platforms in the country, according to a press release on May 28. Referencing info from the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) — the financial watchdog that oversees banks, financial services institutions and insurance services — the government responded to a question from the Free Democratic Party (FDP), a centrist political party in the country, concerning information on cyber attacks, fraud, money laundering and market manipulation involving crypto assets. A translation of the written response…