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Crypto Firm Bequant Earns Malta’s ‘In-Principle’ Approval for Prime Broker License

Digital asset services firm Bequant has secured two “in-principle” approvals in Malta which will eventually lead to the firm being a licensed prime broker and crypto exchange in Europe. “The prime brokerage offering has been our anchor product since we launched it,” Bequant CEO George Zarya said in an interview. “We tailored it to quants, …

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Malta’s ‘blockchain island’ strategy falters as banks refuse to play ball

Malta’s Finance and Employment Minister, Clyde Caruana, has revealed that the nation’s plan to become a “blockchain island” is floundering due to the unwillingness of local banks to work with innovative firms. Speaking to local media outlet Lovin Malta, Caruana noted that few local businesses have been able to secure banking partners, asserting: “Traditional banks …

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Crypto.com Takes Steps Toward Financial Licensure in Malta

Crypto.com is trying to bulk up its Maltese financial licenses in search of a competitive edge across Europe. The Hong Kong-based crypto firm received preliminary approval from the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) for two financial licenses that govern how payment companies operate and what services they can provide. Crypto.com could soon start offering payment …

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Institutionalize crypto markets now: There must be compliance controls

Thanks to regulatory uncertainty from the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and a hodgepodge of state licensing requirements, the development of crypto trading in the U.S. remains stuck in the backwaters of trading reserved for Over-the-Counter Bulletin Board issues. In order to ensure the continued and healthy growth of digital asset markets, it is …

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Eight Countries That Don’t Tax Your Bitcoin Gains

As world governments push through legislation to levy taxes on capital gains from bitcoin (BTC) transactions, seeking to earn more from an asset class that frowns on regulatory oversight, there are still a few countries that remain pro-crypto, allowing investors to buy, sell or hold digital assets at zero taxes. Circumstances vary, but the real …

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