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All of the Federal Reserve’s wire and ACH systems are down

All of the services available through the Federal Reserve’s online portal have been down for more than an hour. According to the Federal Reserve Bank Services’ website, the bank is experiencing a disruption in its account services, central bank, Check 21, check adjustments, FedACH, FedCash, FedLine Advantage, FedLine Command, FedLine Direct, FedLine Web, Fedwire Funds, Fedwire …

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Congress is blaming Robinhood, not Reddit

Vlad Tenev, Robinhood’s CEO, very much occupied the hot seat in today’s hearing before the House Financial Services Committee over January’s market volatility.  None of the representatives seemed particularly interested in putting the screws to Reddit CEO Steve Huffman, and many seemed to give Keith Gill the same props the rest of us did. These …

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Yellen convenes SEC, CFTC and Fed leaders on Robinhood question

The four horsemen of U.S. financial regulation will meet to discuss market manipulation concerns resulting from the headline-grabbing drama surrounding GameStop stock last week.  Per a Feb. 2 report from the Wall Street Journal, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is gathering the leadership of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and the …

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Ripple ran crypto’s most expensive lobbying program in 2020

Ripple Labs spent $690K on lobbying in the U.S. in 2020, which still didn’t save the firm from the Securities and Exchange Commission. Per legally mandated disclosures for 2020, Ripple’s lobbying program dwarfed those of other firms in the crypto industry. Coinbase, which looks to become the first American crypto exchange to issue public shares, …

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Nebraska senator introduces bills to allow state banks to custody crypto

A Nebraska state senator has proposed new crypto-friendly legislation which could see his state become the next regulatory safe haven for FinTech firms. Sworn in just two weeks ago, Republican Mike Flood today introduced the Transactions in Digital Assets Act and Adopt the Nebraska Financial Innovation Act to the state’s 107th Legislature. The two bills …

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Treasury backs down: Crypto monitoring rule will wait until new administration

In response to a deluge of comments, the Treasury’s anti-money laundering office is slowing its roll on a rushed proposal to monitor a whole new range of cryptocurrency transactions. On Jan. 14, the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced that they were extending the window on comments in response to a rule originally announced …

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An online future for finance is inevitable, says OCC’s Brooks

The departing leader of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency is convinced that the future of finance is blockchain-native, per a conversation with crypto analytics firm Elliptic on Wednesday. Described by Elliptic CEO Simone Maina as “a fairy godfather to the crypto industry,” Brooks has been a leading light in U.S. federal policy …

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OCC greenlights national banks to run nodes and stablecoin networks

Monday evening, the Treasury’s Office of the Comptroller of the Currency told national banks that they are allowed to run independent nodes for distributed ledger networks. Referring to of independent node verification networks, the OCC’s interpretive letter says that banks “may use new technologies, including INVNs and related stablecoins, to perform bank-permissible functions, such as …

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Congresspeople chastise the Treasury for rushing new crypto monitoring proposal

Nine congresspeople have signed on to a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, telling him to hold his horses.  The Thursday letter is in response to the Treasury’s recent proposal to make registered crypto businesses hold on to more customer information, especially when transacting with self-hosted wallets. The proposal has been met with widespread outrage from the …

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US federal regulators set new expectations for stablecoin issuers

A group of leading U.S. financial regulators has released a new statement on stablecoins. One of the headlining topics of crypto regulation news this year, stablecoins were the main topic of a Dec. 23 statement the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets, or PWG. The PWG includes representation from the Treasury, the Federal Reserve, the Securities …

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