Ukraine to Revise Virtual Assets Law in Line With EU Crypto Rules

Work is underway in Ukraine to update the legal act that applies to cryptocurrencies in order to align the nation’s legislation with European standards. Several government institutions in Kyiv are preparing changes to the bill “On Virtual Assets,” which was signed into law earlier this year. Ukraine to Transpose European Crypto Regulations Into National Law Ukraine’s law “On Virtual Assets,” the main piece of legislation that concerns the country’s crypto space, will be amended in accordance with the provisions of the European Union’s Markets in Crypto Assets (MiCA) legislative package.…

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Bank of America Market Strategist Says ‘Summer Rally Is Over’ as Crypto and Stocks Slide Ahead of Fed Rate Hike This Week

Digital currency markets, precious metals, and stocks dropped another leg down on Monday following the drop markets saw last Tuesday. Last week’s fall was one of the worst weeks in more than three months as market strategists believe a sizable Fed rate hike is coming this week. Bank of America’s analysts led by Savita Subramanian believes the U.S. Federal Reserve “has more work to do,” and an aggressive central bank may be “anathema for stocks that have benefited from low rates and disinflation.” Crypto, Precious Metals, Equities Show Volatility Ahead…

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Nepal Prepares to Issue Digital Currency, Drafts Necessary Amendments

A task force in Nepal has proposed legal changes allowing the country’s central bank to issue its own digital currency. The move comes after a study indicated that such an initiative is feasible and recommended certain provisions that would authorize the regulator to proceed with its realization. Nepal Central Bank Prepares Legal Ground for National Digital Currency The Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) is ready with revisions to the law determining its powers and responsibilities that would allow the monetary authority to issue a digital version of the country’s fiat currency,…

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Iran Aims to Roll Out Pilot Version of Crypto Rial Within 2 Months

The government in Tehran is taking steps in preparation of the launch of Iran’s new digital currency, referred to as the crypto rial. The monetary authority of the Islamic Republic hopes to initiate the pilot phase of the project within the next two months. Crypto Rial to Be Different From Cryptocurrencies, Central Bank Says Iranian authorities are taking the necessary measures to launch a pilot of the crypto rial as of the month of Shahrivar, according to the Persian calendar, which starts on Aug. 23, Governor of the Central Bank…

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Russian Finance Ministry Rules Out Sale of Oil for Bitcoin

The Russian government considers bitcoin as a payment option for small business transactions, not for oil exports, the country’s finance ministry has indicated. A top official emphasized the department means that cryptocurrencies may be used in barter deals, but not as legal tender. Crypto Payments Not for Russian State Settlements, Ministry of Finance Says Cryptocurrency payments, in terms of international transactions, are seen by the authorities in Moscow as an alternative option for small private business contracts, but this will not affect Russian oil deliveries. The clarification was made by…

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Ethiopian Central Bank Urges Residents to Stop Engaging in Crypto Transactions

The National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE) has said it does not recognize cryptocurrencies as a legitimate method of payment and that residents must avoid using them. The bank insists the local birr currency is the only lawful means of settling transactions in Ethiopia. Illegal Transactions The Ethiopian central bank has warned citizens against engaging in “illegal” cryptocurrency transactions, a report has said. The report adds that the central bank still does not recognize cryptocurrencies like bitcoin as a payment method. In its report, the state-affiliated media outlet Fanabc refers to…

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Public Consultations Reveal Positive Interest in Bank of Israel’s Digital Shekel

A survey carried out by the central bank of Israel has returned mostly positive responses from stakeholders regarding the possible issuance of a digital shekel currency. Many of the participants in the public consultations support the continued development of the project, the regulator said. Bank of Israel Releases Results From Consultations on Digital Shekel Project Israel’s monetary authority has recently published a paper detailing the outcome of public consultations held to gather opinions from interested parties on its central bank digital currency (CBDC) project. The regulator announced it had received…

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Top ECB Official Ramps Up Anti-Crypto Rhetoric, Calls for Global Regulations

Comparing the rise of crypto assets to the gold rush, a top executive at the European Central Bank has urged governments to take action to prevent “a lawless frenzy of risk-taking.” Speaking in the U.S., the ECB official called for a global regulatory clampdown on cryptocurrencies and stepping up efforts to issue central bank digital currencies. ECB’s Fabio Panetta Lashes Out at Crypto Assets, Says They Fail to Fulfill Promise A century and half after Americans pushed westward to seek fortune, a growing distrust of banks and technological innovation have…

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