The blockchain island of Malta reaches our Sunday crypto news for the warning the country issued about an unlicensed crypto exchange that operates on their domestic market. The regulators have already ordered the platform to stop operating.
The alleged unlicensed platform, OriginalCrypto, has initially caught the attention of Italian officials who were concerned that the exchange doesn’t have the required license to offer investment services and activities.
The owner of the platform, SolutionsCM Ltd., is under investigation from both countries sharing the warning coming from Italy:
“The Commissione Nazionale per le Società e la Borsa (CONSOB) has ordered the following companies to cease infringement of art. 18 of the Italian Legislative Decree No. 58/1998, consisting of the provision of unauthorised investment services and activities to the Italian public performed by SolutionsCM Ltd. via the www.originalcrypto.com website.”
Malta is one of the most permissive jurisdictions when it comes to crypto and blockchain. Many regulatory bodies have gone hand in hand with the MFSA regulations along with other blockchain businesses including some popular names such as Binance and Huobi.
The unlicensed platform has created a clever marketing approach according to the monitoring website ScamBitcoin, where they promote their services to consumers around the world easily. The exchange has already made some dubious claims about its setup and claims that the exchange is operated by a Bulgarian-based Bali Limited Ltd. parent company though evidence of these claims was nowhere to be found.
According to the monitoring website:
“Furthermore, the alleged corporate address provided for Bali Limited Ltd does not appear to be a factual physical address and computes to a variance of their disclosed address.”
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“I think the theory is a sound one,” he said about Stellar’s business proposition for bridging crypto to fiat currency conversions. An American bank may be keeping large amounts of currencies in foreign banks, and to be able to bring those balances of foreign currencies onto a balance sheet as working capital is valuable. Financial institutions won’t be required to hold balances all over the place. This will improve efficiency and shore up balance sheets for other uses.”Stellar had amazing performance especially in Q4 after striking a deal with crypto wallet provider Blockchain.com in order to start distributing XLM that is worth $125 million in an airdrop, hoping to increase bigger awareness and adoption. In the meantime, Greyscale had a mixed year in 2018 after bitcoin dropped to its 15-month low at $3,130. The company’s Bitcoin Trust was worth less than $1 billion for the first time in 2018. According to the crypto industry newsletter Diar’s research, Greyscale in the same apparently had holdings just over one percent of the total BTC in circulation. After the announcement, Stellar increased up by 1.22 percent.
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“Bitcoin is now accessible at your local grocery store via Coinstar kiosks, and this offering will make it even easier for consumers to participate in this dynamic new economy.”Coinstar, on the other hand, offers coin-to-cash conversion in their kiosks in multiple countries around the world but it still remains unknown whether the Bitcoin feature will expand just as quickly as it did in the US. Coinstar’s CEO Jim Gaherty noted: Coinstar offers coin-to-cash conversion kiosks in various countries throughout the world. It remains unknown whether the Bitcoin feature will expand beyond the U.S., while the company did not provide figures on how many machines will offer it.
“Coinstar is always looking for new ways to offer value to our consumers when they visit our kiosks.’’According to CoinATMRadar industry monitoring resource, there are more than 4187 Bitcoin ATMs worldwide and more than 60 percent or 2516 are in the United States. The market has grown plenty over the years and many operators are trying to get control of what they think to become a fairly popular trend for crypto usage.
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