Europe

France’s Central Bank: Keep Financial Institutions Out of Crypto

France’s central bank wants to keep banks and other financial institutions out of the cryptocurrency business. In a report published at the beginning of March, the Bank of France proposes to ban insurance companies, banks and trust companies from “taking part in deposits and loans in crypto-assets.” It also advocates prohibiting all Marketing of “crypto-asset” savings products to the public, save for the “most informed Investors.” The report, which provides an overview of the technology and suggests strict regulatory provisions, [...]

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National Economics, Gambling and Cryptocurrency: A Perfect Storm?

Noelle Acheson is a 10-year veteran of company analysis, corporate finance and fund management, and a member of CoinDesk’s product team. The following article originally appeared in CoinDesk Weekly, a custom-curated newsletter delivered every Sunday, exclusively to our subscribers. The gambling world is no stranger to disruption. Just as online platforms are pushing aside evocative, casino-based settings, they themselves are starting to face big change. The threat – or the opportunity – comes from two trends, one cultural and one technological. [...]

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Regulated Cryptocurrency Betting Just Got a Big Boost in Europe

Regulated cryptocurrency gambling is about open up across a large swathe of Europe. Announced today, major eSports platform Unikrn has been awarded a gambling license in Malta, a move that will open up its platform to real-money wagering via its UnikoinGold crypto token. UnikoinGold – which is based on the ERC-20 ethereum standard and is currently being distributed via a token sale or ICO – is being deployed as a medium for real-money wagering in licensed jurisdictions. And, with the Malta licensure, that [...]

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