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U.S. House of Representatives to Create Crypto Task Force Joining SEC and CFTC Members




The US House of Representatives passed a bill dubbed “Eliminate Barrier to Innovation Act of 2021” (H.R. 1602). The bill aims to create an entity predominantly made up of employees from two regulatory bodies, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodities and Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), with the goal of overseeing cryptocurrencies together.

It has currently made its way to the Senate for approval, and if passed by the Senate, the bill will therefore effectively establish a digital asset working task force.

The bill is co-sponsored by Majority Leader Patrick McHenry (R-NC) from the House Financial Services Committee and Chairman Stephen Lynch (D-MA) of the FinTech Task Force. Republican leader McHenry said:

“What we need is a conversation between those two entities (SEC and CFTC) about the nature of digital assets and cryptocurrencies.”

McHenry remarked that often, with each agency separately ruling cryptocurrencies as either securities or commodities, a huge regulatory gap is often left for this emerging asset class, which is problematic and can be a hindrance to innovation. “American citizens are missing out on innovation and the upside of those innovations. This one of the few pieces of tech in the last 100 years that the U.S. has not been the drivers of,” remarked McHenry.

If passed by President Biden, the bill will be one of its kind, as a crypto-focused task force has yet to be erected in the United States.

In addition to being made up of SEC and CFTC members, the task force will also include at least one representative from each of these six categories, according to Forbes: Financial technology companies providing digital assets; Financial firms under the jurisdiction of the SEC or CFTC; Institutions or organizations engaged in academic research or advocacy on digital assets; small businesses engaged in financial technology; investor protection organizations, and institutions and organizations that support investment in historically-underserved businesses.

The crypto-centered task force will need to assemble a report on the regulatory frameworks for digital assets, and assess how a lack of regulatory clarity for cryptocurrencies has impacted primary and secondary markets. Additionally, the task force will need to measure the regulatory framework for cryptocurrencies established in the US against that established in other countries.

The crypto task force will then need to provide recommendations on how to improve the situations of digital asset markets as well as establish strategies to reduce fraud and cash manipulation. it would also need to evaluate whether digital assets are compliant with the Bank Secrecy Act policies. The report will then be sent to House and Senate Committees, as well as the SEC and the CFTC to help them in making regulatory decisions regarding crypto.

Safe Harbor proposal for crypto  

Currently, with the cryptocurrency market estimated at over $2 trillion dollars, many financial and banking institutions worldwide have re-evaluated the potential of this nascent asset class. Recently, SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce, also known as ‘Crypto Mom’ for her active and welcoming stance regarding blockchain technology and crypto, released a safe harbor proposal designed to accommodate and encourage digital innovation.

The proposal suggests a three-year “grace period” where blockchain developers will be allowed to prove the extent to which the network they built is decentralized. Additionally, this will enable a more careful approach in considering whether their proposed token offering is in violation of US securities laws.

China ramps up CBDC efforts

This is a step forward and may be beneficial for the crypto economy to thrive in the US. Although many US-based firms have scrambled to enable cryptocurrency payments and integrate them into their business model, their deployment of digital payments still appear delayed in comparison with China.

Recently, China appears to have sped up the pilot phase of its digital yuan. On behalf of the People’s Bank of China, deputy governor Li Bo revealed that the country’s proposed central bank digital currency (CBDC), dubbed the “digital currency electronic payment (DCEP),” will be made available at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics as part of its pilot phase.

The deputy governor has mentioned that China’s goal with the DCEP is not to “replace the US dollar or any other international currency,” but to “allow the market to choose.”

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ContinuumBlockLegs May Blockchain Legislation Summit Friday May 14




Continuum Market and Kristina Bruhahn, present #ContinuumBlockLegsMay Blockchain Legislation Summit, the global virtual summit monthly meeting series with upcoming dates kicking off Friday, May 14th aims to foster US State & Federal Bipartisanship and Global Cross-Border policy discussions and consensus to create safe harbors of commerce in blockchain.

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  • Gerard Dache Founder & Executive Director, Government Blockchain Association (GBA)

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United in the mission to create safe lanes of commerce faster than legislation has ever been crafted before, trusted blockchain brands actively want to work with State and Federal Legislators throughout the fast paced 2021 docket.

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Bitwise Launches Crypto Industry Innovators ETF

Bitwise has announced the launch of its ‘Bitwise Crypto Industry Innovators ETF” (BITQ) that offers investors exposure to companies in the crypto sector.




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Crypto asset management firm Bitwise has announced the launch of its Bitwise Crypto Industry Innovators ETF (BITQ) that offers investors exposure to companies in the cryptocurrency sector. The Bitwise Crypto Industry Innovators ETF is already live on the New York Stock Exchange with the ticker BITQ. The index captures the companies engaged in the crypto sector and has at least $100 million of liquid digital assets on their balance sheet.

Bitwise Launches Crypto Industry Innovators ETF (BITQ)

Asset management firm Bitwise has designed a Bitwise Crypto Industry Innovators ETF (BITQ) focused on thirty companies in the crypto market with at least $100M of liquid crypto assets on the balance sheet.

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Also, these companies must have 75% of income derived from cryptocurrencies or have 75% of their net assets in crypto.

In the announcement release, Matt Hougan, CIO of Bitwise, said:

“Like e-commerce and mobile before it, crypto is a disruptive technology creating massive opportunities for new companies to emerge as winners. Until recently, most great crypto innovators were private companies, but that’s changing rapidly. Today, there’s a growing set of public companies capitalizing on crypto, and more to come. BITQ aims to identify these businesses and give investors access.”

Previously, Bitwise applied with the SEC to launch such a fund, but the firm withdrew its application from the regulatory agency earlier this year.

Hunter Horsley, CEO of Bitwise, says that BITQ aims to make crypto investment opportunities available through traditional investing platforms:

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“With BITQ, our aim is to make crypto investment opportunities available through traditional investing platforms and a familiar, liquid, and cost-effective ETF. We are thrilled to see this space continue to grow as investors increasingly gravitate toward this transformative asset class.”

Bitwise 10 Crypto Index Fund Available to Investors on OTC Market

With over $1.5 billion in assets under management, the firm has previously launched a number of crypto index funds, including a DeFi index. Currently, Bitwise sponsors over five other crypto-related funds namely, Bitwise 10 Crypto Index Fund, Bitwise DeFi Crypto Index Fund, Bitwise Bitcoin Fund, Bitwise Ethereum Fund, and Bitwise 10 Index Offshore Fund.

Most are private placements available only to accredited investors but the Bitwise 10 Crypto Index Fund is made available to all investors on the OTC market.

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Hong Kong in Talks with China to Stretch Cross-Border Testing of Digital Yuan

After the successful proceeding of the first phase of the testing of the Digital Yuan, Hong Kong is in talks with China to stretch its cross-border testing.




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After the successful proceeding of the first phase of the testing of the Digital Yuan, Hong Kong is in talks with China to stretch its cross-border testing. This has marked yet another step toward wider adoption of the currency.

Hong Kong to Stretch Testing of Digital Yuan to China

The Monetary Authority of Hong Kong has recently conducted tests with the Digital Currency Institute of the People’s Bank of China.

In addition to this, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority said in an e-mailed response to the questions asked that it involved a bank designated by the mainland authority, as well as the merchants and bank staff.

The e-mailed response said:

“We have tested the use of the related app, system connectivity, and certain use cases such as cross-boundary purchases.” 

Along with this, the statement said:

“We are discussing and collaborating with the PBOC on the next phase of technical testing, including the feasibility of broadening and deepening the use of e-CNY for cross-boundary payments.”

Also, it should be known that the People’s Bank of China is pretty ahead of other major central banks in the development of its own digital currency.

The bank is looking forward to replacing cash and maintaining control over a payments landscape that has become increasingly dominated by technology companies not regulated like banks.

Payment Infrastructure Underpinning e-CNY can Address Substantial Portion of Cost Base

As revealed in the report released on Wednesday by Oliver Wyman, the usage of the Digital Yuan in Hong Kong could lead to a much faster and cheaper cross-border payment and clearing process. 

Michael Ho, the Principal of Financial Services at Oliver Wyman and Co-Author of the report said:

“If the payment infrastructure underpinning e-CNY were to roll out for cross-border payments at scale, we believe it can address a substantial portion of this cost base.”

China could promote the overseas use of digital yuan starting with the Greater Bay Area, a massive urban cluster that includes Shenzhen, Macau, and Hong Kong.

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Identity Platform Acuant Partners with Blockchain Analysis Firm Chainalysis

It has been revealed that the identity platform for fraud prevention and Anti-Money Laundering compliance, Acuant has partnered with Chainalysis.




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In a recent announcement, it has been revealed that the identity platform for fraud prevention and Anti-Money Laundering compliance, Acuant has partnered with Chainalysis. The recent partnership between the AML compliance and the blockchain analysis company is meant to assist financial institutions with AML solutions.

Acuant Partners Chainalysis to Provide AML Solutions

The partnership between Chainalysis and Acuant will be helping in assisting the cryptocurrency businesses assess risk, safeguard them against illegal transactions, automate workflows, and protect their reputations with Anti-Money Laundering solutions.

In addition to this, it should be known that the customers of both partners, Acuant and Chainalysis, will now be able to leverage both the platforms via the interface provided by Acuant to manage transactions that are indicative of higher risk.

The customers will be provided with access to Chainalysis Know Your Transactions (KYT) as well as Chainalysis Reactor, their graphical investigative software

Talking further about the investigative software, it can be utilized to follow the flow of funds across the blockchain for investigations.

The amalgamation of the Chainalysis Know Your Transactions and Acuant integrates a data set of thousands of services with the solutions that help to review both the fiat and crypto transactions.

The Integration of Identity Platform and Blockchain Analysis Firm

Well, along with this, the integration will be helping in detecting any kind of suspicious activities, manage the investigations, and moreover, file the suspicious activity reports (SARs).

The real-time alerts on the highest-risk activity will be allowing the compliance teams to target the most urgent activity and following that, fulfill the regulatory obligations to report the transactions that are suspicious.

Jose Caldera, the Chief Product Officer at Acuant said:

“Our partnership with Chainalysis will further augment our support to the cryptocurrency industry. This partnership is bringing together and integrating the top Anti-Money Laundering solutions in the marketplace today. We look forward to working with Chainalysis to strengthen our platform and to continue to be a leading solutions provider in the crypto space.” 

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