Aussie Banks Still Cold to Cryptocurrency Businesses Despite Regulation

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), Australia’s largest bank, however, revised its policies 14 months ago to prohibit virtual currency purchases via credit card. Despite this, a Commonwealth Bank spokesperson stated that “customers are still able to buy and sell cryptocurrencies using their CBA transaction accounts and debit cards.” CBA subsidiary Bankwest shares the same policies.

Few Banking Options Available to Australian Cryptocurrency Businesses

News.Bitcoin.com was unable to find an Australian financial institution that expressed a willingness to bank cryptocurrency businesses.

Of the major banks, while CBA and Westpac declined to comment on the matter, an ANZ spokesperson indicated that the company’s policy “is to not bank businesses that operate as issuers, dealers or exchanges of digital or crypto-currency as they are outside of our risk appetite.” A spokesperson for regional bank Suncorp also indicated that the company does not provide “services to cryptocurrency businesses.”

The country’s credit union also appears to hold policies that are cold to cryptocurrency businesses, with a Newcastle Permanent spokesperson indicating that the entity does not partner with crypto companies, nor does it permit cryptocurrency purchases using its credit cards.

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Indian Supreme Court Confirms New Date for Crypto Case

During the hearing on Friday, India’s supreme court was expected to hear about the country’s crypto regulation from the government as well as address the petitions against the banking restriction by the central bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). However, the courtadjourned without much progress on either matter.

News.Bitcoin.com talked to lawyer Jaideep Reddy on Tuesday who was at the hearing about what actually happened. He represents the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), on behalf of Nishith Desai Associates, in its writ petition against the RBI ban.

Indian Supreme Court Confirms New Date for Crypto Case

“The matter started with a counsel for the respondents asking for a passover of the matter (i.e., for the matter to be heard at the end of the list for the day). However, the Bench stated that the matter should be heard and that a passover would not be entertained,” Reddy explained. “The respondents are both the government and the RBI, among others,” he clarified. Regarding the banking restriction, he detailed:

Mr. Gopal Subramanium, Senior Advocate for IAMAI, stated to the Bench that this is a matter of high importance and should be heard at length. The counsel for the respondents then asked for the matter to be heard on a non-miscellaneous day … The Bench accepted this request and has now ordered that the matter be heard on July 23, which is after the court’s summer vacation.

Reddy also noted that “Mondays and Fridays are ‘miscellaneous’ days of the supreme court and the present matter is considered to be of a ‘non-miscellaneous’ nature.” The recently released court order from Friday’s hearing confirms the new date. “Upon hearing the counsel the court made the following order … List the matter on 23rd July, 2019,” the order shows.

 

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Indian Bitcoin Users in the Dark Over Their Tax Liabilities

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Under the ongoing ban, cryptocurrency users cannot enter the Indian fiat system. Banks in both public and private sector adhere to the guidelines set by the RBI, which means that their account holders have to follow the same rules indirectly. So if a user, say, sells a bitcoin token in an over the counter trade and receives Indian Rupees in return, he/she violates the RBI’s crypto banking ban. Generally, most of these traders are cash-settled, which leaves no means for RBI to detect their presence. However, traders using internet banking conceal such trades using fake invoices.

On the promise of anonymity, the owner of a New Delhi-based over-the-counter cryptocurrency exchange told NewsBTC that they were conducting $4,000 worth of crypto-trades every day.

“Many a time, we have to create fake invoices for crypto transactions exceeding Rs 49,000 (~$711),” she said. “Generally, we make it look like IT support services.”

The owner explained that they were forced to take these measures because of the lack of cryptocurrency regulations, adding:

“I and my cousins were investing in bitcoin since 2015. We could not just dump everything following the RBI ban. We are ready to declare our assets and pay taxes if they create a law. But so far, they have not given any indication towards that direction.”

It is worth noticing that, in February last year, India’s Central Board of Direct Taxes, issued 100,000 tax notices to cryptocurrency traders and investors. Chairman Sushil Chandra said that they “felt” that profits made from cryptocurrency investments were a taxable event, citing finance minister Arun Jaitley’s vows to eliminate illicit use of cryptocurrencies.

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The Supreme Court of India is now hearing a case challenging RBI’s authority when it imposed abanking ban on the crypto sector. India’s apex court earlier ordered the central bank to present their crypto regulation proposal’s first draft in four weeks, a deadline which is ending this March 29, two days before the fiscal year close.

RBI did not reveal whether or not it would ban bitcoin, considering the bank has remained mum over its perspective on crypto regulations so far. Based on the outcome, taxpayers could gain some clarity over how they should perceive their crypto investments. Till then, declaring crypto assets could push them to either side of the pit.

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Bitgo Obtains $100M Insurance Policy to Cover Crypto Assets

 Insurance to Cover Hacks, Theft and Loss of Keys

According to a statement released on Feb. 19, Bitgo, which provides custodial services for more than $2 billion in digital assets, said its business wallet customers will now be able to buy theft insurance and a key recovery service called Lost Key Cover. This will be done through Digital Asset Services, an insurance provider overseen by the Financial Conduct Authority, the U.K. financial services regulator. The key recovery service will be available for purchase either as an annual subscription or when needed, the company said.

Custodial assets held completely by either Bitgo, Inc. or Bitgo Trust Company are insured for up to $100 million through insurance group Lloyd’s. The assets will be covered for third-party hacks, physical loss or damage of private keys, insider theft by employees and other hazards. At the end of 2017, Lloyd’s had about $44 billion in gross written premiums. The insurer has a presence in nearly 200 countries and is one of the world’s largest insurance and reinsurance marketplaces.

Whereas traditional bank deposits are insured up to a certain threshold, cryptocurrency deposits generally are not, or only to a limited extent, such as exchanges insuring funds kept on their hot wallets, but not in offline cold storage. The Quadrigacx saga, in which the crypto exchange’s founder died with keys to $145 million worth of cryptocurrency, underscores the need for insurance protection. When CEO Gerald Cotten suddenly died in India in December, he apparently took with him the passwords to a multi-million-dollar fortune belonging to investors, which neither his work colleagues, court nor his wife can locate.

Commenting on the Bitgo deal, Nicholas Edwards, an official with Lloyd’s said: “We have been working hard to tailor a bespoke insurance product for Bitgo in this new, rapidly developing and complex sector. Following a thorough review of Bitgo’s security and controls we are delighted to have delivered an innovative solution that enables our client to develop and grow its business with confidence and security.”

San Francisco-based Bitgo claims to process 15 percent of all onchain global bitcoin transactions and $15 billion per month across all cryptocurrencies. The company is backed by the likes of Craft Ventures, Galaxy Digital Ventures, Goldman Sachs, Redpoint Ventures, and Valor Equity Partners.

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A Look Back at the Top Cryptocurrency Markets From Christmases Past

Number of Crypto Markets Increases by 10x During 2014

A Look Back at the Top Cryptocurrency Markets From Christmases PastWhile many point to 2017 as the year in which the cryptocurrency markets saw their most dramatic growth, 2014 saw the number of virtual currencies increase by nearly 1,000%. As of Dec. 28, 2014 there were 506 active markets according to Coinmarketcap, up from just 59 on Dec. 22, 2013.

Despite the impressive growth in the number of active markets, the price performance of many of the leading cryptocurrencies by market cap was extremely bearish, with six of the top 10 cryptocurrencies losing more than 80% in one year.

Between Dec. 22, 2013 and Dec. 28, 2014, BTC lost nearly 50%, falling from $619 to $316. Litecoin (LTC) fell from the second ranked market by capitalization to fourth, posting an 84% loss from roughly $17.10 to $2.74. Ripple (XRP) was the only top market to gain year over year, up 7% from $0.022 to $0.024. XRP climbed from third to rank as the second largest cryptocurrency by market cap.

Peercoin (PPC) fell from the fourth largest crypto to rank 19th, posting an 81.5% loss as prices dropped from $3.12 to $0.58. Fifth-ranked namecoin (NMC) dropped to 13 with price falling 82.5% from $4.13 to $0.72. Quark (QRK) went from the sixth largest crypto to rank 27th with a price drop of 92.6%. Nxt (NXT) posted the second strongest performance among the top-ranked crypto markets of late 2013, climbing from seventh to ninth despite an 18% drop in price from $0.02 to $0.017.

At the end of 2013, bitshares PTS (PTS) comprised the eighth largest crypto by market cap with a token value of $12.45. One year later, PTS was ranked 45th after suffering a 99.99% drop from $12.45 to $0.00049. Ninth-ranked worldcoin (WDC) dropped to 53rd, posting a 98.5% loss from $0.4 $0.006. Megacoin (MEC) fell from 10th to 48th by market cap, producing a 96.8% drop from $0.52 to $0.017.

Five of the top 10 virtual currencies as of late 2013 retained their top 10 ranking the following year.

Of 2014’s Top Markets, Only BTC and LTC Posted Price Gains 1 Year Later

A Look Back at the Top Cryptocurrency Markets From Christmases PastBTC gained 32% from Dec. 28, 2014 to Dec. 27, 2015, up from $316 to trade for $416.50. Ripple was able to retain its position as the second largest crypto market despite losing 94% from $0.024 to $0.0062. Despite ending 2014 as the third-ranked crypto market, Paycoin (XPY) would close 2014 as the 48th-ranked cryptocurrency after posting a 99.6% loss from $10.74 to $0.038.

LTC gained 25% during 2014, moving from fourth to third alongside a price increase from $2.74 to $3.43. Fifth-ranked bitshares (BTS) dropped to eighth, posting an 80% loss from $0.016 to $0.003. maidsafecoin (MAID) moved from sixth to tenth, producing a 72% drop in price from $0.05 to $0.014.

Seventh-ranked stellar (XLM) finished 2015 as the ninth-ranked crypto market, falling 70% from $0.0058 to $0.0017. Despite dogecoin (DOGE) falling 23% from $0.00018 to $0.00014, doge ascended from the eighth largest cryptocurrency to rank sixth at the end of 2015. Ninth-ranked NXT fell from the top ten rank 11th alongside a price drop of 63% from $0.0161 to $0.006167. While PPC posted a yearly loss of 31% following a drop from $0.578 to $0.4, PPC ascended the market cap rankings from 10th to seventh.

Eight of the dominant markets from Christmas 2014 held their top 10 ranking as of the end of 2015. The number of active markets increased 11% from 506 to 562.

BTC, ETH, DASH, and MAID Posted Triple-Figure Gains for 2016

A Look Back at the Top Cryptocurrency Markets From Christmases PastBTC gained 111% from $416.50 on Dec. 27, 2015 to $878.80 on Christmas Day 2016, following a year of bullish action for the cryptocurrency markets. XRP posted slight gains during 2016, up 3.4% from $0.00617 to $0.00638, resulting in a drop from second to third, ranked by market cap. While LTC posted a 27% gain from $3.43 to $4.35, LTC also shifted down one rank, finishing 2016 as the fourth largest cryptocurrency.

Fourth-ranked ethereum (ETH) was the top performing market of 2016, gaining nearly 760% from $0.85 as of late 2017 to finish the year as the second largest crypto asset with ETH trading for $7.29. Despite dash gaining nearly 270% from $2.69 to $9.91 between the Christmases of 2015 and 2016, it moved from the fifth ranked cryptocurrency to seventh as of Dec. 25, 2016. Sixth-ranked doge fell from the top 10 during 2016, finishing the year as the 13th largest market after posting a 42% gain from $0.00014 to $0.00023.

PPC was the only top market of late 2015 to post a loss one year later, dropping from seventh to 38th in market cap ranking after producing a 43% loss from $0.41 to $0.23. BTS posted a 26% gain from $0.0034 to $0.0042, however fell from eighth to 25th ranked cryptocurrency by capitalization. Despite posting a 55% gain from $0.0017 to $0.0026, XLM slid from ninth to finish the year ranked 16th. Maid moved from 10th to finish the year as the eighth largest cryptocurrency following a massive 620% gain from $0.014 to $0.10.

Six of the leading markets from late 2015 maintained their position in the top 10 as of Christmas 2016. The number of active markets increased by 15% from 562 to 644.

2017 Bull Trend Drives Record Prices

A Look Back at the Top Cryptocurrency Markets From Christmases PastSanta delivered a bountiful Christmas to the cryptocurrency community in 2017, with nine of the top 10 markets posting four-figure or five-figure gains between Dec. 25, 2016 and Dec. 24, 2017.

BTC gained 1,500% last year, increasing from $879 to $14,057. ETH held its position as the second largest cryptocurrency by market cap, gaining 9,345% from $7.29 to $688.59 in a single year.

Ripple posted the second strongest price gain among the top markets for 2017, growing 17,140% from $0.00638 to $1.10. Despite the enormous increase in price, XRP slipped one rank to finish the year as the fourth largest cryptocurrency. LTC moved from the fourth to the fifth-ranked crypto asset by market cap alongside a 6,255% increase in price from $4.35 to $276.49.

Monero (XMR) moved from the fifth ranked cryptocurrency to 10th, gaining 3,455% from $9.63 to $342.43. Sixth-ranked ethereum classic (ETC) dropped to 17th during 2017, however gained 2,725% from $1.10 to $31.10. Despite gaining 12,140%, dash dropped one rank by market cap, moving from seventh to eighth.

Eighth-ranked maidsafe fell out of the top rankings during 2017, finishing the year in 55th after gaining 670% over the dollar but falling significantly against BTC. Nem (XEM) retained its position as the ninth-ranked market after gaining 24,345% from $0.004 to finish the year as the strongest performing leading market, with XEM trading for $0.88. Despite posting a gain of 2,280% from $2.89 to $68.83, 10th-ranked augur (REP) moved from 10th to 36th ranked cryptocurrency.

Seven of the top 10 markets from 2016 retained their leading rank one year later. The number of active markets increased by roughly 100% from 644 to 1,334 at the end of 2017.

All Leading Markets Post Heavy Losses for 2018

A Look Back at the Top Cryptocurrency Markets From Christmases PastBTC has dropped 70% in the last 12 months, falling from $14,057 on Dec. 24, 2017 to trade for roughly $4,230 today. ETH dropped from the second to the third ranked cryptocurrency by market cap following by a yearly drop of 77% from $688.60 to $156.80. Bitcoin cash (BCH) moved from third to fourth, accompanied by a 93% loss from $2,956 to $206.

XRP posted the weakest loss of the top performing markets over the last year, moving from fourth to second ranked market cap alongside a 60% drop from $1.10 to $0.44. LTC fell by 87% from $276.49 to $36.11 while moving from fifth to seventh by capitalization. New entrant cardano (ADA) moved from fifth to 11th this year, shedding 87.5% of its value from $0.39 to $0.05.

Seventh-ranked iota (MIOTA) now sits at 12th, following an 89% drop from $3.45 to $0.38. Dash moved from eighth to 14th this year, in the process losing 91.5% from $1,212 to $102. After ranking ninth for two consecutive Christmases, XEM appears poised to greet Santa as the 16th largest cryptocurrency, having lost 91% from $0.88 to $0.079. 10th-ranked XMR fell 83% from $342.43 to trade for $57.65 over the last year, currently positioned as the 13th largest market by capitalization.

Six of the dominant markets from last Christmas have held their position in the top 10, three of which have consistently held their leading position since 2013. The number of active markets has increased from 1,334 to 2,067 over the last 12 months.

U.K. Cryptocurrency Exchange Cubits Shuts Down After $33M Scam

Exchange Enters Into Voluntary Administration

The administration means that investors cannot deposit or withdraw funds until further notice. It’s not clear how much worth of bitcoin the exchange was holding on behalf of customers at the time of closure.

Cubits has now appointed Steve Parker and Trevor Binyon of Opus Restructuring & Insolvency as joint administrators. In a statement, the company said it had failed to recover from the “criminal act,” which involved the accounts of three customers.

U.K. Cryptocurrency Exchange Cubits Shuts Down After $33M Scam

Cubits, the trading name of legal entity Dooga Ltd., said the “serious criminal act” had crippled business operations and “finally led to the difficult decision to place the company into administration.”

Three Chinese traders allegedly purchased BTC through the platform via Pay Secure Online (Paysec), a payment processor based in Malta. However, Paysec never remitted the funds to Dooga, in an alleged scam. Cubits has now filed a lawsuit in Malta to force Paysec to reimburse the €35 million ($39.2 million it supposedly owes the exchange. The reimbursement claim includes funds from the three Chinese accounts and others.

The company stated:

The criminal act happened in February 2018 and involved the accounts of three clients. Bitcoins with a market value at that time of approximately €29 million were properly delivered and subsequently withdrawn, with the customers apparently colluding with fraudsters. Dooga has never received the equivalent in fiat from the payment processor responsible for carrying out the transaction.

Dooga stated that it had informed the responsible authorities in the U.K., Malta, China and Germany of the scam. It has also filed several criminal complaints, but nothing has materialized, forcing the exchange to file for administration.

Fruitless Efforts

With administration – the U.K. equivalent of bankruptcy – the administrator will seek to restructure the company in financial distress, especially its debt. During this period, investors or creditors cannot make legal claims against the entity, giving it opportunity to recover.

Cubits said it had made “every possible effort to recover” the funds without success. The only other option was to file for bankruptcy.

U.K. Cryptocurrency Exchange Cubits Shuts Down After $33M Scam

“This decision secures the current position whilst the administrators seek offers for the business and its assets,” said the exchange. “The role of the administrators will be to work with those who are owed money by the company and to collect monies that are owed. The key objective is to achieve the best possible outcome for creditors and recover as much as possible of the funds owed to the company.”

Parker, who will also be working together with Allister Manson, technology partner at Opus Restructuring & Insolvency, and Nicholas Parton, head of forensic accounting at Opus, said his duties as administrator involve collaborating with those who are owed money by Cubits and to collect money owed to the company. “Dooga’s current position is secure, investigations are proceeding and we will be writing to creditors, formally, this week,” he said.

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U.K. Cryptocurrency Exchange Cubits Shuts Down After $33M Scam

Users reacted angrily when the Cubits platform suddenly went offline on Monday. The exchange said on Twitter that the blackout was due to “maintenance.”  Later, the website began producing a general error message before subsequently announcing that the company was being placed under administration.

User Jamil Khadem complained on Twitter: “Have we been robbed by Cubits? I’ve been waiting for a withdrawal since the 6th of December and the company won’t give me a straight answer.”

Founded in 2014, Cubits has allowed customers to buy and sell cryptocurrency like bitcoin. It also claimed to act as a bridge between virtual currency and more traditional forms of payment, specifically to the online gaming industry.

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