Payment Across Apps—and Borders

Digital currencies like Bitcoin seem tailor made for social peer-to-peer payment applications.  Transactions denominated in or convertible to digital currency could be withdrawn and transmitted by users at virtually no cost—only a small transaction fee.  Digital currency can then be converted using a myriad of exchanges, which navigate banking regimes….

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Financial Services Industry Tests the Waters of Blockchain Technology

Many of the world’s leading financial services providers have started developing their own blockchains, either to facilitate the potential for creating their own cryptocurrency, to add an additional layer of security to encrypted transactions in fiat currency, or to provide their customers services more cost-effectively than ever before. Companies that…

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CFTC Takes First Action Against Virtual Currency Options Trading Platform

On Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued an Order against San Francisco-based Coinflip and its chief executive officer, Francisco Riordan, to resolve allegations that Coinflip conducted activity related to commodity options transactions without complying with the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) and CFTC Regulations. Specifically, the CFTC…

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Silk Road's Ross Ulbricht Receives Life Sentence

On May 29, 2015, after a lengthy criminal investigation and multi-week trial, Ross Ulbricht, the mastermind behind Silk Road—one of the most famous enterprises to utilize Bitcoin currency—was sentenced to life in prison in a Manhattan federal courtroom. In 2011, Ulbricht founded Silk Road, an anonymous, online marketplace where everything…

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