Bitstamp secures license with the Financial Markets Authority in France

Bitstamp registers in France as a crypto exchange

One of the most sophisticated EU regimes has recognized Binance, Bitpanda, and Société Générale.

According to the regulator’s website, Bitstamp has officially registered with the Financial Markets Authority in France.

It joins Binance, Bitpanda, and Société Générale’s Forge unit in registering under the EU’s most sophisticated crypto regime.

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During registration, the company’s management must be competent and reputable, and money laundering regulations must be met.

The Luxembourg-based, London-based, and New York-based Bitstamp has already registered in Spain and Italy. The European crypto sector is currently awaiting the arrival of the EU’s Markets in Crypto Assets regulation, MiCA, which imposes strict reserve and investor information requirements on crypto services, such as wallets and exchanges.

To bridge the transition to MiCA, French lawmakers are proposing to separate client assets and manage conflicts of interest for unregistered companies serving the French market in the wake of the FTX collapse.

Liechtenstein’s leading blockchain company has relaunched its crypto currency exchange

LCX, Liechtenstein’s leading blockchain company, has relaunched its crypto currency exchange – the regulated cryptocurrency trading experience to buy, sell and store a variety of digital assets. Originally launched in 2018, the LCX Exchange Revamp is another milestones in LCX’s growth roadmap establishing the foundational framework including its new backbone infrastructure, scalable account wallets and updated user interface.

With the relaunch of LCX Exchange all users now benefit from a fast, reliable and advanced trading experience. The new version of LCX Exchange is built on a scalable infrastructure with a high-performance trading engine. The login and registration process has been simplified to enable faster on-boarding and user growth. Wallets and account security has been improved and comes with faster and automated withdrawals.

And probably the most visible change is the new design. LCX Exchange now includes a fresh new user interface design with additional menu options for easy navigation, a new crypto market page, education content and crypto tutorials.

LCX was established in 2018 and gained eight regulatory registrations by the Financial Market Authority based on the innovative Blockchain Laws Liechtenstein. LCX’s token sale launchpad has become the leading platform to facilitate initially coin offerings – the legal way. LCX is registered as Token Issuer and handles all tech and legal aspect for the initial coin offering. As such LCX became the new hotbed for new crypto gems as these tokens are exclusively listed at LCX Exchange.

LCX grew in popularity in Europe as a secure, trustworthy and regulated crypto exchange. LCX Token is a utility token is listed at Coinbase, Kraken, etc and works as a long-term sustainable incentive mechanism to motivate various stakeholders to participate in the ecosystem. To sign up at LCX Exchange visit


Bitcoin LTNM Partners With Banking Leader

Bitcoin Latinum (LTNM) has announced yet another new partnership. It has linked up with Vast Bank as a custodial currency.

The cryptocurrency’s lead developer, Monsoon Blockchain Corporation, has described the ethos of this new deal as being based on both “deal flow” and “integration”.

Vast Bank, which has been serving customers since the early 80s, has come to the forefront of the crypto revolution in recent times. Just last year, it became the first nationally chartered bank in the USA to allow customers to buy and sell cryptocurrencies alongside a traditional checking account.

Its customers are also able to buy and sell cryptocurrencies from any location within the U.S. using the Vast Bank Crypto Banking mobile app.

Monsoon Blockchain Corporation CEO, Dr. Donald Basile, pointed towards Vast Bank’s commitment to blockchain in a statement detailing the deal.

He said: “We are very excited to announce our latest groundbreaking partnership with the industry leading Vast Bank. Their efforts to bring the promise of blockchain technologies to the banking system will allow consumers access to a greener, faster, and more secure version (cryptocurrency).”

His enthusiasm was echoed by Brad Scrivner, the CEO of Vast Bank., who added: “When our customers asked us why they could not securely buy… cryptocurrencies using their bank accounts, we were driven to develop an end-to-end solution.”

This announcement comes just weeks after it was revealed that the crypto will be listed on ten top-tier public exchanges by the end of the year.

Bitcoin Latinum Backers Get Boost

Bitcoin Latinum (LTNM) backers had their support further rectified this week, as the cryptocurrency was successfully launched on DigiFinex.

Launching on DigiFinex, a platform that has a global following and over four million daily users, LTNM saw an opening of over 200 percent in its first hour.

Not only that, but its developers also announced that it will be available on six other exchanges by the end of the year. These exchanges are as follows: HitCTC, FMFW, Changelly, Changelly Pro, Bitmart and

Monsoon Blockchain Corporation, who developed the cryptocurrency on behalf of the Bitcoin Latinum Foundation, also discussed the challenge of making this crypto more environmentally friendly than its alternatives.

According to a statement, this is a challenge that has already been conquered: “LTNM is one of the greenest cryptocurrencies in existence, and recently joined the Crypto Climate Accord.”

The reasoning put forward for this was as follows: “Utilizing (an) advanced Proof of Stake (PoS) mechanism, LTNM holders… earn rewards for holding their coins as collateral to stake on the Bitcoin Latinum network. This leads to less electricity consumption. LTNM reduces the energy consumption to only 0.00015 kWh per transaction.”

This asset-backed cryptocurrency is gaining new fans every day.

Nimiq Launches ‘OASIS’ Atomic Swaps Between Crypto and Fiat In Partnership With TEN31 Bank

Crypto has just become more instant, with fiat-to-crypto exchanges now available.

Nimiq Oasis, together with German TEN31 Bank, allows for these exchanges, using SEPA transfers, from any European bank that allows instant transactions.

According to a press release detailing the launch, this is “designed to provide a secure and decentralized experience for its users, Nimiq built Oasis to be the perfect non-custodial bridge between fiat and crypto.”

Launched in 2017, Nimiq was designed to improve blockchain’s ease of use and accessibility. Philipp von Styp-Rekowsky, tech lead and co-founder of Nimiq, discussed their ambition.

He said: “We started the Nimiq project to make cryptocurrency accessible, usable and secure for everyone. It was clear to us that without a technology with which the new cryptocurrencies could easily be bought, sold or exchanged, there would be no mass market. With Nimiq Oasis, we have now finally overcome this barrier.”

Matthias von Hauff, CEO of TEN31 Bank, echoed this enthusiasm. He said: “OASIS is a revolution in trading with cryptocurrencies. With this project, we have come a lot closer to our goal of making trading with cryptocurrencies easy and offering everyone involved real added value.”

One of the main advantages of this development is the possibility of exchanging crypto for fiat without having to install software or register. However, Nimiq Oasis does charge a 1.25% fee per transaction and is currently only available for Nimiq Wallet users in Europe.

Crypto Partners with Hospitality Group

You are now able to pay for drinks, food and much more, with cryptocurrency.

This is thanks to a new partnership between Bitcoin Latinum and global hospitality players, The h.wood Group.

According to a statement announcing the deal, this partnership includes “cross-promotional marketing initiatives, event sponsorships, endorsements, and the acceptance of Bitcoin Latinum for services, products, and amenities across The h.wood Group’s diversified portfolio of upscale nightlife and restaurant venues.”

The h.wood Group is known for their worldwide portfolio of hotels and upscale nightlife and restaurant venues. Set up by entrepreneurs, John Terzian and Brian Toll, this partnership is viewed as a progressive step by the brand.

Mr Terzian discussed this, stating: “As entrepreneurs, Brian and I have always looked into the future rather than get stuck in old ways. We are constantly watching, learning and adapting. Crypto and blockchain are the future in many ways and we want The h.wood Group to be ahead of the curve. We are excited for this endeavor with Bitcoin Latinum.”

As an enhanced Bitcoin fork, Bitcoin Latinum has already garnered support from companies within the media, entertainment, gaming, and telecommunications industries. It is designed to reduce the cost of a crypto transaction.

The h.wood Group is also accepting Bitcoin and Ethereum tokens for specified services and goods across their group’s portfolio.

SHIBA Inu Soars As It Gets Ready For Coinbase Pro Listing

Is 2021 the year of the meme coin?

Of course, it is not the year that this type of crypto was first created, but many believe it is the year when these coins hit their stride. For instance, dogecoin has hit the trading headlines more than once over the past 12 months and that’s not just because Elon Musk happened to mention it on a very popular weekly comedy sketch show.

Now, shiba inu (SHIB) seems to be having its moment, with prices of the crypto jumping around 30 percent after Coinbase Pro announced that the crypto will be listed on its platform in just a matter of days.

According to Coinbase Pro, trading will begin on or after 9am Pacific Time (PT) Thursday June 17, if liquidity conditions are met. At the time of writing, it is listed at a price of around $0.0000092 and its market cap is $3.6 billion.

Coinbase Pro also announced that it will be adding both chiliz (CHZ) and the keep network (KEEP). Both CHZ and KEEP saw significant increases in the 24 hours after the announcement. Both CHZ and SHIB will not be available to New York residents.

This announcement comes in the same month that DOGE was listed on the platform. Coinbase Pro recently also added trading support for a number of tokens, including polkadot (DOT), gitcoin (GTC), enzyme token (MLN), amp (AMP), and internet computer (ICP).

Bitcoin Latinum Pre-listed on CoinMarketCap

If you are looking to invest in Bitcoin Latinum, then you may be in luck, as it is now pre-listing on CoinMarketCap.
The fork, which is being pushed as a solution for large transaction volumes, digital asset management and cyber security, is already pre-listed on the platform and will be publicly launched on exchanges later this year.
It will trade under LTNM and will be mining-free. There will be a supply of 888,888,888 pre-mined tokens.
Its tokens are part of a blockchain system which has been adopted by firms in many sectors, including media, gaming, and telecommunications. Increased security on in-flight transactions is another claim that’s being put forward in favour of the coin.
A recent statement from those behind the crypto, listed its real world usability as a key factor in its development. It read: “Bitcoin Latinum is an enhanced Bitcoin fork. The Bitcoin Latinum algorithm and infrastructure break barriers and speed limits that have prevented some virtual currencies from achieving practical, real-time use.”
Bitcoin Latinum has also been hitting the headlines for a new green initiative, entitled the Crypto Climate Accord, which is attempting to achieve a more energy efficient future for crypto transactions.
Founded in 2013, CoinMarketCap is known as one of the world’s premier price-tracking and market capitalization authority websites for crypto. It has between 2.5 and 5 million unique daily visitors on its platform.

Introducing the Kava SAFU Fund — Security of Assets Fund for Users.

What is it?

Kava SAFU Fund is an on-chain community pool that will increase the overall safety of the Kava platform by protecting against unforeseeable black swan events while giving users assurity that their funds are safe. The Kava SAFU community pool’s main function is to make users whole after events like unforeseen bugs, exploits, hacks, liquidation failures or other technical issues that result in lost user funds.

These types of events haven’t happened on the Kava platform because of Kava’s architecture, robust testing, audits, and market monitor infrastructure. Now Kava is introducing the latest component in its security and reliability infrastructure; the Kava SAFU Fund. Designed to counter the unique threat of black swan events.

The Kava SAFU Fund will be created through a one-off inflationary event where 10% of Kava’s current token supply will be minted and held within the Kava SAFU Fund.


Now that the Kava platform has grown to hundreds of thousands of users and has hundreds of millions of dollars in collateral deposits, Kava Labs as a centralized entity cannot and should not take responsibility for unforeseen events for following reasons:

  1. As a US company, we must collect KYC/AML and run OFAC checks before transferring funds to any users. Even if we wanted to, due to regulations we cannot send funds to many users around the world. In the spirit of creating an open and decentralized platform for anyone, anywhere in the world to use, the Kava platform needs to have an on-chain way to make users whole in the event of loss that is free of censorship and regulation.
  2. Collecting KYC/AML of all the users on the Kava platform is the opposite of what DeFi is all about. Kava Labs would have to do exactly this if a global black swan event occurs that impacted funds across all users on the Kava platform.
  3. Now that the collateral deposits are hundreds of millions of dollars in size, it’s simply not possible for Kava Labs to play a role in making users whole in black swan events. The Kava platform network needs a better solution that can scale with its increasing size.

Historical Context and Comparables

Inspiration for the Kava SAFU Fund comes from traditional finance where margin trading platforms have a rainy day fund to cover losses. In crypto, we have several notable examples with Bitmex’s Insurance Fund that ensures liquidations of margin positions go smoothly and Binance’s all purpose SAFU Fund which has been used to make users whole after serious hacks and exploits have occurred.

More recently, the Cosmos Hub has adopted a community pool which has several purposes, including that of being a SAFU fund for users. Similarly other Cosmos-SDK based blockchains like Akash and Terra have adopted different forms of community pools.

Qualification for Covered Incidents

Many events can impact user funds. Events like upgrade errors, defaults, and critical bugs that result in lost funds will qualify to be reimbursed by the Kava SAFU Fund subject to governance approval. Below is a example non-exhaustive list for illustrative purposes of the type of events which may impact users funds and may be covered by the Kava SAFU fund, however it is critical to note that any and all actions taken on behalf of the Kava SAFU fund is made by the Kava governance community alone.

  • Network downtime resulting in loss of users funds (e.g. via inability to re-supply)
  • Critical network bugs which result in loss of users funds (e.g. inaccurate accumulation of interest)
  • Critical network exploits which result in loss of users funds (e.g. exploited vulnerabilities in business logic)
  • Critical cross-chain software bugs or exploits which result in loss of user funds (e.g. cross-chain double spends or multi-sig wallet compromise)
  • Critical bugs or exploits in auxiliary network services (e.g. oracle software exploits)
  • Market manipulation which results in loss of user funds (e.g. driving massive liquidations by manipulating price feed or associated reference market price)
  • Application service defaults in the event of massive liquidation events (e.g. under-collateralization of Kava of Hard application services resulting from system debt not being met at auction)
  • Network upgrade critical bugs which may result in loss of users funds
  • Network upgrade rollback procedures which may result in loss of users funds

The Funding the Pool

There are many ways to fund the pool, including a one-off inflationary event or a continuous inflation schedule which adds to the pool overtime.

For the purposes of providing an adequate SAFU Fund for the current levels of collateral and debt managed by the Kava platform, 10% of total Kava supply should be created in a one-off inflationary event and put towards the Kava SAFU Fund initially. This will be more than adequate for the foreseeable future.

Should the platform grow orders of magnitude larger or if Kava SAFU Funds are disbursed after an event, it will be up to the Kava governance community to decide how to ensure the Kava SAFU Fund is appropriately re-capitalized from that point forward. This can occur from a redirecting of various platform fees, another one-time inflationary event, or a continuous inflation contribution to the Kava SAFU Fund going forward.

Usage and Disbursement of Pool

It will ultimately be up to the Kava token holder group to vote on each SAFU-spend proposal/request and determine if the case qualifies for distribution.

If a SAFU-spend proposal passes successfully, the number of KAVA encoded in the proposal will be transferred from the Kava SAFU Fund to the address encoded in the proposal, and this will happen immediately after the voting period ends.


Where Governmental Regulation and Bitcoin Prices Collide: How Crypto Correlates with Politics

Despite the fact that governments have been kept out of Bitcoin since its inception– they can still influence prices.

For many investors, Bitcoin and similar cryptocurrencies signify a highly speculative asset that can not only provide exceptional ROI, but also allow the opportunity for investors of any level to hone their skills at trading. Trading opportunities continue to grow, as DeFi continues to pave the way for institutional interest, while retail and new investor friendly exchanges like allow space for nascent parties

For any investor, with any level of expertise and with any amount of investment will need to keep a keen eye on market happenings, as the value of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is known for wild swings in either direction, with one of the biggest influencers being that of governments. Despite the fact they have little control over how the coin is priced or distributed.

Crypto Steers Clear of Politics

Despite cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin being built in such a way that they defy political and regulatory manipulation, prices still tend to correlate with certain political moves. Bitcoin price is based on the economic principle of “artificial scarcity”, which means that the supply of Bitcoin is strictly regulated. There are 21 million Bitcoins in existence and more can never be made. The release of the coins is also regulated by the mining process– as transactions are validated, Bitcoins are released as a reward for adding transactions to the public ledger, the blockchain.

Because of this tight control of supply and release, it is impossible for political interference to directly affect the price of the asset. This was in-built into the original design of the coin by its creator, Satoshi Nakamoto. In the original whitepaper, Nakamoto alludes to the fact that centralized currencies are subject to nefarious manipulation by issuing agencies. Something that Nakamoto aimed to avoid by using cryptocurrencies as a more democratized option for financial engagement.

The decentralized nature of Bitcoin and other crypto currencies assures that no one hub of power would ever function as a gatekeeper for the networks. The decentralized network remains as such due to the validation method described above. Decentralization means that not only can there be no political influence on the coin, but that no one can interfere with the distribution or function of the coin. However, there are still many social and political occurrences that do influence the price of cryptocurrencies.

How Crypto Markets Still Correlate with Political Climate

Despite the fact that government agencies have no direct control over the functionality of bitcoin, certain political actions and climates can still severely affect its price. If given its head, governments can discourage investment through three main regulatory actions:

  • Regulating price assets

When governments tightly regulate the price of other assets, such as fiat or bonds, through moving value amongst international markets, this can diminish the exchange value of cryptocurrencies. When other assets increase in value, it can dilute the price of associated markets.

  • Overregulate and increase costs of affiliated business

By putting an increase of restrictions on crypto-associated business, or adding excessive licensure or accreditation requirements, the price of doing business can soar, making it a less lucrative opportunity for investors, which can dampen the resolve of startups and entrepreneurs.

  • Imposing controls and affecting supply

By adding import restrictions or high rates of taxation can also dissuade users from engaging with a particular asset. That’s because it becomes cost prohibitive, particularly for retail investors, to invest.

Despite these classic legislative tactics on controlling the price of unregulated assets working well in other markets, bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are less likely to fall prey to these practices. Because of the decentralized nature of bitcoin mining and validating, it also becomes a borderless and extra-national asset. Which means that it would require a huge coordinated effort on behalf of multiple large governing agencies in order to make an impact on the thriving adoption of cryptocurrencies that is being seen.

Moreover, governments can also unwittingly improve prices and encourage enthusiasm for cryptocurrencies by engaging in other types of political action that can decrease trust in fiat currencies and other national securities.

  • Engage in efforts that would result in hyperinflation

As seen in countries like Venezuela, governments that have engaged in legislation that results in uncontrolled hyperinflation, citizens have chosen to turn towards cryptocurrencies in order to protect existing assets against loss of value.

  • Any fall in economic trust or value

As seen with the impact the novel coronavirus wrought on economies throughout the world, causing cash and coin shortages and propelling the globe closer to a cashless society left many with renewed skepticism about many national fiat systems, resulting in a greater adoption and acceptance of cryptos.

  • Political instability

In many places, where political instability means that fewer people have access to stable financial processes, finding a better way to both move and protect personal wealth becomes even more important for many. In these areas, cryptocurrencies have presented a viable option for the un- and underbanked.