The United Kingdom seems to have taken a firm stance on the cryptocurrency sector and It doesn’t appear to be a good one. At first, it was just Prime Minister Theresa May stating that cryptocurrencies require more regulation, adding that the UK Treasury plans to set new rules in order for that to happen. That wasn’t too bad considering the UK isn’t the only country pulling for more regulation. Except then today happened. Now, it appears the UK has an even stronger opinion on cryptocurrencies. Strong enough to launch an inquiry into the industry. Earlier today, the U.K Treasury disclosed that it will be orchestrating an inquiry into various issues that surround both cryptocurrency and the technology behind it, blockchain. To no surprise, the investigation conducted by the U.K. Treasury Committee will be looking into the risks cryptocurrencies open up to consumers, as well as a number of other issues. I’m not shocked that ‘risks’ are one of the issues planning to be discussed. It’s been known for a while that cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are extremely vulnerable to illegal activity, such as money laundering.
Nano is leading the crypto recovery today. After a week of bloodshed, there is finally some green out there yonder on the ol’ crypto fields. Right now, only ten cryptos are down out of the top 100 cryptocurrencies. Nano has been a consistent leader today, outgrowing all the other cryptos on the market. At the time of writing, Nano has a selling price of $12.59. This puts the altcoin up 35.41% in the past 24 hours – more than any other coin on the market as of right now.
Like many of the other cryptos on the market, Nano struggled in the first half of this week. However, the altcoin started to recover faster than many of the rest of the cryptos out there. Nano began to recovery by around Tuesday and continued its growth through to Wednesday. Nano’s fast growth in the latter half of this week is a relief to many after the token plummeted thanks to the hack on the Italian exchange BitGrail. In fact, Nano was managing to grow while many of the other cryptos continued to suffer.
Ubisoft, a gaming manufacturer, is exploring blockchain technology as it looks beyond gaming for future possibilities, Lidwine Sauer, director of insights and trends for the lab, told IGN ahead of her DICE 2018 speech to explain the company’s strategic innovation lab’s focuses going forward. The lab analyzes trends in how the world interacts with technology and seeks ways of applying them to Ubisoft. Blockchain offers the chance to have real digital collectibles that cannot be replicated, Sauer said. The techology allows the equivalent of a digital Picasso, she said, with the advantage that it’s a lot harder to steal something on the blockchain than a Picasso. The blockchain permits digital items to be one-of-a-kind as opposed to one of an untold number of reproductions of a digital product, she said. The most immediate idea for gaming is for unique, one-off pieces of DLC, which is only one possible application. Sauer believes there is something even more interesting to find through blockchain that the company wants to discover.
Bank of America, one of the world’s largest financial institutions, admitted in an annual report that cryptocurrencies are a threat to its business model. The report, which was dated Feb. 22 and filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), listed a range of economic, geopolitical, and operational risks that the Charlotte, NC-based bank faces as it heads into the new fiscal year. For the first time, rising cryptocurrency adoption made the list. The bank, which recently barred its customers from using credit cards to purchase cryptocurrencies, said that this and other similar policies could cost the firm clients. In an astounding admission, the bank — second-largest in the US in terms of total assets — said that widespread adoption of cryptocurrencies and other fintech innovations could require the bank to make “substantial expenditures” to update its existing services and remain competitive with upstart firms.
The head of Malaysia’s central bank has firmly stated that the fate of cryptocurrencies in the country depends on the public adopting them, adding it would neither ban nor recognize cryptocurrency. Speaking at the 40th-anniversary dinner of the Harvard Business School Alumni Club of Malaysia this month, Bank Negara governor Muhammad Ibrahim had some noteworthy things to say about the future of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin in Malaysian society, according to a report by local portal The Nation. The central banker, refreshingly, revealed a decidedly free-market stance on cryptocurrencies wherein a hands-off approach would essentially see the public make their own decisions with investments or participation in cryptocurrency markets. “Basically, we will let the cryptocurrency promoters including bitcoin, Ethereum and ripple to be more transparent, the methods to be more transparent and people behind the scene are to be more transparent too,” the central bank chief stated, hinting at introducing some fundamental guidelines for the cryptocurrency sector to operate in Malaysia.