Article: Financial Crime Reporting Rules Extended To Cryptoasset Firms

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Financial Crime Reporting Rules Extended To Cryptoasset Firms

Kevin Pratt, 31 March 2021

The UK’s financial regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), has announced a shake-up of its anti-money laundering activities which will see firms dealing in cryptoassets obliged to file annual reports on their trading activities.

The FCA will use the information to determine the potential risk of financial crime, enabling it to target its supervisory resources where it identifies the greatest risk.

Cryptoasset ‘exchange tokens’ such as Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ether and other virtual currencies are only regulated in the UK for money laundering purposes. This means that you have little or no protection if something goes wrong and, as the FCA points out, you should be prepared to lose all the money you invest. Continue reading “Article: Financial Crime Reporting Rules Extended To Cryptoasset Firms”

Article: Coinbase Expected to Pay $ 6.5 Million Fine Following Market Manipulation Allegations

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Coinbase Expected to Pay $ 6.5 Million Fine Following Market Manipulation Allegations

EXPLICA.CO, 20 March 2021

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued on Friday (19) a request to file and resolve charges against Coinbase, the San Francisco, California-based exchange, for “reckless, false, misleading or inaccurate reports, as well as negotiations for employee laundering in the GDAX (current Coinbase Pro) of the Coinbase platform. ”The order requires the broker to pay a civil penalty of US $ 6.5 million (R $ 35.69 million) and stop any other violation of the Commodity Exchange Act or CFTC regulations, as charged.

“Reporting false, misleading or inaccurate transaction information undermines the integrity of digital asset pricing,” said Chief Inspector Vincent McGonagle. “This enforcement action sends the message that the Commission will act to safeguard the integrity and transparency of such information.”

Understand the case:

According to the prosecution, between January 2015 and September 2018, Coinbase “recklessly delivered false, misleading or inaccurate reports on transactions in digital assets, including Bitcoin, on the GDAX e-commerce platform that it operated.” During these 3 years, Coinbase operated two trading bots, Hedger and Replicator, which generated orders that sometimes coincided with each other. The GDAX trading rules specifically disclosed that Coinbase operated on GDAX, but did not disclose that Coinbase operated more than one trading program and was effectively generating volume across multiple accounts.

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