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19.01.2018

Crypto Hackers is a big business every year

Digital currencies and the software developed to track them have become attractive targets for cybercriminals while also creating a lucrative new market for computer-security firms. In less than a decade, hackers have stolen $1.2 billion worth of Bitcoin and rival currency Ether, according to Lex Sokolin, global director of fintech strategy at Autonomous Research LLP. Given the currencies’ explosive surge at the end of 2017, the cost in today’s money is much higher.

 
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19.01.2018

HSBC: $100m fine to settle US forex investigation

HSBC has agreed to pay just over $100m in penalties to settle a US Department of Justice probe into currency rigging. The payment comprises of $38.4m in restitution and a $63.1m fine, with the latter reflecting a 15pc reduction "in recognition of HSBC's cooperation during the investigation and its extensive remediation".

 
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19.01.2018

Switzerland considers to set up blockchain and ICOs

Switzerland has established a working group tasked with investigating the possibility of regulating blockchain technology and initial coin offerings (ICOs) in the country, as per a report by Reuters. The working group will be required to present a report to the government by the end of 2018.

 
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19.01.2018

Banks will focus on fintech innovation

While regulations continue to be top of mind for financial institutions, banks have another main concern: the innovations and progress being made by fintechs, according to a survey released by EY. Financial institutions need to be more aware of the effect fintechs—which provide “simpler, more convenient, more transparent” services, are having on the industry, EY stated in its Global Banking Outlook survey for 2018. In its Global Banking Outlook 2018 survey, EY assessed 221 financial institutions across 29 markets. According to the results, banks argue that innovation, not just regulation, is behind the wheel of progress.

 
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19.01.2018

Sweden is studying how to prepare for war with Russia

For the first time in half a century, Sweden is seriously prepping its country for the possibility of war. Growing national anxiety over the threat of Russia has led the government to send out 4.7m information pamphlets to all households informing them of what to do in the event of war. "All of society needs to be prepared for conflict, not just the military. We haven't been using words such as total defence or high alert for 25-30 years or more. So the knowledge among citizens is very low", says the government. 

 
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19.01.2018

Soros: Russia is the resurgent power

George Soros has lamented that the European Union is on the verge of collapse while Russia is becoming “a resurgent nationalist power.” Hungarian-American tycoon George Soros, who runs the $26 billion Soros Fund Management and chairs the global board of the Open Society Foundations (OSF), made the remarks while speaking to the Financial Times. 

 
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18.01.2018

South Korea is planning regulation on cryptocurrency

South Korean policymakers joined the global chorus of virtual-coin critics on Thursday, saying Seoul is considering shutting down domestic virtual currency exchanges as the new breed of market exposes users to speculative frenzy and crime. The country’s tough stance comes as policymakers from the United States to Germany struggle to come up with stricter regulation against money laundering and other crimes.

 
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18.01.2018

Telegram would change the cryptocurrency world

Private messaging app Telegram is planning to gatecrash the cryptocurrency world with a blockbuster ten-figure initial coin offering. The company, which reaches more than 170 million monthly users, is looking to raise at least $1.2 billion from a token sale which would include a private sale set for February 2018 and public sale in March, as Business Insider reported.

 
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18.01.2018

Could the Canadian job market become strong enough to encourage the Bank of Canada to raise interest rates?

Latest reports on the Canadian labour market outperformed expectations by the end of the year. The country's unemployment rate was at its lowest level in more than four decades, becoming the reason for the BoC to consider further rate increases more willingly.  

 
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18.01.2018

Switzerland bans cruelty against lobsters alive

Switzerland has banned crustacean cruelty, which means no boiling a lobster while it's alive. On Wednesday the Swiss government announced the ban of boiling live lobsters without stunning them first, swissinfo reported. By March 1, 2018, the government has ordained Swiss chefs will have to "stun" the crustaceans first before they drop them into the boiling hereafter. “Live crustaceans, including the lobster, may no longer be transported on ice or in ice water. Aquatic species must always be kept in their natural environment. Crustaceans must now be stunned before they are killed,” according to the new Swiss law.

 
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