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FinCEN Director Offers Most Extensive Remarks on Blockchain Since Agency’s New Guidance

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On November 15, Director Kenneth Blanco of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) offered his most extensive remarks on blockchain since the agency’s release of updated guidance in May. Speaking at the Chainalysis Blockchain Symposium, Director Blanco offered a number of insights on FinCEN’s current priorities and industry trends.

Suspicious Activity Reports

According to Director Blanco, since the publication of FinCEN’s guidance in May, the agency has received over 10,000 suspicious activity reports (SARs) related to convertible virtual currency (CVC) with 6,600 of those SARs filed by CVC-related businesses, including exchanges and kiosks. Director Blanco noted that this was a significant increase in SAR volume, particularly from CVC-related businesses, and included SARs from dozens of businesses that had never filed a SAR with FinCEN prior to the publication of the guidance.

Director Blanco also highlighted a couple of trends in SAR reporting. The first is SARs related to “potential unregistered, foreign-located money services businesses (MSBs), specifically, Venezuela-based P2P exchangers.” A foreign-located MSB is required to register with FinCEN if it conducts business in whole or in “substantial part” in the United States. (Determining precisely what constitutes “substantial part” continues to be an area of uncertainty for industry, which Director Blanco did not address.) A second trend was CVC kiosk operators reporting on “activity indicative of scam victims upon identification of new customers who have limited knowledge of convertible virtual currencies, particularly those in vulnerable populations, including the elderly.”

The Travel Rule

The application of the so-called “travel rule” to transactions in CVC was one of the key takeaways included in FinCEN’s May guidance and was recently included in a Financial Action Task Force (FATF) recommendation to national regulators. FATF is an international standards-setting body for anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing. The travel rule requires financial institutions, including MSBs, to obtain certain customer information and pass such information to other financial institutions during funds transmittals. However, industry has been struggling to identify an effective and efficient mechanism to comply as there is not currently a widely adopted mechanism to pass customer information in connection with blockchain-based transactions.

Director Blanco emphasized that the travel rule “applies to CVC, and we expect you to comply, period” and added, “to date it is the most commonly cited violation by the IRS against MSBs engaged in CVC money transmission.” However, he did not address industry’s struggle to identify a compliance solution for CVC transactions.

Stablecoins and Anonymity Enhanced Coins

With respect to stablecoins, Director Blanco noted that “accepting and transmitting activity denominated in stablecoins makes you a money transmitter under the BSA. It does not matter if the stablecoin is backed by a currency, a commodity, or even an algorithm — the rules are the same.” He also addressed what he referred to as anonymity enhanced coins (AECs) and stated that MSBs must be able to demonstrate to their examiners “how you mitigate risks associated with AECs, including how you identify potentially suspicious activity and comply with reporting and recordkeeping requirements — including the Funds Travel Rule.” He added, “You can count on being asked about this during an examination.” While it can sometimes be difficult to determine precisely what constitutes an AEC, Director Blanco offered Monero, Zcash, Grin, and Dash as specific examples (although not the only ones).

MSBs dealing in AECs should consider additional risks posed by AECs as part of their overall risk assessment and may need to adopt specific policies or procedures related to AECs.

Engagement with FinCEN

Finally, Director Blanco encouraged industry to contact FinCEN with questions about the agency’s regulations. He noted that the agency has received over 1,000 CVC-related questions since 2012. Routine questions can be submitted to FinCEN by phone or email. Larger “policy-oriented questions” may require the submission of a request for an administrative ruling. These administrative rulings are typically published, in an anonymized manner, on the FinCEN website. While no new administrative rulings have been published in some time, now that the agency has issued updated guidance it seems likely that additional rulings may be coming.

Source: https://www.steptoeblockchainblog.com/2019/12/fincen-director-offers-most-extensive-remarks-on-blockchain-since-agencys-new-guidance/

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MakerDAO won’t compensate Vaults affected by liquidations during the March market crash

MakerDAO has concluded a governance poll in which Maker token holders have decided not to compensate Vault owners who suffered losses by liquidations during the March 12-13 market crash.

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BitMart Exchange partners with top cybersecurity solutions provider

Renowned crypto exchange firm, BitMart Exchange, has recently revealed its intentions to enter into a partnership with a cybersecurity firm, Hacken, to make crypto trading safer. In the tweet that was released, BitMart Exchange lamented the number of losses that clients have had to endure while saying this new development will be a groundbreaking innovation.  […]

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Renowned crypto exchange firm, BitMart Exchange, has recently revealed its intentions to enter into a partnership with a cybersecurity firm, Hacken, to make crypto trading safer.

In the tweet that was released, BitMart Exchange lamented the number of losses that clients have had to endure while saying this new development will be a groundbreaking innovation. 

To make the platform hack-proof, BttMart will deploy an anti-fraud technology which was developed and produced by Hacken. This new technology will oversee the security on the platform while making sure that the site is resistant against hack attempts in the future.

BitMart Exchange plans to be the most hack-proof platform in the world

In the official announcement, ButMart said:

Our goal to become one of the safest trading platforms has never wavered and we have yet again deployed a new technology to help us achieve that aim. 

With the technology deployed, hackers would not be able to mirror clients transaction details to access their accounts on the platform. Notably, BitMart Exchange needed the new security assurance to help its over two million clients all across the globe. The firm is one of the top ten digital assets exchange firms around the world due to the large pair of market varieties that it offers.

Hacken acts as a stumbling block between exchanges and hackers

Giving his review on the developments, CEO of BitMart Exchange, Sheldon Xia, said that this new security measure means that their customers have nothing to worry about when it comes to transactions carried out on the platform

He also noted that their work with Hacken further pushes them close to their goal of owning one of the most sophisticated security in the globe. Hacken is not a small fish when it comes to cybersecurity as the firm boasts of a wide range of experience accrued over the years. Hacken has said it is the major stumbling block between crypto exchange platforms and hackers across the globe.

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Ripple prices down to $0.231, what next?

Ripple has lost 0.8 percent at press time for today’s trading session. The daily charts show the markets are still biased for short positions. The daily chart indicates the market will break below the $0.228 support levels. Intraday traders will also find shorting oppornuties on the hourly charts. Hourly charts also shows that the market […]

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  • Ripple has lost 0.8 percent at press time for today’s trading session.
  • The daily charts show the markets are still biased for short positions.
  • The daily chart indicates the market will break below the $0.228 support levels.
  • Intraday traders will also find shorting oppornuties on the hourly charts.
  • Hourly charts also shows that the market is on a short term bearish flag which has lost volatility and trading sideways.

Ripple opened today’s trading session at $0.2329, reaching highs of $0.2338 and lows of $0.2306. At press time, the crypto was trading at $0.2311 after the prices lost 0.80 percent of its value. Today’s market prices have already erased the gains made yesterday, when intraday trading for the day was bullish.

Ripple price analysis on the daily chart

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image source: Trading View

For three consecutive days, Ripple has failed to break the support level at $0.228, hitting the level twice on the daily chart. The chart also shows that the prices have resumed their bearish move on the daily chart, which for this week had been trending downwards, with the exception of yesterday, where intraday traders went long on the cryptocurrency.

The daily charts indicate that investors are still strongly biased to the downside, with the longer trend showing that the prices have just come out of a bearish flag with high volatility, which pulled back yesterday for intraday traders.

Ripple next move on the daily

The price analysis on the daily indicates that the bearish move has resumed today after yesterday’s bulls. The support levels at $0.228 are expected to be broken, with the prices moving out of the structure and starting a bearish move.

This is confirmed by the RSI indicator readings which are currently in their mid-30s and approaching the oversold region. This shows that the crypto is still biased for the short, with a high likelihood of breaking the support level at $0.228. Therefore, short positions on daily charts is a plausible trade for long term traders. This is in line with our previous analysis of the crypto.

Ripple Intraday Trading

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The prices on the 1-hour ripple chart shows that the crypto is currently trading on a bearish flag, with prices moving within an ascending channel. However, this channels seems to have lost momentum in the last few hours, after failing to hit the resistance levels of the upper trend line after opening the markets near the $0.2343 pivot support level S1 on the hourly charts.

The hourly charts show the prices approaching the lower trendline of the lower channel, where it will likely face some resistance. However, with decreased volatility on the bearish flag, the prices seem to have lost all the momentum of continuous trading in the ascending channel. Therefore, prices will most likely break from the ascending channel to the downwards and approach the $0.2289 support levels.

A combination with larger timeframes indicates that the hourly price charts will more likely see a push to the downside after testing the support level of $0.2289. If this happens, the next stop for the prices will be on the S2 support levels at $0.2222.

Therefore, for short term ripple intraday traders, the short position is the most plausible trade for the day. Price action and indicator analysis show that the markets are still biased to the downside, even on lower timeframes.

Disclaimer. The information provided is not a trading advice. Cryptopolitan.com holds no liability for any investments made based on the information provided on this page. We strongly recommend independent research and/or consultation with a qualified professional before making any investment decisions.

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