UK Treasury Plans Tighter Regulation of Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies

The British government is planning to introduce strict regulations of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin to combat crime like tax evasion and money laundering.

UK Financial Watchdog Issues Cryptocurrency Derivatives Warning

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority has warned of investment risks in cryptocurrency contracts-for-differences, a type of financial derivative. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the UK’s primary financial regulator and watchdog, has issued a consumer warning about the risks of investing in cryptocurrency contracts-for-differences (CFDs). A CFD contract, in this scenario, would essentially see two parties exchange the difference between the opening and closing prices of a cryptocurrency over a specific period of time.

Australia and UK “Concluding Negotiations” for New FinTech Deal

The Australian High Commissioner to the UK has revealed that the two countries are on the verge of inking a new FinTech agreement. Speaking at a global trade conference last week, Australia’s high commissioner to the UK Alexander Downer reportedly stated that the two countries “are in the process of concluding negotiations on fintech”, a move that will boost Australia with direct ties to one of Britain’s fastest-growing industries. As reported by International Investment, Downer further revealed that the agreement will bring enhanced cooperation between the two countries’ regulatory authorities.

Bitcoin Accepted: Homeowner Puts £80,000 Property for Sale

A 49-year-old man has decided to put his house up for sale for £80,000; however, he’s willing to accept bitcoin for it too. Sean Atkinson from Grimsby, a major seaport on the east coast of England, said that he is willing to sell his three-bedroom house for £80,000 or £100 ‘plus bitcoins,’ reports The Telegraph. Bitcoin has been enjoying an unprecedented rise in recent weeks.

British Banks Are Shunning Bitcoin Companies

Companies that handle digital currencies are being forced to open bank accounts elsewhere as British banks continue to shun them. Investor interest in digital currencies has surged this year with bitcoin’s price rising to a record high of $6,200 over the weekend, pushing its market cap to $102.8 billion. Yet, despite this traditional banks remain weary of the market.
UK Regulator: DLT Startups Are Being Denied Banking Services

UK Regulator: DLT Startups Are Being Denied Banking Services

U.K. startups working with distributed ledger technology are having problems accessing traditional banking services, according to a report issued last week by the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority. The financial regulator, which runs a regulatory sandbox to allow new types of companies to test "innovative products, services and business models in a live market environment," reportedly witnessed startups in its fintech testing framework being blocked from opening accounts.

UK Businesses Adopting FinTech Save £4.6 billion Every Year

New research has found that a large majority of U.K. companies are adopting fintech (financial technology) applications, helping them save billions each year. The study was conducted by MarketInvoice who surveyed over 3,000 U.K. businesses between August and September 2017. The results found that 77 percent of U.K. companies are aware of fintech products and services.