Kimchi Premium hits highest level since May
The Korea Premium Index for Bitcoin reached 7% last Sunday, which may indicate an influx of retail investors.
K-pop agency Cube bets big on NFT and metaverse
The impresario behind superstars BTOB and (G)I-DLE tells Forkast.News there’s ‘no upper limit’ to how much Cube will invest in NFTs and a metaverse for concerts.
Investors queasy as prospect of India crypto ban returns
Top blockchain and crypto news: Are India’s CBDC plans crowding out crypto? Jack Dorsey goes full Bitcoin bro. China’s digital yuan hopes claim another victim.
NFTs on China’s BSN migrate to OpenSea to tap global market
Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) featuring famous traditional Chinese paintings by culture studio Rongbaozhai have been successfully transferred from China’s Blockchain-based Service Network (BSN) WenChang Chain to the OpenSea marketplace on the Ethereum blockchain, a milestone in the development of interchain NFT technology. Fast facts The transfer was made on Nov. 16 across four blockchains: WenChang Chain […]
Huobi Group poised to establish regional hub in Singapore
Huobi Group, which operates Chinese cryptocurrency exchange Huobi Global, has decided to set up a regional hub in Singapore, a representative of company has told Forkast.News. Fast facts In November, Huobi Global pledged to stop offering services to Singapore-based users from March 31, 2022, to comply with local laws, according to a company statement. Huobi […]
Is an IPO in the cards for India’s first crypto unicorn CoinDCX?
Is CoinDCX — India’s first crypto company to achieve unicorn status, or US$1 billion in valuation — going public? CoinDCX co-founder Neeraj Khandelwal set off a frenzy of excitement when he told Bloomberg in a recent interview that CoinDCX may pursue an initial public offering as soon as legislation permits. But a CoinDCX spokesperson told […]
Crypto tax delay is a chance for South Korea to fix loopholes, experts say
Now that South Korea’s crypto tax is delayed a year, what will the final form look like? Should crypto gains be taxed like stock profits — or winning the lottery?
Korea crypto tax postponed; CoinDCX looks to IPO
Korea crypto tax postponed, meanwhile CoinDCX looks to IPO
Huobi Brokerage launches crypto lending for institutions
Hong Kong Stock Exchange-listed Huobi Technology Holdings today announced that it will be launching Huobi Lending, a cryptocurrency lending service for institutions and high net worth individuals (HNWI) through its new digital asset brokerage platform Huobi Brokerage, according to a company announcement. Fast facts Alongside growing institutional interest in digital assets, crypto lending services leveraging […]
Hong Kong metaverse developer ViLab partners with Squid Game special effects maker
Hong Kong-based ViLab Limited, a metaverse developer, announced today that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Gulliver Studios, the effects creator behind the Netflix hit series Squid Game, to develop technology that can be used for creating virtual identities and other features for the metaverse. Fast facts ViLab and Gulliver Studios will […]
South Korea’s KB Bank unveils a metaverse bank testbed
KB Kookmin Bank, one of South Korea’s largest financial institutions, announced yesterday that it has developed the KB Metaverse VR Branch Testbed for experimenting with allowing customers wearing a head-mounted VR device to access banking services in a metaverse. Fast facts Simple transactions, such as remittances, can be managed at a teller window, while an […]
Bitcoin spot ETP launches in the EU
While the wait for a U.S. Bitcoin spot exchange-traded fund continues, Invesco, a U.S. investment firm with US$1.6 trillion in assets under management, has partnered with CoinShares to launch a European exchange-traded product physically backed by Bitcoin, according to reporting on Nasdaq.com. Fast facts The Invesco Physical Bitcoin ETP will be listed on Deutsche Börse […]
New York Fed and BIS join hands to launch fintech hub
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York has joined hands with the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) to launch an innovation hub in New York— dubbed the New York Innovation Center (NYIC) — to explore and build financial technology products for the central bank community. Fast facts The NYIC will focus on five areas — […]
Omicron hits markets; Japanese novel released as NFT
Omicron hits markets meanwhile Japanese novel released as NFT
Nigeria charges ahead with CBDC deployment with 600K app downloads
In Nigeria, the eNaira — the country’s newly launched central bank digital currency (CBDC) — has already seen nearly 600,000 downloads, according to local media Nairametrics citing the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Fast facts The local media reported Saturday that the CBN governor has revealed the country’s total digital transactions rose by more than […]
China’s new mobile payment rules could pave the way for e-CNY, experts say
In the long run, the new rules may ‘lay the perfect foundation’ to improve risk management, says an ICBC expert.
South Korea’s 20% tax on virtual asset gains is postponed
A new amendment to South Korea’s income tax law, which includes delaying the taxation on crypto gains by one year, was agreed upon by South Korean political parties at the National Assembly today. Fast facts The ruling Democratic Party and the opposing conservative People Power Party officially made a resolution at the National Assembly Strategy […]
South Korea’s SK Square is 2nd-largest shareholder of crypto exchange Korbit
SK Square, a new investment firm under one of South Korea’s largest conglomerates, SK Group, chose cryptocurrency exchange Korbit as one of its first investments. The two companies aim to upgrade the trading platform’s environment in order to deliver more accurate and trustworthy investment information to users, and plan future businesses in the metaverse and […]
Fintonia launches Bitcoin funds in Singapore
Fund manager Fintonia has launched two new Bitcoin funds — Fintonia Bitcoin Physical Fund and Fintonia Secured Yield Fund — for institutional investors. Fast facts The physical fund buys and holds actual Bitcoin, rather than investing in a Bitcoin-linked derivative product. The fund’s Bitcoin will be stored with a licensed and insured custodian, according to […]
Coinstore defies regulatory tension to enter India
Singapore-based crypto exchange Coinstore has entered the Indian market despite the regulatory wrangle that points toward an impending ban on all private cryptocurrencies, the company announced today. Fast facts Coinstore has launched its website and mobile application for Indian users and plans to set up offices in Bangalore, Delhi, and Mumbai that will support its […]
Chinese state media warns on risks related to the metaverse
Chinese companies are rushing to the fore to develop their metaverse ideas, though state media have recently warned about the associated risks the emerging technology could bring. Fast facts An opinion piece published yesterday by state-owned Economic Daily said the hotter the metaverse gets, the more the public should stay calm. The author wrote that […]
Japanese sci-fi novel’s English translations exclusively NFTs
Miyuki Ono’s science fiction story “Pure” is being released as NFT (non-fungible token) copies to create a new channel of income for writers and translators who are currently insufficiently compensated for their work. Fast facts “Pure” is one of world’s first Japanese science fiction works released as an NFT, while also being the first NFT […]
South Korea and Japan grapple with how to define, and tax, cryptocurrency gains
South Korea reaches a tentative agreement to delay a pending tax on virtual assets. Crypto investors in next-door Japan already face taxation up to 55%.
How Asia’s generative NFT art is reshaping the global creative culture
As the NFT zeitgeist sweeps the world, the industry’s beating heart is in Asia, writes David Tng of TZ APAC. Here’s how Asia’s NFTs are changing business models.
Reserve Bank of Australia considers wholesale digital dollar
Interest in cryptocurrency is being driven in part by ultra-low interest rates, Reserve Bank of Australia assistant governor Michele Bullock has said, while indicating the RBA is considering the creation of a central bank digital currency (CBDC) for use in wholesale markets, according to the Australian Financial Review. Fast facts Speaking at a Women in […]
Tether pledges to work with policymakers on stablecoin transparency
Tether, issuer of the world’s most popular stablecoin USDT, has responded in multiple tweets saying it will work with policymakers, after the U.S. Senate Banking Committee earlier this week sent letters to several stablecoin issuers — including Tether — to inquire about their operational features. Fast facts In the tweets, Tether said it appreciates the interest from […]
Korea crypto tax debated; Crypto.com on a tear
Korea crypto tax debated meanwhile, Crypto.com is on a tear
Bill to delay 20% crypto tax in deadlock in South Korea
A bill to delay a pending tax on virtual assets failed to pass the National Assembly’s standing committee at a meeting yesterday, while the topic remains a huge factor in the upcoming presidential election. Fast facts The South Korean National Assembly’s tax subcommittee under its Strategy and Finance Committee had discussed an amendment to the […]
US Senate Banking Committee sends inquiries to stablecoin issuers
The U.S. Senate Banking Committee has sent letters to several stablecoin issuers to inquire about their operational features. Fast facts In a Monday tweet, Ron Hammond, director of government relations at the Blockchain Association, said the stablecoin issuers include Coinbase, Gemini, Circle, Paxos, TrustToken, Centre, Binance U.S. and Tether. “This is likely a sign of […]
Crypto miner Xive flees southern Kazakhstan amid power shortages
Xive co-founder tells Forkast.News no mining is possible in the south, while other regions still survive.
South Korea’s Gamevil acquires blockchain tech company
Gamevil, the South Korean mobile game software developer, has acquired blockchain technology company Zenaad with plans to grow as a platform for blockchain-based games. Fast facts Gamevil revealed yesterday that it has entered the final stage of constructing its blockchain ecosystem with the acquisition of Zenaad. The tech force at Zenaad has been internalized into […]
Japan’s top banks look to launch a digital currency backed by bank deposits
The Japan Digital Currency Forum has released a white paper examining the possibility of a new cryptocurrency backed by bank deposits. Fast facts The forum consists of over 70 companies, including the country’s top banks such as MUFG Bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp., Mizuho Bank, Japan Post Bank, among others. Several government agencies also are […]
Fed may increase interest rates amid rising inflation
U.S. Federal Reserve officials are exploring raising interest rates and pulling back on economic help extended during the pandemic if inflation continues to rise, minutes from a meeting held in early November show. Fast facts The meeting, held on Nov. 2 and Nov. 3, included the Federal Open Market Committee and the Board of Governors […]
Australian superannuation fund considers crypto investment
One of Australia’s leading superannuation funds, Rest Super, indicated it is looking at investing in cryptocurrency — calling it a hedge against rising inflation — before stressing it is still only in the research phase of investing, according to a report in the Australian Financial Review. Fast facts Speaking at the fund’s annual general meeting […]
India’s crypto market plummets as parliament schedules debate on bill to ban it
Bitcoin and Ethereum prices fell nearly 24% in India as investors sought to get ahead of a possible crypto prohibition.
India proposes crypto ban; Metaverse race heats up
India proposes crypto ban meanwhile Metaverse race heats up
Shenzhen introduces incentives to promote cross-border e-CNY
Shenzhen’s special zone for cooperating with Hong Kong, Qianhai District, will allocate 10 million yuan (US$1.57 million) to motivate enterprises to develop e-CNY-compatible businesses, especially in cross-border e-CNY and fintech labs. Fast facts The Qianhai Administration introduces the policies in a document released on Monday called “Interim Measures for Managing Special Funds for Supporting Financial […]
What would Jerome Powell’s second term mean for crypto?
Top blockchain and crypto news: Fed nominations suggest no sudden moves. El Salvador’s Bitcoin lava affair. Dodgy dealings in China’s digital yuan.
AMC rival Regal enables crypto payments for moviegoers
Regal, a subsidiary of Cineworld Group, has partnered with digital payments network Flexa to allow customers to pay for movie tickets, popcorn and more with cryptocurrencies in its theaters. Fast facts The firm will accept cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and Dogecoin, stablecoins such as Dai, USD Coin and Gemini Dollar, as well as digital […]
South Korea’s Upbit launches NFT trading platform; FNC launches K-pop digital collectibles
Dunamu, the operator of South Korean crypto exchange Upbit, launched a beta service of “Upbit NFT,” an NFT (non-fungible token) trading platform, while another K-pop agency, FNC Entertainment, plans to launch its first NFT collection. Fast facts Upbit NFT consists of two sections, Drops and Marketplace. Drops is where NFTs will be put up for […]
ConstitutionDAO to shut down after unsuccessful bid for copy of U.S. Constitution
The decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) that formed to buy a rare copy of the U.S. Constitution will soon be shutting down after failing to win an auction for the document last week, despite raising over US$40 million in ETH to do so, as the Verge reports. Fast facts As Forkast.News reported last week, 17,437 members […]
Aussie watchdog obtains cold wallet holding US$20M in Bitcoin involved with alleged scam
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has accused the owners of Gold Coast-based business A One Multi of scamming 92 investors out of AU$25 million (US$18 million) and are now in possession of a cold wallet believed to hold almost US$20 million in Bitcoin purchased with the defrauded funds, according to a report by […]
More Chinese regional equity exchanges pilot blockchain application
Two more regional equity exchanges in the Chinese cities of Tianjin and Qingdao have been approved by the China Securities Regulatory Commission this week to pilot blockchain applications over equity trading. Fast facts The regional equity exchanges are private equity markets in provincial or municipal administrative regions for medium to micro enterprises to trade equity. […]
U.S. develops crypto-asset ‘roadmap’; is the Fedcoin on its way?
Three U.S. agencies released a joint statement outlining a plan to fast-track crypto-asset regulation in 2022.
South Korean crypto exchange acquires stake in major bank
Dunamu — the owner of Upbit, South Korea’s largest cryptocurrency exchange — became a shareholder of Woori Bank, one of the largest banks in South Korea. Fast facts Dunamu purchased 1% of Woori Financial from Korea Deposit Insurance Corporation, which recently put 9.3% of its shares in Woori on auction. Another 4% went to Eugene […]
Citigroup plans 100 hires to boost digital assets division
Citigroup is looking to enter the race toward crypto offerings by hiring 100 people for its blockchain and digital assets division, according to a Bloomberg report. Fast facts The firm has appointed Puneet Singhvi as the head of digital assets for its institutional clients group (ICG), the report said. Singhvi used to head blockchain and […]
China’s Fujian authority reiterates crackdown on crypto mining
More provinces in China are taking serious actions to crack down on crypto mining following the all-out ban announced on Sept. 24 by the country’s top authorities. Fast facts Southeast China’s Fujian provincial development and reform commission on Friday held a video conference meeting with local authorities to clarify their responsibilities and pledged to “clear […]
Digital yuan scams emerge across China as central bank readies e-CNY
Inner Mongolia police bust yet another digital yuan money laundering case.
Indian banks continue to resist crypto a week before legislation hits Parliament
As the Indian government is due to introduce crypto legislation for discussion in the Parliament next week, Indian banks are cautioning customers against investing in crypto. Fast facts According to a report by the Economic Times, HDFC, Axis and ICICI banks have sent emails to customers warning them about the risks of investing in crypto […]
South Korea financial authority now says NFTs can be taxed
South Korea’s Financial Services Commission (FSC) says some NFTs (non-fungible tokens) will be taxed from next year, overturning the finance minister’s stance on the topic announced just last month. The scope of taxable NFTs is yet to be determined by the tax authorities. Fast facts The FSC’s vice chairman Doh Kyu-sang said at the national […]
Korea stands firm on NFT games; Laos introduces crypto regulations
Korea stands firm on NFT games, meanwhile Laos introduces crypto regulations
China fintech pilot projects include e-CNY, blockchain
The Beijing Securities Regulatory Bureau released a list of a first batch of 16 fintech pilot projects. Among the listed projects, four are based on blockchain and one uses e-CNY, the central bank digital currency. The projects are for exploring regulatory frameworks and tools for fintech. Fast facts The e-CNY-based fintech project will allow users […]
Popular NFT games made in South Korea, and banned in South Korea
Despite the global boom of play-to-earn games, South Korea will still ban blockchain-based video games that reward cashable NFTs.
Norway considers banning Bitcoin mining while Laos embraces it
The Scandinavian country is concerned with potential environmental harm, while the debt-laden SE Asia nation seeks to regulate.
Chinese mining rig maker Canaan boosts self-mining business in Kazakhstan
Chinese cryptocurrency mining rig maker Canaan doesn’t seem to shy away from running its own mining business in Kazakhstan despite a power shortage situation in the Central Asian nation, which has become a popular destination for Chinese miners amid China’s clampdown on the sector. Fast facts Canaan announced today it has started joint mining operations […]
Crypto exchange Bithumb gets South Korea regulatory approval
South Korea’s Bithumb exchange has been officially registered under the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU). This makes all four major exchanges of the country licensed to operate virtual assets including cash-to-crypto services. Fast facts The FIU announced on Nov. 19 it has registered Bithumb as an official virtual asset business. The country’s other three major exchanges […]
El Salvador to build world’s first ‘Bitcoin City’ to be powered by volcanoes
El Salvador — the first country in the world to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender in September — plans on building the world’s first “Bitcoin City,” an entire city to be funded by Bitcoin bonds and powered by geothermal energy from one of the country’s many volcanoes, according to El Salvador’s official presidential Twitter page. […]
Crypto market cap plunges; South Korean banks head into metaverse
Crypto market cap plunges as South Korean banks head into metaverse
South Korea’s great crypto mystery: What’s up with Upbit at 9 am?
Every morning at Upbit, the nation’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, a brief and odd surge in random altcoin prices takes place. Which crypto will it be tomorrow?
Major South Korean banks plan virtual branches in the metaverse
The Industrial Bank of Korea (IBK) plans to launch on social media platform Cyworld Z’s metaverse. Other major banks in South Korea such as KB Kookmin, NH Nonghyup and Hana Bank plan moves toward the metaverse as well. Fast facts IBK announced yesterday its memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Cyworld Z. Cyworld Z is a […]
South Korea CBDC development continues: Bank of Korea official
Bank of Korea’s (BOK) deputy governor Bae Joon-suk says its central bank digital currency (CBDC) development is “not one step behind that of any other country.” However, South Korea still has no plan to adopt a state-backed digital currency. Fast facts Bae spoke at Bank of Korea’s online conference on payment and settlement systems yesterday, […]
How a 12-year-old boy developed an NFT voting platform for the Philippines
Blockchain-powered iVote.ph lets users ‘vote’ on NFTs depicting presidential candidates in the Philippines. Can the underlying technology be trusted?
Amid crypto crackdown Bitmain donates US$1.7M to Chinese lab
Crypto mining rig manufacturer appears to be seeking chip-making capability in the midst of supply-chain shortages.
Indians may be allowed to trade, but not pay with, crypto
While fears of a complete ban on virtual currencies have been dispelled, Indian investors are still in the lurch about what may or may not be allowed.
More Chinese crypto news services appear to become unavailable
A few more Chinese cryptocurrency news sites are currently unavailable amid the country’s ongoing clampdown on the sector. Fast facts The website of ChainNews, one of China’s largest crypto news websites, was not available as of press time on Thursday. It tweeted on Nov. 15 that the site will be down for eight to 10 […]
Bit Digital completes mining rig migration from China to US
Bit Digital, a Nasdaq-listed Bitcoin mining company headquartered in New York that had significant operations in China, said in its latest Q3 update that the exit of its mining fleet from China is now complete, with all of its miners having arrived in North America. Fast facts Bit Digital said it started the migration back in […]
Crypto exchange Coinhako receives in-principle approval for Singapore license
Singapore-based cryptocurrency trading platform Coinhako has received in-principle approval from the Monetary Authority of Singapore for a digital payment token (DPT) service license — making it the first local native cryptocurrency exchange to announce that it is close to being granted the much-coveted license. Fast facts Coinhako is now working through the conditions of its […]
How will CBDCs benefit economies in Southeast Asia?
Central banks around the world are exploring digital currencies, writes Aymeric Salley of StraitsX. Here’s why Southeast Asia may be especially ripe for them.
South Korea a metaverse hub; NFTs go from digital to physical
South Korea a metaverse hub, also NFTs go from digital to physical
TV home shopping in South Korea moves to the metaverse
A ticket to the metaverse is highly coveted in South Korea, whether it’s by an individual, a public company or a city government.
Texas faces new concerns over power grid burdens as crypto miners flood in
China’s mining exodus has flowed to the cowboy state that embraces crypto, but it might have to take into consideration the surging power loads.
Bitcoin ETFs beckon as SEC spurns sweet spot
Top blockchain and crypto news: Spot ETFs stymied as SEC stands firm. Is Bitcoin’s Taproot upgrade worth the wait? China’s crypto mining goes underground.