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Central Bank of Spain requires cryptocurrency companies to register in the country

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The Bank of Spain (BDE) made available on Thursday (21) an electronic form for registering individuals and companies wishing to initiate or formalize operations with cryptocurrencies. The call comes a week after the agency formally sent a notice on the subject to the country’s financial institutions.

According to the BDE, registration is mandatory for companies operating in the cryptocurrency sector, regardless of whether they already have registration with the country’s central financial agency, that is, even banks. Such a requirement could confuse financial entities already licensed in Spain, as they are already directly supervised, Coindesk commented.

“The obligation to register in this form applies to all individuals or legal entities that provide exchange services between virtual and fiduciary currency and custody, regardless of whether they are also registered in other administrative records at the Bank of Spain or other competent authorities”, says a short excerpt from the BDE instructions.

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Another point is what clarifies the BDE about the registration of individuals who work in the exchange service in Spain, such as P2Ps. Something that the central bank makes clear is that these actors must register “regardless of the location of the service recipients”. However, both individuals and corporations will have to adapt or revise their money laundering policy.

Entities now have one week to start the registration process and deliver documentation. The BDE advises that “it is advisable to submit all documents complete from the start to avoid delays in processing the order”.

Cryptocurrencies in Spain

About four months ago, the BDE said it would provide instructions and the necessary forms to apply for registration. But the instructions have only just arrived, with just 7 days to go before the registration deadline.

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Another point of action by the BDE is the lack of clarity, since the entity works as the country’s central bank, but under the supervision of the European Central Bank (ECB).

The Spanish bank BBVA, for example, already has a bitcoin trading and custody service in Switzerland. CaixaBank, the third largest Spanish bank, is also preparing to explore the cryptocurrency sector with startup Onyze.

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Anthony Scaramucci: Cryptocurrency Markets Had Their Black Friday On November 26

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Anthony Scaramucci believes that the fundamentals behind the cryptocurrency industry are enough to be bullish during panic episodes.

Today was an ugly day for the cryptocurrency world. In fact, it was a bad day for the financial markets in general. The U.S. stock indexes fell 2% on average, the FTSE lost 3.64%, the DAX was down 4.15%, oil futures tumbled more than 10%, and cryptocurrencies lost more than $200 billion in capitalization.

All because of fears of a new strain of COVID-19 that had speculators and analysts brainstorming scenarios of a possible new lockdown. Recently, scientists discovered the B.1.1.529 variant of the coronavirus. It has a high number of mutations that could make it immune to the antidotes developed to date.

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Stock Markets in Nov. 26, 2021. Source: CNN
Stock Markets in Nov. 26, 2021. Source: CNN

Anthony Scaramucci is Bullish on Bearish Times

However, while some are rushing to sell their assets in fear, others take advantage of the situation to fill their pockets. Anthony Scaramuci, Trump’s former Comms director during his tenure in the White House, is one of them.

In a recent interview for CNBC, the Founder of SkyBridge Capital explained that this panic episode (the biggest since the 2020 crash) is nothing but a Black Friday and that people should take advantage of it to inject money into strategic investments as government monetary policies do not give much reason to be optimistic.

“If the Fed is not tapering, this is a buying opportunity. It’s Black Friday, and things are on sale.”

Discussing the cryptocurrency market, Scaramucci called for calm. He explained that the fears that led to the fall do not affect the fundamentals and that while there is a market overreaction, in the big picture, cryptocurrencies have enough reason to emerge stronger from this economic episode.

“If you believe in the long-term fundamentals as we do, this is the time to be buying. I just think this is a risk-off situation right now. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies being volatile, that’s taking people out of the game. That’s also washing out some of the leverage, which I think sets up a pretty nice first quarter.”

Cryptocurrencies Are Doing Just Fine All Things Considered

Scaramucci is not the only bullish person in this sea of tears. Ricardo Salinas Pliego – the third richest man in Mexico – recommended his Twitter followers to buy Bitcoin as a hedge against the consequences of irresponsible U.S. policies.

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Good old USA is looking more and more like any other irresponsible third world country….wow…look at the scale of fake money creation.
Buy #Bitcoin right now. https://t.co/xzv0xk2TQq pic.twitter.com/JMslqlagLE

— Ricardo Salinas Pliego (@RicardoBSalinas) November 24, 2021

Salinas Pliego defends the thesis that Bitcoin is the equivalent of digital gold and acts as a store of value. Scaramucci, for his part, does not share this view.

“I don’t think it’s a hedge against inflation at this moment in time. I think (it could be in the) long term, if you got to a billion wallets, and Bitcoin is in a stable trading zone … This is sort of Amazon in the year 2000, so this comes with some volatility.”

Volatile or not, Scaramucci still believes that cryptocurrency markets have reacted in a healthy way to what could be bloodshed —considering previous crises.

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Economic analyst Alex Krueger agrees with this position, highlighting that cryptocurrency traders fared better than traditional investors on this Black Friday.

Crypto tanked due to extreme risk off sentiment triggered by the new covid variant. It would have crashed in the same way had prices been much lower. Not a matter of euphoria. Crypto assets performed well relative to other asset classes such the crude oil complex and small caps.

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Central Bank of Brazil selects 7 projects for sandbox and includes JP Morgan currency exchange solution

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The Central Bank of Brazil announced on Thursday (25) which projects were selected for the first cycle of Sandbox BC, a program of the entity that aims to encourage innovation. In this first phase, the BC team focused on projects dealing with solutions for the foreign exchange market, such as JP Morgan, which is focused on immediate transactions between currencies.

According to the organization, in this phase, seven projects were selected, among the 52 enrolled, and that will now be able to count on BC’s help to get off the ground. Approved projects will receive specific authorization from the regulatory agency and will have their development monitored by the Strategic Management Committee of Sandbox BC (Cesb).

For César Frade, who coordinates the Committee’s advisory, if the response to these solutions is positive, the organization must create ways to embrace them.

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“The purpose is to evaluate new experiences, innovative business models. The BC will analyze whether these proposals that were presented to us make sense, can be put into effect”, said Frade in the statement.

Payment solution using Itaucard’s PIX and Mercadopago’s service network are also on the list of the Sandbox BC program. See below in alphabetical order which companies had their projects selected and a brief description of each one

OTC Scholarship

Platform for issuance and secondary trading of private fixed income securities.

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himov

Loan with property guarantee, with payment on maturity and without periodic amortizations, in conjunction with the taking out of specific insurance to reduce relevant risks.

inco

Development of a secondary market for Bank Credit Bills — CCBs.

Itaucard

Carrying out payment transactions with credit granting, revolving or in installments, using PIX functionalities.

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Iupi

Platform capable of moving amounts between two or more accounts, by transferring amounts to ‘temporary or settlement’ accounts, on demand, to carry out an operation under previously signed conditions.

JP Morgan

Technological solution for the execution of multi-currency payment instructions, for exclusive use between institutions authorized by the BC to operate in the foreign exchange market for the purpose of immediate exchange of reserves.

paid market

Implementation of a network of physical points that offers the service of contribution of resources in kind.

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Jerome Powell’s reappointment, a setback for cryptocurrency – Mike Novogratz

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  • Novogratz says Powell second term is setback for crypto.
  • Galaxy Investment Partners CEO says Powell does not understand US economy.
  • Novogratz predict bullish future for crypto with institutional investors.

Ex-hedge fund manager and CEO Galaxy Investment Partners, Mike Novogratz, has frowned at the reappointment of Jerome Powell as chairman Federal Reserve.

Novogratz is of the opinion that a second tenure for Jerome Powell would slow down cryptocurrency markets, the Nasdaq, and “all assets.” He said this as a Bitcoiner and not an investor noting that Powell could be detrimental to the markets’ growth.

He said during a CNBC interview that, in his opinion, Powell has failed to understand the political and economic reality of the United States, which reflects on the market.

Novogratz explains realities of US economy

The CEO said cryptoers are getting bearish on Jerome Powell’s appointment following the change in the Marco story.

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He noted that inflations are high in bad ways in the US, questioning what the fed would do.

“We have inflation showing up, you know, in pretty bad ways in the US So, we can see, is the Fed going to have to move a little faster … That would slow all assets down. It would slow the Nasdaq down. It would slow crypto down if we have to start raising rates much faster than we thought.

He noted that the US is experiencing its highest inflation in 30 years. At 6.2 percent annually, the consequences are already starting to ripple through the rest of the world, with 39 of the 46 world’s largest economies showing higher inflation year-on-year.

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According to Novogratz, with Powell being tipped for a second term, he can be more aggressive with his policies without needing to measure his actions so as not to put his job at risk.

Jerome Powell aside, Novogratz focused on cryptocurrency

The CEO hinted that he is all about the crypto space predicting a bullish future for the currency in the near future.

As CEO of Galaxy Digital, he has to study market trends and expectations constantly. He assures that the more distant future looks promising for cryptocurrencies after the short-term ups and downs.

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He also states that more and more institutional investors continue to enter the crypto space a catalyst for growth in the crypto space.

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