Demand for widely used euro stablecoin is huge, says DeFi expert

The market capitalization of Tether (USDT), a United States dollar-pegged stablecoin, is currently over $65 billion. USD Coin (USDC), another stablecoin backed by the U.S. dollar, clocks in near $55 billion. Some reports estimate that the total market cap of dollar-backed stablecoins is over $160 billion. Despite this success of dollar-based stablecoins, there has not … Read more

Alleged Hydra Administrator Refuses to Provide Access to His Crypto Wallet, Report Claims – Bitcoin News

A Moscow court has ordered the seizure of the crypto wallet of one of the alleged administrators of darknet market Hydra. Media reports reveal, however, that the man — who was arrested in Russia in mid-April — is refusing to share access to his presumed crypto stash with Russian law enforcement. Investigators Fail to Obtain … Read more

‘DeFi in Europe has no lobby,’ says co-founder of Unstoppable Finance

Currently, trialogue for the Markets in Crypto Assets (MiCA) and Transfer of Funds (TFR) regulations is underway in the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers, which will be concluded in a few weeks.  If adopted, the TFR would, according to experts, impose a vast financial surveillance regime on the European decentralized … Read more

German BaFin official calls for ‘innovative’ EU-wide DeFi regulation

Birgit Rodolphe, an executive director at Germany’s Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) has called for innovative and uniform regulation of the decentralized finance (DeFi) space throughout the European Union (EU). BaFin is Germany’s financial regulatory body responsible for regulating banks, insurance firms, and financial institutions including cryptocurrency companies. BaFin is the issuer of “crypto custody … Read more

This week’s Law Decoded: Is depegging a real threat to financial stability?

This week will be remembered as the one when the stablecoins showed an unexpected ability to depeg. Terra’s TerraUSD (UST) dropped to a shocking $0.29 following the general meltdown of both crypto and financial markets, but it was also the headliner of stablecoins’ niche, while Tether (USDT) lost the balance and slid to $0.96 for … Read more

Bitcoin investment giant Grayscale debuts ETF in Europe

Crypto investment giant Grayscale is expanding operations by launching a new crypto-linked exchange-traded fund (ETF) in Europe. Grayscale officially announced its first European ETF, called Grayscale Future of Finance UCITS ETF, on May 16. The new investment product is getting listings on major European stock exchanges, including the London Stock Exchange, Borsa Italiana as well … Read more

Germany Declares Crypto Gains Tax-Free After 1 Year — Even if Used for Staking, Lending – Taxes Bitcoin News

The German Ministry of Finance has published a letter officially confirming that the sale of crypto assets is tax-free after one year even if the coins are used for staking and lending. How Crypto Gains Are Taxed in Germany The German Ministry of Finance announced Wednesday that it has published a letter on the income … Read more

Onecoin ‘Crypto Queen’ Ruja Ignatova Listed Among Europe’s Most Wanted – Bitcoin News

Ruja Ignatova, mastermind of the notorious pyramid Onecoin, is now one of Europe’s most wanted fugitives. Also known as the “Crypto Queen,” she disappeared almost five years ago, after the Ponzi scheme she led collected billions of dollars from defrauded investors around the world. Europol Seeks Information on Onecoin Inventor’s Whereabouts The European Union Agency … Read more

Germany outlines favorable tax guidelines, gains on BTC and ETH sold after a year tax-free

The Federal Ministry of Finance (BaFin) published a 24-page document on May 10 outlining clear income tax rules for cryptocurrency and virtual assets. Tax practitioners, businesses and individual taxpayers now have clear direction on the tax requirements of acquiring, trading and selling cryptocurrencies. The key takeaway is that individuals that sell BTC or ETH after … Read more