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Matthew De Silva

Writer, ETHNews | mdesilva@ethnews.com

Matthew is a writer with a passion for emerging technology. Prior to joining ETHNews, he interned for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as well as the OECD. He graduated cum laude from Georgetown University where he studied international economics. In his spare time, Matthew loves playing basketball and listening to podcasts. He currently lives in Los Angeles. Matthew is a full-time staff writer for ETHNews.
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law and legislation

Senator Wyden Submits Letter To FinCEN On Cryptocurrency Monitoring

Dec 14th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On December 14, 2017, Senator Ron Wyden sent a letter to the US Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network to inquire about its oversight and regulation of cryptocurrency transactions.
NEWS
law and legislation

South Korea Considers Capital Gains Tax For Cryptocurrency

Dec 13th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Wednesday, a collection of South Korean ministries held an emergency meeting to discuss cryptocurrency. The country’s regulators may institute a capital gains tax on cryptocurrency and prevent youngsters from signing up for trading platforms.
NEWS
business and finance

Australian Central Bank Discusses Digitization of AUD

Dec 13th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
The governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia discussed the potential for an electronic version of the Australian dollar, which could one day operate using distributed ledger technology. He also touched upon the challenges of private versus public issuance mechanisms.
NEWS
business and finance

Vanguard To Utilize Blockchain-Based Index Pricing In Early 2018

Dec 12th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
This week, the Vanguard Group ($4.8 trillion in assets under management) announced its collaboration with Symbiont and CRSP on blockchain-based index data sharing. If their pilot is successful, automation of CRSP index data and intra-day updates will occur over a private blockchain network in early 2018.
NEWS
law and legislation

SEC Chairman Jay Clayton Releases Statement On Cryptocurrency And Token Offerings

Dec 11th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On the afternoon of December 11, 2017, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton released a statement directed to “Main Street” investors and market professionals regarding his general views on cryptocurrency and the market for token offerings (ICOs).
NEWS
law and legislation

Breaking: SEC Institutes Cease And Desist Against Munchee, No Civil Penalty

Dec 11th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
Today, the regulator for the US securities market announced that it had taken a bite out of a token offering. However, the SEC decided not to impose a civil penalty because the company undertaking the offering had taken prompt remedial action and cooperated with the SEC.
NEWS
business and finance

Banks Hesitate To Offer Brokerage Services For Bitcoin Futures

Dec 9th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
At least initially, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Citigroup Inc. among others will not facilitate customer involvement in bitcoin futures, which will be launched by CBOE this Sunday. However, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. will provide access for select customers.
NEWS
world

Bulgarian Banks Limit Bitcoin Exchanges, Authorities Hold $3 Billion In Limbo

Dec 8th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
Cryptocurrency still depends largely on fiat touchpoints. As banks prevent cryptocurrency exchanges from operating in Bulgaria, it’s unclear how the situation will shake out. Meanwhile, Bulgarian authorities themselves hold a massive number of bitcoins.
NEWS
business and finance

Cryptocurrency Derivatives: Tokyo Financial Exchange Moves Forward, South Korea Enacts Ban

Dec 8th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
As if bitcoin itself has not inspired sufficient confusion and various reactions, now regulators must contend with cryptocurrency derivatives.
NEWS
business and finance

Cryptocurrency Derivatives: CBOE Responds To FIA President’s Open Letter

Dec 8th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
This Sunday, the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) is slated to become the first traditional institution to offer bitcoin derivatives, a development that has raised concerns from the Futures Industry Association (FIA) among others. This morning, ETHNews spoke with CBOE, which provided a response to an open letter from FIA to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) chairman.
NEWS
technology

ASX To Use Distributed Ledger Technology In Place Of CHESS

Dec 7th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
DLT, mate? “Yes, please,” says the Australian Securities Exchange.
NEWS
cryptocurrencies and tokens

Steam Suspends Support For Bitcoin Payments

Dec 7th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
Steam is letting some air out of the alleged cryptocurrency bubble. The decision to drop bitcoin from its payment options portend challenges to bitcoin functioning as a currency for several reasons.
NEWS
business and finance

NYSE Exercises Patience On Bitcoin Derivatives

Dec 6th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
Finally, a moment of sanity.
NEWS
wallets and exchanges

Finding Van Der Velde: A Mission To Unmask The CEO Of The World’s Largest Bitcoin Exchange

Dec 6th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
Will the real J. L. van der Velde please stand up?
NEWS
business and finance

In 144 Hours, Bitcoin Derivatives Begin Trading On CBOE’s Futures Exchange

Dec 4th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
Set your timer.
NEWS
world

UK Negotiates Cryptocurrency Amendments To EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive

Dec 4th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
The United Kingdom is working to bring cryptocurrency trading platforms and wallet providers under the auspices of European Union regulation.
business and finance

CFTC Releases Statement After Self-Certification Of Bitcoin Futures And Binary Options

Dec 1st, 2017
Matthew De Silva
As traditional exchanges announce bitcoin derivatives, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission shared an update about its oversight of cryptocurrency markets.
NEWS
business and finance

Nasdaq, Cantor Fitzgerald Hope To Launch Bitcoin Futures In 2018

Dec 1st, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Wednesday, Nasdaq and Cantor Fitzgerald became the latest financial giants to proclaim interest in offering bitcoin derivatives. But with the new wave of interest, we must examine whether bitcoin’s value is being driven by its utility or simply its scarcity.
NEWS
law and legislation

Court Issues Ruling In Coinbase IRS Case

Nov 30th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
Update on the IRS Summons on Coinbase – The Court has issued an order directing Coinbase to produce specified documents for customer accounts with at least the equivalent of $20,000 in any one transaction type (buy, sell, send, or receive) in any one year during the 2013 to 2015 period.
wallets and exchanges

bitFlyer Receives BitLicense, Begins Institutional Bitcoin Trading In US

Nov 29th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Tuesday, Japanese bitcoin exchange bitFlyer announced the launch of a San Francisco-based subsidiary that will serve institutional investors and has received approval for a BitLicense from the NYDFS.