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Matthew De Silva

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Matthew has a passion for law and technology. He graduated from Georgetown University, where he studied international economics and music. Matthew enjoys biking and listening to tech podcasts. He lives in Los Angeles.
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business and finance

CFTC Creates Subcommittees On Distributed Ledger Technology And Virtual Currencies

Feb 14th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
Love is in the air. On Valentine’s Day 2018, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission showed some affection for blockchain and virtual currency.
NEWS
cryptocurrencies and tokens

Salon Takes A Cut Through Monero Mining Option

Feb 14th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
Salon has introduced an ad-suppressing beta program. Site visitors who normally use ad blocker extensions can opt to mine cryptocurrency for Salon rather than disable their beloved ad blockers.
NEWS
business and finance

ECB President Mario Draghi Responds To Blockchain, Cryptocurrency Questions

Feb 13th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
Would the ECB President invest in bitcoin? What’s his impression of blockchain technology?
NEWS
cryptocurrencies and tokens

A Cryptocurrency Crisis? IMF’s Lagarde Keeps Eyes Peeled For Next Financial Disaster

Feb 13th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
Just days after calling cryptocurrency regulation “inevitable,” the IMF’s managing director questioned whether cryptocurrency could be the root of the next financial crisis.
NEWS
business and finance

European Supervisory Authorities Issue Consumer Warning Regarding Cryptocurrency

Feb 12th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Monday, the regulatory trio that makes up the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) issued a warning about the financial dangers inherent in virtual currency ownership.
NEWS
opinion

What Was Missing From The Senate Banking Committee’s Hearing On Cryptocurrency?

Feb 10th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Tuesday, the SEC and CFTC chairmen testified before the Senate Banking Committee. The regulators answered many important questions and showcased their cryptocurrency enforcement efforts, but there are vital topics that did not come up during the two-hour session.
NEWS
world

French And German Central Bankers, Finance Ministers Want G20 Discussion Of Cryptocurrency

Feb 9th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
In a joint letter to the finance minister of Argentina, the central bank governors and finance ministers of France and Germany made several requests related to the cryptocurrency markets and the upcoming G20 meetings.
NEWS
business and finance

Federal Reserve Officials Question Viability Of Stateless Digital Currency

Feb 9th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
This week, officials and economists from the Federal Reserve System expressed doubts about the practicality of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
NEWS
business and finance

Trump To Nominate Tax Attorney Charles Rettig To Lead IRS

Feb 8th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Thursday, the White House issued a statement about the impending nomination of Charles P. Rettig as commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
NEWS
law and legislation

NY Department Of Financial Services Issues Strong Guidance To Virtual Currency Businesses

Feb 8th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Wednesday, the NYDFS published guidance for virtual currency businesses, clearly explaining their responsibilities to monitor for fraudulent activity and market manipulation, and report findings in a timely fashion.
NEWS
wallets and exchanges

Bitfinex Critic Has Twitter Account Briefly Suspended, Faces Possible Death Threats

Feb 7th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Wednesday, a prominent critic of the Bitfinex cryptocurrency exchange had their Twitter account suspended. (It has since been restored.) They allege that Bitfinex employed a Twitter bot army to mass report revealing tweets. In the reddit sphere, there are unsubstantiated rumors of a bitcoin bounty being placed on the critic’s head through the dark web.
NEWS
cryptocurrencies and tokens

SEC’s 2018 Examination Priorities Include Cryptocurrency And ICOs

Feb 7th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Wednesday, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations released its 2018 examination priorities. The document included a section dedicated to cryptocurrency, initial coin offerings (ICOs), secondary market trading, and blockchain.
NEWS
cryptocurrencies and tokens

Seven Takeaways From The SEC And CFTC’s Testimony On Virtual Currency

Feb 7th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
Questions from senators focused on consumer protection, investor education efforts, exchange regulation and market manipulation, and the potential value of distributed ledger technology.
NEWS
business and finance

China To Obstruct Cryptocurrency Websites Using ‘Great Firewall’

Feb 5th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
Continuing its crusade against cryptocurrency, China reportedly plans to limit domestic participation in foreign initial coin offerings (ICOs) and international virtual currency transactions.
NEWS
law and legislation

UPDATED: SEC, CFTC Testimony Released In Advance Of Senate Banking Committee Hearing On Virtual Currency

Feb 5th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Monday, the testimony to be given by the SEC and CFTC chairmen was posted on the Senate Banking Committee website. The hearing is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. EST, February 6, 2018.
NEWS
business and finance

CME President Hesitant To Develop Additional Cryptocurrency Derivatives

Feb 3rd, 2018
Matthew De Silva
Be quick but don’t hurry. Have traditional exchanges stumbled by rushing virtual currency derivatives to market?
NEWS
business and finance

German President Hopes Financial Sector Stems Cryptocurrency Bubble

Feb 2nd, 2018
Matthew De Silva
At an event on Thursday, German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier told his audience that the financial sector has a responsibility to avert cryptocurrency bubbles and speculation.
NEWS
technology

Italian Power Company Enel Has “No Interest Whatsoever” In Supplying Energy For Cryptocurrency Mining

Feb 2nd, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Thursday, Enel strongly countered rumors that it would seek to provide its services to cryptocurrency miners.
NEWS
business and finance

Buy Cryptocurrency With A Credit Card? A Warning From Coinbase

Feb 1st, 2018
Matthew De Silva
In their rush to buy cryptocurrencies, some investors have made purchases using credit cards. For reasons such as default risk and fraud protection, this could be problematic. Now, some credit card companies are reportedly classifying cryptocurrency purchases as cash advances.
NEWS
business and finance

CFTC Considers Self-Certification Process Used To List Bitcoin Derivatives

Feb 1st, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Wednesday, as part of its Market Risk Advisory Committee Meeting, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission hosted a discussion on the self-certification process, which was used by several exchanges to list bitcoin derivatives products.