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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.
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.
world

Are The Kids High On Bitcoin? South Korean Prime Minister Worries

Nov 29th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
According to a statement released on November 28, 2017, the prime minister of South Korea is concerned by the influx of young investors into cryptocurrency, which he worries could expose them to a life of crime.
NEWS
law and legislation

Fed Chair Nominee Powell Testifies On Bitcoin & Blockchain Technology

Nov 28th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
Earlier today, Jerome Powell testified before the Senate Banking Committee, an early step in the process to his confirmation as chair of the Federal Reserve. Cryptocurrency is “not big enough” to matter just yet, said Powell, but he signaled interest in blockchain technology, possibly applied to wholesale payments systems.
NEWS
law and legislation

Taiwan To Use Singapore As Model For Digital Asset Regulation

Nov 28th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Friday, FSC chairman Wellington Koo said Taiwan will pattern its cryptocurrency and token offering regulation after Singapore’s approach. Each state has offered a welcoming environment with restrained regulation.
NEWS
business and finance

Nowotny Worries Central Banks Could Be Scapegoats In Bitcoin Collapse

Nov 27th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
European Central Bank Governing Council member Ewald Nowotny has been quite vocal about cryptocurrency regulation. Now, he worries that investors may blame central banks if bitcoin falters.
opinion

After Tether: Designing Central Bank Digital Currencies

Nov 24th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
We’ve got a problem on our hands: private companies are creating digital equivalents of national currencies. Here’s why central banks must get a handle on this burgeoning issuance mechanism.
NEWS
business and finance

Bank Of Japan Official: Digital Currencies Will Not Supplant Physical Money Soon

Nov 22nd, 2017
Matthew De Silva
Despite the exuberance surrounding cryptocurrency, it will be difficult to achieve dramatic change in the financial sector. On Wednesday, a senior official for the Bank of Japan tempered expectations for digital currency.
NEWS
world

ECB President Mario Draghi: Cryptocurrency ‘Pretty Limited’

Nov 21st, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Monday, the president of the European Central Bank shrugged off the implications of digital currency adoption, continuing the institution’s blasé public attitude toward increasingly popular non-fiat cryptocurrencies.
cryptocurrencies and tokens

Charitable Token Offerings

Nov 23rd, 2017
Matthew De Silva
Paralleling the social evolution of mainstream crowdfunding, token offerings are now arriving in humorous and altruistic iterations.
opinion

The Six Relatives You’ll Encounter During A Cryptocurrency Thanksgiving

Nov 23rd, 2017
Matthew De Silva
This November, we can all be grateful for gobbling up cryptocurrency gains. As you gather with family and friends for a Thanksgiving meal, here are the six relatives you are bound to sit down with.
NEWS
world

ECB Council Member Nowotny Contemplates Cryptocurrency Regulatory Efforts

Nov 17th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
As bitcoin hovers around $8,000, central bankers have taken notice of the cryptocurrency markets. On Thursday, the governor of the Austrian Central Bank raised questions about the need for cryptocurrency regulation.
NEWS
ecosystem

Rescuing Stranded Ether With Ethereum Improvement Proposal 156

Nov 17th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
After the recent Parity disaster, EIP 156 was suggested as a potential solution. Although that objective is beyond its scope, EIP 156 could still accomplish a lot of good.
law and legislation

Supreme Court Of India Requests Answers To Petition For Cryptocurrency Regulation

Nov 16th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
In India, legal treatment of cryptocurrency remains murky. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of India requested clarification from a myriad of government agencies.
NEWS
business and finance

Bitcoin Futures Threaten Destabilization, Warns Interactive Brokers Group CEO

Nov 16th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
Taking out a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal is one way to get the attention of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. That’s exactly what Thomas Peterffy, chairman and CEO of Interactive Brokers, did to sound the alarm about bitcoin futures.
law and legislation

Cryptocurrency Tax Fairness Amendment Not Adopted By House Tax Reform Bill

Nov 15th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
Last night, the Cryptocurrency Tax Fairness Act was offered as an amendment to the House tax reform bill. The amendment was not adopted, but Coin Center applauded the bipartisan effort.
NEWS
business and finance

Bitcoin Futures Will Expand ‘Investment Universe’ For World’s Third-Largest Hedge Fund

Nov 15th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Tuesday, the CEO of Man Group indicated that his firm would dabble in cryptocurrency if CME makes a listing for bitcoin futures.