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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
business and finance

FCA Highlights Risks Of Cryptocurrency CFDs

Nov 14th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
Cryptocurrency "contracts for differences" are the latest product to vex the UK’s financial regulator. High leverage, price volatility, and varied fee structures make cryptocurrency CFDs “extremely high-risk, speculative products,” cautioned the FCA.
NEWS
ecosystem

Former CFTC Commissioner Offers Praise For Bitcoin Futures

Nov 14th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
To Bart Chilton, ex-commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, bitcoin futures are a sign of appropriate regulation. As the financial world grants legitimacy to cryptocurrency, moderation of financial instruments will be necessary.
NEWS
business and finance

ESMA Highlights Risks Of Token Offering Investments, Urges Regulatory Compliance By Firms

Nov 13th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On November 13, 2017, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) warned the public of the risks associated with token offering investments and reminded firms to abide by international and domestic legal requirements.
NEWS
law and legislation

Chainalysis Inks Government Contracts Worth Over $700K

Nov 11th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
The bitcoin blockchain investigation firm continues to build relationships with and provide services to the Internal Revenue Service among other agencies.
NEWS
law and legislation

Bitcoin Monitoring Efforts Downplayed By Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

Nov 10th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Thursday, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin diplomatically addressed questions about the government’s approach to bitcoin regulation and monitoring. Following the money trail, it’s obvious that the Treasury Department’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service and the IRS are much busier than he let on.
NEWS
business and finance

Banker Roundup: Financial Leaders Express Reservations About Non-Fiat Cryptocurrency

Nov 10th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
From New York to Lisbon, here’s what bankers had to say this week about bitcoin and central bank digital currencies.
NEWS
law and legislation

Two More Years In Prison For Ex-Secret Service Agent Who Stole Government-Seized Bitcoin

Nov 9th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Tuesday, former Secret Service agent Shaun Bridges was sentenced to two years in prison. In August, he pled guilty to money laundering related to the theft of government-seized bitcoin.
NEWS
business and finance

SEC Chair Jay Clayton Warns Of Insider Trading Of Cryptocurrency Tokens

Nov 8th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Wednesday, SEC Chair Jay Clayton addressed the PLI’s Annual Institute on Securities Regulation. He delivered a speech entitled “Governance and Transparency at the Commission and in Our Markets,” in which he shared concerns about token offerings and secondary cryptocurrency markets.
NEWS
wallets and exchanges

CME Will Institute Limits On Bitcoin Futures

Nov 8th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
To prevent severe price fluctuations of its bitcoin futures, CME Group will institute tiered trading halts and hard caps. The company currently uses limits for stock market futures among other financial products.
NEWS
cryptocurrencies and tokens

Bitcoin May Become A New Asset Class Says Chair Emeritus Of CME Group, Leo Melamed

Nov 8th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
Last week, CME Group Inc. announced that it will soon offer bitcoin futures trading.
NEWS
business and finance

Tapping Out On Tapscott: Marketing Scandal Knocks Out NextBlock Global

Nov 7th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
Over the last week, blockchain darling Alex Tapscott has fallen from good graces. After a Forbes exposé revealed that Tapscott’s NextBlock Global distributed deceitful investor documents, the venture capital firm has lost the support of two major banks in Canada and reneged on its plan to go public.
NEWS
world

People’s Bank Of China Maintains Focus On State-Backed Cryptocurrency Amid Bitcoin Clampdown

Nov 7th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
Nowhere is the showdown between private and government-backed cryptocurrency more obvious than in China. As regulators squash bitcoin exchanges and token offerings, officials from the PBoC maintain interest in creating a central bank-issued digital currency.
ecosystem

Devcon3: Day 4 Recap

Nov 5th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
The last four days have felt like an absolute marathon, but luckily, developers know how to pace themselves. On the fourth day of Devcon, we finished strong with presentations on protocols, supply chains, stable coins, and more.
ecosystem

Devcon3: Day 3 Recap

Nov 4th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
We’re in full swing in Cancún. From Solidity and zkSNARKs to identity management and trusted data feeds, here are the key takeaways from the third day of presentations.
ecosystem

Devcon3: Exploring The Ethereum Blockchain With Etherscan

Nov 3rd, 2017
Matthew De Silva
Who is the average Ethereum user? In a presentation on Thursday afternoon, the founder of Etherscan answered exactly that question, offering insights into the demographics of blockchain and cryptocurrency users.
ecosystem

Devcon3: Day 2 Afternoon Recap

Nov 3rd, 2017
Matthew De Silva
In the latter portion of day 2, attendees listened to a development update from Swarm as well as presentations on hardware security, Raiden, and the Ethereum Name Service.
NEWS
wallets and exchanges

Devcon3: Day 2 Morning Brief – A Big Day For Wallets

Nov 2nd, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On the second day of Devcon3, attendees were treated to a live demonstration of puppeth, received an introduction to WALLETH, and learned about a new hardware wallet by Status.
interviews

Devcon3: ETHNews Exclusive With Vitalik Buterin

Nov 2nd, 2017
Matthew De Silva
The affable wunderkind and chief scientist of the Ethereum Foundation talks living to infinity, general friendliness, his dad, and quantum computing. Doge, Cheshire cats, and unicorns are cool; proof-of-work, not so much.
ecosystem

Devcon3: Coin Center Provides Regulatory Update And Look Ahead

Nov 1st, 2017
Matthew De Silva
Emphasizing the importance of regulatory compliance, Coin Center’s Jerry Brito and Peter Van Valkenburgh delivered one of Devcon3’s first presentations. Brito provided a recap of significant regulatory updates from the last year while Van Valkenburgh provided insight into anti-money laundering and securities considerations, both key issues going forward.
ecosystem

China’s Cryptocurrency Exchanges Close Tomorrow, What Does This Mean?

Oct 30th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
In less than 24 hours, China’s cryptocurrency exchanges will officially cease trading. Amid rumors that the ban will be cancelled, several exchanges are reportedly launching P2P OTC cryptocurrency trading services. With bitcoin touching $6,000, tomorrow’s events could have a significant impact on all markets.