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Matthew De Silva

Writer, ETHNews | mdesilva@ethnews.com

Matthew is a full-time staff writer for ETHNews with a passion for law and technology. In 2016, he graduated from Georgetown University where he studied international economics and music. Matthew enjoys biking and listening to podcasts. He lives in Los Angeles and holds no value in any cryptocurrencies.
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business and finance

US Cryptocurrency Tax Liabilities Estimated At $25 Billion After 2017 Mania

Apr 6th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
After cryptocurrencies hit record highs in 2017, US investors will be on the hook for approximately $25 billion worth of cryptocurrency-related taxes, according to Fundstrat Global Advisers.
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business and finance

UK’s Financial Conduct Authority Issues Statement On Cryptocurrency Derivatives Providers

Apr 6th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Friday, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) addressed its regulatory jurisdiction over UK firms offering cryptocurrency derivatives.
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technology

Cryptocurrency Compliance Firm Chainalysis Plans Expansion, Receives Funding From Benchmark

Apr 6th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Thursday, Chainalysis launched a tool called Chainalysis KYT and revealed plans to provide its services for 10 or more cryptocurrencies by the end of 2018. The company received $16 million in Series A funding from Benchmark.
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world

[UPDATED] Reserve Bank Of India Prohibits Banking Services For Cryptocurrency Firms

Jul 5th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On April 5, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) barred regulated entities from working with businesses or individuals dealing with cryptocurrencies. However, the RBI also addressed the possibility of a central bank digital currency.
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law and legislation

Alibaba Sues ICO Firm For Trademark Infringement

Apr 4th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Monday, Alibaba filed a trademark lawsuit against Alibabacoin Foundation, an unrelated company that seems to have raised $3.5 million through an initial coin offering.
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cryptocurrencies and tokens

Cryptocurrency Trading Firms Look To OTC

Apr 4th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
To avoid the risks of exchange hacks and price slippage, some wealthy cryptocurrency investors are turning to firms that facilitate over-the-counter (OTC) trade.
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technology

Blockchain Firm CipherTrace May Receive $27,000 Contract From SEC

Apr 2nd, 2018
Matthew De Silva
With help from CipherTrace, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) may soon enhance its cryptocurrency monitoring. Today, ETHNews spoke with CipherTrace CEO Dave Jevans.
NEWS
technology

ECB, Bank Of Japan Publish Findings On Project Stella Phase 2

Mar 30th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Tuesday, the European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan released a joint report on part two of Project Stella, which focused on securities settlement systems: delivery versus payment (DvP) in a distributed ledger environment. Although securities settlement is conceptually possible in single-ledger or cross-ledger DvP systems, the banks said that additional study would be required.
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wallets and exchanges

[UPDATED] Chilean Banks Deny Service To Cryptocurrency Platforms, Firms Ask For Regulatory Guidance

Mar 30th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On March 29, Chilean media reported that BancoEstado will close an account belonging to Orionx. This follows similar reports about cryptocurrency platforms BUDA and CryptoMKT, which together called for regulatory clarification through an open letter.
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world

UK FCA Warns Against Bulgarian Cryptocurrency Derivatives Provider

Mar 29th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Thursday, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a cautionary note about Olsson Capital, a Bulgarian firm that has been offering cryptocurrency-linked financial products in the United Kingdom without authorization.
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world

Thai Digital Asset Regulation To Begin In April; Draft Decree Details Tax Standards

Mar 29th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
According to a draft version of a royal decree, ICO issuers in Thailand will have 90 days to inform the SEC of their intentions. The document also states that digital asset trades will be subject to a 15 percent capital gains tax and a seven percent value-added tax, regardless of a trade’s profitability.
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business and finance

Massachusetts Securities Division Blocks Five ICOs

Mar 28th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Tuesday, five companies that sought to conduct initial coin offerings (ICOs) in Massachusetts were ordered not to sell unregistered or non-exempt securities in the state.
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wallets and exchanges

Bitfinex Weighs Move To Switzerland

Mar 28th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
Bitfinex is reportedly considering a pivot to Switzerland.
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wallets and exchanges

No Registered Alternative Trading System Hosts Cryptocurrencies, Says SEC’s Redfearn

Mar 27th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Thursday, the SEC’s director of trading and markets stated that no registered exchanges or alternative trading systems (ATSs) currently support cryptocurrency trading. This is despite at least one company’s interest in trading digital assets through an ATS.
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business and finance

ESMA Institutes 2:1 Leverage Limit For Cryptocurrency CFDs

Mar 27th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Tuesday, the European Securities and Markets Authority published leveraging standards for CFDs and barred the sale of binary options to retail investors.
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business and finance

GAO Assesses FinTech, DLT Landscape

Mar 26th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Thursday, the Government Accountability Office offered an in-depth examination of distributed ledger technology (DLT) and accompanying financial regulation. The GAO found that 1) DLT remains in its infancy and 2) inconsistent and complicated regulation may threaten to suffocate development.
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law and legislation

Tennessee Establishes Legal Authority Of Blockchain Technology, Smart Contracts

Mar 26th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Thursday, Tennessee became the latest state to create a legal foundation for the usage of blockchain technology and “smart contracts.”
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business and finance

JPMorgan Chase Considers Independence For Quorum

Mar 23rd, 2018
Matthew De Silva
To encourage the adoption of Quorum, JPMorgan Chase is thinking about making the platform a separate company.
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business and finance

Internal Revenue Service Reminds Taxpayers To Report Cryptocurrency Gains

Mar 23rd, 2018
Matthew De Silva
Circle April 17, 2018, in your calendars – that’s the deadline to file 2017 returns and pay any taxes due to the IRS. And don’t forget about cryptocurrency gains either!
NEWS
wallets and exchanges

bitARG Exchange Tokyo Denies Reports Of Purchase By Yahoo! Japan Subsidiary

Mar 23rd, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Friday, several media outlets reported that Yahoo! Japan planned to acquire an ownership stake in bitARG Exchange Tokyo Co. Ltd. However, on its website, bitARG said that while it is studying potential partnerships, the exchange has not taken any action at this time.