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Coinbase To Invest in Singapore’s Zipmex following Acquisition Talks
Coinbase discussed acquisition deals with Zipmex. After negotiations, the two firms have agreed on strategic investments.

Singapore Regulator MAS is Exploring Use of Cases in Digital Assets
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has launched Project Guardian, a sandbox initiative that is set to explore a number of defined use cases with respect to asset tokenization on the blockchain.

Blockchain Association Singapore and Statutory Board JTC Signs MOU Deal
Blockchain Association Singapore and statutory board JTC have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to co-develop and nurture a virtual blockchain ecosystem.

Singapore Financial Regulator Says Crypto Rules Must Be Strict but Clear
Singapore Central Bank calls for clarity but maintains strict crypto regulations.

Singapore's FOMO Pay Introduces New Crypto Payment Solution for Retailers
Singapore-based major payment institution FOMO Pay has introduced a new cryptocurrency payment solution for retailers in the island city-state.

HSBC Rolls Out Metaverse Fund for Premium Clients in Singapore and Hong Kong
As the metaverse continues to gain momentum, HSBC Holdings has established a fund to render investment opportunities to its high and ultra-high net worth investors in Singapore and Hong Kong.

Singapore Passes Law to Regulate VASPs Operating Abroad
Singapore-based Virtual Assets Service Providers (VASPs) which do their business offerings or products abroad are now required to secure licensing from the relevant authorities.

Coinbase Requires Regional Users to Provide Recipient Details for Crypto Transfers
Coinbase will require regional users to provide recipients' names and addresses whenever they transfer funds to other firms or exchanges, effective in April.

Singapore to Charge Income Tax on NFT Trading, says FM Lawrence Wong
In Asia, Singapore extends tax charging on NFT transactions, local media reports.

Paxos Gets Nod to Operate Digital Payments Token Services in Singapore
It is a positive sign for Paxos as it means that the blockchain company is a compliant business and MAS is supportive to it.

Singapore's Amber Group Gets Valuation of $3B, Facilitating Potential IPO
Singaporean state investment firm Temasek Holdings Pte and other investors value cryptocurrency-trading platform Amber Group at $3 billion in a funding round.

Singaporean DBS Bank to Expand Bitcoin Offerings to Retail Traders
Singapore-based bank and financial operator DBS is on track to expand its Bitcoin trading services to its retail customers.

Fintech Investments Amount in Singapore Reached over $3.9 Billion in 2021
The fintech sector in Singapore made significant strides in 2021 by hitting $3.94 billion, with crypto and blockchain funding contributing nearly half at 1.48 billion.

Singapore Shuts down Crypto ATMs After Ban on Public Crypto Ads
All cryptocurrency ATMs in Singapore have been shut down by the Monetary Authority of Singapore, following the city-state's prohibition of all crypto-related advertisements in public spaces.

Singapore Bars Crypto Service Providers for Public Ads
In a bid to protect members of the investing public, the Monetary Authority of Singapore has prohibited all outdoor advertisements for all cryptocurrencies or digital payment tokens (DPT) service providers.

Cryptocurrency Firms Starting to See Singapore as Unhospitable, Nikkei Says
Cryptocurrency companies that were attracted to Singapore for their crypto-friendly stance have begun to realise the difficulty of legally operating in the city-state, Nikkei Asia reported.

Binance Withdraws S'pore Bourse Application, Closing Local Trading Platform by Feb
Binance Asia Services Ltd has withdrawn its application for a local license to run a bourse in crypto-friendly Singapore and shut down its trading platform.

Singapore’s OCBC Bank Weighs Launching Crypto Services Amid Surge in Customer Interests
The second-largest bank in southeast Asia – OCBC – is considering setting up a cryptocurrency service to fulfil customer demands.

Crypto Giant Circle Plans to Establish Regional Headquarters in Singapore
Circle cryptocurrency company is launching an investment arm called Circle Ventures, establishing a regional headquarters in Singapore, and expanding support for interest-yielding products and stablecoins in the region.

Coinbase and Binance Amongst the 70 Crypto Firms Awaiting Licensing, Said by MAS
American cryptocurrency trading platform, Coinbase and Binance exchange, two of the world’s largest digital currency brokerages are notably amongst the few platforms awaiting license approval from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).

First China, Now Singapore; Local Regulations Pushing Huobi Out of Asian Markets
Digital currency trading platform, Huobi Global is shutting its doors to its Singapore-based users in a bid to comply with local regulations in the country.

MAS Sees Potential in Retail-CBDC for the City-State
Despite its plans to float Project Orchid, the technology infrastructure, and the technical competencies necessary to issue a digital Singapore dollar, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is not in a hurry to follow the bandwagon.

Singapore Aims at Becoming the World’s Main Business Hub for Crypto
Singapore is striving to establish itself as a global key hub for crypto business activities. The city state's head of the financial regulator said the best way to regulate crypto is "not to clamp down or ban these things".

Binance Exchange Halts Major Crypto Services in Singapore
Binance has announced that with effect from October 26, users from Singapore will not be able to access the most basic functions of the Binance.com platform

Binance to Delist SGD Trading Pairs Amid Tightened Regulatory Scrutiny
Binance is set to limit all trading pairs involving the Singapore Dollar following the warning from the country's regulator.

Singapore’s Financial Regulator Puts Binance On Investor Alert List
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has placed Binance exchange on investor alert list, a measure that aims to tell consumers that the exchange is not authorized to offer trading services in the country.

Four Countries to Conduct Cross Border CBDC Payment Trials
The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has joined forces with the central banks of South Africa, Malaysia, Singapore, and Australia to kick start a project dubbed Dunbar aimed at testing the use CBDCs in cross border payments.

MAS Shortlists 15 Firms to Help Pilot its CBDC Program
15 candidates have been chosen to continue vying for the role to help deploy Singapore's CBDC program

Crypto Assets Custodian Hex Trust Acquires Key License from MAS
Crypto asset custodian Hex trust announced Tuesday has obtained a CMS license from the Singapore regulator- the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), according to a Bloomberg report.

Vogue Singapore Ventures into the NFT Metaverse in September Issue
Vogue Singapore has now ventured into the NFT Metaverse with the introduction of two new NFT art covers.

Australia and Singapore Authorities Completes Trial for Blockchain-based Cross-Border Document Verification
Australian and Singaporean authorities have conducted a blockchain trial for cross-border digital trade document verification.

43% Singaporean Own Cryptocurrency, Study Says
A study released on Monday shows that 43% of own Singaporean cryptocurrencies, while most of the crypto investors range between 25 to 44 years old, according to the Independent Reserve Cryptocurrency Index (IRCI).

U.S. Ranks The Most Crypto-friendly Country/Territories Worldwide; Hong Kong Takes 3rd Runner Up
A study conducted by Crypto Head shows the United States takes the lead as the crypto-friendly country or territory to adopt cryptocurrencies worldwide, while Hong Kong enjoys the fourth most crypto-friendly region.

Singapore to Pump $8.9 Million Into National Blockchain Ecosystem
The Singaporean government has deployed a US$ 8.9 million national blockchain initiative dubbed the Singapore Blockchain Innovation Program (SBIP).

Australia Uses Blockchain to Enhance Cross Border Trade With Singapore
The Australian Border Force (ABF) is launching a blockchain trial that is targeted at enhancing cross border trades with Singapore

US Blockchain Firm Ripple Considers Relocation to UK and Singapore for Better Crypto Regulatory Clarity
Ripple CEO explains why he is considering UK and Singapore as potential countries to move blockchain firm Ripple's operations to.

Singapore Employs Blockchain-Enabled Digital Health Passport for Enhanced Medical Data Management
The Singaporean administration teamed up with a local startup to establish a blockchain-powered digital health passport to boost medical records management.

Singapore Exchange Launches SGX iEdge Bitcoin Index and iEdge Ethereum Index with CryptoCompare
Singapore Exchange (SGX) will launch crypto indices—the iEdge Bitcoin Index and iEdge Ethereum Index.

Monetary Authority of Singapore Sets Up New Institute of Digital Finance for Boosting Fintech and Digital Asset Research
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has teamed up with the National Research Foundation, and the National University of Singapore to set up a research institute that will develop and support the needs of digital financial services in Asia.

Malaysia's National Stock Exchange Conducts Blockchain PoC to Digitize Bond Market
Malaysia’s national stock exchange, Bursa Malaysia will conduct a blockchain Proof-of-Concept (PoC) dubbed "Project Harbour" to explore the DLT management of the country’s bonds market.

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Commissioner Hester Peirce Agrees with Telegram CEO Pavel Durov’s Criticism of SEC
Commissioner Hester Peirce, affectionately knowns as ‘CryptoMom’, believes the SEC’s court victory over Telegram was inappropriately reached and has further stifled innovation for the United States.

MAS Announces Project Ubin’s Successful International Settlement Network in its Final Phase Report
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and government-owned conglomerate Temasek released the final report of the Singaporean CBDC project, Project Ubin. The report is the fifth and final phase of Project Ubin, Singapore’s blockchain-based multi-currency payments network prototype that was built for the financial industry and blockchain ecosystem.

MAS Completes CBDC Project Ubin Phase 5, Blockchain Sector Sees Major Growth Despite COVID-19
Sopnendu Mohanty, the Chief FinTech Officer at the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced that Phase 5 of Project Ubin has been completed, and partners of the project are already working on a production in the payments space. A new report is to be expected in the next few days, which will “articulate the last phase of experimentation of Project Ubin.” He hinted that the production is related to exchange, settlement, and will be working on releasing production inspired by Project Ubin Phase 5.

Singapore Consults China on Central Bank Digital Currency
Singapore is considering a partnership with China as it works on developing a Central Bank Digital Currency dubbed Project Ubin

Singapore Blockchain Week 2020 Sets the Stage with Global Blockchain Experts and Regulators
Singapore Blockchain Week 2020, hosted by Blockchain Association of Singapore (BAS) and co-organised by NexChange Group, will be held from 21 July to 23 July 2020. The anchor event - Singapore Blockchain Week Virtual Summit will take place on 21 July, followed by a series of meetups, workshops and investor events to be organised from 22 July to 23 July 2020.

Gemini Eyes Singapore Expansion With New Asia Pacific Managing Director
The Gemini crypto exchange, owned and operated by the Winklevoss’ Twins, has set its sights into a further expansion into the Asian market with the hiring of Jeremy Ng as Managing Director for Asia Pacific. Ng was formerly the CEO of Leonteq Asia.

Bloomberg Predicts Bitcoin Price to Surge Past $20,000 in 2020, Doubling Last Year’s High
Bloomberg predicted in its recent report that Bitcoin’s price in 2020 could reach double of last year’s high of $14,000. It further suggested that adoption is the primary Bitcoin metric, and Bloomberg takes a positive outlook on this end. Bitcoin’s price has seen a 60% decline in 2014, and at the end of 2016, Bitcoin matched the peak in 2013. If Bitcoin chooses to follow the same trend as 2016, with a 75% decline in 2018, Bitcoin is headed towards $20,000, according to Bloomberg.

China’s WeBank Makes its First Move to Take its Blockchain Global, Partnering with Singapore's OpenNodes
China’s top digital bank WeBank has announced its partnership with Singaporean government-backed OpenNodes. This partnership will allow China’s FISCO BCOS blockchain platform to be brought to Singaporean academics for innovation and new initiatives. FISCO BCOS was deemed to be China’s version of Hyperledger Fabric when it was launched in 2018. The Financial Blockchain Shenzhen Consortium (FISCO) is backed by more than 100 Chinese organizations, including Huawei, Tencent, JD Finance, and WeBank, which is partly backed by Tencent. Developed by FISCO, the enterprise blockchain protocol was the first blockchain to be supported by China’s Blockchain Service Network.

Singapore State Investor Temasek Joins Libra Association, Facebook’s Global Digital Currency Project
Singapore’s state investor, Temasek Holdings has officially been named a member of the Facebook-backed digital currency project Libra. Temasek as a portfolio value of 313 billion Singapore dollars (roughly $219 billion), making it one of the more prominent backers of Libra. The Libra Association, an independent group based in Switzerland has also welcomed crypto investor Paradigm and Slow Ventures, a private equity firm.

Why Hong Kong is Still Not Ready to Become Asia's Leader in Crypto and Blockchain
During a live webinar, as part of the UK FinTech Week, Clara Chiu, the Head of Fintech Unit & Director of Licensing at the SFC explicitly stated that Hong Kong does not have the mandate to create a large regulatory regime for cryptocurrencies or to attract more investors or players in the crypto field. Rather than promoting the crypto sector, Hong Kong is rather focused on protecting investors and promoting new regulations for the same reason. Is focusing on licensing enough for the city?

Line’s Singapore Crypto Exchange Relaunched as US-based Bitfront
Line, the Japanese messaging service has closed its Singapore-based cryptocurrency exchange and relaunched the exchange service globally from a United States-based platform.

Singapore’s Court of Appeal Finds Crypto Exchange Culpable of Malice in Momentous Ruling
In a landmark ruling, the Court of Appeal in Singapore noted that Quione, a cryptocurrency exchange, was disloyal to reverse several transactions on its network. This action constituted a breach of contract; hence the law had to take its discourse.

Binance Reaching a Larger User Base by Applying for Singapore’s New Crypto License
Crypto exchange Binance has applied for a license in Singapore under the country’s Payment Services Act, a new framework that came into effect on Jan. 28.

Singapore Payment Services Act Now in Effect For Crypto Firms
The Monetary Authority of Singapore now requires cryptocurrency providers and exchanges to be licensed under some of the same regulatory elements as traditional financial service providers.

Beyond Startups—Championing for an Ecosystem to Drive Blockchain Forward
Tribe Accelerator is Singapore’s first government-backed blockchain accelerator, on a mission to bridge the gap between blockchain startups and the traditional world. Yi Ming Ng, the Managing Director at Tribe Accelerator, believes that blockchain is beneficial to a lot of businesses from different industries. However, there has been a lot of fear and speculation around cryptocurrencies in the traditional corporate world.

The Singapore Fintech Association: Boosting the Industry with Blockchain Education
Following part one of our interview with the founding president of the Singapore FinTech Association, Chia Hock Lai, we further explored the education initiatives in the blockchain industry in Singapore.

Singapore FinTech Association Enabling the Shift Towards Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Southeast Asia
The Singapore FinTech Association (SFA) was founded in November 2016 by the founding president, Chia Hock Lai. The association is a cross-industry nonprofit initiative, aiming to facilitate collaboration in the ecosystem between market participants and stakeholders in the FinTech industry. Blockchain.News interviewed Chia Hock Lai to find out more about the leading association in Singapore.

PWC Singapore's Venture Hub: A Breeding Ground for Singaporean Unicorns
Following Part 1 of the interview, Lim Shu Ning, Director in PwC Singapore’s Venture Hub specializing in Blockchain analyzed the key challenges for startups to become a “Unicorn” in Singapore and shared with us how PwC Singapore’s Venture Hub partners with local regulators and accelerators to foster FinTech innovation in Singapore.

PwC Singapore's Venture Hub, on the Investment Sentiment of Blockchain Startups
We arranged an interview with Lim Shu Ning, Director in PwC Singapore’s Venture Hub specializing in Blockchain during the SFF, which Shu Ning shares with us the investment sentiment of Singaporean blockchain startups and the state of enterprise blockchain adoption in Singapore.

BCB Blockchain Collaborates with Philippine Government to Support Local Startups
BCB Blockchain, a Singapore-based technology firm agreed to join hands with the government of the Philippines to support the development of local startups through creating smart city projects and applications making use of their funds and blockchain protocol.

Intercontinental Exchange Plans to Launch Bakkt Bitcoin USD Cash Settled Monthly Futures
Singaporean Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) announced its plan to launch the Bakkt Bitcoin (USD) Cash Settled Monthly Futures, the first well-regulated futures platform for cryptocurrencies, on December 9.

Tezos SEA Collaborates With Singaporean Government-Backed Platform to Launch a Training Program for Tezos Developers
Tezos Southeast Asia (TSA), a non-profit-oriented arm of Tezos, has entered into a partnership with Tribe, a Singapore government-backed blockchain platform for the sole aim to launch a training program for Tezos' developers

Singapore's Central Bank Paves the Way for Regulatory Oversight of Cryptocurrency Derivatives Trading
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has revealed regulatory plans to permit the trading of cryptocurrency derivatives on select platforms. This oversight strategy is being fronted because investors are considerably favoring these products.

The Future of the Financial Sector Will Rely on Blockchain, Says Singapore’s Fintech Chief
Sopnendu Mohanty, the Chief Fintech Officer of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) spoke at a panel at Blockshow Asia 2019 held at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Center last week. In his panel on the topic of: “All that fintech with a layer of blockchain,” he explains the MAS’ role for blockchain adoption in Singapore and in Asia.

Pepo Founder Presents First DApp to be Approved by Apple
During the 2nd day of the BlockShow Asia 2019 being held in Singapore, Jason Goldberg, Pepo founder and CEO, noted that they are among the most prominent DApps globally. He also acknowledged that it was instrumental for Pepo to be the first DApp to be ascertained by Apple Pay.

Crypto Leaders Discuss Libra, China's CBDC and a Cashless Future at the Singapore Fintech Festival
A noteworthy panel followed on the topic of “defining the future of digital currency,” joined by Christian Catalini, co-creator of Libra and Head Economist of Calibra, Mu Changchun, Director-General of the Digital Currency Institute of the People’s Bank of China, HE Serey Chea, from the National Bank of Cambodia and Umar Farooq, Head of Blockchain at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

Crypto.com Joins Hands with Xfers to Enhance Cryptocurrency Adoption in Singapore
At the ongoing Singapore Fintech Festival, Crypto.com has revealed its collaboration with Xfers, a Singapore-based payment processing portal. By December 2019, the partnership seeks to permit Crypto.com users to purchase and sell crypto, such as Ripple, Ethereum and Litcoin, among others in SGD.

Singapore’s Central Bank and JP Morgan Build a Blockchain System for Multi-currency Cross-Border Payments
Blockchain has been making headlines for quite some time now and banks have been widely talking about distributed ledger technology. Several financial institutions and banks have set up innovation labs to carry out proof of concepts so that to explore modern-day technology. A few days ago, Singapore’s Central Banks and JPMorgan announced that they are working on a blockchain pilot system, which is identified to have the potential to initiate multi-currency cross-border payments.

China’s Central Bank’s DCEP is Trying to Make WeChat Pay and Alipay Redundant
Mu Changchun, the Director-General of the Institute of Digital Currency of China’s central bank, People’s Bank of China spoke at one of the panels at the Singapore Fintech Festival held at the Singapore Expo on Nov. 12 regarding the future of digital currencies.

Singapore FinTech Festival x SWITCH Highlights Day One
The Singapore FinTech Festival (SFF) and the Singapore Week of Innovation and TeCHnology (SWITCH) joined forces for the first time as SFF x SWITCH. The 5-day event began today, bringing together global innovation and the corporate sector, as well as interested members of the public.

Singaporean Company Launches World’s First Blockchain-Enabled Carbon Trading Exchange
AirCarbon Pte, a Singaporean exempt private company, has established the first-ever blockchain-powered carbon trading exchange (CTX) that will permit corporate buyers and airlines to sell and purchase tokens subsidized by carbon offset credits.

CIMB Bank Singapore Collaborates with iTrust for First-Ever Blockchain Trade Financing
CIMB Bank Singapore and iTrust have collaborated in the first-ever successful blockchain trade financing transaction.

Singapore’s Central Bank Raises Alarm About a Bitcoin Scam
Singapore’s Central Bank enlightens the public about a Bitcoin Scam with a supposed initiative known as Bitcoin Loophole where investors’ trades are run.

Exclusive: Can Onchain Custodian Fill Fidelity's Gap in Crypto Custody?
While wall street giant Fidelity tapped into the crypto custodian space, can Onchain Custodian survive under the fierce competition? Alexandre Kech, CEO of Onchain Custodian believes that they can fill Fidelity's gap in the crypto custodial market. He also explains how the surging demand in BTC futures and crypto collateral can present huge business opportunities for crypto custodians.