Bitcoin Should be Part of Your Retirement Plan, Says Scaramucci

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Former White House Chief of Communications, Anthony Scaramucci, continues to tout cryptocurrencies as an integral part of people’s financial future.

Anthony Scaramucci has been a proponent of digital currencies for a while now, specifically bitcoin (BTC). In a recent interview with 401K Specialist magazine, he doubled down on his push for Americans to invest sooner rather than later in the world’s most popular digital currency.

While Scaramucci does warn that investing in such a volatile currency should be done in “bite-size, digestible chunks,” he firmly believes that bitcoin should be part of people’s retirement plans. Even if it is just a small amount. In fact, the volatility of digital currencies is exactly why he believes in investing in bitcoin. The co-founder of SkyBridge Capital said that:

“People can trade within their 401k without tax consequences. If we’re right about bitcoin and I was your financial advisor, I would tell you that over the next 100 years, this is the technology that people are going to use for a large swath of commerce on the planet.”

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Turkish Central Bank Considers Becoming Bitcoin Custodian

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Turkey’s fiat currency, the Lira (TRY), is in serious trouble – especially against Bitcoin – with consumer price inflation reaching an alarming 16% in March of this year. In January of 2008, the Lira traded at near-parity with the US Dollar but is currently near its all time low of 8.5 TRY to the USD.

Perhaps in response to the surging demand for reliable hard money alternatives like Bitcoin, the Turkish central bank, the CBRT, banned cryptocurrency as a payment method for goods and services in mid-April of this year.

The Plan

The subsequent failure of two Turkish crypto exchanges, Thodex and Vebitcoin, was perhaps a fairly predictable consequence of the harsh and sweeping new restrictions. While the CBRT’s governor has denied any blanket ban of crypto, according to a report published on Bloomberg and attributed to a senior government official, the CBRT is now planning to aggressively regulate the Turkish crypto industry. Much of the proposed regulation appears designed to prevent further exchange failures.

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Tesla urged to review its payment practices after two Australian buyers lose thousands to scammers

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When Andrea Hammond decided to buy a Tesla 3 electric vehicle, her choice was not about the car's slick design or prestige badge.

"Spending that amount of money was not an easy decision, but my commitment to wanting to drive without polluting the atmosphere was my motivation," she said.

"The Tesla cars seemed to stack up in terms of being a car that I could drive for the rest of my days."

At first, the process of buying a Tesla seemed as modern as the car itself.

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Coinbase to Pay $6.5 Million to Settle CFTC Investigation Over Trading

Cryptocurrency-exchange operator Coinbase Inc. agreed Friday to pay $6.5 million to settle regulatory claims that it reported misleading information about its trading volumes.

Coinbase, which last year filed plans to go public, resolved the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s investigation without admitting or denying the regulator’s claims. The outcome clears one cloud hanging over Coinbase as it prepares to become a public company through a direct listing on the Nasdaq Stock Market.

Coinbase issued a statement saying the investigation didn’t allege any harm to customers. “We proactively engaged with the CFTC throughout their investigation, and we believe that our conversations were constructive and contributed to an outcome that is satisfactory for both parties,” the company said.

The enforcement action shows how Wall Street regulators such as the CFTC, which oversees derivatives markets, have moved to police conduct in the new world of cryptocurrencies and digital assets.

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Spanish Ministry of Economy Proposes to Create a Financial Customer Ombudsman for Crypto-Related Matters

Crypto regulation in Spain remains on the political talks amid the current bull-run seen in the bitcoin prices. Now, the country’s Ministry of the Economy is about to create a new Financial Customer Ombudsman for crypto-related matters.

Independent Financial Customer Body Will Abide by the MiCA Ruling

Per La Información, Minister Nadia Calviño seeks to extend its guardianship to the financial body to cover topics such as protecting consumers in cryptocurrency services. To make it a reality, the minister will submit the initial proposal to a public consultancy “as soon as possible.”

Overall, Calviño also wants to canalize all conflicts between banks and their customers through the Financial Customer Ombudsman, including all businesses in the fintech sector.

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Goldman Sachs – Crypto Adoption is Going to Boom

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With the cryptocurrency market capitalization hitting $1.75 trillion, Wall Street investment banking giant Goldman Sachs states that the cryptocurrency adoption has just begun.

“The pandemic has been a significant accelerant. There is no question in our mind there will be more digital commerce … and (use of) digital money.”

John Waldron, President and COO of Goldman Sachs, in a Reuter’s report on Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, has stated that the growth of e-commerce against the backdrop of Covid-19 pandemic will pave way for an “explosion” in the use of cryptocurrencies.

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Central Banks are Running Scared of Cryptocurrencies

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It’s one thing when your worst fears remain in your mind, but when they manifest in your markets, then it’s time to gear up for action.

A growing number of high profile investors and institutions are cottoning on to cryptocurrencies and central bankers are running concerned.

Itwas easy for Samantha Reid to ignore the signs at first — a tracking cookie on her computer (who didn’t have those?) and the sense that someone was following her after she knocked off work.

But she dismissed those fears, convinced that they were always bigger in her mind than they were in her reality.

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Bank of England should lead the world by developing its own cryptocurrency, urges former WorldPay boss

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The Bank of England should steal a march on the rest of the world and develop a crypto-currency, a fintech entrepreneur has urged.

Ron Kalifa, former boss of payment processing company Worldpay, urged governors at the Bank to embrace the currencies rather than dismiss them as a dangerous fad. He said: 'Britain should get ahead on this. Why leave it to China?'

In a report on how to improve the UK's burgeoning fintech sector, he added: 'Individuals would be able to access central bank money.

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Commercial entities to establish Saudi digital bank, subject to approvals

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The board of Al-Moammar Information Systems Co. (MIS) is to become a founding shareholder with a consortium of commercial entities to establish a digital bank in Saudi Arabia in compliance with Islamic law, according to Al Arabiya.

The company would contribute SR25 million ($6.66 million) to the bank’s capital, according to its statement on Tadawul, and its establishment would be subject to the approval of authorities.

“The Kingdom is one of the world’s most digitally advanced countries, and banks are leading their transformation with real-time digital solutions to meet their customers’ banking needs,” said Khaled Al-Saleh, managing director of SAP Saudi Arabia, in 2018.

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Are retail traders ready to spend their Bitcoin?

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Mastercard’s recent move to enable crypto on its network is a significant update that will help further Bitcoin’s adoption and make it mainstream. However, following the purchase of Bitcoin by Tesla and MicroStrategy the obvious next step was to consider Bitcoin payments, however, a critical question is, are retail traders willing to spend their Bitcoin holdings?

Based on recent research by Dealaid.org on consumer Sentiment on Bitcoin as a payment method that surveyed one thousand American consumers, the report’s key findings included the following:

  • 60.2% of consumers would like more companies to accept Bitcoin as a payment method
  • Amazon, Apple, and Walmart are the top 3 companies that consumers want to see accept Bitcoin
  • 50.5% of consumers are willing to pay for products and services with Bitcoin
  • Ethereum and Doge are the most popular alternatives to Bitcoin as a payment method

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