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Sep
16

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Feb
15

CBA blocks credit card purchases of Bitcoin, other digital currencies

Commonwealth Bank customers will no longer be allowed to use their credit cards to purchase Bitcoin and similar digital currencies. The bank announced the new policy today. “Due to the unregulated and highly volatile nature of virtual currencies, customers will no longer be able to use their CommBank credit cards to buy virtual currencies,” the bank said. CBA customers will still be able to purchase and sell Bitcoin and its ilk through their transaction accounts and debit cards. “We have made this decision because we believe virtual currencies do not meet minimum standard of regulation, reliability, and reputation when compared to currencies that we offer to our customers,” the bank […]

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Feb
01

Australia’s fintech industry wants to remove roadblocks for private company equity crowdfunding

Australia’s fintech industry has called for the fast adoption of stalled private company equity crowdfunding legislation to help more Australian small-to-medium sized businesses access the funds they need to grow. Legislation supporting crowdfunding for private companies was introduced to the House of Representatives in September last year hasn’t progressed. FinTech Australia chair Stuart Stoyan today called on Federal MPs to work together to give priority to the legislation when Parliament returns next week. He also called on legislation to start immediately after passing the Australian Parliament rather than a six month delay. The legislation would give hundreds of thousands of Australian businesses the ability to crowdsource up to $5 million […]

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Jan
02

Bitcoin stumbles out of 2018 starting blocks

Bitcoin is already having a bad year. For the first time since 2015, the cryptocurrency began a new year by tumbling, extending its slide from a record $US19,511 reached on December 18. The virtual coin traded at $US13,150 as of 12.58pm in New York, down 8.1 per cent from Friday, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That’s also a fall from the $US14,156 it hit Sunday, according to coinmarketcap.com, which tracks daily prices. Bitcoin got off to a much stronger start last year, and then kept that momentum going, eventually creating a global frenzy for cryptocurrencies. In a sign of its phenomenal price gain in 2017, it rose 3.6 per cent […]

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Feb
14

Too slow out of the blocks

Blockchain is hands down the most talked about piece of technology in recent memory but the level of investment in Australia on distributed ledger solutions isn’t quite in step with the enthusiasm on display from our corporate set. Sydney start-up Veredictum’s chief executive Tim Lea said the current state of affairs was completely out of synch with the hype around blockchain. According to Mr Lea, Australia ranks behind Panama, Mexico, Argentina, Barbados and Kenya when it comes to putting money into blockchain. With $1.3 billion invested to date in the technology globally, Australia’s share of that pie is a paltry 0.04 per cent. Most of the interest is unsurprisingly coming […]

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ACCC blocks banks’ bid to collectively bargain over Apple Pay

The competition watchdog has denied a bid by Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Westpac Banking Corp, National Australia Bank and Bendigo and Adelaide Bank to collectively bargain with tech giant Apple over access to its Apple Pay payments platform. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a draft determination “proposing, on balance, to deny” an application for authorisation to allow the banks to form a cartel to negotiate with Apple. A final decision will be made in March. The ACCC said the banks’ proposals could distort competition between mobile operating systems, reduce competitive tension between banks individually negotiating with Apple, and reduce competition between the banks in the supply of […]

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Mar
24

Zerocap partners in first Australian Dollar bank backed Stablecoin

Zerocap enabling and encouraging Australian investors and corporates to adopt and use digital assets and blockchain-based systems with its stablecoin A$DC.

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Mar
18

Fintech company Block Earner launches to help Australians grow their savings faster and beat inflation

Fintech company Block Earner, has launched, designed to help everyday Australians grow their savings faster and beat inflation.

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