Cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrency has a massive carbon emissions problem – and green alternatives have their own risks

- June 7, 2024 3 MIN READ

As the urgency of climate change ramps up, focus is increasing on digital currencies to address their environmental impact. According to industry forecasts, the global cryptocurrency market is expected to surge to US$4.94 billion by 2030. But the process of mining digital currencies such as Bitcoin requires immense computational power – causing a significant drain… Read more »

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Bitcoin BS: UK judge says Craig Wright, the Australian who claims to be the cryptocurrency’s inventor lied ‘extensively and repeatedly’

- May 23, 2024 3 MIN READ

A UK judge has ruled Australian businessman Craig Wright forged documents and lied repeatedly to support his long-running claim of being Satoshi Nakamoto, the inventor of Bitcoin. Wright has notoriously professed the pseudonymous title under a years-long claim of having created leading cryptocurrency Bitcoin – fuelling tenuous conflicts among the crypto community as he launched lawsuit after… Read more »

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US regulators launch legal action against crypto giant Binance alleging they broke US money laundering laws

- March 28, 2023 2 MIN READ

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has launched a suit against the world’s biggest cryptocurrency exchange Binance, claiming the company was deliberately skirting local regulation and knowingly facilitated the illicit flow of money. In a complaint against Binance, its founder Changpeng Zhao, and chief compliance officer Samuel Lim, the CFTC alleged the Binance team… Read more »

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The RBA is gearing up for its digital currency trial – but still can’t see the point

- December 19, 2022 2 MIN READ

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) remains sceptical about the need to introduce a fully digital dollar as it looks to begin an eAUD trial early next year. In a speech to a banking conference last week, Assistant RBA Governor Brad Jones said it remained unclear exactly what purpose a central bank digital currency (CBDC)… Read more »

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How FTX Australia got away with claiming it was ‘ASIC-licenced’

- December 14, 2022 3 MIN READ

When cryptocurrency exchange FTX Group collapsed in the Bahamas last month, its local subsidiaries FTX Australia Pty Ltd and FTX Express Pty Ltd fell over too. The Australian companies were placed into administration on November 11 and within days the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) had suspended the Australian financial service licence FTX Australia… Read more »

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‘I thought crypto exchanges were safe’: the lessons from FTX’s collapse

- December 12, 2022 4 MIN READ

Anthony* (a friend) called a few weeks ago, deeply worried. A deputy principal of a high school in Queensland, over the past year he spent hundreds of thousands of dollars buying cryptocurrencies, borrowing money using his home as equity. But now all his assets, valued at A$600,000, were stuck in an account he couldn’t access.… Read more »

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Brisbane fintech Digital Surge is the latest cryptocurrency exchange in voluntary administration

- December 9, 2022 3 MIN READ

Brisbane fintech Digital Surge is the latest cryptocurrency exchange to be placed in voluntary administration in the wake of the collapse of US exchange. Scott Langdon, John Mouawad and David Johnstone from KordaMentha Restructuring were appointed voluntary administrators on Thursday, after the fintech’s directors made the decision to put the business in VA on Wednesday.… Read more »

CoinJar cofounder and CEO Asher Tan
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CoinJar sheds jobs in wake of FTX collapse

- December 1, 2022 < 1 MIN READ

Blackbird-backed local crypto exchange CoinJar has cut around 20% of its staff amid the ongoing fallout of US rival FTX. Around 10 staff were let go at the Melbourne-based fintech, which pioneered the Australian exchange sector a decade ago. “Like many companies we’ve had to right-size parts of the business in response to poor market… Read more »

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Finder has killed off its fixed return stablecoin product, Earn

- November 25, 2022 2 MIN READ

Comparison site Finder has killed off its cryptocurrency product Earn, which offered customers a flat rate return for investing in stablecoins, arguing it “no longer” served customers amid rising interest rates. In a blog post strangely titled “Finder Earn is being sunset” just two days before the shutdown, the company said “As interest rates have… Read more »

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FTX Australia is in administration

- November 11, 2022 2 MIN READ

The Australian arms of crumbling cryptocurrency empire FTX have been placed in voluntary administration. Scott Langdon, John Mouawad and Rahul Goyal of KordaMentha Restructuring took over as administrators of the Sydney-based cryptocurrency businesses  FTX Australia Pty Ltd and subsidiary FTX Express Pty Ltd on Friday following a board meeting earlier today that decided to place… Read more »

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Corporate regulator ASIC puts a temporary halt on Sydney investment firm Holon offering 3 crypto funds to retail investors

- October 17, 2022 2 MIN READ

Corporate regulator the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has sin-binned Sydney firm Holon Global Investments from offering three of its cryptocurrency funds to retail investors for three weeks due to concerns that they’re not suitable for the retail market, with the product disclosure statements pointing out that the funds could end up worthless. The… Read more »