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Oct. 27 – Nov. 2 in Review

The German-speaking world has experienced another week full of exciting developments in the crypto industry, with Germany setting the pace in the European fintech scene, German banks arguing in favor of a digital euro, Austria testing how to trade electricity with blockchain technology, and the Swiss crypto trading platform Sibex securing a $1.8 million investment. Here is the past week of crypto and blockchain news in review, as originally reported by Cointelegraph auf Deutsch. Austria: …

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Crypto Still in ‘Darwinian’ Process of Selection

A top executive at private Swiss private banking Julius Baer says cryptocurrencies are still at the stage of a “Darwinian” process of selection. In an interview with Arabian Business on Oct. 29, Christian Gattiker-Ericsson — Julius Baer’s chief strategist and head of research and investment solutions — argued that: “We are still in this Darwinian selection process where different business models get tried and tested, but we haven’t seen something that was a clear winner.” …

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Is Crypto Summer Back in Switzerland?

Recent data suggests that the Swiss blockchain industry is making impressive gains. The latest report by the country’s main industry body, Crypto Valley Venture Capital (CV VC), for example, points to increased valuations and rising employment figures. On releasing the report, CV VC exclaimed that “the summer is back.” But is it really time to start celebrating? According to the report, published in collaboration with the Big Four accounting firm PwC and its partner Inacta, …

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Bitcoin Suisse Acquires $3M Share of Trade Intelligence Firm CoinRouts

Swiss crypto broker Bitcoin Suisse has purchased a minority stake of CoinRoutes Inc., a provider of pan-exchange smart order routing and algorithmic trading software. The investment and a new director Bitcoin Suisse announced the news on Oct. 22, specifying that it acquired a $3 million share of CoinRoutes. Niklas Nikolajsen, the chairman of the Bitcoin Suisse Group, became a member of the board of directors of CoinRoutes’s United States and Swiss entities. Bitcoin Suisse had …

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Swiss Federal Council Continues to Monitor Stablecoins and Blockchain

The Swiss Federal Council is continuing to keep close tabs on global stablecoin projects and their possible opportunities and challenges. Switzerland is seen as very crypto-friendly In a press release on Oct. 16, the Swiss Federal Council stated that it was recently informed about “current opportunities and challenges associated with stablecoins” and that Switzerland will continue to monitor new digital technology developments, such as blockchain and distributed ledger technology. The Federal Council states that, while …

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Switzerland’s ‘Crypto Valley’ Is Bringing Blockchain to Zurich

Switzerland’s “Crypto Valley” is centered on Zug, a tiny, semi-infamous tax haven hamlet known for harboring embargo-breaking oil trader Marc Rich in the 1980s, tax shells in the 1990s and tech companies in the age of bitcoin. Zug and its Silicon Valley-esque moniker are 30 minutes’ drive south of Zurich. But if a new partnership between Zug’s crypto lobbyists and Zurich’s tourism czars pans out, the Crypto Valley could soon expand northwards. Zurich is full of …

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Oct. 6 – 12 in Review

The German-speaking world has experienced another week full of exciting developments in the crypto industry, with Germany investigating the feasibility of a blockchain-based regional power trading platform, Iota Foundation joining forces with Zühlke to solve engineering problems and the German Central Bank saying that there is no need for a digital euro coin. Here is the past week of crypto and blockchain news in review, as originally reported by Cointelegraph auf Deutsch. Germany promotes research …

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Sept. 30 – Oct. 5 in Review

The German-speaking world has experienced another week full of exciting developments in the crypto industry, with Liechtenstein approving the new Blockchain Act, Iota Foundation joining the European climate research community and Germany taking a firm stand against stablecoins. Here is the past week of crypto and blockchain news in review, as originally reported by Cointelegraph auf Deutsch. Liechtenstein approves new Blockchain Act On Oct. 3, the Parliament of Liechtenstein approved the Token and TT Service …

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Swiss Regulator FINMA Won’t Impede Libra’s Development

As European watchdogs send troubling signals towards the Facebook-led Libra cryptocurrency, Switzerland remains willing to listen. According to a Reuters report on Tuesday, Mark Branson, CEO of the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA), said, “We are not here to make such projects impossible.” “We will respond to them with an open mind, with an attitude that same risks require same rules,” Branson said at a Bloomberg event in Zurich. The statement comes on the heels of …

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Swiss Digital Exchange Plans ‘Initial Digital Offering’ in 2020: Report

Swiss Digital Exchange (SDX), a digital asset trading platform by Switzerland’s principal SIX Swiss Exchange, will reportedly launch its initial digital offering (IDO) in 2020. SDX security token The not-yet-launched SDX has reportedly set up a global consortium of financial institutions to back its IDO in the middle of 2020, Coindesk reports on Sept. 30. Thomas Kindler, who took over as SDX CEO on Sept. 1, elaborated that the consortium comprises a group of investors …

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