13% of Americans have now held crypto: JPMorgan research

Around 13% of the American population — or 43 million people — have held cryptocurrency at some point in their lives, new research from JPMorgan Chase has revealed. According to a Dec. 13 report titled “The Dynamics and Demographics of U.S. Household Crypto-Asset Use,” this number has risen dramatically since before 2020, when the figure […]

Bitcoin buyers drawn by rising prices, not dislike for banks: BIS report

Bitcoin (BTC) investors are more likely enticed by the cryptocurrency’s rising prices, rather than their dislike of banks or its perceived use as a store of value, a new report from the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) suggests.  In a “BIS Working Papers” report published on Nov. 14, the central bank body looked into the […]

Hong Kong positioned as the most crypto-ready country in 2022

While public acceptance remains key to crypto’s existence, the road to mainstream crypto adoption requires governments to set up a supporting infrastructure that complements the requirements of the technology and the people.  Factors such as crypto ATM installations, pro-crypto regulations, startup culture and a fair tax regime signal a country’s readiness to adopt cryptocurrencies. Considering […]

Crypto use an aggravating factor for sentencing: Aussie court study

Criminals that used cryptocurrency as part of committing a crime are more likely to receive a tougher sentence in Australian courts, a new study has found.  The study, titled “Crime and Cryptocurrency in Australian Courts,” published on Monday in the Monash University Law Review, found that the use of cryptocurrency in criminal activity was seen […]

US Treasury study finds CBDCs a plus for commercial bank stability

The introduction of a central bank digital currency (CBDC) may increase the stability of a banking system, according to a paper released Tuesday by the United States Treasury Office of Financial Research.  This finding counters concerns that a CBDC may encourage runs on weaker banks. According to the July 12 paper, researchers often claim that […]

US Congress agency recommends 4 key policy options for blockchain

Per the request of the United States Congress, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), laid out four policy options to help policymakers implement blockchain technologies while enhancing benefits and mitigating challenges. The technology assessment shared by the GAO acknowledged the potential of blockchain technology in improving a variety of financial and non-financial applications despite raising […]

Study: 58% of video game developers are already using blockchain

A new study from the United Kingdom revealed that most game studios have already started exploring blockchain technology for their upcoming titles. Commissioned by blockchain platform Stratis and undertaken by insight agency Opinion, the new research surveyed 197 video game developers in the United States and the United Kingdom. The results showed that 58% of […]