Crypto Ads in Belgium to Feature ‘Punchy Warning’ of Risks, New Rules Imply

The financial regulatory body of Belgium has been tasked by the government to regulate advertisements for cryptocurrencies. New rules, set to enter into force in May, oblige advertisers to clearly warn investors of the risks associated with the digital assets. Belgium Poised to Protect Consumers From Misleading Crypto Advertisements Belgium’s Financial Services and Markets Authority … Read more

Bitcoin and Ether Are Not Securities in Belgium, Financial Regulator Clarifies

Cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and ether cannot be classified as securities or investment instruments, according to a communication issued by the financial watchdog in Belgium. The authority has tried to clarify the matter, noting that the digital coins may be subject to other regulations. FSMA: Securities Laws Do Not Apply to Bitcoin and Other Decentralized Cryptocurrencies … Read more

Belgian Banking Group KBC Creates Blockchain-Based Coin

KBC Group, a major European banking and insurance institution headquartered in Belgium, has launched a token based on a blockchain platform. Its customers will be able to acquire the new proprietary coins and use them through their KBC wallet and mobile app. KBC Issues Digital Coin for Clients and Partners KBC, the Brussels-based financial group … Read more

Belgium Introduces Registration for Crypto Exchange and Wallet Service Providers

Authorities in Belgium have obliged providers of some crypto exchange and wallet services to register with the country’s financial watchdog. Targeted platforms that fail to comply with the new regulations will face fines, among other penalties, including prohibition to carry out their respective activities. Financial Regulator Imposes Mandatory Registration for Crypto Exchange Service Providers in … Read more

Anarchist Bar in Brussels Now Accepts Cryptocurrency

A bar in Brussels frequented by local anarchists has introduced crypto payments. Bitcoin is the money of the future, say the owners who have recently renovated the place. It is among the first such establishments in the Belgian capital to take coins for pints, they say. Dolle Mol Bar on Rue des Éperonniers Will Take … Read more

Belgium Adds 21 Websites to List of Fraudulent Cryptocurrency Trading Platforms

Belgium’s Financial Services and Markets Authority has updated the list of websites it says are cryptocurrency trading platforms showing signs of fraud. Twenty-one websites have been added to the existing list, bringing the total to 99 blacklisted sites. Also read: Yahoo! Japan Confirms Entrance Into the Crypto Space 21 New Suspect Sites The Belgian Financial Services … Read more

Belgium Warns of 28 New Fraudulent Crypto Platforms – 78 in Total

Belgium’s Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA) has published a list of cryptocurrency platforms showing signs of fraud. The list currently contains 78 crypto platforms, including 28 platforms added on Tuesday. Despite warnings, the FSMA continues to receive complaints from consumers about these crypto firms. Also read: 160 Crypto Exchanges Seek to Enter Japanese Market, Regulator Reveals … Read more

Bitcoin in Brief Wednesday: German Banks Trade Cryptos, US Universities Invest in Crypto Hedge Funds

In today’s Bitcoin in Brief, regulators in Berlin have revealed that at least six German financial institutions are involved in cryptocurrency trading. Also, it has been reported that American universities have started investing in crypto hedge funds. The investments are on a limited scale but nevertheless indicate a growing interest from academic institutions. And, authorities … Read more

Belgium Warns of 19 Cryptocurrency Trading Platforms Showing Signs of Fraud

The Belgian financial authority has published a list of 19 cryptocurrency trading platforms that it had received complaints about. The regulator says these platforms show signs of fraud. Also read: Japan’s DMM Bitcoin Exchange Opens for Business With 7 Cryptocurrencies 19 ‘Fraudulent’ Crypto Trading Platforms Belgium’s Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA) has recently warned about … Read more

Belgian Tax Authority Going After Crypto Investors

Cryptocurrency investments have attracted the attention of tax authorities in Belgium. Several investigations have been opened into cases of Belgian citizens who have traded on foreign exchanges. Anyone speculating on crypto markets is expected to pay 33% tax on their gains, despite the fact that bitcoin and the like are not regulated or legalized in … Read more