South Korean bitcoin exchange Youbit closes after second hack attack

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From the British Broadcasting Corp., London
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

A crypto-currency exchange in South Korea is shutting down after it was hacked for the second time in less than eight months.

Youbit, which lets people buy and sell bitcoins and other virtual currencies, has filed for bankruptcy after losing 17 percent of its assets in the cyberattack.

EU plans to prohibit anonymity for bitcoin transactions on exchanges

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EU Agrees to Clamp Down on Bitcoin Platforms to Tackle Money Laundering

By Francesco Guarascio
Reuters
Saturday, December 16, 2017

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- European Union states and legislators agreed on Friday on stricter rules to prevent money laundering and terrorism financing on exchange platforms for bitcoin and other virtual currencies, the EU said in a statement.

A bitcoin.com founder has sold all his bitcoin, as it's 'as good as useless'

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By Tom Turula
Australian Financial Review, Melbourne
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Bitcoin.com is one of the world's largest bitcoin sites, having grown its profile thanks to the insane price surge of the cryptocurrency this year. But its co-founder and CTO, Emil Oldenburg, a Swedish native, is extremely skeptical of bitcoin's future.

All that Chinese oil traders want for Christmas is a futures contract

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From Bloomberg News
Thursday, December 14, 2017

Unlike Mariah Carey, all Yuan Quwei wants for Christmas is to trade oil futures on a Chinese exchange.

Stewart Dougherty: 'Exchange for physicals' erases government trades that rig gold price

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11:06a ET Monday, December 18, 2017

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

Financial writer Stewart Dougherty argues today that the supposedly "emergency" procedure in the New York Commodities Exchange's gold futures market, "exchange for physicals," is part of a mechanism that governments use to vaporize contracts created by their own trading that aims to keep the gold price in a tight channel.

Join GATA at the Vancouver Resource Investment Conference Jan. 21-22

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10:30p ET Sunday, December 17, 2017

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Bitcoin explosion highlights gold price suppression, GATA chairman tells Wall Street Raw

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8:50p ET Saturday, December 16, 2017

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Cryptos forecast fate of fiat currencies, Embry tells GoldSeek Radio

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9:36p ET Friday, December 15, 2017

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Hedge funds are pulling out of gold and seeking thrills elsewhere

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By Luzi-Ann Javier
Bloomberg News
Friday, December 15, 2017

Hedge funds are pulling out of gold bets as more exciting moves in equities and cryptocurrencies make safe-haven investments look boring.

Alasdair Macleod: Europe, Brexit, and the credit cycle

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6:10p ET Thursday, December 14, 2017

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