Government of Iran Bans Foreign Fiat Currency Exchanges (news.bitcoin.com)

It appears that the Iranian people are losing trust in the rial as it continues to depreciate in value. In response, the government of Iran is trying to prevent them from getting their hands on foreign currency, providing another example of the need for bitcoin. We should expect to see a growth in local bitcoin use as this situation develops, just as has happened in Venezuela and elsewhere.
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Danske Bank Bans Investments in Cryptocurrency-Related Instruments (news.bitcoin.com)

Leading Danish bank, Danske Bank, has published a document announcing that the company does not wish to “support the investment environment surrounding cryptocurrencies.” Danske bank will “phase out the possibility of” its customers purchasing financial instruments comprising cryptocurrency derivatives. Despite the bank’s concerns pertaining to the risks associated with cryptocurrencies, Danske customers will still be able to purchase virtual currencies via credit card.

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In a Blow to Bitcoin, India Bans Banks from Dealing in Cryptocurrencies (bitcoinmagazine.com)

In what amounts to a major clampdown down on bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced in a press release today, April 5, 2018, that it is banning banks and regulated financial entities from dealing with digital currencies.“In view of the associated risks, it has been decided that, with immediate effect, entities regulated by RBI shall not deal with or provide services to…

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Facebook Bans Cryptocurrency Ads (news.bitcoin.com)

Following persistent complaints about spammy and fraudulent cryptocurrency ads, Facebook has issued an outright ban. As of a new ruling issued on January 30, “ads must not promote financial products and services that are frequently associated with misleading or deceptive promotional practices, such as binary options, initial coin offerings, or cryptocurrency”. The move is sure to be welcomed by Facebook users and bitcoin enthusiasts alike, who recognize that these adverts to little

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Merrill Lynch bans its clients, advisors from trading bitcoin-related investments, report says

The ban prevents the financial giant's roughly 17,000 advisors from pitching investments related to bitcoin and executing client requests to trade Grayscale's bitcoin investment trust (GBTC), The Wall Street Journal said, citing a person familiar with the matter. "The decision to close GBTC to new …
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