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The longtime head of the UFW is stepping down. His replacement will be the first woman to lead the union

August 29, 2018 |

Longtime United Farm Workers President Arturo Rodriguez will step down from leadership of the union founded by his father-in-law, Cesar Chavez, the union confirmed Tuesday.

His replacement, Teresa Romero, will be the first woman and first immigrant to lead the labor organization.

Romero, 60, the…

L.A. Times – Business

Big-Name Insurers Stepping Up Their Crypto Game

July 21, 2018 |

Big-Name Insurers Stepping Up Their Crypto Game

A growing number of big-name insurers are getting into the crypto space. They are exploring new product options in this area and meeting with cryptocurrency custodians and trading platforms about coverage. However, exclusions can add up fast for crypto businesses and premiums can be more than five times that of a normal business.

Also read: Yahoo! Japan Confirms Entrance Into the Crypto Space

Large Insurers Getting into Crypto

While most big-name insurers are reluctant to provide coverage to crypto startups, some are slowly coming around and quietly entering the space. Two leading insurance brokers that help companies shop for crypto policies, Marsh & Mclennan and Aon, were quoted by Bloomberg on Thursday:

Business has been brisk this year.

Big-Name Insurers Stepping Up Their Crypto GameMarsh has formed a dedicated team to service blockchain startups while Aon says it has “seen some insurers tweak general company policies to include crypto-specific protections,” the publication detailed, adding that Aon also claims to have over 50 percent of the crypto insurance market.

According to the company’s website, “Aon has been working to understand these evolving technologies and actively collaborates with the insurance marketplace to develop innovative risk transfer solutions.” Its subsidiary, Aon Risk Solutions, has “developed a policy form to protect against the loss of cryptocurrency along with other initiatives designed to meet the emerging risks posed by cryptocurrencies and digital ledger technologies,” Business Insurance magazine described.

Big Opportunities

Big-Name Insurers Stepping Up Their Crypto GameEuropean insurer and asset manager, Allianz SE, has 88 million retail and corporate clients in more than 70 countries. The Munich-based company “began offering individual coverage for digital-coin theft in the past year,” the publication conveyed and quoted the company’s spokesman, Christian Weishuber, saying:

Insurance for cryptocurrency storage will be a big opportunity…Digital assets are becoming more relevant, important and prevalent on the real economy and we are exploring product and coverage options in this area.

American International Group (AIG) “has also been adding crypto coverage into standard policy forms” and has “met with cryptocurrency custodians and trading platforms about coverage,” the news outlet detailed and quoted a source familiar with the matter:

Over a dozen underwriters, including Chubb and XL, currently provide coverage to crypto-related businesses.

In February, Reuters reported that XL Catlin, Chubb, and Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance firms started offering protection against crypto theft.

Costly Premiums

Big-Name Insurers Stepping Up Their Crypto GameCrypto companies are also increasingly seeking to obtain insurance coverage to help attract more clients. A London-based startup focused on crypto custody services, Trustology, is one of the businesses in talks to obtain coverage, according to Bloomberg. The company wants to insure its customer accounts for up to £85,000 (~US$ 111,630), which is the same standard as a U.K. bank account.

However, insurance premiums for crypto-related coverage are costly and policies can take months to get approved, the publication conveyed, adding that “exclusions can add up fast.” For example, while losses from an interruption of service may be covered, the theft of cryptocurrency that caused the interruption may not.

Citing that many startups cannot afford to pay the high premiums, the news outlet elaborated:

The premiums from insuring such risk can be substantial. By some accounts, underwriters can charge a crypto-related company upwards of five times or more than your average business for coverage against loss or theft.

Do you think soon all big-name insurers will soon get into crypto? Let us know in the comments section below.

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South Korea Thinks Real-Name System is Working – Stepping Up Crypto Monitoring

June 29, 2018 |

South Korea Thinks Real-Name System is Working - Stepping Up Crypto Monitoring

South Korea’s top financial regulator recently told 23 other countries’ regulators that the kimchi premium has fizzled since the anonymous trading of cryptocurrencies was banned in the country. Now, the government is introducing a new guideline to prevent local crypto exchanges from buying cryptocurrencies at foreign exchanges.

Also read: Yahoo! Japan Confirms Entrance Into the Crypto Space

Kimchi Premium Disappearing

South Korea Thinks Real-Name System is Working - Stepping Up Crypto MonitoringKim Yong-beom, the vice chairman of South Korea’s top financial regulator, the Financial Services Commission (FSC), attended a meeting of the Financial Stability Board (FSB) in Basel, Switzerland, earlier this week.

South Korea Thinks Real-Name System is Working - Stepping Up Crypto MonitoringThe FSB is an international body that monitors and makes recommendations about the global financial system. Its members are financial regulators and central bankers from 24 countries as well as the International Monetary Fund, the Bank of International Settlements, the World Bank, the European Central Bank, and the European Commission.

According to the FSC’s statement issued this week, Kim told other world regulators that “The so-called kimchi premium stood at 0.6 percent on June 19,” Yonhap described. In comparison, he noted that “On Jan. 7, a speculative rally in bitcoin in South Korea prompted investors to pay premiums of 46.7 percent compared with international prices.” The vice chairman was further quoted by the news outlet:

Currently, there are small price gaps in cryptocurrency between local and international markets.

At the time of this writing, the price of BTC on Bitfinex is $ 5,875 while its won price on Bithumb equates to $ 5,947.

Government Believes Real-Name System is Working

South Korea Thinks Real-Name System is Working - Stepping Up Crypto MonitoringThe South Korean government introduced the real-name system for cryptocurrency accounts at the end of January, effectively “banning the use of anonymous bank accounts in transactions to prevent virtual coins from being used for money laundering and other illegal activities,” the publication described. “The real-name trading system was also part of the government’s latest measures to curb speculative investment into virtual money.”

However, since its introduction, the system has often been criticised because only a few banks decided to offer to convert existing “virtual” crypto trading accounts to real-name ones. The conversion rate is low and the banks that do offer this service choose to only provide it to the country’s largest crypto exchanges: Bithumb, Upbit, Coinone, and Korbit. Other exchanges continue to use corporate accounts, which the regulators say are prone to money laundering.

Nonetheless, the FSC said:

The frenzied buying of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies seen in January this year in South Korea has been fizzling since the government banned anonymous trading of cryptocurrencies.

Stepping Up Monitoring

At a recent P2P loan review meeting with the Ministry of Justice and the National Police Agency, Kim pointed out that the real-name system “applied only to exchanges that receive virtual accounts at banks,” Hankook Ilbo reported. He added that the majority of crypto exchanges are still using corporate accounts.

Then the FSC said Wednesday that “it will step up monitoring of money transfers between local and foreign cryptocurrency exchanges,” the Korea Times reported, adding:

The new guideline, which aims to prevent local cryptocurrency exchanges buying virtual coins at foreign exchanges to launder money, will come into force on July 10 for one year.

The financial regulator revealed that it plans “to closely keep tabs on bank accounts used by cryptocurrency exchanges for parking their expenses.”

What do you think of the Korean government’s strategies? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Trump: I’m ‘Honored’ Justice Kennedy Is Stepping Down

June 28, 2018 |

President Trump praised Anthony Kennedy during a rally in North Dakota Wednesday evening and said he is “honored” the Supreme Court justice made his bombshell retirement decision when he did. “I’m very honored that he chose to do it during my term in office, because he felt confident in me…

Starbucks’ Howard Schultz is stepping down as executive chairman, ending an era

June 4, 2018 |

Starbucks Corp. says Howard Schultz is stepping down this month as executive chairman of the coffee chain he joined more than 30 years ago.

Schultz, who oversaw the transformation of Starbucks into a global chain with more than 28,000 locations, left the CEO job at the company last year to focus…

L.A. Times – Business

Debra Reed is stepping down as CEO of Sempra Energy

March 13, 2018 |

Just days after Sempra Energy wrapped up the largest acquisition in the company’s history, Debra Reed announced Monday that she will be stepping down as president and chief executive of the San Diego company.

Reed, 61, who has led Sempra since 2011, is one of the few women running a major corporation…

L.A. Times – Business

Yellen to join Brookings Institution think tank after stepping down as Federal Reserve chief

February 4, 2018 |

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet L. Yellen won’t be joining the ranks of the unemployed she worked to try to reduce during her tenure leading the nation’s central bank..

Yellen, 71, whose term as Fed chief ends on Saturday, will start Monday as a distinguished fellow in residence in the economic…

L.A. Times – Business

Frequent Trump Target at FBI Is Stepping Down

January 29, 2018 |

Expect a certain high-profile Twitter user to be celebrating this news: FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe is retiring, reports NBC News . The move is effective immediately, though McCabe will formally remain on the FBI payroll into March thanks to accrued vacation time. No surprise: As the Washington Post notes, the…

Andy Puzder is stepping down as CEO of Carl’s Jr. parent firm CKE

March 21, 2017 |

Fast-food executive Andy Puzder, whose bid to become Labor secretary collapsed last month, is stepping down as chief executive of Carl’s Jr. parent CKE Restaurants.

Taking over the reins at CKE will be Jason Marker, a fast-food veteran who has served as president of Kentucky Fried Chicken. Marker…

L.A. Times – Business