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2. Sen. Elizabeth Warren continues to push for more crypto regulation This past week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., doubled down on her calls for more crypto regulation. On July 26, Warren sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen pressing the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) to coordinate a "cohesive regulatory strategy" surrounding cryptocurrency. "I urge FSOC to act with urgency and use its statutory authority to address cryptocurrencies' risks and ensure the safety and stability of our financial system." Warren also spoke during the Senate Banking Committee hearing on Tuesday titled "Cryptocurrencies: What are they good for?" There, she continued her critique of the space. "Crypto puts the [financial] system at the whims of some shadowy, faceless group of super-coders and miners," Warren said. On Wednesday, Warren told CNBC's "Squawk Box" that she's skeptical bitcoin will prove to be a reliable hedge against inflation over time. 3. Tesla and Square record millions in bitcoin-related impairments Tesla recorded $23 million in bitcoin-related impairments in its  earnings report  released on July 26. In February, Tesla  announced a $1.5 billion purchase of bitcoin, and by the end of March, the company said its investment was  worth $2.48 billion . But, the price of bitcoin plunged more than 40% in the second quarter, which impacted the value of Tesla's bitcoin holdings. Because of this decline, the company was hit with a charge that drags down its operating income. Square faces a similar situation. Like Tesla, Square recorded $45 million in bitcoin-related impairments in its  earnings report , the company said late Sunday. 4. Crypto industry critiques infrastructure bill Last week, the Senate's bipartisan infrastructure bill proposal sparked concern within the crypto community after a provision of the package detailed plans to impose stricter rules regarding tax collection on "digital assets." Initially, the bill defined a cryptocurrency "broker" very broadly, and many worried that the provision would include people like miners who wouldn't have access to the information needed to comply. On Sunday, however, the Senate released its latest version of the bill , which clarified its definition. If passed, the provision would define a "broker" as "any person who (for consideration) is responsible for regularly providing any service effectuating transfers of digital assets on behalf of another person." Still, the Blockchain Association urges for more changes. "While some minor improvements have been made, the latest language still poses fundamental concerns and questions about certain terms and definitions used in the provision," Kristin Smith, executive director of the Blockchain Association, said in a statement. "[T]his provision is written in a way that could be interpreted to apply to persons in the crypto ecosystem who don't have access to the information required for information reporting." The latest draft of the infrastructure bill includes raising nearly $30 billion from cracking down on crypto tax evasion.

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/08/02/crypto-news-senates-infrastructure-bill-proposal-record-nft-trading.html

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This content is provided by an external author without editing by Finextra. It expresses the views and opinions of the author. Pay.UK publishes technical materials for organisations implementing ISO 20022 The New Payments Architecture (NPA) will unlock significant benefits for many businesses and personal customers within the UK, helping transform the way they control their professional and personal transactions, and creating a wealth of innovation opportunities. The adoption of the ISO 20022 standard, not just within the UK but globally, will have a seismic and profound impact on the data carrying capability of payment systems, changing the way we can fundamentally make payments and transfer financial information. The standard allows for significantly enhanced data exchange; richer information through an increased quality and quantity of data will lead to improved benefits and substantial opportunities for innovation in the payments’ ecosystem and beyond – from banks and financial institutions to businesses and personal customers. To push forward and lead this step-change, Pay.UK has today (5 July 2021) published its first set of technical materials for those organisations implementing ISO 20022 and moving to the Next Generation Standard for UK retail payments. These standards pave the way for richer and more meaningful exchanges of information within UK payments. This documentation is the first ‘collection’ of standards materials we have produced for industry and shows what this transformative change for everyone will be built upon. Whilst only in draft form and not for implementation at this stage, the publication allows organisations, where appropriate, to start undertaking any necessary impact assessments. For relevant organisations, the materials are available for download through our Pay.UK standards portal, Standards Source, where access can be obtained by contacting standards@wearepay.uk. James Whittle, the Director of Pay.UK’s Standards Authority, said: “Richer information exchange in payments is coming to the UK through the Next Generation Standard – ISO 20022 – and it will change the face of retail payments as we know it. This standard allows for enhanced data exchange that will lead to improved benefits for the entire payments ecosystem - from banks and financial institutions to businesses and personal customers. I’m thrilled to be able to publish the standard today and see this as the next step along the road to unlocking the potential benefits that the UK economy needs for payments. There has been strong industry support for us on this and we have worked with the Bank of England throughout to ensure appropriate alignment between the standards for high-value and retail payments. Our participation in international standards fora also safeguards that our development of this Next Generation Standard does not conflict with existing implementations of ISO 20022, ensuring international interoperability.” More information about today’s launch is available on the Pay.UK website. 

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