NYDFS Introduces Stricter Crypto Listing and Delisting Rules

The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) has revised its guidelines on the listing and delisting of cryptocurrencies. This move aims to bolster investor protection and ensure that virtual currency businesses adhere to heightened regulatory standards.

Since 2015, the NYDFS has been a pivotal regulator in the virtual currency sphere, introducing specific regulations like BitLicenses and trust company charters. The department’s initial guidance on the adoption or listing of virtual currencies was released in 2020.

Replacing its 2020 guidance, the NYDFS’s new directive, effective immediately, introduces more stringent requirements after considering inputs from various stakeholders. The guidelines emphasize heightened consumer protection measures and clearer risk assessment procedures to reduce ambiguities in regulatory processes. Also included are exceptions for advance notifications in specific scenarios of coin delistings and updated definitions for clarity.

Entities involved in virtual currency activities are now required to obtain DFS approval for their coin-listing policies, maintain detailed records, and communicate with DFS regarding self-certified coins. Furthermore, a crucial aspect of the new regulations is the development of a comprehensive coin-delisting policy. Entities must formulate these policies and submit them for review, complying with the revised guidelines by January 31, 2024, while presenting their draft policies by December 8, 2023.

These guidelines are set to influence a range of licensed digital currency businesses in New York. The NYDFS aims to maintain its leadership in regulating the evolving virtual currency market.

The NYDFS’s initiative is part of its broader efforts to protect investors in the cryptocurrency market. Entities like Circle, Gemini, Fidelity, Robinhood, and PayPal must comply with these new regulations, reflecting New York’s commitment to monitoring the cryptocurrency industry closely.

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NYDFS to Assess Supervisory Costs from Licensed Crypto Firms

The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) has announced that it will be adopting a new regulation that will allow the government agency to assess supervisory costs from licensed crypto firms operating within the state. The supervisory costs collected through this regulation will be used to add top talent to the NYDFS’s virtual currency team. This move by the NYDFS is seen as an attempt to improve its oversight and regulatory capabilities in the rapidly-evolving digital asset industry.

According to the NYDFS, the regulation will allow it to assess the costs associated with the supervision and examination of crypto firms operating in the state with a BitLicense. The Department hopes that these new tools and resources will enable it to better regulate the virtual currency industry in New York, both now and in the future, as innovators continue to create new products and use cases for digital assets.

The new regulation was proposed in December 2022, after which the NYDFS met with key stakeholders and received feedback. The regulator noted that the proposed rule was added in response to the state’s Financial Services Law not including such a provision on the assessment of operating costs.

Since 2015, crypto firms operating in the state of New York have largely been required to apply for a BitLicense. As of February 10th, there were 33 companies involved in crypto and blockchain operating in the state under a virtual currency license, limited purpose trust charter, or money transmitter license. The BitLicense requirement has been a topic of debate, with some claiming that it stifles innovation and economic growth. In April 2022, New York City Mayor Eric Adams suggested that the state scrap the BitLicense regime.

This move by the NYDFS is likely to have significant implications for crypto firms operating in the state. The regulation will provide the NYDFS with additional resources and tools to regulate the industry, but it may also result in increased costs for firms. Nonetheless, the NYDFS believes that the benefits of the regulation will outweigh any potential downsides, and that it will help to ensure that the state remains at the forefront of digital asset innovation.


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Paypal Crypto Owners Can Now Transfer Tokens to Wallets

Fintech giant Paypal Holdings has upgraded its crypto wallet capabilities. Users of the app can now send supported digital assets to other wallets.


With this upgrade, users can now send Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) to other Paypal users as well as external wallets, which may also include those from trading platforms.

The move has now effectively opened Paypal’s crypto-economy, which at best was closed up before. The move is also being seen as a way to integrate users’ interests and demands while eliminating the monopoly tag from Paypal as a platform.

“Adding the ability to transfer, send, and receive cryptocurrencies is another step in our journey to building a more inclusive and effective financial system,” said Jose Fernandez da Ponte, SVP and GM of blockchain, crypto, and digital currencies at PayPal, in a statement. “We’re excited to connect PayPal’s customers to other wallets, exchanges, and applications, and we will continue to roll out additional crypto features, products, and services in the months ahead.”

The newly added functionality, in accordance with Fernandez da Ponte, will permit crypto holders within the Paypal app to do more with their digital assets. The move was made at a time when the digital currency ecosystem was experiencing a massive correction. Despite the current outlook, Paypal remains committed to the ecosystem in which it has started expanding beyond the shore of the United States.

“This move shows we’re in this for the long term,” Fernandez da Ponte added. “I think it’s important to stay the course and continue to invest in the space.”

Besides Paypal, other Fintech companies are also taking the initiative to support crypto transfer from one wallet to the other. Revolut is one of the platforms that has also made this move, as it looks to diversify its options to foster a broader financial inclusion.

Besides the new wallet functionality, Paypal also announced it has received a full BitLicense from the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS).


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Billionaire Bill Ackman calls for crypto clarity in New York

Billionaire investor Bill Ackman has called upon New York City mayor to look into the crypto regulatory clampdowns associated with BitLicense.

A New Yorker shared his aghast on Twitter about the flawed crypto policies of the city and how it could force him to leave it. The user lashed out at the Bitlicense policy of the city and claimed he could not open an account with any major United States exchange for his venture capital firm because of it.

Bitlicense was introduced in 2015 that governed various aspects related to crypto issuance and exchange. Any virtual currency business operating in the state of New York or managing such investments from residents of New York must obtain the license before starting operations. However, major crypto platforms are concerned as strict licensing requirements caused some to move out.

Billionaire Bill Ackman called upon newly elected city Mayor Eric Adams and Governor Kathy Hochul to look into the growing regulatory concerns. He stressed removing regulatory barriers and easing regulations could be key to making the city a crypto hub. He said:

Eric Adams, the newly elected Mayor who ran the elections with crypto as the main agenda, has also come under fire recently for advocating against Bitcoin (BTC) mining in the state. During a local government budget hearing with elected officials in Albany, Adams said he supports cryptocurrency but not crypto mining.

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