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Although you can find a more comprehensive list here on the Bitcoin Wiki, some of the most popular exchanges in the community are: Coinbase - https://coinbase.com Bitstamp - https://www.bitstamp.net You can exchange your bitcoins for US dollars on these websites and have them funded to your bank account.


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Well, all transaction between Bitcoin addresses are stored forever, and so are fully traceable. What this means in your case is indeed that the credit card company can trace the coins you bought from them. However, there are a few things to note. Bitcoin addresses don't have a name assigned. F.e. Bitstamp will not know that the Bitcoins are coming from the ...


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Speaking as someone who has worked on a blockchain project for a bank, I can tell you that banks are interested for several reasons. Banks know they are ripe for disruption Due to a combination of heavy regulation and incumbency (mixed with a variable level of collusion), banks have remained relatively protected from the technological disruption that has ...


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This is definitely a scam. Even if an activation fee was a legitimate thing, they would just charge that amount out of the amount you were going to receive - if you were to receive $1000 and the fee was $5, they'd just give you $995. Beyond that, no bank I'm aware of charges fees in cryptocurrencies. Don't send any money to these people.


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You don't need anyone's permission to use it. Nobody can freeze your account or charge back a payment after you received it. It's accessible to anyone with Internet access regardless of what country they're in. No single company can dictate its policy. It is almost free to use with no proportional fees.


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A Ripple gateway acts much like a bank. They compete based on trust, convenience, and cost. They hold other people's money. They promise to handle that money according to their customer's instructions. One difference is that there's no formal barrier to entry to becoming a Ripple gateway. Someone can open a gateway anywhere in the world and have equal ...


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I think your premise is flawed - when trading on Mtgox or other exchanges, there will only be transfers between you and Mtgox. If you're a day trader most trades will be internal on Mtgox and not be settled by the banks at all. Even if they do "send a notice to anti-laundering authorities", it doesn't mean the next day they will show up at your doorstep to ...


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The usual procedure would be to deposit the bitcoins into a bitcoin exchange, sell them there, and withdraw the cash to your bank account. You will have to identify yourself to the exchange, and the exchange must be able to send money to your bank.


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Blockchains are best used when there are multiple entities that don't necessarily trust each other. So within one bank, a blockchain really isn't useful. However between bank transfers could use the blockchain. Right now, in order to send between banks, banks use centralized systems (ACH, SWIFT, etc) operated by a third party. With federated blockchains, ...


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I think your question is based on the false assumption that there is some 100% safe way to store money that doesn't cost anything. Mt Gox can't stuff your money in their mattress, and even if they did someone could come along and steal the mattress. They have to sensibly balance risk and cost -- zero-risk is not a sensible or achievable goal and is not ...


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If there are Bitcoin ATMs in your country it should be as simple as goint to the ATM ask for a refound and transfer the Bitcoins to where the ATM asks for. After that it should give you the money (whitout the processing charges).


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I am not aware of any. Whilst I like to think of such not-yet-existing services as simply waiting to be provided soon, there is a significant barrier to creating such a service. A broker wanting to offer taking bitcoin deposits as collateral for your stock holdings would need a reliable and classical-finance-compatible way of converting this collateral into ...


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Banks do lend out more money than they have. This concept is referred to as Fractional Reserve Banking. Government regulation is supposed to impose a minimum of reserves they need to keep, limiting the amount of money they may create. The difference between Bitcoin users and banks is that banks can lend out more money than they have, because they can just ...


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If you can send an International wire transfer (USD) there will be fees charged by your own bank to convert from INR to USD, as well as a wire transfer fee. Then some fees charged by Mt. Gox exchange to receive the funds I believe, but a relatively small amount. The conversion from INR to USD is probably the part that will be the most expensive as banks ...


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TL;DR Businesses in the Bitcoin space face no special challenges to implement KYC regulation, except the privacy oriented mindset special to some bitcoin users. However, it is impractical to enforce KYC regulation on the entirety of the bitcoin network itself. Long version below Know Your Customer (KYC) regulation applies to financial institutions and ...


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For currency in the form of Ripple IOUs, yes. Anyone can tell at any time the total outstanding value of all IOUs in a given currency for a given issuer. So a gateway could, if it wished to, provide provable reserves relative to its outstanding IOUs. However, gateways typically also hold fiat that's not in the form of IOUs. Gateways currently use a two-step ...


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Bitcoin-Central is to-date the only exchange to describe the capability of an exchange account being integrated with a bank account. It will be a EUR account. There is no estimate on when this will be available. Coinbase will draw funds from a bank account however they have not been able to keep up with the demand so there is no assurance that when ...


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You should first consult a lawyer in your country and discuss such topics as: Money laundering laws Whether Bitcoins are considered a currency, commodity or none of the above Regulations considering money exchanges In relationship to the law in your country. It would also be good to asking a legal representative of the government for an official statement ...


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Bitcoins can not be withdrawn into a bank account directly. You can either sell them to somebody who then transfers money to your bank account, or you can sell them at an exchange and withdraw the funds from there. The first method may be quicker to set up but is a bit more risky. However, given the recent Bitfinex hack, having money at an exchange is not ...


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There are a couple of ways to sell bitcoins for fiat currency (like USD, Euro,etc) Directly trade with someone who wants to buy bitcoins using currency. Find an online exchange that would buy your bitcoins for some currency (mostly *USD). A few exchanges are listed here. These are online market places that buy and sell bitcoins. Most probably you'll ...


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I've looked into 1broker and while there is quite a bit of good feedback about the site and the GUI is very clean the 4 guys who run it are students. I ran a hedge fund for many years and know a fair bit about what they do which is CFD trading. The short answer is, and it sucks in a way because eventually they will tank. A black swan event will come along ...


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The closest solution to this is setting up your supplier with a payments processor like Coinbase or Bitpay, who will convert your BTC to fiat instantly. However, there's no way to send BTC to a bank account directly without some action by the other party.


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Double spending doesn't just include cases where a participant tries to spend his own funds twice, but it also includes cases where two honest participants each want the same liquidity. For example, say I have 100,000 Euros that I'm willing to exchange for 113,000 USD and there are two people who each want to take me up on that offer. Somehow, we have to ...


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They don't need your password to process the ACH in the future. this sounds like they used your banking credentials to verify that it really is your account. You should be able to change your password on your banking account now and be safer.


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Provenance is very important with OTC transactions. Many banks are comprised of thousands of tiny holding companies. How do you verify ownership? A decentralized Blockchain. Using a Blockchain, you can establish the chain of custody originating from the mining/genesis/issuance of the security. Also trust (counterparty risk) is very important in OTC ...


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Question: Cannot we build a currency that is decentralized like bitcoin, but that doesn't have the "mining" part of it? No need to, one was already created years ago and is still up and running today. Bitcoin depends on currency creation to record transactions, you can't get around this because that is the design of it and how it works. The only one that ...


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Bitcoin is perfectly transparent. Privacy relies on the steps you take to protect your identity. Things you can do to make a tracing harder: Use a VPN or multiple VPN. Use Proxy or multiple Proxy. Use Tor (Multiple Tor instances can lead to loops, better avoid that). Take care to not use the same virtual identity twice or more. Circulate ...


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The answer to the question also depends on the country. In Germany a new cooperation between the German Bitcoin exchange bitcoin.de and Fidor bank just started (read about it in this blog post). Apparently Fidor bank even plans to display a Euro and a Bitcoin account balance. That's as Bitcoin friendly as a bank can get I'd say.


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Despite the popular consensus on the matter, banks probably aren't specifically Bitcoin-unfriendly. The repeated bank problems for exchanges probably come down to three main things: Automatic risk triggers -- Banks have a lot of mechanisms in place that throw up warning bells when a new customer starts moving lots of money around, is rapidly depositing and ...


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