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Demand for Crypto Derivatives Swells as CME’s Bitcoin Volume Rises

The global markets company Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) has seen considerable demand since launching its options contracts in the wake of the firm’s bitcoin futures. On the first day of swaps, CME’s bitcoin options saw 55 contracts ($2.3 million). By the end of the week, the firm’s bitcoin options volume more than doubled with 122 […]

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Developer Proposes Decentralized Bitcoin Hashrate Derivatives

Defi and Bitcoin Mining: Developer Creates Noncustodial Hashrate Derivatives ConceptThere’s a new concept called Powswap that lets people speculate on hashrate in order to hedge against price volatility. Powswap was developed by the software engineer Jeremy Rubin who believes hashrate derivatives products allow people to leverage new trading strategies. Also read: Regulatory Roundup: EU-Wide Crypto Regulations, New Rules in Europe, US, Asia Powswap Where […]

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Silvergate Bank and Bitstamp Launch Bitcoin Collateralized Loans

Silvergate Bank and Bitstamp Launch Bitcoin Collateralized LoansU.S.-based Silvergate Bank has launched a bitcoin collateralized loan product with Bitstamp as its launch partner. The crypto exchange will act as the bank’s agent to manage and provide custody for bitcoin collateral. The product utilizes Silvergate Bank’s Exchange Network to fund loans and process repayments in real time. Also read: Regulatory Roundup: EU-Wide Crypto […]

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Fed Officials Ponder Funding Hedge Funds and Private Brokers Directly

Fed Officials Ponder Funding Hedge Funds and Private Brokers DirectlyOn January 13, the New York Federal Reserve gave $60.7 billion to eligible private financial institutions by leveraging U.S. Treasurys and agency securities. With all the stimulus given to financial institutions since September, it hasn’t relieved the stress of economic uncertainty. Now the Fed is pondering giving money directly to hedge funds and private brokers […]

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China Issues Digital Currency Guide for Party Cadres

China Issues Digital Currency Guide for Party CadresUnderstanding a complex subject should be easier with access to educational materials. With blockchain and CBDC now part of Beijing’s political vocabulary, the Communist Party of China (CPC) has issued a guide to digital currencies meant to prepare party officials for upcoming changes in the country’s financial system. Also read: China Saw $11.4 Billion in […]

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Mainstream Investment Vehicles Tied to Cryptocurrencies Grow Exponentially

Mainstream Investment Vehicles Tied to Cryptocurrencies Grow ExponentiallyThese days bitcoin and a variety of other digital assets are now being traded as funds and traditional equity holdings. The landscape of crypto investment vehicles has changed significantly as institutional and retail investors don’t need direct exposure to cryptocurrencies in order to invest in this technology. Also Read: Gocrypto SLP Token Starts Trading on […]

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European Banks Struggle With Low Interest Rates and Strict Regulations

European Banks Struggle With Low Interest Rates and Strict RegulationsBanks in Europe have been in a difficult spot lately. A new report reveals that financial institutions across the region faced serious difficulties in the 2018 financial year, and despite all the cost cutting that followed, haven’t managed to compensate the revenue decline in 2019. Historically low interest rates, new regulatory hurdles and competition from […]

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Swiss Licensed Crypto Bank Expanding Into 9 Markets

Swiss Licensed Crypto Bank Expanding Into 9 MarketsA fully operational crypto-focused bank based in Switzerland is expanding into nine other markets. With a banking and securities dealer license from the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority, its services include crypto custody, trading, and asset management. The bank has launched its investment business including a cryptocurrency index. Also read: Swiss Crypto Bank SEBA Launches […]

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Swiss Crypto Bank SEBA Launches With Range of Services

Swiss Crypto Bank SEBA Launches With a Range of ServicesSEBA Bank is now fully operational with a range of services to bridge the gap between the crypto world and traditional banking. Licensed in Switzerland, the bank’s crypto services include asset management, trading, custody, and financing. Its wallet app, e-banking, and card enable customers to convert between cryptocurrencies and traditional investments such as stocks, bonds, […]

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Holders of the Digital Yuan Will Not Be Paid Interest

Holders of the Digital Yuan Will Not Be Paid InterestChina has been sending mixed signals about its preparedness to issue a national crypto. Despite the new blockchain push, there is still no timeframe for the anticipated launch of the digital yuan and few details have been revealed so far. However, a senior official from China’s central bank pulled the curtain back slightly this week. […]

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Crypto-Friendly Silvergate Bank IPO Debuts on NYSE

Crypto-Friendly Silvergate Bank IPO Debuts on NYSEThe U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has declared the IPO of pro-crypto Silvergate Bank effective. Its shares started trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday. The crypto-friendly bank works with 756 customers in the crypto space, including Coinbase, Gemini, Circle, Bitstamp, Kraken, and Bittrex. The bank has attributed significant growth to its […]

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New Hire to Head Digital Currency Research at the US Fed

New Hire to Head Digital Currency Research at the FedThe United States Federal Reserve is looking to employ a Manager, Retail Payments, part of whose responsibilities will be to oversee the research of digital currencies and distributed ledgers. The job ad has been published amid pressure from Capitol Hill to explore the possibilities of issuing a digital dollar. Also read: Why Central Banks Are […]

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CME Group Publishes Bitcoin Options Specifications

CME Group Publishes Bitcoin Options SpecificationsIn mid-September, the foreign exchange company CME Group announced the launch of options on its bitcoin futures contracts in Q1 2020, pending regulatory review. CME Group executive Tim McCourt said there was “increasing client demand” for the firm’s bitcoin derivatives and now the company has published specifications for the options products. Also Read: French Ministry […]

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Indian Crypto Trading Volumes Accelerate on Positive Sentiments

Indian Crypto Trading Volumes Accelerate on Positive SentimentsCryptocurrency trading volumes in India have accelerated despite regulatory uncertainty and banking restrictions imposed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). Global trading platforms and service providers have also been expanding their operations to serve Indian users. Also read: Mistakes Crypto Owners and Traders Should Avoid Strong Trading Volume Growth Banking services may be restricted […]

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McKinsey: Majority of Banks May Not Be Economically Viable

McKinsey: Majority of Banks Globally May Not Be Economically ViableManagement consulting firm McKinsey & Company has published a global banking review and found that a majority of banks worldwide may not be economically viable. More than half of them still do not generate their cost of equity 10 years after the crisis and may not survive an economic downturn. Also read: FATF Starts Checking […]

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Belarusian Bank Gets the Go-Ahead to Service Crypto Investors

Belarusian Bank to Service Crypto InvestorsA bank in Belarus has effectively gotten the green light to process transfers related to digital assets. DFS, an affiliated company of Belveb Banking Holding’s member VEB Technologies, was recently registered as a resident of the High Technologies Park. The country’s special economic zone has already become home to many crypto businesses. Also read: Bittrex […]

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How Centralized Payment Systems Learned to Accept Decentralized Cryptocurrency

How Centralized Payment Systems Learned to Accept Decentralized CryptocurrencyThey might not be shouting it from the rooftops, but fiat payment gateways are no longer the enemy of bitcoin. Hostilities have ceased, the bad blood has been let, and today the fiat and crypto worlds are bridged and doing business. Despite the two systems sporting opposing aims and architecture, many centralized payment processors have […]

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