Crypto Derivatives: A Corner of the Market or the Market Itself?

Emmanuel Goh is co-founder & CEO of skew. – a financial technology startup headquartered in London since 2018. These opinions are his and do not necessarily reflect the view of CoinDesk. The following article originally appeared in Institutional Crypto by CoinDesk, a weekly newsletter focused on institutional investment in crypto assets. Sign up for free […]

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Reggie Middleton Reaches $9.5 Million SEC Settlement Over ICO Fraud

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said it has reached a settlement with Reggie Middleton, organizer of the fraught $14.8 million Veritaseum (VERI) initial coin offering (ICO). In a filing with the New York Eastern District Court, dated Oct. 31 and published today, Middleton agreed to the consent decree of the final judgment, without having to […]

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Huobi Cloud to Offer White-Label Exchange Services in Middle East, Africa

Huobi Cloud, part of the crypto exchange Huobi Group, has announced its plan to provide more local financial institutions with white-label exchange services based on cloud technology in the Middle East and Africa. Existing institutions include the Nigeria-based SaBi exchange, with about $100,000 worth of daily crypto trading volume, and the South African exchange HIZA, […]

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Ex-Official Trolls Libra, Says China Likely to Issue Digital Currency First

A former high-ranking Congressional official said China’s central bank is likely to be the first to issue its own national digital currency, as he contended that Libra was doomed to fail. Speaking at the Shanghai Bund Summit, Huang Qifan, former deputy director of the Congressional Financial and Economic Affairs Committee, explained how the national digital […]

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Former World Gold Council Exec Develops New Bitcoin ETF

The former managing director of the World Gold Council and the portfolio manager behind SPDR Gold Shares is developing a bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) with boutique asset manager Kryptoin Investment Advisors. The Cayman Islands-based firm has filed an initial registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund, in development for two […]

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eToro Launches Crypto Portfolio Weighted by Twitter Mentions

That notorious abyss of Crypto Twitter – where the XRP Army patrols, altcoins flourish and falter, and @Vitalik99832182 promising you infinity ETH – got a new plaything today: an eToro crypto portfolio calibrated to the tenor of its tweets. The new financial instrument is called TheTIE-LongOnly CopyPortfolio, and, as of Tuesday morning, it was live on […]

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CME Says Bitcoin Futures Gaining Interest From Big Investors

CME Group, the Chicago-based exchange operator, said its bitcoin futures contracts grew in popularity last quarter, with the number of open contracts up 61 percent from a year earlier because of growing demand from institutional investors. Open interest, or the number of outstanding positions, rose to 4,629 contracts, up from 2,873 in the third quarter […]

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Token Tech firm Securitize Raises $14 Million From Santander, MUFG, Nomura

Regulated token issuance technology provider Securitize has raised $14 million from investors including the investment arms of major financial companies. Securitize announced in a press release Tuesday that the funding – an extension of its Series A round – was backed by Santander InnoVentures, MUFG Innovation Partners and Nomura Holdings. Also participating this time round were existing investors of the Series […]

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The Crypto Custody Conundrum: What Are We Even Talking About?

Noelle Acheson is a veteran of company analysis and CoinDesk’s Director of Research. The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own. The following article originally appeared in Institutional Crypto by CoinDesk, a free weekly newsletter focused on crypto assets. Sign up here. For a primer on crypto custody concepts, you can download our free report here.  […]

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Alive, Thriving and Totally Unauthorized: Inside the Underground Market for Telegram’s Cryptocurrency

The Takeaway: Telegram’s long-awaited blockchain, Telegram Open Network, is said to be scheduled to launch Oct. 31, but the yet-to-be-issued gram tokens are already trading in an unauthorized secondary market. Telegram has yet to publicly or formally acknowledge the project, but investors in last year’s $1.7 billion token offering, widely publicized in the press, are […]

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