CME’s Bitcoin Futures Hit New Records

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Ever since the Chicago Board Options Exchange (Cboe) announced it was ending its bitcoin futures products back in March, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME Group) has seen a huge influx of bitcoin derivatives volumes. During the second week of May, CME’s bitcoin futures touched a milestone when it surpassed 33,000 contracts ($1.3 billion notional value)…

Another Aspiring Satoshi Copyrights the Bitcoin Whitepaper

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The cryptocurrency community got riled up recently over Craig Wright’s U.S. copyright registration of the Bitcoin whitepaper and some of the code from the early software. However, on May 24 the U.S. Copyright Office saw a Bitcoin whitepaper registration by a man named Wei Liu, bringing another legal challenger to Wright’s claim of ownership over…

Crypto Assets Outshine Most Traditional Investments in 2019

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Last year, cryptocurrency proponents either complained about the low prices or celebrated the fact they could obtain cheaper coins. 2019 has been an entirely different story, however, as digital assets have started to gain significant value in comparison to traditional assets like stocks, oil, and precious metals. Also Read: US Copyright Office Responds to Craig…

Renewed Market Growth Has Sparked Demand for Crypto-Backed Loans

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With cryptocurrency markets back to life, hodling sounds like a smart strategy once again. Cryptocurrency owners are now more likely to pledge coins to borrow fiat if they need it, rather than sell their appreciating digital assets. The spread of crypto-backed loans could also be a good indicator of investor sentiment. According to a source…

47% of Institutional Investors Welcome Crypto Investments, Survey Shows

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A new study reveals surging investments in cryptocurrencies by institutional investors, with almost half of them viewing crypto assets as having a place in their portfolios. “Institutional investors are overwhelmingly favorable about the appealing characteristics of digital assets,” Fidelity Investments described. Also read: Indian Supreme Court Postpones Crypto Case at Government’s Request Institutional Investors See…

Indian Exchange Launches Lending Program for 5 Cryptocurrencies

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An Indian crypto exchange has launched a program that allows its users to earn interest on their cryptocurrencies held at the exchange. Initially, users can lend BTC, USDT, BNB, XRP, and ETH. The CEO of the exchange has shared details about this new offering with news.Bitcoin.com. Also read: Crypto Enthusiasts Unite in 4 Indian Cities…

Union Bank of the Philippines Launching Cryptocurrency ATM

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One of the largest banks in the Philippines is reportedly launching a two-way cryptocurrency ATM that is in compliance with Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ specifications. In the Philippines, the central bank regulates cryptocurrencies “when used for delivery of financial services, particularly, for payments and remittances.” Also read: Indian Supreme Court Moves Crypto Hearing, Community Calls for…

The End of the First Crypto Decade

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Massimo Morini is a veteran in investment banks and financial institutions including the World Bank. Some of his research on blockchain was reported here and here. The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review.  The end of 2018 is not the end of a year. It is the end of a decade, a decade that changed the world…

Poll Shows 13% of Russians Use Cryptocurrency for Online Purchases

Poll Shows 13% of Russians Use Cryptocurrency for Online Purchases

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Cryptocurrency transactions are becoming a viable alternative to traditional electronic payments and Russia is no exception to the trend. Recently conducted surveys indicate that a large number of Russians have already started using digital coins for online purchases and many others are willing to try.    Also read: Russians to Be Allowed ICO Investments up…

$1 Million BTC Options Position Set to Expire on Dec. 28

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Former portfolio manager at the University of Chicago endowment and current CIO of Blocktower Capital, Ari Paul, was reported to have made the largest-ever speculative play using BTC options during December of 2017. The contracts, which will expire on Dec. 28, 2018, are almost guaranteed to close as a total loss. Also Read: Report: Indian Government…