How Institutional Investors Are Changing the Cryptocurrency Market

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Institutional investors trading cryptocurrency gained ground in 2018, with a number of high profile players edging in and taking a seat at the table. Increased interest from larger investors may have played a part in supporting digital assets as well as distorting the market.  Also Read: KPMG: Institutional Investment Key to Cryptoassets Growth Will Crypto Markets…

Wine Retailer to Buy Majority Stake in Japanese Bitcoin Exchange for $30M

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Madison Holdings Group Ltd. has agreed to buy 67.2 percent of Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Bitocean for 1.68 billion yen ($15.12 million). Inclusive of fees, the wines and alcoholic beverages company will pay a total $30.12 million. According to local media reports, the deal is to be completed through a subsidiary, Madison Labs. Also read: Cryptocurrency Exchanges…

Hong Kong Tightens Regulatory Grip on Cryptocurrency Exchanges and Startups

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Hong Kong is tightening its regulatory grip on cryptocurrency exchanges and related businesses by bringing them under the purview of the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), as reported by Asia Nikkei Review on Dec. 17. Crypto-Financial Center While part of Chinese territory, Hong Kong follow a different judicial approach to the Mainland. The treatment has resulted…

New POS Terminal by Pundix Allows Nigerians to Make Purchases in Bitcoin

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Indonesian cryptocurrency and payments company Pundix has introduced a point of sale terminal at a shop in Nigeria, allowing people in the West African country to make purchases using cryptocurrency, including bitcoin. The move is seen as key to scaling up cryptocurrency adoption and development in Africa’s biggest bitcoin market. Also read: Payments Platform Wirex Launches…

The Daily: Crypto Exchange Rents Pricey HK Offices, UAE Realtor Sells Homes for Crypto

The Daily: Crypto Exchange Rents Pricey HK Offices, UAE Realtor Sells Homes for Crypto

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Crypto trading platform Bitmex has reportedly rented some of the world’s most expensive offices, in a Hong Kong skyscraper. Also in Bitcoin in Brief today, UAE-based realtor wants to add cryptocurrencies to the payment options offered to its customers. Other reports in The Daily cover Square Cash app downloads surpassing those of Paypal’s Venmo, and…

Crypto Custodian Services to Launch in Hong Kong

Crypto Custodian Services to Launch in Hong Kong

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A prominent South East Asia-based fund management company is considering the launch of a cryptocurrency custodial service targeting regional institutional investors. The Demand for Cryptocurrency Custodians As reported by South China Morning Post on July 22, 2018, the Singapore-based Fusang Investment Office is planning to offer cryptocurrency holding services after clients expressed rising interest in…

Hong Kong Official Rules Out Plan for Central Bank Digital Currency

Hong Kong Official Rules Out Plan for Central Bank Digital Currency

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Hong Kong’s de facto central bank has no plan to issue a central bank digital currency (CBDC), a government official said on Wednesday.

BitMEX CEO, Arthur Hayes: $50,000 Bitcoin Price Target by End-of-Year

BitMEX CEO, Arthur Hayes: $50,000 Bitcoin Price Target by End-of-Year

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Arthur Hayes, CEO of BitMEX, appeared on CNBC and predicted that the world’s leading cryptocurrency will reach a valuation of $50,000 by end-of-year. From Wall Street to Crypto A Wharton School of Business graduate, Arthur Hayes has built a reputation on his ability to trade traditional financial instruments. Arthur Hayes, CEO of BitMEX Soon after…