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One of the oldest cryptocurrency exchanges in Scandinavia wants to go public later this year, hoping it will enable traditional investors to participate in “new finance.” Oskar Soderstrom, CEO of Stockholm-based BTCX, confirmed to CoinDesk that they are looking to deliver an initial public offering (IPO) before the end of Q3 2020. Corporate financial advisory
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Amid increasing activity within the crypto derivatives market, software maker Trading Technologies (TT) announced Wednesday it would provide trading tools to users of leading crypto exchange, Deribit. Included in the suite are advanced order types, charting and analytics as well as access to a feature allowing users to create algorithms for bot trading. TT users
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The Libra Association announced Thursday it had formed a technical steering committee to coordinate the design of the Libra platform. The new committee, composed of Anchorage co-founder Diogo Monica, Calibra core product lead George Cabrera III, Bison Trails founder Joe Lallouz, Union Square Ventures partner Nick Grossman and Mercy Corps emerging technology director Ric Shreves,
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The Crypto Ratings Council (CRC), the Coinbase-led organization hoping to create a standard for assessing whether different cryptocurrencies are securities under U.S. law, is adding new members. The group announced Thursday that eToro, Radar and OKCoin US have joined the aspiring self-regulatory group looking to streamline how exchanges assess whether a cryptocurrency is a security.
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Former Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo, former LabCFTC head Daniel Gorfine and Charles Giancarlo want to take the dollar digital – and they’re not waiting for the Fed. The three are forming the Digital Dollar Foundation, working with Accenture to design and push for a potential U.S. central bank digital currency (CBDC).
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U.S.-based Kraken announced its plans for expansion into the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region on Tuesday after acquiring one of Australia’s longest-running cryptocurrency exchanges, Bit Trade. Kraken is aiming to position itself as the premier cryptocurrency service within the region, identifying Australia as a key growth area for retail and institutional clients. The financial terms of the
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The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), the standards group where finance and other industries explore private versions of ethereum technology, has launched a testing ground to bring about certified, branded and harmonized business uses by the end of 2020. The EEA TestNet will operate as a pre-certification sandbox, where forks of ethereum can be standardized according
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Craig Wright, bitcoin’s self-declared creator, says the much anticipated “bonded courier” has arrived.  According to a court filing to the U.S. District Court of Southern Florida dated Jan. 14, a third party has “provided the necessary information and key slice to unlock the encrypted file,” seemingly referencing the “mysterious,” unnamed intermediary with the private keys
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Digital asset issuer Securitize has facilitated what it says is the first direct IRA investment in security token offerings (STOs). Alternative investments gateway AltoIRA purchased an initial investment in security tokens representing CityBlock Capital’s $20 million venture fund, with tokens issued by Securitize. The arrangement is set to open up new opportunities for retirement investors
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WisdomTree, an asset manager specializing in exchange-traded funds, is vying to become one of the first established U.S. financial firms to offer clients digital assets, including a so-called stablecoin whose value is closely linked to the U.S. dollar.  New York-based WisdomTree, which oversees about $63 billion, views cryptocurrencies and digital assets as a natural extension
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