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CBOE Receives CFTC Approval to List Bitcoin Futures

The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) has received approval from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to list bitcoin futures contracts on its trading platform. CBOE announced on Friday that it had received approval from the CFTC to offer bitcoin futures trading on CFE, its dedicated futures exchange. The futures will trade under the ticker symbol “XBT,” and a launch date will be announced following a period of regulatory review.

CME’s Bitcoin Futures to Launch December 18

Chicago derivatives exchange operator CME Group has announced that it has self-certified the initial listing of its bitcoin futures contract to launch on December 18. CME Chairman and CEO Terry Duffy made the historic announcement on Friday, revealing that the exchange has received approval from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to begin trading bitcoin futures in just a little over two weeks: “We are pleased to bring Bitcoin futures to market after working closely with the CFTC and market participants to design a regulated offering that will provide investors with transparency, price discovery, and risk transfer capabilities,” said Duffy.

Bitstamp to Launch Bitcoin Cash Trading Pairs in December

Bitcoin exchange Bitstamp has announced that it will launch bitcoin cash trading pairs during the first week of December. When bitcoin cash forked away from the main bitcoin blockchain at the beginning of August, many people were skeptical that it could garner enough support to remain viable. Consequently, quite a few cryptocurrency exchanges and services — including Bitstamp — took a wait-and-see approach to the fork.

SegWit2x Hard Fork Called Off: ‘Common Sense’ or ‘Delaying the Inevitable’?

The controversial SegWit2x fork has been suspended indefinitely, with promoters citing a lack of consensus for the November 16 software upgrade. SegWit2x Called Off The suspension was announced by SegWit2x project lead Mike Belshe in an email distributed to the SegWit2x mailing list, but it also bore the signatures of Wences Casares, Jihan Wu, Jeff Garzik, Peter Smith, and Erik Voorhees.

‘Playing With Fire’: Critics Condemn CME’s Bitcoin Futures Plan

CME Group’s announcement that it indents to list regulated bitcoin futures contracts has some skeptics concerned that crypto derivatives will lead to a catastrophic economic event reminiscent of the 2008 financial crisis. CME Group Announce Bitcoin Futures Tuesday morning, CME Group — the world’s largest regulated derivatives exchange — announced that it intends to list bitcoin futures contracts by the end of the year.

World’s Largest Derivatives Exchange CME Group to Launch Bitcoin Futures

The CME Group, the world’s largest derivatives exchange, has announced that it intends to launch bitcoin futures during the fourth quarter of 2017. Chicago-based CME Group made the announcement on Tuesday, explaining that the futures will be cash-settled based on the CME CF Bitcoin Reference Rate, a bitcoin price index it launched last year in partnership with U.

Patrick Byrne Reveals tZERO ICO Details

Overstock chief executive Patrick Byrne has revealed details about the initial coin offering (ICO) for tZERO’s SEC- and FINRA-compliant token exchange. Byrne expects the tZERO ICO to “raise a fortune” and potentially set a new record for token sale fundraising. Overstock CEO Reveals tZERO ICO Details Last month, Overstock announced that tZERO — one of its blockchain portfolio companies — had entered into a joint venture with the Argon Group and RenGen to develop the first U.

Coinbase Updates SegWit2x Stance; May Call Forked Chain ‘Bitcoin’

Bitcoin exchange Coinbase has clarified its position on the upcoming SegWit2x hard fork, stating that it will use accumulated network difficulty to determine which blockchain the company will label “Bitcoin” following the fork. On Monday, David Farmer, Coinbase’s director of communications, published a blog post revealing the rapidly-growing bitcoin exchange’s stance on SegWit2x. In the announcement, he seemed to indicate that Coinbase would continue to call the incumbent blockchain “Bitcoin” and would label the forked blockchain “Bitcoin2x”.

‘Metronome’: SegWit2x Developer Jeff Garzik is Also Building an Altcoin

Blockchain firm Bloq has announced the creation of Metronome, a cross-blockchain cryptocurrency that will be issued through an initial coin offering (ICO). As reported by Bloomberg, Bloq intends to unveil Metronome today at the Las Vegas Money 20/20 conference.

‘Metronome’: SegWit2x Developer Jeff Garzik is Also Building an Altcoin

Blockchain firm Bloq has announced the creation of Metronome, a cross-blockchain cryptocurrency that will be issued through an initial coin offering (ICO). As reported by Bloomberg, Bloq intends to unveil Metronome today at the Las Vegas Money 20/20 conference.

With 11 Million Users Coinbase Enables Instant Bitcoin Buying With a US Bank Account

Bitcoin exchange Coinbase announced that it will now allow users to buy bitcoin, ethereum, and litecoin instantly when paying with a US bank account. Coinbase made the announcement in a blog post. Previously, customers who purchased cryptocurrency using a bank account had to wait several days — sometimes as long as a week — before they received access to their assets.

With 11 Million Users Coinbase Enables Instant Bitcoin Buying With a US Bank Account

Bitcoin exchange Coinbase announced that it will now allow users to buy bitcoin, ethereum, and litecoin instantly when paying with a US bank account. Coinbase made the announcement in a blog post. Previously, customers who purchased cryptocurrency using a bank account had to wait several days — sometimes as long as a week — before they received access to their assets.

Xapo: Bitcoin is the Blockchain With the Most Accumulated Difficulty

Bitcoin wallet service Xapo has announced how it will approach the SegWit2x hard fork that is scheduled for mid-November. Xapo: ‘Bitcoin’ Belongs to the Chain With the Most Difficulty In a blog post published on the company website, Xapo co-founder and COO Federico Murrone stated that Xapo will support the blockchain with the most accumulated difficulty but will make the coins on the minority chain available for customers to sell or withdraw.

Coinbase to Support Both Bitcoin Blockchains Following SegWit2x Fork

Bitcoin exchange Coinbase has announced it will support both competing blockchains following the proposed SegWit2x hard fork that is scheduled for November. Coinbase made the announcement in a blog post written by Dan Romero, the company’s  vice president of operations. “We operate by the principle that our customers should benefit to the greatest extent possible from hard forks or other unexpected events,” Romero writes.

Goldman Sachs Considering Bitcoin Trading Operation: WSJ

Investment banking giant Goldman Sachs is considering launching a dedicated bitcoin trading operation. Goldman Sachs Explores Bitcoin Trading Citing sources familiar with the matter, the Wall Street Journal reports that Goldman Sachs is in the early stages of planning an entry into the cryptocurrency markets, a move that would make it the first Wall Street behemoth to directly interact with bitcoin and other crypto assets.

Overstock Announces SEC-Compliant ICO Exchange

Overstock subsidiary tZERO has announced a joint venture with Argon Group and RenGen LLC to launch the first ICO exchange that complies with SEC and FINRA regulations. Overstock Announces SEC-Compliant ICO Exchange The ICO market, which the company describes as an alternative trading system (ATS), purports to facilitate the trading of security tokens while maintaining compliance with Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) regulations.