Markets Slide as Speculators Prepare for December

It seemed like an eternity, but November has finally concluded, thus ending the worse month in the past seven years for Bitcoin. After November woes typically comes an exciting December. Last year, after dipping to local lows in November of US$6,000, Bitcoin saw an explosive rally to its all-time high of $20,000 the following month. Will the holidays bring joy to crypto markets this year? Yesterday, moon calls were spread as December had surely began with a bang.
Coinbase Launches OTC Trading for Institutional Investors

Coinbase Launches OTC Trading for Institutional Investors

Major U.S. digital asset platform Coinbase has launched an over-the-counter (OTC) trading desk dedicated to institutional investors, live-streaming site Cheddar reports. From Coinbase Prime to its Custody service, the exchange has been laying the groundwork for institutional investors for a while now.
Huobi Is Rolling Out Futures Trading on a New Platform

Huobi Is Rolling Out Futures Trading on a New Platform

At this year’s CryptoFrontiers Conference in New York City, digital currency exchange Huobi announced that it will begin offering derivatives contract trading. The service will be available via Huobi’s Derivative Market (Huobi DM) to customers of select countries and will allow them to open both short and long positions for a handful of coins. In an interview with Bitcoin Magazine, Joshua Goodbody, general counsel of Huobi’s global institutional team, said, “Our derivative contracts are agreements to buy or sell an asset on a specific future date and at a specific price.
Crossing the Atlantic in Stormy Weather: Coinsquare Expands to Europe

Crossing the Atlantic in Stormy Weather: Coinsquare Expands to Europe

Coinsquare Exchange, headquartered in Toronto, Canada, took its first trip outside its Canadian base to extend its operations to Europe. On November 15, 2018, the exchange enabled euro deposits and trading, in what the startup sees is a promising market for future expansion. Coinsquare CEO Cole Diamond told Bitcoin Magazine that this is a major move for the young exchange and it makes good business sense to enter a market that has a GDP 12 times the size of Canada’s.
NASDAQ Reportedly Looking Into Bitcoin Futures Despite Bear Market

NASDAQ Reportedly Looking Into Bitcoin Futures Despite Bear Market

An unconfirmed report released today, November 27, 2018, claims that NASDAQ has plans to launch bitcoin-based futures contracts, and that these plans are continuing to go forward despite the recent crypto crash. Bloomberg published an article today describing NASDAQ’s history with these futures contracts, claiming that they have “been working to satisfy the concerns of the U.
VanEck Subsidiary MVIS Launches Bitcoin OTC Index

VanEck Subsidiary MVIS Launches Bitcoin OTC Index

MV Index Solutions (MVIS), a subsidiary of investment management firm VanEck, has announced the launch of MVIS Bitcoin U.S. OTC Spot Index (MVBTCO), a bitcoin-based index and the first one that monitors the performance of bitcoin across established over-the-counter (OTC) platforms in the U.S., according to a company statement. The index will cover the spot price of bitcoin from these OTC platforms: Circle Trade, Genesis Trading and Cumberland. MV Index Solutions helps to develop, license and monitor asset classes such as fixed income markets, equities and more, with the use of investment indices.

Crypto Arbitrage Today: BCHABC, XMR, Dash, BTG, ETH, DOGE

Not a day goes by in the cryptocurrency world without going through some form of arbitrage opportunities. In the case of altcoins, there is a lot of decent money to be made, primarily because so many markets have wide spreads between the currencies themselves. It should be easy to score some profit when exploring these opportunities, assuming one can benefit from some decent liquidity. Monero (Kraken / HitBTC / Poloniex) As is usually the case where Monero arbitrage opportunities are concerned, the price on Kraken is significantly lower compared to all other platforms.
Binance Will Support USDC Trading Starting November 17

Binance Will Support USDC Trading Starting November 17

Binance — one of the most popular digital currency exchanges across the globe — has announced that it will be adding the fiat-collateralized stablecoin USD Coin (USDC) to its trading platform on November 17, 2018. USDC will be grouped into trading pairs with bitcoin and Binance’s own token, BNB. The company made the announcement on its official blog, making particular note of the auditing process USDC undergoes to prove that each coin is backed 1:1 with the USD.
OKCoin Adds the Argentine Peso as It Eyes Expansion Into Latin America

OKCoin Adds the Argentine Peso as It Eyes Expansion Into Latin America

Despite a prolonged cryptocurrency bear market and regulatory uncertainties, OKCoin, one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world, is expanding to Latin America launching a new exchange platform headquartered in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Already active in 110 countries and 21 U.S. states, OKCoin USA CEO Tim Byun told Bitcoin Magazine that he is not worried about market volatility as they launch on a new continent: “Overall, we are very bullish on the cryptocurrencies markets throughout the world and in Latin America in particular.

Crypto Arbitrage Today: ADA, QTUM, BTG, XLM, USDT, DASH

Every day in the cryptocurrency world comes with new opportunities to explore. Especially for those who simply want to score a quick buck by moving funds to and from exchanges, good money can be made in quick succession. Some intriguing arbitrage opportunities are popping up once again, albeit these gaps can close pretty quickly. Cardano (Kraken / Gate) In the case of Cardano – or ADA – there is one particular arbitrage opportunity which stands out in a rather spectacular fashion.
Trader Jailed and Fined Over $1 Million for Bitcoin and Litecoin Fraud Scheme

Trader Jailed and Fined Over $1 Million for Bitcoin and Litecoin Fraud Scheme

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued a press release on Friday, November 9, 2018, stating that it had fined Arizona resident Joseph Kim for perpetrating a fraudulent cryptocurrency trading scheme against his former employer and other investors. The same day, a District Court in the Northern District of Illinois sentenced Kim to 15 months on wire fraud charges.

Triangular Arbitrage Today: NEO, ZEN, XRP, TRX, and More

It has become increasingly difficult to generate any real profits in the cryptocurrency industry throughout 2018. Rather than just trading, arbitrage opportunities have begun taking center stage first and foremost. Triangular trading options can generate a fair amount of profit, as can be seen in the following examples. #6 ZEN – NEO There is a very peculiar triangular arbitrage opportunity involving both Zencash and NEO.
Crypto Platform Coinbase Secures $300 Million in Series E Funding Round

Crypto Platform Coinbase Secures $300 Million in Series E Funding Round

Popular cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has raised a fresh $300 million in a Series E financing round, bringing the company valuation to $8 billion. Coinbase plans to use the funding to "accelerate the adoption of cryptocurrencies," as it plans to remain the "entry-point into crypto" for millions of investors, according to a published blog post.
IRS Advisory Committee Requests Clearer Guidance for Crypto Tax Code

IRS Advisory Committee Requests Clearer Guidance for Crypto Tax Code

On October 24, 2018, an advisory committee to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published a report calling for clarity on the IRS’s position toward cryptocurrency taxation. The Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee (IRPAC) recently released its annual report advising the IRS on possible areas to improve the tax code, specifically referring to data gathered throughout the fiscal year of 2018.

3 Worst Pieces of Advice for Novice Cryptocurrency Speculators

In the world of cryptocurrency, relying on other people’s advice is both necessary and risky at the same time. Some pieces of advice can work out quite well, even though other information will not yield any positive results. The following four pieces of advice are often considered the “worst” to share with other cryptocurrency enthusiasts in this day and age. #3 Ignore Technical Analysis It has become apparent not every fan of cryptocurrencies sees merit in technical analysis.
Bakkt’s Futures Platform Slated to Begin Trading in December

Bakkt’s Futures Platform Slated to Begin Trading in December

Almost a year to the day after the CBOE and CME launched their own bitcoin futures products, the Intercontinental Exchange’s Bakkt platform is heralding the launch of its own futures on December 12, though the platform is still pending approval from the Commodity Futures Trade Commission. Originally slated for November, Bakkt was announced in August 2018 as “a scalable on-ramp for institutional, merchant and consumer participation in digital assets.

SEC Suspends Trading of 3 Penny Stocks With Tenuous Ties to Cryptocurrency, Blockchain

Today, February 16, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a press release announcing trading suspension of three companies that acquired AAA-rated assets from “a subsidiary of a private equity investor in cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, among other things.” The three companies in question, PDX Partners, Inc.

Warning Signs? A Timeline of Tether and Bitfinex Events

Concerns are growing as to whether tether (USDT), the stable token pegged to the dollar, is backed by actual U.S. dollars. And recent scrutiny by U.

Two New Services Could Help Investors Rate Cryptocurrencies

Increasing interest in cryptocurrencies has led to an influx of new investors. Unlike traditional markets, there are few tools that can help people make informed decisions, a situation that has already begun to claim victims in a particularly volatile environment.

Canadian TSX Venture Exchange Approves Crypto-Mining Company HashChain to Launch Monday

On December 18, 2017, HashChain Technology, a cryptocurrency mining company, went public for the first time on the TSX Venture Exchange under the ticker symbol KASH, joining at least eight other crypto-related startups including HIVE Blockchain Technologies (Genesis Mining).
Analyst: How Bitcoin Price Could Reach $60,000 in the Mid-Term

Analyst: How Bitcoin Price Could Reach $60,000 in the Mid-Term

Tai Lopez, a prominent investor and analyst, has stated that if the world’s millionaires allocate merely 1 percent of their holdings into bitcoin, the bitcoin price could reach $60,000 in the mid-term.
Bitcoin Price Gear Towards $19,000, Surges by $1,000 in a Single Day

Bitcoin Price Gear Towards $19,000, Surges by $1,000 in a Single Day

The bitcoin price has increased by more than $1,000 over the past 24 hours and is en route to surpassing the $19,000 mark.

Litecoin Price Surges by 10% Again to $300 as Demand Skyrockets

Over the past 24 hours, the Litecoin price has surged by nearly 10 percent, increasing from below $270 to $300.

Charlie Lee: Japan and South Korea Regulations Good For Bitcoin

On CNBC’s Squawk Box, Litecoin creator and former Coinbase executive Charlie Lee discussed the future of bitcoin, Litecoin, and the cryptocurrency market in the long-term.
Bitcoin Futures Are Here: The Story So Far

Bitcoin Futures Are Here: The Story So Far

The week ahead will give better future indication of Bitcoin derivatives products as yesterday at 6 p.m. EST, the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) allowed bitcoin futures to begin trading under the symbol “XBT.” Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) is set to allow futures trading in the cryptocurrency of their own accord on December 18, 2017.