CME Reports Uptick in Bitcoin Trading Ahead of Halving

CME Bitcoin futures and options have seen a ramp-up in trading activity ahead of this week’s halving. Year-to-date, Bitcoin futures average daily volume (ADV) reached 8,456 contracts (42,280 equivalent of bitcoin), up 43% compared to the same period in 2019. Options on Bitcoin futures total volume is now over 2,250 contracts and a record 216 contracts […]
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Nasdaq Collaborates with R3 for Digital Assets Exchanges

Nasdaq has entered into a long-term, non-exclusive, collaboration agreement with enterprise software firm R3, under which it will leverage R3’s enterprise blockchain software Corda, along with professional services and support in building full lifecycle solutions for digital assets market places. By tapping Corda Enterprise, Nasdaq says it can bolster its broader platform and partnership strategy […]
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Latest Profit & Loss Issue Now Live

The latest issue of Profit & Loss magazine is now live, click here to access it. In this issue we review the single dealer platform industry and discuss the latest innovations and ideas therein, as well as present the 2020 Digital FX Awards in full. FX market conditions are also in the spotlight as we […]
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Halving in the Time of Coronavirus

The halving of the number of bitcoins that come into circulation will soon be upon us. This is a known event, unknown is the state of the global economy post the global pandemic. P&L’s Julie Ros caught up with a wide range of digital asset market participants to gauge their views on the role the […]
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Facebook’s Libra Outlines New Approach

Libra, the digital currency Facebook set out to launch through the Libra Association last June, is taking a new direction, according to a new blog post released today, “Libra Developers: The Path Forward”. Notably, the new path no longer involves just a single, multi-currency coin backed by a basket of assets, but will begin with […]
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TradingScreen, Seed, Partner for Crypto Access

TradingScreen (TS) has announced a partnership and product integration between its order and execution management system (OEMS) Markts and digital asset exchange Seed Digital Commodities Market. The agreement will provide traders with access to new digital asset classes and currencies through a centralised network for institutional market participants. Additionally, TS says Markts will look to further […]
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FSB Releases Global Stablecoin Recommendations

The Financial Stability Board (FSB) today published for consultation 10 high-level recommendations to address what it sees as the regulatory, supervisory and oversight challenges raised by global stablecoin (GSC) arrangements. With continuing technological innovation in the financial sector as well as the COVID-19 pandemic, alternatives to cash may become yet more attractive, notes the FSB in a […]
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Currency Traders Boost CTA Index, but Crypto Lets the Air Out

The Currency Traders Index was the best performing sub-index in the Barclay CTA Index for the second month in a row, but unlike in February when the Cryptocurrency Traders Index also went well, March was a nightmare, it being one of only two to see negatives returns The overall Barclay CTA Index was +2.04% in […]
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And Another Thing…

Long term readers and listeners to our In the FICC of It podcast will know that I am sceptic when it comes to some of the claims made about crypto markets – especially that they are something new and innovative. My scepticism was reinforced this week when I received some research from crypto liquidity provider […]
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Crypto Exchanges See Volume Highs in March

Cryptocurrency market data provider, CryptoCompare, reports that market turmoil last month resulted in volumes hitting an all-time high on March 13, and note that spot volumes have been surging since January despite plummeting institutional interest. The massive market crash on March 12th-13th saw daily volumes hit $75.9 billion in a single day (13th March) – the single […]
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