Since the price of crypto assets spiked dramatically in 2017, many have been predicting that a wave of institutional money is going to come into the cryptocurrency market, bringing with it a flood of change. However, speakers at Profit & Loss’ Forex Network London event argued that the “institutionalisation” of the crypto markets will play […]
At the Forex Network New York event, Galen Stops, editor of Profit & Loss, sat down with Rob Catalanello, CEO of B2C2 USA, to talk about whether the case for including cryptocurrencies in an investment portfolio is as strong as ever. Galen Stops: In 2017 when the price of cryptocurrencies kept going up and up, […]
Rob Catalanello has joined B2C2 as CEO of the OTC cryptocurrency liquidity provider’s Americas business, a newly created position, based in New York. Immediately prior to joining B2C2, Catalanello was working as a consultant, advising financial institutions on the setup, structure and day-to-day operation of capital markets, e-commerce, FX, commodity, cryptocurrency, and blockchain businesses in the US.Catalanello spent nearly a decade at Credit Agricole, where he was managing director, head of fixed income markets sales, Americas. He also held FX sales roles at Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan, and spent a brief stint at Edgewater, which he joined in 2016.
B2C2, an OTC cryptocurrency liquidity provider, has been authorised by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to arrange and deal in Contracts for Difference (CFDs) with eligible counterparties and professional clients. The FCA authorisation will allow B2C2’s clients to gain exposure to cryptocurrency markets via the firm’s CFDs.Max Boonen, founder and CEO, says: “We are excited to have received authorisation from the FCA to introduce a cryptocurrency CFD product. Eligible counterparties and professional clients can now gain derivative exposure to the cryptocurrency markets, benefiting from the competitive pricing and liquidity they’re accustomed to receiving from B2C2, while avoiding the risks associated with crypto custody.”
There’s something for everyone in this week’s In the FICC of It podcast as Colin Lambert and Galen Stops traverse the US legal system, trading, crypto and China.
Listen in as Lambert explains why he is mystified at the prosecution’s flip-flop in the Mark Johnson case and angry at the FX industry’s previous lack of effort to explain how markets work to the US legal authorities; and Stops takes a look at a new report n his favourite industry – CTAs. Having had the data explained to him, Lambert also thinks he knows why some CTA sectors are doing well and some aren’t, so that’s another of his “theories” then…
Our podcasters then move onto debate whether crypto markets will evolve to an OTC model and whether this would be a good thing for attracting institutional money to what is still a relatively nascent market.
Stops closes out by reporting from an analysts’ briefing this week that highlighted a change in approach on the part of China to its programme of liberalisation of the yuan.
B2C2, a cryptocurrency liquidity provider, has launched streaming pricing with point-and-click execution on its OTC platform.For the first time, B2C2’s clients will be able to view and execute trades on a real-time, two-way market via the firm’s secure web interface. The new functionality allows market participants to monitor live pricing in user defined quantities and execute with the click of a button, as they would on traditional FX trading platforms.Speaking to Profit & Loss about the launch, Philip Gillespie, CEO of B2C2 Japan, says: “We were one of the first firms to issue RFQ trading electronically and we already have a web portal where clients can go for trading and settlement. What we have done now is the next step forward, so that when a client goes onto the web-based GUI, not only do they have the RFQ and settlement request, but they can also see continuously streaming, two-way pricing.”
Crypto trading and risk management platform provider Caspian, has partnered with B2C2, the cryptocurrency market maker and liquidity provider, in a move that the firms claim, “makes life much easier for larger investors wanting to increase their exposure to cryptocurrency markets”.
The firms says the partnership is “significant: because of the liquidity that larger investors require if they are to move further into cryptocurrency markets. While Caspian provides a suite of tools designed to make accessing and trading these different markets much more easy, B2C2 is experienced in providing the OTC liquidity that this type of investor requires, they add.
B2C2, a cryptocurrency market maker, and oneZero Financial Systems, a software and infrastructure provider for institutional and retail brokers, have announced a partnership that will enable oneZero’s clients to gain access to B2C2 as part of the oneZero ecosystem.
The firms say that the integration of their trading systems will allow them to address significant demand among institutional clients for exposure to the major cryptocurrencies – including bitcoin, ether, litecoin, bitcoin cash and XRP – against major fiat currencies.
Max Boonen, founder of B2C2, says: “We are pleased to partner with oneZero, a leading technology and infrastructure provider for major financial institutions. Our FIX integration will enable oneZero’s clients to access cryptocurrency liquidity in a plug-and-play fashion. We look forward to meeting their demand for electronic OTC liquidity.”
At the start of 2017, a single bitcoin was valued at less than $1,000, yet by mid-December it had almost hit $20,000. Investors were pouring into the space, Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) were being launched left, right and centre and – given the limited supply of bitcoins that can ever exist – some market commentators were making wild predictions about how high the value of this asset would ultimately go.
But despite starting the year at around the $15,000 mark, the price of bitcoin has fallen to $6,671 at the time of writing and other major cryptocurrencies have suffered a similar decline. So what went wrong?
Uncertainty about regulations, a lack of trusted custodians and concerns about security are key factors that continue to deter many large financial institutions from trading cryptoassets, says Kevin Beardsley, a managing partner at B2C2.
Amongst these three factors, Beardsley cited the lack of regulatory clarity around cryptoassets as the biggest issue for these firms right now, pointing out that no major bank wants to clash with their regulators for trading in what is, relatively speaking, still a small marketplace.
“The large institutions are all waiting for the regulations to become clear, which is a very rational approach,” he says.