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Cryptocurrencies: Finding the Right Audience

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 […]

In the FICC of It

Colin Lambert is on the defensive from the start of this week’s podcast thanks to another disastrous prediction in the previous edition of In the FICC of It, so listen in to enjoy his discomfort as he and Galen Stops discuss the return of volatility to bitcoin and while doing so decide for yourself – […]

LedgerX Gets Nod for Physically Settled Bitcoin Derivatives

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has approved LedgerX, a cryptocurrency trading venue, as a Designated Contract Market (DCM). This will allow LedgerX to offer bitcoin spot and physically settled derivatives contracts to retail clients, which it plans to do through its new platform, LedgerX Omni. Founded in 2014, LedgerX obtained approval to act […]

In the FICC of It

In this week’s lively and extended podcast Colin Lambert and Galen Stops mange to disagree on just about everything as they dig into the details around the announcement that Citi has given notice to four of the biggest non-bank market makers in FX and discuss the potential implications for the industry as a whole. They […]

Bringing the Pure Concept to Digital Assets

For all the talk of institutionalising crypto markets, progress is slow – Colin Lambert talks to Campbell Adams, founder and CEO of Pure Digital about how he plans to accelerate the transformation Although the end result in terms of hard numbers doesn’t really tell the story, the creation of the FX Pure trading platform, which […]

Seed CX Launches Three Stablecoins

Seed CX has launched three stablecoins, PAX, USD Coin and TrueUSD, on its digital asset exchange. Through its subsidiaries, Seed CX offers a licensed, institutional exchange platform for trading digital assets, and plans to offer a market for Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)-regulated digital asset derivatives. The three stablecoins are set to begin trading against […]

Quants the Sole Bright Spot Amongst Crypto Funds

A new report published this week shows that while the median return for crypto hedge funds was a staggering -46% last year, quant funds managed a median return of 8%. The data contained in the report, which was published by PwC and Elwood Asset Management, was collected within the first quarter of 2019 across the […]

Academics Sceptical on Economic Value of Cryptocurrencies

Academics speaking at CoinDesk’s Consensus event in New York today appeared doubtful about the economic value of cryptocurrencies. In a panel titled, From Digital Gold to Contract Theory: The Economics of Mainstream Adoption, Joshua Gans, professor of strategic management at Rotman School of Management, said that an economists job, when confronted by new and exciting […]

In the FICC of It

In this week’s podcast Profit & Loss managing editor, Colin Lambert, and editor, Galen Stops, open by discussing the news of some senior staff departing from EBS in the wake of its acquisition by CME Group, which in turn causes the pair to compare and contrast the different approaches and FX businesses of the Chicago-based […]

Bakkt Looks to Scale with New Acquisition

Bakkt, a platform for buying, selling, storing and spending digital assets that was launched by Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), has acquired Digital Asset Custody Company (DACC), a firm that specialises in providing custody services for digital assets. “Think of that [acquisition] as helping us scale our existing offering that we’ve built over the last two years […]