Tag: Cryptocurrencies

Cryptocurrencies

The Libra Hearings, Part Deux

So today it was the turn of the US House Committee on Financial Services putting Facebook’s proposed cryptocurrency, libra, under the microscope, and it was a vast improvement on yesterday’s hearing in the Senate. If you haven’t read the key takeaways from that hearing, you can find them here. Full disclosure: I had to run […]

Seed CX Subsidiaries Granted Virtual Currency Licenses

Two of Seed CX’s subsidiaries, Seed Digital Commodities Market (SDCM) and Zero Hash, have received approval from the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) for a virtual currency license. Seed CX, through its subsidiaries, offers an exchange for institutional trading and settlement of fiat and digital asset products. The firm also plans to offer […]

Genesis Announces Senior Hires

Genesis, a digital currency trading and lending firm, has announced three senior hires. Specifically, the firm has named Arianna Pretto-Sakmann as general counsel, Pat DeFrancesco as CTO and Leon Marshall as head of European business development. Profit & Loss previously reported that the firm has also hired Dan Torrey as head of institutional sales. “It […]

Cryptoasset Manager Granted FCA License

Prime Factor Capital (PFC), a London-based cryptoasset management firm, has been granted a license by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to operate as a full-scope Alternative Investment Fund Manager (AIFM). Under the EU’s AIFM Directive (AIFMD), full-scope AIFMs may manage in excess of €100 million in assets, allowing PFC to begin accepting institutional-size tickets. […]

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 […]

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 […]

2019 Profit & Loss Readers’ Choice Awards

More than 3,000 votes were cast in this year’s Profit & Loss Reader’s Choice Awards, which created strong competition throughout the categories. For the first time categories for cryptocurrency markets were introduced and proved to be very popular, alongside the more traditional categories. Here then, are this year’s winners: Best Market Maker (Major Currencies) JP […]

Facebook’s Cryptocurrency: Standing on the Shoulders of Dwarfs

“We are like dwarfs sitting on the shoulders of giants. We see more, and things that are more distant, than they did, not because our sight is superior or because we are taller than they, but because they raise us up, and by their great stature add to ours” The above quote is widely attributed […]

Digital Asset Redemption to Use Zero Hash for Settlement

Zero Hash, Seed CX’s digital asset and fiat currency custodian subsidiary, has announced that Digital Asset Redemption (DAR) has agreed to utilise its settlement service for short-term digital asset loans. DAR is a Chicago-based company that works with insurance companies, cybersecurity firms, and incident response teams across the globe to facilitate resolution to ransomware attacks. […]

Facebook Reveals Details of its New Cryptocurrency

Facebook has issued a series of whitepapers outlining its plans regarding the new cryptocurrency that it intends to launch in the first half of 2020. According to the materials released today, the underlying aim of the proposed cryptocurrency, called Libra, is to make moving money around globally as easy, cost effective and safe as sending […]