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Cryptocurrency

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 […]

The Problem with Cryptocurrencies….

One of the ongoing problems regarding the adoption of cryptocurrencies by mainstream financial firms was on full display at a fintech event hosted by the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) in New York this week. The problem was highlighted by a fairly innocuous sounding question from the moderator: what is the problem that cryptocurrencies […]

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 […]

SJMBT Receives First Client Deposit for Digital Asset Services

The San Juan Mercantile Bank & Trust International (SJMBT) has received its first client deposit and commenced operations, following the bank’s receipt last month of its license to operate from Puerto Rico’s Office of the Commission of Financial Institutions. SJMBT offers fiat and digital asset custody and settlement services, and it is expected to be integrated with the digital currency trading platforms offered by its affiliate, the San Juan Mercantile Exchange (SJMX).This means that customers will have the ability to hold and manage both fiat currency and digital assets on a single, integrated platform. Deposits of fiat currency are held by the bank on behalf of its clients with its regulated correspondent banks, and digital assets are held by approved digital asset custodians.

Digital Asset Settlement Service Launches

Zero Hash, Seed CX’s digital asset and fiat currency custodian subsidiary, has launched a suite of OTC trade settlement services for digital assets. The new settlement service aims to widen the number of counterparties that market participants can transact with, streamline reconciliation and reporting, and enable frictionless settlement of trades.At launch, Zero Hash supports spot settlement of 19 fiat pairs, in addition to BTC, ETH, LTC and BCH, and will be launching support for repos, forwards, and other product types in the coming months.

P&L Talk Series with Integral’s Harpal Sandhu

Harpal Sandhu, CEO of Integral, talks to Profit & Loss about the launch of his new cryptocurrency exchange, and how he sees the crypto markets evolving in the future.Profit & Loss: What was the genesis of Mint Exchange?Harpal Sandhu: A lot of people don’t realise that the derivatives markets in cryptoassets is actually quite a lot larger than the physical market. Because of this, we were speaking to a lot of FX brokers, people who were trading large amounts of crypto and CFDs, and they were having problems trying to hedge those positions because, unlike FX they can’t go to prime brokers or prime-of-primes in order to access liquidity, so there’s very few places that these firms can go in order to hedge their crypto exposures.

Seed CX Launches Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin Trading

Seed CX, which through its subsidiaries offers a licensed exchange for the institutional trading and settlement of spot digital asset products, is now offering trading in bitcoin cash (BCH) and litecoin (LTC).Prior to this, Seed CX has offered spot trading in bitcoin (BTC) and ethereum (ETH) and the firm has plans to offer a market for Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)-regulated digital asset derivatives.“We’re very excited to have started live trading of BCH and LTC,” says Edward Woodford, co-founder and CEO of Seed CX, “and we’ll continue to offer more digital asset pairs in the coming months, giving institutional investors the ability to trade a variety of assets on an exchange that provides the market safeguards and technological infrastructure they demand.”

LMAX Exchange: Master of Its Own Destiny

“2018 was a transitional year for foreign exchange,” reflects David Mercer, CEO of LMAX Exchange Group. The first thing he points to in order to back up this claim is the impact of new regulations, which changed the way that LMAX Exchange did business in a number of areas. For example, because of Mifid II, it had to separate its brokerage and its Multilateral Trading Facility (MTF) businesses, LMAX Global and LMAX Exchange, respectively. This process largely consisted of vast piles of paperwork as the firm was forced to re-paper clients. In addition, Mercer says that in 2018 there was a reconfigurement of the FX market structure, driven in large part by the FX Global Code and the entrance of larger exchange groups into the OTC market via platform acquisitions.

LMAX Exchange: Master of Its Own Destiny

“2018 was a transitional year for foreign exchange,” reflects David Mercer, CEO of LMAX Exchange Group. The first thing he points to in order to back up this claim is the impact of new regulations, which changed the way that LMAX Exchange did business in a number of areas. For example, because of Mifid II, it had to separate its brokerage and its Multilateral Trading Facility (MTF) businesses, LMAX Global and LMAX Exchange, respectively. This process largely consisted of vast piles of paperwork as the firm was forced to re-paper clients. In addition, Mercer says that in 2018 there was a reconfigurement of the FX market structure, driven in large part by the FX Global Code and the entrance of larger exchange groups into the OTC market via platform acquisitions.