OTCXN, a blockchain-powered capital markets infrastructure company, has announced that Independent Reserve, a regulated cryptocurrency exchange that operates in Australia and New Zealand, has joined the OTCXN network. “We are excited to have Independent Reserve as the first exchange to go live on our network. Their forward-thinking management team was quick to see the benefits of joining OTCXN, where Independent Reserve’s order book is tradable by any institutional client on OTCXN’s global network without holding assets at the exchange. OTCXN brings exchanges the deepest institutional liquidity, increasing trading volume and ultimately increasing revenues and improving client execution,” said Rosario Ingargiola, CEO and founder of OTCXN.
At a recent OnTheBlock event in New York, Daniel Gorfine, chief innovation officer and director of LabCFTC, talked to Galen Stops, editor of Profit & Loss, about the challenges facing regulators overseeing crypto markets, why the rules in this space are often more clearly delineated than many will admit, and the key technology trends he sees shaping financial markets in the future.
Galen Stops: As a regulator, how does the CFTC approach the crypto space? Because it seems to me like there’s a fairly fine line to walk between allowing and encouraging innovation and new markets on the one hand, but ensuring that there are protections against potential bad actors on the other…
Seed CX, an exchange for institutional trading and settlement of spot digital asset products, announces that investors can now access its market via Deltix’s crypto-trading platform, CryptoCortex.
Deltix, which launched the CryptoCortex platform this year, provides quantitative research, analytics and algorithmic trading solutions for equities, futures, options and FX.
“Deltix’s CryptoCortex trading platform is preferred by the world’s most sophisticated quantitative trading firms and market makers, and we expect strong demand for trading on Seed CX’s spot and derivatives markets,” says Ilya Gorelik, founder and CEO of Deltix.
Avelacom announced that it has partnered with XTRD to “provide low latency access to all major crypto exchanges globally”.
The sub-millisecond market data and order routing, delivered over the Avelacom network, is designed to help XTRD to aggregate liquidity across exchanges in Asia, Europe and the US in the fastest way. In particular, this partnership should enable improved arbitrage strategies across the top 10 Asian cryptocurrency exchanges, such as BitMEX, Binance, Bittrex, Huobi and OKEx.
Commenting on the partnership, Aleksey Larichev, Avelacom’s managing director, says: “We found a big gap between the demands of our institutional clients and the typical solutions provided over the Internet. Web-based applications will never meet the expectations of institutional investors.
The band is back together again in this week’s podcast as Galen Stops returns from a short holiday to join Colin Lambert to discuss all things currency – this week (much to the relief of P&L’s audio engineers) with no interruptions from wildlife or pool attendants!
Listen is as they highlight growing concerns in the industry that it may be harder to spread the word about the FX Global Code than previously thought, thanks to the realities of life on buy side and vendor side. On the subject of transparency and ethics, Lambert is keen to talk about the new phenomena of “full amount” trading in FX markets and Stops expresses his feelings about the proposed Code of Conduct for cryptocurrency markets.
As always there is room for the random, so why does Lambert want a merger between the new digital assets association and the recently renamed Wholesale Markets Brokers Association? Listen in to find out.
One of the interesting characteristics of the cryptocurrency markets is that trading in these assets has predominantly been driven by retail players, with proprietary trading firms being the first institutional size firms to start getting involved.
So which firms are likely to enter the market next, and will they propel the mainstream adoption of crypto trading?
“Naturally a lot of prop desks are looking at the space in a discrete but very active way,” says Francisco Portillejo Hoyos, CEO of CRYPTALGO. “The other wave is that a lot of family offices are seeing a very nice diversification on their allocations.”
At the start of 2018, the total market capitalisation of cryptocurrencies was above $828 billion, with many predicting that it would only rise further. Now, that market capitalisation is below $130 billion and continues to fall. Meanwhile, the price of bitcoin is down to $3,688, a 42% month-on-month drop and 65% year-on-year.
But does the price action of cryptos tell the whole story in this space right now? And what are the implications of this bear market on liquidity?
After all, the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) and Nasdaq both plan to launch new crypto trading platforms next year, while Fidelity is also set to launch an asset custody service in 2019. Trading volumes on the CME and CBOE bitcoin futures have ticked up even as (because?) the market price has trended down and there are still ETF proposals sitting on US regulators’ desks that could still be approved.
OTCXN, a blockchain-powered capital markets infrastructure company, has signed Kingdom Trust to serve as a neutral, third-party custodian of assets for trading entities and exchanges that use its technology to facilitate clearing and settlement of OTC block trades and cross-exchange trading.
Kingdom Trust is an independent qualified custodian with a decade of experience in the alternative asset space. As a regulated trust company, Kingdom Trust offers a regulatory compliant environment, including AML/KYC, for both domestic and international clients. The firm also offers custody solutions for cryptoassets.
Edward Woodford, the co-founder of the trading venue Seed CX, talks about what it really means to offer an institutional grade platform in the rapidly evolving crypto market.
Profit & Loss: You recently secured $15 million of investment. There’s obviously a lot of crypto-related ventures out there looking for investment, what was the focus of your pitch?
Edward Woodford: The key is that we’re entirely focused on the institutional market, which in turn affects how we build our systems, how we build our products, and it dictates our entire outlook and approach. The trend that we see is more institutional players coming into this space, this institutional flow dominates retail flow, and we’re looking to service these institutions.
A new report by the New York State Office of the Attorney General (OAG) claims that certain cryptoasset trading platforms suffer from potential conflicts of interest, have yet to implement serious efforts to impede abusive trading activity and provide customer fund protections that are either limited or illusory.
The OAG’s Virtual Markets Integrity Initiative was launched in April 2018 as a fact-finding inquiry into the policies and practices of virtual asset trading platforms. The OAG sent letters and questionnaires to thirteen major trading platforms, with the questions reflecting areas of special concern for everyday retail customers, such as site outages, fees, and the effects of automated or “bot” trading.