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Ethereum

AirSwap Rolls Out Conversational OTC Features

AirSwap, a decentralised global network for Ethereum tokens, is rolling out a private, beta version of its new conversational OTC features today, August 15th.

AirSwap staff and partners gave product overviews and demos at a private event on August 8th at its Brooklyn loft, which featured presentations on the AirSwap Widget, the Developer Toolkit and a new conversational OTC product. Key partner firms also discussed integration and building on AirSwap.

The event kicked off with AirSwap advisor, VC and blockchain enthusiast, Bill “Yoda” Tai, giving an overview of AirSwap’s role in the evolution to frictionless, decentralised, peer-to-peer trading, discoverable by search.

In the FICC of it

In this week’s podcast Colin Lambert attempts to sound informative on all things crypto, while Galen Stops is informative on all things crypto. They also discuss the shift in FX trading from anonymous to disclosed channels and its impact on last look as well as the latest on pre-hedging from the Global FX Committee. There is also time for one to bang on about a correct prediction (to date) made at the start of the year and they also touch on “de-centralised” crypto trading platforms and realise it’s just like the FX options market in the 1980s.

In the FICC of it

In this week’s In the FICC of it podcast, Colin Lambert and Galen Stops discuss the Mark Johnson trial, pointing out that if the current verdict is upheld despite the ongoing appeal against it and ACIFMA’s decision to file an amicus brief in support of the appeal, it could have a very significant impact on both the Global FX Code and how the FX industry operates more broadly. They also look at why crypto regulation is unlikely to move as fast as some people in the industry would like, and why this might not be such a bad thing.

What Next for Crypto Regulation? A Washington Insider’s View…..

Profit & Loss’s latest OnTheBlock series featured a one-one-one discussion with former CFTC staffer Justin Slaughter, now a partner at Mercury Strategies, in which he provided an insider’s perspective on how cryptoassets are being viewed by regulators in Washington, DC.

P&L OnTheBlock: An SEC official recently said that the agency does not  view ether[eum] as a security. Does this mean that the issue is settled and the SEC definitely won’t try and regulate it as a security now? 

Justin Slaughter: What we are basically hearing is that there isn’t an explicit, major problem with ether as a security. They are not yet saying it’s totally, absolutely, not a security.

trueDigital Launches Institutional Focused Crypto Indices

Today, trueDigital Holdings (TDH), a developer of institutional-grade digital asset trading solutions, announced that it has partnered with 10 liquidity providers and contributors, including Genesis Global Trading, XBTO Group, Circle, DV Chain, Hehmeyer Trading + Investments and Altonomy, to create what it claims are the first market maker based bitcoin and ether pricing indices.

“The launch of the trueDigital bitcoin and ether reference rates sets a new standard for the digital asset market and allays common concerns about the robustness and lack of transparency inherent in retail exchange-based bitcoin pricing composites,” says TDH in a release issued today.

The trueDigital reference rates, comprised of bid and offer pricing from top cryptocurrency market makers, include automated anti-manipulation safeguards such as outlier detection and price banding.

In the FICC of It

In this week’s In the FICC of It podcast, P&L’s editor Galen Stops tries to rein in a punchy managing editor Colin Lambert. So to find out what is a “social experiment” and what report “is a propaganda exercise” listen in. Along the way there will be more considered opinion and insight on the changing dynamic of the LP-client relationship, including a quick way to identify changing LP behaviour, as well as a look at what is, at face value, a surprising deal involving FXall and 360T.

SEC Official Clarifies Bitcoin, Ether Aren’t Securities

A Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) official explicitly stated today that he does not consider bitcoin and ether (the native cryptocurrency of the Ethereum network), to be securities.

Speaking at the Yahoo Finance All Markets Summit in San Francisco, William Hinman, the
Director of the Division of Corporation Finance at the SEC, gave a speech about whether digital assets should be considered as securities.

Hinman pointed out that the network upon which bitcoin functions has always been decentralised and therefore there is no central third party “whose efforts are a key determining factor in the enterprise”.

P&L Talk Series with AirSwap’s Michael Oved

Michael Oved, co-founder of AirSwap, met with Profit & Loss to discuss his vision for the potential of a decentralised trading platform based on the Ethereum blockchain. Previously an algo trader at Virtu Financial, Oved explains how he took lessons from the FX market and applied them to crypto trading to create a peer-to-peer platform.

Profit & Loss: AirSwap was designed around an Indexer, which acts as a search engine, matching up buyers and sellers, rather than using an order book model. With your background as an algo trader at Virtu Financial, did you look to the FX market for ideas when developing AirSwap?

AirSwap: Decentralised Trading for Cryptoassets

AirSwap, a decentralised global marketplace for Ethereum tokens (ERC20), launched its peer-to-peer platform on April 25th, and saw $1 million worth of trades made over the platform within the first 24 hours.

AirSwap is a blockchain-based search engine that comprises a bulletin board that uses software known as smart contracts to facilitate direct, peer-to-peer trading of tokens on the Ethereum blockchain.

In 2017, AirSwap developed and released its core technology followed by a $36 million token sale using the platform, led by co-founders Don Mosites and Michael Oved, an algo trader previously at Virtu Financial. Advisors to AirSwap include veteran investor Michael Novogratz, venture capitalist Bill Tai, and co-founder of Ethereum, Joe Lubin.

Bloomberg, Galaxy Digital Launch Crypto Index

Bloomberg and Galaxy Digital Capital Management (GDCM), a digital asset management firm founded by Michael Novogratz, have launched the Bloomberg Galaxy Crypto Index (BGCI).

The index is designed to track the performance of the largest, most liquid portion of the cryptocurrency market. The BGCI is market capitalisation-weighted and measures the performance of 10 USD-traded cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin, ether, monero, ripple, and Zcash.

The index constituents are diversified across different categories of digital assets, including stores of value, mediums of exchange, smart contract protocols, and privacy assets.