CBOE Holdings has agreed a deal with Gemini Trust Company, which will see the exchange group receive an exclusive global license to use Gemini's bitcoin market data for bitcoin derivatives and indices.
Gemini is a digital asset exchange and custodian that allows customers to buy, sell and store digital assets such as bitcoin and ether. Gemini is a New York trust company that is subject to fiduciary obligations, capital reserve requirements and banking compliance standards of the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS).
As P&L’s resident cryptocurrency enthusiast I'm excited by some of the developments that have occurred in this space over the past few months, because it could signal the start of these digital assets moving towards the financial mainstream.
To help explain why I think this is such an interesting time in the cryptocurrency space, I explain how I first became interested in them after joining Profit & Loss, that I refused to buy bitcoin when it was at $1,000 because "it will never go higher than this" (it's now at $4,300) and why recent regulatory developments could have significant implications for financial services firms looking at trading cryptocurrencies.
Gemini, the digital asset exchange and custodian founded by Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, has launched a new cryptocurrency that is pegged to the US dollar.
The new cryptocurrency, called the Gemini dollar, is pegged 1:1 to the US dollar and is built on the Ethereum network according to the ERC20 standard for tokens.
Starting September 10, 2018 at 10am EST, it became possible to convert US dollars in a Gemini account into Gemini dollars and withdraw them to a specific Ethereum address. It is also possible to automatically convert Gemini dollars into US dollars by depositing them into a Gemini account.