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OTCXN Appoints Rasmussen as its CTO OTC Exchange Network (OTCXN), a provider of blockchain technology, has appointed Drew Rasmussen as its new CTO. As OTCXN’s CTO, Rasmussen will be responsible for overseeing all technical design, technological resources, and technology development. Additionally, he will be tasked with facilitating the overall architecture and development of the company’s proprietary Blockchain fabric, also known as distributed ledger technology (DLT). He will report to Rosario Ingargiola, the company’s founder and CEO. “We are thrilled that Drew will bring to OTCXN his unique expertise in developing Blockchain technologies specifically for large-scale use cases at global financial institutions,” says Ingargiola.
How FinTech is Set to Change the FX Industry Speaking at the Profit & Loss Forex Network New York conference, panellists outlined how they think the application of fintech solutions will shape the FX industry going forward. Nick Solinger, president of FIA Tech, broke down three specific areas where he sees the potential for distributed ledger technology (DLT), or peer-to-peer technologies, to have a major impact on the FX industry. Firstly, he highlighted how these technologies could change payments systems. “The current market structure has been the primary limitation in terms of who can provide credit to whom and trade with whom and access the market on the same basis as a large, highly regulated dealer. So there is a focus on improving the payment network, and that will have potential implications upstream in terms of who can trade with whom,” said Solinger.
Can Blockchain Open Up FX Market Access? Rosario Ingargiola, founder and CEO of OTCXN, argues that accessing wholesale liquidity is one of the biggest challenges in the FX market today that could be alleviated by fintech solutions. Speaking about different approaches to the FX market by fintech firms, Ingargiola says that one strategy is to look at areas where new technologies can reduce costs in terms of how firms operate and another – which he says OTCXN is pursuing – is to use technology to change the way that firms operate altogether. The area where he sees the biggest opportunity to change the way that firms operate using fintech solutions is around using credit to access the FX market.
FinTech Boom Exposes Silicon Valley Naiveté Fintechs from Silicon Valley are being hampered by their lack of understanding about how the incumbent financial services firms in the market operate, according to Rosario Ingargiola, founder and CEO of OTCXN. Discussing the biggest barriers to adoption for fintech solutions, Ingargiola explains that the primary concern is usually related to how these solutions comply with the existing regulations in the market. Specifically, he says that financial services firms want to ensure that the necessary Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Know Your Customer (KYC) requirements are in place before they’ll even begin taking an in-depth look at the solutions being offered by fintech firms.
OTCXN Announces DV Trading as a Liquidity Provider OTC Exchange Network (OTCXN) has announced that DV Trading has joined its early adopter Program as a liquidity provider.  DV Trading will support Foreign Exchange liquidity provision in relevant currency pairs on OTCXN’s network. OTCXN’s Peer-to-Peer trading network and total trade-to-settlement solution aims to deliver a hybrid market model that combines high-performance, real-time trading technologies and enterprise blockchain technologies to solve market credit gaps, lower risk, and increase eligible counterparties.  “Innovation is core to our business, and we strongly support OTC Exchange Network in its mission to democratise financial markets while leveraging Blockchain technology to reduce credit and settlement issues.  The global foreign exchange market is a natural place to start, but we expect OTCXN to adapt its technology solutions to support additional asset classes in the near future,” says Jared Vegosen, co-founder of DV Trading.
OTCXN: Can Digital Solutions Bring Back FX Growth? Galen Stops explains how OTCXN is applying blockchain technology to help firms access wholesale liquidity. OTCXN seeks to leverage its own proprietary blockchain technology to solve what its CEO and founder, Rosario Ingargiola, says is currently the biggest challenge in the FX market: accessing wholesale liquidity. This challenge is caused by a credit gap in the market, according to Ingargiola, that has in turn occurred because the banks have been broadly reducing the number of firms that they are willing to extend credit to.
In the FICC of It In this week’s In the FICC of It podcast managing editor Colin Lambert and editor Galen Stops continue the tradition (yes, we know it’s three weeks in) of slamming a white paper from one of the world’s authorities. To find out the winner of this week’s “obvious conclusion” prize, as well as hear their thoughts on Mark Johnson winning bail and Deutsche Bank’s fine for FX malpractice, download the podcast now. Along the way you will also hear about a panel that was “moany”, they give a sneak peek of an exclusive story and, most importantly, they go truly off piste by giving their World Cup predictions!
Exclusive: OTCXN Acquires Ogg Trading OTC Exchange Network (OTCXN), which uses proprietary blockchain technology in a bid to eliminate trading counterparty and settlement risk on their trading network, has acquired Ogg Trading, a provider of FX trading technology. Through this deal, which closed on June 18, 2018, OTCXN will acquire all Ogg Trading’s technology including the dark pool that it previously ran in partnership with Bloomberg. The dark pool is a complete matching engine technology stack. The plan is to add market data publishing to this platform in order to create a regular central limit order book (CLOB) with a lit pool of liquidity. Ogg Trading also has a liquidity aggregator and smart order router (SOR) system that can be deployed to run a quote driven market place.
 OTCXN Completes Test Trade Between Fiat, Cryptocurrency OTC Exchange Network (OTCXN), a blockchain-powered capital markets infrastructure company, today announced that it completed its first live test trades for the exchange of tokenised fiat currency and bitcoin. The infrastructure provider says that it believes this to be the first time that tokenised US dollars and tokenised bitcoin have been exchanges between two separate trading accounts over an electronic trading platform with assets held in safekeeping at a neutral custodian and digitised on blockchain. Currently, institutional traders usually conduct block trades of fiat currency and cryptocurrency over e-mail and chat, relying on the reputation and credibility of their counterparties to honor their part of the trades, often taking hours to confirm and settle. The OTCXN platform aims to remove trading counterparty and settlement risk with an atomic exchange of assets on high-performance blockchain and facilitates settlement of transactions instantly, not in hours or days.
In the FICC of It In this week’s In the FICC of It podcast, after last week’s confident prediction of a German World Cup win Profit & Loss’ managing editor Colin Lambert puts a hex on another team by predicting them as winners and editor Galen Stops volunteers to play fact checker on statements made by panellists at a conference. They also discuss this week’s news, including the Global Foreign Exchange Committee meeting, BNY Mellon launching an options business, the latest from the crypto world and the latest evidence (unproven) of regulatory arbitrage involving Australia and the US. On a more sombre note they also pay tribute to FX industry veteran Paul Chappell, who passed away this week, with a couple of lighter hearted stories involving him.
Prime Trust Joins OTCXN OTCXN has announced that it has signed Prime Trust to serve as a neutral, third-party custodian of assets for trading entities and exchanges that use OTCXN technology to facilitate clearing and settlement of OTC block trades and cross-exchange trading. This is the second addition of a third-party custodian this week, earlier it was announced that Kingdom Trust had also joined. Prime Trust is a chartered, regulated and insured trust company with full fiduciary powers and AML/KYC procedures supporting both US and international clients, OTCXN says.
OTCXN Launches Crypto Block Trading Venue OTCXN say has launched its OTC Block Trading venue for crypto trading – what it says will be the first of several trading venues that will be launched for institutional-only digital asset trading. After a period of successful testing, the venue is now open to all clients with accounts at custodians on the OTCXN network, including Kingdom Trust and Prime Trust, both of whom are regulated US entities that offer custody services for fiat and cryptocurrencies. Trading on the venue includes fiat-for-crypto, crypto-for-crypto and fiat-for-fiat, the firm says.
Crypto and FX: More Alike than We Think? FX industry veteran and Profit & Loss 2012 Hall of Fame inductee, David Ogg, reflected in a recent video interview on how the rapidly evolving crypto markets resemble the FX markets of the past. “It’s like FX in the 1980s,” said Ogg, who is currently the head of FX and trading venues at OTCXN, before adding, “The front-end technology is pretty primitive.” By contrast, he said that OTCXN has developed “cutting edge” technology in terms of how it displays liquidity, offering visual tickers that enable traders to get a visual representation of what is happening in the market with just a glance.
OTCXN Signs OSL as Crypto Liquidity Provider OTCXN, a blockchain-powered capital markets infrastructure company, announced that OSL, an OTC digital asset brokerage company in Asia-Pacific, has joined its network as a liquidity provider. “We are extremely pleased to have OSL join our network as a core liquidity provider. Having a major market participant like OSL providing liquidity on our network is a testament to the strength of our core value proposition – eliminating trading counterparty and settlement risk. The presence of key market participants like OSL accelerates market adoption and expansion of the OTCXN network to reduce risks and efficiently scale crypto trading across the entire ecosystem. We look forward to working closely with OSL to serve our mutual clients,” says Rosario Ingargiola, CEO and founder of OTCXN.
OTCXN Continues Growing its Network OTCXN, a blockchain-powered capital markets infrastructure company today announced that Fractal Wealth, a proprietary algorithmic trading firm that trades digital assets, has joined its network.This news comes just days after OTCXN revealed that OSL, an OTC digital asset brokerage company in Asia-Pacific, has also joined its network.“We are pleased to have Fractal Wealth join the OTCXN network. They represent a unique source of liquidity for our rapidly growing and diverse institutional client base. As an algorithmic trading firm, they will benefit from the ability to trade programmatically on OTCXN’s ECN, LiquiMatch. OTCXN’s aggregated liquidity spans both native, resting dark and lit orders, executable quote streams from major liquidity providers, plus institutional, as well as retail exchanges that have joined the network.
Crypto Exchange Goes Live on OTCXN 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.
OTCXN Launches LiquiMatch FX ECN OTCXN, a blockchain-powered capital markets infrastructure company launched a new foreign exchange trading venue, LiquiMatch FX.This ECN is an institutional-only FX dark pool embedded in a lit pool, providing users with multiple trading options simultaneously.  With no visible book or ticker, dark pool users will be able to trade without broadcasting their activity to the visible markets, meaning that users should be able to minimise their impact on the market and reduce slippage. When users wish to show their liquidity, they can do so by sending lit orders to the combined book.
OTCXN Partners with Digital Security Platform Securitize, a Digital Security Offering (DSO) primary issuance and compliance platform and protocol, has announced a new strategic relationship with OTCXN, a blockchain-powered capital markets infrastructure company.OTCXN’s technology incorporates key blockchain functionality, providing cryptographically provable ownership of assets on custodial blockchain ledgers and pre-trade risk checks, with the aim of reducing risk over the traditional centralised systems based on post-trade settlement. As part of the new partnership announced today, the OTCXN platform will be available for integration with Securitize’s compliance platform for customers issuing digital securities.