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CME Says Bitcoin Futures Gaining Interest From Big Investors

CME Group, the Chicago-based exchange operator, said its bitcoin futures contracts grew in popularity last quarter, with the number of open contracts up 61 percent from a year earlier because of growing demand from institutional investors. Open interest, or the number of outstanding positions, rose to 4,629 contracts, up from 2,873 in the third quarter of 2018, CME said Monday in a statement. And despite the quarter’s 25 percent drop in bitcoin price, according to …

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Can Crypto Exchanges Ever Be Truly Decentralized?

Earlier this week, British-American entrepreneur John McAfee, who is currently living “in exile” due to tax-related charges filed against him by the United States authorities, launched his own decentralized exchange (DEX).  The expressive crypto advocate’s McAfeedex.com is running on the Ethereum (ETH) blockchain, and, in McAfee’s own words, it is a “Wild Wild West exchange” that purportedly cannot be seized by regulators. “There is nothing to shut down,” he wrote on Twitter, “Our technology is …

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tZERO-Backed Startup Seeks SEC Approval to Launch Security Token Market

A firm part-owned by Overstock’s tZERO is seeking regulatory approval to launch one of the first markets for publicly traded, registered security tokens. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Friday released a rule change proposal that would allow Boston Securities and Token Exchange (BSTX) to create an automated equity trading platform, with ownership records stored on the ethereum blockchain. Unlike its 50 percent shareholder tZERO, whose own trading platform went live in January and …

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Bitfinex Doesn’t Have to Compile Documents During Appeal, Judge Says

A New York judge has rejected a New York Attorney General’s office request to have Bitfinex and Tether collect all documents pertaining to an alleged $850 million cover-up and $900 million line of credit. The NYAG’s office asked New York Supreme Court Justice Joel Cohen to order Bitfinex, Tether, and a number of other affiliated entities to compile all documentation about the loan earlier this month during an ongoing appeals process. Bitfinex opposed this request …

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Coinbase Pro Is Increasing Its Fees – And Users Aren’t Happy

Coinbase Pro – the cryptocurrency exchange’s platform for professional and institutional traders – is set to increase its fees from early next week. On Oct. 7 at 22:00 UTC, Coinbase will usher in higher rates for new tiers of accounts transacting under $10,000, and between $10,000 and $50,000, according to a company blog post on Thursday. The new rates are as follows: Currently, all accounts trading under $100,000 are charged 0.25 percent (takers) and 0.15 percent …

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Coinbase Reinstates UK Bank Deposits and Withdrawals

Coinbase has reinstated U.K. bank deposits and withdrawals following a months-long banking holdup. As announced by the company’s U.K. arm in a blog post Thursday, British pound (GBP) deposits and transfers are available once again for local Coinbase customers. GBP denominated transactions were paused following the exchange’s July breakup with Barclays. However, a new partnership with ClearBank, first reported by CoinDesk in August, cleared the way once more for GBP support. The bank is a member of …

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Galaxy Digital, XBTO Just Made the First Block Trade of Bakkt Bitcoin Futures

Cryptocurrency investment fund Galaxy Digital and over-the-counter (OTC) trading firm XBTO have conducted the first-ever block trade of Bakkt’s bitcoin futures contract. Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), Bakkt’s parent company, announced the trade Friday but did not disclose its size. A block trade is a large transaction that takes place off the open market in order to avoid moving the price too much. The trade, which took place Tuesday, comes on the heels of a disappointing launch …

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WATCH: Dash CEO Looks Forward to Stability and Adoption

Dash, one of the top-20 cryptos by market cap, has picked up momentum over the past month with five new exchange listings. Coinbase, Coinbase Pro, and local exchanges in Mexico, Brazil and Switzerland have bucked the trend against delisting so-called privacy coins and added Dash to their listings. Dash Core Group CEO Ryan Taylor recently sat down with CoinDesk to discuss the recent spate of announcements and take the temperature of Dash’s decentralized network. “There’s …

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Trading Volume for Bakkt’s Bitcoin Futures Hit Just $5 Million in First Week

The Intercontinental Exchange’s highly anticipated bitcoin futures contract mustered just $5 million of total trading – and its daily product traded fewer than five contracts across its first week. According to the exchange’s Bakkt division, set up last year by the Atlanta-based company as a new marketplace for digital assets, some 623 monthly bitcoin futures contracts changed hands last week. Both the monthly and daily contracts debuted on Sept. 23. Each of Bakkt’s futures contracts …

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Binance Helped UK Police Investigate Criminal Involved in $50 Million Fraud

Binance, the top crypto exchange by trading volume, has said it helped British police bust a cybercriminal who sold phishing tools that resulted in the theft of millions of pounds. In a blog post on Thursday, Binance chief compliance officer Samuel Lim said that the exchange had worked with the Metropolitan Police Service’s Cyber Crime Unit in the investigation of a Bulgarian individual who was suspected of developing and selling scripts for phishing campaigns that targeted users of …

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