Cryptocurrencies

US Federal Reserve Exploring Digital Dollar and Its Effect on Monetary System

The United States Federal Reserve System is exploring the development of a central bank digital currency (CBDC) and what issues and risks it could potentially pose. Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell provided a response to U.S. Representatives French Hill and Bill Fosters’ request on whether the Federal Reserve plans to launch a national digital …

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Binance Falls From Top 10 in CryptoCompare’s New Crypto Exchange Rankings

London-based crypto data provider CryptoCompare has updated its crypto Exchange Benchmark, removing Binance cryptocurrency exchange from the list of the top 10 exchanges. Binance, the second biggest crypto exchange by daily trade volume to date, is not included in the CryptoCompare’s list as the rankings do not rely on aggregate volume data in its analysis, …

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Bitcoin Slips in KPMG Rankings, But Cryptocurrency Innovation Has Strong Showing

On Nov. 18, Big Four auditing firm KPMG released its 2019 Fintech100 ranking, which lists the top 100 fintech firms in the world. The list saw a drop in Bitcoin-related companies but reinforced innovation in the payments industry. As was the case in 2018, AntFinancial — owned by Jack Ma of Alibaba — led the …

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PayPal Leads $4.2M Funding Round for Crypto Risk Management Platform

Payment processor PayPal has led a $4.2 million funding round for cryptocurrency risk management platform TRM Labs. In a Nov. 19 press release TRM Labs announced that it secured $4.2 million in an investment round led by PayPal, with participation from other top investors including Initialized Capital, Blockchain Capital and Y Combinator. Building solutions to …

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Tassat and Blockfills Launch Trade at Settlement Product for Bitcoin

New York-based fintech provider Tassat is partnering with digital asset market maker Blockfills to launch an institutional Trade at Settlement (TAS) product for spot Bitcoin (XBT/USD). According to a Nov. 18 report by Hedgeweek, Blockfills — which specializes in digital asset electronic market making, trading and prime brokerage — will join forces with Tassat, formerly …

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Longhash Blockchain Researchers Dispute 2017 ‘Single Whale’ Theory

Blockchain education platform Longhash has released research that it claims debunks the recent single-whale theory of the 2017 Bitcoin (BTC) bull run. On Nov. 18, researchers at crypto analytics firm Longhash announced that they have calculated a metric called “Tether Purchasing Power,” which shows more insight into the question of whether Tether (USDT) was used …

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Family Offices Finally Accept the Benefits of Investing in Bitcoin

There is a lot of chatter going on about the uncertainties of cryptocurrency and how an attempt to tame the raging seas of the crypto market could spell doom for investors. As expected, in the middle of this conversation is Bitcoin (BTC), whose popularity continues to grow in the investment world.  Although Bitcoin’s volatility is …

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BlockShow Asia, Bitcoin Crash Warning, India Delays Crypto Ban: Hodler’s Digest, Nov. 11–17

Coming every Sunday, Hodler’s Digest will help you track every single important news story that happened this week. The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions and much more — a week on Cointelegraph in one link. Top Stories This Week BlockShow Asia 2019: Binance’s CZ speaks publicly about China’s digital …

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Venezuela to Pay Retirees and Pensioners Christmas Bonus in Petro

Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro announced that the Christmas bonus of the country’s retirees and pensioners will be paid to them in the national cryptocurrency Petro. The Twitter profile of local news outlet Venepress reported on Maduro’s remarks on Nov. 17. This particular instance is not the first time that Venezuela pushes Petro into the wallets …

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Bitcoin Revolution Meets Protestant Reformation, Crypto Drives Change?

A bit of historical research was making the rounds on social media recently, a monograph that compares the 21st century emergence of Bitcoin, encryption, the internet and millennials with the Protestant Reformation that shook Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries.  The two events have similar dynamics, argues Tuur Demeester, whose white paper, “The Bitcoin …

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