Digital Assets

IDEG Reports Launch of New Bitcoin Trusts in Asia With Coinbase as Custodian

</header> <strong>According to a recent press release from IDEG Investment Limited, “Asia’s First Bitcoin Trusts” have been launched “as a traditional and comfortable way for ‘old money’ to invest in digital assets.” The two trusts, Asia Bitcoin Trust I and Atlas Mining Trust I, reportedly allow for investors to gain wrapped exposure to bitcoin and …

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New Ukrainian Law Says ‘Virtual Assets’ Can Be Used for Payments

</header> <strong>The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s legislature, has approved amendments that introduce legal terms and definitions pertaining to the crypto space. The new legislation, which aims to transpose the FATF standards into national law, also identifies who is to take responsibility for the oversight of cryptocurrencies in the country. </strong> Also read: Crypto Startups to Get …

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State Street: 38% of Clients Will Put More Money into Digital Assets in 2020

The firm will have a better idea of what it will do with digital asset custody in 2020, he said at an event sponsored by the bank Thursday in New York. After custody, State Street is interested in looking at fund administration, private placements, issuance and trading of digital assets, he said. 

EU Finance Ministers Place Defacto Ban on Libra

</header> <strong>Libra’s ongoing organizational snags and run-ins with regulators continue into December, as EU finance ministers agreed Thursday that Libra cannot be launched in the EU until concerns are adequately addressed. The finance ministers issued a joint statement citing regulatory “challenges and risks.”</strong> Also Read: Libra Testnet Fails to Impress as New Legislation Looms Lawmakers …

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Maker’s Stability Fee Drops to 5.5% After Multi-Collateral Dai Announcement

</header> <strong>According to the CEO of the Maker Foundation, Rune Christensen, Multi-Collateral Dai (MCD) will launch on November 18. On October 28, Maker’s stability fee was reduced by a ‘whale’ with roughly 94% of the voting power. </strong> Also Read: French Ministry of Education Publishes Bitcoin Resource Guide for Educators Maker’s Multi-Collateral Dai Will Launch …

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Trusted Friends Can Become Crypto Custodians With the Vault12 Platform

<header class=”article__header”> </header> <strong>A firm called Vault12 launched its new passkey security solution for cryptocurrency assets. Vault12 is an application that allows people to enlist their trusted friends and family members to help safeguard their assets. According to the project’s creators, the new application leverages the cryptographic algorithm Shamir’s Secret Sharing which allows keys to …

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Mining Giant Bitmain Confidentially Files for U.S.-Based IPO

<header class=”article__header”> </header> <strong>According to reports, bitcoin mining manufacturer Bitmain Technologies confidentially filed for a U.S.-based initial public offering (IPO) with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The news follows the alleged removal of cofounder and executive director Micree Zhan and the recent announcement of a facility in Texas with the capacity to house 300MW of …

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After Breaking New Records Bakkt Announces Crypto Consumer App

<header class=”article__header”> </header> <strong>Following the all-time record of 1,179 contracts on October 25, Mike Blandina, Bakkt’s chief product officer, revealed the firm is launching another strategy after announcing its December options launch. Bakkt is releasing a consumer application so retail investors can “unlock the value of digital assets” via consumer payments.</strong> Also read: Cred to …

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Bakkt Announces Bitcoin Options After Record-Breaking Futures Volumes

<header class=”article__header”> </header> <strong>On October 23, Bakkt’s physically-settled bitcoin futures contracts touched an all-time high with 640 <a class=”lar-automated-link” href=”https://markets.bitcoin.com/crypto/BTC” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>BTC</a> ($4.8 million) swapped on the exchange. Coincidentally, the futures action started after <a class=”lar-automated-link” href=”https://markets.bitcoin.com/crypto/BTC” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>BTC</a> prices plummeted to $7,365 across global exchanges. After the record-setting day, Bakkt CEO Kelly …

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Germany’s Financial Crisis Invokes 5-Year Rent Freeze

<header class=”article__header”> </header> <strong>All eyes are on the German economy which was once perceived as stable and strong. However, the financial state of affairs has been tumultuous and Berlin’s state cabinet recently agreed to a five-year rent freeze to help curb the rising housing costs in the country. Moreover, Bundesbank just published a monthly report …

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