US Cryptocurrency Exchange ErisX Receives License for Crypto Futures

 Chicago-based crypto exchange ErisX has procured a derivatives clearing organization (DCO) license from the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). According to an official blog post on July 1, ErisX is planning to make digital asset futures contracts available for trade on its regulated derivatives market later this year v...
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US Lawmakers Urge Trump Advisor Larry Kudlow: Adopt Blockchain!

Regulation has been a hot topic for years in the crypto sphere. Some say increased regulation will lead to mass adoption (and therefore higher prices). Others say it hinders the freedom blockchain and Bitcoin were founded upon. Regardless of these opinions... the fact is that regulation is coming, and fast. A group of U.S. lawmakers from both sides...
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US CFTC Approves LedgerX’s Application for Designation As Contract Market

The United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has approved the application of LedgerX LLC for designation as a contract market, according to an announcement publishedon June 25. LedgerX — a U.S.-based regulated crypto derivatives and clearing platform — can operate as a designated contract market (DCM) as of June 24, 2019. The compa...
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Federal Reserve May Add Bitcoin Crash to Stress Test Scenarios

The U.S. Federal Reserve could soon include a cryptocurrency market crash as one of the risks to take into account when conducting supervisory stress tests. The Fed's board of governors on Thursday announced amendments to a policy statement on the scenario design framework for stress testing, saying that "the collapse of the bitcoin market" may be ...
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Three Cryptocurrency Bills Expected to Pass in U.S. House of Representatives

 The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to pass three bills that focus on cryptocurrency and its use for illegal activities. If there's one thing that grabs the attention of legislators, it's fearmongering. A politician loves nothing more than to whip up some hysteria over an issue before introducing a piece of legislation that they say...
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Partnership Could See up to 100,000 Regular ATMs in U.S. Turned into Bitcoin-Vending Machines

 A deal between a traditional ATM manufacturer and a cryptocurrency vending machine firm will make it possible to buy bitcoin at tens of thousands of locations in the United States using a debit card. Bitcoin ATM firm LibertyX and regular ATM manufacturer Genmega have forged a partnership which will make it possible to purchase bitcoin using a...
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Forget ETFs, a Bitcoin ETN Is Now Available to U.S. Investors

While investors urgently await the September 30 decision by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to approve or deny the VanEck/SolidX ETF backed by Bitcoin (BTC), a different kind of exchange-traded Bitcoin product has become available. Bitcoin Tracker One, an exchange-traded note (ETN) managed out of Sweden, may now be purchased as ea...
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‘Soft’ Crypto ETF Alternative Now Geared Towards U.S. Investors, Says Bloomberg

 A Bitcoin (BTC)-based exchange traded note (ETN) listed on the Nasdaq Stockholm exchange is now being targeted towards U.S. investors, Bloomberg reports Wednesday, August 15. As many in the U.S. clamor to see a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) approved by regulators, this so-called "soft" alternative has been trading on the Swedish exchange...
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Microsoft's Two New Patents Fuse Blockchain Tech With Trusted Computing Techniques

Two new patents from Microsoft reveal that the tech giant is looking to bolster its blockchain solutions with the use of trusted execution environments (TEEs), according to two filings published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) August 9. Both applications outline how the use of TEEs could further improve security within a consortium ...
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NYSE Owner: Bitcoin Should Be in Retirement Funds, Credit Cards, Retail Stores

 Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), owner of arguably the most important stock exchange in the world, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), is introducing a new company, Bakkt. The idea is to weave bitcoin core (BTC) into 401(k)s, credit cards, and retail. The project is getting a lot of hype due in large measure to two very powerful backers: Micr...
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Crypto Exchange Coincheck’s Owner Monex Reveals Plans to Open US Trading Platform

 Online broker Monex Group, which bought out hacked Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck this spring, plans to launch a U.S.-based trading platform, Cointelegraph Japan reportedtoday, July 27. A summary of data from a financial briefing held Friday confirms plans to establish TradeStation Crypto Inc. as a cryptocurrency-focused subsidiar...
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GARY GENSLER: FROM CFTC CHAIR TO BLOCKCHAIN AND CRYPTOCURRENCY EDUCATOR

Gary Gensler was chairman of the U.S Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) between 2009 and 2014, right after the global financial crisis. Today, Gensler is part of MIT's Digital Currency Initiative, lecturing students on blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies. Gensler was instrumental in dealing with some of the cleanup from the global f...
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Barclays Files Two Digital Currency and Blockchain Patents with U.S. Patent Office

 Barclays has filed two patent applications relating to the transfer of digital currency and blockchain data storage, both published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) July 19. The first patent describes a system for transferring digital currency from payer to recipient that would securely authenticate the identities of both, as w...
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JPMorgan Files New Patent for Virtual Receipts on Distributed System

JPMorgan Chase & Co has filed a new patent for a system that leverages blockchain for the management of virtual receipts backed by assets or bonds, according to a US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) patent filing published July 19. The new patent, titled "Systems and methods for management of asset or obligation-backed virtual receipts on a ...
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Coinbase Retracts Announcement of Regulatory Approval to List Coins Considered Securities

Crypto exchange and wallet Coinbase has retracted its previous statement that it received approval from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to trade in securities, Bloomberg reports July 18. Last week, Coinbase reported that it could now operate as a broker dealer, offering digital tokens considered to be securities, after its acquisi...
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US Ranks as ‘Most Favorable’ Country for ICOs in Recent Report

 The U.S., Switzerland, and Singapore were ranked as the top three "most favorable" countries for Initial Coin Offerings (ICO) in a recent report, according to a press release the researchers shared with Cointelegraph July 14. Analysts associated with the Crypto Finance Conference compiled the research based on publicly available data of the t...
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Trading Opens on Huobi's New US-Based 'Strategic Partner' HBUS

Huobi crypto exchange has opened trading on its newly created U.S.-based "strategic partner" HBUS, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph today, July 10. Huobi's new cryptocurrency marketplace comes via a San Francisco-based partner company called HBUS, whose creation was first announced in early June. As of 10 a.m. (Pacific Time) t...
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Walmart, IBM Blockchain Initiative Aims to Track Global Food Supply Chain

 Walmart and nine other companies have partnered with IBM in order to release a blockchain for tracking food globally through its supply chain, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports June 25. The Food Trust blockchain, which includes Nestlé SA, Dole Food Co., Driscoll's Inc., Golden State Foods, Kroger Co., McCormick and Co., McLane Co., Tyson ...
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What World Leaders Think About Crypto, and How They Want Decentralization to Bolster Centralised Power

 Given the apparent sensitivity of cryptocurrency markets to regulatory and political developments, it stands to reason that the world's leaders — and what they think about crypto — will be vitally important in determining the direction the cryptocurrency market will travel in the future. Many leaders have been willing to sit back over the pas...
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Bloomberg Terminal Lists Crypto Market Index From World’s Third Largest Exchange Huobi

Bloomberg Terminal, a paid financial data monitoring service, will now list crypto exchange Huobi's Cryptocurrency Index, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph today, June 21. Bloomberg Terminal will also list prices for nine crypto trading pairs, denominated in Tether(USDT), including Bitcoin (BTC), Litecoin (LTC), Bitcoin Cash (B...
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