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Ripple

Ripple

Ripple’s XRP, one of the largest digital currencies, was found to be used in suspicious transactions about 0.2% of the time, according to a recent study by Elipptic, a blockchain analysis firm.

Galaxy Digital

Galaxy Digital

Cryptocurrency investment firm Galaxy Digital announced that it is launching two new bitcoin investment funds targeted at accredited investors and institutions.

Gemini

Gemini

Gemini, the cryptocurrency platform owned by the Winkelvosses, has experienced a 95% fall in the circulation of GUSD, its stablecoin, from last December’s peak of about 88.5 million.

Ethereum

Ethereum

The near-term prospects for Ethereum futures contracts dimmed this week when CFTC Chairman  Heath Tarbert said his agency is still studying the effects of the planned changes in ether mining.

CME Group, Inc.

CME Group, Inc.

The CME Group announced today that it will launch options on its two year old bitcoin futures. CME says its futures contract averaged more than 6,500 contracts per day this year.

Bakkt

Bakkt

Bakkt bitcoin futures, traded on ICE, hit a record high trading volume of 1756 contracts on Friday after certifying market maker and liquidity development programs with the CFTC. 

Tassat

Tassat

Tassat Derivatives, a division of the blockchain financial services firm Tassat, took over the SEF license from trueEX. Both trueEX and Tassat were founded by Sunil Hirani.

Stellar

Stellar

Stellar, the tenth largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, announced that it had destroyed half of the total supply of its currency, Lumens (XLM). The Lumens price rose more than 15% on the news.

DX.Exchange

DX.Exchange

DX.Exchange, a Nasdaq trading system-powered platform based in Estonia, suspended operations Sunday as it looks to be acquired. DX.Exchange had hoped to offer trading in tokenized Nasdaq listed stocks.

FIA EXPO – Another Perspective on Day Two

FIA EXPO – Another Perspective on Day Two

Day Two of EXPO provided enough time for at least three substantive and engaging sessions in its short format. On Friday, my colleague Suzanne Cosgrove reported on one of the conference’s last panels regarding replacements for the dysfunctional IBOR...

FIA EXPO Day One Overview

FIA EXPO Day One Overview

FIA EXPO rolled into the Hilton on South Michigan Avenue Tuesday night as it does about this time every year. Ending midway through Thursday afternoon, it seems shorter this year, with fewer sessions, attendees and exhibitors.EXPO 2019 is...

Bitmain

Bitmain

Bitmain, the world’s largest producer of bitcoin mining equipment, has ousted Micree Zhan, one of its founders, amid rumors that it is launching an IPO in the U.S.

Canaan Creative

Canaan Creative

Beijing’s Canaan Creative, the world’s second largest producer of application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) for blockchain, has filed for a $400 million IPO in the U.S.

Stablecoin

Stablecoin

Stablecoins are back in the news as Facebook turns to them as a possible solution to some of its Libra woes.

Thom Thompson

Thom Thompson

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Thom Thompson is a derivatives specialist who has worked in product design, business development and regulatory roles for the CFTC, the Chicago Board of TradeThe Clearing CorporationSwiss ExchangeEurex and Eurex Clearing.

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