Posts written by Thom Thompson

FTX.US

FTX.US

As promised just weeks ago, FTX.US, a new spot cryptocurrency platform, opens today. Backed by FTX, a major offshore futures platform, FTX offers U.S. customers 10% margins on bitcoin, Ether and other trades. 

BitMEX

BitMEX

Bitcoin derivatives platform BitMEX experienced a more than hour-long technical outage yesterday. BitMEX is also facing at least two lawsuits in the U.S. for its business practices. 

Everything old is new again

Everything old is new again

Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury is picking up where it left off in 1986 with regular issuances of bonds with nominal 20-year maturities. (“Nominal” because the bond will be issued on June 1 and pay out 19+ years later on May 15.) The bonds will pay semi-annual interest.

Petro

Petro

Against a backdrop of increasing user acceptance in Venezuela, its government-run petroleum-backed cryptocurrency, el Petro, surreptitiously forked earlier this month, according to CoinTelegraph. 

CoinMarketCap

CoinMarketCap

CoinMarketCap, which last month was acquired by Binance, is now weighting the trading volumes it reports by web visit statistics. Surprising no one, Binance is newly reported to be the largest trading platform. 

Reality Check

Reality Check

You could be forgiven for being surprised that global futures markets opened up this morning, or any recent morning, because, at least since trading went electronic and exchanges went for profit, the world has been nearing the end-of-days, lights-out apocalypse for...

ErisX

ErisX

ErisX yesterday launched trading in the first CFTC-regulated Ether futures contract.

CME Group

CME Group

CME Group touts recent high levels of open interest in its bitcoin futures as BitMEX, the unregulated offshore futures platform, liquidates $226 million of its swaps open interest. 

Halving

Halving

Bitcoin prices have surged this week ahead of Monday’s scheduled halving, when the reward for mining a new bitcoin block reduces from 12.5 to 6.25 bitcoins.

CBD Demand High, Fewer CBD-Hemp Acres Expected in Key States in 2020

CBD Demand High, Fewer CBD-Hemp Acres Expected in Key States in 2020

As part of our evolving coverage of all aspects of the cannabis business, John Lothian News is passing on information and insights about industrial hemp to our readers on a monthly basis. Our partner in this endeavor, PanXchange, last year launched an electronic market for businesses all along the CBD-oriented hemp supply chain.

Paradigm

Paradigm

Cryptocurrency OTC communications network Paradigm now offers traders the ability to request quotes on delta-neutral derivatives trades that settle on Deribit or, for bitcoin, even CME.

Ripple

Ripple

Ripple, one of the largest and longest-established digital asset businesses, paid MoneyGram $16.6 million in Q1 2020 incentives for using Ripple’s cryptocurrency, XRP, in money transfers.

Stellar

Stellar

Yesterday Stellar announced a partnership with crypto-asset surveillance firm Elliptic for it to provide compliance and monitoring tools for Lumens (XLM) and other assets on the Stellar blockchain.

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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