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Owain Johnson: World-Class Listener,  Citizen, Author and Researcher, Sees Acceleration of Economic Change

Owain Johnson: World-Class Listener, Citizen, Author and Researcher, Sees Acceleration of Economic Change

Things are happening so fast amidst an acceleration of economic change that the old order of product adoption by various categories of industry players is being upended, Owain Johnson told John Lothian News in a recent interview.

That speed of change is exciting to Johnson, the London-based global head of research for the CME Group. New asset classes are joining the six traditional asset classes of the CME’s traded products, he said. He mentioned digital assets as a new asset class, as well as environmental products. The CME’s new CVOL products are also exciting. The CME’s six traditional asset classes are agriculture, metals, energy, interest rates, equities and foreign exchange.

Central Bank Digital Currency

Central Bank Digital Currency

The Fed published a press release Thursday describing its plans to publish a discussion paper that will “explore the implications of fast-evolving technology for digital payments,” with a special focus on the possible release of a U.S. government-controlled CBDC.

BitGo

BitGo

BitGo announced that it has hired Cassandra Lentchner, former compliance head of the New York Department of Financial Services’ (NYDFS) BitLicense, as its new COO.

Coinbase

Coinbase

With bitcoin trading at $20K below its April 13 record high prices,  cryptocurrency platform Coinbase’s share price yesterday closed at $248.24, more than $130 below its $381 April 14 debut price on Nasdaq. 

FTX

FTX

FTX’s CEO, Sam Bankman-Fried, tweeted on Saturday that the FTX platform is now offering binary options that pay out if Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro wins reelection next year.

Bitwise

Bitwise

Bitwise launched an ETF Wednesday called the Bitwise Crypto Industry Innovators ETF, or “BITQ.” The BITQ consists of stocks of companies that derive most of their revenue from products or services in the cryptocurrency markets.

Crypto Rating Council

Crypto Rating Council

The Crypto Rating Council (CRC) has published its rubric for determining whether a cryptocurrency is a security or not.

High-performance blockchain developer Block.one today announced the formation of a blockchain-based trading platform, Bullish. It is backed by $10 billion in capital.

Ethereum

With Ether soaring above $4,000 for the first time yesterday, is the Ethereum blockchain experiencing a “flight to quality” as last week’s Dogecoin fever ebbs?

Dogecoin (DOGE)

Dogecoin (DOGE)

The Indian cryptocurrency exchange WazirX said it wrongly identified Dogecoin’s excessive trading volume as a cyberattack earlier this week, causing the exchange to crash.

Galaxy Digital

Galaxy Digital

Galaxy Digital has agreed to buy the cryptocurrency custodian BitGo for $1.2 billion in cash and stock. The deal is expected to close in Q4 2021.

Deribit

Deribit

Panama-based cryptocurrency derivatives platform Deribit reports that Ether options out-traded bitcoin options yesterday for the first time. Ether prices are up 1,500% for the year. 

eToro

eToro

Tweeting, “Much good boy! Such happy!” in the spirit of the Shiba Inu meme cryptocurrency, trading platform eToro announced the start of Dogecoin trading today. 

Skew

Skew

Cryptocurrency analytics platform Skew will be acquired by Coinbase later this quarter. Skew is to be integrated into Coinbase Prime.

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