The Crypto Custody Conundrum: What Are We Even Talking About?

Noelle Acheson is a veteran of company analysis and CoinDesk’s Director of Research. The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own. The following article originally appeared in Institutional Crypto by CoinDesk, a free weekly newsletter focused on crypto assets. Sign up here. For a primer on crypto custody concepts, you can download our free report here.  […]

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Overstock Will Open tZERO Security Token Market to Retail Traders Next Week

Overstock is opening up trading on its security token market, tZERO, to all comers. Retail investors will be able to trade on the platform starting Aug. 12, tZERO CEO Saum Noursalehi told CoinDesk. At that point, the one year lock-up period for tZERO’s 2018 security token offering (STO) will pass. While the platform went live in January, […]

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Genesis’ Lending Surges Again in Q2 – and Not Just in Crypto

Genesis Global Trading’s crypto-related lending business remains on a growth tear – especially its loans of U.S. dollars and blockchain substitutes. According to statistics published by the over-the-counter trading firm Tuesday, Genesis’ “cash” lending doubled in the second quarter from the previous quarter to about $186 million. These loans, denominated in fiat or the dollar-pegged […]

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Singapore’s Stock Exchange Backs New Ethereum Security Token Platform

A new trading platform for security tokens has launched with backing from Singapore Exchange (SGX), the country’s public stock market, and technical support from ethereum startup ConsenSys. The 1X platform has gone live Wednesday with its first listing of an ethereum token, purchasable with Singapore dollars. The token represents about 7 percent of the shares of […]

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Switzerland’s SIX Stock Exchange Is Working on a Swiss Franc Stablecoin

SIX, the Swiss national stock exchange group, is working on creating its own “stablecoin” – a cryptocurrency pegged to the Swiss franc – to facilitate transactions on the SIX Digital Exchange (SDX), CoinDesk has learned. A spokesman for SIX confirmed the move in an email, telling CoinDesk: “Yes, we are currently working on a CHF […]

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Circle’s SeedInvest Takes Step Toward Tokenizing Stocks With Trading License

Equity fundraising platform SeedInvest, which was recently acquired by cryptocurrency startup Circle, can now operate as an alternative trading system (ATS), the companies announced Friday. SeedInvest and Circle said in a blog post that the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), a self-regulatory organization that oversees broker-dealers and securities exchanges in the U.S., granted the crowdfunding startup […]

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BlockFi Now Offers a Crypto Deposit Account With Compound Interest

Cryptocurrency lending startup BlockFi has launched a crypto deposit account that provides compound interest. Announcing the news on Tuesday, the firm said that the BlockFi Interest Account (BIA) is now live and offers customers an annual interest rate of 6 percent, paid on a monthly basis in cryptocurrency. That monthly interest is then compounded to produce […]

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Security Tokens vs. Tokenized Securities: It’s More Than Semantics

Noelle Acheson is a veteran of company analysis and member of CoinDesk’s product team. The following article originally appeared in Institutional Crypto by CoinDesk, a newsletter for the institutional market, with news and views on crypto infrastructure delivered every Tuesday. Sign up here. ————————– We need to get serious about vocabulary. The crypto sector has earned a well-deserved […]

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Nasdaq Leads $20 Million Funding Round for Blockchain Startup Symbiont

Enterprise blockchain startup Symbiont has closed a $20 million Series-B funding round led by Nasdaq Ventures with participation from Galaxy Digital, Citi, Raptor Group and others. The firm, which has kept a fairly low profile the last two years as the cryptocurrency market’s gyrations overshadowed the enterprise sector, previously raised a combined $15.4 million from […]

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Tokenized Securities: Curb Your Enthusiasm

Noelle Acheson is a veteran of company analysis and member of CoinDesk’s product team. The following article originally appeared in Institutional Crypto by CoinDesk, a newsletter for the institutional market, with news and views on crypto infrastructure delivered every Tuesday. Sign up here.  With so much buzz around tokenized securities, compounded by strong progress from […]

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