Binance Now Lets Users Borrow Against Crypto Holdings to Fund Futures Trades

Malta-based Binance, one of the world’s top cryptocurrency exchanges by trading volume, now allows users put up their crypto holdings as collateral to fund futures trading. Launched soon before press time, the new “Cross Collateral” feature means users can trade futures contracts using assets stored in their Binance exchange wallet as collateral, without the need […]

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Bittrex Takes Out Record $300M Insurance on Crypto Held in Cold Storage

Bittrex has insured digital assets held in its cold (or offline) storage to up to $300 million, the highest coverage yet offered by a cryptocurrency exchange. The company announced the news Thursday, saying it has obtained digital asset insurance that will protect users’ holdings in cases of “external theft and internal collusion.” Bittrex CEO Bill […]

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3 Insights on Crypto Derivatives and Risk from Veteran OTC Traders

For all the talk about liquidity, bitcoin and other crypto-assets are thinly traded. Investors that buy and sell large volumes can’t do so directly, without slippage, or a change in the price between order and execution. They turn to over-the-counter (OTC) desks to manage those trades, whether buying crypto for the first time, or trading […]

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Bittrex Target of Latest $1 Million Crypto SIM Hack Lawsuit

Crypto exchange Bittrex is being sued over a SIM swap that netted criminals 100 bitcoin, currently worth nearly $1 million. The case resembles other recent high-profile heists in which a hacker seizes control of a victim’s cell phone to then loot online crypto accounts: the swap was from cellular carrier AT&T, money was taken from […]

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QuadrigaCX Founder’s Widow Will Cough Up $9 Million to Repay Users

Jennifer Robertson, the widow of QuadrigaCX founder Gerald Cotten, is transferring nearly $9 million ($12 million CAD) in assets to EY Canada, the bankruptcy trustee for the now-defunct crypto exchange. Robertson announced the move in a statement on Monday, saying since her husband’s death late last year, she had “made every effort” to assist in […]

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CME Seeks to Double Monthly Bitcoin Futures Open Position Limit to 10K BTC

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME Group) wants to let bitcoin futures traders hold a greater number of open positions at one time. CME announced its intention to increase in the so-called spot month position limit for its bitcoin futures contracts in a letter to the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Thursday. The limit would […]

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CoinGecko Releases ‘Trust Score 2.0’ to Boost Crypto Exchange Transparency

Market data aggregator CoinGecko has upgraded its “Trust Score” metric in a bid to bring more transparency to the crypto trading environment. The company’s re-tooled scoring system will evaluate global cryptocurrency exchanges using more complex metrics, beyond just liquidity. Speaking on stage at CoinDesk’s Invest: Asia event in Singapore, CoinGecko co-founder Bobby Ong said the firm has significantly […]

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Crypto and the Latency Arms Race: Towards Speed Bumps and OTC Trading

Max Boonen is founder and CEO of crypto trading firm B2C2. This post is the first in a series of three that looks at high-frequency trading in the context of the evolution of crypto markets. Opinions expressed within are his own and do not reflect those of CoinDesk.  The following article originally appeared in Institutional Crypto by CoinDesk, a […]

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Malta Crypto Exchange Opened by Coinone to Close Next Month

CGEX, a Malta-based exchange opened by South Korea’s Coinone less than a year ago, is shutting down. The exchange posted an announcement last week saying that all services would be terminated on Sept. 18 at 2:50 UTC. After that date, customers will no longer be able to log in, and deposits and withdrawals will no longer be […]

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A Big Four Audit Firm Lost $1 Million In Bitcoin. Victims Are Losing Patience

The Takeaway: QuadrigaCX’s former users are running out of patience with Miller Thomson and EY, the court-appointed companies tasked with recovering their missing funds. The users want more transparency into EY’s investigation of Quadriga’s missing funds, as well as a better understanding of how the audit firm accidentally lost 103 bitcoin earlier this year. Some […]

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