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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UK Advertising Watchdog Upholds Complaints Against BitMEX Bitcoin Promotion

The U.K. Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld complaints over a bitcoin ad placed by crypto derivatives exchange BitMEX (HDR Global Trading). The advertising regulator published its decision on Wednesday, saying that it supported the four complaints against the ad that had claimed it “failed to illustrate the risk of the investment,” “exaggerated the return […]

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Stolen Binance Funds Still Being Laundered Through Mixers, Researchers Claim

Binance’s recent hacker has been diligently washing funds stolen from the exchange back in May. Clain.io, a Luxembourg-cryptocurrency capital flows research team, says the 7,074 stolen coins are being laundered through mixing service Chipmixer. Clain says at least 4,836 bitcoins were laundered since June 12. A bitcoin tumbling service mixes bitcoins with other users’ coins. […]

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