Olga Feldmeier is CEO and co-founder of SMART VALOR, a European digital asset platform for trading, staking and issuance. She previously held executive positions at UBS and Barclays.  The rapid spread of the coronavirus caught most of us completely unprepared, including most of us in finance. Now is the time for most people to...
While the cryptocurrency space has moved well beyond its cypherpunk origins, some platforms are still determined to let users keep their transactions to themselves.In the works since late 2019, BlueWallet, a non-custodial mobile crypto wallet for iOS and Android, is integrating with Hodl Hodl, a peer-to-peer exchange, to...
Cambrial Capital, a crypto-focused fund of funds, is quietly winding down its operations, according to two sources familiar with the matter.The fund, which holds between $6 million and $10 million in assets under management, appears to have fallen victim to the coronavirus crisis. March 12, aka “Black Thursday,”...
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) used bitcoin wallet activity and an old exchange account as key evidence to arrest a Russian rapper on charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering. In an affidavit unsealed earlier this week, FBI special agent Samantha Shelnick said she and her team...
Trading activity for bitcoin futures listed on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) has picked up pace as bitcoin has extended its recent rally to levels above $7,200. CME traded $347 million worth of futures contracts Thursday – the highest since March 16. On that day, futures witnessed a trading...
Bitcoin mining machines are on sale.Last month’s crash in cryptocurrency prices has prompted manufacturers to sell inventories at a discount, in some cases as steep as 20 percent, over the past few weeks. Both the newest models and slightly older machines have been marked down.Complicating the matter is...
The National Internet Finance Association of China (NIFA), a major Chinese financial watchdog, warned investors of rising risks in crypto investments.While manipulation is a longstanding concern for crypto investors, NIFA's warning is notable for also pushing back on the narrative of digital currency as a safe haven during...
Brazil’s financial regulators launched an information-sharing blockchain platform called PIER on Wednesday.  At launch, the blockchain pulls data from three of Brazil’s four major financial institutions: the private insurance superintendent (SUSEP), the Banco Central do Brasil (BCB) and securities regulator (CVM), PIER’s main backers. Social security supervisor PREVIC also...
While traditional markets continue to flail, bitcoin (BTC) and crypto in general are showing surprising resilience and attracting new audiences.The economic outlook is grim. The jobless claims keep piling up and even the most intransigent states are shutting down business. There isn’t - yet - a realistic plan...
Bitcoin (BTC) suddenly rallied Thursday after weeks in the doldrums, trading above $7,000 for the first time since March 11.The bellwether cryptocurrency was up nearly 15 percent in the last 24 hours to $7,102.78 as of 17:50 UTC – with most of those gains made in just the...