Cryptocurrency Exchange OKEx to Launch Options Trading This Month

Malta-based cryptocurrency exchange OKEx announced that it will launch crypto options trading on Dec. 27. In a press release on Dec. 9, the exchange said that the addition of options makes OKEx the “first crypto exchange to offer C2C, spot, futures, perpetual swap, and options trading under the same roof.”  The options will allow the platform’s users to buy or sell an underlying asset after paying a premium. While real options trading will begin on Dec. 27, simulated trading is scheduled to start in just three days, on Dec. 12.…

Kraken Cryptocurrency Exchange Adds Support For the Swiss Franc

San Francisco-based cryptocurrency exchange Kraken is adding support for its latest fiat asset, the Swiss franc (CHF). According to a blog post on Dec. 5, Kraken said that in collaboration with Liechtenstein-based Bank Frick, the Swiss franc will join the roster of fiat currencies that Kraken already supports, namely the United States dollar (USD), the Canadian dollar (CAD), the euro (EUR), the British pound sterling (GBP), and the Japanese yen (JPY). The Kraken team further revealed that CHF trading begins on Friday, Dec. 6, and that it will roll out trading…

MARKETS DAILY: Casualties Ahead in the Cryptocurrency Mining Arms Race

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This Cryptocurrency Seems Designed For A Post-State Society

Upstart crypto company Saga wants to issue a new global currency on the blockchain. Just don’t call it a stablecoin. Saga’s SGA digital currency relies on an international reserve asset called Special Drawing Rights (SDR), which was introduced by the International Monetary Fund in 1969. This is a conventional basket of major world currencies — the US dollar, the euro, the British pound sterling, the Japanese yen, and the Chinese renminbi — that central banks around the world use to hedge against fluctuations in their own local currency. SGA borrows…

Binance Cryptocurrency Exchange Adds Support for Tezos Staking

Binance — the second-largest crypto exchange by daily trade volume — has announced support for Tezos (XTZ) staking, according to an announcement published on Dec. 3. Starting on Dec. 4, Binance’s users will be able to trade with XTZ, with XTZ rewards to be calculated daily based on live snapshots and distributed monthly. The distribution is set to end before Jan. 20, and after that on the 20th day of each following month. Binance said that users must hold at least 1 XTZ in order to qualify for staking rewards.…

Waves DEX Shuts Down and Relaunches as Hybrid Cryptocurrency Exchange

Decentralized exchange (DEX) Waves DEX shut down to resume operations as a hybrid exchange, Waves announced in a press release shared with Cointelegraph on Dec. 2. Per the release, the exchange has already ceased operations on the old domain and the process of moving its activities to Waves.Exchange has already started. The company announced: “From this point onwards, the old version of the exchange will be unavailable, and the website will offer only functionality to support migration. User funds held on Waves DEX will remain completely safe during and after…

The Quest for a Pan-European Approach to Cryptocurrency

Part of the appeal of digital currencies is their global nature. Since the vast majority of digital currencies are not sponsored by an individual state, the hope was that the crypto world could be largely borderless. This has turned out to be a bit of a pipe dream. It turns out that countries actually do matter when it comes to digital currencies, as they have the power of the law and the ability to regulate. It very much matters if an individual trader is located in China, where almost all…