Accounting Advisor and Crypto Startup to Jointly Launch Crypto Tax Tool

Accounting advisor CPA.com and cryptocurrency accounting automation startup Lukka partnered to jointly launch a crypto asset tax preparation tool. CPA.com announced the partnership with Lukka in a press release published on Dec. 9. Per the release, the “LukkaTax for Professionals” crypto asset preparation tool for accountants aims to address issues currently faced by companies in the crypto industry. Specifically, CPA announced plans to start providing services for valuing digital assets and assurance around blockchain technology. A pressing need CPA.com states that it decided to engage with Lukke because of the…

JPMorgan’s Blockchain Network to Launch in Japan in Early 2020: Report

JPMorgan’s blockchain-based payment network will launch in Japan in early 2020, Cointelegraph Japan reports on Dec. 10. Based on JPMorgan’s in-house blockchain platform Quorum, the Interbank Information Network (IIN) intends to accelerate payment transactions as well as address major challenges of sharing data between banks. Bloomberg reports that more than 80 Japanese banks have expressed their intent to join the platform. Japanese banks now account for more than 20% of the 365 total global members that announced their participation since September 2019, accounting for the largest portion of participants from…

IDEG, Coinbase Custody Launch Bitcoin Trusts in Apparent First for Asia

Digital asset manager IDEG is launching what it claims are Asia’s first Bitcoin (BTC) trusts. The two new funds — Asia Bitcoin Trust I and Atlas Mining Trust I —  were officially announced in a press release on Dec. 8, confirming an earlier disclosure from the firm in Hong Kong in late November.  Coinbase Custody will act as custodian for both trusts, with Asia-based Profound Trust Company acting as trustee. The combined size of the two trusts is $200 million. Bringing old money to a new sector The first of…

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.…

EOS-Based Social Media Platform Voice Announces Beta Launch

Voice, the social media platform first unveiled by EOS creator Block.One in June, announced that it will launch in beta on Feb. 14 — Valentine’s Day — in 2020. Voice announced the beta launch date in a blog post published by the project on Dec. 5. The firm also promises that it will share its progress with the community as the development goes on.  Voice also claims that thousands have already signed up to take part in its beta testing. The firm also admits that the initiative is still plagued…

Former Morgan Stanley Developers Launch Crypto Derivatives Exchange

Eight former core developers from financial services company Morgan Stanley have launched Phemex, a new cryptocurrency derivatives trading platform, in Singapore. In a press release shared with Cointelegraph on Dec. 4, the former Morgan Stanley developers claim the platform is ten times faster than traditional crypto trading platforms, while offering 100x leverage to both retail and institutional investors in Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH) and Ripple (XRP) perpetual contracts. Exchange is “on par with Nasdaq” In the near future, these contracts will reportedly also be backed by traditional financial products, such…