World’s 2nd-Largest Bank CCB Launches Blockchain Refactoring: Report

China Construction Bank (CCB), the world’s second-biggest bank by operated assets, has officially launched its blockchain-based refactoring platform. Targeting commercial factoring business, CCB aims to bolster operations and reduce major risks in its refactoring business while providing shared data access by multiple participants, Chinese news outlet Sina Tech reports Dec. 6. As reported, factoring firms represent third parties that buy businesses’ invoices at a discount in order to help those businesses raise funds. CCB’s blockchain trading platform reached $50 billion in cumulative volume in October The news comes after CCB…

Bakkt Launches 1st Regulated BTC Options as CEO Enters US Senate

The Intercontinental Exchange (ICE)’s digital asset platform Bakkt has launched the first regulated Bitcoin (BTC) options and cash-settled futures in the United States. According to an announcement on Dec. 9, Bakkt is now using its physically settled Bitcoin contracts as a benchmark to build complementary products. Bakkt’s monthly futures contract will be a benchmark for other new products The news was announced in a blog post by Bakkt COO Adam White. The post reads: “By starting with the physically delivered Bakkt Bitcoin (USD) Monthly Futures, we have a benchmark contract…

Echo Launches Bitcoin Sidechain, a Weighted Approach to More Functionality

In late November 2019, the Bitcoin-based DApp network Echo announced the launch of a Bitcoin sidechain on its blockchain testnet. It framed the release as a critical step in its mission to establish decentralized financial applications that leverage BTC as a native asset for lending, trading and more.  “The launch of the Bitcoin sidechain on Echo testnet is the first step towards building the most trust-minimized sidechain for Bitcoin in existence,” Alexei Dulub, founder and CEO of PixelPlex, the blockchain development firm behind Echo, told Bitcoin Magazine. “Getting BTC into…

Crypto Exchange UpBit’s Operator Launches Custody Service with Ledger

DXM, a financial services subsidiary of South Korean fintech firm Dunamu, has worked with crypto cybersecurity firm Ledger to launch an institutional crypto asset custody service. The partnership and the new custodian Industry news outlet TheBlock reported on Dec. 4 that DXM plans to launch the custodian under the name Upbit Safe and that Ledger Vault, Ledger’s custody arm, will support the initiative with its technology. Upbit safe will reportedly use Ledger’s hardware security technology to make trading more efficient and safer for its institutional clients. Ledger’s Head of Asia-Pacific…

Cointelegraph Launches Consulting Division to Drive Enterprise Blockchain Adoption, Partners With Insolar and VeChain

Cointelegraph, the leading publication for blockchain and cryptocurrency news, has announced the launch of its Cointelegraph Consulting division. The new business sector is focused on advancing enterprise blockchain adoption by helping companies understand the potential of blockchain technology and then matching them with enterprise blockchain vendors to implement solutions. According to Gartner, the business value added by blockchain will grow to more than $176 billion by 2025. This number is expected to exceed $3.1 trillion by 2030. While the growth of enterprise blockchain is on the rise, traditional consulting firms…

KPMG Launches DLT Supply Chain Tool in Australia, China and Japan

Big Four audit firm KPMG has officially launched a blockchain-based track and trace platform in Australia, China and Japan. Dubbed KPMG Origins, the tool is designed to increase transparency and traceability of processes in multiple industries such as agriculture, manufacturing and financial services, the firm announced on Nov. 28. The official launch of KPMG Origins in Australia, China and Japan comes after successful pilot implementations with clients in those countries, the press release notes. Trial participants include Cane Growers and SunRice Incorporating a number of emerging technologies like blockchain and…

Missouri Firm Launches New Software For Reporting Crypto Taxes

Missouri-based software maker CryptoTrader.Tax has launched a new product facilitating cryptocurrency tax reporting. As the 2019 tax year comes to an end, the software is designed to help firms, certified public accountants and professionals counsel their clients about reporting their taxes from crypto in accordance with the tax guidelines set out by the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS). CryptoTrader.Tax announced the news in a press release on Nov. 25. The new tool allows to auto-generate client’s tax reports The newly released crypto tax professional suite by CryptoTrader.Tax provides step-by-step…