Identifying and Trading 4 Different Bitcoin Charts Gaps

The talk of the crypto community in the past few months has been the gaps on the Bitcoin (BTC) CME (Chicago Mercantile Exchange) futures chart. Bitcoin trades 24/7 on major exchanges but does not trade on weekends on the CME. This often creates a gap, or empty space on the chart when trading resumes on the CME. There is a famous saying in Physics: “nature abhors a vacuum.” This is a postulate attributed to Aristotle, who articulated a belief, later criticized by the atomism of Epicurus and Lucretius, that nature…

Binance in Talks to Launch Crypto Trading Joint Venture in Japan

Crypto exchange Binance is eyeing the launch of a new trading platform dedicated for the Japanese market. According to a blog announcement on Thursday, the firm said it is discussing a strategic partnership with Z Corporation and existing Japan-based exchange TaoTao to work together to provide “trading services” in the country. Z Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Z Holdings Corporation, itself a subsidiary of Tokyo-based multinational Softbank (formerly Yahoo Japan). The three firms would harness Binance’s technologies in order to build out the new service, according to the announcement.…

Deribit Takes On New Trading Tools to Capture ‘Exploding’ Options Market

Amid increasing activity within the crypto derivatives market, software maker Trading Technologies (TT) announced Wednesday it would provide trading tools to users of leading crypto exchange, Deribit. Included in the suite are advanced order types, charting and analytics as well as access to a feature allowing users to create algorithms for bot trading. TT users eligible to trade on Deribit will be able to access all listed products, including bitcoin (BTC) and ether (ETH) futures, perpetual and options contracts. Dutch-based (for another month) Deribit, founded in 2016, is now the…

Anchorage Acquires Merkle as Part of Trading Service Launch

Crypto custody company Anchorage now offers a crypto brokerage service, acquiring Merkle Data to further the service.  Anchorage has introduced an institutional crypto trading service called Anchorage Trading, and has acquired institutional-grade risk management and analytics software company Merkle Data to enhance the endeavor, Anchorage co-founder and CEO Nathan McCauley said in a Jan. 15 post on Anchorage’s blog.  Institutional crypto trading Anchorage’s new offering allows institutional players to trade crypto assets via traders Anchorage employs, the post said.  This new offering also takes advantage of Anchorage’s crypto custody services.…

Anchorage Moves Into Crypto Trading With New Brokerage Service

Crypto services startup Anchorage has launched a crypto platform for its institutional investors and acquired the data analysis firm Merkle Data. Announced Wednesday, the moves mark an expansion in offerings for a company originally focused on providing institutions custodial services, as it continues to bet that adding more features like trading will carry crypto further into mainstream. Merkle Data’s acquisition similarly expands Anchorage’s reach, according to the blog post. Framing the data team as a complement to its new trading service, Anchorage said Merkle Data will boost its quantitative analysis…

Startup Crypto Exchange Blade to Launch Zero-Fee Trading in February

Crypto perpetuals exchange Blade will be introducing zero-fee trading next month in a bid to gain market share from rivals.  The Coinbase-backed exchange, which began operations in September, will also drop the $10 subscription fee it had planned to collect from traders on a monthly basis. Though based in San Francisco, Blade prohibits U.S. residents from opening accounts on its platform. Blade will be the first cryptocurrency exchange to offer fee-less trading in bitcoin perpetuals – no-expiry contracts which mimic a margin-based spot market and trade close to the underlying reference…

Uphold Opens Crypto Trading to Users With UK Bank Accounts

Trading platform Uphold has added pound sterling support, meaning users can trade cryptocurrencies via payments from U.K. bank accounts. The new connectivity launched into beta Wednesday and is expected to become publicly available on Jan. 21. Near-instant transfers will soon also be enabled through the U.K.’s Faster Payments Service (FPS) in the coming weeks. After that, U.K. users will be able to make zero-fee deposits with bank cards, which can settle in seconds using FPS. They can also make deposits with eight supported cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin, ether and XRP. Using…

Bitstamp Crypto Exchange to Pilot Leverage Trading via Bank Partnership

The twelfth-largest cryptocurrency exchange, Bitstamp, partnered with cryptocurrency-friendly Silvergate Bank to pilot Bitcoin (BTC) leveraged trading. According to an announcement on Jan. 14, the exchange will serve as the launch partner for the bank’s Silvergate Exchange Network (SEN) Leverage service. During the pilot stage, the exchange will only offer leveraged trading to select institutional customers. The only collateral currently supported by the service is Bitcoin, which will be custodied by Bitstamp as Silvergate Bank’s first exchange partner. Silvergate Bank’s friendliness towards cryptocurrency businesses is seemingly paying off as it has…

Paxos’ Tokenized Gold Futures Are Now Trading on FTX Exchange

For the first time, investors can trade gold-backed futures contracts on a leading crypto derivatives exchange. In addition to its spot market trading, PAX Gold is now available as perpetual and quarterly futures contracts on FTX. Using PAX Gold, a stablecoin backed by gold, FTX will allow traders to buy and sell gold futures contracts via digital assets. A futures contract is an agreement to buy or sell a specified asset at a predetermined price at a specific time in the future. The price of PAX Gold is tied to…

Telegram Hit By New SEC Evidence Showing Token Trading After ICO

The SEC has produced new evidence in its case against Telegram, which shows that the company was engaged in trading Gram tokens several months after its initial coin offering (ICO). Messaging app Telegram has been embroiled in a lawsuit with the US Securities and Exchanges Commission, which alleges that US$1.7 billion raised from the sale of Gram tokens between January and March 2018 should have been registered with the authority because the tokens constitute a security. Telegram has consistently refuted these claims and published a statement last week to address…