Regulatory uncertainty keeps traditional asset managers out of the crypto space, survey takers say

Regulatory uncertainty keeps traditional asset managers out of the crypto space, survey takers say

More than half the participants in a recent The Block Research survey say that regulatory uncertainty is keeping traditional asset managers from entering the crypto and digital asset space. The Block completed 38 interviews with firms in our sample set, drawing on professionals who predominantly work in the digital asset sector. The list of participants …

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Bitcoin mining at home yields 'pristine BTC with more privacy'

Bitcoin mining at home yields ‘pristine BTC with more privacy’

Remember the days when anyone with a computer could mine Bitcoin? Yes, a long time ago, before the days of ASIC, a few lucky ones did mine Bitcoins with their computers. As Bitcoin’s mining difficulty surged, thanks to professional mining groups with specialized computer chips and high processing power, the mining industry carved a niche …

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The Emergence of Crypto Prime Brokers Adds Resilience but Also Risk

The Emergence of Crypto Prime Brokers Adds Resilience but Also Risk

There are many types of hockey-stick evolutions in new industries. Startups dream of the lying-on-its-back L shape for their sales growth. Entrepreneurs chase the “escape velocity” funding momentum. And a subsector can simmer along with a low hum of activity until boom, years of progress and feverish months of under-the-surface connecting explode in a series …

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Lipton: Stablecoins Can Bridge Central Banks and Consumer Payments

Lipton: Stablecoins Can Bridge Central Banks and Consumer Payments

Alexander Lipton is the CTO of Sila, a visiting professor and Dean’s Fellow at the Jerusalem Business School of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a Connection Science Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As many still wait to receive the check from the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, which is …

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The number of blockchain investment deals has declined for seven consecutive months

The number of blockchain investment deals has declined for seven consecutive months

According to research findings by The Block, 44 blockchain-related investment deals occurred during May 2020, a significant decline from the numbers seen last year. As shown in the chart below, the number of reported deals peaked in July 2019 – with 121 – though figures have fallen more consistently since the start of the year. The …

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Ethereum blockchain's problems include cats and Tether

Ethereum blockchain’s problems include cats and Tether

Rejoice, Ethereum Community! Your blockchain has been chosen to tokenize the rewards by one of the world’s largest social media platforms, Reddit. Despite there being thousands of other projects in the cryptocurrency ecosystem, Reddit chose Ethereum’s blockchain to reward “positive behavior.” Recently, the platform also confirmed that its tokenized rewards will migrate onto the Ethereum …

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Market Wrap: Bitcoin Slides, Stocks Tread Water on Trump China Comments

Market Wrap: Bitcoin Slides, Stocks Tread Water on Trump China Comments

Bitcoin declined for the first time in three days as traders in digital-asset markets and more traditional stocks considered the implications of U.S. President Donald Trump’s latest broadsides against China on the coronavirus and Hong Kong.  Bitcoin (BTC) was changing hands around $9,400 as of 20:00 UTC (4 p.m. ET), slipping less than a percent …

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CoinMarketCap rolls out a new ranking system for crypto market pairs

CoinMarketCap rolls out a new ranking system for crypto market pairs

Crypto market data aggregator CoinMarketCap announced Friday that it has gone live with a new ranking system for market pairs. As detailed in a blog post, CoinMarketCap will use a ranking system that combines several different factors. The site explained: “The market pairs of exchanges will now be algorithmically scored across three aspects — reported …

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GSX Group's New Digital Securities Venue Tokenizes First Client Shares

GSX Group’s New Digital Securities Venue Tokenizes First Client Shares

Gibraltar Stock Exchange (GSX) Group’s digital securities platform has tokenized the shares of a client for the first time. The recently launched blockchain-based venue, GRID, allows for the tokenization of securities using GSX Group’s native STACS network. In this inaugural issuance, shares for adtech firm tribeOS were created and distributed digitally. STACS is a scalable …

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