Cryptocurrency Price Correlations in Bitcoin, Dollar Flipped in 2018, Binance Finds

Price correlations among major cryptocurrencies increased against the U.S. dollar (USD) but fell in Bitcoin (BTC) terms, a new report from cryptocurrency exchange Binance revealed on March 20. Part of an investigation into price trends within crypto markets since 2017, Binance found that behavior among assets is diverging depending on whether returns are denominated in USD or BTC. Specifically, USD returns from holdings were more correlated among cryptocurrencies within the three months of 2019 ending March 1 than in 2017. BTC returns, by contrast, are less correlated in current conditions…

Japan Introduces New Regulations for Cryptocurrency Margin Trading

Japanese financial regulators have reportedly introduced new regulations for cryptocurrency margin trading, local news agency Nikkei reported on March 18. The Cabinet of Japan, the executive branch of the country’s government, has reportedly approved draft amendments to Japan’s financial instruments and payment services laws, limiting leverage in cryptocurrency margin trading at two to four times the initial deposit. Margin trading is the use of borrowed funds from a broker to trade a financial asset, thus forming a collateral for the loan. The new rules — which are reportedly et to…

Number of Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Lobbies Tripled in 2018

The number of lobbies working on blockchain technology issues in Washington D.C. tripled in 2018, politics-oriented news outlet Politico reported on March 18. The number of entities lobbying on digital currencies and blockchain reportedly grew almost thrice in the course of the past year, reaching 33 projects in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to 12 in the same period of 2017. Jerry Brito — executive director at the non-profit organization Coin Center that works with Reps. Warren Davidson (R-Ohio) and Darren Soto (D-Fla.), both known for their cryptocurrency-friendly attitude…

Facebook Cryptocurrency is ‘Cool’ But Bitcoin is Better

Billionaire investors Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss aren’t too worried that Facebook’s cryptocurrency project will end up being a “bitcoin killer.” In fact, they maintain that it will have more impact on the world than Facebook ever did. Winklevoss: Bitcoin Still ‘So Young’ for People to Crow over its Demise Speaking to the UK’s Daily Telegraph at the annual SXSW festival of film and music, the twins, who first bought the leading cryptocurrency when it was valued at around $8 per coin, pointed to how an emerging Amazon outmaneuvered retail giant…

Riot Blockchain Plans Launch of Regulated Cryptocurrency Exchange in the US

Publicly traded United States-based company Riot Blockchain has filed with the Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) to launch a new regulated cryptocurrency exchange called RiotX in the U.S. by the end of Q2 2019. The regulator published the documents on March 14. The company declares in the filing that its subsidiary, RiotX Holdings Inc, would operate the new exchange. Furthermore, the exchange’s banking services would be handled by an Application Programming Interface (API) created by software company SynapseFi. The API is planned to, among other functions, serve as a security…

Intercontinental Stock Exchange Seemingly to Expand Cryptocurrency Data Feed

Intercontinental Stock Exchange (ICE), the parent company of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) hinted it was adding a slew of new coins to its Cryptocurrency Data Feed in a tweet on March 14. Launched in January 2018, the Cryptocurrency Data Feed is a service offering real-time digital currency information, covering prices and order books. The platform was introduced following a partnership between ICE and Bitcoin (BTC) and blockchain technology company Blockstream. Per the recent announcement, ICE is extending the list of supported cryptocurrencies to thousands, also adding hundreds of…

Canada Proposes Regulatory Framework for Cryptocurrency Exchanges

Canadian financial regulatory authorities are considering putting in place rules for cryptocurrency exchanges in the country. The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) published a consultation paper on Thursday, seeking input from the fintech community on how regulatory requirements can be developed for cryptocurrency platforms. “The emergence of digital and crypto assets continues to be a growing area of interest,” said Andrew J. Kriegler, president and CEO of the IIROC in a separate statement on Thursday, adding: “We must adapt to innovation, and provide…

Paxos’ Precious Metal-Backed Cryptocurrency to Launch This Year, CEO Says

Blockchain trust company Paxos’ digital token backed by precious metals will be launched “definitely this year,” said Paxos CEO, Chad Cascarilla in an interview with Fortune’s Balancing the Ledger on March 11. During the interview, Cascarilla was asked whether Paxos is working on a gold-backed coin, wherein he replied that “it is something we will see definitely this year.” “We are excited about the concept of being able to take a commodity, and I think precious metals are really obvious ones, and gold is probably the most obvious and being…

‘Cryptocurrency as a Technology Has Absolutely No Basis for Success’

Economist and notorious cryptocurrency critic Nouriel Roubini has claimed that crypto “as a technology has absolutely no basis for success.” Roubini delivered his new anti-crypto arguments in an interview with the CFA Institute on March 6. In conversation with the global professional investor association, Roubini, a New-York-based economist who famously predicted the 2008 financial crisis, has once again reiterated his negative stance towards the crypto and blockchain space. The prominent economist stated that the entire crypto industry consists of assets that are neither money nor currency. He stressed that cryptocurrencies…

New York-Based Entrepreneur Charged With Fraudulent Cryptocurrency Scheme

The United States Department of Justice (DoJ) has charged a New York-based operator of a purported cryptocurrency payment services firm with a wire fraud and unlawful monetary transactions. The DoJ announced the allegations in a press release on Feb. 27. According to the release, New York citizen Randall Crater founded and managed My Big Coin Pay Inc. (My Big Coin), a purported cryptocurrency and virtual payment services company headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada. From 2014 to 2017, Crater and his associates allegedly developed a fraudulent cryptocurrency “My Big Coins” and…