Top Banks ‘Investing $50 Million’ to Build Blockchain Settlement System

Some of the world’s biggest banks are said to be investing around $50 million to build a blockchain-based digital cash settlement system. A Reuters report on Friday, citing “people familiar with the plans,” said possibly a dozen unspecified banks are involved in the project. The participating banks will reportedly be setting up a new entity called Fnality for the project, which could launch next year. Back in 2015, Swiss banking giant UBS was said to be working on a cryptocurrency that would be “linked to real-world currencies and connected to…

Fintech Company Launches Crypto Exchange Platform Integrated Into Social Investing Network

Hamburg-based fintech company Naga has released its new exchange platform, Nagax, after an intensive beta testing period. The developer promises a user-friendly interface and “super-fast execution,” as the system supports more than 10 million transactions per second. The new platform is integrated into the social investing network — also known as Naga Trader. According to the company, it is used by more than half a million traders around the world. Nagax will be connected to the Naga platform through its own cryptocurrency wallet, the Naga Wallet: It supports major crypto,…

Leading Social Investing Platform EToro Launches Crypto Services in 31 US States

Exchange and social network for investors and traders eToro has launched its cryptocurrency trading services in the United States, according to a press release shared by the company with Cointelegraph on March 7. The exchange, which — per the release — has over 10 million registered users, will start facilitating the trade of 13 unspecified crypto assets and release a cryptocurrency multisignature wallet to customers in 31 U.S. states and territories. The wallet will support Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), Stellar (XLM) and Ripple (XRP), and…

First Pension Funds Investing in Crypto — a Sign of Things to Come?

Positive moves are being made for investor sentiment in the cryptocurrency space despite a year-long bear market. This comes after $40 million was raised by cryptocurrency investment firm Morgan Creek Digital, which is headed up by its founder, Anthony Pompliano. The crypto-focused hedge fund is part of Morgan Creek Capital, which manages over $1 billion in assets. While the capital raised isn’t record-breaking, the move garnered interest because a portion of the funds come from two of three benefit plans from Fairfax County’s Retirement Systems (FCRS) in the state of…

Investing in Ethereum Could Be More Profitable than Bitcoin

Investing in Ethereum at its bottom could yield more returns than investing in Bitcoin, said Don Alt. The famous cryptocurrency analyst, who has 82.7k following on Twitter, claimed that his investment paid off when he bought Ether at $121. While he didn’t specify the nature of his trade, he said his investment could return ten times more profit than bitcoin while still costing 1/3rd of the leading digital currency. “I’ve heard Etherum will one day be the global computer that [executes] smart [contracts], tweeted Don Alt. “So I rebought me a…

Investing App Invstr Launches Cryptocurrency Index

Investing app Invstr has launched a cryptocurrency index for their platform, allowing users to follow cryptocurrency markets, according to a press release on Feb 6. Invstr’s crypto index will allow users to track price fluctuations of the crypto market and make price comparisons of specific cryptocurrency pairs. The index will also include a range of digital asset categories, that includes asset, payment and utility tokens. Cryptocurrencies on the app will be reviewed quarterly, which will allow for the addition of newer and stable cryptocurrencies to remain on the app while removing…

Bitcoin is a ‘Fad,’ But Even NASA is Investing in Blockchain

Bitcoin birthed the concept of blockchain technology, and now even organizations as technologically advanced as NASA are considering its benefits. Yet cryptocurrency is often described as a fad, a bubble, and even worthless. NASA Eyes Hyperledger Blockchain for Air Traffic Management Ronald J. Reisman, an aero-computer engineer at the NASA Ames Research Center, has put forward blockchain to solve issues of privacy and the prevention of spoofing, denial of service, and other attacks. He says a new system due for implementation in 2020, the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), does not…

Indian Police Warn Public Against Investing in Cryptocurrencies

The police of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir have issued a public statement, warning the public against investing in cryptocurrencies, local business news daily the Business Standard reported on Jan. 2. Police reportedly warned the public against the “heightened risk” of investments like Bitcoin (BTC) and reminded investors that cryptocurrencies are not sanctioned by the government. The Business Standard quoted the branch’s inspector general as saying: “The general public is informed not to make any type of investment in cryptocurrencies, virtual currencies such as Bitcoin because there is…

Investors Should Consider Lack of ‘Safeguards’ Before Investing in Crypto

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Jay Clayton reiterated his wary view of the crypto markets during an interview. His discussion with New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin took place at the The Times Center in New York City Nov. 29. Mid-way through the interview, Clayton told Sorkin that the securities regulator had worked hard to educate investors about the risks of participating in an emerging and unpredictable market, one for which regulation is still taking shape. Clayton continued: “We tried to get the word out that although…

Thai SEC Warns Public About Investing in Nine Unregistered Tokens and ICOs

The Thai Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued a warning about investing in nine digital tokens and Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), which have not been accredited by the regulator, news outlet Bangkok Post reported Oct. 26. The SEC reportedly initiated an investigation into digital tokens and ICOs being promoted on social media platforms for investment, and found nine cases wherein promoted digital assets had not been authorized by the market regulator. Per the SEC, the alleged digital assets and ICOs have neither filed an application for the SEC’s approval,…