Tether Launches Gold-Backed Stablecoin and Begins Trading on Bitfinex

Tether is now supporting a gold-backed stablecoin, Tether Gold (XAU₮), according to a Jan. 23 press release. One token represents ownership of one troy fine ounce of physical gold, currently worth approximately $1,550. The new product is available as an ERC-20 token on the Ethereum blockchain, as well as a TRC20 token on Tron (TRX). The funds are said to be backed by physical gold held in a “Switzerland vault,” the press release reads. According to Tether, its gold offering is the only product among its competition that does not…

ErisX Adds New Trading Features with Etale Partnership

Users of crypto derivatives platform ErisX are getting access to institutional-grade data and trading solutions, thanks to a new partnership with software provider Etale. ErisX announced Thursday that members will be able to view Etale’s real-time market data and execute orders leveraging the company’s machine learning-based quantitative models. TD Ameritrade-backed ErisX launched a live spot market for bitcoin, bitcoin cash, ethereum and litecoin, complete with U.S. dollar pairs, in April 2019, and began offering physically delivered bitcoin futures last December. The company, which was granted a Derivatives Clearing Organization license…

Chiliz Launches Crypto Exchange for Trading Sports Fan Tokens

Malta-based sports blockchain venture Chiliz is launching a cryptocurrency exchange for sports and entertainment tokens. In a press release shared with Cointelegraph on Jan. 23, Chiliz detailed that the new exchange — Chiliz.net — will roll out in February after the beginning of Fan Token Offerings​ ​for all of the ​Socios.com​ partner teams​. Socios.com is a tokenized fan-voting platform for sports powered by Chiliz tokens (CHZ). Chiliz.net will be fully integrated with Socios.com, enabling users to transfer their fan tokens from a Socios wallet to the exchange, and vice versa.…

Bitcoin Faces Move to $8,200 After Dropping Out of Trading Range

View Bitcoin’s range breakdown has opened the doors for a deeper pullback to support levels at $8,200 and $8,000. The short-term indicators have turned bearish, supporting the case for further losses.  A move above $8,750 is needed to revive the immediate bullish view.  The broader outlook will remain bullish as long as prices are holding above $7,700, according to the weekly chart.  Bitcoin has dived out its recent trading range, opening the doors for a pullback to deeper support levels.  The top cryptocurrency ran into offers around $8,580 at 08:35…

Now Reporting to the SEC, Grayscale Bitcoin Trust One Step Closer to Public Trading

Grayscale’s Bitcoin Trust now reports to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), putting it one step closer to public trading. The announcement Grayscale’s Bitcoin Trust manages investment in Bitcoin on behalf of investors, exposing them to the coin’s potential for gains while mitigating risks. The Jan. 21 announcement advertises the trust as the first of its kind to report to the SEC.  Grayscale’s full Form 10 is available here. Subsequent to this registration, the trust will need to file quarterly and annual reports with the SEC, which will…

Identifying and Trading 4 Different Bitcoin Chart 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…