Half of Millennial Investors Trust Crypto Exchanges More Than Stock Exchanges

Nearly half of millennial traders have more trust in digital currency exchanges than in United States (U.S.) stock market exchanges. Data regarding millennial investment attitudes was collected in a new study from investment platform eToro and published on Feb. 19. Per the report, 43 percent of the surveyed millenial online traders demonstrate less trust in the traditional stock market, while having more faith in cryptocurrency exchanges. 93 percent of millennial cryptocurrency traders reportedly said that they would invest more in digital currency if traditional financial institutions proposed such an option.…

Report: Crypto Exchanges Saw Trading Volumes Plummet in January

The crypto winter that started toward the end of last year doesn’t appear to be showing signs of slowing down. Digital assets like bitcoin lost more than 80 percent of their value while the overall crypto market cap shrunk from over $600 billion in January 2018 to less than $138 billion in December 2018. Now, blockchain and cryptocurrency research firm Diar has released a report that reveals a sizeable drop in crypto trade volumes in January 2019 for popular crypto exchanges Binance, Gemini, OKEx and Coinbase. Popular Exchanges Affected The…

Major Crypto Exchanges Launch OTC Desks Despite the Crypto Winter

Institutional investment is increasingly being seen as the future of crypto trading, with both Binance and Bittrex launching their own dedicated over-the-counter (OTC) desks in January. The desk launches come after Morgan Stanley published a bullish report in November, showing a strong pattern of institutional investment for Bitcoin. The latest developments indicate that some of the world’s largest exchanges are receiving increased demand from institutional investors, for whom OTC represents a lucrative opportunity. Cointelegraph takes a look at the latest launches and OTC news. Binance launches dedicated OTC desk On Jan. 23, the…

A Fight Is Brewing Among QuadrigaCX Crypto Exchange’s Creditors

Creditors of the failed cryptocurrency exchange QuadrigaCX are bracing for a fight – among themselves. Customers who had fiat currency balances at the exchange before it went offline and sought protection from creditors in a Canadian court last week are beginning to argue they should be paid back first from recovered assets. But they expect customers who stored crypto at QuadrigaCX to push back on such demands. And even some fiat holders say such prioritization would be unfair. “There seems to be a conflict going on between creditors themselves,” Canadian resident and…

US Traders Most Active Across Major Crypto Exchanges

New data shows that United States traders are the most active across major crypto exchanges, according to a Feb. 4 tweet from data analytics firm DataLight. The U.S. has the highest distribution of traders — 60 percent — on major crypto exchange and wallet Coinbase, while on Binance, Bittrex and Poloniex, U.S. traders make up 24, 27 and 28 percent of total crypto traders respectively. Geographical Distribution of Crypto Traders. Source: DataLight American traders are less represented on Hong Kong-based crypto exchange Bitfinex, at 10 percent of traders on the…

Crypto Exchanges Experience Lowest Trading Volumes Since 2017

Trading volumes on cryptocurrency exchanges have dipped to new lows in January, according to an analysis published by crypto and blockchain research firm Diar on Feb. 4. Since the beginning of the year, digital currency exchanges have reportedly registered lower trading volumes, marking new lows that have not been recorded since 2017. Diar further notes that it has turned to be the worst period for the world’s leading crypto exchange by adjusted trading volume, Binance, as its Bitcoin (BTC)/U.S. dollar (USD) market reduced by more than 40 percent in comparison…

Venezuela’s Crypto Exchanges, Miners Must Register Under New Rules

Venezuela has issued new rules for crypto service providers in the country, including exchange platforms and miners. The country’s Ministry of Popular Power for Communication and Information (MIPPCI) published an official gazette last week that included the “Constituent Decree on the Integral System of Crypto Assets.” The publication in effect activated a new regulatory framework that means businesses working with crypto assets will now have to register with Sunacrip, the country’s superintendency of crypto-related activities. Sunacrip will now establish the registration requirements and processes, and accordingly inform affected businesses, the…

Crypto Startup Wants You to Trade on Exchanges Without Trusting Them

A new protocol aims to allow crypto users to maintain control of their private keys while trading on centralized exchanges. Arwen, a startup formerly known as Commonwealth Crypto, launched a testnet version of its namesake protocol Monday. CEO Sharon Goldberg described it as “a layer-two protocol specifically for trading.” In other words, trades will take place off-chain. As Goldberg explained: “You put a smart contract on a blockchain where it locks up coins and once it’s locked up, you can do all sorts of transactions … without posting those transactions…

Major Exchanges Join Forces to Combat Money Laundering

Four major South Korean cryptocurrency exchanges have reportedly joined their forces in order to combat money laundering, sources told local news agency The Korea Herald on Monday, Jan. 28. Quoting a report from South Korean news outlet Yonhap, the articles notes that Bithumb, Upbit, Korbit and Coinone have reportedly established a hotline where users can share information on any unusual trading or payments that could possibly be related to crimes, such as pyramid schemes. According to an anonymous representative of one of the operators, the exchanges will thereby be able…

Top Officials at Two Korean Cryptocurrency Exchanges Face Fraud Indictments

Several of South Korea’s top crypto exchanges have found themselves in hot water, with executives at a couple of exchanges facing criminal charges and jail time. According to a news report on the Korean website Blockinpress, the CEO of Komid, a Korean crypto exchange, has received a three-year prison sentence for committing fraud against investors by artificially inflating the exchange’s actual trading volume. Another company executive also received a sentence of two years for his role in these crimes. The report claims that Komid fabricated over 5 million accounts to…