HSBC Completed $250 Billion in Blockchain-Processed Transactions in 2018

HSBC. Image Shutterstock. According to a press release quoted by the Financial Times on Monday, HSBC, one of the largest banking institutions in the world by total assets, reported $250 billion in settled transactions in 2018, using the blockchain technology. The press release revealed that during the last calendar year, HSBC settled over 3 million blockchain-based foreign exchange transactions. Performed through its blockchain platform, “FX Everywhere,” the bank says it has processed 150,000 payments since the platform launched in February 2018. HSBC completed its first blockchain trade finance transaction in May…

Russia to Avoid US Sanctions with $10 Billion Bitcoin Investment

According to a Russian economist with ties to the Kremlin, the superpower is preparing a massive $10 billion USD investment in Bitcoin to replace its US dollar reserves. Russia’s Bitcoin investment is a step to minimize US sanctions on the country. Russia’s Bitcoin Investment Vladislav Ginko, an economist at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, said the Bitcoin investment was a step taken to avoid US sanctions on Russia. Ginko believes that Russia’s decision to hold Bitcoin as a reserve currency instead of the US dollar is…

Following $5 Billion Drop in Crypto, Traders See Weakness in Bitcoin

On January 13, the crypto market initiated an intense sell-off as the Bitcoin price fell below the $3,500 mark. The weakness in the short-term price trend of BTC led the market to demonstrate volatility on the downside. More than $5 billion was wiped out of the crypto market and major assets like Ethereum recorded a six percent drop. Where is Bitcoin Headed? Generally, both analysts and traders expect Bitcoin to fall to the low $3,000 region in the days to come. Some have suggested that a strong buy wall below…

Circle Executed $24 Billion in OTC Trades in 2018

The over-the-counter (OTC) trading desk at cryptocurrency finance firm Circle had a notional volume of $24 billion in 2018, according to an official Medium blog post on Jan. 3.   Per the statement, Circle executed 10,000 OTC trades with 600 different counterparties, at $24 billion in volume. As such, the company claims to have become a “core liquidity provider to the entire crypto ecosystem.” According to Circle, the firm now partners with over 1,000 institutional clients such as exchanges, token projects, OTC desks, asset managers, and other global endowments. Circle…

Daily Traded Volume on Huobi’s Crypto Derivatives Platform Breaks $1 Billion

Daily traded volume of cryptocurrency contracts on the Huobi Derivatives Market (DM) has broken past $1 billion, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on Dec. 27. Huobi Global — which operates the world’s third-largest largest crypto spot market trading platform — launched Huobi DM last month. The new platform allows traders to trade Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) contracts that aim to allow for arbitrage, speculation, and hedging. Having reportedly broken past $1 billion in daily trades on Dec. 25, Huobi DM is today expanding its crypto contracts…

Coinbase Just Moved $5 Billion for Altcoin Expansion

Coinbase has been extremely active with its ’12 Days of Coinbase’ marketing initiative. The cryptocurrency exchange has been releasing daily updates on its company for the last ten days. Yesterday’s announcement was the biggest yet. Coinbase Moves $5 Billion On day one, the cryptocurrency exchange announced that its users could buy e-gift cards from a wallet on its platform through WeGift. Vendors supported on WeGift include Uber, Nike, and many others. On day five, Coinbase announced that it had teamed up with PayPal, and the platform now offers PayPal withdrawals in the…

Crypto Loses $14 Billion 1 Week, Bitcoin Will Likely Avoid Drop Below $3k

Over the past 48 hours, the Bitcoin price has stabilized at around $3,400 after dropping to a new yearly low at $3,210 on December 7. On a weekly basis, Bitcoin (BTC) is up six percent from $3,210 to $3,400 but the cryptocurrency market has lost $14 billion of its valuation against the U.S. dollar mostly due to the underwhelming performance of major digital assets and the plunge in the value of ERC20 tokens. The Ethereum price has also recovered slightly by a similar magnitude as Bitcoin, with Ethereum (ETH) recording…

Kraken Is Seeking ‘War Chest’ Investment at a $4 Billion Valuation

Crypto exchange Kraken is on a fundraising drive, offering “select” investors a chance to purchase stakes in the firm. CEO Jesse Powell confirmed to CoinDesk that his company is looking to tap a small number of clients for a fundraising round valuing the firm at $4 billion. “There is presently a limited time opportunity available to a very small, select number of clients to purchase Kraken shares” at a $4 billion valuation with a $100,000 minimum, he told CoinDesk via email. The general public will not have access to these shares,…

Crypto Market Adds $12 Billion in Decent Recovery: Major Assets Surge

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn CCN is expanding. Are you our next full-time journalist from West Coast US? Send us your CV and examples here. Over the past 24 hours, following a steep decline in the price of major cryptocurrencies, the crypto market added $12 billion to its valuation. Within a relatively short span, the valuation of the crypto market increased from $115 billion to $127 billion as Bitcoin (BTC), Ripple (XRP), Ethereum (ETH), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), and many other cryptocurrencies recorded gains in the range of 6 to 12 percent. Bitcoin…

$63 Billion Deleted From Crypto in 7 Days, Ethereum Drops to Double Digit

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn In the past seven days, the crypto market has experienced a drop of more than $63 billion, as major cryptocurrencies recorded double-digit drops. Bitcoin (BTC), the most dominant cryptocurrency in the market, fell by 12 percent from $4.300 to $3,800, achieving a new yearly low. At its lowest daily point, on fiat-to-cryptocurrency exchanges like Coinbase and Kraken, the price of BTC fell to $3,456. Ethereum (ETH), which is currently demonstrating a daily volume that is larger than that of Ripple (XRP) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) combined at…