Major Oil Firms, Banks Partner to Launch Blockchain Platform for Energy Commodity Trading

Major oil companies BP, Shell, and Equinor have united with large banks and trading houses to launch a blockchain-driven platform Vakt for energy commodity trading. The partnership was reported by independent news agency covering energy and commodities markets S&P Global Platts Monday, Nov. 12. Apart from the three oil companies mentioned above, Vakt includes banks ABN Amro, ING, and Societe Generale, along with trading houses Gunvor, Koch Supply & Trading, and Mercuria. The blockchain solution, first announced in November 2017, will enable major industry players to move from “cumbersome” paperwork…

NEM (XEM) Trading Resumes on Coincheck Months After Hack

After ten months of stagnancy, the newly re-opened Japenese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck has resumed its NEM (XEM) trading. According to a South Korean news source FNNews, Coincheck has restricted its platform by external ‘security experts.’ 一部仮想通貨の入金・購入再開のお知らせ(ETH・XEM・LSK)https://t.co/g3Hc9rzxZ1 — Coincheck(コインチェック) (@coincheckjp) November 12, 2018 NEM (XEM) Trading Resumes on Coincheck Back in January, Coincheck suffered the largest cryptocurrency exchange hack in history. $530 million USD worth of XEM was stolen from the Japanese exchange. After the investigation, the company announced it would repay the 260,000 investors affected by the hack. At the time of…

Early Trading Shows Clear Preference In Divide Over Bitcoin Cash Fork

An experimental market on a major crypto exchange suggests that bitcoin cash users may favor the more established version of the software, Bitcoin ABC, ahead of an expected fork this month. Due to the technical design of the cryptocurrency, currently the fourth-largest by market capitalization, bitcoin cash users must “hard fork” the blockchain, or adopt a new software version with changes as decided by open-source developers, every six months. Things are different this time around, though, amid the emergence of a rival version of the software called Bitcoin SV. As…

Bitcoin Price Watch: BTC/USD Trading Near Major Inflection Point

Key Points Bitcoin price declined further and traded below the $6,440 support against the US Dollar. Yesterday’s highlighted key bullish trend line with support at $6,445 was breached on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken). The price tested the next important support at $6,375 and later started consolidating losses. Bitcoin price failed to stay above the $6,440 support against the US Dollar. BTC/USD is currently consolidating above the $6,375 support with bearish moves. Bitcoin Price Analysis Recently, bitcoin price started a downside correction and traded…

Ethereum (ETH) and EOS Cross Chain Token Trading Success by Bancor

Bancor, a decentralized liquidity network, has just announced it has completed its partnership with Block.one to provide cross-blockchain token swaps with EOS and Ethereum (ETH). We are thrilled to announce that our Cross-Blockchain Decentralized Liquidity Network, #BancorX, has officially been pushed live — enabling automated token conversions between 110+ ERC20 and EOS-based tokens. https://t.co/E54nlUElmG pic.twitter.com/NSocQZr11A — Bancor (@Bancor) November 5, 2018 EOS and Ethereum (ETH) Automated Token Conversion The company originally announced its partnership and venture in September. The announcement just published a few hours ago reads: “BancorX enables automated conversions…

Hong Kong Exchange Prepares for Blockchain Trading Platform

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Hong Kong Exchange and Clearing Limited (HKEX) has joined forces with Digital Asset to develop a blockchain platform for post-trade allocation and processing of trades. This alliance was created under the Stock Connect programme with China, based on a FinExtra report. HKEX had been working on a prototype system for Stock Connect using Digital Asset’s platform and smart contract modeling, as it attempts to speed up the post-trade process and reduce settlement risks among traders. This plan was made known by HKEX CEO Charles Li at a…

Coinbase Token Attracts Capital But PAX Leads Trading

Twitter Facebook It’s now been nearly two months since Winklevoss-led cryptocurrency exchange Gemini fired the first shot in the stablecoin wars through the launch of its USD-pegged crypto token, the eponymous Gemini Dollar. That same day, Paxos — like Gemini an NYDFS-regulated firm — made a similar announcement, and before long, crypto unicorns Circle and Coinbase revealed that they had partnered to co-issue a consortium-led, fiat-backed token, USD Coin. These three tokens, along with fellow “regulated” stablecoin TrueUSD (TUSD), which launched earlier in the year, have collectively attracted more than…

Coinbase’s Head of Trading Resigns After Six Months on Job

The head of trading at Coinbase, Hunter Merghart, has resigned from the U.S. crypto exchange and wallet provider after just six months on the job, CoinDesk has learned. Merghart made the decision to leave the company last week and is now exploring other opportunities, according to people familiar with the situation. Coinbase declined to comment on the move when reached. His departure follows that of the executive who hired him, Adam White, who left Coinbase earlier this month to become the chief operating officer of Bakkt, the new institutional crypto trading…

South Koreans Getting Back into Crypto as Fiat Trading Rises

The conducive developments in South Korean crypto space have boosted fiat influx into the market, reveals this month’s data. eToro eanalyst Mati Greenspan pitted Korean Won against the most volumed bitcoin-quoted assets, including the US Dollar, Euro, the Pound and also Tether. The comparison revealed a dramatic surge in the BTC/KRW trading volume compared to other instruments that remained mostly stable throughout this October. SOURCE: CRYPTOCOMPARE.COM  Japanese Shift Theory While the Korean Won volume surges against Bitcoin, the one that fell in response is that of the Japanese Yen. At the beginning…

World’s Largest Crypto Exchange OKEx to Delist 50+ Trading Pairs Due to ‘Weak’ Performance

Major Hong Kong-based cryptocurrency exchange OKEx will delist over 50 trading pairs with weak performance, according to an announcement published Oct. 25. As per the announcement, at 6:00 am Oct. 31, 2018 CET, the exchange will halt the trading of a swathe of pairs that they cite as having weak liquidity and trading volume. The exchange warned users that they should cancel their orders of the affected pairs from the platform. OKEx also made a point of noting that it will delist only the indicated trading pairs, but not the…