Bakkt acquired Digital Asset Custody Company and partners with BNY Mellon on key storage

Pending bitcoin futures exchange Bakkt has acquired the Digital Asset Custody Company (DACC), secured insurance for assets it will hold in cold storage and revealed a partnership with BNY Mellon.

Adam White, the former Coinbase executive turned Bakkt COO, wrote in a blog post Monday that it acquired DACC to continue developing a secure digital asset storage solution. DACC’s team “share [Bakkt’s] security-first mindset,” he wrote, while also bringing experience in building its own secure and scalable custody solutions.

White hinted that the acquisition may also help Bakkt add cryptocurrencies beyond bitcoin sometime after launch, writing:

“As we look to scale and support custody of additional digital assets, DACC’s native support of 13 blockchains and 100+ assets will serve as an important accelerator, and we’re pleased to welcome Matthew Johnson, Adam Healy, and the entire...


The SEC Temporarily Suspended Trading in Bitcoin Generation Miner’s Shares

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is temporarily suspending trading of shares in a little-known, self-described crypto exchange and mining firm called Bitcoin Generation (BTGN).

The regulator announced Monday that it was suspending trading until 11:59 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time on May 10, 2019 (or 03:59 UTC May 11) due to concerns that some information BTGN has made public may be inaccurate.

Specifically, the SEC is concerned about a bond that BTGN “purportedly acquired from an entity based in the United Kingdom”; how much BTGN stock is outstanding; promotional activity related to BTGN; and the “accuracy and adequacy...


Huobi Cloud Aims for 80 More Exchange Partners

Singapore-based exchange conglomerate Huobi Group has a unique growth strategy for emerging markets: partner with local entities and then split the profits 50/50.

Revealed exclusively to CoinDesk, the South African exchange HIZA will launch in May and join a cohort of 150 platforms under the Huobi Cloud umbrella, according to Huobi Group’s senior business director David Chen.

“We will help them get their trading volume up and we’ll expand our business when the market is more mature,” Chen said, adding that up to 80 like-minded partnerships are currently in the pipeline.

Recent expansion isn’t unique to Huobi, however. Global exchange giants like Binance are opening independent subsidiaries in emerging markets like Uganda, or investing in local exchanges the way Bittrex did with the South African exchange VALR. Similar to Bittrex, Huobi Group offers partners like HIZA access to its global order books for prime liquidity.

Interestingly, the partnership approach allows Huobi to minimize the regulatory risks of working in under-developed markets – where banking relationships require local knowledge and repercussions for unintentional missteps remain uncertain.

“They [HIZA] own their customer data, it’s not Huobi that owns it, otherwise it would be Huobi’s responsibility,” Chen said.

He added that Huobi Group has earned $1.5 million in net profit since October 2018 from Cloud partnerships that have already gone live. One such...


Are Stiffer Bitcoin Regulations Brexit’s Surprising Side-Effect

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When Brexit finally arrives, it could have a surprising side-effect for the UK's crypto industry: stiffer regulations on bitcoin. | Source: Shutterstock

By CCN: The prolonged process for withdrawing from the European Union may have resulted in great uncertainty, but the UK’s financial watchdog is sure about what it wants post-Brexit – more muscle to oversee bitcoin and the crypto industry at large.

According to the Financial Conduct Authority’s business plan for 2019/2020, the regulator will urge Her Majesty’s Treasury to boost its enforcement powers in the crypto sector ahead of Brexit. Per FCA’s chief executive, Andrew Bailey, UK’s EU withdrawal is the body’s most pressing and urgent challenge.

Andrew Bailey on our Business Plan 2019/20 https://t.co/4Juptx0QcY pic.twitter.com/d5guGsyJtV

— FCA (@TheFCA) April 17, 2019

The financial watchdog intends to first hold public consultation first, though, before its enforcement powers can be increased:

“Following our consultation on cryptoassets we will publish a Feedback Statement and finalised Perimeter Guidance. We will also provide technical advice to the Treasury on extending the perimeter for utility and exchange tokens and on extending our financial crime provisions to certain activities related to cryptoassets.”

Is FCA Too Eager to...


Winklevoss Reach Settlement With Charlie Shrem

 Winklevoss Twins Reach Settlement With Charlie Shrem
Winklevoss Twins Reach Settlement With Charlie Shrem

The Winklevoss twins reached a settlement with Charlie Shrem on April 16, 2019, declaring that their case against him has been dismissed with prejudice and will not be reopened.

The twins, who founded the Gemini cryptocurrency exchange, originally sued Shrem, the founder of early bitcoin company BitInstant, in November 2018, alleging that Shrem stole 5,000 bitcoin from the pair in 2012. They asserted that Shrem agreed to build a stockpile of cryptocurrency for them at their expense but then came up short by nearly $60,000 in bitcoin at the contemporary market rate, keeping this portion of the hoard secret until its worth grew to the tens of millions of dollars.

As the...


Crypto Analysis - Litecoin Price Running Out of Gas After Rally

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The litecoin price has boomed in 2019. One crypto analyst says it can't keep this pace up much longer. | Source: Shutterstock

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By CCN: The litecoin price has been one of the cryptocurrency market’s top performers in 2019, climbing a ridiculous 162 percent since the new year.

Among large-cap cryptoassets, only binance coin has performed better, and litecoin’s year-to-date rally leaves the bitcoin price’s 40 percent advance in the dust. However, one team of crypto analysts says the sixth-largest cryptocurrency looks poised for a sell-off.

Litecoin Price Likely to Crash Through Support – And That’s OK!

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The sixth-largest cryptocurrency has climbed more than 150 percent in 2019. It might be running out of gas. | Source: CoinMarketCap

Writing in a note to clients on Wednesday, crypto brokerage BitOoda said that a downward wedge has begun to form on the litecoin chart, suggesting that the cryptocurrency could be on the verge of a short-term breakdown. That sell-off would likely cause the litecoin price – which currently holds near...


Ripple Confirms Crypto-Powered xRapid ‘Global Expansion’ Plans

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San Francisco-based Fintech Ripple has big plans for crypto-token XRP as a remittance product. | Source: Shutterstock

By CCN.com: Asheesh Birla, the senior vice-president of product at San Francisco-based Ripple, recently revealed that the company has aggressive expansion plans for xRapid, its XRP-powered crypto remittance platform.

Ripple’s vision of changing the payments landscape

During an ask-me-anything session hosted by Ripple’s Ginger Baker, Birla said that the company is in the process of expanding its cross-border payments platform to more countries across the globe. He said:

On demand liquidity is available today in Mexico and the Philippines. So far, the positive responses from our customers in those two countries has (sic) been overwhelming. But we are working on the next set of destinations, which we will be announcing in hopefully short order here.

I know our product teams and marketing and engineering teams are working hard to light up those next set of destinations so that we can provide our customers with increased choice in terms of global expansion.

Ripple can partner with cryptocurrency exchanges across the globe that are capable of accepting fiat currency from banks. It then converts fiat money into XRP and transmits it to the destination, where it is instantly converted back into fiat.

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Quick and Easy Way to Multiply Your Portfolio (and Protect it) with Crypto Lending

The moment the crypto community has been waiting for has finally arrived, (for now). Out of nowhere, Bitcoin has demolished resistance levels and the crypto market is showing bullish signals. In times like these, your portfolio will multiply by itself, but if you really want the most out of this bull run, let’s see how crypto lending can help. Alternatively, we’ll show you a few tips to hedge your portfolio in case this “pump” becomes a “dump.”

HOW TO BUY MORE CRYPTO FAST IN A BULL MARKET: YOUHODLER

In both bullish and bearish markets, time is an important factor. Depositing fiat money from a bank to crypto exchange can take too long. To really capitalize on market movements, you need cash and you need it quick. YouHodler’s FinTech platform offers a lightning-fast solution for crypto lending users. After signing up and passing a quick KYC procedure, users can put up their crypto as collateral (BTC, BCH, BSV, ETH, LTC, XRP, and XLM) and receive a cash loan in minutes.

HOW TO MULTIPLY YOUR CRYPTO IN A BULL MARKET

Let’s use an example. You have 100 LTC and you want to use that as collateral for a cash loan. In exchange, you get around $5,000 without having to sell your LTC assets. If the market is bullish like it is now, you can use this loan to buy more LTC, effectively multiplying your holdings. If the market keeps growing, the gains...


Coinbase Confirms Extent of $255 Million Crypto Insurance Coverage

Coinbase has revealed the details of its insurance arrangements for cryptocurrency held on customers’ behalf, a rare move in an opaque market.

In a blog post published Tuesday, Philip Martin the exchange’s vice president of security, confirmed that it is covered for up to $255 million for coins held in so-called hot wallets – in other words, assets which are essentially online and open to potential hacks. CoinDesk first reported in November that Coinbase’s coverage was in this ballpark.

San Francisco-based Coinbase holds less than 2 percent of customers’ assets in hot wallets, with the remaining 98 percent at arm’s length from third-party attacks in cold storage, where the private keys are offline, the company told CoinDesk. (At its height during the crypto bull market, the company stored $25 billion worth of assets on customers’ behalf, but the company would not provide a recent figure.)

This policy was placed by Lloyd’s registered broker Aon and sourced from a global group of US and UK insurance companies, including certain Lloyd’s of London syndicates, Martin’s blog post said. He did not name the individual underwriters.

Lloyd’s, which gathers under one roof a range of specialist insurance markets dealing with everything from crime and cyber attacks to natural disasters, is viewed as a seal of approval when it comes to underwriting potential losses of crypto assets.

Previously secretive about publicizing anything about insurance of digital assets, Lloyd’s is steadily becoming more visible, for a certain class of crypto customer at least.

For instance, last month security specialists BitGo trumpeted $100 million of cover for crypto held in cold storage and went as far as naming the lead Lloyd’s underwriter of the policy.

In fact, much of Martin’s post could be read as a veiled dig at BitGo, since he talks about “recent news and announcements” around crypto insurance, suggesting a lot of “confusion” still exists. He then advises firms to focus on hot wallet cover as opposed to cold storage, where value is “at rest” and therefore not so much at risk.

Regarding Coinbase’s blog post, Clarissa Horowitz, VP marketing, BitGo, told CoinDesk via email:

“We’re glad to see that Coinbase is following our lead in bringing more transparency to the discussion of insurance for digital assets. Insurance is complex and transparency is essential for building...


A16z Placing Bigger Bets on High-Risk Assets – Including Digital Currencies

Andreessen Horowitz can now back crypto startups with potentially up to $1 billion, after reportedly making some recent internal changes.

The company’s founders – Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz – told Forbes that they had registered all of its 150 employees as financial advisors, so as to allow them to place larger bets and invest more heavily into high-risk asset classes, such as cryptocurrencies.

As such, A16z is shifting away from being a traditional venture capital firm, with its 150 employees each becoming a financial advisor.

According to Forbes, the company can now put as much as $1 billion in these riskier bets, such as cryptocurrency or other digital assets. The firm can also “buy unlimited shares in public companies or from...