The popular US crypto exchange and wallet provider Coinbase is in today’s crypto news for launching OTC (over-the-counter) trading for institutional investors yesterday on November 27.
Over-the-counter crypto trading will help all of the institutional investors to carry out direct trades between each other. The head of sales at Coinbase, Christine Sandler, said that this is a strategic move since the demand for OTC crypto trading is increasing and that Coinbase is considering covering both OTC businesses and exchange ones as well. Sandler noted:
“We launched our OTC business as a complement to our exchange business because we found a lot of institutions were using OTC as an on-ramp for crypto trading.”
She also pointed out that the OTC service will be ultimately combined with the Coinbase Custody service that provides crypto custodian tools for institutional investors that were launched back in July. Coinbase has also offered their clients to trade any asset that is available on the separate institutional investing platform-Coinbase Prime.
The major exchange began its journey to become a fully regulated broker back in June by fulfilling all the requests from the US Securities and Exchange Commission and earned to offer a number of crypto services such as this OTC trade service.
According to Business Insider, the crypto giant first announced their plans to bring in block trades in May 2018 and many other crypto-focused companies followed. For example, Circle which is a crypto-based financial company has a similar OTC service and was first introduced in February when the company acquired the Poloniex exchange.
Blockchain For Timepieces: World’s Oldest Watch Manufacturer Gets Involved
“Blockchain certification serves to avoid paper authentication, which can easily be forged,” the company said in a press release.As the latest cryptocurrency news show, Vacheron Constantin will use blockchain tech to integrate additional information in the certificate - as well as a complete history of the product and manufacturer. The blockchain for timepieces initiative will apparently help and fight counterfeiters while guaranteeing authenticity of the watches as well as protecting the customers from purchasing fake ones.
“[Blockchain] makes it possible to create a forgery-proof digital certificate of authenticity, which follows the watch throughout its life, even if that involves several changes of owner. A unique number is thus assigned to a unique object, making the two inseparable and securing data relating to the property, value, nature and authenticity of the timepiece," the company said in an official statement.Vacheron Constantin is however not the first big manufacturer interested in blockchain for as a technology and featured in the coming altcoin news. Earlier this year, the major global fiber producer Lenzing announced that it will implement blockchain and bring more transparency to its fiber supply chain, launching a traceabilit platform in 2020 as the company reports showed.
"Founded in 1755, Vacheron Constantin will begin using Blockchain immediately with timepieces in its Les Collectionneurs program. Now each of the vintage watches, which have been patiently tracked down by the maison’s heritage specialists and restored to perfect working order before being sold at special events at their boutiques, will be sold with a paper certificate of authenticity along with an incorruptible digital certificate," the news concluded
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Robinhood Brings Zero-Fee Crypto Trading App To New York Investors
“Currently, you can invest in seven cryptocurrencies on Robinhood Crypto: Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin SV, Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, Litecoin, and Dogecoin. You can also track price movements and news for those and 10 additional cryptocurrencies.”Crypto enthusiast has avoided going to New York because the state has a very stringent regulations system for the crypto sector. For some, BitLicense is a classic move of regulation-before-innovation which is a law that creates an unnecessary burden for small startups by making them go through expensive procedures. For example, there is a $5,000 fee to NYDFs with no approval guarantee as well as the $45,000 worth of legal paperwork as it was revealed by one of the BitLicense applicants Coinsettler Jaron Lukasiewicz in 2015. Costs like these have influenced many New York startups to find a place with a friendlier crypto climate such as California or even European countries such as Switzerland. At the same time, crypto startups that managed to build a financial foundation for themselves, now are trying to find a comfortable place while entering New York. As mentioned in the altcoin news previously, Robinhood is the 10th company in a period of four years that received a BitLicense. According to the vice president of product Josh Elman, this decision to go into Wall Street is ‘’a crucial next step.’’:
“We’ve introduced millions of people to equity investing on Robinhood, and want to do the same for everyone interested in crypto.”The Fintech startup now has six million users around the US and by entering New York Robinhood plans to add a few million more. Their networth reached $5.6 billion after the last funding round that closed in March 2018. In the meantime, Robinhood managed to raise about $539 million capital so far.
Samsung Pay Gets Ready For Crypto Integration: Report
“Samsung Electronics appears to be moving to integrate cryptocurrencies to Samsung Pay, which accounts for 80 percent of the South Korean simple payment market. The company has recently transferred the blockchain task force (TF) of the mobile business division to the service business division.’’Previously in 2018, the Korea Herald reported that Samsung Pay made a 58 percent increase in its users base. The industry tracker WiseApp found that the platform was mostly used as a financial application in late 2018 where more than 10.4 million users got their hands on it. In 2017, the platform had about 6.6 million users which make an incredible step forward for Samsung. The 10 million users represent the 20 percent of the entire South Korean population and the platform has also thousands of users around the world that use the application because of its technology called magnetic secure transmission. This technology enables users to transact at a conventional point of sale terminals. Now, the strategy of Samsung Pay is to make sure that a niche market is secured and will expand its user base even further. Samsung already integrated a crypto wallet-the Samsung Blockchain Wallet back in February along with its Samsung S10 device which allows users to send, receive and hold cryptocurrencies in the built-in wallet. The South Korean altcoin news outlet Donga noted:
‘’Samsung Pay has recently extended the transaction period for overseas users and integrated an international payment processing service, aggressively targeting the global financial services market.’’With reports suggesting that the tech giant is considering the possibility of launching a blockchain network, it is expected that Samsung will continue to march forward to target the rapidly growing sector. Under the leadership of the current vice president of the business division Kim Yong-Jae, the blockchain task force at Samsung has started new other crypto projects.
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