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Robert Braun: Cryptocurrencies – Do they have Staying Power?

Cryptocurrencies – not just bitcoin, but any of the hundreds of different currencies that have been created using blockchain technology – have caught the imagination of the public. There are, seemingly, daily articles that predict either the demise of all traditional currencies in favor of cryptocurrencies, and just as many …

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Youbit exchange closes because of cyber attacks

Last week, Korean cryptocurrency exchange Youbit has announced that it is filing for bankruptcy after losing 17 percent of its assets in a cyber attack – the second it has suffered this year. Leigh-Anne Galloway, Cyber Resilience Lead at, has made the following comments: “2018 has been a remarkable year …

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Belarus Legalizes ICOs, Cryptocurrencies and Smart Contracts

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has signed the Decree “On Digital Economy Development” that legalizes ICO, cryptocurrencies and smart contracts. Adoption of the Decree makes Belarus the first world’s jurisdiction with the overall legal regulation of businesses based on blockchain technology. “Having adopted the Decree, Belarus becomes one of the world’s most comfortable …

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2018 will be a true roller coaster ride compared to an outrageously placid 2017

Saxo Bank, the online multi-asset trading and investment specialist, has released its 10 ‘Outrageous Predictions’ for 2018. The predictions focus on a series of unlikely but underappreciated events which, if they were to occur, could send shockwaves across financial markets. While these predictions do not constitute Saxo’s official market forecasts for …

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The Current State of Crypto and Securitization of Assets

In spite of its unparalleled opportunities, the crypto industry has been ridden with a number of long-standing challenges. Despite its ambiguous relationship with the traditional financial sphere as its competitor as well as a potential partner, an enormous growth in value and in a variety of assets has made it …

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CME Group Announces Launch of Bitcoin Futures

CHICAGO, Oct. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, today announced it intends to launch bitcoin futures in the fourth quarter of 2017, pending all relevant regulatory review periods. The new contract will be cash-settled, based on the CME CF Bitcoin Reference Rate (BRR) which serves as a …

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Philipp Pieper: “I would not call it ICO, rather a token offering…”

PHILIPP PIEPER, CO-FOUNDER SWARM FUND, EXPLAINS WHAT IS ICO, AND REASONS OF THE ICO RUSH GLOBALLY, AND THE RISKS IT BRINGS TO INVESTORS Anything similar to an IPO First of all, I would not call it ICO, but rather a token offering. In my view the acronym is misleading to …

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