• XRP is not a security
    People,  Regulation,  XRP

    ‘Crypto Dad’ Chris Giancarlo: XRP is not a security

    The former Commodity Futures Trading Commission chair was a leading force in removing the scarlet ‘S’ from bitcoin and ether, and he remains influential. But making the same argument for XRP is weakened as his law firm works for Ripple

    Former Commodity Futures Trading Commission chair and “Crypto Dad” Chris Giancarlo argued forcefully in a June 17 column that XRP is not a security but a currency under U.S. law. That’s a huge, potentially life-or-death question for Ripple.

  • ErisX ETH futures America
    Cryptocurrencies,  Ethereum,  Regulation

    ErisX brings ETH futures to America

    The crypto derivatives exchange’s physically settled ether futures are the first available to U.S. investors; Binance.US adds OTC desk for large crypto trades

    On May 11, TD Ameritrade-backed cryptocurrency derivatives exchange ErisX announced that it now offers physically settled ether futures contracts to both institutional and retail investors.

  • Sen, Kelly Loeffler Bakkt stock sales
    Commentary,  People,  Politics,  Regulation

    Sen. Loeffler Bakkt into corner by ‘timely’ stock sales

    The former CEO of the Bakkt cryptocurrency exchange sold at least $1 million in stocks after a private senate briefing on coronavirus made clear a market-tanking pandemic was coming

    It is “ridiculous” to think that former Bakkt CEO and current Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) would know that she began selling several million dollars’ worth of stock beginning the same day a private senatorial briefing on coronavirus made clear they would soon tank.

  • The Bank of England (George Rex via Flickr, CC-BY-SA).
    Politics

    6 central banks team up to explore digital currencies

    England’s apex bank is joining forces with the Bank of Canada, the Bank of Japan, the European Central Bank, and others to study use cases for central bank digital currencies

    The Bank of England’s statement said the group will explore “CBDC use cases; economic, functional and technical design choices, including cross-border interoperability; and the sharing of knowledge on emerging technologies.”