Bitcoin trades in Hong Kong saw a massive spike at the end of September—blowing past even the volumes seen at the height of the 2017 bubble—simultaneous to political unrest in the Chinese territory. With nearly $12.3 million HKD (equivalent to $1.5 million in USD) traded in the week ending September 28 according to charts on peer-to-peer trading site Coin.dance’s LocalBitcoins, it was hard not to see a connection with escalating protests, anti-Chinese bank sentiment, and vandalism that recently caused ATMs to run dry, and panic-buying reported at supermarkets on October 7. It’s especially interesting considering the same Bitcoin (BTC) volume jump was seen, on a smaller scale, during the last…
Yoni Assia is quite confident that traditional finance will eventually fully transition over to blockchain—in his oft-repeated words, “it's going to eat their existing financial systems.” Having begun trading at just 13 years old, the eToro CEO brought the social trading platform into the crypto space in 2010, with a further step towards adoption in the launch of the eToroX crypto exchange earlier this year.
In a survey of 1,000 investors who trade online, more than 80% would be interested in owning blockchain-based security tokens offering fractional ownership in small businesses and real estate, and nearly 70% percent would be interested in investing in music rights, according to social trading and brokerage company eToro.
European banks must speed up their investments in blockchain technology in order to recapture their own capital markets from American financial institutions, global consulting firm Bain & Company warned in a report released on September 3. A day later, International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde told the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee that with bank profits low and FinTech firms gobbling up investments, EU central banks must welcome new technologies—including digital currencies—in order to remain competitive.