• LedgerX may have placed its founders "on administrative leave," but they're still listed as the company's leaders on its website (via LedgerX).
    People,  Regulation

    LedgerX founders Paul and Juthica Chou ousted after futures debacle

    Badly embarrassed by a bungled futures launch, the derivatives exchange removed its CEO and COO the same day rival Bakkt expanded its offerings

    On Dec. 9, LedgerX derivatives exchange CEO Paul Chou and his wife Juthica, the COO, were unceremoniously removed by the board of the company they founded. While no explanation was given, the company suffered a huge and embarrassing setback over the summer.

  • Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Crypto). Er, we mean (R-Ga.) of course (via @GovKemp).
    People,  Politics

    Kelly Loeffler Senate appointment win for cryptocurrency industry

    Industry analyst Mati Greenspan said the CEO of Bakkt will be ‘a friend of crypto’ in Congress as digital asset regulations are written

    Bakkt CEO Kelly Loeffler's appointment as a U.S. Senator for Georgia is "is really good news for crypto regulation in the United States,” Mati Greenspan, founder of Quantum Economics, told Modern Consensus.

  • The Capitol's in for stormy weather if Bakkt CEO Kelly Loefflin to the Senate over the President's wishes (via Max Pixel).
    People,  Politics

    Bakkt CEO Kelly Loeffler heading to Senate

    Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp will appoint the Republican, who heads up the cryptocurrency futures exchange.

    Kelly Loeffler, the CEO of the Bakkt cryptocurrency futures platform, is heading to the U.S. Senate, according to press reports. Loeffler's appointment to replace Sen. Johnny Isakson will give the cryptocurrency industry a strong voice in Congress, if it goes through over President Trump's wishes

  • Nasdaq
    Bitcoin,  Innovators,  United States

    NASDAQ jumps on the cryptocurrency futures train

    The world’s second largest exchange will launch Bitcoin futures in 2019

    The NASDAQ stock exchange will launch Bitcoin futures trading early next year, a spokesperson confirmed to Britain’s Daily Express on Monday. The world’s No. 2 stock exchange is awaiting approval from the U.S. Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), NASDAQ’s Joseph Christinat told the British tabloid, adding that NASDAQ is confident it will receive approval and begin trading in the first half of 2019. The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and Cboe Futures Exchange began futures trading in late 2017. These trades are settled in cash rather than in Bitcoin. With the confirmation of the long-rumored news, NASDAQ joins Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), owner of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), which has…