• Tether
    Bitcoin,  Canada,  Innovators,  Media,  Ripple,  Tether,  XRP

    Must-reads for October 15, 2018: Tether’s collapse may have just begun

    Newsflash: Bitcoin Surges to $7,500 on Bitfinex Due to Tether Implosion, Real Price $6,700 (CCN) When we broke news that Tether’s former bank, Noble, is in financial trouble and that a large holder of tether had trouble dumping a few million of them, we were originally going to title it “Tether’s collapse may have just begun.” But we didn’t. We should’ve, though. Anyway, you’re seeing a premium in bitcoin versus tether on some tether-only exchanges. You have holders of tether trying to get out by trading them for bitcoin, pushing up the price of BTC on those exchanges. Simultaneously, it’s lowering the price of USDT. At some point, tether—which is…

  • Rya W. Zobel
    Bitcoin,  Cryptocurrencies,  Ethereum,  Opinion,  Regulation,  Ripple,  United States,  XRP

    Judge rules ‘virtual currencies’ are commodities

    On October 3, 2018, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued a statement saying that Judge Rya W. Zobel of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts declared “virtual currencies” are commodities. The order coming from Judge Zobel is one of several rulings and statements that have gripped the crypto-sphere over the last year or so as digital asset creators, their investors, exchanges, and various companies and organizations attempt to gain clarity over whether their distribution, purchase and selling, and use of digital assets is legal in the United States. Unfortunately, the ruling from Judge Zobel and subsequent statement from the CFTC only seems to muddy the waters…

  • TOP GUN: Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse at an 80s themed holiday party. (Modern Consensus)
    Cryptocurrencies,  Innovators,  Ripple,  XRP

    Ripple’s xRapid ‘Goes Live’ at SWELL

    The idea of transferring value from one place to another was forever changed by the pseudonymous Satoshi Nakamoto’s white paper, which led to the introduction of distributed ledger technology (DLT), or blockchain, and the first ever Bitcoin. Originally intended to be used outside the purview of banks—notably in the case of Bitcoin—Ripple has instead embraced the idea that banks and other financial institutions provide one of the largest potential use-cases for DLT. Ripple’s vision has been to “rewire the global financial infrastructure to dramatically improve the costs, speed, and certainty of how transactions flow,” according to CEO Brad Garlinghouse in a video published by Ripple in March of 2018. Garlinghouse…

  • newspapers
    Bitcoin,  Cryptocurrencies,  Ethereum,  Media,  Ripple,  Tether,  United States

    Must-reads for September 26, 2018: Bitmain’s IPO filings, Dimon does blockchain, and other fun reads

    The World’s Biggest Crypto Company Just Opened the Books for Its IPO (Bloomberg) If the word “Bitmain” isn’t aready synonymous in your head with “Bitcoin,” it’s time that it is. The China-based company makes the bulk of the ASIC mining machines that mine Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. And mining groups controlled by Bitmain oftentimes control more than half of all of Bitcoin’s network hashrate. It turns out mining all that crypto is equivalent to mining fiat. Bitmain, which on Wednesday filed to go public in Hong Kong, had a $742.7 million profit on $2.8 billion in revenue in the first half of 2018. Its return on equity is close to…