Abra Users Can Now Buy Stocks and ETFs Using Bitcoin

“Investing in stocks can be a daunting, complex and decidedly exclusionary activity,” says Bill Barhydt, Abra’s CEO. To that end, his company’s mobile cryptocurrency wallet app has announced a new feature which will allow investors to purchase traditional stocks using bitcoin. The new feature is built into the existing Abra app that enables users to buy and sell cryptocurrencies. Crypto investors in the 155 countries where Abra has its presence will be able to invest in traditional stocks, such as Apple or Amazon, as well as in exchange traded funds…

Will Amazon Ever Add Cryptocurrency to Its Platform? Maybe!

Around one-third of Americans use Amazon.com to buy just about everything. The company holds around 90 million US-based Prime members and the average subscriber spends around $1,000 annually on the site. The wide assortment of products at low prices has helped make Amazon one of the most valuable companies in the world. Except, its frequent shoppers want access to more products on its site, including medical marijuana, prescription drugs, and cryptocurrency. Amazon and Cryptocurrency Investing.com conducted a polled study of 1,000 Amazon shoppers and found that 13% were “OK” with…

Bitfury Partners With R&D Firm to Launch Crypto Mining Center in Paraguay

Blockchain firm Bitfury will develop a bitcoin mining center in Paraguay. The new mining operation is in partnership with Seoul-based research and development firm Commons Foundation. The collaboration is backed by the government of Paraguay, whose goal is to make the South American country a cryptocurrency mining hub. The new center, which is a part of Commons Foundation’s “Golden Goose” project, will help to facilitate the innovation of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies across Spanish-speaking countries. Bitfury will provide product and technical support for the project. The facilities used for the…

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Crypto Futures Platform ErisX Hires Execs From Barclays and YouTube

ErisX, a digital assets trading platform, has recruited three top-level officers from major companies in the financial and tech industries. Announced today, Robert Thrash joined the company as chief operating officer from Barclays, where he spent more than 11 years in various leadership positions. Most recently, he was the global bank’s managing director of agency derivatives services, a business that encompasses over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives clearing, futures execution and clearing and foreign exchange prime brokerage. Explaining his interest in the cryptocurrency markets, Thrash told CoinDesk: “Crypto sits at the intersection of technology, finance…

Crypto Broker Led by Uber and E*Trade Alums Is Going Public

Voyager, a cryptocurrency brokerage startup founded by veterans of Uber and E*Trade, is going public on Canada’s TSX Venture Exchange through a reverse merger valued at $60 million. A reverse merger occurs when a privately held company acquires the majority of shares in a publicly traded one and the two firms are combined. In this case, New York-based Voyager Digital Holdings acquired UC Resources Ltd., the shell of a mineral exploration company that ceased operations in 2015, in an all-stock deal finalized earlier this week. Announced Thursday, the merged entity,…

Indian Hospital Releases Details About QuadrigaCX CEO’s Death

Fortis Escorts, a private hospital in the Indian city of Jaipur, has released details about the death of Gerald Cotten, CEO of Canadian cryptocurrency exchange QuadrigaCX. In a statement shared with CoinDesk on Thursday, Fortis Escorts said that Cotten was admitted to the hospital on Dec. 8, 2018 at 9:45 p.m. IST (16:15 UTC) and died of cardiac arrest at around 7:26 p.m. IST (13:56 UTC) on Dec. 9, 2018. Two separate documents released previously – a statement of death issued from J.A. Snow Funeral Home and a death certificate issued…