Analyst Predicts Bakkt Will Build Trust in Crypto Markets

Prominent analyst Tom Lee believes the launch of Bakkt will help build trust towards crypto trading among institutional investors. Lee, a renowned Bitcoin bull and co-founder of the research firm Fundstrat, tweeted his enthusiasm for the long-awaited crypto services platform: “I am very positive on @Bakkt and its ability to improve trust with institutions to crypto.” Bakkt is owned by the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) and goes live on September 23, having already launched its crypto warehouse service, which saw over $1 billion USD worth of Bitcoin deposited in one day. Many involved parties…

Square Crypto Adds 3 New Members to Complete Inaugural Dev Team

Over the years, Square (NYSE:SQ) managed to emerge as one of the most innovative payments company in the United States, and it is no surprise that the company came up with Square Crypto in 2019. Back in March this year, Square made the announcement that it was going to go into crypto, and now the company has started hiring to kickstart the project. Completes Inaugural Developer Team The company announced that it has completed the ‘inaugural developer team’ for the project and has made key appointments already. The development team will…

North Korea Expected to Launch Its Own Cryptocurrency Similar to Bitcoin

North Korea has set plans in motion to create its own cryptocurrency that will be similar to Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies. The crypto will help the country avoid international sanctions and evade the global US-dominated financial system. North Korea to Introduce Own Crypto A representative of the regime has indicated that the planned cryptocurrency will be the same as the other cryptocurrencies. Alejandro Cao de Benos, the head of the country’s crypto conferences, said that they are currently evaluating products that will offer the digital currency value. For now, the…

NetCents Doubles Partnership Agreements in Six Months

NetCents Technology Inc. (CSE:NC) (OTCQB:NTTCF) announced Wednesday that it is accelerating its pace for market adoption and integration through the sign on of its 40th partnership agreement. Doubling its number of partnerships in just over six months reflects NetCent’s aggressive trajectory to accelerate its partner growth and keep pace with merchant adoption of cryptocurrency. It also demonstrates the increased willingness of merchants to adopt traditional payment alternatives by incorporating NetCent’s payment solution in-store, online, and within their POS systems. “This accelerated partner growth continues to validate our business model and the…

Libra Should Not Scare Central Banks, Says Facebook

Libra, the cryptocurrency that is expected to be launched by Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) in 2020, has proven to be the biggest disruptor in the crypto sphere since June. Policymakers, central bankers, and even politicians have expressed their skepticism with regards to the project. Relief for Crypto Traders? The announcement in July created massive disruption in the crypto market, and it was around that time that Bitcoin lost its momentum. That being said, the troubles for Libra are not over yet as fresh fears have been raised whether the Facebook-backed stablecoin is…

International Central Banks to Question Libra Over Security Concerns

Libra, the planned cryptocurrency led by Facebook, is to be questioned by officials from 26 central banks in Switzerland today. Representatives from the heavily scrutinized project will face a grilling by officials from central banks, including the US Federal Reserve and the Bank of England, over the cryptocurrency’s “scope and design.” Since being announced in June, Libra has come in for significant perusal from government officials and regulators around the world due to concerns regarding the security of the Facebook-led coin. Libra to Be Blocked in Europe? Today’s meeting of the…

Deutsche Bank Joins JPMorgan’s Interbank Information Network Platform

Germany’s largest bank, Deutsche Bank, has joined 320 other banks in the JPMorgan blockchain network, the Interbank Information Network (IIN). The move aims to lower cost for Deutsche Bank, which handles a vaster amount of euro payments relative to any other bank globally. This will also enhance cross-border transactions and thus avoid the costly lag periods. IIN Platform to Enhance Cross-Border Transactions According to the bank’s head of cash management globally, Ole Matthiessen, the Interbank Information Network will allow the bank to provide customers with enhanced services. He added that…

France Pushes to Block Development of Libra in Europe

France’s Minister of the Economy and Finance has said the country will block the development of Libra in Europe as it threatens “monetary sovereignty.” Bruno Le Maire stated that he had serious concerns about the disruption the planned Facebook-led cryptocurrency could have on governments’ economic power at a meeting of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris. “This eventual privatization of money contains risks of abuse of dominant position, risks to sovereignty and risks for consumers and for companies,” said Le Maire on the subject of Libra. Libra would be decentralized like…

Crypto M&A Picks Up Momentum in Asia and Europe, Says PwC

Even a few years ago, not many would have thought that crypto M&A, or mergers and acquisitions, were ever going to be a thing. However, it needs to be kept in mind that the crypto space has grown and evolved at a remarkable pace over the course of the past few years. Nowadays, the industry surrounding cryptocurrencies has not only evolved dramatically, but an actual ecosystem has emerged. Key Details According to a new report by the consultancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, most of the fundraising, as well as M&A, work in…

Blockstack Raises $23 Million USD in First Regulated Token Offering

Blockstack has raised $23 million USD in the first-ever token offering approved by the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Blocskstack PBC, which is a decentralized computing network aiming to antiquate data breaches and trust violations, first announced the token sale in July, having received SEC approval to raise up to $28 million USD in a Reg A+ compliant offering. The breakdown of the token offering consisted of $15.5 million USD raised through the sale of  74.3 million Stacks tokens through its Reg A+ sale in the US, and an additional…