Bittrex Launches Over-the-Counter Trading Platform for Bitcoin, Crypto

Major cryptocurrency exchange Bittrex will launch an over-the-counter (OTC) trading desk today, January 14, 2018, by 18:00 UTC. The service will allow investors to trade nearly 200 digital assets currently offered on the Bittrex trading platform. OTC trading is popular with institutional investors who trade in large volumes of cryptocurrencies. This form of crypto trading happens between two parties, and it takes place away from the exchanges. OTC trades are often handled via brokers, who offer high-volume traders a trading desk to execute large trades with a faster settlement and…

Bittrex Launches OTC Trading Desk With 200 Cryptocurrencies

U.S. crypto exchange Bittrex is launching an over-the-counter (OTC) trading desk. The new service, which will allow approved clients to “quickly and conveniently trade assets,” will support nearly 200 cryptocurrencies already offered by the exchange, the company announced Monday. According to the exchange, the OTC desk will provide “guaranteed pricing” for major trades, “typically $250,000 or greater.” OTC trading desks facilitate direct transactions between two parties, unlike exchange trading where buy and sell orders are matched through an order-book. The desk itself will not go live until 18:00 UTC on…

Bitfinex Launches Margin Trading for Tether (USDT) Paired With the USD

From the 21st of December 2018, users of Bitfinex can now access margin trading for the USDT/USD pair. The exchange made the announcement yesterday in a bid to improve its stablecoin offering in line with market evolution and consumer demand. Why Margin Trading for USDT/USD The team at the exchange went on to explain why they decided to start offering margin trading on the USDT/USD pair. Adding margin trading on USDT/USD pair will not only allow for more efficient price discovery, but in an important move for risk management, unlock…

OKEx Launches No-Expiry Bitcoin Derivative Product

Malta-based OKEx, currently the second largest crypto exchange by 24-hour adjusted volume, has launched a new bitcoin derivative product with no expiry date, meaning that positions can be held indefinitely. Announced Tuesday, the product, dubbed a “perpetual swap,” allows crypto traders to speculate on the future value of OKEx’s bitcoin (BTC) to U.S. dollar (USD) index. Each swap contract has a notional value of $100 equivalent in BTC, the exchange said in a statement, adding that traders can either long a position to profit from an increase in bitcoin’s price…

Binance Labs Launches 8 Blockchain Startups

Ella Zhang, Head of Binance Labs Binance Labs recently announced the launch of eight projects which have been incubated over the course of the last few months. The San Francisco chapter of Binance Labs ended its ten-week Incubation Program which focused on providing guidance, mentorship, and resources to each project. Over 500 project teams applied for the program, and after an intensive review process, eight were selected and granted $500,000 each. The projects also received access to fireside talks from industry leaders including Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao. Ella Zhang, the head of…

UCLA Launches First Accredited Blockchain Engineering Course

Blockchain courses are being adopted by more institutions as a way of teaching and equipping the next generation of crypto engineers to meet the ever-increasing demand for the technology and its applications. Now, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is gearing up to offer its first blockchain engineering course, thanks to a sizable donation from MouseBelt Blockchain Accelerator.  UCLA to Offer Accredited Blockchain Course The university, which previously organized blockchain and cryptocurrency seminars through its Anderson School of Management, has now announced that it will be running a full technical…

Gemini Launches New Mobile App for Crypto Traders

Crypto exchange Gemini has just launched a mobile wallet for its users. Gemini CEO and co-founder Tyler Winklevoss wrote in a Medium post on Tuesday that the new app allows customers to buy or sell cryptocurrencies, view market prices, see their own portfolio values and set price alerts, among other features geared toward traders. The exchange is working to “build the future of money” through its licensed exchange and regulated custodian, Winklevoss wrote, ensuring that customers can entrust their holdings to a compliant platform. “A trusted and regulated platform, however,…

Binance Launches Multi-Account Feature for Institutional Crypto Traders

Crypto exchange Binance is looking to aid institutional investors with a new sub-account feature. Announced Thursday, these sub-accounts will allow institutions to set up multiple trading accounts for each firm, with different accounts being given different levels of access and control. The firms’ main accounts will be able to control these sub-accounts, granting them permissions as needed. A single institution may have up to 200 sub-accounts, according to the exchange. In addition to the different levels of account types, Binance will allow different sub-accounts to transfer funds with no fees…

BitGive Launches Bitcoin Donation Platform GiveTrack 1.0 on Mainnet

Having announced the beta version of its blockchain-based donation platform GiveTrack in 2017, the BitGive Foundation has now launched the GiveTrack 1.0 on the mainnet. The GiveTrack platform was created to bring transparency to the donation process. Using the platform, donations can be made with bitcoin, allowing donors to track the progress of the funds in real time, ensuring donations make it to the intended charities and get used for their intended causes. The latest version of GiveTrack, which was launched at the Latin American Bitcoin and Blockchain Conference in…

Crypto Exchange Poloniex Launches Institutional Trading Services

Crypto exchange Poloniex has announced the opening of trading services for institutional clients. The company, which was acquired by payments firm Circle earlier this year, said Tuesday that it will begin offering institutional accounts, with support for different crypto trading pairs and API interfaces. The exchange will also provide no-fee transactions for all bitcoin/USD Coin trades in December. As part of its new accounts, Circle is offering over-the-counter trading through Circle Trade, services through Poloniex and trading pairs with the USDC stablecoin, according to a registration page. Firms looking to participate in…