Japan Introduces Stricter Regulation for Crypto Margin Trading

Japanese regulators have reportedly approved draft amendments to the country’s financial instruments and payment services laws, introducing stricter regulations for margin trading of digital assets. A report by local news publication Nikkei Asia Review noted that the amendments will place a cap on available leverage for crypto margin trading, pegging it at two to four times the initial deposit. The report, published yesterday, also claimed that all cryptocurrency exchanges that offer margin trading will have to register with Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) within 18 months of the new rules…

Cryptopia Exchange Resumes Crypto Trading Amid Banking Issues

Cryptopia, the cryptocurrency exchange hit by a major hack in mid-January, has just announced that it’s restarted trading services. The New Zealand-based exchange posted a notice on Twitter Wednesday, saying: “We have resumed trading on 40 trade pairs that we have quantified as secure. We will continue to expand this list as we clear more coins.” The company is providing a full list of the available pairs on its support pages. On Jan. 16, Cryptopia went offline stating that it “suffered a security breach which resulted in significant losses.” Since then,…

Bitcoin Trading Volume Tops $11 Billion For First Time In Nearly a Year

Daily trading volume for the world’s largest cryptocurrency bitcoin exceeded $11 billion Friday, the most observed in a 24-hour period since April 25 of last year. At that time, the average price of bitcoin was $8,845, while today the crypto asset is listed for less than half the price, currently trading at $3,951 as per CoinMarketCap. However, the return in volume is potentially a sign investors aren’t losing interest in bitcoin despite the less than favorable market conditions. Interestingly, the amount of bitcoin trade volume had closely aligned with it’s…

Crypto Platform DX.Exchange Adds Secondary Trading of Security Tokens

DX.Exchange, an Estonia-based platform that soft-launched in January, has opened its market to secondary trading of security tokens.  Announced today, the exchange now allows companies to list their security tokens previously issued on other platforms. Institutional investors in Europe can purchase the tokens on the exchange for fiat, bitcoin, ether, tether and XRP. However, to start with, only one such token will be listed on DX.Exchange – its native IGWT token. Eventually, the platform’s co-founder Daniel Skowronski told CoinDesk, the company will roll out its own technology for asset tokenization, but for now,…

Stellar Lumens Is About to Begin Trading on Coinbase Pro

The Stellar lumen has just become the latest cryptocurrency to be listed on Coinbase’s professional exchange. Coinbase Pro announced Wednesday that it was accepting deposits of XLM, with trading support coming once sufficient liquidity is established. The process will take a minimum of 12 hours, according to a blog post. The cryptocurrency is not yet available on Coinbase’s retail platforms, including coinbase.com or its Android and iOS apps. Stellar was started by Ripple co-founder Jed McCaleb, with lumens aimed at being part of a low-cost payment network. According to Coinbase’s…

Futures Trading Nears $1 Billion in First Month at Kraken Crypto Exchange

Cryptocurrency futures provider Crypto Facilities has seen “tremendous growth” since being acquired by U.S.-based crypto exchange Kraken last month, an executive said. Sui Chung, the subsidiary’s head of indices and pricing products, told CoinDesk that trading volume has increased more than 500 percent since Kraken acquired the futures exchange at the beginning of February for $100 million. Crypto Facilities is perhaps best known in the U.S. for providing bitcoin and ether reference rates to CME Group, which lists bitcoin futures contracts. In total, nearly $1 billion in crypto futures has been traded…

XRP Is Now Live and Trading on Coinbase’s Consumer App

Coinbase is adding XRP to its retail platforms, allowing all customers in select jurisdictions access to the world’s third-largest cryptocurrency by market cap. On Thursday, the company, which already offers retail consumers access to bitcoin, bitcoin cash, ethereum, ethereum classic, litecoin, USDC, zcash, Brave’s Basic Attention Token, the 0x protocol token and withdrawals of bitcoin cash SV, announced it would be adding XRP to coinbase.com, as well as its Android and iOS apps. “Coinbase customers can now buy, sell, convert, send, receive, or store XRP. Please note that inbound transfers…

Report: Crypto Exchanges Saw Trading Volumes Plummet in January

The crypto winter that started toward the end of last year doesn’t appear to be showing signs of slowing down. Digital assets like bitcoin lost more than 80 percent of their value while the overall crypto market cap shrunk from over $600 billion in January 2018 to less than $138 billion in December 2018. Now, blockchain and cryptocurrency research firm Diar has released a report that reveals a sizeable drop in crypto trade volumes in January 2019 for popular crypto exchanges Binance, Gemini, OKEx and Coinbase. Popular Exchanges Affected The…

Crypto Exchange Bithumb Launches OTC Trading Desk for Digital Assets

Bithumb Global has launched an over-the-counter (OTC) trading desk for digital assets. Announcing the news on Thursday, the firm said that the new Hong Kong-based venture – Ortus – is a “block deal, matchmaking service” for institutional clients. In an OTC deal, two parties trade directly with each other, unlike on an exchange where orders are matched between buyers and sellers. “Ortus will operate to allow institutions to buy and sell digital assets through a network of global liquidity providers and benefit from a competitive and best price execution service,”…

Germany’s No.2 Stock Exchange Launches Mobile App for Crypto Trading

The operator of Germany’s second-largest stock exchange, Boerse Stuttgart Group, has launched a mobile app for cryptocurrency trading. After a year in development, the firm announced Thursday, the Bison app is now available on iOS 9+ and Android 4.4+ devices in Germany, and will allow users to trade in bitcoin (BTC), ethereum (ETH), litecoin (LTC) and XRP and fund their accounts with euros. The app launches with zero trading fees and also provides a built-in wallet for storing tokens, Boerse Stuttgart said. Users can currently only trade between 6 a.m. and…