Cryptocurrency Price Correlations in Bitcoin, Dollar Flipped in 2018, Binance Finds

Price correlations among major cryptocurrencies increased against the U.S. dollar (USD) but fell in Bitcoin (BTC) terms, a new report from cryptocurrency exchange Binance revealed on March 20. Part of an investigation into price trends within crypto markets since 2017, Binance found that behavior among assets is diverging depending on whether returns are denominated in USD or BTC. Specifically, USD returns from holdings were more correlated among cryptocurrencies within the three months of 2019 ending March 1 than in 2017. BTC returns, by contrast, are less correlated in current conditions…

Swiss Federal Assembly Approves Instructions on Cryptocurrency Regulation

The legislative body of the Swiss government, the Federal Assembly, has approved a motion to instruct the Federal Council to adapt existing legislation for cryptocurrency regulation. Coitelegraph auf Deutsch reported on the development on March 20. The motion introduced by Liberal assemblyman Giovanni Merlini intends to instruct the Federal Council to adapt existing provisions on procedural instruments of judicial and administrative authorities, so that they can also be applied to cryptocurrencies. The Council approved the motion introduced with 99 to 83 votes in favor and 10 abstensions. The move aims…

Visa wants to hire experts in Cryptocurrency and Blockchain technology

Payment processing giant Visa Inc. is seeking a Technical Product Manager with expertise in cryptocurrency and blockchain for its cryptocurrency team. The company has listed a job opening on San Francisco-based recruiting software firm SmartRecruiters to find the manager for Visa Fintech. The person will manage the product strategy and roadmap for the company’s cryptocurrency related opportunities. As per the site, the company is looking for one who is passionate about the intersection of payments and cryptocurrency, and deeply familiar with permissionless blockchain technology. The person also needs to work in…

New Report Warns 87 Percent of Cryptocurrency Exchange Volume Is Potentially Suspicious

Almost 90 percent of cryptocurrency exchanges’ reported trade volumes may be incorrect, new research from trading analytics platform The Tie warned in a digest released on March 18. Reporting on figures gathered from 97 exchanges, researchers found that the vast majority of the volume claimed to come from users may not in fact exist. The revelations came as a result of calculations of lesser-known exchanges versus well-known businesses such as Binance and Kraken. “In total we estimated that 87% of exchanges reported trading volume was potentially suspicious and that 75%…

Japan Introduces New Regulations for Cryptocurrency Margin Trading

Japanese financial regulators have reportedly introduced new regulations for cryptocurrency margin trading, local news agency Nikkei reported on March 18. The Cabinet of Japan, the executive branch of the country’s government, has reportedly approved draft amendments to Japan’s financial instruments and payment services laws, limiting leverage in cryptocurrency margin trading at two to four times the initial deposit. Margin trading is the use of borrowed funds from a broker to trade a financial asset, thus forming a collateral for the loan. The new rules — which are reportedly et to…

Number of Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Lobbies Tripled in 2018

The number of lobbies working on blockchain technology issues in Washington D.C. tripled in 2018, politics-oriented news outlet Politico reported on March 18. The number of entities lobbying on digital currencies and blockchain reportedly grew almost thrice in the course of the past year, reaching 33 projects in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to 12 in the same period of 2017. Jerry Brito — executive director at the non-profit organization Coin Center that works with Reps. Warren Davidson (R-Ohio) and Darren Soto (D-Fla.), both known for their cryptocurrency-friendly attitude…

Facebook Cryptocurrency is ‘Cool’ But Bitcoin is Better

Billionaire investors Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss aren’t too worried that Facebook’s cryptocurrency project will end up being a “bitcoin killer.” In fact, they maintain that it will have more impact on the world than Facebook ever did. Winklevoss: Bitcoin Still ‘So Young’ for People to Crow over its Demise Speaking to the UK’s Daily Telegraph at the annual SXSW festival of film and music, the twins, who first bought the leading cryptocurrency when it was valued at around $8 per coin, pointed to how an emerging Amazon outmaneuvered retail giant…

Facebook Cryptocurrency is ‘Cool’ But Bitcoin is Better

Billionaire investors Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss aren’t too worried that Facebook’s cryptocurrency project will end up being a “bitcoin killer.” In fact, they maintain that it will have more impact on the world than Facebook ever did. Winklevoss: Bitcoin Still ‘So Young’ for People to Crow over its Demise Speaking to the UK’s Daily Telegraph at the annual SXSW festival of film and music, the twins, who first bought the leading cryptocurrency when it was valued at around $8 per coin, pointed to how an emerging Amazon outmaneuvered retail giant…

Riot Blockchain Plans Launch of Regulated Cryptocurrency Exchange in the US

Publicly traded United States-based company Riot Blockchain has filed with the Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) to launch a new regulated cryptocurrency exchange called RiotX in the U.S. by the end of 2019. The regulator published the documents on March 14. The company declares in the filing that its subsidiary, RiotX Holdings Inc, would operate the new exchange. Furthermore, the exchange’s banking services would be handled by an Application Programming Interface (API) created by software company SynapseFi. The API is planned to, among other functions, serve as a security enhancement…

3 Awesome Things You Can Do Cryptocurrency Right Now For Less Than $20

Justin Sun recently announced a $20 million giveaway. The full details of the airdrop haven’t been released yet, but he is definitively giving away a Tesla. This reporter’s been thinking about it: if a million people sign up for a $20 million giveaway, that’s $20 each. That’s actually a decent amount of cryptocurrency for nothing at all. To celebrate #BTT & #USDT–#TRON success, I am planning a $20m free cash airdrop. Good news-it’s coming, bad news-I may decide to give away more! First, I will randomly pick 1 winner for…