Criminal Case Against Failed WEX Crypto Exchange Points at Russian Law Enforcement

The formerly anonymous administrator of the cryptocurrency exchange WEX, which shut down last summer, has made some shocking claims about the fate of “hundreds of millions” of dollars of clients’ cryptocurrency in talks with Russian police. Russian citizen Alexei Bilyuchenko, who confessed to being the tech administrator of the infamous BTC-e exchange and later co-founder of WEX, had been questioned as part of a criminal investigation underway in Russia since late 2018, BBC News Russian reported Friday. The report was based on materials of the probe, obtained by the BBC and reportedly…

Crypto Exchange OKEx Launches Bitcoin Futures Margined With Tether

Cryptocurrency exchange OKEx has launched Bitcoin (BTC) futures contracts that are margined with the Tether (USDT) stablecoin. OKEx announced the new offering in a press release on Nov. 14. OKEx first announced its intention to launch USDT-settled futures trading with up to 100x leverage at the end of October. Now, after conducting a simulation that began on Nov. 5, the exchange listed the BTC/USDT offering on its trading platform. The exchange previously said that offering a stablecoin-based derivatives contract will make it simpler and more efficient for traders to navigate…

Crypto.com Grows Offerings With New Exchange and Fundraising Platform

Crypto.com announced the launch of a new exchange Thursday, in an expansion of the Hong Kong-based firm’s list of crypto services. The exchange opens up to beta testers Nov. 18 and to the wider public in December, according to a press release. The three-year-old company has also unveiled a fundraising platform for crypto startups. Previously known for issuing custodial wallets and crypto-backed debit cards, the new exchange bolsters CEO and co-founder Kris Marszalek’s vision of creating full services experiences for his one million wallet holders. Marszalek said the launch is tactical…

Swiss Stock Exchange SIX Lists Tezos-Based ETP With ‘Baking’

Switzerland’s main stock exchange SIX has listed a Tezos-based exchange-traded product (ETP) that enables investors to generate passive income. Traded under the symbol AXTZ, the product is issued by fintech Amun AG in partnership with the Tezos Foundation. It went live for trading on Nov. 5. Passive yield According to an overview of the instrument, the ETP’s investment objective is both to provide exposure to the performance of Tezos while generating additional yield for investors through so-called “baking rewards.” Similarly to other proof-of-stake (PoS)-based blockchains, Tezos investors are able to…

Crypto.com Launches New Exchange Eyeing Top-10 Spot Within 5 Years

Hong Kong-based cryptocurrency platform, Crypto.com, announced the launch of its cryptocurrency exchange on Nov. 14.  The Crypto.com Exchange is intended to drive the mass adoption of cryptocurrencies by enabling over one million users the ability to trade digital assets through the Crypto.com web interface, trading API, or through its app. “Creating an exchange has been a natural extension and next step to ensure that everything stays in our own ecosystem,” Kris Marszalek, co-founder and CEO of Crypto.com, told Cointelegraph at Blockshow Singapore 2019. Notable features of the Crypto.com Exchange include…

Bitstamp Crypto Exchange Expands Into Asia-Pacific Region With New Hire

Luxembourg-based cryptocurrency exchange Bitstamp has hired Andrew Leelarthaepin to lead its business development efforts in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. In a Nov. 13 press release, Bitstamp announced that Leelarthaepin was joining the company to further expand the exchange’s presence in Asia-Pacific “to meet the growing level of demand for the exchange’s services.”  Bitstamp’s struggle to establish a local presence in Asia Miha Grčar, global head of business development at Bitstamp, said that the crypto exchange already has “an excellent reputation” in the West, but has so far been unable to…

Tron Founder Justin Sun Admits Investment in Crypto Exchange Poloniex

Tron (TRX) founder Justin Sun admitted to being one of the investors that recently acquired cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex from financial technology firm Circle. Sun said he was one of the investors who acquired the trading platform in a livestream published by the official Poloniex Twitter profile on Nov. 12. Furthermore, he noted that the exchange operates independently from his firm, the Tron Foundation. In October, Sun refuted reports suggesting that he is leading an investment group behind the acquisition of cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex. Following the acquisition, Poloniex spun out from…

Creativity and Value Will Win the Cryptocurrency Exchange Wars

The American gold rush was marked by a host of hard times and a few sudden millionaires. Men gave up everything to travel to California in hopes of striking it rich. But the man who really struck it rich during the gold rush was Levi Strauss, a simple tailor who made tough cotton pants for the miners. In the 21st century, the digital gold rush has begun with the creation of cryptocurrencies, and particularly Bitcoin. Early adopters owned thousands of Bitcoin, and these few devotees are now massively wealthy. As…

Justin Sun Confirms Tron’s Listing on Poloniex Cryptocurrency Exchange

Tron (TRX), the 11th largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, has now been listed on the Poloniex cryptocurrency exchange. Sun confirms TRX listing on Poloniex In a Nov. 9 blog post, Poloniex cryptocurrency exchange announced that it was readying to list the decentralized cryptocurrency on its platform, which Tron CEO Justin Sun confirmed on Nov. 12 by tweeting “it’s official now.” Starting today, customers will be able to start posting limit orders for TRX/Bitcoin (BTC), TRX/Tether (USDT) and TRX/USD Coin (USDC). Reportedly, full trading will be enabled “shortly after this date.”…

Canadian Bank Changes Bitcoin Tune, May Launch Cryptocurrency Exchange

The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) is exploring building a cryptocurrency trading platform for both investments and in-store/online purchases. This move would make the bank — the largest in Canada by market capitalization, with $661 billion CAD ($499 billion) in assets under management — the first in the country to launch a cryptocurrency exchange. The trading platform would facilitate the buying and selling of individual digital coins, including Bitcoin and Ether, as well as bundled crypto assets. RBC also plans to offer customers the ability to open accounts to safely…