Mike Novogratz’s Galaxy Digital Hires Goldman Sachs Exec for Blockchain Unit

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Mike Novogratz’s crypto investment bank, Galaxy Digital Capital Management, hired Goldman Sachs banker Ian Taylor to oversee the group’s advisory-services arm. Taylor will join Galaxy Digital before January 2019, sources told Bloomberg. Taylor was a managing director at Goldman, where he worked for almost 19 years, according to his LinkedIn profile. At …

Cryptocurrency Fever is Starting to Fade: Russian Central Bank

Elvira Nabiullina, the head of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, claimed that investors’ excitement toward cryptocurrency has begun to cool. Her remarks came at the FINOPOLIS innovative financial technology forum. Cryptocurrency Fever ‘Beginning to Disappear’ The famed Russian economist and former economic advisor to the Russian President Vladimir Putin represented businesses’ point of view …

UK Banking Giant Barclays’ Cryptocurrency Project ‘Put on Ice’: Report

Major investment bank Barclays has reportedly put its cryptocurrency trading project “on ice” amid a prolonged bear market that has dampened interest in the asset class among many investors. According to a Financial News report, the London-based financial institution shelved the project in September, leading to the departure of Chris Tyrer, the bank’s former head …

Bitcoin is Not a Legal Tender in Zambia

Zambia’s central bank has said that cryptocurrencies like bitcoin aren’t legal tender in the country. The Bank of Zambia (BoZ), responsible for creating and implementing monetary policies for the world’s 105th largest economy, explained their stance against the use of cryptocurrencies in contrast to the growing public interests in the field. The central bank admitted …

Fmr. Morgan Stanley Exec. Exlains How Wall Street Wants to Ruin Bitcoin

Note:  This is part 1 in a multi-part series exploring the dangers of rehypothecation and commingling in bitcoin and other cryptocurrency assets that could occur once Wall Street begins offering crypto products. Part 1 is an interview with Caitlin Long and subsequent parts will ask the question, “How did we get to a place that …

German Fintech Startup Will Let You Hold Bitcoin in Your Bank Account

German blockchain banking service Bitwala is set to launch the first-ever platform that will enable the management of both euro deposits and bitcoin funds within the same bank account. This system is planned to kick off by November with an estimated 30,000 customers who have already signed up for the service. The biggest initial investor …

Mexico to Tighten Bitcoin Regulations Through Central Bank-Issued Permits

The Bank of Mexico (Banxico), Mexico’s central bank, has recently revealed through a circular that bitcoin exchanges and other businesses dealing with cryptocurrency assets in the country will require a government permit. The circular, published on the government’s official daily, Diario Oficial de la Federación, says that crypto exchanges and related businesses will need to …

CFO Says Goldman Sachs is Not Ditching Bitcoin Trading

“Fake news” — that’s how Goldman Sachs CFO Martin Chavez characterized a report that the investment banking giant was shelving its much-hyped plans to build a bitcoin trading desk. Speaking this week at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco, Chavez sought to put to rest speculation that Goldman, the fifth-largest bank in the U.S., was quietly …

Does Bank of America’s Crypto Custody Show Irrelevance of Bitcoin ETF?

This week, $312 billion Bank of America (BoA) filed a patent to offer crypto custody, targeting large-scale institutional investors and retail traders. Some experts have said that the efforts of major financial institutions to create institutional products around cryptocurrencies will bolster the adoption of crypto in US markets, which will naturally lead to other publicly …

7 Investors Back World’s First Blockchain Bond, Demand From Institutions

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) and the World Bank launched the first blockchain bond in the global finance sector this month. Already, institutional investors are showing increasing interest. On August 10, CCN reported that World Bank selected CBA, the biggest bank in Australia, to issue the world’s first blockchain bond based on the Ethereum …