New Blockchain ETF Co-Operator Elwood Plans Fresh Crypto Investment Options

United Kingdom-based asset management company Elwood Asset Management is looking to increase its cryptocurrency offerings after co-launching a blockchain exchange-traded fund (ETF), Bloomberg reported on March 12. Elwood, which is owned by billionaire Brevan Howard creator Alan Howard, partnered with…

Fintech Startup SoFi to Roll Out Crypto Trading Via Partnership With Coinbase

Fintech startup SoFi — known for its online lending services — is partnering with major United States-based crypto exchange Coinbase to roll out crypto trading support, according to a CNBC report Feb. 26. Sofi, which is headquartered in San Francisco,…

Korea Exchange Official: US Decision on Bitcoin ETF Will Set Tone for Local Crypto Market

An official at South Korea’s sole securities exchange operator, the Korea Exchange (KRX), says the bourse is closely eyeing developments from United States regulators in regard to Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded funds (ETFs). The official, reportedly speaking on condition of anonymity,…

Blockchain and the City: New York State as a “Tough” Model of Crypto Regulation

Recently the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) granted statewide virtual currency licenses to two applicants: stock trading service Robinhood and cryptocurrency ATM operator LibertyX. The state’s regulatory regime, commonly known as BitLicense, imposes a set of strict disclosure and…

New Proposed ETF Would Encompass Bitcoin Futures Alongside Sovereign Debt Instruments

Reality Shares ETF Trust — a unit of crypto-focused fintech firm Blockforce Capital — has filed a proposal for an exchange-traded-fund (ETF) that would invest in a portfolio which includes both sovereign debt instruments and Bitcoin (BTC) futures.The ETF filing…

Hodler’s Digest, February 4–10: Top Stories, Price Movements, Quotes and FUD of the Week

Top Stories This Week Facebook Reportedly Acquires Blockchain Startup in First Blockchain-Related Acquisition Social media network Facebook has reportedly acquired blockchain startup Chainspace in its first apparent blockchain-related acquisition. According to news outlet Cheddar, the acquisition is considered an “acquihire,”…

Ripple Expands Blockchain University Initiative With Partners in US, China & Singapore

Ripple has announced the latest new partners in its global University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI), which include universities in the United States, China, Singapore and Brazil. The development was announced in a press release published Feb. 7. As reported, Ripple…

From the UK to Malaysia: How Countries Have Been Classifying Crypto Across the World

On Jan. 23, the United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA), the domestic financial regulator, released a 50-page-long consultation paper dubbed “Guidance on Cryptoassets.” As the U.K. seems to be moving closer toward rolling out a definitive regulatory framework, it is…

Tipping the Scales: Could Unit-e Finally Break Blockchain’s Scalability Impasse?

Amid a seemingly constant stream of new concepts claiming to be key to crypto to breaking through to the financial mainstream, one immovable issue remains ever-present: scalability. The crypto community is abuzz with new projects relating to the issue, from…