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Mapping out the blockchain ecosystem in Canada

Canada has become home to an assortment of blockchain companies. A report by Chamber of Digital Commerce Canada found that 96% of Canadian businesses with 500 employees or more have considered incorporating blockchain technology into their business. A survey by Deloitte in 2018 found 51%…

Overstock and the boardroom squabble

Once again, I’m here to give you Overstock’s weekly drama. This time it’s a story of betrayal, at least in the eyes of ex-CEO Patrick Byrne. In last week’s column, we explored the rather suspicious timing of Patrick’s $90 million stock sell-off. Sequence of events:…

A look at BitMEX futures volume

Although Bakkt launched its bitcoin derivatives trading platform last week, its current volume falls well below its competitors. BitMEX has been the market leader with reported futures volume generally averaging well above $2 billion per day. Source: skew According to skew, BitMEX had the largest…

A look at BitMEX futures volume

Although Bakkt launched its bitcoin derivatives trading platform last week, its current volume falls well below its competitors. BitMEX has been the market leader with reported futures volume generally averaging well above $2 billion per day. Source: skew According to skew, BitMEX had the largest…

Mapping out the blockchain ecosystem in New York City

The tech industry has been on the rise in New York City. According to government statistics, between 2010-2017, employment in the tech sector grew by approximately 65%. According to the New York Times, New York ranks second in attracting venture capital, behind only San Fransisco.…

Bittrex, Coinbase and Kraken Set up Crypto Rating Council

The heavy hand of regulators has been stifling the growth of the cryptocurrency industry in the U.S. and caused innovators to flock abroad. In a bid to mitigate one aspect of this problem, major players have now created a joint system for rating what constitutes…

Bakkt still looking to sign up key core clients after first week of futures trading

Bakkt, the bitcoin derivatives trading platform owned by ICE, has completed its first full week of trading. The firm saw 165 monthly physically-settled bitcoin futures contracts traded through its platform—approximately $1.5 million in notional trading value assuming the weekly price of bitcoin at $8,700. Source:…

Mapping out the blockchain ecosystem in London

London is one of the oldest and largest financial centers in the world, and the UK as a whole is the world’s largest net exporter of financial services. Blockchain technology’s arrival on the scene has brought new innovations to London’s well-established financial realm, paving the…

Taking a deeper look into yesterday’s bitcoin price drop

Bitcoin experienced a strong sell-off yesterday, as the price plummeted all the way down to $8,000, marking a new three-month low. Although the reasons for the dip are still unclear, analysis of the trading volumes in the derivative and spot markets can give us some…

Overstock’s problems go deeper than ex-CEO Patrick Byrne

In the midst of all of the drama caused by ex-Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne since his departure with talks of an affair with a Russian spy as well as accusations of market manipulation with the creation of a digital dividend that caused a short squeeze,…