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IBM Backs New Stable Cryptocurrency Stronghold USD Tech giant IBM partnered with US-based Stronghold, a financial services company, to work on a cryptocurrency pegged to the US dollar. The new stable coin is aimed to bring some stability in the volatile crypto space. Stronghold USD, as the cryptocurrency is called, was launched on Tuesday on the Stellar blockchain.

Mainnet Launches to Watch: Ontology, Zilliqa Coming in Q3 2018 There are several other upcoming launches to be aware of, each with their varying importance. In the coming weeks, the window for the Ontology token swap has been opened starting July 9, but there is ample time to swap the tokens through an exchange, or the Ontology Android wallet.

Japan's SBI Holdings Pioneers Bank-Backed Digital Currency Exchange Japanese financial conglomerate SBI Holdings said on Tuesday that its in-house digital currency trading platform VCTRADE is now online, paving the way for the world's first bank-backed crypto exchange.

GMO's New Internet Bank Will Settle Payments With Blockchain Japanese digital services firm GMO Internet has just launched a new web bank that it says will soon use blockchain to facilitate payments. The firm said in a company notice that it had teamed up with Aozora Bank Group on the joint enterprise and that the two firms had been preparing for the launch of the "next-generation" bank since mid-2016.

TRON Keeps Destroying Old Tokens, Exchanges Still Completing Switch to New Asset The TRON network not only freezes but also destroys the residual ERC-20 tokens after exchanges complete the migration to the new assets, the team announced in a recent blog post. The TRON foundation holds 3.4 billion additional ERC-20 tokens, which are locked away and will not be moved.

US CFTC Warns Investors about ICO, Utility Token Risks The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission has appealed to investors to be cautious and to conduct serious research before giving money to virtual currency projects, CFTC said in a public warning issued on Monday.

Firms That Mention Trade Secrets In SEC Filings Increase Risk Of Being Cyber-Attacked, Study Suggests Firms that refer in annual reports to their trade secrets + markedly increase risk of cyber-attacks, study suggests. "The threat is incredibly serious," the FBI warns in a report this May on cyber-crime.

BlackRock CEO Denies Crypto Foray Rumors BlackRock is not interested in cryptocurrencies, CEO Larry Fink has claimed. Although the asset management giant is "very excited" about blockchain, no portion of its $6.3 trillion worth of assets has been invested in Bitcoin, Ethereum, Tether, or other altcoins.

Coinbase Gets Regulatory Nod for Security Token Trading - Report US-based digital asset exchange Coinbase has received approval from local financial regulators for three acquisitions in a move that will provide Coinbase licenses to offer crypto securities trading, Bloomberg reported on Monday quoting an unnamed company spokesman.

IBM Teams With Columbia University to Launch Blockchain Research Center Technology giant IBM has launched a new research center through a partnership with Columbia University in a move aimed to boost blockchain application development and education initiatives.

Bermuda Introduces New ICO Regulations The Government of Bermuda has introduced new regulations on Initial Coin Offerings, local news outlet the Royal Gazette reported on Friday.

IBM Is Helping Launch a Price-Stable Cryptocurrency Insured By the FDIC The latest attempt to create a cryptocurrency pegged to the U.S. dollar, or "stablecoin," combines 21st-century technology with an invention from the Great Depression. Announced Tuesday, a startup called Stronghold is launching USD Anchor, which will run on the rails of the Stellar blockchain and use its consensus mechanism to verify transactions.

Robinhood Adds DOGE to Instrument Portfolio Now Robinhood users can invest commission-free in five of the more popular cryptocurrencies, namely Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, and Dogecoin. Trading is currently available in 17 US states, among them California, Florida, New Jersey, Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Texas, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Banks Take Sides as Blockchain Trade Finance Race Heats Up Announced today, NatWest, a part of the Royal Bank of Scotland, has joined Marco Polo, the consortium started by enterprise blockchain startup R3 and trade finance specialist TradeIX. The addition of the U.K.'s third largest bank brings the total number of institutions in Marco Polo to 10 and follows a $16 million funding round for the consortium.

HashFlare Blocks Small User Withdrawals, Buyers Seek Credit Card Returns Buyers of HashFlare mining contracts are seeing both their funds and the mined crypto coins locked away, while the contracts are in danger of suspension. Even the lower thresholds of withdrawing a minimum of 0.03 BTC caused troubles, holding funds hostage as accounts were on the verge of terminating.

Coinbase Claims It Now Has Regulatory Approval to List Security Tokens Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has reportedly received regulatory approval to acquire several securities firms - a move that could eventually see it supporting trading in tokens deemed as securities. A spokesperson for the exchange said on Monday that both the U.S.

Largest Association of Investment Professionals Adds Crypto to Curriculum CFA Institute, with over 150,000 members, is adding cryptocurrency topics to its curriculum for the first time. The course material will be released in August. A record 227,031 people in 91 countries and territories reportedly registered to take CFA exams this year.

Bitcoin Retakes Key Resistance to Pass $6,700 Bitcoin scaled the crucial 50-day moving average on Monday for the first time in nearly two months, however, that does not amount to a bull breakout, technical charts indicate.

BitPay Gets Cryptocurrency Payments License from New York State Cryptocurrency payment processor BitPay has been awarded with BitLicense, the special virtual currency license from the New York Department of Financial Services, the regulator said on Monday. The permit allows BitPay to offer clearing and settlement services to New York-based companies that want to make transactions with Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash.

PR: Monfils Sponsorship with eToro Gaƫl Monfils, the 31-year-old French tennis star, is known as "Sliderman" for his on-court showmanship. He may take chances when trying to win Grand Slam matches, but when it comes to personal finance Monfils - who reached a career high of No6 in the world in 2016 - says he is risk-averse.

Accenture, Thales Showcase Blockchain System for A&D Supply Chains Ireland-based professional services and management consulting giant Accenture has collaborated with French aerospace and defense major Thales to create a blockchain-powered system. The new solution, which was presented at the Farnborough Air Show, can secure and speed up processes in A&D supply chains around the world.

Freeross.org Keeps Fighting for Ross Ulbricht's Freedom On July 14, activists of the Free Ross organization launched another petition aimed to defend Ulbricht's freedom. The petition published on Change.org seeks mercy for 34-year-old Ross Ulbricht, a graduate from Pennsylvania State University, and urges US President Donald Trump to grant him amnesty.

World's First Bank-Backed Crypto Exchange Finally Opens to the Public The world's first bank-backed cryptocurrency exchange is now open to the public after months of delays. Japanese financial giant SBI Holdings formally launched its in-house cryptocurrency trading platform dubbed VCTRADE last month.

Fear, Greed And The Financial Hazards Of Emotional Investing He was a successful dentist who managed his own money his entire life and prided himself on his financial acumen. Q2 hedge fund letters, conference, scoops etc. When he retired, he saw no reason to change.

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