Circle Raises $110 Million and Launches USD Backed Coin

Bitmain and Circle are collaborating to create fiat-based tokens backed by USD
16 May 2018   523

In March 2018 we have reported about Circle, which was planning to launch mobile app to allow instant cryptocurrency trading with zero commission. In May 2018 Circle Internet Financial added Monero support for their cryptocurrency trading app Circle Invest, which was released in spring.

The mining company Bitmain Technologies was holding a funding round for Circle Internet Financial, and on May 15 it was closed for $110 million. According to Bloomberg, Bitmain and Circle are collaborating to create fiat-based tokens backed by USD, which will be released by Circle in summer.

It’s a version of fiat that can move at the speed of the Internet with global reach, with much less cost, with high levels of security. It’s a huge improvement for how fiat money transmission can work around the world for consumers and for businesses who might want to collect digital payment with tokens.
 

Jeremy Allaire

Chief Executive Officer, Circle

The USD Coins of Circle will be issued under the ticker USDC and be stable coins having no volatility. USDC will be an ERC-20 token, based on the Ethereum network. According to Circle co-founder Sean Neville, the company hasn’t decided yet whether it will charge fees for trading USDC as the main goal is to boost USDC use among the users.

BlackRock to Consider Bitcoin Futures

World largest asset management firm created a workgroup to study the prospects of crypto-based futures
16 July 2018   80

Investment company BlackRock has formed a working group that should find out what benefits the world's largest asset manager can get from entering the cryptocurrency sector, despite the fact that previously its CEO had heavily criticized bitcoin. This is reported by Financial News.

The investment giant, whose assets amount to $ 6.3 trillion, created a team that included experts from various business areas. They must collect information about the cryptocurrencies, the underlying infrastructure and technology of the blockchain.

The working group, which includes investment strategist Terry Simpson, should find out whether BlackRock should invest in bitcoin futures.

Sources also reported that BlackRock is studying the experience of its competitors in this area and the potential impact of their actions on the company's business. The working group will report on the results of its research to senior management.

A spokeswoman for BlackRock reported that the company has been considering blockchain technology for several years, but declined to comment on the cryptocurrency.

The creation of a working group may mark a turning point in relations between BlackRock and cryptocurrencies. Last year, its head, Larry Fink, said that bitcoin is an extremely speculative tool, and the only reason for its popularity is its anonymity. "This is an instrument that is used for money laundering," he said bluntly.

Fink gave his comments even before the appearance of crypto-currency futures. At that time, he saw no opportunity for his company to enter this market.