Coinbase to Close Chicago Office

Despite half of billion 2018 revenue, 30 employees of the biggest US crypto exchange are going to lose their jobs
24 April 2019   367

The leading cryptocurrency exchange and the wallet provider Coinbase decided to close its office in Chicago. About 30 employees will lose their jobs, said President and COO Asiff Hirji in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.

The Chicago unit focused on high-frequency trading (HFT) traders, and the potential increase in activity in this area could lead to an increase in Coinbase trading volumes and revenues. However, this direction, apparently, is no longer included in the priority list.

HFT companies play a large, albeit controversial role in the US stock and futures markets. According to some estimates, they account for about half of the daily trading volume on the stock exchanges, but more traditional investors are wary of them, suggesting that such firms take profits from them, going in and out of stocks, while slower players make deal.

Coinbase announced plans to attract HFT traders through technical updates, including speeding up the engine for matching trade requests last year.

Asiff Hirji also noted that as of the end of 2018, Coinbase had about 600 employees, and despite the elimination of 30 jobs in Chicago, the company intends to further expand this number.

Earlier this month, it was reported that in 2018, a Californian company, despite the market decline, earned about $ 520 million.

CFTC to Approve LedgerX's Deliverable BTC Futures

At the same time, another platforms such as Bakkt, ErisX and Seed CX still awaiting regulatory approval
26 June 2019   65

Cryptocurrency derivatives provider LedgerX LLC has received a license from the Authorized Derivatives Market (DCM) from the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), which will allow it to launch the country's first bitcoin futures.

Deliveries for deliverable futures are made in the underlying asset, not in fiat funds. Thus, LedgerX outstripped the Bakkt, ErisX and Seed CX platforms, which are still awaiting regulatory approval.

At the same time, LedgerX intends to launch the Omni platform for trading options, swaps, and bitcoin futures for retail investors, since at the moment it does not see enough interest from institutional market participants.

However, it should be added that some experts have already expressed fears that the nature of the license received will not allow LedgerX to provide margin tools to customers, and Bakkt should have such functionality.

Recall about the intentions to obtain the appropriate permission and overtake competitors LedgerX said in April.