Coinbase Custody announced

A Digital Currency Custodian For Institutions announced by the US cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase 
17 November 2017   1370

Californian company Coinbase announced the launch of a new company, the main purpose of which will be to assist institutional investors in the safe storage of digital assets. The new company was named Coinbase Custody.

According to the CEO of Coinbase, over the past year, more than 100 hedge funds targeting digital currencies have been created, and even more traditional institutional investors are beginning to view digital assets as one of the options. In addition to traditional hedge funds, it also deals with family funds, capital saving funds and other types of conservation and asset growth.

By some estimates there is $10B of institutional money waiting on the sidelines to invest in digital currency today.
 

Brian Armstrong

Co-founder and CEO, Coinbase 

According to Brian Armstrong, institutional clients require:

  • Strict financial controls (multiple signers, audit trails, limits, etc)
  • Dedicated account representatives and phone support
  • SLAs on funds transfers
  • A regulated digital currency custodian
  • Multi-user accounts with separate permissions
  • Support for a wide range of digital assets and currencies
  • Insurance (in some cases)
  • And high levels of cyber and physical security

Coinbase is well positioned to launch this product. We already store billions of dollars worth of digital assets on behalf of our customers. We serve thousands of institutions via our GDAX product, the leading digital currency exchange in the U.S. We’ve raised $216M from venture capital firms and financial institutions like the NYSE/ICE, USAA, BBVA, Westpac, and MUFG. And we have approximately 200 employees working across our three offices in New York, London, and San Francisco with deep industry knowledge. 
 

Brian Armstrong

Co-founder and CEO, Coinbase 

The statement notes that in the coming years Coinbase Custody will help significantly increase the flow of institutional money into digital currencies.

The product will be gradually introduced throughout 2018 and will be available only to investors willing to make a minimum purchase of $ 10 million.

BIS to Issue Research on Bitcoin Problems

Researcher from the Bank of International Settlements believes BTC should abadon PoW
22 January 2019   105

Researchers from the Bank for International Settlements published a report in which they stated that only by abandoning the Proof-of-Work mechanism of consensus, Bitcoin could get rid of its current and future problems.

According to them, in the future, when the size of the rewards for mining drops to zero, transaction processing fees alone will not be enough to justify the miners' activities. Consequently, the Bitcoin network will become so slow that it will be impossible to use it, the authors argue.

Simple calculations suggest that once block rewards are zero, it could take months before a Bitcoin payment is final, unless new technologies are deployed to speed up payment finality. 
 

Raphael Auer

Principal Economist, BIS

The BIS admits that second-level solutions such as the Lightning Network can ease the task, but “only fundamental remedy would be to depart from proof-of-work.” According to the report, the transition to alternative consensus mechanisms “require some form of social coordination or institutionalisation”.

The Bank for International Settlements contributes to the cooperation of 60 central banks from various countries of the world, which account for 95% of global GDP.

Earlier this month, the agency disclosed statistics on central bank initiatives in the field of state digital currencies. According to him, about 70% of central banks conduct research related to the issuance of national digital currencies, but plans for their implementation and the perception of the issue vary considerably in different countries