Crypto Trading Desk to be opened by eToro in London

eToro, a broker that proposes cryptocurrency trading in addition to foreign exchange, is to start a new over-the-counter cryptocurrency trading desk in London
18 June 2018   2324

Over-the-counter supports any financial trading activity that does not take place at an exchange. Things that are traded in this way are commonly subject to less regulation and transparency than they would be if they were listed on an exchange, but for most investors there is no significant difference. 

In his interview to Business Insider CEO Yoni Assia claimed that most interest was coming from the owners of hedge funds.

We’ve actually set up our corporate team here in the UK to start setting up accounts to trade on eToro. We’ve announced that we’re launching the exchange as well so, between the exchange and the OTC desk, we’re also starting to serve more potential institutions and financial institutions. I think there is growing institutional demand and interest of public investors to understand whether they can join the party. That is something we definitely see out there. We see more and more public market players and big banks who are interested in this space and feel left out because they’re not allowed to invest in crypto or ICOs
Yoni Assia,
CEO, eToro

As a social trading broker, eToro suggests its clients the option of copying the trading behaviour of other customers, that is good if they are too occupied or not experienced. It proposes trading in foreign exchange, stocks and CFDs. About 500 specialists are engaged on the firm, the company keeps offices in the UK, Cyprus and Israel.

The company was established in 2007 and started offering Bitcoin trading in January 2014. Cryptocurrency had become popular by 2017, and the firm reported a 4,500% jump in trading volume by April, and on one day in December it acquired more new customers in a day than it had in the whole previous year. In March 2018 the firm raised $162 million to fund an expansion into Asia and in May it got into the US market with that same money. It suggests Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, XRP, Dash, Bitcoin Cash, Stellar, Ethereum Classic, NEO, and EOS for trading.

Several months ago at a conference Yoni Assia claimed: “The use of blockchain and crypto is and will become a way of life.”

US Federal Reserve to Consider Digital USD Issue

If a some country or company issues digital money that is widely recognized, this could lead to the loss its status by the USD, fed official believes
17 October 2019   66

The US Federal Reserve is actively considering the possibility of issuing digital currency, fearing the dollar will lose its leading position in the global financial system. This was stated by President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Rob Kaplan, reports CoinDesk.

In his opinion, if a foreign government or company issues digital money that is widely recognized, this could lead to the loss of the status of the world's reserve currency by the dollar.

On the eve of the previous chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Christopher Giancarlo also expressed concern that the re-issuance by other countries of national currencies in digital form could lead to the dollar losing its dominant role in the world. He called for the release of a digital dollar on the blockchain.

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said earlier that a digital currency like Facebook’s Libra can replace the dollar as a global reserve currency.

The emergence of an attractive and viable alternative to the dollar will reduce demand for US government securities, Kaplan said. This will lead to an increase in interest rates by 100 basis points (1%), which will increase the cost of servicing public debt by $ 200 billion per year.

I still think for the foreseeable future, the dollar will be the world reserve currency, we’re able to refinance our debt at relatively low rates, but I don’t think we should take that for granted.
 

Rob Kaplan

President, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Kaplan noted that countries subjected to sanctions or increased trade tariffs by the United States are working most actively on the digital alternative to the dollar.