FTX reportedly shopping for brokerages in preparation for stock trading

Crypto derivatives exchange and NFT platform FTX is reportedly in the market for brokerage start-ups as part of its recently announced plans to expand support to stock trading. The firm announced last Thursday that its U.S.-based subsidiary FTX.US will be launching zero-commission stock trading via its app, and will allow users to fund their accounts with fiat-backed stablecoins. According to a May 23 report from CNBC — who cited sources that “asked not to be named because the deal talks were confidential” — the firm has held private meetings with…

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Commonwealth Bank puts crypto trading trial on ice as regulators dither

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) has put its plans for a second pilot program of crypto trading services on hold indefinitely and cut off access to those in the first round of testing. CBA sent Cointelegraph a transcript of a Tuesday bank briefing where CEO Matt Comyn said that he was still waiting on regulatory clarity. He also said that he was “working with a number of regulators very closely, as you would imagine, about the appropriate treatment of this particular product.” “Our intention still, at this stage, is…

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Jack Dorsey’s Block hits $1.3B in Q1 profits, $43M in BTC trading revenue

Block, the pro-Bitcoin (BTC) umbrella company that hosts Cash App, Square and Afterpay, continues its growth in 2022. According to its Shareholder letter, in the first quarter of 2022, gross profits are “up 34% year over year.” In total, the group netted $1.29 billion in gross profits. However, operating costs were also up “$1.52 billion in the first quarter of 2022, up 70% year over year.”  The group explains that the acquisition of Afterpay, a buy now pay later service, could explain the increasing costs. In total net Block’s revenues…

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FTX US to launch stock trading against stablecoins

Major cryptocurrency exchange FTX is moving into equity trading, with its United States-based subsidiary FTX US launching a stock trading platform. West Realm Shires Services, the owner and operator of FTX US, announced on May 19 the upcoming launch of FTX Stocks, a stock trading service offered directly through the FTX US trading app. The new stock trading platform will feature trading and investing in hundreds of U.S. exchange-listed shares, including common stocks and exchange-traded funds. According to the announcement, FTX Stocks will be the first platform to ever allow…

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What is P2P trading, and how does it work in peer-to-peer crypto exchanges?

What is peer-to-peer (P2P) trading? Peer-to-peer (P2P) trading is a type of cryptocurrency exchange method that allows traders to trade directly with one another without the need for a centralized third party to facilitate the transactions. Unlike traditional Bitcoin (BTC) exchanges, which typically have strict regulations and require users to go through a verification process before they can access and use the platform, P2P trading platforms tend to be much more relaxed in terms of their requirements. In P2P trading, you can select your preferred offer and trade directly with…

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Goldman Sachs and Barclays invest in UK crypto trading platform Elwood

Banking giants Goldman Sachs and Britain’s Barclays have joined a $70 million Series A funding round for the institutional crypto trading platform Elwood Technologies, founded by billionaire British hedge fund manager Alan Howard. Joining the round was crypto-friendly German bank Commerzbank, crypto investment manager Galaxy Digital, and Dawn Capital as reported by the Financial Times on May 15. The fundraising round valued the company at around $500 million according to the report. Despite the recent fall in crypto markets, Elwood said it’s betting that traditional financial institutions such as hedge…

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Terra (LUNA) trading volume surge 200% as market adjusts to death spiral

It took just seven days for the Terra (LUNA) ecosystem to spiral down as prices came crashing from $85 on May 5 to nearly $0 on May 12. As the market slowly gained clarity on what transpired, the trading volume of LUNA saw a steep recovery of over 200% over the weekend. As a result of UST de-pegging, which crashed the LUNA market, LUNA investors mirrored the price dip as CoinGecko recorded the decline of trading volumes to $178.6 million recorded the fall down of trading volumes to $178.6 million…

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YouTuber CryptoWendyO shares how her healthcare skills helped with crypto trading

CryptoWendyO heard about Bitcoin (BTC) on the radio and decided to take a risk. Little did she know, the risk she would take would change her life in ways she never thought possible. The influencer shared her Bitcoin journey in this episode of Crypto Stories. In her younger days, life wasn’t too kind to Wendy. According to the crypto influencer, she survived many challenges, including mental health issues, the death of her father when she was 11 years old, and growing up in poverty. For a long while, she thought…

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Binance suspends LUNA and UST trading amid issues on Terra blockchain

Global cryptocurrency exchange Binance has suspended trading pairs with Terra ecosystem’s cryptocurrencies, LUNA and TerraUSD (UST), on its platform following the major crash of the algorithmic stablecoin. Binance confirmed the move on May 13, with spot trading for LUNA/BUSD and UST/BUSD trading pairs being suspended. It’s not clear when the withdrawals for LUNA and UST will continue, as the crypto exchange simply stated that it will wait for the issues with the Terra network to be solved. It is the latest move by the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume…

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Analyst claims that exchanges sell your Bitcoin, crypto trading platforms respond

Security breaches and hacks often highlight the risks of storing Bitcoin (BTC) on centralized exchanges. One analyst even claims that keeping your BTC on exchanges is also a factor for price dips. Rufas Kamau, research and markets analyst at Scope Markets Kenya, explained his thoughts on how keeping BTC on an exchange lowers coin price. Kamau believes that buying BTC on exchanges only amounts to buying an “I Owe You” (IOU) which he describes as “paper Bitcoin.” If you buy Bitcoin at the exchange, you are buying paper Bitcoin, an…

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