#CryptoCorner: Overstock's (Nasdaq: OSTK) tZero Outlines Retail Broker-Dealer Launch, SBI Holdings (OTC: SBHGF) Gives Shareholders Option of XRP Benefit
CME Exceeds $100 Billion in BTC Futures Volume
Point Roberts, WA and Delta, BC - January 31, 2019 (Investorideas.com Newswire) Investorideas.com, a leader in crypto and blockchain investing news brings you today's edition of the Crypto Corner podcast and commentary on what's driving the cryptocurrency market.
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#CryptoCorner: Overstock's (Nasdaq: $OSTK) tZero Outlines Retail Broker-Dealer Launch, SBI Holdings (OTC: $SBHGF) Gives Shareholders Option of XRP Benefit
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Total crypto market capitalization is sitting at $254 billion USD at press time, according to data from CoinMarketCap. This appears to be a more or less stable support level, at least since the market showed some upward momentum a week ago. Bitcoin (BTC) is currently trading for $9,280 as we head into the weekend. It is down a bit after growing fairly steadily throughout the week, having reached a peak of just over $9,500. And Ethereum Classic (ETC), the growth of which we've been covering this week, took a tumble just this morning and is down about 7.4 percent at press time, with a trading price of $11.13.
tZero, the blockchain arm of American internet retailer Overstock (NasdaqGM:OSTK), released a letter to investors that outlined the company's achievements in the last year and its 2020 goals. One of these goals was the launch of broker-dealer tZero Markets. tZero CEO Saum Noursalehi explained:
We continue to make progress advancing our retail broker-dealer, tZERO Markets. This is an important initiative as it will allow us to integrate our web and mobile app experiences in the future, enabling investors to trade digital securities and cryptocurrencies on one platform. We are working closely with regulators and are targeting a launch of tZERO Markets in the first half of this year.
Japanese financial services firm SBI Holdings, Inc. (OTC:SBHGF) announced today that new shareholders were eligible to receive either 2,000 yen worth of XRP ($18), or an array of products from pharmaceutical company SBI Alapromo Co., Ltd. Shareholders who have been with the company for over a year, however, were eligible for 8,000 yen worth of the cryptocurrency ($73). SBI has ties with XRP developer Ripple through the former's subsidiary SBI Ripple Asia. In May of last year, Investorideas.com reported on "the launch of in-store payments based on the firm's Money Tap service."
Cointelegraph reports that the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) has exceeded $100 billion in volume for its Bitcoin futures trading product. CME Group Managing Director and Global Head of Equity Index Alternative Investment Products, Tim McCourt, told Cointelegraph:
"CME Bitcoin futures have surpassed $100 billion in total notional value traded since their launch in December 2017."
"Our Bitcoin futures have evolved over the last two years and are now one of the most liquid, listed bitcoin derivatives available globally."
"We continue to see strong participation from institutional investors, physical bitcoin traders and other clients who value the transparency, price discovery and risk transfer that only a regulated marketplace like CME Group can offer."
Sam Mowers, Investorideas
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