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#CryptoCorner: CME (NasdaqGS: $CME) Sets Records for BTC Trading, Japan’s JCB Signs Partnership to Develop Blockchain Payment System and SBI Plans to Integrate Ripple Tech with ATMs


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#CryptoCorner: CME (NasdaqGS: $CME) Sets Records for BTC Trading, Japan's JCB Signs Partnership to Develop Blockchain Payment System and SBI Plans to Integrate Ripple Tech with ATMs


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Stocks discussed: (NYSE:ICE) (NasdaqGS:CME) (OTC:SBHGF)

Bakkt, the digital assets arm of Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE:ICE), has "onboarded more than 70 firms to the Bakkt Warehouse," - the firm's platform comprising online and offline digital storage. An excerpt from the blog post, written by Bakkt President Adam White, reads:

The secure storage of digital assets is foundational to everything we do, whether it's providing regulated bitcoin custody or supporting the delivery of the Bakkt Bitcoin (USD) Futures & Options contracts. This commitment to custody is underscored by a new collaboration with the Digital Asset Risk Transfer team from Marsh, the world's leading insurance broker. Beyond the $125M of insurance already in place at the Bakkt Warehouse, customers can now purchase more than $500M in additional insurance coverage, subject to underwriting criteria.

Cointelegraph reports that the CME (NasdaqGS:CME) has registered record numbers for Bitcoin trading in the past couple of weeks. According to the piece, "May 14 yielded open interest of 10,792 Bitcoin futures trading contracts at CME, totalling 53,960 BTC," which constitutes "an all-time high for the product." This is in addition to records posted last week, which saw 4,389 BTC worth of contracts of the firm's Bitcoin options product, as well as record open interest valued at 14,535 BTC worth of contracts.

Japanese credit card issuer, JCB, has signed a strategic partnership agreement with TECHFUND to develop a sustainable blockchain payment system. The partnership will leverage TECHFUND's expertise in blockchain technology and security token offerings (STOs). TECHFUND is also developing and providing a platform called ACCEL BaaS (Blockchain as a Service), which aims to accelerate the development of startup and enterprise blockchain applications.

SBI Holdings Inc. (OTC:SBHGF) revealed, in a recent financial report, that it plans to integrate "MoneyTap," - a Ripple-powered mobile settlements app - with the country's ATMs. The report explains that currently each bank has its own unique ATM app, but envisions jointly-operated multi-bank ATMs with a common app and utilizing MoneyTap's settlement network. SBI also announced commitments for further collaboration with Ripple and enterprise blockchain company R3.

Sam Mowers, Investorideas

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