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Mystery Trader Places Massive Bet That Bitcoin Will Hit $50,000 Next Year

Contrary to what casual observers might believe, the Cboe and CME weren’t the first exchanges to offer trading and clearing of bitcoin derivatives in the US – that distinction belongs to a relatively obscure company called LedgerX, which received permission from the CFTC over the summer to create the first swap execution facility – or […]


“What The Hell Is It?” – 74 Cryptocurrency Questions Answered

Authored by Wip via Jim Quinn's Burning Platform blog, It’s hard to think of something so complicated that has become so popular as fast as bitcoin. With the price of the cryptocurrency soaring – and mainstream interest surging – Yahoo Finance recently invited readers to send us their top questions regarding bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. We condensed […]


Someone Just Made $60 Million Betting That The Crowd Is Wrong

Over the weekend we warned that just as everyone was convinced that the yield curve can only flatten from here, and was positioned massively on the long side of the 30Y future, the opposite was about to happen, and in a tweet highlighting the record net spec long positioning in 30Y futures, we said “here […]


One Bank Believes It Found The Identity Of Who Is “Propping Up The Bitcoin Market”

Back in May when the Chinese domination over Bitcoin was ending, we predicted that it would shift over to Japan, specifically, we said that “just as the Chinese bubble frenzy in bitcoin is fading, it may be replaced with a new one, in which thousands of Mrs. Watanabe traders shift their attention away from the […]


“Loonie Longs Are Set For A Painful Dose Of Reality”: Trader

Is all hell about to breaks loose for Loonie longs? Yesterday, Bank of America released a note titled simply enough “CAD longs at risk”, in which it said that “according to our liquid cross border flow (LCBF) data, hedge funds and real money now appear to be in the process of selling out of extended […]


Banks Issue Last Minute Warning About Risks Of Bitcoin Futures, Ask Regulator For Review

As we countdown to the launch of bitcoin futures trading on the CBOE (10 December) and CME (18 December), the big banks – via the Futures Industry Association – have suddenly got cold feet about the risks. We don't blame them, somebody's going to get hurt, the only question is who. The banks are worried […]


CBOE Bitcoin Futures Trading To Begin On Dec 10th – Not All Brokers Enthused

CBOE Global Markets said on Monday it would begin trading its bitcoin futures contracts, known as XBT futures, next Monday, and will offer free trading for the rest of the month to help draw in traders and create a market. Both the CBOE and its crosstown rival, CME Group, received permission last week from the […]


Bitcoin Soars After CFTC Approves Futures Trading: First Trade To Take Place Dec.18

Bitcoin is back over $10,000 after the the CFTC confirmed what had been previously reported, namely that it would allow bitcoin futures to trade on two exchanges, the CME and CBOE Futures Exchange, also granting the Cantor Exchange permission to trade a contract for bitcoin binary options. The CFTC announced that through a process known […]


Banks Again Defending Silver’s 200-Day Moving Average

    Banks Again Defending Silver’s 200-Day Moving Average Written by Craig Hemke, Sprott Money News & TF Metals Report       The Bullion Bank trading desks, which are routinely short thousands of metric tonnes of digital silver, are once again attempting to keep price below the 200-day moving average.   And why is […]


JPMorgan Capitulates, May Help Clients Trade Bitcoin Futures (For A Fee)

On September 12, Jamie Dimon caused a stir (and selloff) within the cryptocurrency community when he lashed out at bitcoin, calling it a “fraud” which is “worse than tulip bulbs, predicting “it won’t end well”, will “blow up” and “someone is going to get killed.” Oh, and just to make it clear, “any JPM trader […]


Banks Warn London Facing Brexit “Point Of No Return”

During his trip to London this week, US Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross, wasn’t only defending revelations in the Paradise Papers that he’d invested in a shipping company with ties to the Putin family. He also attended a “closed-door meeting” with executives from JPMorgan, Goldman, HSBC and other banks. The meeting took place over lunch in […]


LedgerX Trades Over $1 Million In Bitcoin Options And Swaps In First Week

Bitcoin derivatives clearinghouse LedgerX has announced that the first bitcoin derivatives trades have taken place on its platform – an important milestone for the nascent digital currency market that could open the door to more institutional involvement and, some say, the creation of the first bitcoin-focused ETF. LedgerX confirmed rumors that it had already started […]


Bitcoin Tumbles Most In A Month On CFTC ICO Anxiety, South Korea Tax Concerns

After soaring to new record highs near $6000 last week (as China returned to work following its Golden Week holiday), the start of the National Congress last night, combined with CFTC comments on ICO crackdowns has spooked cryptocurrencies with Bitcoin down 8% – its biggest drop in a month.. Crytpos are down across the board… […]


Myths About Bitcoin That Must Die

Authored by Marcuss via ValueWalk.com, If you know anyone who spent some time in the United States in the 1970s and 1980s (or if you did), ask him or her about Life cereal, Mikey, and pop rocks. You may get a look of bewilderment. Or, you may get a knowing chuckle and an “Oh yeah, […]


Black Monday 2.0: The Next Machine-Driven Meltdown

Authord by Ben Levisohn via Barrons, In the rise of computer-driven trading, some hear echoes of the stock market’s 1987 crash. Beware the feedback loop… Black Monday. Although the event to which those two words refer occurred 30 years ago, they still carry the weight of that day—Oct. 19, 1987—when the Dow Jones Industrial Average […]