Crypto Markets See Major Correction, BTC Below $7,350 as US Stock Futures Trade Lower

Friday, May 17 —  after a week of deep green and bullish price performance, crypto markets today are seeing a major correction, with bitcoin (BTC) dropping below the $7,350 mark, as Coin360 data shows. Market visualization courtesy of Coin360 Bitcoin has taken a steep price hit, dropping 8% on the day to trade at $7,346 to press time. The top coin had brushed $8,300 yesterday, May 16 — a bullish price point not seen since August 2018. Despite today’s major correction, bitcoin retains a strong gain of 16.61% on the…

Capital Outflows From Major Crypto Exchanges Exceeded Inflows by ~$622 Mln in Recent Days

Blockchain data provider TokenAnalyst estimates that capital outflows from major crypto exchanges have exceeded inflows by ~$622 million over the past five days, Bloomberg reported on May 15. London-based TokenAnalyst has reportedly based its figure on an analysis of withdrawals and capital inflows on multiple crypto trading platforms — including Bitfinex, BitMEX, Binance and Kraken. While bitcoin (BTC) continues to rally and hit multi-month highs, Bloomberg’s report also makes the claim that its strong price performance may in part be inflated by recent capital flight from investors unsettled by the…

Some Major Coins Still Making Gains, Others Trade Sideways as Oil Reports Mixed Signals

Tuesday, May 14 —  Yesterday’s rally in cryptocurrency markets has slowed, with the top 20 coins by market capitalization reporting mixed signals, according to Coin360. Market visualization from Coin360 After breaking the $8,000 threshold yesterday, the leading cryptocurrency bitcoin (BTC) has been holding its ground, having gained 2.85% over the past 24 hours and is trading at $8,004 at press time. As reported earlier today, the bitcoin mining hashrate is becoming more distributed among mining pools. “While the distribution of hash power is certainly better geared against coordinated attacks, the…

Major Brazilian Bank Brodesco Joins R3 Corda-Powered Global Trade Finance Network

Prominent Brazlian bank, Banco Bradesco, has become the latest institution to join R3’s Marco Polo blockchain network for trade finance, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on May 14. Banco Bradesco is among Brazil’s leading banks, with total assets worth $338.2 billion and a market capitalization of $49.1 billion, the press release states. The Marco Polo network implements R3’s Corda enterprise blockchain technology together with a distributed trade finance platform from TradeIX. It is designed to provide greater cost and time efficiencies — as well as transparency —…

Flexa Launches App Where Shoppers Can Spend Crypto at 15 Major US Retailers

Payments startup Flexa unveiled an app where consumers can spend cryptocurrencies at major American retailers. The app was unveiled during the first day of the Consensus conference in New York City on May 13. Tyler Spalding, the company’s co-founder, announced to attendees that Spedn is already live — and an accompanying news release confirmed that Barnes & Noble, Bed Bath & Beyond, GameStop, Lowe’s, Nordstrom, Office Depot and Whole Foods Market are among the stores now accepting payments via the Flexa network. Spalding stated that Spedn’s goal is to make cryptocurrencies spendable everywhere…

Germany Plans Major Digital Token Regulation Effort in 2019, Says Source

Germany plans to introduce draft regulations allowing blockchain bonds as soon as this summer, local daily business news outlet Handelsblatt reported May 9. Citing Thomas Heilmann, the ruling coalition government’s dedicated blockchain correspondent, the publication revealed the new legislation has already gained mainstream momentum, with a summary paper already in existence. According to Heilmann, it is both necessary and advantageous for Germany to embrace blockchain with supportive regulation. “We consider it to be of paramount importance that we bring blockchain technology forward for Germany, specifically in 2019,” Handelsblatt quoted him…

Blockchain Firm Raises $6 Mln From Major Energy Companies, Saudi Aramco Subsidiary

American blockchain startup Data Gumbo Corp. has raised $6 million from major energy companies, including the venture wing of Saudi Arabian national petroleum and natural gas company Saudi Aramco. The news was published by energy-focused news outlet Worldoil on May 8. In a Series A equity funding round, Data Gumbo ostensibly raised $6 million from companies such as Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures, the venture subsidiary of Saudi Aramco, and Equinor Technology Ventures, the venture subsidiary of Equinor, a Norwegian multinational energy operator. The new investment purportedly brings Data Gumbo’s total…

Major Crypto Traders Meet to Establish Industry Blacklist, Standards

A group major cryptocurrency traders is considering the idea of creating a blacklist of counterparties engaged in nefarious activities in the crypto space, Bloomberg reported on May 8. At a meeting in Chicago on Tuesday, a group of traders from 35 digital assets firms including such industry players as trading firm DRW Holdings Inc.’s Cumberland crypto unit, Mike Novogratz’s Galaxy Digital Holdings, and tech startup Ripple proposed to create a blacklist for parties who reneged on trades and engaged in dubious activities. Some reportedly suggested to create an accreditation for…

Major Austrian Bank Raiffeisen Joins R3 Corda-Powered Global Trade Finance Network

Austria’s Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI) has announced it will pilot R3’s Marco Polo blockchain network for trade finance, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on May 8. As previously reported, Marco Polo — which is powered by R3’s Corda enterprise blockchain platform — counts major international banks such as BNP Paribas, ING and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation as members. Other prominent bank members include Standard Chartered Bank and NatWest, according to today’s press release. RBI has reportedly been eyeing expansion in the Central and Eastern Europe market, after…

$100,000 Bitcoin Price Will Kill Every Other Crypto by 2021: Major Crypto Fund

By CCN.com: One of crypto’s biggest venture capital firms is going all in on bitcoin. Heisenberg Capital says it is “doubling down on Bitcoin Maximalism with new capital,” while sounding the death knell for altcoins. We see the market rejecting everything, except BTC. This has been our dominant investing thesis since 2011. We’re doubling down on Bitcoin Maximalism with new capital. As BTC climbs toward our 2011 target of $100,000, we believe everything except BTC will die-off. — Heisenberg Capital (@HeisenbergCap) May 5, 2019 In the same tweet, Heisenberg Capital…