Bitcoin 

Japan’s Retail Giant Rakuten Officially Launches Crypto Exchange

Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Rakuten Wallet has launched trading a year after acquiring Everybody’s Bitcoin. Three trading pairs go live Confirmed in a press release on Aug. 19, Rakuten Wallet, which is a subsidiary of Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten, said spot trading of three cryptocurrencies — Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) — was now live.  In future, developers plan to release an app for iOS and Android, use of which will be mandatory for deposits and withdrawals.  “Customers who already have a bank account with Rakuten Bank will…

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Bitcoin 

Chainzilla and Pundi X to Enable Retail Bitcoin Payments in Panama

Cryptocurrency startup Pundi X announced that its point-of-sale payment gateway (XPOS) will soon be launched in Panama and its surrounding regions. Blockchain development company Chainzilla joined the initiative as a local distributor. Combining cryptocurrency and traditional payments in one terminal On Aug. 14, Cointelegraph in Spanish spoke with Chainzilla CEO, Charles Gonzales, to find out more details. According to Gonzales:  “Recently, Pundi X integrated its module into the Verifone X990. This is an important development because this payment processor is compatible with both cryptocurrency and traditional payments. […] That means…

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Blockchain 

Retail Giant Overstock Reports Losses, Says Blockchain Business Strong

Retail giant Overstock has released its Q2 2019 financial results, revealing a 23% decrease in revenue and a 19% loss in gross profit. In a shareholder announcement published on Aug. 8, Overstock stated that its blockchain subsidiary firm, tZERO, is progressing as planned, with a focus on six key areas — notably security tokens. No pain no gain While the fresh results point to a decrease by most metrics, Overstock has returned to a positive adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) for the first time since Q2…

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Ethereum 

Retail Investors Can Now Bet on Bitcoin Hitting $100,000 by 2020

United States.-based regulated crypto derivatives and clearing platform LedgerX is giving retail investors the chance to bet on Bitcoin (BTC) hitting $100,000 by 2020. New Possibilities for the Retail Crypto Trader As Bloomberg reported on July 17, the $100,000 call option implies that Bitcoin’s current valuation could increase over ten-fold and hit a $2 trillion market capitalization. This bullish bet on Bitcoin is the first crypto derivatives product open to mom and pop investors since LedgerX sealed approval from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to serve as a…

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Ethereum 

British Regulator FCA Prepares a Potential Ban of Crypto CFDs for Retail Investors

British financial watchdog, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), is preparing a potential ban on the sale of crypto derivatives to retail investors, according to an official document released on July 1. In the document, titled “Restricting contract for difference products sold to retail clients,” the FCA revealed that the regulator will soon publish a consultation paper (CP) on a potential ban on crypto derivatives such as bitcoin (BTC) futures and other crypto-related trading products. The FCA wrote: “We will shortly publish a CP on a potential ban on the sale…

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Blockchain 

Major Consultancy Firm McKinsey Says Retail Banking Sector Slow to Adopt Blockchain

“Big Three” management consultancy firm McKinsey & Company has argued that blockchain technology is gaining slower traction with retail banks due to regulatory hurdles and a conservative consumer environment. The news was reported by Bloomberg on June 7. McKinsey reportedly characterized retail banks as nervous and cautious when it comes to blockchain, as distinct from their ostensibly more adventurous investment banking counterparts. Factors contributing to this difference include, McKinsey argues, a more stringent regulatory environment for consumer finance and the controversial reputation of blockchain-based decentralized cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin (BTC).…

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Blockchain 

Russia’s Third Largest Food Retail Firm Uses Blockchain-Based Open Trade Finance Platform

Russia’s third-largest food retail firm, Dixy, has implemented blockchain technology in its corporate finance system, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on June 5. The Moscow-based retailer has deployed blockchain in cooperation between suppliers and factoring firms, which represent third parties that purchase businesses’ invoices at a discount in order to help those businesses to raise funds. Specifically, following a successful pilot test, Dixy is now moving the interactions between suppliers and factoring companies to an Ethereum (ETH) blockchain-powered open trade finance platform called Factorin. The Factorin platform…

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Blockchain 

French Retail Chain Carrefour Registers Sales Boost Following Blockchain Integration

French retail giant Carrefour has seen an increase in sales after the implementation of a blockchain-based tracking system, Reuters reported on June 3. Carrefour’s blockchain tracking system enables customers to track the supply chain of 20 items, including meat, milk, and fruit from farms to stores, thus avoiding products with genetically modified organisms, antibiotics, and pesticides. This year, the company reportedly plans to add 100 more products, including non-food lines, to the system. Emmanuel Delerm, Carrefour’s blockchain project manager, told Reuters that “the pomelo sold faster than the year before…

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Bitcoin 

Coincheck Owner Mulls Addition of Crypto to Its Retail Offerings

Online brokerage Monex Group Inc., owner of the hacked Japanese crypto exchange Coincheck, is considering adding crypto to its retail client offerings in a bid to become more competitive in the local brokerage market. The news was reported by Bloomberg on April 15. As previously reported, Monex acquired Coincheck in April 2018 in the wake of the exchange’s industry record breaking $532 million hack in January of that year. According to Bloomberg, Monex now sees its Coincheck involvement as potentially instrumental in restoring its erstwhile market dominance. Founded in 1999,…

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