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Last week many of us were surprised to hear EF Hutton talk again – Wow! They exist? – when Hutton issued three press releases over eight days. Hutton has emerged as potentially much cooler, socially conscious version of a money machine and not just because the money takes the form of cryptocurrency. It seems that Hutton’s brand had been hanging out somewhere deep in Citigroup until half a dozen years ago when it was resurrected and sent out to fare on its own. EF Hutton today is a broker dealer unit of HUTN, Inc. Based in Springfield, Ohio, HUTN’s CEO…

How blockchain may be used to create “smart cities” – Paul Doherty of TDG Standard

Paul Doherty, founder and chairman of The Digit Group (TDG), a company that designs, builds, and maintains what he calls “smart cities” around the world, was one of the speakers at Chicago’s 2018 “Voice of Blockchain” event at Navy Pier last month. In 2017, Doherty accompanied Donald Trump on his trip to China as part of a delegation of 30 CEOs from major U.S. companies. The trip proved fruitful for TDG – Doherty and Gong Yueqiong, president of the Chinese company Foton Motor Group, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) during the trip. According to the MOU, Foton Motor Group,…

Custody Battle Brewing Over Crypto Assets, and That’s a Good Thing Standard

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It was just a few months ago that the cryptocurrency markets were bemoaning the lack of institutional-grade custody services. Without them, no right-minded fund or asset manager was going to get anywhere near this market. And if they did, they had already written their firm’s obituary and put it in a drawer just in case. It reads something like this: “Thank you, dear customer, for investing your hard-earned fiat currency into our kick-ass digital asset fund. Unfortunately, someone in the Seychelles, Pyongyang, Kiev, Tehran or all of the above has stolen our crypto assets. With regret, we will be liquidating…

Crypto and the Law at IIT Blockchain Conference Standard

It used to be said that August was a quiet month for the markets – but apparently no one told that to the boosters of blockchain and cryptoassets, at least in Chicago. The month of August 2018 has no fewer than three significant conferences, each with its own special flavor, kicking off with “Block (Legal) Tech: A conference about the future of the law” on August 9. Hosted by the Law Lab at Illinois Tech Chicago-Kent College of Law and FinTEx, the event gathered experienced lawyers in the cryptoasset space and regulators for a day-long look at the past, present…

A former Goldman Sachs exec is joining a crypto-trading firm as it eyes a major global expansion Standard

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A former Goldman Sachs exec is joining a crypto-trading firm as it eyes a major global expansion Frank Chaparro – Business Insider Circle, the cryptocurrency exchange operator, has snagged a former Goldman Sachs executive to help navigate the murky regulatory waters as it expands globally, Business Insider has learned. /jlne.ws/2AdGMCg Bitcoin Bounces as Traders Seek Silver Lining in SEC ETF Denial Olivia Schaber and Rachel Evans – Bloomberg Dissenting SEC Commissioner Peirce reiterated support for ETF; Peirce was outvoted 3-1 when regulator rejected the fund Cryptocurrency traders don’t know who to believe in the long-running battle to create an exchange-traded…

The Winklevoss Twins Want To Sell You A Bitcoin Fund Standard

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The Winklevoss Twins Want To Sell You A Bitcoin Fund; The Winklevoss twins filed a form with the SEC that’s the first step to selling shares in a fund that would track the price of Bitcoin. A look at the next move for the Facebook-suing twins. Matthew Zeitlin – BuzzFeed News Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, impossibly strong-jawed and broad-shouldered rowers, tech entrepreneurs, and famous litigators of Mark Zuckerberg, are now two of the biggest and most famous players in Bitcoin, the cryptographic, digital currency whose wild price gyrations and security issues captivated the business press for a few weeks in…

Steve Bannon is creating a ‘deplorables’ cryptocurrency to boost global populism Standard

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Steve Bannon is creating a ‘deplorables’ cryptocurrency to boost global populism Gian Volpicelli – WIRED Bannon will launch a token to power the global populist movement, according to people with knowledge of his plans /goo.gl/MwFS6M Bitcoin: No-Fee Cryptocurrency Trading App Takes on Robinhood Jen Wieczner – Fortune More competition is coming to the commission-free cryptocurrency trading market. Voyager, a startup backed by an Uber co-founder as well as an early investor in the ride-hailing company, revealed plans Wednesday to offer no-fee trades of at least 15 different cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Ethereum and others. /for.tn/2LTON0V Coinbase Finds No Insider Trading of…

City blockchain group Setl loses co-founder after spat Standard

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City blockchain group Setl loses co-founder after spat Yolanda Bobeldijk – Financial News Setl, the blockchain startup founded by City trading veteran Peter Randall, has lost one of its co-founders after a dispute about the future direction of the company. Francois Barthelemy left in June, according to filings with Companies House. He and Randall, the former chief executive of stock exchange group Chi-X — now part of Cboe Global Markets — co-founded Setl in 2015. /goo.gl/KQZvF1 Bitcoin Fever Persists With Fresh ETF Proposal Asjylyn Loder – WSJ A new request for Wall Street’s top regulator to allow the launch of…

Indian supreme court to rule on cryptocurrency case on Sept. 11 Standard

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Indian supreme court to rule on cryptocurrency case on Sept. 11 Nupur Anand – Quartz The wait continues for Indian cryptocurrency exchanges. On July 20, after a short hearing, India’s supreme court set Sept. 11 as the date for the final hearing. The court will also pronounce the verdict at the end of those hearings—in the cases filed by the bourses against the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). /goo.gl/8up6Yg Operator of shuttered bitcoin platform pleads guilty to U.S charges Brendan Pierson – Reuters The operator of a shuttered bitcoin-denominated exchange pleaded guilty on Monday to federal charges that he defrauded…