Japanese SBI Set to Launch Ripple-Based Mobile App

Japanese Fintech heavyweight SBI Holdings plans to launch a Ripple-powered mobile payment application called MoneyTap. In a tweet shared with his followers, Takashi Okita, CEO of SBI Ripple Asia shared the web page of the new payment application, which promises to offer “easy bank transfer application” without fees. The exact launch date for the mobile…

Berkeley Professor Questions Stablecoin Viability in Unflattering Op-Ed

University of Berkeley Professor Barry Eichengreen has taken a swipe at the viability of stablecoins in an op-ed published on Project Syndicate. The critique, entitled “The Stable-Coin Myth,” argues stablecoins are not automatically “viable” just because they are pegged to an asset, though Eichengreen does believe they have an advantage over “conventional cryptocurrencies” such as…

Morgan Stanley Eyes Bitcoin Swap Contracts Tied to Futures Prices

Morgan Stanley is joining Wall Street’s race toward an institutional-friendly bitcoin derivative. According to anonymous sources reporting to Bloomberg, the financial institution is devising price return swaps tied to bitcoin. These derivatives would allow investors to indirectly invest in the market’s flagship currency, allotting them the option to buy into long or short positions through…

Huobi Enters Japanese Market With BitTrade Acquisition

Huobi Japan Holding Ltd. has acquired a majority stake in Japanese cryptocurrency exchange BitTrade, marking the top-three exchange’s formal entry into the Japanese market. BitTrade, which is one of the 16 government-approved crypto exchanges in the country, announced the news yesterday, September 12, 2018. Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) began issuing exchange operating licenses in…