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Russian Bank Launches New Cross-Border Crypto Payments System: Report

Russian Bank Launches New Cross-Border Crypto Payments System: Report

One of Russia’s biggest banks is reportedly launching a new cross-border payments system utilizing crypto assets. According to a recent report by the Russian publication Vedomosti, a representative of Rosbank says that the institution is already conducting test transactions with private and corporate clients. Though it isn’t clear which digital assets the bank will support […]

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Institutional investors still eye crypto despite the FTX collapse

Data sent by crypto exchange Bitstamp shows that institutional registrations in the trading platform increased by 57% in November.

The negative effects caused by the FTX debacle have put the crypto space in an unfavorable light. However, institutional investors continued to show interest in the industry even at the height of the FTX controversy. 

According to crypto exchange Bitstamp, compared to their data in October, institutional registrations within its digital asset trading platform is up by 57% in November, when the topic of the FTX collapse frequented news headlines. The exchange also told Cointelegraph that its total revenue is up by 45% in the same period, with revenue coming from institutions up by 34% and from retail traders up by 72%.

The exchange also highlighted that compared to October, active global retail users in November also increased by 43%, with United States-based users up by 18%. This suggests that even with FTX being a hot topic in the space, more crypto investors were actively trading within the exchange.

On-chain analyst Willy Woo also commented on the issue of traditional finance investors eyeing the space. In a tweet, Woo argued that while the FTX collapse looks like it sets the industry back, traditional finance capital allocators are viewing the situation as an opportunity to come in. "They see Bitcoin and crypto is here to stay and it’s now been de-risked," he wrote.

On Dec. 6, financial services firm Goldman Sachs expressed its intent to purchase or invest in crypto companies. Goldman Sachs executive Mathew McDermott recently mentioned that the firm is already doing due diligence and is seeing opportunities while valuations are low. The executive also noted that while FTX became a prominent example within the industry, the underlying technology behind the space still continues to perform.

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Meanwhile, SEBA Bank aims to speed up institutional adoption through a partnership with HashKey Group. On Dec. 5, the firm announced that it will be working with HashKey to accelerate digital asset adoption within institutions in Hong Kong and Switzerland.

On Nov. 4, a survey released by Fidelity Digital Assets showed why institutions are accumulating crypto in 2022. In a previous Cointelegraph interview, Chris Kuiper, the Head of Research at Fidelity Digital Assets, mentioned that there is an increase in institutions holding crypto while 78% of respondents are planning to enter the space in the future.

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Institutions ‘moving very, very fast’ into Crypto: Coinbase exec

D’Agostino also said the recent battles between the SEC and CFTC is a good thing for crypto because it indicates that it will be a “vitally important piece of market structure” moving forward.

Institutional adoption of digital assets is “moving very, very fast,” and much faster than the rate nascent industries ordinarily develop at, says Coinbase Senior Advisor John D’Agostino.

In an Oct. 18 interview with SALT moderated by Anthony Scaramucci, D’Agostino said that new asset classes often take time to develop, as “institutional inertia is a very real thing” and “there’s a lot of switching costs associated with adding new assets” but that this hasn’t been the case with crypto.

“So for me, for someone who spent 15 years trying to get commodities to be mainstream, it’s actually moving fast. But I do understand why somebody in the heat of the moment feels it’s glacial. But for institutions I think it’s moving very, very fast.”

As for what may have slowed institutional adoption, D’Agostino said that U.S. regulators have been “complacent” to the point that it harmed “the growth of the technology.”

But interestingly, D’Agostino sees the “bifurcated regulatory regime” between the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) “as a good thing” because “nobody fights over something that is going to go away.”

“The fact that crypto is being used as a bargaining chip by the heads of regulatory agencies [and] the fact that these public announcements are being made to push a positioning around which regulatory agency will be in control is an indication that this is a vitally important piece of market structure.”

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D'Agostino was adamant that a crypto-related Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF) will eventually be approved, despite the SEC's ongoing rejections.

“I think that’s going to change. Despite the delay, an ETF is inevitable. I can’t tell you when it’s going to happen. But I know at some point it’s going to happen.”

Co-founder and CEO of Singaporean crypto exchange Coinhako Yusho Liu recently told Cointelegraph that he expected institutional interest to keep growing as the industry matures.

"We believe institutional flows into the market will continue to grow and serve as a crucial driver for future crypto innovation and adoption," he said.

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Billionaire Bill Miller Has ‘Very Big’ Bitcoin Position — Calls BTC ‘Insurance Against Financial Catastrophe’

Billionaire Bill Miller Has ‘Very Big’ Bitcoin Position — Calls BTC ‘Insurance Against Financial Catastrophe’Veteran investor and fund manager Bill Miller says he has “a very big position” in bitcoin and expects to see a lot of institutional adoption this year, particularly among endowments and foundations. “Bitcoin is insurance against financial catastrophe,” he opined. Bill Miller Says ‘Bitcoin Is Insurance Against Financial Catastrophe’ Famed value investor Bill Miller talked […]

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Institutional Investors Say SEC Having More Power to Regulate Crypto Will Boost Prices

Institutional Investors Say SEC Having More Power to Regulate Crypto Will Boost PricesInstitutional investors are optimistic about the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) having more power to regulate the crypto market, a recent survey shows. They believe that if the SEC is granted extra powers, the prices of cryptocurrencies will be positively impacted. What Institutional Investors Think About Crypto Nickel Digital Asset Management, a regulated European […]

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Genesis Trading Sees ‘Strong Signs’ of Institutional Crypto Investment Growth Accelerating Next Year

Genesis Trading Sees ‘Strong Signs’ of Institutional Crypto Investment Growth Accelerating Next YearGenesis Trading’s head of market insights says that the institutional investment growth in the crypto space over the last 12 months “has been astonishing.” The executive added: “We’re seeing strong signs of that accelerating over the next year.” Strong Signs of Institutional Investment Growth Accelerating Next Year Noelle Acheson, head of market insights at Genesis […]

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