Bitcoin 

Bakkt to Acquire Loyalty Program Provider Bridge2 Solutions

Bakkt has announced that it will acquire loyalty program provider Bridge2 Solutions in a move that could open up a trillion-dollar market for the fledgling crypto exchange, according to the CEO of its parent company, the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE). Bridge2 is a loyalty rewards platform for merchants and financial institutions with a combined total of $60 billion worth of reward points, according to Fortune. Bakkt intends to leverage Bridge2’s existing merchant relationships to build out its own consumer app. Bridge2 also operates a pilot project called Loyalty Pay, which, when…

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Bitcoin 

Bakkt Bitcoin Options Trading Volume for Last Week was Just Zero

Bakkt, the highly touted cryptocurrency exchange founded by the Intercontinental Exchange, saw zero Bitcoin options traded last week as it continues its hugely underwhelming start to life. The Bitcoin futures exchange, governed by the company behind the New York Stock Exchange, was billed as a gateway for institutional investors to get in on the world of crypto trading given its close associations with established financial institutions. However, the pre-launch excitement failed to translate into activity as Bakkt traded just 623 futures contracts in the first week of launch in late…

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Ethereum 

CME Bitcoin Options Eclipses Bakkt With a Strong Start

CME Group’s Bitcoin options got off to a good start this week with US$2.3 million traded on the first day, eclipsing the slow start made by rival exchange Bakkt. The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) launched its highly anticipated Bitcoin (BTC) options on Monday, with 55 contracts changing hands on the first day alone. An options contract represents a right, but not an obligation, to purchase one Bitcoin futures contract, which represents 5 BTC or approximately US$2.3 million at its current value. CME is a direct rival of Bakkt, a crypto…

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Bitcoin 

Bakkt Futures Trading Volumes Continue to Grow—But There’s a Catch

Bakkt futures trading volume hit a record high of 4,269 BTC in a single day; however, very little Bitcoin has actually been physically settled on the exchange. The launch of the futures trading exchange from the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), the parent company of the New York Stock Exchange, was one of the most highly anticipated events on the 2019 crypto calendar. However, Bakkt got off to a sluggish start and traded only 623 futures contracts in the first week of launch in late September. Volume has started to pick up…

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Blockchain 

Bakkt to Launch Cash-Settled Bitcoin Futures on December 9

The cryptocurrency industry has come a long way from the days when it used to be tough for people to buy tokens online and hence, the emergence of Bitcoin futures did not come as a massive surprise for most market watchers. So what does newly-created crypto exchange Bakkt have in store? Let’s dig in. Key Expansion A few months back, Bakkt announced that it was going to launch a Bitcoin future product that could be settled in cash. That announcement naturally caused a lot of enthusiasm in the crypto sphere,…

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Blockchain 

Bakkt to Launch Institutional Bitcoin Custody Services

Bakkt, the crypt subsidiary of the Intercontinental Exchange, has announced that it will begin holding the Bitcoin assets of its institutional investors, which was one of the most sought-after services of the platform prior to its launch in September. Launch of Bakkt Warehouse Upon launch, Bakkt initially only offered custody services to customers who were trading its Bitcoin futures contracts but has now received approval from the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) to store all Bitcoin assets of its customers in the “Bakkt Warehouse.” Pantera Capital, Galaxy Digital, and…

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Blockchain 

Bakkt Futures Monthly Trading Volume Starts to Pick Up Pace

Bakkt, the crypto exchange platform from the Intercontinental Exchange, has seen its futures trading volume soar to 1,061 contracts, indicating that institutional investors are finally getting on board with the platform. Since its launch on September 27, Bakkt has endured a sluggish start to life despite being one of the most highly anticipated exchange in the world of crypto this year. With just 623 futures contracts being traded in the first week, for a total value of just over $5 million USD, it appeared as though the platform was a massive…

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Blockchain 

Bakkt to Launch Consumer Focused App in 2020 With Starbucks Trial

Bakkt, the cryptocurrency trading platform launched by the Intercontinental Exchange, is planning to launch a consumer-focused app in the first half of 2020 to enable retail customers to make transactions with cryptocurrencies. Consumer Adoption Ambitions In an ambitious move to enable the widespread adoption of cryptocurrencies, Bakkt Chief Product Officer Mike Blandina said in a blog post: “We’ll be launching a consumer app to make it easy for consumers to discover and unlock the value of digital assets, as well as ways in which they can transact or track them. Merchants…

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Blockchain 

Bakkt is All Set to Launch Options on Bitcoin Futures in December

Over the past few years, the crypto sphere has come a long way to emerge as one of the most exciting investment options for investors, and the introduction of Bitcoin futures was one of the bigger developments in this regard. In a new development, the highly influential International Exchange (IE) has stated that it is now going to introduce options in Bitcoin. Key Details The service is going to be launched on Bakkt, one of its subsidiaries, and among the most popular destinations for high-level trades in the crypto space.…

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Blockchain 

Bakkt Futures Trade Volume Soars 800% After Slow Start

The Bakkt Futures trading volume for Bitcoin (BTC) has gained almost 800% in just one day after a slow start to life for the long-awaited futures contract trading platform headed by the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE). Bakkt Volume Reaches All-Time High A bot account on Twitter, which tracks the number of contracts traded on Bakkt, reported this morning that 224 BTC futures were traded on August 9, an eye-watering increase of 796% from the previous day. October 8’s volume of 25 BTC was coincidentally the lowest figure recorded since the platform…

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