Coinbase Rolls Out Trading in USDC Stablecoin to 85 Countries

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase is expanding trading in the dollar-pegged stablecoin USD Coin (USDC) to 85 nations worldwide. In a blog post Tuesday, the firm said it now offers crypto-to-crypto trading for USDC in those countries on both its retail site Coinbase.com and its Coinbase Pro service. The firm touted the strengths of the token in the post, saying it offers a stable store of value and can be sent “near-instantly” around the globe. “Unlike other cryptocurrencies, each USDC is backed by $1 USD with monthly transparency audits showing 100% USD backing,” Coinbase said. USDC…

Bitstamp to Expand US Operations by Hiring Former Coinbase Exec Hunter Merghart

European crypto exchange Bitstamp has appointed a former Coinbase executive as head of United States operations, Finance Magnates reports on May 8. Bitstamp, an entrant of the top 50 crypto trading platforms by daily trading volume, has hired Hunter Merghart in a move to expand its operations in the U.S., following the recent acquisition of a virtual currency license from New York state’s financial regulator. Merghart will be based in New York and will focus on working with Bitstamps’ new and existing clients — particularly targeting institutional clients — the…

Coinbase Shutters High-Speed Crypto Trading Division, Axing 30 Jobs

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase is shutting down the Chicago office it opened a year ago, eliminating 30 engineering jobs. The San Francisco-based startup’s Chicago division, known as Coinbase Markets, was dedicated to creating sophisticated electronic markets technologies such as matching engines and high-frequency trading for cryptocurrency.   Coinbase said a year on, it had made the difficult decision to consolidate the matching engine work being done in Chicago with similar work being done by its team in San Francisco. A Coinbase spokesperson told CoinDesk: “To become the ‘Google of crypto’ we…

Tennis Star Serena Williams Reveals Investment in Coinbase

Serena Williams, one of the world’s most successful tennis players of all time, has revealed in an Instagram post that she is an investor in cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase. Williams took to the social media platform late last week to announce her VC firm Serena Ventures – which was secretly founded in 2014 – and listing some of its investments, including Coinbase and startups in areas such as fitness, clothing, food and women’s health and community.   Williams said in the post: “In 2014, (yes I know I can keep a secret) I…

Coinbase Generated $520 Million in Revenue Last Year, Reuters Estimates

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase brought in almost $520 million in global revenue in 2018, according to an estimate from Reuters. The news source based the figure on the exchange’s U.K. revenue, which grew 20 percent last year to 153 million euros ($173 million), according to a filing with the U.K.’s corporate registry. The British side of the business accounts for “almost a third” of the firm’s overall revenue, Coinbase U.K. CEO Zeeshan Feroz told Reuters. The filing further shows that Coinbase U.K. made a net profit of 6.6 million euros ($7.4 million)…

Coinbase Exec Dan Romero Leaving Crypto Exchange After 5 Years

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase is losing another executive. Dan Romero, who works as vice president for Coinbase’s international business, announced in a Medium post on Friday that he will be leaving the firm at the end of this month. Romero joined Coinbase in April 2014, according to his LinkedIn profile. While he didn’t provide a specific reason for departing the firm, Romero said: “Staying true to a mission often requires doing hard (or even unpopular) things. But I’ve been lucky to learn first-hand that it’s those hard things that often generate…

Coinbase Tops JPMorgan in LinkedIn List of Most Popular Employers

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has ranked above investment banking giant JPMorgan in LinkedIn’s top 50 U.S. employers list for 2019. The networking platform for professionals published the list on Wednesday, ranking Coinbase at number 35, 9 spots ahead of JPMorgan at number 44. No other cryptocurrency or blockchain firm made the list. Coinbase has predominantly hired staff in engineering, IT and human resources roles in the recent past, and has a current headcount of about 600 employees in the U.S., the report indicated. The exchange’s employees can choose to be paid partially or…

Coinbase Leads Wall Street to Brave New World of Crypto Staking

The Takeaway: Coinbase Custody is offering staking services to institutional clients, starting with Tezos. Client assets will remain inside Coinbase’s fully insured cold storage at all times, mitigating risk to investors. Since staking requires some funds to be kept online, Coinbase will put up its own coins, assuming the risk. After deducting Coinbase’s fee, clients can expect to earn about 6.6 percent annually, the firm says. Coinbase’s custody arm is trying to entice its institutional customers into the brave new world of staking crypto assets for profit. Starting with the Tezos…

Easily transfer crypto from Coinbase.com to your Coinbase Wallet

We’re excited to announce that you can now link your Coinbase.com account to your Coinbase Wallet app. Once your Coinbase account is linked, you can easily transfer crypto to your Wallet app with just a couple of clicks, anytime you need it. The Coinbase Wallet app is Coinbase’s user-controlled cryptocurrency wallet. With Coinbase.com, you can buy crypto and Coinbase stores it (along with your private keys) for you; with Coinbase Wallet, you store your own crypto (safeguarded by a private key that only you know). To learn more, visit our…

Coinbase Pro Has Good and Bad News Regarding Fees for Traders

Coinbase Pro is changing its fee structure later this week, with bottom tier traders seeing a hike and higher value clients paying less. The San Francisco-based cryptocurrency exchange announced the news in a blog post on Friday, saying that, starting March 22, market makers and takers who fall under the pricing tier of up to $100,000 will be subject to total fees of 0.40 percent, as compared to up to 0.30 percent (taker only) currently. The $100,000 to $1 million tier will stay with the current total fee of 0.30 percent,…