QuadrigaCX Has $21 Million in Assets and Owes $160 Million: EY Report

QuadrigaCX, the Canadian crypto exchange that collapsed after the death of its CEO and founder late last year, has just $21 million in assets, but owes creditors $160 million, its court-appointed monitor and trustee said. The latest report by Ernst and Young (EY), which is dated May 1 but appears to have been published in the last few days, outlines three legal entities affiliated with the exchange – Quadriga Fintech Solutions Corp., Whiteside Capital Corporation and 0984750 B.C. Ltd., each of which is presented as its own bankrupt firm. As a…

Techstars-Backed Alkemi Enters DeFi Race With $16 Million Liquidity Pool

A new type of decentralized finance (DeFi) app wants to boost crypto-market liquidity by offering you interest on your coins. Today at the demo day for Techstars’ blockchain cohort, Alkemi CEO Ryan Breen will unveil a crypto liquidity pool deal worth $16 million from industry veterans like Joseph Weinberg, chairman of the data network Shyft, and Alex Friedberg of BXB Capital. Alkemi is looking to create a liquidity system for exchanges by making an accessible honeypot that service providers can dip into when demand increases faster than supply. “It’s solving…

ErisX Launches Crypto Spot Market on Heels of New $20 Million Raise

Aspiring crypto derivatives provider ErisX took one step closer to its ultimate goal Tuesday with the launch of a spot market. The exchange announced that it will immediately support dollar trading pairs with bitcoin, bitcoin cash, litecoin and ethereum, as well as bitcoin trading pairs with the other three cryptocurrencies at launch. While ErisX has a number of firms looking to trade on its platform at launch, it did not disclose any names. Chief strategy officer Matt Trudeau told CoinDesk that, at launch, ErisX’s platform will include both its exchange…

Genesis Lends $425 Million of Crypto in Q1 – and Not Just to Short Sellers

Genesis Global Trading’s cryptocurrency lending arm continues to grow – and diversify beyond short sellers. Announced Thursday, Genesis Global Capital wrote $425 million of crypto loans in the first quarter, bringing its total originations since the business launched in March 2018 to $1.53 billion. Moreover, Genesis’ portfolio of outstanding loans grew 17 percent from the end of last year to $181 million as of March 30. (The average loan is paid off in six weeks, which explains why the amount outstanding at the end of the period is so much…

Why CheapAir is Still Dedicated to Bitcoin After Clearing $5 Million in 5 Years

By CCN.com: Major travel agency CheapAir has reportedly processed more than $5 million worth of bitcoin payments since its integration of the dominant cryptocurrency in 2013. To better serve cryptocurrency users, CheapAir CEO Jeff Klee said that the firm will soon accept Ethereum. Speaking to Forbes, Klee said: CheapAir is about to start taking ethereum which is new in addition to dash, bitcoin cash, and litecoin. https://t.co/GrHKdmlIGO continues to embrace cryptocurrency as payment and we’re dedicated to cater to #Bitcoin, #Litecoin, #Dash and #BCH customers. Via @ForbesCrypto @iamwormify https://t.co/nUGPwf41TG —…

French Banking Giant Issues $112 Million Bond on Public Ethereum Blockchain

By CCN.com: The blockchain bug seems to have bitten French banking giant Societe Generale to a point of no return. A little over a year ago, the third largest bank in France by assets unveiled a blockchain-based trade finance platform for all its corporate clients, the we.trade platform. Now Societe Generale has found another use case for blockchain technology – bond issuance. In a statement, the giant lender has revealed that its covered bond unit, Societe General SFH, has issued its first covered bond on the Ethereum blockchain worth over…

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)…

Gate.io Raises $64 Million for Launch of New Exchange Cryptocurrency

Crypto exchange Gate.io has raised $64 million worth of crypto assets in seven days for its own exchange cryptocurrency that won’t be launched on a blockchain for at least six months. One of the oldest Chinese exchanges, Gate.io claimed on Monday that over the last week it was heavily oversubscribed with orders totaling $2.99 billion for the so-called Gate Points, which can be used for offsetting trading fees on the platform. Moreover, each Gate Point further entitles a holder to receive 2.5 Gate Tokens (GT), the native cryptocurrency of Gatechain, the…

Sparkswap Raises $3.5 Million From Initialized, Pantera for Lightning-Powered DEX

UPDATE (April 8, 13:40 UTC): The funding round was led by Initialized Capital, not Pantera Capital. The headline has been updated. A San Francisco-based decentralized exchange (DEX) called Sparkswap launched Monday, becoming the first North American exchange to fully integrate the lightning network, a bitcoin scaling solution. Sparkswap is funded by a $3.5 million seed round led by Initialized Capital, with involvement from venture capital firms such as Pantera Capital and Foundation Capital. This lightning-powered DEX – which differentiates itself from traditional exchanges by requiring users to custody their own…

Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin Futures Volumes Top $150 Million at Kraken Exchange

It’s not just bitcoin futures products that are becoming popular with investors, at least according to one U.K.-based crypto derivatives provider. Crypto Facilities, a subsidiary of the San Francisco-based exchange Kraken that provides bitcoin and ether reference data for CME Group and has offered its own derivatives products for years, has seen trading volume in its altcoin futures markets jump dramatically in recent weeks – in particular, its litecoin and bitcoin cash futures contracts, said head of indices and pricing products Sui Chung. He told CoinDesk that the company had…