Crypto Mining To Revive Abandoned Town in California

Visionaries bought Cerro Gordo, a remote 150-year-old ghost town in California. They plan to convert the abandoned mining town into a crypto and blockchain haven. Bringing New Mining to A 150-year-old Mining Town Two investors bought the Cerro Gordo town for $1.4 million, in mid-2018. A CNBC report describes it as a 22-building, 150-year-old ghost town, located approximately 200 miles north of Los Angeles, California. Cerro Gordo lies near Death Valley National Park, edging the Inyo Mountains of the Owen Valley. Two young entrepreneurs bought the town, as CNBC reported:…

Huobi, OKEx Avoid Being ‘Iced Out’ by Chinese Government

China favors some crypto exchanges before others, with Huobi rising as one of the favorites. Recent analysis of the Chinese crackdown against the crypto sector showed that not all companies were necessarily created equal. Minor, Shady Markets Face the Worst Crackdown Both Huobi and OKEx will see more favorable acceptance, commented Matthew Graham, CEO of Sino Global Capital. Increasingly looks like China story is 1) Huobi and OKEx get *some* level of approval (“institutionalization”) 2) Binance and international exchanges mostly iced out 3) Small casino (“bucket shop”) exchanges like MXC…

Nordea Bank Bans Employees From Trading Bitcoin

Nordea Bank has the right to prevent its employees from investing in Bitcoin (BTC) and other cryptocurrencies, a Danish court ruled. The bank will have the right to issue guidelines on owning and trading crypto, even during time off work. Bitcoin is Risky and Hurts Nordea’s Reputation Cryptocurrency is risky, and the risks justify the restriction, ruled a Copenhagen-based court. The lawsuit originated with Denmark’s Union for Financial Industry Employees, reported Bloomberg. The rationale was that a ban on owning crypto coins was interfering with the employee’s personal lives. We…

European Central Bank President Envisions Direct Digital Currency Use

The European Central Bank is exploring the potential for a digital currency, which would allow direct injections of liquidity to consumers, said Christine Lagarde, the bank’s new president. Digital Currency Optimism from IMF to ECB In her first hearing before the European Parliament as the head of the ECB, Lagarde continued spreading the message that central banks may adopt a digital currency. Lagarde has been friendly to the idea of digital currency during her mandate as head of the IMF, and will bring this attitude to the ECB. Still, Lagarde’s…

CME Details Bitcoin Options as Bakkt Options Launch Nears

The battle of the bitcoin futures platforms is heating up. The Chicago Mercantile Exchange has released details of its new BTC options contracts while the launch of Bakkt’s equivalent product is less than a week away. How will bitcoin prices react? More Institutional Bitcoin Products This time two years ago the CME was poised to launch its game-changing bitcoin futures contracts. It was the first time investors were able to short the digital asset and they did it spectacularly. Since then it has been widely reported that the US government…