Cboe Feeling the Bitcoin FOMO; Will Launch a Crypto Index Next Year With CoinRoutes

Now, CBOE wants in on crypto, too, again.

Cboe Global Markets is planning to launch a suite of tools including crypto indexes, real-time ticks, and historical data by the end of the first quarter of next year, in partnership with CoinRoutes. Catherine Clay, Senior Vice President and Head of Information Solutions at Cboe Global Markets, said,

“Together, we can help bring transparency to the asset class and its market models by using RealPrice data to potentially create indices and tools that help clients better understand cryptocurrencies and encourage their participation in a nascent market.”

As Bitcoin continues to rally, up 175% YTD just blew right through the all-time high, hitting $20,800, along with the rest of the crypto market, institutions have been rushing in to jump on this bandwagon.

Everyone is long on Bitcoin, and earlier this month, S&P 500 revealed its crypto index plans through Lukka in early 2021.

Now, Cboe wants to provide data for the explosive cryptocurrency market. Interestingly, Cboe launched Bitcoin futures, along with CME, at the peak of the last bull market, in December 2017. But only to close its bitcoin futures in March 2019.

Now, Cboe wants back in, although apparently their corporate interest in digital currencies never declined.

Cboe has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with CoinRoutes, a New York-based trading software firm.

One of the largest stock exchange operators in the US, Cboe aims to reach a customer base of at least thousands initially with its real-time index data and then grow it to a global level. Michael Holstein, Chief Revenue Officer, CoinRoutes said,

“We believe existing arbitrarily weighted indices that do not take into account the different fees or actual liquidity available on crypto exchange platforms do not represent the true cost of buying or selling a given cryptocurrency.”

The company’s algorithmic products are built for both spot and derivatives products.

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Author: AnTy

KPMG Partners with Coin Metrics to Enhance Digital Asset Services for Institutional Clients

‘Big four’ accounting firm, KPMG, is expanding its blockchain product suite following a partnership with a leading crypto market data service provider, Coin Metrics. According to the announcement on Oct 27, the strategic alliance is meant to enhance the delivery of reliable data insights to bring more institutional clients into public blockchains and crypto-assets.

Notably, the announcement coincides with an increased interest in crypto by traditional financial institutions. Going by the trends, big players like PayPal will soon require advanced product suites in the blockchain niche for auditing processes. The KPMG partnership with Coin Metrics will see both firms integrate their blockchain products to serve institutional clients’ growing demand.

KPMG’s ‘Chain Fusion,’ a digital asset oriented product designed for financial firms, was launched as recently as June 2020. This product is set for integration with Coin Metrics’ Farum and Atlas, both of which propose value to KPMG’s core operations. Farum will enable KPMG clients to efficiently monitor risks by identifying fee volatility, transaction reorganizations, and network attacks.

Atlas, on the other hand, proposes value in transaction audits; this comes in handy with issues such as capital tax reporting, a niche where KPMG is a veteran player. KPMG’s Cryptoasset Services co-lead, Sal Ternullo, said that,

“The integration of Coin Metrics’ Atlas and Farum products and KPMG Chain Fusion provides a trusted foundation for the adoption of digital assets … Farum represents a significant step forward for custodians and exchanges who are exposed to often, unmonitored blockchain network risks that may impact their businesses.”

As the crypto market continues to gain traction, it is becoming evident that audit functions are necessary for the space to thrive. Well, KPMG is not the only ‘big four’ that has made a debut in crypto; its peer competitors PWC, Ernest & Young, and Deloitte have also shown interest. In fact, PWC recently partnered with ChainSecurity while Ernest & Young launched its crypto tax service a few months ago.

Also Read: KPMG Reveals Blockchain-Based Climate Accounting Infrastructure (CAI) for Greenhouse Gas Tracking

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Author: Edwin Munyui

OpenZeppelin Launches Defender Developer Suite Allowing DApp Building In ‘Minutes’

OpenZeppelin announced the launch of Defender, a developer suite aiming to help developers build smart contracts in “minutes,” on Tuesday. The suite aims to enhance and automate the development and the building of decentralized finance (DeFi) applications on Ethereum. Allowing developers to concentrate on creative inventions instead of spending time rewriting “fundamental code.”

So far, four of the top DeFi platforms – including Aave, dYdX, Compound, and Balancer – are using the product to automate the development operations when building DeFi products.

OpenZeppelin is an Ethereum focused development group providing a secure standard for decentralized applications on the blockchain. Doubling up as one of the top Ethereum smart contract audit firms, OpenZeppelin’s Defender suite will make it faster (development in minutes) to build dApps on a “secure self-secure infrastructure.”

Moreover, OpenZeppelin’s chief technology officer, Jonathan Alexander – speaking to Cointelegraph – stated that easing the process of creating DeFi apps could help reduce the risks of hacks and attacks on smart contracts.

Recently, the Harvest Finance smart contract was exploited as liquidity providers lost $25 million in staked funds. This has been a recurring problem across the decentralized finance ecosystem, including Balancer, YAM Finance, Uniswap, etc. – a problem Alexander believes “could have been avoided or reduced by following a careful security process.”

However, most startup teams lack a transparent security audit due to cost and a “comprehensive system that fully informs them on security best practices and how to assess risk,” he continued.

Props, a blockchain firm using OpenZeppelin’s Defender suite, CEO Peter Watts praised the ease-of-use and enhanced security it offers. He stated,

“Working with high-value smart contracts can be stressful. OpenZeppelin Defender relieves that stress by dramatically reducing the room for human error, making smart contract management simple and safe – it’s a no brainer that will improve the security and efficiency of any team.”

The Defender suite is open source, free, and available for any developer to use Ethereum test nets, including Ropsten, Rinkeby, Kovan, and Goerli.

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Author: Lujan Odera

ConsenSys’ Ethereum Suite, PegaSys Added to Microsoft Azure Marketplace

  • ConsenSys’ partnership with Microsoft grows stronger as developers can now access a full suite of tools to build an enterprise Ethereum network on the Microsoft Azure platform.
  • These Include Hyperledger Besu, PegaSys Plus, and PegaSys Orchestrate
  • Microsofts Blockchain Dev Kit for Ethereum Support for Hyperledger Besu

In a statement to newsrooms earlier on Friday, May, 8, the ConsenSys owned PegaSys Ethereum Suite will now be available on the Microsoft Azure platform.

This sees PegaSys join a list of blockchain companies on the platform including Microsoft Enterprise Blockchain, Kadena ConsenSys’ Truffle, and Parity Technologies.

PegaSys Suite, which includes three major components including Hyperledger Besu,​​ PegaSys Plus, and PegaSys Orchestrate, allows Ethereum developers to deploy their multi-node networks with the blockchain explorers, monitoring dashboards and even development studio on Azure.

According to Dan Heyman of the PegaSys team, the suite has already been downloaded over 130,000 times with over 200 enterprise Ethereum networks built using the Hyperledger Besu platform.

Microsoft Azure Marketplace offers development kits, software licenses and Web 3.0 development tools to allow blockchain developer to easily build their products.

Furthermore, Yorke E. Rhodes III, the head program manager of blockchain engineering at Microsoft, added:

“Continuing to advance the enterprise quality and tooling for blockchain networks and development is core to serving the needs of customers using Azure. In combination with the VS Code Blockchain DevKit for Ethereum, a new standard for blockchain development has been set.”

ConsenSys and Microsoft have held a partnership since 2017. Both were founders at the launch of the Ethereum Enterprise Alliance creating a client service currently used on Hyperledger Besu. Heyman believes adding PegaSys to Azure marketplace will open up a gateway to more partnerships with Microsoft in the future. He stated:

“Our close collaboration with Microsoft improves our performance on Azure as well as lays the foundation for deeper collaboration on future Ethereum offerings.”

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Author: Lujan Odera