The top daily news from the cryptocurrency and blockchain space:
- LedgerX wins regulatory nod on physically-settled bitcoin futures.
- NFL players continue to buy up bitcoin.
- Binance Chain set for major hard fork.
At the time of writing, bitcoin (BTC) and ether (ETH) are trading at $12,595.5 (+11.4%) and $325.7 (+4.0%), respectively. As for the MVIS CryptoCompare Digital Assets 10 Index, it is currently tracking at 5,135.9 (+4.3%).
LedgerX Wins Regulatory Nod on Physically-Settled Bitcoin Futures
U.S.-regulated bitcoin derivatives exchange and clearinghouse, LedgerX, had its application for designation as a contract maker approved by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CTFC); meaning it can now offer physically-settled bitcoin futures contracts.
With its application – which was initially filed in November 2018 – now approved by the CTFC, LedgerX will be able to list bitcoin derivatives contracts, including both options and futures, and offer them to investors, regardless of whether they are of a retail or institutional background. Such products are expected to trade on a new platform known as LedgerX Omni, the New York-based company shared in a blog post.
NFL Players Buy into Bitcoin Bull Run
How many NFL players have purchased bitcoin? At least 32.
That’s according to star NFL player and staunch Bitcoin proponent, Russell Okung, who today upwardly revised a June 17 tweet wherein he declared there were “at least 30” players in the NFL who had purchased the world’s top cryptocurrency by market cap.
Okung – who serves on the executive committee of the NFL Players Association – first updated his count on Tuesday evening (PT) from 30 to 31. Then, an hour later, he once more updated the tally to 32.
Prompting the second of the two updates was Oren Burks, a linebacker for the Green Bay Packers who responded to Okung’s June 17 tweet with the hashtag ‘HODL’, the popular term used within the crypto community when one intends to keep – rather than sell – their cryptocurrency holdings.
👋🏾 #HODL— Oren Burks (@BangTimeBurks) June 26, 2019
Binance Chain Set for ‘Galileo’ Hard Fork
Appearing on the Binance Chain community forum was a post outlining a June 26 Binance Chain testnet hard fork. The upgrade, which has been dubbed ‘Galileo’, will bring with it various changes to Binance Chain nodes, the Binance Chain client, and the fork of Tendermint upon which Binance Chain is built atop.
Some notable features of the upcoming Binance Chain hard fork include token time-locking capabilities and a newfound ability of validators to, in relation to Binance DEX, “create a delist proposal and vote on delisting trading pairs via governance.”
As for when the Binance Chain mainnet will receive the ‘Galileo’ upgrade, Tuesday’s post stated it will be “a few weeks” from now. A separate announcement will come in relation to this.
.@Binance Chain Galileo Upgrade Announcement— Binance DEX (@Binance_DEX) June 26, 2019
The Binance Chain testnet is expected to have a scheduled hard fork upgrade at block height 24,020,000, around 2019/06/26 7:00 AM (UTC). Binance Chain Mainnet will also be undergoing an upgrade at a later date.https://t.co/0d46tN1qDx pic.twitter.com/FGsMs9WcTe