Financial services firm Cowen today announced several key hires and a significant product enhancement in response to strong growth at UK-headquartered Cowen Execution Services Limited (“CESL”), a non-conflicted trading platform providing execution services in more than 100 markets worldwide over afull range of multi-asset capabilities.
Since launching with an experienced team of trading professionals in October 2019, CESL has seen impressive growth in the depth and breadth of trading on its platform, already executing $75 billion in non-dollar trades, according to the firm.
Matt Cyzer, CEO of CESL, said that over the past four months, as the pandemic has caused such volatility in global markets, institutional clients have consistently turned to Cowen, resoundingly validating the firm’s core, collaborative culture and value proposition.
Adding significant talent
“Today, more than ever, trust and execution quality matter most in any trading platform and Cowen’s growth at this time is testimony to both aspects being at the heart of our franchise. We are completely committed to unconflicted execution, unique electronic trading products and a team of professionals utterly dedicated to serving our clients’ best interests. We are excited by this momentum and the opportunity to add significant new talent to our platform, across both our electronic and high touch trading businesses, and to integrating new sources of liquidity,” Cyzer noted.
Further strengthening Cowen’s portfolio trading capabilities, Kenneth Kane and Colleen Schlachter have joined the firm as managing director and director, respectively, both reporting to Jason Oien, head of global electronic trading and portfolio trading.
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Critesh Patel has also joined the firm as director, head of execution consultancy, Europe, reporting to Tom Campbell, head of European electronic trading, and Jack Gold, head of research and development, electronic trading, to further deepen Cowen’s electronic trading capabilities and platform.
Kane and Patel are based in London, Schlachter in New York. Additionally, Ross Duncan will be joining the firm as director, further strengthening Cowen’s client coverage capabilities. He will report to Carl Hayes, head of EMEA sales trading, and be based in London.
New product enhancement
Cowen said it continues to invest in its global electronic platform, also announcing the addition of comprehensive relative limit functionality and additional liquidity sources, including access to Liquidnet’s resting pool of buy-side liquidity.
This new product enhancement goes beyond the market-standard conditional order-type interaction with Liquidnet’s trading venues, according to the company. The comprehensive liquidity reach of Cowen’s platform continues to be maximized by its non-conflicted routing logic – as neither a systematic internalizer (SI) nor multilateral trading facility (MTF) – and its innovative “dark heatmap.”
“As our business continues to grow at pace, Cowen is making the critical strategic investments required expand our platform and execution service offering. We retain constant focus on maintaining the high level of trust and confidence our clients have placed in us reflecting our core principles. The addition of Colleen, Ken, Ross and Critesh to our team together with the aforementioned advances in greater liquidity reach and overall product enhancements reflect our continued commitment to offer a best in class global trading platform to our clients,” Cyzer concluded.
Binance Might Delist Many Low-Volume Coins Soon, CZ Hints
Binance is the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by means of daily trading volumes. In the few short years since its launch, the venue went on to become a leading company in the industry.
In fact, launching coins up for trade on the exchange has created the so-called “Binance Effect.” In short, when a cryptocurrency is selected and launched for trading on the platform, its price usually undergoes a substantial surge.
Now, the CEO of Binance, Changpeng Zhao, has hinted that it may start delisting low-volume coins.
Low-Volume Coins May Kiss Binance Goodbye
In an interesting Twitter thread, a popular cryptocurrency analyst and trader RookieXBT suggested delisting all coins on Binance that “do less than 10 BTC of daily volume.”
Expectedly or not, the CEO of the exchange engaged in the thread, providing a hint that they might consider doing so.
“I think it is a good idea. If you are on Binance and still have no volume, then…” – Said CZ, perhaps hinting that there’s something inherently wrong with coins listed on Binance and failing to generate big daily volume.
Naturally, there are two sides to this debate. Some users think that the merits of a coin shouldn’t be valued based on the volumes it generates on cryptocurrency exchanges. People argue that they hold a coin for the long-term and don’t really care about the daily volume.
This is most definitely true. The inherent merits of a cryptocurrency are most definitely not associated with it being listed on a certain exchange, be it Binance. So, a logical question pops – why would someone care if the coin is listed or not, presuming they are “in it for the technology”? And this is where things take a twist.
The Other Side of the Story
At this point, it becomes rather clear that this particular narrative doesn’t stand on solid ground because people are obviously concerned about the price, perhaps even more so than the technology itself.
If an investor is holding a cryptocurrency for the long run, it being listed on Binance shouldn’t make a difference. But that’s usually not the case – people are rarely “in it for the technology” despite what they might claim.
The main concern is that if Binance decides to delist low-volume cryptocurrencies en-masse, this might cause a larger upset in the market because of the “Binance Effect.”
As we mentioned before, when a cryptocurrency is listed on Binance, it usually goes through a substantial increase. However, the opposite is also true. Last year, the exchange delisted Bitcoin SV, and it tanked more than 10% on the news. That’s just one example.
In any case, there’s no formal confirmation, and it remains interesting to see whether the exchange will really start delisting coins based on low volumes.
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Fidelity’s Crypto Subsidiary Targets Asian Investors To Buy Bitcoin
- Fidelity Digital Asset Services (FDAS) has partnered with Stack Funds to enable Asian investors to purchase and store cryptocurrency assets more freely and securely.
- Based in Singapore, Stack Funds is a regulated fund manager focusing on Bitcoin and other digital assets.
- According to the Bloomberg report, Stack Funds will make Fidelity’s secure custody services available to its clients, primarily based in Asia. The company outlined that the Asian market has been continuously growing in demand towards the cryptocurrency industry, especially from high-net-worth investors and family offices.
- Stack further explained that all assets under its management will be audited monthly. The firm will provide insurance coverage, weekly contributions, and redemptions to enhance capital security.
- Stack’s co-founder, Michael Collett, said that Fidelity’s involvement will enable its company to attract even more investors from the region.
- On the other hand, Christopher Tyrer, head of Fidelity Digital Assets Europe, believes that “there’s a critical need for platforms which have a deep understanding of what local and regional investors are looking for.” However, he admitted that the digital asset space has “historically lacked” such platforms.
- After its success in the US, Fidelity Digital Assets expanded its cryptocurrency services to Europe last year. The company aims at entering the Asian market as well now with the Stack Funds partnership.
Hacked? Crypto Lending Platform Cred Suspends Deposits And Withdrawals While Cooperating With Authorities
The popular cryptocurrency lending service Cred has announced that it has temporarily suspended all funds inflows and outflows. Without disclosing many details, the platform said it’s cooperating with law enforcement authorities to investigate an incident.
Cred Suspends Deposits And Withdrawals
The United States-based crypto lending platform, which recently announced joining Visa’s fast track program, updated its customers on Twitter regarding the latest troubling developments with a brief message.
“Unfortunately, we are unable to comment further at this time, but we will undertake to provide an update within the next two weeks. During this period, all inflows and outflows of funds will be suspended.” – read the statement.
Staying true to its fashion, the cryptocurrency community lashed out at Cred and its lack of details about what’s going on. This reaction prompted the lending protocol to comment once again. Firstly, Cred apologized for the concerns and inconveniences it has caused while it’s assessing the “business impact connected with a recent fraudulent incident.”
Furthermore, the post explained that Cred is currently cooperating with law enforcement authorities. However, it provided some reassurances claiming that “no client personal data or account information was compromised.”
It’s worth noting that Cred’s website reads that the platform works with “trusted security and insurance providers Fireblocks and Lockton to ensure that our customers’ digital assets have enterprise-grade security.” Nevertheless, several community members have questioned the state of their holdings on the platform, as they weren’t satisfied with Cred’s brief updates.
A Dissolved Partnership Saw This Coming?
Although it’s still unconfirmed if the so-called “incident” is indeed a hack, it seems that the issues have been transpiring for a while now. Days before Cred suspended deposits and withdrawals, one of its partners ended its relationship with the lending protocol.
The cryptocurrency wallet and trading platform, Uphold, announced on Sunday that users could no longer link their Uphold wallets to the third-party crypto lending provider Cred.
At the time of this writing, neither Uphold nor Cred have disclosed why their partnership agreement ended.
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