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Italian Credit Downgrade Likely to Add to Pressure on Europe’s Markets

October 21, 2018 |

Italy’s credit was cut by Moody’s to the lowest investment-grade rating, in a move that will likely add further selling pressure on Italian bonds and raise borrowing costs for the debt-laden country. What’s News Europe


New Banksy-style Paris street art places a spotlight on Europe’s migrant crisis

October 7, 2018 |

Banksy’s (most likely) at it again. In what appears to be the anonymous British graffiti artist’s latest stunt, at least seven new works have popped up across Paris, all with a common theme: Europe’s migrant crisis. – RSS Channel – World

Labor Shortage Lifts Wages on Europe’s Eastern Flank

September 30, 2018 |

In Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic, wages are rising fast as workers grow scarce, a sign that the laws of supply and demand remain in force there even though many Western economies have seen slow wage growth despite falling jobless rates. What’s News Europe

Comcast outbids Walt Disney Co. with $39-billion offer for Europe’s Sky TV

September 22, 2018 |

Comcast Corp. triumphed over the Walt Disney Co. in a hard-fought battle for Sky television, by offering $ 39 billion for the satellite-TV service that has 23 million customers in five European countries.

The Philadelphia cable company came away with the prize during a rare auction conducted Saturday…

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Europe’s Tourism Boom Is Lifting All Boats, Including Tiny Montenegro

August 26, 2018 |

Many tourists are descending on Europe this summer and a growing number are looking beyond the continent’s famous destinations to places like Montenegro. What’s News Europe

In Orban’s Hungary, a Glimpse of Europe’s Demise

August 12, 2018 |

Onetime dissident cozies up to Putin, betting that the post-Cold War era of liberal democracy is doomed. Among the economic and political implications: Hungary is building a giant Russian-designed nuclear power plant that will give Moscow leverage over its energy supply for decades to come. What’s News Europe

Europe’s English-Language Boom Is a Bust for the U.K.

July 19, 2018 |

Britons’ complacency about learning other languages in view of the growing dominance of their own is a competitive disadvantage in the making, Simon Nixon writes. What’s News Europe

Europe’s Top Speed Trading Firm Flow Traders Joins the Crypto-Economy

July 6, 2018 |

Europe's Top Speed Trading Firm Flow Traders Joins the Crypto-Economy

This week one of Europe’s largest speed trading platforms and exchange-traded fund (ETFs) dealers, Flow Traders NV, announced the firm is entering the cryptocurrency space by offering bitcoin and ethereum exchange-traded notes (ETNs) to its clientele.

Also read: Switzerland Considers Granting Crypto Businesses Access to Banking Services

Speed Trading Platform Flow Traders Enters the Cryptocurrency Trading Ecosystem

Europe's Top Speed Trading Firm Flow Traders Joins the Crypto-EconomyThe Amsterdam market maker, Flow Traders, provides liquidity to its customers by providing traders bid and offer prices for Exchange Traded Products (ETPs). Flow Traders was founded in 2004 and has become one of the top ETP exchanges in Europe, pulling in over €250 million in revenue per year. Now the trading platform has announced it’s entering the cryptocurrency space by providing customers ethereum and bitcoin ETNs. According to Flow Trader’s Co-Chief Executive Officer Dennis Dijkstra, the company’s trade volumes have “dramatically increased.”

“People underestimate crypto,” Dijkstra explains during an interview on July 6.

It’s big, and it is to be regulated very soon. The market participants are much more professional than people think. Institutional investors are interested — we know they are because we get requests.

High-Frequency Traders Polarized by Bitcoin

Speed trading otherwise known as high-frequency trading (HFT) is a technique that uses algorithmic swaps to trade products at high speeds, and fast turnover rates. Typically HFT operations trade extremely large volumes of trades which in turn makes up the low margins offered by the exchange. Flow Traders is not the first high-speed trading company that’s entered the cryptocurrency ecosystem. Five well-known HFT dealers Tower Research, Susquehanna, Jump Trading, DRW Holdings, and Hudson River are selling cryptocurrency products to clients as well. The proprietary trading firm DRW Holdings claims its been swapping cryptocurrencies since 2014.    

“What’s surprising me is how polarizing bitcoin is,” Bobby Cho the head of over-the-counter trading DRW’s OTC subsidiary Cumberland Mining.

Everyone has a viewpoint on bitcoin, whereas with other asset classes you either care or you don’t care.

Europe's Top Speed Trading Firm Flow Traders Joins the Crypto-Economy

Focusing on the New Asset Class

Flow Trader’s Dijkstra details that the firm has been hedging its bitcoin (XBT) and ethereum ETNs with CME Groups and Cboe’s XBT products. The XBT provider’s managing director at Coinshares Ltd., Laurent Kssis, says with firms like Flow Traders purchasing ETNs they continue to see steady institutional demand for their cryptocurrency exchange-traded notes.  

“With the growing interest from institutional clients willing to invest in digital assets, I can see why so many proprietary trading businesses are now focusing on this new asset class,” Kssis added.

What do you think about Flow Traders getting into dealing with cryptocurrency ETNs and futures products? Do you think more HFT platforms will flock to digital assets? Let us know your thoughts on this subject in the comment section below.

Images via Shutterstock, and Flow Traders. 

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Europe’s Nativist Swing Casts Shadow Over Political Establishment

July 6, 2018 |

In Europe’s long struggle between the political establishment and its enemies, the momentum this year is shifting toward nativists, deepening doubts about the continent’s multilateral order and divisions about how to respond. What’s News Europe

Europe’s Threadbare Migration Plan Only Buys Time

July 6, 2018 |

Panic-stricken officials from the EU and the United Nations collaborated to come up last week with a deal to keep EU borders and ports open. Yet it isn’t clear, Simon Nixon writes, that the deal will avert the crisis for long. What’s News Europe