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  • Byte Me: CFTC’s bitcoin mania

    If you were to accost a capital markets professional in the street and ask them to give examples of commodities, they might name oil, gold, copper, or, if they are also a film buff, frozen orange juice concentrate. Bitcoin might not make that list, but the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is trying to change attitudes to increase its remit over cryptocurrencies.

    • 04 Oct 2018
  • Byte Me: the big boys keep wading in

    Cryptocurrencies have not had a great year. Total market capitalisation of the sector is down 75% from the highs of January, falling roughly in line with what the bears predicted. But that hasn’t seemed to slow institutions’ attempts to get involved.

    • 20 Sep 2018
  • Byte Me: tokenising the world

    When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. For hardcore blockchain enthusiasts there is no end to the list of things that can be tokenised, although capital markets bankers might feel the process is less revolutionary than the techies seem to think.

    • 06 Sep 2018
  • Byte Me: petro is a stinker

    Venezuela's petro seems destined to hang around like a bad smell rather than drifting into obscurity, as it deserves to. The country's president Nicolás Maduro has made it the basis of his country’s economy. It is an utter farce.

    • 23 Aug 2018
  • Byte Me: Crypto flying right?

    Surprising exactly no one, big beast exchange ICE has joined its peers and entered the cryptocurrency market in earnest. More than eight months after competitors Cboe and CME launched cash-settled bitcoin futures contracts, this month ICE revealed Bakkt, a “global platform and ecosystem for digital assets”.

    • 08 Aug 2018
  • Byte Me: FCoin and the Ether ‘attack’

    FCoin, a huge new cryptocurrency exchange by volume, is only two months old and was virtually unknown up until it brought the network of the second largest cryptocurrency in the world to a standstill and made a lot of people very angry.

    • 12 Jul 2018
  • Byte Me: a market untethered?

    When bitcoin futures were launched in December last year, there was excitement, fear and outrage all at once. Critics, including the Futures Industry Association, piled pressure on to US derivatives regulator the Commodities and Futures Trading Commission, demanding better safeguards for such products. Cheerleaders may see the asset class as a great way to earn big in markets dogged by low yields but the doubters, of which Byte Me is one, may yet be proven right.

    • 14 Jun 2018
  • Byte Me: crypto revolutionaries have a lot to prove

    Cryptocurrencies had an incredible run last year, but for them to really hit the mainstream, their advocates should study the sort of old money institutions many of them oppose: central banks.

    • 31 May 2018
  • Byte Me: the taxman cometh

    The minefield of what a cryptocurrency is might have been able to remain comfortably in the realms of the philosophical, if it were not for the relentlessly grounded and literal approach of the US Internal Revenue Service.

    • 17 May 2018
  • ByteMe: has bitcoin had its chips?

    Welcome to ByteMe, GlobalCapital’s new column, providing an informed, critical and irreverent take on the newest and biggest issues in technology — specifically the bits of it involved in moving money around.

    • 03 May 2018

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1 Citi 300,081.56 1165 8.07%
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1 BNP Paribas 42,985.58 172 7.09%
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4 UniCredit 32,244.17 143 5.32%
5 SG Corporate & Investment Banking 31,187.44 119 5.15%

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Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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1 JPMorgan 12,829.62 54 9.00%
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3 Citi 9,451.48 53 6.63%
4 Morgan Stanley 8,043.15 48 5.64%
5 UBS 7,829.15 30 5.49%