Bakkt announces acquisition of Digital Asset Custody Company (DACC)

Bitcoin futures will be “listed on a federally-regulated exchange in the coming months”, according to the latest ICE Futures US filing with the CFTC. It was previously reported that Bakkt’s Bitcoin futures launch would be delayed until Q4 of 2019, however the listing now seems to be ahead of schedule. “In conjunction with our exchange and clearing partners at ICE, we’ll be working with our customers over the next several weeks to prepare for user acceptance testing (UAT) for futures and custody, which we expect to start in July,” Bakkt said in an official statement. Two futures contracts will be listed. One will be based on a daily settlement Bitcoin future while the other will be a monthly Bitcoin futures

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The firm announced that it has acquired Digital Asset Custody Company (DACC) as part of its efforts to gain regulatory approval for its crypto products.

Bakkt has said that it is less concerned with merely building a Bitcoin exchange than they are with offering institutional custody and payment platform services, all of which still requires regulatory approval.

Adam White (COO) wrote in Bakkt’s blog post: “To provide regulated custody, we have filed with the New York Department of Financial Services for approval to become a trusted company and in this capacity serve as a Qualified Custodian for digital assets”.

“It is with that same commitment to setting a new standard for securely storing digital assets that we’re excited to announce that we have acquired Digital Asset Custody Company (DACC). DACC shares our security-first mindset and brings extensive experience offering secure, scalable custody solutions to institutional clients.”

A secure and modern custodial solution

Bakkt has said that their secure, modern custodial solutions for cryptocurrency will hopefully encourage institutional investors to expand their portfolios to include the decentralised asset class. Thus far, Coinbase and Circle’s offerings have yet to make a significant dent in the overall market for institutional investors.

This was echoed by Bakkt CEO, Kelly Loeffler, who recently mentioned that, “what ICE has been building for two years is the safest version of a custody solution for digital assets”.

Chief Operating Officer, White, concluded by saying that “the team’s experience integrating multiple blockchains and operating cutting-edge consensus mechanisms is a valuable addition to our team and future product line”.

 

 

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