RIYADH: Bitcoin, the leading cryptocurrency internationally, traded lower on Tuesday, down 1.28 percent to $38,478 at 8.45 a.m. Riyadh time.
Ether, the second most traded cryptocurrency, was priced at $2,838, down 0.77 percent, according to data from Coindesk.
Citadel Securities to enter cryptocurrency market
On Monday, Ken Griffin, the billionaire founder of Citadel Securities, one of the world’s biggest market-making firms, said he envisions the company entering the cryptocurrency market as a combination of a liquidity provider and an exchange.
“Given the institutional increase in interest in cryptocurrency, I think it’s reasonable to expect us to be more involved in the crypto space providing liquidity to institutional and potentially retail investors,” Griffin said at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Los Angeles.
While some market makers — firms that provide market liquidity by streaming buy and sell quotes for others to trade against — such as Virtu Financial, Jump Trading and DRW, have embraced the nascent asset class, Citadel Securities has largely stayed on the sidelines.
Griffin in October called cryptocurrencies “a jihadist call that we don’t believe in the dollar.”
But on Monday, he said that while he is skeptical about cryptocurrencies, he has to live with the reality that an asset is worth what people perceive it is worth.
(With input from Reuters)