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North America’s first Bitcoin exchange-traded funds began trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange recently. The Purpose Bitcoin ETF, developed by Toronto-based Purpose Investments, was approved for trading last week by the Ontario Securities Commission. As of Feb. 18, units of the ETF were at $10.19 in late afternoon trading on the S&P/TSX composite index, up […]

The term cryptocurrency may evoke a number of different images, from lightning-fast computers fuelling get-rich-quick schemes to shady rooms where hackers plot multi-million dollar digital heists. And while there may be some truth to those perceptions, cryptocurrency is a growing sector that many institutional investors are eyeing with increasing interest. Indeed, in mid-December 2020 Bitcoin’s […]

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • February 16, 2021 February 18, 2021
  • 08:51
How to solve for lack of trust inherent in financial transactions

As far back as the beginning of civilization, centralized ledgers have been the answer to solving trust issues, said Michael Casey, chief content officer at CoinDesk, in a keynote presentation during the Canadian Investment Review’s Investment Innovation Conference in November. The first form of writing ever recorded was a ledger on a Sumerian tablet dating […]

BoC deputy: pandemic means central banks must ‘move faster’ on digital currency plans

Pandemic-related shifts in how people shop, sending more people into cyberspace than a physical space, means central banks must speed up work on creating their own digital currencies, says a top Bank of Canada official. The coronavirus has meant more people are shopping online, and foot traffic for brick-and-mortar storefronts hasn’t caught up to pre-pandemic […]


As crypto currency gains further traction in the global marketplace, do institutional investors have a fiduciary responsibility to examine its potential? Perhaps the answer lies in Bitcoin’s performance relative to other, more traditional asset classes, suggested Elisabeth Préfontaine, founder of Octonomics, at an event hosted by the Global Risk Institute in Toronto on Wednesday. “When […]


Institutional investors appear to be making some tentative forays into the world of cryptocurrencies. A research note published by investment firm Cambridge Associates said it may be time for institutional investors to begin exploring and familiarizing themselves with the asset class, stating, “we see an industry that’s developing, not faltering.” As well, a survey of institutional investors […]


As with any new investment, there are always risks that have to be carefully weighted before proceeding. The recent failure of cryptocurrency exchange QuadrigaCX (QX) is certainly upsetting for those who may not recover their money. QX is an exchange where individuals can buy Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies and store them in a wallet. Cryptocurrencies are […]

  • March 5, 2019 January 20, 2021
  • 08:30

Coverage of the Investment Innovation Conference

The Vast Potential of Blockchain Technology

But what exactly is blockchain? And how does it relate to bitcoin?

OMERS Expands Into Cryptocurrency

Ethereum Capital will fund enterprise applications

  • By: Staff
  • January 30, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 15:20