Bloqboard- New Kid in the Crypto lending Space

Bloqboard Co-founded by Alex Bazhanau and Bahachuk, allows users to share their cryptos. The firm is offering a lending platform enabling peer-to-peer cryptocurrency lending via smart contracts. The firm lets you share your ERC20 tokens with your buddies, and, in theory, they have to pay you back. The firm recently raised $1.2 million from POlychain Capital to launch a lending system powered by decentralized lending protocols.

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BitGo Crypto Wallet Integrates Digix’s Gold-Backed Cryptocurrency

BitGo’s that attracted players for their patented multi-signature wallet technology is partnering with Digix to bring their DGX gold backed stablecoin. Digix that digitizes physical gold in a secure and trustless manner by backing every DGX by one gram of gold from London Bullion Market Association-approved refiners. The startup is adding compatibility with a gold-backed token whose value is not subject to the wild volatilities of the cryptocurrency world or foreign exchange fluctuations. The integration of Digix also helps deepen liquidity of its ecosystem that currently support 85 cryptocurrencies. This stable-price coin is particularly useful for payments, loans, and anything that requires a more stable store of value.

Read more here at digitalcoinowner

MapleChange Crypto Exchange Hacked

As per a post on twitter an exchange MapleChange said – that “due to a bug,” an unnamed group of individuals managed to withdraw funds, adding that it is conducting a “thorough investigation” and will be unable to make refunds.”

After the “investigation,” MapleChange decided that it would be unable to pay its users back, divulging that “the exchange has to close down, unfortunately. This includes all our social media.” While the first part of the statement is logical, the second comment led many to raise their eyebrows, so to speak, in suspicions that this hack isn’t cut and dried.

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Japan’s Financial Services Agency limiting caps on Crypto Margin Trading?

Japan’s regulators are considering stricter limits on margin trading of digital currency as reported by Nikkei. To curb speculative trading and limit user exposure to volatility risks, Japan’s Financial Services Agency is considering leverage caps for margin trading of cryptocurrencies.

The push to regulate came in response to concerns by many users. With a theft with Coincheck early this year FSA received a lot of inquiries, and this move is just to reduce risks and improve user protection.

Read more at Asia.nikkei.

How Crypto Wallets Play a Vital Role in Crypto Margin Trading

Crypto Wallets are the essential part of crypto margin trading. These crypto wallets are provided by the crypto exchanges are used for trading leveraged short and long positions and for providing margin funding/financing to other traders. The funds are instantly transferred from one wallet to another assisting is a smooth trade. So what else does the crypto wallet help with, the Margin Traders? Let’s explore about Crypto Wallets and their place in Crypto Margin Trading

What are Crypto Wallets and How it works?

A cryptocurrency wallet or Crypto wallets is a software program that stores the public and private keys, interacting with different blockchain to allow individuals to send and receive digital currency and view their balance. If you are keen to use any digital currency, one of the prerequisites is to have a crypto wallet or digital wallet.

The working of cryptocurrency wallet cannot be compared to a physical wallet. The crypto wallets do not store currency, unlike the wallet you carry in your pocket. When an individual sends a digital currency to say ETH, he is actually signing off his ownership from that coin and assigning new ownership address of yours. To access these coins and spend it or use it for crypto trading the private key that is assigned to you should match the public key available for ETH. Once the match is made, the account balance would increase and that for the sender would decrease. There is no real exchange of coins, only a transaction record on the Ethereum blockchain and a change in account balance of the sender and receiver.

Crypto Wallets in Crypto Margin Trading

In the market, many types of crypto wallets available are categorized as Software[subtype – Desktop, mobile and online], Hardware, Paper wallets. Each of them differs in a way they are accessed and utilized.

But the most crucial categorization of wallets for margin traders is Hot wallets and Cold storage. This could be applied to any crypto wallet. Both of the strategies are a measure of tightening the security by exchanges to safeguard funds from hackers. Both cold storage and the hot wallet are security measures put in place by exchange platforms to safeguard user funds from any mishap.

Cold storage wallets are wallets that are offline most of the time and can be accessed only when the user wants to make a transaction, putting away the risk of being hacked. Example of a Cold storage wallet would be Hardware wallet that is accessed via USB drive and can be put on offline mode easily. Crypto Margin Traders could use this Cold storage when making a margin trade. It not only helps the funder/lender but even the trader to put his collateral in a secure way.

Hot Wallets, on the other hand, refer to “liquidity in hand” by exchanges in case there is a sudden request of withdrawals. Just imagine a bank in your neighborhood keeping “cash handy” for withdrawals. Example of hot wallets would be an online wallet or desktop wallet. So for Margin trading in case, a margin call is made, and the borrower is not able to fulfil or top-up his wallet, the exchange would release the collateral from the hot wallet to the lender.

While the experts recommend usage of Cold Storage, hot wallets are still to be used whenever the need arises. Would you like to share your crypto wallet story with us? Please post on to our twitter account

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Trading Bots – Could they help in Crypto Margin Trading?

Most of the crypto Traders look for passive income owing to the nature of the market. The market shifts are so random and quick that an investor could lose all his money if he did not act on time, that’s where Trading bots come handy and have been evolving in functionality and sophistication. Our post of today would talk about the trading bots and their role in Crypto Margin Trading. Let’s get started –

What are Trading Bots?

Just as Algorithmic Trading is used by the buy-side in equity, currency or commodity markets, Trading bots that first appeared in FX or foreign exchange market, are now making their way into the cryptosphere.

A Trading Bot is nothing but a piece of code or software or a computer program that takes various indicators as inputs, analyzes the trends and market sentiments, and automatically executes your orders. Bots are a unique form of Artificial Intelligence or AI that answers your queries, shares information, perform actions and you may even not now it’s a computer program.

Bots are designed to improve over time, based on their past decisions and results they have the intelligence to refine themselves and provide precise answers/appropriate action.

Rewards of Trading Bots

One of the primary advantages of Bots is the reason for their evolution. They came into existence to make quick and precise decisions. We all are well aware of the fact that crypto world never sleeps and even a light rain shower could move the candlestick up or down, so irrespective of whether the trader is active or passive he needs to be watchful and be alert and active 24*7 is humanly impossible, then why not ask a piece of code to work for us.

Bots are the “trader” that knows the necessary data, patterns and exactly when to trade — and when not to.

Risks of Trading Bots

While Trading Bots help you to analyze patterns and get insights to indicators, they do not help you to choose trades. Which trade to pick is something you as an experienced trader need to learn yourself. So, it comes with a risk of what if you chose a wrong trade and the bot would only take it a step further may be towards gain or loss.

Another disadvantage that is associated with Trading bots is given the nature of the market; the program is yet not mature to know all the combination and probabilities of an event happening and make a decision that shows a gain. The technology is evolving, and so they need to have a working knowledge of how the market works to make the right decisions.

Trading Bots assisting in Margin Trading?

There are many Trading bots available on crypto traders to assist with Crypto Margin Trading, and each has their own distinctive features. Listing down few of them based on the popularity [ Please use these strategies at your own risk]

Optibot Margin

A premium strategy can be used at Bitfinex and Poloniex follows early trends rather than predicting the future. The bot will buy when the market is gaining momentum and sell when it’s dropping. You can know about its features and uses here.

 

Wave Trader Margin

Another premium strategy that can be used at Kraken, Bitfinex, and Poloniex is a trend bot that has built-in safe scalping. For the novice, it can be run on default settings with minimal effort. The strategies have been tuned across many coins and exchanges. You can know about its features and uses here.

While the Trading Bots sound like an effective trading strategy, it is challenging to gauge their actual performance, and no bot provider would ever provide this. In Arbitrage trading, these bots could be quite useful and have a distinct advantage as they can quickly learn about the slightest price movement and make a decision and keep scanning for such price differences across geographies. However, as the strategy gets complicated and affected by more inputs, it gets tough to rely on a computer program entirely. So, make sure to trade cautiously and be fully aware of the actions performed.

Shipping MCO visa cards – crypto.com

Crypto.com previously known as Monaco, the payment and cryptocurrency platform announced that they have initated shipping of MCO Visa cards to its users in Singapore. The MCO Visa cards are a range of prepaid cards that gets easily linked to the mobile crypto wallet app. Talking about the features, the firm stated- a metal design with no annual or monthly fees. There are also free ATM withdrawals, tap-and-pay functionality and even airport lounge access for certain card types.

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Research – Most of Crypto Assets Are Highly Centralized

The beauty of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies lies in its decentralized nature, ensuring there is no single point of failure. However new research has found that the majority of the digital asset existing in cryptospehere are highly centralized. Cryptocompare, the cryptocurrency market data aggregator analyzed over 200 crypto assets and had published a Cryptoasset Taxonomy Report.

The report highlights that just 16% of crypto assets are genuinely decentralized, around 55% as centralized and the rest as semi-decentralized.

Read more at news.bitcoin.com

One out of five hedge funds has cryptocurrency-focused hedge fund

As per  Crypto Fund research in the first three quarters of 2018, a total of 90 cryptocurrency hedge funds were launched. The study also shows that about half of the crypto hedge funds started in 2018 were based in the U.S. Nevertheless, Australia,  Malta, China, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the U.K have all seen various cryptocurrency hedge fund launches in 2018, as well.

Even though crypto funds are rising quickly, they still account for a small fraction of the overall industry, i.e., only 303 crypto hedge funds in operation. Crypto hedge funds also have less than $4 billion in assets under management, when compared to the broader hedge fund industry, which manages more than $3 trillion in assets.

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