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Trading with Crypto Exchanges and Crypto CFDs

CFD could be a very foreign word for a crypto trader, but for traditional market traders, it is one of the most useful assets to trade with on different markets. CFD is an abbreviation for Contracts for Difference, which are basically assets that help you “buy a price” and not the asset itself. It may sound a bit confusing, but it is still quite easy to understand once you know the basics.

The primary difference between actual cryptos and crypto CFDs is the ownership. Meaning that when you are trading on a crypto exchange, you are using actual cryptocurrencies. But when you are trading crypto CFDs on a CFD broker’s platform, you are trading with the contract, meaning that you don’t actually own cryptos. Immediately it should spark some controversy as to why you should even consider such a trade, so let’s check out the advantages and disadvantages.

Crypto CFD: Advantages

Crypto CFDs are exclusive to CFD or Forex brokers. These companies are able to offer leverage on these assets, which is the primary reason why they are so attractive. For example, if I go to this CFD broker and engage in a $100 trade for BTC CFDs, I can then use a leverage of 1:100. Basically what that leverage does is increase the volume of my trade by 100, meaning I can now trade with $10,000 instead of $100. This, in the end, may earn me more than I would with my own assets. Basically, the broker lends you funds in order to increase your trades and thus your profits as well. Crypto exchanges rarely have this feature, which is why CFDs are not as well known among the crypto community.

Liquidity is also an advantage of crypto CFDs because they can be sold for fiat currencies, making them a lot more valuable.

Another small advantage is the lack of a crypto wallet, as there is no need for one. Therefore traders have all of their assets on one single platform, which helps the logistics. Unfortunately, this is where the advantages end and massive disadvantages begin.

>> How to Become a Bitcoin Trader: A Beginner’s Guide

Crypto CFD: Disadvantages

Leveraging can be a double-edged sword. Although leveraging can offer bigger profits, it can also lead to massive losses, which may cause the trader to fall into debt with the broker. If you ever decide to engage in a crypto CFD trade with leverage, make sure to set a stop-loss on a point where you have half of your initial investment left. So if you invested $100 and got 1:100 leverage, you would have to set the stop loss at somewhere around $9,950 to avoid a complete zero-out of your account.

Another disadvantage is that CFD trades have deadlines. This means that when you place an order, that order will expire in a few days or so. This renders long-term investments completely useless. You could technically still do it, but the over-night fees for maintaining the position would just make it unprofitable. The over-night position is as it sounds, a position that lasts more than 24 hours, and it is usually accompanied by a fee.

Another disadvantage is that you don’t actually own cryptocurrencies, meaning that you cannot allocate them anywhere you like. For example, let’s say that there is a service that is only available in Bitcoin or Ethereum; you would not be able to pay with a Bitcoin or Ethereum CFD, because they are not real cryptos. Furthermore, the allocation may become a problem as a broker’s policies may change about crypto CFDs, which could stick you with the trade or force you to opt-out in an unprofitable position. With crypto exchanges, it’s different as you can immediately allocate the cryptos to another exchange’s account.

Conclusion

We have two very clear paths in front of us. Crypto CFDs come with advantages as well as disadvantages, so deciding how you want to proceed requires extensive research and comprehension. Hopefully this article can be a starting point to both.

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Crypto News | OKEx Lists TRON and IBM Adds Two Blockchain Patents

In today’s edition of crypto news, we’ll cover OKEX’s latest addition to its customer-to-customer platform and IBM’s new blockchain patents. Crypto news has been a bit slow this week, in regards to big announcements but the two we’ll discuss today should give investors some confidence going into the weekend.

OKEx Adds TRON (TRX) to C2C Platform

OKEx, the world’s fourth-largest cryptocurrency exchange by 24-hour trade volume, announced the addition of TRON (TRX) to its Customer-to-Customer platform on Wednesday.

The cryptocurrency exchange has been steadily adding other digital assets to its centralized C2C platform. A few weeks ago, OKEx released crypto news that it had added XRP and BCH. On OKEx’s platform, users are able to place orders with self-selected exchange rates and payment methods. OKEx does not charge any transaction fees on this platform—a big highlight and incentive for crypto investors.

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The fiat listed on the OKEx’s C2C platform includes the British Pound, Chinese Renminbi, Vietnamese Dong, Russian Ruble, and Thai Baht. Now, Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Litecoin (LTC), Tether (USDT), and TRON (TRX) are available on this platform.

IBM Applies for Two New Blockchain Patents

Earlier this week, IBM announced big crypto news regarding its X-Force Red security tool. Despite the criticism it has faced applying the blockchain to enterprise operations, the major tech company continues to move forward in the space.

Earlier this week, IBM placed two new blockchain-based patent applications into the US patent office. According to one of the patent documents, IBM is working on targeting network security using blockchain technology. The other application submitted focuses on database management using the technology.

Currently, IBM is in a race for most blockchain-based patents with Bank of America, which has over 50 as of October 2018.

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3 Stablecoins Everyone Should Know

You may be familiar with the term stablecoin. But because it is a relatively new type of cryptocurrency, you may not be familiar with what it is.

So what is it? Why is there so much fuss surrounding these coins and what are the stablecoins you should know about?

Let’s dig in!

Stablecoins: What On Earth are They?

In its most simple terms, a stablecoin is a cryptocurrency that is pegged to a tangible, or stable, asset. Examples of a stable asset include gold or the US dollar. The idea of backing a cryptocurrency with a tangible asset is to reduce the price volatility associated with standard cryptocurrency. In doing so, digital coins become far more practical for everyday use, and it may encourage global adoption.

Cryptocurrency Volatility

Standard cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin have high volatility. On any given day, the value can suddenly increase or decrease (often by significant percentages) for no apparent reason other than market hearsay or fear mongering. This is because the value of Bitcoin, and other cryptocurrencies, depends on what value is given to it by investors. It does not depend on a physical asset to determine its worth. Because of this, Bitcoin and most cryptocurrencies are inconvenient for daily transactions.

Imagine this: You are a vendor, and you sell a dress in exchange for 300 RPX. At the time of the transaction, 300 RPX could be worth $35 USD. However, the next day that same amount of RPX could now equal $23 USD. You wouldn’t be a very happy vendor. Further, you would be consistently aware of the ever-changing value to which your wares are a victim too.

Price changes like this are shocking for merchants and consumers alike. But the adoption of stablecoins may be a catalyst to the decentralized cryptocurrency system working mainstream.

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Stablecoins Offer an Optimal Currency

The goal is to create an optimal currency.

According to Forbes“an optimal cryptocurrency should have the following four traits: price stability, scalability, privacy, and decentralization.”

Price stability is the key trait, and this is what a stablecoin aims to achieve. As Forbes explains further, “Short-term stability is important for transactions and long-term stability is important for holding.”

So let’s look at some examples of stablecoin projects aiming to create the optimal cryptocurrency.

Tether: The Pioneer

You can’t talk about stablecoins without giving a nod to the pioneer. Tether is notable because it’s widely considered the first stablecoin.

1-to-1 USD

Tether claims it is 100% backed by fiat currency held in a reserve bank account. It is said to be backed 1-for-1 to the US dollar, with 1 Tether being equal to $1 USD. It will remain fully backed once all Tethers in circulation are less than or equal to all the fiat held in the reserve.

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Most Established but Controversial

As it is the pioneering stablecoin, Tether is the most established and is well-integrated. However, Tether has faced controversy in the past, as its claims have not been legitimately proven. The company’s terms and conditions state that “Tether reserves the right to refuse to issue or redeem Tether Tokens.”

Some fear this statement gives the company credence to not redeem the currency at the 1-to-1 value it claims.

uBUCK: The All-in-One Convenience

uBUCK is a digital currency wallet that has fiat capabilities.

According to its website, uBUCK enables you to “pay people with uBUCK cash with lightning speed, make purchases online at approved merchants or withdraw cash at the ATM.”

With the ability to buy uBUCK Cash using either Bitcoin or Ethereum cryptocurrencies, a user is effectively “storing” their cryptocurrency in a stablecoin that is tied to the US dollar.

>> Circle and Coinbase Launch Their Joint Stablecoin USDC

How Does It Work?

It works like this: A user buys a prepaid uBUCK voucher from the uBUCK mobile application. As stated, you can use BTC or ETH to buy, but regular fiat credit and debit purchases are also accepted.

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Users then load the uBUCK Debit MasterCard (linked to the uBUCK wallet) with their voucher credit, effectively converting the uBUCK Cash into dollars by doing so. This then means ATM withdrawals and regular shopping around the globe is possible with the uBUCK MasterCard.

Wallets

uBUCK comes with four secure wallets. These are the uBUCK Cash Wallet, a Bitcoin wallet, Ethereum wallet, and the USD Debit card. By having a multi-functional wallet, a user can manage their digital and fiat currency in one convenient place. Then, as stated, by using the uBUCK app, the wallet enables users to store, convert, and spend their fiat and cryptocurrencies.

Free Money Transfer

Another interesting feature of this platform is that users can send uBUCK vouchers to other recipients anywhere around the world for free. Essentially, the service allows free money transfers in only a few minutes.

MakerDao: Complex but Transparent

Maker is a decentralized autonomous organization, and its stablecoin is called Dai. Pegged against the US dollar, Dai operates on the Ethereum blockchain and, as such, it is transparent.

Asset Collateral

Each Dai is worth $1 USD, and the website states that “Every Dai is backed in excess by collateral at all times, so you never have to worry about its value moving up or down.

Further:

“Every Dai is backed by another asset of value. Our collateral portfolio is diversified, allowing multiple assets to guarantee the value of each Dai.”

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Ethereum Blockchain

The system is said to be quite complex. To receive Dai, you have to first send your ETH tokens to the Maker platform where they will be “locked up.” Then using the Ethereum blockchain, Maker maintains stability by an autonomous system of smart contracts.

According to its website, Dai offers freedom from volatility:

“Dai stands to transform the financial industry by creating a stable and decentralized currency that will allow businesses to realize the future of money.”

>> Facebook Cryptocurrency: Is the Tech Giant Developing a Stablecoin?

The Takeaway

Stablecoins can bring stability to the crypto world and offer real potential for global adoption. The key is to create the optimal cryptocurrency inclusive of price stability, decentralization, scalability, and privacy.

The technology is still relatively young and will continually evolve, but it is clear that demand is there. People are looking for the balance between a decentralized payment network and stable value.

Everybody wants to feel secure in their transactions and know that they won’t lose value on their assets for no reason other than market hype.

We’ve mentioned only a few stablecoins here. There are more out there! Do you have any favorites? Do believe the technology will work and bring us towards that optimal currency?

Let us know below!

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OKEx Lists TRON and IBM Adds Two Blockchain Patents

In today’s edition of crypto news, we’ll cover OKEX’s latest addition to its customer-to-customer platform and IBM’s new blockchain patents. Crypto news has been a bit slow this week, in regards to big announcements but the two we’ll discuss today should give investors some confidence going into the weekend.

OKEx Adds TRON (TRX) to C2C Platform

OKEx, the world’s fourth-largest cryptocurrency exchange by 24-hour trade volume, announced the addition of TRON (TRX) to its Customer-to-Customer platform on Wednesday.

The cryptocurrency exchange has been steadily adding other digital assets to its centralized C2C platform. A few weeks ago, OKEx released crypto news that it had added XRP and BCH. On OKEx’s platform, users are able to place orders with self-selected exchange rates and payment methods. OKEx does not charge any transaction fees on this platform—a big highlight and incentive for crypto investors.

>> OneCoin Leader Arrested in New York: Fraudulent Crypto Project

The fiat listed on the OKEx’s C2C platform includes the British Pound, Chinese Renminbi, Vietnamese Dong, Russian Ruble, and Thai Baht. Now, Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Litecoin (LTC), Tether (USDT), and TRON (TRX) are available on this platform.

IBM Applies for Two New Blockchain Patents

Earlier this week, IBM announced big crypto news regarding its X-Force Red security tool. Despite the criticism it has faced applying the blockchain to enterprise operations, the major tech company continues to move forward in the space.

Earlier this week, IBM placed two new blockchain-based patent applications into the US patent office. According to one of the patent documents, IBM is working on targeting network security using blockchain technology. The other application submitted focuses on database management using the technology.

Currently, IBM is in a race for most blockchain-based patents with Bank of America, which has over 50 as of October 2018.

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uBUCK Debuts | Hybrid Summit 2019 Welcomes Jon Malach

uBUCK Advisor Jon Malach lights up the stage at Hybrid Summit 2019.

Hong Kong Blockchain Week is underway and on March 7th, Hybrid Summit 2019 made its debut at HKBW. The blockchain-centered educational event held speakers from all over the world, including IOHK Founder and CEO Charles Hoskinson. Among the many presentations made, the uBUCK presentation, in particular, has gained buzz from the event – according to speaker Jon Malach, uBUCK is offering a new and convenient approach to crypto Mastercards and stablecoin wallets.

The Hybrid Summit is an annual event that has been running since 2017. Macau hosted in 2017, Thailand in 2018, and Hong Kong this year. The event is a networking and educational opportunity for investors, enthusiasts, and influencers in fintech and blockchain. Hybrid Summit is a one day event that has a focus on education.

uBUCK at Hybrid Summit 2019

Mr. Malach’s presentation yesterday was centered around stablecoins and the convenience and efficiency of transferring funds to others using digital currency rather than going through the traditional banking system.

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uBUCK Advisory Board Member Jon Malach presented at the conference (March 7, 2019).

During his presentation, Malach explained that uBUCK is a cryptocurrency wallet that has fiat capabilities. Users are able to buy uBUCKs using either Bitcoin (BTC) or Ethereum (ETH), effectively converting and “storing” their cryptocurrency in a stable coin that is tied to the US dollar. Other digital currencies ebb and flow in price fluctuations, but by switching your funds to a stablecoin, a user can mitigate risk much more effectively.

How Does uBUCK Work?

uBUCK users buy a prepaid voucher from the uBUCK mobile app. Not only are ETH and BTC accepted, but regular debit and credit purchases are also accepted in the app. Once a voucher is purchased, users can then load the uBUCK Debit MasterCard with their voucher credit. From there, sending or receiving money is as easy as using PayPal.

The physical uBUCK black elite MasterCard can be used anywhere MasterCard is accepted, and cash can even be taken out from the card at any ATM.

Aside from those banked that want to spend their digital currency, Malach highlighted that the 1.7 billion adults around the world could use the uBUCK Mastercard and digital currency wallet. Two-thirds of the global unbanked population have access to mobile phones, opening the door to mobile banking services for them. uBUCK could aid this population of people by allowing them to send money to friends or family anywhere in the world with pure convenience.

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