CoinSpeaker https://www.coinspeaker.com News about Bitcoin, Blockchain, ICO, FinTech, IoT Sun, 21 Jan 2018 19:33:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 China’s Former and Biggest Cryptocurrency Exchange OKCoin Plans to Operate in South Korea https://www.coinspeaker.com/2018/01/20/chinas-former-biggest-cryptocurrency-exchange-okcoin-plans-operate-south-korea/ https://www.coinspeaker.com/2018/01/20/chinas-former-biggest-cryptocurrency-exchange-okcoin-plans-operate-south-korea/#respond Sat, 20 Jan 2018 15:02:06 +0000 https://www.coinspeaker.com/?p=35904 OKCoin is speeding up the launch process and already holds a Korean website accepting pre-orders for different cryptocurrencies.

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In a fresh new development, China’s former and biggest cryptocurrency exchange OKCoin is planning to set up its operations in South Korea. this announcement is quite surprising as it comes amidst heavy speculations uncertainty floating in South Korea’s cryptocurrency market. Reportedly, OKCoin will be moving to South Korea as quick as next month.

The cryptocurrency exchange has also established its own OKCoin Korea website and is currently accepting pre-orders for several cryptocurrencies even before the official launch.

As per the reports by South Korean media outlet News1, OKCoin will be launching a joint operation in partnership with NHN Entertainment who is one of the biggest developer and distributor of PC and mobile games in South Korea. NHN Entertainment is expected to provide OKCoin with the necessary capital and resources to compete against the already established and local players like Coinone, Bithumbm, Korbit, and UpBit.

As per the report, OKCoin aims to list many cryptocurrencies on its platform in comparison to existing rivals like UpBit and Bithumb. Currently, both these platforms have around 10 to 30 cryptocurrencies integrated into its platform. OKCoin will reportedly have more than 60 cryptocurrencies integrated into its platform which is more than all of the local cryptocurrency exchanges, combined.

President of OKCoin, Chris Lee recently told News 1 that the company is aiming to establish itself as a global cryptocurrency exchanges and is currently housing over 100 full-time developers. Having faced a regulatory and operational ban in China last year in September 2017, Chris Lee said that it would be beneficial for his company to expand its wings in global markets, and to begin with, one of Asia’s biggest cryptocurrency markets South Korea as a safe haven.

However, OKCoin is not the first Chinese cryptocurrency exchange to make an overseas move. Last month in December 2017, another Chinese exchange Huobi announced to move its operations to Hong Kong in a partnership with Japan’s SBI Holdings to further expand into Japanese and South Korean markets.

Last week, there was a lot of uncertainty brewing out of South Korea regarding the possibility of a regulatory ban for operations of local cryptocurrency exchanges. The initial announcement of ban by the Ministry of Justice caused a lot of uproar in the market by the investor following which the government had to reconsider options and later reaffirmed its investors that a cryptocurrency trading ban would not be imposed.

Recently, chairman of the Fair Trade Commission of South Korea Kim Sang-Joo, stated: “[Shutting down cryptocurrency exchanges] is not realistically possible. Based on electronic commerce law, the government does not have the authority to close down cryptocurrency trading platforms.

From the viewpoint of an economist, it is not a fair and transparent decision to outright ban the economic activity. Whether it is excessive speculation or not, the gain or the loss is the responsibility of the investor.”

It remains to be seen as to how the crypto market dynamics take shape, especially in the Asian markets. With its recent attack on mining operations, China is trying to crush any sort of activity relating to cryptocurrencies which leave us with two major Asian markets – Japan and South Korea – to watch for.

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P2P Investment Loan Platform Enters Blockchain Sector with ICO Launch https://www.coinspeaker.com/2018/01/20/p2p-investment-loan-platform-enters-blockchain-sector-ico-launch/ https://www.coinspeaker.com/2018/01/20/p2p-investment-loan-platform-enters-blockchain-sector-ico-launch/#respond Sat, 20 Jan 2018 06:12:46 +0000 https://www.coinspeaker.com/?p=35886 Fast Invest is excited to announce the launch of its native cryptocurrency token (FIT) during their upcoming ICO on December 4th.

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The FinTech company has been operating since 2015 in the investment loan space, connecting funders with loan-seekers in a peer-to-peer exchange. With more than 8,500 daily users from 36 countries, Fast Invest is expanding into the largely unoccupied cryptocurrency lending sector.

Blockchain-based cryptocurrencies have been growing rapidly in 2017, racking up a seventeen times (at the time of this press release) increase in market capitalization since the beginning of 2017.

 As these financial technologies mature new opportunities arise, especially for unbanked and underbanked populations.

This is because digital currencies allow for the exchange of value without the need for central banks or other intermediaries. Fast Invest aims to leverage these developments to democratize investment by allowing people to invest as little as one dollar on their loan platform.

This enables users to band together to crowdfund a loan that gets paid back with interest, which can then generate returns for the loan suppliers.

In what may be a first for the industry, Fast Invest will allow users to use their bitcoin or ethereum as collateral for loans in traditional currencies. Due to the nature of smart contracts, loans like this can be executed with very little human input and all parties can be sure that the terms of the loan will be carried out.

This is because smart contracts utilize code and mathematics to enforce agreements without the need for human intervention.

By expanding to cryptocurrency-based investment instruments the company aims to reduce friction in the world of P2P investment and loan services. These offerings include a cryptocurrency exchange, digital wallet for holding tokens, cryptocurrency investment services, decentralized lending, and a payment card that can be funded by cryptocurrencies but used like a credit card.

CEO Simona Vaitkune had this to say:

“From the very beginning our mission is to help people generate a secure and stable passive income stream and achieve their financial freedom. I am delighted that we are expanding our platform to a new infrastructure on the blockchain. This will enable our customers to use both fiat and cryptocurrencies for daily banking operations. The future of digital banking is almost here and we are ready to meet it.”

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Tom Lee Promises Bitcoin to Hit $25,000 Benchmark in 2018 https://www.coinspeaker.com/2018/01/19/tom-lee-promises-bitcoin-hit-25000-benchmark-2018/ https://www.coinspeaker.com/2018/01/19/tom-lee-promises-bitcoin-hit-25000-benchmark-2018/#respond Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:33:32 +0000 https://www.coinspeaker.com/?p=35820 Bitcoin’s expert Tom Lee joins cryptocurrency enthusiasts, betting on the king of altcoins to skyrocket in upcoming year. Despite all misfortunes that altcoin has come through from the start of the year, he has forecasted Bitcoin to hit $125,000 benchmark by 2022.

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The beginning of 2018 turns out to be very intensive for the cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin, along with Ethereum and Ripple has entered a major correction. On Wednesday, January 17, 2018, Bitcoin dropped more than 40 percent of its December high to below $10,000 per unit. Two second major cryptocurrencies have also been in the period of falling prices and exhibited a negative trading dynamics.

The aggressive government policies pertaining to mining practices have stepped up concerns within crypto community. South Korea and China might be considered the motherland of digital currencies as the Eastern exchange platforms always have a great impact on altcoins trading price.

As soon as the regulation authorities of both countries had decided to keep the crypto activity under control and introduced the draft to ban cryptocurrency, the market reflected immediately and all cryptocurrencies dropped.

Given the fact the attempt wasn’t successful, the crypto market is still suffering from instability and recovering from the major sell-off. However, despite especially high level of market inherent volatility, Bitcoin’s enthusiasts remain positive and predict significant rise in the future.

As have been previously mentioned, all forecasts are about a meteoric increase differ only the high of the benchmark Bitcoin is going to hit. For example, Kay Van-Petersen, an analyst at Saxo Bank, who predicted the rise of Bitcoin on its earlier stages, now has made a new prediction: he expects Bitcoin to reach between $50,000 and $100,000 in 2018. His previous forecast regarding Bitcoin price was correct, whether the new one comes true remain to be seen.

Another Bitcoin fan, Tom Lee, once already has made out his own model for valuing Bitcoin. It has reported Bitcoin to move up a $25,000 price target by four years, from 2022 to the end of this year. Recently he has changed his mind and now predicts the digital cryptocurrency to double in 2018 and hit $25,000.

Lee commented on this statement: “We expect bitcoin’s major low to be $9,000, and we would be aggressive buyers around that level,” Lee added. “We view this $9,000 as the biggest buying opportunity in 2018.”

Additionally, Lee has set up price target for Bitcoin major competitor, Ether. He expects Ethereum to reach $1,900 by the end of this year. For the framework, Tom Lee scopes up the market and analyzes the supply-demand ratio to calculate market capitalization. He also focuses on the ratio of the alternative assets such as gold to money supply and Bitcoin’s share of those alternatives.

However, stunning the figures on these crypto predictions may be, Bitcoin now is trading for $11 691.60, according to the CoinMarketCap, while Ethereum is worth $1065.28 and Ripple makes up $1.62. All cryptocurrencies slightly fall in price within last 24 hours.

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Morgan Stanley Starts Clearing Bitcoin Futures https://www.coinspeaker.com/2018/01/19/morgan-stanley-starts-clearing-bitcoin-futures/ https://www.coinspeaker.com/2018/01/19/morgan-stanley-starts-clearing-bitcoin-futures/#respond Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:29:56 +0000 https://www.coinspeaker.com/?p=35871 The bank joins its rival Goldman Sachs and becomes the second major Wall Street firm to launch clearing crypto contracts.

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Wall Street has always been suspicious of cryptocurrencies. Influential companies rejected working with Bitcoin and demonstrated the lack of trust in its prosperous future. The first Bitcoin futures have expired – and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. started clearing Bitcoin futures contracts.

One more major Wall Street firm recently joined its rival – Morgan Stanley Chief Financial Officer Jonathan Pruzan has announced in a telephone interview to Bloomberg that the company has been clearing Bitcoin futures contracts for big institutional clients.

Bitcoin futures contracts were launched in December 2017 by CBOE Global Markets Inc. and CME Group Inc. Wall Street did not make haste to respond to this event. The cryptocurrencies have shaky reputation due to their extreme volatility. But the futures contracts went live and gained the needed level of support.

Some important brokers like TD Ameritrade, E*Trade and Interactive Brokers provided their customers with the access to the bitcoin futures contracts. Finally, a Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs decided to go with the wave and offer its clients clearing this type of contracts.

Morgan Stanley has followed the example of its competitor and started clearing the bitcoin futures contracts. Jonathan Pruzan commented on this decision: “If someone wants to do a trade on the futures and settle in cash, we’ll do that. I wouldn’t say it’s been a lot of activity, but it’s for core institutional clients who want to participate in a derivatives transaction.”

The official did not disclose the conditions for clearing the transactions.  However, he admitted the fact that the volatility of an asset class is taken into account when setting margin levels. Goldman Sachs shared more information on their approach to the new service.

The firm set strict conditions for some of its clients: they are demanded to set aside funds equal to the full value of their Bitcoin futures trade. That helps Goldman Sachs in deterring some customers.

The cryptocurrencies are going through a rough time. The beginning of January brought some unpleasant surprises like a crushing decline in the total value of the cryptocurrency market. At the moment the tendency seems to change: popular currencies show signs of recovery.

In February the second two month Bitcoin futures contract is to expire. That fact, in addition to the two major firms already providing the new service, may cause some notable decisions on Wall Street.

Morgan Stanley seems to be optimistic about the future of the cryptocurrency market. Jonathan Pruzan mentioned in his interview the fact that executives of the firm are considering other ways of interaction with the cryptocurrencies.

That may be even more intriguing, because in the end of Decemeber 2017 one Morgan Stanley analyst James Faucette made a statement that had high resonance.

In his research note “Bitcoin Decrypted” he said that the value of Bitcoin could actually be zero. However, the latest decision of Morgan Stanley seems to demonstrate trust in the future of cryptocurrencies.

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Institutional Investors Will be Brought into Crypto Markets with XTRADE.IO https://www.coinspeaker.com/2018/01/19/institutional-investors-will-brought-crypto-markets-xtrade-io/ https://www.coinspeaker.com/2018/01/19/institutional-investors-will-brought-crypto-markets-xtrade-io/#respond Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:00:47 +0000 https://www.coinspeaker.com/?p=35848 By bringing mature financial technologies to cryptocurrency markets, Blockchain-based startup XTRADE.IO wants to create a platform that will serve as an onramp for institutional investors.

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Cryptocurrencies began 2018 with a combined market cap of over $700 billion dollars. If they keep surging like they have been the past several months, the $1 trillion threshold will be shattered like a piece of glass.

What’s fascinating to note, however, is that the explosion of cryptocurrencies hasn’t been the doing of large banks like other market rallies. Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, and JPMorgan Chase aren’t leading the charge. Rather, it’s individual investors in regions like Asia that are responsible for cryptocurrencies’ massive gains.

But despite the resiliency of crypto markets to an ongoing onslaught of criticism, there will need to be significant tailwinds if we want this rally to keep going. This is because retail investors have a limited supply of financial capital to invest with. In traditional equity markets, institutions comprise as much as 70% of trading volume, and major moves by major players can provide quite the tailwind (or headwind) for traditional markets.

In order to help institutions enter the cryptocurrency markets, one company, XTRADE.IO, is creating a platform that will serve as an onramp for institutional investors. The demand is already beginning to climb–in December 2017, Bloomberg broke the news that Goldman Sachs would soon open a cryptocurrency trading desk. Then in a somewhat shocking turn of events, famous crypto-bear Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, said in an interview that he regretted his earlier criticism of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. XTRADE.IO’s platform just might be the tool that brings institutions on board.

The XTRADE.IO platform is releasing several products in 2018 that will assist institutional fund flows by normalizing trade executions, synthesizing market data, and adding much needed inter-exchange liquidity. According to XTRADE.IO, the 150 crypto funds started in 2017 could turn into 500 by the year’s end. Their platform wants to be the springboard that brings crypto to the next level.

XTRADE.IO’s Platform and Features

One of the major features of the XTRADE.IO platform is its Financial Information eXchange (FIX) API. Rather than having to meddle with several different systems, institutions can write to XTRADE.IO’s standard FIX API wrapper. This will allow them to view market data and trade executions for all crypto exchanges, all on one easy-to-use interface. No longer will retail or institutional investors have to execute multiple trades on multiple platforms. Now, everything can be done in one place.

What’s more, the platform also allows institutions to have one account across all major crypto exchanges. Rather than having to register accounts at multiple exchanges–which can be a waste of time and money–institutions can instead register one XTRADE.IO account. The platform will provide accurate prices across the marketplace and will execute trades from their internal liquidity pools. Market data will be aggregated automatically so parties no longer have to manually track prices.

In addition to helping institutions streamline their trading with one account, XTRADE.IO’s liquidity management system will reduce slippage. The proprietary liquidity pool aggregation and routing tools can break up large orders into smaller units in order to decrease the effects of big trades.

The platform can also provide instant access to liquidity, improving execution quality and making prices more efficient. It will aggregate trading volumes across all major exchanges, giving its users access to a lower tier of trading costs, which for institutions can then be passed on to clients. This can be used as a competitive edge, especially as all major exchanges charge fees.

If 2018 is anything like 2017, cryptocurrencies will continue to advance in meaningful ways. Many are bullish on the emerging technology, and with the help of the XTRADE.IO platform and its products, the total cryptocurrency market cap could reach $5 trillion by 2019. As more traditional financial firms see the benefits of blockchain technology, there will be increasing fund flows into crypto assets. XTRADE.IO can help provide the infrastructure that will make it all possible.

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LockChain Launches Its 0% Commission Travel Marketplace for Hotels and Short Term Rentals https://www.coinspeaker.com/2018/01/19/lockchain-launches-0-commission-travel-marketplace-hotels-short-term-rentals/ https://www.coinspeaker.com/2018/01/19/lockchain-launches-0-commission-travel-marketplace-hotels-short-term-rentals/#respond Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:05:17 +0000 https://www.coinspeaker.com/?p=35756 The blockchain-based service makes a promising start: the alpha release provides integration with over 600 bookable properties that are about 18% cheaper than the same offers of LockChain’s leading competitor.

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LockChain.co, a booking marketplace based on the blockchain technology, has launched its alpha release. This platform allows to link travelers to hosts directly – no commission for booking or listing the property. The start of LockChain is ambitious: it offers around 600 integrated listings. The list of available accommodation options would significantly widen by the end of February 2018 as 100,000 hotels all over the world would be featured by LockChain.

Nikola Alexandrov, CEO and Founder of LockChain explained the principles of the project: “Booking.com and Airbnb.com charge on average 20% from each booking that is made through their platform. Our plan is to utilize advanced blockchain technology and to cut out any commissions. It is the right of the host to receive the full amount of the money for the investment that they are making, and it is certainly the right of the traveler to be able to pay directly to hosts for their travel experience.”

Main competitors of LockChain are the international giants like airbnb.com or booking.com. The fundamental difference between the companies is the policy on commissions. While popular services generate substantial profit from commissions, LockChain developed a free of charge marketplace. The technological background of the project includes usage of smart contracts for the booking process.

“Some commissions with current established travel providers can reach as high as 50%, which is unfair. Nobody wants to pay that kind of money to someone who is just a middleman and does not add value to the actual travel experience. Accommodation sector is in a bad need of transparency,” – Nikola Alexandrov said.

LockChain is still in development, but the Alpha release already provides users with lots of functional capabilities. Some of the general features are:

  • profile management;
  • personal LOC/ETH wallet linking to profile;
  • real-time Multi-currency support (at the moment three currencies are available: GBP, USD , EUR);
  • HTML5 Mobile Responsive design via React JS;
  • integration with over 600 bookable properties.

The Marketplace Storefront has been created to provide better user experience.

The search for accommodation checks the availability and pricing in real time. At the moment the selection can be applied to countries, but with the development of the project it would be updated to provide city-based search. The service offer travelers a possibility to book accommodation up to 90 days ahead. LockChain uses the specific rate system which allows to optimize booking for flexible dates.

The price for the properties is set in fiat currencies; the price in LockChain tokens (LOC) is automatically calculated according to the current rate with the help of Coinmarketcap API.

The alpha release allows a host to get a notification on booking requests and change the status of property in accordance with the payment verification process. The communication process between traveler and host is now conducted via email, but the team of LockChain promises to release built-in user messenger soon.

The property already available via LockChain demonstrates the benefits of the service even though it is at an early stage. The prices offered by LockChain are about 18% lower than the ones of its rival Airbnb. The expansion with 100,000 hotels expected in February is supposed to attract more users.

LockChain had a successful company on LOC token sale. About 4,500 contributors invested 10,500 ETH during the ICO that ended in November 2017.

The company demonstrated balanced approach to the token sale, Nikola Alexandrov explained: “2018 will be all about delivery and actual service adoption/utilization. Many ICOs will fail because of the lack of immediate validation on their product which could be dangerous if it is combined with too much hype. I believe we have a sound approach in this regard since we aimed for a small ICO, and a solid practical business approach with immediate validation. If there is value in the market cap, it should be the result of a product and not of the FOMO effect. Tempted from high market caps, ICOs tend to create huge supply in tokens, which further puts those projects into danger as it artificially inflates their market caps.”

Four exchanges are now trading this cryptocurrency: HitBTC, Etherdelta, Mercatox and Gatecoin. The last one added LOC to its lists on January 17. The company issued 18.5 million of LOC, but only half of them supply the cryptocurrency at the moment. Nevertheless, the market capitalization of LOC is over $25M, according to the data from CoinMarketCap.

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Hardware Wallet Ledger Integrates with Decentralized Exchange Radar Relay https://www.coinspeaker.com/2018/01/19/hardware-wallet-ledger-integrates-decentralized-exchange-radar-relay/ https://www.coinspeaker.com/2018/01/19/hardware-wallet-ledger-integrates-decentralized-exchange-radar-relay/#respond Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:09:00 +0000 https://www.coinspeaker.com/?p=35786 Decentralized exchange Radar Relay is to support Ledger hardware wallets providing its users with new wallet to wallet trading opportunities.

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As it has become known just a month after having raised $3 million in venture funding decentralized exchange startup Radar Relay has added support for the Ledger hardware wallet.

Being a relayer that uses the 0x protocol to host an off-chain order book of individually signed orders Radar Relay is not an exchange. It doesn’t hold user funds, it just displays and manages orders.

As completed orders are settled on the Ethereum blockchain via 0x smart contracts, Radar Relay guarantees a high level of security for its users. Let’s remind that 0x protocol was introduced last year in order to facilitate fee-less transactions on the Ethereum blockchain

Due to the integration with Ledger hardware users will be able to transfer ether or supported ERC-20-based tokens directly to another Ledger wallet. Such step is quite significant for the industry as it is one of the first cases when users are enabled to trade funds directly from one wallet to another. Earlier Radar Relay has already announced its integration with the browser-based wallet MetaMask.

Radar Relay has provided a detailed and easy-to-follow instruction for those who want to integrate Radar Relay and Ledger Wallet. For doing this it is necessary to connect Ledger hardware wallet to the computer, open the Ethereum application on the Ledger, and then send funds using the Radar Relay application. Users can choose gas prices and tokens, and transfer their coins via the Radar app.

It’s worth mentioning that Radar Relay has added a new marketplace selection allowing users to choose between token pair denominations. Currently, WETH and DAI are also available.

The news about the integration has been well received by the cryptocurrency community. Some users called the initiative amazing and breaking edge.

A little bit earlier it was informed that the France-based maker of hardware cryptocurrency wallets Ledger had raised $75 million in series B investment round.

According to Ledger, they plan to invest the new funds primarily in expanding their business in terms of the increasingly growing popularity of cryptocurrencies.

The company has also told about its work on the development of a new storage solution for managing crypto assets. The product will be of use for institutional investors such as banks and hedge funds.

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RoboForex Introduces Bitcoin as an Account Base Currency https://www.coinspeaker.com/2018/01/19/roboforex-introduces-bitcoin-account-base-currency/ https://www.coinspeaker.com/2018/01/19/roboforex-introduces-bitcoin-account-base-currency/#respond Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:46:13 +0000 https://www.coinspeaker.com/?p=35897 RoboForex is announcing Bitcoin as a new base currency for trading accounts.

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Now the Company’s clients have an opportunity open trading accounts, deposit and withdraw funds in BTC currency (Bitcoin). Trading accounts with this new base currency can be opened in MetaTrader 4 and MetaTrader 5 platforms.

The BTC base currency is available for Pro-Standard accounts and RoboForex Wallets. In the first place, an opportunity to open trading accounts in bitcoins will be interesting to those traders, who store their funds in this cryptocurrency.

The digital currency will help them todiversify their risks more effectively by reinvesting funds into other financial instruments.

Especially for the clients who opened their accounts in BTC, we’ve enabled deposits/withdrawals of funds via Bitcoin system.

  • Commission for withdrawing funds: 0.001 BTC (1.0 mBTC).
  • The amount allowed to be deposited/withdrawn for a transaction: from 0.00001 BTC (0.01 mBTC).

Andrey Goilov, RoboForex analyst says: “Cryptocurrencies are, without any doubts, the major trend of 2017. We’re actively working on improving trading conditions the Company offers to traders and extending access to different financial markets.

The current demand for cryptocurrencies trading is pretty high and we’re quickly responding to it by introduction of new products and significant improvement of our services.”

About RoboForex

RoboForex Ltd is a company, which delivers brokerage services on a world-wide basis. The company provides traders, who work on financial market, with access to its own trading platforms. RoboForex Ltd has the brokerage license IFSC/60/271/TS/17. More detailed information about the Company’s activities and operation can be found on the official website at www.roboforex.com.

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NYSE-Parent Company ICE and Blockstream Launch Consolidated Data Feed for Cryptocurrencies https://www.coinspeaker.com/2018/01/19/nyse-parent-company-ice-blockstream-launch-consolidated-data-feed-cryptocurrencies/ https://www.coinspeaker.com/2018/01/19/nyse-parent-company-ice-blockstream-launch-consolidated-data-feed-cryptocurrencies/#respond Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:39:53 +0000 https://www.coinspeaker.com/?p=35814 Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), the parent company of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), is launching a new cryptocurrency-based data feed together with blockchain startup Blockstream.

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Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (the parent company of the New York Stock Exchange) announced launching a data feed for bitcoin and other digital currencies yesterday. The product will be introduced in collaboration with blockchain technology provider Blockstream.

The Cryptocurrency Data Feed will provide real-time information from more than 15 cryptoexchanges, including data on prices, trading volume and order book for the leading cryptocurrencies. The prices will be measured against the U.S. dollar and other major currency pairs. Blocksream will be responsible for collecting the data.

It works with cryptocurrency exchanges around the world and unites the scattered data sets into a normalized and standardized data source that includes current-time and historical trade information. Then Blockchain will present it in a similar fashion to current data streams present in stock exchanges.  This is designed to enable ICE Data Services’ customers to receive global market representative trading data in a real-time feed with high quality information.

Earlier, NYSE parent Intercontinental Exchange Inc announced plans on launching its fourth U.S. stock market, NYSE National. This could help NYSE not only get more revenue from trading and market data sales, but also help the exchange operator maintain its top position in U.S. stock trading volumes.

ICE is the latest U.S. exchange operator to join the crypto party. Lynn Martin, ICE Data Services President and COO, said: “With the broad array of cryptocurrencies and exchanges, and given the price variances between exchanges, it’s critical that investors have a comprehensive source of pricing information.” He added: “We’re excited to work with Blockstream, which is focused on bringing institutional-quality data to the market, and we look forward to expanding the feed and our strategic relationship with Blockstream over time.”

Blockstream is the leading provider of blockchain technologies, on the forefront of work in cryptography and distributed systems. It provides a range of software and hardware solutions and expert professional services to companies deploying new blockchain-based networks. Advancing the most mature, fully tested, and secure cryptocurrency and blockchain infrastructure in production with the most experienced teams in the industry, Blockstream combines its technical depth with world-class domain expertise to deliver solutions that cross industries and use cases.

Two days ago, Blockstream announced the launch of ‘Lightning Charge’, micropayment processing system. The protocol is designed to make it easier for developers to build payment apps on top of its Lightning Network.

“At Blockstream, we build technologies that help cryptocurrency to reach its full potential. Our work on the Cryptocurrency Data Feed is providing improved cryptocurrency market data through information sharing via our open, collaborative working relationships with cryptocurrency exchanges around the world,” said Adam Back, CEO of Blockstream. “We are excited to work closely with ICE and cryptocurrency exchanges globally to deliver this data service that we believe will significantly reduce the barriers to broader trading of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.”

The feed is set to launch in March and will join a family of more than 450 real-time data feeds operated by ICE. This move follows ICE’s rivals, CME Group and Cboe Global Markets, which already offer trading in bitcoin futures.

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The Launch of WELL’s Web Platform https://www.coinspeaker.com/2018/01/19/launch-wells-web-platform/ https://www.coinspeaker.com/2018/01/19/launch-wells-web-platform/#respond Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:21:50 +0000 https://www.coinspeaker.com/?p=35893 WELL is pleased to announce the launch of its WELL Web Platform for both patients and providers, delivering convenient healthcare anytime, anywhere.

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WELL is pleased to announce the launch of its WELL Web Platform for both patients and providers, delivering convenient healthcare anytime, anywhere.

WELL’s simple, easy to navigate telemedicine platform connects patients worldwide to a global network of doctors and other healthcare professionals 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Key benefits for patients include immediate appointments at up to 30% less than the cost of in-  person visits, plus access to interpreters, pharmacies, labs, and medical equipment suppliers.

Patients also benefit from WELL’s blockchain structure, which protects patients’ medical and financial data while providing easy, cross-border payments without high exchange rates, processing fees, or third-party fees.

WELL’s provider features include remote monitoring, connectivity with patient devices, video and conference capabilities, and the integration of various records systems.

To sign up for WELL’s web platform as either a patient or provider, visit the link and register, or view a demo of the platform using the email addresses patient@demo.com or provider@demo.com along with the password: password.

About WELL

WELL founder and CEO Ildar Fazulyanov was inspired to create WELL in April 2015, following a snowboarding accident that left him frustrated with the inefficiencies of the healthcare system. Founded on the belief that quality care should be available anytime and anywhere, WELL is globalizing healthcare and eliminating country borders to directly connect doctors, therapists, psychologists, and other healthcare specialists with patients worldwide.

Today, WELL works with companies such as:

  • Medicare,
  • myMatrixx®
  • Optum
  • Century Pacific Medical, Inc.
  • Medi-Cal,
  • Veteran Affairs,
  • Tricare,
  • Medicare Advantage,

Several HMO/PPO plans, self-pay/private pay, dozens of hospitals, assisted living facilities, hospices, over two hundred home healthcare agencies.

WELL’s global network of clinicians speaks English, Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Korean, Armenian, Vietnamese, Farsi, Japanese, Russian, Hebrew and many other languages.

To find out more about WELL, access the company’s white paper, or read about the token sale and how to participate, visit our official website.

 

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