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Coinbase Raises Series E Round of Financing to Accelerate the Adoption of Cryptocurrencies

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At Coinbase, believe that cryptocurrencies and the technologies that power them represent a breakthrough in computer science that will change both the internet and the global financial system for the better. Coinbase see tremendous promise in crypto to build the next great phase of the internet (often referred to as Web 3), which has the power to put control back in the hands of consumers, unleash a new era of innovation, and offer greater access to economic opportunities to more people around the world.

Today, Coinbase to announce that will add an additional $300 million of investment at a valuation of over $8 billion to accelerate the adoption of cryptocurrencies and digital assets. The Series E equity round is led by Tiger Global Management, with participation from Y Combinator Continuity, Wellington Management, Andreessen Horowitz, Polychain and others.

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#DeleteCoinbase: Best Cryptocurrency Exchanges For Smart Traders

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Coinbase is one of the most popular cryptocurrency exchanges in the world, and became the poster child for crypto alongside Bitcoin during the cryptocurrency’s meteoric rise to $20,000 in 2017.

Since then though, Coinbase has seemingly done everything in its power to put itself at risk in the face of increasingly stiff competition in the emerging market. The firm’s asset listing policy has resulted in new assets being added to the platform in an extremely slow and frustrating manner, there was a recent scandal where Coinbase acquired a team of former hackers, and most recently, Coinbase upset its entire user base by increasing their fee structure for regular users with reasonable amounts of capital, while lowering fees for their wealthiest clients.

The recent turmoil created by Coinbase themselves has prompted a social media campaign dubbed #DeleteCoinbase, aimed at convincing Coinbase users into sending their funds to a different exchange, and deleting the Coinbase app from one’s smartphone.

Comparing Other Crypto Exchange Fees Against Coinbase Changes

While Coinbase is faltering, they are potentially creating an opportunity for their fiercest competitors to swoop in, and steal customers and ever-important market share.

For transactions under $100,000, Coinbase has raised their total fees by 33%. Coinbase had been known for its 0% maker fee, with a low taker fee of 0.30%. With the most recent change, Coinbase now charges 0.15% on maker fees and 0.25% on taker fees, taking the total fee from 0.30% to 0.40%.

Another US-based cryptocurrency exchange, Kraken, beats Coinbase but only by a tiny amount, offering 0.14% on maker fees and 0.24% on taker fees. Bitfinex, another popular cryptocurrency exchange sets their maker fees at 0.1% and their taker fees at 0.2%.

Elsewhere in the cryptocurrency market, fees are even lower. At Binance, maker and taker fees are just 0.1% each for any orders under $400,000 or 100 BTC. And that’s not including the 25% discount traders can gain by electing to use BNB to pay for fees.

PrimeXBT, a relative newcomer making waves for their 100x leverage and cutting edge trading tools, appears to offer the most attractive fee structure for the most active traders on the market today. Rounding out their offering, are the lowest fees out of any exchange at 0.05% across any trade type.

Binance and PrimeXBT To Lead Cryptocurrency Game in 2019

Not only should traders consider leaving Coinbase behind due to the ever-growing trading fees that put them far behind the rest of the competition, the Coinbase platform itself leaves a lot to be desired, and leaves crypto traders wanting more from their experience.

While Binance has a great reputation for safety and security, and can open traders up to a massive opportunity in trading altcoins for profit, that profit is currently limited due to the tight trading ranges across the market. Binance only offers simple buying and selling of assets, so there is no way traders can profit from the falling cryptocurrency market. Sell orders don’t increase profits, it only protects capital from dropping due to asset value declining. Throughout the bear market, cryptocurrency prices have only fallen lower and lower, making a buy-to-profit strategy a losing one.

PrimeXBT on the other hand, allows traders to profit from both rising and falling cryptocurrency prices by allowing them to “go long”, or “short” the market. In addition to being able to profit whichever way the trend takes us, PrimeXBT offers 100x leverage.

100x leverage is the most serious trader’s solution to profiting during sideways trading, as we are currently seeing throughout the crypto market. When trading ranges contract and prices consolidate, volatility disappears and price swings are smaller, fewer, and further in between. By margin trading with 100x leverage, traders can profit from even the smallest price movements.

In addition to 100x leverage and the ability to short sell against the market, PrimeXBT has all of the traditional features from other cryptocurrency exchanges, as well as a host of cutting edge features not found anywhere else in the space. Traditional exchange order types such as market, limit, and stop orders join OCO (one cancels the other) orders and protection orders. These advanced order types can help a trader get the best entry or exit price, and generate the most profit possible.

Conclusion

Coinbase cannot remain a market leader if it doesn’t listen to the needs of traders everywhere. Traders want low fees, many assets to choose from, the ability to trade with leverage, and advanced order types.

There is a massive variety of exchanges to choose from each with unique benefits, but the leaders in the cryptocurrency market remain obvious. Traders who are looking to invest in and hold a variety of altcoins for long-term growth should choose Binance. For active traders seeking to generate the most profit from their capital, who want to profit from both rising and falling markets, and generate profit from even the smallest price movements using 100x leverage – PrimeXBT is definitely the place to go.

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CoinMarketCap Cryptocurrency Benchmark Indices to Launch on NASDAQ and Bloomberg

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CoinMarketCap launching two cryptocurrency benchmark indices on NASDAQ GIDS, Bloomberg Terminals, Thomson Reuters Eikon (Refinitiv), and Börse Stuttgart. These indices will be the most comprehensive ones on the market, covering the Top 200 cryptocurrencies by market capitalization, one including Bitcoin, and one without.

Our cryptocurrency benchmark indices will help users to quickly reference and track the general performance of the cryptocurrency market. Including 200 cryptocurrencies weighted by market capitalization, the headline index CMC Crypto 200 Index (CMC200), which includes Bitcoin, essentially covers more than 90% of the global cryptocurrency market. Another index excluding Bitcoin, CMC Crypto 200 ex BTC Index (CMC200EX), has also been created to track the performance of the market without the influence of Bitcoin, a cryptocurrency dominating ~50% of total market capitalization at the time of writing.

“We are excited to launch and share these indices with the market,” says Brandon Chez, CEO of CoinMarketCap, “These indices will promote greater accessibility to cryptocurrency data in an easier-to-digest format. In partnership with Solactive, our chosen index administrator, we hope these professionally-calculated indices will serve to expand the reach of cryptocurrencies into the larger financial markets.” – Brandon Chez, CEO of CoinMarketCap

At CoinMarketCap, we pioneered the use of the terms “market capitalization” in the cryptocurrency space back in 2013, when we needed to a way to quickly compare other cryptocurrencies to Bitcoin. We also created the term “circulating supply”, inspired by the concept of “public float” in equities. We also popularized “Bitcoin dominance” as a quick indicator of Bitcoin’s market capitalization against the value of all other listed cryptocurrencies. With the indices launching today, we aim to capture these data points in a single, easy-to-use index performance number that can efficiently describe the state of the cryptocurrency market.

The market capitalization for each cryptocurrency calculated as “price multiplied by circulating supply”. The circulating supply metric used by CoinMarketCap accounts for locked, reserved or non-saleable coins or tokens that cannot affect the price of a cryptocurrency, and hence are not factored into a cryptocurrency’s market capitalization.

Solactive AG, the independent German index provider, will calculate and administer the CoinMarketCap indices to exacting standards and strictly adhere to the stated methodology, such as rebalancing the index quarterly accordingly. The company counts among its index-calculating capabilities a Cboe Bitcoin Futures index launched in December 2017. Administering over 3,000 custom indices, Solactive is well-placed to provide and uphold the standards required to launch and maintain these comprehensive, market-wide indices in collaboration with CoinMarketCap. Solactive is fully compliant with the IOSCO Principles for Financial Benchmarks.

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IBM Blockchain is Live and Bank-Issued Stablecoins Are On Their Way

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Six international banks are planning to issue their own stablecoins on IBM’s Stellar-powered money wiring service, IBM and Stellar announced Monday.

Today more than 44 international banks that support payments are on the service, IBM Blockchain World Wire — and several of them have signed letters of intent to issue their own stablecoins, according to Jesse Lund, Vice President of IBM Blockchain, who made the announcement in a keynote at Money 2020 Asia in Singapore alongside Stellar cofounder Jed McCaleb.

The crypto industry’s 2018 bear market resulted in a flood of stablecoin issuances, which seek to keep a constant price in the face of the high volatility of bitcoin and other crypto assets. They include Circle’s USDC, Gemini’s GUSD, and Paxos’ PAX, all of which are U.S. dollar-backed. Last month JPMorgan Chase announced JPM Coin, which it didn’t call a “stablecoin” but effectively functions as a dollar-backed bridge currency for the corporate clients and other banks with which it transacts.

The banks looking to create their own stablecoins include Brazil’s Banco Bradesco, South Korea’s Bank Busan, and the Philippines’ Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation — as well as banks IBM has yet to name whose stablecoins would be backed by the Euro and Indonesian Rupiah. IBM plans to continue expanding the ecosystem of settlement assets, Lund said in an interview with Cheddar Monday.

“We let the market drive the expansion and selection of the network incrementally,” Lund said. “We are really feeling excited that we are on a roll to build something new and revolutionary that’s really going to change the landscape of cross-border payments.”

Many in the cryptocurrency community are critical of fiat-backed stablecoins (as opposed to crypto-backed or algorithmic stablecoins) because the collateral for funds are kept in custodian banks that in theory could be seized by the government at any point; the concept merely borrows from blockchain technology’s distributed ledger capabilities and isn’t truly decentralized. But most people don’t really care about that.

“At the end of the day, centralization is okay for the utility it provides,” said Steve Ehrlich, chief operating officer of the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance.

World Wire aims to replace traditional banking intermediaries that add complexity to cross-border payments and make transactions more expensive, like Ripple. By using Stellar’s XLM token as a settlement instrument for fiat currencies, two companies that agree to a transaction in different fiat currencies can exchange those respective currencies into the XLM token. The transaction would then take place using XLM, or lumens, and be recorded on the blockchain. (World Wire also supports a U.S. dollar-backed stablecoin through a collaboration with Stronghold.) Ultimately, this makes payments faster, cheaper, and safer for the end users as well.

Unlike Ripple, IBM isn’t the issuer of the decided-upon settlement asset. (Ripple issues XRP, the token used to transact over the Ripple network.). Big Blue believes there should be a variety of digital assets to enable cross-border payments and that the network participants should be able to choose and negotiate their asset choice.

And unlike other markets whose central banks use real time gross settlement software with the money center banks of its jurisdictions, wholesale payments in the U.S. are driven more by product, like ACH, than the Federal Reserve.

“If you think that a wholesale coin or digital coupon has the ability to reduce the friction for these types of wholesale transactions, it’s a natural progression to say central banks will want to do that too,” said Pascal Bouvier, managing partner at Middlegame Ventures. “How the market structure evolves is difficult to predict … but it’s very much akin to loyalty coins that airlines use for their own purposes.”

Similarly, Ehrlich said one day “stablecoins will turn into their own various payment networks that almost become economies in their own regard, like loyalty programs.”

In the near term, fiat-backed coins will be the most prevalent. As some explode in market cap, others will recede as it becomes more difficult and costly to support a stablecoin — which requires hiring banks to hold the dollars to back each coin plus intense dedication to regulation and compliance requirements. If issuers don’t see the revenues for the fees associated with it, some sort of fallaway would be expected.

“You can think of all kinds of use cases these digital tokens can be used for — either from a payments perspective with all the clients of a bank or to reward some type of behavior. Again, they’re like digital representations of something that has been satisfied,” Bouvier said.

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Coinbase Pro Market Structure Update

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Coinbase Pro will implement a set of changes to further optimize the market health of our platform. These changes are designed to increase liquidity, enable better price discovery for trades, and to make price movements smoother. This will lead to a more efficient market and increase trading opportunities for all of our customers. The changes include:

  1. New fee structure that is designed to increase liquidity by reducing the delta between maker and taker fees
  2. Updated order maximums designed to help protect customers from large price movements
  3. New order increment (“tick”) sizes aimed at improving market structure
  4. Turning off stop market orders
  5. Adding market order protection points

New Fee Schedule

The calculation for volume tiers will continue to be based off trailing 30 day volume. You can also see your trailing 30 day volume within Pro.

Updated Order Maximums

We periodically review our maximum order size, which is designed to mitigate the impact of large orders on market liquidity. The latest order maximums can be found on our markets summary page.

Updated Tick Sizes

The tick size of a market is the minimum increment between orders. We will be decreasing the tick size on the following 5 books: ETC-USD, ETC-EUR, ETC-GBP, LTC-BTC, ETC-BTC

The latest tick sizes for all products can be found on our markets summary.

Deprecating Stop Market Orders

Coinbase Pro and Prime will no longer support stop market orders. All stop orders must now be submitted as limit orders and include a limit price. All currently open stop market orders will be canceled on Friday, March 22 @ 6:00 pm PDT.

Adding Market Order Protection Points

Coinbase Pro and Prime will introduce a 10% market protection point for all market orders. Market orders that move the price in excess of 10% will stop executing and return a partial fill. For example: a market buy submitted when the last trade price is $4,000 will only fill at price levels below $4,400. Protection points help prevent large orders from causing more than 10% slippage.

Scheduled Downtime

Coinbase Pro will be offline Friday, March 22 @ 6:00 pm PDT to 6:30 pm PDT. Please subscribe to the Coinbase Pro Status Page to receive updates on the market closing and re-openings.

  1. 3/22 @ 6:00 pm PDT — Downtime begins, all open market stop orders cleared
  2. 3/22 @ 6:30 pm PDT — Markets restarted
  3. 3/22 @ 6:30 pm PDT — New fee schedule and market structure rules go into effect
  4. 3/22 @ 6:30 pm PDT — Markets will enter limit-only mode
  5. 3/22 @ 6:30 pm PDT — Normal trading activity will resume per our trading rules.
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The Stellar Development Foundation Appoints Denelle Dixon, Previously Mozilla COO, As Executive Director and CEO

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The Stellar Development Foundation (SDF) today announced that it has named Denelle Dixon as its Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer. Denelle will start on May 1st. Stellar.org’s co-founder and current SDF Executive Director, Jed McCaleb, will move into a role as Chief Architect, where he will focus on the network protocol and Stellar’s adoption strategy.

“We’re thrilled to have Denelle lead the Stellar Development Foundation through its next phase of growth,” said McCaleb. “Denelle’s long experience leading operations and business at Mozilla, as well as her work on the policy side, with advocacy around Open Internet and encryption and privacy, will be indispensable to SDF in the coming years.”

Previously, Dixon served as COO of Mozilla, one of the most successful mission-driven open source organizations. During her tenure at Mozilla, she led the organization’s ongoing fight for Net Neutrality and the global effort to ensure that people can control their personal data. She also pushed Mozilla to understand how to partner with commercial entities while staying true to its core mission of openness, innovation, and opportunity on the web.

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Canadian Securities Regulators Consult on Regulatory Framework for Crypto-asset Trading Platforms

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The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) and Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) today published Joint Canadian Securities Administrators/Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada Consultation Paper 21-402 Proposed Framework for Crypto-Asset Trading Platforms. The consultation paper seeks input from the fintech community, market participants, investors and other stakeholders on how regulatory requirements may be tailored for crypto-asset trading platforms (platforms) operating in Canada.

“This consultation outlines a proposed regulatory framework that provides clarity for platforms, greater market integrity and protection for investors,” said Louis Morisset, CSA Chair and President and CEO of the Autorité des marchés financiers. “Platforms have told us that a tailored regulatory framework is welcome as they seek to build consumer confidence and expand their businesses across Canada and globally.”

“The emergence of digital and crypto assets continues to be a growing area of interest for regulators, investors and marketplaces – and, together, securities regulators are taking steps to deepen our understanding of this area,” added Andrew J. Kriegler, President and CEO, IIROC. “We must adapt to innovation, and provide clarity to the market about how regulatory requirements might best be tailored and applied to these unique business models, while maintaining investor protection.”

Platforms, depending on how they operate and the crypto assets they make available for trading, may be subject to securities and/or derivatives regulation. Depending on their structure, they may also introduce novel features that create risks to investors and Canada’s capital markets that may not be fully addressed by the existing regulatory framework. Where securities legislation applies to platforms, the CSA and IIROC are considering a tailored regulatory framework to address these novel features and risks.

The consultation paper seeks input on a number of areas that will assist in determining appropriate requirements for platforms. These include how to address custody and verification of assets, price determination, market surveillance, systems and business continuity planning, conflicts of interest, crypto-asset insurance, and clearing and settlement. The CSA and IIROC continue to engage with international regulators about their approach to platforms, and welcome input on a variety of regulatory approaches that exist in this area.

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The World’s First Full-Stack Cryptocurrency Ecosystem, to Launch on Nasdaq Market Technology

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Nasdaq Inc. and Bcause LLC, creator of the world’s first full-stack cryptocurrency ecosystem, today announced that Bcause’s markets will operate on Nasdaq’s matching engine, clearing and market surveillance technology via the Nasdaq Financial Framework platform. The technology is expected to go live in 1H 2019 with the launch of the new Bcause spot cryptocurrency market. In addition, Bcause has filed with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission to become a designated contract market (DCM) and to establish a derivatives clearing organization (DCO).The full line of Bcause market offerings will soon operate on the most widely used market infrastructure technology in the world.

Once derivatives trading and clearing officially commence, Bcause will be the only venue to serve as a one-stop shop for all parts of the digital currency value chain: from the state-of-the-art digital mining facility launched in February 2018, to spot trading for digital assets, to a futures market and derivatives clearinghouse which are pending regulatory approval. The surveillance technology powered by Nasdaq is designed to ensure that surveillance protocols fit the needs of a crypto marketplace. This will help Bcause monitor its markets for manipulative activities, among other misconduct, thereby creating a safer spot and derivatives market for all participants.

“We have tremendous respect for the Nasdaq brand and are honored that we can deploy these robust, tried-and-tested platforms – customized to our unique markets – as the foundation of our technology,” said Fred Grede, CEO, Bcause. “I fully expect that our markets will attract a broad range of users, from those who are already quite active in the financial markets and familiar with Nasdaq technology, to a new breed of investors wanting to participate in the growing cryptocurrency marketplace.”

“Bcause has methodically built a unique ecosystem that gives investors, partners and market players a holistic experience in tapping the cryptocurrency market and value chain,” said Paul McKeown, SVP and Head of Marketplace Operators & New Markets, Market Technology, Nasdaq. “By leveraging the Nasdaq Financial Framework, Bcause will have the scalability and modular functionality to introduce new micro-services and expand its business offerings to meet industry demands and the evolution of the digital assets economy.”

Nasdaq’s market technology powers more than 250 of the world’s market infrastructure organizations and market participants, including broker-dealers, exchanges, clearinghouses, central securities depositories and regulators, in over 50 countries with end-to-end, mission-critical technology solutions.

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Koi Trading Unveils AML Compliance-as-a-Service Using IdentityMind Digital Identities Platform

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Koi Trading, an innovative OTC trading desk that provides private, efficient, and compliant cryptocurrency liquidity to counterparties around the world, today announced a partnership with IdentityMind, Digital Identities You Can Trust, to provide Anti-Money Laundering (AML) compliance-as-a-service to money services businesses globally under the brand Koi Compliance.

Koi Compliance offers the first plug-and-play AML compliance solution that supports digital currency. Koi Compliance will pair their legal expertise and compliance analysts with IdentityMind’s platform that already supports over 35 digital currency exchanges worldwide. This enables companies to focus on running their business, while Koi Compliance leverages industry best practices to perform the legally required Know Your Customer (KYC), transaction monitoring, sanctions screening, recordkeeping and regulatory reporting through IdentityMind.

“We’re excited to work with an innovative company like Koi Trading,” said Kieran Sherlock CTO, IdentityMind. “They have created a new way for more entrants into the digital currency space to be compliant from day one, and effectively serve their customers across different markets and geographies while minimizing their regulatory risk.”

“When we first set out to help companies with compliance, we immediately chose IdentityMind as our primary platform,” said Harry Zhou, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Koi Trading. “IdentityMind’s immense experience in digital currency and their risk-based AML solutions enable Koi Compliance to provide the best technology-driven digital currency AML compliance services for exchanges, OTC desks and stablecoin projects that face rapidly evolving regulatory landscapes around the world.”

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PrimeXBT: Margin Trading Is the Best Tool to Profit During a Sideways Market

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New research shows that Bitcoin has entered a phase of unprecedented stability, after being demonized as one of the most volatile assets the world has even witnessed. But as volatility dries up and price stabilizes, traders become bored due to the lack of movement in price charts, and more importantly, the lack of profit able to be extracted from the rise and fall of cryptocurrency prices.

The only answer to boredom during a sideways trending market and the only tool that allows traders to remain profitable amidst increasingly tightening trading ranges is margin trading. And no platform offers a better margin trading experience for crypto traders than PrimeXBT.

Margin Trading Is the Solution to Struggling With Profit In Sideways Market

During the 2017 cryptocurrency bull run, investors simply took a buy and HODL strategy, and became extremely profitable as the price of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies skyrocketed.

Throughout 2018, traders were able to short-sell Bitcoin at key resistance levels and generate substantial profit off the multi-thousand-dollar price peaks and troughs.

Now, in 2019, as the market slowly decides which direction it eventually wants to take – more decline or a return to bullish price momentum – the market is experiencing sideways price action, which is the worst environment for traders in general.

With no clear direction chosen, traders often sit on the sidelines until a trend emerges, leaving any opportunity for profits on the table. However, with margin trading, even the smallest price movements can lead to enormous profits.

How Margin Trading on Prime XBT Works

Margin trading allows traders to open positions much larger than their initial capital allocation. PrimeXBT offers the highest level of leverage at 100x across all major cryptocurrencies offered on the platform.

With 100x leverage, a 10 BTC buy order will function as if the trader’s capital was worth 1000 BTC. If the price of Bitcoin increases by 25%, the trader will have generated 250 BTC in profit by using leverage, whereas without leverage the profit would be only 2.5 BTC.

Positions with leverage can be opened as a “short” or a “long,” providing traders with the ability to profit off of both falling and rising prices. Margin trading can help traders generate significant profits off even the smallest price movements. Margin trading, however, can be risky if a trader doesn’t understand how trading with leverage works.

PrimeXBT: Minimizing Margin Trading Risk Using Advanced Order Types

PrimeXBT offers many advantages over other margin trading platforms, but the most important of which is the range of advanced order types found on the exchange. Not only can these advanced order types help to increase a trader’s profitability by ensuring the best entry prices, but by using specific order parameters to exit a position can help to protect capital and ensure a trader’s profitability.

In addition to more commonly found order types such as Market, Limited, and Stop orders, PrimeXBT also offers a OCO (One Order Cancels the Other) order type for advanced strategies, and allows traders to set stop loss and take profit prices to both new and existing orders across all order types.

These important stop loss and take profit prices can help a trader to protect their capital should the market go in the opposite direction of an open order, or can help traders lock in profits before a pullback or retrace occurs.

These optional order parameters can also provide traders with peace of mind, as they don’t have to closely monitor or babysit positions – the PrimeXBT platform will do it for them.

By being intelligent with stop loss and take profit setups, traders can minimize nearly all risk associated with margin trading.

Taking Advantage of PrimeXBT’s Customization Features For Even More Profit

PrimeXBT offers a variety of helpful widgets that’ll improve a trader’s arsenal. Some widgets are designed to provide easy access to the most helpful tools built directly into PrimeXBT, while others offer traders an edge.

The included advanced charting capabilities can arm traders with valuable knowledge on key resistance or critical support zones to help decide where to set stop losses or take profit. Chart analysis can also help traders prepare for the market’s next move, by discovering patterns in price movements, and can even help traders plan entry points for their positions.

The platform offers customization features that’ll appeal to any trader at any level: from novice to intermediate, to professional and everybody in between.

PrimeXBT’s Industry Best 4-Level Referral Program

No information about PrimeXBT and its ability to generate revenue for its traders is complete without mentioning the platform’s four-level referral program. PrimeXBT’s referral program can help a trader generate substantial revenue without ever making a single trade.

Users that refer another user will not only generate earnings off the referred user’s trading fees, but any users the referrer refers, up to four levels deep.

The more an individual shares their referral link, either through their own personal network or via social media, the more opportunity for earnings exists.

Conclusion: Traders Can Improve Profitability with PrimeXBT

In today’s cryptocurrency market, the conditions are more confusing than ever, and more traders are opting to sit on the sidelines and wait for volatility to return in order to generate profits. But PrimeXBT proves there’s no need to wait, and significant profits can be produced with the right trading tools and smart trading strategy.

By first understanding margin trading and implementing the use of PrimeXBT’s industry-best 100x leverage, and by intelligently using the platform’s advanced charting software to best utilize the variety of order types offered by the exchange, traders can discover a whole new world of profit-generation.

PrimeXBT’s sign up takes under a minute and requires no KYC. Given the profits traders are already turning, and its attractive four-level referral program, it’s no surprise that PrimeXBT has become the most exciting project in the entire crypto landscape, and has the entire industry buzzing over its features not found elsewhere in the space.

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Malta Financial Services Authority Appoints Partner to Help Cryptocurrency Asset Checks

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The Malta Financial Services Authority has appointed an American company to help it check crypto currency assets.

The authority is currently going through procedures for the approval of cryptocurrency agents – known as virtual financial agents – at least 29 of which have already applied for licences. Once these have been approved, expected by the end of this month, the VFA agents are expected to submit applications for operators like exchanges, wallets and initial coin offerings.

While the VFA agents are expected to do the due diligence on the individuals and entities behind these operators, the MFSA will still require tracking of the assets that flow through them – which is where CipherTrace will come in.

CipherTrace was founded in 2015 by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and was initially funded by the US Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology and government agency Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Its solution was described as being able to gauge and potential risk exposure of businesses including cryptocurrency exchanges, collective investment schemes and initial coin offerings.

“Ciphertrace Compliance Monitoring will provide the MFSA with powerful oversight tools to automate regulatory processes and audit the risk management of virtual asset businesses licensed in Malta,” CEO Joseph Cuschieri said, noting that the MFSA was “strongly aware” of the money laundering and financing of terrorism risks associated with entities operating in this sphere.

The system can be used at both pre- and post-authorisation stages, and uses data encompassing exchanges, addresses, wallets and other entities, profiling everything from criminal addresses and dark markets, to gambling services and high-yield investment products.

The Times of Malta recently reported that the cryptocurrency operators waiting in the winds were champing at the bit as banks were politely declining their business, saying it was outside their “risk appetite”.

Sources said banks were not distinguishing between cryptocurrency and blockchain, even though the two were not always linked.

Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services Silvio Schembri told the Times of Malta that he was holding talks with different banks and other stakeholders “to have a better understanding of the industry”.

CipherTrace CEO Dave Jevans said that banks often find themselves turning away valuable customers in this lucrative sector, merely because of lack of insight about which businesses to trust as corporate customers.

Applications have been steadily trickling in to the MFSA since the end of November for registration as VFA Agents under the Virtual Financial Assets Act.

The MFSA had told the Times of Malta that it was aiming to issue the first licences within the first quarter.

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