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It’s been a big week for alt coins. Coming off the back of Coinbase announcing that they are ‘exploring’ listing XLM amongst 4 other coins, Stellar’s digital currency – Lumens – has now been listed on South Korean exchange KuCoin. Supported trading pairs will include BTC and ETH, with deposits effective immediately.

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Stellar (XLM) is now on KuCoin, you can deposit now. Trading pairs include XLM/BTC and XLM/ETH. Withdrawal opens July 18, 2018 at 22:00 (UTC+8), buying starts July 16, 2018 at 21:30 (UTC+8), and selling starts July 16, 2018 at 22:00 (UTC+8). @StellarOrg #KCS #XLM #BTC #ETH #ICO
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This exchange news will come as little surprise to supporters of the Stellar protocol and digital currency, which has seen a marked increase in media and market attention. Whilst the 24-hour trading volume may seem low compared to trading behemoths such as Binance, the increased exposure to South Korean and Asian markets cannot be overstated. This listing could be seen as confirmation of the Stellar Development Foundation’s and partner IBM’s continued intentions, with their targeting of the South East Asian and Pacific remittance and exchange corridors.

Since the Coinbase announcement, XLM’s price has climbed from $0.18 to over $0.23. With further project news in the pipeline, including an exclusive from cryptocoinspy, as well the revamped SDEX (StellarX’s) summer launch, the good news seems set to continue for Stellar a little while yet

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The payment system is one subtle issue that blockchain technology tries to resolve. Several decentralized projects have used the blockchain and intend to make the financial system consistent without intermediaries. Stellar has made this concept to pursue their plan of a distributed ledger globally, and now, they are proudly announcing that they have extended their scope and had XLM, their intrinsic currency listed at KuCoin.

KuCoin is a well-reputed cryptocurrency exchange market that does not promise but assures credibility, reliability, and security among traders and partners.

Stellar XLM is now open for deposit immediately while buying at 19:30 (UTC+8). Selling and Withdrawal commence at 20:00 (UTC+8). Any related transactions can be executed by using KuCoin’s app for iOS and Android or to their official website,

An Introduction to Stellar XLM

The Stellar network is a distributed blockchain based ledger and database that promotes cross-asset transfers of value that include payments. The native digital asset of Stellar is called Lumens XLM.

Stellar is the payment network (Horizon API and Stellar Core), and Lumens (XLM) is the cryptocurrency. The networks are both managed by a non-profit recognized as

Stellar as the non-profit and network and Lumens, the cryptocurrency main selling features are:

– The Stellar network is described as an open source, distributed, and community-owned system utilized to facilitate cross-asset transfers of value. It doesn’t manage all software types like Ethereum, but it is one of the only other options for ICOs aside from Ethereum.
– Stellar can handle transfers between fiat-based currencies and between cryptocurrencies.
– Lumens have low charges with each transaction has a lesser fee of 0.00001 lumens associated.
– The Stellar network, and so Lumens and any other asset utilizing the Lumen network, has accelerated transaction speeds that competing Ripple.
–, the organization that supports Stellar, is centralized like Ripple and meant to handle cross-platform transactions and microtransactions like Ripple.
– is non-profit and their platform itself is open source and decentralized. Thus, they have the perk of considering a bit more like a traditional company who can network with other companies on the one hand, but have the open source, distributed, and community-owned vibe that Ethereum and Bitcoin have on the other.

As a conclusion, Stellar and its Lumens are contentious with other cryptos on several levels but are in straight competition with Ethereum for ICOs and Ripple for being a digital companion for banks and companies.

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  • Financial services company Stronghold will launch first ever USD-anchored token.
  • Stronghold’s USD-backed cryptocurrency is being tested on Stellar, IBM blockchains.
Financial advisory firm Stronghold announced today that it will be launching the first ever “venture backed USD anchor” on the Stellar blockchain.

The “Stronghold USD” cryptocurrency is reportedly backed “at one-to-one U.S. dollars” per token. Additionally, the backup reserves will be held by Prime Trust, a US state of Nevada-regulated chartered trust company. Stronghold’s official announcement also notes that the Stellar Consensus Protocol (SCP) will be used to issue and validate Stronghold USD transactions.

Moreover, liquidity and custodian services for the venture backed token will be available through Stronghold’s institutional exchange and its partnership with Prime Trust.

Notably, IBM is working with Stronghold as well to experiment with different use cases for the financial institution’s new crypto token. Both companies will reportedly run tests to see if the USD anchor token can improve the efficiency of business networks on IBM’s “enterprise-ready” blockchain. The main goal behind this pilot program is to determine whether financial institutions can process transactions in a “faster, safer, and more efficient” way.

“Liquidity Tool For Real-Time Foreign Exchange”

Significantly, the Stronghold USD token may potentially be able to function as a “liquidity tool for real-time foreign exchange and international settlement”, according to the financial advisory company.

The asset-backed token could also “enable banks to issue credit” to traders and businesses, Stronghold notes. Additionally, the financial firm believes that “such tokens harness the promise of cryptocurrencies” while reducing the risks associated with volatile digital currencies.

Stronghold’s USD-anchored token will reportedly comply with all applicable regulatory requirements, the company notes, and follow a “sound monetary policy.” However, the token cannot be purchased by retail customers at the moment, although they might be able to "in the coming months." At present, the Stronghold token is “pre-approved” only as a business-to-business (B2B) stable coin for multinational companies, licensed portfolio managers, and financial institutions.

Asset-Backed Cryptos: “Improving Global Movement Of Money”

Sean Bennett, co-founder of Stronghold, stated that traditional financial institutions want to explore and “break into” emerging asset classes such as cryptocurrencies. He added that “asset-backed tokens” could help in this regard by providing banks with “seamless access to all currencies, improving the global movement of money.”

Meanwhile, vice president of IBM’s blockchain efforts, Jesse Lund, mentioned that “real-world assets” digitized on a blockchain could be instrumental in improving the efficiency of cross-border transactions.

Lund further noted that “fiat-backed instruments” such as the Stronghold USD token could help improve the effectiveness of banking transactions and payment systems worldwide. The IBM executive also said that all this could be possible “without significant changes” to traditional “banking and financial infrastructure.”

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·       Digital currency provider has partnered with Tempo to facilitate cryptocurrency payments

·       Decentralized exchange will be hosted on Stellar's own blockchain

·       Tempo currently available in 120 countries worldwide

Stellar Lumens has announced a foray into international money transfers by partnering with payments provider Tempo to facilitate transactions using native coin.

The deal establishes Tempo as the largest network involving cryptocurrency exchanges. The Stellar Decentralized Exchange will be used to store and settle blockchain transactions, while the XLM native coin will be used to transfer cross-border payments.

The popularity of the Tempo mobile app positions the payment platform to become a top competitor with other cryptocurrency providers.

According to Tempo president Jeff Phaneuf, the deal will benefit customers right away.

“The existing Tempo remittance network allows Tempo to offer a quick cash-out process in multiple countries. We are now expanding to offer the easiest, fastest and most secure bridge between cash and crypto,” said Phaneuf.

The deal should make international payments easier and more affordable for customers to send money abroad to family and friends, pay regular expenses or save for basic needs like tuition and medical care.

By teaming up with Stellar Lumens, Tempo can offer a simplified platform for remittances without the high fees and inconvenience of traditional cash payments. Thanks to its mobile app and extensive international payments network, customers can cash out their cryptocurrency payments without waiting days for transactions to be finalized or paying hefty cash withdrawal fees at a Bitcoin ATM.

This represents a significant advantage for Stellar Lumens and Tempo over many other cryptocurrency/digital payments pairs.
The Tempo digital payments platform is already available in 120 countries, with plans to expand even further in the near future.

The deal with Tempo comes on the heels of another big development for Stellar Lumens.

Coinbase, the leading US crypto-exchange platform, announced last week that the company is exploring a range of new digital currency assets to serve its more than 13 million customers, with Stellar Lumens topping the list. The announcement pushed Stellar to nearly double-digit gains in just 24 hours.

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California-based Stellar has received certification from Islamic scholars for its blockchain platform and related cryptocurrency, aiming to integrate the technology into the field of sharia-compliant financial products.

The move highlights how fintechs are broadening their footprint to include growth markets in the Middle East and Southeast Asia, prompting Islamic scholars to assess the religious validity of digital currencies.

The certification covers Stellar's blockchain and its native currency called Lumens - the 7th largest cryptocurrency with a market capitalization of $4.3 billion.

Over the past year the firm has been exploring partnerships with financial firms in the Gulf region and seeking sharia-compliance certification helped widen those discussions, said Lisa Nestor, director of partnership at Stellar.

"We have been looking to work with companies that facilitate remittances, including in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Its a huge market.

Stellar's digital ledger could be used in areas beyond cross-border payments, such as asset digitization, and the firm has an ongoing partnership with IBM to develop such blockchain applications, Nestor added.

Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum enjoyed a bumper year in 2017 as mainstream investors entered the market, but they saw a drop in value earlier this year because of concerns over a potential regulatory crackdown.

Some Gulf regulators have also expressed scepticism, but Bahrain has bucked the trend by exploring the use of digital currencies to boost its role as a regional financial hub.

Stellar held discussions with Bahrain's Economic Development Board early last year which led to wider engagements in the region, Nestor said.

In February, Saudi Arabia's central bank and U.S.-based Ripple signed a deal to help banks in the kingdom settle payments using blockchain technology.

Stellar was co-founded in 2014 by Jed McCaleb, the former chief technology officer of Ripple.


The Shariyah Review Bureau (SRB), an Islamic advisory firm licensed by Bahrain's central bank, provided the certification for Stellar, alongside guidelines for the types of assets that can be traded in its platform.

"For the blockchain technology there was no issue, the main thing we needed to consider was the use of the underlying cryptocurrency," said Mansoor Ahmed, assistant general manager at Shariyah Review Bureau.

Islamic scholars have pondered over the permissibility of cryptocurrencies, wary of price volatility and the types of assets behind digital tokens.

Islamic finance emphasizes real economic activity based on physical assets, shunning interest payments and outright monetary speculation

Cryptocurrenices have drawn conflicting rulings from scholars, but the assessment from SRB could help narrow the debate as it compared trading of Lumens to transfer of rights, which is deemed permissible in Islam.

SRB also set rules for trading assets other than Lumens, including requirements to ensure price certainty, constructive possession and timely settlement - while allowing for a short delay to verify transactions on the blockchain.

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While it hasn't bounced back to its $20,000 value from a year ago, Bitcoin saw a jump of 4 percent to $6,623 based on the news that asset-management BlackRock has set up a working group to look into cryptocurrencies and blockchain,  according to CNBC.

Several other massive investment institutions have made similar moves to BlackRock, leading many experts to believe that investor confidence -- and crypto value -- will rise. Here are some industry insiders who say you should be investing in crypto and why.

1. Regulation is coming and that’s a good thing.

"The SEC’s announcement that cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are not securities is a welcome development and will allow for additional mainstream investment. Individuals and businesses can now purchase cryptocurrencies knowing that they are not purchasing a security." -- Kevin Barry, Founder and CEO of Myntum

2. Cryptocurrency is open 24/7.

"Banks and Wall Street are open Monday through Friday until 4:00 PM, whereas cryptocurrency exchanges never close. The 24/7 ability to access and trade digital currency is an important and often understated long-term benefit in the space." -- Patrick Gray, CEO of HashChain Technology

3. Traditional investments are getting riskier. 

"With continued U.S. interest rates tightening, it is sure to put downward pressure on gold and traditional safe-haven assets. Crypto could be the one non-traditional investment that performs well in 2018/2019." -- Ray Youssef, CEO of Paxful

4. The potential for growth is massive.

"Cryptocurrency adoption is currently 0.2 percent and has been doubling by 100 percent a year. At this rate, the potential and opportunity over the next ten years is vast. Despite some downturns, that kind of growth potential and growth rate shouldn't be overlooked." -- Patrick Gray, CEO of HashChain Technology

5. Diversify yourself.

"Cryptocurrency helps to diversify asset classes, which has been influential for countries that have suffered from hyperinflation such as Venezuela and Zimbabwe." -- Dean Anastos, CEO of BlockChain Developers

6. It’s a bear market. 

"Cryptocurrency is this year's bear market, offering investors an opportunity to purchase cryptocurrency at only a fraction from where it was trading at the end of last year. Currently, Bitcoin is 70 percent off of its highs. Historically, Bitcoin has seen drops over 80 percent and came back seven times to achieve all-time highs. There is a good chance that this will occur again." -- Dean Anastos, CEO of BlockChain Developers

7. There's been tremendous institutional buy-in.

"Major corporations and financial institutions have been investing heavily in cryptocurrencies. These are significant steps taken by some of the most influential companies in the world and a testament to how favorable general public opinion is getting." -- Patrick Gray, CEO of HashChain Technology

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Stellar Lumens recently announced about officially being listed onKuCoin cryptocurrency exchange platform. XLM hence will be joining the exchanger’s growing line of promising tokens that are already available on the platform.

Currently XLM is available for immediate deposit. The users of the platform will be able to buy the token from the platform since today, July 16, 19:30 (UTC+8). Meanwhile Selling the coins as well as making withdrawal will be possible a bit later, since 20:00 (UTC+8).

The trading pairs for the cryptocurrency which will become available to perform on the platform were also announced. According to the source, XLM will be traded on the exchange in the pairs of XLM/ BTC and XLM/ ETH.

The announcement also confirmed that these transactions can be available for the users both via KuCoin’s app for iOS and Android, and the official website of the platform.

Stellar Lumens, as known, is rather harder to obtain in case compared to other popular cryptocurrencies such as BitcoinEtherium etc. The company reportedly chooses to cooperate with solely top blockchainasset exchange platforms to make own coin transacted.

While being a non-profit organisation, Stellar is committed to using the technology and the team of professionals to provide access to low-cost financial services. At the same time, the company has the objective of contributing in the development of society by assisting individuals to be able to achieve their potential financially.

According to Stellar’s website, they strive to be approached as a platform that connects banks, payments systems, and people. The key objective of the company is stated to make it possible to move money quickly, reliably, and at almost no cost and hence the strategic development team pays the most attention to security and high quality of transactions of the coin

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Cryptocurrency trading signals, their features, how to choose them

Novice cryptocurrency traders have to learn many things including trading strategies, analysis types, trading psychology etc. This is not the easy way to do. Moreover, this knowledge and those skills do not guarantee that trader will succeed.

Some investors try to start earning even without knowledge. They find cryptocurrency trading signals and follow them hoping that those alerts will give them instant and constant profit. This article is related to crypto trading signals and their features. We are going to cover several aspects including advantages and disadvantages of free and premium signals.

Types of cryptocurrency trading signals

Before we start to classify trading signals, we would like to pay attention to their nature. There is nothing mysterious about this phenomenon as many newcomers thing. Cryptocurrency trading signals are the result of traders or machine analysis.

How do they appear? Let’s suppose a trader has conducted his own analysis and realized that BTC/USD is going to rise in the next couple of days. He issues this signal to the community or sells it to his or her subscribers.

As for machine signals, they are coming from automatic trading systems. Those algorithms forecast future price fluctuations.
Let’s get down to free and premium signals. The first group involves fees meaning traders have to pay some amount in order to receive signals. There are several providers currently and traders can choose one of them or even a couple. Everything depends on the fee that one has to pay to get access to the signals.

Some investors (especially newcomers) think that premium signals are a kind of trading Grail and they will be useful in all market situations. Those traders think that they pay for services and will receive high-quality signals. However, the truth is that those premium services cannot guarantee 100 percent results in all situations. Why?

The main reason is that they are provided by humans and as we know, “errare humanum est.” No one can predict markets in all situations and without errors. Moreover, there are many scam signal projects that promise to provide iron-clad results for their subscribers.

We recommend traders learning everything about markets and price fluctuations but if you want to use those signals, we can give some advice on how to choose them.

The first sign of a good and quality service is an open chat group where users can discuss signals and the beginners are able to see whether they are worth their attention.

Another way to choose such products is to test them on demo. Some providers offer trial periods allowing users to find out if their system is really working and is profitable.

The next thing to pay attention to is testimonials from those who have already used this or that service. However, you need to understand that some providers spend a huge amount of money to promote their products and they do their best to “buy” their reputation. They purchase first places in different ratings and pay bloggers to write positive articles about them.

Free cryptocurrency trading signals are also provided and you can find them easily on different websites and social medias. However, they have even lower quality than premium ones. The most important thing you need to understand is that nobody is in charge of those services. They have no obligations towards their users and make even more mistakes.

Where to find cryptocurrency trading signals

Those who want to use such opportunities, are frustrated sometimes as they don’t know where to find signals. We are not going to provide you with websites and social media groups here, but we are going to prompt how to look for them.

The first place to find those alerts is special websites issuing trading signals to their subscribers. They are both premium and free. You can also look through some closed communities. However, they are mostly premium meaning you will have to pay for membership.

There are also several forums where you can find entry points. They are free to enter and to look through. Sometimes, traders share their opinions there and those who look for crypto trading signals, may find some interesting ideas.

Another way to get help in trading is to use professional analysis services. They can be found on different special websites.

Finally, you can use special software and bots in order to improve your trading results. Those bots and other algorithms gather information from different sources and provide users with useful data.

Telegram and crypto trading signals

This is a rather new source of crypto trading signals. There are several Telegram groups providing entry points to subscribers.

Special bots allow traders to receive signals. Subscribers may use them for free, but there are also some premium bots.

The good news here is that there are many bots in Telegram. The bad is that only a few of them are worth your attention. We are going give some recommendations on how to choose a Telegram bot or signal group:

  1. Before you enter the group, pay attention to the source, where you have found information about it. This website should be trustworthy.
  2. The next step is inner channel analysis. Pay attention at bot’s activity, the number of subscribers and their behavior.
  3. Look at the number of subscribers as compared to the number of views. If those figures are increased artificially, the number of views will be significantly lower than the total number of subscribers.
  4. Another important criterion to pay attention to is whether the team of the project makes reports after they issue signals. Professional signal providers issue such reports so that subscribers can understand whether alerts work or not.
  5. Finally, pay attention to the possibility to contact providers.

The main advantage of Telegram signals is that they are issued frequently and you can find alerts for different currency pairs.

Cryptocurrency pump trading signals

This is another type of crypto signals. Pump strategy is known for its risks. However, profits also maybe significant and some traders look for crypto pumps in order to significantly increase their profits.

What is pump and how to find it? This is an artificial price growth of any coin. Currency is pumped in order to attract other traders’ attention to it. The more coin is in demand, the higher its price will be. Pump&Dump requires high trading volumes and is often organized by a group of traders.

Pump is considered a scam, however, there are different points of view. Let’s see how traders organize it. Pump has two main stages– informational attack and exchange activities. Pumpers release news on the coin they want to pump in future.
That news looks like insider information and includes recommendations on which currency to buy and when.

Informational attack is done via social medias and messengers like Telegram. The main idea of such activities is to attract attention to the coin and to trigger demand growth. When investors interest is high, the price goes up.

In order to support the coin, pumpers make a kind of “wall” preventing cryptocurrency from declining. When targets are reached, pump traders start to dump the price meaning they sell the coin and earn money. As for ordinary investors, they are to get rid of their assets in a very fast manner. Otherwise, they risk losing their money.

Pump&Dump strategies may have several stages. When the price goes down, pumpers may start to buy the coin and support it. This will be another wave. Once targets are reached, pump traders sell crypto again. However, everything depends here on other players’ behavior. If they recognize pump, they can leave the coin.

How to protect yourself from pump signals

As we have previously mentioned, pump signals may result in huge profits, but risks to lose significant funds are high as well. We are going to provide you with a brief guide on how to determine those pump&dump signals and how to avoid them.

Attention and caution are keys. The cryptocurrency market is “young” and may suffer from speculative activities. The liquidity is low, which allows pumpers to conduct their activities. The main features of pump are the following:

  1. This strategy is often used for cheap and low liquidity cons. It is almost impossible to pump and dump Bitcoin due to high volumes.
  2. Pay attention to different exchanges. If the price of the coin remains almost unchanged on other trading places, the risks of puma p are higher.
  3. Pump can be detected when you read news about this or that coin. If one group promotes crypto, this is one of the features of a future pump.

How to read cryptocurrency trading signals

We have described already types of signals that can be used in crypto trading and warned readers about pump&dump. It is time to find out, how to read crypto signals properly.

Typical trading signal in the cryptocurrency industry has four keywords– Buy, Sell, Term, Link.

Buy means the price at which you purchase the coin. This is the first part of every signal, which is based on analysis. Sell is the exit point, meaning the level at which it is better to get read of the coin.
Term is an approximate term of reaching the target. As for the link, it connects with exchange and coin.

Below we offer some recommendations that will help traders to read signals and how to react to them properly.

  1. You need to see the situation on the chart. It is recommended to avoid buying a coin if its growth is less than five percent.
  2. It is better to avoid buying a coin if its growth surpasses 15 percent. This recommendation is less important than the first one as altcoins may show huge uptrends.
  3. Go through different social media in order to find signals from experts in the crypto market.
  4. Finally, it is recommended to check coins rate at coinmarketcap. Higher ranked coins are better to trade as they have higher liquidity. They are also better protected from pump&dump due to higher volumes.

Should novice traders and investors use cryptocurrency trading signals

Before we place the full stop in this article, we are going to give some more advice for beginner traders. Many beginners want to start their careers using trading signals. However, we advise learning more about trading first.

Why is it important to get knowledge? If you want to do trading or investing professionally, you need to learn about the crypto market and coins’ price fluctuations first. You can use trading signals, but it is important for you to understand what is going on before taking any decision

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A cryptocurrency exchange is an online platform that allows conversion of one cryptocurrency for another or for the exchange of fiat currency.

Cryptocurrency Exchanges have now been forced to diversify their products in order to remain relevant in this volatile market as well as generate more income. We discuss below 14 ways that Cryptocurrency Exchanges are diversifying their products and services portfolios.
1. Applying for banking licenses:
Some cryptocurrency exchanges are opting to apply for licenses in order to provide banking services. A move like this is likely to spearhead a new paradigm for the cryptocurrency exchange and the whole crypto market in general. Exchanges envisage this move as a means to broaden the scope of the delivery of their services.
Coinbase Exchangewhich is the largest cryptocurrency in the United States, has reportedly made preliminary inquiries for acquiring a banking license. In early 2018, officials at Coinbase met with the United States office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)
Ivy coin which is a crypto startup recently approached the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp (FDIC) for the prospect of acquiring a banking charter.
Circle which is a Fin-tech unicorn has also recently applied for a federal banking license to permit it to increase services to its customers by holding their deposits
2. Acquiring registered securities and investment dealers
Acquiring registered dealers enable the cryptocurrency exchanges to possess some sort of a middleman who can ameliorate certain problems.
Coinbase, for instance, acquired the securities dealer, Keystone Capital. Since Keystone Capital is a registered broker-dealer, it can be run as a registered investment advisory as well as purvey alternative trading modus operandi.
3. Implementation of multiple merchant tools
Some cryptocurrency Exchanges ensure that multiple currencies can be traded in their platforms which focuses on the massive espousal of cryptocurrencies in the future.
COSS Exchange, for example, through its merchant tools and services, aspires to revamp its overall user cryptocurrency experience. COSS thus intends to establish a structure where the community of cryptocurrency traders, companies, users, merchants and startups have a manageable market system that will amplify the implementation of modern and new features at the Exchange.
4. Specializing in fundraising tactics
Most cryptocurrency Exchanges promise their users especially new and upcoming ICOs of extensive fundraising in their platforms. COBINHOOD Exchange has a dedicated service in its platform for ICO services. For an ICO to be launched, sophisticated strategies and funds requirements are very crucial.
COBINHOOD offers comprehensive ICO services that specialize in fundraising tactics to ensure that an ICO is successful.
5. Technology integration and development
Exchanges such as Binance, COBINHOOD and COSS assist users especially startups with technology review of smart contracts, development and integration of technology as well as providing recommendations to enhance business models. They also provide practical technological support to enhance the success of an ICO as well as advising on blockchain related matters.

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6. Legal assistance
Exchanges such as COBINHOODhas their own team of lawyers who assist with mitigating regulatory and legal risks through their specialist counsel and information on ICO related paperwork, white papers, participants` identities, token sales and general counsel on the best practices of ICO and trade processes.
7. Public relations and strategic marketing support
COBINHOOD Exchange particularly encourages users to utilize its offer on its ability to create catchy headlines that amplify a business needs. It achieves this through community engagement and a variety of marketing promotions by optimizing on user loyalty and memorable campaigns on the Exchange.
8. Creation of trading Apps
Cryptocurrency Exchanges such as Coinbase, Blockfolio and Poloniex already have existing Apps that are in use either at Android, Iphone or Ipad.
The smartphone app by Coinbase offers divergent features that are beyond what the Exchange website delivers. The app which is available for both Android and IOS has the ability of buying and storing Bitcoin through the in-app purchase functionality.
9. Fundamental analysis of market trends
Most Exchanges provide an up to date status of the market trends of the various coins and the latest information on the altcoins. Coinbase, for instance, provides current information on altcoin prices, market capitalization and the general trends in the cryptocurrency markets.
10. Introduction of trading competitions and lucky draws
At the time of writing this article, Binance Cryptocurrency exchange had four trading competitions and lucky draws namely; Theta competition, Skycoin competition, Dexathorn coding competition and ENJ Lucky draw give away.
11. Provision of deep liquidity pools
Belfrics Exchange provides deep liquidity pools to its users with aggregates on the feeds and information of multiple exchanges to discharge a deep pool of liquidity for successful trade execution. It also offers an intelligent algorithm that has an optimistic fund locking which ensures that funds stay free pending execution and withdrawal at any time.
12. Provision of 3D Secure payment alternatives
Coin house cryptocurrency Exchange which is based in Paris, allows its users to purchase bitcoin by use of 3D debit and credit cards that are highly secure or payment through Neosurf prepaid cards.
Bitit Exchange also promises its users the ability and flexibility of buying cryptocurrencies online through 3D credit and debit cards.
13. High performance order matching
Cryptocurrency Exchanges such as COBINHOOD offer a proprietary order matching engine that can undertake orders in millions with sub-millisecond latency. COBINHOOD entire system is delineated to be highly available, auto scalable and fully distributed to attain the fundamental trading experience for traders and users around the globe.
14. Instant deposits for ACH transfers
Gemini Exchange which is an Exchange operated by the Winklevoss twins allows its users to make instant Automated Clearing House (ACH) transfers to its platforms. This permits users to buy cryptos quickly, although the cryptos purchased are locked until the ACH deposits clear. This is an advantage to users who would otherwise have to wait 1-7 days for normal bank transfers to go through.
Bottom line
Cryptocurrency Exchanges have made great efforts to expand the range of the services and products they offer in order to remain germane in this industry. Rolling out more and more services is likely to entice more users and customers thus leading to an increase in revenues

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A Venezuelan Redditor recently decided to use donations received in NANO to buy over 400 kg of food for his friends and family in the country, which is facing one of the deepest economic recessions yet. He’s now launching a movement to support others.

As covered by CCN, the Venezuelan crypto enthusiast, going by Windows7733 on Reddit, initially received a 0.5 NANO donation, at press time worth about $1.16, to him equivalent to one month’s salary. After receiving said donation, the Redditor thanked users in the NANO subreddit, and ended up receiving a lot more.

Later on, Windows7733 used 29.1 NANO, now worth about $67.2, to buy over 100 kg of food. Users kept on donating and approaching the Redditor, and in a new update, he revealed he bought another 300 kg of food for 61 NANO. In total, Windows7733 bought 400 kg of food with 90.1 NANO, about $208. In the thread he wrote:

Quote:Forty families were benefited from this donation and it’s amazing how they are reacting when they are told about cryptocurrencies, many of them, for my surprise, already know what cryptocurrencies are but haven’t been able to have none for themselves, others were just skeptic or simply didn’t care [about] anything but the food until I talked to them about how this campaign is helping them.

In other posts, the user revealed several cryptocurrency communities approached him to show support and send over donations. 

One of them was that of Bitcoin Cash (BCH), which currently has the eatBCH charity sending supplies to people in various countries.
To further help Venezuelans dealing with government failures, the Redditor decided to launch the “Adopt a Family” movement, which will see NANO users donate to Venezuelans in an attempt to both help them and spread adoption in the country.

The project may turn into another example of Venezuelans using cryptocurrencies to survive the hyperinflation caused by their government, which is currently focusing on its oil-backed cryptocurrency Petro. Addressing the project, Windows7733 wrote:

Quote:I wish hundreds of families could benefit from this project increasing further in Venezuela NANO knowledge among the population and cryptocurrencies in general, this paves the way for more projects like making investment directly in NANO and hiring venezuelan manpower to work for you guys, providing workers and parts economic freedom and well being.

Meanwhile, the Venezuelan government has revealed its planning to use the Petro to finance villas for the homeless. Earlier this year the executive secretary of the country’s Blockchain Observatory, Daniel Peña, touted the oil-backed cryptocurrency would make its impact “within three to six months.”

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As Stellar (XLM) Organization approaches its 4th birthday this July, a lot of the talk has been centered on its possible listing on Coinbase. Written by Nick Mwenda, one of Cryptoglobalist correspondents on all matters XLM and Ripple (XRP), Stellar seems to be getting the nod from one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges while XRP wait goes on. The overall effect of these upcoming events from Coinbase seem to be more detrimental to the exchange than XRP in cause. Coinbase loses the chance to list one of the largest cryptocurrencies rather than XRP losing on the “Coinbase rises price” impact. However, we need to focus on what impact the listing will have on XLM and Cardano (ADA), the two most likely coins to gain listing on Coinbase.

Stellar’s price run since inception in July 2014 has been remarkable. The coin which started off at a low price of $0.003 USD per token, has seen its price rise to $0.220061 USD per token today. This represents a 7000%+ increase during the period, a sizable return for one of the gems in the cryptocurrency world. Will we be seeing the coin hit such sizable returns after Coinbase listing? Probably not as the coin will need to hit $16 to realize such a return. However, the impact of Coinbase listing will without doubt be felt.

Ethereum Classic (ETC), the latest coin to enjoy Coinbase listing had dropped by 100% to $12 from May to early June, when the announcement was made. As other coins in the market continued in their turmoil with falling prices during June, ETC saw its price rise to $18 representing a 50% increase during the period. The listing is yet to occur with plans to push it to a sooner date currently ongoing amongst the executives. The increase in price however wasn’t the main observation made on the price…

The Stability Impact from Coinbase

Stellar Lumens (XLM) will with no doubt be the coin to watch in the coming months if Coinbase chooses to list it. The last 3 months has seen wild volatility in the market as XLM’s price rose to $0.458580 USD in early May and dropped to $0.18560 USD. This kind of volatility has been a cause of concern to most skeptics who view cryptos as a risky investment. Stellar is set to benefit from this with the Coinbase listing.

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XLM-USD Price chart in the last 3 months

Coinbase exchange is the largest fiat-crypto exchange in the world. Most of the cryptocurrencies, XLM included, faces a huge dominance from the trading pairs with Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH). This causes a positive correlation between BTC/ETH prices and XLM denying the latter an independent move in price. This will however change after the listing on Coinbase as investors will be able to directly purchase the token directly using fiat.

A less volatile market will allow Stellar (XLM) development to run at a steady pace while keeping investor’s confidence in in check. This offers a clear opportunity for XLM’s price to rise and keep steady which is important for the token’s long term growth

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Simple trading tips, what to look for when comparing exchanges and pretty pictures all in one.

There are different types of learners. Some people are visual learners who prefer to see the action, others learn best by writing down notes to crystalise the details, and some are fortunate enough to absorb and process anything just by hearing it once. And some people are infographic learners. This means they learn things well by infographic. This one's for them.

Here is a relatively detailed chart from, shamelessly posted here with permission.
It appears to be nicely geared towards beginners, and anyone else who wants to get some quick tips for getting more out of their crypto money on the exchanges. If you'd like to see the differences between exchanges, get a quick oversight of what some of the different terms mean and learn a lot more, check out the infographic below.

It only covers 8 exchanges, but the tips you find below can be used on others too, and can help show you what to look for when comparing the many options available.

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With the boom in cryptocurrencies, millions of people are buying and selling virtual coins every day. Some of this activity occurs off-line, with people handing each other spending rights to the coins, but most of it happens through the online exchanges. These companies attract millions of dollars and facilitate the transaction of large amounts of holdings. When a person decides to become involved in the recent trend and purchase the cryptocurrencies on an exchange, the first thing they have to do is to choose a platform. There are different kinds of websites that offer varying functionality. It is imperative that a customer takes into consideration several things before they finalize their decision on which platform to purchase cryptocurrencies on.

What are you looking for?

Not all platforms will be suitable for all customers. What some find to be an advantage of certain websites, others could deem completely irrelevant. Consequently, before starting to look for an exchange, it is better to figure out what you are looking for. Some of the questions to ask yourself include: What coins will you be trading? Are you likely to leave your holdings on the exchange or take them out to another wallet? How often will you trade on the platform? How much of the cryptocurrencies are you planning to purchase? After answering these questions you will know what criteria are high on your priority list and judge the exchanges accordingly.

What are the available trading pairs on the platform?

There are hundreds of cryptocurrencies a customer might want to buy. Naturally, not all of them will be available on all exchanges. In fact, most of the large exchanges will offer a limited number of coins. If you are not sure about which currencies you will want to buy in the future, but you think that they won’t include any of the more exotic ones, you can go ahead and pick any one of the exchanges that support the major currencies. If you think that you might need to purchase the less popular coins in the future, you can choose an exchange which supports a large number of coins. Keep in mind, that if the exchange supports some three cryptocurrencies it is not guaranteed that you will be able to exchange all of them among each other. Most of the time, there are one or two major currencies that act as middlemen during the exchange. For example, if you want to exchange Bitcoin Cash for Ethereum, you might have to exchange it into Bitcoin first. More such transactions you have to make, the higher the fees. Consequently, look for the availability of trading pairs that you might need the most often.

What are the fees?

There are several types of fees associated with cryptocurrency exchanges. It is, of course, important to look at the trading fees. These are divided into maker fees and takers fees. For people who purchase cryptocurrencies at the moment on the spot market, there are taker fees. Since the order is filled immediately, the buyer has to pay the taker fee. On the other hand, when a user places an order on the market that will be filled later, they act as a market maker and will have to pay a maker fee. It is important to look at these fees before starting to trade on a platform.
In addition to these fees, there are also deposit and withdrawal fees that have to be considered. These are charged when depositing money on the account and when taking the funds out. High withdrawal fees can make a difference between making a gain on the investments and losing on them. In addition to fees, withdrawal limits have to be considered as well. If you purchase a small amount of cryptocurrency, you might not be able to withdraw it because of the limits. Policies on these issues will usually be available on the websites of the providers.

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How easy is it to navigate and use the website?

This is one of the most important factors when deciding which cryptocurrency exchange to become a user of. It is especially true for beginners who do not have a lot of experience trading and using such platforms. Some of these exchanges will offer complicated functionality and the interface that mirrors this complexity. While this could be attractive for some of the more experienced traders, it will be confusing for beginners. Seeing how user-friendly the exchange’s website is, is as easy as opening it and spending a few minutes on it.

What are the KYC policies and how easy is it to register?

Most exchanges will have to comply with some regulations that require implementing KYC procedures. For the customers, this translates to having to fill out forms when signing up on the website. Unlike the usual registration forms that people are used to, in this case, they will have to prove their identity. Sometimes these websites ask users to submit their photos, IDs, and proof of residence. Although the procedures are generally comprehensive on all platforms, some offer more lengthy registration while others a more convenient one. As strange as it may sound, it is probably better to look for exchanges who require more information from the customers. The registration is a one-time procedure. Once you are done with it you will not have to do it again. On the other hand, the companies that have more comprehensive KYC procedures are less likely to be penalized by regulators. This way the risk of your exchange getting shut down for not complying is reduced.

What ways are there to deposit and withdraw money?

Depositing fiat money on an exchange is not always easy. Some people prefer to do it via a credit card while others want to fund their investments with a bank transfer. Different exchanges will support various ways of depositing and withdrawing money. Be sure to check out these options beforehand, because registering just to find out that they don’t accept your credit card would be a waste of time. In addition, when withdrawing money, it is good to know that they will be able to deposit it directly to your bank account. This offers convenience and speed that might be lost when using other channels.

Where is the platform based?

Nowadays, as the regulatory framework for blockchain related activities is not set up in the majority of the countries, this might not be as important. Nevertheless, countries all around the world are quickly developing regulations, and soon these will affect the exchanges. Some of them will have to relocate like they did when China banned cryptocurrency exchanges. Others could be forced to change their services and procedures. It is a good idea to research where the exchange is based and then look at the regulatory trends in that country. If the country is famous for taking a strict approach when it comes to the cryptocurrencies, maybe it will disrupt your trading activities in the future. On the other hand, if the regulations are too lax, the exchange may attract illegal activities like money laundering and terrorist financing. In this case, they may meet some challenges down the line.

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What are the security measures like?

As many stories have proven time after time security is an extremely important factor when it comes to the exchanges. It seems like we hear a new story about exchanges getting hacked almost every week. People are losing their holdings and often there’s no way to get that money back. Before choosing which exchange to become a customer of, it is important to look at what security measures they have implemented. Some exchanges store 99% of their cryptocurrency holdings in cold wallets. Which means that they are kept offline and can’t be hacked as easily. They will usually have this information readily available on their websites. To be completely safe, it is a better choice to move your holdings to a separate cold wallet yourself. For people who need to transact often, this is unfortunately inconvenient. In that case, make sure that the security measures of the exchange are adequate and your holdings are safe.

How does the exchange rank compared to others?

Rankings are not always important. Sometimes it doesn’t matter what the market capitalization of an exchange is compared to others. Nevertheless, they can be used to make some judgments on the exchanges. The bigger companies have attracted more customers so it is likely that they have higher liquidity and better services. In addition, if you are looking at OTC exchanges, these platforms will have more options. On the other hand, the larger exchanges could also become targets for hack attacks as well.

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Stellar Lumens (XLM)  
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 is a crypto platform that’s designed to enable the fast and secure transfer of money at a low cost. It is intended for individuals and enterprises and Stellar also facilitates cross-border transactions and low-cost remittance payments. Stellar launched in 2014 and makes use of the XLM digital currency across its network. As one of the older and more respected currencies in operation, XLM received a boost as it was named as one of the currencies Coinbase is looking to integrate in the near future. The market responded positively to this news, as many see XLM as a likely addition. This development should help to create a bullish sentiment around XLM for the next week or two, and the XLM is currently trading at a price of $0.21.

Quote:How to buy Stellar Lumens (XLM) on Binance

VeChain (VET) 
VeChain is an enterprise-focused dApp and ICO platform that connects blockchain technology with real-world infrastructure such as IoT. VeChain is seen as a leader in supply chain management and purchase verification and the team has outlined their plans for the VET token swap. After announcing the birth of VeChain Thor the team has been working on the VeChainThor wallet migration and token swap, and the Exchange VeChain Token swap is scheduled to become available on July 20, and VET on VeChainThor (after 1:100 split) starts trading.
The VeChain team recently released the following outline:

  • The VeChainThor Wallet releases, July 9

  • X Node Binding Service from July 9th until 10 days after the VeChainThor Ledger app is available for migration.

  • Exchanges providing token swap services from mid-July.

  • The mobile wallet token swap service starts on the same day that the X Node Binding Service ends.

  • X Node monitoring will resume roughly three weeks after the mobile wallet token swap service is available.
The VeChain Foundation will also backdate and compensate VTHO to token holders for the X Node binding and token swap period as the entire migration timeline is completed. VET is currently trading at a price of $1.95.[/size]

Quote:How to buy VeChain (VET) on Binance
Wax (WAX)
WAX is a blockchain-based gaming platform and ERC20 token that facilitates peer-to-peer trading of in-game items such as skins and other virtual goods. The decentralized platform enables anyone to create and operate their own virtual marketplace without needing to invest in security or payment processing protocols.
The project is backed and developed by the founders of OPSkins, which is the leading marketplace for online video game assets, and the Wax team are taking part in the 2018 Comic-Con event in San Diego, USA from 18 to 22 of July. Comic-Con is a high profile event that will result in the project gaining a significant amount of attention and any positive announcements may see the WAX token appreciate in value. WAX is currently trading at a price of $0.12.

Quote:Stellar got featured as #1 coin to watch next week by CoinCodex!

Check out this article:

Other two coins that got featured are Vechain and WAX.

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One of the global-leading traditional money transferring companies – Tempo, is working on a world-scale cryptocurrency payment network. To do so, Stellar Lumens open-source decentralized protocol that runs the token XLM is used to support the system. By doing so, Tempo is not just trying to make exchanges easy, but also faster. Obviously, this is a direct runner up against the popular crypto-startup Ripple and its cross-border payment solutions.

Stellar Lumens – Tempo

Based in Paris and reaching across the whole globe, Tempo with the use of Stellar Decentralized Exchange (DEX) to achieve the needed liquidity – wants to be the lead in crypto-payment networks. The project runs on the idea to make crypto-to-fiat exchanging simpler. Stellar DEX, a fully decentralized cryptocurrency exchange, functions on top of the Stellar Network as its base of operation.

Tempo not only allows for fiat backers to exchange their crypto for cash immediately, but by offering a debit card, Tempo provides the ability to use cryptocurrencies to purchase goods and services. Tempo offers blockchain payments both offline and online, and crypto remittances to nearly 100 destination countries.

CTO of Stellar Network – Jed McCaleb, highlighted how the teaming up will commence a wider reach for currency and crypto in the general idea.

“Tempo’s early integration with Stellar and role as EU anchor is revolutionizing international payments, making global payments faster, more reliable and less costly for clients”

One major problem facing the cryptocurrency world is cashing out or liquidity. Though few companies make cashing out possible, it takes days and rigorous processes before finalizing the transaction. Tempo seeing this sad state of affairs has in place its global payment network and its mobile app which gives fiat owners a way out to cash out without being subject to the huge cash out fees of BitcoinsATM.

Stellar Lumens – Coinbase

Two days ago, the leading U.S. based crypto-exchange Coinbase with more than 13 mil users announced that it is looking into various digital currencies. One of the mentioned is Stellar Lumens XLM.

Today we are announcing that we’re exploring the addition of the following assets to Coinbase: Cardano (ADA), Basic Attention Token (BAT), Stellar Lumens (XLM), Zcash (ZEC) and 0x (ZRX).
— Coinbase (@coinbase) July 13, 2018

They also cautioned that the listing of the 5 new digital assets was not a guarantee:

Unlike the ongoing process of adding Ethereum Classic, which is technically very similar to Ethereum, these assets will require additional exploratory work and we cannot guarantee they will be listed for trading.

However, the declaration had no stop for crypto-lovers to start stepping in for their fav ones. On that day each coin experienced double digit gains, while for Stellar XLM it still is looking very good with 8.14% increase in the last 24-hours. Various times it has been concluded that speculations are the best catalyst for the price engine to start pumping.

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