Taking pride in being a globally acclaimed blockchain-powered investment firm, BlockVC has announced the news about its strategic partnership with renowned crypto-asset trading and asset management platform, TROY. Through an official Twitter post, BlockVC circulated the news about its addition to the TROY’s “Brokerage Reward and Staking Program” as its 4th Partner Node. BlockVC will stake TROY assets to give a boost to its ecosystem development.

According to the official report, as part of the collaboration, BlockVC will work as an active strategic investor in the TROY’s highly anticipated “Brokerage Reward and Staking Program” and will participate in the event while staking a certain amount of TROY tokens as a prominent partner node. BlockVC or the BlockVanguard Capital has established itself as a master player in the field of blockchain investment and advisory firm.

The firm strives to achieve the goal of popularizing blockchain technology and bringing it into the mainstream business. It offers support and services of finance, technology, strategy, and compliance for potential projects through its alliances in Singapore, London, and San Francisco. BlockVC boasts of a revolutionary portfolio comprising of more than 100 projects while mapping investment services such as infrastructure protocols, application protocols, and financial tools.

On the other hand, TROY offers crypto brokerage services for institutional-grade capital and professional traders to aid them in enjoying hassle-free operations. The other three Partner Nodes of TROY are Cobo Wallet, Huohuo Wallet, and IOST.

Recently, Binance declared that it will launch a brand new futures product tracking the crypto coin, NEO. Further, Binance Futures users will now be able to select up to 1x to 50x leverage.

As per the report published on Binance on February 16,

Binance Futures will launch NEO/USDT perpetual contract, with trading opening at 2020/02/17 08:00 AM (UTC). Users will be able to select between 1-50x leverage.

The fees specified by Binance on trades on the contract are 2 percent base initial margin charge, 1 percent base margin charge, and 0.5 percent liquidation charge.

Binance information page on NEO summarizes that this crypto asset is an open-source platform supported by its network, which uses smart contracts, blockchain, and use digital identities to automate and digitize asset management. At first, NEO launched blockchain in 2016 and is anticipated to upgrade Neo3 (Third version) this year.

Neo uses a distributed network and aims to build a smart economy by creating infrastructures, known as the next-gen internet and by creating a solid infrastructure for mass blockchain adoption.

NEO was launched in 2016 and the Neo MainNet has been operating for over 3 years. Neo’s third version has been expected to launch before the end of this year; a robust execution with higher throughput, improved security and stability, with an enhanced smart contract system with improved infrastructure. Moreover, these improved features are set to enhance developer adoption and to speedup enterprise-grade blockchain innovations.

Blockchain technology is making its headway into nearly all sectors of the economy, be it commerce finance or as a mode of payment for certain government utilities. A new feather to its hat is the transportation and mobility sector, particularly the e-mobility sector, one of the major segments of the “machine and sharing economy.” This time it is the e-mobility sector in Germany which aims to bring in blockchain technology for a ‘decentralized’ system of transportation, the first demonstration of which would be through the electric scooter, an already popular option of transport. Deutsche Telekom Innovation Laboratories has planned to introduce an e-scooter with an e-mobility pilot that is based on blockchain technology. This is a first of its kind innovation that T-Labs (the R&D unit of Deutsche Telekom) has planned to launch and has been named the X-ride and is intended to save time as compared to the lengthy centralized process that is followed now.

T-Labs was set up in 2017 as a blockchain group within the Deutsche Telekom Innovation Laboratories, and it deals with all the blockchain-related activities of the company, like research, development, implementation, coordination and so on. It, therefore, supplies business and telecom clients of Deutsche Telecom with the necessary technological know-how in blockchain especially with the German government being very proactive and encouraging w.r.t. digital technology. Recently, the company had also employed a professor of blockchain studies of the CODE University, Berlin, named Dr. Dwindle Rupple to contribute to and guide the firm’s blockchain-based innovations. T-Lab’s collaboration and partnership with CODE thus help in bringing new technologies from different parts of the globe, adding significant value to the company’s initiatives.

In the case of Xride, the system is backed by a blockchain operating stack called ‘Stax’ that enables  “creation of decentralized, trusted and secure IoT eco-structures (ecosystem infrastructures),” which has been created by T-Labs. This would play an important role in the systemic development of “machine-to-machine economies” with such eco-structures allowing producers and consumers to link and exchange trusted data in a decentralized manner. Stax links the different blockchain technologies into a “single operating stack” which allows smooth management among various enterprises. “In the Xride pilot, Stax enables shared deployment, where blockchain nodes run on machines, devices, and cloud-based computing systems.” A trial period over four weeks will see the use of Stax to test its benefits in Bonn, at the Deutsche Telekom’s headquarters.

John Calian, senior vice-president and head of T-Labs said,

In Xride, historically centralized functionalities like identity management, data verification, and storage, payments and charging are fully decentralized. This allows for a less costly, more secure and more efficient vehicle sharing that benefits both providers and the user.

A number of e-scooters would be made available to DT employees from Simple Mobility and the trial will have have the participants using the Xride app, changing batteries at the installation points and share their experience with the T-Labs group. Thus, with this project blockchain will make its presence felt in the transportation and mobility sector, to make it a smoother and faster experience.

Forex trading involves trading of currency pairs. When you go long on a currency pair, you hope that the price of one currency will increase relative to the other currency. If you go wrong with the prediction, the trade goes against you. This is one of the most common risks of forex trading. Sometimes when traders pick up the less popular currency pairs, they get themselves involved in additional risks.

Note that Banks makes the majority number of Forex transactions, and they use forex to reduce currency instability. Through the sound trading system, you can keep forex trading reasonably risk free. But first, it is important to understand the major risk of FX trading:

  1. Exchange rate risk – It is the risk caused due to the changes in the value of the currency. It is caused due to the volatile shift in the worldwide supply and demand of the currency. The risk such caused can be substantial. Additionally, off-exchange forex trading is unregulated; therefore, no daily price limits are imposed.
  2. Interest rate risk – It refers to the profit and loss caused by fluctuations in the forward spreads, along with the maturity gaps and the forward amount mismatches in the foreign exchange book. To minimize this risk, one needs to put limits on the total size of mismatches. The common practice is to separate the mismatches according to their maturity dates up to six months and past six months. Transactions are entered in the computerized system to calculate the gains, losses, and positions for the dates of the delivery.
  3. Leverage risk – In a forex trade, leverage needs a fraction of investment called a margin so as to gain access to trades in foreign currencies. Price fluctuations lead to margin call where investors are needed to pay the additional margin. During volatile conditions, excess use of leverage can cause huge losses in initial investments.
  4. Transaction risk – Transaction risk is associated with the difference in time between the beginning of the contract and when it ends. Forex trading takes 24 hours and in that duration exchange rates can change before the trades have settled. Currencies can be traded at a different time at different prices during trade hours. Huge time difference between entering and settling the contract leads to transaction risk.
  5. Counterparty Risk – Counterparty is the company that provides the assets to the investor. Counterparty risk means the risk of default from the broker. In forex trading, spot and forward contracts are not guaranteed by an exchange. Counterparty risk is the result of the solvency of the market maker in spot currency trading. When the market is volatile, the counterparty may refuse to stick to the contracts.

Risks associated with foreign exchange trading are high due to the nature of the leveraged trades. Political issues and time differences all contribute to making the condition worse. One of the best ways to minimize the risk is by selecting a good brokerage firm. AAATrade.com is one of the best investment firms which is regulated and licensed by CySEC, which makes it the most reliable firm in the world.

The cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex is looking forward to raising $1billion through initial exchange offering (IEO). The news surfaced on 8th May, as per the official white paper discharged by the company. They have also revealed that they have launched a dedicated platform, iFinex to project the said sale that will start from the next month.

The aforementioned white paper says they will be raising the amount by selling their own exchange token LEO. The document also says the LEO holders will have the advantage to access all the products available on the platform iFinex. In addition to this, they will get discounts on taker fees, derivative taker fee, deposit and withdrawal fee, etc.

In the white paper, it is also said that if lesser than one billion USTD gets sold in the private seller, then the remaining tokens will be sold afterwards.

One billion LEO coins will be retailed at 1USTD per coin. It will be sold in a confidential offering excluding any advertisement and general solicitation. LEO has some similarity with Binance token, BNB as it can be utilized as a restorable asset.

Presently the exchange is facing legal scrutiny from the authorities who have accused them of losing $850 million.  The IEO is intended to cover up the lost amount. Last week the exchange and Teether was sued by NYAG. NYAG has claimed that both the exchange and the Stablecoin firm has misled the stockholders by failing to reveal the truth about the inaccessible amount. Although they have told the amount is held by their payment processor and shadow bank crypto capital.

Bitfinex had received $850 million from tether as a credit to run their operation. Losing the amount accidentally means USTD does not remain in a 1:1 proportion with USD. Crypto capital, in turn, has told NYAG the fund is seized by the authorities of Poland, US, and Portugal although it is said that both Bitfinex and Tether does not believe in the explanation given by crypto capital.

The launch of IEO may ease some of the financial responsibilities of Bitfinex, but its market image has already got damaged by the negative news surrounding it. From the previous few weeks, the exchange is facing massive withdrawals from the traders. A large amount of BTC and ether has been moved from its wallet to an unknown address the worth of which is estimated to be $400 million. This may also mean the teether holders are liquidating their assets to bitcoin and ether.

Bitfinex and Tether have been surrounded by controversy for the last few weeks regarding a cover-up of suspected loss. There has been further stir into the situation as NYAG has requested both virtual currency exchange and the Stablecoin operator to disclose the papers of a contract.

Letitia James of NYAG has requested the Bitfinex to submit the documents of financial dealings with Tether, its loan details, missing funds and its transactions with crypto capitals as per the memorandum of law on May 3rd.

Although the company has claimed they have not lost any fund instead it was deposited with a Panamanian firm, crypto capital. The fund was later held by the government authorities of the US, Portugal, and Poland.

The crypto exchange is accused of using $850 million funds received from the tether to mask the damage. The fund was supposed to be utilized as a reserve fund for USTD. This act of both firms has compelled NYAG to file a case against them. According to NYAG, both the firms have tried to deceive the investors and have attempted to manipulate the cryptocurrency market place.

Tether and Bitfinex have discharged a joint declaration after the accusation made by NYAG saying the allegation is baseless. They have also requested the Supreme Court of New York to put a stay on NYAG order, which means Bitfinex will not have to provide the documents to NYAG within the stipulated date provided by them,

According to the legal counsel of Bitfinex and Tether, Stuart Hoegner, who has been serving both the firms since 2016, has written in an affidavit Tether is presently having an account standby of 2.1 billion dollars which represents 74% of the total USTD in circulation. The remaining 26% is held by Bitfinex of which they are alleged of covering up their loss. He has further said that NYAG allegations is not serving any useful purpose but spreading misinformation in the market.

Both the companies have represented itself as a victim of NYAG interfering in the course to recover the client’s funds.

Although the injunction from NYAG has not prevented Bitfinex or Tether to operate its business normally, the case has raised considerable interest in the crypto community. But the legal counsel of the firm has confirmed tether holders does not have any risk. The website of the firm has also guaranteed the Stablecoin is 100% backed by USD.

The whole world was watching as a cryptocurrency crawled into the market and took it by storm some years ago. It has hit the news a lot of times since then, sometimes for the good reasons and sometimes the bad but there has been never a face to associate the news too. Maybe that’s what makes Bitcoin so interesting; the man who created Bitcoin has never come forward. He goes by the name Satoshi Nakamoto. A website now claims that it will reveal him in 10 days.

This website, called gotsatoshi.com, was created some years earlier but had been inactive since then. Recently though it was updated with a countdown of 10 days, after which they claim they would be releasing the identity of Satoshi Nakamoto. If this is true, the crypto industry would burst with a new interest and intrigue.

What would Happen if Satoshi is Revealed

Satoshi has become a hero of sorts to the proponents of the free currency, and his cult following seems to be living contended in his anonymity. They might find out it’s not who they thought he would be and might lose their cause or they would find a renewed energy and take the crypto revolution further, bettering it every day.

These are the repercussions of unveiling the biggest digital mystery ever.  He has become an iconic man of the crypto industry, and it’s highly unlikely that the website would go unnoticed. People would be looking, and they might want to know him, find out the truth about it all after all this time. Is it Satoshi revealing himself or someone else doing it? Or is it all truth anyway?

There are a lot of things to be seen yet, and Satoshi may not be among them. All this could be a cheap stunt by someone who wants to get on the hype-wagon to get a little media coverage and virality. But if it does end up being the Satoshi people have been looking for, it would be news worth watching.

The Satoshi that Never Was (or is?)

Craig Right has been claiming to be the Satoshi who created the Bitcoin, but his claim is not supported by any of the known players of the crypto industry. They call him a fraud and a liar and nobody even seem to care about his claims much. However, he sued the founder of Bitcoin.com recently accusing him of tampering his reputation.

What happens after all this remains to be seen. Would the website reveal Wright to be Satoshi? Unlikely. Who would it be then? We would have to wait 10 days to know.

The Austin city’s official transportation department, Texas (ATX) will collaborate with the team of IOTA foundation to make the automobile and transportation industry more innovative. Texas has a population of 1 million, and both the firms want to enhance the transportation system of the Texas state capital. The Austin transportation revealed the news through its official Twitter account on April 25th, 2019. The Twitter post also included an event link that was held on April 29th.

Austin Transportation stated:

“We’re partnering with the nonprofit @iotatoken to bring the future of mobility to Austin. Learn all about it at a special event on Monday, April 29, at 5 p.m. on the UT campus. ATD and IOTA leaders will make an announcement, followed by a Q&A.”

The special program was held at the Austin University on 29th April 2019 and was attended by the IOTA co-founder, Dominik Schiener along with Transportation Director of Austin City, Robert Spiller. At the special event, the announcement of collaboration was revealed.

This collaboration is certainly going to improve the transportation system. IOTA foundation is currently making news over its growing partnership with government and private industries. IOTA has increased its partners and also promoting its technology.

A few days back, IOTA foundation had partnered with the leading automobile company of UK, Jaguar Land Rover. The partnership allowed the drivers of Jaguar Land Rover to receive IOTA tokens for sharing information.

The IOTA foundation is also a Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI) member, MOBI is a free industry consortium that makes use of blockchain solution to improve mobility. Other companies that are members of MOBI are Ford, IBM, BMW and GM.

If the new initiative of IOTA foundation and Texas is successful in implementing, then IOTA will further expand its services to other cities.

ATX published a newsletter in which it mentioned the plan of implementing IOTA in the existing transportation system. It said imagine users are shifting from one mobility service to another by using a single account; they might even use any other mode that they wish to. In order to do this, mobility providers, users and public agencies need to share information and transaction details to each other in a safe, efficient, secure and smooth way and to make this happen the IOTA foundation and Austin Transportation is working in partnership to bring the mobility future to Austin City.

At the event, the members said that the aim is to allow every transportation system to interact with a single payment app and with one digit virtual identity, to do this distributed ledger technology of IOTA will be used. The technologies of IOTA will offer a greater level of transparency for the supply chains of consumer goods.

Whenever it comes to cryptocurrency transactions, people are always doubtful, and the questions about the authenticity of the transactions along with the allegation of money-laundering are raised.

A Wall Street Journal investigation report was published recently in which it is claimed that the cryptocurrency conversion platform named ShapeShift had supported and conducted money laundering activities worth at least $9 million over several years.

On this claim made by the WSJ, one blockchain analytics firm named CipherBlade has responded (on the request of ShapeShift) that the 2018 report published by the WSJ has found below than $3 million in transactions which were using potentially stained funds.

CipherBlade said,

“Of the ShapeShift addresses which receive ETH within three hops from the initial dirty addresses, less than half of the ETH traded through them are tainted. Using the most generous assumptions, this is still only 23.53 percent of the WSJ’s claimed $9 million.”

When the WSJ was reached to ask about the investigative process, its spokesperson said,

“An analysis looking at individual tainted Ethereum coins, rather than tainted wallets, would be a different project than what the Journal embarked on, and one we can’t comment on because we have not reviewed it.”

The CEO of Coinfirm said that one could not make an exact accurate claim in this matter and there is no clear and specific answer to the exact amount which was laundered through the platform. We can not forget the fact that till October 2018, ShapeShift was not performing KYC identity check-p drill. He said that if one does not know the authentic user/client who has transacted the money, you can not do anything. This is precisely why KYC is extremely important.

He also added that one must not forget that the truth is always in the grey area.

Coinfirm issued its own report which was dedicated to the risks associated with crypto platforms. In this report, ShapeShift was under the “high risk” category in terms of its anti-money laundering structure and compliance with the rules and regulations. This was because the ShapeShift was not following the KYC procedure, as we saw above.

Token sales event is coming up soon and to ensure the fair and unbiased distribution of tokens during this, Binance has come up with a new lottery launchpad structure which will replace the existing distribution system of first come first serve strategy.

Binance is the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange in terms of trading volume. It has listed over 100 cryptocurrencies on its platform. And when such a big platform comes up with something new, the market and traders are supposed to get influenced. So far the Launchpad of Binance has undertaken three successful token sales of known tokens like BitTorrent Token (BTT) of TRON, Fetch.Ai Token (FET) and Celer Network Token (CELR).

As we have already seen, the new system works on a lottery pattern. The lottery tickets will be issued after considering the balance available in the users’ BNB account twenty days prior to the lottery issuing day. More the BNB balance held by the users, more lottery tickets he/she can possess. However, one can not possess more than 5 tickets/account.

Binance has assured that the lottery system would be implemented fairly and the process will be transparent. Lottery tickets will be selected randomly, hence avoiding the chances of unfair distribution of tickets. However, before users enter the lottery system and seek to get benefited from, they will have to get their identity verified via KYC procedures of the respective regions. Once done successfully, the account will be tagged as verified.

The reason why Binance shifted to the new system is that the exchange giant itself witnessed a few issues with the earlier sales on its Launchpad. During the FET and BTT sales, the Launchpad experienced heavy traffic which leads to an extra load on the website causing many traders to stay away from the site.

During the CELR token sale, Binance CEO said:

“39003 people tried to buy, 3129 people got some. 35000 people will be somewhat unhappy… Some users experienced a caching issue that looked like they need to re-login, a refresh would solve the issue. Others still experienced network delay”.

As Binance is introducing a new system, it shows that it wants to stay clean and transparent about the related risks and trade-offs.

BNB price will get influenced by this news for at least 20 days. During these 20 days time, if BNB value gets cut down, the drop could outweigh any profits made by the new token.