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June 2019 Cryptocurrency Market Report

June 2019 Cryptocurrency Market Report

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Overview

June was an exciting month for cryptocurrencies. The price of Bitcoin, the first and largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, crossed the $9000, $10000, and $11000 mark all in one month. Bitcoin last traded around the $11000 price level in March 2018 during the bear market that followed after peaking in December 2017. This year’s long bear market, dubbed by many as the “crypto winter” appears to be definitively over following cryptocurrency’s steady resurgence and the crossing of these major psychological thresholds by Bitcoin. 

Bitcoin rose 44.41% in June 2019, and most other cryptocurrencies that we analyzed had positive returns as well.

Cryptocurrency Market Developments in June 2019

Various developments related to new cryptocurrencies and blockchain projects may be responsible for the bullishness surrounding cryptocurrencies this month. In particular, these projects are led by high-profile organizations, raising the interest and demand for cryptocurrencies in general, as well as legitimizing the cryptocurrency space to previously unconvinced market participants.

Global risks and uncertainties may also be making cryptocurrencies more popular as a safe haven.

Cryptocurrency Market Developments in June 2019

Performance

Exhibit 1: Monthly returns of cryptocurrencies over the past year.

Cryptocurrency Market - Monthly Returns Over Past Year

Best and Worst Performers

Performance of cryptocurrencies across two different time frames – June 2018 to June 2019, and only June 2019 – are presented below. Cryptocurrencies that had the highest total returns, lowest total returns, and highest Sharpe ratio are highlighted. In addition, other metrics such as rate of return, alpha, and beta (relative to the Bitwise 100) are shown all as daily, non-annualized values.

Exhibit 2: Cryptocurrencies with the highest total returns in June 2019.

Cryptocurrencies with the highest total returns in June 2019.
  • ChainLink (LINK) had the highest total return in June 2019.
  • LINK is a decentralized data oracle designed to provide reliable real-world data inputs for smart contracts.
  • Recent positive developments for the cryptocurrency in June include an article by Google Cloud titled ““Building hybrid blockchain/cloud applications with Ethereum and Google Cloud” that mentioned LINK, and a new listing on cryptocurrency exchange, CoinbasePro.

Exhibit 3: Cryptocurrencies with the lowest total returns in June 2019.

Cryptocurrencies with the lowest total returns in June 2019
  • Tezos (XTZ) had the lowest total return in June 2019.
  • XTZ is a self-amending proof-of-work dApp platform with built-in mechanisms designed to remove the need to hard fork when implementing protocol amendments.

Exhibit 4: Cryptocurrencies with the highest total returns from June 2018 to June 2019.

Cryptocurrencies with the highest total returns from June 2018 to June 2019. 
  • In addition to being the cryptocurrency with the highest total return in the past year, LINK also had the highest total return over the past year. LINK beat out the next best cryptocurrency, Binance Coin (BNB) by a huge order of magnitude.
  • Bitcoin (BTC) was the third best performing cryptocurrency.

Exhibit 5: Cryptocurrencies with the lowest total returns from June 2018 to June 2019.

Cryptocurrencies with the lowest total returns from June 2018 to June 2019.
  • Pundi X (NPXS) had the lowest total return in the past year.
  • NPXS is a token used for payments and settlements. It is also integrated with their own physical point-of-sale devices.

Exhibit 6: Cryptocurrencies with the largest Sharpe Ratios in June 2019.

Cryptocurrencies with the largest Sharpe Ratios in June 2019
  • HyperCash (HC) had the best performance relative to its risk in June 2019 as measured by the Sharpe ratio.
  • HC belongs to an emerging class of cryptocurrencies called “sidechains” which facilitate the transfer of digital assets between other blockchains.

Exhibit 7: Cryptocurrencies with the largest Sharpe Ratios from June 2018 to June 2019.

Cryptocurrencies with the largest Sharpe Ratios from June 2018 to June 2019. 
  • ChainLink (LINK) had the best performance relative to its risk in the past year as measured by the Sharpe ratio.

Risk vs. Return

Mean Daily Return vs. Daily Volatility

Exhibits 8 and 9 present the risk versus return trade-off by plotting mean daily return versus historical daily volatility for various cryptocurrencies. Higher returns at a given level of risk, measured through historical daily volatility, indicate a relatively better investment.

Exhibit 8: Plot of mean daily return against historical daily volatility for individual cryptocurrencies in June 2019.

Cryptocurrencies June 2019 - Mean daily return vs historical daily volatility
  • ChainLink (LINK) had both the highest mean return and volatility overall.
  • The cluster of cryptocurrencies with close to 0% mean returns and volatility are stablecoins, including Tether (USDT), Paxos Standard Token (PAX), TrueUSD (TUSD), and USD Coin (USDC).

Exhibit 9: Plot of mean daily return against historical daily volatility for individual cryptocurrencies from June 2018 to June 2019.

Cryptocurrencies June 2018 to June 2019 - Mean daily return vs historical daily volatility
  • ChainLink (LINK) was identified earlier as having the best Sharpe ratio – here it can be visualized through LINK’s higher mean daily returns compared to other cryptocurrencies with a similar daily volatility.

Value Comparison using CAPM

Previously, we presented a comparison of risk versus return measured by the mean daily volatility and mean daily return, respectively. To build upon the idea of compensating investors sufficiently for a given level of risk, we apply the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) to determine what is the threshold required return for a cryptocurrency to be worth its risk.

We quantified the systematic risk of individual cryptocurrencies by calculating its beta over the past year. Higher positive betas indicate that the cryptocurrency is more volatile than the market, whereas negative betas indicate that the cryptocurrency moves against the market. The Bitwise 100 cryptocurrency index, a market capitalization weighted index of the top 100 cryptocurrencies, was used as a proxy for the market portfolio in beta calculations.

In Exhibit 10, we plotted individual cryptocurrencies’ beta versus expected return, which was calculated as the daily rate of return using data from June 2018 to June 2019, and assume that historic returns are a sufficiently good measure of future returns. In addition, using the risk-free rate and the expected returns of the Bitwise 100, we constructed a Security Market Line that represents the fair expected return that an investor should be compensated for a cryptocurrency with a given beta.

Using this model, cryptocurrencies above the Security Market Line are theoretically undervalued, and cryptocurrencies below the Security Market Line are overvalued.

Exhibit 10: Plot of the expected return against beta for individual cryptocurrencies and the Security Market Line, calculated with daily returns from June 2018 to June 2019.

Plot of the expected return against beta for individual cryptocurrencies and the Security Market Line, calculated with daily returns from June 2018 to June 2019.
  • Chainlink (LINK) is theoretically the most underpriced and would provide the best value, with its high expected return relative to its systematic risk.
  • Some other cryptocurrencies identified as being underpriced are Bitcoin SV (BSV), Binance Coin (BNB), Bitcoin (BTC), HyperCash (HC), Litecoin (LTC), Dogecoin (DOGE), and Basic Attention Token (BAT).

Correlations

Exhibits 11 to 16 show the overall and rolling 30-day correlation from the past year of the top three cryptocurrencies by market capitalization, the S&P 500 and VIX indices, the Chinese Yuan (CNY) and gold prices.

Correlation measures the linear relationship between two series and can range between -1 and 1. More positive correlations indicate a stronger positive linear relationship while more negative correlations indicate a stronger negative linear relationship. A correlation of 0 or close to 0 indicates little to no linear relationship. 

Exhibit 11: Correlation between BTC, XRP, ETH, VIX, S&P 500, CNY, and gold daily returns from June 2018 to June 2019.

Correlation between BTC, XRP, ETH, VIX, S&P 500, CNY, and gold daily returns from June 2018 to June 2019.
  • The top three cryptocurrencies by market capitalization, Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH), and XRP (XRP), are highly positively correlated with each other.
  • Cryptocurrencies and the S&P 500 are slightly positively correlated.
  • Cryptocurrencies and VIX are slightly negatively correlated.
  • Gold and Bitcoin (BTC), as well as Gold and Ether (ETH) are slightly negatively correlated.
  • CNY has a stronger correlation with XRP (XRP) than with other cryptocurrencies, although it is still a relatively small number.

Exhibit 12: Rolling 30-day correlation between BTC, XRP, ETH daily returns.

Rolling 30-day correlation between BTC, XRP, ETH daily returns.
  • Correlations between the three pairs of cryptocurrencies examined rarely dipped below 0.5.
  • In general, Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH) were usually more positively correlated than other pairs.

Exhibit 13: Rolling 30-day correlation between BTC, XRP, ETH daily returns and S&P500 daily returns.

Rolling 30-day correlation between BTC, XRP, ETH daily returns and VIX daily returns.

Exhibit 14: Rolling 30-day correlation between BTC, XRP, ETH daily returns and VIX daily returns.

Rolling 30-day correlation between BTC, XRP, ETH daily returns and VIX daily returns.

Exhibit 15: Rolling 30-day correlation between BTC, XRP, ETH daily returns and CNY daily returns.

Rolling 30-day correlation between BTC, XRP, ETH daily returns and CNY daily returns.

Exhibit 16: Rolling 30-day correlation between BTC, XRP, ETH daily returns and gold daily returns.

Rolling 30-day correlation between BTC, XRP, ETH daily returns and gold daily returns.

APPENDIX A: Cryptocurrency Symbols & Names

Below is a complete list of all cryptocurrencies examined in this report as well as their symbol to full name mapping.

Cryptocurrency Symbols and Names

APPENDIX B: Cryptocurrency Distribution Statistics

Below is a complete list of all cryptocurrencies examined in this market report. In addition, we present the mean, standard deviation (volatility), skewness, and kurtosis for each cryptocurrency’s daily returns from June 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019, and from June 30, 2018 to June 30, 2019. 

For cryptocurrencies where data did not reach all the way back to June 30, 2019, statistics were calculated only using as much historical data as was available.

Cryptocurrency Distribution Statistics
Cryptocurrency Distribution Statistics

APPENDIX C: Cryptocurrency Performance Metrics

Below is a complete list of all cryptocurrencies examined in this market report. In addition, we present the mean daily returns, historical daily volatility, total returns, and ex-post Sharpe ratio for each cryptocurrency from June 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019, as well as from June 30, 2018 to June 30, 2019.  Rate of return and Alpha are shown as daily, non-annualized values. Beta is calculated using the Bitwise 100 to represent the market portfolio.

Empty values in the Jun-2018 to Jun-2019 Total Return column indicate that data on the cryptocurrency from June 2018 was not available, hence that metric could not be calculated. Furthermore, for those cryptocurrencies, the remaining metrics were calculated only using as much historical data as was available.

Cryptocurrency Performance Metrics
Cryptocurrency Distribution Statistics

APPENDIX D: Data Sources

Our universe of analysis includes 50 of some of the most widely used and traded cryptocurrencies. Cryptocurrencies were selected on the basis of being in the top 50 cryptocurrencies by market capitalization according to CoinMarketCap data where Coinscious also had USD pricing data.

The daily price data of cryptocurrencies in USD at 4:00 PM EST from June 30, 2018 to June 30, 2019 was used for our calculations.

The prices are the volume weighted average price of the cryptocurrency in USD at 4:00 PM EST each day across all exchanges where Coinscious has data. The only exception is Siacoin (SC), where we used the Yahoo Finance price instead due to data quality issues at the time of writing.

Daily closing price data of the S&P500 index and VIX volatility index was obtained from Yahoo Finance. Bitwise 100 index data was provided by Bitwise Asset Management. The 10-year US Treasury bill rate on June 30, 2018 from YCharts was used for calculations involving a risk-free rate. Chinese Yuan to US Dollar rates were obtained from FRED. Gold prices are the morning gold fixing prices in London at 10:30 am, also obtained from FRED.

Disclaimer

The information contained herein is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a research report or investment advice. It should not be construed as Coinscious recommending investment in cryptocurrencies or other products or services, or as a solicitation to buy or sell any security or engage in a particular investment strategy. Investment in the crypto market entails substantial risk. Before acting on any information, you should consider whether it is suitable for your particular circumstances and consult all available material, and, if necessary, seek professional advice.

Coinscious and its partners, directors, shareholders and employees may have a position in entities referred to herein or may make purchases and/or sales from time to time, or they may act, or may have acted in the past, as an advisor to certain companies mentioned herein and may receive, or may have received, a remuneration for their services from those companies.

Neither Coinscious or its partners, directors, shareholders or employees shall be liable for any damage, expense or other loss that you may incur out of reliance on any information contained in this report. Chainlink

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June 2019 Cryptocurrency Blockchain & Alert Signal Report

June 2019 Blockchain & Alert Signal Analysis

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Overview

Released monthly, this report consists of the following two sections: 

  1. Blockchain transaction statistics and simple correlation analysis to Bitcoin (BTC)  price, and 
  2. Summary of alert system statistics from June 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019. 

Our blockchain transaction statistics are based on Coinscious’ blockchain data for BTC, Ethererum (ETH), and Tether (USDT). For our analysis, we filter out all transactions that are less than $100,000 USD, 25 BTC, and 750 ETH. Next, we compare the flow of transaction volumes in and out, as well as the transaction amounts throughout the month. We also visualize the net transaction trend using BTC daily price.

In our alert system summary, we look at signals produced by Coinscious’ alert system such as:

  • price pump and dump signals,
  • volume spike and drop signals, and 
  • relative strength indicator (RSI) signals at daily ticks. 

Here, we provide investigate statistics on BTC, ETH, and XRP for USD, CAD, and USDT currencies for different cryptocurrency exchanges. The summary statistics illustrates how often extreme events occur for each market. 

Blockchain Transaction

Figure 1. Price versus net transaction correlation for large-value outstanding transactions between June 1 to June 30, 2019.

Cryptocurrency Blockchain Transaction - Price versus net transaction correlation BTC, ETH, USDT

Figure 1 illustrates BTC price and blockchain transactions going in and out of cryptocurrency exchanges for BTC, ETH, and USDT.  

The first row in Figure 1 demonstrates that BTC price has steadily increased in June. The net USDT transactions into cryptocurrency exchanges are positive throughout June. Interestingly, we see a positive correlation between BTC price and ETH net transactions – the price of BTC rises when ETH net transaction is positive, and the price of BTC falls when ETH net transaction is negative. 

The third row in Figure 1 illustrates that USDT had the most active transactions in June, followed by BTC and ETH. However, even though ETH had the smallest number of transactions, its transaction size is the greatest, followed by BTC and USDT as shown in the second row of Figure 1. 

Alert Signal Analysis

a) Bitstamp { BTC, ETH, XRP } / USD

Figure 2. Price pump and dump signals, volume spike signals, and RSI (14) signals at Bitstamp for BTC/USD, ETH/USD and XRP/USD between June 1 to June 30, 2019.

Blockchain - Price pump and dump signals, volume spike signals, and RSI (14) signals at Bitstamp for BTC/USD, ETH/USD and XRP/USD between June 1 to June 30, 2019.

BTC/USD trading pair at Bitstamp had a total of 53 price pump signals and 48 price dump signals.  The average price change was -0.20% within 15 minutes, and the maximum and minimum price changes were 3.76% and -4.04%, respectively. 

ETH/USD trading pair had a total of 40 price pump signals and 47 price dump signals. The average price change was -0.08%, and the maximum and minimum price changes were 1.80% and -3.45%, respectively. 

XRP/USD trading pair had a total of 51 price pump signals and 52 price dump signals. The average price change was -0.20%, and the maximum and minimum price changes were 3.24% and -5.92%. In comparison, the average and maximum price changes for XRP/USD were similar to BTC/USD. However, the largest price dump was 2.00% lower.  

In the second and third column of Figure 2, we can see that both BTC and ETH had higher volume spikes than XRP. RSI (14) on daily tick had several oversold signals (at 30), but did not trigger any overbought signals (at 70).

b) Kraken { BTC, ETH, XRP } / CAD

Figure 3. Price pump and dump signals, volume spike signals, and RSI (14) signals at Kraken for BTC/CAD, ETH/CAD and XRP/CAD between June 1 to June 30, 2019.

Blockchain - Price pump and dump signals, volume spike signals, and RSI (14) signals at Kraken for BTC/USD, ETH/USD and XRP/USD between June 1 to June 30, 2019.

BTC/CAD trading pair at Kraken had a total of 19 price pump signals and 40 price dump signals.  The average price change was -0.13% within 15 minutes, and the maximum and minimum price changes were 5.58% and -9.54%, respectively. 

ETH/CAD trading pairhad a total of 22 price pump signals and 46 price dump signals. The average price change was 0.15%, and the maximum and minimum price changes were 5.08% and -5.00%, respectively. 

XRP/CAD trading pair had a total of 21 price pump signals and 47 price dump signals. The average price change was close to zero percent (-0.03%), whereas the maximum and minimum price changes were 4.28% and -8.06%, respectively.  

Overall, BTC/CAD, ETH/CAD, and XRP/CAD trading pairs at Kraken had were more extreme minimum and maximum price changes than respective USD trading pairs at Bitstamp. 

c) Binance { BTC, ETH, XRP } / USDT

Figure 4. Price pump and dump signals, volume spike signals, and RSI (14) signals at Binance for BTC/USDT, ETH/USDT and XRP/USDT between June 1 to June 30, 2019.

Blockchain - Price pump and dump signals, volume spike signals, and RSI (14) signals at Binance for BTC/USD, ETH/USD and XRP/USD between June 1 to June 30, 2019.

APPENDIX A: Figures

a) BTC/USD price pump and dump at Bitstamp between June 1 to 30, 2019.

Blockchain - BTC/USD price pump and dump at Bitstamp between June 1 to 30, 2019.

b) BTC/USD volume spike & drop at Bitstamp between June 1 to 30, 2019.

Blockchain - BTC/USD volume spike and drop at Bitstamp between June 1 to 30, 2019.

c) BTC/USD RSI(14) signal at Bitstamp between June 1 to 30, 2019.

Blockchain - BTC/USD RSI(14) signal at Bitstamp between June 1 to 30, 2019.

APPENDIX B: Methodology

  • Price pump and dump calculations: calculated based on if the price goes above or below the upper and lower Bollinger bands and the price surpasses the rolling highest value over 6 hours.
  • Volume spike and drop calculations: calculated based on if the volume goes above or below exponential moving average of volume over 10 days.
  • RSI overbought and oversold calculations: calculated based RSI(14) indicator, and used 30 and 70 values for overbought and oversold threshold.

APPENDIX C: Alert System Statistics

Summary of alert system statistics between June 1 to 30, 2019.

BITSTAMP BTC/USD ETH/USD XRP/USD
# Price Pump Signal 53 40 51
# Price Dump Signal 48 47 52
Avg. Price Change  (15min)  -0.20 -0.08 -0.20
Max. Price Change (15min) 3.76 1.80 3.24
Min. Price Change  (15min) -4.04 -3.45 -5.92

 

KRAKEN BTC/CAD ETH/CAD XRP/CAD
# Price Pump Signal 19 22 21
# Price Dump Signal 40 46 47
Avg. Price Change  (15min)  -0.13 0.15 -0.025
Max. Price Change (15min) 5.58 5.08 4.28
Min. Price Change  (15min) -9.54 -5.0 -8.06

 

BINANCE BTC/USDT ETH/USDT XRP/USDT
# Price Pump Signal 56 38 56
# Price Dump Signal 45 44 45
Avg. Price Change  (15min)  -0.24 -0.12 -0.20
Max. Price Change (15min) 2.77 1.85 3.18
Min. Price Change  (15min) -4.87 -3.46 -6.29

Disclaimer

The information contained herein is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a research report or investment advice. It should not be construed as Coinscious recommending investment in cryptocurrencies or other products or services, or as a solicitation to buy or sell any security or engage in a particular investment strategy. Investment in the crypto market entails substantial risk. Before acting on any information, you should consider whether it is suitable for your particular circumstances and consult all available material, and, if necessary, seek professional advice.

Coinscious and its partners, directors, shareholders and employees may have a position in entities referred to herein or may make purchases and/or sales from time to time, or they may act, or may have acted in the past, as an advisor to certain companies mentioned herein and may receive, or may have received, a remuneration for their services from those companies.

Neither Coinscious or its partners, directors, shareholders or employees shall be liable for any damage, expense or other loss that you may incur out of reliance on any information contained in this report. Chainlink

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Practice Trading & Backtesting Cryptocurrency Strategies

Practice Trading & Backtesting Cryptocurrency Strategies

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There was a time, in the not-so-distant past, when there existed only one cryptocurrency: Bitcoin. Since the emergence of Bitcoin in 2009, there are not hundreds, but thousands of cryptocurrencies available today. Crypto investors, both individual and institutional, want to succeed in this volatile marketplace by maintaining a strong portfolio and investing in assets that will maximize their profits at the lowest possible risk. In order to properly analyze risks and profitability, crypto investors need performance metrics to measure and evaluate their trading strategies. Here, we introduce new analytics, tools and resources that help crypto investors practice trading and backtesting to optimize their strategy’s potential.

Good Performance Benchmarks

Most crypto investors track cryptocurrencies based on their price. However, if you have a plethora of cryptocurrencies in your portfolio, it is not always easy to track them individually. Instead, benchmarks and indices are useful tools for tracking the performance of multiple cryptocurrencies based on a predefined set of metrics. Benchmarks are intended to be simple, transparent, flexible to changes, easy to understand and can be applied to measure the performance of any portfolio in comparison. We will analyze the performance of two cryptocurrency benchmarks more closely: CCi30 and Bitwise 10. 

Cryptocurrency Index 30 (CCi30) is one of the oldest indexes in the cryptocurrency space – its starting value is January 1, 2015. CCi30 is based on the top 30 cryptocurrencies by market capitalization to measure overall growth, daily and long-term movement of the blockchain industry. 

Bitwise 10 Large Cap Crypto Index (Bitwise 10) tracks the total return of the 10 largest cryptocurrency assets. These assets are measured and weighted by free-float and 5-year inflation-adjusted market capitalization.

What Do You Get In Return?

Timing is everything. When you enter the cryptocurrency market, results in different rates of return on your investment. Let’s explore three different scenarios. 

If you entered the cryptocurrency market in January 2017, CCi30 and Bitwise 10 benchmarks show that your return rates lie between 500-750% in profits (Figure 1a). In contrast, if you entered the market in January 2018, your return rates lie between 70-80% in losses (Figure 1b). Finally, if you entered the market in January 2019, your return rates lie between 10-20% in profits (Figure 1c). 

Figure 1a. Performance of CCi30 and Bitwise 10 benchmarks if investor entered the cryptocurrency market in January 2017. Return rates lie between 500-750% profit. 

Cryptocurrency Backtesting: Benchmark Return CCi30 BITX

Figure 1b. Performance of CCi30 and Bitwise 10 benchmarks if investor entered the cryptocurrency market in January 2018. Return rates lie between 70-80% loss. 

Cryptocurrency Backtesting: Benchmark Return CCi30 BITX

Figure 1c. Performance of CCi30 and Bitwise 10 benchmarks if investor entered the cryptocurrency market in January 2019. Return rates lie between 10-20% profit. 

Cryptocurrency Backtesting: Benchmark Return CCi30 BITX

Putting It To The Test

We tried a simple experiment starting January 1, 2019 to determine how profitable we will be compared to cryptocurrency benchmarks CCi30 and Bitwise 10. In the first week, we invested in 5 cryptocurrencies based on one of the two strategies below. After one week, we sold all 5 cryptocurrencies. We repeated this process every two weeks by selecting another set of 5 cryptocurrencies. 

Strategy 1

In our first strategy, Strategy 1, we choose the top 5 cryptocurrencies with the largest total returns in the past 30 days, found readily in our biweekly Market Reports. For example, in our latest market report from June 24, 2019 (Figure 2), the top 5 cryptocurrencies are Hypercash (HC), MonaCoin (MONA), Bitcoin SV (BSV), GXChain (GXC), and Bytom (BTM). Total returns in the past 30 days is also available in real-time through our Coinscious Terminal

Figure 2. Mean daily returns, historical daily volatility, total returns, and ex-post Sharpe ratio for each cryptocurrencies with the highest total returns from May 25, 2019 to June 23, 2019. The Sharpe ratio is calculated with the 10 year US Treasury bill rate as the annual risk-free rate.

Crypto Report - HyperCasH HC, MONA, BSV, GXC, BTM

Strategy 2

In our second strategy, Strategy 2, we choose the top 5 cryptocurrencies based on Sharpe ratios from the past 30 days, found in our Advanced Market Reports. The Sharpe ratio is a risk adjusted measure of return that describes the reward per unit of risk. The reward is the average excess returns of an investment against a benchmark or risk-free rate of return, and the risk is the standard deviation of the excess returns. A higher Sharpe ratio is better. Ex-ante Sharpe ratio is calculated with expected returns whereas ex-post Sharpe ratio is calculated with realized historical returns.

Will We Profit?

We ran our experiment every two weeks for three months. Now, let’s look at how our strategies, Strategy 1 and Strategy 2, perform when compared to cryptocurrency benchmarks CCi30 and Bitwise 10. 

Figure 3 shows that if we entered the cryptocurrency market on January 1, 2019, based on CCi30 and Bitwise 10 benchmarks, our rate of return lies between 10-20%. In comparison, the strategies from our experiment are much more profitable. By using Strategy 1, we yield an 80% return rate while Strategy 2 yields a 50% return rate. 

Figure 3. Cumulative return rates for CCi30 and Bitwise 10 benchmarks, Strategy 1 and Strategy 2 between January 1, 2019 to March 30, 2019. 

Cryptocurrency Backtesting: Benchmark Return CCi30 BITX Benchmark

We can look at performances of Strategy 1 and Strategy 2 through additional plots such as 30-day rolling Sharpe ratio versus time; 30-day volatility versus time; and drawdowns versus time. 

In figure 4a, we see that the 30-day rolling Sharpe ratio constantly decreases for Strategy 2 between the beginning of February to mid-March. This is helpful to perceive as we may consider changing our strategy if the Sharpe ratio continues to decline even further. 

Figure 4a. 30-day rolling Sharpe ratio for Strategy 1 and Strategy 2 between January 1, 2019 to March 30, 2019. 

Cryptocurrency Backtesting: 30-day rolling Sharpe ratio for Strategy 1 and Strategy 2 between January 1, 2019 to March 30, 2019.

Figure 4b. 30-day rolling volatility for Strategy 1 and Strategy 2 between January 1, 2019 to March 30, 2019.

Cryptocurrency Backtesting: 30-day rolling volatility for Strategy 1 and Strategy 2 between January 1, 2019 to March 30, 2019.

Figure 4c. Drawdowns for Strategy 1 and Strategy 2 between January 1, 2019 to March 30, 2019.

Cryptocurrency Backtesting: Drawdown

Practice Makes Perfect

Crypto investors are risk takers who know there’s a huge potential for profit. In order to make the most of their portfolio, crypto investors need access to high-quality historical and real-time technical data to backtest, evaluate, and optimize their trading strategies. By providing direct access to our team’s analysis, tools and accurate data, we make it easy for crypto investors to have all the necessary means to succeed on their own or through our backtesting services. In doing so, crypto investors can adequately manage a strong, profitable portfolio that has one, hundreds, or even thousands of cryptocurrencies.

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Disclaimer

The information contained herein is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a research report or investment advice. It should not be construed as Coinscious recommending investment in cryptocurrencies or other products or services, or as a solicitation to buy or sell any security or engage in a particular investment strategy. Investment in the crypto market entails substantial risk. Before acting on any information, you should consider whether it is suitable for your particular circumstances and consult all available material, and, if necessary, seek professional advice.

Coinscious and its partners, directors, shareholders and employees may have a position in entities referred to herein or may make purchases and/or sales from time to time, or they may act, or may have acted in the past, as an advisor to certain companies mentioned herein and may receive, or may have received, a remuneration for their services from those companies.

Neither Coinscious or its partners, directors, shareholders or employees shall be liable for any damage, expense or other loss that you may incur out of reliance on any information contained in this report.

Building A Stronger Cryptocurrency Portfolio

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With the cryptocurrency market still in its infancy, there are many windows of opportunity for the right investors. Crypto investors, both individual and institutional, want to succeed in this volatile marketplace by maximizing their profits with the lowest possible risk. However, with a plethora of assets to choose from, it’s not as simple as trusting biased opinions that voice optimism one day and skepticism the next. Instead, investors need to focus on researching the potential assets they’re investing in and understanding their risk profile to ensure success. Here, we introduce new analytics, tools and resources that help crypto investors easily identify valuable asset candidates that contribute to building a stronger cryptocurrency portfolio.

Understanding Risk-Return Tradeoff

Technical data may seem daunting perceive without the right know-how. A risk-return plot is a simple way to visually see an asset’s performance relative to its volatility. In the following example, we will examine a historical plot from our market report of the mean daily return versus daily volatility for the top 50 cryptocurrencies between February 28, 2019 to March 28, 2019.

Figure 1. Mean daily return against historical daily volatility from February 28, 2019 to March 28, 2019.

a) Comparing Similar Assets

Let’s say we wanted to consider a return level just above 1%, how do we determine which asset to consider adding to our portfolio?

In Figure 1, the red line (1) shows that there are four assets that have mean daily returns slightly above 1%: Litecoin (LTC), OmiseGO (OMG), Basic Attention Token (BAT), and Ontology (ONT). Although the assets may have similar daily return levels, they do not share the same behaviour.

Next, we look at the diagonal blue line (2) in figure 1 and see which asset falls on the left-most side. Assets towards the left of the plot represent assets with lower volatility. Therefore, among the assets that offer the same level of return, Litecoin is the least volatile and the best choice out of the four to add to our portfolio.

b) Investigating Outliers

Riskier assets are found in the top-rightmost corner of the risk-return plot. These outlier assets represent assets that offer the highest mean daily return but are also the most volatile.

In Figure 1, the green line (3) shows that Tezos (XTZ) stands out. Tezos is a self-amending proof-of-work dApp platform that removes the need to hard fork when implementing protocol amendments. Although, higher risk investments may have the highest potential return, there is no guarantee. We can use real-time analytics from our Coinscious Terminal to look at Tezos’ performance for a longer duration of time and determine whether it’s worth adding to our portfolio or if it’s too risky.

Figure 2. Tezos (XTZ) return and risk table from: https://terminal.coinscious.io

From the table in Figure 2, we see that in terms of return, Tezos offers positive returns with price changes – constantly growing from one day to three months. The same table also shows that in terms of risk, Tezos’ volatility over one month and one year are both relatively low, and its price sits on the higher end.

Based on the data above, Tezos looks to be a favourable asset to add to our portfolio. We can deepen our understanding of by looking at performance analytics, trend sentiments, and indicator analytics featured on Tezos’ individual asset page (Figure 3).

Figure 3. Tezos (XTZ) performance analytics, trend sentiments and indicator analytics from: https://terminal.coinscious.io/details/XTZ/en

Tezo’s overall one-year performance and risk analytics identify: Sharpe ratio, alpha, beta, r-squared, mean return and volatility values, maximum drawdown, Value at Risk (VaR), and expected shortfalls. Trend sentiments help gauge Tezos’ trend momentums and moving averages over long periods of time. Indicator analytics are useful for discovering which strategy works best for this asset under performance metrics like Sharpe ratio, win rate and profit factor.

Together, all this technical data objectively shows an asset’s performance compared to its risk, and helps crypto investors determine whether they are good candidates to add to their portfolio or risky investments to avoid.

Realizing Cryptocurrency’s Potential

Crypto investors know there’s a huge potential for profit. However, overcoming the risks requires effort and planning. Reading the whitepaper to understand the problem a project is attempting to solve, identifying the team behind-the-scenes, and determining the uniqueness and prospect of a potential asset are fundamental steps to take. However, they only represent the first phase of much bigger learning curve.

In order to make the most of their portfolio, crypto investors need to digest a lot of historical and real-time technical data to grasp the full tradeoff between risk and return. By providing direct access to our team’s analysis, tools and accurate data, we make it easy for crypto investors to have all the necessary means to succeed. In doing so, crypto investors no longer need to rely on biased opinions that favour currently hyped assets. Rather, they can focus on building stronger cryptocurrency portfolios by choosing valuable assets based on data-driven insights.

Learn More

Find out more about all the freely accessible tools and resources we highlighted in this article.

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Disclaimer

The information contained herein is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a research report or investment advice. It should not be construed as Coinscious recommending investment in cryptocurrencies or other products or services, or as a solicitation to buy or sell any security or engage in a particular investment strategy. Investment in the crypto market entails substantial risk. Before acting on any information, you should consider whether it is suitable for your particular circumstances and consult all available material, and, if necessary, seek professional advice.

Coinscious and its partners, directors, shareholders and employees may have a position in entities referred to herein or may make purchases and/or sales from time to time, or they may act, or may have acted in the past, as an advisor to certain companies mentioned herein and may receive, or may have received, a remuneration for their services from those companies.

Neither Coinscious or its partners, directors, shareholders or employees shall be liable for any damage, expense or other loss that you may incur out of reliance on any information contained in this report.

Crypto Exchanges

How To Detect Suspicious Crypto Exchanges

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The entire crypto market has been on a fast uptrend this past week with the recovery of bitcoin. For crypto traders, choosing the right crypto exchange platform to trade on is equally as important as choosing the right asset to have in your portfolio. With recent catchy news headlines about “suspicious exchanges” and “fake volumes,” the public has long speculated that exchanges have manipulated the crypto market. As easy as it is to be swayed by sensationalized headlines, how can crypto traders objectively look for suspicious exchanges by themselves?

Using Technical Data to Spot Abnormal Trends

In the following section, we will share examples of how to use our team’s tools and research – like our Coinscious Terminal and exchange reports – to learn how to detect suspicious exchanges on their own.

a) Real-time Analytics

We start by analyzing Figure 1 which shows huge spikes in Bitcoin volume and price pump that occurred on April 2, 2019.

Figure 1. Price of Bitcoin (BTC) in USD at Bitfinex on April 2, 2019 at 7 A.M. EST.

Crypto Exchanges

We can look at volume changes directly from our Coinscious Terminal for the top 18 mainstream exchanges. The data table in Figure 2, shows volume changes on April 2 for the top ten exchanges in blue. There are very drastic volume changes greater than 70% for all exchanges listed, except for Fcoin. Fcoin only had a 10% volume change, indicating that crypto traders should be wary of trading on this exchange as it is most likely faking its volume.

Figure 2. Top 10 crypto exchanges by ranked 24-hour volume on April 2, 2019 from: https://terminal.coinscious.io/exchange/

b) Historical Data

Next, we will analyze a plot of ETH/BTC daily volume for the same 18 crypto exchanges between January 16 to February 16, 2019 from our exchange report. In Figure 3, ZB is the only crypto exchange with an exchange volume curve that sticks out to the far-right. What exactly is going on here?

Figure 3. ETH/BTC pair daily volume for each exchange from February 16, 2019 to March 16, 2019 in USD.

Crypto Exchanges

We can further analyze this anomaly by using principal component analysis (PCA) and plotting exchanges based on the first two principal components, PC1 and PC2. From the plot in Figure 4, we can see several crypto exchanges clustered together at the bottom-left. These represent exchanges that are correlated with one another and hence, follow similar volume trends. Conversely, there are clear outliers like Binance, Fcoin, HitBTC, HuobiPro, OKEx, and ZB. These outlier exchanges have volume trends that diverge from the market mean.

Figure 4. PCA volume analysis for ETH/BTC. The biplot, where the two main principal components are used to represent the exchanges, allows us to identify clusters or groups of exchanges that might be correlated according to volume.

Crypto Exchanges

We can even take this one step further and use a more quantitative way of measuring, by looking at volume correlations between exchanges. In the green box in Figure 5, all the intersections coloured in bright orange means that these exchanges are positively correlated; they follow similar crypto market trend patterns.

Figure 5. Daily volume correlations between exchanges from January 16, 2019 to February 16, 2019 for ETH/BTC. Correlation ranges between -1 and 1. Correlation close to 1 indicates a more positive relationship between the pair of cryptocurrency returns and correlation close to -1 indicates a more negative linear relationship. Correlation close to 0 indicates no linear relationship.

Crypto Exchanges

The exchanges in the blue box, with intersections coloured in red and black are anti-correlated to the exchanges in the green box. Therefore, this means that bitFlyer, Fcoin, HitBTC, Zaif and ZB have volume trends that go against those exchanges in the blue box listed on the x-axis.

What’s really interesting are the exchanges in the yellow box. Some of these exchanges have no correlation to one another while others have negative correlations. An explanation for this may be due to different trading bot algorithms that run on each exchange. Since they have different algorithms, this creates no correlation or negative correlations between the exchanges.

c) Additional Research

This March, Bitwise Asset Management released a report to the SEC highlighting the problems and common misconceptions of crypto exchanges. Bitwise’s study reveals that “95% of volumes is fake and/or non-economic in nature, and that the real market for bitcoin is significantly smaller” [1].

By looking at the shape of trade size histogram distributions, they compare crypto exchanges that follow a natural exponential decay pattern (Figure 6a) versus suspect exchanges that have highly irregular shapes (Figure 6b). Their findings indicate that there are only 10 well-known exchanges that have actual volume including: Binance, Bitfinex, bitFlyer, Bittrex, Bitstamp, Coinbase, Gemini, Kraken, itBit, and Poloniex.

Figure 6a. Trade size histograms for well-known exchanges that show natural patterns

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Figure  6b. Trade size histograms for suspect exchanges that show irregular patterns.

Crypto Exchanges

Developing Stronger Technical Skills

Technical data is crucial for understanding the nuances of the existing crypto market. All of the examples above demonstrate how simple it is to identify outliers and suspicious exchanges once crypto traders know how to read and interpret technical analyses. By providing direct access to our team’s analysis, tools and accurate data, we make it easy for crypto traders to have all the necessary means to succeed. In doing so, crypto traders no longer need to make decisions solely based on catchy headlines but rather, they can discover fairer and more reliable crypto exchanges based on objective data-driven insights.

Resources

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Reference

[1] Bitwise Asset Management. “Presentation to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.” 2019, www.sec.gov/comments/sr-nysearca-2019-01/srnysearca201901-5164833-183434.pdf

Disclaimer

The information contained herein is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a research report or investment advice. It should not be construed as Coinscious recommending investment in cryptocurrencies or other products or services, or as a solicitation to buy or sell any security or engage in a particular investment strategy. Investment in the crypto market entails substantial risk. Before acting on any information, you should consider whether it is suitable for your particular circumstances and consult all available material, and, if necessary, seek professional advice.

Coinscious and its partners, directors, shareholders and employees may have a position in entities referred to herein or may make purchases and/or sales from time to time, or they may act, or may have acted in the past, as an advisor to certain companies mentioned herein and may receive, or may have received, a remuneration for their services from those companies.

Neither Coinscious or its partners, directors, shareholders or employees shall be liable for any damage, expense or other loss that you may incur out of reliance on any information contained in this report.

Crypto Market Recoveries

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📝 Bakkt Ready To Test Bitcoin Futures This July

MONDAY, MAY 13, 2019

Bakkt, the crypto initiative by Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) which was first announced August 2018 is ready to launch testing for bitcoin futures trading July 2019. In their Medium post, Bakkt announced they will be working closely with ICE Futures U.S. Exchange, ICE Clear U.S. clearinghouse to ensure a successful launch as well as the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission to be complaint with federal regulations. 

SOURCE: COINTELEGRAPH


🚦Binance To Reopen Deposits & Withdrawals On Tuesday

MONDAY, MAY 13, 2019

Cryptocurrency exchange, Binance, will resume deposit and withdrawal services this Tuesday. The platform suffered a major hack on May 7, resulting in the theft of 7,070 bitcoins (worth $40 million) from the exchange’s hot wallets. In their official announcement, CEO, Changpeng Zhao (CZ), shared the team has been working on adding a number of advanced security features with more details to be provided shortly. 

SOURCE: COINDESK


🐋 Blockchain Watch

MONDAY, MAY 13, 2019

SOURCE: TWITTER


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Crypto Cheers & Controversies

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⚖ FinCEN Penalizes Its First P2P Currency Exchanger

FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2019

For the first time, the United States Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has penalized a peer-to-peer (P2P) cryptocurrency exchanger for breaking anti-money laundering (AML) rules. FinCEN announced that the individual, Eric Powers, operated an unregistered money services business, did not have any written policies and procedures for compliance to the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), and failed to report and suspicious transactions. 

SOURCE: THEBLOCKCRYPTO


?? Coinnest Shuts Down

FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2019

Coinnest, South Korea’s third largest cryptocurrency exchange, announced it will be officially closing down. The decision comes as a result of the exchange struggling to cope with changes in the cryptocurrency and blockchain industries. They advised users will need to withdraw any funds on its platform by April 30

A few controversies the exchange experienced dealt with in the past year may be cause for its shut down. This January, the exchange reportedly lost $5 million worth in bitcoin and other digital assets, due to a mistaken airdrop. Last year, a top-level executive from Coinnest were arrested by Korean law enforcement agents and later convicted for fraud. 

SOURCE: COINDESK


? Self-Proclaimed Bitcoin Creator Sues Podcaster for Libel

FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2019

Craig Wrightthe self-proclaimed creator of bitcoin, has sued podcaster Peter McCormack, of What Bitcoin Did, for libel. Wright accuses McCormack of denying he is Satoshi Nakamoto and is seeking nearly $130,000 in damages.

SOURCE: CCN


? Bakkt Eyes New York Licence For Crypto Custody

THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2019

Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) –  the owner of the New York Stock Exchange – is reportedly eyeing a New York license for its long-delayed crypto exchange Bakkt. The launch of Bakkt has been delayed by over five months due to scepticism from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) over concerns of how clients’ tokens, linked to bitcoin futures, will safely be stored.

SOURCE: BLOOMBERG


⛓ Binance Chain Launches

THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2019

Binance has officially launched its mainnet Binance Chain. The cryptocurrency exchange announced it will activate its native token, BNB, on the new network on April 23, allowing token holders to migrate their balances. In order to maintain a constant supply on both networks, old ethereum-based tokens will be destroyed as new BNB tokens are created on Binance Chain.

SOURCE: COINTELEGRAPH


⚖ Winklevoss Brothers Settle $26M Bitcoin Lawsuit

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2019

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss have finally settled their lawsuit with Charlie Shrem, a bitcoin supporter and entrepreneur. Shrem claimed the Winklevoss twins owed him $26 million dollars worth of bitcoin. The U.S. District Court for the Sourthern District of New York announced a settlement has been reached by both parties. Both parties will have the right to reopen the case and proceed the trial within 30 days. 

SOURCE: BITCOINEXCHANGEGUIDE


? Coinbase Expands Crypto-to-Crypto Services to 11 Countries

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2019

U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange, Coinbase, introduced its Coinbase Pro trading platform to 11 more countries in Latin America and Southeast Asia including: Argentina, Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Chile, India, Hong Kong, South Korea, Indonesia, the Philippines, and New Zealand.  The company announced that crypto-to-crypto trading is now available to users in 53 countries. 

SOURCE: COINTELEGRAPH


?? Rakuten Opens Crypto Wallet Registration

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2019

Japanese e-commerce giant, Rakuten, has started accepting account registrations for its upcoming cryptocurrency wallet, Rakuten Wallet. The company announced that users who have an account with Rakuten Bank or who already have a Rakuten member ID can sign-up prior to the official trading launch this June. 

SOURCE: COINGEEK


❌ Kraken Delists Bitcoin SV Following Community Poll

TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2019

Kraken, the U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange, set up a Twitter poll yesterday, asking its users whether it should delist bitcoin SV. Voters took to the polls and it was a 71% majority in favour of delisting the asset. Kraken’s decision follows in the footsteps of Binance, who dropped the coin earlier this week due to its founder’s “antiethical behaviour.”

SOURCE: COINTELEGRAPH


? USDT Launches on Tron Network

MONDAY, APRIL 17, 2019

Tether has begun issuing its USD-pegged stablecoin, USDT, on the Tron‘s TRC-20 protocol. The development is an upgrade from the OMNI protocol-based USDT. Existing users of USDT can directly convert their tokens to USDT-Tron by contacting Tether or through exchanges. The network intends to allow zero fee transactions for the new coin.

SOURCE: COINGAPE


❌ Binance Delists Bitcoin SV (BSV)

MONDAY, APRIL 17, 2019

Changpeng Zhao (CZ), the CEO of cryptocurrency exchange, Binance, has announced it is delisting bitcoin SV (BSV) starting April 22. The decision was made due to controversy around BSV’s founder, Craig Wright, who’s proclaimed he is the pseudonymous creator of bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto. Wright has been unrelenting on Twitter, attacking users who refute his claim. CZ earlier warned Wright that he would delist the altcoin if he did not change his behaviour; Wright did not heed his threats.  

SOURCE: COINDESK


?  Blockchain Watch: Oh Whale

FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2019
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SOURCE: TWITTER


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Official Crypto Beginnings & Ends

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? Binance Labs Grants $45K To Three Blockchain Projects

FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2019

Binance Labs, a venture arm of cryptocurrency exchange Binance, granted $15,000 to each of its first 3 open-source Fellowship projects:

  • Ironbelly: a mobile crypto wallet from Grin blockchain,
  • HOPR: a privacy-preserving messaging protocol, and
  • Kitsune Wallet: an upgradeable on-chain wallet.

Binance Labs Fellowship helps fund and support open-source development projects that contribute and have infrastructure value to the blockchain ecosystem.

SOURCE: CRYPTONINJAS


? WikiLeaks Receives BTC Donation Worth $20,000

FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2019

WikiLeaks leader, Julian Assange, was arrested by United Kingdom police for extradition to the United States. Assange has sought asylum since 2012 at the Ecuadorean embassy in London, but Ecuador recently withdrew this status. 

Since Assange’s arrest, WikiLeaks has plead for donations from the public to contribute to its official defence fund. The fund has received $20,000 worth of bitcoin at the time of this writing. 

SOURCE: DAILYHODL


? Coinbase Vice President Leaves After 5 Years

FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2019

Coinbase, the U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange, will say goodbye to executive and vice president, Dan Romero, at the end of this month. Romero has been with the company since 2014 when there was only 20 employees; they now have over 700.

The announcement was officially made through Coinbase’s Medium account, but does not share any specific reason for his departure. A total of nine senior and mid-level employees have left Coinbase since its fundraiser October of 2018. 

SOURCE: COINDESK


? Bakkt Hires Former Paypal & Google Exec For New Chief Product Officer

THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2019

Bitcoin futures exchange, Bakkt, has introduced their new Chief Product Officer (CPO), Mike Blandina, a former Paypal and Google senior engineer executive. Bakkt CEO, Kelly Loeffler, announced that Mike will lead efforts to “converge a trusted ecosystem for digital assets with payment use cases.”

SOURCE: COINTELEGRAPH


? 5th MakerDAO Poll To Increase in Stability Fee

THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2019

Users of MakerDAO‘s stablecoin, DAI, are taking to the polls for the fifth vote this year to further increase the stability fee another 4%; a total increase of 11.5% per year if approved. The polls end today at 5 PM UTC and the majority so far is in favour of the increase. DAI is an ERC-20-based stablecoin pegged 1:1 with the USD via issuance of Maker-administered collateralized debt positions. 

SOURCE: COINTELEGRAPH


?? China To Proposes New Policy on Crypto Mining

THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2019

China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has published a draft proposal looking to restrict and/or eliminate virtual currency mining. It does not outright specify that mining should be banned, but says it’s necessary to control as the current industry heavily relies on fossil fuel energy which leads to increased environmental pollution. 

Half of all existing bitcoin mining operations occur in China. If the proposal were to become policy, it will not only alter environmental impacts of bitcoin mining, but also decentralised mining efforts: wider hash rate distribution, stronger network, and new mining locations using renewable energy.  

SOURCE: NEWSBTC


? Coinbase Card Launches in the U.K.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2019

Cryptocurrency exchange, Coinbase, has launched Coinbase Card to allow users in the United Kingdom to spend cryptocurrencies in-stores or any online website. The card itself is a Visa card that works with any merchants on the Visa network.

Coinbase has also released a Coinbase Card mobile app to manage crypto balances. Users can directly access cryptocurrencies from their account, without needing to transfer assets from the main to card app. The card costs $6.50 and every transaction costs 2.49% in fees (1.49% conversion fee plus 1% transaction fee. 

SOURCE: TECHCRUNCH


❌New York Rejects BitLicense Application by Bittrex

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2019

Seattle-based cryptocurrency exchange, Bittrex, was rejected by the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) on their application for a  BitLicense. The NYDFS published a formal letter outlining all of the factors and deficiencies that contributed to their decision. This included Bittrex’s: inadequate BSA/AML/OFAC compliance program, inadequate coin/token due diligence, inadequate capital, and more. 

Bittrex has released their official statement in response to the NYDFS’ decision. The company has stated that at this time, they are unsure if they will reapply for the BitLicense. 

SOURCE: COINDESK


? Mt. Gox Creditors Leader Leaves Post

TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 2019

Founder and coordinator of Mt. Gox Legal, Andy Pag, has stepped down from the organized creditor group. Pag spearheaded the group 18 months ago with the intention of advocating for the reimbursement of creditors of the now defunct cryptocurrency exchange, Mt. Gox. Fast forward to today, Pag has shared in an interview that he believes ongoing legal issues – especially with former startup partner Coinlab – may hold up the civil rehabilitation process for up to two more years. 

SOURCE: COINDESK


? Western Union Partners With Digital Wallet

TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 2019

Money transfer giant, Western Union, has partnered with digital wallet provider, Coins.ph, to expand cross-border transfers to the users in the Philippines. Users can receive and hold international money transfers from Western Union’s digital and retail networks in more than 60 and 200 countries respectively. 

SOURCE: COINSPEAKER


✂ Bitfinex Removes Minimum $10K Balance Requirement

TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 2019

Cryptocurrency exchange, Bitfinex, has removed its $10,000 minimum equity trading requirement. On their official blog, they advised the update is in response to increasing level of requests for access to trade on the exchange from a wide variety of traders. To support their new wave of customers, the company has redesigned their support centre, created a new KYC portal, and will start offering sentiment analysis for supported coins/tokens.

SOURCE: COINTELEGRAPH


⚖ QuadrigaCX Officially Declares Bankruptcy

MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2019

On Monday, the Nova Scotia Supreme Court ruled that the Canadian-based cryptocurrency exchange, QuadrigaCX, will be entering bankruptcy. Since the end-of-January, QuadrigaCX has been operating under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) to get assistance reclaiming access to funds located in cold wallets. Currently, the company owes 115,000 users more than $195 million worth in both cryptocurrency and fiat.

SOURCE: COINDESK


?  Blockchain Watch: Oh Whale

FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2019
THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2019
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TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 2019
MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2019
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SOURCE: TWITTER


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Crypto Exchanges: Make It Or Break It

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? Ripple Partners with $19 Billion Bank

FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2019

Ripple Inc., has partnered with India-based commercial bank, Federal Bank to offer blockchain solutions for cross-border remittances. At the moment, it’s unclear whether cryptocurrency will be directly related as fiat to crypto trading is illegal in India. Federal Bank is estimated to be worth $19 billion dollars with access to 8 million customers. 

SOURCE: ETHEREUMWORLDNEWS


? FINMA Affirms Envion AG’s ICO Was Unlawful

FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2019

Switzerland’s Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA), has found Envion AG‘s ICO launch last July 2018 to be illegal. In their official report, it was discovered that the company accepted funds – in the form of bitcoin, ethereum, and USD – from over 37,000 investors and amounted to over 90 million francs.  

Envion was pitched as decentralized, clean energy for mobile mining units. EVN tokens were issued on cryptocurrency exchanges to its investors. The company has since been taken over by the Swiss Cantonal Court of Zug Switzerland, dissolved and ordered to be liquidated.

SOURCE: BITCOINIST


? CEDEX Secures $50M Worth of Diamonds for ETF

THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 2019

CEDEX, a blockchain-based trading platform, has secured over 6,000 diamonds, worth $50 million dollars, for the launch of its diamond exchange-traded fund (ETF). The platform uses blockchain technology and a proprietary algorithm that allows diamonds to become a tradable asset class like gold, overcoming challenges such as lack of transparency, liquidity and fungibility.

SOURCE: COINDESK


⚡ Zebpay Launches Bitcoin Lightning Network Integration

THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 2019

Zebpay, a Malta-based cryptocurrency exchange, will be the first platform to enable Lightning Network payments for its bitcoin users. Customers worldwide can use their BTC wallet balances through web, iOS, and Android apps to make Lightning transactions. 

SOURCE: DAILYHODL


? Kraken Enforces 2FA and Launches Security Lab

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 2019

U.S. cryptocurrency exchange, Kraken, ramps up its security by making two-factor authentication (2FA) mandatory for users. Currently, the two supported options for 2FA are Google Authenticator and YubiKey.

In their official blog post, Chief Security Officer, Nick Percoco, also announced the formation of Kraken Security Labs. The team will be dedicated to enhancing security of their environments and products. 

SOURCE: COINTELEGRAPH


? Trustology Launches iPhone Crypto Wallet

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 2019

TrustVault, by Trustology, is now available for download from the Apple UK app store. The new iPhone cryptocurrency vault currently only supports ether but bitcoin and ERC-20 tokens will be added soon.

Unlike current typical cold wallets, it boasts a combination of hardware security modules (HSMs) with verification processes distributed among individuals at secure data centres. Users will be able to access funds within a matter of seconds. 

Trustology was founded by a team of technologists that previously worked at financial institutions including BNY Mellon, RBS, and Barclays. The company closed a seed round of $8 million last year. 

SOURCE: COINDESK


⚡ Huobi’s US Arm To Launch Lending, OTC Trading & Stablecoin

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 2019

Huobi Global’s U.S branch, HBUS, is organizing a new team headed by Katelyn Mew to develop solutions for its institutional investors. They will be focusing their time and resources creating services such as token lending, over-the-counter trading, and potential issuance of a Huobi stablecoin. 

SOURCE: COINTELEGRAPH


? DragonEx Crypto Exchange Has Been Hacked

TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 2019

Singapore cryptocurrency exchange, DragonEx, notified its users via Telegram that it suffered a hack. The cyberattack took place on Sunday, March 24 and resulted in theft from users and platform crypto assets. The crypto exchange administrator provided an update identifying 20 wallet addresses to where the stolen assets were transferred to: here

SOURCE: COINTELEGRAPH


? Rakuten Granted License for New Crypto Exchange

TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 2019

Japanese e-commerce giant, Rakuten, has received licenses for its relaunched cryptocurrency exchange, Rakuten Wallet. The license was issued by the country’s Financial Service Agency (FSA), registering it as a virtual currency exchange service provider. Users can sign up for the new service on March 30, 2019

SOURCE: COINDESK


?? Yahoo!-Backed Crypto Exchange to Launch May

TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 2019

Japanese cryptocurrency exchange, Taotao – formerly known as BitARG – is set to launch this May. Taotao is currently 40% owned by a subsidiary of Yahoo! Japan. Taotao will launch two cryptocurrencies on its platform: bitcoin and ethereum. Users will be able to leverage margin positions for ripple, bitcoin cash and litecoin. 

SOURCE: CRYPTOGLOBE


⛓ OKEx Launches New Blockchain Platform & DEX

MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2019

Cryptocurrency exchange, OKEx, announced its latest projects including its new blockchain, OKChain, and decentralized platform, OKDEx.

OKChain is currently in its final stages of development and the testnet is set to launch June 2019. OKEx’s OKB token will start on the ERC-20 blockchain and migrate to the mainnet once it becomes ready. 700 million OKB tokens will be delayed for release between 2020 to 2022.

SOURCE: BITCOINEXCHANGE


? Seed CX Partners with Hydra X To Expand To Asia

MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2019

United States cryptocurrency exchange, Seed CX, has partnered with Hydra X, a Singapore-based FinTech firm, to offer its services in Asia. The integration of Seed CX’s exchange platform with Hydra X’s trading platform, Sigma, will allow users to view prices, trade and monitor their portfolio, as well as gain access to a fiat-cryptocurrency gateway. 

SOURCE: BLOCKTRIBUNE


? eToro Lists Tron

MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2019

eToro, the United Kingdom social trading platform, announced its listing for  Tron (TRX). This announcement comes after the company revealed it is offering its trading service in the United States. The platform currently lists 13 cryptocurrency assets including bitcoin (BTC), ethereum (ETH), ripple (XRP), litecoin (LTC), bitcoin cash (BCH), and stellar (XLM).

SOURCE: COINTELEGRAPH


?  Blockchain Watch: Whale, Hello There

FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2019
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SOURCE: TWITTER


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Ready, Set, Crypto

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⚖ Mt. Gox Close to Settling Creditors’ Accounts

FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2019

Appointed trustee, Nobuaki Kobayashi, of the now defunct cryptocurrency exchange, Mt. Gox, issued a statement advising that those affected by the crash may see a decision very soon on their reimbursement plan. The expected settlement will be available in cryptocurrency or cash. Kobayashi has approved claims for 802,521 BTC (worth $3,233,256,500), 792,296 BCH ($124,953,000), $38,165,664 in USD and other fiat currencies as stipulated in this document.

SOURCE: CRYPTOVEST


✂  BlockFi Cuts Interest Rates Paid to 2% For Its Large Accounts

FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2019

A few weeks after launching, BlockFi, the cryptocurrency lending startup, has just changed the terms of their interest-bearing deposit account. The company stated in their official blog post that starting April 1, 2019 any accounts with more than 25 BTC or 500 ETH, they will only pay 2% on the amount deposited instead of the originally advertised 6%. Zac Prince, CEO and founder, advised the change is due an unexpected and overwhelmingly large demand from institution clients to deposit more than one million dollars worth of cryptocurrency. BlockFi raised $25 million in the last two weeks alone.

SOURCE: COINDESK


?Bayer Crop Science Partners With ConsenSys’ BlockApps

FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2019

Pharmaceutical giant, Bayer, and its German-based agricultural division, Bayer CropScience, have teamed up with startup BlockApps, backed by ConsenSys. The partnership was said to have begun early 2018 and they’ve been working on a number of blockchain initiatives to improve operation and the industry. Bayer CropScience was formerly known as Monsanto, the highly controversial agricultural company, before its acquisition.

SOURCE: COINTELEGRAPH


⚡ Huobi Global & OKEx Supports Tron-based USDT

THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 2019

Major cryptocurrency exchanges, Huobi Global and OKEx, have separately announced that they will be supporting the TRC20-based USDT stablecoin, USDT-TRON,launched by TRON and Tether. The new token will be operable with all Tron-based protocols and decentralized applications, improving liquidity in the ecosystem.

SOURCE: COINTELEGRAPH


? Square Hiring Crypto Engineers

THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 2019

CEO of Twitter and Square, Jack Dorsey, announced Square Crypto is seeking to hire three to four cryptocurrency engineers and one designer to build its upcoming crypto ecosystem. Dorsey has become a strong public proponent of bitcoin and cryptocurrency in the recent months. This initiative brings further optimism to the cryptocurrency community and the blockchain industry.

SOURCE: CCN


⛔ CBOE Discontinues Bitcoin Futures

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 2019

The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), the first exchange to list bitcoin futures, has decided to stop listing the very same product. CBOE stated that it has not fully closed the door on cryptocurrency, but does not intend to list additional bitcoin futures for trading at the moment due to decreased demand.

SOURCE: FORBES


? Coinmarketcap Launches Crypto Indices on Nasdaq, Bloomberg and More

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 2019

CoinMarketCap, announced it will launching two cryptocurrency benchmark indices on Nasdaq Global Index Data Service (GIDS), Bloomberg Terminal, Thomson Reuters Eikon (Refinitiv), Germany’s Börse Stuttgart, and its own platform. The indices cover the top 200 by market capitalization. The first index, CMC Crypto 200 Index (CMC200), includes bitcoin and covers more than 90% of the cryptocurrency market. The second index, CMC Crypto 200 ex BTC Index (CMC200EX) does not include bitcoin, in order to track market performance without its influence. 

SOURCE: COINDESK


⚡ Huobi Launches Token Sale Platform

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 2019

Singapore cryptocurrency exchange, Huobi Global, announced on its blog that Huobi Prime, a dedicated token sale platform. The new platform is geared towards both large and small investors and allows individuals access to new altcoin tokens before they appear on major exchanges. The first project to launch is TOP and will take place on March 26, 2019

SOURCE: COINTELEGRAPH


? Cryptopia’s Trading Service Resumes After Hack

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 2019

New Zealand cryptocurrency exchange, Cryptopia, announced it is resuming its trading service after its hack mid-January. An estimated of 9.4% of the exchange’s total holdings were stolen. Currently, 40 trade pairs have been evaluated as secure and this list will continue to grow as Cryptopia clears more coins. See the full list: here

SOURCE: COINDESK


?? Purchase Bitcoin Down Under With Binance Lite

TUESDAY, MARCH 19, 2019

Cryptocurrency exchange, Binance, has expanded its Binance Lite fiat gateway to Australia. 1,300 newsagent stores will be ready and allow customers to buy cryptocurrency with regular fiat money. In order to use this service, customers will need to pass account verification, including Know Your Customer (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) procedures.

SOURCE: THENEXTWEB


?? Switzerland’s Largest Online Retailer Accepts Bitcoin

TUESDAY, MARCH 19, 2019

Digitec-Galaxus, Switzerland’s “Amazon”, is now accepting bitcoin (BTC) and other cryptocurrencies as payment. Co-founder & Chief Innovation Officer, Oliver Herren, says the company’s move to accept this form of payment method is to target a more tech-savvy audience and position itself as a forward-thinking company. The large online retailer has partnered with Coinify to process all cryptocurrency transactions. 

SOURCE: BITCOINIST


? Fortune 500 Company Accepts Crypto Payments

TUESDAY, MARCH 19, 2019

Fortune 500 company Avnet, one of the largest electronic components distributors worldwide, announced it will now accept bitcoin (BTC) or bitcoin (BCH) as payments for its products and services. Avnet partnered with payment platform, BitPay, who will aid with verifying funds, processing orders, and completing transactions.

SOURCE: ETHNEW


? IBM Signs 6 Banks Ready To Issue Stablecoin

MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2019

IBM officially launches its real-time global payments network, Blockchain World Wire (BWW), in collaboration with Stellar (XLM) is now live. IBM and Stellar announced that six international banks have signed up to issue their own stablecoins on the blockchain-powered payments network. BWW currently supports more than 47 currencies for payments across 72 countries.

SOURCE: COINTELEGRAPH


✋ Bitcoin Futures On the Bakkt Burner

MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2019

The highly anticipated bitcoin futures market, Bakkt, by Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) has yet to receive regulatory approval from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). ICE originally intended to launch the platform in mid-December, but has since delayed the project indefinitely.

SOURCE: COINDESK


? Blockchain Watch: Whale Hello There

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 2019
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SOURCE: TWITTER


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