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ICO Klondike Is Over. Crypto Exchanges Must Be SLIM

ICO Klondike Is Over. Crypto Exchanges Must Be SLIM
It’s clear that the golden times for ICOs raising millions are but a figment of the past. Although there is a trending discussion whether STO will be the a phenomenon or not, the truth is that investors remain cautious. There are now more than 200 crypto exchanges on the playground according to Coinmarketcap data. With the abundance of crypto exchanges out there, this begs to question, what will make them successful? There are in fact problems all round in the crypto markets these days. Looking at the main players, and even newcomers  -  investor’s sentiment is leading towards a new term called SLIM, which stands for security, liquidity, innovativeness, and money to start. Here’s a fresh look at what investors are looking for in this new SLIM model, and what crypto exchanges and ICOs could learn from it. Security The main problem that centralized cryptocurrency exchanges are facing is security. According to the Cryptoexchange Problems Survey, 40% of the participants said that security was the biggest concern they see in the exchange. At the same time research from ICOrating.com has revealed that only 46% of exchanges meet all four key security parameters. This means that most crypto exchanges are vulnerable to attacks and as a result, users could potentially lose their funds. That’s why it may come as no surprise that cyber attacks on crypto exchanges and platform layers resulted in approximately $927M stolen funds in the first three quarters of 2018. Some believe that the true amount is in fact, a lot more. Whilst, many crypto exchanges publicly stated that they have placed a huge emphasis on security for crypto investors — this has proven to provide little comfort to traders who are still in fear of security flaws. Exchanges have to invest much more effort into this issue. As standard managed crypto assets must be stored in cold wallets. Exchanges may also cooperate with insurance providers. As Daniel Chiang from Cryptosummer claims, it  could guarantee a high standard of protection, because providers would have their own set of standards that must be followed by the exchanges they cover. As they potentially have a lot to lose in the event of a cyber attack, it follows that insurance companies would be rigorous in their security requirements. Digital exchanges may further protect themselves by enforcing requirements for their customers. This may include mandatory education, such as a series of videos and free security tools to their customers. Liquidity Liquidity plays a crucial role in every stock market. That’s why you have to have consistent liquidity strategy already from the start of the project. Many crypto exchanges are facing liquidity issues, resulting in clients not being able to buy and sell their assets freely — which may result in a loss. Low liquidity leads to price slippage, which means that orders are not placed on time. Then, as a result, traders could move to platforms that are more liquid. Every exchange that wants to succeed need to have blockchain developers and experts with deep financial and mathematical experience using models with the aim to maximize crossed volumes (i.e., minimize auction imbalances) instead of profits. To solve liquidity issues, crypto exchanges need to align themselves with institutional investors — since, they are major liquidity providers that can attract other major market makers, volume investors and ensure ample liquidity on the platform. In addition, crypto exchanges need to address insufficient liquidity levels by conducting quantifiable risk assessments and then implement risk-scenarios, which can be used to minimize low levels of liquidity. In the case that the supply of coins is not sufficient enough to cover for the demand (or vice versa) — market makers recognize the arbitrage opportunity and start to purchase coins on other exchanges and transfer them to the “domestic” platform. The price will never significantly deviate from the price on other exchanges. Therefore, it is paramount that crypto exchanges take liquidity seriously. Innovativeness Even though every entrepreneur and startup is usually convinced that their project will succeed, it is either already on the market or at least someone is working hard on it. To make things even more complicated, the blockchain ecosystem is evolving at the speed of light. This means that what is hot and trendy today, might not be the same tomorrow. Innovation in regards to blockchain technology is all about creating new technology that does something better — it solves an inherent problem in a much better way. So, take a look at the best of list, if already some of these guys have not worked out your idea with sufficient extent. Money to start When the golden days of ICOs began, they were able to raise millions for their tokens. It wasn’t until after that they’d start to work on the project. Also, these ICO Klondike practices caused that nowadays we are facing the massive threat of regulation and the practical liquidation of the market in various countries. Today, taking the market sentiment into account, it would be extremely hard for an ICO or crypto exchange to obtain financing for a whitepaper-only project. That’s because investors want to see a working minimum viable product (MVP), and not only this, but other things like traction, proof-of-concept (POC), market need, and that there’s enough capital to see the project through. It can sound hard, but as it says, every hurdle is here to be overcome. So, keep crypting! Tomas Kurtansky, Business Developer at Virtuse Exchange @KurtanskyTomas

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“PayString” trademark filed by Ripple in the United States - what could it be?

“PayString” trademark filed by Ripple in the United States - what could it be?

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  • Another new trademark has been filed with the United States patent and trademark office by the San Francisco blockchain company Ripple.
  • Filed earlier this month, the filing for the trademark doesn’t give much away in regards to what kind of business or product will be marketed under its name. 

Another new trademark has been filed with the United States patent and trademark office by the San Francisco blockchain company Ripple.

Filed earlier this month on the 6th of November, the filing for the trademark doesn’t give much away in regards to what kind of business or product will be marketed under its name. Known as PayString, this trademark registration is very similar to that of the Ripplenet filing earlier in 2020.

The description indicates that PayString would cover a variety of different categories of electronic financial services.

Furthermore, this could be used for Fiat currency and digital currencies for omittance and gifts.

Earlier this year in August, the company failed to more trademark applications with the patent and trademark office in the US. This included the same application descriptions of PayString and Ripplenet.

You can see the filing here.

This year has been somewhat lacklustre for the XRP token. The price action for the currency has been slow to say the least but some believe that it could be getting ready for some further excitement before the end of the year.

It will also be interesting to see where the PayString trademark goes and what kind of product it will end up becoming.

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CNBC’s Brian Kelly predicts bullish YEAR for bitcoin

CNBC’s Brian Kelly predicts bullish YEAR for bitcoin

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  • Brian Kelly predicts a bullish future for bitcoin.
  • Bitcoin surpasses $16,000.

Brian Kelly, a well-known advocate for bitcoin recently said on the Fast money show for CNBC that the gains that bitcoin is currently making could be extended to a full year following the halving.

In an interview earlier this week on the 12th of November on the show, Brian said that the spike in high-profile and institutional investors that are moving towards cryptocurrency and specifically, bitcoin, could indicate an exciting and bullish future for the king coin.

“There's a lot of scope for upside. Most of the gains that come are the year after the halving, and we’re seven months into that year after the halving, and Bitcoin’s doing what it should do.”

The host, Melissa Lee said:

“So there could be five more months here of pretty good upside.”

Bitcoin has had a very exciting week this week after it surpassed the $16,000 key resistance level following what was a very exciting time during the United States presidential election. Bitcoin has seemingly come out on top with many people now predicting big things in the short and long-term for bitcoin.

You can see his interview here:

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How Ethereum 2.0 good see strong recovery for ETH

How Ethereum 2.0 good see strong recovery for ETH

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  • As we come to the end of the year, there are numerous things occurring in the crypto space that no one could have predicted. 
  • With bitcoin jumping in value over the past few weeks/month, the alternative crypto market is quietly making gains simultaneously.

As we come to the end of the year, there are numerous things occurring in the crypto space that no one could have predicted. With bitcoin jumping in value over the past few weeks/month, the alternative crypto market is quietly making gains simultaneously.

Joseph Young, an analyst on Twitter has said that the second biggest cryptocurrency in the space, Ethereum has been performing extremely well over the past two months.

The upcoming Ethereum 2.0 deposit contract announced that the network upgrade would go live on the 1st of December. This has more than likely had a big impact on that open and how it has flourished in value over the past few months.

With the release of Ethereum 2.0, it would remove minors as the proof of work model is substituted for the proof of stake protocol. From here, users will be able to collectively verify transactions on the network without any need for a third-party to get involved.

You can see the tweet here from Joseph below:

Experience for users on the platform is more than likely going to change following the increase of the transaction capacity across the overall network.

The co-founder of Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin has confirmed that what was once a 15 transaction per second on chain processing speed could be increased to somewhere up to 5000 transactions per second on the blockchain upgrade.

The stagnation for Ethereum has technically allowed for the network to consolidate above significant moving averages and will be good for the future of the project.

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How South Africa's scam history has made its investors stronger

How South Africa's scam history has made its investors stronger

South Africa is a country with great diversity and has a rich history which attracts about 2.5 million tourists into the country every year. But what’s more appealing about South Africa is its gold mining industry which is one of the aspects of the country that makes it very attractive to foreign investors. And it comes as no doubt that South Africa has the most industrialized economy in the continent as a whole. Besides natural endowments history and tourism, South Africa is one of the countries in Africa where the activities of the financial market are widespread. Due to its attractiveness, many individuals have fallen victim to scammers in the country in an attempt to make a decent investment. 

According to numerous reports, many investors and visitors have been scammed by South African citizens or even scammers who are established in South Africa because it is a hub for foreign investment. Scammers go a long way to defraud people and it is always almost genuine, which makes it difficult for the investors to notice. Some examples of these activities involve scammers posing as airport staff, engaging in unexpected chats, stealing from backpacks or carry-on bags, or even fake taxi drivers that take passengers to unknown destinations to defraud them. These scammers go as far as telling passengers to get a receipt for some kind of taxi voucher, bus card, or airport receipt, take them to the ATM to get that non-existent voucher, and then try to see you type your PIN before creating a distraction to snatch and run with your card. 

It does not only end at that the height of this was when several South African investors lost over $13 million to a bitcoin scammer. This is one of the most thought out scams in the history of forex scams in South Africa and there are several more of this magnitude or even worse. 

In this case, the mastermind of the bitcoin scam, Willi Breedt who was the CEO of Vaultage Solutions now defunct, allegedly scammed several investors of over 227 million rands ($13.35 million) and escaped to another country when things got messy. It all started when the scammer abruptly severed all connection and communication between his clients and going on vacation. After several reports from his investors to the authorities, he was under criminal investigation, during which he closed shop, it is alleged that he went into hiding as the investigations went on. Reports by local news outlets indicated that Breedt claims that his troubles started in 2019 when the crypto market slumped. However, the truth of the matter is that the markets immediately recovered sufficient enough for him to recover all his losses. Because the slump was short-lived as it occurred only between one day and recovered the next so all losses were recovered. But Breedt claims to have been bankrupt by the slump and went into hiding to avoid his clients. Investigations on his bank account uncovered fraud as some of his investors stated that they had about $3.15 million in their account and the next day there was nothing and Breedt was nowhere to be found.

The members of the crypto community in South Africa have not been amused by Breedt’s actions because it reflects back to them as untrustworthy. But what’s more, is that it has been so common in the country that investors are becoming more accustomed to it. Although scamming is still prevalent in the country, investors are becoming more cautious when investing in South Africa. They have been scammed so much so that they are now stronger and more aware of scamming activities in the country, making it an even harder task for scammers to cook up any story because they’ve seen all and heard all.

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