Outstanding Stablecoins, Spot Trading Volumes Hit Record 9443

Stablecoins have hit an all-time high with over $4Bn tokens representing the Greenback now on the blockchain. While Tether dominance remains, new stablecoins that came to market recently have made leapfrogs of progress. And trading volumes have already in less than 5 months beat that of last year’s record with 2019 set to dwarf the now infamous bear market in comparison.


This year to date has seen trading volumes with Tether pairs already exceeding a whopping $1.3 Trillion – $200Mn more than all of last year (see chart 3). Despite the transparency concerns of a now diversified reserve, the dominating market stablecoin has not budged traders from using it as it remains to have the most liquidity and options across cryptocurrency exchanges (Diar, 30 April).

While there is a leering concern of wash trading on unregulated and under-regulated exchanges, current volumes at this magnitude could also indicate a growing difficulty in market manipulation, should it be the case.

|| SLOW AND STEADY WINS A BULL MARKET RACE

Last year’s stablecoin newcomers have not been slouches either. Circle/Coinbase backed USDC has seen its outstanding tokenized version of the US Dollar grow by 41% since the start of the year – north of $100Mn. And trading volumes have finally managed to pick up some speed clocking in a whopping 435% increase (see table, chart 1).

|| GROWING IN TANDEM

TrustToken’s USD, one of the few stablecoin options on the market at the start of last year has seen growth, albeit, smaller than USDC. Still, TUSD has recorded $3.8Bn in trading volume for May, a little over $200Mn than their closest rival. Notably, though, is that TUSD has a higher velocity marking it a favorite by traders as the stablecoin has 30% less in outstanding reserves than Centre’s USDC.

|| BLOCKCHAIN BILLIONS

Major stablecoins now stand north of $4Bn, with more fiat options coming to market, primarily offerings from TrustToken. The company has announced a plethora of new fiat-pegged tokens, but have so far garnered little interest as trading pairs and a forex market does not exist as of yet.

|| BLOCKCHAIN UNUTILIZED

Though numbers impressive, the use case of stablecoins have found little appeal outside of sitting on centralized exchanges. USDC has indeed seen an impressive 540% increase in active addresses on-chain versus the start of the year. And TrustUSD is not very far behind on this metric either. But the absolute maximum addresses using the blockchain have been a mere 5500 at peak on a single day for the two majors outside of Tether.

|| NEW AVENUE PUSH

Last week saw Coinbase make its largest market push yet opening up crypto-to-crypto trading, including USDC, to another 50 countries bringing up the tally to an impressive 103 from 32 just a year ago (Diar, 11 February).

The popular exchange has now invested and built out its own vision of an ‘Open Financial System’ through various avenues from a non-custodial wallet, to supporting major Decentralized Finance (DeFi) companies that have garnered much attention as of late.

And while the experiment still continues as to the long-term stability of these various decentralized applications, the infrastructure is slowly coming together. However, with a focus remaining on distressed economies, the growth and use-case is likely to remain small without developed nations also adopting into the concept.

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CoinAll has listed Zeux: The World’s First Crypto Mobile Payment and Investment App 7120

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The emerging crypto exchange CoinAll has announced to list Zeux, the first mobile crypto payment and investment service provider all around the world. Zeux is a UK-based, FCA authorized financial institution that operates under 4 different regulatory licenses for payments and investments. It has revolutionized the payment industry by providing the next-generation comprehensive solution to combine payments, custody and investments into one.

With strong partners including Coinbase, IOTA, BitcoinSV, VeChain, QTUM, NEO, Ontology, and NEM, Zeux is disrupting the payment and investment industry by charging zero fees on crypto payment, zero fees on account opening or monthly subscription, while offers 6% deposit interest rate for your cryptos in Zeux. Meanwhile, it also enables users with a unique, safe and secure solution to pay with crypto in all stores that accept Apple Pay or Samsung Pay – and in just one click.

Zeux is launching its crypto investment features worldwide this Friday, covering all the countries across the globe, while the full features have been live in the UK since early this year. Zeux is currently available on App Store and Google Play Store.

The ZeuxCoin (ZUC) is the essential liquidity currency underpinning the Zeux ecosystem.

For a Zeuxcoin holder, you will be eligible for:
– Up to 1.5% cashback on all your crypto spending in-store and online in the cryptocurrency you used to pay via Zeux;
– Up to 80% discount in all Zeux fees including investment fees and withdrawal fees; (There is no other fee in Zeux)
– Access to unlimited one click account opening for third party products offered within the Zeux platform;
– Receive higher referral rewards when referring friends.

CoinAll, a strategic partner of the world-class exchange OKEx, is a leading digital asset exchange in the industry. Sharing the advanced security system, 24-hour global customer support, as well as a 20-million user base of OKEx, CoinAll is dedicated to offering the most premium digital asset trading experience to all users.

BTC, ETH, XRP, BCH, LTC, EOS, BNB, BSV, ADA and TRX 7224

BTC

BTC/USD

Bitcoin reversed direction from $13,973.50 on June 26 and plunged to a low of $10,530.70 on June 27. That is a 24.63% fall within a day. The reason for such a sharp fall is that a vertical rally does not form any support levels en route. Hence, when the price starts falling, buyers do not step in until they spot a level that can act as a support. In this instance, buyers came in close to the 50% retracement of the latest leg of the rally. The 20-day EMA is located just below this level.

BTC/USD

In a strong uptrend, the corrections usually last anywhere between one to three days. Currently, the bulls are attempting to resume the uptrend. They might face some resistance at $12,000 and above it at $13,000 but the real test will be at $13,973.50. If the BTC/USD pair breaks out of this resistance, the momentum will continue.

On the other hand, if the bears defend the overhead resistance, the pair might enter into a consolidation for a few days. On the downside, below $10,530.70, the next support is at $9,977.33, which is 61.8% Fibonacci retracement of the latest leg of the rally. If this support cracks, the digital currency will weaken and can drop to the 50-day SMA.

ETH/USD

Though Ether (ETH) had closed (UTC time frame) above $320.840 on June 26 and had completed a rounding bottom pattern, we had suggested traders to wait before buying. We wanted to recommend a trade on a successful retest of the breakout level.

ETH/USD

However, the fall on June 27 dragged the price back towards the 20-day EMA, which held. Currently, the bulls are trying to propel the ETH/USD pair back above $320.840. If successful, it will be a positive sign. Both the moving averages are sloping up and the RSI is in the positive zone, which shows that bulls are in command. Therefore, traders can buy 50% of the desired allocation on a breakout and close above $320.840. The stop loss for this trade can be kept at $278.

However, if the bulls fail to scale the overhead resistance, the bears will try to sink the price below the 20-day EMA. The next support on the downside is at the 50-day SMA and below it $224.086.

XRP/USD

Ripple (XRP) plummeted on June 27 and triggered our stop loss suggested in the previousanalysis. It is currently trying to find support at the trendline of the symmetrical triangle. If this support holds, the bulls will again try to propel it above the resistance line of the triangle.

However, if the XRP/USD pair breaks down of the triangle, it will turn negative.  Currently, the 20-day EMA has started to turn down and the RSI has dipped below 50. This suggests that the bears have the advantage in the near term. A drop below $0.35660 will turn the trend in favor of bears.

XRP/USD

BCH/USD

Bitcoin cash (BCH) plunged on June 27 and broke below both the moving averages. Currently, the bulls are attempting to push it back above the 20-day EMA. If the price rises above the 20-day EMA, it can move up to $515.35. On the upside, the zone between $515.45 and the resistance line of the channel will act as a strong barrier.

BCH/USD

Conversely, if the bears sink the BCH/USD pair back below the 50-day SMA, it can correct to the support line of the channel. A breakdown of this support will indicate a change in trend. The 20-day EMA is flattening out and the RSI is just above 50, which suggests a balance between bulls and bears. We will wait for a buy setup to form before recommending a long position in it.

LTC/USD

Litecoin (LTC) dropped below the 20-day EMA on June 26 and triggered our recommended stop loss mentioned in the previous analysis. It is currently attempting to bounce off the 50-day SMA.

LTC/USD

If successful, the LTC/USD pair will again try to move up to the resistance line of the ascending channel. On the other hand, if the bears sink the pair below the 50-day SMA, it can slide to the support line of the channel. A breakdown of this support will signal a change in trend. The 20-day EMA is turning down and the RSI has dipped below the midpoint. This suggests that the bears have the upper hand in the short term. Currently, we are neutral on the cryptocurrency.

EOS/USD

EOS dropped below the moving averages on June 26 and broke below the support line of the ascending channel the next day. In doing so, it triggered our suggested stop loss at $6.40. Currently, the bulls are trying to push the price back into the channel. If successful, the digital currency might move up to the moving averages.

EOS/USD

But if the bulls fail, the EOS/USD pair might turn down and plunge to the next support at $4.4930. The 20-day EMA is turning down and is on the verge of completing a bearish crossover, which is a negative sign. The RSI has also dipped into the negative zone. All these show that the bears have the upper hand. We do not find any reliable buy setup hence, we are not recommending a trade in it.

BNB/USD

Binance Coin (BNB) has been one of the strongest major cryptocurrencies. Even while other major cryptocurrencies plunged, it has held close to its 20-day EMA. This shows that the sentiment is to buy it on every dip.

BNB/USD

Currently, the bulls are trying to defend the 20-day EMA. If successful, a rally back towards the lifetime highs is likely. A new high will indicate resumption of the uptrend.

Conversely, if the BNB/USD pair plummets below the 20-day EMA, it can correct to the 50-day SMA. A breakdown below the 50-day SMA will be the first indication that the trend might change. The negative divergence on the RSI is a warning sign that should be watched closely.

BSV/USD

Bitcoin SV (BSV) reversed direction from just above $240 on June 26 and broke below the 20-day EMA. Currently, the bulls are attempting to bounce off the support at $180.

BSV/USD

The 20-day EMA has flattened out and the RSI has dipped back to just above the midpoint. This points to a probable range-bound action between $175 and $255.620 in the short term. A breakout of the range will resume the uptrend that has a target objective of $307.789 and above it $340.248. If the bears sink the BSV/USD pair below the support of the range, a drop to the 50-day SMA is possible.

ADA/USD

Though Cardano (ADA) broke out of $0.10 on June 26, it did not close (UTC time frame) above the resistance. Hence, it did not trigger our buy recommendation given in the previous analysis.

ADA/USD

The failure to break out of $0.10 attracted selling that dragged the price down to the 50-day SMA. The bulls are attempting to hold this level. If successful, the ADA/USD pair might move back into the ascending triangle. It will pick up momentum on a breakout and close (UTC time frame) above $0.10. However, if the price fails to climb back up, the pair might correct to the next support of $0.077 and below it to $0.073.

TRX/USD

Tron (TRX) turned down sharply from $0.040 on June 26. The pullback plunged below the 20-day EMA on June 27. It is currently attempting to bounce off the 50-day SMA. The 20-day SMA is flattening out and the RSI has dipped below 50, which suggests consolidation in the near term.

TRX/USD

If the TRX/USD pair breaks below the 50-day SMA, it can drop to the uptrend line. A breakdown of this will indicate a change in trend. On the upside, $0.040 will continue to act as a stiff resistance. A breakout and close above $0.040 will indicate the resumption of the up move. We do not find any reliable trade setups at current levels, hence, we are not suggesting a long position in it.

Market data is provided by the HitBTC exchange. Charts for analysis are provided by TradingView.

6 ARRESTED IN THE UK AND NETHERLANDS IN €24 MILLION CRYPTOCURRENCY THEFT 8120

Today, the UK’s South West Regional Cyber Crime Unit (SW RCCU) in a joint operation with the Dutch police (Politie), Europol, Eurojust and the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) has arrested 6 individuals after a 14-month long investigation into a €24 million cryptocurrency theft.

The five men and one woman were arrested in simultaneous warrants this morning at their homes in Charlcombe, Lower Weston and Staverton (UK) and Amsterdam and Rotterdam (the Netherlands).

The theft, which targeted users’ Bitcoin tokens, is believed to have affected at least 4 000 victims in 12 countries, with the numbers continuing to grow.

The investigation relates to typosquatting, where a well-known online cryptocurrency exchange was ‘spoofed’ – or recreated to imitate the genuine site – to gain access to victims’ Bitcoin wallets, stealing their funds and login details.

This case was referred to the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) and the Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (J-CAT) hosted at Europol after the British authorities identified possible suspects living in the Netherlands. Operational support delivered by EC3 since February 2018 allowed the J-CAT to coordinate the international cooperation between the different EU Member States involved.

In addition, operational meetings were organised at Europol’s headquarters between the British and Dutch authorities, allowing for the smooth exchange of intelligence and evidence which led to these successful arrests. A coordination meeting was also held at Eurojust to prepare for the action day.

The eToroX Libra Implementation 8456

Facebook’s announcement this week about its cryptocurrency Libra has far-reaching potential. eToroX’s Labs Blockchain Science team, comprising Chief Blockchain Scientist Dr. Omri Ross, Peter Emil Jensen, and Johannes Rude Jensen, was quick off the mark to investigate how our eToro tokenized assets (and the technology behind them) would work on Libra’s initial prototype, and how well it suited our specifications.

By exploring Libra’s capabilities, and using Move IR (the intermediary representative layer of what will eventually be the final programming language), they successfully managed to implement an initial version of eToro tokenized assets on the Libra Network.

Using a previous incarnation of an implementation that targeted Ethereum as a basis, the team wrote and executed a basic implementation for creating digital asset infrastructure (tokenization capabilities) on Libra.

Our Top Two Takeaways

1. In Move, resources (data structure types) cannot be moved or copied — an extremely constructive and beneficial capability, especially for digital assets, since it prevents accidental duplication and loss.

2. Contrary to other blockchain languages, Move does not allow publishing data on behalf of other users. Because of this, it requires users to acknowledge this beforehand, thereby giving users full control of which data is associated with them.

Read the full report of eToroX’s Libra Implementation on Github.

DrawBridge Lending Offer Bitcoin SV Non-recourse Loans with No Margin Calls 9129

Bitcoin SV

In another cryptocurrency first, you can now secure loans against your BSV. Chicago-based DrawBridge Lending now offers BSV non-recourse loans with no margin calls. Not in the future but today, as DrawBridge CEO Jason Urban explains: “Recently, we loaned an entity a seven-figure sum secured by BSV and BTC posted with a third party regulated custodian. The interest rate on this transaction was 3%, well below standard market rates. We are able to lend the money at this rate by putting the collateral to work with the use of standard derivative option strategies.”

The main benefit of DrawBridge’s loan product is that the borrower can keep their BSV coin but generate sufficient returns to pay down the cost of funds. The borrower is free to deploy the cash proceeds for its own needs while retaining ownership, and potential price upside, of their coin. In this particular case, BSV price rallied 150% after the loan and the client retained the price appreciation which they would not have been able to do if they had simply liquidated the coin.

This is a noteworthy milestone for the BSV ecosystem for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it demonstrates that trade desks are willing to engage in options trades with BSV coins. This speaks volumes of how BSV is perceived by the professional trading community. Secondly, as the trading of derivatives on the coin becomes more widespread in the BSV ecosystem, finance professionals will create more useful products to deploy and unleash the full potential of the asset.

Calvin Ayre, owner and founder of the Ayre Group and CoinGeek, and supporter of BSV added: “When I first heard about how DrawBridge Lending were expanding into BSV, I was blown away by how obvious the business model was and, obviously, delighted to see further real-life business utility for the only coin that does it all.”

NB: The options are traded on the basis of a standard legal agreement called ISDA Master Agreements. These are common in the traditional financial world but are in the early stages of adoption in the digital world.

Which Coins Will Likely To Be Affected By The Binance Shutdown By The US? 10383

Binance has recently announced that they will no longer allow access of US traders to the exchange, starting September 12, 2019. Although Binance has stated that they will be partnering with Bam Trading to create a US compliant exchange, there is still no time frame on when this will be active – and we can also assume that it will be a minimal function, to begin with for US customers.

In the meantime, we can assume that the volume for the majority of cryptocurrencies that were available to US customers on Binance will now suffer significantly over the next few months as US customers have limited options to trade the cryptocurrencies elsewhere.

The following chart shows which of the coins which are listed on Binance are also listed on other US exchanges. Those include Coinbase, Bittrex, Poloniex, Kraken, HuobiUS, and eToro.

The research is very eye-opening as it shows how the majority of cryptocurrencies will now struggle to find liquidity after the Binance US closure.

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Cryptocurrencies such as AE, HOT, LINK, NANO, ONE, VET, and WTC will have nowhere to trade for US customers. These cryptocurrencies should see a significant drop in volume during the upcoming months as they have nowhere for US customers to trade from, as of writing this. Of the above, Harmony (ONE) was the latest IEO on Binance Launchpad.

Binance Coin (BNB), the native token of Binance, will only be available to trade on eToro. In fact, there are quite a few top-flight coins that will be available to trade on just one US compliant exchange, including ARK, BTT, IOTA, PIVX, and ZIL. These cryptocurrencies are lucky to have one exchange but will still see a significant fall in volume coming from US customers after the Binance anticipated shutdown.

Veteran Altcoins At Less Risk
Although the previously mentioned cryptocurrencies may be in trouble, there is still a handful of cryptocurrencies that will be available on a range of US compliant exchanges that will not be affected by the recent Binance closure. These include cryptocurrencies such as XRP, DASH, XLM, ETC, ZRX, and ZEN – which are all on more than 4 US compliant exchanges.

The bottom line is that the recent Binance closure will send ripples throughout the entire cryptocurrency industry. Binance is the worlds largest cryptocurrency exchange with the highest reported volume. However, a large proportion of this volume is coming from US customers. After the US customers have been restricted, we will most certainly see a substantial drop in the amount of volume coming into the market. What is for sure, is that CZ, the CEO of Binance, is already working on a solution for his US customers.