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Japan’s Financial Regulator Says Stablecoins Are Not Cryptocurrencies

The lack of uniformity in stablecoins has led Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) to conclude that stablecoins are not cryptocurrency.


Not All Digital Assets Are Created Equal

Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) recently announced that it does not believe stablecoins should be classified in the same category as cryptocurrencies.

According to Japan’s Payment Services Act and the Fund Settlement Law, cryptocurrencies are considered a method of payment that users do not need to pay taxes for. Meanwhile, stablecoins do not meet these criteria as the majority of the current dollar pegged digital assets have varying characteristics, and the lack of a uniform set of characteristics makes it impossible to categorize them.

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JVCEA Cannot Regulate Stablecoins

Under the Payment Service Act, stablecoins fail to meet the current criteria for classifying as a “virtual currency” and an FSA spokesperson said, Due to [varying] characteristics [of stablecoins], it is not necessarily appropriate to suggest what those companies need to obtain or register before issuing stablecoins.”

Interestingly, while the FSA recently ceded authority to Japan’s Virtual Currency Exchange Association (JVCEA) by granting the collective the authority to self-regulate Japan’s cryptocurrency exchanges, the JVCEA will not be able to regulate stablecoins as they have been determined to not be cryptocurrencies.

It appears that the task of regulating stablecoins to will fall to the FSA and regulators will need to analyze each stablecoin on an individual basis.

Do stablecoins function the same as non-fiat pegged digital assets? Share your thoughts in the comments below! 


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UK Fintech Industry Slams Govt’s ‘Blunt Instrument Approach’ To Cryptocurrency

The UK could compromise its fintech sector with “very blunt instrument” regulation currently under consideration, a new report from several industry entities warns.


‘Ashamedly Geared Around Bitcoin’

As local news outlet the Telegraph reports October 29, the report criticizes plans to award more power to regulator the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and says treating all cryptoassets in the same way as Bitcoin was counterproductive.

“Bad regulation is worse than no regulation at all,” the Telegraph quotes it as reading, adding that the extant proposals are “ashamedly geared around Bitcoin.”

Politicians had lobbied for wider FCA jurisdiction in September, six months after the regulator had launched a dedicated “task force” with the remit of formalizing the domestic space.

Far from increasing security and consumer protection, however, one of the report’s authors argues a laissez-faire attitude would be considerably more beneficial for a sector which is only just beginning to mature.

“It is a very blunt instrument approach and I haven’t seen this in other countries,” Patrick Curry, chief executive of the British Business Federation Authority (BBFA) commented about the plans.

The use of this technology is still a voyage of discovery and these technologies are being refined for different types of use. My concern is the law of unintended consequences.

Overreaching?

The government had pledged to make London a home for fintech in the coming years, sounding out concerns that Brexit would make the city an unattractive place for innovative newcomers.

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At the same time, the Bank of England has said it is open to the concept of a self-issued national digital currency while also claiming that cryptocurrency poses “reputational risks.”

“Crypto-assets also raise concerns related to misconduct and market integrity,” Deputy Governor Sam Woods wrote in June.

Many appear vulnerable to fraud and manipulation, as well as money-laundering and terrorist financing risks.

What do you think about the UK’s cryptocurrency regulation plans? Let us know in the comments below!


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Gary Gensler: From CFTC Chair to Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Educator

Gary Gensler was chairman of the U.S Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) between 2009 and 2014, right after the global financial crisis. Today, Gensler is part of MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative, lecturing students on blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies.


Gensler was instrumental in dealing with some of the cleanup from the global financial crisis of 2008. He implemented new regulation whilst at the U.S CFTC for the unregulated swaps market which played a central role in the crisis. His work at the U.S CFTC was successful and the new oversights were implemented in advance of other regulators taking actions to mop up after the crisis.

Teaching Blockchain and Cryptocurrency at MIT

After leaving the CFTC Gensler became finance chairman for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and bid. Gensler has now joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management and lectures on blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies.

Bullish on Blockchain

In a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, Gensler confirmed he is “bullish” when it comes to blockchain, describing it as mimicking the distributed nature of society. However, his past work at the CFTC has left him with a “sober” eye on fast-growing financial technology.

Despite not being directly involved in U.S politics right now he has agreed to help both Republicans and Democrats in matters of cryptocurrency regulation.

Regulators Need to Bring Clarity

Regulators Need to Bring Clarity

Speaking at the MIT Technology Review’s Business of Blockchain conference in April 2018, Gensler said that government officials needed to look to regulate the larger cryptocurrencies as well as new ICO tokens.

“The SEC and regulators need to bring clarity,” said Gensler, many cryptocurrencies “are operating outside of U.S. laws.”

Gensler was quoted in a subsequent debate over Ripple describing it as a “noncompliant security” due to its centralized distribution model.

The CFTC is Better Placed to Regulate the Sector

Last week, July 19, 2018, Gensler spoke at U.S Congressional hearings on cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies giving five reasons why he believes blockchain technology can make a real difference in the financial sector.

Gensler said blockchain lowers costs and risks and can give stability and prevent illicit activities if regulated. But, the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and U.S CFTC have a role to play as the ICO market is ripe with scams and fraud and there are gaps in U.S law, especially when it comes to exchanges.

Gensler also believes the U.S CFTC is better placed to regulate cryptocurrency markets.

Do you agree with Gensler? Who is better placed to regulate cryptocurrencies in the U.S, the CFTC or the SEC? Let us know what you think in the comments below.


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European ETF Trading Behemoth Begins Trading Bitcoin and Ethereum ETN

Flow Traders NV, Europe’s largest exchange-traded funds (ETF) trader has begun buying and selling Bitcoin and Ethereum exchange-traded notes (ETN). The company becomes the first to reveal its participation in any cryptocurrency ETN. The big question now is, when will a Bitcoin ETF become a reality?


Buying and Selling Bitcoin and Ethereum ETNs

An ETN isn’t all that different from an ETF. The principal difference between the two is that ETFs are investments in funds that track the price movement of an asset whereas ETNs are more like investing in bonds.

Flow Traders is trading in the Bitcoin and Ethereum ETNs launched by XBT Provider in 2015 and 2017, respectively. XBT is listed in Sweden with an asset management portfolio north of $1 billion.

This news of a cryptocurrency ETN listed on a regulated exchange is perhaps the most significant virtual currency news since the emergence of Bitcoin futures trading in December 2017. For one thing, it is yet another investment vehicle that is right up the alley of institutional investors.

Many analysts and commentators have identified the entry of institutional money into the cryptocurrency space as the next milestone in the growth of the industry. Investment products like futures, ETNs, and ETFs provide a much more viable option for these investors than the usual cryptocurrency trading market.

Commenting on the development, Dennis Dijkstra, the co-CEO of Flow Traders NV said:

People underestimate crypto. […] It’s big, and it is to be regulated very soon. The market participants are much more professional than people think. Institutional investors are interested – we know they are because we get requests.

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How the ETN Works

As a high-frequency trader (HFT), the company plans to hedge each trade as quickly as possible regardless of the direction of the Bitcoin and Ethereum price movements. To do this, Flow Traders is hedging its ETN with CME and CBOE futures contracts. All of these, in theory, should lower slippage while increasing liquidity.

According to Dijkstra, the approach holds immense benefits for the company. He did not provide any details concerning whether the Flow Traders will utilize Bitcoin or Ethereum to hedge each trade, however.

The Quest for Bitcoin ETF

With an ETN already a reality, perhaps a Bitcoin ETF might be a possibility in the not so distant future. So far, the United States SEC has remained unwilling to approve any of the Bitcoin ETF proposals it has received.

The narrative was that the emergence of futures trading would herald the dawn of Bitcoin. However, half a year has come and gone since then and still no favorable decision from the SEC has been forthcoming. In June 2018, two prominent firms; VanEck and SolidX decided to collaborate with the hope of standing a better chance to obtain the much sought-after SEC approval for cryptocurrency ETF.

Will the trading of Bitcoin and Ethereum ETNs help pave the way for a Bitcoin ETF? Let us know what you think in the comments below.


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Robinhood CEO: No Plans to Make Money on Cryptocurrency Trading for ‘Forseeable Future’

Stock brokerage Robinhood launched no-fee cryptocurrency trading in February 2018 and intends to operate cryptocurrency trading as a breakeven business.


Robinhood created its commission-free stock brokerage in 2013, providing major competition to existing fee-based trading platforms. Instead of making money from commission fees on stock and cryptocurrency trades, the company takes its profits from interest earned on cash balances, margin lending, and its premium services.

Free Cryptocurrency Trading

When Robinhood first announced at the end of January 2018 that it would be launching zero-fee cryptocurrency trading, reactions within the crypto and financial communities were swift. Within just four days of the announcement, more than one million people had signed up for early access to the Robinhood Crypto app. In the days following the app’s official launch in February, growing interest and excitement sparked a flood of new customers – as many as 200,000 per day.

With such a massive influx of new users eager to trade cryptocurrencies, it would be tempting for any exchange to update their policy and charge at least a nominal trade fee, but Robinhood is sticking to its guns.

Vlad Tenev, Robinhood founder and co-CEO told Fortune:

We don’t intend to make very much money on it at all for the foreseeable future.

Tenev’s comment reinforces a similar statement made in the company’s announcement back in January in which he explained some of the reasoning behind the decision:

The value of Robinhood Crypto is in growing our customer base and better serving our existing customers.

Vlad Tenev, Robinhood founder and co-CEO

Aiming for Breakeven

In an episode of Balancing the Ledger, Tenev explains that Robinhood is operating its cryptocurrency trading arm as a breakeven business. It is a move reminiscent of Square offering its users zero-fee Bitcoin trading through its Cash app earlier this year. In fact, Square recently announced that it made just $223,000 more on Bitcoin sales than it originally paid for the coins in Q1 2018.

So why aim for breaking even? As Tenev and his co-CEO, Baiju Bhatt, explain, they view cryptocurrencies as an entry point onto their platform for new traders. The theory is that new traders will come to the platform initially for cryptocurrency trading, but then expand their interests to the other more traditional assets on which Robinhood reaps higher margins.

Building an Ecosystem

With a current valuation of around $5.6 billion, Robinhood is the second most valuable private fintech company in the world with over 4 million customers trading stocks, ETFs, and cryptocurrencies.

Speaking about the decision to introduce cryptocurrency trading, Tenev explained:

The thinking behind that is what we’re really doing is building an ecosystem. Right now, the products are investing products, so crypto slots in very nicely alongside the 10,000 plus other instruments that people can trade.

Financial Services Customers Are Getting Ripped Off

Tenev believes commission fees are outdated, especially considering the lower costs of operation of modern online exchanges and brokers. Robinhood’s approach is to use technology and automation to reduce costs for customers and it aims to eventually compete with Bank of America across all financial products.

I think it doesn’t stop with just investing products. Customers are getting ripped off across the board in financial services.

Robinhood is planning to add more cryptocurrencies to its existing trading of Bitcoin and Ethereum but is wary of regulatory uncertainty. It will also assess new coins thoroughly.

Do you agree with Tenev? Are traditional financial service providers ripping customers off? Let us know in the comments below.


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Block.One Starts Mainnet – EOS Tokens Rise

· June 5, 2018 · 10:00 pm

Block.One, the developer of the EOS blockchain platform, has raised more than $4 billion through a yearlong sale of EOS tokens, which makes it the largest fundraising of its kind, as The Wallstreet Journal reports.


This is more than twice the size of the next largest coin offering ever of Telegram, which raised $1.7 billion, and larger than all but two of the world’s initial public offerings on stock exchanges so far in 2018. Block.One still owns 10% of all EOS tokens, adding approx. $2 billion to its balance sheet, making it one of the most well-capitalized blockchain companies worldwide.

EOS is a so-called platform token, which represents an operating system – comparable with Microsoft’s Windows OS for computers or Google’s Android for mobile phones – for the blockchain. The best known platform-token so far is Ether, the token for the Ethereum platform. The rivalry between the two systems is also a fundamental discussion between “Proof of work” (PoW) and “proof of stake” (PoS), which are two algorithms by which a cryptocurrency blockchain network aims to achieve distributed consensus.

Cryptocurrency PoW mining

PoW-based cryptocurrencies use computationally intensive puzzles in order to validate transactions and create new blocks. New tokens are created by “mining”, which equals use of energy. It makes those networks slow and expensive. There are ideas discussed at the moment how to mitigate those problems, but the general problem – that new tokens are created by mining, which imposes costs and limitations – cannot be changed. In contrast, in PoS – based cryptocurrencies, the creator of the next block is chosen via various combinations of random selection (i.e. the stake). Those platforms have no capacity issue and very little transaction costs.

One of the critical success factors for any of these platforms is to create a vivid ecosystem in a short period of time and to attract programmers and entrepreneurs who intend to build so-called dApps (decentralized apps) on those platforms. In order to boost the EOS ecosystem, Block.One has pledged to invest more than $1 billion in startups building on EOS. The funds are channeled via a variety of partnerships with renowned venture funds like Mike Novogratz’s Galaxy Digital, Eric Schmidt’s TomorrowVentures and Christian Angermayer’s FinLab. Novogratz and Angermayer (via his holding Cryptology Asset Group PLC) are also shareholders of Block.One.

While the best way to profit from the EOS success is to hold EOS token, FinLab, which is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (international securities number: DE0001218063) is a good indirect way to participate in the EOS success story.


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NAGA’s Ecosystem Makes Trading & Investing Accessible for Everyone

· May 29, 2018 · 9:30 pm

NAGA’s extensive ecosystem provides a truly diversified portfolio of proven use cases and value drivers. Here’s everything you need to know about one of the most impressive platforms in the cryptocurrency space, today.


NAGA Coin

At the heart of NAGA is the platform’s unique cryptocurrency token, the NAGA COIN (NGC).

NGC’s claim to fame is that it successfully decentralizes cryptocurrency for traditional financial markets, virtual goods, and cryptocurrencies. In doing so, NGC eradicates investor reliance on greedy banks and corporations, which control access, operate opaquely, and charge large fees while taking unhealthy cuts of the profits.

The benefits of holding the NGC token are many, including:

  • Reduced trading fees on NAGA TRADER, as well as on every asset using an NGC account. For example, NGC users will pay 50% less on trading commissions for each trade they perform on NAGA TRADER.
  • Cashback on a per-trade basis performed by NAGA TRADER using an NGC account.
  • Double crediting of copy bonuses on NAGA TRADER using an NGC account.
  • Lower trading fees for every asset listed on NAGA VIRTUAL.
  • Membership in the NAGA VIRTUAL Cashback Program.
  • Payment method for all NAGA Academy courses
  • Discounted purchase of ad credits for the NAGA VIRTUAL and NAGA TRADER AdManager.
  • Community status and free access to paid and premium content.
  • Users also benefit from the digital transformation of the largest industries in the world.

Unlike other tokens with minimal use cases or little more than lofty promises, NGC is already live and has proven to be successful. In fact, it is already trading upwards of $2 million daily. On May 23, the 24-hour trading volume was $15 million.

NGC has also recently been listed on the popular cryptocurrency exchange Bittrex and has been integrated into the exchange service Changelly. NGC can also be bought and sold on other major cryptocurrency exchanges, such as Upbit, HitBTC, and OKEx, as well as IDEX and Cobinhood.

NAGA Trader

NAGA Trader

NAGA COIN also integrates seamlessly with NAGA’s social/trading network, NAGA TRADER.

NAGA TRADER allows users to trade 700 markets in real-time, including cryptocurrencies, stocks, and forex and supports the funding of trading accounts with cryptocurrencies.

NAGA TRADER users also have access to the NAGA CARD, which allows for the withdrawal of trading profits via a shopping-friendly card which is usable both online and offline, home or abroad.

The social aspect of NAGA TRADER is what really sets the platform apart, however, as it allows for public and private chats, the automatic copying of the platform’s best traders, and the use of CYBO, a self-learning algorithm which manages your portfolio 24 hours a day.

NAGA TRADER’s News Feed also continually updates to show users the most relevant news stories as they break, while NAGA TRADER Protector™ helps you to limit your risk and secure your trading profits automatically.

Finally, the latest update to the NAGA TRADER app has added, in addition to improvements regarding stability and security, a fully-automated verification process with face recognition.

NAGA Wallet

In April, the NAGA team launched its new-and-improved NAGA WALLET — well ahead of its roadmap’s scheduled release.

Featuring ultra-low fees, the NAGA WALLET is a cutting-edge cryptocurrency wallet that allows users to securely store five of the world’s leading digital assets: Bitcoin (BTC), Litecoin (LTC), Dash (DASH), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Ethereum (ETH), and NAGA Coin (NGC). Most recently, Ripple (XRP) users have also benefited from the cryptocurrency’s addition to the NAGA WALLET. Additionally, it supports all ERC-20 compatible tokens.

The highly versatile wallet is NAGA’s secure solution to the persistent challenges dogging digital asset ownership, which serve to impede the mainstream adoption of cryptocurrencies. Primarily, it allows for the instantaneous sending of coins and tokens on the blockchain without having to know other people’s wallet addresses. NAGA WALLET users can send coins and tokens directly to their contacts through their email address, removing the need to copy worrisome characters and fret over their accuracy, or worse still, have the address hijacked by malicious codes.

Additionally, NAGA transactions are up to 18,000 times faster than Bitcoin transactions and carry extremely small fees.

The NAGA WALLET is also a multi-currency payment gateway, equipped with a multi-factor authentication system which provides the highest level of security.
Of course, the NAGA WALLET also seamlessly interacts with the entire NAGA ecosystem.

NAGA Virtual

NAGA also offers a unique, safe, fair, and modern market called NAGA VIRTUAL (Switex).

NAGA VIRTUAL is primarily focused on offering gamers a platform on which to buy and sell items to and from each other. This, in turn, positively converts the time and effort gamers spend gaming.

NAGA VIRTUAL affords gamers the freedom and ability to trade from different games of different sources (PC, console, mobile etc.), which also benefits the game publishers themselves.

Furthermore, NAGA VIRTUAL offers an individual store for publishers, which serves as a direct income channel and a distribution platform for new items from their games.

Ultimately, this information is merely scratching the surface of what the NAGA ecosystem has to offer the cryptocurrency and traditional investment community — and it’s also just the start. The platform has already launched NAGA ACADEMY in cooperation with a leading Cypriot educational institution, which boasts over 20 years of experience and offers UK-recognized Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. All tuition fees are payable with NGC.

Soon, NAGA will also add to its diversified ecosystem with the introduction of NAGA CARD, NAGA EXCHANGE, and NAGA WEALTH — illustrating that, when predicting the platform’s future, the best has clearly yet to come.

What do you think of NAGA’s unique and extensive ecosystem? Do you utilize NAGA’s services? Let us know in the comments below!


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Blockchain Technology Will Usher in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

· May 14, 2018 · 7:00 pm

Steve Chiavarone is a blockchain believer. The portfolio manager at Federated Investors believes the technology behind bitcoin will help usher in the fourth industrial age. Many commentators have previously identified blockchain as having the potential to disrupt the global business process.


Blockchain: An Exciting Emerging Technology

Chiavarone is certain that the distributed ledger technology (DLT) framework is an essential cog in the wheel of emerging technologies that will transform the world. The Wall Street bull predicts that blockchain, along with robotics, automation, artificial intelligence (AI), and the Internet of things (IoT) will be the foundation of the fourth industrial age. Indeed, several experts believe blockchain can contribute to the technologies mentioned above.

Such is his conviction that the Wall Street expert is incorporating DLT into his stock market forecast. Speaking to CNBC, he reiterated the viability of the technology despite the struggles in the crypto market since the start of 2018. According to Chiavarone, the current price slump doesn’t diminish the importance of DLT implementation. Earlier in May, Wall Street analyst Nick Colas described bitcoin as the “FANG” stock of the crypto world. FANG refers to the most popular tech stocks; Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google. Chiavarone is optimistic that blockchain technology could improve the business operations of the FANG stock companies.

Other corporations are also making forays into developing protocols that implement the technology. Companies like IBM and Maersk are leading the way in developing blockchain-based solutions for supply chain management (SCM) and general logistics. According to Chiavarone, big banks are also investing in DLT. Bank of America (BoFA) recently declared that it was contributing the most resources into blockchain research than anyone else.

Fourth Industrial Revolution

Blockchain Will Replace Reconciliation

Chiavarone is particularly confident that blockchain will disrupt business reconciliation process. He believes the technology is uniquely suited to improve the verification of account balances in the corporate world. According to him, blockchain will replace the expensive, inefficient and tedious reconciliation process. Thus, businesses will be able to reduce back and middle office costs while having more efficient supply chains.

Many in the mainstream finance arena aren’t sold on cryptocurrency. In fact, some of the staunchest crypto critics are from the organized business sector. However, only a handful of people in finance have dismissed the viability of the technology. It is even common to see notable figures declaring their interest in DLT while paying little or no attention to bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

Does blockchain technology have a pivotal role in the establishment of the fourth industrial age? Let us know in the comment section below.


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3Commas Continues to Impress with Automated Trading Bots, More Crypto Exchanges

· May 8, 2018 · 6:00 pm

Back in December, I reviewed a suite of ‘smart tools’ designed to help cryptocurrency traders minimize risks and maximize profits. Five months later I decided to revisit the platform to see if they had anything new to offer…


If You’re Not Innovating, You’re Stagnating

When it comes to crypto, few things are as disappointing to me as when a really promising project launches and comes out of the gate really strong, only to fizzle out a few months or a year down the road.

3Commas, which launched in September 2017, has managed to avoid that pitfall and just continues to get better and better. The platform boasts more than 22,000 active crypto traders and a daily trade volume of more than $6 million.

Speaking about the platform’s spectacular growth, 3Commas CMO Mike Goryunov said:

We continue to build win-win collaboration with our customers and as I can see it’s the main reason of our success.

The reason for the platform’s growing popularity, of course, is the wealth of tools and features it offers that has resulted in active traders making an average monthly profit of more than 15%.

More Exchanges Than Ever Before

More Exchanges Than Ever Before

When I previously reviewed 3Commas, the platform integrated with Poloniex, Bittrex, Bitfinex, Binance, and any Ethereum wallet. Since then, the developers have added integration with:

  • Bitstamp
  • CEX
  • Kucoin
  • YoBit

The team is in the process of adding support for Huobi as well, and a little bird told me that support for HitBTC and Bitmex will be coming online soon after.

Automated Trading Bots

Automated Trading Bots

The best trading tools are the ones you don’t have to babysit 24/7 and 3Commas has rolled out a new tool that makes my little guppy-sized crypto trader heart sing with joy. After much anticipation, the team has released its Automated Trading Bot tool and the reaction from the community has been overwhelmingly positive.

For those who are unfamiliar with the concept, a trading bot is a piece of computer software that executes trades over and over again based on pre-determined parameters that the trader configures.

The problem with most trading bots is that they are either difficult to use – especially for new traders – or they just plain don’t work the way we expect them to. 3Commas has solved both problems with a trading bot that is both easy to use and reliable in its performance. Results may vary, of course, but on average the trading bot generates a daily profit of around 1.5%. Detailed analytics on the bots’ performance are available on the 3Commas website.

Moomin Papa has created a terrific video explaining how 3Commas’ Automated Trading Bot works, but here it is in a nutshell:

3Commas Automated Trading Bot Step 1

3Commas Automated Trading Bot Steps 2-4

Step 1: Choose which type of bot you are creating

3Commas supports two types of trading bots – simple and complex. A simple trading bot only involves one trading pair while a complex trading bot involves multiple trading pairs. For the purposes of this article, I am only focusing on simple trading bot creation.

Step 2: Name your bot

Naming your trading bot will help you remember which bot is trading which pairs. This is especially useful if you will be creating and running several trading bots.

Step 3: Choose your exchange

Tell your trading bot which exchange it will be trading on. It can be any exchange that you have added to your My Exchanges dashboard.

Step 4: Choose your trading pair

Select the trading pair you want your bot to buy and sell from the drop-down menu.

3Commas Automated Trading Bot Steps 5-8

Step 5: Set your base trade size

This is where you tell your trading bot how much BTC, ETH, etc… you will be using in your initial trade.

Step 6: Set your safety trade size

This step is completely optional, but it lets traders ‘buy the dip’ in a safer, more controlled way. For example, let’s say my trading pair is XRP/BTC and I buy Ripple for $0.82 per token. If the price drops below my original purchase price, safety trades will let me buy more XRP with whatever amount of BTC I have my safety trade size set for.

Step 7: Set your target profit

This tells the trading bot when to sell and is set in percentages. Let’s say I set my target profit for 2%. If my trading bot initially purchased Ripple at $0.82 per token, when the price hits $0.8364, the bot will automatically execute a sell order.

Step 8: Choose your Take Profit Type

The trading bots support two Take Profit types – percentage from base trade and percentage from total volume.

 3Commas Automated Trading Bot Steps 9-11

Step 9: Max safety trades count

This step is optional (unless you have set a safety trade size) and tells the trading bot how many safety trades it is allowed to make before stopping.

Step 10: Max active safety trades count

Similar to Step 9, this step tells the trading bot how many active safety trades it can have in progress at any given time.

Step 11: Price deviation to open safety trades

Set as a percentage, this step tells the trading bot when it can start executing safety trades. For example, if I set it to 2, then when the price of Ripple drops 2% below my initial trade price the trading bot will begin executing safety trades.

3Commas Automated Trading Bot Step 12

Step 12: Trade Start Conditions

This step tells the trading bot when to make that initial trade. You can choose from TradingView Signal Buy or Strong Buy, TradingView Signal Strong Buy, Manually, or Open New Trade ASAP.

That’s all there is to it. Twelve steps may seem like a lot, but in reality, you can configure your first trading bot in just a few minutes – even if you’ve never set one up before. That’s the beauty of this tool – it’s easy enough for beginning traders but still robust enough to satisfy more experienced traders as well.

Are you ready to test drive 3Commas’ Automated Trading Bots for yourself? Visit 3commas.io and sign up today.

Are you a 3Commas user? Have you checked out their Automated Trading Bot? How does it compare to other trading bots? Let us know in the comments below.


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Ripple Slapped with Class Action Lawsuit from Disgruntled Investor

· May 4, 2018 · 6:00 pm

A San Diego-based law firm has filed a class action lawsuit against Ripple accusing the crypto firm of violating both state and federal securities law. The suit alleges that Ripple investors have incurred losses due to company’s sale of XRP tokens. There continues to be an ongoing debate as to whether XRP tokens are securities.


Details of the Ripple Lawsuit

Taylor-Copeland law is the name of the law firm handling the case. According to a scanned copy of the case filing, the Plaintiff is one Ryan Coffey. The suit lists four charges against the Defendants; Ripple Labs Inc., XRP II LLC, and Bradley Garlinghouse, the CEO of Ripple Labs.

The four charges allege that the Defendants have profited off the public by running a “never-ending coin offering.” The lawsuit also claims that XRP tokens “have all the hallmarks of a security” and calls for investors who have lost money to Ripple to join the class action.

In the summary brief as part of the lawsuit, the Defendants are accused of creating tokens “out of thin air.” Unlike Bitcoin and Ethereum, the total XRP supply was pre-mined at the inception of the token in 2013. The suit accuses the Defendants of using inflated metrics to deceive investors into thinking XRP tokens constitute a viable investment.

Ripple is also charged with knowingly offering a tokenized security to the public while not being registered by the SEC. Meanwhile, the case made by Taylor-Copeland also states that Ripple’s earnings come solely from the sale of the XRP tokens, which cost nothing to create. The lawsuit goes even further to claim that Defendants tried to bribe both Coinbase and Gemini, two major U.S.-based crypto exchange platforms.

The Plaintiff in the case, Ryan Coffey, purchased 650 XRP at $2.60 totaling at $1,690. Coffey reportedly bought the coins on January 6, 2018. Less than a fortnight later, Coffey sold the tokens for $1,105 incurring a loss of $551. A recent Weiss Ratings report described Ripple as a passable short-term investment vehicle that isn’t recommended as a long-term asset.

Despite being a cryptocurrency, Ripple is, in fact, a centralized enterprise, which makes it more vulnerable to regulatory clampdowns. Without any change to the Ripple economic model, investors who purchase the company’s tokens for the “long hodl” might end up incurring losses. XRP tokens are not shares. Thus, their profitability is based on their non-mandatory adoption by the banking sector.

The Ripple (XRP) Security Debate

The Ripple lawsuit has a sense of irony to it, given the case between the company and the R3 blockchain consortium. Furthermore, the case underscores the debate of whether XRP is a security or not.  The chief strategist for the company, Cory Johnson, recently declared that Ripple is not a security.

However, reports emanating from the SEC indicate that the Commission views the crypto as a security. Gary Gensler, ex-CFTC Chairman also recently identified the crypto as a “noncompliant security.” This characterization was due to the centralized distribution model employed by the company.

Whether there are any legal merits to the case against Ripple is left for the courts to decide. Preliminary reactions on online cryptocurrency forums indicate that many crypto followers believe the suit to be a frivolous one. Some have even poked fun at the Plaintiff for initiating a legal process that could cost thousands of dollars over a $551 loss.

Where do you stand on the lawsuit? Also, are XRP tokens securities? Let us know in the comment section below.


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