Crypto Trading 101: Bull and Bear Flags (And What They Mean for Price)

When it comes to making big money in trading, the trend is your friend. But spotting the trend when it is in the nascent stage is challenging, and running along with it right up to the top is an even bigger challenge. That’s because asset prices rarely see a 90-degree rally or collapse. More often than not, trends (bullish/bearish) will pause briefly to allow traders or investors who missed the initial move (higher or lower) to join the bandwagon. If the participation increases, the asset price extends the bull or bear…

Huobi Launches Service to Build Crypto Exchanges in the Cloud

Huobi, the world’s third-largest cryptocurrency exchange platform by trade volume, is now offering a business arm to help customers build their own digital asset exchanges. Dubbed the Huobi Cloud, the service is set up to provide clients “a one-stop solution … [to enable] its partners to build secure and stable digital asset exchanges quickly,” according to the official press release, though it did not provide specifics on what it will offer these partners. The company goes on further to explain: “Over the past five years, Huobi has accumulated rich and…

CoinMarketCap Announces Changes to Counter Fake Volume Concerns

The popular crypto data tracker CoinMarketCap is instituting changes in light of what it called “concerns” over fake volume figures. In a blog post, published on July 19, the site said that it had already dropped a minimum volume requirement for exchanges listed on the site, a policy it said was originally pursued “in order to filter for more popular exchanges that could be listed on CoinMarketCap.” The site also plans to introduce new filters and ranking metrics in a bid to give users “the power to experience and use…

Malta Stock Exchange Inks Deals to Build Security Token Exchanges

MSX, the newly launched fintech arm of the Malta Stock Exchange, has inked several new deals aimed at creating new marketplaces for tokenized securities. The newly inked deal sees MSX team up with Neufund, a platform for securities tokenization and issuance, to build a “regulated and decentralized, global stock exchange for listing and trading tokenized securities alongside crypto-assets,” according to a press release. Exactly what will make the new exchange decentralized was not explained, however. The partners are already planning a pilot later this year, which will include a public offering of tokenized…

Bitcoin Exchange Paxful Reveals Plan to Reach Venezuela’s Unbanked

Peer-to-peer bitcoin exchange Paxful is doubling down on developing markets. Revealed exclusively to CoinDesk, the startup plans to open an office in hyperinflation-ridden Venezuela in September and release an Android app, its first for mobile devices, in October. According to Paxful co-founder Ray Youssef, the reason for both moves is that exchange use is surging in developing nations, where mobile phones are abundant and cheap but access to crypto remains scarce. Youssef told CoinDesk: “Underbanked, unbanked or people in a desperate situation, such as with market inflation. Those are the…

IBM Is Helping Launch a Price-Stable Cryptocurrency Insured By the FDIC

The latest attempt to create a cryptocurrency pegged to the U.S. dollar, or “stablecoin,” combines 21st-century technology with an invention from the Great Depression. Announced Tuesday, a startup called Stronghold is launching USD Anchor, which will run on the rails of the Stellar blockchain and use its consensus mechanism to verify transactions. The token will be backed one-for-one with U.S. dollars held at a Nevada-charted trust company called Prime Trust, which in turn will deposit the cash at banks insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. IBM is partnering on the initiative…

Coinbase Claims It Now Has Regulatory Approval to List Security Tokens

U.S. cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has reportedly received regulatory approval to acquire several securities firms – a move that could eventually see it supporting trading in tokens deemed as securities. A spokesperson for the exchange said on Monday that both the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) have approved recently revealed acquisition deals for currently regulated firms, according to a report from Bloomberg. Last month, the exchange announced that it intends to purchase three companies – Keystone Capital Corp., Venovate Marketplace and Digital Wealth LLC – as…

World’s First Bank-Backed Crypto Exchange Finally Opens to the Public

The world’s first bank-backed cryptocurrency exchange is now open to the public after months of delays. Japanese financial giant SBI Holdings formally launched its in-house cryptocurrency trading platform dubbed VCTRADE last month. Yet as reported by CoinDesk at the time, the trading service was only available for a group of selected users who pre-registered with the platform in October 2017. In an announcement released on Tuesday, SBI Holdings said the service is now fully open for users aged from 20–70 who reside in Japan. However, a registration service for corporate customers has not…

A Crypto Exchange Is Buying Back $24 Million-Worth of Its Own Tokens

FCoin, a new cryptocurrency exchange that saw spiking trading volume recently due to its controversial revenue model, has revealed a plan to buy back millions of its own tokens to provide capital for a new fund of funds. The exchange announced last Friday that the new fund will be backing a group of selected token funds to further invest in blockchain and cryptocurrency projects. The funds invested in will all be accredited sponsors, it added. During an initial phase, it will allocate 100 million of its own FT tokens – worth…

5 Crypto Assets Are Soaring on Possible Coinbase Listings

Cryptocurrencies generally see a price increase after being added to an exchange, but with Coinbase the rise can be meteoric – even when nothing is actually being added. The exchange announced Friday that it was looking into potentially adding cardano’s ADA token, basic attention token, stellar, zcash and 0x to its platform, and each of the tokens immediately saw double-digit percent price spikes. The increases are even more interesting considering Coinbase noted that it “cannot guarantee they will be listed for trading.” Notably, the exchange also claimed that “we are making…