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SAN DIEGO, Oct. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Altcoin Exchange, the decentralized cryptocurrency exchange, is changing its name to Altcoin.io. This marks the beginning of a new era of altcoin trading that promises the cryptocurrency community complete security of their coins and a safer way to trade.

Altcoin.io wants to empower everyone, regardless of market knowledge, to trade altcoins securely and with confidence. This currently isn’t possible with centralized exchanges. They’re vulnerable to theft, and require you to relinquish control of your coins in order to trade.

Since June 2011, there have been 26 known centralized exchange hacks involving the loss of nearly $1,000,000,000 in user funds. Until now, the market has failed to respond with a robust solution, and Altcoin.io’s goal is to solve this problem.

Altcoin.io aims to be the first decentralized exchange with an unparalleled focus on user experience, security, customer support, and design. By collaborating with the trading community, Altcoin.io will create a safe, trustless platform that enables users to make fast trades without worrying if they’re exposing themselves to risk.

Andrew Gazdecki, CEO and founder of Altcoin.io, says, “Our new name is about setting the standard for how we move forward. With this company rebranding, we make it clear our goal is going beyond what already exists to make something bettera decentralized altcoin exchange where you can trade anonymously, securely, and stay in complete control of your funds.”

By eschewing the centralized model, Altcoin.io lets traders retain full control of their coins so they can exchange with confidence. There’s no single point of failure, no central repository for hackers to exploit, and full transparency in every transaction.

“The centralized exchange model is broken,” says Andrew. “As altcoins continue their meteoric rise in popularity, it’s more important than ever to establish a secure and trustless exchange but with the trading community involved. Altcoin.io is being built by traders, for traders.”

Last week, Altcoin.io completed the world’s =”https://medium.com/@altcoinexchnge/the-first-ethereum-bitcoin-atomic-swap-79befb8373a8″ rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”>first Atomic Swap between the Ethereum and Bitcoin blockchains. Building on Decred’s successful swap of Decred for Litecoin, Altcoin.io transferred 0.1245 Ethereum to 0.12345 Bitcoinswithout first passing ownership to a third party. Atomic Swaps are the key to creating secure decentralized trades that transact as quickly as centralized ones, and this milestone puts Altcoin.io on track for a community release in early 2018.

News of the swap has buoyed Altcoin.io’s growing community and was enthusiastically covered by Bitcoin.com, CoinDesk, The Merkle, Cryptovestand others. While there are still some kinks to iron outsuch as privacy, options, and order matchingAltcoin.io is confident this is just the beginning of better things in the cryptocurrency community: Altcoin.io hopes to shake up this dynamic market by giving traders what they’ve always wanteda safe way to exchange and trade digital assets.

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Altcoin Watchlist | Meet & Learn Cryptocurrencies

Beside Bitcoin, there are more than 3000 cryptocurrencies existing currently. To give you an easy overview, we got our Altcoin Watchlist (Alternative Cryptocurrencies so all but Bitcoin). We monitor and support the currencies listed. So in our view these currencies have to biggest longterm potencial of them all but as there are so many of them, theres no garantuee this list is complete. Please note that we are NOT an investment information source if you are loocking for a safe or insanly fast investment opportunity, theirs lots of other sources. We focus on the economic and social value of a currency, not its ROI for investors.

The criterias for currencies beeing on our Watchlist are (subject to change) :* Sourcecode for Node must be Opensource* No unreasonable Premine or concentration of Coins from the beginning / for founders (richlist)* CPU/GPU friendly algos that are ASIC-resistant as good as possible and force decentralization.* Innovative Technology that differs it from bitcoin* Does not have to be a currency, but has to have a defined purpose (e.G ETH or DCR)

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CryptoCurrency Investing: Research and Due-Diligence …

How to perform your own due-diligencebefore investing in CryptoCurrencies?

One key lesson from Jim Rogers on investing is to do your own thinking. This article will help you understand cryptocurrencies. If you are an altcoin investor (An Altcoin is a cryptocurrency which is not Bitcoin), fundamental analysis will help you choose the ones with long-term potential.

All investments have pros and cons. A Cryptocurrency investor needs to look for the cons first, as some are definite deal breakers. If they exist, it is not worth investing more time in researching the crypto-currency.

Finding the right information about Crypto-Currencies is challenging because:

What are the core reasons to invest in an Altcoin?

The fundamental reason for a cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin or an Altcoin to exist is to serve its users, the only reason why users will engage with an altcoin is, if it is solving a problem they have. Some Altcoins promise to solve problems we did not know we had, for example, LBRY is creating a pay-to-view content system, while others such as Crown Coin, Dash and deCRED are variants of Bitcoin. They are solving the same key problemin different ways. An investor needs to predict who will be the best at it.

Others like EDC and iEx.ec are bringing blockchain or decentralisation to problems which have been addressed by centralised solutions. For an Altcoin to have the wind blowing in its sails, it needs to get the very basic core mission both right the functionally, the context and the timing right.

Branding, Marketing and Visibility:

If they do not know about you, you do not exist.

Marketing is everything. Without knowing about a solution, how can that solution be applied to a users problems? Marketing is about informing the market of the solution.

Branding is about the trust between the Cryptocurrency and its potential investors first; actual users usually will come in later. A hyperinflation ultimately occurs because the users of a currency lose trust in it, but the inverse is also true. Hyper re-valuations (Manias?) occur when many new investors want to buy in the belief that the actual users will come in later.

Re-branding is not an uncommon thing in the crypto space, as an altcoin goes through periods of maturation so does its brand image. Frequent re-brandings are a sign of frequent changes of strategy (or trying to hide something). Frequentand recent re-brands throughout an Altcoins life are not a good indication of future strategic decisions.

Media Coverage

Positive mentions in crypto-media outlets such as Cointelegraph.com, CryptoCoinsNews.com and Altcoin Reviews all add credibility to Altcoin when discussed in positive terms.

More street cred is accumulated when the media mentions are outside of the crypto universe. Editorials and articles in Forbes, Bloomberg, Nasdaq add more authority and credibility to an Altcoin. Coverage in general newspapers and news media are indicators of mainstream interest.

Altcoin Social ProofHow many other investors/users believe in the project?

This is one of the most important metrics to evaluate a cryptocurrency as it is the results of all the other metrics combined.

Coin market cap or the total value of a crypto-coin is also a form of social proof. The total value of a coin is the result of investors voting with their wallets for the coin or against.

Cult Factor

Cryptocurrency developers and spoke persons, give a face to the project, they consolidate information and can be the champions and evangelists. Spreading the idea and solution to the masses. Any U-turn by these coin champions can have serious adverse effects on the coins value. These spokespeople become key influencers because naive investors delegate their thinking to them.

When high profile coin spokespersons jump from one bandwagon to other many investors could follow and the results could be cataclysmic.

Altcoin development team and technology

The core value of any project is the functionality of the coin. (and how many people know about it and trust it)

Bitcoin has proven itself over and over again, although many have sung to its obituary. Most Altcoins have either modified the Bitcoins block chain code or created an entirely new blockchain tech.

New technologies bring new risks. For example, the now famous DAO hack was the product of a bug in a new smart contract technology. Such breakages in the technology can have different impacts. The DAO was destroyed, but in other instances, it serves as a resilience exercise.

In general when something in the cryptocurrency ecosystem breaks down it does not help the cryptocurrency investor as mainstream adoption is postponed with each of these negative events.

Price, Market and Exchanges

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Altcoin pumping and dumping:

Altcoins usually have a core following which are true believers in the project. These believers are a mix of the founders, developers and those with a vested interested in seeing this coin flourish either ideologically, or for monetary reasons. These groups will promote the pros and try to find solutions to the cons.

There will be other groups who market more the disadvantages of a specific coin over the advantages. This group will be made up of believers in the competing coins and those who missed out on the ICO or buying the coin at lower prices.

Some pumps are focused around a certain new feature being released others can be more structural such as regulation changes, a breakdown or an increase in the competition.

Trying to follow the pumps and dumps is the job of the market makers and the day traders. Other investors choose, not to roll with that roller coaster and focus on the long term fundamentals of the cryptos.

Malicious market makers, pump and dump coins while they skim money from both the greedy investor and the fearful investor. The pumps take placethrough a hype, promises and fear of losing out.

Some pumps are phenomenal for example between Jan and Feb 2017 Dash doubled in price. Such a rise in price needs to be sustained to be of any value to the buy and hold crypto investor. If the prices go up and then comes crashing down, investor confidence erodes each time this takes place.

Can the price of a crypto-currency be manipulated easily by external agents intent on causing harm? This question is more important in the future than today, when investors will be able to invest in cryptocurrency ETFs. When these are approved by the SEC, these ETFs can be used to do naked short selling. This system allows speculators to bet on the downside of a coin, this is done without owning any of the actual coins hence the term naked.

Altcoin Economics

The economics of an altcoin, determine the supply side of the coin. Coin founders amount to the FED of that specific coin, their behaviour needs to be scrutinised as much as that of any central banker!

Altcoin History

Within the history of an altcoin, investors can potentially find the virtues, tantrums and the seeds of greatness or otherwise. To go into an Altcoins history,investors need to define what is an Altcoin first.

To me, an Altcoin encompasses the mindset of the founders, the whitepaper, the connection and interaction between the market and the Altcoin developers.

Some Altcoins are scam coins by design, others have good intentions but are implemented badly or too weakly, or the competition is too overwhelming. The past is no guarantee of the future, but the futures foundations are laid down in the past.

Crypto-Currency Regulation challenges

Regulators have the power to destroy the viability of a cryptocurrency overnight, at least within their own borders. Indeed cryptocurrencies are somewhat resilient to such an attack because of their decentralised design. However, the owners of such cryptocurrencies are not. Probably 99% of cryptocurrency holders are good, law abiding citizens.

If a cryptocurrency is declared, investors holding it will probably dump it. The risk to themselves and families will be too high and impossible to mitigate. There are some variables which increase the power of the regulators and the likelihood of being targeted, for example:

Does an altcoin:

Regulation can also ake an altcoin stronger:

Regulators of particular jurisdictions which maintain the status quo or openly accept BlockChain technology push cryptocurrencies more in the mainstream.

Private forms of public blockchain oversight such as companies which monitor blockchains for illicit activities help regulators and discourage illegal use of cryptos. Others firms rank ICOs (Wings.ai, IcoRating ) and this helps private investors make informed decisions.

Another school of thought considers that all forms of impediments thrown at a cryptocurrency only serve to make it stronger. Cryptocurrencies will evolve and change shape to either outsmart, evade or adopt to regulators. Regulations will act like natural forces which will take the weak out and make the stronger more resilient to outside influences.

Regulators have issues with anonymity, and not privacy, blockchains by default provide privacy, and some cryptos build layers of anonymity on top, this is where regulators are most likely to clash with altcoins. If Altcoins are the new Panama, Governments will do everything in their power to stop their use as illegal tax avoidance vehicles.

Scam Warnings from regulators and rating agencies.

Some governments have issued notices concerning particular cryptocurrencies; this is a sign for investors that such coins need closer scrutiny especially when such announcements target a specific Altcoin rather than the who crypto space.

Investors should take a much deeper look at this altcoin, both because of the regulatory threat itself and the possibility that the altcoin is an outright scam or has MLM (multi-level marketing) or scam like tactics/mechanics.

Centralised / Decentralised Network and Governance

Centralised / Decentralised are attributes not adjectives. Some attribute centralised, to bad and decentralised to good. Given the spirit of liberty and autonomy in the crypto space, this is a common misconception.

These two attributes have both their pros and cons.

Centralization brings the perils of cult figures and centralised points of attack, but they also bring the benefits of better coordination, deployment of resources and central points of contact for support and media.

Centralisation of development could be a threat to currency. For Example, Monero an anonymous crypto-currency has a public spokesperson. In a recent podcast, he statedthat he was worried at times being too much in the limelight. If someone wants to lash out at a certain crypto, the people who are the face of that crypto make prime targets.

deCRED has a decentralised development structure, and this gives it strength regarding towards expanding its functionality, but it is more challenging to integrate code coming from different developers.

Most of Crown Coins developers are anonymous; this gives potential entities who would like to disturb the coin network much less of a clear target. However, it also brings a question mark about the reputation and expertise of the devs. Having said that, they are very accessible through their slack channel.

Centralised / Decentralised Infrastructure.

A lot of Bitcoin mining power is located in China. Miners swarm around cheap sources of electricity. These mining clusters can create weak links in the blockchain as it opens the hashing power up to attack. Especially within jurisdictions vulnerable to state interference and failures of infrastructure points.

Other points of failure include service nodes, master nodes, super nodes, exchanges and other critical infrastructure points which maintain the coins value and the ability of users to exchange the coin or use it.

The Future of Bitcoin or the Altcoin

Conclusion:

Investing in cryptocurrency can be done by following the momentum and technical analysis of charts. Does this work? Different people have different levels of success with such strategies, the fundamentals approach to investing has worked for Warren Buffet andthere is no reason why it should not work in for cryptocurrency investors. In addition to fundamental analysis dollar cost averaging is alsoan important investing strategy. Buy low and Sell High!

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ATC Coin Review: ATCC altcoin with massively inflated …

ATC Coin provide no information about who owns or runs the business on the company website.

The ATC Coin website domain (atccoin.com) was privately registered on March 1st, 2017.

A page on the ATC Coin website titled legends involvement claims Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Eric Schmidt, Richard Branson and Peter Thiel are involved in the company.

No proof of any involvement by any of the individuals listed is provided.

An UK incorporation document for ATC Coin LTD is provided on the ATC Coin website.

ATC Coin LTD was incorporated in the UK on May 11th, 2017.

Subhash Jewria(right) is listed as the sole Director of the company, through a virtual mailing address owned by Garden Studios.

On his Facebook profile, Jewriacites his location as Mumbai, India. This is likely where ATC Coin is actually being operated from.

Prior to launching ATC Coin in March Jewria was promoting My Money Seva. He was also promoting payment solutions to MLM companies:

My Money Seva appears to be a local e-commerce discount platform. As far as I can tell, ATC Coin is Jewrias first MLM launch as an executive.

Read on for a full review of the ATC Coin MLM opportunity.

ATC Coin has no retailable products or services, with affiliates only able to market ATC Coin affiliate membership itself.

ATC Coin affiliates invest in ATC Coin on the expectation theyll be able to later sell the coins at an increased value.

ATC Coin affiliates invest 100,000 INR ($1544 USD) and receive 50,000 ATCC upfront, plus 4500 ATCC a month for 18 months.

Residual commissions on funds invested by recruited affiliates are paid out via a unilevel compensation structure.

A unilevel compensation structure places an affiliate at the top of a unilevel team, with every personally recruited affiliate placed directly under them (level 1):

If any level 1 affiliates recruit new affiliates, they are placed on level 2 of the original affiliates unilevel team.

If any level 2 affiliates recruit new affiliates, they are placed on level 3 and so on and so forth down a theoretical infinite number of levels.

ATC Coin pay a percentage of funds invested by affiliates in a unilevel team, based on what level of the unilevel team the affiliate is on:

ATC Coin affiliates can increase the percentage paid out on levels 7, 9 and 11 if they meet the following qualification criteria:

A residual commission is also paid on cashback payments, again based on what level of the unilevel team the cashback was generated on:

Note that the ATC Coin website does not provide any information on how affiliates generate cashback.

ATC Coin reward affiliates who recruit downlines as follows:

ATC Coin affiliate membership is tied to an investment of 100,000 INR ($1544 USD).

ATC Coin was launched in late April and is currently publicly tradeable on the Nova Exchange.

ATC Coin is also listed on Coin Market Cap, with a current value of 9.2 cents.

As at the time of publication, the actual value of ATCC is lagging behind projections used to market the opportunity:

According to Nova Exchange, on July 1st the value of ATCC was 0.00035 BTC (5.92 INR).

Coin Market Cap began tracking ATCC in late June. Today ATCC has a value of 8.7 cents USD (5.64 INR).

As far as I can tell ATCC has no real world application as of yet, leaving a question mark over whether the coin will achieve projections going forward.

ATCC presents itself as yet another MLM pump and dump coin. Affiliate presentations claim the coin can be used for e-commerce, but as of yet there is no evidence of this being possible.

In line with other MLM pump and dump altcoins, all ATC Coin affiliates can do is invest in the coins, trade them (among themselves as theres no public interest) or hold onto the coins and hope the price rises.

Interest in ATC Coin at the moment appears to be exclusive to India. The UK incorporation is a shell listing, with ATC Coin not appearing to be registered in India to offer securities.

The company also has no retailable products or services, meaning its operating as a pyramid scheme.

At the moment ATC Coin is being marketed as Indias answer to bitcoin. This might generate some initial investment hype, but without a real world application ATC Coins value is going to eventually plummet.

Its also worth pointing out that ATC Coin is undercutting the public market, offloading premined ATCC for 0.76 INR.

This suggests ATCCs current public price of 8.7 INR is massively inflated (to the tune of 1144%).

Subhash Jewria can either raise the price hes selling premined ATCC for through ATC Coin, which in turn will cool affiliate recruitment, likely collapsing the MLM opportunity.

Or he keeps massively undercutting the current public value of ATCC, which will stifle public trading of the coin.

Jewria is unlikely to kill off his golden goose (selling ATCC at a huge discount to gullible investors).

As such when ATCCs public value eventually aligns with what Jewria is selling his premined ATCC for, investors get screwed.

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Bitcoin Cash Statistics Confirm BCH is Just Another Altcoin – Live Bitcoin News

With almost 6,000 blocks mined on the Bitcoin Cash network, now is a good time to check some statistics. It is still less profitable to mine than Bitcoin, which is not surprising. Bitcoin Cash has around 8% of the value of Bitcoin itself right now. The blockchain operates at 13% of the original chains difficulty as well. Moreover, the BCH is no longer the longest blockchain either. All of these developments are pretty interesting and somewhat surprising.

One could argue Bitcoin Cash has not achieved all that much. That would be a rather shortsighted statement, though. After all, no one expected this project to stick around for as long as it has. It still has a fair bit of support from mining pools and miners alike, which is good to see. Moreover, the BCH value has somewhat stabilized around $550 as well. Unfortunately, it is inferior to Bitcoin in all other aspects one can think of right now.

First of all, the Bitcoin Cash mining difficulty is still extremely low. The mining difficulty adjustment has always been subject to some wild speculation. Some people feel miners can effectively trick the EDA into allowing them to mine more coins accordingly. Whether or not this is effectively the case, will always remain a bit of mystery. It is certainly true the mining difficulty adjustment algorithm shakes things up a bit.

Despite this lower difficulty, Bitcoin Cash is still pretty unprofitable to mine. It has been more profitable than BTC mining on two occasions so far. For the majority of the time, however, it wont net you any major income. Unless you believe BCH will double or triple in value, that is. Should that be the case, the people mining BCH right now will have a big payday to look forward to. It is unclear what the future holds for this altcoin in this regard.

Additionally, it appears the BCH blockchain is no longer the longest chain. Although it is only a minor title to obtain, it would give Bitcoin Cash some advantage over Bitcoin. With this factor out of reach as well, there is no reason to consider BCH is superior in any regard. It has all of the traits of an altcoin and not much is changing in this regard. That doesnt mean its not worth paying attention to. However, it will not rival Bitcoin in any significant manner any time soon.

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Which Altcoins to Buy This Week? (31st of August, 2017) – Live Bitcoin News

A bullish wave was evident across multiple altcoin markets last week, boosting the price of several coins by more than 20%. The price of Ethereum ETH rose by more than 20%, as it surged from around $322 to $387 at the time of writing of this update. Monero XMR price almost doubled as it rose from around 0.19 BTC to record a week high of 0.38 BTC last Monday, before dropping down to 0.03 earlier today. Lisk LSK was one of the biggest gainers during last weeks trading sessions, as it rose from 77,000 satoshis to 145,000 satoshis, scoring more than 88% increase in market capital within less than a week.

So, what are the best coins to buy for profit this week?

Litecoin continues to rise. Lets keep on the Fib retracement we plotted during last weeks update and look onto the 4 hour LTCBTC chart from Poloniex (look at the below chart). As we can note on the chart, Litecoin price has just broke through the resistance at 0.01482468 BTC, which corresponds to the 38.2% Fib retracement, so it will most probably continue rising as the next significant resistance lies around 0.01766110 BTC (23.6% Fib retracement). Continuation of the bullish wave can be confirmed by the bullish signal shown via the SMAs of the Williams Alligator. The MACD indicator is also bullish as it lies in the positive territory and the blue positive trend line is above the red negative trend line.

I recommend buying LTC now namely below 0.016 BTC and setting a sell order for the bought coins at 0.0176 BTC.

NEM price rose from around 6,000 satoshis up to 7,100 satoshis earlier today. To set up key resistance and support points, we will plot a Fib retracement between the low recorded on July 10, 2017 (4,752 satoshis) and the high recorded on August 3, 2017 (9,007 satoshis) (look at the below chart). Note that NEM price is currently testing the resistance around 7,382 satoshis (38.2% Fib retracement). If this resistance level is broken, we can see NEM rise towards the next resistance level around 8,003 satoshis. The bullish signals shown by both the Williams Alligator and MACD indicators, indicate that NEM price will likely breach this key resistance level.

I recommend buying NEM between 7,200 and 7,400 satoshis and setting a sell order for the bought coins at 8,000 or even 9,000 satoshis.

A bullish wave has been driving Lisks market during the past couple of weeks. As shown on the below 4 hour LSKBTC chart from Poloniex, we can plot a Fib retracement between the low recorded on August 17, 2017 (42,766 satoshis) and the high recorded on August 27, 2017 (182,426 satoshis). LSK is currently testing the resistance around 149,466 satoshis (23.6% Fib retracement) and it will likely break through it, especially that the MACD and Williams Alligator are bullish.

I recommend buying Lisk between 145,000 and 146,000 satoshis and setting a sell order for the bought coins at 165,000 satoshis or even 182,000 satoshis.

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OpenBazaar Developers May Introduce Altcoin Support in the Near Future – The Merkle

OpenBazaar is certainly at the top of many peoples lists of cryptocurrency-based marketplaces. The OpenBazaar protocol is appealing to a lot of people since it allows anyone in the world to buy or sell any good or service in exchange for Bitcoin. The possibilities are endless. One downside, though, is that OpenBazaar only supports Bitcoin right now. That situation will change very soon, by the looks of things.

Ever since the Openbazaar platform was released, cryptocurrency users have been incredibly excited about what theprotocol hadto offer. Being able to buy or sell any product or service in exchange for Bitcoin has a lot of value to a lot of users around the world. With most merchants hesitating to fullyadopt Bitcoin payments, different solutions are needed. OpenBazaar certainly checks a lot of the right boxes andit has a ton of functionality.

During the initial stages of OpenBazaar, there were some issues that needed to be addressed. For one, there was no convenient way to search for goods and services. Later on, the DuoSearch tool was introduced to alleviate this issue, and it has received a lot of praise over the past few months. OpenBazaars developers have been working on integrating their own search feature as well, which has madethe whole project more convenient for users.

There has also been a growing demand for altcoin support on OpenBazaar. Considering how this platform is designed to act as a decentralized protocol for marketplace purposes, there should notbe a limit on the range ofcoins users can utilizeto make or receive payments. Integrating altcoins into Openbazaar is not necessarily all that easy, butthe developers are working hard at it. It is a bit unclear which coins are on their radar right now, but Bitcoin Cash is one of the proposed solutions for the time being.

It would be quite interesting to see OpenBazaar embrace many altcoins. There has never been any indication the developers would not look beyond Bitcoin when it cameto dealing with payments. This makes a lot of sense, as Bitcoin is not the perfect currency some people would like to think it is. However, given the uncertainty regardingwhich altcoins will be integrated into theplatform moving forward, it is not impossible someone wouldfork this source code to include specific currency support in the future.

Indeed, that is one of the main selling points of OpenBazaar. Although the projects source code can be downloaded from GitHub with relative ease, there is nothing preventing other developers from making their own versions of thesoftware. When it comes to integrating support for alternative currencies, this can be an option well worth exploring. Any forked versions of OpenBazaar may eventually have features ported to the main development branch over time, depending on how successful the implementation is.

It is good to see the OpenBazaar team acknowledge their project couldbenefit from integrating support for various othercryptocurrencies. Although the main focus will always be Bitcoin, there are plenty of other currencies thatcould be valuable additions to this protocol in the future. There is no plan to drop Bitcoin support altogether, but the developers do not seem satisfied with theway things standright now. That is notentirely surprising, but it couldhave major consequences for this decentralized marketplace project.

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Exante launches XAI, the world’s first altcoin fund – GlobeNewswire (press release)

August 24, 2017 04:01 ET | Source: XNT Limited

EXANTE, the European fintech firm that made history in 2012 by launching the world’s first Bitcoin hedge fund, is once again shaking up the investment industry. Today the Malta-headquartered company launched a dedicated altcoin index, XAI, which reflects the dynamics of the altcoin world (all cryptocurrencies minus Bitcoin). The XAI-Fund, which is available to EXANTE clients immediately, follows the index, to profit from the rise in prices of most altcoins in an easy safe and regulated way. The XAI index is made up of nearly all available popular alternative cryptocurrencies.

Anatoliy Knyazev, co-founder of EXANTE elaborated: ‘Just a couple of weeks ago we launched separate funds for Ripple, Ethereum. Monero, Zcash and Litecoin – which was a huge success. We did notice an additional demand from clients who don’t have the time or the technological means to deep-dive and analyze each currency separately – but do want to profit from the bullish altcoin markets. XAI is the solution to that problem.’

EXANTE clients can trade XAI fund shares are regular exchange traded instruments and they are accessible via the general trading platform. This platform gives traders direct access to more than 50 thousand financial products and nearly all financial markets. Trading in these products, is regulated by the MFSA and audited by KPMG, adding a layer of security normally missing from the unregulated cryptocurrency market.

Besides the aforementioned altcoins, the XAI-index also tracks Ethereum Classic. ‘We decided to leave out Bitcoin,’ said Knyazev, ‘since it has less fat left on its bone. Ripple and Monero, for example, nearly doubled in value recently. That’s what makes investing in the XAI fund so interesting and exciting.’

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About EXANTE: EXANTE is a European investment company established in 2011. Its headquarters are located in St Julian’s, Malta. EXANTE is licensed to provide financial services, including trading and investment. The company works with a wide range of products and services – from solutions for retail clients, to tailored offerings for institutional counterparts. Its full-scale trading tool is accessible from desktops, web browsers and mobile applications. EXANTE provides online trading access to over 50 markets worldwide. Clients can invest in more than 50.000 financial instruments. http://www.exante.eu

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