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Can anyone explain in depth the fees trading forex cfd with trading 212
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The real cost of T212 CFD trades

Can someone explain to an idiot (me) how the cost of a trade of CFD, whether it be Forex, oil, crypto etc, is calculated in terms of how much money is required per trade?
This is all in a practice account, I just enjoy playing with it.
For example the price of Ethereum on T212 is currently around the $311 mark. If I take out the highest quantity of 500, what is the calculation of how much this costs me? I've done so, and the blocked funds in my account are around £6000. I just can't get my head round where £6000 is calculated from 500 units of $311??
Many thanks!
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Things you need to know about MT5

Things you need to know about MT5
If you have been involved in online trading for some time, chances are you have used the MT5 software.
Even if you are new to online trading, I am sure you have heard about MT5 from more experienced traders in your network.
But the platform isn’t just popular for no reason. Both traders and brokers find it useful because:
  1. It has impressive functionalities that you can’t get on any other platform
  2. It is openly available to all brokers and traders.
However, that is not all there is to MT5. So this post will be looking at some exciting things about MetaTrader 5, including:
  • Its features
  • The types of account it offers
  • Basic terms every professional trader should know
Before we delve into highlighting the features, let’s look at what MetaTrader 5 really is.
So what is MT5?
MetaTrader is a multi-asset platform that offers traders the tools to trade forex, stocks, and futures.
The first version of the software, MT4, was created in 2005 by MetaQuotes Software Corporation. The second version, MT5, was released in 2010 to offer more functionalities and better trading experience to users and brokers.
With the history out of the way, let’s look at the features that make MT5 the software of choice for most brokers and traders.
5 features of MT5 that make it the market leader
  • Multi-asset trading platform
  • Automated trades to test trading strategies
  • Automated bots by experts
  • Hedging and netting allowed
  • 21 time-frames — from minutes to years
The 3 types of MT5 accounts available on Deriv.com
One of the things that have made MT5 very popular is its open-source nature. This has allowed different brokers to integrate it into their respective trading platform.
But at Deriv.com, we didn’t just integrate MT5 into our platform.
We blended the powerful functionalities of the MT5 with our experience as pioneers in the online trading industry and we call it — DMT5 an all-in-one forex and CFD trading platform.
When you trade with DMT5, you have the option to choose from three different account types, each designed to appeal to traders with varying styles of trading and experience.
The three account types are explained in the images below.

Types of DMT5 account

DMT5 Accounts
It is worthy to note that synthetic indices are only available to Deriv.com traders and can be traded even on weekends.
Another point to note is that while Deriv.com created the synthetic indices algorithm, the market mimics the real-world financial market.
Lastly, let’s look at some of the terms that you should know if you want to succeed in online trading.
Basic terms every professional trader should know
1. Leverage
Leverage gives you the ability to trade a larger position using your existing capital.
2. Order execution
There are two types of order execution: instant execution and market execution.
Instant execution places your order at the price available at that time. Requotes are possible only if the price fluctuates by a lot before the execution of the order is completed.
Market execution allows you to place an order at the broker’s price. The price is agreed upon in advance, there are no requotes.
3. Spread
A ‘spread’ is the difference between the buy and sell prices. A fixed spread is subject to changes at the company’s absolute discretion, whereas a variable spread means that the spread is constantly changing. A fixed spread is not affected by market conditions, a variable spread depends on market conditions.
4. Commission
Brokers usually charge a commission for each trade that is placed. Deriv.com, however, charges no commission across all account types, except cryptocurrencies.
5. Margin call
Your account is placed under margin call when the funds in your account are unable to cover the leverage or margin requirement. To prevent a margin call from escalating to a stop out level, close any open positions, or deposit additional funds into your account.
6. Stop out level
Your account will reach the stop out level where it will be unable to sustain any open positions if it has been under margin call for an extended period of time. This will lead to all pending orders being canceled and open positions being closed forcibly (also known as “forced liquidation”).
7. Cryptocurrency trading
Indicates the availability of cryptocurrency trading on a particular account.
These are the basic things you should know about MT5. If you are new to online trading, we highly recommend you read the following posts:
https://medium.com/@derivdotcom/things-you-need-to-know-about-mt5-961b2665a4fb
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Which type of account do I need?

I’m trying to open a broker account with IG and I’m not sure which type account is right for me. This is between spread betting, CFD and share dealing. I’m looking to use metatrader 4 to trade forex and anything else that takes my fancy. If anyone can explain this to me I’d be really appreciative.
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Shorting Bitcoin led to my investment loss of about 1.5 million Euro within months. Entire family inheritance reserved for a special project to benefit humanity is ruined.

I signed up in March 2017 with IG Markets to open several CFD and stock trading accounts through a London based introducing broker. Not realizing that I have just made the biggest mistake of my life, I started trading with Forex and shares. Mr. Justin from the introducing broker guided me on how to trade with IG web-based platform. He requested to constantly monitor my trading accounts. Whenever I need help, he was always available to give assistance. I developed trust that he cared about my success. I was doing average with my trading and not taking risks.
Through active trading on a CFD account and gradual injection of inherited funds from my family bank brokerage accounts, my portfolio grew to about 400k within few months. I was confident that my trading strategy of holding on to positions to earn interests or dividends whenever market turn against me will be better than cutting out positions with losses. I wanted to invest short term or long term to take profits only or leave positions till losses turn to profits. I did not want to just speculate but I carefully traded with instruments that earned me interest or dividends. At this point, Mr Justin from the introducing broker took more interest in my trading and offered to visit me in Vienna. His reason was to help install L2 Dealer, a downloadable DMA platform for advanced traders. I found it very strange and felt uncomfortable that he will be flying from London to Vienna just for that. Not wanting to be impolite, I met him at Vienna airport and took him to the apartment where I worked day trading. He told me he is married with an Austrian and they have a grown-up boy. This removed my initial doubts and I developed trust and likeness after few hours together. After several unsuccessful attempts to download and install the L2 dealer on my computer, he called a technician at IG for assistance. The person instructed him to install a program on my computer that will enable him to control the L2 dealer installation from UK. After the installation was complete, Mr. Justin showed me how it works but I found it complicated unlike the web-based platform. I drove him to the airport and we kept good contact. Few days later, he sent me an email to trade with Bitcoin. I have heard of Bitcoin from friends and I was not interested since I knew very little about it. After few days of not reacting to his suggestion to trade with Bitcoin, he called me and convinced me that I should look at it with claim that the price action is fantastic. Out of politeness and trusting that he wanted my good, I checked IG Bitcoin product details, trading conditions and margin requirements which was at 12.5% in May 2017 for retail clients. I took a position which I closed same day with good profit. I was impressed and started reading everything I could find online about Bitcoin. It was few weeks before Bitcoin Cash fork.
Two major factors that led to my losses:
  1. BITCOIN FORK CONDITIONS: Statement concerning fork conditions for holders of Bitcoin was not on IG website prior to the fork. I never came across it on any of several crypto websites (Cointelegraph, Coindesk etc.) I was reading for information. Without this vital information and believing the fork shall translate to reduction of value for Bitcoin, I held several short Bitcoin positions through the fork which led to being credited with negative Bitcoin Cash positions by IG Markets. Worldwide Bitcoin communities, fans, longtime followers and enthusiasts were aware that holders of Bitcoin will be credited with free positive Bitcoin Cash after the fork. These much experienced insiders accumulated and built up positive Bitcoin positions to earn equivalent free Bitcoin Cash. Resulting short squeeze in combination with much hype and other forks drove Bitcoin price to about 20,000 USD. My trading strategy of never wanting to cut out positions at losses was playing out to be wrong. At the same time, I was convinced that the price was either being manipulated or being artificially driven up by large players that were somehow able to communicate with each other behind the scenes. I believed the price must reverse hard at a certain point. With this believe in mind, I kept pumping in more funds to secure my positions. It was at this point that a second factor I had not known or reckoned with was applied against me.
  2. TIERED MARGIN: During the run up of Bitcoin, IG had been gradually increasing Bitcoin margin requirement till it eventually reached 100%. Margin requirement was also increased on Forex and stock positions I was holding. Up to that point, I was not aware of tiered margin and the accompanying rights IG had reserved for themselves through the signup terms. As margin increase was gradually being applied on my opened positions, I was covering with hundreds of thousands of Euro in constant stress to save my positions. I sold stocks on family brokerage accounts and pumped the money to IG. My trading account exploded to over one million Euro. Slowly realizing by December 2017 that something was not right, I finally found out about the tiered margins and the negative effects it was having on my CFD trading account. Mr. Justin and IG explained the rule (which I found very unfair) that IG reserve rights to increase margin on opened positions till 100% while charging and keeping up expensive CFD financing costs. I ended up financing the instruments 100% while being charged full financing costs for positions I opened at 12.5% margin. In my own opinion and conclusion which I communicated, IG was employing these and several other methods to trade against me, to force me into giving up my positions at losses when Bitcoin reversal was imminent or obvious. Accepting my fate, I finally stopped pumping money to IG, closed the positions and ended up with about 1.5 million Euro in losses.
I am broken, devastated and sad. Who are the players behind last year Bitcoin run up? Is it possible that exchanges, brokerages and big players were combining to manipulate last year events that caused Bitcoin run up? Can government regulators be of assistance in case of foul play?
I need helpful advice and comments.
D. John
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Bitstamp works with leading online banking in Switzerland to achieve bitcoin (BTC) financing and withdrawals——GoDapp

Bitstamp works with leading online banking in Switzerland to achieve bitcoin (BTC) financing and withdrawals——GoDapp
Bitstamp works with Dukascopy Bank to provide encrypted funds to bank customers. The bank is Switzerland's leading online bank, and its customers can now send Bitcoin (BTC) to their accounts to convert cryptocurrencies into US dollars, which they can use to trade on the Swiss foreign exchange market. Dukascopy customers can also withdraw funds back to their wallets in the form of BTC. Bitstamp will facilitate the exchange of legal and cryptocurrencies.

The Bitstamp team explained in the announcement why this partnership is the key to moving forward for cryptocurrency.

This partnership has taken us one step closer to the goal of narrowing the gap between cryptocurrency and traditional finance. Further proof that our efforts in compliance and regulation continue to yield results as the cryptocurrency industry matures rapidly.

The Geneva-based Dukascopy Bank offers traditional banking services as well as cryptocurrency trading services, forex and binary options trading to retail and institutional investors through CFDs. The bank explained that trading account financing using cryptocurrencies is subject to the following conditions:

Deposits and withdrawals from trading accounts currently only accept bitcoin
After transferring the BTC, the bank immediately converts it into US dollars and deposits it in the customer account.
At the time of withdrawal, the dollar amount from the customer's account is converted to BTC and transferred to the Bitcoin wallet associated with the user's account.
The base legal currency is the US dollar
The maximum net deposit that can be deposited is $50,000 (total deposit minus total amount drawn)
Bitcoin deposits are not processed immediately. Therefore, the trader must accept the possibility of loss due to changes in the BTC / USD exchange rate during the conversion period.
BTC deposits and withdrawals are only processed within the working day associated with the Canton of Geneva, Switzerland
As mentioned earlier, Dukascopy does not provide direct transactions for cryptocurrencies. Bank customers can conduct cryptocurrency transactions through CFDs (CFDs) based on price movements of cryptocurrencies or their derivatives.

——www.GoDapp.com

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CRYPTOCURRENCY BITCOIN

CRYPTOCURRENCY BITCOIN
Bitcoin Table of contents expand: 1. What is Bitcoin? 2. Understanding Bitcoin 3. How Bitcoin Works 4. What's a Bitcoin Worth? 5. How Bitcoin Began 6. Who Invented Bitcoin? 7. Before Satoshi 8. Why Is Satoshi Anonymous? 9. The Suspects 10. Can Satoshi's Identity Be Proven? 11. Receiving Bitcoins As Payment 12. Working For Bitcoins 13. Bitcoin From Interest Payments 14. Bitcoins From Gambling 15. Investing in Bitcoins 16. Risks of Bitcoin Investing 17. Bitcoin Regulatory Risk 18. Security Risk of Bitcoins 19. Insurance Risk 20. Risk of Bitcoin Fraud 21. Market Risk 22. Bitcoin's Tax Risk What is Bitcoin?
Bitcoin is a digital currency created in January 2009. It follows the ideas set out in a white paper by the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto, whose true identity is yet to be verified. Bitcoin offers the promise of lower transaction fees than traditional online payment mechanisms and is operated by a decentralized authority, unlike government-issued currencies.
There are no physical bitcoins, only balances kept on a public ledger in the cloud, that – along with all Bitcoin transactions – is verified by a massive amount of computing power. Bitcoins are not issued or backed by any banks or governments, nor are individual bitcoins valuable as a commodity. Despite it not being legal tender, Bitcoin charts high on popularity, and has triggered the launch of other virtual currencies collectively referred to as Altcoins.
Understanding Bitcoin Bitcoin is a type of cryptocurrency: Balances are kept using public and private "keys," which are long strings of numbers and letters linked through the mathematical encryption algorithm that was used to create them. The public key (comparable to a bank account number) serves as the address which is published to the world and to which others may send bitcoins. The private key (comparable to an ATM PIN) is meant to be a guarded secret and only used to authorize Bitcoin transmissions. Style notes: According to the official Bitcoin Foundation, the word "Bitcoin" is capitalized in the context of referring to the entity or concept, whereas "bitcoin" is written in the lower case when referring to a quantity of the currency (e.g. "I traded 20 bitcoin") or the units themselves. The plural form can be either "bitcoin" or "bitcoins."
How Bitcoin Works Bitcoin is one of the first digital currencies to use peer-to-peer technology to facilitate instant payments. The independent individuals and companies who own the governing computing power and participate in the Bitcoin network, also known as "miners," are motivated by rewards (the release of new bitcoin) and transaction fees paid in bitcoin. These miners can be thought of as the decentralized authority enforcing the credibility of the Bitcoin network. New bitcoin is being released to the miners at a fixed, but periodically declining rate, such that the total supply of bitcoins approaches 21 million. One bitcoin is divisible to eight decimal places (100 millionths of one bitcoin), and this smallest unit is referred to as a Satoshi. If necessary, and if the participating miners accept the change, Bitcoin could eventually be made divisible to even more decimal places. Bitcoin mining is the process through which bitcoins are released to come into circulation. Basically, it involves solving a computationally difficult puzzle to discover a new block, which is added to the blockchain and receiving a reward in the form of a few bitcoins. The block reward was 50 new bitcoins in 2009; it decreases every four years. As more and more bitcoins are created, the difficulty of the mining process – that is, the amount of computing power involved – increases. The mining difficulty began at 1.0 with Bitcoin's debut back in 2009; at the end of the year, it was only 1.18. As of February 2019, the mining difficulty is over 6.06 billion. Once, an ordinary desktop computer sufficed for the mining process; now, to combat the difficulty level, miners must use faster hardware like Application-Specific Integrated Circuits (ASIC), more advanced processing units like Graphic Processing Units (GPUs), etc.
What's a Bitcoin Worth? In 2017 alone, the price of Bitcoin rose from a little under $1,000 at the beginning of the year to close to $19,000, ending the year more than 1,400% higher. Bitcoin's price is also quite dependent on the size of its mining network since the larger the network is, the more difficult – and thus more costly – it is to produce new bitcoins. As a result, the price of bitcoin has to increase as its cost of production also rises. The Bitcoin mining network's aggregate power has more than tripled over the past twelve months.
How Bitcoin Began
Aug. 18, 2008: The domain name bitcoin.org is registered. Today, at least, this domain is "WhoisGuard Protected," meaning the identity of the person who registered it is not public information.
Oct. 31, 2008: Someone using the name Satoshi Nakamoto makes an announcement on The Cryptography Mailing list at metzdowd.com: "I've been working on a new electronic cash system that's fully peer-to-peer, with no trusted third party. The paper is available at http://www.bitcoin.org/bitcoin.pdf." This link leads to the now-famous white paper published on bitcoin.org entitled "Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System." This paper would become the Magna Carta for how Bitcoin operates today.
Jan. 3, 2009: The first Bitcoin block is mined, Block 0. This is also known as the "genesis block" and contains the text: "The Times 03/Jan/2009 Chancellor on brink of second bailout for banks," perhaps as proof that the block was mined on or after that date, and perhaps also as relevant political commentary.
Jan. 8, 2009: The first version of the Bitcoin software is announced on The Cryptography Mailing list.
Jan. 9, 2009: Block 1 is mined, and Bitcoin mining commences in earnest.
Who Invented Bitcoin?
No one knows. Not conclusively, at any rate. Satoshi Nakamoto is the name associated with the person or group of people who released the original Bitcoin white paper in 2008 and worked on the original Bitcoin software that was released in 2009. The Bitcoin protocol requires users to enter a birthday upon signup, and we know that an individual named Satoshi Nakamoto registered and put down April 5 as a birth date. And that's about it.
Before Satoshi
Though it is tempting to believe the media's spin that Satoshi Nakamoto is a solitary, quixotic genius who created Bitcoin out of thin air, such innovations do not happen in a vacuum. All major scientific discoveries, no matter how original-seeming, were built on previously existing research. There are precursors to Bitcoin: Adam Back’s Hashcash, invented in 1997, and subsequently Wei Dai’s b-money, Nick Szabo’s bit gold and Hal Finney’s Reusable Proof of Work. The Bitcoin white paper itself cites Hashcash and b-money, as well as various other works spanning several research fields.
Why Is Satoshi Anonymous?
There are two primary motivations for keeping Bitcoin's inventor keeping his or her or their identity secret. One is privacy. As Bitcoin has gained in popularity – becoming something of a worldwide phenomenon – Satoshi Nakamoto would likely garner a lot of attention from the media and from governments.
The other reason is safety. Looking at 2009 alone, 32,489 blocks were mined; at the then-reward rate of 50 BTC per block, the total payout in 2009 was 1,624,500 BTC, which at today’s prices is over $900 million. One may conclude that only Satoshi and perhaps a few other people were mining through 2009 and that they possess a majority of that $900 million worth of BTC. Someone in possession of that much BTC could become a target of criminals, especially since bitcoins are less like stocks and more like cash, where the private keys needed to authorize spending could be printed out and literally kept under a mattress. While it's likely the inventor of Bitcoin would take precautions to make any extortion-induced transfers traceable, remaining anonymous is a good way for Satoshi to limit exposure.
The Suspects
Numerous people have been suggested as possible Satoshi Nakamoto by major media outlets. Oct. 10, 2011, The New Yorker published an article speculating that Nakamoto might be Irish cryptography student Michael Clear or economic sociologist Vili Lehdonvirta. A day later, Fast Company suggested that Nakamoto could be a group of three people – Neal King, Vladimir Oksman and Charles Bry – who together appear on a patent related to secure communications that were filed two months before bitcoin.org was registered. A Vice article published in May 2013 added more suspects to the list, including Gavin Andresen, the Bitcoin project’s lead developer; Jed McCaleb, co-founder of now-defunct Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox; and famed Japanese mathematician Shinichi Mochizuki.
In December 2013, Techcrunch published an interview with researcher Skye Grey who claimed textual analysis of published writings shows a link between Satoshi and bit-gold creator Nick Szabo. And perhaps most famously, in March 2014, Newsweek ran a cover article claiming that Satoshi is actually an individual named Satoshi Nakamoto – a 64-year-old Japanese-American engineer living in California. The list of suspects is long, and all the individuals deny being Satoshi.
Can Satoshi's Identity Be Proven?
It would seem even early collaborators on the project don’t have verifiable proof of Satoshi’s identity. To reveal conclusively who Satoshi Nakamoto is, a definitive link would need to be made between his/her activity with Bitcoin and his/her identity. That could come in the form of linking the party behind the domain registration of bitcoin.org, email and forum accounts used by Satoshi Nakamoto, or ownership of some portion of the earliest mined bitcoins. Even though the bitcoins Satoshi likely possesses are traceable on the blockchain, it seems he/she has yet to cash them out in a way that reveals his/her identity. If Satoshi were to move his/her bitcoins to an exchange today, this might attract attention, but it seems unlikely that a well-funded and successful exchange would betray a customer's privacy.
Receiving Bitcoins As Payment
Bitcoins can be accepted as a means of payment for products sold or services provided. If you have a brick and mortar store, just display a sign saying “Bitcoin Accepted Here” and many of your customers may well take you up on it; the transactions can be handled with the requisite hardware terminal or wallet address through QR codes and touch screen apps. An online business can easily accept bitcoins by just adding this payment option to the others it offers, like credit cards, PayPal, etc. Online payments will require a Bitcoin merchant tool (an external processor like Coinbase or BitPay).
Working For Bitcoins
Those who are self-employed can get paid for a job in bitcoins. There are several websites/job boards which are dedicated to the digital currency:
Work For Bitcoin brings together work seekers and prospective employers through its websiteCoinality features jobs – freelance, part-time and full-time – that offer payment in bitcoins, as well as Dogecoin and LitecoinJobs4Bitcoins, part of reddit.comBitGigs
Bitcoin From Interest Payments
Another interesting way (literally) to earn bitcoins is by lending them out and being repaid in the currency. Lending can take three forms – direct lending to someone you know; through a website which facilitates peer-to-peer transactions, pairing borrowers and lenders; or depositing bitcoins in a virtual bank that offers a certain interest rate for Bitcoin accounts. Some such sites are Bitbond, BitLendingClub, and BTCjam. Obviously, you should do due diligence on any third-party site.
Bitcoins From Gambling
It’s possible to play at casinos that cater to Bitcoin aficionados, with options like online lotteries, jackpots, spread betting, and other games. Of course, the pros and cons and risks that apply to any sort of gambling and betting endeavors are in force here too.
Investing in Bitcoins
There are many Bitcoin supporters who believe that digital currency is the future. Those who endorse it are of the view that it facilitates a much faster, no-fee payment system for transactions across the globe. Although it is not itself any backed by any government or central bank, bitcoin can be exchanged for traditional currencies; in fact, its exchange rate against the dollar attracts potential investors and traders interested in currency plays. Indeed, one of the primary reasons for the growth of digital currencies like Bitcoin is that they can act as an alternative to national fiat money and traditional commodities like gold.
In March 2014, the IRS stated that all virtual currencies, including bitcoins, would be taxed as property rather than currency. Gains or losses from bitcoins held as capital will be realized as capital gains or losses, while bitcoins held as inventory will incur ordinary gains or losses.
Like any other asset, the principle of buying low and selling high applies to bitcoins. The most popular way of amassing the currency is through buying on a Bitcoin exchange, but there are many other ways to earn and own bitcoins. Here are a few options which Bitcoin enthusiasts can explore.
Risks of Bitcoin Investing
Though Bitcoin was not designed as a normal equity investment (no shares have been issued), some speculative investors were drawn to the digital money after it appreciated rapidly in May 2011 and again in November 2013. Thus, many people purchase bitcoin for its investment value rather than as a medium of exchange.
However, their lack of guaranteed value and digital nature means the purchase and use of bitcoins carries several inherent risks. Many investor alerts have been issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and other agencies.
The concept of a virtual currency is still novel and, compared to traditional investments, Bitcoin doesn't have much of a long-term track record or history of credibility to back it. With their increasing use, bitcoins are becoming less experimental every day, of course; still, after eight years, they (like all digital currencies) remain in a development phase, still evolving. "It is pretty much the highest-risk, highest-return investment that you can possibly make,” says Barry Silbert, CEO of Digital Currency Group, which builds and invests in Bitcoin and blockchain companies.
Bitcoin Regulatory Risk
Investing money into Bitcoin in any of its many guises is not for the risk-averse. Bitcoins are a rival to government currency and may be used for black market transactions, money laundering, illegal activities or tax evasion. As a result, governments may seek to regulate, restrict or ban the use and sale of bitcoins, and some already have. Others are coming up with various rules. For example, in 2015, the New York State Department of Financial Services finalized regulations that would require companies dealing with the buy, sell, transfer or storage of bitcoins to record the identity of customers, have a compliance officer and maintain capital reserves. The transactions worth $10,000 or more will have to be recorded and reported.
Although more agencies will follow suit, issuing rules and guidelines, the lack of uniform regulations about bitcoins (and other virtual currency) raises questions over their longevity, liquidity, and universality.
Security Risk of Bitcoins
Bitcoin exchanges are entirely digital and, as with any virtual system, are at risk from hackers, malware and operational glitches. If a thief gains access to a Bitcoin owner's computer hard drive and steals his private encryption key, he could transfer the stolen Bitcoins to another account. (Users can prevent this only if bitcoins are stored on a computer which is not connected to the internet, or else by choosing to use a paper wallet – printing out the Bitcoin private keys and addresses, and not keeping them on a computer at all.) Hackers can also target Bitcoin exchanges, gaining access to thousands of accounts and digital wallets where bitcoins are stored. One especially notorious hacking incident took place in 2014, when Mt. Gox, a Bitcoin exchange in Japan, was forced to close down after millions of dollars worth of bitcoins were stolen.
This is particularly problematic once you remember that all Bitcoin transactions are permanent and irreversible. It's like dealing with cash: Any transaction carried out with bitcoins can only be reversed if the person who has received them refunds them. There is no third party or a payment processor, as in the case of a debit or credit card – hence, no source of protection or appeal if there is a problem.
Insurance Risk
Some investments are insured through the Securities Investor Protection Corporation. Normal bank accounts are insured through the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) up to a certain amount depending on the jurisdiction. Bitcoin exchanges and Bitcoin accounts are not insured by any type of federal or government program.
Risk of Bitcoin Fraud
While Bitcoin uses private key encryption to verify owners and register transactions, fraudsters and scammers may attempt to sell false bitcoins. For instance, in July 2013, the SEC brought legal action against an operator of a Bitcoin-related Ponzi scheme.
Market Risk
Like with any investment, Bitcoin values can fluctuate. Indeed, the value of the currency has seen wild swings in price over its short existence. Subject to high volume buying and selling on exchanges, it has a high sensitivity to “news." According to the CFPB, the price of bitcoins fell by 61% in a single day in 2013, while the one-day price drop in 2014 has been as big as 80%.
If fewer people begin to accept Bitcoin as a currency, these digital units may lose value and could become worthless. There is already plenty of competition, and though Bitcoin has a huge lead over the other 100-odd digital currencies that have sprung up, thanks to its brand recognition and venture capital money, a technological break-through in the form of a better virtual coin is always a threat.
Bitcoin's Tax Risk
As bitcoin is ineligible to be included in any tax-advantaged retirement accounts, there are no good, legal options to shield investments from taxation.
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The richest man in the world lost $ 7 billion in a day

The richest man in the world lost $ 7 billion in a day
Amazon founder CEO Jeff Bezos has lost nearly $ 7 billion due to a fall in the company's stock following a third-quarter results report, according to CNBC.
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The corporation's report said that Amazon's operating income declined to $ 3.2 billion over the same period in 2018 when it was $ 3.7 billion. Besides, the company's net profit fell to $ 2.1 billion against $ 2.9 billion for the same reporting period in 2018.
The main reason for Amazon's weak performance was the increase in costs of free one-day delivery to Prime customers. The company explained that it is investing heavily in logistics and service infrastructure.
Back in the previous quarter, Amazon indicated that it spent "a little more" than it intended to work on this project. It was about $ 800 million. The company did not disclose how much it spent on the project in the third quarter. Still, financial director Brian Olsavsky said that Amazon plans to allocate $ 1.5 billion in the fourth quarter.
After the release of the report, the value of the company's securities decreased by 9%, which is why, according to CNBC, Bezos lost $ 6.9 billion. Subsequently, Amazon's stock price rose to $ 1.76 thousand apiece but later fell again.
If Amazon shares continue to fall in price, Bezos could lose the status of the richest man in the world and give up first place in the list of billionaires Bloomberg Billionaire Index to Microsoft founder Bill Gates, the channel notes.
In early October, Forbes reported that the fortune of the head of Amazon after a divorce from his wife fell by $ 46 billion compared to last year, to $ 114 billion. With the divorce, Mackenzie Bezos received about 19.7 million shares of Amazon, which allowed her to get on the list of the wealthiest people in the world. Now she takes the 21st line there with $ 35.8 billion.
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High-Frequency Trading Explained | COLIBRI TRADER

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High-Frequency Trading Explained | COLIBRI TRADER Disclaimer: Any Advice or information on this website is General Advice Only - It does not take into account your personal circumstances, please do not trade or invest based solely on this information. By Viewing any material or using the information within this site you agree that this is general education material and you will not hold any person or entity responsible for loss or damages resulting from the content or general advice provided here by Colibri Trader Ltd, its employees, directors or fellow members. Futures, FOREX, CFDs, and spot currency trading have large potential rewards, but also large potential risk. You must be aware of the risks and be willing to accept them in order to invest in the futures, FOREX and CFDs markets. Don't trade with money you can't afford to lose. This website is neither a solicitation nor an offer to Buy/Sell futures, spot forex, cfd's, options or other financial products. No representation is be.....
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Cryptocurrency markets challenges and solutions

This has been bugging me for a while so thank you for endulging my rambling. TL;DR at the end.
I'd like for everyone to just think about what we're trying to do here. Don't forget what the ultimate goal is. Anyone remember? Is it to make a profit? No, that's a secondary goal. The primary goal is to develop widespread adoption of cryptocurrency as an alternative to fiat currency. Anyone remember this lofty goal or did we all forget this while chasing 30% daily price swings. We're trying to complete with USD, GBP, EUR, and CNY, remember?
This is EUR vs. USD. You'll note that this is all data (or click on "All" button on the bottom), going back to 1993 through today. What do you notice? You'll notice an open of $1.22 to €1. After a few months, it fell about 10%, then rose up 24% over the next two years only to drop about 40% over seven years and then almost doubling over eight years only to drop about a third in the last ten years to where it is today - almost where we were 25 years ago (approximately).
This is BTC vs. USD. You'll note that this is all data going back to 2011. During the last seven years it has... oh my God are you kidding me?! This is LTC vs. USD.
Let's not forget what we're talking about. We're talking about currency. For currency to be used, it needs to be relatively stable. Now compare the charts above. Let's say we created a new country called Cryptonia. Which of these would you like to use as currency? EUR? BTC? LTC? My money is on EUR. Why? Because it's relatively stable.
Now let's fast forward a bit and pretend that Cryptonia has adopted Litecoin as its official currency. Our largest trading partner is the US. How would transactions between merchants work in this scenario, taking into account the last few days. I'll use the following prices:
Let's run through a transaction:
1/16
1/17
1/18:
Conclusion:
This works both ways as far as you can do the math in USD vs. LTC to see how this screws over at least one party due to the wild price swings. Note: fiat currency does the same thing with one key difference explained later on.
Don't forget that this is all within 3 days. Now sure, obviously the last few days isn't something that happens every day ... but doesn't it? Look at the examples of EUR:USD. Any sharp spikes or drops have taken months to execute - enough time for relative prices to adjust. Look at cryptocurrency prices - the swings (from a percentage basis) are wild on a regular basis. In short, cryptocurrency isn't acting like currency. It's acting like an asset and not just an asset but a highly speculative one. The IRS is right to treat it like an asset because if it looks like an asset, and it acts like an asset, then it is an asset.
Where do I believe this should go? I believe cryptocurrency market needs to mature. I believe these drastic price swings need to stop. When will this happen? I believe it'll happen when the cryptocurrency market reaches a happy plateau where the market cap has reached a point where the buyers and sellers mostly eliminate one another and the relatively large price swings - from a percent point of view - are as boring as Mr. Stein. EUR vs. USD went up 0.03% today. 0.03%. In LTC-speek, that's going up $0.58 for the whole day. Oh and it was a wild ride too. Why it went all the way down to $1.21697 and all the way up to 1.22645. I know, I know - tie me down because I'm out of control.
Is this the only problem? No. Cryptocurrency has another problem and that's the sheer number of types of coins available. How many coins are available? 1,448. Nearly 1,500 coins all competing with each other for market share. We have Bitcoin at about $200b all the way to something like Digital Money Bits (DMB, an appropriate acronym). What is it? Who cares, it's worth $3,832. Not $3.832 billion or million but literally $3,832 with a volume of $35,509 today and hey, just this June, its market cap reached an all time high of $62,000! You missed the recent run-up though and boy did you miss it. On January 1st, its market cap was worth almost five hundred dollars! Yep, about two Litecoins! But look at it now - it went from $500 market cap to $3,832 in less than three weeks. Clearly this one is shooting to the moon.
This is a problem. Decentralization has an unfortunate side effect of - duh - nobody being in charge. There's no real clearance for these and some people with a little bit of money can literally copy and paste a whitepaper and have this chart and have a serious valuation of almost $17b from $140 million in literally 30 days. This doesn't act like a currency either. This is a problem.
Don't forget, this isn't like the dot-com era. We're not launching IPO's and .com companies that have different ideas. Amazon isn't like Ebay, or Google, or Yahoo, or Facebook or anything else. They all have different ideas for different segments of the population. We are in the cryptocurrency market. The world today has 180 fiat currencies. Cryptocurrency market is approaching 1,500. We need to trim the fat and the outright forgeries. Market cap isn't enough to weed them out. There needs to be something, a stabilizing force, that should act as a clearinghouse for launch of new cryptocurrencies. The market has failed to destroy shitcoins. Heck, it rewarded them based on lies, paid endorsements, FOMO, and FUD for other coins. This doesn't help the cryptocurrency market. It helps a few people get really wealthy really quickly and you are left holding the bag, so to speak. Should coins only be allowed to be introduced when its network reaches a certain hash rate? Isn't that the only objective point of value we have - number of mathematical calculations and power used in those calculations? You can't fake that.
What's another problem with cryptocurrency? It's what it represents. The governments don't see crypto as a positive force. After all, it directly competes with their own currencies. Can the governments shut this down? No - this is the Internet, after all. But they can kill it in other ways. I don't know how many people here remember but my first brush with Bitcoin was the ransomware viruses which wanted $300 in Bitcoin to unlock files. Bitcoin was seen as something tied to illegal activities. If governments - and let's say the US, South Korea, and China in particular - ban Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in particular then what they'll really do is make transactions illegal. What's the on-ramp and off-ramp to/from crypto? The banks which are already regulated. Now let's say you're in the US, your bank account is tied to your Coinbase account and you have some cryptocurrency. US issues a regulation which states that trading cryptocurrency is now illegal. It issues orders to all US banks to shut down related accounts. The following things will happen: cryptocurrency prices will tank and everyone is going to scramble taking money out which would likely overload the system, causing massive delays.
But let's say you're left holding your crypto and it's been a month. What can you do with it? Not much. Crypto isn't accepted in enough places yet. You can continue holding, hoping the price and ability to extract will come back one day. After all, you can't get your money back. Your bank closed your related account. You can open another one at any new bank but they'll either ban you from connecting your account to Coinbase or they'll confiscate any money coming from Coinbase and charge you with a crime. Now have the governments banned crypto? No - you can use and trade crypto all you want since it can't be traced. But have they effectively? Yes. Ironically, it's the banks that'll save us and I think that's why Ripple blew up. After all, if you have a cryptocurrency that sucks the bank's [censored] and plays along, you can get:
I think that's why something like Ripple blew up - because it doesn't care much about regular people, it wants to be the speedy highway for bank<->bank transfers.
What's a solution to this problem? More regulation and playing nice with the governments. Crypto isn't going mainstream if you shut out all governments. It needs to be connected. This means working with regulators to make sure that KYC laws are followed, that people report and pay money on any gains, and that - to a point - there's some supervision and tracing of transactions in a way that if you're robbed, you can get your money back. This will create a new job field, which - considering our current growth - will create a whole slew of high-paying white-collar jobs. Considering the high-level of transactions, banks would start this, followed by private companies, governments, and law-enforcement agencies. A good way to start this is what CBOE and CME have started to do - legitimize the currency. This is a foot in the door to the real holy grail: FOREX markets. When it's legitimized and not in serious competition with governments, it'll be embraced and its availability - along with instant transfers and low fees - will be widely supported by serious platforms.
Until these problems are fixed, the cryptocurrency market will remain what it is today: a speculative asset and not a currency. During the time it's taken me to write this post, Litecoin has gone up 2.6%. Euro remains at 0.03% gain.
Thanks for reading!
TL;DR
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How to Get Benefit With Trading Triangles

How to Get Benefit With Trading Triangles

Trading Triangles
Triangles are one of the price action concepts of the chart. Triangles can reveal us many things about the market scenario, momentum shifts and the balance between bulls and bears. Triangles are made by uniting two trend lines where one is resistance and another is a bullish or bearish line. Every trend line comprises two or more than two prices thus, upper and lower trend lines necessitate at least two or more points in price.There are three diverse types of triangles and which are explained below
  1. Symmetrical Triangle
  2. Ascending Triangle
  3. Descending Triangle
Symmetrical Triangle
In this triangle, the upper trend line is leaning downward, and the lower trend line is inclined upward at the same angle. The connection between these two trend lines is called “Apex” whereas the base is away from the first high point and first low point.

Symmetrical Triangle
This pattern is bullish in an uptrend as it shows the high possibility of the continuation of the current uptrend. In reverse, this pattern indicates a high possibility of continuation of the downtrend too. The potential price fluctuation can be calculated by the tallness of the base. This is assumed that the breakout of symmetrical triangles usually happens in the direction of the trend. The probability of success is, therefore, greater when we think of symmetrical triangles as being a continuation pattern of forex prices or derivatives prices.
Ascending Triangle
In this triangle, the upper trend line must be horizontal, and the lower trend line should be upward inclined. The horizontal upper trend line of such pattern specifies the resistance which is stopping the price from going further up but the upward slanting lower trend line voices us about the occurrence of an uptrend.

Ascending Triangle
These kind of patterns are bullish and normally found in an up-trending market. It has an apex point and a base. The minimum price movement is equal to the height of the base from the breakout point same as similar triangle patterns.
Descending Triangle
In this triangle, the upper trend line should be downward tending and lower trend line must be horizontal. The horizontal lower trend line of such pattern stipulates a support line and this support line is preventing the price from going more down. However, the upward inclined lower trend line displays the manifestation of a downtrend.

Descending Triangle
These triangle patterns are bearish in nature and typically originate in a downward market. It also has an apex and a base point. The smallest price fluctuation is equal to the height of the base from the breakout point.Triangle breaks out patterns are very popular among most of the trader regardless of the forex, commodity or stock markets. Their best use may lead to winning the trade however their confirmation is required before placing the orders.
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Trading 212 - yay or nay?

I have seen a couple of posts on here re Trading212, but they don't seem to address the concerns that I have. It is a very attractive option due to no commission, zero spread pairs, etc., but having done some extra research online it seems that they have a business model that effectively amounts to a scam with a pretty platform.
I have been using their free platform for a couple of months and have been doing well. About doubled my money, but I would be far more risk-averse with real cash. All-in-all i've had no issues with their practice account service.
However, I am seeing A LOT of reviews saying that they employ a dirty tactic - when a currency pair, CFD, or equity (or, in this case, a crypto) goes bullish, they suspend trading so that people cannot take their money, and wait for the value to drop again before re-opening (i imagine the opposite is also true when the majority of traders sell short). Even take-profits/stop-losses don't kick in. They do not explain why they suspend trading and it looks like people have lost huge amounts of money because of this dirty tactic. This is all reinforced by the below reviews.
I also see that there are a lot of positive reviews, but I worry that these people simply have not suffered from this tactic yet.
All in all, it seems like it might be too risky to go ahead with them for me (unless somebody can explain why the above has happened). It seems as though they have spent big money on advertisement to pull novices in, and then use dirty tactics to make it v difficult to turn over a profit. I wonder if this is even legal, I have tried to look up FCA complaints about T212 but cannot find anything. If anybody has recommendations for other trading platforms, please let me know (I have my eyes on DeZiro)!
Review 1 Review 2
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Question: What is '1broker'? Which one of these? MM vs STP vs ECN (ECN/DMA)

Here is an useful link explaining the terms:
https://www.100forexbrokers.com/ecn-vs-dma-vs-stp-vs-mm
ECN - Electronic Communication Network
DMA - Direct Market Access
STP - Straight Through Processing
MM - Market Maker
Also, another good link to familiarize with the terms and the situations: http://www.abundancetradinggroup.com/what-is-the-difference-between-market-makers-vs-ecn-vs-stp-brokers/
The answer to this question, will solve the answer to this question: https://www.reddit.com/1Brokecomments/7z2vyy/where_is_the_money_coming_from/
An ECN broker could also offer positive swaps on forex, and also cfd index adjustments, which are dividents on cfd's, just like dividents on stocks:
https://www.dukascopy.com/swiss/english/cfd/cfd-dividend-adjustment/
Hopefully the broker is an ECN model.
Please answer here. A response from 1broker team would be most welcome.
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HOW TO FIND RELIABLE FOREX BROKER

Over the past decade Forex trading has gained high popularity and this has its natural impact on the creation and development of hundreds of brokerage companies. Therefore, to make a right decision and start to collaborate with the broker you find exactly suitable for you is quite difficult. Each of those brokers tries to work out certain methods and new approaches of trading to attract you making you its regular and constant client. In order to avoid nightmares and stressful situations, we’ll help you understand and appreciate the features a reliable broker should possess.
In your research, you will find Forex and CFD brokers that are highly reputable and well regulated and those that are in the red and try to hide their debts from clients and investors. Now would you agree that a considerably long time should be devoted to finding a reliable business partner that will support your trading aspirations? Before starting to trade and putting your money into practice, take your time to find a broker, which you can absolutely trust.
Firstly, you can choose at least three brokers whom you think to be appropriate and estimate each of their potential findings out whether they meet your requirements or not. After that, you focus your attention on one candidate you can start by depositing a little sum of money and open small trading positions. Never hurry and make immediate decisions. Note that you can always find better trading opportunities.
What is the most important factor? Surely, whatever you should consider is to have your fund invested in safe hands. There exist four factors you should examine to be sure your money is secured: Location, Regulation, Reputation, and Funding.
Location
If your broker is located in some major country with well-developed financial regulation, you can feel secure that even if problems arise the legal infrastructure can often help you recover your funds. Be sure to check the company location at least twice even if the address mentioned seems to be reputable. Note that it’s a daunting task to protect your legal rights in a foreign country.
Regulation
The broker’s regulation is also of vital importance. This is the second signal of security. Cooperating with a broker who has failed to register with a regulatory agency does not guarantee that your trading funds are safe.
Reputation
Another point not less important is the reputation of broker. You can follow the comments and reviews about different brokers. The clients of this or that broker may have written about their own experience, difficulties or problems e.g. in withdrawing their funds. If you see evidence of such problems do not waste your time on working with such company. Find the one that is free of complaints and provides its clients with high-quality service.
Funding
Reliable broker should be well funded, have financial security, as you can feel your fund secure. You can find information about this on the company’s website tabs like ”About us”. When dealing with a broker safety and soundness are key factors.
Once you have chosen your broker and started trading it’s not late to become sure whether you work with an adequate broker.
You should draw your attention to the following features:
  1. Always check whether you can trade on Demo account. If the company doesn’t provide you with this service do not even think about opening an account and continuing the partnership.
2.Understand and analyze the trading platform. Make sure that the terminal is visually pleasing, easy to use and offers a wide range of analysis tools.
3.Good forex brokers are in regular contact with their clients. They should call their clients not only in case if any problems but also to inquire about their trade in general. They should discuss with you the overall finances at least twice a year. And usually if you do not hear from your broker once a month, it’s high time you found another advisor. Similarly, if you have sent a request to your broker and haven’t got a reply within a few hours or within a day, you better find an alternate broker.
4.They should keep you informed of any news in the market, give advice and explain the pros and cons of each transaction. Ask all the questions you are interested in: How much leverage can you take? What is the commission? How low are the spreads? If you do not get any satisfactory reply just find another advisor.
Conclusion
A good broker isn’t something to be easily found; nevertheless, it is not something celestial as well. Try your hand and enjoy the benefits of your work, conversely, you will also appear among those traders who complain from trading conditions.
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(Early Macro Monday) Blackbox trading and the moment the global market vanished.

Warning: There's a bit of conjecture involved in this topic.
'Blackbox' trading, or Algorithmic trading is one of the least well understood and largest facets of, in particular, the FOREX market. HFT (high-frequency trading) accounts for a staggering 70% of all orders executed. Many of these orders sit at the other end of CFD platforms, they exist to take up the other end of the trade and levee a tiny commission.
As you should know, the currency market is by far the most traded, the top pairs like EUUSD, GBP/USD, USD/JPY are pushed back and forth in high volume on the floors of Goldman, J.P. Morgan and Citi (to name a few) and move billions in this market, part of the essential function of keeping currencies liquid. What many don't realise is this system is probably the most pervasive in the modern financial market. Lets look at a quick hierarchy of how firms interact with buysiders and where the algorithms (and Quants) fit.
Top dogs: The big 10 banks. GS, MS, Citi and the others are the alpha predators. Exchanges: NYSE, NASDAQ, JEG. The exchanges are a gateway between the groups. The feeding ground. Quants: These are the firms which develop and run the algorithms Buysiders: Vanguard, Pension funds, superannuation funds. This group is the lunch. Independent traders: Generally options day traders of CFD users. Lower than an amoeba in the chain. 
The algorithms mediate the other end of each trade, the best way to picture this ecosystem is as an aquatic food chain. Make no mistake, the buyside cap management investors (Pen funds, Vanguard, etc) are the defenseless free lunch. Every trade they place gets slapped with multiple commission cuts: Broker fees, other-side fees (taken by the algorithm for holding a position in the intermediary time between the sell and the buy) then on the reverse trade. For those who don't understand how this works exactly: Inst. traders trade in large volume over the phone to inst. brokers. The brokers buy/sell and take a commission, the Quants take another commission. Then when the market makes a move the brokers take another commission, as do the Quants.
It gets interesting when you appreciate the largest investment banks actually own the majority of the Quant firms, pour tens of billions into developing more complex algorithms and faster networks between their server farms. In addition many banks have brokerage firms as a part of their operations, such as BoA (with ML) and Credit Suisse. Without coming off as too cynical, the severe danger that comes with this one-sided ecosystem is banks have been known to dump and buy colossal quantities of any currency they fancy in less than a tenth of a second, massively destabilizing the currency itself. Equities are small-fry compared with the profit potential of literally manufacturing volatility.
Events such as the 2010 'flashcrash' highlight how detached the Blackbox system has become. $860billion USD evaporated in approximately 8 seconds as conditions mutated into a complete mathematical anomaly and, there's no way not to be dramatic about this, the market vanished. A vanishing market means there are no buyers on the other side of the sellers. The entire market, for ~8 seconds, was selling. This might not sound like such a dangerous situation but remember that in order for a market to be liquid, and stable, you need one end to take up the deal from the other (at any price). Imagine for a moment FB stock went into a freefall to assumed zero and every sentiment metric said 100% sellers. This does not mean every action is a sell action, it just means every action taken by a trading algorithm is a buy action. In other words, the blackbox market is buying 100% of the sold shares. Now imagine for a moment even the algorithms had decided it was not possible to take up any end of the trade. The result is a complete and utter illiquidity in the stock. It would be pandemonium. This did indeed happen, in 2010, only it wasn't localised to one company, rather it was everything: Currencies, Equities, Commodities, Bonds, Interest Swaps.
How does this help you? I believe awareness is the best asset for a trader. The automated ecosystem has many implications, it also explains who takes up the other end of trades. I've had many questions of the topic in the last couple of years and it's not an easy one to explain. Essentially the Vanguard mutual funds, pen funds, estate funds and any other private cap management firm is recognised as the "dumb money" for this reason. They're the only significant entities outside the system and always end up losing more than those on the inside.
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Log of AMA with coindash - @alon (Alon) CEO from CoinDash.io

boldninja Let us all give a warm welcome to @alon (Alon) CEO from CoinDash.io. AMA can begin, give him some time to catch on with questions and answers.
bangomatic :clapping:
alon Hi Everyone!
jakethepanda :clapping:
tranzer hi @alon
alon Great to be here!
arigard All this BTC shit is just a storm in a teacup anyway
jakethepanda Hey @alon
dr10 Welcome
tranzer @alon how does coindash compare to Iconomi and their user-based funds you'll be able to invest / copy?
jakethepanda On top of that question, include Melonport.
5eb6o Sorry as I said I am drunk.. and I welcome everyone.. but why coindash? I mean isn't it pretty close to dash coin... or I am missing something... why not something unique
joelafc LOL
darius sup alon
welcome to the thunderdome
alon Hi, i think Melonport and ICONOMI are more of an investment instrument.. they provide a tool for people to invest in crypto assets. We are more focused on answering what peopel whould invest in and when. For that end we also intend to integrate with both of them because there is a good chance they will become a good investment instrument
tranzer are there any partnership plans already in the making with them?
dr10 So its more like a Follow Trader platform, where you do the moves that successful traders do?
alon @tranzer i can't comment on that for the next 24H :slightly_smiling_face:
ben123 Got it
alon @dr10 social trading is a great means for reducing friction for inexperienced and new traders, making crytpo trading more accessible
jakethepanda Can you briefly explain how the coin fits in to the platform?
darius ^ this
dr10 Is Coindash its own blockchain or based ontop of another?
boldninja Where do CoinDash tokens come in play? I mean where will they play a role, like paying someone subscription for private portfolio c/p or tipping or something different?
jake beat me to it :smile:
ben123 I think that's what I read about them
alon @jakethepanda we see it as fuel for using various features on the platform. If you follow someone and copy his investments you will pay a fee for that ... that fee is payed with the CDT token
@dr10 we connect to the various blockchains/ exchanges
ben123 How will you be able to compete against enigma? It's similar to your concept and they seem very promising.
tranzer When will the copy and paste functionality be introduced into your dashboard, product?
dr10 so you are your own blockchain? didnt get that
alon @tranzer we are expected to release copy-ICO towards the end of the year... until then we will work hard on the dashboard and other investor exploration (we will be rolling versions fairly fast once every 2-3 weeks)
@dr10 we are not
darius So the platform need it’s own token to tip someone? Sounds like you coulda built an app without it’s own token tbh.
its*
tranzer Are you in the talks with any of the exchange yet? Probably we'll see you on Bittrex correct?
alon not tip but reward top investors who get followed.. also the followers get financial benefit from that so its natural they will pay for it
@tranzer yes we in talks with some exchanges
jakethepanda The beta currently only allows for a link to an ETH address. Will be able to link say an ARK address, eventually?
darius Do you mean top investors are rewarded by the platform with your token? How would that work, is that based off how long they hold a top position?
alon @jakethepanda we already integrated various blockcahins and exchanges.. we will start rolling them soon
numba1enigma How do risk adjusted returns fitinto all this
alon @darius they are rewarded by the people following them as fees.
@numba1enigma that an important indicator to understand how your portfolio performs against the market. This will roll out soon alongside other indicators
darius Oh so this is taking private paid advise discords/slacks and putting them all on a platform.
Clever
numba1enigma Tell me what a sharp ratio is?
alon @darius imagine you can see the performances of the bet traders in the space, follow them and copy their investments... this is what social trading is
numba1enigma The following and payment mechanism in terms of sharp ratios
Roi of two managera without sharp ratio considerations is worthless
tranzer There is bonus in first week - 30% how will that be awarded will first week deposits count for example if you invest 1 ETH count as 1.3 ETH?
jakethepanda On top of @numba1enigma question, what kind of risk analytics will be on the platform?
alon first day is 30%... you will get immediatley 30% additional tokens
numba1enigma Byw the way iconomi and co foundit didn't know what a sharp ratio was until two months ago
alon @numba1enigma i'm not sure i follow... various indicators effect the performance and risk level of the investors. Risk adjusted returns could very much reflect how truly profitable that investor is and lets you decide how much risk you want to take by following him
darius Who are your competitors? I know there’s a platform that does this but I can’t think of their name for the life of me
alon @darius you probably are talking about eToro maybe?
numba1enigma You should take a look at markov analytic tools to bucket mutual fund returnes to rank performance
It would be helpful to you
ben123 Enigma ico is coming out in August and they seem to be a competitor also.
tranzer How many users are there already using your platform currently? How much joining lately on daily base?
jakethepanda How does fiat integration figure into the platform? Trading directly from the platform will be available?
alon @tranzer we opened the beta 11 days ago. Now we have 2.5K users with 200-250 added daily
@jakethepanda thats something we are interested in but will come in a later change. It fits very well in our mission to make crypto trading more accessible to the public
darius https://1broker.com/?c=en/home 1broker.com 1Broker.com - Bitcoin Forex & CFD Trading 1Broker connects Bitcoin with global markets. Trade forex, stocks, commodities, indices and cryptocurrencies on our minimalist platform.
That’s the one i saw a couple twitter guys say they were on
https://1broker.com/?c=en/content/copy-trader 1broker.com Copy Trader - Social Trading - 1Broker (2kB)
ben123 Seems interesting
jakethepanda I noticed that RSk is one of your partners. Will CDT also be on Rootstock?
alon We did a POC integration with RSK with the CoinDash platform a few months ago... more will be announced in the coming month (very interesting stuff)
jakethepanda Interesting
tranzer alon would you consider something like that with Ark as well? Seems like a nice fit.
alon @tranzer definitely!
jakethepanda I noticed there isn't anyone on the team with a quant finance background. Who is developing the risk/performance analytics?
alon you should learn more about Adam and Ram.. both with a lot of experience in finance (Adam opened eToro's offices in Shanghai). Most the team has years of experience in crypto trading as well
tranzer will you be able to leverage coindash coins against some investors and use other coins to trade if that makes sense?
jakethepanda Since many people in crypto are new to trading and investing will there be tutorials and investment education tools? Based on questions noobs ask they need this. (edited)
jarunik I still don't really get how adding the coin to the mix brings any advantage compared to other social trading platforms. What do I miss?
alon yes there will be tutorials and mostly beautifully made UX/ UI
tranzer how are tokens going to be saved? Will this be centralized? I mean in order to copy someone you'll need to move coins within platform no?
alon the CoinDash Token enable us to fund our activity and create an amazing community around the product who have a huge incentive to help (in our case the investors are also the end users). We tie the token to the platform so its success is also the success of the token.
so for the copy-ICO feature foe example we use smart contracts
alon uploaded and commented on this image: Pasted image at 2017_07_14 11_22 AM.png 1 Comment
BTW :slightly_smiling_face:
mike Nice looking announcement
jarunik You could just do that with a normal crowdfunding ... what incentives give the coins exactly ? (edited)
jakethepanda Will there be a mobile app?
alon yes
tranzer Where do you get current prices from CMC or have your own service?
jakethepanda The beta app doesn't seem very social. How will the future version of the app change to be more of a social platform? (edited)
alon from CryptoCompare curently
next step will be the ability to discover other investors and follow them
darius @jarunik This way they don’t have to go through VC’s to raise a $12 MM seed fund. Use the hype of ICO’s to raise it instead because people want to profit from their coin.
alon the dashboard is the data layer on top of which the social feature will come
tranzer so if 12m is raised in first day its over no additional time and some other weird rules like we have seen with few recent icos?
jakethepanda Can you discuss any of the partnerships on the web page? Antshares or Wings?
One concern I have is that whitelisted addresses are going to buy up the entire offering. Do you have any mechanisms in place to avoid this?
alon Wings we did the forecasting and used some of their tech. AntShares, Tony the CEO invested and is our advisor
jakethepanda Thanks
alon i don't think they will buy it all... its a way for us to say thank you to the people who supported us, its not a long list. 250 people list
jakethepanda You would be surprised how much money is floating around crypto. It only takes one or two whales in the 250.
darius lol
jakethepanda I can think of 10 people in crypto that can blow a big dent in that cap.
Just saying
alkar Can my profile be private if ever I don't want to share my portfolio
alon i am too but most of those people gave us huge help the past year... people who were our first social media users.. beta testers stuff like that
@alkar yes, it can be totally private
darius That’s promising
can you answer @tranzer’s question “so if 12m is raised in first day its over no additional time and some other weird rules like we have seen with few recent icos?”
alon no weird stuff... very simple ICO :slightly_smiling_face:
guys my phone might die any second so if i'm cut off its ebecause of that
tranzer that is good to hear, didn't like how some were handling recent icos, extending time, adding some last minute changes, ...
jakethepanda @alon The project looks amazing. I'm out of questions for now. I will get you in your slack if I think of more.
boldninja Any last questions for @alon as his battery might die out?
jarunik Do you have a battery bank? :smile:
jakethepanda I think it died
boldninja Can you sell battery bank energy back into the network? :thinking_face:
alon No dead yet ;)
jakethepanda One more question. Is that Warren Buffet on your web page?
On the product page.
alon Ahah might be a caricature(my fav investor)
jakethepanda Haha
Everyone can join coindash slack https://www.coindash.io/slack/
boldninja OK I think no more questions are coming - I'd like to thank alon for taking his time to do this AMA and I wish him a good and successful launch of ICO and product later on. Hope we'll be able to cooperate further down the line. You are always welcomed here at Ark.
darius Thank you! Good luck
jakethepanda Thanks @alon
tranzer thank you for answering my questions @alon - good luck!
alon Thank you guys! Hope to see you as users of our platform
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(Early Macro Monday) Blackbox trading and the moment the global market vanished.

Warning: There's a bit of conjecture involved in this topic.
'Blackbox' trading, or Algorithmic trading is one of the least well understood and largest facets of, in particular, the FOREX market. HFT (high-frequency trading) accounts for a staggering 70% of all orders executed. Many of these orders sit at the other end of CFD platforms, they exist to take up the other end of the trade and levee a tiny commission.
As you should know, the currency market is by far the most traded, the top pairs like EUUSD, GBP/USD, USD/JPY are pushed back and forth in high volume on the floors of Goldman, J.P. Morgan and Citi (to name a few) and move billions in this market, part of the essential function of keeping currencies liquid. What many don't realise is this system is probably the most pervasive in the modern financial market. Lets look at a quick hierarchy of how firms interact with buysiders and where the algorithms (and Quants) fit.
Top dogs: The big 10 banks. GS, MS, Citi and the others are the alpha predators. Exchanges: NYSE, NASDAQ, JEG. The exchanges are a gateway between the groups. The feeding ground. Quants: These are the firms which develop and run the algorithms Buysiders: Vanguard, Pension funds, superannuation funds. This group is the lunch. Independent traders: Generally options day traders or CFD users. Lower than an amoeba in the chain. 
The algorithms mediate the other end of each trade, the best way to picture this ecosystem is as an aquatic food chain. Make no mistake, the buyside cap management investors (Pen funds, Vanguard, etc) are the defenseless free lunch. Every trade they place gets slapped with multiple commission cuts: Broker fees, other-side fees (taken by the algorithm for holding a position in the intermediary time between the sell and the buy) then on the reverse trade. For those who don't understand how this works exactly: Inst. traders trade in large volume over the phone to inst. brokers. The brokers buy/sell and take a commission, the Quants take another commission. Then when the market makes a move the brokers take another commission, as do the Quants.
It gets interesting when you appreciate the largest investment banks actually own the majority of the Quant firms, pour tens of billions into developing more complex algorithms and faster networks between their server farms. In addition many banks have brokerage firms as a part of their operations, such as BoA (with ML) and Credit Suisse. Without coming off as too cynical, the severe danger that comes with this one-sided ecosystem is banks have been known to dump and buy colossal quantities of any currency they fancy in less than a tenth of a second, massively destabilizing the currency itself. Equities are small-fry compared with the profit potential of literally manufacturing volatility.
Events such as the 2010 'flashcrash' highlight how detached the Blackbox system has become. $860billion USD evaporated in approximately 8 seconds as conditions mutated into a complete mathematical anomaly and, there's no way not to be dramatic about this, the market vanished. A vanishing market means there are no buyers on the other side of the sellers. The entire market, for ~8 seconds, was selling. This might not sound like such a dangerous situation but remember that in order for a market to be liquid, and stable, you need one end to take up the deal from the other (at any price). Imagine for a moment FB stock went into a freefall to assumed zero and every sentiment metric said 100% sellers. This does not mean every action is a sell action, it just means every action taken by a trading algorithm is a buy action. In other words, the blackbox market is buying 100% of the sold shares. Now imagine for a moment even the algorithms had decided it was not possible to take up any end of the trade. The result is a complete and utter illiquidity in the stock. It would be pandemonium. This did indeed happen, in 2010, only it wasn't localised to one company, rather it was everything: Currencies, Equities, Commodities, Bonds, Interest Swaps.
How does this help you? I believe awareness is the best asset for a trader. The automated ecosystem has many implications, it also explains who takes up the other end of trades. I've had many questions of the topic in the last couple of years and it's not an easy one to explain. Essentially the Vanguard mutual funds, pen funds, estate funds and any other private cap management firm is recognised as the "dumb money" for this reason. They're the only significant entities outside the system and always end up losing more than those on the inside. Yet another reason investing is a sub for plums.
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