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During the past few decades, internet connectivity and technological advancement evolved rapidly to satisfy a large spectrum of the digital consumer crowd up to and including finance. The demand for online stock exchange, currency trading and investing has led to the development of thousands of online brokerage platforms and systems all over the globe. However, the lack of regulations when it comes to security and protection exposes the current online market with almost 90% of the platforms being unregulated. This environment attracts ‘scammers’ and creates unhealthy manipulative situations in the sphere, impacting both traders and companies that are involved in the digital markets. Here comes Serenity with an attempt to change that for good.

Serenity’s financial services promise to create an independent marketplace based on smart contracts, where trading records will be transparent and monitored by a blockchain based platform. Blockchain guarantees transparency and lack of affiliation in order to secure traders from misuse of their funds by centralized exchange markets.

In addition to a secure trading environment, Serenity will allow users to buy, sell and exchange CFDs, futures, cryptocurrencies and even shares for cryptocurrencies all in a decentralized fashion, recorded and monitored by the blockchain in order to avoid the possibility of counterfeiting.

Over the last decade, the online trading process has not changed at all. Forex based exchanges attract popularity due to the lack of regulations while at the same time putting traders’ funds at risk since most of these platforms are not transparent (as we have observed, they can influence their users’ actions, freeze their accounts or deny a withdraw request at any time). Only 10% of the online broker companies have a license to provide intermediary services in the financial sector due to the complicated and expensive procedure that can cost from $200,000 to several millions per company, a sum most are not willing to pay. Serenity plans to radically change that approach by creating a transparent regulatory system powered by the modern blockchain technologies.

The Token

The SRNT token, the native currency of the Serenity financial platform, will be used to purchase, sell, exchange and withdraw digital assets within the platform that will consist of a pool of brokers. After the token sale, the user is free to transfer their SRNT into external exchanges in order to trade them for possible pairs of digital assets which the platform might not support at the moment.

At the pre-ICO, the SRNT token will have a 50% discount and then a 40% to 10% discount during the public sale that will run until March 7.

According to a spokesman for the company, the total token supply will be 400,000,000 SRNT. Anything that will be left behind after the prementioned deadline will be burned. As for the circulating supply, it is not yet fixed and it will be composed after the token sale.

The spokesman tells us that 3% of the funding will be used for bounty rewards and 12% is reserved for the team. As for the rest, we must wait for further official announcements that will take place after the token sale.

Team

At first glance, we can already see a professional team with years of experience in the field. In  words, Serenity is not just another cryptocurrency platform made by GitHub coders.

Project co-founder Stanislav Vaneev is the CEO and founder of Grand Capital, an international level financial services company that has a monthly turnover of $6 billion USD and serves over 300,000 clients worldwide. Anton Vasin (co-founder & COO), has more than a decade of experience in the forex sphere and is also the head of risk hedging department. Denis Kulagin (CEO) is a marketing expert for multiple forex companies in China, Indonesia, Vietnam, and India. Vasiliy Alexeev (CTO) is the man behind UpTrader, a global provider of software for brokers. His ten years of experience are also focused on marketing and product development for various Forex companies.

The list goes on and from what we can see here, Serenity has a legit team with solid financial background and not just a ‘collage‘ of individuals that want to enter the blockchain game.

Verdict

In general, more than 6,000 brokers provide online exchange services using MetaTrader platforms. According to industry statistics, around 4 million traders use their platforms on a daily basis. As mentioned before, only a small percent of these companies are actually regulated and can guarantee a risk-free relationship.

Serenity is the first cryptocurrency focused exchange market that will be regulated and at the same time provide traders the ability to invest in broader options such as CFDs and futures.

Of course, regulations could mean that anonymity will be gone, which was the main reason people invested in cryptocurrencies in the first place. At the same time, this is important for professional traders who make a living out of official and licensed exchange markets. Don’t forget that regulations are unavoidable and they are necessary to establish a trusted relationship between governmental institutions and the crypto sphere.

Risks

  • Taking a look at the Serenity whitepaper can leave more questions than answers, as we had to personally seek assistance from the team in order to understand their token system and other core features. It is not an easy model to understand. -3
  • We still don’t know what 85% of the total funds will be used for and how the distribution benefits the investor or trader on an immediate scale. -3
  • Many new cryptocurrency-focused markets ‘pop up’ every couple of months, but none of them can actually compete with already established titans like Binance, Bitfinex, Bittrex etc. The Serenity team looks great but they will have to prove their unique approach with actual numbers before the end of the year. -1

Growth Opportunity

  • After multiple cases, including the recent DDOS attack on Binance and the attack on the Japanese exchange market Coincheck, a transparent and professional market is needed as soon as possible. This gives Serenitt a golden opportunity to make.a big difference. +4
  • Platforms like Bitfinex already set a minimum deposit of $10,000 USD for new accounts and it is most likely that more exchanges will follow with similar internally generated ‘rules’. If cryptocurrency platforms want to stay under the radar and have a nice flow with their respective governments, they will eventually have to be regulated. Serenity solves that issue from the outset. +3
  • Most online cryptocurrency exchange markets give you the option to exchange between several preset pairs of cryptocurrencies and only with other cryptocurrencies supported by each individual platform respectively. Serenity gives users the option to change their cryptocurrencies into fiat, CFDs or even futures all inside one platform. +4

Disposition

The Serenity team might have some good contacts in the forex scene and Mr. Vaneev’s own Grand Capital has already 300,000 active users that would possible join the new venture, but we must not underestimate “traditional” cryptocurrency markets like Binance which managed to raise 6 million active users in a matter of months.

Serenity can really be a revolutionary step in combining cryptocurrencies with traditionally regulated markets but we must not forget that people choose cryptocurrencies in order to avoid regulations and transparency.

A score of 4 out of 10 is reserved for Serenity, based on present facts.

Investment Details

  • Type: Crowdsale
  • Symbol: SRNT
  • Pre-Sale: Concluded
  • Public Sale: January 25th-March 7th, 2018
  • Payments Accepted: ETH (KYC Required)

Disclaimer: The writer has no position in Serenity at the time of writing.

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Ultrain Technology Limited is a cloud computing and smart contract platform with a programmable tech-infrastructure and multiple add-on features. Ultrain will function as an infrastructure for scalable decentralized applications (dApps), as well as provide trusted computational services to multiple sectors, such as retail, shared economy, logistics, financial services, healthcare, and media/entertainment.

The company will use a new random trusted consensus framework allowing the network to use only 1% of computing power to mint new coins, freeing up the remaining 99% to be used by applications. Ultrain will provide computing power for network management, AI, user-friendly smart contracts, high-performance trust computation, and blockchain IoT services.

This business ecosystem is comprised of multiple business organizations separated into three sectors:

  • The Technology Sector: infrastructure services integrated based on public blockchain, AI, and IoT.
  • The Horizontal Services Sector: organizations that provide decentralized business services, including decentralized insurance, decentralized banks, decentralized loan services, etc.
  • The Vertical Application Sector: decentralized application services that can be implemented in numerous industries such as finance, retail, scientific research and development, manufacturing, logistics, entertainment, pharmaceutical biochemistry, food, real estate, education, agriculture, etc.

Consensus features of Ultrain:

  • Completely decentralized architecture
  • Ultra-large-scale network cluster
  • Multi-terminal support
  • High-performance computing
  • Decentralization design

Token

UGAS is the utility token that will be used within the Ultrain economic system. UGAS will be required to pay for the use of the computing power and third-party service components on Ultrain. Also, all participating nodes are required to mortgage UGAS. UTokens on Ultrain, similar to ERC20 tokens on Ethereum, will be issued by each dApps running on the network. dApps will choose their own consensus mechanisms and token metrics.

The project has already raised $20 million during a seed round, during which 10% of the token supply was sold. Five percent of token supply is allocated for private/public sale scheduled for Q4 2018. The overall breakdown is as follows:

  • 50% Mining
  • 15% Core Team
  • 10% Foundation/Ecology
  • 10% Private Sale (Already completed)
  • 10% Consultant & Community Building
  • 5% Future Private/Public Sale

Team

The Ultrain team is impressive, bringing extensive experience from powerhouse companies such as Alibaba, Google, IBM, and Ant Financial. Their experience includes IT, finance, blockchain, business, management, computer programming, & software development.

Team members include:

Rui Guo – Ultrain Co-founder & CEO. Former Technical Director for Alibaba Group. Former Senior Architect for IBM

Husen Wang – Ultrain Chief Cryptologist. Former Blockchain Cryptography Expert for Ant Financial. Former Project Collaborator for Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)

Yufeng Shen – Ultrain Chief Architect. Former Senior Technical Expert for Alibaba Group. Former Senior Software Engineer for Google

Advisors include:

Dr. Keyu Jin – Tenured Professor at the London School of Economics. Board Member for the Richemont Group. Harvard University PhD

Luyu Yang – Co-founder of musical.ly. Former Product Management Director for eBaoTech Corporation. Co-Founder of Snowbird Consulting

Verdict

Using a completely decentralized public network with lower operating costs, higher operating efficiency, and innovations in cryptography, Ultrain aims to surpass traditional public blockchain platforms in performance and scalability with up to 20,000 tps. With a stellar team and strong financial backing, Ultrain could become a major player by 2019.

Risks

  • Even with an all-star team, competing with the likes of Ethereum, EOS, and NEO is no small task. -1
  • Token metrics are a major aspect which ico investors consider. Based on current information available, the total market cap valuation is $200 million which is rather high in the current market. -1
  • The hype factor for Ultrain, which carries weight in the current crypto market, isn’t considered high. However, it is currently growing and gaining momentum. -1

Growth Opportunity

  • Ultrain will release important R&D milestones and be the keynote speaker at SF Blockchain week in October to kick-start the developer community building for Ultrain. There are several products to be released: (1) Public testnet launching, (2) Permitted mainnet launching, (3) Zero knowledge proof demo, and (4) Multiple DApps demo on chain. +3
  • Unitopia lab, a Blockchain research lab of the well-known Chinese video game developer Electronic Soul, announced a strategic partnership with Ultrain. Together, they will aim to establish a presence in this new market and make Blockchain video games a household product. +3
  • DApps will be able to use their own consensus mechanism or choose PoW, PoS, DPoS, POA, and RPOS. +2
  • Ultrain has an extensive list of investing partners including Draper Dragon, FBG Capitol, KuCoin, and Bixon. +2

Disposition

While Ultrain hasn’t gotten as much attention as some hyped up ico’s, this could work out in favor of investors who see an opportunity of an excellent project that’s been flying under the radar. The team and advisors are solid, they have a partnership with Unitopia lab, and they have the backing of numerous VC firms. All things considered, Ultrain receives a 7 out of 10 rating.

Investment Details

  • Type: Utility
  • Symbol: UGAS
  • Price: 1 UGAS = $0.20 USD
  • Total Supply: 1,000,000,000 UGAS
  • Private Sale: 10% of tokens (Completed)
  • Future Private/Public Sales: 5% (Q4 2018)

For more information regarding Ultrain:

Website: http://www.ultrain.io
Telegram: https://t.me/ultrainchain
Twitter: https://twitter.com/UltrainB
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ultraincommunity/
Medium: https://medium.com/@ultrainchain

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ICO Analysis: Hedge

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When you buy your first cryptocurrency and start trading between pairs, usually you do in accordance with what you have heard from other people or your own research. Thinking that some project is truly good, you expect to make some gains. Yet it is always hard to have an estimation for “some gains”. Unexperienced traders usually get greedy, expecting more profit. This usually ends up with not taking profits and losing some of your investment. More experienced traders sometimes set prices to sell some or all of their tokens, taking profits and moving forward. This way of trading is basically predicting a price to sell cryptocurrencies: If you make a good prediction, then you sell at the peak. If not, either you are not able to sell as the price did not go up as much as you have predicted, or it keeps rising up which would be still a good trade.

Hedge is a platform allowing seasoned traders to sell their predictions. They create Blueprints with the predicted information in the form of a smart contract. They are required to stake HEDG tokens which can be seen as a measure of security, disincentivizing these investors’ spamming Blueprints. Platform users obtain these Blueprints in return for HEDG tokens.

A decentralized oracle then checks whether the prediction is true or false. If true, the predictor gets all staked coins. If not, the predictor loses his or her staked coins and the platform user gets his or her token back. Blueprint creators are ranked in terms of their success rates, streaks and so on. By checking creator’s rank, platform users can buy blueprints from more successful creators. Once you feel confident in your trading skills and predictions, you can create and sell Blueprints yourself on Hedge as well.

Yet a dispute over almost anything is possible. A platform user or a Blueprint creator can create a dispute about the result of his or her prediction. In this case, the disputer has to stake more coins and highly-ranked users decide whether the prediction is, in fact, true or false. If a person is false about his or her dispute, he loses these additionally staked coins as well. All this process, from the creation of a Blueprint to the dispute’s result, is conducted in a decentralized manner.

Token

HEDG tokens are used for the creation of Blueprints, buying these Blueprints and creating disputes. The staking mechanism, a quite common defense mechanism, ensures that spamming Blueprints is not financially viable for the attacker.

As tokens at any sale stage are sold $0.02, the ICO investor does not have much to worry regarding any huge bonus for private investors and so on. 90% of the hard-cap is already sold which is a good reason to think that the project has met interest to some acceptable degree and meeting the hard cap should not be hard.

The initial total supply of HEDG is 1 billion tokens with the following token distribution:

  1. 50% private and public tokens
  2. 10% seed round
  3. 20% team
  4. 12% partnerships and community
  5. 3% advisors
  6. 5% company

Team, partnership and community, and advisor tokens are locked for 36 months, 12 months and 12 months respectively. Once the lock-up period ends, tokens will be released in monthly installments.

There is no information on how the team is planning to use the token sale proceeds at the moment.

Team

CEO David Waslen: Prior to co-founding Chrysalis Capital Advisors Inc., Waslen was the director of finance at Handy, an application to book home services.

Allan Redman: Redman is a senior software developer at Siemens Canada. Before joining Siemens, he was a senior .Net developer at Schneider Electric.

Verdict

Below is a breakdown of the risks and growth potential of Hedge.

Risks

  • No advisors are listed as of September 15th. (-1)
  • In the absence of social media channels such as Reddit and Telegram, it is hard to gauge the community interest in the project. (-1)
  • A more complex prediction system instead of a true/false one could create more interest and diversity. (-1.5)

Growth Potential

  • The project has already met 90% of its hard cap in prior rounds and should not have trouble to hit the cap. (+2)
  • Prediction market cryptocurrency projects tend to do well in terms of return on investment. (+2)
  • Such a taking mechanism is a common, yet a good way to defend against spam attacks. (+1.5)
  • Low hard cap. (+1.5)

Disposition

Hedge is a very simple, yet elegant prediction market cryptocurrency project. It enables seasoned investors to sell their predictions and less experienced traders to buy them with HEDG tokens. Even the adoption of a small community is sufficient for the project to work, which is quite likely as it has already raised 90% of its hard cap, precisely $9,000,000. On the other hand, from the perspective of an ICO investor, it is hard to gauge any potential return on investment as the absence of social media channels makes it extremely hard to gauge the community interest in the project. Implemented staking mechanism defends the platform against spam attacks and gives platform users a reason to use tokens. Investors might think that a binary prediction system isn’t ideal vs. a more sophisticated one. Hedge receives a 3.5/10.

Investment Details

  • Type: ERC20 – Utility
  • Symbol: HEDG
  • Platform: Ethereum
  • Crowdsale: October 17th
  • Minimum Investment: Unspecified
  • Price: $0.02
  • Hard Cap: $10,000,000
  • Payments Accepted: Unspecified
  • Restricted from Participating: Unspecified

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The mortgage market is one of the biggest financial markets in the world. The market in the United States is around $10 trillion dollars, but the worldwide figure of $33 trillion is even more impressive. Yet getting a mortgage is not easy as risk-averse institutions do not have business with many viable candidates. Even if institutions at a smaller scale and private lenders want to get their piece of the pie, they are having a hard time to find a place in the market and meet entry barriers.

Block66 is a mortgage blockchain platform aiming to connect these two sides of lenders and borrowers. By using this platform, credible people whose applications are denied by the mainstream mortgage market now can borrow funds from lenders. It should be also noted that a mortgage application takes forty to forty-five days in the United States and the most of this period is spent on bureaucratic issues. At the end of this period, many people’s applications are rejected, and their precious time is just wasted.

But now thanks to smart contracts and the blockchain technology, this inefficient and stressful process of loaning and borrowing money can be conducted in a way much easier and faster. Having no access to any bank account or geographical boundaries is not an issue as long as you find a borrower or a lender, depending on which side of the trade you are. Any document can be automatically checked, thus no bureaucratic baggage. Truly Block66, the world’s first blockchain enabled mortgage lending network, can do it all in a highly transparent and efficient way.

Token

The Block66 platform uses two different tokens. The first one, Block66 Token (B66), is the main currency of the network. The second one, Block66 Network Tokens (BNET), is produced by B66 tokens, quite similar to NEO-GAS pair. BNET tokens shall be used for actions which take place in the network such as covering third-party KYC costs and modifying the proof of loan tokens. This currency generation mechanism brings another incentive to hold B66 tokens. As no currency other than BNET can be used for these actions, we can say that BNET is the fuel of the Block66 platform. Any BNET used for in-platform actions will be burned, thus decreasing the supply and increasing the demand per token.

The ICO investor should note that in the pre-sale round still going on, contributors are offered a discount of 33%, making the price $0.07 per token.

The initial total supply of B66 is 300,000,000 tokens with the following token distribution:

  1. 9% advisors and bug bounty
  2. 40% reserve
  3. 16.6% presale
  4. 34.4% main sale

The team is planning to use the token sale proceeds as follows.

  1. 15% operations
  2. 30% business development
  3. 40% engineering
  4. 15% marketing

Team

CEO John Markham: Markham is a mortgage agent at Mortgage Intelligence, a mortgage broker company located in Ontario, Canada.

Vishal Karangutkar: Prior to joining Block66 as a solidity developer, Karanguthar has worked as a principal engineer at Fidelity Investments and as a senior system engineer at Merrill Lynch.

Advisors

Shingo Lavine: Lavine is the founder and CEO at Ethos.

Hakim Thompson: Thompson was the vice-president at Goldman Sachs’ Mortgages & Structured Products division before joining Behalf, an alternative financial provider for small to medium-sized businesses, as the director of finance.

Rob Beswick: Beswick is the chief commercial officer at Virgin Mobile.

Maurice Herlihy: Herlihy is a professor of computer science at Brown University and an advisor to Ethos and Algorand.

Partners

Bounty0x: Bounty0x is a blockchain platform built on the 0x protocol, allowing people and companies to run bounty programs.

Civic: Civic is a blockchain project which creates tools for identity protection and control.

Verdict

Below is a breakdown of the risks and growth potential of Block66.

Risks

  • MVP will be launched Q1’ 2019. (-1.5)
  • Cryptocurrencies’ volatility is quite a big problem for lending platforms. (-1.5)

Growth Potential

  • Due to the money lending market’s unrealistic standards and unfair restrictions, so many people’s demands are rejected. Once projects like Block66 earn these people’s trust, this area will be definitely a hot one. (+2)
  • The presence of team members experienced in mortgage and real estate markets. (+2)
  • Fair token metrics. (+2)

Disposition

The mortgage market is one of the biggest financial markets in the world, but due to institutional lenders’ risk-averseness, many credible people and small companies are not able to get a loan even if there are smaller institutions and private lenders out there willing to make loans. Block66 is the first mortgage-focused lending and borrowing cryptocurrency project, aiming to break down this wall between these two sides. Although it is pretty much established between the cryptocurrency community that lending platforms provide an important use-case, the expected success is not met so far. Block66 has a fair shot at relative success by having team members experienced in mortgage loans and real estate. Yet, since MVP will not be released until next year, it is too early to tell. Block66 receives a 3/10.

Investment Details

  • Type: ERC20 – Utility
  • Symbol: B66
  • Platform: Ethereum
  • Crowdsale: Unspecified
  • Minimum Investment: Unspecified
  • Price: $0.10
  • Hard Cap: $12,285,000
  • Payments Accepted: Unspecified
  • Restricted from Participating: Unspecified

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