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What’s in a Cryptocurrency Exchange?



Let’s have a look at the various cryptocurrency exchanges, starting with a new one that was brought to our attention which was funded through an ICO, Binance. For this review, we’ll stick to exchanges that are mainly focused on crypto-to-crypto trading, as opposed to exchanges like Bitfinex and Coinbase which are focused on the dollar and Euro market.

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I made a video of myself setting up an account at Binance:

As you can see, they don’t yet have a lot of pairs at Binance, and one of the primary ones they want people to trade is the BNB token, which they created to launch the exchange. That token doesn’t appear to be trading much elsewhere. The benefit of the BNB token is that exchange fees can be paid in it, but only at this exchange.

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Poloniex is both the golden eagle and the s*** bird of the cryptocurrency exchange world. They frequently have mass user problems, and if it weren’t for the size of the exchange, it seems that people would largely take their business elsewhere. The author cautions against ever leaving any real value there, as they are a powder keg of issues. Anyway, as you can see, they have a lot of pairs, as well as margin lending and trading.


HitBTC is new to this author, and wow, he is impressed. This exchange offers almost as many pairs as Poloniex, has an extremely professional interface, and in general offers all the same things that Poloniex does. Poloniex and HitBTC both have a withdrawal fee of .001 BTC, which is around $4 at current prices.


C-Cex lists a lot of coins that you won’t find elsewhere. Their interface is poor, their support is worse, and their fiat markets are generally wildly off kilter. Nevertheless, C-Cex is good for certain coins that have a high barrier to entry elsewhere. Wherever there is a valuable, there should be a market, and until decentralized solutions are in everyday usage, we’ll have to tolerate offerings like CryptoCurrencyExchange.


Bittrex has been around since the first altcoin boom, and they continue to offer many of the major altcoin pairs, as well as newer pairs and pairs with USDT. They are one of the better altcoin exchanges.


Founded by former Microsoft engineers, Bleutrade really seems to be behind the times. For instance, they do not even list NEO.


At this point, the author leans toward HitBTC as the best place to trade altcoins. If Binance offers a lot more trading pairs, then they could be an interesting alternative since they don’t force one to pay fiat or BTC for fees, but currently you’re not going to get enough action there to justify the commitment of funds.

What do you think? Are there other altcoin exchanges worth checking out? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. Nox

    August 15, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Good information, good conclusions.

    I would like to see the same article but with exchange of dollars and euros. For me the big piece of the cake is the fall of Bitcoin, so I am not interested in these exchange although I like to be informed and even use it in order to buy a hard currency to buy.

    Thank you!

  2. letusallunite

    August 16, 2017 at 12:06 am

    I’m confused. Where are Kraken and Bitstamp, just to name a couple of obvious examples?
    Why does the author refer to himself as “this author”?

    • Tarik

      August 16, 2017 at 2:13 pm

      not considered those tradicional exchanges trading fiat, but crypto-to-crypto only

  3. ericlflau

    August 16, 2017 at 5:24 am

  4. Equinox

    August 16, 2017 at 8:24 am

    I just recommend the author to mention that there is a referral affiliate/link used at HITBTC which makes puts things more into perspective for the reader.
    For the rest a great overview. I do agree on Poloniex however once you get used to the interface, it is a great platform.
    Concerning technical charting tools and security wise Kraken is one of the best exchanges. They do not offer a lot of pairs, but if you are in the majors, that’s a good place to trade and program you trades.

    • cryptomill

      August 16, 2017 at 10:21 am

      @Equinox Kraken is my go to exchange for FIAT conversion out of crypto but it has a lot of performance issues during high volatility. I have had many trades bounce due to API errors or load issues on their side. Really frustrating to have to try a trade many times and watch it fail as the market crashes… Boo Kraken you are a great platform but lacks consistency

  5. cirrus147

    August 16, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Would love to see some comment to explain how and when to trade pairs, for example I am just realising on Kraken that when you look at the Bitcoin/EURO and Bitcoin/UKPound pairs, you get a different view of volume, sell demand and buy demand, so it can affect decisions I am pretty new to this and subscribe to Hacked to learn… getting a lot of analysis and opinion here, but still struggling to learn….

  6. Tarik

    August 16, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    HitBTC deals ICO IOU tokens as well, which made me very confused… nothing to be concerned if you stay away from them, but be aware and careful with the ICO tab. I did trade some there and (though working fine) consequences are many times surprising.

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AirToken (AIR) – Extremely Undervalued Long-Term Investment



I have the opportunity to research many altcoins on a daily basis. While reading through altcoin websites and whitepapers, it sometimes gets overwhelming. The reason is that a lot of altcoins are doing amazing things with their technology, but it is hard to understand what exactly they are trying to accomplish and how the token integrates with their product.

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AirToken has been a breath of fresh air. I am always looking for companies that are solving a real need and utilizing their token in a way that is integral to the ecosystem of the company, and not just an afterthought to raise money.

AirToken, which was founded by a former Google employee, provides mobile access to the underserved. It is based on the assumption that the cost of mobile data and internet access is too high for some to afford. So, how does it work?

Users earn free AirTokens by using the AirFox browser. AirTokens are earned and redeemed for data on pre-paid plans. Reaching those that are currently using pre-paid plans will lower their cost with redeemable tokens. A user simply watches advertisements from the free Android app as well as the AirFox browser. The user earns free AIR tokens and will be eligible for micro-loans based on the proprietary AirToken scoring system.

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Let’s look at the current state of AirToken:

Following the AirToken ICO, you can see that it had a couple of spikes but has since leveled out. The current price of AirToken will change very quickly after a couple of things happen. First, AirToken will need to get listed on a major exchange, and this will immediately increase liquidity and volume. From what I understand, this is supposed to happen as soon as next month. Second, AirToken releases Phase 2, which allows users to recharge their pre-paid mobile cards as well as obtain physical goods by redeeming AirTokens (AIR). Hitting this milestone in the first quarter of 2018 will accelerate growth by attracting more companies to participate in the AirToken advertising and micro-loan program.

Companies like AirToken that are solving real-world problems are pioneers in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space. A lot of the altcoins will come and go. Some will never deliver a product, while others will just take the ICO cash and run. I believe AirToken is here for the long-term. AirToken is easy to understand and is helping a large part of the population that may otherwise be forgotten. When I  look for altcoins to invest in, the most important financial factor for me is the market cap. You can see that the market cap is currently only $5.5 million putting AirToken in 305th among the list of other tokens at the time of this writing. In my professional opinion, once AirToken hits its first major exchange, the market cap will easily rise to $20 million, a 4x ROI (Return on Investment). While I believe AirToken will rise much higher in the long-term, this is a conservative, realistic view of the short-term growth of this token.

Disclaimer: The analyst does not currently own AIR tokens but after researching may put some cash in for a long-term hold.

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Bitcoin’s Record-Breaking Rally Continues as Prices Cross $8,100



Bitcoin surged to new highs on Sunday, as the world’s largest crypto by market cap continued to generate bids following the cancellation of Segwit2x.

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BTC/USD Price Levels

The value of a single bitcoin reached a daily high of $8,110.59, its best level on record. At press time, BTC/USD was valued at around $8,002 for a gain of 4%.

With the gain, bitcoin’s market cap now exceeds $133 billion. That’s roughly $100 billion greater than Ethereum, the market’s second most valuable cryptocurrency.

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Bitcoin has added more than $1,100 over the past five sessions. It was down around $5,600 just one week ago.

Bitcoin Cash (BCH), a digital currency alternative that broke away from the original blockchain Aug. 1, was down 5.1% at $1,185. BTC and BCH locked horns earlier this month after the Segwit2x hard fork was abandoned.

$10,000 and Beyond?

Institutional clearing platform LedgerX has initiated its first long-term bitcoin futures option, which is set to expire Dec. 28, 2018. In setting up the option, LedgerX is assuming a price of $10,000 at the time of expiration. That’s a 25% premium on current levels.

Investors who buy the option are essentially saying they believe prices will exceed $10,000 by the time of expiration.

Bitcoin is being helped by growing institutional demand for the digital currency, as hedge funds, day traders and other mainstream investment outfits look to access this burgeoning asset class. CBOE and CME Group have each announced plans to integrate bitcoin into more conventional investment vehicles in the coming months.

The rush of institutional money into bitcoin is a sure sign that the digital asset class is becoming too big to ignore. The value of all cryptocurrencies in circulation has already exceeded $230 billion, with more than a dozen coins valued at $1 billion or more. Nine others have a market cap of $500 million or greater.

Coinbase Responds

The rise of institutional capital has also compelled Coinbase to introduce a custodial service targeted at account holders with more than $10 million in assets. This service targets hedge funds and other institutions that have remained largely on the sidelines of the crypto revolution.

In a recent blog post, Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong announced that the new service will launch sometime next year.

“When we speak with these institutions, they tell us that the number one thing preventing them from getting started is the existence of a digital asset custodian that they can trust to store client funds securely,” Armstrong wrote.

In addition to maintaining the minimum $10 million asset requirement, institutions must pay a $100,000 setup fee to gain access tot he Custodial program. In response, institutional investors will receive assurance that their assets are secure.

The Coinbase Custody website lists broad support for bitcoin, Ethereum (ETH) and Litecoin (LTC), as well as ERC20 tokens. The ERC20 protocol has emerged as the favorite for startups launching initial coin offerings (ICOs), a controversial crowdfunding model that has already overtaken early stage venture capital.

Disclaimer: The author owns bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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Is Ethereum Ready to Play Catch Up With Bitcoin?



In mid-June of this year, the difference between the market capitalization of bitcoin and Ethereum had narrowed down to less than $8 billion. This had many market participants excited. They expected Ethereum to dethrone bitcoin as the leader, a move popularly termed as flippening.

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Key observations

  1. Ethereum has hugely underperformed bitcoin
  2. The chart pattern suggests that Ethereum is likely to play catch up in the next few months
  3. Stay on the long side of Ethereum to benefit from the bullish setup

However, fast forward five months and the difference in the market capitalization of the top two cryptocurrencies has increased to about $96 billion. This shows that while bitcoin has raced ahead in the past few months, Ethereum has hugely lagged behind.

However, is the underperformance about to end?

The chart pattern shows that Ethereum is likely to embark on a rally of its own that can carry it to $645 to $670 levels in the next few months. Let’s see how we arrived at these levels.

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Ethereum opened trading at $8.16 on January 1, 2017. It started its rally in March and by June 12, it reached a high of $420, an astronomical rally of about 5047%. Thereafter, it entered a period of consolidation, digesting the gains.

On the charts, Ethereum has formed a large symmetrical triangle, which usually acts as a continuation pattern. The breakout is generally in the direction of the long-term trend, or the trend that was prevailing before the pattern formed. In this case, the sharp move from January to June confirms that the cryptocurrency was in an uptrend before forming the triangle.

However, this is not a fool proof trade because sometimes the symmetrical triangle acts as a reversal pattern. Therefore, the best way to play this trade is to wait for a breakout of the triangle before initiating any trade.

Where can we take an entry?

Currently, the resistance line of the triangle is at about $378 levels, a level close to today’s intraday highs. The bears are likely to strongly defend this level. However, if the bulls breakout of $378 and manage to close above the resistance line, the trade on the long side will set up.

Different traders use different methods to confirm whether the breakout is valid or not. Some wait until price moves 3% above the breakout level, others wait for three consecutive closes above the resistance level.

However, we have observed that the best breakouts never look back, hence, waiting for three days may lead to a missed opportunity. Therefore, we can wait for a closing above the resistance line of the triangle and initiate the long positions on the following day.

The breakout can face resistance at $400 and $420. However, we expect the virtual currency to scale both these resistances and rally towards its pattern target zone of $645 to $670.

Notwithstanding, even the most reliable patterns can fail. Therefore, our stop loss will be kept at $340. We don’t want to hang on to the trade if it falls back into the triangle. We shall raise our stops to breakeven as soon as Ethereum breaks out to new lifetime highs. From thereon, we shall trail the stops higher to protect our paper profits.


The chart pattern suggests a resumption of the long-term uptrend in Ethereum. However, this will not get confirmed until the cryptocurrency breaks out and sustains above $380. Therefore, please initiate positions only on a breakout and close above the triangle. Entering presumptive trades may result in losses.

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