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What’s in a Cryptocurrency Exchange?

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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.

Binance

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.

Poloniex

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

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

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

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.

Bleutrade

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

Verdict

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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Volatile and Illiquid; Aurora (AOA) Backtracks 55% After Recent Gains

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Aurora (AOA) has proved one of the most illiquid and yet most most volatile cryptocurrencies in the market cap top one-hundred in the past week; gaining 409%, and then losing half of it all within the space of seven days.

All of this activity originated on just one exchange, Kucoin. That is unless you count the five dollars worth of AOA tokens traded on Bitinka. Wednesday morning’s snapshot shows a coin that has endured a +450% swing in the past week – fuelled by a community social media bounty and a rather bold piece of hype-making by the Aurora Twitter team.

AOA Sinks 55% After 409% Gains

From September 12th’s low of $0.008640, AOA tokens surged off of Kucoin’s BTC and ETH buys up to September 17th’s token price of $0.044022 – marking 409% gains over five days. The majority of this activity was founded on less than a million dollars worth of trades, with AOA volumes almost quadrupling from the $280,000 range, up to around $920,000 on Sept 17th.

What took five days to build was then destroyed in less than two, as AOA plunged by 55% down to this morning’s valuation of $0.019418. The previous week’s surge had triggered several articles speculating on the promise of the Aurora platform, but ultimately the skeptics were correct and what went up predictably came back down.

The brief but effective piece of market making has undoubtedly seen a small number of traders take huge profits on Kucoin in the past week. The majority are likely nursing double-digit losses this morning after the sell-off over the last two days.

Hype Triggers Trades

As covered here in the run up to AOA’s recent peak, the Aurora community had been engaged in a social media bounty campaign to celebrate the launch of their new Berlin office.

The increased flurry of online activity likely acted as a trigger for the the week’s market making, and may have been helped along by this teasing image by the Aurora Twitter team. The image shows Aurora’s logo floating above a pair of smartphones, accompanied by the text:

“Faster TPS is just the beginning. #Aurora #AOA #Apple.

As far as I’m aware, Aurora has not yet partnered with the world’s first trillion dollar company. The image could be relating to an upcoming app that may be available for use by Apple phones, but the Aurora team remain tight-lipped at the moment, preferring to allow the speculation and chatter do its job.

It has been a frantic start for a token that only launched in June. The Kucoin listing only arrived towards the end of August, and we may be witnessing the turmoils of a newly launched token still attempting to find its value.

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Crypto Update: Market Remains Weak Despite Ripple’s Surge

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Ripple made headlines today in the cryptocurrency segment, as the third largest coin jumped by more than 15% after trading in a narrow range for several days. Most of the major coins joined the rally, but the gains were muted and the technical setup remained unchanged in most cases, with the long-term outlook still being bearish, while the short-term picture remaining mixed.

Ethereum, which has been in the center of the trends in the segment for weeks rallied back above $200, but stayed below the recent swing high, leaving several questions unanswered concerning the short-term trend. Bitcoin also got stuck near the $6275 level yet again, and the total value of the market is still below the $200 billion mark, with still no clear signs of major capital inflows in the segment.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum quickly recovered above $200 after dipping below the weekend lows yesterday in late trading, retaining the short-term buy signal in our trend model. That said the coin still needs to show stronger bullish momentum to avoid a resumption of the clearly declining long-term trend. As sustained dip below $200 would still warn of a move to last week’s lows, while a move above $235 would open up the way towards $260 and the confluence resistance near $275.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin has been showing weakness in the last couple of days, and although the coin is still on a short-term buy signal, similarly to Ethereum, a quick recovery above $6500 would be needed to avoid a bearish turn.

Traders should hold on to their positions here, but given the still bearish segment-wide trends, we still don’t advise full positions even in the stronger coins. Below $6275, weaker support is found at $6000, close to the key long-term zone near $5850, while resistance is ahead at $6500, $6750, and $7000.

Ripple Needs Follow Through For a Buy Signal

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While today’s spike in Ripple is encouraging, the coin needs to show further signs of strength, as the recent sudden spikes in the majors were quickly sold as the bearish trend remained dominant in the segment.

With that in mind, despite the broken resistance levels, XRP remains on a neutral short-term signal in our trend model, while still being bearish from a long-term perspective. The coin is currently trading right at the $0.32 level, with support found at $0.3130, $0.30 and near $0.30, while strong resistance is ahead at $0.35.

DASH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Dash is among the stronger coins from a short-term technical standpoint, trading in a bullish consolidation pattern just below the key $200 level. That said, the coin failed to show strength today amid Ripple’s rally, and that still points to a dominant bearish trend in the segment. With that in mind, traders should wait for further positive signs before entering new positions, especially since a bullish leadership still hasn’t developed.

IOT/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

IOTA is still weaker than average, together with NEO, EOS, and ETC, and the coin is still just above the August lows, clearly being in a broad downtrend, despite holding up above the lower boundary of its short-term range. A test of the lows is likely in the coming weeks, and the coin remains on sell signals on both time-frames, with support found between $0.455 and $0.475, and near $0.405, and with key resistance ahead near $0.57 and $0.64.

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Disclaimer:  The analyst owns cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but doesn’t engage in short-term or day-trading, nor does he hold short positions on any of the coins.

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Bitcoin, Ether and Ripple Up in the Air as SEC Delivers a Sobering Reminder

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The U.S Securities and Exchange Commission just delivered a sobering reminder to the crypto community regarding the legal status of Bitcoin and Ethereum. SEC Director of the Division Corporation Finance William Hinman originally told a San Francisco conference in June that:

“…based on my understanding of the present state of Ether, the Ethereum network and its decentralized structure, current offers and sales of Ether are not securities transactions. And, as with Bitcoin, applying the disclosure regime of the federal securities laws to current transactions in Ether would seem to add little value.”

SEC Clarifies Crypto Security Stance

Today the SEC Chairman Jay Clayton released this official statement in which he reminded everyone that media statements made by SEC personnel should not be taken as legal pronouncements. Clayton stated:

“The Commission’s longstanding position is that all staff statements are nonbinding and create no enforceable legal rights or obligations of the Commission or other parties.”

In a particular sentence that may have been included specifically to cool the enthusiasm generated from his colleague Hinman’s original statement, Clayton states:

“…our divisions and offices, including but not limited to the Division of Corporation Finance, the Division of Investment Management and the Division of Trading and Markets, have been and will continue to review whether prior staff statements and staff documents should be modified, rescinded or supplemented in light of market or other developments.”

The last part about ‘modifying, rescinding or supplementing’ future documents suggests that the SEC are starting to worry about the effects their own words have on the very market they’re attempting to regulate.

When the original statement by Hinman hit the headlines in June, Bitcoin immediately surged by around 6%. Ethereum benefitted even more from the news and spiked 10% within the space of an hour.

Consequences for Bitcoin, Ether and Alts

The reminder from the SEC is unlikely to affect the average bag-holder, who in all likelihood disregards much of what comes out of such traditional institutions as the SEC. The news is more likely to strike hesitation into the minds of large-scale, corporate investors who thought all of this uncertainty was already behind them.

It could also spell either good or bad news for Ripple, which is currently fighting five lawsuits – including two federal lawsuits – against claims that its token sale represents a security issuance.

Director Hinman’s original statement back in June suggested that decentralization was key to avoiding being classed as a security. He suggested that coins and tokens from centralized blockchains would have a harder time with the SEC:

“Over time, there may be other sufficiently decentralized networks and systems where regulating the tokens or coins that function on them as securities may not be required. And of course there will continue to be systems that rely on central actors whose efforts are a key to the success of the enterprise. In those cases, application of the securities laws protects the investors who purchase the tokens or coins.”

With XRP being the third largest capped coin in existence, its prominence has made it a prime target for those suspicious of the currency’s relationship to the Ripple company. As the lawsuits began to pile up, many began to question what Hinman’s words would mean for XRP.

Today’s clarification by Chairman Clayton could be seen as a reprieve for XRP, as it essentially shelves the decentralization issue for the time being. On the other hand, it could mean that even if XRP is proved to be wholly decentralized, it may have even larger requirements to fill before gaining a positive classification – as could the rest of the entire crypto market.

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