Trading Bots: Are They a Force for Good?

Trading bots have become a staple of today’s markets — especially in the 24-hour cryptocurrency industry. But while some have gained popularity by enabling enthusiasts to execute their strategies automatically and keep on top of the latest trends, others have caused controversy by manipulating prices using methods that would break the law on regulated exchanges. For everyday crypto consumers, knowing the difference can be crucial. Bad bots are often involved in a practice known as “wash trading,” which sees buy and sell orders being placed simultaneously in order to distort…

Bitcoin Bulls Unleashed as Crypto Begins Trading on Good News

By CCN: Another day, another new high for the bitcoin price. Bitcoin is currently trading at nearly $8,300, which according to CoinMarketCap data is a new 2019 high for the biggest cryptocurrency. On Coinbase, the BTC price already attained $8,300 though it has pulled back slightly. While it’s not the first time that the bitcoin price has surpassed this level historically, the market has stronger fundamentals fueling the gains this time around. The excitement in the crypto community is palpable. Gemini Co-Founder Tyler Winklevoss noted that “breaking 8k this time…

Binance Confirms Trading Relaunch for May 15 as Upgrade Completes

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance has confirmed it has completed a major system upgrade and will relaunch its trading platform at 13:00 UTC on May 15. Binance, which lost over 7,000 BTC (at the time $41 million) in a hack earlier this month, froze deposits and withdrawals altogether before a limited return to operations this week. A subsequent notice stated developers would shut down functionality in full for a period of up to eight hours on Wednesday, beginning at 03:00 UTC. Little details were available about the work, which completed as scheduled.…

Hacked New Zealand Exchange Cryptopia Appoints Liquidators, Trading Suspended

Hacked New Zealand-based cryptocurrency exchange Cryptopia has appointed David Ruscoe and Russell Moore from consultancy and audit firm network Grant Thornton New Zealand as liquidators. The news was revealed in an official Grant Thornthon announcement on May 15. Grant Thornton New Zealand (NZ) is the local network of Grant Thornton International — a major professional services network of independent accounting and consulting member firms. As Cointelegraph has reported in mid-January of this year, Cryptopia revealed that it had been the target of a security breach resulting in significant losses, with…

Coinbase Rolls Out Trading in USDC Stablecoin to 85 Countries

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase is expanding trading in the dollar-pegged stablecoin USD Coin (USDC) to 85 nations worldwide. In a blog post Tuesday, the firm said it now offers crypto-to-crypto trading for USDC in those countries on both its retail site Coinbase.com and its Coinbase Pro service. The firm touted the strengths of the token in the post, saying it offers a stable store of value and can be sent “near-instantly” around the globe. “Unlike other cryptocurrencies, each USDC is backed by $1 USD with monthly transparency audits showing 100% USD backing,” Coinbase said. USDC…

Binance to Undergo System Upgrade Tomorrow, Deposits, Withdrawals, Trading to Be Halted

Major crypto exchange Binance plans to undertake a scheduled system upgrade tomorrow that will prevent deposits, withdrawals, and trading for roughly six to eight hours, according to an official announcement published on May 14. Yesterday, the exchange’s CEO, Changpeng Zhao (CZ), had announced that the platform was planning to fully resume deposits and withdrawals today, which had been suspended in the wake of a major hack of the platform on May 7. The breach resulted in the theft of around 7,070 bitcoin (BTC) from the exchange’s hot wallets — worth…

Coinbase Opens Up XRP Trading for New York Residents

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has launched trading support for XRP for New York state residents. The San Francisco-based firm tweeted the news Monday, saying that New Yorkers can now buy, sell, convert, send, receive or store XRP on Coinbase.com or via its iOS and Android mobile apps. After the announcement, the price of XRP jumped over 20 percent to reach a high of $0.39 following the announcement, according to data from CoinMarketCap. However, the surge also coincides with bullish moves from bitcoin in the last 24 hours. Coinbase initially added XRP…

Nordic Banking Giant Nordea Opens Blockchain Trading Platform to More Clients

Nordic private banking institution Nordea is expanding its offering of the blockchain-based trading platform we.trade to its small and middle-sized business customers (SMEs),  according to a press release on May 9. The platform will purportedly help address trust deficits extant in current cross-border trades made by SMEs. Patrik Zekkar, Global Head of Trade Finance and Working Capital Management at Nordea, explained: “Almost 60 percent of the SME’s said that they have to make advance payments so there is obviously a sense of insecurity surrounding cross-border trade. This is unfortunate, not…

Bitstamp Hires Ex-Coinbase Trading Head to Court Wall Street Money

Bitstamp, one of the longest-running cryptocurrency exchanges, has hired a former Coinbase executive and Wall Street veteran as its new head of U.S. operations. Announced Wednesday, Hunter Merghart joined Bitstamp six months after quitting his job as the head of trading at San Francisco-based Coinbase in October. He will lead the opening of the Luxembourg-based exchange’s New York office — the company received a BitLicense from the state last month — and focus on serving institutional clients. Merghart is “the perfect person to lead our U.S. operations, which includes making sure our retail and…

‘One-Stop Shop’ for Crypto Mining and Trading to Launch Spot Market May 23

Cryptocurrency exchange and mining startup Bcause LLC is a few weeks away from launching its spot market. The Chicago-based company has tentatively set May 23 as the go-live date for bitcoin, bitcoin cash, ether, and litecoin, co-founder and chief marketing officer Thomas Flake told CoinDesk. In anticipation of the launch, it has obtained money transmitter licenses in eight states, with 20 more applications pending, Flake said. Among the first states where Bcause will be available are Illinois, Virginia, Washington and Texas. Bcause has also applied for New York’s BitLicense, but the…