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Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Swaps* (*But Were Afraid To Ask)

Hello, dummies
It's your old pal, Fuzzy.
As I'm sure you've all noticed, a lot of the stuff that gets posted here is - to put it delicately - fucking ridiculous. More backwards-ass shit gets posted to wallstreetbets than you'd see on a Westboro Baptist community message board. I mean, I had a look at the daily thread yesterday and..... yeesh. I know, I know. We all make like the divine Laura Dern circa 1992 on the daily and stick our hands deep into this steaming heap of shit to find the nuggets of valuable and/or hilarious information within (thanks for reading, BTW). I agree. I love it just the way it is too. That's what makes WSB great.
What I'm getting at is that a lot of the stuff that gets posted here - notwithstanding it being funny or interesting - is just... wrong. Like, fucking your cousin wrong. And to be clear, I mean the fucking your *first* cousin kinda wrong, before my Southerners in the back get all het up (simmer down, Billy Ray - I know Mabel's twice removed on your grand-sister's side). Truly, I try to let it slide. I do my bit to try and put you on the right path. Most of the time, I sleep easy no matter how badly I've seen someone explain what a bank liquidity crisis is. But out of all of those tens of thousands of misguided, autistic attempts at understanding the world of high finance, one thing gets so consistently - so *emphatically* - fucked up and misunderstood by you retards that last night I felt obligated at the end of a long work day to pull together this edition of Finance with Fuzzy just for you. It's so serious I'm not even going to make a u/pokimane gag. Have you guessed what it is yet? Here's a clue. It's in the title of the post.
That's right, friends. Today in the neighborhood we're going to talk all about hedging in financial markets - spots, swaps, collars, forwards, CDS, synthetic CDOs, all that fun shit. Don't worry; I'm going to explain what all the scary words mean and how they impact your OTM RH positions along the way.
We're going to break it down like this. (1) "What's a hedge, Fuzzy?" (2) Common Hedging Strategies and (3) All About ISDAs and Credit Default Swaps.
Before we begin. For the nerds and JV traders in the back (and anyone else who needs to hear this up front) - I am simplifying these descriptions for the purposes of this post. I am also obviously not going to try and cover every exotic form of hedge under the sun or give a detailed summation of what caused the financial crisis. If you are interested in something specific ask a question, but don't try and impress me with your Investopedia skills or technical points I didn't cover; I will just be forced to flex my years of IRL experience on you in the comments and you'll look like a big dummy.
TL;DR? Fuck you. There is no TL;DR. You've come this far already. What's a few more paragraphs? Put down the Cheetos and try to concentrate for the next 5-7 minutes. You'll learn something, and I promise I'll be gentle.
Ready? Let's get started.
1. The Tao of Risk: Hedging as a Way of Life
The simplest way to characterize what a hedge 'is' is to imagine every action having a binary outcome. One is bad, one is good. Red lines, green lines; uppie, downie. With me so far? Good. A 'hedge' is simply the employment of a strategy to mitigate the effect of your action having the wrong binary outcome. You wanted X, but you got Z! Frowny face. A hedge strategy introduces a third outcome. If you hedged against the possibility of Z happening, then you can wind up with Y instead. Not as good as X, but not as bad as Z. The technical definition I like to give my idiot juniors is as follows:
Utilization of a defensive strategy to mitigate risk, at a fraction of the cost to capital of the risk itself.
Congratulations. You just finished Hedging 101. "But Fuzzy, that's easy! I just sold a naked call against my 95% OTM put! I'm adequately hedged!". Spoiler alert: you're not (although good work on executing a collar, which I describe below). What I'm talking about here is what would be referred to as a 'perfect hedge'; a binary outcome where downside is totally mitigated by a risk management strategy. That's not how it works IRL. Pay attention; this is the tricky part.
You can't take a single position and conclude that you're adequately hedged because risks are fluid, not static. So you need to constantly adjust your position in order to maximize the value of the hedge and insure your position. You also need to consider exposure to more than one category of risk. There are micro (specific exposure) risks, and macro (trend exposure) risks, and both need to factor into the hedge calculus.
That's why, in the real world, the value of hedging depends entirely on the design of the hedging strategy itself. Here, when we say "value" of the hedge, we're not talking about cash money - we're talking about the intrinsic value of the hedge relative to the the risk profile of your underlying exposure. To achieve this, people hedge dynamically. In wallstreetbets terms, this means that as the value of your position changes, you need to change your hedges too. The idea is to efficiently and continuously distribute and rebalance risk across different states and periods, taking value from states in which the marginal cost of the hedge is low and putting it back into states where marginal cost of the hedge is high, until the shadow value of your underlying exposure is equalized across your positions. The punchline, I guess, is that one static position is a hedge in the same way that the finger paintings you make for your wife's boyfriend are art - it's technically correct, but you're only playing yourself by believing it.
Anyway. Obviously doing this as a small potatoes trader is hard but it's worth taking into account. Enough basic shit. So how does this work in markets?
2. A Hedging Taxonomy
The best place to start here is a practical question. What does a business need to hedge against? Think about the specific risk that an individual business faces. These are legion, so I'm just going to list a few of the key ones that apply to most corporates. (1) You have commodity risk for the shit you buy or the shit you use. (2) You have currency risk for the money you borrow. (3) You have rate risk on the debt you carry. (4) You have offtake risk for the shit you sell. Complicated, right? To help address the many and varied ways that shit can go wrong in a sophisticated market, smart operators like yours truly have devised a whole bundle of different instruments which can help you manage the risk. I might write about some of the more complicated ones in a later post if people are interested (CDO/CLOs, strip/stack hedges and bond swaps with option toggles come to mind) but let's stick to the basics for now.
(i) Swaps
A swap is one of the most common forms of hedge instrument, and they're used by pretty much everyone that can afford them. The language is complicated but the concept isn't, so pay attention and you'll be fine. This is the most important part of this section so it'll be the longest one.
Swaps are derivative contracts with two counterparties (before you ask, you can't trade 'em on an exchange - they're OTC instruments only). They're used to exchange one cash flow for another cash flow of equal expected value; doing this allows you to take speculative positions on certain financial prices or to alter the cash flows of existing assets or liabilities within a business. "Wait, Fuzz; slow down! What do you mean sets of cash flows?". Fear not, little autist. Ol' Fuzz has you covered.
The cash flows I'm talking about are referred to in swap-land as 'legs'. One leg is fixed - a set payment that's the same every time it gets paid - and the other is variable - it fluctuates (typically indexed off the price of the underlying risk that you are speculating on / protecting against). You set it up at the start so that they're notionally equal and the two legs net off; so at open, the swap is a zero NPV instrument. Here's where the fun starts. If the price that you based the variable leg of the swap on changes, the value of the swap will shift; the party on the wrong side of the move ponies up via the variable payment. It's a zero sum game.
I'll give you an example using the most vanilla swap around; an interest rate trade. Here's how it works. You borrow money from a bank, and they charge you a rate of interest. You lock the rate up front, because you're smart like that. But then - quelle surprise! - the rate gets better after you borrow. Now you're bagholding to the tune of, I don't know, 5 bps. Doesn't sound like much but on a billion dollar loan that's a lot of money (a classic example of the kind of 'small, deep hole' that's terrible for profits). Now, if you had a swap contract on the rate before you entered the trade, you're set; if the rate goes down, you get a payment under the swap. If it goes up, whatever payment you're making to the bank is netted off by the fact that you're borrowing at a sub-market rate. Win-win! Or, at least, Lose Less / Lose Less. That's the name of the game in hedging.
There are many different kinds of swaps, some of which are pretty exotic; but they're all different variations on the same theme. If your business has exposure to something which fluctuates in price, you trade swaps to hedge against the fluctuation. The valuation of swaps is also super interesting but I guarantee you that 99% of you won't understand it so I'm not going to try and explain it here although I encourage you to google it if you're interested.
Because they're OTC, none of them are filed publicly. Someeeeeetimes you see an ISDA (dsicussed below) but the confirms themselves (the individual swaps) are not filed. You can usually read about the hedging strategy in a 10-K, though. For what it's worth, most modern credit agreements ban speculative hedging. Top tip: This is occasionally something worth checking in credit agreements when you invest in businesses that are debt issuers - being able to do this increases the risk profile significantly and is particularly important in times of economic volatility (ctrl+f "non-speculative" in the credit agreement to be sure).
(ii) Forwards
A forward is a contract made today for the future delivery of an asset at a pre-agreed price. That's it. "But Fuzzy! That sounds just like a futures contract!". I know. Confusing, right? Just like a futures trade, forwards are generally used in commodity or forex land to protect against price fluctuations. The differences between forwards and futures are small but significant. I'm not going to go into super boring detail because I don't think many of you are commodities traders but it is still an important thing to understand even if you're just an RH jockey, so stick with me.
Just like swaps, forwards are OTC contracts - they're not publicly traded. This is distinct from futures, which are traded on exchanges (see The Ballad Of Big Dick Vick for some more color on this). In a forward, no money changes hands until the maturity date of the contract when delivery and receipt are carried out; price and quantity are locked in from day 1. As you now know having read about BDV, futures are marked to market daily, and normally people close them out with synthetic settlement using an inverse position. They're also liquid, and that makes them easier to unwind or close out in case shit goes sideways.
People use forwards when they absolutely have to get rid of the thing they made (or take delivery of the thing they need). If you're a miner, or a farmer, you use this shit to make sure that at the end of the production cycle, you can get rid of the shit you made (and you won't get fucked by someone taking cash settlement over delivery). If you're a buyer, you use them to guarantee that you'll get whatever the shit is that you'll need at a price agreed in advance. Because they're OTC, you can also exactly tailor them to the requirements of your particular circumstances.
These contracts are incredibly byzantine (and there are even crazier synthetic forwards you can see in money markets for the true degenerate fund managers). In my experience, only Texan oilfield magnates, commodities traders, and the weirdo forex crowd fuck with them. I (i) do not own a 10 gallon hat or a novelty size belt buckle (ii) do not wake up in the middle of the night freaking out about the price of pork fat and (iii) love greenbacks too much to care about other countries' monopoly money, so I don't fuck with them.
(iii) Collars
No, not the kind your wife is encouraging you to wear try out to 'spice things up' in the bedroom during quarantine. Collars are actually the hedging strategy most applicable to WSB. Collars deal with options! Hooray!
To execute a basic collar (also called a wrapper by tea-drinking Brits and people from the Antipodes), you buy an out of the money put while simultaneously writing a covered call on the same equity. The put protects your position against price drops and writing the call produces income that offsets the put premium. Doing this limits your tendies (you can only profit up to the strike price of the call) but also writes down your risk. If you screen large volume trades with a VOL/OI of more than 3 or 4x (and they're not bullshit biotech stocks), you can sometimes see these being constructed in real time as hedge funds protect themselves on their shorts.
(3) All About ISDAs, CDS and Synthetic CDOs
You may have heard about the mythical ISDA. Much like an indenture (discussed in my post on $F), it's a magic legal machine that lets you build swaps via trade confirms with a willing counterparty. They are very complicated legal documents and you need to be a true expert to fuck with them. Fortunately, I am, so I do. They're made of two parts; a Master (which is a form agreement that's always the same) and a Schedule (which amends the Master to include your specific terms). They are also the engine behind just about every major credit crunch of the last 10+ years.
First - a brief explainer. An ISDA is a not in and of itself a hedge - it's an umbrella contract that governs the terms of your swaps, which you use to construct your hedge position. You can trade commodities, forex, rates, whatever, all under the same ISDA.
Let me explain. Remember when we talked about swaps? Right. So. You can trade swaps on just about anything. In the late 90s and early 2000s, people had the smart idea of using other people's debt and or credit ratings as the variable leg of swap documentation. These are called credit default swaps. I was actually starting out at a bank during this time and, I gotta tell you, the only thing I can compare people's enthusiasm for this shit to was that moment in your early teens when you discover jerking off. Except, unlike your bathroom bound shame sessions to Mom's Sears catalogue, every single person you know felt that way too; and they're all doing it at once. It was a fiscal circlejerk of epic proportions, and the financial crisis was the inevitable bukkake finish. WSB autism is absolutely no comparison for the enthusiasm people had during this time for lighting each other's money on fire.
Here's how it works. You pick a company. Any company. Maybe even your own! And then you write a swap. In the swap, you define "Credit Event" with respect to that company's debt as the variable leg . And you write in... whatever you want. A ratings downgrade, default under the docs, failure to meet a leverage ratio or FCCR for a certain testing period... whatever. Now, this started out as a hedge position, just like we discussed above. The purest of intentions, of course. But then people realized - if bad shit happens, you make money. And banks... don't like calling in loans or forcing bankruptcies. Can you smell what the moral hazard is cooking?
Enter synthetic CDOs. CDOs are basically pools of asset backed securities that invest in debt (loans or bonds). They've been around for a minute but they got famous in the 2000s because a shitload of them containing subprime mortgage debt went belly up in 2008. This got a lot of publicity because a lot of sad looking rednecks got foreclosed on and were interviewed on CNBC. "OH!", the people cried. "Look at those big bad bankers buying up subprime loans! They caused this!". Wrong answer, America. The debt wasn't the problem. What a lot of people don't realize is that the real meat of the problem was not in regular way CDOs investing in bundles of shit mortgage debts in synthetic CDOs investing in CDS predicated on that debt. They're synthetic because they don't have a stake in the actual underlying debt; just the instruments riding on the coattails. The reason these are so popular (and remain so) is that smart structured attorneys and bankers like your faithful correspondent realized that an even more profitable and efficient way of building high yield products with limited downside was investing in instruments that profit from failure of debt and in instruments that rely on that debt and then hedging that exposure with other CDS instruments in paired trades, and on and on up the chain. The problem with doing this was that everyone wound up exposed to everybody else's books as a result, and when one went tits up, everybody did. Hence, recession, Basel III, etc. Thanks, Obama.
Heavy investment in CDS can also have a warping effect on the price of debt (something else that happened during the pre-financial crisis years and is starting to happen again now). This happens in three different ways. (1) Investors who previously were long on the debt hedge their position by selling CDS protection on the underlying, putting downward pressure on the debt price. (2) Investors who previously shorted the debt switch to buying CDS protection because the relatively illiquid debt (partic. when its a bond) trades at a discount below par compared to the CDS. The resulting reduction in short selling puts upward pressure on the bond price. (3) The delta in price and actual value of the debt tempts some investors to become NBTs (neg basis traders) who long the debt and purchase CDS protection. If traders can't take leverage, nothing happens to the price of the debt. If basis traders can take leverage (which is nearly always the case because they're holding a hedged position), they can push up or depress the debt price, goosing swap premiums etc. Anyway. Enough technical details.
I could keep going. This is a fascinating topic that is very poorly understood and explained, mainly because the people that caused it all still work on the street and use the same tactics today (it's also terribly taught at business schools because none of the teachers were actually around to see how this played out live). But it relates to the topic of today's lesson, so I thought I'd include it here.
Work depending, I'll be back next week with a covenant breakdown. Most upvoted ticker gets the post.
*EDIT 1\* In a total blowout, $PLAY won. So it's D&B time next week. Post will drop Monday at market open.
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Some news you may have missed out on part 75.

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-PM Khan makes it to Foreign Policy magazine's 2019 Global Thinkers list
Prime Minister Imran Khan has been named among Foreign Policy magazine's 2019 list of 'Global Thinkers'. The short writeup on the premier states that Khan, "a former cricket star, finally got the job he had long coveted ─ prime minister"."His reward was an incredibly difficult to-do list, starting with Pakistan's looming fiscal and debt crises," it added.
Prime Minister Khan shares the spotlight with other world leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, former US president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and US lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
-Atletico shoot for football future in Pakistan
Spain´s Atletico Madrid are taking on a challenge tougher than winning La Liga — developing football in cricket-mad Pakistan, where bat and ball are king, pitches come with stumps not goalposts, and even the prime minister is a former World Cup winner. During a recent session at the club´s new facility in Lahore — the country´s first European football academy — a cabal of Spanish coaches watched as a new class of young Pakistani hopefuls fired off penalty kicks.
-National Job Programme to be launched for providing jobs to youth
The National Job Programme will be launched under the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme for providing job opportunities to the educated youth. In this connection Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Youth Affairs Muhammad Usman Dar held a meeting with Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit in Islamabad on Monday to explore avenues of collaboration for the development of an effective National Job Programme.
The special assistant to the prime minister appreciated GIZ for its role in the development of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector in Pakistan. He expressed hope to leverage their expertise in the field for creating better employment opportunities for the youth. The National Job Programme would include vocational training of youth in best Technical and Vocational Training Institutes and their placements in relevant industries to spur national economic growth.
-You Can Even Sleep in This New Luxury Bus Service from Karachi to Quetta
The 9-hour journey between Karachi and Quetta has now been made easier thanks to a newly launched luxury service. ‘Super International’ is aiming to make the experience of traveling on a bus as comfortable as possible. For that, apart from the usual amenities, it offers an onboard sleeping facility. Hence, the company’s slogan ‘Sleep Well, Live Well.” According to details, the bus will depart from Sadar area of Karachi on alternate days throughout the week. The ticket price is still to be confirmed but it will be around Rs. 3,000 per person.
-KSE 100 picks 237 points on foreign inflow news
The benchmark KSE 100 index of Pakistan Stock Exchange surged by 237.27 points or (+0.60%) closed at 39,543 on Monday. Analysts at Arif Habib Limited said that the Market moved upwards on the back of positive news flow on financial support from friendly countries in Gulf, as well as anticipation of China’s support in the offing. Higher international crude prices helped E&P sector to perform better, with OGDC and PPL scoring 4M and 3.1M shares respectively. Besides, expectation of improvement in Core Delta for EPCL, helped stock reach new highs and last half hour’s trading pulled the price back above 41.
-Federal government released Rs 233 billion under PSDP
The federal government has released Rs233.4 billion against the total allocation of Rs675 billion under its Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2018-19 for various ongoing and new schemes. The released funds include Rs86.5 billion for federal ministries, Rs111 billion for corporations, and Rs25.6 billion for special areas, according to a data released by Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform on Monday. Out of these allocations, the government released Rs101.46 billion for National Highway Authority out of total allocation of Rs185.2 billion, whereas Rs9.6 billion have been released for NTDC and PEPCO for which an amount of Rs33.36 billion was allocated under PSDP 2018-19. Similarly, Rs4.6 billion have been released for Communication Division (other than National Highway Authority) for which the government has earmarked Rs13.97 billion under PSDP 2018-19. Railways Division received Rs8.07 billion out of its total allocation of Rs28.06 billion whereas Aviation Division received Rs443.5 million out of total allocation of Rs3.65 billion. The government also released an amount of Rs11.8 billion for various development projects of Higher Education Commission out of total allocation of Rs30.9 billion.
The government also released Rs2.2 billion for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Division, for which an amount of Rs10.9 billion have been allocated. An amount of Rs1.44 billion has been released for Finance Division out of its total allocations of Rs12.34 billion and Rs540.68 million have been released for Climate Change Division out of its total allocations of Rs802.7 million for the current year, Rs20.3 million for Human Rights Division, and Rs408.5 million for National Food Security and Research Division.
-Discussions Continue on Economic Bailout Package for Pakistan: IMF
International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Pakistan are continuing discussions for a bailout package. Fitch Solutions stated in its latest report that the latest round of Chinese largesse has given Islamabad the confidence to snub the IMF’s more stringent requirements for obtaining funds. However, should Pakistan experience acute signs of a currency crisis over the coming months, we would not be surprised to see talks between Pakistan and the IMF resume, it added.
-PM Imran Khan holds important meeting with Qatari PM, followed by official dinner
Prime Minister Imran Khan met Prime Minister of Qatar Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani at his residence in Doha on Monday. Bilateral relations, with a focus on economic cooperation between the two countries, were discussed during the meeting. The Qatari Prime Minister also hosted a dinner in the honour of Prime Minister and his delegation.
-USD likely to trade in Rs138 and 139 range, positive news expected from Qatar: Malik Bostan
President Forex Association of Pakistan (FAP), Malik Bostan Khan has said that at positive news is expected from the Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit of Qatar, adding that if Pakistan is able to get deferred payment facility on imported gas from Qatar, the country will sail out of economic crisis in three years. He said Pakistan’s delegation visiting Qatar would also discuss human resource and security exports to Qatar, which will give a boost to remittances.
-Over 3.9 crore children under age of five to undergo polio immunization across Pakistan
The first nationwide polio vaccination campaign of 2019 started across the country on Monday to immunize over 39 million children despite harsh cold weather with continuous rainfall and snowfall on hilly areas. According to an official of National Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), as many as 260,000 front line workers started going door to door across all provinces and towns to ensure more than 39 million children under the age of five receive two drops of the vaccine to protect them against the polio virus.
-Pakistan sees increase in IT exports, government targets $7 billion
The Information Technology (IT) and Telecommunication industry of the country has contributed US $ 540 million foreign exchange to national kitty through exports during first two quarters of this fiscal year 2018-2019. The telecommunication, computer and information services managed to export IT and IT-enabled services worth US $ 540 million, seeing an increase of US $ 20 million as compared to exports figures of same period last year, statistics of State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) revealed. It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan's IT industry achieved a benchmark of US $ 1.065 billion of exports in last financial year 2017-18.
Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui Monday said that IT sector would bring a change in the country in future, so it is need of the hour time to digitalize the country. Talking to the media persons during his visit to the Virtual University (VU) here, he said that Pakistan was earning one billion dollars per annum through software development and its volume could be increased up to seven billion dollars per annum in the next five years
Similarly: IT exports fetch $540m in six months
According to Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB), Pakistan’s IT & ITES-BPO industry comprises more than 2,500 companies, and this number is growing each year. The industry employs over 300,000 English-speaking professionals with many world-class experts in current and emerging IT products and technologies.
-UNGA president acknowledges Pakistan's peace-keeping history
President of the United Nations General Assembly(UNGA), Ms Maria Fernanda Espinosa Monday acknowledged Pakistan’s meritorious contributions to the United Nation peacekeeping missions and termed it one of the largest countries to have contributed to bringing peace in areas marred by insecurity and unrest. Ms Fernanda stated this while interacting with faculty members and students of National University of Science and Technology (NUST) during her visit to the university.
Ms Fernanda, accompanied by Ms Maleeha Lodhi, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the UN, paid a visit to Centre for International Peace and Stability (CIPS) at NUST. Lt Gen Naweed Zaman, HI (M), (Retd), Rector NUST, along with NUST senior management and faculty received the esteemed guests upon arrival at the main campus. She also lauded NUST for providing peacekeeping training both to local and foreign troops.
-More than 40 World Nations to participate in Pakistan Navy International Exercise
Pakistan Navy will host AMAN 19 exercise in February this year under the slogan of 'Together for Peace'. According to Pakistan Navy , more than forty countries will participate in the exercise. It is aimed at fostering maritime cooperation, promoting safe and security maritime environment for regional and global stability and for preserving oceans which is the common heritage of mankind.
-Gwadar to be made a modern port city
The Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar chaired a meeting to review progress on Gwadar City Master Plan project here on Monday. The meeting was attended by Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Syed Ali Haider Zaidi, Commander Southern Command, Gen. Asim Saleem Bajwa, Balochistan Provincial Minister for Information Zahoor Ahmed Buledi, Secretary Planning Zafar Hasan and other officials, said in statement issued by Ministry for Planning, Development and Reform.
Director General Gwadar Development Authority, Dr. Sajjad Hussain and Project Director China Pakistan Economic Corridor Hasaan Duad briefed the participants regarding the master plan. It was agreed to develop Gwadar as a modern smart port city, keeping in view the international standards being followed across the globe.
-Top Pakistani company announces completion of mega construction project in Iraq
Attock Cement on Monday announced it had finished civil, mechanical and electrical work on its Iraq project and the cement grinding unit was at commissioning stage. In a notification sent to the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX), Attock Cement said it was in the process of obtaining permission for the import of clinker. It added once it got the approval, the company would start the process of import of clinker and thereafter commence trial production.
-European Union to provide 40 Million Euros for Balochistan Water Conservation Projects
European Union and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) have agreed to work in Balochistan in Water Conservation projects. This was told by EU Ambassador to Pakistan Jean-Francois Cautaian and IUCN Country Representative Mahmood Akhtar Cheema who called on Advisor to Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam.
Under the agreement European Union will provide forty million Euros and IUCN will provide technical and human resource assistance.The Advisor briefed the delegation about the Ministry of Climate Change performance in environmental protection and conservation and apprised them the" Recharge Pakistan Project " which aims at raising the under water table by conserving flood water in the right and left bank of Indus River reservoirs, that water could be utilised for domestic as well as horticulture purposes.
-Pakistan, Turkey could increase bilateral trade between through FTA
Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Pakistan and Turkey could potentially increase bilateral trade with direct impact in the emerging geo-political scenario, said Secretary General of The Businessmen Panel (BMP-Federal) and former chairman of FPCCI standing committee Ahmad Jawad on Monday.
-Punjab government to construct tunnel at Baba Guru Nanak birthplace for Sikh Pilgrims
Provincial Minister Human Rights & Minority Affairs Aijaz Alam Augustine Monday said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government had planned the construction of a tunnel from the railway station Nankana Sahib to the birthplace of Baba Guru Nanak to facilitate the Sikh pilgrims. The minister was talking to a delegation of minorities, led by MPA Mahendra Pal Singh, here.
He said that after completion of the project, the Sikh pedestrian pilgrims would be able to reach the birthplace of Baba Guru Nanak more comfortably. He said that under the PTI government, equal opportunities were being provided to the minorities in each sector besides protecting them. He said that provision of special funds for upgradation of the minority communities' worship places, upkeep and protection of their graveyards and their residential areas would be ensured. MPA Mahendra Pal Singh acknowledged the efforts made by the PTI government for the Sikh community.
-$1 billion export opportunity for Pakistan
Chief Executive Officer Pakistan Furniture Council (PFC) Mian Kashif Ashfaq has said Pakistan has great potential to export at least one billion dollars handmade wood furniture annually if the government properly patronizes furniture industry. In a statement, he urged the government to introduce a skill development programme for the export-oriented furniture industry with a view to promoting the country’s value-added sector. He said that a tax exempted furniture sector in Pakistan will enliven the economy in general, create new jobs and increase production level
-Bakhtiar calls for investor-friendly regulations in Gwadar
Planning, Development and Reform Minister Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar on Monday called for the provision of basic facilities to uplift Gwadar. He was chairing a meeting in the federal capital to review progress made on the Gwadar Master Plan project. The Gwadar Development Authority director general briefed the meeting about the master plan. It was decided that Gwadar would be made a green, clean and environment-friendly city. The minister instructed the authorities to initiate the process of preparing investor-friendly regulations in order to attract maximum investment in the port city.
-‘Govt taking all possible measures to facilitate private sector’
President Dr Arif Alvi said on Monday that revival of the economy was among his top priorities, adding that the government was committed to taking all possible measures to facilitate businesses. “The government is committed to developing the private sector through investment promotion, improvement in the ease of doing business, employment generation and fast growth of manufacturing sector,” he stated while talking to Amreli Steels Chairman Abbas Akberali.
The president underscored that investment in value-added products, where the country enjoyed a comparative advantage, was vital for economic revival. He said despite all challenges, the incumbent government was striving hard to develop an ecosystem which could attract investment in the country.
-FBR resolved 20% of total tax evasion and fraud cases involving billion of rupees in 2018, unearthed tax evasion worth Rs170 billion throughout Pakistan last year
Around 20% of the overall tax evasion and fraud cases involving billions of rupees have been resolved by the tax department during 2018.
The Director-General Intelligence and Investigation-Inland Revenue department has unearthed tax evasion worth Rs170 billion throughout Pakistan. Moreover, official data regarding these cases shows around 50,000 real estate transactions worth around Rs600 billion at deputy commissioner (DC) rate have been unearthed. However, the market value of these transactions unearthed is possibly going to be higher than the stated amount.
Out of these, around 7,500 transactions included people who were not present in tax rolls. Likewise, cases of people not on the tax rolls who purchased vehicles more than Rs10 million were also unearthed. According to an official, the number of these kinds of people numbers in the thousands in Islamabad alone. And all case reports were forwarded to the Federal Board of Revenue’s regional tax offices (RTOs) and large taxpayers’ units (LTUs) for recovery and execution.
-Govt to install 0.1m digital meters by Feb-end
Federal Minister for Power Omar Ayub Khan has directed electricity distribution companies to immediately undertake GIS (geographic information system) mapping of all 11-kilovolt feeders and replace 100,000 electromagnetic meters with digital meters by the end of February 2019 in order to reduce line losses.
The directives were issued in a meeting with chief executive officers of all the power distribution companies at the committee room of the Power Division on Monday.
The minister directed the CEOs to personally inspect the power transformers of various capacities on a random basis to ascertain their mechanical fitness. He also called for launching a clean-up operation in the highly populated areas and removing hazardous wires and other such things.
-Peshawar airport to commence night-time flight operations after five years
After a gap of five years, Bacha Khan International Airport in Peshawar will start night-time flight operations from January 22. The first flight, after the resumption of 24-hour flight operations, will be to Sharjah. Night flight operations were ceased in 2014 after gunmen fired at a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft while it was landing. One passenger was reported dead in the incident while a member of the cabin crew was injured.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Chief Minister Mahmood Khan was apprised about the plan and has been requested to appear for the inaugural flight. On January 3, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) installed a state-of-the-art full body scanner at the terminal to check for smuggling and money laundering.
-Weekly review: KSE-100 index posts gains for third successive week
The stock market had a somewhat decent performance during the outgoing week as the KSE-100 index advanced 258 points or 0.66% to settle at 39,307.
It was the third successive weekly rise, indicating that the cloud of uncertainty that hovered over the market was finally vanishing. The renewed interest was seen ahead of the upcoming mini-budget announcement, hinting that the new finance bill may bring good news for the investors. Expectations of a possible reduction or abolition of advance tax of 0.02% on brokers fuelled positive sentiments at the bourse.
The positivity was evident on first trading day of the week as the benchmark index rallied, following Finance Minister Asad Umar’s reassurances to the business community during his visit to Karachi at the weekend. Additionally, anticipation of measures to improve ease of doing business and reduction in input cost for the export-oriented sector also helped boost sentiments.
-Mazari underscores need for restructuring in Sindh, Punjab police
Underscoring the need for restructuring in Sindh and Punjab police, Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari on Monday accused Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government of politicizing police. Mazari said that time has come to end the decades of tolerance for killing through encounters. She said that cops involved in Sahiwal shootout should be given exemplary punishment. The minister clarified that Prime Minister Imran Khan had not appreciated the counter terrorism department.
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CBOE Bitcoin Futures: Trading advice from a seasoned stock+options+forex trader

Disclaimer: This is only my opinion. Nobody knows what will happen in the future, but this is what I will be doing.
TLDR: If you own Bitcoin already: don't sell. If you want to buy more, watch the market over the next few days (especially the next few hours) for good opportunities.
I've been a professional (other people's money) stock, options, and FOREX day-trader for a few years, and have many more years of non-professional (my own money) experience.
In about one hour (6PM Eastern Time), the Chicago Board Options Exchange will begin trading Bitcoin futures under the ticker XBT.
A short explanation of futures trading: Traders bet on the future price on an asset, in this case Bitcoin. Instead of actually trading Bitcoin, they are trading contracts that give the right to buy or sell the asset at a certain price. Futures exist for many assets, including but not limited to Gold, Silver, Wheat, Corn, Soy, the S&P500, etc.... Read more on futures here.

What does this mean for Bitcoin?

The addition of this new security will make a big impact on Bitcoin trading. Bitcoin will see a huge increase in trading volume and, consequently, short-term volatility. Eventually, the addition of volume will cause the price to stabilize. However, the new traders will likely cause a frenzy of buying and selling that, for the near future, will cause huge spikes in both directions. Again, in the long-term, the price should stabilize from the additional liquidity, but the influx of traders will temporarily destabilize the market.
Other than the price, the introduction of Bitcoin to mainstream traders will further support the growth of Bitcoin as a currency. I am very pro-Bitcoin long-term.
Watch this video from Andreas Antonopoulos for his insight on the CBOE.

My Plan

This is my opinion. I cannot predict the future with certainty, and there is a very good chance I will be wrong. Be smart with your trading to protect you when you're wrong.
Today I sold about half of my Bitcoin at a profit after buying during yesterday's mini-correction. My plan is to hold the other half through the chaos. I am anticipating major price swings in both directions over the next few hours/days, so I intend to buy back the Bitcoin I sold if/when the price dips considerably. In the event that the price skyrockets, I still have half of my Bitcoin. In the event that the price tanks downwards, I can buy much more Bitcoin to bring my average Bitcoin price down significantly.
If you already have Bitcoin, I suggest holding it tight. If you want to buy more, you may see some very good opportunities in the near future.
Good luck! :)
EDIT: Although futures trading started tonight, most traders will not engage in trading until tomorrow morning.
Thanks for the gold!
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Best Cryptos to Invest in the Year 2019

Looking back in recent history, it seems as though big investors and financial organizations are changing their attitudes towards Bitcoin and altcoins. The media coverage worldwide illuminated the vast returns being had in the cryptocurrency markets, with many coins up over 100x since their conception. This certainly has garnered the attention from both legacy and newcomer investors. Currently, everyone is waiting to see if cryptocurrencies can continue on their path to new all time highs.
2017 turned out to be a whirlwind year, with most cryptocurrencies soaring to new all time highs at the end of 2017 and early 2018. The media coverage of cryptocurrencies was nonstop, with news reports on financial programs almost daily. In addition, many movies and tv shows mentioned cryptocurrency, including the technology oriented show “Silicon Valley.” So far, 2018 has seen a vast pullback in the cryptocurrency markets. Many of the smaller altcoins are down over 90% with Bitcoin, the crypto leader, still being down over 60% from all time highs.
Even with the overall market pullback, many investors are still very bullish on cryptocurrencies going into 2019. Many big name institutions are jumping head first into crypto, with NYSE announcing a new crypto exchange, BAAKT. Also Fidelity has announced a crypto support platform for their customers. Even legendary Ivy league university Yale has announced a new 400 million dollar investment fund geared towards cryptocurrency.
With so much bullish news adding up rapidly, almost everyone seems to expect a very profitable year for crypto leading into 2019. While Bitcoin is still currently the market leader there are also some big name altcoins that expect 2019 to be a huge year for them.
The Altcoin Hierarchy
Before investing in the crypto market, let us go through the basic classes of cryptocurrencies that exist in the market. While every class has the potential to have impressive returns, some coins have more impressive use cases and concepts, In addition to more qualified and funded development teams. Simply put, not all altcoins were created the same.
The Penny Stocks of Crypto
These are the bottom tier altcoins that could possibly become worthless in the near future. They operate much like penny stocks, advertising big promises of ‘guaranteed gains’. Eventually, many fail to offer a fraction of their promised returns. One of the ways to identify these is to look at their team members, their past experiences, objectives of the project, probability of mass adoption, actual use of the coins and many more.
The reasons for their failure is usually because of unwillingness to work for the vision they once promised in the first place, bad wealth management, inclusion of scammers in their team, unrealistic expectation from the project and also making money via pump and dump schemes.
Some of these coins are Trumpcoin, Russia Coin and Verge.
Average Coins
According to the ‘coinmarketcap’ website, there are currently more than 2000 cryptocurrencies listed on their website. Among those, there are around 500 of them that can be considered in this ‘average’ category.
These are the coins that do have a purpose/objective to work on but fail to maintain a good development team. They and their coins don’t really have any kind of purpose in the crypto market and fail to finalize any kind of legitimate deals and partnerships with good investors. This makes their performance very limited as compared to other altcoins in the market.
Some of these coins are Deep Brain Chain, Funfair, Decred, Navcoin, Populous, Cryptonex.
Good Coins
There are around 500 of such good coins in the market that do offer a good objective for the project, a solid team with good experience to execute such tasks, a good marketing strategy to reach out to masses to share their ideas and quality contacts to make some good partnerships in the market.
The only reason why they are only classified as ‘good coins’ is due to the lack of uniqueness that the other ‘very good coins’ offer. They don’t really have that ‘point of parity’ in their project/product that separates them from their counterparts.
Some of these coins are NEM, Stratis, Monero, and BAT.
Very Good Coins
There are around 100 such ‘very good coins’ in the market. Their objectives are well defined with a solid team to execute their tasks perfectly. Along with that, their marketing teams are also well-qualified to make their ideas reach to the masses. Because of such a wonderful blend, they are able to make better and strong partnerships with a number of good companies.
What separates them from the ‘Good Coins’ category is their USPs (Unique Selling Points). They are unique in what they do and that’s what makes the difference.
Such coins are NEO, Stellar, Cardano, Ripple
Top Tier Cryptocurrencies
These are the top tier coins that provide the best functionalities. They have real-world usage, objectives to solve a real-world problem, strong fundamental teams to execute the mission of the project, marketing teams to spread the ‘idea’ and collaboration with a number of media channels to gain early investors.
Also, due to a good PR team, they are able to make a very strong partnership with a lot of Fortune 500 companies that give them an extra edge over rest of the projects in the market.
Some of these coins are VeChain, Ethereum, Bitcoin, IOTA, Icon, EOS, Kinesis.
Promising Projects Going Into the New Year
With more than 2000 cryptocurrencies out there in the crypto market, only a couple 100 of them qualify to be a top tier investment. It can be quite the challenge to find a worthy project among the thousands of choices. These next projects are some that show a lot of promise heading into 2019.
Always remember the 3’S’ of the investment – Sane, Smart and Sensible. An investor who is sane, smart and sensible will always look into the facts before he invests in any business or project.
Kinesis
This is one of the most promising upcoming projects in crypto. The broad overview of the coin is to offer an alternate and better evolutionary step beyond the basic monetary and banking system available today.
In short, it is a cryptocurrency that is backed by precious metals like gold and silver. According to the CEO of the company, Thomas Coughlin, the Kinesis coin is basically divisible units of allocated gold and silver which you can use as a currency.
There will be two stable Kinesis coins in the market backed by Gold and Silver. The stable Kinesis coins backed by Gold will be tagged as KAU and the stable Kinesis coins backed by Silver will be tagged as KAG.
These stablecoins backed by the precious metals like Gold and Silver are real game changers as these 2 precious metals are definable stores of value for use in trade and investment in the real-world economies.
The Kinesis coin is based on the Bespoke Blockchain Technology, a blockchain network forked off from the Stellar Blockchain Technology in order to suit the requirements of the Kinesis coin.
The cryptocurrency project is headed by Thomas Coughlin who is also the CEO of the Kinesis company. He has 15 years experience in the investment, funds management and capital markets. Before being the CEO of the Kinesis company, he held similar positions for the Bullion Capital and TRAC Financial Group as well.
Apart from Thomas Coughlin, there are other great members in the team as well. Their team consists of people like:
Michael Coughlin, Chief Financial Officer, having 41 years experience as a CPA in the accountancy and financial services professions.
Eric Maine, Chief Strategy Officer, having more than 30 years experience in Senior Management in the exchange and financial markets.
Ryan Case, Head of Sales & Trading in Kinesis, having extensive experience as Head of sales trading & partnership and also valuable experience in commodity, cryptocurrency, forex and derivative markets.
Jai Bifulco, Chief Marketing Officer, having a full-fledged 12 years of experience in award-winning full-stack marketer in Finance. He previously held roles of directors in multiple brokerages, consulting and Fintech sectors.
There are more than 30 different team members in this project spanning their roles from The Executive Committee to the Advisory Board to the Operations and Development team.
The coins are very limited in number as compared to other cryptocurrencies where the softcap is limited to just 15,000 KVT coins and HardCap is limited to 300,000 KVT coins. Minimum token that one can buy is set to 1 KVT which is equal to $1000.
So far, more than 57,000 KVT tokens have been sold which roughly equals to a whopping sum of $57 Million. With such a huge investment already deployed for the development of the project, there are still 30 more days left for the ICO sale period to end.
Also, apart from the investments gained, the Kinesis cryptocurrency is also focusing much on the partnerships with the top companies in the industry. These include companies like ABX (Allocated Bullion Exchange), MLG (Blockchain Consulting), Sigma Prime, Etherlabs and Fine Metal Asia Limited.
This cryptocurrency is certainly the one to watch out for in 2019.
VeChain
Broad Overview – In simple layman terminology, Vechain is a supply chain protocol to track logistics inventory. It has successfully implemented blockchain technology in various sectors like agriculture and industries like luxury goods and liquor.
They basically strive to solve real-life problems by providing solutions in various industries like:
Logistics: In this sector, VeChain implements the blockchain technology to improve the flow of information from one department to another by breaking silos yet maintaining the data privacy of every department. Government: There are more than 111 VeChain nodes deployed worldwide. The municipal governments participate in the VeChain blockchain network as nodes. The VeChain blockchain network offers decentralization and immunity against the data hacking that allows room for transparent information exchange. This indeed improves the efficiency of the municipal governments. The technologies used to track the logistics are:
Assigning digital identities to physical stocks that can be stored on the VeChain blockchain network Usage of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) NFC (Near Field Communication) Proof Of Authority Consensus In-House Temperature Controlled Tracking Quick Response Codes (QR Codes) The future potential of the VeChain cryptocurrency looks quite promising as the coin is signing new partnerships every month or so. Some of its partners are PricewaterhouseCoopers, DNV GL, Renault Group, KUEHNE + NAGEL, D.I.G, China Unicom and the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration of China.
Every single company with whom VeChain partnered has millions of customers that will use the VeChain technology embedded in their system. This makes the coin solve real-life problems and have mass adoption.
VeChain indeed makes a big difference in the logistics business. However, given the kind of turmoil that the entire cryptomarket is facing where the total market capitalization has fallen from $800 Billion to just around $200 Billion, no one can give any kind of assurance on the returns in your investment in the crypto assets. However, stablecoins like Kinesis has a reward yield system that incentivizes its investors for holding, depositing and also referring new users. Hence, the investors always stay on the benefit side even if the market collapses for a short duration.
IOTA
In simple terms, IOTA is a cryptocurrency which is designed for the Internet of Things. The cryptocurrency was developed to root a new direction to IoT by establishing a standardization called, ‘Ledger of Everything’ which means that the data exchange between sensor-equipped machines would be enabled to populate IoT.
IOTA has the potential to make transactions easy. A basic use case of IOTA can be seen in IOTA enabled vending machines. These machines can dispense the items without involving the associated transaction costs. Some other use cases of IOTA are Reddit Chains etc.
Technology Behind IOTA Surprisingly, IOTA does not use the traditional Blockchain technology for its design and development. In fact, a new platform called ‘Tangle Technology’ is being used for IOTA to operate on. The Tangle Technology deploys a mathematical concept called Directed Acyclic Graphs (DAG) which resolves both the scalability and transaction fees issues which we face in blockchain based cryptocurrencies.
In IOTA, for a transaction to be valid, each node present in DAG Tangle must approve the previous two transactions occurring at the other node. And adding to a note, this process removes the chances of mining and makes the system fully decentralized.
Future Potential Keeping in mind the remarkable result of IOTA, there exists a promising scope for it in the near future in various applications and platforms. IOTA would be standing tall and different in the future world full of cryptocurrencies vulnerable to quantum computers. IOTA has a lot of companies that it is working with. Some of them include Bosch, Volkswagen,Fujitsu, Accenture, Poyry and many more.
When viewed from a macro perspective, so far IOTA looks to be fee-less, scalable and fast which makes it next to perfect. However, if you own IOTA, the chances of you liquidating it into fiat currency via a ‘debit card’ and buying something from a grocery store is quite low. In order to fill this gap of actually buying something from the street market and becoming the global currency, Kinesis has introduced its Kinesis Debit Cards that enables the Kinesis token holders to exchange their tokens against FIAT currency and simultaneously buy products from a grocery shop, something which IOTA fails to offer.
ICON ICX
Broad Overview: ICON is a South Korean based company that develops blockchain technology and accompanies the cryptocurrency called ‘ICX’. ICON is a network framework which has been designed to allow independent blockchains to interact with each other. It allows interconnected blockchain networks to participate in a decentralized system which converges at a central point.
Technology: ICX token is built on the Ethereum blockchain network. ICON has developed a loop-chain platform that connects different blockchain communities through the ICON Republic which serves as the governing head for the Federation of other independent blockchain bodies.
All the communities are linked to Republic through C-Reps (Community Representatives) which then connects to Nexus. C-Reps functions as the portals to the communities to establish a connection with Nexus. And this way the entire procedure is carried out.
Future Scope: It is believed that ICON has plans to provide platforms to financial, security, insurance, healthcare, educational industries which can help them to carry transactions on a single network. Thus, ICON (ICX) can be seen having a good time in the coming days.
Also, it has been successful in signing a partnership deal with the tech-giant Samsung where it will be using ICON’s own Chain ID for a new Samsung project called ‘Samsung Pass’. Apart from Samsung, ICON has also signed deals with PORTAL NETWORK & W Foundation.
However, it is notable that ICON is built on the Ethereum network and is an ERC20 token. Hence, the transaction speed greatly depends on the Ethereum network. Currently, Ethereum can execute 15 transactions per second which is quite low in terms of what ICON (ICX) is currently aiming for. However, to fill this gap, we have Kinesis Bespoke Technology that offers a whopping speed of 3000 transactions per second. This lightning fast speed keeps the Kinesis token way ahead than ICX token.
Enjin
Broad Overview The native cryptocurrency of the Enjin Network, the Enjin Coin (popularly known as only ENJ) follows the ERC20 token standard and is used with a smart contract-based blockchain platform. Its typical users include content creators, game developers, and other members of the gaming community, who need to use virtual tokens to manage and trade virtual goods in the gaming world.
Technology behind Enjin As an ERC20-compliant token, the ENJ functions in accordance with the rules an Ethereum contract has to implement. It is used on a dedicated platform that is designed to support open-source software development kits (SDKs), applications, plug-ins, and payment gateways. As for its users, they will be able to efficiently participate in developing, launching, managing, and trade content and game-related products on the Enjin Network, without having to deal with the technical complexities.
Summary of Potential The ENJ is expected to solve some performance issues in using similar cryptocurrencies on the market today, including payment frauds where goods are not actually delivered, slow transaction processes, lack of ownership of virtual goods, lack of transaction standards, and centralization problems.
According to its creators, the ENJ coin, which is based on a blockchain, will create a distributed, trustworthy, and secure framework where transactions can be executed smoothly and quickly with minimal transaction fees. Its autonomous and decentralized system will ensure that all offers and deals will be honored.
Conclusion Generally speaking, the Enjin Coin is good. It helps bring the benefits of blockchain to millions of people participating in the virtual goods market. Its creators are working hard to prevent fraud in the gaming world.
However, it is still a relatively new project. As such, it is still volatile. This means that you still have to take utmost care and be wise when using it.
EOS
Broad Overview EOS is considered by many people who are participating in the virtual goods market as one of the best cryptocurrencies to use, supported by a powerful infrastructure for decentralized applications. Basically, the EOS blockchain is used for the development, execution, and hosting of decentralized applications (dApps) that are traded virtually.
Technology behind EOS The EOS system is composed of two key components, which are the EOS.IO and the EOS token. As for the former, it functions like a computer’s operating system in managing and controlling the EOS blockchain, with the use of an architecture that enables horizontal and vertical dApps. As for the latter, it is held (instead of spent) by the users to be able to become eligible of building, running, and trading apps, as well as using EOS network resources.
While EOS still does not have an official full form, it supports all core functionalities to allow individuals and businesses to create and trade blockchain-based apps.
It also runs on a web toolkit for interface development, just like Apple’s App Store and Google Play Store.
Summary of Potential While there are already a lot of cryptocurrencies based on Ethereum similar to it, the EOS system focuses on the critical and problematic points of the blockchain. Specifically, it attempts to solve the problems of scalability, speed, and flexibility that often cause transaction processes to slow down, which is a common issue in blockchain-based systems.
According to its creators, EOS.IO could also address other problems that come with the ever-increasing size of the dApps ecosystem, such as limited availability of resources, constrained networks, spamming, false transactions, and limited computing power.
It is said to be able to support thousands of commercial-scale dApps without hitting performance bottlenecks by using asynchronous communication methodologies and parallel execution across its network.
Conclusion The EOS system is very advanced. It is designed to address common problems with standard blockchain-based networks. But like other new cryptocurrency platforms on the virtual market today, it still has some weak points to improve. Also, there is again the exposure to volatility, as users hold the tokens to be eligible to trade virtually.
Nebulas
Broad overview Nebulas (NAS) is a new generation blockchain and is open for public collaborations for decentralized application (dApp) development. Its adaptability and scalability are the two characteristics that could propel NAS to be one of the top cryptocurrencies, thus giving it enough leverage to compete in the market.
Technology behind Nebulas Nebulas is the first crypto running on a 3rd generation blockchain, thus making it the dominant player of the new platform. This makes Nebulas highly flexible and scalable, even giving a good leverage in future-proofing their code. That could help avoid hard forking whenever some issues come up during scaling processes.
Summary of potential Adaptability, scalability and search-ability are three of the biggest potential NAS has to offer. With the 3rd generation blockchain it uses, it can allow the adaption of other codes based from Nebulas. This means that other cryptos can adapt to its platform soon enough.
Moreover, it can also act as a blockchain search engine. This can let users search particular blockchains based on efficiency and community strength.
Finally, its goal to provide fair incentives to Decentralized Application (dApp) developers is something that collaborators could expect. This means that more developers are expected to come, thus strengthening NAS even further.
Conclusion Nebulas (NAS) is a promising crypto especially with its adaptability, scalability and search-ability potentials. It can help with the fluidity of crypto into this new generation platform. However, it still lacks the value stability that Kinesis or stablecoins hold. NAS is still unpredictable, unlike Kinesis that backs it value with real gold.
Sky
Broad overview SkyCoin is a full environment system of blockchain technology, and has the goal of endorsing the actual usage of cryptocurrency.
Technology behind Sky Sky has its own algorithm, the Obelisk, which uses the web of trust dynamics to spread influence all throughout the network to come up with a consensus decision. The consensus decision depends on each node, by valuing its influence score. The influence score of each node is determined by the number of network nodes connected to it. This depicts the importance of the node to the network.
Aside from the Obelisk, Sky also operates its own cryptocurrency which is SkyCoin, its own ICO platform Fiber, a decentralized social media platform called BBS, and a decentralized messenger called Sky-Messenger.
Summary of potential Sky focuses its potential on being a full ecosystem of blockchain technology that encourages actual usage of crypto. Through its unique algorithm which is the Obelisk and some other dApps associated with it, Sky is a promising crypto technology and could be considered as the most complete one as of today.
Conclusion Sky, SkyCoin and the Obelisk is definitely a massive platform that could be considered as a full ecosystem of crypto and its related technology. Nonetheless, the SkyCoin depends its value on node influence scores, which could change from time to time as well. This makes Kinesis and Stablecoins still a better choice, especially for investors who want clear investments without hassle.
Crypto Predictions for 2019
While 2017 had the masses captivated and investing large amounts of capital, 2018 has seen price drops and sagging hopes. While the returns in 2017 exceeded anyone’s expectations, a strong pullback was predicted by many. Whether or not this bear market continues from here is the real question many investors face today.
Bitcoin’s rapid rise and fall exposed many problems, and the developers of the top cryptocurrencies in 2019 took note. When considering your crypto investments for 2019, factor in the following trends we predict will influence investments:
More Pullbacks According to the CEO of Vellum Capital, Eric Kovalak, the price of cryptos will reach new lows before they will rebound to new heights. This includes the biggest cryptocurrencies in the market, including Bitcoin. Kovalak believes that it will be priced below $3,500 before it will find its way back up. However, there are many mixed opinions on the current price of BTC, with some arguing the bottom for the crypto markets have already been seen.
Due to Bitcoin-based remittances, uncertainty in global economies like Asia, Turkey and Venezuela, and mobile penetration, there will be a surge in interest and the price of the digital currency.
A Flood of Institutional Investors
Institutional investors have been waiting on the sideline for the ETF to rule in favor of Bitcoin. According to Mike Novogratz, CEO of Galaxy Capital, once the ETF arrives, “institutional fomo’ will start flooding the market.”
Another factor is Kinesis, the investment blockchain that provides investors with a safe and reliable alternative. Pegged against precious metals, it provides protection against volatility that may be caused by political instability.
The Kinesis Monetary System lets you own real gold or silver when you purchase the digital currency. Your ownership is then digitized and then made available for spending, trading, and transfer. What is even better, the monetary system can be used internationally, ensuring reliability of money around the world.
With the recent crisis around the Turkish Lira, the price of gold has significantly increased.
Mass adoption of crypto by consumers In January 2019, blockchain technology will be 10 years old. It remains a speculative investment to this day but 2019 could be the year of mass adoption for digital currencies.
For this to happen, however, there has to be some triggers.
Speculation should become a real utility. People must use blockchain projects in everyday life so they will gain widespread use. Decentralized applications (DApps) must gain mainstream status to promote widespread adoption of cryptocurrencies. Improved payment processing, addressing the issue on the current situation of slow transaction times and high transaction fees. Scalability of blockchain technology with little to no impact on its efficiency. To date, slow transaction times are due to the growing number of users and transaction sizes. This calls for blockchain to grow and have the ability to compete with Mastercard, PayPal, or Visa. Introduction of off-chain solutions that allow users to complete a transaction through peer-to-peer payment channel instead of within the blockchain. This will address slow transaction times. Security will be provided by the parent blockchain. Gold Is Still The Standard Despite the promises and unique functions of many cryptocurrencies, there is still uncertainty in these new markets.
Gold has remained the best form of investment throughout history, and the best store of value, especially through times of crisis in politics and economies.
Kinesis pegs its value to gold which has proven to be the safest investment in history. Therefore Kinesis stands to gain from the stability gold offers while simultaneously fusing it with the unique features of this cutting edge crypto technology.
With the Kinesis Monetary System, investing in gold is no longer the slow process that many older investors are used to. This cryptocurrency is backed by gold and silver and supports precious metals trade.
It has three essential assets.
Tokens that represent an investors ownership of gold and silver. The inherited system where performance is done. Complete blockchain security that supports investments and paves the way for the creation of new assets protected in a banking system. Most importantly, the Kinesis Monetary System allows thousands of transactions to be completed per second in a completely secure channel.
The Near Future
Even a decade later, cryptocurrencies are still very much in their infancy. At this time, no one is sure what shape this growing sector will take in the future. Many cryptocurrencies will come and go but the ones that show the most promise, that fulfill their use cases, will stick around for the long term. With any emerging technology, we have to watch how it evolves and how it merges with our everyday life, changing the way we interact with everything around us.
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SPARROW - The Leading decisions mercantilism Platform

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The TradePROTECT is an alternative and ideal instrument that protect advanced resources against unfriendly economic situations. The TradePROTECT is the thing that we tend to choose looking for an "out-the-cash, European, lined alternative". The client pays a non-refundable Instant Premium to get the best possible to exchange a particular advanced quality at the highest point of a fixed sum for a fixed strike esteem.
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ConvertNOW Facility is another component of Sparrow, it's work is known as SWAP, and what it does is to propose you to change back the bolstered monetary forms at Sparrow directly at this value. Sparrow's ConvertNOW Facility happens continuously and is absolutely free https://sparrowexchange.com/
KEY FEATURES OF SPARROW
Sparrow is a Straightforward Platform Sparrow decisions region unit lined and furthermore the least demanding approach to oversee risk and lift your profits
Sparrow is Adaptable Full-highlighted, adjustable and exceptionally fluid decisions mercantilism stage supporting the needs of each retail and institutional dealer
Sparrow is Dependable Sparrow decisions zone unit chose Ethereum great contracts on the NIDUS Chain, sanctionative clear settlement of advanced resources
Sparrow is Secure Industry-driving security and consistence. Your benefits region unit verified to the best security gauges that region unit severally evaluated.
WHY MUST WE ALL EMBRACE SPARROW PLATFORM?
In Sparrow Exchange, clients can just administration risk and lift their profits. In Sparrow exchange platform, with just numerous simple snaps, everyone can buy or create associate in nursing decision.
People can have awesome client aptitude with rearranged tools and an assessment motor driven by AI to supply them with the best worth at whatever point.
Sparrow Exchange will draw in a spread scope of clients, each retail and institutional dealetrader.
Sparrow is that the underlying decision corporate greed stage inside the digital money. it'll be a phenomenal favorable position whenever sorted out dealers enter this market.
SPARROW TOKEN ECONOMY
The Sparrow platform has two native token namely 'SP dollar' and 'SPO token' Sparrow dollar (SP) is the token that makes it basic for dealers to get a handle on the value of any Sparrow decision and to check contracts. SP will exclusively be utilized on Sparrow and can not be moved or utilized outside Sparrow; while Sparrow token (SPO) is that the token ERC-20 running on the Ethereum stage. SPO will be expected to pay gathering activity expenses, withdrawal charges and stage posting expenses. The SPO could be utilized as a transaction rebate with different benefits.
IN CONCLUSION,
Sparrow is the platform that can secure and control trading risks for cryptocurrency enthusiastic; Sparrow could be an appallingly encouraging task giving clients a simple and secure corporate greed stage. The users of Sparrow exchange platform will have a great opportunity to trade without fear because the platform is incorporated with tools that will make the users minimize and control risks.
For more Information about Sparrow, please visit any of the links below:
Official website: https://sparrowexchange.com
Bitcointalk ANN: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5146551.0
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/SparrowExchange
Official Medium: https://medium.com/sparrowexchange
Telegram: https://t.me/SparrowExchange
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SparrowExchange/
Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/SparrowExchange/
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FUTURE1EXCHANGE: A DISTINCTIVE CRYTPOCURRENCY EXCHANGE FOR THE MASSES

FUTURE1EXCHANGE: A DISTINCTIVE CRYTPOCURRENCY EXCHANGE FOR THE MASSES
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Introduction
With the regularly developing interest in the realm of Cryptocurrencies, and blockchain innovation, markets are winding up increasingly dynamic and are opening up to more up to date conceivable outcomes subsidiary with web 2.0. So also, expanded awareness have made a swell in the ecosystem which has changed into a rush of Digital currency, trading exchanges, wallets, smart contracts and considerably more. In contrast to customary markets, clients get liquidity, 24X7 openness, no-to-negligible administrative control and exponential enlargement potential in blockchain innovation. These unmistakable highlights bait clients, both beginner and pioneers, towards Digital currency nd Crypto-markets.
Cryptocurrency market capital as on the said date remains at $642billion which is the ever highest throughout the entire existence of Cryptocurrency. Accordingly, an enormous number of potential clients are still to profit by this network. Notwithstanding for the apprentices or veteran crypto communities, the accessibility of a solitary platform which can give them the most recent or ongoing data on digital currencies, ICOs, evaluations, and open accessibility of expert Crypto-Traders who are prepared to render their administrations like copy trading are either constrained or missing. Amateur clients consequently feel took off alone and don't take much risk, being stuck at the back sit when it comes to being active with regards to dynamic support, exchange and add to ICOs.
Future1Excahnge is here to fill this hole by giving an exhaustive blockchain platform with world-class highlights offering real-time learning on a wide range of digital assets, exchanges, wallets, ICO appraisals. Future1Exchange guarantees a condition which is decentralized, protected, straightforward, dependable and dynamic. Future1Exchange will be a platform for Forex and Cryptocurrency Knowledge, Trading, ICO's and so on. It will likewise offer copy-trade service, ICOs appraisals, host conferences, and give escrow administrations to guarantee post-ICO administration for fitting utilization of funds.
WHAT IS FUTURE1EXCHANGE?
Future1Exchange is an Institutional evaluation advanced digital asset exchange intended for both expert dealers and retail financial specialists. The platform enables clients to purchase, sell, and store digital assets.
The Future1Exchange is also enlisted and authorized to give digital asset-to-fiat exchange and wallet services. The conducts of its tasks is secured by the Estonian law. The objective is to turn into the world's driving Crypto Exchange and platform for Token Offering , Digital Asset Portfolio , Custody , Cryptocurrency Education and Forecasting.
Future1Exchange Registry Code 14458317 have obtained 2 official crypto licenses in Europe Estonia:
a) Providers of a service of exchanging a digital (crypto) currency against a fiat currency. License number is FVR000382
b) Providers of a digital (crypto) currency wallet service. License number is FRK000313
DISTINCTIVE UNIQUENESS OF FUTURE1EXCHANGE
  • The platform enables clients to purchase, sell, and store digital asset. And as been tied up with Ecxx for their trading platform , record vault for custody solutions, Paxos and OSL for OTC , Accuity and Cynopsis for KYC and AML , Know Your Token for Token Project posting due constancy , Bitcurate to offer gauge on crypto asset dependent on Artificial Intelligence progressively , DWF law office for their lawful administrations.
  • Future1exchange is authorized and directed in Estonia Europe. Unlike other exchange which are for the most part unlicensed. The future1Exchange being authorized and managed will assemble trust in the market.
  • Future1exchange also provides the best security by giving out Fort-Knox Security, Multi-signature Custody Services, a High-Speed Matching Engine, day in and day out exchange observing motor, and instant deposits and withdrawals. The exchange also assures client 100% reserved and won't be utilized anyplace else.
  • The future1exchange additionally have a foundation to teach clients on Blockchain and Cryptocurrency. Future1exchange will be the goto platform for financial specialists and merchants hoping to invest into Disruptive innovation organization that is going to shape what's to come.
  • Future1Exchnage also utilizes Ledger Vault Technology for its users digital asset portfolio custody services.
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  • Future1Exchange launches OTC Services tiesup with Paxos and OSL. The OTC will allow users to trade larger amounts of cryptocurrencies and will offer the global community of Accredited investors, family, offices and Vcs to have access to prime investment and trading opportunities.
  • Future1Exchnage likewise offers high liquidity as the OTC trading desk will be able to provide high volume for enormous buyers or investors
  • Future1Exchange OTC Trading Desk Partners Will also Offer Options To Trade Cryptos through Phone , Telegram , Skype , Walk-In
  • Another uniqueness of the exchange is the Privacy, personalized service and the 24/7 customer support.
  • Future1Exchange also offers revenue sharing of upto 30%. Users can invite their friends and earn upto 30% of the commissions on the exchange transactions. And it is only done and activated if users have deposited at least 1 ETH.
  • In nearest future, Future1Exchange also aims to extend in other workplaces in Europe, the Middle East, and South East Asia. Users can now list their tokens and the exchange is also olanning to launch IEO Launch pad, Multi Language trading Interface and customers will almost certainly buy Crypto with Credit Card. There after we are going to dispatch our P2P and Margin Trading Platform.
THE TEAM

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Future1Exchange is established by kishore Mansinghani an Ex Hedge Fund Manager, Serial Entrepreneur, an industry veteran with more than 20 years of involvement in the Financial Markets. He began his vocation with an OTC Broker and from that point worked in USA (Silicon Valley) with Asia-Tech a B2B Marketplace he at that point moved to Singapore and began his own support investments. The Exchange also have an excellent group – Herbert Sim from Huobi otherwise known as the Bitcoin Man, Eman Pulis organizer of Malta blockchain Summit and Saleem Mohammad Founder and CEO of Tescon and World Blockchain Summit has joined our Board of Advisor.
Kindly visit the below website for more in depth knowledge about the project:
Website: https://www.future1exchange.com/index
Whitepaper: https://future1coin.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Future1coin\_Whitepaper.pdf
Telegram: https://t.me/future1exchange
Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/useFuture1Ex/
Bitcointalk username: bosunbossman
Bitcointalk profile link: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=1197648;sa=summary
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THE REVIEW OF THE VOLUM PROJECT

VOLUM is a technology-based blockchain-era holding organization. Holding organizations have been aside of the venture and making a speculation scene for bounty numerous years. A portion of the most extreme acclaimed bunches inside the world, which incorporates Alphabet (Google), Berkshire Hathaway, General Electric and Bank of America are operated as safeguarding offices. VOLUM leverages the gifts of an ensuring office shape which, by method for configuration, limits risks through expansion, and grants shared foundation to quick gain economies of scale. In the VOLUM occasion, all portfolio bunches leverage a typical local forex and blockchain technology stage that empowers streamlined convey chain control, B2B commercial center exchanges upheld by methods for trustless savvy contracts and propelled records investigation. Portfolio organizations profit by vertical what's more, even reconciliation potential outcomes with other VOLUM operating partnerships. VOLUM takes minority ownership positions in a broad scope of organizations, scholarly resources and different resources. These benefits are tokenized on the VOLUM decentralized stage and made accessible to financial specialists on virtual cash trades. As a looking after organization, VOLUM will develop through obtaining of minority value stakes in promising commercial center disruptors, in general blockchain-principally based, in particular intemperate blast markets. VOLUM is looking for associations that have solid control gatherings, stable market systems and attainable administrations or items. While the organization wants to burn through cash on blockchain-fundamentally based business endeavor styles, income footing and scholarly homes, these properties are not normally necessities. The businesses pick by VOLUM are prevalent quality, convey chain the board programming as an administration (specifically for the wines and spirits industry area), and cell/social advertising applications. VOLUM has propelled a decentralized stage based upon the Ethereum blockchain. Through the execution of smart contracts related with each ERC-20 and ERC-721 consistent VOLUM token (VLM), the stage has the ability to address a broad type of exchange sorts. VLM can subsequently be utilized as an utility token to perform exchanges over two or three business endeavor elements with a various scope of items and administrations. Any portfolio substance of the protecting manager that has a blockchain-based business undertaking ought to get the VLM token as its sole programming token. A portfolio business venture with an operational blockchain-based absolutely stage the utilization of a current application token might be required to supplant the then present day application token with the VLM token. Likewise, blockchain-based activities inside the system of being created by portfolio organizations must utilize the VLM programming token.
Website: https://volum.io
White Paper: https://volum.io/assets/images/volum-whitepaper.pdf
Bounty0x Username: Adeniketolu
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SPARROW - The Leading decisions mercantilism Platform

The greatest revolution that the world has experienced so far is the innovation of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency. The blockchain improve the system security, transparency and also has a feature that can decentralized a system. In the other way, the cryptocurrency is a digital currency that has changed the way we handle money and likewise the way will do business. The invention has open more opportunities in business and its impact has been felt in almost every sectors around the world. Majority of the world investors are shifting their attention to the crypto space because the space has been described as the new gold of the 21st century. Trading of cryptocurrency is not an easy thing, many were still finding it difficult to understand. So it is advisable to make use of exchange that have adequate trading tools that will safeguard and gives direction of how and when to trade in order for investors not to loose their investment. Let me introduce us to an exchange that possesses all the trading features and offer adequate security to the users fund; they are called Sparrow.
INTRODUCING SPARROW
Sparrow is a decision mercantilism platform. What do I mean by a decision mercantilism? It is an agreement that empowers an industrialist to look for or sell a basic instrument kind of a security, or a file at an arranged an incentive over an exact measure of time. So Sparrow is a decision mercantilism platform that is made with the intend to make every minute of every day, secure and dependable spot for dealers to deal with their risk besides as offer simple trading tools and secure motor for clients' particular wants. Sparrow will serve their clients with basic and safe tools all together that these members will construct utilization of their devices simply like the experts do. Sparrow is the main decisions mercantilism stage, giving the best gratitude to the executives risk and genuine your computerized resources https://sparrowexchange.com/. Sparrow is working on how to use smart contracts to change and engage foundations and individuals to exchange decisions that territory unit settled.
Sparrow is one of the biggest projects we have now on the crypto space; they have thrown Strategic Partnerships with noted associations like, Signum Capital, Du Capital LuneX Ventures, Arrington XRP Capital, Hyperchain Capital, Digital Currency Holdings, The Yozma group, QCP Capital, 256 Ventures, day of recognition Capital, and Kyber Network. This alone should tell you this project is the type no one should miss.
In Sparrow platform, looking for and corporate greed decisions is done on the optionsmarket, that exchanges contracts bolstered protections. The decisions mercantilism is one among the principal normal types of mercantilism accessible market or forex showcase. With decision mercantilism, merchants will the executives and oversee dangers appropriate and no one will lose capital.
Sparrow decisions is to give you the office to shield your digital assets through the TradePROTECT item or get Instant Premium on your advanced resources through the usage of the TradeBOOST item. Sparrow decisions region unit clear, adjustable, and simple item that intend to bring risk the board abuse decisions to a more extensive crowd. So in Sparrow, get a decision is tradePROTECT ANd sell a decision is tradeBOOST.
The TradePROTECT is an alternative and ideal instrument that protect advanced resources against unfriendly economic situations. The TradePROTECT is the thing that we tend to choose looking for an "out-the-cash, European, lined alternative". The client pays a non-refundable Instant Premium to get the best possible to exchange a particular advanced quality at the highest point of a fixed sum for a fixed strike esteem.
TradeBOOST is the ideal instrument to real advanced resources once the market is calm or on the off chance that you have a more extended term perused with short-run costs to meet. TradeBOOST is the thing that we tend to choose corporate greed an "out-the-cash, European, lined alternative". this recommends the merchant gathers a non-refundable Instant Premium equally for corporate greed the best possible to exchange a particular advanced quality at the highest point of a fixed sum for a fixed strike esteem.
ConvertNOW Facility is another component of Sparrow, it's work is known as SWAP, and what it does is to propose you to change back the bolstered monetary forms at Sparrow directly at this value. Sparrow's ConvertNOW Facility happens continuously and is absolutely free https://sparrowexchange.com/
KEY FEATURES OF SPARROW
Sparrow is a Straightforward Platform Sparrow decisions region unit lined and furthermore the least demanding approach to oversee risk and lift your profits
Sparrow is Adaptable Full-highlighted, adjustable and exceptionally fluid decisions mercantilism stage supporting the needs of each retail and institutional dealer
Sparrow is Dependable Sparrow decisions zone unit chose Ethereum great contracts on the NIDUS Chain, sanctionative clear settlement of advanced resources
Sparrow is Secure Industry-driving security and consistence. Your benefits region unit verified to the best security gauges that region unit severally evaluated.
WHY MUST WE ALL EMBRACE SPARROW PLATFORM?
In Sparrow Exchange, clients can just administration risk and lift their profits. In Sparrow exchange platform, with just numerous simple snaps, everyone can buy or create associate in nursing decision.
People can have awesome client aptitude with rearranged tools and an assessment motor driven by AI to supply them with the best worth at whatever point.
Sparrow Exchange will draw in a spread scope of clients, each retail and institutional dealetrader.
Sparrow is that the underlying decision corporate greed stage inside the digital money. it'll be a phenomenal favorable position whenever sorted out dealers enter this market.
SPARROW TOKEN ECONOMY
The Sparrow platform has two native token namely 'SP dollar' and 'SPO token' Sparrow dollar (SP) is the token that makes it basic for dealers to get a handle on the value of any Sparrow decision and to check contracts. SP will exclusively be utilized on Sparrow and can not be moved or utilized outside Sparrow; while Sparrow token (SPO) is that the token ERC-20 running on the Ethereum stage. SPO will be expected to pay gathering activity expenses, withdrawal charges and stage posting expenses. The SPO could be utilized as a transaction rebate with different benefits.
IN CONCLUSION,
Sparrow is the platform that can secure and control trading risks for cryptocurrency enthusiastic; Sparrow could be an appallingly encouraging task giving clients a simple and secure corporate greed stage. The users of Sparrow exchange platform will have a great opportunity to trade without fear because the platform is incorporated with tools that will make the users minimize and control risks.
For more Information about Sparrow, please visit any of the links below:
Official website: https://sparrowexchange.com
Bitcointalk ANN: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5146551.0
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/SparrowExchange
Official Medium: https://medium.com/sparrowexchange
Telegram: https://t.me/SparrowExchange
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SparrowExchange/
Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/SparrowExchange/
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On AIR: Hacken Answers the Questions in Regards to Marketing Activities

On AIR: Hacken Answers the Questions in Regards to Marketing Activities
As a part of the answers to the Q&A launched by Hacken, we are delighted to share our vision on Marketing Activities.
Marketing, as well as product development, is one of the Key activities. Based on the questions we received from the Community we created 3 Marketing Blocks: Community Building, Market making, and Customer Management. Below we are telling about each of them in details.

COMMUNITY BUILDING

KEY PRINCIPLES:
The main principles come from Hacken’s mission - to make the crypto space mature, secure, and transparent. Undoubtedly, to achieve it, we need the assistance of the crowd, who are the market participants.
As a result, our fundamental principles are grounded in the incentives for people to support our mission:
1) Influence
Each HKN token holder will be able to participate in the voting process to select the future development directions of the company. The voting power will be determined by the percentage of tokens held by a person.
2) Fair Rewarding
Each HKN token holder will be justly rewarded for his/her contribution to the functionality of our blockchain network (being nodes and master nodes) and to the development of our business (paying active & loyal community members tokens, merch, tickets, etc.).
3) Facilitation
Hacken will guide and support community members who are willing to contribute to Hacken’s mission either with us or independently. The support includes the following areas: business development, marketing, cybersecurity, R&D and so forth.
F.e. you can conduct an investigation similar to CER’s research on BitForex. Our team will review the work and give recommendations regarding the ways to improve it if needed. Then, Hacken will deliver the results to the community to ensure the highest coverage of the investigation.
Therefore, our community structure and principles are designed to achieve visibility, inclusiveness, transparency, flexibility, and efficiency. We believe that this approach will significantly foster the achievement of Hacken’s mission and the overall progress within the industry:
The more we contribute, the more we have. Together, we will make a difference!
SMART OBJECTIVES:
S - Specific
Develop a worldwide network of local community members — people who will do their best to help Hacken reach the common goal and achieve marketing and business development success. The key factor is fostering the ideology of “family,” “common goal”, and “mutual benefit.”Credo: The more each of us contributes, the more we have! This thinking concerns a secure crypto space, fair exchanges, lack of scams, higher demand for Hacken, and cybersecurity services.
M - Measurable
The goal will be evaluated by local community branches in 5 locations: the US, Japan, Korea, Europe, Turkey. Active community members in each region will also assist with the implementation: short-term goal — 500, middle — 1000, aggressive — 1500.
A - Achievable
We already have loyal supporters who voluntary promote Hacken and find new dev opportunities for the company.We believe that if we create a more comprehensive management structure (working process and processing of inbound requests), content marketing (adaptation and distribution of content) and motivation system (encouragement according to levels), we will succeed in community management and marketing.
R - Relevant
The cooperation between Hacken and well-established blockchain companies like Vechain, SONM, SingularityX etc. has proved that the presence of active and involved community members positively affects marketing performance, capitalization of a coin, trading volume, and volatility.
T - Time
The deadline for the implementation of the project — 3 months.
CURRENT COMMUNITY DESIGN
As for now, we have a next outline describing the Community structure and processes.
Community Organizational Structure
Content Outbound Distribution
Inbound Request Operating

MARKET MAKING

SHORT TERMS VOLUME/PRICE INCREASING
Hacken gained significant experience and knowledge about exchanges and exchange rate fluctuations while conducting marketing activities.
Thus, we concluded that:
Direct stimulation of the bidding and courses (an activity illegal in traditional fond markets) doesn’t guarantee a long-term effect and, moreover, can be harmful;
The number of active exchange members and listing standards is the main criteria for a token that plans to be listed;
Expanding community support via social media accounts of an exchange, accounts of partners or other media communities brings the organic growth of trades and prices;
Inter-exchange and inter-arbitrage can bring a healthy and organic pump required shortly after the start of trading.
Logical consequences:
The continuous community growth and effective communication with users are the essential parameters for Hacken and key performance metrics on our way to volume/price increase.
Listing on a new exchange. Currently, we are about to start the Token Protocol Migration and listing on new exchanges, which may have a significant marketing effect, especially for selling HKN tokens before and after Protocol Migration.
The increase of client base, continuous community growth and effective communication with the HKN community members are the essential parameters for Hacken and key performance metrics on our way to volume/price increase.
HKN EXCHANGER OPERATING
At the end of the spring, we realized that it was difficult for our clients to purchase the token because they had to register on a different exchange to buy HKNs.
The most efficient way to resolve this issue was to create an automatic exchanger.
Hacken Exchanger, a tool that allows one-way transactions to buy HKNs, was developed by our partners Paytomat to facilitate the process of buying HKN tokens for our clients from hub.hacken.io and hackenproof.com. One can find Hacken Exchanger on top of the main tab of our website - https://hacken.io/
Subsequently, we plan to upgrade it: tokens will be automatically bought from an exchange in order to replenish its reserve.
CER MONETIZATION STRATEGIES
Currently, CER is free of charge, but some of the most useful blocks will be available under paid subscription after October 1, 2018.
We plan to offer three different ways to get access to the platform:
  • Paid subscription for individual investors and enterprises
  • Free availability to those holding a sufficiently high amount of HKNs
  • Including a crypto exchange to CER scoring boards

CUSTOMER MANAGEMENT

EXISTING CUSTOMERS AND CONCLUSIONS
Our customers are blockchain and IT companies.
We provide a full range of cybersecurity services: anti-phishing protection, smart contract audit, and penetration testing. Most of our clients stay with us: once they order a service from Hacken, they appreciate the quality of our work and purchase other services.Furthermore, we continuously expand and improve the services we offer to meet the growing demand. For example, we've just released an anti-phishing bot, which will help our customers automatically identify and remove fake accounts in Telegram groups.Additionally, we expect to expand our client base by establishing close ties with existing clients and encouraging them to recommend our services to other companies.
Cybersecurity Service Business Modeling
CYBERSECURITY MARKET
The cybersecurity market will grow by 12-15 percent until 2021.
According to the “Deltek’s Federal Information Security Market Report,” the demand for cybersecurity services by the US federal government will increase up to $11 billion by 2020. More and more federal agencies increase the cybersecurity spending share of their budgets; Deltek expects that by 2020 the average share of cybersecurity spending within an IT budget will exceed 10 percent.
WHY HKN?
We will do our best to bring these budgets to HKN Capitalization.
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AFRICUNIA BANK PROJECT PARTNERS WITH CREDITS.COM

This is to inform the users collectively and the general public that CREDITS and AFRICUNIA DIGITAL BANK are now partnering together and will start accepting their respective tokens (Credits & AFCASH). The agreement signed by both companies will allow buying AFCASH, which is a token supplied by AFRICUNIA with Credits token (CS). Additionally, any buyer performing such operation will get a special 20% discount by AFRICUNIA.
AFRICUNIA positions itself as The First African 100% Digital CrowdFunded Open Bank based on Blockchain 3.0. It strives to become a unique Financial Institution that would offer not only traditional banking services related to opening of savings and current accounts, issuing of debit and credit cards, loans and forex exchange services but also will provide innovative banking services such as bank-to-bank transactions, interconnecting the world of traditional finance and cryptocurrency startups. To achieve this goal it plans to secure $50m during ICO. AFRICUNIA is also in the process of implementing AFCASH, a coin based on its proprietary AFRICUNIA Protocol Consensus Algorithm (APCA).
Credits is a company that promises the fastest and most scalable blockchain platform for dApps. A unique technological platform for the development and execution of decentralized applications based on the blockchain technology and smart contracts
This partnership will no doubt help to drive the ambitious growth of both partners that spans across Africa, Europe and Asia.
Commenting on the announcement, Don Chancellor, The Founder & President, AFRICUNIA BANK said: “Our board resolution to partner with CREDITS, alongside the Trading Exchange and various software developments we announced recently to be launched in August and September 2018, demonstrates our commitment to continuously expanding the breadth of our service offering by investing in the best talents, the unbanked and the forgotten at the bottom of the pyramid. The increasing size of our workforce coupled with that of Credits Engineers ensures a deep resource pool to draw from, with experts from diverse backgrounds. Our combination of traditional and innovative skills and capabilities means we can provide market-leading products and services that help our clients continue to tackle some of today’s most complex and pressing issues while aiming to be at the very top position in Cryptosphere.’’
For more information, you may contact CREDITS at www.credits.com and AFRICUNIA at www.africunia.com.
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NUPay - The New Crypto-Payment Platform

NUPay - The New Crypto-Payment Platform

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Fintech businesses that have risen to tackle these difficulties are rapidly developing money associated basis round the globe via a combination of the Internet and fund.

Under the new framework, NUPay Team illuminates the farthest factor of the digital cash use in indistinguishable shape from respectable cash to sketch unique administrations for advance, settlement, useful resource the board, and so forth in the cryptographic cash advertise.

For advantageous use, as even though in affiliation with set up business organizations, we will work with present FinTech groups to provide easy get admission to to economic administrations through digital currency, and we are looking out for methods to crew up.

NUPay will begin by way of propelling NUPay, our across the board installment stage, in Korea at a opening length and alongside these lines growing to different parts of the world, in the cease prompting the production of a blockchain biological community that empowers a international on-and disconnected installment framework dependent on NUPay Protocol and NUPay Platform.

What precisely is NUPay?

As depicted above and as indicated on the respectable whitepaper of Nupay, NUPay platform is a blockchain-based marketplace which ensures transparency of transactions made on the platform. Transparency of transactions ensures that consumers can take higher care of their property and thereby keep away from being ripped off. Blockchain science has made extremely good strides presenting attainable options to age-long problems that has plagued humanity. For example, Bitcoin and ethereum have delivered about modern thoughts and ideas that have been of so a great deal assist to humanity such as forex and smart contracts which has helped in finance, manufacturing, health and other sectors of the economy.

In addition, NUPAY is a financial fee platform that will assist in connecting both the retailers and the users in the platform. To make the task a successful one, they have launched their own native token (TPCT) which will be used in the platform as a medium of transaction exchange. NUPAY has made a partnership deal with the Korean ONLINE and OFFLINE stores which will help in the scalability of the TPCT token.


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NUPay Blockchain System

The NUPay Blockchain, which is the premise among NUPay, shippers and clients, will distributively store all trade associated subtleties, such as account balance, alternate subtleties, and installment addresses, on the ace hub. An ace hub that consists of of one or severa hubs, if needed,can make some other gadget for it is exact with hubs that can be pre-approved.

Further, NUPay Blockchain System's unified document and decentralized stage are related to the dependability and unwavering first-rate of the modern-day present installment portal frameworks. This implies digital cash can utilized similarly as the reputable or fiat cash, which is overseen as a gathering thru the NUPay Blockchain's gathering procedure, and it does decentralized administration.

Each adjustment in the blockchain requires a lion's share of cross-hub network understanding. Bitcoin, the primary cryptographic money, utilized the PoW calculation to gain concurrence on the exchange books of all Bitcoin hubs. Be that as it may, this calculation isn't virtually used in conditions that require instant installment because of very reasonable speed.

To tackle the difficulty of this type of calculation and preserve up installment administration exactness, NUPay allows grasp between networks to be come to in the course of each time with the aid of a hub that has experienced a progression of pre-approved procedures. At the factor when the network of hubs achieves an understanding, the old agreement archives are disbursed with, and new information are made as the most latest blockchain status. The approval hubs of the NUPay Blockchain keep up a comparable remaining records. Henceforth, the NUPay Blockchain gives an installment framework that encourages and does an precise trade with no deferral or time slip by, not at all like some current trade forms.

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About The TPCT Token

The platform utility token is recognised as ‘TPCT’, it can be used to buy items or services thru this platform. The TPCT token will resolve the problem of cryptocurrency usability via the NUPay Partnership with important fee gateways companies, present card, and reward point issuers, and on and offline merchants.

TPCT token will be used as a transaction certificate when the user buys a service. Every transaction procedure will be dealt with with the aid of clever contracts and cross-chain web hosting technological know-how to make certain the authenticity, legality, and compliance. TPCT token will be used with the aid of the consumer and vendor for transacting; it will be in a position to achieve a real-time agreement and put off the chance and value concerned with the traditional way of charge on present platforms.

Token Details

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Roadmap

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Team Nupay

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We recommend that you familiarize yourself with the official source of the NUPay project:

NUPAY official website: http://nupayment-alliance.com
TPCT official website: http://www.tpct.io
Telegram channel: https://t.me/NUPay_English_Community
Whitepaper project: http://www.tpct.io/ index.php # section-2
ANN thread: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5097440.0
Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NUPayKorea/
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VOLUM

VOLUM is a technology-based blockchain-period holding association. Holding associations have been aside of the endeavor and making a theory scene for abundance various years. A bit of the most outrageous acclaimed clusters inside the world, which joins Alphabet (Google), Berkshire Hathaway, General Electric and Bank of America are worked as protecting workplaces. VOLUM use the blessings of a guaranteeing office shape which, by technique for design, limits chances through development, and gifts shared establishment to snappy addition economies of scale. In the VOLUM event, all portfolio bundles influence an average neighborhood forex and blockchain technology organize that enables streamlined pass on chain control, B2B business focus trades maintained by techniques for trustless wise contracts and impelled records examination. Portfolio associations benefit by vertical what's increasingly, even compromise potential results with other VOLUM working organizations. VOLUM takes minority proprietorship positions in a wide extent of associations, insightful assets and distinctive assets. These advantages are tokenized on the VOLUM decentralized stage and made available to monetary experts on virtual money exchanges. As a taking care of association, VOLUM will create through getting of minority esteem stakes in promising business focus disruptors, when all is said in done blockchain-chiefly based, specifically exorbitant impact markets. VOLUM is searching for affiliations that have strong control get-togethers, stable market systems and feasible organizations or things. While the association needs to consume money on blockchain-on a very basic level based business try styles, salary balance and academic homes, these properties are not ordinarily necessities. The organizations pick by VOLUM are common quality, pass on chain the board programming as an organization (explicitly for the wines and spirits industry territory), and cell/social promoting applications. VOLUM has moved a decentralized stage dependent on the Ethereum blockchain. Through the execution of smart contracts related with each ERC-20 and ERC-721 steady VOLUM token (VLM), the stage can address an expansive kind of trade sorts. VLM can in this way be used as an utility token to perform trades more than a few business attempt components with a different extent of things and organizations. Any portfolio substance of the securing supervisor that has a blockchain-based business undertaking should get the VLM token as its sole programming token. A portfolio business adventure with an operational blockchain-based completely arrange the use of a present application token may be required to replace the then present day application token with the VLM token. Moreover, blockchain-based exercises inside the system of being made by portfolio associations must use the VLM programming token.
Site: https://volum.io
White Paper: https://volum.io/resources/pictures/volum-whitepaper.pdf
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How to Stop Losing With Forex

Forex Option Strategies are used in order to compute the possible profit, to avert any possible or impending loss of investment and in order to determine or predict the right time of buying and selling the forex options. These strategies are used in order to determine the exact date of when the option price will reach the peak and this is done through various computations and formulas. These computations and formulas have been available for decades and have been tried and tested to be accurate.

The Forex Option Strategies are also used in order to determine or predict the time when the option is valued at the lowest. By having this information first hand, the forex trader will not make the mistake of selling the options for the reason that the amount to be gained by selling these options will not suffice in covering the total amount of money invested in buying them. Necessarily so, the forex trader will also be able to determine the right time to buy forex options when the options are valued at the lowest in order to gain more profit rather than buying these options at a higher price.

Fap Turbo is probably the most popular automatic Forex trading program in the world today. It is used by tens of thousands of traders in many countries and has many success stories. It is probably the robot which has gotten the most good reviews across the board that I've seen in my years in Forex writing.

However, this doesn't mean that you should buy Fap Turbo. In fact, there is one case in which I'd advise against it.Some traders are under the assumption that using this robot can turn them into mega-traders or even millionaires. You just turn on the robot and it pumps money into your bank account. This is what they imagine.

https://binaryforexuniversity.com/freeadcashsystem-review/
https://criptomonde.com/smart-money-system-review/
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My new favourite hobby. Questioning the independent money exchangers.

Anyone who has done much international travel will know the trials and tribulations of cross boarder currency exchange. The first worlders these days just go to the ATM and draw out what they need in local currency (often getting charged +2% by your bank +2% by the local bank and +2% loss in exchange rate) What then happens if you loose your card abroad? (two weeks wait to get a new one, if it ever arrives. Or start messing around with western union).
In South East Asia, The ASEAN area particularly, (South America is similar) Cash is still very much king. Enter the independent money exchangers, little family owned forex services that are prolific. There are often hundreds of them in a medium sized town or city, especially border towns or tourist centres. I've not found one yet that doesn't have a queue of 3-4 local business men holding a wedge of currency to change and a smart phone to check they are getting the best rate.
My new hobby: Having been living without a credit card for some weeks now, i'll usually exchange a small amount of my emergency cash every day for some local currency. I always end the transaction by asking if they can exchange Bitcoin the digital currency.
Obviously I know the answer will be no. It's a leading question. The results so far after about 30 tries are pretty similar. The majority have never heard of it, so I give a little white lie and say it's becoming quite popular for backpackers these days, and write down Bitcoin.org on a piece of paper and leave them to look it up. A few have surprised me, saying no not yet, as if they have already heard about it. Thus leaving them wondering if they should add it as a new currency to add to their board of plastic numbers that they diligently update daily.
If you are a traveller.... and i know there are lots of you digital vagabonds out there, I urge you to do the same. It's only a matter of time till the penny drops. If you do find a place that says yes, please add it to coinmap or something similar as word of mouth, Grassroots should take care of the rest.
Stay funky
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LVX Token is the Ultimate Game-Changer that will Completely Open the Derivatives Market!

LVX Token is the Ultimate Game-Changer that will Completely Open the Derivatives Market!
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The crash happened. Not once, not twice, but certainly more than thrice. It is as thrilling as it is uncertain. It is Bitcoin and Morgan Stanley said it is behaving a lot like how Nasdaq did in the dot-com bubble but 15 times faster.
Investors with high-risk appetite love Bitcoin’s speculative trading patterns because it comes with juicy high-yield returns. Having said that, there are not many high-risk investors in the global investment market because the bulk of the population consists of many other types of investors who do not find Bitcoin an attractive investment for their portfolios. They label Bitcoin as “a volatile store of value” and veer away for safety.
Being the first cryptocurrency to emerge from Blockchain technology, Bitcoin forged the perception of price-instability, risk and volatility. But eight years have since passed and the more recent BlockChain technologies like Ethereum emerged with multiple platforms that innovate and disrupt many industries. These platforms shift the focus away from cryptocurrencies as financial tools and move it more toward a utilitarian purpose that promises to be stable enough for everyday use, yet lucrative enough as an investment vehicle.
This is huge because the demand for a stable coin or token can easily surpass the demand for volatile cryptocurrency. If a coin or token demonstrates the ability to be as stable as say the US Dollar, people would be comfortable to buy, sell or invest with it daily. When that happens, the masses would become active users of the platform, and this creates a robust, vibrant and fundamentally solid digital economy that could grow big enough to rival any given country’s GDP growth.
LVX: DESIGNED FOR LONG TERM GROWTH The LVX token is a great example of a price-stable coin. It is a native token on Level01, the World’s First Brokerless Derivatives Exchange in Partnership with Thomson Reuters. The LVX token is designed to be a universal asset currency on the platform as it can be used to trade all kinds of derivatives like crypto currencies, commodities, forex and stocks; it can also be converted to Bitcoin or Ethereum, which can then be converted to any fiat currency like USD, RMB and EUD. The founders of Level01 employ smart tokenomics and platform design to drive sustainable long-term growth and efficiency. In simple layman terms, this means this digital ecosystem and its native currency are built to last forever. How is this possible?
Well, are several measures in place:
THE CAP The Cap is a gatekeeper to retaining token value in a healthy digital economy. It is counterproductive to have unlimited tokens because investors are not incentivized to purchase in the short term. Level01’s ICO (Initial Coin Offering) issued its native LVX tokens with the total supply capped at 1,200,000,000 (1.2 Billion) tokens. The sheer size of the issued tokens is large enough to invite global user participation, while the finite amount helps creates scarcity and incentives for people to purchase the tokens immediately. For those doubting, the derivatives market is worth 1.2 quadrillion according to Investopedia, thus our LVX token quantity is actually small and will go up and demand increases.
THE VALUE AND LIQUIDITY Money is a trustworthy unit of account, and store of value with tremendous liquidity. The LVX token meets the very same criteria by virtue of being an ERC20 token on the Ethereum. These tokens enable transparent and fair settlement, because transactions are handled by smart contracts that programmatically disburse returns to trade winners.
To strengthen liquidity and value, the LVX token will be registered on prominent cryptocurrency exchanges worldwide, and be made available for actual trading and exchange with other cryptocurrencies and commodities.
THE WHALES ARE KEPT AWAY Imagine sitting on a seesaw with a whale. There is just no way, you’re going to enjoy the ride because the whale dominates with his weight. The founders of Level01 understand this basic principle and recognize that the true value of the token crowd-sale manifests in its early contributors and diverse community. Every effort is then made to ensure the token sales are distributed to many investors, rather than allowing the concentration of the platform tokens in the hands of single large investors or groups, also known as ‘whales’.
THERE IS TOKEN UTILITY Beyond the promise of a stable trading environment, Level01 rewards early adopters of the token through incentivized staking. LVX tokens can be ‘staked’ by investors to host trading rooms where group-trading events are held, and investors can earn traderoom-hosting commissions. The staked tokens are reimbursed through smart contracts after a staking duration.
Investors are free to use tokens to organize tournaments in daily, weekly, fortnightly and monthly intervals. Tournament host organizers then earn a percentage of tournament fees raised during the event.
These mechanisms encourage investor participation to occur organically at a rate that benefits everyone on the Level01 platform.
THERE IS TRANSPARENCY Level01 investors are privy to transparent market data verified by Thomson Reuters. Historical and real-time data from a credible source empowers investors to make their own financial decisions. On top of that, LVX tokens provide the means to transparent and fair settlement on the Blockchain because it is handled by smart contracts that are programmatically disbursed to trade winners, as trading profits.
These measures secure LVX’s price-stability and make it a viable token or coin for investment. As more users or investors come on board Level01, the global investment market will witness the full potential of a Brokerless Derivatives Exchange.
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BlockChain Enable a Quadrillion-Dollar Derivatives Market?

BlockChain Enable a Quadrillion-Dollar Derivatives Market?
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CAN BLOCKCHAIN ENABLE A QUADRILLION-DOLLAR DERIVATIVES MARKET? IT’S A REAL POSSIBILITY. By 2028, the world economy has exploded with exponential economic growth. BlockChain is now the heart of commerce and trade. Investopedia’s valuation on the Derivatives Market now stands true at $1.2 quadrillion. And you are now very rich with your array of futures, derivatives and cryptocurrencies on hand. Isn’t this a nice possibility?
Now, imagine travelling back to 2018.
You are scrolling your news feed. The headlines show in 2017 alone, BlockChain startups have raised $1.2 billion worth initial coin offering (ICOs). ICOs enable startups, to raise money from the general public by allowing them to buy a stake in their business; which comes in a form of a token or digital currency. It looks like the public are beginning to understand the potential of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology.
A Facebook notification pops up on your mobile phone. Your friend has posted an article on your Facebook wall. The article is about Ethereum, the hot new BlockChain technology that is creating even bigger ripples in the finance world than its predecessor BitCoin. It seems that Ethereum is now the birthplace of many decentralized platforms, which raise funds via ICOs. As more funds are raised, these platforms get better and this drives up the value of Ethereum. The top platforms are Golem, Augur, Basic Attention Tokens and Gnosis, which collectively ring in $1.27 billion in market value. The amount of money that has been invested into Ethereum based BlockChain technology shows that people see Blockchain as the future of commerce and finance.
This all sounds good and you’re ready to participate in a hot ICO. But as a possible new investor in an ICO based on the Ethereum blockchain, how do you get started? Which platform and ICO should you consider investing in?
  1. YOU WILL NEED TO GET A WALLET. Wallets are like digital bank accounts, they hold your tokens and other cryptocurrencies you plan to buy and hold. Most ICOs are built on Ethereum smart contracts and your Wallet has to support receiving tokens. In an ICO, you send currency (typically ETH or BTC) to the company issuing a new token and receive the amount of tokens based on the given exchange rate by the company. MyEtherWallet is one of the most popular Ethereum Wallets because it is linked to the BlockChain, has excellent security features, and best of all it gives you full control of your Wallet (unlike other online wallets that are controlled by third party companies). You can get MyEtherWallet here.
  2. RESEARCH EXTENSIVELY ON AVAILABLE ICOS As with any form of investment, you need to do your research and due diligence. Unlike the research on conventional investments that look at statistics, company performance, average daily volume and annual yield, ICOs require a different kind of analysis. Often times, millions of dollars are raised in ICOs with no product or company track record. Most traditional investors would not invest as the risk outweigh the gains from the investment. It feels like a gamble.
How then would you know if an ICO is worth investing into?
First of all, you would need to study its platform concept, market potential and sustainability for long-term growth.
Is it easy for users to adopt and understand?
Do the Founders and Developers of the platform have sound knowledge of economics, inflation, block size, fees, administration, security and human behavior?
Does the crypto-economic system have what it takes to be sustainable?
Who is the team behind the platform? Are they knowledgeable and experienced?
Is this a revolutionary or game-changing product that has massive market potential?
Take Level01 as an example. It is the World’s First Brokerless Derivatives Exchange in Partnership with Thomson Reuters. The concept is innovative, more importantly; it has an enticing proposition because it addresses gaps, issues and problems faced by traditional trading markets. This facilitates a stable, robust and potentially profitable investment eco-system. How so?
Remember Investopedia’s valuation of the derivatives market at a thrilling $1.2 quadrillion? This estimate is debatable because it needed to consider, “notional value”, versus actual market value. The lack of certainty on pricing and not having accurate market data can be frustrating. Brokers also charge a fee for both ends; buying and selling, which makes it expensive to participate in trade. In addition, not everyone relishes in the prospect of understanding financial data, terms and conditions. These factors are barriers to entry that reduces the pool of investors in the derivatives market.
The Founders of Level01 saw all these and sought to develop solutions that can make investing easy, transparent, secure and fair, by using the Blockchain and partnership with financial market leader, Thomson Reuters.
AN APP THAT MAKES ANYONE A BETTER INVESTOR Whether you are a first time investor or an experienced investor, the Level01 App will help you make better investment decisions, save time and get better at investing in the Derivatives Market. Its sleek interface, smart data feed and intuitive features are designed to fit all investor types to make the trading experience as easy as 1, 2, 3.
CHANGING THE GAME WITH ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE When you log on, the Level01 platform, you will have FairSenseTM Artificial Intelligence on hand to analyze trade intent patterns of all users on the platform to find the best matches for you. Once a match is found, it employs its proprietary dynamic fair price-balancing algorithm to show fair pricing for both sides of the trade contract. This saves investors time, speeds up trade, and keeps inflation in check with fair pricing.
CREDIBLE AND RELIABLE DATA FEED FROM THOMSON REUTERS Level01 raised the bar further by collaborating with Thomson Reuters. They integrated and enabled live streaming real-time market prices for Forex, Index, Cryptocurrency, Commodities and Stocks directly from Thomson Reuters, a global leader for information and data sources for professional markets. Having a 150-year-old brand name like Thomson Reuters lends tremendous credibility to the data and keeps investors informed of actual value prior to the commencement of the trade.
AUTOMATED SMART CONTRACTS As if that was not enough, the Level01 is designed as an exchange and trading platform with a system of smart contracts that resolves trust, emotion and irresponsibility in an efficient, transparent, automated manner. These automated digital contracts saves time and money for investors so that they can concentrate on analyzing data and deciding on investments.
SUSTAINABLE GROWTH DRIVEN BY USERS You may be thinking by now, that is all well and good, but what are they doing to make this unique Derivatives Exchange sustainable and primed for growth? The designers of Level01 looked towards attracting quality investors by incorporating a fair rating system based on statistics and empowering them with the ability to add value to the network, and derive value for themselves. Level01 rewards users when they participate in the ecosystem. To make it even more enticing, the Level01 platform enables Trade Room Hosting, which allows users to earn commission. These lucrative set points are attractive to users who will jump on board and increase the liquidity base, which of course, benefits everyone.
BETTER FINANCIAL LIQUIDITY Sometimes being able to sell is as important as being able to buy. This means your assets and investments can be easily converted to cash. Level01 gives you full control over your own funds by allowing your deposits and withdrawals to be done instantly. You can also change the native platform LVX tokens between BitCoin and Ethereum for better financial liquidity.
WIDER FINANCIAL PORTFOLIO Level01 allows you to trade both traditional and cryptocurrency market assets to give you greater ease and freedom to plan a diverse portfolio to suit your needs whether you like to play it safe or take profitable risks.
DIVERSE AND EXPERIENCED TEAM An international team with accolades, achievements and awards helms Level01 Derivatives Exchange. There is a mathematician and data analyst, a software engineer and system architect, a highly ranked digital marketing specialist, an expert in corporate operations, a consultant in banking and finance, a key quantitative analyst consultant who over saw $25B AUM, a corporate strategist and brand planning expert and an inventor-CEO with a string of successes under his belt, including founding a successful public listed company in Australia.
GROWING INTEREST Level01 just begun but it is already making waves in the cryptocurrency and investment world. Forums and chat groups are buzzing with conversations as seasoned cryptocurrency investors hop on the bandwagon, eager to sweep up ICOs before the rest of the world notices. Coin Telegraph, which is the top news portal on cryptocurrency, described Level01 partnership with Thomson Reuters as a great game-changer that will allow general public to trade derivatives like a pro using big data previously only available to institutional traders.
Could this be your ticket to making your 2028 the best year ever? As if you invested in Google back in 2004. You can check out more about this upcoming platform here.
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HELP - I'm becoming one of you

so yeah, a while ago when I was building my latest system (migrating from iShit) I kind of laughed at this idea of a community of mech keyboard loving nerds. I just wanted a sweet computer with some sweet peripherals so I can play games, edit videos, trade forex and do other cool tech bro shit.
But now, I have spent days and days on end, eyes bleeding, searching for the non standard low profile, PBT, UK, ISO, 6.5 spacebar non standard weird keys for the CM Quickfire TK. I thought I was being smart when I got that hybrid numpad - 2 birds one stone, and still save space for mouse exercise.. but NO - just NO.
All I want now is to glide my fingers over silky smooth plastics, seamless colours, minimal design, softened sound, fingers don't stumble over OEM edges. Save me, I dream of keyboards.
But really guys - I'll spare the full story but I failed at buying keys - so now I MUST find a DSA set for this board. ISO, UK, numpad, 6.5 spacebar. Spacebar will probably be a compromise, but how do I get this kind of set without spending 250-300 on the Quartz and extras from SP??
DSA or equivalent, but that's what I've settled on after testing Q Series (they are awesome but can't type on blanks and no full set available there)
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GBP/USD Technical & Sentiment Analysis (16 Feb 2014)

Hey guys. I don't usually do GBP/USD, but it's suddenly become one of the most interesting pairs in my opinion, because I believe some very big moves are afoot. I'm going to mostly be looking at the long term view in the context of market positioning, so this might not be all that helpful for scalpers ;)
I want to start with the Daily FX SSI (Speculative Sentiment Index) reading for GBP/USD, which is quite something: http://i.imgur.com/pFcbIij.png (© 2014 DailyFX)
There are 9 traders short for every one long. Basically the entire retail crowd is betting against the trend. This means that the majority of orders in the market will be stop losses near current levels.
Also worth a watch is John Kicklighter's video for the week, focusing on the S&P and GBP/USD: http://www.dailyfx.com/forex/video/daily_news_report/2014/02/14/Forex_Weighing_Reversals_for_SP_500_USDollar_GBPUSD.html
For those new to this kind of thing, sentiment analysis is just analysis using what you can know about market positioning, and how the market generally "feels" about a currency pair. Usually SSI gives quite reliable indications of when a trend will continue, because the majority of retail traders will start betting against it. Their stops add fuel to the fire when it continues. (This is also why I'm short AUD/USD - 2 traders long to every 1 short. Not extreme yet, but it means there are lots of stops below).
Before I get into too much detail there, here's the weekly chart: http://i.imgur.com/Ef4VRQf.png
(Yes I'm long)
I've put some tentative levels there, but I'll do more precise ones in a minute. As you can see, price is breaking out of a long term wedge. It hasn't quite cleared the range yet, and 1.700 is a massive wall to get over. There will be enormous interest at this level, not to mention some extremely large option barriers.
But I think it will break it eventually. Why I think it will go higher? Well, market positioning for one, but also this:
http://www.cityindex.co.uk/market-analysis/market-news/24551832014/sterling-at-fresh-3-year-highs-eyes-more-gains/?cid=0000215115
Good analysis piece pointing out that GBP/USD is only about 6% away from the 200WMA. Deviations from this average have historically been much larger. Since price is clearly moving away from this level, I believe we can expect quite a large move as the market unwinds its short positioning.
A look at Oanda's orderbook (or the order boards posted at ForexLive) can give us a more precise view of where these orders are sitting:
http://i.imgur.com/FEn4h3O.png
Current Positioning & Open Orders
As you can see the market is severely short, mostly from the last 100 pips or so. 1.6600 is an area where a lot of positions, both long and short, were established.
There are clusters of buy stops above 1.6700 (small), 1.6750 (bigger) and then above 1.6900 there are two large clusters of buy stops.
Further, there are more buy stops above current price than there are sell orders, meaning that there is ample room for price to continue higher. They're mixed in with some mid-weight sell orders around 1.6800, so this is a level that should provide resistance.
Going a bit lower, we find that bids (both those wanting to initiate new positions and those wanting to take profits on short positions) should provide extreme levels of support.
These are in at about every 10-15 pips between 1.6600 and 1.6500, with the largest cluster being at 1.6500. Going on this alone, buying any dips below 1.66 looks really good.
Beware the retracement
Bear in mind that there are sell stops below 1.6700 - these are the weaker longs or those wishing to enter short on a break below the figure. These could accelerate a correction down to 1.6650 quite quickly.
Here's the 4hr chart, with the largest bids and offers put in. You'll notice that they line up quite nicely with just about any other method of calculating S&R. Dashed lines are larger orders, dotted ones smaller. The big box is where there are too many orders to make lines for :P
http://i.imgur.com/C1htngr.png
Hopefully that's helpful.
Now, there's also a fundamental component to consider. The UK's recovery is looking fairly solid, while the market is very quickly losing its patience with the greenback. Over the last quarter my bullish USD bias has evaporated, as it was predicated on the market not having priced in the full effects of the taper. Now that it appears this is not the case, I have no choice but to change my USD bias to neutral/bearish. The recent soft data also indicates that the recovery is lagging that of the UK's quite badly. The market's reaction to positive US data is generally muted, and when something can't rally on good news, it's usually bad news.
Another thing to note is that the DJ FXCM Dollar Index declined throughout the last dip and recovery in the S&P - one of the longest sustained bearish moves in history. It was only half the magnitude of the other declines of this length, but most other 6-7 day consecutive declines in the dollar have preceded much greater bear waves, not recoveries. The logical thing to do is to look for a USD bounce and sell it.
We need look no further than the S&P to see what's happening here:
http://i.imgur.com/YrCT8tA.png (4hr chart with GBP/USD overlaid in white)
Sterling not quite a safe-haven yet. If 1850 goes in S&P, expect GBP/USD to continue higher. However, Daily RSI on both is currently showing bearish divergence (shown on charts - it's a daily RSI despite it being a 4hr chart)
This means that we might head slightly lower before bouncing. Trend line support for the S&P comes in at around 1775, which would imply quite a serious fall in Cable before buyers really step in.
The level I really like? 1.6475 There is a large cluster of buy orders just below 1.6500, which I believe is where the smart money is looking to enter. This move would flush out a lot of weak longs, leaving plenty of space for new positions. Sellers will also be taking a lot of profits off here, giving us a very good chance of a bounce. From there all it will take is a move back above 1.660 to really get moving.
So longer term I would look to start long positions between 1.6600 and 1.6475, with stops below 1.6250 or the 100DMA
Targets would be completely open. I will look to exit the position if and when speculative sentiment drops back to more natural levels, or perhaps even reverses. Stops will be trailed to lock in profit, but not aggressively.
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