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Latest Bitcoin News / Bank of America now treats BTC and ETH as Cash
« Last post by administrator on July 03, 2020, 12:29:47 PM »
Reportedly US Banks are going the treat Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), and all crypto purchases same as Cash. In the crypto economy, this move is going to be a milestone.  
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So it looks like Japan are taking their initial approach seriously and have started their experiments with a digital Yen as noted here: https://cointelegraph.com/news/bank-of-japan-will-begin-experimenting-with-a-digital-yen

It's great to see and it'll also mean more studies on Cryptocurrencies and funding for projects. A push for digital currency will arguably only accelerate Bitcoin's adoption.
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Latest Bitcoin News / Broker Review Market.com
« Last post by administrator on July 03, 2020, 10:27:00 AM »
Markets.com is one of the leading online forex brokers. It provides traders with multiple commodities and instruments across several regions. Started in 2008, the broker invests in top of the range trading tools and partnerships for continued growth.

It is part of the TradeTech Group, a constituent of Playtech PLC, which is listed on the London Securities and Exchange.

Markets.com is multi-awarded with gongs of Best Forex Provider 2017(UK Forex Awards), Best FX Platform 2017(UK Forex Awards) and Runner Up Best FX Broker 2019 (DayTrading.com)

Follow this article for a detailed review of the Markets.com trading site. It will look into the website's safety, commission and fees, leverage, account types, deposits and withdrawals, and education materials.

Let's get to it.

Security and Regulation
Trading in Markets.com is entirely secure as it is registered and regulated by several regulatory bodies. The principal regulator is the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CYSEC).

Otherwise, for the UK jurisdiction, it's under the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the British Virgin Islands Financial Services Commission (FSC). The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) and Financial Sector Conduct Authority of South Africa (FSCA) also regulates the site.

Even though the different jurisdictions come with various provisions, they all offer negative balance protection. They also ensure the segregation of client funds from those of the company.

As part of the TradeTech Group, which is also part of the Playtech PLC, a listed company on the London Stock Exchange, MarketsX must comply with several regulations.

However, some security concerns come with trading at Markets. It provides for a maximum broker default compensation in case of closure at EUR 20,000.

Commissions and Fees
The trading platform charges relatively high spreads. It provides an average of 2 pips for EUR/USD and GBP/USD pairs. However, the high spreads cover for commissions; hence traders don't incur the cost.

It also comes with highly-priced index CFDs, albeit with structured commodities and equity CFDs.

The platform provides for an overnight rollover fee and spillage at execution, especially during high volatility. The prices might also vary depending on the trading platform.

Markets.com charges an inactivity fee of $10 when a trader doesn't use it for more than 90 days. While it charges deposit fees, it reimburses any costs above $2500.

Leverage
Leveraged trading is available on Markets.com. Even though it had been high before 2008, the European Securities and Markets Authority reduced the amount allowed. Currently, the platform provides for leverages of 30:1 for EU traders and 300:1 for the Australian and other regions traders.

The higher the leverage, the higher the risk. Hence by reducing the leverage, it also manages the risk factor. However, the site allows for individual traders to organize for custom leverages depending on the platform.

It also notifies the user in case of significant changes in the leverages. It has the liberty to deny any leverage for change of more than 50%.

Account Types
Markets.com provides for two main types of accounts; retail and professional. Retail is the basic account that everyone gets immediately they sign up to the platform. It comes with over 8,000 tradable assets and manageable leverages.

The professional account, on the other hand, is great for the ardent traders. It is ideal for traders with more than $500,000 in assets. It also comes with additional leverages depending on customer needs.

The platform also provides an Islamic account run in line with the Sharia laws. It also offers a demo account. The account comes with simulated money that allows prospective traders the feel of the site before investing real money.

It will enable one to learn more and develop stellar trading strategies for a better chance of success. 

Deposit and Withdrawal timeframes
Markets.com supports multiple withdrawal and deposit methods. It allows debit and credit cards and bank wire transfers.

It has online payment functionalities like PayPal, Sofort, and Ideal. The broker also supports Skrill/Neteller, however, not for the UK users.

The broker is quite popular due to the no deposit or withdrawal fees. It provides for a minimum deposit of 250 for the base currency the trader uses.

It also seeks to ensure zero money laundering by only accepting withdrawals from the same deposit method.

The minimum withdrawal requirements are $10 for PayPal, $5 for Skrill, $10 for credit/debit cards, and $100 for bank transfers.  The other difference is also on the withdrawal processing days, where some like bank transfers can take as much as up to 7 days to process the payments.

Trading platforms
Markets.com has some of the most advanced multi-asset trading platforms. It provides for the in-house MarketsX trading platform that offers a premium touch. The platform comes with several risk management tools, and some of the lowest spreads ever. It also comes with a wide range of technical analysis tools and advanced charting systems.

This web-based and easy to access platform also comes with 14 trading tools and multiple market insights from numerous bloggers. It also has a trading cube that allows traders to view various assets at once. Ultimately, it has a real-time news feed feature for convenient market monitoring.

Markets.com also provides for Markets trading platform that allows for trading in thousands of stocks. The trading platform offers industry-leading research tools for the best trading experience. It also comes with an investment strategy builder and competitive commission rates.

It provides free commissions for the first three months.

On top of the customized platforms, MarketsX also has the popular MetaTrader 4&5. The platforms work exceptionally well in both Mac and PC. The only downside is that they come with limited functionalities. Otherwise, the trader can still download plugins from other third-party developers.

Market and Products
Markets.com looks to provide extensive trading experience to the users. It thus provides over 2200 assets across eight classes. It has 67 major, minor and exotic currency pairs, 43 major stock indices, 59 ETFs, four bonds, and 26 commodities like metals and energies.

The site also has spread betting for UK residents only and over 2,000 shares on major global companies.

Customer Service
Markets.com has reliable customer support for every kind of concern. It provides dedicated 24/5 customer service.

The primary support is through the phone and live chat. The live chat is quite convenient due to the fast response. Otherwise, traders can get the respective regional number from the "Contact Us" page. The customer support agents are quite knowledgeable on a wide range of concerns on the page.

The site also saves the users time in checking for legitimacy by providing a fraud watch page. It helps in identifying fake websites and emails. Otherwise, it is not often that users seek customer support due to the easy to use interface and multiple resources.

The site also comes with an extensive FAQ page for common concerns and additional user guides and videos. However, traders are not in luck if they might need support over the weekend.

Education Materials
Even though Markets.com does exceptionally well in almost all sections, it might do better in customer education. It invests in webinars that offer different educational topics. In the end, the trader is likely to know more about market analysis, trading strategies, and trading psychology.

The site could do more by having an archive page for the webinar. That would allow for refreshing in case one forgets or fails to grasp some concepts in the first try. The site does also not offer much content on the "fundamental" page.

This is not to take away from the web platform that provides more robust educational content on technical analysis. 

Pros and Cons
MarketsX comes with several benefits for traders, like multiple assets to choose from. It also supports various platforms for the best trading experience in any device. Trading is also quite efficient with the free deposit and withdrawal.

The platform is quite flexible to allow for both long- and short-term trading depending on trader preference. It also comes with multiple tools and lower margins for higher returns.

Markets.com also comes with its fair share of drawbacks like no weekend support and a little complex navigation. It also lacks automated trading that is quite a letdown compared to the other brokers of its calibre.

The platform also has limited access. Even though it's available in Eurozone and other African countries, it is not accessible in several countries like Canada, the US, Japan, and India. The site can also do better by revamping educational and research tools.

Pros   Cons
Multiple assets   No weekend customer support
Free deposit and withdrawal   Lacks automated trading
Several tools   Limited access in most countries
Lower margins   
Wrapping Up
Markets.com is a reliable trading platform that comes with both strengths and weaknesses. Even though it needs more revamping on education, it has proper trading tools. It also charges quite high spreads and margins that might not be ideal for some.

However, it shines where it matters the most.

By providing multiple trading assets, functionality, and simplicity, the platform is a great trading facility. It also comes with security and ease of use for both beginners and professional traders.
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Latest Bitcoin News / Bitcoin's Current Price Impacted By Miners?
« Last post by administrator on July 03, 2020, 05:04:53 AM »
An article on cointelegraph states:Bitcoin’s recent price action could relate to miner selling.

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Mike Alfred, co-founder and CEO of data analytics outfit Digital Assets Data, recently pointed toward miners as a potential catalyst for recent Bitcoin (BTC) price activity.

“It is tough to say definitively, but it appears as though the miners' actions are having a direct, immediate impact on price,” Alfred told Cointelegraph on July 1.

“This is especially evident during outlier events like on the 23rd, where we saw miners offload >300% more BTC than they mined that day,” he added, referencing June 23 activity.



How do you think about this?

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https://cointelegraph.com/news/bitcoins-current-price-impacted-by-miners-its-possible-analytics-company-says
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'Max Keiser has a virtual sitdown with Patrick Bet-David to talk blockchain, cryptocurrency and bitcoin.'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6cat6olvfQ

Don't know if I agree with any of it but it is something to watch in regards to the effects of the pandemic on the global currencies.
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Latest Bitcoin News / The developer and privacy
« Last post by administrator on July 02, 2020, 08:13:43 PM »
Let's say you are a programmer somewhere in the world and we have a client from the other side, it is not necessary that for some reason they wanted to maintain mutual anonymity when establishing a work format.

the programmer may wish not to reveal any distinctive features as well as the client the end of their web design this is a situation raised by anyone when studying or talking about privacy on the internet. Personally I will emphasize that I am not a programmer as well as unfortunately I cannot hire one, however as an end user the doubts about the question always haunt my mind.

In an article I read at the satoshia institute where I related how it would be used on the implementations of laws once used in taiwan where it could be summarized that the association and the commitment between two individuals could remove the justified hand when evaluating the performance of a contract.

One of the problems that programmers sustains is coining reputation. I remember the website of a programmer who held a curriculum based on her studies and personal projects. We consider that this is an example of a curriculum where each programmer must have their personal signature through from your own web page.

Programmer being creative

However, she would just be someone else waiting in line to deliver the curriculum, because in my country there is a place called "Hunger Street" where you can buy junk food to put them in context. One of the businesses is a close friend of mine. Personally, I prefer to eat there, even though I could eat at the closest businesses because it is possibly cheaper or with better quality, I would eat at my friend's business, it is obvious that her dependence does not fall on family and friends, but would ultimately lead to bankruptcy.

The business is one of the few that accepts btc as well as has a delivery service during these quarantine times, although this is not a novelty nor does it leave inventiveness behind when it comes to need.

In the long run, what will the promotion of programming skills depend on? Will it be the programmer's initiative to promote himself or in the end will depend on a reputation platform for the contraction of these services? On a personal level, could you say what you would like this type of platform to be? Everything with a simple click type vending machine?
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Latest Bitcoin News / PSA: Bitcoin Address Clipboard Malware
« Last post by administrator on July 02, 2020, 06:48:01 PM »
I'm not sure if this is the correct place to put this (and apologies if this is old news), but I thought I'd share this so as to encourage anyone reading this to take the necessary safety measures when sending bitcoin.

A friend of mine recently encountered a malware, which, upon copying a bitcoin address to your clipboard (with the purpose of pasting it in a wallet to issue a transaction) overrides that address and replaces it with the attacker's own bitcoin address. This is all done quietly, and the malware was not detected by the common antivirus software.

Not to mention, if you are a person who uses VPS servers or connects to servers using Remote Desktop Connection or some other remote control software, this malware seems to be able to "go through" that software.
Ex: If the VPS is infected and you have it opened using your RDC client, copying an address on your main machine will still allow the malware to change your clipboard (because of how RDC/RDP work).

Always double check the first and last few letters of the bitcoin address you are sending money to, even if you just copy pasted it.
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Latest Bitcoin News / Realtime Bitcoin Globe - How is this possible?
« Last post by administrator on July 02, 2020, 06:47:58 PM »

https://blocks.wizb.it/

In this site it shows a bitcoin realtime transaction globe.

Are these IP addresses from bitcoin nodes? You can notice that sometimes they are the same. Does it have to do with the selected IPs of wallets?

If yes then, the nodes' owners know who is sending the funds, right? Is this good?
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Latest Bitcoin News / How high can Bitcoin price go?
« Last post by administrator on July 02, 2020, 05:21:01 PM »
By the end of the guide, you should have a much better idea of how to judge the various price predictions you will hear. You should also understand what makes Bitcoin fundamentally valuable. More:https://www.investreader.com/topics/zsVhU2zeNab

How high can Bitcoin price go? What do you think?
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