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Question about how profits work when trading on margin on Bitfinex

If you're margin trading (long) on Bitfinex, what happens if you 'margin sell' a portion of your position for a profit. I would have thought that this amount would show up in one of the wallets, but it does not. It seems only if I close out the position completely does any profits show up in my wallet. I'm asking because I felt that my returns were a little lighter than I was expecting and I was sure where to see to make sure I got the full profit. Does the amount just stay in the P/L column in the 'Positions' section.
Please advise. Thanks!
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Please help this noob understand how margin trading works in bitfinex

Long time hodler here, I would like to put a very small amount of my coins into bitfinex into a leveraged long position. Just a few Qs about how to do this.
1) It seems bitfinex offers leverage of 3.3 only- you cannot choose anything else- is this correct?
2) I am betting that bitcoin will go up versus the dollar. Does that mean I have to convert my btc into USD first or something? Do I need to start with USD or BTC is essentially my question!
3) Does the maths of it work like this: if bitcoin goes up in value by 1/3.3 times (30%) would the value of my position double? And if the value goes down 30% I would be liquidated?
4) I intend to 'hodl' my position somewhat (I like hodling, it has worked well for me so far)- I would plan on closing it only after it has gone up significantly- or if it liquidates due to a drop. Maybe I would keep it open and untouched for a couple of years. Is this a ridiculous strategy for some reason? Perhaps the margin funding is prohibitively expensive over this timeline?
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Can someone please explain how Margin trading on Bitfinex works?

According to the FAQ: can immediately see your real-time account Net Value (total assets) and Maintenance (minimum net value). When your Net Value falls below twice the amount of Maintenance, we will issue a margin call. If you don't deposit funds before your Net Value falls below Maintenance, your positions will be liquidated automatically.
There is no Maintenance (minimum net value) on the account values sidebar.
What are the following numbers and how do they tell you how much leverage you have left, before getting a margin call?
Can someone explain this?
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Crypto-Powered - The Most Promising Use-Cases of Decentralized Finance (DeFi)

Crypto-Powered - The Most Promising Use-Cases of Decentralized Finance (DeFi)
A whirlwind tour of Defi, paying close attention to protocols that we’re leveraging at Genesis Block.
This is the third post of Crypto-Powered — a new series that examines what it means for Genesis Block to be a digital bank that’s powered by crypto, blockchain, and decentralized protocols.
Last week we explored how building on legacy finance is a fool’s errand. The future of money belongs to those who build with crypto and blockchain at their core. We also started down the crypto rabbit hole, introducing Bitcoin, Ethereum, and DeFi (decentralized finance). That post is required reading if you hope to glean any value from the rest of this series.
97% of all activity on Ethereum in the last quarter has been DeFi-related. The total value sitting inside DeFi protocols is roughly $2B — double what it was a month ago. The explosive growth cannot be ignored. All signs suggest that Ethereum & DeFi are a Match Made in Heaven, and both on their way to finding strong product/market fit.
So in this post, we’re doing a whirlwind tour of DeFi. We look at specific examples and use-cases already in the wild and seeing strong growth. And we pay close attention to protocols that Genesis Block is integrating with. Alright, let’s dive in.


Stablecoins are exactly what they sound like: cryptocurrencies that are stable. They are not meant to be volatile (like Bitcoin). These assets attempt to peg their price to some external reference (eg. USD or Gold). A non-volatile crypto asset can be incredibly useful for things like merchant payments, cross-border transfers, or storing wealth — becoming your own bank but without the stress of constant price volatility.
There are major governments and central banks that are experimenting with or soon launching their own stablecoins like China with their digital yuan and the US Federal Reserve with their digital dollar. There are also major corporations working in this area like JP Morgan with their JPM Coin, and of course Facebook with their Libra Project.
Stablecoin activity has grown 800% in the last year, with $290B of transaction volume (funds moving on-chain).
The most popular USD-pegged stablecoins include:
  1. Tether ($10B): It’s especially popular in Asia. It’s backed by USD in a bank account. But given their lack of transparency and past controversies, they generally aren’t trusted as much in the West.
  2. USDC ($1B): This is the most reputable USD-backed stablecoin, at least in the West. It was created by Coinbase & Circle, both well-regarded crypto companies. They’ve been very open and transparent with their audits and bank records.
  3. DAI ($189M): This is backed by other crypto assets — not USD in a bank account. This was arguably the first true DeFi protocol. The big benefit is that it’s more decentralized — it’s not controlled by any single organization. The downside is that the assets backing it can be volatile crypto assets (though it has mechanisms in place to mitigate that risk).
Other notable USD-backed stablecoins include PAX, TrueUSD, Binance USD, and Gemini Dollar.
tablecoins are playing an increasingly important role in the world of DeFi. In a way, they serve as common pipes & bridges between the various protocols.

Lending & Borrowing

Three of the top five DeFi protocols relate to lending & borrowing. These popular lending protocols look very similar to traditional money markets. Users who want to earn interest/yield can deposit (lend) their funds into a pool of liquidity. Because it behaves similarly to traditional money markets, their funds are not locked, they can withdraw at any time. It’s highly liquid.
Borrowers can tap into this pool of liquidity and take out loans. Interest rates depend on the utilization rate of the pool — how much of the deposits in the pool have already been borrowed. Supply & demand. Thus, interest rates are variable and borrowers can pay their loans back at any time.
So, who decides how much a borrower can take? What’s the process like? Are there credit checks? How is credit-worthiness determined?
These protocols are decentralized, borderless, permissionless. The people participating in these markets are from all over the world. There is no simple way to verify identity or check credit history. So none of that happens.
Credit-worthiness is determined simply by how much crypto collateral the borrower puts into the protocol. For example, if a user wants to borrow $5k of USDC, then they’ll need to deposit $10k of BTC or ETH. The exact amount of collateral depends on the rules of the protocol — usually the more liquid the collateral asset, the more borrowing power the user can receive.
The most prominent lending protocols include Compound, Aave, Maker, and Atomic Loans. Recently, Compound has seen meteoric growth with the introduction of their COMP token — a token used to incentivize and reward participants of the protocol. There’s almost $1B in outstanding debt in the Compound protocol. Mainframe is also working on an exciting protocol in this area and the latest iteration of their white paper should be coming out soon.
There is very little economic risk to these protocols because all loans are overcollateralized.
I repeat, all loans are overcollateralized. If the value of the collateral depreciates significantly due to price volatility, there are sophisticated liquidation systems to ensure the loan always gets paid back.


Buying, selling, and trading crypto assets is certainly one form of investing (though not for the faint of heart). But there are now DeFi protocols to facilitate making and managing traditional-style investments.
Through DeFi, you can invest in Gold. You can invest in stocks like Amazon and Apple. You can short Tesla. You can access the S&P 500. This is done through crypto-based synthetics — which gives users exposure to assets without needing to hold or own the underlying asset. This is all possible with protocols like UMA, Synthetix, or Market protocol.
Maybe your style of investing is more passive. With PoolTogether , you can participate in a no-loss lottery.
Maybe you’re an advanced trader and want to trade options or futures. You can do that with DeFi protocols like Convexity, Futureswap, and dYdX. Maybe you live on the wild side and trade on margin or leverage, you can do that with protocols like Fulcrum, Nuo, and DDEX. Or maybe you’re a degenerate gambler and want to bet against Trump in the upcoming election, you can do that on Augur.
And there are plenty of DeFi protocols to help with crypto investing. You could use Set Protocol if you need automated trading strategies. You could use Melonport if you’re an asset manager. You could use Balancer to automatically rebalance your portfolio.
With as little as $1, people all over the world can have access to the same investment opportunities and tools that used to be reserved for only the wealthy, or those lucky enough to be born in the right country.
You can start to imagine how services like Etrade, TD Ameritrade, Schwab, and even Robinhood could be massively disrupted by a crypto-native company that builds with these types of protocols at their foundation.


As mentioned in our previous post, there are near-infinite applications one can build on Ethereum. As a result, sometimes the code doesn’t work as expected. Bugs get through, it breaks. We’re still early in our industry. The tools, frameworks, and best practices are all still being established. Things can go wrong.
Sometimes the application just gets in a weird or bad state where funds can’t be recovered — like with what happened with Parity where $280M got frozen (yes, I lost some money in that). Sometimes, there are hackers who discover a vulnerability in the code and maliciously steal funds — like how dForce lost $25M a few months ago, or how The DAO lost $50M a few years ago. And sometimes the system works as designed, but the economic model behind it is flawed, so a clever user takes advantage of the system— like what recently happened with Balancer where they lost $500k.
There are a lot of risks when interacting with smart contracts and decentralized applications — especially for ones that haven’t stood the test of time. This is why insurance is such an important development in DeFi.
Insurance will be an essential component in helping this technology reach the masses.
Two protocols that are leading the way on DeFi insurance are Nexus Mutual and Opyn. Though they are both still just getting started, many people are already using them. And we’re excited to start working with them at Genesis Block.

Exchanges & Liquidity

Decentralized Exchanges (DEX) were one of the first and most developed categories in DeFi. A DEX allows a user to easily exchange one crypto asset for another crypto asset — but without needing to sign up for an account, verify identity, etc. It’s all via decentralized protocols.
Within the first 5 months of 2020, the top 7 DEX already achieved the 2019 trading volume. That was $2.5B. DeFi is fueling a lot of this growth.
There are many different flavors of DEX. Some of the early ones included 0x, IDEX, and EtherDelta — all of which had a traditional order book model where buyers are matched with sellers.
Another flavor is the pooled liquidity approach where the price is determined algorithmically based on how much liquidity there is and how much the user wants to buy. This is known as an AMM (Automated Market Maker) — Uniswap and Bancor were early leaders here. Though lately, Balancer has seen incredible growth due mostly to their strong incentives for participation — similar to Compound.
There are some DEXs that are more specialized — for example, Curve and mStable focus mostly only stablecoins. Because of the proliferation of these decentralized exchanges, there are now aggregators that combine and connect the liquidity of many sources. Those include Kyber, Totle, 1Inch, and
These decentralized exchanges are becoming more and more connected to DeFi because they provide an opportunity for yield and earning interest.
Users can earn passive income by supplying liquidity to these markets. It usually comes in the form of sharing transaction fee revenue (Uniswap) or token rewards (Balancer).


As it relates to making payments, much of the world is still stuck on plastic cards. We’re grateful to partner with Visa and launch the Genesis Block debit card… but we still don’t believe that's the future of payments. We see that as an important bridge between the past (legacy finance) and the future (crypto).
Our first post in this series shared more on why legacy finance is broken. We talked about the countless unnecessary middle-men on every card swipe (merchant, acquiring bank, processor, card network, issuing bank). We talked about the slow settlement times.
The future of payments will be much better. Yes, it’ll be from a mobile phone and the user experience will be similar to ApplePay (NFC) or WePay (QR Code).
But more importantly, the underlying assets being moved/exchanged will all be crypto — digital, permissionless, and open source.
Someone making a payment at the grocery store check-out line will be able to open up Genesis Block, use contactless tech or scan a QR code, and instantly pay for their goods. All using crypto. Likely a stablecoin. Settlement will be instant. All the middlemen getting their pound of flesh will be disintermediated. The merchant can make more and the user can spend less. Blockchain FTW!
Now let’s talk about a few projects working in this area. The xDai Burner Wallet experience was incredible at the ETHDenver event a few years ago, but that speed came at the expense of full decentralization (can it be censored or shut down?). Of course, Facebook’s Libra wants to become the new standard for global payments, but many are afraid to give Facebook that much control (newsflash: it isn’t very decentralized).
Bitcoin is decentralized… but it’s slow and volatile. There are strong projects like Lightning Network (Zap example) that are still trying to make it happen. Projects like Connext and OmiseGo are trying to help bring payments to Ethereum. The Flexa project is leveraging the gift card rails, which is a nice hack to leverage existing pipes. And if ETH 2.0 is as fast as they say it will be, then the future of payments could just be a stablecoin like DAI (a token on Ethereum).
In a way, being able to spend crypto on daily expenses is the holy grail of use-cases. It’s still early. It hasn’t yet been solved. But once we achieve this, then we can ultimately and finally say goodbye to the legacy banking & finance world. Employees can be paid in crypto. Employees can spend in crypto. It changes everything.
Legacy finance is hanging on by a thread, and it’s this use-case that they are still clinging to. Once solved, DeFi domination will be complete.

Impact on Genesis Block

At Genesis Block, we’re excited to leverage these protocols and take this incredible technology to the world. Many of these protocols are already deeply integrated with our product. In fact, many are essential. The masses won’t know (or care about) what Tether, USDC, or DAI is. They think in dollars, euros, pounds and pesos. So while the user sees their local currency in the app, the underlying technology is all leveraging stablecoins. It’s all on “crypto rails.”
When users deposit assets into their Genesis Block account, they expect to earn interest. They expect that money to grow. We leverage many of these low-risk lending/exchange DeFi protocols. We lend into decentralized money markets like Compound — where all loans are overcollateralized. Or we supply liquidity to AMM exchanges like Balancer. This allows us to earn interest and generate yield for our depositors. We’re the experts so our users don’t need to be.
We haven’t yet integrated with any of the insurance or investment protocols — but we certainly plan on it. Our infrastructure is built with blockchain technology at the heart and our system is extensible — we’re ready to add assets and protocols when we feel they are ready, safe, secure, and stable. Many of these protocols are still in the experimental phase. It’s still early.
At Genesis Block we’re excited to continue to be at the frontlines of this incredible, innovative, technological revolution called DeFi.
None of these powerful DeFi protocols will be replacing Robinhood, SoFi, or Venmo anytime soon. They never will. They aren’t meant to! We’ve discussed this before, these are low-level protocols that need killer applications, like Genesis Block.
So now that we’ve gone a little deeper down the rabbit hole and we’ve done this whirlwind tour of DeFi, the natural next question is: why?
Why does any of it matter?
Most of these financial services that DeFi offers already exist in the real world. So why does it need to be on a blockchain? Why does it need to be decentralized? What new value is unlocked? Next post, we answer these important questions.
To look at more projects in DeFi, check out DeFi Prime, DeFi Pulse, or Consensys.
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Understanding Tether: Why it accounts for a substantial part of the crypto market cap and why its the #1 outstanding issue in crypto markets today

In this post I will go in-depth on:
  1. How Tether got to be what it is today
  2. Why Tether's market cap is a lot more than 0.5% of the total market cap for crypto you see on CoinMarketCap
  3. Tether printing timing
  4. Tether reserves
  5. What could happen to the market if Tether is found to not be backed by reserves
Tether is incredibly important to the cryptocurrency market ecosystem and I've noticed far too few people understand what is going on.
Very little actual discussion of the 2nd biggest crypto by volume happens here and whenever someone starts a discussion they most often got slapped for "FUD". Tether themselves recently hired the major New York based PR firm 5W to spread positive information online and take down critics, I'm sure some of their operatives are probably on Reddit.
But its absolutely critical you understand the risks behind Tether and especially now with the explosion in reserve liability, breakdown in relationship with banks and their auditor and recently announced subpoena.

What exactly is Tether and what happened so far?

Tether is a cryptocurrency asset issued by Tether Limited (incorporated in the British Virgin Islands and a sister company of Bitfinex), on top of the Bitcoin blockchain through the Omni Protocol Layer. It is meant to give people a "stablecoin", for example a merchant who accepts bitcoin but fears its volatility could shift bitcoin into tether, which can be easier to do than exchanging bitcoin for dollars. Recently they've also added an Ethereum-based ERC20 token. Tether Ltd claims that each one of the tokens issued is backed by actual US dollar (and more recently Euro) reserves. The idea is that when a business partner deposits US dollars in Tether’s bank account, Tether creates a matching amount of tokens and transfers them to that partner, it is NOT a fractional reserve system.
Tether makes the two following key promises in its whitepaper on which the entire premise is build:
Each tether issued will be backed by the equivalent amount of currency unit (one USDTether equals one dollar).
Professional auditors will regularly verify, sign, and publish our underlying bank balance and financial transfer statement.
Tether is centralized and dependent on your trust of Bitfinex/Tether Limited, and that the people behind it are honest people. For the new entrants to this market it will be greatly beneficial understand the timeline of Tether and their connection to Bitfinex.
A brief timeline:

Most common misconception: Tether is only a small part of the total market cap

One of the most common misconception people have about cryptocurrencies is that the "market cap" amount they see on is actually the amount of money that is invested in each coin.
I often hear people online dismiss any issue with tether by simply claiming its not big enough to cause any effect, saying "Well Tether is only $2.2 billion on CoinMarketCap and the market is 400 billion, its only 0.5% of the market".
But this misunderstands what market capitalization for cryptocurrency is, and just how different the market cap for Tether is to every other token. The market cap is simply the last trade price times the circulating supply. It doesn't take into account the order book depth at all. The majority of Bitcoin (and most coins) are held by those who either mined or purchased for a very low price early on and simply held on as very small portions of the total supply was rapidly bid up to their current price.
An increase in market cap of X does NOT represent an inflow of X dollars invested, not even close. A 400 billion dollar market cap for crypto does NOT mean that there is 400 billion dollars underwriting the assets. Meanwhile a 2 billion dollar Tether market cap means there should be exactly $2 billion backing up the asset.
Nobody can tell for sure exactly how much money has been invested in cryptocurrency market, but analysts from JPMorgan found that there was only net inflow of $6 billion fiat that resulted in $300 billion market cap at the time. This gives us a roughly 50:1 ratio of market cap to fiat inflow. Prominent crypto evangelist Julian Hosp gives the following estimate: "For a cryptocurrency to have a market cap of $1 billion, maybe only $50 million actually moved into the cryptocurrency."
For Tether however the market cap is simply the outstanding supply, 2.2 billion USDT is actually equal to 2.2 billion USD. In order to get $50 USDT you have to deposit $50 real U.S. dollars and then 50 completely new tokens will be issued, which never existed before on the market.
What is also often ignored is that Bitfinex allows margin trading, at a 3.3x leverage. Bitfinexed did an excellent analysis on how tether is entering Bitfinex to fund margin positions
There are $2.2 billion in Tether outstanding and the current market cap of the entire market is $400 billion according to CoinMarketCap. You can actually calculate Tether as a % of total fiat invested in the market according to the JP Morgan estimate, the following table outlines for a scenario of no margin lending and 15/25% of tether being on a 3.3x leverage margin account:
Fiat Inflow/Market Cap Ratio Tether as % of total market (no margin) Tether as % of total market (15% on margin) Tether as % of total market (25% on margin)
JP Morgan estimate (50:1) 27.5 % 36.9 % 43.3 %
Even without any margin lending Tether is underwriting the worth of about 27.5% of the cryptocurrency market, and if we assume only 25% was leveraged out at 3.3x on margin we have a whole 43% of the market cap being driven by Tether inflow.
A much better indicator on CoinMarketCap of just how influential Tether is actually the volume, its currently the 2nd biggest cryptocurrency by volume and there are even days where its volume exceeds its market cap.
What this all means is that not only is the market cap for cryptocurrencies drastically overestimating the amount of actual fiat capital that is underwriting those assets, but a substantial portion of the entire market cap is being derived from the value of Tether's market cap rather than real money.
Its incredibly important that more new investors realize that Tether isn't a side issue or a minor cog in the machine, but one of the core underlying mechanisms on which the entire market worth is built. Ensuring that whoever controls this stablecoin is honest and transparent is absolutely critical to the health of the market.

Two main concerns with Tether

The primary concerns with Tether can be split into two categories:
  1. Tether issuance timing - Does Tether Ltd issue USDT organically or is it timed to stop downward selling pressure?
  2. Reserves - Does Tether Ltd actually have the fiat reserves at a 1:1 ratio, and why is there still no audit or third party guarantee of this?

Does Tether print USDT to prop up Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies?

In the last 3 months the amount of USDT has nearly quadrupled, with nearly a billion being printed in January alone. Some people have found the timing of the most recent batch of Tether as highly suspect because it seemed to coincide with Bitcoin's price being propped up.
This was recently analyzed statistically:
Author’s opinion - it is highly unlikely that Tether is growing through any organic business process, rather that they are printing in response to market conditions.
Tether printing moves the market appreciably; 48.8% of BTC’s price rise in the period studied occurred in the two-hour periods following the arrival of 91 different Tether grants to the Bitfinex wallet.
Bitfinex withdrawal/deposit statistics are unusual and would give rise to further scrutiny in a typical accounting environment.
I'm still undecided on this and I would love to see more statistical analysis done, because the price of Bitcoin is so volatile while Tether printing only happens in large batches. Simply looking at the Bitcoin price graph over the last 3 months and then the Tether printing its pretty clear there is a relationship but it doesn't seem to hold over longer periods.
Ultimately to me this timing isn't that much of an issue, as long Tether is backed by US dollars. If Bitfinex was timing the prints then it accounts to not much more than an organized pumping scheme, which isn't a fundamental problem. The much more serious concern is whether those buy order are being conducted on the faith of fictitious dollars that don't exist, regardless of when those buy orders occur.

Didn't Tether release an audit in September?

Some online posters have recently tried to spread the notion that Tether has actually been audited by Friedman LLP and that a report was released in September 2017. That was actually just a consulting engagement, which you can read here:
They clearly state that:
This engagement does not contemplate tests of accounting records or the performance of other procedures performed in an audit or attest engagement. Our procedures performed are not for the purpose of providing assurance...In addition, our services do not include determination of compliance with laws and regulations in any jurisdiction.
They state right from the beginning that this is a consultancy job (not an audit), and that its not meant to be assurance to third parties. Doing a consultancy job is just doing a task asked by your customer. In a consultancy job you take information as true from the client, and you have no mandate to verify whether your customer's claims are true or not. The way they checked is simply asking Tether to provide them the information:
All inquiries made through the consulting process have been directed towards, and the data obtained from, the Client and personnel responsible for maintaining such information.
Tether provided a screenshots of twp bank balances. One of these is in the name of Tether Limited, and while the other is a personal account of an individual who Tether Limited claims has a trust agreement with them:
As of September 15, 2017, the bank held $60,919,810 in an account in the name of an in individual for the benefit of Tether Limited. FLPP obtained an engagement letter for an interim settlement plan between that individual and Tether Limited and that according to Tether Limited, is the relevant agreement with the trustee. FLLP did not evaluate the substance of the letter and makes no representation about its legality.
Even worse is that later on in Note 1, they clearly claim that there is no actual evidence that this engagement letter or trust has any legal merit:
Note 1: FLLP makes no representations about sufficiency or enforceability of any trust agreement between the trustee and the Client
Essentially what this is saying is that the trust agreement may not even be worth the paper it’s printed on.
And most importantly… Note 2:
FLLP did not evaluate the terms of the above bank accounts and makes no representations about the clients ability to access funds from the accounts or whether the funds are committed for purposes other than Tether token redemptions
Basically Tether gave them a name of an individual with $60 million in their account according to a screenshot, Tether then gave them a letter saying that there is a trust agreement between this individual and Tether Limited. They also have account with $382 million but no guarantee that this account holds to any lien or other commitments, or that it can be accessed.
Currently Tether has 2.2 billion USDT outstanding and we have absolutely no idea whether this is actually backed by anything, and the long promised audit is still outstanding.

What happens if its revealed that Tether doesn't have its US dollar reserves?

According to Thomas Glucksmann, head of business development at Gatecoin: "If a tether debacle unfolds, it will likely cause quite a devastating ripple effect across many of the exchanges that see most of their volumes traded against the supposedly USD-backed cryptocurrency."
According to Nicholas Weaver, a senior researcher at the International Computer Science Institute at Berkeley: "You could see a spike in prices in tether-only bitcoin exchanges. So, on those exchanges only you will see a run up in price compared to the bitcoin exchanges that actually work with actually money. So you would see a huge price diverge as people see that only way they can turn tether into real money is to buy other cryptocurrency then move to another exchange. That is a bank run."
I definitely see the crypto equivalent of a bank run, as people actually try to secure their gains an realize that this money doesn't actually exist within the system:
If traders lose confidence in it and its value starts to drop, “people will run for the door,” says Carlson, the former Wall Street trader. If Tether can’t meet all its customers’ demand for dollars (and its Terms of Service suggest that in many cases it won’t even try), tether holders will try to snap up other cryptocurrencies instead, temporarily causing prices for those currencies to soar. With tether’s role as an inter-exchange facilitator compromised, investors might lose faith in cryptocurrencies more generally. “At the end of the day, people would be losing substantial sums, and in the long term this would be very bad for cryptocurrencies,” says Emin Gun Sirer, a Cornell professor and co-director of its Initiative for Cryptocurrencies and Smart Contracts.
Another concern is that Bitfinex might simply shut down, pocketing the bitcoins it has allegedly been stockpiling. Because people who trade on Bitfinex allow the exchange to hold their money while they speculate, these traders could face substantial losses. “The exchanges are like unregulated banks and could run off with everyone’s money,” says Tony Arcieri, a former Square employee turned entrepreneur trying to build a legally regulated exchange.
The way I see it, this would be how it plays out if Tether collapses:
  1. Tether-enabled exchanges will see a massive spike in Bitcoin and cryptocurrency prices as everyone leaves Tether. Noobs in these exchanges will think they are now millionaires until they realize they are rich in tethers but poor in dollars.
  2. Exchanges that have not integrated Tether will experienced large drops in Bitcoin and alts as experienced investors flee crypto into USD.
  3. There will be a flight of Bitcoin from Tether-integrated exchanges to non-Tether exchanges with fiat off-ramps. Exchanges running small fractional reserves will be exposed, further increasing calls for greater reserves requirements.
  4. The exchanges might slam the doors shut on withdrawals.
  5. Many exchanges that own large balances of Tether, especially Bitfinex, will likely become insolvent.
  6. There will be lawsuits flying everywhere and with Tether Limited being incorporated on a Carribean Island whose solvency and bankruptcy laws will likely ensure they don't ever get much back. This could take years and potentially push away new investors from entering the space.


We can't be 100% completely sure that Tether is a scam, but its so laiden with red flags that at this point I would call it the biggest systematic risk in the crypto space. Its bigger than any nation's potential regulatory steps because it cuts right into the issue of trust across the entire ecosystem.
Ultimately Tether is centralizing one of the very core mechanics of the cryptocurrency markets and asking you to trust one party to be the safekeeper, and I really see very little reason to trust Bitfinex given their history of lying and screwing over their own customers. I think that Tether initially started as a legit business to facilitate the ease of moving money and avoiding regulations, but somewhere along the lines greed and/or incompetence took over (something that seems common with Bitfinex's previous actions). Right now we're playing proverbial hot potato, and as long as people believe that Tether is worth a dollar everything is fine, but as some point the Emperor will have to step out from hiding and somebody will point out they have no clothes.
In the long term I really hope once Tether collapses we can move on and get the following two implemented which would greatly improve the market for all investors:
  1. Actual USD fiat pairings on the major exchanges for the major currencies
  2. Regulatory rules on exchange reserve requirements
I had watched the Bitconnect people insist for the last 2 years that everything about Bitconnect made perfect sense because they were getting paid daily. The scam works until one day it suddenly doesn't.
Tether could still come clean and avoid all of this "FUD" by simply getting a simple review of their banking, they don't even need a full audit. If everything was legit with Tether, it would be incredibly easy to have a segregated bank account with the funds used solely to back up Tether, then have an third party accounting firm simply review the account and a bank reconciliation statement then spend a few hours in contact with the bank to ensure no outstanding liabilities are held on that balance. This is extremely basic stuff, it would take a few hours to set up and wouldn't take a lot of man-hours for a qualified account to do, and yet they don’t do it. Why? Why hire a major PR firm and spend god knows how much money to pay professional PR representatives to attack "FUD" online instead?
I think I know why.
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How and why exchanges are manipulating the price in order to capitalize on the new market dynamics

The current market seems to be largely driven not by organic buying and selling, but by exchange driven manipulation of the spot market to exploit the current dynamics of leverage trading. We just saw it again now as they liquidated 3K longs but you can see this pattern of clear manipulation over and over in the last few weeks .
We have seen several forces set an incentive for exchanges to do this:
Some exchanges like Gemini have reacted to all of this by increasing their trading fees by 400%. Meanwhile Bitfinex specifically seems to be using its hefty weight to manipulate the price in order to capitalize on the record number of people using margin to bet.
Both longs and shorts are bets on the price moving up or down and they have a "liquidation price" at which they get liquidated by the exchange, essentially the exchange gets the entire stack they bet with and extracts a high market fee multiplied by the leverage. Since the exchanges know the characteristics of the outstanding shorts/longs, and since volume is low after these pumps or dumps leading to sideways drift, they can essentially engineer movements in price that create income in terms of liquidations. When there are lots of overleveraged shorts, an exchange can pump the price with bots briefly and collect the short position. Same with longs but in reverse, a quick burst of selling pressure.
You can see this in the most recent pumps too on Bitfinex, where 1K buy orders appear out of nowhere after long sideways movement only to be followed by either sideway movement or slow bleed on pathetic volume:
Take a look at the most recent pump up to 7K, it instantanously liquidated about 700 short positions:
Now this last dump was a laddered 12.5K sell order on Bitfinex that liquidated around 3K long contracts
Bitfinex tends to be where the big money traders move (their minimum deposit is 10K) so even if each long position was only 0.5 BTC on average they exchange would make a ton of money. If you look at the BitmexRekt twitter feed that shows a running list of Bitmex liquidations with humorous commetary, you will see many >$1 million dollar positions being liquidated during these moves.
This is what all the "Bart" formations we have seen stem from. Its not George Soros pumping Bitcoin for shits and giggles, nor is it the nebolous "whales". They have no incentive to try and pull off PnDs now that it only leads to either sideways movement or decline after the pump. A PnD only works if the delta between the top of the pump end point and dump initiation point is positive, while now it seems to be followed by sideways movement. Those who do want to bet on further upward movements seem to be doing it off the spot market, using margin with futures and perpetuity swaps on Bitmex. This makes the low volume spot market ripe for manipulation, exchanges like Bitfinex and Bitmex have every incentive right now to manipulate the price.
Looking back it seems almost inevitable that this would have happened, that traders would try to replicate the gains they saw by buying and selling on the spot market a few months ago by using increased leverage and derivatives. In December and January there were days where your holdings would increase by at least 20% no matter what you bought. Once you experience those 20% daily gains you don't want to go back to a market where it slowly bleeds down a few percent every week, so people jumped in on high leverage short positions to multiply their profit on those single percent moves down.
For the small time investor there really isn't much you can do to stop this. This is what being part of an unregulated market means, it means that things like wash trading and long/short liquidation hunting is allowed.
All you can really do if you're a trader is look at the current ratio of longs vs shorts on Bitfinex and be aware that once short contracts become too high its possible that an exchange may pump the price to profit on it, while if the longs become too dominant we may see a dump.
Edit: Bitfinex, not Bitfenix.
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Understanding the Leaderboard/Recovery

On Wednesday we launched the leaderboard page.
While our exchange partner pushes the envelope in terms of transparency and we’ve had a hand in helping to shape that, it’s a simple concept that people understand, and nothing there is anything less than common sense. People are used to the previous model of not asking to see cold wallet addresses or any proof of proper fund management. They accept that model because they don’t know what’s possible and they can’t see the problem until the entire system breaks down and everyone loses their funds.
A decentralized marketplace which builds value for affected users with every transaction is a new concept, as is the precursor leaderboard. What we are doing has not been done before. When things are new, they are hard to explain and be understood. People accept the bankruptcy as the best possible outcome because they don't see any better outcome. I hope this post will help.

My background (those who don’t know me yet):
My name is Matt. I’ve lived in Calgary my whole life, and have been running businesses and programming since I was 10 years old. I’m a recent graduate of the University of Calgary in a business and computer science double major, and I currently manage the software team (6 students) at a small Calgary IoT startup. My past business experiences include running a window cleaning franchise across 6 communities, a popular concession stand, and a free web hosting service with over 10,000 clients.
I first got involved with cryptocurrency in 2017, when we had the big run up. Prior to that, I’d done a ton of research but never actually invested. While my losses in Quadriga are significant, they’re nowhere near some of the losses I’ve been hearing about. I’m fortunate to be in a “walk away” position if I so choose and I more or less did for the first week. But I couldn’t stay away. It isn’t right. Especially not now when the solution is so close and the potential impact is so significant.

The challenge:
Here’s how I’ve defined “recovery”:

Basic concepts:
Value is created in an economy by businesses. By their very definition, a successful business takes inputs of less value and produces outputs of greater value.
All people have economic power, by way of choosing which businesses to deal with. The larger the group, the greater the economic power if they act collectively.
Numerous businesses have expressed an interest in assisting with the recovery, and they definitely have an interest in reaching us as consumers. The larger the group that acts together, the more economic power and the faster we can create a recovery.
Every stage of this plan is a “win-win”, where all parties involved benefit. It has nothing to do with the bankruptcy, other than using that to determine losses.

Consumers: Let’s say you:
It’s super easy to set up a scam website. One can just copy a legitimate website and change the name, or build their own seemingly legitimate website. Then, all one does is take the ordepayment or a deposit and not give the promised product/service. With crypto, the consumer has no recourse, unless through legal means. The scam walks away with their money. When enough people complain, they just rebrand and repeat.
Since anyone can say anything on a website, having a way to verify the reputation of a business is an important tool for consumers. We’d like to be able to enable small businesses to start effectively and reduce barriers to entry (so we can have a vibrant crypto economy that enables small businesses), while at the same time, we can’t have a scam business with no reputation getting a lot of sales (ie scamming a lot of consumers).
There is a niche market of consumers who wish to spend cryptocurrency and/or deal with crypto-friendly businesses, because they believe in this future. There is also a market of consumers who were affected by various cryptocurrency scams or feel close to the issue, and so they’d like to help victims recover through their purchases. The desire to support small businesses is a considerable trend, as is deal shopping.
Offering a central portal/listing of crypto friendly businesses is a great tool for consumers to use when trying to find a place to do business. The present alternatives are a few posted lists I could find in Google and businesses that advertise themselves on Google. There really isn’t any sort of feedback/review metric on Google nor indication of reputation (except for brick and mortar stores in Google Maps) and the lists I found only had very large/notable businesses.
If a consumer uses cryptocurrency, it’s very challenging to find a crypto-friendly and reputable small business. Their best alternative is Googling, and Googling, and then Googling reviews, and then Googling more reviews, and then trying to make a guess if those reviews they Googled are legitimate customers or some sort of bots/trolls/paid advertisers. This takes a lot of time, and time is the most precious resource that anyone has. We can make this massively easier for consumers by having every business in one list, and letting real verified customers create/compile reviews to put together a useful ranking.
The flow for participating consumers is pretty simple. They:
If they don’t want to buy/use the tokens, the market is still an amazing tool to find reputable businesses, saving time and reducing scams or problems. They would just pay full price. The tokens are only used if they want to save money (and help affected users in the process).
While of course we aim to protect all consumers, it isn’t a guarantee. It’s just - better than any present alternative that they have, if they want to deal with crypto. There are tons of fiat alternatives (largest being Amazon or Ebay), so this is a niche market targeting specific crypto consumers as identified. It also has some elements of Groupon in the deal aspect, without a lot of the negative effects for businesses. While Groupon is focused on deal-building, we are focused much more on relationship-building. Our listings are based on the “business” instead of the “deal”. While Groupon targets brick and mortar restaurants, our key business market would likely be online service businesses or niche product businesses, with a focus on crypto/technology products/services and resources that small businesses may need/benefit from.

Businesses: Let’s say you sell a product/service, and you:
Marketing is an ongoing challenge every business faces. They are always looking for ways to get their brand, products, and services seen and used by more people. A growing number of businesses in Canada are experimenting with, or interested in, accepting cryptocurrencies, and this is expected to be a growing trend as time moves on.
A centralized portal for crypto friendly businesses in Canada gives an easy place for a business to engage with potential customers. Since the listing process doesn’t cost anything, and only requires a banner and deal in support of fraud victims, it’s a pretty straightforward decision. Of the businesses I talked to, almost every one of them likes the idea of being able to help fraud victims just by offering a deal. As the portal grows, more businesses will want to be a part of it.
Once we work out all the integration challenges, the easiest solution for the business involves secret promotion codes, which apply at checkout. It’s something that a business can set up in under a minute per deal, and leave up and running. More technically-capable businesses can take advantage of the full ERC20 token integration to accept more complex deals directly. As time goes on, a number of these solutions can be set up and integrated into third party checkout systems, making it super easy and flexible for many more businesses to participate.
As the leaderboard fills up, it becomes competitive. The new business can easily gain reputation for themselves by accepting the first batch of clients/customers at a generous reduced price, having the difference payable in tokens. It brings in customers to get initial reviews and feedback (building a reputation), while still honouring the full worth of their services. The difference goes directly into reputation/ranking as tokens are accepted and benefits affected users. Because the tokens are based on CAD discounts, it isn’t restricted to payments in cryptocurrency and fiat customers can understand/use the deals too.
As the business reputation/ranking grows, they have full flexibility to adjust the discount, while still benefiting from previous reputation/generosity. If sales are slow, add a bigger discount. If they speed up, set it lower. The whole time, it’s a price segment and customers who deal directly (often more interested) can still pay full price. With an active market, businesses near the top have an incredible degree of control, and can essentially drive whatever they need to fill capacity and/or maximize revenue. (It can function similar to Air Miles in this respect.)
Proceeds from the deal go directly towards supporting affected users/fraud victims, so it isn’t wasted, and furthermore, customers are “paying the same total”, just as a split between CAD and tokens, providing better value perception than a normal discount. There really aren’t a lot of disadvantages for businesses, other than integration complexity and that they need to offer a deal of some sort. Any profitable business that’s building value in the economy should have a decent profit margin to pull from. Otherwise, they should work to increase this by building a strong competitive advantage for themselves, find ways to optimize their process, or switch industries.
Business can list themselves for free if they offer any sort of token discount, even a tiny discount on one product/service. We just need a 728x90 banner with the business, products/services, and the deal/discount (“XX% payable in tokens”). Rankings are in the following order:
In order to create a really useful service, we have discretion to remove any businesses which are deemed fraudulent, illegal, or not family friendly. Otherwise, businesses generally remain on the list with their rank as long as they offer any kind of deal in support of affected users. As more businesses join, we can offer categories and better searchability.

The rough steps/stages we have ahead:
  1. Building up an initial example leaderboard of 7 businesses. These are real businesses, but the deals are only tentative, meaning we are still sorting out the integration, the deals could end up changing, and there is no committed timeline. Once we have the initial list, we can start promoting it as an announcement, and build up some buzz for the deals, generosity, and recovery. Affected users can “see” that there are real businesses wanting to help out, and other businesses can “see” what kind of deals their competitors or others are offering. The number one objection affected users want to believe is that no business cares about them or would participate. In my discussions with real businesses, nothing could be further from the truth. There is considerable uncertainty about the future of this, many businesses want to wait until we have things set up, and businesses have difficulty with integration given their own limited resources! However, interest is definitely there. We will continue to simplify the concept, and we will keep talking to more businesses.
  2. Continue our focus on affected user onboarding. We need to get 1,000 affected users/email signups or the token project doesn’t launch. One would think that having a free signup with almost no information needed and working hard for 8 months to try to help affected users would be enough, but the damage to trust runs deep from Quadriga and nothing like this has been done before (so completely unproven and all skepticism is justified). Once the leaderboard is up there are a mix of strategies (some and not all will be used):
    1. Aim to get in podcasts, newspapers, media, etc…There are a number of these underway. Past experience shows that a generous percentage of all affected users are interested and will sign up.
    2. Emailing out the mailing list of affected users who so graciously provided their emails to Reddit earlier in the process, seeking their feedback.
    3. Engage and build a stronger community from those affected users we have, try to get word of mouth. If each affected user signs up 3 people, it’s a massive push.
    4. Set up the leaderboard to reward based on “voting”. Businesses send traffic to the leaderboard, and if those visitors do a “vote” (fill out a captcha to prove they are human) then the rank increases for that business.
    5. Put together videos on YouTube.
    6. Put together articles on Medium.
    7. Continue to network with Twitter. (Apparently the top platform for crypto.)
    8. Attempt to create more useful content on Reddit.
    9. Onboard/integrate more businesses, building up the list further and each one builds up the movement.
    10. See if we can get big name assistance. That includes notable affected users, any famous crypto celebrities, or key businesses/brands.
    11. Adding a feedback feature to the website. Focusing on improving the usability.
    12. Check if there is any way to work with government or other industry bodies, all of which have an interest in seeing the happily resolved.
  3. At this point, the next step would be a partner exchange launch. The launch can happen regardless if we hit the previous goal, however the claim process and tokens are not going to happen unless we hit the 1,000 sign-ups. (This was our deal with Ethan.) So there is potentially some delay here where we have an exchange and not enough affected users to move forward with the launch. I have the feeling that a real cryptocurrency exchange launch announcement will be pulling in some “on the fence” affected users and hopefully at this point we are close to our goal. The exchange has a compelling value proposition of its own - as it’s the only Proof of Reserves exchange in Canada. Even though many cryptocurrency traders like the “wild west” and don’t understand what the issue is since they haven’t been scammed yet, those days are numbered and those traders will get burned eventually. We are targeting those who prefer not to lose their funds. Our target market has either been burned or are close enough to someone else who got burned to avoid the notion that they are somehow immune to it. We prove proper fund management, because you or anyone else can take a look right on the blockchain using Proof of Reserves. We'll be building simple interfaces to prove reserves exist, are owned by the exchange, and include your balance. Or you can go with the competitors and have no clue where your money is. (If you’re lucky a third party audit at some point.) We believe the best way to keep traders safe is to have as many eyes as possible on the funds in the reserve.
  4. Now, we have a system of various feedback loops, all working in support of one another:
    1. If affected users sign up for a claim, they’ll register on the exchange to prove it. Some of them will end up using the exchange and checking the marketplace.
    2. Users of the exchange will increase the profitability, and add demand for the tokens (accepted as a discount on the exchange). This will, in turn, build confidence among all players in the system and other affected users. Past networking efforts have failed due to a degree of skepticism. Once affected users see some recovery and a valid exchange, the equation changes dramatically and people can start referring one another. (The laws of arbitrage would dictate that this should spread quickly.)
    3. All of this builds buzz around the leaderboard, and we bring in an increasing number of businesses. The competitive ranking drives even more traffic into the system, furthering everything else.
  5. From here, we launch the leaderboard token competition, integrating the first businesses to start accepting tokens. We can now start to get some real feedback from consumers and an organized list. This adds in more processes:
    1. Businesses have a greater incentive to offer better deals and promote the initiative, driving more consumers into the system, who will ultimately be more likely to engage with other businesses.
    2. Consumers join the exchange to get tokens, and help to overall increase the profitability and demand for the tokens, as well as spreading the word.
  6. To speed up the recovery, we can work to build up sales through the marketplace, by:
    1. Integration with third party payment processors, so they can accept the tokens and process these on behalf of businesses.
    2. Attracting bigger name brands into the system, and follow up with businesses which expressed interest but aren’t part of the system yet.
    3. Building up the review mechanism for businesses, giving valuable feedback for businesses, and making transacting safer for consumers.
    4. Serve as an “incubator” for new businesses, providing a community of support, access to cheap products/services they need, and easy access to a wide Canadian marketplace to help them launch.
    5. Consistently working with consumers and businesses to gather feedback and identify how we can build further value.
  7. As we near the recovery and start running out of tokens (aka success after a really long and hard journey), we can launch similar initiatives against the growing number of other mass-scale scams, and these will benefit from many of the same group of businesses and consumers. We would have a preference for cryptocurrency exchange fraud cases, and target more of the ones where victims lose all or a large chunk of their money. Each of these scams acts sort of like a “franchise”, using the same model with a different/new token and recovering funds for a new set of victims, and each time gets easier as we build on the past success. I suspect many businesses will accept all the different recovery tokens interchangeably, although that will be up to their discretion. Each leaderboard/token would operate separately, with a high degree of connectivity.

A bit on the tokens:

Current status:
We are more than half-way through getting the initial list of 7 partner businesses. We have 4, including our partner exchange, a couple of other businesses from our team, and our first ever business outside our team. Although we launched the leaderboard page to help explain the concept, all the businesses will remain secret until we get to 7. We plan to have this as a sort of “Christmas present”/"holiday surprise" for affected users.
We also continue to work towards 1,000 affected users/email sign-ups on the site. Friends/family can also sign up if they want to help out - it just has to be a real person signing up and interested in what we are doing!

Signup is 100% free, takes a couple of minutes, and has no impact on your bankruptcy claim:
Email-only is fine for our 1,000 sign-up goal.

Please let us know your thoughts or any questions/comments!
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Ethereum's future is bright, the DApps are coming!

The DApps are coming, the DApps are coming!

Chin up boys and girls – the DApps (Decentralized Apps) are finally coming. Utility, not speculation/manipulation/shilling etc., is what, in the end, will give/justify the value of blockchains.
Of the top 100 tokens, 91 of them are on the Ethereum blockchain (ERC-20). The most valuable non-Ethereum tokens by market cap are USDT (4) and GAS (25). Eventually, ICX (6), VeChain (3) and EOS (1) and several others will be migrating to their own blockchains. Still, this leaves Ethereum with an overwhelming market dominance for tokens (aka DApps) and Ethereum has been clearly recognized as the blockchain to launch ICOs/DApps.
We have already seen several DApps successfully launch on mainnet including CrytptoKitties, Crypto Sportz, Edgeless, Etherbots, Ethercraft, Etheremon, Etheroll, ETHLend, Forkdelta (RIP Etherdelta), 0xBitcoin and Ethlance among others. Check out a whole list on DappRadar and track the progress of some lesser known, smaller projects on StateoftheDApps (Note: I cannot vouch for all of these DApps. There have been and always will be scammers in the crypto space. Please, always do your own research!)
For the rest of March + Q2 (April - June) we are going see the biggest implementation of DApps on the Ethereum mainnet to date. Below I’ve laid out, in alphabetical order and in varying detail, what’s happening between now and the end of Q2 of this year. (I’ve also added some info, where especially relevant, of big stuff coming after Q2). I hope any biases I may have do not come through too much in the writing.
To hammer home on utility once more: One year ago today, the daily transaction count was at 57,000. Yesterday, the network confirmed over 752,000 transactions (a 13x increase) (And remember, ATH in January was 1.349 million txns!) [Source]

On to the DApps:

This project can take a little time to understand, so here's a thorough ELIM5 walkthrough.
The 0x Protocol
Also, an informative article about some of the differences between the various decentralized exchange protocols here.
Some general Ethereum news to be excited about:
  • Vitalik recently hinted, in a since deleted tweet, that the sharding testnet will be coming online in the near future (I think Q2 isn’t too early a guess).
    • What is sharding? Sharding is where the entire state of the network is split into a bunch of partitions called shards that contain their own independent piece of state and transaction history. In this system, certain nodes would process transactions only for certain shards, allowing the throughput of transactions processed in total across all shards to be much higher than having a single shard do all the work as the mainchain does now. [Source]
  • Alpha Casper FFG testnet has been successfully running since Dec. 31, 2017.
    • What is Casper? Casper FFG aka Vitalik’s Casper is a hybrid POW/POS consensus mechanism. This is the version of Casper that is going to be implemented first. In a Proof of Stake system, validators stake a portion of their Ethers and start validating blocks. Meaning, when they discover a block which they think can be added to the chain, they will validate it by placing a bet on it. [Source]
(To stay up-to-date on Ethereum research development, check out
  • The Ethereum Community Conference (EthCC) is March 8-10 in Paris. Talks will focus around “scalability, anonymity, development tools, governance compliance” among other topics.
    • Speakers include representatives from the Ethereum Foundation, Ledger, Metamask, Shapeshift, Oraclize, Uport, Web3Foundation, Melonport, ConsenSys, JP Morgan, Coinbase – Toshi, Parity, SpankChain, FunFair, Aragon, AirSwap, EEA, IExec, Cosmos, OmiseGO, Circle, Gnosis, among others.
    • UPDATE: EthCC was a resounding success! If you missed it or want to re-watch any of the talks, check out this handy thread of videos, painstakingly culled and timestamped by u/alsomahler.
  • The Ethereum Developer Conference (EDCON) is May 3-5 in Toronto. This will be the biggest ETH dev conference since DEVCON 3 last November. The agenda is still being worked out, but speakers include representatives from the Ethereum Foundation, Polkadot, Parity, Plasma, OmiseGO, Cosmos, Tendermint, Giveth, Maker, Gnosis, and many others.
  • The Enterprise Ethereum Foundation (EEF) just keeps growing and growing and growing.

More, because I just can’t stop:

  • MetaMask recently passed 1 million installs!
  • 5.6 billion requests per day for (Decentralized web3 infrastructure)
  • 280,000 downloads of TruffleSuit (ETH development framework)
  • ConsenSys has grown to over 600 employees in six major offices located around the world. I personally think ConsenSys is important (and awesome) because they are huge Ethereum evangelists and provide (in)valuable resources to help bring DApps come to life!
    • From their website: “The ConsenSys “hub” coordinates, incubates, accelerates and spawns “spoke” ventures through development, resource sharing, acquisitions, investments and the formation of joint ventures. These spokes benefit from foundational components built by ConsenSys that enable new services and business models to be built on the blockchain.”
    • Several of the projects I listed above are ConSensys formations including AirSwap and MetaMask.
Thanks for reading this far! Hopefully it wasn’t too exhausting of a read.
I am certain I have forgotten some DApps, so please feel free to comment/PM any and all suggestions/corrections to make this list more informative/inclusive/accurate and I will update it.
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Best Crypto Trading Bots 2019

Best Crypto Trading Bots 2019
WolfpackBOT - The World's Fastest Crypto Trading Bot
There are basically two different ways you can make mazuma from digital currencies. You can purchase a couple of coins currently, hold them for an extensive period and offer them after the esteem has risen significantly or you can get started with exchanging digital forms of money, here once more, you can exchange physically or run with the best crypto exchanging bots. While holding cryptographic money for a more drawn out term has turned out to be fulfilling, it takes a bounty of time and tolerance for you to optically observe the estimation of your speculation increase.If you are somebody, who does not have the persistence to hang tight for so long, at that point digital currency trading provides you with the immaculate chance to make some mazuma. Numerous prosperous digital currency dealers do recommend you purchase low and sell high. In any case, this is easier verbalized than done.
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Exchanging digital money isn't any advanced science. All you require is a record on a digital money trade and some cryptographic money in your wallet. This would have been the situation, had you started exchanging these computerized resources route in 2010.
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Presently that you ken that bots have surmounted the crypto exchanging market, you more likely than not understood as of now that the chances of making mazuma when piled facing a great many bots are cosmically svelte.
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There is no telling how secure a specific bot is. In this way, while separating an exchanging bot, complete quintessential research and winnow a bot that has been broadly extolled for its security.
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Top 10 Best Crypto Trading Bots in 2019
  1. Cryptohopper
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With the lift in enthusiasm for cloud-predicated advancements, Cryptohopper uses cloud innovation to keep the bot running day in and day out. By running the bot on a cloud, clients will most likely put in exchange requests notwithstanding amid the night. In this manner, no open door is missed.
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  1. 3Commas
Even though 3Commas bot is nascent to the exchanging bot scene, it could give its clients huge increases, notwithstanding amid the crypto bear showcase.
The new element that dissevers this bot from other bots is its workforce to trail any crypto advertise. This authorizes the bot to close the exchange at the most profitably excellent position, yet the objective addition set by the utilizer had just been come to. This element benefits enormously amid the crypto bull run. Additionally, the bot adventitiously endorses clients to exchange numerous cryptographic forms of money simultaneously. In this manner, it is not passing up any great exchanging opportunity that goes along the way. The bot is set up on the cloud and is available through the site. This betokens the bot runs 24X7. The bot can be designed with Binance and Bittrex at this moment and increasingly legitimate trades, for example, BitFinex, Poloniex, KuCoin, and so forth will be coordinated anon.
The 3Commas comes with a sticker price appended to it. The starter plan will cost you $24, and the most luxurious genius pack would set you back by $82. On the off chance that you operate to give crypto bot exchanging a go, at that point, you could use the 3Commas starter plan and later peregrinate to the more rich schemes.
  1. Gunbot
This is another mainstream exchanging bot with more than 6000 dynamic merchants using its lodging on a quotidian substructure. Good with a few exchanging stages including Binance and GDAX, it very well may be kept running on your nearby PC. This can keep running on Windows, Linus, and the Mac stages, so running on your neighborhood machine would not be a bind.
The bot has 32 diverse pre-arranged exchanging systems which give clients a wide cluster of choices to induce some automated revenue. Among these techniques, the three most well-known ones are the Bollinger band, step addition, and ping pong. Numerous clients have detailed having made a bounty of benefits with the BB procedures. Gunbot isn't in freedom to use and accompanies a one-time level rate running from 0.1BTC to 0.3BTC, contingent upon the highlights that you would savor to optically observe in the bot. Aside from this, the bot supplementally comes as a Lite rendition that has encircled highlights yet can be habituated to test around with the lesser measure of mazuma.
The post-buy support given by the organization is truly surprising. Clients get their issues settled in less than multi-day. The main pickle with regards to this bot is that you ought to in every case reliably outwardly look at the present market state. If the instability of the crypto advertise is high, at that point you ought to most likely turn the bot off to shun any misfortune
  1. Gekko
This is the most diverse digital money exchanging bot in subsistence at present. For any individual who needs to gain proficiency with some things about exchanging bots and not spend any mazuma getting one, at that point Gekko is the bot for you. The Gekko trading bot is an open source bitcoin exchanging bot venture that is accessible for anybody to use for nothing. The way that it is in freedom to use is the fundamental purpose behind its wide prevalence. Like some other open-source ventures, Gekko is free of for all intents and purposes all bugs and even the ones the pop are fixed up at lightning speeds. The Gekko bot can collaborate with a few trades, including Bitfinex, Polonix, and BitStamp. The bot uses a web interface to associate with the clients and can keep running on a neighborhood machine with Windows, Linux, or the Mac OS.
The bot comes pre-designed with some exchanging system. You can initiate using the bot on autopilot as anon as you introduce and design it with a trade. In any case, if you would savor to use your very own exchanging system, the bot withal endorses you to design it to your savoring. While the present design is respectable for trying different things with the bot, there are a few other exchanging techniques accessible online that would benefit you make an all the more profitably worthwhile wager. The bot will withal send you a notice at whatever point it executes a specific exchange. This is finished by incorporating it with the Telegram envoy. Consequently, you will dependably ken how well your bot is performing.
The main drawback to the Gekko exchanging bot is that it isn't very utilizer-heartfelt. There are a few aides in the digital world that direct you through the underlying setup process. Be that as it may, this procedure isn't extremely direct and you would presumably hit a barricade at any rate once amid the underlying setup.
  1. Zenbot
Another allowed to use digital currency exchanging bot, Zenbot can be considered as a further developed form of the Gekko exchanging bot. Nonetheless, as Gekko has been around for a more extended time, it is all the more generally used. Much the same as Gekko, Zenbot programming can be downloaded from Github and introduced on your neighborhood PC. The product is perfect with Windows, Mac just as the Linux working frameworks. The bot comes pre-arranged with an entirely nice exchanging system. In any case, its real potential can be opened only when you initiate executing your exchanging order. The primary bind with the allowed to use bots is that they are frequently not very utilizer-genial. In any case, this isn't the situation with Zenbot. The entire setup process is extremely effortless, and you can have the bot fully operational in all respects speedily. The bot chips away at all prevalent trades, for example, Bitfinex, Poloniex, Bittrex, and so on.
As it is an open source venture, it is without now of a few bugs, and regardless of whether one springs up, it will be adjusted all around speedily. The Zenbot can effortlessly actualize with a few informing stages, for example, slack, Telegram, and so on to give you the updates of any exchange that was executed.
Adventitiously, the Zenbot withal braces high-recurrence exchanging. This is a component that outlined the personnel of the Gekko bot. The Zenbot is being refreshed, and more highlights are being incorporated traditionally. Hence, making it a bot for you to reliably outwardly analyze.
  1. WolfpackBOT: WolfpackBOT is a cryptographic money exchanging programming application that has been created with the most developed highlights of any robotized exchanging programming of its sort. The WolfpackBOT has been intended to execute exchanging directions with the usage of restrictive numerical calculations, and specialized investigation bespeakers predicated on the client's predefined assignments.
The cryptographic money advertise as of now bearish, and many exchanging bots easily miss the scarcest vacillations. WolfpackBOT has been built to execute trading directions at a lightning speed and is fit for making up to a large number of exchanges every day, relying upon the states of the market.
WolfpackBOT is among the few cryptographic money exchanging bots that give crypto aficionados full self-governance, security, and control of their exchanging bot and its related API keys. A large portion of the crypto trading bots out there are cloud-predicated stages that are constrained by outsider frameworks. While these stages guarantee dealers of outright wellbeing and security, insightful brokers ken that in the crypto space, outsider frameworks like trades and other cloud-predicated steps are hacked proximately consistently. Since WolfpackBOT programming and your related API keys are put away individually PC or devoted VPS, WolfpackBOT can sidestep a significant number of the security issues related to cloud-predicated frameworks.
WolfpackBOT has been created for the whole crypto network, from experienced merchants to novices, with three in all respects reasonably valued membership levels. WolfpackBOT accompanies a few membership bundles that authorize clients to exchange with a wide scope of chances predicated on their favored membership.
  1. CryptoTrader
cryptotrader_reviewAlmost all digital money merchants would have aurally seen about the crypto dealer exchanging bot. The across the board fame of this bot is because it was one of the absolute first bots to be kept running on the cloud and accessible to the clients day in and day out.
The crypto broker bot is plenarily web-predicated and in this manner, open from anyplace you can associate with the digital world. The bot can be easily designed with a few well-known trades, for example, Poloniex, Bittrex, Kraken, and so on. This bot does not come for nothing out of pocket. You can operate from the few organizations accessible. The valuing initiates with 0.003BTC every month for the most simple arrangement and this goes up to 0.0472 BTC every month for their excellent arrangement.
While all plans do offer clients support for programmed exchanging, the early highlights and as far as possible for the more indulgent plans is higher than that given the basic arrangement. Any early component that is caused is most readily accessible on the higher bundle designs and are later accessible on the basic plans. On the off chance that you would simply savor to exchange on a solitary trade and with exceptionally delineated mazuma, at that point the basic arrangement will get the job done. Be that as it may, on the off chance that you are outwardly looking at the higher volume of exchanges, at that point run with the higher bundle.
This bot additionally sustains algorithmic exchanging. In this manner, I am making it effortless for clients to execute their very own arrangements. The bot can be effortlessly modified. In this manner, I am making it a broadly utilized cryptographic money exchanging bot.
  1. Bitcoin Robot
btcrobotWe simply needed to incorporate the pioneer of digital currency exchanging bots on our rundown of the best crypto exchanging bots. The Bitcoin robot started as a Bitcoin exchanging bot. In any case, it can now withal be designed to exchange different digital currencies, for example, Ethereum and Litecoin. The bot is accessible as a product and should be downloaded and keep running on your neighborhood machine. This betokens the exchanges will be executed just as long as you keep your PC turned on. The bot can effortlessly work with a few digital money trades and is by and large broadly utilized even today. The bot isn't accessible free of expense and costs you a premium. The cost of the bot ranges from $19.99 every month for the principal plan. In any case, clients usually buy the platinum plan that costs just $399 one time charge and offers utilizer unlimited access to every one of the highlights.
The benefits made by individuals using this bot verbalizes for itself. Supplementally, they do offer a 60-days mazuma back assurance. Along these lines, you should look at them once.
  1. USI Tech
This can't be considered as a bot. In any case, the USI tech BTC settlement promises mechanized benefits for your BTC speculations. The USI Tech was at first intended for Forex exchanging. In any case, after the raise of the ubiquity of Bitcoin, they additionally offer BTC bundles. Not at all like some other BTC exchanging bot where you require to give the API key of your trade account to execute exchanges, on USI Tech, you will require to winnow from among the few BTC master exchanges. At that point, you will begin accepting your segment of benefits at whatever point exchange is made.
The USI Tech stage basically ensures extraordinary comes back to your speculations. The entire procedure of purchasing your absolute first BTC bundle is withal simple and pellucidly elucidated on their site. You can explore different avenues regarding the benefits that you gain. In any case, the number of bundles you purchase, the more dominant will be your benefit
  1. Margin.De (Leonardo Bot)
Edge LeonardobotThis is a cryptographic money exchanging bot with the most utilizer-genial interface. The GUI of the bot is easy to use, and the highlights gave are extremely puissant. The bot was structured with two exchanging techniques ping pong and Margin exchanging actualized into it. In any case, you can withal modify it with your very own custom settings. This bot lays incredible complement on the visual parts of exchanging. The specialized examination done by the bot is immensely simple to break down. What more? The bot has an astonishing component called visual exchanging. This interface feels rich smooth to use and offers clients the most extreme authority over the exchanges.
The bot was at first evaluated at 0.5 BTC consistently. Notwithstanding, presently, it is accessible at a one-time cost extending from $89 to $1999 with the most elevated arrangement offering a bigger number of highlights than th
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The truth about Bitfinex and Tether...

EDIT: I realize this is long, but I feel it's important to have this info out there. Maybe save it for later when you see this narrative being pushed around so you can come back and get the other side.
EDIT 2: TL:DR - Most negative analysis on this sub lately of Tether are likely from a single biased source that stretches a lot to make his points, and there is simply not enough Tether in the market nor is it concentrated enough to create a catastrophic problem or significant inflation for any USDT currency pair.
Like many of you, I have heard the stories and posts about the fraudulent tether, I trade in this space on many exchanges and the growing concern is worrying, so I did my due diligence, and I would like to share it with the community.
First and most importantly IMO, all this controversy stems from just one account/person. A person on twitter going by the handle @Bitfinexed -
Here you can see this person's writings -
Spoofy, Tethers and institutional investors are what they contend to be the lies and fraud, AND that this entire rally in 2017 is based on fraudulent Tethers and spoofing, and that this will implode the markets.
I feel this is also important… Turns out this person sold at $1000, maybe the real reason he is on this mission??…
Now for some troubling info, the majority of this narrative (FUD??) here on Reddit in the last month come from just three accounts.
As you can see these accounts entire mission is to post constantly about this. They all show up on the other’s post to comment regularly.
Btw, some people on the pro-finex side think this is a smear campaign from other exchanges. I don’t believe this to be the case. This person(s) only talk about TetheFinex, yet Tether is used and traded by the $millions daily on 3 of the top 5 exchanges, Finex, Bittrex, Polo, yet never a word about those other exchanges. (Check the USDT volume on other exchanges)
Therefore, if it is an exchange, it isn’t Trex/Polo because this would affect them as well. If it was an exchange other than Trex/Polo they would have plenty of fire power against 3 of the top 5 exchanges with Tether fraud.
This leads me to believe it is most likely a sad person(s) with an ax to grind. They might have lost their $ on Finex to what they believe are spoofers/fraud and or they were part of the finex hack and sold there BFX too early.
Btw I see contention that Bitfinex did NOT pay back the $ from the hack. They did, but some people are mad because they sold BFX early and didn’t recoup full $ amount from haircuts, but that was their decision.
SPOOFING This is what set my alarm bells off about these articles I read from Bitfinexed. Specifically spoofing…
and this nugget…“And who the hell is going to go margin long so dramatically after a huge crash?” from this article…
Claiming spoofing shows this person has limited markets/trading knowledge. Clearly they haven’t watched an order book of any exchange in crypto, equities, or Forex.
This is called scalping or scare walls. Again this is done in every market around the globe.
Here is a professional FOREX trader talking about scalping, how it works, who/why they do it.
TL;DW - they do this to get the price where they want it because they know people are watching the order book (the video is quite enlightening), and the key point that keeps this from being an illegal activity (on regulated exchanges) is THAT THEY DO MAKE TRADES FOR THOSE SIZES eventually. This doesn’t always work and they get stuck in these positions. Risk/reward.
The ironic part about this spoofing idea is Finex is one of the few, if not only exchanges, that offer hidden orders. So people trying to scalp always have to worry if there is a monster hidden order lurking.
Go to the UPDATE: AUGUST 7TH of this story and watch the video he claims proves spoofing and Phil Potter admitting it in the voice over.
I see nothing wrong with what Phil says and no proof of anything in the video. Again this is true on every exchange trading anything of volume in the world. People with large amounts of money move markets, oh the horror. I “technically” do this when I place an order and pull it for whatever reason (scared, mistake, etc.) just not in large sums, but I would if I had large sums.
“And who the hell is going to go margin long so dramatically after a huge crash?” The crash they are referring to is from the early June ATH to the mid-July correction. A 45-day crash? Well, I am one of those people that went margin long. And many many others who read charts, resistance, support, retracement info. Again, this smacks of someone who doesn’t know what they are talking about.
This is absurd. This completely negates everything else, the Japanese currency ruling and them entering the market, Koreans coming into the market in a huge way (they now have the largest exchange by far with close to a Billion traded DAILY, oh and they don’t use Tether at all), the successful hard fork, or the more (positive!) interest from the media and people than ever before in BTC history.
Instead, we are supposed to think that $395 million dollars of tethers are the reason for this rise in a $160+ Billion market cap. 
C’mon people! Look at that volume for the last 30 days. Also, the overwhelming majority of trade does not exist in Tether but KRW, CNY, USD, JPY.
Tethers are usually created when extra liquidity is needed, be it a crash or a spike. Because more people are trading.
They try to prove Tether boosts the market with this picture in their article.
The problem is 2 of the last 3 tether dumps coincide with a downturn. In fact, there is nothing in this graph that proves this theory. Also, the last tether dump/price rise coincides perfectly with the news of the majority of miners signaling segwit2x for the first time (search bitcoin or btc around that date).
So do you think the market traded billions of $ at that time because of a $50 million Tether dump or because for the first time in YEARS a solution and path forward became visible??
In regards to banking, clearly they have some kind of banking and a way for large amounts of fiat to get in and out. The banking is not for you and me but for regional bitcoin exchanges and other large customers.
You know how I know this? If they didn’t the internet would be flooded with Finex withdrawal issues, there would be a price premium on Bitfinex compared to other exchanges, just like Mt. Gox had for so long and also Bitfinex earlier in the year when the banking issues started.
This article explains it very clearly (seriously read this article), it has nothing to do with this controversy, just the banking issue in April.
TL;DR - All of the imbalances discussed (Finex premium) have been a result of USD frictions into Bitfinex. It has been a chain reaction resulting from the initial freeze to the various gradual withdrawal options. As soon as Bitfinex conclusively addresses the USD flow issues, the crypto pair prices will normalize (which they did) with other exchanges that don’t have banking frictions and USDT price will return to par (which it did).
The premiums on Finex and Tether are what would prove something is wrong, yet they are not here. Surprisingly Finex has been at a discount to GDAX and GEMINI recently. Meaning people are willing to take a loss on prices to be able to lend on Finex. This too will normalize as people/bots arb.
Aug 9th… From “arguably” bank fraud
Aug 22nd…. To “admitting” bank fraud
Listen to that audio in the second link, listen carefully. His explanation is perfectly reasonable. Banks don’t work well, consistently, or at all with crypto related companies (marijuana companies too for that matter) especially in jurisdictions that are outside US/Europe. Surprise surprise, this is nothing new. When they find out customers, deposits/wire are cryptos related they pull the plug (a reason why Trex/Polo don’t mess with USD).
Also, they gave their customers a haircut, probably a lot of complaints about the hack to Wells Fargo and other banks. These are the correspondent's banks, not Finex’s, they have banking. This is how they can receive large institutional deposits and withdrawals. Which I bet make up the majority of the fiat deposits and withdrawals.
Classic 80/20 business rule, 20% of your clients are providing 80% of the liquidity plus you are having banking issues (which is expected in crypto-land), so you cut this service to the 80% saving time/resources/headaches for the 20% loss in a single service to them (no fiat withdrawal/deposits- but crypto flows in and out with ease).
Again if they weren’t able to get money in and out there would be a premium, there would be a long line of complaints online. I have no reason (or proof) to believe that money is NOT coming into/out of the exchange.
It makes total sense too, they are the best lending platform, have one of the most liquid exchanges, and have by far the most reliable and best software/servers/UI/order options. You cannot deny this fact, they are constantly a top 3 exchange in volume, even after a hack.
I use Finex (as well as others) because of all those things. Also, they have already been hacked, a second hack seems less likely (IMO, they have more to lose with another hack). They have many big events on the horizon (Ethfinex). Would a company be putting resources into these things if this is all fraud or an exit scam? I find that unlikely. Is this 100% full proof? Of course not, nothing is, especially in crypto, just my reasons for trading there.
Institutional Investors - Here is what this person doesn’t comprehend, what if these institutional investors are… you ready… here it comes… other exchanges that use Tether, as well as other crypto related businesses. It is only $395 million Tethers. These exchanges (Trex, Finex, Polo) are printing money.
This isn’t “someone” with 100’s of millions of dollars as the article suggests, it’s many people with millions/thousands of dollars. Again this all ignores the fact that many more people have entered the ecosystem this year. This is proven by Coinbase growth, transaction growth, and exchange growth (both in volume and # of exchanges), and growth in crypto-related sub-Reddits.
Yet Bitfinexed is shocked that lending hits ATH’s, but it is perfectly explainable and reasonable based on the evidence and data of gthe ecosystem. Let us not forget BTC is a finite amount, more people are going to increase demand/price, if you think this is a bubble... you haven’t seen anything yet.
The TOS are sketchy and a point of concern but there are two things to keep in mind- It was necessary to word it that way, and the market clearly doesn’t care.
If they had worded it that they will redeem no matter what, they would have money launderers flocking to the service (bogging down resources), plus law enforcement knocking.
Tethers weren’t created to get $ in/out of crypto but to provide a safe haven and liquidity on exchanges that don’t use USD. And I would say they are working perfectly. Very few are withdrawing USDT for USD.
I think it is precisely because of what the co-founder of tether refers to here (and below)… “If you want to convert USD₮ into fiat currency (or vice-versa) at, you must go through the whole “aggressive” KYC/AML process and get verified. I’ve heard from many who tried and were unable to provide sufficient documentation. Tether’s KYC/AML policies were written by experienced compliance officers and it’s critical that it be done properly and with diligence. It really is about “knowing your customer” and making sure that their uses are legitimate.” This is a perfectly reasonable explanation why people are not lining up to cash out of Tether, and also why large/reputable institutions can (exchanges, investors, etc.).
Now ask yourself this, would a company that is operating fraudulently have a roadmap of all these new features that no one will ever use if they don’t provide these promised audits as they say they will by the end of the year?
So as of now they have enough runway until the end of the year. I say we give TetheFinex the benefit of the doubt.
While Tether could be operating fractionally (so to could any exchange in crypto btw), there is no proof or evidence of it today. It trades at normalized rates. You can’t just create 100’s of million of dollars without the marketing realizing somewhere.
Sure, you can say this is a confidence game, but so is crypto, so is the USD, so is the concept of money. I see no reason to be more concerned with this risk than the already risky environment we trade in with exchanges.
No it won’t. Sure there will be a dip maybe even a correction, but there are only 395 million Tethers. People will get out of Tether even at massive discounts (until $0) into crypto because they can’t get USD, but not more than the 395 million tethers circulating (at this time).
At a certain discount people will understand what is going on and stop trading for Tether. BTC + ETH is worth over $100 billion, how many time does the entire amount of USDT have to turn over to cause a massive crash?
What will get hit the hardest are the people left holding tether (if/when they implode) and Trex/Polo/Finex.
To think Polo/Trex would rely so much on USDT that they didn’t fully vet it is absurd as well. Whats more likely, Polo/Trex’s due diligence or this @Bitfinexed person based on conjecture?
I’ve already seen a Forbes contributor try and get ahold of Bitfinexed on twitter.
Could I be wrong about all of this??? Of course, but, I feel I have provided more evidence than the other side. You are the Judge :)
Some from u/udecker - Tether co-founder is who has the backing for the token, not Bitfinex. Bitfinex is a customer of Tether. If Bitfinex wants more Tether, they make a request to Tether, just like all other Tether customers. Tether waits for USD to show up, and when it does, creates the necessary tethers and credits Bitfinex. They both have Tawainese banking so money can flow back and forth easily. (The banking industry in the country of Taiwan are under scrutiny lately because of larger legal issues not involving crypto, but clearly affecting crypto companies)
Tether wasn’t designed to be a profit machine. It was designed to be a utility for the crypto community to provide a stable token (with all the benefits of this). Tether’s business model is this: 1. Generate fees from wire deposits and withdrawals and conversions. 2. Interest income on the reserve.
Bitfinex’s parent company owns a 20% stake in Tether.
People say Tether isn’t being burned. But they are being recycled which is/was always an option.
I hope we can have a productive conversation around this without the usual Gox 2.0, sell it all, Bitfinex is the anti-christ comments with no substance. Give us your opinion and perspective because maybe I am missing something… but, maybe you are too.
This was quite time consuming (just ask my kids and boss, lol) So if you found this info helpful you can donate if you’d like here, if not, no biggie smalls :)
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Margin trading and exchange manipulation


Bitstamp:BTCUSD 5m
Bitcoin saw a huge price spike today of $1100+ within the span of 45 minutes. (One of) the biggest derivatives exchanges, Bitmex, saw as much as $0.6B of trading within the hour, with Bitfinex also seeing 38k Bitcoin (~$280M) trading in the same 1h period.
I've seen a lot of theories going around recently relating to exchange manipulation and stop loss/ liquidation hunting by exchanges and I think its best to look into how margin trading works and the issue with some of the claims, along with today's dramatic events.

Margin Trading and Derivatives Explained

As Bitcoin trading has developed, there have been more and more offerings of margin trading by exchanges, allowing people to borrow value to trade with, to amplify profits (or losses) before repaying the loan at a later date. Many traders use this to make different strategies more viable, such as scalping or swing trading. As well as its use for leverage, margin/ derivatives also allow shorting. This gives the opportunity to trade the decline of a market rather than having to sit in cash and wait. So how does it work?

Spot markets

In a spot market, the underlying assets that are going to be traded have to be borrowed during the trade and paid back (with interest) to the lender once the trade is closed. Exchanges such as Bitfinex manage this through a Peer to Peer lending system, where the loan is provided by other users on the platform.
The exchange has to ensure that the loan will always be paid back to the lender, as such, positions have a liquidation threshold. If the value of the traded asset were to swing too far against the trader, their account wouldn't have sufficient funds to be able to pay back the value of the loan. For this reason, we have an initial margin level and a maintenance margin level.
The initial margin limit (30% for Bitfinex) means that traders can't take on unreasonably large positions, so sudden market swings won't drive the account into negative value. The maintenance margin limit (15% for Bitfinex) is where the exchange will margin call (forcefully close) the position to avoid going into negative balance.
For example, if you were to take out a 3x leverage long on Bitcoin vs USD, your initial margin is 33%. Then, if Bitcoin were to drop 18% (33% - 15%) you would be margin called, forcefully closing the position to avoid further losses.
When a position is margin called, it's traded into the regular market to close the position. If you are long on Bitcoin vs USD, the position will be sold off to get back the USD needed to pay off the loan. In this case, there is no point at which the exchange is taking on your position, it is simply forcing you to close it into the market so you can pay off your loan to the lending user.

Derivatives markets

Derivatives markets, such as Bitmex, work slightly differently. The underlying asset being traded doesn't change hands to take on a position. Instead each side of the trade takes opposing sides of a futures contact. Derivatives are helpful as a trading tool, as you only need to have a fraction of the equity of a contract, rather than taking out a loan of the asset.
The normal rules of initial margin and maintenance margin still apply. But, instead of paying back a P2P loan, its to protect the exchange from negative balance. If an account balance became negative, there would be no way for the exchange to get back the difference ,since Bitmex is funded anonymously in Bitcoin. As such, it needs a good mechanism to avoid excessive losses.
Bitmex does differ from Bitfinex, as the exchange will take on the position during a margin call. This is part of their "liquidation engine", which then closes the position into the market. The maintenance balance of the position is also taken to offset the loss of the liquidation engine as it closes the position. Any profit/ loss is added to the "insurance fund".
This system is required on Bitmex due to the high leverage they offer to traders, meaning that their is a high probability a losing trade could result in a negative balance. Any negative balance is paid off by the insurance fund. The insurance fund is not a conspiracy for the exchange to take your money, it is a simple fact that the margin calling system will not always be able to close positions in time during large market swings, so needs a cushion to avoid negative balances.

Short squeeze and margin cascade

Now, onto today's series of events. Looking at the BTCUSD chart, the red line shows Bitfinex margin shorts and the green line shows margin longs. Prior to the spike to $8069, margin shorts were at record highs of almost 41k Bitcoin. Then, as the price shot up, the shorts were rapidly liquidated. Side note: I believe the margin data provided here is slightly delayed, as the raw data shows the cascading descent in margin shorts lining up better with the increase in price.
As the first shorts started to get liquidated, they were forced to buy into the market, driving up the price. This liquidated some more positions, forcing them to rapidly buy too, hitting the limit of yet more positions. This cascading effect shot the price into the sky as positions got forcefully closed. Margin shorts went from 39k Bitcoin at 11:30 (BST) to <29k Bitcoin at 12:30 (BST), over 10k Bitcoin in shorts closed within an hour.
People will try give many explanations for this overhang in shorts or the events leading up to the short squeeze. The squeeze was certainly a risk that I overlooked in my own trading, but I was fortunate enough not to have any open positions at the time. Short squeezes are a reality that people have to watch out for when trading any asset (although not often on this scale).

Manipulation and conspiracies

I'm hoping to address some of the issues I see in a post that's been going around a lot recently, which claimed that exchanges themselves were involved in stop-loss hunting to try to "extract a higher market fee" from traders when they get liquidated.
However, by definition, each trade has a market maker and a market taker, meaning that the exchange will get the same fee per volume either way (assuming no tiered fee structure), as one side will always be paying the taker fee. While there is a potential for an exchange be using margin calls as a means to increase their total trading volume, it seems like a rather roundabout method to try to extract relatively small value while potentially driving a way a significant portion of their clients. Surely an exchange would look to boost revenue through other means, such as new services and trading pairs before looking towards market manipulation on such a scale. Exchanges themselves also aren't brokers, they are the platform to allow different parties to trade, rather than being the market maker of each trade.
While stop-loss/ margin hunting does happen to a degree, it is unlikely that the exchanges themselves would stand to gain much from it. Instead, stop-loss hunting is an activity of institutions or "whales", who make a profit by accumulating a position at a lower price before pushing the market into a short squeeze and selling into the margin cascade. This requires an entity to be tactically building up an exposure before shifting the market in their favour.
While it isn't impossible that the operators of exchanges are involved in stop-loss hunting as part of a separate scheme, the exchange itself and its mechanisms of liquidation stands to make little profit on such action with the potential to drive away a lot of customers. It makes little sense for an exchange itself to be involved, as the financial incentives don't align.

My original blog post with nicer formatting


I will do my best to give unbiased, objective analysis, but I can make no promises about my accuracy. All posts are based on my personal opinions and ideas and do not constitute professional financial investment advice.
Edit 13/04/18 01:15: Rewrote final few paragraphs as it appears I misinterpreted the original article.
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Ethfinex Q and A (in chronological order)

Ross: Hi everyone, it is great to be here. For those of you who haven’t encountered Ethfinex Trustless before, allow me to introduce the platform:
Ethfinex Trustless is a hybrid exchange that allows you to trade directly from your private wallet, against the full order books of Ethfinex & Bitfinex, without risking your funds. You simply lock your funds in a smart contract (you still retain control) using Metamask, Portis, Ledger etc and then place an order as normal. When you order is matched, it is instantly executed and then settled on the Ethereum blockchain within a few minutes. In a nutshell, Trustless gives you all the benefits of a centralised exchange, but without compromising on custody, privacy or speed.
We are happy to answer any questions that you have but the best thing to do is to go and have a play for yourself. You have myself @benefx and @steve_fau here 🙂
Steve Fau: Hi everyone! Glad to be in this community!
Ben: 👋
Alex C: Hey guys :) I'll start forwarding some of the backlogged questions and tag appropriately
Brock: Hey I assume Florida can’t use it? Said my location was a no no
Nate (READ MY DESCRIPTION PLEASE!): Just as a message to everyone, feel free to ask the Ethfinex team any trustless questions you have. We are currently integrating our protocol (Aster driver) into trustless. :)
Mak: When will this be finished
Ross: Correct, we have had to implement IP blocking for the USA unfortunately.
Nate (READ MY DESCRIPTION PLEASE!): Today :) should be done
Mak: That's what I like to hear 💥💥
Where in the states can you use trustless
Or if it's easier to list, where in the states can't you use trustless for our American cousins
And when do you plan on rolling this out to the states that can't
Ross: I will have to get back to you with an exhaustive list, but I assume that all of the USA is blocked unfortunately. Of course, if the regulatory landscape changes in the states then we will reassess
Mak: I see, I guess that sucks for the interim for some of the us guys. But will be good to see us people being able to use it in the sense future
Ross: Exactly - we are planning for Data Transaction Token to take over the world
Mak: Had a play around with the trustless the other day myself and I found the UI smooth so good job on that lads
Ross: No pressure @ScrollNate 😉
Eran: I thought trustless was supposed to be the solution for US customers

asknate if us is banned how can scroll conduct their business (aster) on trustless

Mak: Haha that's what we like to hear 😁
@ScrollNate has got this
Steve Fau: Thank you Mak, glad to hear that!
Eran: I thought trustless was supposed to be the solution for US customers
Nate (READ MY DESCRIPTION PLEASE!): We got this haha
Steve Fau: Unfortunately not as of this moment. It's a solution for users who want to keep the custody of their tokens, but it doesn't change anything about the geographical restrictions, which are Ethfinex-wide.
Mak: Either me or @JohnnyPizzaParty are going to put this Q and A up on reddit so everybody can refer back to the reddit for the q and a minutes
What feautures do you plan on adding to trustless in the short term / long term
Steve Fau: But as @rossmidd mentioned, once the regulatory environment changes in the US, we'll be more than happy to enable trading in this market :)
Ross: That is a great question for @steve_fau
Mak: Do you expect this any time soon?
Scroll Boy: 🇺🇸 needs to get moving
Eran: @steve_fau So question- if both I and someone else press on the same market buy/sell order and I use trustless and other direct on exchange . Is there a fractional delay using the Trustless since funds don’t sit on exchange so not verified?is there a quick order lockup and then a time for transaction to be verified or order get released?
Mak: And to add to that @steve_fau where do you see dex's going in the future
Steve Fau: Yeah, thank you! We certainly have focus on mobile optimisation on our roadmap, enabling even more integrations. We are almost done with a super simple swap feature, which is going to be the first step in this direction. The swap feature is going to allow you to tap into the massive liquidity pool of Ethfinex / Trustless straight from your wallet, without going through the usual trading process -> Ideal if you want to make just a one time swap while avoiding the big slippage, which is unfortunately currently present at many of these decentralised swap solutions.
Another huge feature is going to be margin trading, which is coming to Trustless very soon and is going to enable to trade with leverage in both directions (short & long) on certain tokens —> all decentralised and straight from your wallet!
Mak: That sounds awesome tbh
Eran: Not sure if we would want margin trading on XD
Alberto: I doubt $XD will be on margin but imagine?
Brb 100x Longing $XD
CryptoVanessa: +1
Ross: We will start with ETH and then see where demand takes us. You will be able to trade 2x, 3x, 4x long and 1x, 2x, 3x, 4x short initially
There will also be the chance to lend your funds to fund the margin positions - we think it will be pretty cool
Dan Y: Great question. There is no delay caused by using Trustless. The funds you wish to trade with you lock before you place orders, since this guarantees setlement, you get matched instantly and settled afterwords with no time pressure
Eran: also @steve_fau - how will the fees work? Using trustless compared to main exchange
Steve Fau: Thank you Mak for this question. Honestly I see DEXs replacing centralised exchanges in the mid-term run. We can already see the trend of the web3 ecosystem catching up on the UX of web2, which is awesome. The technology is going to eventually catch up entirely and then there's no reason not to use decentralised exchange as your primary method of trading / all DeFi activities. The custody aspect is going to become an option for users who are interested in it, it's not going to be a 'must' as it is with current centralised exchanges. You want to trade straight from your wallet? Fine, do so! You want us to provide you with a custody service? Yes, we can do that too! Whatever suits you the most! :)
And you can also see that more and more of the large players are looking into massive investments into the DEX space, which only confirms the trend
Alberto: Nice, however enabling margin to trustless means it's going to take even longer for it to be available for the U.S 😝
Oh well
Steve Fau: We currently have a separate fee schedule for the DEX, which is a slightly different for the orders placed via the DEX compared to the centralised exchanges :)
Eran: How will that work? If u lend someone to do margin trading and he gets rent, how are my funds and interest protected?
Mak: yeah I agree with all of the above tbh. I think DEX's are becoming more and more important (not that never were) as some of these exchanges get bigger and are becoming more and more like banks (cough coinbase 😂)
Ross: And we have big plans to introduce fee discounts for things like larger order sizes, trading volume etc. We will be announcing all of this in more detail over the next few weeks as well as a complete overhaul of our own Ethfinex Nectar (NEC) token.
Mak: What are the trustless fees like compared to using the normal centralized exchange platform
Eran: Sort of like your exchange? Above $1000 deposits no fee?
Carlson Gracie - Student: Great questions here, took them right out of my head.
Nate (READ MY DESCRIPTION PLEASE!): Will answer them shortly :)
Ross: Leveraged traders will be margin called as per normal to protect the underlying capital - which will be pooled to spread risk even further. It is worth noting that we will be integrating several DeFi providers of such products over the coming months - more details to follow
Nate (READ MY DESCRIPTION PLEASE!): If anyone has questions for me about trustless integrating with our dapps feel free to let me know as well
Ross: An overview that we can pass to the Ethfinex community would be awesome
I am not sure how much we can say in public 🙂
Eran: So will it work with a specific pair? USD or also ETH?
Will it be smart and find the cheaper sale order?
Any plans for other pairs with XD?
Nate (READ MY DESCRIPTION PLEASE!): Would you like me to DM it to you?
Alain M: Thanks for you guys Ross n Steve for sharing all the details about Ethfinex Bitfinex , DEX , trustless US status and the future.
Ross: Perfect
Steve Fau: Thank you very much everyone for your awesome questions. It's been a great AMA here. We will be leaving for now, but feel free to ping any of us a DM here on Telegram and we'll be more than happy to speak with you! Thanks again and have a great day everyone!
Mak: @steve_fau @rossmidd Are there any trading fees associated with trustless? If so What are the trustless fees like in comparisant to using the normal centralized exchange platform
Ross: We also have some new Trustless features coming out very soon that we would like the X D community - more info next week!
Mak: Thanks lads
Steve Fau: The current fee is 0.25 %, however as @rossmidd mentioned in a previous message, we're currently working on re-designing this system and to offer various fee dicsounts to traders :) We'll be announcing more about this very very soon!
Mak: Cheers bro
Have a good one lads 👊🏾
Nate (READ MY DESCRIPTION PLEASE!): Excited about it :)
Steve Fau: You as well, thank you!
Nate (READ MY DESCRIPTION PLEASE!): Alright @Crypto_Squared can you pull down the regular AMA questions
Mak: A run back of this whole q anf a will be up on reddit by the end of the day along with our normal ama
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