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Bitpanda digitises physical gold and silver

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Vienna, 13 May 2019 – Vienna-based fintech Bitpanda launches gold and silver trading for its 1 million users. The new product Bitpanda Metals allows users to securely and conveniently invest in gold and silver and benefit from ultra-low fees. The assets are 100% physically backed, fully insured and stored in a high-security vault in Switzerland. 

  • Users can buy gold and silver to diversify their portfolio
  • Gold and silver are asset-backed by physical gold and silver bars
  • Transparent and low fees
  • Duty-free, 100% insured and safely stored in Switzerland
  • Swap gold and silver with any digital asset on Bitpanda
  • Set up savings plans for regular invests

Bitpanda, the Viennese fintech with around 1 million users and more than 100 employees is adding gold and silver as a new asset class to their trading platform. With Bitpanda Metals the company is introducing the user experience and convenience of buying digital assets to the world of precious metals trading.

Bitpanda partnered with precious metals brokers pro aurum and philoro to securely store the physical underlying of the gold and silver tokens offered by Bitpanda. The physically backed, digitised gold and silver can be traded with the same ease as with other digital assets on the Bitpanda platform. Users can buy small amounts beginning from €1 using a wide variety of payment methods and pay in Euro, Swiss Franc, British Pound or US Dollar. Gold can be bought for no fees no matter the amount (after the launch promo for a low fee of just 0,5%) and stored for a transparent and industry-wide unique storage fee of just 0,0125% per week. Gold and silver holdings are 100% insured. Users can sell anytime they see fit, and they are also able to instantly swap any amount of their gold or silver holdings with Bitcoin and any other available digital asset available on Bitpanda.

“Gold and silver stood the test of time as an asset class, and we are now bringing it to the 21st century. With high transparency, very low fees and the same convenience as for other assets on our platform, we are disrupting the gold trading business. With Bitpanda Metals we allow small investors to buy without having to pay horrendous fees. This is a real game changer,” says Bitpanda CEO Eric Demuth.

To celebrate the launch of Bitpanda Metals, Bitpanda charges no fees on buying gold until 15 June 2019, plus users receive 5 to €200 worth of digitised gold or silver when they invest at least €25 gold or silver on the Bitpanda platform.

About Bitpanda

Bitpanda is a fintech based in Vienna, Austria founded in 2014 by Eric Demuth, Paul Klanschek and Christian Trummer. The company is a firm believer in the innovative power of cryptocurrencies, digitised assets and blockchain technology. Bitpanda’s mission is to tear down the barriers to personal finance and bring traditional financial products to the 21st century. Today, Bitpanda has around 1 million users and more than 100 team members. With a PSD2 payment service provider license, state-of-the-art security and streamlined user experience, Bitpanda has grown into a popular trading platform for newbies and experts alike. Users can currently trade Bitcoin, Ethereum, gold and over 20 other digital assets.

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The rise of the crypto casinos

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In the hyper-competitive world of online casinos, operators are always looking for ways to stand out from the crowd. The most usual methods include using distinctive branding, offering generous bonuses and making sure that they are on all of the major so-called affiliate sites where players can compare and contrast casinos’ different offerings.

But now a whole new generation of casinos are starting to emerge – ones whose key difference isn’t what and how you play, but more in how you pay.

The rise and rise of the cryptocurrency casino is seen by many as the next logical step in a world that is slowly but surely starting to accept that Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, et al. are certainly here to stay.

Of course, it’s the first of these cryptocurrencies that has really grabbed the headlines and led the way with its meteoric performance in 2017 when it seemed like its $20,000 value was just the start of the story. Admittedly, this was short-lived and the value quickly fell back to a more sustainable level but, if it achieved one thing, it was to cement this exciting new kind of currency in the consciousness of the general public.

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In many ways, it’s the perfect partnership between Bitcoin and online casinos with multiple benefits for both.

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Matrix Exchange receives In-Principle Approval from Abu Dhabi Global Market

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Abu Dhabi-based crypto asset exchange, Matrix Exchange announced on July 12 that it has received an In-Principle Approval (IPA) from the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) of the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) to operate as a crypto asset exchange and custodian in ADGM.

The United Arab Emirates keeps embracing and regulating blockchain & crypto assets into its financial system. ADGM was first in the Middle East and Africa region to establish and launch a fully operational and regulated crypto-asset framework and regime in June 2018. The ADGM business friendly and well-regulated ecosystem continues to attract more and global digital assets investors, blockchain technology companies and other related financial institutions to the UAE.

With digital assets becoming popular alternative investments, compliance is increasingly significant for investors and customers. “The IPA is an important milestone. Subject to regulatory approvals by the FSRA, Matrix Exchange aims to be a recognized regulated crypto asset exchange in the Middle East. It gives us the legitimacy to provide compliant, secure and reliable digital asset transactions for users when we are fully operational.” Matrix Exchange Chairman James Wo said.

With a particular focus on the UAE market, Matrix Exchange is also dedicated to establishing a world-class regulated exchange for international investors.

Matrix Exchange is sponsored by Digital Finance Group (DFG), which operates investments in both primary and secondary markets. DFG’s blockchain private equity fund has invested…

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Distributed E-Commerce: A New Commercial Civilization

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In recent years, during the “Double 11”and “618”shopping carnivals, Taobao, Tmall and JD transaction volumes have rocketed. Especially in 2018, the commodities turnover for the major e-commerce platforms increased rapidly through “618”e-commerce promotion. While centralized e-commerce has created beautiful transcripts, other e-commerce platforms find it difficult to obtain user flow while their customer acquisition costs remain high and consumer rights cannot be well protected. This create a sharp contrast between “prosperity and decline”. As a matter of fact, the centralized e-commerce is prominent in the current pain point, and its difficulty to obtain potential developments. On the other hand, the popularity of decentralized distributed e-commerce networks is inevitable.

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The root cause for the large gap between “prosperity and decline” is that the centralized e-commerce company born in the Internet era concentrates user flow, customers, and profits on itself, and enjoys the gradually accumulated traffic and benefits it brings. At the same time, it raises the entry barriers of other e-commerce companies, forming a monopoly situation. The centralized e-commerce model has a series of problems from information asymmetry between merchants and consumers, malicious malpractices, to inconsistencies. These problems are suspected of deceiving consumers, causing loss of consumer rights and causing a…

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