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Coinbase To Start Offering Custodial Services

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A new report issued by the DFS (Department of Financial Services) of the state of New York stated that cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has received an approval to form custodial firm for cryptos. The new firm, Coinbase Custody Trust Company LLC, will offer custody services for six different digital currencies. These will include all major coins that Coinbase has already listed — Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, and Ethereum Classic — but also Ripple (XRP), which does not fall under that category.

The new move was announced only a few hours after Coinbase officially added support for USDC. Up to this point, the exchange already had two DFS licenses — Virtual Currency license, and Money Transmitter license. These two allowed it to trade, store, receive and transfer digital assets. While it is still unclear whether or not the new subsidiary will offer custody services for altcoins like USDC or ZRX, which are now also listed on the exchange, the move is still very beneficial to the general crypto market.

Asiff Hirji, the president and COO of Coinbase, commented by saying that that the NYDFS has always been a strong supporter of the crypto industry and its development. Furthermore, by opening new channels of funding, Coinbase will bring significant benefits to the crypto space.

Coinbase moves to further expand its services

The exchange’s recent moves are very different from their usual approach. Apart from furthering the establishment of cryptocurrencies and bringing them closer to mainstream use, Coinbase is also accelerating the adoption of additional altcoins. While this may only be a response to an increase in demand, it is still a good development for the cryptocurrency industry.

Another reason why this move will help Coinbase significantly is the fact that it is not the only crypto business to ask and gain approval to offer custody services. Other companies, such as Prime Trust, BitGo, Northern Trust, and multiple others have done the same thing. By gaining the approval, Coinbase will now be able to rise up to meet the competition on equal ground.

Not only that, but the exchange also seeks approval for multiple other projects, such as the broker-dealer license, registered investment advisor license, and even a license for an alternative trading system. Additionally, a report from August 2018 stated that the exchange is making expansion plans, which will double the number of their employees in New York. These plans come as preparation for a larger goal of providing services to institutional investors, many of which have developed an interest in the crypto market.

Finally, considering that Coinbase will now offer custody services for XRP as well, the community started speculating whether or not this means that Ripple will soon be listed. So far, Coinbase has not confirmed these rumors, but the investors remain optimistic.

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CoinFlip Scores Big with BRD Wallet Partnership

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As the crypto markets move closer to mass adoption, one of the keys for future success will revolve around attracting as many market participants as possible.  While many crypto users are extremely tech oriented, a lot of those on the sidelines are not.  The cause of waiting on the sidelines could be due to a variety of reasons such as fear of the unknown, lack of knowledge, age, or a combination of all of the above.  In order to entice new users to join the crypto revolution, crypto ATMs are rising up across the country.  Of those, the largest and most influential crypto ATM company by a significant margin is CoinFlip.

In early October, CoinFlip announced on its Twitter that it had officially partnered with BRD Wallet to re-introduce their crypto ATM map.  Now, BRD wallet users will be able to locate their nearest CoinFlip ATM and receive a 10% discount for both buys and sells.  BRD brand awareness is growing quickly within the crypto community thanks to its innovative and entrepreneurial spirit.  The team strongly believes in the value of financial freedom and independence, and want to empower people across the world by leveraging the possibilities that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies provide.

Cryptocurrencies are already making a huge difference around the world.  Citizens of Venezuela, a country devastated by rampant inflation, have been using several cryptocurrencies…

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Cryptocurrency Collateralized Debt Positions Are Growing in Popularity

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While Bitcoin (BTC) continues to hover around the magical 10,000 price level, altcoins continue to fight an uphill battle.  Simply put, hopes of a future bull run continue to diminish as Bitcoin maintains its dominance.  One school of thought is that a few altcoins will survive and flourish, but which ones are anyone’s guess.  That being said, it’s hard to go wrong picking against the top coins like Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Litecoin (LTC), and EOS.  These projects have managed to find a foothold in the market and have a better chance than most of staying there.  While traders wait for their positions to increase in value, one opportunity that may be worth looking at is initiating a collateralized debt position.

What is a Cryptocurrency CDP?

In traditional terms, a CDP is essentially putting up collateral in order to receive a loan against the deposited amount.  There are several examples of this in our day to day lives.  Auto title loans from large companies like TitleMax are extremely popular with consumers.  Consumers are essentially able to use their car as collateral in exchange for a cash payment which can then be used for whatever needs the consumer has.  The consumer can continue using their car as long as debt payments are made.

The same concept applies to cryptocurrency CDPs.  Consumers are able to put up crypto tokens, such as…

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Hodium Presents a Compelling Opportunity for Outsized Investment Returns

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I’m sure all of us remember the cryptocurrency glory days of 2017 and early 2018.  It was one of the biggest bull runs in history and created incredibly wealth for quite a few early entrants.  Unfortunately, for most of us, those gains have most likely been wiped out during the altcoin apocalypse.  The truth is that traders probably thought a bit too highly of their trading abilities when the reality was that anyone could have thrown a dart at a board and ended up making money.

As markets mature (and the crypto market is definitely maturing) it becomes more and more difficult to generate alpha.  In that regard, it’s similar to traditional financial markets.  I can remember trading during my high school days.  It was the late 90s and right in the middle of the dot.com boom.  Eventually, however, the euphoria fades away and reality hits hard.  Now, it’s become rather difficult to actually trade profitably which has given way to the rise of hedge funds.

Hedge funds are investment funds that pool capital from accredited and/or institutional investors and invest in a variety of assets, often with extremely complex portfolio-construction and risk management techniques.  The professionals employed by hedge funds are the best of the best and have spent years honing their craft.  That is why they’re able to make the millions of dollars that they normally…

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