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A popular mobile payment operator and an online wallet, Skrill, has decided to add buy and sell options for cryptocurrencies as its newest feature. The wallet will allow fiat-to-crypto trading, as a result of a new wave of crypto frenzy.

Skrill soon to feature crypto buying and selling options

A lot of people are already familiar with Skrill – a well-known payments service that is one of PayPal’s larger rivals. Skrill is also known for being a digital wallet, and a part of the Paysafe Group. Now, Skrill has made a large step forward by opening up to cryptocurrencies, at least to some extent.

According to new reports, Skrill has decided to add buying and selling options for cryptos within its platform. The payment service has decided to open up these options to users in 30 different countries. For now, the service is planning on supporting Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Litecoin (LTC), and Ethereum (ETH).

To achieve this, Skrill launched Skrill Cryptocurrency Service via an exchange that was not yet revealed. This unknown exchange will be the crypto holder for Skrill. This is a bit of a negative news since it means that users will only be capable of selling and buying an interest in cryptos. As for the cryptos themselves, at this time, users will not be able to own them. This also means that paying with cryptos or sending crypto holdings will not be possible at first.

However, Skrill has stated that it plans to expand the possibilities of the service in the future, meaning that it is only a matter of time before these features actually become a reality.

Even though the service doesn’t allow the actual purchase and sale of cryptos as of yet, Skrill still mentioned the ease of use of the new features. In a recent press release, it was mentioned that the process is really simple and that it requires logging into the user account, choosing the ‘Exchange’ option, and that is it. The possibilities of selling, buying, or even just holding cryptos are only a few clicks away.

Lorenzo Pellegrino, the CEO of NETELLER and Skrill, stated that the crypto trading has become very dynamic and exciting. Because of that, the company’s wallet is practically lending itself to the crypto holders. Adding the possibility of buying and selling cryptos within the app itself will be more than appealing to customers interested in the new trend.

Additionally, Pellegrino stated that the company is convinced that the overall interest in cryptos is growing and that there are many users who would want to experiment with trading cryptos. However, their problem is that they don’t know where to start, and are in need of a simple and straightforward process, which is exactly what Skrill is bringing to them.

For now, the service is still in development, but it is expected to go live and join Skrill’s mobile app, as well as Paysafe’s NETELLER in a couple of months.

Financial services make a move on cryptos

It is interesting that the company has decided that now is the right time to make such a move, especially considering that a lot of other financial services are thinking of doing similar things. Interest in cryptos continues to grow, and financial institutions and services are realizing that joining the trend can be much more profitable than denying its existence.

Robinhood app, which has launched its Robinhood Crypto service, has been able to start expanding across the US immediately after raising up to $363 million. Baiju Bhatt, the firm’s CEO, stated that various sovereign nations will certainly start accepting cryptos before long. He even believes that cryptos will become default currencies for the world’s nations at some point in the future. This is why Robinhood, and others like this firm, are taking a lead. In fact, Robinhood is even discussing the possibility of offering full banking services, as some reports claim.

Similarly, the company called Circle, which is backed by Goldman Sachs itself, has purchased Poloniex earlier this year and has paid $400 million for it. Square Cash application has started providing its users with buying and selling options for Bitcoin, recently. Also, in May, CryptoGlobe issued a report in which it claims to have earned over $200,000 by providing crypto services. Not only that, but this amount comes without calculating the changing fees.

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KaratGold Proves Its Business Model By Providing Official Documents

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There has been a lot of renewed enthusiasm in the cryptocurrency market thanks mainly to Bitcoin’s strong move about 10,000.  Although Bitcoin continues to show its dominance, the altcoin market has yet to benefit from that rally.  A few of the largest altcoins remain popular but the rest of the market continues to lag behind.  In 2018, there was a lot of talk regarding a possible altcoin apocalypse where only the strong would survive.  That prediction appears to be playing out as expected.  Going forward, only the best projects that have a real world need will survive.  Crypto traders will have to spend a lot of their time doing proper research in order to find the best opportunities, just like in all financial markets.  One promising project that appears to have the makings of a future winner is KaratGold Coin.

KaratGold Background

KaratGold Coin is a cryptocurrency developed by the reputable German company Karatbars International, which maintains a leading position in the market of small gold items and investments. The project is part of a larger ecosystem, which involves several blockchain solutions that can be used for transactions, communication, investing and other tasks. During the past few weeks, however, the KaratGold ecosystem has been a target of unsavory scam allegations.  

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ICTE May Bring About Sweeping Changes for Cryptocurrency Exchanges

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Cryptocurrency has taken the world by storm during the last few years. An entirely new financial market was created almost overnight which has captured the imagination of all its participants. Cryptocurrency is even starting to attract institutional money from investment banks, hedge funds, and other proprietary trading firms. Despite the rapid growth, traders remain extremely frustrated by having to deal with the fragmented nature of centralized crypto exchanges.

A Change is Needed

When cryptocurrency first began, there weren’t many participants and the trading volume was relatively insignificant. But, over time, that has radically changed. Some tokens now have a capitalization in the billions and are being traded 24-7 by institutions all over the world. Despite the volume, significant problems exist with the current way that exchanges work. Some of those problems include the following:

  • Constant fear of hackers
  • Exchange manipulation
  • Fragmented liquidity
  • Risk of identity theft

One of the biggest issues regarding centralized exchanges is the risk of being hacked. These hack stories seem to always be circulating around the internet. While experienced traders may have the tools to avoid becoming a victim, potential new traders have zero interest in dealing with this. And it’s not just the small exchanges that are at risk. Even large exchanges, such as Mt. Gox and Binance, are subject to being hacked.

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SonicX and Dash Could Challenge Facebook’s Libra for Global Payments Market Share

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When Satoshi Nakamoto unveiled Bitcoin to the world, the dream was always for Bitcoin to serve as a new universal currency.  It would be free from the bureaucracy of governments.  And free from the tyranny of the old-world financial cartels.  Although the dream hasn’t yet materialized, it comes closer and closer with each passing day.

One of the biggest roadblocks for Bitcoin has been scalability.  At a speed of approximately 7 transactions per second, Bitcoin lags behind other cryptocurrencies like Ripple and global payment processors like Visa.  Many expect the lightning network to have a positive impact on Bitcoin’s TPS but until that comes to fruition, mass adoption will likely need another significant development.

Libra Currency Announcement

One development that could help pave the way toward mass adoption is the launch of the Libra currency.  Libra is expected to go live during the first half of 2020 according to Facebook’s June announcement.  According to Facebook, Libra will make sending money online cheaper and faster.  It will also have a hand in improving access to financial services, especially for the unbanked.  Given Facebook’s global reach, including many third world countries, providing financial access to the unbanked could provide a huge spark to global economies.  Additionally, it could provide the growth spark that cryptocurrency needs.

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