Yuri Molchan

Crypto Monster Binance to Launch Joint Stablecoin Trading Platform

The largest crypto trader, Binance, is to release a joint market for stablecoins. No details are published yet, but Tether will reportedly be included
Crypto Monster Binance to Launch Joint Stablecoin Trading Platform

Recently, the theme of the so-called stablecoins — tokens pegged to solid assets, such as the USD — is becoming popular, and various platforms have been launching them. The stablecoin that everybody has been aware of for a long time is the controversial Tether (USDT).

New market, new titles

In the new joint market that the trading behemoth exchange plans to launch, USDT, reportedly, will be included for sure. What is more, Binance is going to change its ticker to USDⓈ. This symbol, an S in a circle, is going to be a specific sign for marking stablecoins on this particular platform. Moreover, this is not only the new USDT ticker but for the new market for stablecoins overall.

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What is good about stablecoins?

A stablecoin works based on a simple mechanism: a management team stores money on a bank account, and these funds are the basis for the coins the platform sells to its users. There is a lot about trust here. However, there are also plenty of advantages: users do not have to go through the long process of depositing funds from crypto exchanges back to their banks.

Besides, these coins allow storing funds in them in a USD-denominated coin when customers are not trading, and that is what makes them stable.

More new stablecoins about to emerge

Even though there are several dollar-pegged stablecoins on the market already, all together they are incapable of covering the whole market when it starts prospering. For this reason, reportedly, Binance expects more stablecoins to appear from other platforms. In particular, these will be tokens pegged to fiat currencies different from the USD, such as the EUR or Asia-based currencies.

So, what Binance seems to be doing right now is preparing a market for these new stablecoins to appear and have an operational scheme when these assets start appearing later on.

Currently, the major stablecoins are Tether (USDT), USD Coin, TrueUSD and Paxos Stable Token. A while ago, the Winklevoss crypto twins also launched their Gemini USD coin (GUSD).

Another possible applicant for this honorable list is a coin that may come from Ethereum-based Maker DAO. Its functionality is quite different from the aforementioned coins that are nothing but dollar-pegged. The Maker coin contains several algorithmic options, so some experts doubt whether it can be called a stablecoin.

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Binance’s Exponential Rise Up the Ranks an Impressive Cryptocurrency Feat

Binance has set the precedent for success when it comes to running a cryptocurrency exchange, but how have they gotten so big, so fast?
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Biance, arguably the world’s biggest cryptocurrency exchange, said back in July that it expects to make up to $1 bln in profit for 2018, a year which has been decidedly bearish. This cryptocurrency exchange is also not even two years old yet, but it has climbed the ranks to the top in quick time.

But what is it that has made this exchange such a success, especially in a bear market, and especially in a cryptocurrency space that has become so saturated and competitive in regards to exchanges?

The exchange started out on the right foot, with an innovative idea and a well-timed ICO for the Binance Coin (BNB) but from there, the growth of the company has been aided by its solid foundation. This in itself has allowed Biance to innovate and expand to new areas, including upcoming fiat-to-crypto exchanges.

It is a worthwhile exercise to look at Binance’s route to the top and discover if there is anything for other companies in the market to glean from their journey. In such a competitive market, there have to be competitors that are either looking to innovate, or potentially imitate.

Rocketing to the top

Binance was founded in early 2017 by Changpeng Zhao in China. They quickly moved to launch an ICO for a native utility token called the BNB. This was a timeous decision as July 2017 was when the ICO craze was really starting to take off and it ended up netting Binance $15 mln.

The intention with the BNB was to give its holders 50% off fees on the trading platform, which was an attractive proposition and surely one of the reasons why Binance accumulated so many users so quickly, but also why it’s token became important and embedded down the line.

It took Binance just 143 days from its launch to reach the top three cryptocurrency exchanges globally, and its growth did not slow down. At the beginning of 2018, the exchange boasted about 2 million users, but six months into this year that number swelled to 10 million.

It is for all of these reasons and this astronomical growth, that Binance is predicting its profits to top $1 bln this year.

The BNB’s role

Binance’s own token has surely been key to its growth as a company, but at the same time, the companies growth has also helped establish and expand the use of the utility token. Because it started out simply as a way in which users could lessen their fees, it was well received and attractive to new users.

The BNB thus was heavily traded, very liquid, and well distributed, all aspects that aid and help grow an exchange. Thus, as more people flocked to Binance because of the lessened fees through its token, the company grew, and the BNB expanded its reach and value.

BNB is now more than just a coupon for 50 percent, it has multiple roles on Binance, including being a voting token for Community Coin of The Month which is a way new coins can be chosen and listed on Binance, and it is being used for Binance’s LaunchPad, which aims to help raise funds for worthwhile start-ups.

A model for the future?

Binance is of course not without its faults, and it has been criticised for onboarding a number of cryptocurrencies, and also accused of charging exorbitant rates for doing so as a money making scheme to the determined of the ecosystem.

However, their story of growth — even in a quickly expanding space like Blockchain — is still impressive, and may well be setting a precedent for future exchanges to become established. Binance will face struggles down the line, especially with regards to regulation, and this is why it has already moved operations to Malta, but its foundation is already laid.

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October’s Official Site Traffic List: Steemit is Leading

Last month’s site stats show that Steemit is ahead of Binance by almost 1.5 million visitors
October’s Official Site Traffic List: Steemit is Leading

This week, we have already brought you Ripple 2018: Price and Telegram Mentions, The Top Crypto Dozen by Year of Formation, and Dash’s History of Quarterly Prices and Market Cap Values. Now, let’s look at the latest in site traffic: last month’s stats for the most number of visitors to some of the big web names in the Blockchain:

October’s Official Site Traffic List: Steemit is Leading

Steemit is last month’s leader with over 5.6 million monthly visitors to the site. The company was founded in March 2016 by the programmer Daniel Larimer, the very same one who together with the investor Brendan Blumer later founded EOS through Block.one. Notably, Steemit is not only a social networking site: it uses its own Blockchain to reward Steemit publishers with Steem tokens (position by market cap: 41).

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Behind Steemit is Binance, a cryptocurrency exchange platform, with around 4 million monthly visitors, despite their recent fallout with the New York Attorney General office (during which other platforms were also implicated). Originally founded in China in September of last year, the company swiftly moved to Japan after the Chinese government’s ban on crypto trading.

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In third place, with the figure approaching a million monthly visitors, is LBRY, a platform which is rather different from the previous two in that it is a virtual space where artists and authors can publish their work without any involvement from advertisers or intermediaries. In some ways, it is quite similar to Amazon Publishing, but, naturally, unlike Amazon, LBRY makes use of the Blockchain technology.  

Other websites follow, among them Ripple, Dash, and Stellar toward the end of our list, all with around 200-400 thousand monthly visits. Bear in mind though that many who trade these altcoins often forego their homesites and do business elsewhere, e.g. on Binance (hence its high figure) or via DApps, so these low stats are not always indicative of the correspondingly low popularity.

We hope you enjoyed our list. Stay tuned for more material to come.

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Binance Exchange Review: Taking a Closer Look at the Crypto Behemoth

In this Binance review, we’ve analyzed all of Binance’s features to find out whether multibillion-dollar Binance Exchange is better than any alternative exchange
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Binance — From an ICO to the world’s biggest exchange

While the majority of Chinese exchanges have failed to reach a global audience, there is one very prominent exception: Binance, the largest exchange in the world by trading volume.  

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Changpeng Zhao (better known as CZ) is the mastermind behind this Chinese exchange. It is worth mentioning that he already had certain trading experience before founding Binance — he started his already impressive career by building trade engines at the Tokyo Stock Exchange. After CZ found out about the existence of Bitcoin in 2013, he started working for a slew of crypto-oriented projects, including Binance’s present-day rival OKCoin, but then he eventually decided to start his own crypto-only exchange.   

In order to raise funds for the new Binance exchange that was supposed to become a leader in the crypto-to-crypto niche, CZ conducted a fairly successful ICO, raking in $15 mln. Investors were rewarded with the Binance Coin (BNB), the native token of the Hong Kong-based exchange.     

Despite China’s crackdown on cryptocurrencies, Binance has managed to enjoy monstrous success against all odds. It literally had to temporarily suspend registrations because of incredibly high demand. As of now, CZ-led Binance records daily trading volumes that exceed $1 bln. Such a big volume is partially attributed to the huge speed of transactions on the exchange. Binance is able to process up to 1.4 mln orders in a single second. Still, CZ keeps it humble.    

“As for us, we try very hard to not be number one all the time, because being number one creates other problems sometimes, especially with regulators.’’ – CZ

Now, Binance exchange is expanding globally, landing partnership after partnership. It is worth mentioning that Binance exchange has already set operation in Malta, Singapore, and other countries. That being said, it is important to determine whether the exchange lives up to this immense hype.

Apart from English, Binance exchange — an East-oriented exchange — also supports Chinese, Korean, and Japanese. Given CZ’s ambitious plans to create a truly global digital asset trading platform, more languages are expected to be added in the future.

Setting up an account

Let’s jump right into the signup process on Binance!

The process of purchasing cryptocurrency is rather straightforward. In order to create your Binance account, click on the top right corner where it says “Register”. After that, you have to fill in all the necessary information. Complete the captcha by scrolling the puzzle to the missing position, and look for an email in your inbox.

Binance account

Then, simply log in to your account. You will see a pop-up window that asks you to enable 2FA on Binance (you have to download an application and scan a QR code).

a pop-up window

As you can see, the registration process for the exchange is very simple and straightforward. In fact, you are already able to withdraw up to 2 BTC from Binance even without confirming your identity.

Depositing Cryptocurrencies: What are the available payment methods?

Since this is a crypto-to-crypto exchange, cryptocurrencies remain the only available payment method on Binance. In order to buy altcoins, you have to buy Bitcoin or Ether on Coinbase (or any other fiat-to-crypto exchange first). Most of these assets are traded against these two currencies, so it makes sense to deposit them first on the Binance exchange.  

Once you see the list of coins, simply click the “Deposit” button.

 the list of coins

You have to know your Bitcoin address in order to be able to deposit money into Binance. Simply copy the Binance address and deposit funds from your ordinary wallet (the same modus operandi applies to Ethereum, Litecoin and plenty of other assets).

the Binance address

NB: The funds won’t be available in your account instantly! It may take up to a couple of hours until your money gets deposited to your Binance account from another exchange, but you will be getting your coins in a snap after five network confirmations.

Purchasing Cryptocurrency: Buy Bitcoin, Ethereum or any altcoin!  

In order to buy crypto on Binance, you have to go to the “Exchange” section and choose the “Basic” option in a drop-down window. Once you’ve done that, enter the ticker of any cryptocurrency of your choice in a search box to select a corresponding trading pair (most assets are traded against Bitcoin or Ethereum).

a drop-down window

Select this trading pair in order to see a candlestick chart that displays the most recent price fluctuations pertaining to a certain cryptocurrency that is listed on the Binance exchange.  

a candlestick chart

If you are willing to purchase crypto on Binance, there are two available options on the exchange: a market order and a limit order. Buying any cryptocurrency at a current market price on Binance presupposes the creation of the market order. Meanwhile, the limit order allows buying (or selling) coins at a specific price without the need to constantly monitor the Binance exchange.       


Trading Fees

There is a flat trading fee on Binance that is set at 0.1 percent. Back in July, Binance launched a new trading fee discount program that ranks users based on their trading volumes and the current BNB balance. As the table below shows, maker fees and taker fees can be reduced to 0.02 and 0.04 percent respectively. Obviously, even the minimum discount remains a pipe dream for run-off-the-mill Binance traders since your monthly trading volume has to exceed 100 BTC ($641,833 at the time of writing this article). Meanwhile, the highest VIP 8 level on Binance remains an exclusive Bitcoin billionaire club since 150,000 BTC is very close the $1 bln mark (it’s very questionable whether the biggest crypto whales can boast such enormous trading volumes on the exchange).   
Trading Fees

There is also a 25 percent discount on all trading fees paid in the BNB token (according to Binance’s white paper, this discount will dwindle each year until it completely disappears in 2021).

Deposits do not incur any additional payments, but there is a withdrawal fee that depends on the digital asset of your choice (some digital assets in the likes of NEO do not presuppose any withdrawal charges on the Binance exchange).

Transaction Limits

Given that Binance is a crypto-to-crypto exchange, you cannot deposit fiat currencies. However, when it comes to crypto, you can deposit an unlimited sum of digital assets. Still, there are withdrawal limits in place that directly correlate to your verification level on the Binance exchange.

If you want to break the chains of the 2 BTC per day limitation, you have to go through the Binance verification process. In order to reach Level 2, you have to enable 2FA (that is a mandatory requirement on every exchange that helps to enhance users’ protection). After that, you have to complete your KYC verification by submitting your personal information to the Binance exchange (name, address and a photo of your ID).

Once you’ve done that, you are free to send up to 100 BTC to your wallet on a daily basis. Notably, the verification process on the Binance exchange is significantly less invasive compared to other exchanges since only the photo of your ID is required to seal the deal.

High-dollar investors are able to withdraw even more than that, but they need to contact Binance’s customer support if there is such a necessity.

Security: Is there any reason to be worried about your coins?

It is absolutely clear that the ability to build an extensive user base in such a short span of time stems from establishing a high level of trust. Unlike an armada of other Chinese exchanges that are often associated with fake trading volumes and other shenanigans, Binance seems like a robust trading platform. Does Binance really offer top-notch security?

Unlike Coinbase, a leading fiat-to-crypto exchange, CZ-led Binance doesn’t provide enough information on how it is supposed to secure the funds of its clients, which might be concerning for some Binance investors. One would be naïve to assume that Binance, the biggest exchange on the market that is expected to rake in $1 bln even amidst the crypto rout, would not take its users’ safety seriously. On the flip side, the infamous Mt. Gox fiasco proves that no one is too big to fail in this fledgling industry, and Binance could see the same fate.

In fact, Binance almost suffered from a major phishing attack back in March. The hackers collected users’ logins for months with the help of scam websites in order to steal their funds. All altcoins from Binance users’ wallets were converted to BTC, but then they were stymied by the withdrawal process. Since these individuals started pumping Viacoin beforehand, they turned out to be the only ones who lose funds while the attack itself had been effectively prevented by Binance.      

NB: Always check the website address before entering any sensitive information that could compromise the safety of your Binance account!   

Furthermore, there are numerous security features that will help you to enhance the protection of your Binance account:

numerous security

Speaking of the regulatory side of this issue, one has to point out that Binance is not registered in the US, which essentially means that the exchange doesn’t have to comply with SEC’s policies.    

Back in September, U.Today reported about an explosive report of New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood who states that Binance, along with some other big-name exchanges, do not protect their users properly from manipulations. That doesn’t necessarily mean that Binance broke the law — the watchdog simply requires more clarity on investor protection.

Customer Support

The success of a certain exchange largely depends on how responsive its customer support is. HitBTC, for instance, provides its users with disastrous feedback despite also being one of the leading exchanges. Speaking of Binance, there is also room for improvement since the exchange doesn’t feature live chat support — a very convenient tool if there’s a need for a quick reply. Moreover, Binance users do not have the ability to contact the support team over the phone.

Customer Support

One can leave a request on their website and wait for a reply that is sent to his/her email address. Since Binance is positioned to become a global exchange, there is a multilingual customer support. However, Binance is usually criticized for a long response time (it usually takes three days for Binance’s staff to answer the request). Still, Binance has a good social media presence: it has more than 880,000 followers on Twitter alone, and CZ himself often tweets too, keeping Binance’s user base constantly engaged.

Pros and Cons

Binance advantages:  

  1. Big and solid user base. The fact that Binance is globally trusted by so many traders is a clear indicator that it is a force to be reckoned with. Moreover, as mentioned above, Binance is perfectly suitable both for seasoned traders and beginner-level users who are making their first foray into the world of crypto.    

  2. A gargantuan amount of coins. Binance has become the mainstay for those who want to diversify their investment portfolio with altcoins.

  3. The high speed (Binance is able to process up to 1.4 mln TPS).

  4. A competitive fee structure with a transparent system of discounts offered by the Binance team.  

Binance disadvantages:

  1. Customer support that is less responsive to Binance compared to other rival exchanges.   

  2. There have been numerous complaints about withdrawal support directed at Binance.

  3. China. Binance is based in Hong Kong, but it still remains in China’s crosshairs (which retains its hawkish stance on crypto).

  4. Privacy concerns. Binance is storing users’ data, which might be alarming for those who value their privacy.

  5. The absence of fiat deposits and withdrawals on Binance (in order to buy Bitcoin, you have to deposit Bitcoin from Coinbase).     

Decentralized Exchange in the offing?

While already trumping all other exchanges in the crypto-to-crypto department, Binance is also inching closer toward launching its own decentralized exchange (DEX) that is expected to go live in Q1 2019. BNB will reportedly be a native currency on the exchange that is supposed to grant users the freedom of being in full control of their funds.   

The topic of decentralized exchanges has always been a rather debatable issue in the crypto space. While pundits in the likes of Ran Neuner call them the future of the crypto industry, the existing examples of such exchanges don’t have even an ounce of the popularity of their centralized competitors (that actually applies to all dApps).

The aforementioned fees remain the bread and butter of Binance, but Ethereum’s cofounder Vitalik Buterin already came up with a solution to reward the developers of decentralized exchanges by embedding native fees into the smart contracts (case in point: EtherDelta).

CZ believes that Binance is the best alternative of a decentralized exchange since it has a robust infrastructure. The CEO claims that the most pivotal advantage of decentralized trading platforms over centralized ones consists in the ability of users to fully control their funds. There are no user accounts — all transactions are conducted on a blockchain. In this case, a centralized exchange in the likes of Binance doesn’t serve as a custodian of wallets.


The fact that Binance rose to prominence in practically no time doesn’t come as a surprise: the exchange stands out among its competitors because of its low fees, a bevy of available coins, and a perfect reputation (Binance still hasn’t suffered a single hack since its very inception). On the flip side, everything is changing at a breakneck speed in the world of crypto — one day you're the cock of the walk, the next you're the feather duster.

Binance continues to assert its dominance by opening offices around the globe, but the exchange still hasn’t managed to stand the test of time to appear in the “old-timer” crowd. Anyway, the future looks bright for CZ-led Binance, and there is no reason why it shouldn’t be your first choice when it comes to C2C exchanges.

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Ripple Pushes to Become Base Currency on Binance

Ripple’s XRP has remained one of the strongest cryptocurrencies, dropping only about 5 percent during the last 7 days
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Amid the mass cryptocurrency selloff, Ripple’s XRP has remained one of the strongest cryptocurrencies, dropping only about 5 percent during the last 7 days, compared to Bitcoin’s -17% and Ethereum’s -25%.

This and other positive developments prompted Ripple and its community to push Binance to add XRP as a base currency, meaning that all the other cryptocurrencies would be paired with it. If this comes to fruition, XRP will surely get a boost in price, and it would probably solidify its current spot as the second crypto by market cap.

Charts at a Glance – XRP/USD


After the big drop below 0.44 seen last week, XRP/USD has managed to recover most of its losses but seems to have hit a bump around 0.52 as it failed to push above that resistance. The failed break triggered a drop into 0.47, which was an important level in the past, and now the price is reacting to it once again.

The last closed 4-hour candle is showing a massive wick in its lower side, which is a sign of rejection and an indication that bullish pressure is increasing. This leads me to believe that a move into 0.50 is next. If the pair can break said level and establish it as support, we expect to see another attempt to move past 0.52 resistance.

Support zone: 0.47

Resistance zone: 0.50 followed by 0.52

Most likely scenario: move into 0.50 – 0.52

Alternative scenario: break of 0.47 and move into 0.44

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Dacxi Community Exchange Ecosystem “Pioneering a New Category of Exchange”

Dacxi is pioneering a new community exchange ecosystem
Dacxi Community Exchange Ecosystem “Pioneering a New Category of Exchange”

To date the number of people involved in crypto investing and trading has grown to 0.5 percent of the Earth’s population. However, for crypto investing to be adopted by the mainstream there’s a need for a new kind of crypto exchange. Until recently, most crypto-exchanges have been created for the trader market, not the mainstream retail-investor market.

Trader Exchanges like Binance or Bittrex are too technical and intimidating for mainstream users. This is the problem that Dacxi (or Digital Asset Community Exchange International) will solve. Dacxi is new kind of exchange called a “Community Exchange” that is currently in public ICO: https://www.dacxi-ico.com


What is Dacxi

Dacxi is pioneering a new Community Exchange ecosystem. This consists of a crypto exchange that is simple to use, plus a dedicated community platform that provides new crypto people with the knowledge, tools and learning resources they need to invest in a safe and responsible way. The community includes learning modules, discussion groups and a Coinpedia that contains information on the top crypto coins. It’s a simple and powerful concept that makes a lot of sense. The ecosystem includes the DAC coin, the community binding exchange coin that links the ecosystem platforms together.

What can this project offer me?

  1. A simple and intuitive cryptocurrency exchange platform where you can buy and sell leading crypto coins.

  2. Security of personal assets and data. Dacxi ensures a high level of data protection thanks to the Blockchain and encryption.

  3. Multi-language interface with fast and simple navigation for a best in class user experience.

  4. The Dacxi Community– this initiative will help new mainstream users get the information they need to learn how to invest in crypto. Community members can join discussions, take learning courses, participate in real-world meetups, get access to coin analysis and read the latest crypto news.

  5. The Dacxi ICO. Dacxi’s crypto coin, the DAC might be the next big exchange coin. Binance’s BNB has performed very well in 2018. DAC is similar and has the potential to do well as the Dacxi Exchange grows.

Interface and usability

Dacxi is one of the most user-friendly exchange platforms so far. It’s clear from the first moment you open their website and register. There’s everything you need, and nothing you don’t.


One of Dacxi’s strongest points of difference is that unlike most ICOs, their business is already in market. All of their platforms are live and they’ve launched a customer acquisition campaign designed to swiftly reach a critical mass of users. They have an ambitious plan in place to evolve and update each platform with new features.

Pros and cons

Dacxi is a new project. Let’s highlight key pros and cons of this platform:



Since it’s a community driven project, users help each other with learning and understanding how crypto works

Lack of some essential features, such as portfolios and customization options. These are on the road map for future updates

Advanced Blockchain technologies, smart contract, better security organization

The Exchange is in beta. Crypto withdrawals are not available until August. Fiat deposits and withdrawals will be available soon after

Transaction processing speed is high, exchange operations are fast

The trading platform is young

Simple, intuitive interface

Transaction fees will be introduced (some exchange platforms have zero percent commission)

How to use Dacxi

To become a fully-fledged user of Dacxi, you don’t have to learn the nooks and crannies of cryptocurrency exchange– the platform is intuitive.

  1. Register on Dacxi website and provide basic information about your account.

  2. Buy the cryptocurrency you need– it will be stored on your private wallet.

  3. Buy DAC coin if you wish. If you hold 10,000 DAC you get a 25 percent discount on trading fees.

  4. Make a buy or sell order.

  5. Wait for the exchange to be performed.

The process isn’t hard, and new users will quickly understand it.


Bottom line

The idea underlying the Dacxi project is strong. Dacxi will disrupt the crypto exchange market and become the number one community exchange brand in crypto. Their mission is to onboard the next wave of mainstream retail investors into crypto by empowering them to invest in a safe and responsible way.

To learn more about Dacxi, take part in the ICO, or to join their exchange and community.

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