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OKEx Korea Ends Support for Privacy Coins in Compliance to the Travel Rule

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The Korean platform of the OKEx cryptocurrency exchange has announced plan to end support for certain digital assets from its platform. Privacy coins such as XMR, DASH, ZCASH, ZEN SBTC has been marked to be removed from the Korean exchange.

The firm revealed that the reason for the termination of support for the currencies is possible violations of laws or regulations or policies of government agencies. It also stated the customer protection one of the reasons for termination of support for the assets.

Citing catalyst for the removal of the privacy coins, OKEx Korea said it is in compliance with the “travel rule” which recommends that exchanges be able to collect relevant information such as the name and address of the sender and recipient of the virtual assets.

Since privacy coins do not allow collection of “relevant information”, it has decided to delist the assets.

OKEx Korea in a blog post gave details culminating to the decision to delist the assets. It provided that “In October 2018, the first General Assembly, the International Anti-Money Laundering Organization ( “FATF”) agreed to apply the criteria for Virtual Asset Service Providers. In February 2019, when the 2nd General Assembly was held, the statement in the footnote, except for the transfer of virtual assets, was finalized and announced in a statement.”

Transacting in the privacy coins will be terminated by October, 10th 2019. While withdrawals will be in two months after transaction support has been ended. That will be in December, 10th 2019.

As the assets are delisted, the following trading pairs will also be removed:

Monero (XMR): XMR / KRW, XMR / BTC, XMR / ETH, XMR / USDT

DASH: DASH / KRW, DASH / BTC, DASH / ETH, DASH / USDT

ZCache (ZEC): ZEC / BTC, ZEC / ETH, ZEC / USDT

Horizon (ZEN): ZEN / BTC, ZEN / ETH, ZEN / USDT

Super Bitcoin (SBTC): SBTC / BTC

As OKEx korea has decided to tow this path, other global exchanges could decide to be compliant to this rule. A move which could either create new ingenious markets for privacy coins or drastically reduce the available platforms to trade the privacy focused digital assets.

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Enhancing Protection, Bittrex Secures $300m Digital Asset Insurance 

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Cryptocurrency exchange Bittrex, Inc announced it had secured a $300 million digital asset insurance.

The insurance obtained secures named crypto assets in its cold storage system. 

The blockchain technology and cryptocurrency exchange firm said it worked closely with the world’s leading insurance broker and risk adviser, Marsh, in placing the coverage with Arch Syndicate 2012, an organization which provides casualty and specialty insurance for corporations and supported by various syndicates at Lloyd’s of London. 

The approval for insurance coverage according to Bittrex comes after successfully demonstrating its extensive internal security and compliance protocols.

The coverage is up to $300 million in assets in cases of external theft and internal collusion.

The underwriters were not disappointed upon learning of the ‘best-in-class‘ technology Bittrex has. And the fact that ‘a growing number of cryptocurrency exchanges around the world are also built on the Bittrex’ technology owing to the confidence in the platform, Bittrex claims.

Speaking on the insurance coverage, the CEO of Bittrex, Bill Shihara, was quoted saying “Bittrex focuses on doing the right thing by our customers with security at the top of our mind. This insurance coverage provides another layer of peace of mind,”. 

He continued further saying “From our institutional customers to hobbyists, we are committed to prioritizing security throughout all of our decisions and forward looking blockchain technologies

Co-leader of the global leader in insurance and risk management firm, Marsh’s Marsh’s Digital Asset Risk Transfer (DART) team also commented saying “Insurance plays a critical role in the growth and development of any business, including those that work with blockchain technology and digital assets,” 

“We worked closely with Bittrex to create a tailored insurance solution to fit their specific cryptocurrency needs

 

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Waves.Exchange launches Secure Decentralized Staking offering up-to 30% Annual returns

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Waves.Exchange has launched its decentralized staking allowing users to securely stake their tokens and earn passive income of up-to 30% annually. 

 

The exchange rewards users with profits made based on the proportion of tokens staked on the platform. 

According to Waves.Exchange, many crypto exchanges currently offering staking services but argued that only decentralized staking can guarantee users’ security and true control over their crypto assets. 

 

In centralized exchanges, staked tokens become working capital for the exchanges since the tokens are transferred from the wallet of users to the exchange’s wallet thus losing control over the asset. 

 

Waves.Exchange emphasized that its decentralized staking offers users control over their crypto assets yet allows earning. The service is unique because Waves platform uses the POS consensus algorithm and pays out rewards with the generation of every block. 

 

the exchange has no access to users’ funds: no one can block staked assets or interfere with users’ ability to collect passive income in any other way.”

 

It works by letting users to simply sign a special transaction that allows their WAVES to be used by a specific Waves node to generate new blocks. In return, users collect a percentage of the resulting block rewards.

 

Neutrino Dollar as an alternative 

The exchange also offered alternatives, this comes in the package of the Waves decentralized stablecoin, the Neutrino Dollar. The Neutrino Dollar is described as 0″an algorithmic stablecoin pegged to the US dollar and underpinned by Waves’ PoS network.”

 

According to the exchange, all Neutrino coins are held in a smart contract and users can send their Waves to the smart contract and exchange them for the stablecoin at any time.

 

 The transferred Waves are used by a Waves node as part of a generating balance with users getting daily payments earnings in the Neutrino Dollar.

 

Higher ROI 

The exchange boast of higher rates, security and control of funds than traditional financial tools. Quoting the exchange, it said “While daily earnings will fluctuate based on WAVES’ price dynamics — which, in turn, depend on a number of wider factors affecting the crypto markets — USDN staking can still bring annual returns of up to 30%.”

 

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Naijacrypto Announce Support for XRP Days After Paystack Integration Allowing Buying of Crypto Easier

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Nigerian cryptocurrency exchange Naijacrypto has added support for Ripple XRP on its platform. The announcement comes days after the exchange integration of paystack into the exchange. 

 

Naijacrypto is one of the several Nigerian owned cryptocurrency exchanges offering locals the ability to easily buy and sell cryptocurrency.

Founded in March, 2019 and has grown offering unique services to users, as well as providing access to an OTC market for a wide selection of digital assets.

 

The Paystack integration allows customers to purchase cryptocurrency using their debit card thus eliminating the friction existing in buying and trading cryptocurrencies. 

 

In a video, Chiagozie Iwu of Naijacrypto also mentioned certain changes already carried out in the exchange platform and several more to come.

According to the video update, changes such as in KYC has seen improvement and is more user-friendly. 

 

Users are not mandated to submit identifying documents until the point of withdrawal. In security of the platform has also seen some improvement as users can now choose between available authentication methods. 

According to Mr.Chiagozie Iwu, “This is to give you more security features or based on your preferences basically”

 

Buy Bitcoin Page & Naijacrypto Academy 

Naijacrypto also talked about the creation of a page that will allow users to quickly buy bitcoin with few clicks thus simplify the whole process of getting bitcoin. 

The update also the intention of the crypto exchange to launch the Naijacrypto Academy.

The Naijcrypto academy will serve as a platform for educating new users in crypto generally. According to the CEO, Chiagozie Iwu, more details will be coming out soon.

 And in the coming days, New cryptocurrencies will be added to the platform and one of such being Bitcoin Cash.

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Huobi Launches Brokerage Platform Targeted at Institutional Clients

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Huobi Group, parent company of Huobi cryptocurrency exchange has launched a cryptocurrency brokerage platform, Huobi Brokerage. The brokerage platforms aims to attract institutional investors, especially those with great appetite for crypto products. 

The announcement came at me World Economic Forum #WEF at Davos on Tuesday, 21st January, 2020. The platform named Huobi Brokerage is currently available in major jurisdictions where the exchange is currently present with exception to the People’s Republic of China. 

 

Global Institutional Business (GIB)

The new service from Huobi is a part of Huobi’s Global Institution Business (GIB), an arm of Huobi with special interest to control its institutional-oriented businesses. It was established in November, 2019.

Huobi in a statement stating the function of the GIB said “The initiative, named Global Institutional Business (GIB), will see the creation of a team to offer and support services including contracts, exclusive benefits for VIP traders, and a dedicated fiat desks for institutional clients, as well as additional plans for custody services.”

According to Huobi, the firm since the third quarter of 2019 has seen an increase of up-to 400% growth in institutional clients with about 1,700 investors onboarded already. 

With offices across a couple of continents, the Huobi GIB aims to be at a top priority for Huobi as it continues to grow globally. 

According to Huobi Group vice president Ciara Sun, “2019 brought the first wave of institutional interest but 2020 is when we expect to see the industry mature with growing demand. As we enter the next phase of crypto, Huobi staking an active role in setting new standards for institutional and retail clients alike,” 

The race for institutional clients continues to grow increasingly stronger as the industry grows in maturity. Coinbase is also expanding its custody business across the world.

However, as Huobi plans to initiate its custody business in the coming months, it hopes to through its venture aims to set new standards for institutional clients in the industry. 

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