Blockchain 

BTC Peer-to-Peer Trading Rises Amid Ban on USD in Zimbabwe: Report

Bitcoin (BTC) trading in Zimbabwe has continued to surge after the government banned the use of foreign currencies on June 24, business news agency Quartz Africa reported on July 10. The country is reportedly seeing a rise in peer-to-peer (P2P) crypto trading as there are no local exchanges offering cryptocurrency transactions due to the existing ban on providing such services enacted by Zimbabwe’s central bank in May 2018. Since Zimbabwe recently re-introduced its local currency, the Zimbabwe dollar (ZWD), after abandoning it in 2009, Bitcoin has apparently become a more…

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Ethereum 

Circle Releases Another Attestation Report on Stablecoin USDC’s USD Reserves

Goldman Sachs-backed crypto finance startup Circle has published the latest third-party audit of its USD-pegged stablecoin, USD Coin (USDC). The company reported the update in a blog post published on May 17. USD Coin is an Ethereum-based token compliant with the ERC20 standard that was first announced in May last year and released in September. Per this week’s announcement, the audit of the coin’s fiat reserves was conducted by major Chicago-based accounting firm Grant Thornton LLP. The report released by the firm states that as of April 30, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time…

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Ethereum 

Paxos Now Allows for Instantaneously Redeeming Unlimited Amounts of PAX for USD

The company behind the Paxos Standard (PAX) stablecoin announced that its users can now instantaneously redeem unlimited amounts of its tokens for United States dollars. The development was described in a blog post published on May 13. Per the announcement, every PAX deposited on the company’s platform can now be immediately sent as USD to a bank account without minimal redemption requirements or fees for deposits or withdrawals. The company claims: “We launched PAX with a 1 day redemption window, which was groundbreaking. Then we moved to four-hour windows. Now,…

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Blockchain 

Platform Launches Leveraged Bitcoin CFDs for Speculation on Movements Against JPY and USD

A platform has launched a leveraged bitcoin contract-for-difference (CFD) product, enabling traders to speculate on the cryptocurrency’s price movements against the Japanese yen and United States dollar. Liquid says demand for crypto derivatives is rising and believes these financial products have the potential to enhance awareness about the many hundreds of coins and tokens in the marketplace today. Crypto derivatives are gaining popularity because of how they can help protect traders against volatility in the marketplace. When it comes to futures, traders may benefit from being able to buy or…

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Bitcoin 

Bitcoin Holds $4,000, British Pound Loses to USD as Brexit Anticipation Grows

Monday, March 25 — crypto markets have continued trading sideways, with Bitcoin (BTC) holding the $4,000 threshold at press time, according to data from CoinMarketCap. Most of the top 20 cryptocurrencies by market cap are in the red today, with Cardano (ADA) dropping by more than 4 percent to press time, while Tezos (XTZ) is up almost 5.7 percent over the past 24 hours to press time. Bitcoin has been stable over the day, seeing a slight decline of around 0.2 percent at press time. The biggest cryptocurrency is trading…

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