Cryptocurrency

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  • The First “Smart Beta” Crypto Index Debuts

    IDX Insights, a financial research and development firm, released a cryptocurrency index that it has described as the first "Smart Beta" crypto index. For context, Fidelity defines "Smart Beta" as "an enhanced indexing strategy that seeks to exploit certain performance factors in an attempt to outperform a benchmark index." By leveraging this index, investors can harness factor-based strategies to potentially generate compelling risk-adjusted returns. The index seeks to take advantage…

  • Crypto Rating Council

    What Is The Crypto Rating Council? If a digital asset is deemed a security by government regulators, that determination can have major implications for the asset's creators, investors and network. Over the last several years, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has sued several companies that issued digital assets, alleging that they sold unregistered securities. While regulators have previously released guidance on what defines a security, many digital assets…

  • Initial Exchange Offering (IEO)

    What Is An Initial Exchange Offering? An initial exchange offering (IEO) is a sale of digital assets that takes place through an exchange. An IEO is similar to an initial coin offering (ICO), except that an IEO has the backing of an exchange. IEOs are also different from security token offerings (STOs), which involve sales of digital assets that have been securitised. STOs have their own benefits and drawbacks. More…

  • What Is Facebook’s Libra?

    Libra is a digital currency that was developed by Facebook in an effort to empower people all over the world. To achieve this objective, the social media giant aimed to create a global digital currency and infrastructure that would help provide financial inclusion to billions. In turn, the Libra Association, a Switzerland-based nonprofit, was created to help govern the network that underlies the Libra currency and help it realise its…

  • What Is A Stablecoin?

    A stablecoin is a digital currency that is pegged to another asset that has a "stable" value, for example the U.S. dollar (USD). Stablecoins benefit from low volatility, which makes it easier for people to leverage them as a medium of exchange. These innovative digital currencies have attracted significant demand, and as of March 2019, the top five fiat-collateralised stablecoins had drawn more than US$2.5 billion worth of deposits. Background…

  • What Is A DEX?

    Decentralised exchanges, or DEXs, provide investors with an alternative to centralised exchanges. Because DEXs do not harness a third party to hold or "custody" customer funds, they are not vulnerable to hacks in the same way as their centralised counterparts. However, these exchanges are not without their weaknesses, as they can suffer from problems such as low liquidity. Defining 'DEX' Decentralised exchanges allow peer-to-peer transactions, which make it so that…

  • 5 Strategies For Crypto Investors In Flat Markets

    Knowledgeable investors can generate returns regardless of whether the markets are trending upwards, downwards or sideways. Making money during bullish conditions may be one of the the easiest method, as a rising tide lifts all boats. Downward trending markets also provide potential opportunities. Producing returns during sideways or "flat" markets may be the most challenging option, but there are several strategies investors can use to achieve this objective. This article…

  • Crypto Custody

    What Is Crypto Custody? Digital currency traders can benefit from knowing the options they have for custodying cryptocurrencies. While many assets can only be held indirectly, investors can have direct custody of their cryptocurrencies. This feature sets them apart from other asset classes like stocks and bonds. This article provides a breakdown of the different custody methods in addition to their individual costs and benefits. Indirect Ownership Indirect ownership takes…

  • What Cryptocurrency Traders Can Learn From 2018

    Digital currency traders can learn quite a bit from what happened in the market in 2018. If market observers conceptualise 2017 as the year that cryptocurrency investors drank too much, 2018 was when they felt the hangover. The digital currency markets flourished in 2017 and gained significant value while attracting significant interest from investors. However, they crashed the following year, alienating some who had put their faith in this asset…

  • Security Token Offering (STO)

    A security token offering (STO) is similar to an initial coin offering (ICO), but an STO involves security tokens that are backed by real assets. As a result, those tokens can take many forms. Learn more about how an STO works at FXCM Insights.

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