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CEX.IO is a cryptocurrency exchange and former Bitcoin cloud mining provider. Founded in London in 2013, CEX first began as a cloud mining provider that owned the Ghash.io pool. As an online digital currency exchanger, CEX.IO offers the trading of cryptocurrency for fiat money, including USD, EUR, GBP, and RUB. The exchange charges commissions from 0% to 0.25%  on trades using the Maker-Taker fee schedule. The current list of cryptocurrencies available on CEX.io is Bitcoin, Ether, Ripple, XLM, Bitcoin Cash, Dash, Zcash, and Bitcoin Gold.

cex cryptoName: CEX
URL: https://www.cex.io
Total trading pairs: 15
Founded: 2013
Deposit fees: no
Withdrawal fees: no
Trading fees: 0.00% – 0.20%
Margin trading: no
USA accepted: yes
Verification levels and withdrawal limits:

Verification Level

Limits

Basic Daily: 1000 USD; Monthly: 3,000 USD
Verified Unlimited
Verified Plus Unlimited
Corporate Unlimited

Registration

CEX.io allows for initial registration using email, Google Oauth, or Facebook Oauth. To continue after Oauth, you will still need to manually input your email address. An email verification link will be sent to you. Upon verification, you are directed to the /buysell page, which has prices for currency available for purchase by Credit Card, good for the next 66 seconds. After that, a new price is populated, based on exchange rate, and you are given a further 120 seconds.

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Verification

A full guide to account verification is available here. With basic registration, you are allowed to buy and sell bitcoin with a daily limit of $1000 via credit card only, and a monthly limit of $3000. Verification allows you to make bank transfers and take commissions as well as removes the deposit/withdrawal account limits on basic registration.

 

CEX.io verification screenshot
CEX.io verification

The Verified level requires the submission of identifying documentation (DL, Passport, or ID card) and a tax reference number, such as a social security number. This will include your address and scans/photos of your identification documents.

CEX personal information verification
CEX personal information verification

In the personal information section, the registree will be required to submit their Gender, date of birth, first, middle, and last name, place of birth, and contact number. Optionally you can submit social media profiles as well. The following page is a simple address verification form.

From the CEX.io website:

PAYMENT OPTIONS

Most popular methods: Visa, MasterCard, bank transfer (SWIFT, SEPA), cryptocurrency

STRONG SECURITY

Protection against DDoS attacks, full data encryption, compliant with PCI DSS standards

WORLD COVERAGE

Providing services in 99% countries around the globe, including 24 states of USA

LEGAL COMPLIANCE

Registration in the UKMSB status in FinCEN, essential licenses and strong relations with banks

MARGIN TRADING

1:2 and 1:3 leverages, automatic funds borrowing, no extra accounts needed, negative balance protection.

COMPETITIVE COMMISSIONS

Reasonable trading fees for takers and makers, special conditions for high volume traders, strong offers for market makers.

CROSS-PLATFORM TRADING

Trading via website, mobile appWebSocket and REST API. FIX API for institutional traders

ADVANCED REPORTING

Downloadable reports, real-time balance, transaction history with transparent fees

HIGH LIQUIDITY

Fast order execution, low spread, access to high liquidity orderbook for top currency pairs

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This is a weekly summary the current status of a few popular cryptocurrencies. More cryptocurrencies will be added over time. You can click on the name of each cryptocurrency to learn more information about it. If you have any suggestions, you can contact us!

Name Block Height Hash Rate Current Difficulty Current Price
Bitcoin (BTC) 516631 9223.37PH/s 3511060552899.72 $5611.58
BitcoinCash (BCH) 524428 2314.00PH/s 322446720222.0 $638.75
Ethereum (ETH) 5380686 258.21TH/s 3172000000000000.0 $378.76
Monero (XMR) 1544839 1.00GH/s 120509598719.0 $170.63
Litecoin (LTC) 1397700 210.64TH/s 6.8026260954785e+18 $116.70
Ethereum Classic (ETC) 5664893 11.15TH/s 168870000000000.0 $13.61

Data sources

All price data is sourced from BlockExplorer, and other data on each currency is sourced from various locations linked below.

Bitcoin: SmartBit.com.au
Bitcoin Cash: bitinfocharts.com
Ethereum: bitinfocharts.com
Ethereum Classic: gastracker.io
Litecoin: chainz.cryptoid.info
Monero: moneroblocks.info

bitcoin price

The trustee in charge of the assets belong to defunct bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox has denied that his decision to sell more than $400 million worth of bitcoin (BTC) and bitcoin cash (BCH) had a meaningful impact on the global cryptocurrency market.

In an announcement dated March 17, Nobuaki Kobayashi — the Tokyo lawyer in charge of managing the infamous Mt. Gox exchange’s estate during its bankruptcy proceedings — addressed concerns that his handling of the estate has been callous and has had a materially-detrimental effect on the market price of bitcoin.

Earlier this month, Kobayashi announced that he sold $406.6 million worth of bitcoin and bitcoin cash from the infamous exchange’s estate, adding that the estate still held approximately $1.7 billion worth of cryptocurrency assets. He also said that he had sold the coins on order-book cryptocurrency exchanges, rather than through the over-the-counter (OTC) markets that large-scale buyers and sellers generally use.

In Saturday’s statement, Kobayashi confirmed that he sold the coins between December and February — a period in which the bitcoin price plunged from nearly $20,000 to $6,000 — but he claimed that he did so in a way that did not have an effect on the market price of the assets.

“Following consultation with cryptocurrency experts, I sold BTC and BCC, not by an ordinary sale through the BTC/BCC exchange, but in a manner that would avoid affecting the market price, while ensuring the security of the transaction to the extent possible,” Kobayashi said. “Therefore, I believe that the sale of BTC and BCC by us did not affect their market prices.”

“I made efforts to sell them at as high a price as possible in light of their market prices at the time of sale. I believe that they were sold at a fair price, given the market prices at that time,” he added.

But though the Mt. Gox estate continues to hold nearly $2 billion in cryptocurrency assets, investors likely do not need to worry that these coins will be dumped onto the market — at least in the short-term.

As Bloomberg reporter Yuji Nakamura noted following the release of the initial statement, Kobayashi only sold enough coins to cover the exchange’s JPY liabilities.

He is now waiting for the court to rule on whether the exchange can enter civil rehabilitation, which would potentially allow the estate to distribute coins directly back to creditors — rather than selling them for cash and giving creditors the proceeds.

However, even if the court denies the civil rehabilitation plea, it would likely be several months before the trustee resumes selling the coins.

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Bitcoin has been on quite the rollercoaster since its all-time high peak in December of 2017. The drop, which accelerated throughout January and culminated in reaching a low of $5,900 before bouncing back up to ~$8,000 for much of the remainder of February. Just as February came to a close, bitcoin started to fight back, reaching key resistance levels at $11,750 only to be rejected. This week, steam started to pick back up and a retest of this key area was yet again rejected, except this time, it rocketed downward in a crash that has spooked much of the cryptocurrency community and has held any indication of a new bull run to a screeching halt.

In late January until the big February crash, there was an endless supply of negative press related to cryptocurrencies, including government bans, Korean exchanges being delisted from CoinMarketCap, and more. However, since the CFTC and SEC commission where the US committees announced a “do no harm approach” to cryptocurrencies. The sentiment seemed to change immediately, which prompted Bitcoin’s end of February climb into March.

Today, though, was a perfect storm of bad news and FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) that was a likely cause of Bitcoin dropping nearly $1,000 in value in a little more than an hour.

Crypto: The SEC Won’t Let me Be

The U.S Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released a public statement today, calling cryptocurrency exchanges “potentially unlawful online platforms for trading digital assets.” In the statement, the SEC calls out the fact that many cryptocurrency assets meet the definition of “securities,” and because they do, exchanges must register with the SEC.

Most cryptocurrency exchanges such as GDAX aren’t registered with the SEC and instead operate using money transmission licenses. To be fully compliant with SEC guidelines, exchanges will have to register and then be put under close scrutiny under SEC inspections and other requirements. Those that do not register with the SEC, could be sued or shut down. Or both.

What this means for exchanges is yet to be seen, but changes are coming and speculators were clearly unsettled by the news.

 

Binance API Issues Cause Market Issues

If the SEC asserting their control over exchanges wasn’t enough, there was also fear over a Binance hack that caused widespread selling of funds – selling that wasn’t initiated by users. Many of Binance’s customers took to Twitter and other communities to inquire about why all of their altcoin holdings were sold and converted to Bitcoin. One Reddit user wrote:

WTF is happening! Binance just sold all my alts at market rate and I have got just the Bitcoin now. Is it because of account getting hacked or binance bot issue? Have raised a ticket 715903 for this. Edit: Binance has started reversing transactions now. I see Bitcoin back on my account.

Users panicked believing Binance was hacked.. Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao explained the selling as “irregularities in trading activity” and Binance has since reversed all the unauthorized trades.

 

Mt. Gox Crashes Bitcoin Again (and Again)

A little over five years ago, the most prominent bitcoin exchange at the time, Mt. Gox, halted all bitcoin withdrawals, and then suspended trading. It was later revealed that Mt. Gox was hacked, resulting in millions of dollars in bitcoin being stolen from its customers and their own reserves. Fast-forward to today – it has been revealed after a Mt. Gox creditor meeting earlier in the day, that a trustee who holds Mt. Gox’s recovered bitcoins has been selling them off at market rate since September, and may have been responsible for selling large amounts of bitcoin – enough to effect market price – that prompted some of the biggest drops in bitcoin’s price in 2018.

While creditors are mostly paid off due to this trustee selling off the bitcoins at an average of $10,000 each (meanwhile claims stemming from Mt. Gox only equate to the fiat equivalent of $400 per bitcoin), but over 165K bitcoins still remain in this trustee’s possession, prompting fears of additional selloffs that will increase bitcoin’s volatility. and drive prices down further.

Reddit users are already speculating the likelihood of the Mt. Gox trustee being responsible for the market crash in February, in addition to the drop from the all-time high, among more drops following in January. Thanks to the blockchain, there is some validity to the claims, with addresses tied to the Mt. Gox accounts moving significant amounts of bitcoins on December 22, January 17 and 31, with the largest dump of 18K BTC being on February 5 – which coincides with the market crash.

 

Where Do We Go From Here?

In summary, today’s drop concludes that the bears are still in control, and that market sentiment around cryptocurrency is at a recent low, despite cryptocurrency being such a trendy buzzword, it was just added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Where the market goes next is anyone’s guess, but unfortunately the SEC’s tightening grasp on exchanges, potential for exchange hacks, and the remaining 166K BTC in this trustee’s control aren’t going anywhere… yet.

 

Binance is a China-based cryptocurrency exchange that launched in July 2017 and is at #15 on BlockExplorer’s top 25 cryptocurrency exchanges of 2017 list. After its launch, Binance rapidly expanded to serving over six million users across the world.

Binance’s 267 crypto/crypto trading pairs and over 6 million users make it an extremely large exchange, suited for traders looking for high liquidity and rapid trades, though only if they do not require fiat trading pairs. The addition of an API also makes it suited to traders looking for programmatic trading opportunities.

Binance

binance cryptoURL:  binance.com
Total Trading Pairs: 267
Deposit Fees: No
Withdrawal Fees: Yes
Trading Fees: Yes, 0.1%
Margin Trading: No
Verification: Yes, for higher withdrawal limits

Registration

Registering with Binance is rather simple, it requires an email address and a password. Note that you cannot use a ‘+’ in your email address. Once you have submitted the registration form you will receive a confirmation email that includes your IP address.

Fees

For trading, Binance charges a flat 0.1% fee on all trades. Withdrawal fees differ per currency and are changed often. There are no fees for deposits.

Simple and Advanced Exchanges

Binance has two different interfaces for its exchange. One is a simple interface for novice traders, and the other is a more advanced interface that has more information available for those that understand it.

Interface

Binance’s interface is different depending on whether you use the simple or advanced trading platforms. For the simple one, the interface is a bright white with yellow highlights and black text. And the advanced trading platform has a dark grey background with light grey text. Both feature a chart, order submission form, trade history, and order book. Though the advanced interface has a more complex graph and a different layout. Specifically, a chart on the left with various histories below it, and an order book, trade histories and order submission form on the right.

Verification

There are three verification levels on Binance.

Verification level 1 is set by default on new accounts and has a 2 BTC or equivalent withdrawal limit.

You cannot start the process of gaining level 2 without having configured 2FA on your account. Otherwise, level 2 requires some personal information and a few pictures. Specifically, you must submit your full name, gender, country, the number on your government ID, a scan of the cover of your government ID, a scan of the identifying page of your government ID, and a selfie of you holding your ID and a note with the date and the phrase ‘Binance’ on it. Level 2 has increased withdrawal limits, specifically, 50 BTC or equivalent.

Level three requires contacting Binance directly, and its benefits are not posted.

Security

Binance’s security practices are very good. Otherwise, there is a popup explaining basic security practices that you are required to read when you log into your account for the first time. After which there are constant reminders to set up Two Factor Authentication, which is available via Google Authenticator.