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Big Sharks Flourish, Small Fish Struggle: How Are Crypto Exchanges Performing?



In the latest crypto news, we are covering the rise of crypto exchanges lately – especially the largest ones out there on the market.

As first, we have the world’s largest crypto brokerage Coinbase which just got closer to finalizing a $500 million funding round at a valuation of $8 billion – as well as Binance which recently got more active in the investment sector, continuously funding blockchain startups.

However, the situation for smaller exchanges is not that good. While the major exchanges including Coinbase, Binance, and BitMEX are making leaps forward, smaller ones are in a bearish market, according to analysts.

A great example of this is Coinfloor, the exchange which slashed the number of its employees after seeing a decline in its revenues as a result of the drop in the daily trading volume of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin as well as other altcoins. There are many similar cases to Coinfloor, which are mainly exchanges concerned by the low volume.

However, the UK CEO of Coinbase, Zeeshan Feroz, has been smart in dealing with challenges like these – even though his exchange is nowhere near the smaller ones out there. As he said in an interview:

“We have been working to introduce Faster Payments for as long as we’ve been operating in the UK. Customers not only benefit from increased speed, but reduced cost as well. By no longer having to convert funds from Pound Sterling to Euros and vice versa to add and remove funds, there will be no more exchange rates. This will make crypto easily accessible to most people in the UK.”

Still, we cannot dismiss the significance of Coinfloor’s cut of its employee count – mostly because of the strategic partners and investors that the UK-based exchange secured over the years.

Despite the involvement of high profile investors and venture capitalists, Coinfloor has not been able to face the stiff competition. As the CEO of the exchange Obi Nwosu said:

“Coinfloor is currently undergoing a business restructure to focus on our competitive advantages in the marketplace and to best serve our clients. As part of this restructure, we are making some staff changes and redundancies.”

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Where Does Bitcoin Cash (BCH) Stand The Day After The Fork?

The latest digital currency news show that the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) hard fork is now completed and that BCH successfully activated its second scheduled semi-annual hard fork since splitting away from the original Bitcoin blockchain. However, unlike the previous upgrades which brought a lot of positive news, this fork was contentious and the development teams that launched it are still competing, pointing out to their incompatible BCH implementations. There were two groups with different beliefs about the fork. The first one was the Bitcoin Cash ABC team which had support from most node operators as well as investors and companies such as Roger Ver ( and Jihan Wu (Bitmain). The other group was the one cheering for the Bitcoin Cash SV altcoin and trying to prove that it has better features than BCHABC. Strictly speaking, there could have been three versions if any miners decided to continue mining according to the pre-fork consensus rules. However, all of the hashrate migrated to one or the other of the two new rulesets, killing off the original chain. Currently, according to BitMEX Research, both sides are mining at a loss of at least $280,000 per day relative to the value of the coins (or more) which will put pressure on profit-motivated miners to cut their losses and switch to BCHABC or BTC.
“Even if the SV mining collation do catch up with ABC or if they manage to do hostile chain re-orgs, its highly unlikely BCash ABC users & investors will ever switch to follow SV. ABC users just need to be patient & wait it out. @CalvinAyre & the SV miners will eventually give up,” BitMEX wrote on Twitter, doubling down on Jonathan Bier’s pre-fork prediction that miners would ultimately abandon the BSV fork.
Currently, people are wondering how does the BCH hard fork affect other projects such as Bitcoin. The good news here is that the fork has no effect on BTC other than making it even less likely that Bitcoin Cash (BCH) will overtake Bitcoin (BTC) and claim its mantle.
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A New $4 Billion Drop Sees Bitcoin Cash – And The Entire Market – Falling

Over the last 24 hours, we saw another drop as monitored on our DC Forecasts crypto news site. The prices of Bitcoin as well as many altcoins combined lost $4 billion in total, reducing the total market cap once again to a number of $181 billion. After what seemed like one of the worst single-day corrections that occurred last Thursday (November 15th) and where the crypto market saw a wipeout of more than $27 billion, the drop is extending. Bitcoin Cash is one of the main sufferers here. Even though the fourth largest altcoin forked into two new cryptocurrencies named Bitcoin Cash SV (BCHSV) and Bitcoin Cash ABC (BCHABC), it managed to fall by more than 7%. Before the fall, Bitcoin Cash managed to drop by more than 15% to $250. Currently, analysts are asking if the $4,800 margin is the real bottom for Bitcoin - or it will increase in the coming days. While both major cryptocurrencies and small tokens started to demonstrate independent price movements by breaking their correlation with BTC, a new 12% drop could result in intensified downward movements for cryptocurrencies with lower daily volumes. All in all, the sentiment around cryptocurrencies has been negative this week mostly because of the sheer intensity of the crash of the market in the past few days.
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‘Time May Be Right’ For Home Crypto Mining: Coinbase CTO

The CTO of Coinbase, Balaji Srinivasan is in a headline on our DC Forecasts crypto news site - mainly because of his recent statement geared towards crypto mining and popularizing at-home crypto mining. In fact Srinivasan decided to back a startup that aims to popularize this form of crypto mining and a business which is called Coinmine. Its service announced pre-orders for the first home miner on Wednesday. As Srinivasan said in the announcement:
“The big difference with decentralized mining in 2018 is that there are now so many different coins and tokens out there that it’s almost certainly possible to make a profit – or at least mine a decent amount of some crypto – via a decentralized home mining device like Coinmine.”
This is a notable perspective mostly because Srinivasan previously founded which was a startup that emerged from stealth in 2015 and had an ambitious plan to embed Bitcoin miners in everyday devices- which was then backed by Coinbase Ventures. Following the Coinmine announcement, Srinivasan wrote:
“The big difference with decentralized mining in 2018 is that there are now so many different coins and tokens out there that it’s almost certainly possible to make a profit – or at least mine a decent amount of some crypto – via a decentralized home mining device like Coinmine."
As we can see from the above stated, the CTO of Coinbase seems optimistic about Coinmine's ability to add even more coins later, foreseeing a future where the company could play a key role in the launch of new tokens.
“I believe that decentralized mining is an important idea and worth trying again. It’s mining as Satoshi intended: many devices around the world with no single point of failure." Srinivasan concluded.
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Crypto Exchange OKCoin Expands To Latin America, Launching A Fiat Market

The popular cryptocurrency exchange OKCoin is in the crypto news again, this time for its new launch in the Latin American market. A press release has confirmed this move by the exchange, and also confirmed that there will be a new platform launch which will let users trade Bitcoin and other top altcoins against local fiat currencies. As the release notes, OKCoin's expansion to Latin America comes after it became a fully licensed platform for operating in the region. At start, OKCoin will allow users in Argentina to deposit Argentine pesos (ARS) to the platform, which can be traded with top cryptos such as Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Cardano, Stellar, Zcash and 0x. According to the document, OKCoin will also be opening an office in Buenos Aires and setting up a team to "support the business throughout Latin America." As one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in China before the region's trading ban, OKCoin has been expanding at a rapid pace (outside China, of course). In January, the exchange launched a platform in South Korea and entered the United States with fiat-to-crypto offerings in July 2018. Currently, OKCoin supports USD trading and is present in over 110 countries. As the CEO of OKCoin USA Tim Buyn believes, this is just the beginning of the expansion.
"We’re aiming to grow throughout the region by bringing institutional and retail traders there an array of trusted trading options so they can buy and sell with confidence,” Buyn said following the official announcement.
He also pointed that the Latin American market is extremely important for the exchange as it is for many crypto and blockchain industries.
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