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eToroX Launches Crypto Exchange Supporting 8 Fiat-Stablecoins And 6 Cryptos

eToroX launches crypto exchange

eToroX, the blockchain and tokenized asset subsidiary of European brokerage company eToro, has announced the launch of its crypto exchange platform.

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At launch, the trading venue will support eight fiat-stablecoins, namely eToro New Zealand Dollar (NZDX), eToro Japanese Yen (JPYX), eToro Swiss Franc (CHFX), eToro United States Dollar (USDEX), eToro Euro (EURX), eToro Pound Sterling (GBPX, eToro Australian Dollar (AUDX), and eToro Canadian Dollar (CADX); and six cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Dash, Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin; for a total of 37 trading pairs, the company said on Tuesday.

“In the coming weeks and months, we will add more cryptoassets, stablecoins and tokens to the exchange and will work with other exchanges to encourage them to list our growing range of stablecoins,” said Doron Rosenblum, managing director of eToroX.

eToro and its co-founder and CEO Yoni Assia have been involved in blockchain since 2012 with Colored Coins, a class of methods for representing and managing real world assets on top of the Bitcoin blockchain. Examples include a deed for a house, stocks, bonds or futures. The technology can also be used to track and register intellectual property assets.

eToro, a social trading and brokerage company originally from Tel Aviv, was one the first regulated financial companies to offer crypto, allowing users to trade Bitcoin in 2014. Today, the eToro platform supports 15 cryptoassets and offers several crypto CopyPortfolios, trading strategies curated by eToro’s own analysts that bundle multiple cryptoassets.

In March, eToro acquired Danish startup Firmo, which has developed a platform to securely deploy financial contracts that can work with any blockchain. The company is also an investor in CoinDash, a startup building a blockchain-based platform that combines portfolio management and social trading functionalities.

“This is the future of finance. Blockchain will eventually ‘eat’ traditional financial services through tokenization,” said Assia. “Cryptoassets are just the first step on this journey and we are excited to explore the opportunities offered by tokenization with the launch of our exchange.”

eToro established its digital asset subsidiary eToroX last year. The company is responsible for “defining and executing eToro’s vision around blockchain and the development of cryptoassets.” In particular, it is building a product range and infrastructure centered on tokenized assets.

eToroX was granted a distributed ledger technology (DLT) license from the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (GFSC) in December 2018.

 Assia concluded:

“We believe that we will see the greatest transfer of wealth ever as financial services move onto the blockchain. The blockchain brings transparency and a new paradigm for asset ownership. In time, we will see the tokenization of all traditional asset classes, as well as the emergence of new asset classes such as tokenized art, property or even intellectual property.”

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eToro: Preference for Stablecoins as Alternatives to Continue in 2019

The end of 2018 wrapped up what has been one of the worst year’s for the crypto market, with Bitcoin dropping to its lowest levels for the year.

But as we enter the first full working week of 2019, what can the market expect throughout the year? With Bitcoin sitting, for now, above the $4,000 mark, according to CoinMarketCap, can we see the number one asset making another rally this year? Or will attention be diverted to an alternative?

According to eToro, the social trading platform, the price rally of Bitcoin over the Christmas period, known as the “Santa Rally,” which pushed the crypto asset over $4,200, was “led by investors closing high-risk sell positions ahead of Christmas, creating upward pressure on market prices.”

However, despite this, it’s CryptoPortfolio fact sheet for last month, indicates that the return in the last 12 months was -83.29 per cent.

Even though market prices have slumped of late, Bakkt, a crypto exchange created by the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), the owners of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), raised over $182 million from a number of institutional investors. While it’s still seeking regulatory approval, the aim is to launch a one-day physically-launched Bitcoin futures. It’s hoping to start this in early 2019.

Nasdaq, too, has indicated its interest in Bitcoin futures. Yet, even though the market has remained in a rut or downward trend for most of last year, in eToro’s opinion this isn’t something that should be “underestimated.”

eToro also noted that the late December price rise with Bitcoin was down to the fact that there were rumors circuling regarding social media platform Facebook, which was to start using cryptocurrency for transferring money through WhatsApp.

eToro said: “The tech company is reportedly developing a stablecoin, which is pegged to the U.S. dollar, marking another significant step forward for institutional investment in cryptos.”

It is because of this move toward a stablecoin that eToro believe this is the direction that people will be turning to in the year ahead, adding:

“Recent market volatility has opened the doors to alternative coins, as the mainstream tokens remain risky in the eyes of many. The preference for stablecoins as alternatives is something we expect to see continuing as we enter 2019.”

Of course as we enter 2019 many young investors have never experienced a bear market before, so they may not necessarily know how to build a solid portfolio.

In order to give investors the best chance possible Mati Greenspan, senior market analyst at eToro, will be hosting a webcast on Tuesday, 8th January at 15:00 GMT for one hour to discuss topics from crypto to tech stocks, currencies and indices, in addition to exploring what the best trading opportunities are within the current market conditions.

To register, click here.