Coinbase, one of the world’s leading exchanges, has announced that they will be launching an institutional custody solution today, known as Coinbase Custody. They also said that they will be onboarding a “set of world-class clients that includes leading crypto hedge funds, exchanges and ICO teams.”
Their official blog post stated:
“Coinbase Custody’s mission is to make digital currency investment accessible to every eligible financial institution and hedge fund in the world. We’ll achieve this by striving to become the most trusted and easiest-to-use crypto custody service available.”
Coinbase Custody is comprised of Coinbase’s famous cold storage, Electronic Transaction Clearing [ETC] as a broker-dealer, and a client coverage program. ETC is registered with the SEC and is a member of Financial Regulatory Authority. The cold storage system in particular has undergone “rigorous penetration testing” and a cryptographic design review.
The solution offers features such as on-chain segregation of digital assets and offline private keys that are split so as to require a group of geographically distributed agents to use cryptographic hardware to sign transactions.
Coinbase plans to expand their services from the US and Europe to Asia by EOY 2018, as well as adding additional features in the near future. Primarily, they will add support for more assets than their existing line-up of Bitcoin [BTC], Ethereum [ETH], Litecoin [LTC], and Bitcoin Cash [BCH].
They will also add the feature to access funds flexibly through segregated hot wallets and scheduled withdrawals. Interestingly, they also aim to add governance solutions such as proof of stake and distributed governance. They ended their post by stating:
“As crypto continues its maturation as an asset class and more institutions enter the space, Coinbase is committed to delivering products and services that are tailored to their unique needs. Coinbase Custody delivers the trusted storage service that our clients need to fully immerse themselves in the potential that crypto assets provide.”
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Is Binance 2.0 and margin trading really accessible for ‘everyone?’
Binance, one of the world’s largest exchanges, announced recently that Binance’s upgraded version, Binance 2.0, was available to everyone. CZ tweeted,
“While #bitcoin is on a tear on price, @Binance have rolled out Binance 2.0, with margin access to everyone. In bear and bull markets, we #BUIDL!”
The margin trading feature which was previously available for limited users has now been made available for everyone. Although CZ’s tweet says it is available to everyone, there is still a catch to this. It is not available for users in countries where crypto-jurisdictions are unclear. These include the U.S, Iran, North Korea, Syria, Cuba, Crimea, Canada, Japan, and South Korea.
CZ followed up the above tweet with another, talking about performance, a “key improvement” that comes with Binance 2.0. Previously, when trading volume rose, users would suffer from lags and other performance issues. However, the upgrade will solve each of these issues, said CZ.
“One of the key improvements in this upgrade that not easily visible is performance. During peak times, if you experience lag or other performance issues, be sure to try out 2.0. We will soon decommission the “1.0” version due to legacy performance bottlenecks.”
However, even after CZ’s announcement, margin trading is still not accessible to a few users. These users were greeted with a notification which said, “This feature is only available for invited users.” A lot of users have complained about the same, with CZ yet to put out a statement about the same.
Additionally, Binance has announced the start of BEP2, which is a community listing program where Binance lists one project every month for three months. This will extend from the 20th of a month and extend to the 20th of the next month. Any of the following coins, as seen in the tweet below, might be listed on Binance over the coming days.
A reminder that you may see one or more of the below tickers on Binance .com soon.
— Binance (@binance) June 26, 2019
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