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ICM.com Bridges Gap Between Crypto and Oil Markets with BTCOIL

ICM’s newest asset is the resulting product of dividing the price of the BTCUSD by the price of #WTI.

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UK-based brokerage ICM.com is trying to bridge yet another gap between crypto space and mainstream financial markets, having introduced a new instrument that allows investor to use Bitcoin to trade oil and vice versa.

With the recent volatility of crypto markets, there also comes a renewed interest by crypto traders to trade traditional financial markets, including the world’s primary source of energy.

Dubbed ‘BTCOIL,’ ICM’s newest asset is the resulting product of dividing the price of the BTCUSD by the price of #WTI, providing ease of exposure and a route for engagement with both digital assets and oil prices.

“This means if the BTCUSD price remains the same and the price of the #WTI goes up, then the price of BTCOIL will be going down and vice versa – if the price of #WTI remains the same and the price of BTCUSD goes up, then the BTCOIL will go up,” the company further explains.

If proved popular among retail investors, BTCOIL could represent a milestone for greater crypto trading standardization and pave the way for the future expansion of developing similar products.

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“ICM.com is in a constant search for improving the trading experience of its clients. The merge of two popular trading products became a breakthrough in the trading industry,” commented Shoaib Abedi, CEO and Director of ICM.com

ICM.com Sponsors Newcastle United

ICM.com is a multi-national forex and CFD trading company with headquarters in London, and offices in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Since being founded, the firm has been authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Back in August 2018, the company rebranded itself from ICM Capital to ICM.com to represent all of the firm’s group entities under one brand.

The company has recently bolstered the protection of its clients’ insurance measures, bringing all client funds under the protection of up to £5.0 million. The broker, which is licensed by the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), is required by law to provide up to £50,000 per client under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) in case of its default.

We last reported about ICM.com (Formerly ICM Capital) back in September when the company signed a sponsorship deal with English football club, Newcastle United. As part of the deal, the firm’s logo is placed on the club’s jersey sleeves for the 2020-21 season.

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LSE Group Posts Solid 2020 Revenue Growth Across Clearing Units

The group increased its full-year dividend by 7 percent.

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The London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) published its full-year financials for the year 2020, reporting growth in revenue as well as profits despite the slowdown in the economic conditions.

The overall revenue of the stock exchange operator gained 3 percent last year to £2.1 billion in 2020, while the income was up by 6 percent.

The gain in performance was seen across most of the business areas of the group, but post-trade remained the strongest. The revenue of the segment came in at £751 million, 7 percent higher than the previous year, mostly driven by the growth in LCH. Clearing businesses of CDS, forex, and equities also jumped as the total income from the segment surged by 12 percent to £1.07 billion.

Revenue from the capital markets, however, remained flat at £427 million, while the technology sales went down by 7 percent to £61 million.

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On an adjusted basis, the operating profits of the group came in at £1.1 billion, an annual increase of 5 percent, while the adjusted EBITDA also gained 5 percent to touch £1.3 billion with a margin of 54.4 percent.

Solid Growth in Dividend Distribution 

But the most highlighted part remained the dividend distribution with a full-year increase in dividend by 7 percent. 

2020 was an eventful year for the London-headquartered group. Along with the uncertainties caused by the pandemic on businesses, the group sold its stake in the top Italian bourse to clear its ambitions $27 billion Refinitiv acquisition deal, which was closed in January 2021.

“LSEG is now truly global with a significant presence in North America, Europe, Asia, and emerging markets,” LSEG CEO David Schwimmer said in the statement. He further stressed that the group is well-positioned for “long-term sustainable growth.”

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Source: https://www.financemagnates.com/institutional-forex/lse-group-posts-solid-2020-revenue-growth-across-clearing-units/

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Coinsbit Has Launched A Unique Bitcoin Staking Pool With A Super High Rate As It Marks Its 3rd Anniversary

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To celebrate the exchange’s 3rd anniversary, the Coinsbit team has announced a range of exclusive promotions to thank users for their loyalty and trust. As one of the key activities scheduled for the celebration, the team plans to award 30 bitcoins to lucky participants. Nothing like this has ever been done in the history of cryptocurrency, so this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

The promotion kicked off on March 1 and will continue for the next three months. The team has particularly opened a Bitcoin Staking pool at 3% per month. It is a safe and proven means that will allow bitcoin holders to increase their balance without the volatility of the market.

Additionally, users will have the opportunity to earn more during the 15 mini-IEOs that are scheduled. Given that participants in previous IEOs held on the exchange saw considerable gains on their investment, it is a real opportunity for everyone to grow their capital. Prospective participants should follow the official social media accounts of the exchange to get all the latest information regarding this exclusive offer.

But that’s not all. As you are well informed, the exchange has its marketplace named Coinsbit Store. In this marketplace, you can purchase different devices, like smartphones, headphones, tablets, laptops and more using cryptocurrencies. You can also transact with just a click from any part of the world on suitable terms. So, as part of the commemoration of the 3rd anniversary, the exchange team promises explicit bonuses to whosoever participates and buys the most on the Store. For example, you can win holiday vacation to the Maldives, an iPhone 12 Max Pro and MacBook Pro.

Also, the representatives of the exchange were happy to announce the opening of BTCU trading. Trading will start at the beginning of May. Other popular cryptocurrency exchanges like Liquid, Probit, Yobit, Biki, P2Pb2b, LocalTrade, Folgory, Bitforex, BiOne and LBank have also listed the coin.

That’s not the end, the decentralized cryptocurrency trading platform (DEX) Coinsbit will be initiated soon. On this new platform, you can make transactions without you becoming a member. Users simply need to synchronize their crypto wallet and start trading.

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Centra Tech Founder Sentenced to 8-years in Prison For $36M Crypto ICO Fraud

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Sohrab “Sam” Sharma, the founder of defunct cryptocurrency firm Centra Tech was sentenced to 8-years in prison for duping investors out of $36 million. The firm had hired high-profile celebrities including Floyd Mayweather and DJ Khaled whom the firm paid for promotions to lure more investors. Sharma pled guilty to conspiring to commit securities fraud, wire fraud, and mail fraud as part of an initial coin offering.

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Centra Tech was one of the many crypto companies to lure heavy investment during the 2017-18 ICO frenzy on the pretext of launching a cryptocurrency in the near future. Sharma along with two of his recruits managed to raise nearly $25 million through social media promotions and mentions from high-profile celebrities. Both Khaled and Mayweather later settled with the SEC for failing to disclose they have been paid to promote the project.

While prosecutors sought 14-15 years jail term for the founder, Sharma’s counsel pleaded for a two and a half year term claiming the defendant was not the evil behind the fraud.

Sharma said,

“I am deeply sorry and devastated for what my actions have done to those who believed in me and my vision. I wanted to fake it till I made it, and I was hoping that the ends justified the means.”

As per the plea deal, Sharma forfeited 100,000 ETH raised from the sale of the digital token of his company.

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The hype around cryptocurrencies in 2017 gave rise to Initial Coin Offering (ICOs) and an easy way of raising funds to develop and launch new crypto tokens. In what many called a revolution in fundraising soon turned into a playground for fraudsters and scams. It was estimated more than 90% of the projects were either scams or never made it to any exchange for one reason or the other.

Centra Tech was no different, where the project was misleading investors on nearly every aspect right from claiming that it is being headed by a Harvard-educated chief executive officer with decades of business experience. Sharma also lied about having operational licenses in more than three dozens states and partnerships with payment processing giants such as Visa and Mastercard.

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