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Provable Solvency Report #65 – August 2019

Coinfloor is a custodian of client bitcoins and we believe that we must set the industry standard for transparency and regular audits. Without proper public accountability, the industry will not be able to grow and mature. This is why we are committed to releasing a Provable Solvency Report every month. Coinfloor is proud to have the longest standing track record among bitcoin exchanges in regards to auditing.

Today we are publishing our 65th monthly Provable Solvency Report with step-by-step validation instructions for your convenience.

As of today, Coinfloor holds a total of 3,870.0066 XBT on behalf of our clients. You are invited to verify that your held bitcoins are included in this balance by following the instructions below.

What does the Provable Solvency Report include?

We started out by creating an obfuscated report of all current client balances (the Solvency Report) and then generated a SHA-256 hash of this report.

We then created a bitcoin transaction to ourselves, that includes all currently held client bitcoins, for a value of 3,871.9553 XBT. The output of the script also includes the OP_RETURN of the SHA-256 hash of the report, proving that at the time of making the solvency report, Coinfloor held all of our clients’ XBT funds. You can verify the amount and details of the transaction on the blockchain.

Key Pieces of information:

Provable Solvency Report #65 (August 6th, 2019):
https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/provablesolvency/solvency_20190809.txt

SHA-256 Hash of the Provable Solvency Report: AF5789B7B50A7B0D9B4CFE5FE4F2D3E5685D4CB12EA2805758416A6FE08AF21D

Transaction ID: 9f7194aa57dec706ad1ef01d64788aa3b72385a1667604c0f408705c72e46880

View the transaction here:
https://explorer.bitcoin.com/btc/tx/9f7194aa57dec706ad1ef01d64788aa3b72385a1667604c0f408705c72e46880

Your API authentication cookie:
You will find it in My Account > Dashboard in the Coinfloor signed in view, in the API section (visible only for fully verified accounts).

Instructions for Validating Solvency Report:

1. Open the Provable Solvency Report file:

https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/provablesolvency/solvency_20190809.txt

2. Go to

https://passwordsgenerator.net/sha256-hash-generator/ or to your SHA256sum calculating application.

Copy the entire contents of the solvency report (including any leading or trailing spaces or blank lines) into the SHA-256 generator and calculate the SHA-256 hash of the report.

3. Go to

https://explorer.bitcoin.com/btc/tx/9f7194aa57dec706ad1ef01d64788aa3b72385a1667604c0f408705c72e46880

Click on the `SHOW ADVANCED` switch to view the OP_RETURN, where you will find the hash generated in the previous step matches the hash in the OP_RETURN output script of the transaction that includes all customer bitcoins.

Instructions for finding your account balance within the Solvency Report:

1. Go to

your local SHA1sum application

to calculate the SHA-1 digest of a message consisting of the timestamp shown at the top of the Solvency Report (1565355789) and your API authentication cookie.

Example (Linux):

    timestamp: 1565355789

    API authentication cookie (API Key): 9BTa7M0Z/Mrk6tFMJwEkTV3BQek=

    command: echo -n ‘15653557899BTa7M0Z/Mrk6tFMJwEkTV3BQek=’ | sha1sum

(the command may differ depending on the SHA1sum application used)

2. Find the resulting hash in the solvency report. Your balance is shown on that line in satoshi units. 1 bitcoin = 100 000 000 satoshis. For your convenience, here is a link to a bitcoin unit converter:

http://www.satoshi.24ex.com

We believe that this approach is the best way to achieve maximum accountability whilst retaining privacy for our clients. We welcome your feedback and hope that in time, other exchanges will also help safeguard client funds by providing proof of solvency reports to their users on a regular basis.

Thank you for your trust,

Coinfloor Team

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Coinfloor is a custodian of client bitcoins and we believe that we must set the industry standard for transparency and regular audits. Without proper public accountability, the industry will not be able to grow and mature. This is why we are committed to releasing a Provable Solvency Report every month. Coinfloor is proud to have the longest standing track record among bitcoin exchanges in regards to auditing.

Today we are publishing our 65th monthly Provable Solvency Report with step-by-step validation instructions for your convenience.

As of today, Coinfloor holds a total of 3,870.0066 XBT on behalf of our clients. You are invited to verify that your held bitcoins are included in this balance by following the instructions below.

What does the Provable Solvency Report include?

We started out by creating an obfuscated report of all current client balances (the Solvency Report) and then generated a SHA-256 hash of this report.

We then created a bitcoin transaction to ourselves, that includes all currently held client bitcoins, for a value of 3,871.9553 XBT. The output of the script also includes the OP_RETURN of the SHA-256 hash of the report, proving that at the time of making the solvency report, Coinfloor held all of our clients’ XBT funds. You can verify the amount and details of the transaction on the blockchain.

Key Pieces of information:

Provable Solvency Report #65 (August 6th, 2019):
https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/provablesolvency/solvency_20190809.txt

SHA-256 Hash of the Provable Solvency Report: AF5789B7B50A7B0D9B4CFE5FE4F2D3E5685D4CB12EA2805758416A6FE08AF21D

Transaction ID: 9f7194aa57dec706ad1ef01d64788aa3b72385a1667604c0f408705c72e46880

View the transaction here:
https://explorer.bitcoin.com/btc/tx/9f7194aa57dec706ad1ef01d64788aa3b72385a1667604c0f408705c72e46880

Your API authentication cookie:
You will find it in My Account > Dashboard in the Coinfloor signed in view, in the API section (visible only for fully verified accounts).

Instructions for Validating Solvency Report:

1. Open the Provable Solvency Report file:

https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/provablesolvency/solvency_20190809.txt

2. Go to

https://passwordsgenerator.net/sha256-hash-generator/ or to your SHA256sum calculating application.

Copy the entire contents of the solvency report (including any leading or trailing spaces or blank lines) into the SHA-256 generator and calculate the SHA-256 hash of the report.

3. Go to

https://explorer.bitcoin.com/btc/tx/9f7194aa57dec706ad1ef01d64788aa3b72385a1667604c0f408705c72e46880

Click on the `SHOW ADVANCED` switch to view the OP_RETURN, where you will find the hash generated in the previous step matches the hash in the OP_RETURN output script of the transaction that includes all customer bitcoins.

Instructions for finding your account balance within the Solvency Report:

1. Go to

your local SHA1sum application

to calculate the SHA-1 digest of a message consisting of the timestamp shown at the top of the Solvency Report (1565355789) and your API authentication cookie.

Example (Linux):

    timestamp: 1565355789

    API authentication cookie (API Key): 9BTa7M0Z/Mrk6tFMJwEkTV3BQek=

    command: echo -n ‘15653557899BTa7M0Z/Mrk6tFMJwEkTV3BQek=’ | sha1sum

(the command may differ depending on the SHA1sum application used)

2. Find the resulting hash in the solvency report. Your balance is shown on that line in satoshi units. 1 bitcoin = 100 000 000 satoshis. For your convenience, here is a link to a bitcoin unit converter:

http://www.satoshi.24ex.com

We believe that this approach is the best way to achieve maximum accountability whilst retaining privacy for our clients. We welcome your feedback and hope that in time, other exchanges will also help safeguard client funds by providing proof of solvency reports to their users on a regular basis.

Thank you for your trust,

Coinfloor Team

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Source: https://blog.coinfloor.co.uk/post/186889120126

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ETH Supply in Smart Contracts Leads That on Exchanges With Huge Margin, Thanks to DeFi

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On-chain data analytics provider Galssnode has come up with an interesting observation for ETH supply! With all the craze around decentralized finance (DeFi), the ETH supply in smart contracts has outclassed its supply on centralized exchanges over the last fifteen days.

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As we can see in the above charts, the ETH percentage supply in smart contracts has gone close to 15.5%, exceeding the exchange’s total supply by 4%. Rather there’s another interesting thing to observe here! The gap between the two continues to widen as investors decide to utilize ETH for DeFi profits instead of storing it on the exchange and waiting for trade opportunities.

Ethereum blockchain network remains the hot destination for DeFi apps. Moreover, the latest frenzy around yield-farming tokens has boosted the DeFi market to new highs. Thus, more and more users have been attracted to the Ethereum blockchain. Sharing another stats, Glassnode also mentioned that the number of non-zero addresses on Ethereum has hit a new all-time high.

DeFi Craze Pushes ETH Gas Fee to New Highs

As the crazy demand for ETH driven by the DeFi craze has pushed the gas-fees soaring. Just after the latest launch of the Uniswap’s UNI governance token, ETH miners collected more than $1 million in no time.

Ethereum miners have been making a fortune as the Gas price surged to 700 gwei per transaction earlier this week. The ETH gas price has touched its new all-time high in 2020. This has forced major centralized exchanges like Coinbase Pro to pass their fees to the customers.

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On Thursday, September 17, the San Francisco-based exchange informed customers about the new changes. The exchange tweeted:

Starting today, Coinbase Pro will pass along network fees directly to our customers. These fees (sometimes referred to as “gas fees” on the Eth blockchain) are paid directly to crypto miners that process transactions and secure the respective network. Historically, Coinbase Pro has absorbed these fees on behalf of our customers. However, as crypto has begun to gain broader adoption in applications like DeFi, payments and other projects, networks have gotten busier.

Coinbase has assured that it won’t charge customers though for moving funds between two Coinbase accounts. Looking at this rapidly surging DeFi market, the Ethereum community is eagerly waiting for the launch of Ethereum 2.0 that will offer massive scalability and cater to a large number of DeFi projects.

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Author: Bhushan Akolkar




Bhushan is a FinTech enthusiast and holds a good flair in understanding financial markets. His interest in economics and finance draw his attention towards the new emerging Blockchain Technology and Cryptocurrency markets. He is continuously in a learning process and keeps himself motivated by sharing his acquired knowledge. In free time he reads thriller fictions novels and sometimes explore his culinary skills.

Source: https://coingape.com/eth-supply-smart-contracts-leads-exchanges-huge-margin-thanks-defi/

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Stellar Lumens, NEM, Maker Price Analysis: 19 September

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Stellar Lumens was facing continuous bearish pressure on the charts and looked likely to head further south, at the time of writing. On the contrary, NEM exhibited a strong bullish trend in the near-term while Maker showed signs of bullishness as well.

Stellar Lumens [XLM]

Stellar, NEM, Maker Price Analysis: 19 September

Source: XLM/USD on TradingView

The momentum was strongly bearish with XLM. The RSI stood at 37, while having failed to rise above the neutral zone around 50 over the past week.

The last time the RSI noted an uptrend, however, it turned out to be a bounce, rather than a trend reversal.

Hence, it is likely that XLM is in the midst of a strong downtrend, and any short-term bullish reversal can be considered as a bounce, unless compelling evidence to the contrary can be found. Traders can use such bounces to short the crypto-asset.

XLM could drop past its level at $0.75 to find support at $0.7, and even beneath that level at $0.63, if faced with strong selling pressure over the next few days.

NEM [XEM]

Stellar, NEM, Maker Price Analysis: 19 September

Source: XEM/USD on TradingView

NEM registered bullish momentum in recent trading sessions, but faced resistance at the $0.116-level. Sellers stepped in as the price attempted to climb above the said level. XEM closing above this level would be bullish, while another rejection at the resistance could contribute to a small drop in price.

The Directional Movement Index signaled a strong trend, one that has been present with XEM for a week now. The ADX (yellow) was above 20, with -DMI (pink) above +DMI (blue), until it flipped the other way round a few days ago.

Buyers stepped in at the demand zone of $0.1. Further, Buyer interest appeared to have effected a trend reversal in the short-term too.

The close of the next few trading sessions will give a clearer picture of XEM’s next direction.

In other news, NEM is launching the Symbol public blockchain in December, and with it, the XYM token. For this purpose, the announcement regarding opt-in was made by NEM.

Maker [MKR]

Stellar, NEM, Maker Price Analysis: 19 September

Source: MKR/USDT on TradingView

Maker rose above its resistance at $500, and appeared to do so with conviction. The trading volume when MKR first breached the level was off the charts. This wasn’t all buyers, however, as sellers also forced the price south. MKR still closed that session at $502, with MKR attempting to rise even more, at the time of writing.

The OBV showed rising buyer interest, as exhibited by the higher lows the indicator was forming on the charts. Further, the MACD also formed a bullish crossover recently.

It is likely that MKR will rise above $500, re-tests the level, and continues upward. The next level of resistance for MKR lay around the $571 region.

Source: https://eng.ambcrypto.com/stellar-lumens-nem-maker-price-analysis-19-september

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DeFi right now is like ‘trying to fly to the moon in a cardboard box’ — Diginex CEO

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The decentralized finance, or DeFi, sector of the crypto industry has been bursting with exuberance, innovation, and speculation in recent months. The niche is still very much in its infancy, however, according to Richard Byworth, CEO of digital finance company Diginex.

“I do believe that DeFi is the future potentially down the road,” Byworth said in an interview with Morgan Creek Digital co-founder Anthony Pompliano, posted on Sept. 18. “But it’s very early,” he added, elaborating:

“It’s like trying to fly to the moon in a cardboard box — I mean, you’re going to get yourself into trouble along the way, and, you know, things are going to break and burn up, as we’ve already started to see.”

Such dramatic attempts, trials, and failures do not make the industry look great with regards to mainstream entities peering into the crypto sphere and its nascent DeFi niche.

“I definitely look back to 2017, and this DeFi thing is probably not what we need right now,” Byworth added. “We’ve got MicroStrategy coming in, we’ve got Paul Tudor Jones coming in, we’ve got some really serious hitters starting to pay attention to this industry and I just hope that DeFi doesn’t become another ICO craze that people go, ‘you know what, everyone’s crazy in crypto,’ and stay away from it for another few years.”

The entire crypto industry reached peak bubble status in 2017 due to the rising trend of initial coin offerings, or ICOs — a fad later stomped out by regulation. In recent weeks, DeFi has given off similar vibes, with many random assets spiking in price

Byworth is also not the first to compared the DeFi sector to ICOs in 2017. The founder of digital asset data site Messari, Ryan Selkis, recently expressed similar thoughts

Additionally, as Byworth, mentioned, multiple important mainstream giants have recently placed big bets on Bitcoin, possibly putting the industry at a pivotal point in the life thus far. 

Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/defi-right-now-is-like-trying-to-fly-to-the-moon-in-a-cardboard-box-diginex-ceo

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