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Indian Exchange Launches Lending Program for 5 Cryptocurrencies

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An Indian crypto exchange has launched a program that allows its users to earn interest on their cryptocurrencies held at the exchange. Initially, users can lend BTC, USDT, BNB, XRP, and ETH. The CEO of the exchange has shared details about this new offering with news.Bitcoin.com.

Also read: Crypto Enthusiasts Unite in 4 Indian Cities to Voice Regulatory Suggestions

Lending Cryptocurrencies

Coindcx announced Thursday that its crypto lending program called Dcxlend has come out of the beta testing phase and is now fully launched. Five cryptocurrencies are supported: BTC, USDT, ETH, XRP, and BNB.

The exchange’s website currently displays monthly interest rates of 2 percent for BTC, 1 percent for USDT, 1 percent for BNB, 0.75 percent for XRP, and 0.75 percent for ETH. CEO Sumit Gupta told news.Bitcoin.com that BTC has the highest interest rate “because our traders mostly do margin trading in BTC markets (hence high demand for BTC lenders).”

Indian Exchange Launches Lending Program for 5 Cryptocurrencies

The exchange detailed that there are “three lending term lengths: 7 days, 15 days, and 30 days. The interest rate varies dynamically and goes up to a maximum of 2%, according to market dynamics — demand and supply.” Furthermore, its website states that “the cryptocurrencies lent through Dcxlend will be used to provide leverage to users on Dcxmargin,” another service the exchange offers.

Gupta shared with news.Bitcoin.com that during the beta testing period with just BTC and USDT, “we had roughly 120 lenders which led to a circulation of 170 BTC on a daily basis.” Claiming that the program has recently garnered more attention from lenders, he remarked, “Hence we’re scaling it up and will keep on adding more coins.”

The CEO explained that his exchange has an internal settlement and liquidation mechanism for margin trading which does not have “a dedicated funding wallet,” elaborating:

Funds are then lent to the users only when the margin trade is open, with no withdrawal access and hard liquidation with 7.5% maintenance margin.

Indian Exchange Launches Lending Program for 5 Cryptocurrencies

Similar Programs Worldwide

In the U.S., Blockfi recently introduced a savings account that enables customers to earn 6.2 percent annually on their BTC and ETH. Meanwhile, regulated bitcoin derivatives exchange and clearinghouse Ledgerx has a program called Ledgersavings which allows clients to earn an implied rate of around 16 percent annually.

In Japan, regulated exchange GMO Coin launched a lending program for BTC, BCH, ETH, LTC, and XRP last year. However, at the time of this writing, the exchange is only borrowing BTC but customers can lend between 10 and 500 BTC over 181 days and earn up to an annual rate of 5 percent.

Indian Exchange Launches Lending Program for 5 Cryptocurrencies

Recently-licensed Japanese exchange Coincheck, which was hacked in January last year, also has a lending program for BTC with a maximum annual rate of 5 percent. Prior to the hack, this service supported 12 cryptocurrencies.

Bitbank, another regulated Japanese exchange, also offers up to 5 percent interest annually for users lending between 1 and 25 BTC. Besides BTC, the exchange plans to extend the offer to BCH, ETH, LTC, XRP, and MONA.

Would you lend your cryptocurrencies to an exchange? Let us know in the comments section below.


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Switzerland’s Largest Online Retailer Starts Accepting 10 Cryptocurrencies

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The largest Swiss online retailer, Digitec Galaxus, has started accepting crypto payments at its two stores. Customers can choose from 10 cryptocurrencies to pay with including BTC, BCH, BNB, ETH, TRX, OMG, and XRP. One of the stores specializes in consumer electronics while the other focuses on everyday needs.

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Digitec Galaxus Accepts Crypto Payments

Digitec Galaxus AG announced Tuesday that customers can now pay for their purchases with cryptocurrencies at its two online shops: digitec and Galaxus. Ten cryptocurrencies are supported — BTC, BCH, BSV, BNB, ETH, LTC, NEO, OMG, TRX, and XRP.

Switzerland's Largest Online Retailer Starts Accepting 10 Cryptocurrencies
Checkout page on galaxus.ch.

Claudio Schaad, leader of Team Spectre, one of the teams that make up the engineering department at Digitec Galaxus AG, discussed the new payment option in a blog post on his company’s website. “We’ve been looking into cryptocurrencies for a while now,” he revealed. The post explains that “instead of creating an own wallet or even cryptocurrency, digicon or the such, Spectre chose [to] work with a company called Coinify,” adding:

In simpler terms: while shopping, if your purchase price exceeds 200 francs, you have the option to pay with cryptocurrencies. What arrives on digitec’s end are Swiss francs.

Digitec specializes in IT, consumer electronics and telecommunications goods while Galaxus claims to be the largest online department store in Switzerland with a growing range of products for everyday needs. The two stores form Digitec Galaxus AG, its website describes.

Switzerland’s Largest Online Retailer Now Accepts 10 Cryptocurrencies

According to Oliver Herren, co-founder and CIO of Digitec Galaxus, the company currently has around 2.7 million items for sale, from shoehorns to wheat beer to gaming PCs. He was quoted as saying:

Cryptocurrencies are fascinating and could become a relevant means of payment in e-commerce — we want to support this development.

Paying With Cryptocurrencies

A blog post on Galaxus’ website details that “The new payment option was created as part of a pilot project together with the Swiss e-payment specialist Datatrans AG,” which works with Danish crypto payment provider Coinify.

Customers shopping on digitec or Galaxus can choose to pay with cryptocurrency at checkout. They will be redirected to a page on Coinify which displays the amount due in BTC with a QR code. Customers can choose among the 10 supported cryptocurrencies and complete the checkout process. Prices are locked in for 15 minutes.

Switzerland's Largest Online Retailer Starts Accepting 10 Cryptocurrencies

When choosing a cryptocurrency other than BTC, customers are asked to provide an address so that funds can be returned should an error occur. Furthermore, the company warns of a processing delay when paying with other coins.

Switzerland's Largest Online Retailer Starts Accepting 10 Cryptocurrencies

The blog post further notes that “Normally, the payment confirmation by Coinify takes place within a few minutes,” adding:

Digitec Galaxus does not charge any fees for cryptocurrency payments. Coinify charges a conversion fee of 1.5% of the purchase amount. Other, but small, transaction fees will be charged depending on the currency, as well as how fast the transaction is to be confirmed.

What do you think of Digitec Galaxus accepting 10 cryptocurrencies? Let us know in the comments section below.


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Real Estate Giant Holding Live Luxury Home Auction for Bitcoin

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A major Australian real estate group is holding a luxury home auction that can be paid for with two cryptocurrencies. There will be a live auctioneer who will call out bids in BTC. The property owner says he wants to keep as many coins as possible.

Also read: Crypto Enthusiasts Unite in 4 Indian Cities to Voice Regulatory Suggestions

Live Auction for Cryptocurrencies

One of Australia’s largest real estate groups, LJ Hooker, is preparing a live luxury real estate auction for cryptocurrencies with a live auctioneer. The company is working with James Pratt Auctions and blockchain company Nuyen, which will facilitate online bidding for the five-bedroom house in New South Wales, Australia. Micky media outlet reported Monday:

The auctioneer will call bids in cryptocurrency, with the price to be converted and displayed in AUD and USD on a live screen. Payments can be made in both bitcoin (BTC) and binance coin (BNB).

The owner of the property and president of Nuyen, Greg Costello, told news.Bitcoin.com that, in addition to the two cryptocurrencies, AUD will also be accepted.

Real Estate Giant Holding Live Luxury Home Auction for Bitcoin

According to Nuyen, the auction has attracted interested buyers from the U.S., Canada, China, and Australia, the publication detailed. Costello was quoted as saying: “We have already had parties register for the auction in less than 5 days of it being released … There has been a lot of international interest and publicity and I expect to see this grow and grow as the auction gets closer.”

Furthermore, he told the news outlet that he believes there will be more live auctions for cryptocurrencies in the future because international bidders can easily participate, elaborating:

All signs point to a borderless system where digital assets are traded for real assets.

Established in 1928, LJ Hooker claims to be “Australia’s best-known and most trusted real estate brand.” With offices in Australia, New Zealand, China, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu, the group claims to manage the largest property portfolio in the region of approximately 160,000 properties worth $100 billion Australian dollars (~$71 billion).

Real Estate Giant Holding Live Luxury Home Auction for Bitcoin

The Auction

The auction will take place on April 8. There will be a live auctioneer on the property, which is located on the coast about 60 miles south of Brisbane. Nuyen Vice President Ryan Lee described the post-auction process:

Once the sale has been completed, Nuyen’s internal and secure exchange will then be responsible for facilitating the liquidation of the coins themselves and of course releasing them back to the market.

Costello, being a firm crypto believer, intends to keep as much of the BTC and BNB as he can, Micky conveyed. Nonetheless, he explained that “Some of the coins will have to be liquidated to release the mortgage but the rest will be held tight for future gains.”

What do you think of this live auction for BTC and BNB? Let us know in the comments section below.


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Bank of Mexico’s Attempt to Regulate Crypto ‘Is a Disaster,’ Exchange CEO Explains

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The long-awaited rules on crypto assets recently published by the central bank of Mexico have caused quite a stir. A local cryptocurrency exchange’s CEO explains to news.Bitcoin.com that “the impact goes beyond the crypto industry.” Calling it “a disaster,” he asserts that the people within the central bank “have really shown their ignorance” about cryptocurrency.

Also read: Mexico’s Central Bank Publishes ‘Catch-22’ Rules Impacting Crypto Exchanges

Central Bank Showing Ignorance

Much discussion has transpired after the Bank of Mexico (Banxico), the country’s central bank, published a circular detailing crypto-related provisions for the regulation of financial technology institutions (FTIs).

Sebastian Acosta Checa, CEO of local crypto exchange Isbit, shared with news.Bitcoin.com that the circular “says FTIs have to prevent consumers from being ‘exposed’ to the terrible ‘dangerous’ nature of virtual assets on the grounds of their ‘volatility’ and ‘complexity.’” Overall, noting that “In a way, it [Banxico’s circular] is preventing institutions from offering virtual assets to end consumers,” he remarked:

This is a disaster. The people within Banxico have really shown their ignorance about the subject they are trying to regulate.

Bank of Mexico's Attempt to Regulate Crypto Is a Disaster, Exchange CEO Explains

Mexico’s congress passed a law to regulate fintech companies in March last year, putting Banxico in charge of determining which cryptocurrencies would be authorized to offer to the public by regulated entities. At the time, the crypto community and stakeholders were hopeful that the central bank would introduce positive regulations to foster the fintech sector and the country’s economy as a whole.

However, when Banxico finally published the circular, it “essentially stipulated that they wouldn’t authorize any cryptocurrency to be offered by regulated financial companies,” Tomas Alvarez, CEO of local crypto exchange Volabit, recently told news.Bitcoin.com.

Restriction But Not Prohibition

Mexican crypto exchange Bitso described in a blog post that “the circular is directed at banks and fintech [companies] regarding their operations with cryptocurrencies.” The exchange noted that “Banxico mentions that it seeks to take advantage of the use of the technology of these cryptocurrencies as long as they are used for internal operations of financial institutions,” emphasizing:

This does not mean that operations with cryptocurrencies are prohibited.

Bank of Mexico's Attempt to Regulate Crypto Is a Disaster, Exchange CEO Explains

Alvarez calls it a catch-22 situation since the law requires crypto exchanges to become regulated financial institutions. “However, once you obtain this license you would not have the authorization to list any cryptocurrencies, making it legally impossible to operate an exchange in Mexico with the fintech law in place,” he noted.

Interpretation of ‘Consumer’

Some of the rules Banxico imposes are not clear, however. Acosta Checa told news.Bitcoin.com:

Since the circular seems to have been written in a rush and without careful analysis and basic competence, it leaves to the interpretation of certain important things.

For example, in his interpretation, “financial institutions and foreign trade companies are not a ‘consumer’ and thus can operate freely” with his exchange. Isbit has already “shifted gears to serving businesses, corporations and institutions (which are allowed to hold virtual assets in their balance sheets according to the previous bill published March 9, 2018). Thus we will not shut down or lose our most valuable customers,” the CEO emphasized.

Bank of Mexico's Attempt to Regulate Crypto Is a Disaster, Exchange CEO Explains

Nonetheless, Acosta Checa understands that, under the new rules, if his exchange wants to “continue serving final ‘consumers/the public’ we will need to appeal to the Amparo Law and ask a court to suspend the application of the circular published by the Bank of Mexico (not the entire bill passed by the previous government administration on March 9, 2018).” He clarified:

According to the March 9th bill passed by the [Mexican] congress, we have permission to operate with ‘consumers’ till September.

Damaging the Economy

The CEO of Isbit believes that the new crypto asset rules will negatively impact the country’s economy as a whole. He explained that “Mexico is the endpoint to the biggest remittance corridor in the world (second largest population of migrants), the 6th most visited country by tourists and [is the] country with the largest number of free trade agreements.” Therefore, the country “has a lot to gain from the industrial application of virtual assets (activos virtuales) to facilitating free trade, tourism and financial inclusion,” Acosta Checa detailed, concluding:

The impact goes beyond the crypto industry. I believe it damages the economy as a whole.

What do you think of the rules set by the central bank of Mexico? Let us know in the comments section below.


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Crypto Enthusiasts Unite in 4 Indian Cities to Voice Regulatory Suggestions

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A community roadshow has been uniting crypto enthusiasts in several cities in India to share their ideas on the country’s crypto regulation. “The best ones will be included in the report to be submitted to the decision makers amongst the government,” the organizer of the events explained.

Also read: Indian Government Confirms Cryptocurrency Regulation in Final Stages

Uniting Crypto Enthusiasts

Blockchained India has been hosting a series of roadshow meetups in a number of cities in the country where it has chapters. The theme of the meetings is “Does India need crypto regulations?” These events are part of a run-up to the group’s larger event called the “India Dapp Fest” which is planned for May.

There are four open town hall meetings altogether. One is being held on March 16 in Hyderabad. Two have already been held: one in Delhi and the other in Mumbai. The fourth meeting in the series will take place in Bangalore on March 30. Manav Ailawadi, a key member of the group, was quoted by Crypto News India on Friday as saying:

So far, everything that has been happening on a national level (for crypto) has been about cryptocurrency exchanges, primarily. We wanted to unite the community which also includes, investors, stakeholders, developers, and make them a part of the conversation.

Crypto Enthusiasts Unite in 4 Indian Cities to Voice Regulatory Suggestions

Blockchained India co-founder Akshay Aggarwal tweeted on Friday that “The intentions with this roadshow are pure. We want to help the good folks hustling day and night from the crypto space.” He has urged the community to join in on the roadshow and voice their opinions regarding the crypto regulation in India. On March 6, he tweeted:

… it’s time for you all this Saturday to share your opinions around whether India needs crypto regulations. The best ones will be included in the report to be submitted to the decision makers amongst the government.

Aggarwal told news.Bitcoin.com earlier this month that people who are unable to attend the meetings physically are emailing his organization their ideas so they can be included in the report to be submitted to the government.

Mumbai Event

At the Mumbai event last week, Crypto News India reported that approximately 100 people and between 70 and 80 founders from crypto exchanges and other crypto-based companies attended. In addition, there were lawyers, investors, marketers, and researchers at the event, Ailawadi told the news outlet.

Crypto enthusiast Aman Kalra tweeted on March 10 after speaking at the Mumbai event that he shared his views “on possible regulations around crypto in India and how we as a community can contribute to it.” He elaborated, “It was great discussing all of this with our energetic community.”

Crypto Enthusiasts Unite in 4 Indian Cities to Voice Regulatory Suggestions

‘India Wants Crypto’ Campaign

The CEO of cryptocurrency exchange Wazirx, Nischal Shetty, also spoke at the event in Mumbai. He started a Twitter campaign on Oct. 31 last year calling for positive crypto regulations. The campaign has entered its 135th day.

According to Aggarwal, Shetty explained to event attendees: “We didn’t select the RBI but the ministers who are supposed to make the decisions for us. Humbly I started Indiawantscrypto campaign tagging the ministers we selected, hoping someday they will notice us.”

The Indian government is currently drafting the regulatory framework for cryptocurrencies. On Feb. 25, the country’s supreme court gave the government four weeks to come up with crypto regulation. The court will then hear the petitions against the crypto banking ban by the country’s central bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

What do you think of these meetings? What opinion would you voice to the Indian government? Let us know in the comments section below.


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