Crypto Exchange Bittrex Launching USD Markets for TRON (TRX) and Litecoin (LTC)

On Wednesday (12 September 2018), U.S. based digital asset exchange Bittrex announced that it was planning to launch two new USD trading pairs.

It all started on 31 May 2018 when Bittrex said that it was offering US dollar (fiat) trading for corporate customers and planning "to expand these services over time to include all qualified customers." The initial markets for fiat trading on Bittrex would include Bitcoin (BTC), Tether (USDT) and TrueUSD (TUSD). Bittrex said that it was "implementing a phased roll out to help establish quality control for the new markets and ensure customers have the highest level of service possible."

At that time, Bittrex CEO, Bill Shihara, stated:

“As an incubator and leading advocate of blockchain technology, Bittrex is committed to listing tokens that not only have the best business applications, but also are the most innovative blockchain projects in the world. Expanding fiat markets to the top digital currencies on our exchange should further drive adoption of this revolutionary technology by providing customers even more options for purchasing and trading digital currencies in a secure, robust and reliable environment with high liquidity.”

Then, on 14 June 2018, Bittrex said that it was time to roll out the next phase by "starting to invite small groups of retail customers to participate in the USD markets." 

On 20 June 2018, it added Ethereum (ETH) to USD (fiat) markets. And on 8 August 2018, Bittrex announced that on 20 August 2018, it would be launching USD markets for XRP and Ethereum Classic (ETC).

On 29 August 2018, the exchange announced that it was going to launch USD markets for Cardano (ADA) and Zcash (ZEC) on 5 September 2018.

And today, Bittrex made many TRON (TRX) Litecoin (LTC) fans happy with the following announcement:

As Bittrex has said before, it is going to continue adding tokens/coins to its USD markets. With the addition of these two new USD trading pairs, from 17 September 2018, those customers invited to participate in the rollout will have access to USD markets for BTC, ETH, USDT, TUSD, XRP, ETC, ADA, ZEC, TRX, and LTC.

As for who is eligible to apply for USD trading, this is what Bittrex has said in the past:

"Current Bittrex corporate and personal account customers, who reside in eligible states and qualified international regions, are able to apply for USD trading at this time. Corporate customers may apply for USD trading by completing this request form, and personal account customers may apply by completing the following form. For current customers living outside the initially approved locations, please note more states will be added over time. With each new phase, we’ll continue to provide you updates and information about how to apply for fiat trading." Currently, the eligible U.S. states are Washington State, California, New York and Montana.

This move by Bittrex is significant because it increases TRX and LTC liquidity. Currently (as of 19:00 UTC on September 12th), according to data from CryptoCompare, TRX is trading at $0.01792, down 2.29% (in the past 24-hour period), and LTC is trading at $51.68, up 0.9% (in the past 24-hour period).

Featured Image Credit: Image Courtesy of Bittrex

Early Bitcoiner Donates 50 BTC to Grin, Sparking Satoshi Nakamoto Rumors

The Grin General Fund has recently received an anonymous 50 BTC donations from an early bitcoin adopter, a move that sparked rumors it could’ve been Satoshi Nakamoto.

Grin is a privacy-focused cryptocurrency that aims to empower anyone to transact and save money without fearing external control or oppression. One of its developers, Daniel Lehnberg, recently revealed the project received a 50 BTC donation from an address that stored the coins since they were mined.

A look at the data on the blockchain shows the address mined the 50 BTC back in December of 2010, when block rewards were still of 50 BTC and when the cryptocurrency was worth very little.  The only transactions the address have are the one receiving the coinbase rewards in December 2010, and the donation to Grin this month.

Analyzing the data Litecoin creator Charlie Lee said on Telegram the donation came from Bitcoin’s creator Satoshi Nakamoto. Lee later on clarified his comment was a joke, but rumors started flying, setting the crypto community abuzz.

Lehnberg revealed in his post that he managed to interact briefly with the donor, who chose to remain anonymous. The donor said he wouldn’t judge how the funds, currently worth around $429,240, would be spent and assured him the project was going great and that it “feels like 2009/2010 again.”

The donor reportedly added:

It’s wonderful that we have GRIN now, our motives are not economical! It’s about the technology and the protocol. Please put it to good use for the development of GRIN … We saw your work and your ethics towards the project and your interest free work. This is what we are honouring right now with these donations so that you can work freely on GRIN. Without economic dependencies.

The donor added that hopefully they judged right and “time will tell.” It’s worth pointing out that blockchain data also shows that at the time of the transaction, December of 2010, the number of unique addresses on the Bitcoin network grew from 500 to 600.

One unique address if often associated with one user, although anyone can, of course, create multiple unique addresses. As the donor mentioned it “feels like 2009/2010” wit’s possible they got into Bitcoin the year it was created, 2009.

If so, blockchain data shows the number of unique addresses grew to 100 that year, which could still mean there are 100 potential candidates, one of them being Satoshi Nakamoto himself.

Featured image by André François McKenzie on Unsplash.