Ethfinex Soon To Offer Token Sales, ICOs In-Platform

Colin Muller

Ethfinex, the sister exchange of Bitfinex and built by its parent company iFinex Inc., will shortly begin to offer participation in token sales/initial coin offerings (ICOs) streamlined directly through its platform. Details of the first sale will be announced in the coming days, according to an official blog post.

There are many additional features being added to the core Ethfinex functionality, to support the new token sale features.

For one, the platform will employ a “random draw mechanism” - a lottery, in effect - to select which of its users can invest in the sales. Ethfinex says it will release the randomization code in the next month to prove the scheme’s fairness. The token sales will have a minimum of three rounds, and continue until the sale is full.

All users of the platform will enjoy a minimum level of access to the token sales, namely one round per sale. However, holders of the exchange’s proprietary Nectar (NEC) tokens will be afforded additional chances to access each token sale, through access to multiple rounds of the lottery.

Know-your-customer (KYC) identification will be required to access all token sales. To this end, users must register with BlockPass, which has in effect partnered with Ethfinex. The KYC requirement stands somewhat askance with the direction set by the recently launched Ethfinex Trustless version of the exchange, which allows identity-less trading via Metamask or a hardware wallet; but in the case of token sales this is largely unavoidable.

Some of the token sales will be available exclusively through the platform. The exchange states that it uses “strict criteria for project selection,” including but not limited to the presence of fair token sales. They also claim that some sales will be offered at “favorable terms” to its users. There is no further elaboration on the details of these criteria.

Finally, Ethfinex also announced the first activations of its Superuser program, which affords NEC token holders fee discounts and voting rights in addition to the above-mentioned token sale access. The blog states that there will be five levels of Superuser, ranks in effect, determined by the amount of NEC a user holds. Ethfinex offered no further details on the new program, however.

About Ethfinex

Ethfinex is itself a “spinoff” of Bitfinex, using the Bitfinex trading engine and sharing user accounts. It is a decentralized exchange (DEX), and it deals only in Ethereum ERC-20 tokens and assets.

Ethfinex’s new ICO portal comes during a period of waning interest in ICOs, according to news outlets like the Financial Times, who reported that token sale funding dropped precipitously during 2018: from $2.5 billion in February to a mere $181 million in September.

Sub-accounts in Crypto: What They Are and How They Work


Julia Gerstein, a crypto trading bots enthusiast and a content writer at TradeSanta. My final goal is to help readers find what they need, understand what they find, and use what they understand appropriately.

Speaking generally, a sub-account is a segregated smaller account that is tied to a larger primary account. Sub-accounts may serve different functions depending on the objectives of their owners. The term can refer to multiple email addresses linked to one user or secondary accounts tied to a primary account with a financial institution or a bank.

For this article, we will be looking at sub-accounts as they exist in the crypto industry, and specifically on trading platforms.

Built-in Sub-Accounts

On trading platforms, the sub-accounts feature allows users to create a set of subsidiary accounts with different trading strategies, funds and end customers. On some platforms, general accounts already come with built-in sub-accounts.

For example, exchange platform Crypto Facilities provides each user with cash and margin accounts when they sign up. While deposits and withdrawals are completed with the cash account, trading an instrument requires users to make an internal transfer from a cash account to their margin account that corresponds to the instrument in question.

Each instrument has its own margin account. This grants users more control over their funds and allows them to manage risks for each instrument separately from their main balance.

Optional Sub-Accounts

Other cryptocurrency exchanges, such as Gemini and Binance, have launched sub-accounts as an optional feature for institutional investors.

As an optional feature, sub-accounts can serve to introduce additional security measures and different access levels between the main account and its subsidiaries. Binance has underlined the differences between a master account and its subsidiaries, providing the former with the exclusive ability to view all data and balances, transfer funds between accounts, and have full managerial control and access to a range of asset audit tools.

Here master accounts have sole control over the movement of assets between sub-accounts, and can grant each of them different access levels and permissions. This ensures that the main account has the power to direct and monitor the actions of all its associated accounts, while each sub-account can perform its function independently from other sub-accounts.

Not Only for Institutional Investors

While institutional investors have been able to create sub-accounts for a while, this feature is still being introduced by more and more major exchanges.

Now even individual investors can create subsidiary accounts to try and assess the performance of distinct trading strategies. For example, HitBTC recently introduced its own sub-accounts feature that is now available per user’s request.

At HitBTC, sub-accounts enable users to create separate subsidiary accounts with which they can utilize various trading styles and strategies with operational autonomy. While each sub-account is separate, all of them are still tied to a master account and contribute to the cumulative volume of all accounts connected to the master.

Because trading volume is measured cumulatively, the use of the subaccounts feature can open up additional benefits for traders such as lower commissions due to progressive fee tiers that reward users for contributing to the liquidity on the trading platform.

Therefore, users can perform a variety of different trading activities unconnected to each other, and all the activities will still weigh in the financial favor of the parties involved. Master accounts also have access to important data such as the performance of each sub-account and total trading fees of all linked accounts combined. While the feature is designed with institutional and corporate clients in mind, on HitBTC any user can create sub-accounts upon request.

The adoption of this feature by more and more trading platforms will be beneficial for both institutional and individual traders. Some users can utilize it to execute different trading strategies or try various algorithms with a clear picture of their effectiveness, others to manage their team and analyze the performance of each account securely and conveniently.

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