Sharia Goldbugs: How ISIS Created A Currency For World Domination

Rachel-Rose O’Leary is a reporter at CoinDesk covering how cryptocurrencies are used in areas of economic, social and political unrest. This article is part of her series from Rojava, Syria.  As Islamic State (ISIS) sought to dominate large parts of Syria and Iraq, it used a subtle weapon to go with the car bombs and suicide attacks: money. The self-declared caliphate aimed to unify the world under a militant interpretation of Islam. It created a highly efficient, hyper-violent society inside Iraq and Syria, coupled with an economic experiment – what I call “ISIS-coin.” Consisting of…

UAE’s Social Ministry to Grant $16K in Blockchain Contest

The United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Community Development (MOCD) will host a competition for developing blockchain software in the social sector. Driving blockchain for awareness and social care The MOCD announced its “Social Blockathon” competition with a total prize fund of $16,300 to encourage the development of blockchain-based applications for educational, social and recreational purposes, the country’s official news agency, Emirates News Agency, reported on Oct. 6. According to the report, the contest submissions are open till Feb. 20, 2020, with the Blockathon inviting programmers, graphic and interface designers to…

Fiat-Backed Stablecoins ⁠— Attempt to Take the Best of Both Worlds

Stablecoins attempt to be fiat currencies among cryptos. They can be a medium of exchange, a means of storing value and a unit of account. Unlike other digital coins, stablecoins are tied to some kind of stable asset — such as the United States dollar, euro or even gold. Linking to such assets confirms the coin’s stability and mitigating the volatility of cryptocurrencies. Related: Stablecoins Explained With this type of a token, an equal amount of fiat currency should be stored by the issuing company to back the value of…

Crypto News From Brazil: Sept. 30–Oct. 6 in Review

Brazil saw another week of reports on alleged cryptocurrency scams as the Sao Paulo Court ordered to block the assets managed by Unick Forex, while another firm was reported of promising 400% returns through a cryptocurrency investment scheme. Here is the past week of crypto and blockchain news in review, as originally reported by Cointelegraph Brasil. Unick Forex reportedly flees offices but apparently will resume operations Following a police investigation of purported investment scheme Unick Forex, staff reportedly fled the firm’s offices with computers and other hardware in tow. Cointelegraph…

Hodler’s Digest, Sept. 30–Oct. 6

Coming every Sunday, Hodler’s Digest will help you track every single important news story that happened this week. The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions and much more — a week on Cointelegraph in one link. Top Stories This Week PayPal officially pulls out of the Libra Association It’s official: PayPal has left the Libra Association — the governing body of Facebook’s embattled digital currency. Although the payment processing giant says it remains supportive of the stablecoin’s aspirations, the company was absent from a meeting…

Top-5 Crypto Performers: LINK, TRX, EOS, XRP, ADA

Fundstrat Global Advisors co-founder Tom Lee believes that Bitcoin does well when the S&P 500 market index moves up. Though Bitcoin might act as a macro hedge against global turmoil in some instances, it has largely performed negatively when the S&P 500 has dropped. It will be interesting to see how Bitcoin moves in the next few weeks. Bakkt’s launch did not generate the interest it was expected to do, which led some to blame it as the reason for the recent drop in Bitcoin. However, institutional traders do not…

10 Crypto Trading Mistakes That Will Leave You Broke

The crypto market has extremely low barriers to entry, meaning anyone with an internet connection, a smartphone or a computer and a bit of starting capital can theoretically become a trader. Sadly, most of these beginners learn hard lessons and go broke. Here are 10 common mistakes made by beginning traders that you should avoid at all costs.  1. Starting with real money rather than paper trading  There is no reason for a beginning trader to use real money when there are endless resources and platforms for paper trading, including…

South Korea’s Crypto Youth | Cointelegraph Documentary

In the last few decades, South Korea has been among the fastest developing countries in the world. It is currently the planet’s third-largest crypto economy, after the United States and Japan.  Cointelegraph traveled to Korea to meet a new generation of crypto entrepreneurs who are building the future of blockchain. Among the people we talked to were representatives of established firms — such as crypto investment funds Hashed and Kakao’s blockchain subsidiary GroundX — but also common Korean investors who still see Bitcoin as a path toward a better life. …

Samsung Pay Teams Up With RippleNet Member Finablr

Samsung Pay, the mobile payments service of South Korean tech giant Samsung, has partnered with payments platform Finablr, Ripple’s RippleNet member, to offer cross-border payments feature Money Transfer to its app’s users. Finablr announced the partnership on Oct. 3, claiming that the new feature “offers users seamless and secure cross-border payments to 47 countries through a variety of payout methods, all within Samsung’s native mobile wallet.”  Furthermore, United States-based Samsung Pay’s clients reportedly can use their debit or credit cards to send money via the service. Tokenized credentials Per the…

What It’s Like Being CIO of a Crypto Fund

Jeff Dorman, partner at crypto asset management firm Arca Funds, spent 18 years on Wall Street and in fintech before turning his focus to developing crypto asset strategies and products. This article originally appeared in ‘Institutional Crypto,’ a weekly CoinDesk newsletter focused on the institutional investors interested in crypto assets. The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own. After 365 days running a crypto fund, one thing is certain: it’s exhausting. And yet, at the same time, I’m more energized than ever. Arca just completed its first full…