LedgerX offers first Bitcoin savings account

LedgerX launches the first CFTC-regulated Bitcoin savings product, allows customers to get revenue from their cryptocurrency holdings
16 May 2018   147

Cryptocurrency holders even when they manage to secure their assets on cold storage or harware wallets, have a significant disadvantage compared to people with fiat accounts in large banks – they don't get revenue from their holdings. LedgerX aims at providing something along these lines with their new savings product.

One of the most popular investing techniques for clients of LedgerX proved to be where person deposits Bitcoin to the company and then sells call option at a slightly longer date, with a higher strike call option. Essentially, the new product mirrors this proceedings but with one-click approach to all the operations. Potentially it allows for the customers to receive a revenue in US dollars for selling the option without all the operations of setting up and selling the option by themselves, reducing the user input to the same of opening the bank account in regular financial institution.

All that the client has to do is to chose how much Bitcoin they want to put into the account and the implied rate they look to earn from the operation. The contracts initially will be available for three and six month duration with LedgerX charging the transaction fee for their services.

The notable thing about the New York company is CFTC approval for operations with cryptocurrency with licenses both for derivatives clearing organization (DCO) and swap execution facility (SEF). It shows that the LedgerX takes clients' security seriously and is operating totally above the law, which is quite important in light of recent CFTC crackdown on unlicensed cryptocurrency companies.

ACINQ to Release Lightning API For Bitcoin Mainnet

Strike is API for easy acception of Lightning network payments
25 May 2018   48

Developers from ACINQ presented a version of Strike API for Lightning-payments in the main bitcoin network.

Strike is an API for easy acception of Lightning payments. From a technical point of view, the service works as follows: ACINQ receives and aggregates incoming payments, and then periodically sends transactions to the recipient's wallet. In other words, companies can offer their clients instant and low-cost payments, receiving funds through the usual cash transaction.

We take a 1% fee on payments, and that’s it. Automated payouts to your Bitcoin wallet are free of charge, because we batch them among merchants. The threshold for automated withdrawals can be set between 0.1–1 BTC.
 

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Also, users can make a payment to the wallet manually, however in this case you will have to pay a commission of 0.5 mBTC.

According to ACINQ representatives, although using Strike and assuming the need to trust a third party, the level of risk is minimal, since the service sends an onchain-transaction every time the total amount of payments reaches a user-adjustable threshold.

The developers noted that the Strike integration with the WooCommerce plugin is currently underway. In addition, ACINQ is considering the possibility of partnership with the Canadian Internet company Shopify, which specializes in developing software for online and retail stores. The company serves 500,000 trading companies with a combined turnover of $ 45 billion.