Robinhood announces zero commission crypto trading

Online brokerage platform Robinhood is getting into crypto with zero-commission trading in February
26 January 2018   1570

Robinhood plans to extend its services to crypto trading. The platform is already quite popular with younger audience, the median user age is somewhere around 26 and total user base already exceeds 3 million people. The move may be ambitious, but it's logical, considering the target audience.

The Robinhood Crypto will operate on break-even basis, with developers not planning to profit from it for the foreseeable future. In perspective it will allow the project to rake up the audience and even lure the people away from other exchanges, who take unjustified fees. Also, there will be no minimum purchase amount, which will also increase the popularity.

Vlad Tenev and Baiju Bhatt, co-founders of Robinhood, also said, that the company will obtain large amounts of cryptocurrencies for trading through partnership with several larger institutions and that the purchase fees will be incorporated into large-volume discounted contracts and not passed down to the users.

The Robinhood Crypto will start up in February in the US, where they acquired the regulatory approval to start trading operations. Already the users can set up alerts for Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, XRP, NEO and 11 other altcoins to monitor prices.  

Lightning Desktop App to be Launched in BTC Mainnet

The application, which is based on the lightweight Neutrino client, is available for the macOS, Windows and Linux, however, it's oriented fro test environment
24 April 2019   152

Lightning Labs, a leading developer of solutions for the Lightning Network, announced the launch of its desktop wallet in the main Bitcoin network. An application that was previously tested in a test network is available in the alpha version.

The application, which is based on the lightweight Neutrino client, is available for the operating systems macOS, Windows and Linux, however, as the developers emphasize, is still oriented primarily to the test environment. At the same time, more advanced users can also experiment with the wallet interface and get access to their funds.

Lightning App Desktop Version Screenshot
Lightning App Desktop Version Screenshot

The Neutrino client allows non-custodial Lightning wallets to verify Bitcoin transactions without the need to synchronize with the full version of the blockchain.

The new release includes such a function as displaying a single balance, which will allow users to see the cumulative number of coins both in the network base and in the payment channels by percentage.