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Review: The Ledger Nano X Adds Bluetooth and a Fussy Mobile App

January 21, 2019 |

Review: The Ledger Nano X Adds Bluetooth and a Fussy Mobile App

There’s a lot to love about Ledger’s hardware wallets. There’s also a lot to loathe. From a design, manufacture, and presentation perspective, they’re a dream. From a software perspective, they’re capricious, prone to connecting and disconnecting on a whim. The new Ledger Nano X continues that tradition.

Also read: Ledger Unveils Bluetooth-Enabled Hardware Wallet

Nano X: Has Potential, Needs Work

I’ve got something of a love-hate relationship with Ledger hardware wallets (HWs). I love their aesthetics and theoretical functionality. I hate their practical functionality, because in practice, Ledgers never work for me. I’ve got four of ‘em sitting in a drawer somewhere, one of which I purchased myself and the others sent by Ledger for reviewing purposes. I managed to get all of them to work, eventually, after much cursing and teeth-gritting, but predicted that I would be unlikely to use those particular devices again. I’ve kept my word.

Review: The Ledger Nano X Adds Bluetooth and a Fussy Mobile App
My review edition of the Nano X was great until I unboxed it.

The new Ledger Nano X, unveiled at the start of this month, is a device I want to crush on, or at least develop as much of an affinity for a HW as it’s natural for a man to have. And, straight out the box, I feel all those feels. No other HW manufacturer makes devices that look as good as Ledger. You name them – Cold Card, Ellipal, Cobo Vault – I’ve reviewed them and found them functional, but none looked as slick as Ledger’s wallets when the cellophane was peeled off.

There’s a much more desirable attribute of hardware wallets, however, than looking good in the palm of the hand, and that’s where Ledger and I don’t see eye to eye. I don’t know if it’s my laptops or my attitude, but Ledgers hate me. I had been hoping their new Nano X, scheduled to ship in March, would end my lousy run of luck with Ledgers, but it wasn’t to be.

‘Our Most Advanced Hardware Wallet Yet’

Ledger’s “most advanced hardware wallet yet” is basically the best-selling Nano with Bluetooth bolted on, an extra button, and the new Ledger Live mobile app as a companion. The X is the future of Ledger’s production line, with the original Nano now reduced to 70 bucks, as the French firm looks to get shot of stock and make way for the sleeker Nano X, which will retail for around $ 140.

Review: The Ledger Nano X Adds Bluetooth and a Fussy Mobile App

The Nano doesn’t feel dated until you look at the Nano X, whereupon it feels as obsolete as a first edition iPhone. That’s not to slate the trusty Nano however – it remains a highly regarded hardware wallet, and there is no need to upgrade to the X. If you’re shopping for a new Ledger, however, it’s all about the X. It’s hard to overstate how much utility is added by simply upgrading from one push button to two. Entering your PIN into the device is much easier now, with the buttons serving as left and right respectively, while pushing them in unison acts as ‘enter’.

The Nano X comes with 5x the storage capacity for applications as its predecessor, allowing it to store more cryptocurrencies than any other major HW on the market. The test version of the device I received came with instructions noting that “Many things will be improved [in final production] including firmware, battery life, laser engraving quality, screen luminosity, general quality.” So pretty much everything then. The build and finish quality of the X look perfectly good to me. My only issue – and it’s a major one – is with the software.

In theory, software is a lot easier to fix than hardware, not least because it doesn’t require recalling 100,000 devices. That said, Ledger have been working on their Ledger Live wallet management software for over six months now, and it’s yet to work for longer than a few minutes at a time for this reviewer.

Review: The Ledger Nano X Adds Bluetooth and a Fussy Mobile App
My laptop would ideally have one Ledger application – not four.

A Long and Fruitless Week

When it comes to product reviews, my policy is to wait until everything’s working correctly before putting fingers to keyboard. After a long and frustrating week with the Nano X, however, in which far too many hours were frittered away on fruitless troubleshooting, it behoves me to write this review. As I type these words, I have yet to send or receive cryptocurrency using my Nano X, but despite this failure, I feel well qualified to expound on what the X can and cannot do.

Given that bluetooth and a standard mini USB are fitted to the Nano X, there are two ways to install the Ledger Live software onto the device. If I can’t get Ledger Live on desktop to work, I figure, I’ll just do it over bluetooth using the Ledger Live mobile app. It was a nice idea, but it wasn’t to be. I was stymied at first by this error message:

Review: The Ledger Nano X Adds Bluetooth and a Fussy Mobile App

After reaching out to Ledger support, I was informed that “Yesterday, we announced a new firmware version. Our servers were overloaded that’s why you have this error message. Can you retry tomorrow?” I certainly could. Only, the next day Ledger Live was still producing the same error message – on two desktop devices and also on mobile. The next day it was the same. And the day after, and the day after that. This evening, however, while the desktop software was still being unresponsive, I made a breakthrough on mobile at the umpteenth attempt.

Hope Springs Eternal

With some relief, I sat down to write my Nano X review in the knowledge that I was just a few clicks away from having the device fully operational. The last step was to install a cryptocurrency app, because Ledger insists on forcing users to install apps within apps. If you want to store 100 cryptocurrencies on the X, for example, you have to install 100 apps onto the HW. Utter madness.

Pretty soon, I’m installing the BTC app, though I can’t tell from the onscreen prompt whether it’s being downloaded onto the mobile app or onto the HW itself. Whatever the case, it doesn’t matter, as I’m soon greeted by a message that reads “Operation was cancelled. Something went wrong. Please retry or contact us.” I try a different app, ETH this time. “Installing Ethereum. The installation of Ethereum app may take a while, please keep the app open,” I’m informed. Again, I’ve no idea whether this means the app on my phone or that I should keep the Nano X open and powered on. A moment later, I’m greeted by an entirely new error message:

Review: The Ledger Nano X Adds Bluetooth and a Fussy Mobile App

And that’s about the point where I gave up. I would have no problem cutting Ledger some slack on what’s an early production model of their Nano X, were it not for the fact that the problems with this device have nothing to do with manufacturing and everything to do with coding. The Nano X works as well as its predecessor, which for this reviewer means barely/not at all. I still want to find a Ledger HW I can love, and I still dream of opening one of their devices to find it works straight out the box. Until that happy day arrives, however, I’m resigned to composing verbose reviews that don’t even begin to convey the lengths I went to in order to get this damn thing to work. Better luck next time.

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Snap CFO Tim Stone’s exit after just 8 months adds to concerns about exec turnover

January 17, 2019 |

When Tim Stone joined Snap Inc. as chief financial officer in May 2018, investors breathed a sigh of relief.

With 20 years at Amazon under his belt, Stone was hailed as a veteran who could bring stability to the social media company, led by 28-year-old co-founder and Chief Executive Evan Spiegel,…


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The Daily: Critical Bug Found in Beam Wallet, Wirex Adds Another Cryptocurrency

January 11, 2019 |

The Daily: Critical Bug Found in the Beam Wallet, Wirex Adds Another Cryptocurrency

In Friday’s edition of The Daily, we cover the news about a vulnerability found in the Beam Wallet days after the launch of the Mimblewimble-based coin. Also, crypto card provider Wirex has added waves to its list of supported cryptocurrencies, and digital asset exchange Exmo has registered an increase in the number of Belarusian users following Binance’s move to restrict their access to its platform.

Also read: Trust Wallet Adds BCH, 35,000 Merchants Get Access to Crypto Payments

Critical Vulnerability in the Beam Wallet

The Daily: Critical Bug Found in Beam Wallet, Wirex Adds Another CryptocurrencyThe developers of Beam, a new privacy-centric coin based on the Mimblewimble protocol, have found a critical vulnerability in their Beam Wallet. The bug affects all previously released wallets in both the desktop and the CLI version, the company behind the project announced on Twitter. The problem has been fixed and Beam said in a post on Medium it’s currently working with providers to upgrade their systems.

In another tweet, the Beam dev team asked all users to stop currently running Beam Wallets immediately. However, according to the message, they should not delete the wallet’s database, as the bug does not affect wallet data, secret keys or passwords. Instead, they need to uninstall the wallet, download it again from the website beam.mw/downloads and install the new application.

Beam was launched on Jan. 3, becoming the first coin based on Mimblewimble, a protocol originally developed in 2016 to improve the scalability of the Bitcoin network and enhance the privacy of its users. The cryptocurrency is already available for trading on the decentralized platform Bisq which promised to also add Grin, another Mimblewimble coin expected to launch on mainnet by the end of this month.

 

Wirex Adds Support for Waves

The Daily: Critical Bug Found in Beam Wallet, Wirex Adds Another CryptocurrencyThe popular online bank and crypto debit card issuer Wirex has added another coin to its list of supported cryptocurrencies. Users of the Wirex platform in the European Economic Area (EEA) can now buy, store, convert and spend waves with their Wirex Visa cards, the U.K.-based company announced in a blog post. The service also supports bitcoin core (BTC), litecoin (LTC), ripple (XRP) and ether (ETH).

“The introduction of the waves wallet to Wirex is an exciting development for both crypto-investors and our globetrotting Wirex Visa card users,” co-founder Pavel Matveev commented. “For travel, welcoming waves to your portfolio means that you can enjoy a wider choice of currencies to exchange from and store,” his partner Dmitry Lazarichev added.

Last month Wirex completed the introduction of Iban support for all EUR accounts. EEA users can now fund their account by bank transfer and receive euro payments. The fintech startup also raised the funding limits for account holders in the EEA to £15,000, €16,000 and $ 20,000. The company is now planning an expansion into North American markets.

Belarusian Traders Migrate From Binance to Exmo

The Daily: Critical Bug Found in Beam Wallet, Wirex Adds Another CryptocurrencyThe analytics department of Exmo, the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in Eastern Europe, has detected a six-fold increase in the number of registered users from Belarus in December, crypto news outlet Let Know reports. Exmo’s team attributed the influx of new traders to Binance’s decision to restrict access to its platform for the residents of a number of countries under sanctions, including Belarus.

In late November, Binance, which is currently the largest digital asset exchange by daily trading volume, informed its Belarussian users that its services will no longer be available in their country. In correspondence to customers from Belarus, the exchange urged them to read the latest version of its Terms of Use. Under the new ToU agreement, traders acknowledge and declare they are not on any trade or economic sanctions lists, such as those prepared by the U.N. Security Council and the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Treasury Department (OFAC).

Since its launch five years ago, Exmo has registered 1.5 million users. According to the report, its daily trading volume reaches $ 40 million. The exchange, which supports trading pairs with fiat currencies such as the Russian ruble and the Ukrainian hryvnia, is currently 56th in Coinmarketcap’s volume rankings, with a daily volume touching $ 20 million.

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The Daily: Bitpay Adds Multi-Crypto Settlements, Shapeshift Downsizes

January 9, 2019 |

The Daily: Bitpay Adds Multi-Crypto Settlements, Shapeshift Is Downsizing

In Wednesday’s edition of The Daily we cover a new feature that will allow Bitpay merchants to automatically diversify their settlements, a downsizing at Shapeshift that will see its team cut by a third, a show of commitment to the crypto industry by the government of Malta, and a new offering of BCH margin trading.

Also Read: FBI Agents Raid Tech Campus Over Unauthorized Crypto Trading

Bitpay Adds Multi-Coin Settlements

Popular cryptocurrency payment processor Bitpay has introduced support for multi-coin settlements. The service added support for three stablecoins during 2018 (GUSD, USDC, and PAX), in addition to bitcoin cash BCH and BTC. The new feature means that merchants can now receive their Bitpay settlements in up to five of these cryptocurrencies all at once, in addition to their supported local fiat currency.

The Daily: Bitpay Adds Multi-Crypto Settlements, Shapeshift Downsizes
New Bitpay settlements page for merchants

“We’re excited to provide additional options and to give our merchants more flexibility with their settlements,” the Bitpay team stated. “We hope to continue adding valuable options for our merchants and their customers.”

Shapeshift Is Downsizing by a Third

The Daily: Bitpay Adds Multi-Crypto Settlements, Shapeshift DownsizesErik Voorhees, the founder and CEO of Shapeshift, has announced that his company is the latest venture to feel the “bitter frost” of crypto winter. The exchange platform is laying off 37 employees, reducing the size of its team by a third.

“Crypto, like the moon we strive toward, is a harsh mistress,” wrote Voorhees. “We ride high and fast during the ascents, growing at rates unseen almost anywhere else in the business world. And when the markets turn, the crypto recession is similarly dramatic and severe.”

Besides the general economic boom and bust cycle, the main reason identified for downsizing seems to be recognition that the company has lost focus. What started as just a simple tool for instant conversions grew too fast, with Shapeshift adding new services and acquiring other companies at a rate it was unable to manage. This caused the diversion of both time and financial resources, hurting its main business.

Another reason for the situation is that the changing regulatory environment forced the company to face “immense legal bills” just to handle possible government-related risks. It also caused the platform to impose identification on users by switching to a membership-based business model, which drove away many of its API partners who left for non-KYC competitors.

Malta Remains Committed to Crypto

The Daily: Bitpay Adds Multi-Crypto Settlements, Shapeshift DownsizesThanks to a welcoming stance and a clear regulatory framework, Malta has been able to position itself as a leading global cryptocurrency trading hub, with a multitude of digital asset exchanges choosing to be legally based there. The current crypto market downturn is not going to change that as far as the political leadership of the country is concerned.

After getting taunted by the by the local opposition for its work on becoming known as “Bitcoin Island,” the government has made it clear that it is proud of these efforts. The Parliamentary Secretariat for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation said that numerous measures had been taken to secure this sector and give more peace of mind and protection to crypto investors, according to a local news report. The secretariat also remarked that a campaign by the Cyber Security Steering Committee was recently launched to educate the public on possible fraud.

The government’s answer also made it clear that the crypto industry is seen as a necessary part of the economy of the future in Malta along side artificial intelligence, esports, video gaming and space exploration.

Okex Launches Bitcoin Cash (BCH) Margin Trading

The Daily: Bitpay Adds Multi-Crypto Settlements, Shapeshift DownsizesOkex, the Malta-based exchange which supports fiat currencies such as the Vietnamese dong and Chinese yuan, has announced it has launched bitcoin cash (BCH) margin trading on the platform effective immediately.

According to the company, users can now enjoy trading BCH against USDT or BTC on margin with the option of 3x leverage, which is three times the user’s total balance at maximum. OK Piggy Bank, a tool for earning daily interest with users’ spare tokens launched earlier by the company, has also now pledged support for BCH.

What do you think about today’s news tidbits? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.


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The Daily: Binance Adds Stablecoin Pairs, Tzero Patents Integration Platform

January 8, 2019 |

The Daily: Binance Adds Stablecoin Pairs, Tzero Patents Integration Platform

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance is opening trading for three stablecoin pairs. Also in Tuesday’s Daily, Overstock’s Tzero has patented a solution to integrate traditional and cryptocurrency trading systems, Morgan Creek founder Jason Williams offers his Lamborghini for bitcoin, and in Brazil, crypto investors are looking to buy vaults to safely store their digital assets.

Also read: Epic Founder Addresses Fortnite Crypto Rumors, Robinhood Recruiting in London

Binance Launches Trading for Three Stablecoin Pairs

The Daily: Binance Adds Stablecoin Pairs, Tzero Patents Integration PlatformBinance, currently the largest crypto exchange by daily trading volume, has announced it’s adding new trading pairs that will allow users to trade stablecoins against one other. Starting from Tuesday, Jan. 8, the following pairs will be available to traders: PAX/TUSD, USDC/TUSD and USDC/PAX.

In November, the digital asset trading platform rebranded its USDT market as a combined stablecoin market, introducing the symbol USDⓈ. The exchange explained this was done to support more trading pairs with different stablecoins offered as a base pair. Later Binance added to the new market pairs with the stablecoins paxos standard (PAX) and USD coin (USDC).

Last year saw the arrival of several stablecoins that are now competing with the dollar-pegged tether (USDT). These include the two tokens that were approved by the New York State Department of Financial Services in September, gemini dollar (GUSD), and paxos standard (PAX), also backed one-to-one with U.S. fiat currency.

Tzero to Integrate Traditional Trading Systems and Crypto Exchanges

The Daily: Binance Adds Stablecoin Pairs, Tzero Patents Integration PlatformSecurity token trading platform Tzero, a subsidiary of Overstock, has secured a patent for a platform that allows integration between traditional trading systems and digital asset exchanges. Tzero’s Crypto Integration Platform is designed to serve as an interface between the two types of systems.

According to the filing, the platform can host initial public offerings (IPOs) and offerings of securities registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). It is also intended to be used to trade these securities in secondary market transactions.

The “digital transactional items” mentioned in the patent represent tokens, securities, digital assets, digital shares, and cash equivalents. When receiving an order, the platform is expected to verify the availability and determine the best market price of the digital asset before a transaction is made.

Online retail giant Overstock is a crypto-friendly company. Recently it announced it will cover part of its tax obligations to the U.S. state of Ohio using bitcoin. Ohio’s new payment portal, which was launched a couple of months ago, allows businesses to pay their taxes with bitcoin core (BTC) and bitcoin cash (BCH) via Bitpay.

Morgan Creek Founder Wants Crypto for His Lambo

The Daily: Binance Adds Stablecoin Pairs, Tzero Patents Integration PlatformJason Williams, co-founder of Morgan Creek Digital Assets, recently tweeted that he is about “to do something that has never been done in crypto.” According to the post, Williams’s Lamborghini is up for sale and the owner wants to buy cryptocurrency with the money he gets for the car. “Offers in BTC accepted,” the entrepreneur noted as well.

Williams has received a lot of comments and even offers for the Lambo. According to Monero’s lead developer Riccardo Spagni, the sale is a good move. “Huracans are awful investments. Unless it’s a Performante, then there’s a limited audience in the future. But seriously, better to get rid of it,” Spagni wrote. “Too many cars. Not enough BTC honestly,” Jason Williams said in response.

Brazilians on the Lookout for Vaults to Store Bitcoin

The Daily: Binance Adds Stablecoin Pairs, Tzero Patents Integration PlatformSafe storage should be a priority for any investor in possession of large amounts of digital cash. According to the local press, many Brazilians don’t feel that hard wallets and secure passwords provide enough protection. Local companies manufacturing and building physical vaults have registered a growing demand for their services from cryptocurrency owners, which has actually revived the industry.

The Folha de São Paulo news outlet recently reported that some of the safes are part of quite sophisticated security systems. They are often installed behind reinforced armored doors and come with advanced features for biometric authorization such as palm scanners that can identify up to 5 million points on the hand of a person who’s trying to open the vault.

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Celgene adds $30 million to investment in Soon-Shiong firm NantCell

January 6, 2019 |

Drugmaker Celgene Corp. agreed to invest an additional $ 30 million in a cancer-fighting start-up that’s majority owned by Los Angeles biotech entrepreneur Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, the companies said Friday.

Celgene’s second-round funding would raise its overall investment in NantCell to $ 105 million,…


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U.S. Adds 312,000 Jobs in December as Wages Jump

January 5, 2019 |

U.S. employers added jobs in December at the fastest pace since February and wages surged, suggesting the economy maintained strong momentum at the end of 2018 even as financial markets sank.
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The Daily: Bitfinex Schedules Exchange Downtime, Koinex Adds New Security Features

December 30, 2018 |

The Daily: Bitfinex to Go Offline to Change Servers, Koinex Adds New Security Features

Ifinex, the operator of Bitfinex and Ethfinex, is planning to briefly restrict access to the crypto trading platforms on Jan. 7 while migrating data to its new servers in Switzerland. Also in The Daily on Sunday, Indian exchange Koinex has updated its security features and Huobi’s mining subsidiary is preparing to launch a new trading platform dedicated to an altcoin.

Also read: Wallet Hacking Debate Heats Up, Bitcoin-Based Patreon Alternative Emerges

Ifinex Switches From AWS Cloud to Own Servers

The Daily: Bitfinex Schedules Exchange Downtime, Koinex Adds New Security FeaturesHong Kong-based cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex and its subsidiary Ethfinex will temporarily halt trading on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. The two platforms will be offline for three to seven hours, during which time their operator, Ifinex, will complete the migration of all data to new servers. Account holders will not be able to access their wallets and all features will be inaccessible for the duration of the upgrade.

In an announcement, Ifinex revealed it’s switching from AWS cloud services to a self-designed infrastructure. The exchanges will now be using its own dedicated servers in a data center located in the Swiss Crypto Valley. The hardware is suitable for high-volume trading and the company tweeted that the move aims to “significantly enhance platform speed, security and performance.” Ifinex further explained:

The last stage in this process necessitates taking Ifinex trading platforms offline, meaning that Bitfinex and Ethfinex account holders will be unable to trade or access their wallets during the transition.

The operator also noted that the change will bring some benefits to users. For example, the combination between selected hardware and new order submission gateways can potentially double the speed of processing. Ifinex also claims the bare-metal servers are inherently more secure as they are running dedicated custom hardware and are not reliant on a third-party cloud service.

The Daily: Bitfinex Schedules Exchange Downtime, Koinex Adds New Security Features

Koinex Introduces Security Updates

India’s leading crypto exchange Koinex has unveiled new security features for its customers. The trading platform explained on Medium that the additional layers of security applied to the accounts  will provide greater protection for users’ funds and add new functionalities. Koinex also promised to release more security updates in the future.

The Daily: Bitfinex Schedules Exchange Downtime, Koinex Adds New Security FeaturesA special “Protection Mode” is now automatically activated after signing in. It prevents any withdrawals of digital assets for the first 10 minutes of each session. During that time, users can lock their account if they suspect it has been compromised. However, clients will be able to start trading immediately after they log in and the mode does not restrict P2P fiat withdrawals of the Indian rupee.

Koinex developers have also introduced an additional verification step for cryptocurrency withdrawals. Now each withdrawal request will have to be confirmed over email, which users can do by following a verification link they will receive to their registered email address.

The notification email sent to account holders after they sign in now has a “Lock My Account” link that allows them to block any transaction if they suspect fraudulent activity. The link will take users to a security page, where they’ll be able to lock their account and delete any open orders. When an account is locked, all crypto withdrawal requests that have not been confirmed by email are cancelled automatically.

Huobi Pool to Launch EOS-Dedicated Exchange

The Daily: Bitfinex Schedules Exchange Downtime, Koinex Adds New Security FeaturesHuobi Group announced that its crypto mining subsidiary, Huobi Pool, is preparing to launch a new digital asset exchange in the first quarter of 2019. The platform will be focused on EOS and will allow users to trade the coin against a number of other cryptocurrencies. Commenting on the announcement, Huobi Pool’s chief executive officer Cao Fei stated:

As an EOS super node, Huobi Pool has placed its ecological development high on its list of priorities. Launching this EOS exchange is simply the next logical step in our support.

In the past few months, Huobi Pool has been working closely with the EOS community. The company has taken part in the building of an EOS testchain called the Crypto Kylin Testnet, which can be used to evaluate EOS-based projects.

Singapore-based Huobi group is a major crypto company that operates the third largest cryptocurrency exchange by daily trading volume, Huobi. It has been expanding its business recently in a number of sectors and markets.


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Tesla Adds Ellison, Musk’s ‘Close Friend,’ to Board

December 29, 2018 |

Tesla named two new independent directors including Oracle’s Larry Ellison, a public booster of Tesla CEO Elon Musk, as the board has been under pressure to increase oversight of its outspoken founder.
WSJ.com: US Business

Investment Robo-Adviser Wealthfront Adds Support for Coinbase Accounts

December 26, 2018 |

Investment Robo-Adviser Wealthfront Adds Support for Coinbase Accounts

Wealthfront, one of the largest independent robo-advisers in the U.S. market, has added support for Coinbase accounts. The Wealthfront team explained that high customer demand was the reason for incorporating the new feature, stating: “We’re especially excited because this has been one of our clients’ most requested features.”

Also Read: Bitcoin Private (BTCP) Bug Exploited by ‘Bad Actor’

Wealthfront Adds Coinbase Support

Investment Robo-Adviser Wealthfront Adds Support for Coinbase AccountsWealthfront Advisers LLC (formerly known as Wealthfront Inc.) is a Redwood City, California-based robo-adviser providing automated, software-based portfolio management services, which was established in 2008. The company has recently announced that its users can now track holdings of cryptocurrency for the first time by connecting their accounts with the Coinbase exchange to the automated investment service.

“You have always been able to connect a wide variety of account types and asset classes to our Path advice engine — from bank and brokerage accounts to real estate, mortgages, and student loans. But we know many of you like to dabble in other innovative financial products, like cryptocurrencies. So now, we make it possible for you to add information about your cryptocurrency holdings in your Coinbase account to Wealthfront to get a more holistic view of your financial picture. And even more importantly, we factor that information into your free financial plan,” the Wealthfront team stated.

Over $ 11 Billion in Managed Assets

Investment Robo-Adviser Wealthfront Adds Support for Coinbase AccountsThe Wealthfront robo-adviser has over $ 11 billion in client assets under management, according to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), making it one of the largest independent robo-advisers in the U.S. market. The company has reportedly raised a total funding of $ 65.5 million since its creation, from backers such as Benchmark Capital, DAG Ventures, Index Ventures, Ribbit Capital, Benchmark Capital, Marc Andreessen, Ben Horowitz and Jeff Jordan.

On Friday, the SEC announced it had found that Wealthfront made false statements about a tax-loss harvesting strategy it offered to clients, claiming to monitor accounts for transactions that might trigger a wash sale, but failed to do so. It also found that Wealthfront “improperly re-tweeted prohibited client testimonials, paid bloggers for client referrals without the required disclosure and documentation, and failed to maintain a compliance program reasonably designed to prevent violations of the securities laws.” Without admitting or denying the SEC’s findings, the company agreed to pay a $ 250,000 penalty.

Have you integrated your Coinbase account with Wealthfront? Share your experience in the comments section below.


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