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How Much Profit Have South Africans Made Investing in Cryptocurrency?

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Trading in cryptocurrency is risky but has the potential to make investors “crypto rich” in a short period of time. South Africans are very aware of this, which has led to an increase in bitcoin trading volumes in the past few years.

In South Africa, cryptocurrency investors experienced their fair share of losses and gains as a new study reveals.

The MyBroadband 2018 Cryptocurrency Survey found that bitcoin was the cryptocurrency investment of choice among South Africans. Unfortunately, it was also the cryptocurrency with the biggest losses.

The survey, which was conducted this year in April, was conducted to record experiences in the cryptocurrency investment landscape and involved 1,244 respondents. Out of those questioned, 78 percent have had first-hand experience with cryptocurrency investing.

From the 970 respondents who had contact with cryptocurrency, 57 percent had made profits reaching a high of R50,000 (approximately, $3,980). For the respondents that made a loss, the majority did not lose more than R50,000.

Bitcoin was the most popular investment. However, out of those surveyed about 50 percent experienced gains while around 50 percent experienced losses. This suggests that many investors have only started to invest in bitcoin after its December 2017 all-time high.

In terms of investment gains, ether (ETH) came in second place at 17 percent, ripple (XRP) at six percent, with litecoin (LTC), NEO (NEO), and Cardano (ADA) at two percent, and Monero (XMR), EOS, IOTA, & Stellar (XLM) at one percent.

Cardano, Monero, and NEO were recorded as the cryptocurrencies in which traders made the lowest losses.

Crypto Asset Prices Year-to-Date

Since the start of the year, digital asset investors have had a difficult time. After bitcoin (BTC) peaked in mid-December 2017 at $20,000, its price dropped to a low in the $6,000s in February and March.

Many altcoins – such as ether (ETH) and NEO (NEO) – had their most recent all-time highs in January and are still struggling to break out towards again to move towards these highs.

However, market sentiment has started to turn around after a crushing first quarter. In fact, April has been one of the best months for crypto asset returns and many experts believe that the price of bitcoin will end the year higher than it did in 2017.

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Binance Launches Fiat-to-Crypto Exchange in Uganda

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Global bitcoin exchange Binance has launched a new fiat-cryptocurrency exchange in Uganda. The exchange will also be offering a reward of 0.5 BNB to the first 20,000 users that register on the site as part of its promotion in Uganda.

The announcement comes nearly two months after Binance partnered with Crypto Savannah, Made in Africa initiative, and Msingi East Africa to promote economic development in the East African country.

Changpeng Zhao and Yi He founded Binance in 2017 and raised $15 million through an initial coin offering for its ERC20 token BNB in July of the same year.

The exchange plans to move its offices to the island nation of Malta after the implementation of stricter regulations in China and Japan. In January 2018, Binance was the largest crypto exchange with a market capitalisation of $1.3 billion.

Binance in Uganda

BinanceBinance will also offer its Ugandan users a month of zero trading fees when trading goes online. The exchange will announce the opening for trading at a later date.

Users can find out if they have won any rewards by logging into their accounts and accessing ‘Distribution History’ in the Account Center. In addition, users will be required to complete ID verification to be able to withdraw funds from Binance.

Ugandan users will enjoy an exchange that offers fast transactions of up to 1.4 million per second and state-of-the-art storage technology for utmost security. The exchange also provides 24/7 customer support and has a user-friendly interface.

The presence of Binance in Uganda aims to boost financial inclusion in the country, which has increased from 28 percent in 2009 to 54 percent in 2013 according to its national financial inclusion strategy 2017-2022.

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LINE Corp to Launch Cryptocurrency Exchange BITBOX in July for Global Trading

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The developers of popular messaging app LINE and LINE Group’s cryptocurrency and blockchain company LVC Corporation have announced that they are set to launch a new cryptocurrency exchange called BITBOX in July 2018. The Japan-based firm made the announcement during the LINE Conference 2018 held in Tokyo.

The New BITBOX Exchange

BITBOXBITBOX will offer over 30 high-demand cryptocurrencies to users globally with the exception of Japan and the US. The exchange will trade coins such as bitcoin, ether, litecoin, and bitcoin cash while charging low trading fees of 0.1 percent. BITBOX will support 15 languages, according to the company press release.

The selected cryptocurrencies for the exchange have undergone an extensive screening exercise and have been picked by an internal committee, promising users a convenient and safe trading experience. LINE will also incorporate its top security standards to the cryptocurrency exchange.

LINE Corporation CEO Takeshi Idezawa said:

“As a key part of LINE’s new financial services, BITBOX shows our commitment to fulfilling the growing demand for more diverse financial options. With BITBOX, LINE users will be able to access cryptocurrencies more easily, while also being assured of state-of-art security measures to protect their assets.”

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Nigerians Have Invested Over $5m in Cryptocurrencies Despite Regulator Warnings Says KureCoin Hub

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Nigerians have invested over five million US dollars in the cryptocurrency market in the last couple of years according to data from Nigerian cryptocurrency platform KureCoin Hub.

The data shows that Nigerian retail investors are investing heavily in the cryptocurrency market despite warnings from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) against investing in an unregulated market.

KureCoin Hub’s co-founder and CEO Tega Abikure has criticised the stance regulators have taken and argues that the country will lag behind as other countries enjoy the benefits of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies. Abikure told New Telegraph:

“It is not a matter of whether the government likes it; it is about whether they need it. I am not sure the internet was liked when it first came. […] It is not a matter of whether they are going to embrace it; it is about when they are going to do so.”

Abikure observed that other countries such as Uganda and South Africa have already taken steps towards adopting blockchain technology while Kenya is pushing forward with a functioning blockchain taskforce.

“Nigeria is being left behind,” he noted.

The Blockchain as a Source of Foreign Direct Investments

Abikure also believes that blockchain technology could be a major source of Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) in the next five to ten years. In addition, he is of the opinion that a lot of money is being made in cryptocurrencies on the continent with most of it leaving Africa’s economy.

On one of the benefits of blockchain technology, he said: “[The blockchain] is completely transparent and cannot be changed; it can be used to create a decentralised system of payment where the taxpayer had an unhindered access to the collector which is the government. It enhances revenue collection and removes the challenges of remittances.”

Blockchain technology can also improve the banking sector, the electoral process, the use of donations in charitable projects, and the supply chain, among many other use cases.

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