Serenity Prepares for ICO on 25 January

Serenity blockchain platform announces the start of the main ICO period, which will start on 25 January 2018 and will last for a total of six weeks, ending on 7 March. The main ICO period offers a unique opportunity for investors to purchase Serenity tokens with a 40% discount.

The pre-sale round (Pre-ICO period) that previously took place, resulted in $524,790 being raised.

Vasily Alexeev, CTO Serenity:

“At the Pre-ICO stage, we received valuable feedback from our investors and thank all for the constructive criticism. After the Pre-ICO, we worked on improving the website and positioning the project, making it more understandable for all market participants. I think we managed to change this, as there are already a large number of applications for participation in the ICO and the community actively supports the idea.”

Serenity is the first escrow broker-platform for financial markets that protect investors’ funds from fraud and trading interferences by using smart contracts.  The project is a platform that includes several functional modules: escrow, blockchain transaction recording, quote verification and a trading exchange.

The idea is based on the practice of segregated accounts, that is, keeping deposits separate from the funds used for trading, which is required by the FCA (the British financial regulator), and is translated into the language of the blockchain. The idea of recording transactions in the blockchain has also emerged under the influence of traditional regulations, such as financial legislation in the EU (MiFID II and EMIR). These regulations have always demanded reports on all trade operations, but have had no way of storing them efficiently and reliably.

In addition, the project’s scope will include the creation of a proprietary trading exchange for quick entry into the Serenity system and cryptocurrency purchases.

The company plans to raise $19 million to develop the platform. The project will be launched in separate stages, with the exchange’s launch being promised for May 2018. The prototype has already been published on the website.

The ICO will be held in one stage, from 25 January to 7 March. The opening price of a token is 0.0001 ETH. The token name is Serenity. The stock ticker is SRNT. Meanwhile, the token’s release on stock exchanges is planned for immediately after the completion of the ICO, i.e. just after 7 March.

At the time of writing this press release, the SRNT token has been listed by the largest Russian exchange, Yobit. Talks with several more exchanges are currently underway.

The project has been supported by major brokers from the Forex and binary option industries, including IQoption, Liteforex, NordFX, as well as Alexey Kutsenko (Founder of Tools for Brokers), Yagub Rahimov (adviser of the ICO project and founder of AtoZForex), and many others.

During the ICO, tokens will be sold at a discount of up to 40%.

The ICO started on 25 January and will go on until 7 March 2018.

We cordially invite you to take part.

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A huge number of use cases for blockchain technology are currently under investigation, primarily driven by the wave of initial coin offerings (ICOs) to have hit the markets over the last twelve months and the relatively easy access to capital that this funding model affords the entities behind the offerings.

Many of these are unlikely to ever gain any real traction fro a disruption perspective – at least in their initial iteration. A handful, however, are quickly attracting huge amounts of market interest.

The common qualities exhibited by those that comprise this handful are rooted in simple, blockchain-based solutions to existing problems, with said problems rooted in the inefficiency of legacy technology.

Ripple, for example, is using its technology to bring cross-border value transfer up to date.

Another company, Nousplatform, is trying to do the same with the investment space.

Nousplatform is currently conducting an ICO (it’s in the pre-sale phase right now) to raise capital for the development of a technology that could be a game changer in the fund and fund management sector.

So what’s it all about?

To explain, it’s worth touching on how this industry works right now. Investment funds are set up to allow people to invest money that other people (professional investment managers, generally.) They are great (and often incredibly rewarding investment vehicles for many) but there are some downsides.

For example, individual investors who want to invest smaller amounts won’t generally be available to access funds and, if they are, they are limited to poor or low-performance funds.

Nousplatform is designed to overcome these issues.

It’s a blockchain-based technology that allows fund managers to create a fund, which they can they offer to investors as an investment vehicle. This fund can be rooted in anything – real estate, currency, land, stocks, anything – and investors can gain access through the blockchain technology that Nousplatform has created.

The best performing funds (the performances of this individual funds are recorded using blockchain technology and are completely transparent) are available to view through Nousplatform’s interface, meaning investors can check which funds are likely to provide the best returns on their capital.

What role does the ICO play in all of this?

As mentioned, the ICO will allow the company to raise the funds required to get the platform (and a couple of initial funds, one real estate and one cryptocurrency based) up and running.

And why participate?

Participants in the ICO will receive NST tokens in return for the funds they contribute in the ICO. These NST tokens, once listed on cryptocurrency exchanges (so, once the ICO is complete) should rise in value for a number of reasons, including limited Emission of the NST tokens, capital infusion of new funds created on Nousplatform and Tokens used as utility to buy services on Nousplatform.

In addition to these reasons, however, and what we see as the primary driver behind NST upside revaluation going forward, anyone that wants to invest in a fund must buy equity in the fund with NST tokens. In other words, if an investor wants to gain access to a forex fund, he or she has to buy NST on the open market and then use the NST to buy equity in the fund in question.

As such, as the platform expands and more funds become available, expectations are that more investors will seek to gain access to the funds and, in turn, demand for NST tokens on the open market will increase.

Increased demand for NST translates to an increased open market price, which will boost the value of the tokens that participants in the ICO receive.

As noted, the pre-sale is underway and there’s a 20% bonus available for early subscribers.

To take part, click here.

To check out the Nousplatform white paper, click here.

We’re quickly closing in on the end of the European session in the bitcoin price and it’s about time to put together our second price watch analysis of the day. This morning, we had one wish – that price would find its footing in and around the levels at which it opened the session and that, in turn, we’d be able to use these levels to try and build into a sustainable upside position.

Unfortunately, we didn’t get what we were looking for.

Price hasn’t been able to gain any real traction during the session and, almost immediately subsequent to our primary analysis, things started to dip.

We’re currently looking at what could be a relatively flat evening session (which equates to the US afternoon session for our North American readers) and, if this is the case, intrarange trading might be the order of the day.

We can’t say that for certain of course, but we’ll cover our bases and put forward an intrarange approach anyway, just to complement our primary breakout strategy in the event of a shift in a approach.

So, with all this noted, let’s get our key levels in place. As ever, take a quick look at the chart below before we get started so as to get an idea where things stand right now. It’s a one-minute candlestick chart and it’s got our primary range overlaid in green.

As the chart shows, then, the range we’re looking at for the session is defined by support to the downside at 10916 and resistance to the upside at 11132. A close above the latter will signal long towards 11250, while a close below the former will signal a short entry towards 10800.

From an intrarange perspective, long on a bounce from support with a target of 11132 and short on a correction from resistance towards 10916.

Let’s see what happens.

Charts courtesy of Trading View

No one is making easy money on Bitcoin crash as well as on its rise but cryptocurrencies exchanges. They successfully collect transaction fees for every payment. However, in April investors could get such an opportunity too. Crypto exchange CoinSpark will share 25 percent of its net profit with coins owners.  A dividend on a token could reach $1.125 every quarter, experts say.  

Valentine’s Day for crypto investors

CoinSpark tradings exchange, allowing users to move assets around the Blockchain, is launching the ICO on Feb. 14, 2018. It’s going to offer to the public 25 mln Spark coins, which accounts for 25 percent of the business. Coins owners will be able to receive dividends every quarter– 25 percent of the exchange’s net profit proportionally to all holders of spark coins.

“Unlike other coins, you might own, you don’t have to worry about the price of spark coin raising and falling. All you have to do is to collect your quarterly dividend. No submitting tokens, no transferring coins. Just sit back and collect your dividend,” according to the company’s presentation.

Either way– make money

The exchange will be launched in April so holders would get their first dividend payment in July. Owners will basically profit from all trading activity on CoinSpark exchange: “If a coin is bought, you profit, if the coin is sold, you profit. Either way, you make money,” it said.

So far the exchange announced to list 14 most popular coins for trade: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, Dash, IOTA, NEO, Monero, Cardano, NEM, Tron, Bitcoin Gold, and Spark. The number may grow before the exchange launches in April, and will certainly increase after that. According to project’s whitepaper, the trading platform is developed jointly with AlphaPoint, known as a leader in the Blockchain and crypto exchange technologies.

How much to get?

The potential profit of Spark coins holders depends on how much people would be trading on the exchange. Over the last year, the daily transaction volumes of Bitcoin to USD has increased more than 100 times and it will keep on rising.

The crypto market continues to hit new historic highs. According to Billionaire trader Mike Novogratz, it will reach $2 tln by the end of 2018 representing a sixfold to sevenfold increase over its current level.

Michael Taylor, cryptocurrency investor, and trader claims that CoinSpark should have no issue in reaching $250 mln in daily trading volume. “In fact, I’d be surprised if they don’t reach $500 mln in a very short amount of time,” he says. According to his calculations, even a minimum trading volume will give the exchange $112.5 mln net profit per quarter. “If one were to buy 5,000 tokens during the ICO, they could expect a $5,625 payout per quarter or $22,500 per year,”he says.

The question is whether CoinSpark exchange can become a go-to solution for cryptomarket. So far the developers have announced transaction speeds at one mln transactions per second.

Far from trouble

It is important to note that CoinSpark is based in the Cayman Islands, not in South Korea, where the future of crypto exchanges is unclear. Although South Korean officials have announced there would be no cryptocurrency trading ban in the short-term, the future of Asian market still worries the crypto investors.

As for US investors, they will not be allowed to participate in the ICO, unless they buy tokens via a Private Placement Memorandum, according to the exchange’s website. It shows that CoinSark takes the regulations seriously and adopts necessary measures to comply with existing securities laws, says Michael Taylor.

Tokens will be on sale only for a month, from Feb. 14 to March 14. One Spark coin will cost 0.0025 ETH during the ICO. If Ethereum price remains at the $1,000 level, CoinSpark can raise about $60 mln.

The governor of the Bank of Canada thinks Bitcoin is nothing more or less than gambling.

Stephen Poloz, 62, told CNBC he does not believe in the term cryptocurrencies, arguing that new payment technologies like Bitcoin are definitely “cryptos but not currencies.” He made further statements about how Bitcoin cannot be called either an asset or a security due to its zero intrinsic value. At last, the term he thought could suit the digital currency was gambling.

Legal framework

The statement arrives at a time when regulators around the world are struggling to create a definitive legal framework for cryptocurrency ecosystem. They are creating their own definitions for Bitcoin to bring it within any kind of legislative purview. Some are even banning it for imaginary reasons. But in reality, the digital currency has by far proven itself as a multifaceted technology that could assume the role of both a financial and a tangible asset.

Poloz’s statements are extremely important hints towards the nature of upcoming Bitcoin regulations in Canada. It is almost confirmed that Bitcoin ecosystem will be regulated just as gambling ecosystem. At the same time, Poloz confirms that there will be no roadblocks for young Bitcoin and Blockchain startups. Excerpt from the interview:

“I have no doubt that at least for the purposes of consumer protection … We will be developing regulations around this space in due course. But what we are being careful to do here is to not stifle innovation.”

No effect on economy

Poloz also believes that a cryptocurrency crash event would not have any implication on the wider economy. Instead, it will be more like a tech wreck scenario, in which a segment of cryptocurrencies will fail.

“So I think if you take that experience to heart if something like that were to happen in the cryptocurrency space, it would probably be smaller today,” added Poloz. “I don’t want to minimize the risk that you raised because any mania has the scope to get much bigger.”

On being asked about launching a Canadian digital currency, Poloz felt that there is no rush to create national cryptocurrencies. Nevertheless, he confirmed that if Canada ever has one, it would not be needed to be on a blockchain.

Author’s note: Despite not showing the good nature of a random stable fiat currency, Bitcoin and other altcoins can be found being used in exchange for goods and services. Renowned companies like Expedia, Microsoft, Dell, etc. already accept Bitcoin as a payment method. Freelancers around the globe accept it to settle payments online. The fact that cryptocurrencies are being generally accepted or in use makes it a currency; howbeit implausible it may seem.


DASH traders offered little in the way of volume during the trading session on Thursday, as we danced around the $800 level. I believe that the market is going to continue to go back and forth between $750 level underneath, and $850 above. There is a serious lack of volume, so I suspect that if we do get a significant move, it is probably going to be to the downside.



Litecoin has done nothing during the session on Thursday, as we continue to see the market hang around the $180 handle. The $160 level underneath would be the “floor” in the market, just as the $200 level above is the “ceiling.” Sideways trading should continue to be the main feature here.

Thanks for watching, I’ll be back Monday.


Ethereum markets fell a bit during the trading session on Thursday, as the $1100 level offered a bit of resistance. Low-volume is a concern as we have seen it around the crypto currency markets. Because of this, I believe that we will probably stay somewhat range bound, with $900 offering a bit of a “floor” going forward. Expect choppy and lackluster trading.



Both of these crypto currencies are essentially doing nothing at the moment, so it makes sense that we continue to drift. I have maintained for several sessions that we are consolidating between the 0.08 level on the bottom, with the 0.10 level offering resistance on the top. I don’t see anything on the chart that tells me this is going to change.

Thanks for watching, see you on Monday.

Through the utilization of artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain technology, the development team behind Neurogress has created a system with which anyone can take control of devices simply with thoughts.

By enabling an Internet of Things (IoT) network using a decentralized blockchain network, Neurogress allows users to access neuro-controlled devices such as drones, smart home appliances, and virtual reality (VC) technologies. Essentially, without the necessity of physical controllers, users can gain absolute control over any device on the Neurogress blockchain-enabled IoT network by merely thinking about it.

Within the Neurogress ecosystem, blockchain technology serves as an immutable ledger that keeps track of the data flow from a user to an IoT-enabled device. The first prototype of Neurogress, the Neurogress robotic arm, allows any user to freely move joints, fingers, wrist, and any part of the arm simply by thinking about the movement.

Data from the user’s brain is transmitted to the arm through the Neurogress blockchain network. If sensors are applied to devices , the Neurocontrol System can be applied to a wide range of electronic devices, allowing users to manipulate various systems with the Neurogress software.

Demonstration of Neurogress robotic arm

“Neurogress wants every company and developer to contribute from its platform. Blockchain serves as an ideal transaction processing mechanism for the marketplace. It also provides the means of intellectual property for the developers via smart contracts.”

While there exists an abundance of neural interfaces in the global market, the Neurogress development team noted that the vast majority of the technologies struggle to showcase a high level of specificity in reading and processing brain commands. Consequently, information sent from a user’s brain to the device can be distorted, through existing technologies in the market.

Neurogress researchers were capable of delivering a highly accurate neural interface by processing brain signals and converting them into action using AI.

“This is achieved through incorporating artificial intelligence into the process of interpreting a brain signal and converting it into action. By introducing software which actively generates an evolving algorithm for interpreting an individual’s brain signals, the potential for sending detailed, precise commands to a device is greatly increased.”

The AI system of Neurogress acts as the data processing technology which is responsible for transmitting and processing data from the user’s brain to an IoT-enabled device. Blockchain technology is then used to either store, send, and receive neural information, operating as the main database of the Neurogress network.

One of the immediate applications of Neurogress and its blockchain technology is the assistance of disabled individuals through wireless devices. Individuals with physical disabilities with prosthetics can use the Neurogress network to move a part of their bodies with ease.

“The use of artificial limbs (frequently referred to as a ‘prosthesis’) to replace or augment natural parts of the human body has been in place for a long time. The sophistication of these devices has evolved immeasurably. Today, a prosthesis may employ an array of technologies drawing from informatics, electrical engineering and biomedical engineering,” the Neurogress development team added.

With a hard cap of 42,152 Ethereum’s native cryptocurrency Ether, the Neurogress team will raise a fundraiser by conducting an initial coin offering (ICO). Presale of Neurogress tokens begins on February 10, 2018.


Bitcoin fell a bit during the trading session on Thursday, as we continue to drift around between $10,000 on the bottom, and $12,000 on the top. I believe that if we can break above the $12,000 level, we could go to the $13,000 level, but the lack of volume still causes a significant amount of concern. Because of this, I suspect that we are going to consolidate at best, unless we get some type of catalyst to bring in massive amounts of money. Expect quiet range bound trading.



Bitcoin has drifted a bit lower against the Japanese yen as well, as volumes are starting to dwindle yet again. The market currently has a bit of a floor starting at the ¥1.1 million level, extending down to the ¥1 million level. Ultimately, this is a market that I think will continue to bounce around, and currently I don’t see much beyond a scalp in one direction or the other.

Thanks for watching, I’ll be back tomorrow.

IOTA has proven to be an interesting project for many different reasons. So much even that major company executives are paying close attention to these developments. Volkswagen CDO Johann Jungwirth is joining the IOTA Foundation’s Supervisory Board. This is a rather intriguing development which helps validate this blockchain and digital currency project altogether.

Jungwirth is working for Volkswagen since late 2015. He is in charge of driving digital transformation for the Group’s 12 brands. These brands include household names such as Porsche, Audi, Lamborghini, and others. Having this person on board of the IOTA Foundation Supervisory Board is a  big step forward for the project as a whole. Considering how the project wants to enable global use cases, having Jungwirth on board will certainly be a big help.

A Major Step Forward for IOTA

It is the first time a C-level executive joins the supervisory board for a period of at least five years. This is an independent organization which meets regulatory to approve annual budgets. It’s also responsible for putting together the roadmap, rules of procedures, et cetera. Jungwirth’s expertise will certainly be put to good use in this regard.

Volkswagen Group CDO Johann Jungwirth comments as follows:

“IOTA has the potential to set a standard for trusted machine-to-machine transactions. With its brilliant technology, it’s no question why mobility and technology companies as well as other key players in the industry are joining the Foundation. I’m delighted to join the team and be a part of where IOTA is headed in the future.”

With IOTA focusing on transacting data and money, it has a lot of potential. Putting this idea into a working and reliable project is something else entirely. The project will need some big players on board to successfully complete this mission. The technology already facilitates payments, value chains, over-the-air updates, et cetera. A lot more use cases have yet to be explored in this regard.