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With the largest bitcoin wallet platform in the world, Blockchain’s software has powered over 100M transactions and empowered users in 130 countries across the globe to transact quickly and without costly intermediaries. We also offers tools for developers and real time transaction data for users to analyse the burgeoning digital economy.
We’re delighted to announce the publication of The State of Stablecoins, a major research report focused on the rapidly growing world of stablecoins.
The report is the first of its kind to take a full look at the current state of the stablecoin market - an under-discussed but increasingly important part of the cryptocurrency ecosystem. And a space where we expect to see significant innovation in the coming years.
As stablecoins are tied either to the price of a commodity or to the operation of an algorithm, their prices are much less volatile than other cryptoassets. This means they’re appropriate for a whole host of use cases in the longer-term, ranging from store of value and derivatives, to smart contracts and remittances. Collectively, these are potentially worth tens of trillions of dollars. This means that stablecoins could act as a tipping point into wider crypto-asset adoption.
It’s an area that is also gaining increasing attention from investors, with over $350m committed to date from established funds such as Bain Capital Ventures, Google Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, and Lightspeed Venture Partners, among others.
The State of Stablecoins report takes a detailed look for the first time at the strengths, trade-offs and concerns associated with all 57 active stablecoins, including both live and pre-launch projects, using a new data set that includes previously non-public information.
The report gives an overview of the different stablecoin formats currently in use, their relative performance and provides insights into the regulatory landscape. It also gives projections for how the market will develop over the next few years.
As well as providing great products to our users, Blockchain has been committed to shining a light on the state of the markets, ever since the early days of Blockchain.info, when we first launched our block explorer service.
We hope you find this report interesting and informative. We look forward to sharing more of our team’s research in the future.
You can read the full report or take a look at the summary slides at blockchain.com/research.
We’re excited to welcome the latest addition to our institutional team, Jamie Selway as our Global Head of Institutional Markets. Jamie is a widely respected expert on electronic trading and market structure and the former Head of Electronic Brokerage and Head of Execution Services at the global agency broker-dealer and trading technology firm Investment Technology Group (ITG).
Over the course of his 20 year career, Jamie has held a series of leadership roles at top financial institutions. For the past seven years he has been with Investment Technology Group, the multinational agency brokerage and financial markets technology firm that works with 75% of the worlds largest asset managers. During his tenure at ITG, he was responsible for global electronic products, the US electronic, single-stock, and portfolio execution businesses and managed hundreds of million in revenue for the firm. Prior to joining ITG, Jamie was Managing Director of White Cap Trading, an institutional agency brokerage that he co-founded in 2003. Also, he previously served as Chief Economist at Archipelago, which was later acquired by the NYSE.
As regulators continue to develop frameworks and guidance on the securitization of digital assets, actively engaging with policymakers will be crucial. Jamie has significant experience engaging globally policymakers including the US Security and Exchange Commission. He also served as a Director of the BATS Exchange and as a member of SIFMA’s Equity Markets and Trading Committee, the Nasdaq Quality of Markets Committee, and the NYSE Euronext Market Structure Advisory Committee.
“Many institutional investors are still waiting for the mature critical infrastructure they need to trade, secure, and analyse digital assets,” said Peter Smith, CEO and Co-Founder at Blockchain. “Jamie has spent decades building world leading market infrastructure, and I’m proud to welcome him to Blockchain where he will drive the development of products to serve our institutional customers."
The crypto market has traditionally been driven by retail investors, with many institutional investors choosing to wait until trading, security and custody systems mature before engaging substantially in the sector. Jamie will bring his extensive expertise in trading solutions and financial infrastructure to build out Blockchain’s product suite for institutional clients. This will involve continuing to develop the foundational infrastructure for institutional digital asset markets, including critical tools to support trading execution, asset custody, and regulatory compliance.
“My entire career I’ve focused on improving markets and I’m thrilled to join Blockchain, which is one of the most established companies in the crypto industry, to do just that for digital assets,” said Jamie Selway, Global Head of Institutional Markets. “I look forward to building new products and services for institutional clients that offer lower costs, greater transparency, and increased efficiency.”
We’re thrilled to announce that George Sax, a former Deputy U.S. Treasury Director and longtime government official of the United States Secret Service, has joined Blockchain as our Global Head of Security. George has decades of experience managing complex security operations across the nation and around the world.
Over the course of his 25-year career in security, George has held a variety of leadership roles and has dedicated himself to keeping the nation’s most precious infrastructure and individuals safe. Most recently, he served as the Deputy U.S. Treasury Director and oversaw the Office of Investigations where he led a global team of over 2,000 people across 161 offices. George was responsible for combating cyber-related financial crimes and developing comprehensive programs to protect the United States’ financial infrastructure. In his new role, George will draw on his experience to further develop our security philosophy, focusing on operations, infrastructure, and product security.
Also, George will be applying decades of physical and personal security insights to Blockchain. For years, he was responsible for the executive protection of multiple U.S. Presidents and their families as well visiting foreign heads of state. This included managing security at a number of high-risk events, including the 2016 U.S. Presidential Campaign and the 2017 U.S. Presidential Inauguration.
“George is a recognized security leader with decades of valuable experience protecting the most important people, infrastructure and systems in the United States,” said Peter Smith, CEO and Co-Founder of Blockchain. “We are proud to welcome him to Blockchain and for him to lead our security efforts as we continue to make crypto safe and easy to use for everyone.”
As the oldest and most trusted software provider for digital assets, our innovative non-custodial Blockchain Wallet gives users complete autonomy and control over their crypto. We recently surpassed 26 million wallets and have more customers than Charles Schwab and TD Ameritrade combined. We also introduced a comprehensive institutional grade platform, Blockchain Principal Strategies, to enable institutional customers the ability to secure, manage and evaluate their digital assets with the same peace of mind and security that has become synonymous with the Blockchain name. As we continue to rapidly grow and launch new products and services, George will be key in developing security programs that enhance our unmatched track record.
“Blockchain is helping to build a fairer financial future by democratizing access to digital assets,” said George Sax, Global Head of Security at Blockchain. “I look forward to applying my experience at the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Treasury to the company’s already robust security program and enable millions across the globe access to this new financial system with confidence.”
With summer’s arrival, banks now have their fair share of holidays, but (lucky for us) the crypto space is open and active 365 days a year. Before heading off on your summer vacation, catch up on this short-but-sweet collection of product updates from the last quarter, plus we revisit milestones and exciting steps forward.
What’s new in Q2 2018?
Bitcoin cash joins bitcoin and ether on iOS
On web, total spendable balance no longer includes watch-only balances
European users can once again set up recurring bitcoin orders
Our 25 million wallet milestone
Announcing blockchain.info migration to blockchain.com
Bitcoin Cash Comes to iOS
As part of our mission to make digital currency more easily accessible, the same bitcoin cash functionality released to web and Android users is now also available on iOS. iOS users can now send, request, and exchange bitcoin cash, safely manage their balance, and monitor the bitcoin cash market price from one central place.
Watch-Only Balances vs Your Total Spendable Balance
As a way to more easily differentiate between your wallet’s spendable and non-spendable balance, we released an update for our web users so watch-only balances will no longer show in your total balance. To view them you can go to Settings -> Addresses. Mobile users should see this feature rolled out in the near future.
In case you’re unfamiliar with what “watch-only” means, it refers to the bitcoin or bitcoin cash address import feature in our wallet designed for monitoring purposes only. Conveniently, users are able to keep an eye on the balance and activity of virtually any bitcoin or bitcoin cash address from within their wallet. It’s important to remember, however, that watch-only balances are not imported with their corresponding private key and therefore aren’t spendable on their own.
Recurring Buy Returns
Mentioned in our Support Team’s latest monthly update, our recurring buy feature made its anticipated return this quarter. The re-launch incorporated user feedback to help make it easier to avoid unknowingly setting up a recurring order when intending to place a one-time order. Available to our European users, the feature makes it easier to acquire bitcoin little-by-little with automatic regularly occurring orders.
Reaching 25 Million Wallets and Beyond
It wouldn’t be a proper product update if we didn’t recap our 25 million wallet milestone, which we celebrated this quarter. When Blockchain initially launched, our vision was to make it easier for anyone to learn about and study the Bitcoin ecosystem. Since then we’re proud to have built a strong and safe growing community of cryptocurrency enthusiasts. Thanks to your trust and support, we get to continue driving innovation forward.
Earlier this week we announced that we’ll be consolidating blockchain.info into blockchain.com to create a unified experience for our users. As a reminder, this means you’ll soon be accessing all of your .info favorites from blockchain.com. Before anything changes for you, we want to make sure to address any questions or concerns you may have.
Why are you consolidating blockchain.info into blockchain.com?
For you! We know that your needs as users are ever-changing and we want to be prepared to offer you the end-to-end experience you’ve been waiting for. Before we can get to releasing the new and improved products we’re working on, we want to simplify how you interact with us so you only have one place to look for all of your crypto needs.
When will this domain move happen?
We want to make sure everything works perfectly when we release this update so we’re tying up any loose ends as we speak. We don’t have an exact date for you yet, but you can expect to see the move over to blockchain.com later this month.
Where will I log in to my wallet and how do I know I’m not on a phishing site?
You’ll soon be logging into your wallet at login.blockchain.com. You can bookmark this new URL to make sure you’re always logging in at the right place.
You may be used to seeing our SSL certificate on blockchain.info as a way to make sure you’re not on a phishing site.
This will now be shown across all of our sites and products, so you can rest assured that you’re always in the right place.
How will this affect my wallet and transactions?
The only thing that will change for your wallet is where you log in, which will soon be at login.blockchain.com. You’ll continue using the same wallet ID and password that you’ve always used. Once you’re logged in, your balances, transaction history, and imported addresses will all be ready and waiting for you.
Will this change how I use your block explorer?
Our block explorer will be getting a new look and feel in the coming months as we prepare to expand on the currencies we support. Until then, the only change you should expect is how you access the explorer. Once we consolidate domains, blockchain.info will be found at blockchain.com/explorer.
What if I have a problem once the domains move?
We’re hoping you won’t run into any issues, but we know things happen. If anything comes up, please reach out to our support team and we’ll help to figure out a solution as quickly as possible.
How will this impact the use of Blockchain’s APIs?
Our APIs will continue to work as normal following this migration.
In the coming weeks, we’ll be consolidating blockchain.info into blockchain.com, making it seamless for our users to access all of our products through a single web experience.
Like with all big moves, we’ve been feeling a bit nostalgic. Way back in August 2011, blockchain.info was created with the simple idea to make bitcoin transactions and its ecosystem more accessible. It was one of the first platforms of its kind and quickly became the most popular and trusted resource for diving into the Bitcoin block chain in real time.
Seven years later, we’re now one of the oldest, most established company in the industry and so much more than a bitcoin explorer. We’re the world’s leading crypto wallet where 25 million users invest in and store Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH), and Bitcoin Cash (BCH). We also allow users to analyze the top cryptocurrencies via our markets page and are continually expanding our widely used API services to make it even easier for developers to build on top of the block chain.
We’ve done a lot over the years, but have a lot more to do in building the future of finance. As we move forward through 2018, we know that your needs are ever-changing, and we need to be prepared to offer you the end-to-end experience you’ve been waiting for. Before we can get to releasing new and improved products for you, we want to simplify how you interact with us.
Later this month, we’ll be consolidating all pages on blockchain.info under our one and only blockchain.com domain. We’ve been looking forward to this merger for quite some time, because it means you’ll only have one place to go for all of your crypto needs, instead of two. In the coming weeks, you’ll be able to access all of your .info favorites from blockchain.com. Along with creating one destination at blockchain.com, we’re excited to roll out a fresh new look!
In the meantime, we’ll be preparing for this move so that when it happens, you don’t have to worry about a thing. All you need to know now is that when this migration happens, the URL that you use to access your wallet, the explorer, and all other .info pages will be located on blockchain.com.
Check back here and on our Twitter and Facebook pages often to stay in the know. And a special shout out to all of those loyal BCi followers that have helped us get here today!
Thanks for joining us for our monthly support team update! In this series, we shed light on trending user concerns, questions, and feedback. May’s big topics include a resolved bug follow-up, questions about buying and selling, and the 1-800 number phishing scam. Let’s get started!
Error De-Serializing Token
Earlier this month, a portion of users were unable to log into their wallets because authorization links in our emails were being double encoded by certain web-based email providers. Instead of being able to proceed with the wallet login process, users would be prompted with a message saying “error de-serializing token”. Thankfully, we were able to make adjustments on our end to allow the link’s data to be decoded by email providers multiple times, if needed. A big thank you to all users who sent us screenshots and details needed to help us diagnose and resolve this issue.
Buying and Selling
Our exchange integration for users in India was disabled, as of May 6th, to undergo necessary maintenance. Understandably so, this change prompted some questions and confusion so we wanted to give you an update. As of now, the functionality remains in maintenance mode but we are working to restore it as soon as possible. We’ll bring you a fresh update as soon as it’s available.
European users can once again place recurring orders. This feature was removed back in January so we could provide updates based on user feedback. With the reintroduction of recurring buy, some users have reported that a recurring order was unknowingly set up when they intended to place a one-time order. To avoid unintentionally setting up recurring orders, be sure “Make this a recurring order” is not checked when placing a buy order. If you accidentally set up a recurring order, you can cancel it by navigating to Buy Bitcoin -> Order History, choosing the order listed under Recurring Orders, and clicking Cancel Recurring Order.
The Latest in Phishing Scams
A claim has been making the rounds that Blockchain has a 1-800 number for support, or that a third party company is handling telephone support on our behalf. We want to clarify that these claims are false. We have never provided any telephone support in-house or through a third party.
If we decide to offer telephone support, we’ll be sure to let you know on our social media channels and through our Support Center. It’s always important to cross-reference any claim like this with our official support page, or by asking us directly.
If you have any questions about this update or a specific topic you’d like us to cover, send us your feedback here. You can also get in touch with us @AskBlockchain.
Don’t miss April’s update where we uncover the wave of watch-only scams and take you on a test drive exploring how watch-only addresses work.