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BTC/USD - A special market

3 days

If you are trading on our BTC/USD market you may have received this error message from time to time: “All of our allocated funds are currently used to hedge existing positions on this market. Please try again later!”
We are aware that there is ongoing speculation and frustration in the community, and we hope that this blog entry gives some insight into why this error appears and what our future plans are.

Hedging BTC/USD positions

You may have noticed that our BTC/USD market is quite “special”. It has a low maximum leverage, a tiny account-maximum of 20 BTC, a high overnight-financing rate and even a different profit/loss formula. There are multiple reasons for this:

  • Compared to our other markets the Bitcoin price is quite volatile and the usual economic theories of inflation and efficient-market hypothesis cannot be applied one-to-one.
  • Our traders are exceptionally optimistic about the Bitcoin price. While the ratio between long and short positions usually approximates 1:1 (906:1000 for the EUR/USD market with ~206k positions) the ratio for BTC/USD positions is stable at 1000:770. This means that there is a constant imbalance of too many long positions which cannot be matched against short positions. This means that hedging those positions efficiently is extremely important.
  • Hedging long positions (even unleveraged ones) works by converting the USD value of the position size to Bitcoin. We can either allocate some of our own Bitcoin reserves and counter long positions (Problem: our reserves are limited) or we “borrow” USD and actually convert them on spot exchanges. (Problems: counterparty risks, interest charges, trading fees)
  • To stay competitive we have to offer an extremely low spread and financing charges which leads to a small overall loss of around 0.1% of the trading volume for us.

The future

With our update on January 13th, we added multiple statistical tools to our backend, which will be used to closely track the activity on this market and to help us finding the right parameters. Depending on the market conditions we will adapt the spread and overnight charges more aggressively and move our revenue from -0.10% to 0.05% of the trading volume. However, we plan to use all of these profits to increase our reserves and to meet the growing demand. While higher fees might be unpleasant, it’s a necessary step to make the BTC/USD market future-proof. Once we are satisfied with the situation we will add more crypto pairs to our platform in the coming months.



New Year - More features!

1 week

Our first update of 2017 includes a lot of new features and improvements. We added an in-page support system and finally optimized the referral system - including a calculation tool and statistics to improve your referral experience!

Here is the complete changelog:

  • Added an in-page support system.
  • Fixed “reset” bug when inserting decimal numbers into input fields.
  • Increased referral reward from 15% to 25%. (Until June 30th 2017)
  • Increased “copy-trade” reward from 15% to 25%. (Until June 30th 2017)
  • Shortened referral link.
  • Added a calculation tool for estimating the rewards on the referral page.
  • Added monthly, 6-month and yearly referral statistics.
  • Added line charts for link clicks, the amount you earned and the accounts created under your referral link. This gives you a detailed insight of your performance.
  • Changed input styling on iOS devices using Safari.
  • Added limit parameter to bars.php which lets you limit your data to a certain amount of values.
  • Added API Call Quota System.
  • Added Heikin Ashi chart type.
  • Added current price to browser title when navigating to market details.
  • Swapped Bid/Ask label positions in the live chart.
  • Newsletters received a completely new unsubscribe system.


The New Referral System

4 weeks

In the past months we have re-worked and improved several parts of our platform. With our upcoming update on January 6th, we finally optimized one of the most important parts of 1Broker - The referral system. This simple tool is a crucial feature and certainly one of the main reasons for our success over the years. We never imagined that so many people would use this system: In total more than 375 BTC were paid to our affiliates from over 420,000 trades. We hope that this success story will continue throughout 2017.

Have a look at the changes we made:

  • Increased spread share from 15% to 25%. (Until June 30th 2017)
  • Minimized the referral link: 1broker.com/?r=12345 (Please update your old links, they will not work anymore)
  • Added a calculation tool for estimating the rewards on the referral page.
  • Added monthly, 6-month and yearly statistics.
  • Added line charts for link clicks, the amount you earned and the accounts created under your referral link. This gives you a detailed insight of your performance.

 

We wish you a successful New Year!



Hello Trailing Stop Loss

1 month

With today's update we finally introduced Trailing Stop Loss orders as an additional trading option. Have a look at our Trailing Stop Loss page to see a beautiful simulation of this new order type.

Here is the complete changelog:

  • Improved blog paging system and HTML title.
  • Several improvements for the live chart.
  • Added additional historical chart data that goes back for 10 years.
  • Trailing Stop Loss.
  • Trailing Stop Loss explanation page.
  • We’re storing and showing who deleted a comment from now on.
  • Shortened overnight charge transaction description to fit the PDF paper size.
  • Added indicators (line and circles) to show the current mouse x position in line charts.
  • Dozens of minor UI fixes and improvements.


Live charts and CSV/PDF exports

2 months

With today's update we added live charts and PDF/CSV exporting functionality to our trading panel. Both of these features were requested extremely often in the last months. Additionally, this is the first time we publish a detailed changelog of what has changed with an update. We hope that this gives you a better insight of our development process in the future.

Here is the complete changelog:

  • PDF/CSV exports for position/history.
  • Added live chart in market details.
  • Added sortable trading-ideas and popular-traders view.
  • Added paging functionality to historic trades on profile pages.
  • Added 15min OHLC bars to the API and enabled them for the day chart.
  • Minimized and improved Email template. It’s responsive now!
  • Fixed “ghost” clicks on touch devices when hiding the sidebar.
  • Removed cursor data from pageable API requests and adapted the affected response objects.
  • Added dividend calculator and overview for upcoming dividend payments.
  • Added decimals field to market/details API.
  • Added CSS transition for “reconnect-to-server” dialog.
  • Renamed Open, High, Low, Close to O, H, L, C in chart.
  • Fixed width inconsistencies for long/short buttons.
  • Fixed several typos across the trading interface.
  • Changed the market data resolution to 15 minutes for "day" charts.
  • Fixed issue in charts, where data wouldn’t load properly after reloading.
  • Selecting a time period in a chart will now display an exact time interval instead of showing a set amount of values.
  • Fixed a bug that caused some candles in OHLC display to disappear.


API version 2.0

2 months

Two weeks after releasing our new trading interface, API version 2.0 was deployed. We hope you’ll enjoy our shiny new API. A lot of changes happened in the background that make this version faster than ever and will enable us to implement future changes easier than before.

We've tried to keep the new API as similar as possible to the old one while also trying to adhere to our new standardized naming scheme.

Here are some of the most important things you need to know if you're using our API:

  • API version 1.3 is deprecated and will be disabled on January 9th, 2017.
  • You need to create a new API token in order to access version 2.0
  • New paging system for certain API methods: The api will return a cursor object containing pointers to the next and previous page as well as a data object containing the requested information.
  • Some API calls have been renamed.
  • 4 new API calls (with more to come).
  • New/renamed input-parameters and response fields to handle shared trades.

Have a look at our new API documentation for more information.

 



Get ready for 1Broker 2.0

3 months

After nearly one year of hard work, we are finally ready to announce the biggest software update in our history. 1Broker version 2.0 will be made available on November 2nd, 8:00 AM (New York time). To give you an idea of the size of this update, more than 50,000 lines of code were written, which took us about 3000 working hours. Based on the feedback we received over the past years, virtually nothing was left untouched:
 

Brand New Interface

The trading panel and website were split apart and developed from scratch. They will present themselves more minimalist and faster than ever before. Designed and optimized for widescreen displays and mobile devices, you will enjoy a consistent trading experience wherever you are. Instead of bloating it with unnecessary new features, we focused on the most important things: Speed and simplicity.
 

Social Trading

You will be able to share your trading ideas and copy other users’ trades. With the help of our community you can stay ahead of the game and gain a significant advantage over other “isolated” market participants. If someone follows your trading idea, you will even receive a monetary reward! A perfect opportunity to earn a second passive income by sharing your knowledge.
 

Powerful Charting

A precise and powerful charting tool is a necessity for every modern trading platform. Our new D3-based software offers a great set of basic functionality, including SMA and EMA indicators, and will be extended further in the future.
 

¡Buenos días!

In the coming years, we will try to reach out to non-English speaking traders too. As a first step, we translated our website to Spanish and German.
 

… and much more.


We are looking forward to your feedback and hope you enjoy this milestone.



Volkswagen (VOW3)

3 months

Be aware that the symbol of Volkswagen (VOW) will change to VOW3, the current symbol (VOW) will be deactivated.



Deutsche Bank (DBK) added

3 months

Deutsche Bank (DBK) will be a new member on our platform with the 5th of October. The bank is currently experiencing trouble and a drastic drop in share value; it is unsure if the bank will be able to avoid insolvency or will be forced to depend on governmental support. However many other enterprises do have concerns in regard to the upcoming Brexit and the therefore necessary relocation of thousands of employees. Our new addition with headquarters in both London and Frankfurt is therefore a secure and stable alternative, even with the occurring of political discrepancies. This head start is one of many reasons why we are delighted about the current expansion.



5 new markets are now available for trading

6 months

Today, we are pleased to announce the addition of 5 new markets to our platform:

 Yahoo Inc.
 Citigroup Inc.
 USD/MXN
 NASDAQ 100
 ATX


We value your feedback, so if you have any suggestions about which markets you would like to see added in the future, let us know!



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