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Weekly focus - Oil due for a bounce

Black gold back on track

Oil prices have slumped since early October amid an abrupt positioning unwind among investors accompanied by bearish fundamentals. This may well change as developments related to Iran, 4FV 123 turn supportive. Hence, we see chances of a tactical rebound in the coming weeks and recommend adding exposure, either directly or by exploring option strategies.

Another way of gaining exposure is via energy equities. Q3 results confirmed that energy profits remain in a strong recovery mode and the vast majority of our energy top picks reported double-digit earnings growth. We outline our preferred companies.


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As if cryptocurrencies weren’t complicated enough for new investors, now Ethereum has a hard fork coming up on January 16.

A fork is essentially an update or change to a cryptocurrency blockchain protocol. There are two main types: a soft fork and a hard fork. Soft forks are backward-compatible, meaning that nodes on a network can still recognize newly coded blocks implemented by the soft fork.

A hard fork, on the other hand, isn’t backward-compatible. Newly created blocks cannot be recognized by the network’s nodes, which means that at times a new network needs to be created to cater to new blocks using an updated protocol. A prime example of a hard fork is the creation of Bitcoin Cash in the wake of the bitcoin hard fork in 2017.

So will Constantinople introduce a new cryptocurrency?

The Constantinople hard fork differs from bitcoin’s in that it is non-contentious, meaning it is being embraced by a majority of the Ethereum community. Bitcoin’s hard fork in 2017 was contentious, meaning there were major disagreements in the cryptocurrency’s community. For instance, many believed bitcoin’s network was no longer sustainable, and therefore a new network was needed, causing the development of Bitcoin Cash.

The Constantinople hard fork is expected to take place on January 16 at a block height of 7,080,000, and most in the community seem prepared for the change. Major exchanges and trading platforms have expressed their support for the fork, and have prepared all the technical requirements needed to adapt to the update. The main goal of Constantinople is to ease the future transition of Ethereum from the Proof-of-Work (PoW) mechanism to Proof-of-Stake (PoS), while cutting costs and increasing efficiency of the network.

Constantinople’s market effect

The arrival of Constantinople has had a positive effect on Ethereum (ETH) value. In mid-December, ETH was trading around $80, an all-time low for the cryptocurrency. With Constantinople’s approach, that value nearly doubled in less than a month, reaching $160 on January 4 and reclaiming the number two spot in value rankings, as shown by CoinMarketCap.

As of this writing, however, its value has dropped to about $118, returning to the third rank in value, as Ripple has reclaimed the number two spot again. The drop isn’t associated with Constantinople but with the drop of the cryptocurrency market as a whole. Ethereum isn’t far behind and will most likely reclaim the number two spot as we get closer to Constantinople.

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Board Rules, News & Announcements / Re: iTools Crack
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Latest Security News & Alerts / Re: The most stupid passwords in 2012., only Top 25
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Latest Security News & Alerts / Re: How Using A VPN Could Save Your Summer
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CryptoCurrencies Base / Re: [SLX] SLATE - Unrestricted global entertainment access
« Last post by vindyne8 on 15. January 2019., 01:53:30 »
Dear SLATE Community,
A friendly reminder that the SLX dashboard at will be closing. The closing date for the dashboard was originally January 14th but will be extended until this Friday, January 18th at 11:59 pm EST. Your coins will no longer be accessible after this date so please transfer your SLX to the Slate Core Wallet, which can be downloaded at
Kind Regards,
The SLATE Team
CryptoCurrencies Base / Cryptocurrency in Estonia: year 2018 overview
« Last post by KYCbench on 14. January 2019., 21:19:13 »

Almost one year has passed since the new Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Prevention Act (MLTFPA) came into force introducing two types of licenses for cryptocurrency in Estonia. MLTFPA has helped businesses dealing with cryptocurrencies to understand whether they are required to apply for a license or whether they can operate without one.

Estonia was the first country in the European Union that introduced such legislation. This fact led to a boom of international cryptocurrency exchange clients coming to Estonia to try to obtain licenses.

Nearly a year after the new law came into force, close to 1000 licenses have been issued and several challenges have arisen. Now Estonia decided to tighten its licensing regime for cryptocurrency companies. The financial authorities in Tallinn want to introduce stricter regulations for fintech businesses registered in the Baltic country. The Ministry of Finance is currently preparing draft amendments to the country’s Anti-Money Laundering and Counterterrorist Financing Law, the local news outlet Äripäev reported.

Obtaining cryptocurrency licenses is a relatively easy and fast process and the package of documents, which are required to be submitted, is minimal. But licensed company needs to strictly fulfill all the requirements provided in MLTFPA and one of the first requirements is set up of KYC/AML procedure. Estonia is one of several jurisdictions spearheading the adoption of crypto-friendly and compliance laws and rules in Europe, therefore KYCBench expects bright future of crypto regulations adoption not only in Estonia and Europe, but worldwide.

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CryptoCurrencies Base / Re: [ICO] (MODEX) Modex - Smart Contract Marketplace
« Last post by vindyne8 on 14. January 2019., 18:03:25 »
Join us at GrowthClub meet-up at Modex Blockchain Labs Bucharest!

This Wednesday, January 16th, Modex Blockchain Labs Bucharest — Romania’s first blockchain hub — is hosting the second GrowthClub meet-up, the community of entrepreneur students. Over 80 young students with bright business ideas or already launched projects will take part in the event, alongside experienced entrepreneurs, so come and meet them at our blockchain hub overlooking the city!

System & Security Management / SysAid - Service Desk Software
« Last post by Samker on 14. January 2019., 10:22:35 »

I've been looking for an all-in-one service desk solution for a while now but was having trouble finding one with the level of customization I wanted. I stumbled across this gem recently and wanted to share it with you all:

SysAid's Service Desk Software

SysAid's Service Desk gives us a fully functional help desk ticketing system and an asset management suite in a single piece of software. We're a medium-sized business and this kind of solution worked perfectly for us. We don't need the infinite scalability of a dedicated asset management solution, so the way SysAid's asset management module fits together with its ticketing system has given our service desk everything it needs in one place.

We used the cloud deployment and were able to quickly get SysAid's client rolled out across the company. Configuration of our backend took some extra time but was definitely worth it when we were able to custom configure pretty much everything we could ever want to play with.

While we don't strictly follow ITIL guidelines, I can see how the way SysAid's software is designed can help those who do. We did make use of their CMDB feature for quick asset discovery and configuration. Transferring what passed for our old CMDB into SysAid's software was largely painless, and we were able to automatically discover the few things that didn't play nice with the transfer.

Sysaid gives us a lot of room to run with their ticketing priority and controls, and we were able to get our help desk setup with the software relatively quickly. The old system they were using didn't have this level of customization, so it took a bit of time for them to adjust, but they greatly prefer the new software to the old one. We're not swamped with hundreds of incoming tickets a day, but if we were then automatic ticket routing would speed things up.

Some of the things SysAid's software does:

●   Cloud or on-site deployments.
●   ITSM module that includes incident management, problem management, and change management tools.
●   Knowledge base integration with help desk tools to automatically send users to a self-service portal.
●   CMDB setup tool with network asset discovery and a very useful overview of the CMDB itself. One of the more unique and helpful implementations I've seen.
●   SLA management
●   Fully featured help desk with ticket management, end-user clients for easy remote access and incident reporting, and more.
●   Asset management suite with inventory management and patch management.
●   Detailed analytics for both the entire service desk operating on SysAid's software.

If you've been looking for an all-in-one solution that gives you all the above in one package, Sysaid is definitely worth a look. It's worked well for us and I can't recommend it enough if this is what your company needs. You can check them out and find more information at
CryptoCurrencies Base / XchangeRate Product Launch Announcement
« Last post by MelissaLiberson on 13. January 2019., 19:08:38 »


After the Successful ICO, we are now launching the XchangeRate Robot Platform.

What Is XchangeRate?

XchangeRate Robot, the first AI (Augmented Intelligence) powered platform in the history of Cryptocurrency trading.

The platform brings one unified interface to manage trades across all major exchanges along with powerful tools to increase profits for day traders from day one.

XchangeRate 24hour Live Feeds


Pricing And Where To Buy?

XRR Token is the currency for the XchangeRate platform. XRR is an Ethereum erc20 token. A user is required to have a designated wallet that will be used as the primary wallet for platform transactions. The wallet shouldn’t be from an exchange. It should be on a wallet that supports erc20 tokens. You can use the XchangeRate calculator to determine how many tokens you would need to purchase to enjoy XRR services.

How XchangeRate Services Are Priced?

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