MINING

Get to know more about mining




Why is mining so important?

Cryptocurrency networks need computational power to run securely. The world’s most powerful blockchains are supported by millions of computers around the world.

Unlike paper money, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are produced mathematically and held digitally. The people who voluntarily offer their computing power to secure these cryptocurrency networks are called miners. Cryptocurrencies don’t have a central government or other so-called ‘middlemen’ that decide about the future of the system. – They are in fact digital, borderless democracies in which miners vote with their computing power to reach order and consensus.


How is Bitcoin kept secure?

The only way to not create money out of thin air or corrupt it, is to burn real energy. This is called Proof-Of-Work.

Today, bitcoin is the most secure computer network on the planet and it’s practically impossible to break it! The reason for that is hash power, the umbrella term used for the computing power that miners provide to the bitcoin network and similar cryptocurrency networks. Due to the rapid growth of the ecosystem, mining operations today are mostly running with specialized high-performance computers that function most efficiently set up in large data centers.

What's the Incentive for miners?

It all comes down to trust: Miners keep the blockchains trustworthy and are rewarded for their efforts.

As miners, we are processing and verifying the transactions of the cryptocurrency ecosystems and keeping their public transaction history (blockchains) maintained and secure. For this, the mining community is rewarded with the networks’ transaction fees and newly created coins. It’s a win-win situation! When you start mining with us, you are getting your share of this reward.


The big vision of cryptocurrency

The future will be decentralized.

To keep the integrity (and values!) of all cryptocurrency ecosystems intact, miners keep the networks safe and its authority decentralized by keeping each other constantly in check. This allows both a healthy growth and a fair distribution of currency units to all crypto-citizens!


Top Questions


  • arrow_drop_downHow does Bitcoin mining work with Future Ace Trading
    It’s quick and very easy! As soon as we receive your payment your contract will be added to your profile, and you can immediately start mining. Depending on the blockchain algorithm you select and the associated mining service agreement you enter into, you can either mine native cryptocurrencies directly or allocate your hashpower to other cryptocurrencies (marked with AUTO), and even choose a specific allocation for them. For example: 60% LTC, 20% BTC and 20% DOGE. The first mining output is released after 48 hours, and then a daily mining output will follow.
  • arrow_drop_downAre you mining for yourself?
    Besides the fact that we ourselves mine with the very same hardware that we offer to our clients, our capital is limited. We believe that Bitcoin and Altcoin mining is one of the best ways to receive Cryptocurrencies, however, we do not want to “put all our eggs in one basket”.
  • arrow_drop_downWhere is your mining farm located?
    For security reasons, we do not disclose the exact location of our mining farms. As of April 2015, we are operating several mining farms that are located in Europe, America and Asia. Electricity cost and availability of cooling are important, but not the only criteria. See our Datacenters page for more information.
  • arrow_drop_downWhat coins I mine with each algorithm?

    You are able to mine Bitcoin and various altcoins directly via our mining allocation page*. The availability of cryptocurrencies you can mine depends on the contract you have chosen.

    You must allocate your hashpower in order to determine the cryptocurrency received for your mining output. If no allocation has been made, the mining output will default to the following for the given blockchain algorithm:

    SHA-256 contract - Bitcoin
    Ethash contract - Ethereum

    (*) “Future Ace Trading Advanced Allocation” (special feature): It allows you to get mining outputs in many different coins even if they are not mined directly by a certain algorithm. For example, you can get mining outputs in BTC while mining with an X11 algorithm! That is possible by mining the DASH coin directly, which is then automatically swapped to BTC by our algorithmic framework. The Allocation function is designed for customers to receive delivery of their mining results in their preferred cryptocurrency. We call it “mining BTC the smart way”. The same technique is also used to get mining results in LTC with a SHA-256 contract, etc.

  • arrow_drop_downHow do your ether contracts work?

    When you purchase an Ether mining contract, you buy a share of a GPU (“graphics processing unit“) to mine Ethereum. The hashing algorithm used to mine Ether is called Ethash (or Dagger-Hashimoto).

    Ethash requires the so called DAG file in order to perform the calculations. This file grows over time, which means that more operations for each hashing operation need to be performed. This means that the effective hashrate decreases a little each time the DAG file grows.

    This has to be considered when comparing the theoretical output of your hashpower. Online calculators do not take this into account.

    Also, please keep in mind that some of our products have a maintenance fee attached.

  • arrow_drop_downWhat are the expected returns?

    Bitcoin and altcoin mining depends highly on the prices and network difficulties of the Cryptocurrencies that you are mining, which cannot be predicted. It would not “look right” if we would provide data on the mining performance and sell contracts at the same time. Therefore, we recommend all our clients to do their own research and do their own performance calculation.

    For example, you might want to have a look at coinwarz.com. Remember that some of our products have a daily maintenance fee which must be deducted from the daily mining rewards.

    Please note that the website is an independent source of reference and not related to Future Ace Trading in any manner.

  • arrow_drop_downWhich pools are you using for mining?

    We do not publish a list of pools we are using. Our main criteria for a good pool are: reliability, fee structure and reject rate. Going forward we will solo-mine a few coins (and pass the fee savings to our users!).

    Our internal policy is: “be a good crypto citizen”. This means, that we will at least use two different pools (in some cases we use up to four) for each coin. This is to preserve the decentralized nature of the crypto networks! If we become aware that a pool is getting close to 50% share, we will switch away from it and use a backup instead.

  • arrow_drop_downIsn't buying hardware cheaper?

    On the first glance one might think that buying miner X is slightly cheaper than hosted mining. However, there are a number of “hidden” costs related to purchasing and maintaining a miner that change the economics significantly:

    Shipping costs: few merchants will cover this, but in most cases they will charge you extra.

    Customs dues / VAT: if it is an international delivery you will likely have to pay customs dues and VAT; generally this has a huge impact on the total cost of your mining equipment.

    Delivery time: when you pay for your device you have to wait until the miner is packaged and shipped; if it is held up in the customs this can take weeks. And during that time you cannot mine at all (“opportunity costs”). You have to wait and hope. And if the merchant has a stock shortage; it is you who has to wait. WithFuture Ace Trading you pay and get your hashpower immediately online. No delays!

    Costs for additional equipment: when buying miners from larger retailers you often have to buy additional equipment like an extra PSU that matches the electricity specs for your country, control units and specific shelves to store them efficiently. This adds up significantly to the overall price for hashpower.

    Setting the system up: when the device finally arrived you have to assemble and configure it. Beginners often underestimate the amount of work and technical knowledge that is needed to bring the device up and optimize its settings. People that used the first ASICs spend days and weeks on it. In monetary terms this costs you twice: (i) your time and (ii) lost mining opportunity.

    Maintenance: hardware failures, outages and crashes could lead to downtimes between seconds and weeks. If your unit breaks you have to return it and start from scratch (by the way: check the guarantee time of your miner; it is often less than a year). With Future Ace Trading you have a guaranteed uptime of 100%: in case one of your units fails another unit will be switched over and start mining for you the very same second.

    Electricity: having the machines at home not only brings heat and noise, but also an increase of your electricity bill; an important factor that many underestimate. Please do not get us wrong: we do not want to discourage anyone from mining at home! We are often asked about prices and realized that many users do not know about all the hidden costs. If you compare the true costs, you will notice that our prices are very competitive. We want to provide you the best possible mining experience, so that you can focus on mining your favorite coins (and we take care of the rest).

  • arrow_drop_downWhat is the maintenance fee?

    Some of our products have a maintenance fee attached. The maintenance fee covers all costs related to mining including, inter alia:

    electricity cost
    cooling
    maintenance work
    hosting services

    The fee is fixed in USD but deducted from the daily mining rewards in the natively mined coin on a daily basis.

  • arrow_drop_downHow can I mine different coins at the same time?

    Future Ace Trading allows its clients to mine different types of coins at the same time. You decide which coins you prefer and you can allocate hashpower accordingly.

    Each mining algorithm is set up with a default delivery cryptocurrency. The Future Ace Trading Advanced Auto-Allocation (in short “AUTO”) will apply to all cryptocurrencies which cannot be mined directly. In the user interface go to “Mining Allocation” and choose the hashpower allocation that is best for you. When you are done press “save allocation”.

    Remember that the cryptocurrencies marked with (AUTO) are not directly mined, as mentioned in the “What coins can I mine?” section of this Customer Service page.

    In order to get the mining output, please ensure to add your wallet address(es) to your Future Ace Trading profile. Find out more details about how to add your wallet(s) in the next section.

Frequnetly asked questions


  • arrow_drop_downHow can I unlock my account?
    Due to security measures, your account can only be unlocked by customer support. Please submit a ticket via the web contact form below (select: ‘My account - General - Unlock my account’) and we will unlock your account for you. Before submitting, make sure you enter the primary e-mail address of your ${PWA_NAME} account, or else we won’t be able to help you.
  • arrow_drop_downI forgot my 2FA code, what can I do?
    For security reasons, we only allow the deactivation of the 2FA code through a personal dialog via ticket. Please scroll down to the web contact form, select: ‘My account - General - Lost access to my device (I forgot 2FA code)’ and we will send you the instructions on how to confirm your account ownership. Before submitting the ticket, please make sure you enter the primary e-mail address of your TradersMark account, or else we won’t be able to help you.
  • arrow_drop_downHow can I change my email address
    For your security, we only allow e-mail address modifications after following an identification procedure. Please contact our customer service team via ticket for further information. In case you have access to your primary e-mail, submit your request via your account under ‘My Account - Contact Customer Service’. Just select ‘My account - General - Change my login email address’ in our service topic drop-down menu. In case you have lost access to your primary e-mail, submit your request via our web contact form below. Just enter your new e-mail address and select ‘My account - General - Lost access to my email‘ in our service topic drop-down menu.
  • arrow_drop_downHow can I setup a new wallet
    We do not offer a wallet service as of yet, but you can find many wallets available online. There are many different wallet types and we do not favor any specific one. Please go to MY ACCOUNT / SETTINGS / WALLETS in your GM profile and you will find a suggestion for every type of wallet. After you set up your address, keep in mind that sometimes it can take up to 48 hours for the change to take effect. How can I create a new a
  • arrow_drop_downHow can I create a new account
    To create a TradersMark account, simply click on SIGN UP, enter your e-mail address and a secure password, and repeat the chosen password. Read and agree to the Privacy Policy by checking the box (mandatory), and decide if you’d like to receive occasional e-mails about our offers and discounts (optional). After you confirm the reCAPTCHA and click on ‘Sign Up‘, go to your e-mail Inbox and verify your e-mail address.* Once you click on the verification link, it will automatically log you into your TradersMark account. *In case you did not receive a verification e-mail, please also check your Junk/Spam folder. If you cannot find the e-mail in any of the folders, please go to the TradersMark ‘Login‘ page, enter the needed info to log in, and there you will be able to select ‘Resend verification e-mail‘.
  • arrow_drop_downHow can I erase my account?
    If you have decided that you want to delete your account and stop being a member of the TradersMark family, please contact our customer service using your primary e-mail address. Just select ‘My account - General - Terminate my account’ in our topic drop-down menu. We wish you success in all your future crypto endeavors!