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Borderless: A Marketplace Application

What is Borderless?

The Borderless Marketplace (“Borderless”) is a user interface that accesses Block Collider’s robust peer-to-peer digital asset trading network. Borderless is the first truly decentralized marketplace which does not broker trades, hold assets, or require trust, but instead places the power of fair trade in the hands of its users.

How does Borderless work?

Borderless interacts with Block Collider by allowing users to retrieve and place orders that exist on the multichain and presenting them in a human-readable format.

An important distinction is that there are no components of the interface that risk centralization. Order books, wallet management, network fees, and every aspect of Borderless is completely on-chain and decentralized.

What is a maker and taker?

Taker. If a user places an order on an exchange that is immediately filled, either partially or in its entirety, they are considered a “taker.” A user who does this is “taking” the price they want, right now, generally through buying or selling orders sitting on the books.
Maker. When am exchange user places an order that doesn’t fill immediately, they are a “maker.” By placing orders on the books, the user helps to “make the market” and as such is considered a “market maker”.

What are the fees to trade on Borderless?

While there are no fees taken by the Block Collider team, there are NRG fees associated with each transaction.

What are NRG fees?

NRG fees are network fees, similar to gas on Ethereum. They are provided to the miners who are responsible for adding the execution of trades made on Borderless to the Block Collider multichain via their computational resources.

NOTE: Block Collider does NOT take any fees from trades on the network. NRG fees are strictly for miners.

Who pays the NRG fees?

Traders pay the NRG fees. Any time a trade occurs, a minimal amount of NRG is required from both maker and taker to be sent to the Block Collider miners as a reward to facilitate that trade.

How much NRG is needed to perform a trade?

Each trade’s NRG fee will be minimal, but will vary depending on the length of the trade (meaning the longer the deposit and settlement period, the more expensive the transaction). This is because miners completing these transactions have to keep track of them longer in order to appropriately mark them for the child chains, extending the duration of computational effort and therefore the reward necessary.

What is NRG Collateralizing?

Trading on Borderless is facilitated by collateralizing NRG, a process which involved locking up a certain amount of NRG as collateral to ensure the trade goes through.

The same dynamics of putting a hold on a guest’s credit card during their hotel stay is at play in collateralization, as it ensures that both parties have incentives to perform their agreed upon roles.

Why do we need collateral?

NRG collateralization is integral to the Block Collider ecosystem. The NRG collateral acts in place of previous points of trust, incentivizing both parties to behave properly. Think of this mechanism as the required infrastructure or circuitry that enables everyone to play fairly.

The way the collateral is settled and moves around with the orders is completely is baked into the protocol. It requires no validation and no approval from any third party.

Collateralizing NRG enables Borderless users to trade with their funds sitting with them and remaining in their full control, not in an escrow smart contract or with some other application, but within their own wallet the entire time.

Collateral is the only truly decentralized way to trade from two chains between two peers.

Can the total amount of collateralized NRG be less than the value of my order?

Yes, but whether it is accepted is entirely based on the risk appetite of the market for NRG. This in effect creates a price indicator for NRG which means that there will be less NRG for sale when the crypto markets in general are experiencing high levels of volatility. A user who sees a market rate pair may be disincentivized from accepting an open order if there is no guarantee they will get at least their amount of the trade back in collateral if the trade isn’t executed.

What are the minimum trade orders on Borderless?

There are none. Provided you find someone to take the trade or place the order, and send along the necessary NRG fees, there are no minimums.

What are the minimum withdrawal / deposit amounts for all tokens?

There are none. There is no centralized storage, there are no withdrawal limits. Your wallets are in your control the entire time.

Does Borderless support partial order fulfillment?

Yes. Some orders can be taken in smaller increments, if designated by the maker.

Why do the minimum incremental percentages differ order to order?

When an order is placed, the maker sets the partial order increments. This can be set as low as 10% and as high as 100%

What happens when the minimum order % is met?

If you set a minimum order % of less than 100%, then a partial order can be filled. This would automatically take the corresponding partial ratio of your order and your NRG collateral and turn it into a complete order. The rest of your order will remain on the order book with the new minimum order amount the same value as the original order, but applied to the remaining balance.

How do I run Borderless?

You must download and run the Borderless application. Follow this step-by-step guide for an easy to follow setup.

What are the system requirements to run the app?

In order to run the Borderless application, you will need the following-

  • A compatible 64-bit Windows, Linux, or Mac computer
  • A broadband Internet connection with upload speeds of at least 2000 kilobits (250 kilobytes) per second.
  • 2GB of memory (RAM)

How do I add funds to my account?

Adding funds to your trading session is simple and safe. Since Borderless is truly decentralized, your funds are never uploaded to any centralized server or escrow service, you remain in control of your funds the entire time. Simply add the private key from your desired asset’s wallet to your locally running Borderless application and you can access those funds on the exchange.

Are my funds safe on Borderless?

Yes! The session is encrypted end to end and a user’s wallets are in their control the entire time. There will never be a username or password Borderless stores or requires from a user.

What’s a BSEC wallet? How should I use it?

If you were a participant in the original public sale of Emblems, you created a BSEC wallet. This wallet holds your Emblems, so simply upload the ETH private key to the Borderless app to access your Emblems.

Does the amount of NRG available in my wallet affect the orders I can see?

No. Regardless of the NRG in your wallet, you can always see all open orders on the order book.

What about fees from child chain networks?

Yes, there are network fees required on the child chains in order to settle their respective transactions. Examples of network fees are Gas fees on the Ethereum network or Bitcoin fees for the Bitcoin network.

How many blocks need to be confirmed before an individual trade is considered confirmed?

The Shift Operator will be defaulted to wait 10 blocks (about 50 seconds) before considering a trade confirmed, however the Maker can edit this number to their preference in the settings window.

What are the min and max deposit (trade) and settlement windows that can be set for Makers?

Trade and Settlement windows can be set at 1 hour intervals between 1 and 24 hours on Borderless.

Borderless: A Marketplace Application


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