Trading Clam Coins

CLAM coins are a cryptocurrency based on a proof-of-stake mining method. One new CLAM coin is generated each minute and awarded to users by proportional lottery based on the number of CLAMs they have working on their miner. This means there will be 60 new CLAMs created per hour, 1,440 created per day, and 525,600 CLAMs created each year.

The value of each CLAM simply depends on the interaction of supply and demand; there is no central authority that controls the value of CLAMs and their price is completely up to markets. Since their inception, the value of CLAMs has generally been rising against the US & Canadian dollars much like most other crypto currencies. CLAM users can consult blockchain explorers to check addresses, monitor transactions, etc, and can view the market cap of CLAMs on sites such as CoinMarketCap. At the time of writing, there are about 2.7 million CLAMs outstanding worth about $20,000,000 US dollars.

To get into the CLAM economy, the first thing you should do is buy some CLAMS; since CLAMs are based on proof-of-stake, you can’t mine any CLAMs without first having some CLAMs to stake.

To buy CLAMs, the first step is to get some bitcoins. If you’re Canadian or American, use QuadrigaCX since you can make Canadian dollar deposits using Interac online and then exchange Canadian dollars for bitcoins. For Americans, try a service such as Coinbase.

Once you have your bitcoins, you have a few choices. If you want to trade your bitcoins for CLAMs, you can find 77% of the volume for CLAMs on Poloniex and the balance of volume on Bittrex.  If you are a little wary about using exchanges, you can also use a service such as ShapeShift. At the time of writing Changelly does not offer CLAMs.

If you really want to mine CLAMs, check out my friend’s post on github describing how to set up your own miner.

In my opinion, Poloniex is the best place to trade CLAMs. The market is fairly liquid, but it jumps around enough (this is CLAM coins after-all) that there are opportunities for traders. But keep in mind that you can really only trade the CLAM/BTC pair: there is no other markets for CLAMs to fiat other than private sales between friends, so unless your friends are really into trading CLAMs, it’s probably best to trade on Poloniex.

The nice feature about trading CLAMs on Poloniex is you can both borrow and lend CLAMs. This means you can jack up your leverage at pretty cheap rates. At the time of writing, you can borrow bitcoins against CLAMs for less than 0.001% per day, and you can borrow CLAMs for less than 0.001%. You can also get some pretty cheap leverage on Poloniex.

At the time of writing, here is the current bid/ask spread on both Poloniex and Bittrex:

Poloniex 0.00047464 bid / 0.00047500 ask

Bittrex 0.00047483 bid / 0.00048195 ask

So you can see the bid/ask spread is much tighter on Poloniex, representing their greater volume/liquidity, but interestingly, there is more than a 1% gap between the bid/offer for CLAM/BTC on Bittrex. This presents an opportunity for traders who can arbitrage the different prices between exchanges. The fees on Bittrex are 0.25% per trade, so there is certainly an opportunity for some market making using a bot. Here is a link to Bittrex API documentation.

One funny thing to be aware of when trading CLAMs: since the market is only worth about $20 mil USD in total, and more than half of those CLAMs are tied up on just-dice, the trading for CLAMs can be cornered in an old fashioned way. This happened a few months ago on Poloniex. My friend and I noticed the lending/borrowing rate for CLAMs on Poloniex jumped very high, over 1% per day, much higher than the mining rate, so we moved a few CLAMs to the exchange to lend them out. It looked bullish for CLAMs at the time as the market was well bid. A few weeks went by, and the price of CLAMs kept rising. All of a sudden the market fell out, and the price crashed by half in a few hours. We suspect a small number of traders were borrowing CLAMs at high rates (thereby getting short CLAMs in the process) and feeding the order book with stink bids, and then as they pulled their bids and started selling their CLAMs, the bottom fell out (into air pocket).

The lesson from this experience is to beware when margin interest rates move dramatically: when you wonder what is happening, and you don’t have what you believe is the answer, take it slow. Move with caution, or, if you’re super bold, take the opposite position and help bring the market back in line.

Clam Coin Interest Rates Soaring

Usually, the mining yield for Clam Coins, a proof of stake cryptocurrency, is high enough that I don’t use Poloniex to lend my clams, but over the past few days as the price of clam coins has been rising, the interest rate to lend/borrow clams has gone through the roof. At the time of writing, the lending/borrowing rate for clams on Poloniex is over 2% per day!

What are the reasons why the rate on clams is so high? Obviously there are far more users willing to borrow clams then are willing to lend them, the liquidity on clams is less than many other cryptos, and there are probably less clam users paying attention to the lending rates on Poloniex and so there is a lag of time between when the capital flows to Poloniex from the miners.

Generally, I’m bullish on the price of clam coins. For what its worth, they have recently broke out to the upside after trading in a tight range for several weeks on the Poloniex clam/btc market. Users who are interested in clams have a few ways to get in on this market, they can use Poloniex to exchange btc for clams, or they can bypass the exchange and use ShapeShift to send the clams to a miner like Just-Dice.

Clam Coins Alive and Well

This morning, the price for Clam Coins on Poloniex took a nose dive (clam/btc down 22%) on a notice that there were delays/errors on the clam network processing times.  The actual notice on Poloniex reads:

CLAM is currently under maintenance or experiencing wallet/network issues. Deposits and withdrawals will remain disabled until a solution is found, which may require an update from the CLAM team. Any updates must be tested and audited before enabling.

As a Clam Coin miner, I checked my mining client and there are no disruptions. The miner seems to be working as usual. The problem with Clam Coin processing seems like it is a problem with Poloniex, not with the Clam Coin network. This may be a buying opportunity for Clam Coin investors/holders/users.

How to Buy Clam Coins

The price if CLAM coins has been rising rapidly lately, and I’ve been getting asked by friends, how they can buy clam coins? Clam coins are a type of crpyto currency, like bitcoins, but instead of being mined by proof of work, clam coins are mined by proof of stake. This means that miners who help update the blockchain are provided with mining rewards based on the amount of clam coins they have on the mining client. This incentive is 1 new clam coin per minute rewarded proportionately based on stake.

The easiest way to buy clams is to find a friend who already has some, and then offer to buy clams from them. They can also store your clams if you are new to blockchain wallets. Most of us don’t know anyone with clam coins, so below is a description of how a Canadian can buy clam coins.

Since there is no direct market between Canadian dollars and clams, Canadians who want to buy clam coins have to first buy bitcoins and then exchange them for clams. There are two main ways Canadians can exchange their dollars for bitcoins, one way is to use QuickBT. This method works if you want to buy a small amount of bitcoins (under 0.05 btc) and you have an account with a bank that’s part of the Interac Online network.

For all other Canadian users, QuadrigaCX is the best exchange. I’ve written a blog post on how to use QuadrigaCX, please use my link so I earn some affiliate revenue.

Once you’ve figured out how to use QuadrigaCX, and you’ve purchased some bitcoins, you’ll need to open an account at Poloniex which is one of the largest crypto currency exchanges. The market for btc/clam on poloniex is the most liquid. When you’ve transferred your bitcoins to your Poloniex exchange account, you can trade them for clams.

Once you have your clams, you have a few other options. Clam coins have very limited use as a medium of exchange since there are very few places to spend your clams. Leaving your clams sitting on a Poloniex address is fine, but you won’t receive any interest this way, and with the way the clam blockchain is built, your clams should be worth slightly less as time goes by (because of the way mining rewards are provided).

I think the best/easiest way to use your clams is to open an account with This is a dice site that is the main place for users to keep their clams. Just-Dice will provide depositors with the mining reward and you can also be part of the site bankroll and be an investor in the ups and downs of this gambling bankroll. The returns from gambling are small, but the returns from mining clams are still large. So I think the best place to put your clams is at Just-Dice if you are a new user.

Another choice is to lend your clams to other users on Poloniex. You can do this manually or run a bot if you’re good with a little programming. There are open source Poloniex bots available on Github. The challenge with lending your clams on Poloniex is the rate of return is currently low. Mining your clams is a more profitable right now

If you want to make mining profit of your own, the best thing to do is setup and run the mining client. A friend of mine wrote a Gist that describes how to setup the mining client. If you can use a linux terminal, its pretty straight forward.