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Mighty Hong Kong exchange Bit-Z welcomes Ripple’s XRP paired to USD

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A popular crypto exchange based in Hong Kong, Bit-Z, has listed Ripple’s XRP today. We often report on things that happen with crypto exchanges that don’t keep too big a profile in the cryptosphere. Not today. Today it’s about one of the big boys.

Bit-Z is a cryptocurrency exchange based in Hong Kong since 2016. It has a physical presence in 10 different countries, mainly in Asia (South Korea, Japan, Singapore). Tokeninsight (a professional assessment agency) considers it to be the world’s fourth most important. The company is a lot more than a simple cryptocurrency exchange. It also works in social networking, games, finance and electronic commerce. Lots of fingers in lots of pies.

Bit-Z, who has listed Ripple’s XRP just today, used to do business in very much the same way as most of the world’s crypto exchanges. By that, we mean that you could get a single trading account which is essentially useful to buy or sell Bitcoin. You have to verify your account through your mobile phone, and they could ask you to send some kind of ID to verify at a higher level.

While several digital assets are available at Bit-Z, before a few weeks ago you couldn’t use it to buy any directly, the way to go was to transfer Bitcoins from your wallet to your account on the website. Then you would trade Bitcoins for any of the other coins available.

If you’ve been involved in crypto as a retail investor, you’ll know that this is the way in which most exchanges work. The number of platforms that will allow you to buy any cryptocurrency using your debit or credit card is somewhat limited and, very frequently, you can only buy Bitcoin at the start.

Even before listing Ripple’s XRP, Bit-Z was already ahead of the curve because it offered something called “OTC Trade” in which you can use USD or Chinese yuan to buy ETH, BTC or LTC.

These purchases are done off the exchange service, but once you have them, you can transfer them to your Bit-Z account. And they take a wide variety of payment methods such as wire, cash deposit, AlyOPay, Moneygram, Neteller, WeChat, PayPal, and Western Union.

The information presented so far should suffice to show that this company has been innovative in opening the crypto horizons to all kinds of users who are not experts in blockchain technology or digital assets. And now, it’s taken another step beyond most competitors.

So, the announcement says that starting today, Bit-Z will be supporting Ripple’s XRP for trade and exchange. Not only that, it won’t be paired with Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies only (which is the most common scenario, to the frustration of many) but also paired with a fiat currency, namely, the United States Dollar.

This can be a game changer, at least in the short term for Bit-Z because very few exchanges are offering the opportunity to buy XRP directly (instead of exchanging it for Bitcoin) and XRP is quickly becoming one of the world’s most important currencies.

XRP has been the coin that’s held its own during the last week’s market debacle; it’s dethroned Ethereum for the world’s second spot concerning market capitalization despite the mess we’ve attested over the last few days. And let’s not forget it was last year’s most profitable asset.

This is excellent news for XRP, Bit-Z, and lots of users – so we congratulate both entities on the new stride that will consolidate them both as some of the market’s leading players.

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Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Global Coin Report and its affiliates, employees, writers, and subcontractors are cryptocurrency investors and from time to time may or may not have holdings in some of the coins or tokens they cover. Please conduct your own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency and read our full disclaimer.

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Reasons To Invest In Electroneum In 2019

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2018 has been quite a rollercoaster for the crypto space. Coins went up and down more times than anyone could have guessed, not to mention two massive market crashes. However, in a few short weeks, the year will be over, and a new, positive period for the crypto world is expected to arrive.

While there are many predictions for 2019, today we are only interested in one thing — Electroneum (ETN). A lot of people quickly took notice of this coin, and many believe that it is among the coins of the future. Indeed, it has received a lot of attention, and many are interested in why that is, and why investing in it is a good idea. So, let’s take a look at a few reasons why you should invest in ETN in 2019.

1) It is fast

Speed and precision of any service have always been very important to people. This importance is even greater when making a profit depends on it. Electroneum developers were aware of this when they created it, and the coin is up to 5 times faster than Bitcoin. This means that ETN transactions can be confirmed much faster, which in turn reduces fees and waiting time.

Furthermore, there are also plans to create Electroneum Virtual Currency Exchange, which will allow the project to act as an exchange. However, the even…

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SEC Postpones Bitcoin ETF Decision Once Again

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The new announcement by the US SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) states that the decision regarding the potential approval of several applications for a Bitcoin ETF (exchange-traded funds) is once again postponed. This time, the SEC declared that the decision will be made by February 27th, 2019.

The application requesting that VanExk SolidX BTC fund get s listed on Cboe BZx Exchange that was published on July 2nd needs to be given order by the commission within 180 days. Originally, the deadline for doing so was December 29th. However, the SEC decided to extend the period for another 60 days, effectively moving it to February 27th.

The SEC stated that designating a longer period for making a decision was found appropriate, as more time is needed in order to properly consider the rule change.

Cryptocurrencies need a sufficient monitoring mechanism, claims SEC chairman

Recent reports claim that the SEC received over 1,600 comments after requesting the public opinion regarding the ETF applications issue. In the past, the SEC rejected many such applications, some of which were even submitted by SolidX itself. In addition, they also rejected the applications submitted by Gemini, the exchange owned by Winklevoss twins. Brothers were attempting to gain ETF approval ever since 2013, although to no avail.

Other applications were also submitted by Direxion, ProShares, as well as GraniteShares. The SEC rejected them…

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TRON (TRX) Back In The Crypto Top 10

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For three weeks now, the crypto market was in a free fall. There was one moment when it seemed like the coins are finally bouncing back, and Bitcoin managed to climb back to $4,200. However, this uptrend was only temporary, and the coins dropped once again as December started.

Not a lot of coins are doing well these days, and almost every single one is trading in the red. Bitcoin is currently priced at $3,864, and the total market cap of the crypto space is barely over $123 billion. As expected by many, the bearish trend is still active, and seemingly at full strength. However, there are a few coins in the vast crypto space that are actually managing to grow in these unfriendly conditions, with the most notable one being TRON.

TRON on the rise

At the time of writing, TRON is also trading in the red. Although, only hours ago, this was not the case. Even now, TRX is losing only around 0.50% of its value, while all other coins around it are dropping by 4-5% on average.

TRON’s increase, while it lasted, was not big. However, considering the current state of the market, it was easily enough for the coin to make a big step, and actually improve its position on the list of largest cryptos. After months of waiting at the 11th spot,…

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