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Why Bitcoin (BTC) Continues Its Nosedive Towards $3,000

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It has been over ten days since the Bitcoin Cash hard fork and the start of hash wars and the Bitcoin ecosystem is still not showing signs of recovery. In fact, BTC continues to drop even more, and its price is currently $2,400 lower than it was 12 days ago. As usual, with Bitcoin being the ringleader, most altcoins are expressing the same behavior, and are reaching new lows.

While there are probably other reasons for the nosedive, such as attempting to avoid having to pay huge taxes on crypto, experts agree that the hard fork is still the biggest cause of these issues. The conflict behind this event is already well known — two parties in BCH community had different views on the future of the entire project. After months of failed negotiations, the date of the upgrade arrived, and the hash war started, after two blockchains emerged from the hard fork.

Due to the fact that blockchain is extremely unstable during such events, and pretty much anything can happen to it, most exchanges decided to pause BCH trading until the chain is stabilized. After the fork, two blockchains emerged — BCH ABC and BCH SV, and a lot of exchanges remained confused regarding what to do.

Nobody knew which coin will end up being a dominating version of BCH, and so they listed either both or none. The conflict between the blockchains continued in hash wars, with a significant amount of hash power being taken away from Bitcoin itself, so that BCH can use it. As a result, BTC price started spiraling down, and the rest of the market followed, as mentioned earlier.

Trading volume for altcoins increases

Despite the fact that everyone (including both sides) is losing due to this situation, it is still important for one of them to establish dominance. Because of this, both are furiously mining blocks in an attempt to win. However, this situation has now grown to include an entire week, and everyone is getting impatient. BCH is still unable to be traded on most exchanges, and this includes both versions of it.

The damage to the BTC ecosystem has caused a lot of volatility in the entire crypto market. While volatility itself is not good, many have seemingly managed to make the best of the situation. This conclusion came from exchanges’ reports, where many of them claim that trading volumes for other altcoins have spiked in the last week.

Even so, BTC is still losing its value although the drop has slowed down once the coin fell below $4,000. Nobody knows when will this drop end, or how much damage will the market have to endure. So far, Bitcoin’s own market cap has been cut in half, and is currently at $68.8 billion, while the total crypto market cap lost around $100 billion. The possibility of a bull run still exists according to experts, but this possibility is getting smaller with each passing day.

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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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What to Expect in 2019: BTC, BAT, and Steem

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There are only a few weeks of 2018 left, and considering how bearish and crypto-unfriendly this year was, a lot of investors will likely be pleased to see it gone. Many believe that 2019 will be the year that will correct BTC prices and bring forth the period of great recovery.

But what does that mean for digital currencies? Which ones are a good investment right now? This is something that we will, hopefully, be able to answer right now. Here are the top 3 coins that everyone should keep an eye on in 2019.

1. Bitcoin (BTC)

Of course, we have to start with Bitcoin, the first and largest cryptocurrency. Bitcoin has lost a lot in 2018, and its losses are unparalleled by any other coin. In fact, in terms of market cap, Bitcoin has lost as much as the rest of the crypto market put together.

Many believe that its rapid growth, which started in late 2017 and has brought it to its all-time high, is responsible. That the bearish 2018 was only a one large price correction of the last year’s price surge. Even if this is true, price corrections, luckily, all end sooner or later, and when this one comes to a close, Bitcoin will likely be ready for a big comeback.

2019 is expected to bring a lot that will serve BTC’s…

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The Three Biggest Problems with Crypto

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In this bear market, everybody’s asking the same questions. Why is Bitcoin falling? When will the market turn around? Is this the end of the crypto boom?

However, before we can answer questions like these, we need to step back and do an honest appraisal of where our industry stands and what is really holding it back. Despite its growing popularity, cryptocurrency still struggles to gain mainstream appeal. While crypto has managed to distance itself from the early days, when it was used to buy illegal goods online, the currency still conjures up negative feelings for a lot of people unfamiliar with the technology — and all too often, for good reasons.

Cryptocurrency is still relatively new, which means that many casual users are still exploring different ways to use crypto in their day-to-day lives. Unfortunately, this lack of knowledge leaves a lot of users vulnerable to scammers seeking to take advantage of their ignorance and inexperience.

We’ve contacted various types of people within the crypto community, surveying newbies, traders, investors, and professionals, asking what the biggest problems in crypto are. We found there to be three major problems holding the industry back:

Scammers

Failed projects

Immature technology

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