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Could Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) commissioner, Elad Roisman be the missing piece to the approval of Bitcoin ETF? That thought is as a result of a meeting between commissioner Roisman and options exchange CBOE, investment management firm VanEck alongside blockchain technology company SolidX.

The Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) was proposed in June but got denied by the federal regulation. The next deadline for the decision to be made is December, and for now, it seems that the approval confidence is ‘high’.

All issues seem to be resolved, Bitcoin ETF approval imminent

The SEC had highlighted some issues on the bitcoin ETF proposal that they said were the major reasons for the denial. Now if we look at the meeting comments, during the discussion, SolidX, VanEck, and CBOE convinced Roisman that all the cited issues had been addressed and the proposal is ready for approval.

According to sources, the issues raised and cited by SEC concerning the approval of Bitcoin ETF earlier are now fixed; such as the existence of a significant regulated derivatives market for Bitcoin, relevant markets such as bitcoin futures, CBOE, and OTC desks are all regulated. The presentation also emphasized that two other major SEC anxieties including Bitcoin price manipulation concerns mitigation as well as investor protection are ensured now.

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The snapshot was taken from the report featuring meeting comments | Source: Sec.gov/comments

Reasons to be Optimistic

First, it’s reported that commissioner Roisman is the first federal regulator to publicly meet with the representatives from the three groups. Furthermore, the current wisdom has it that Roisman is a strong supporter of cryptocurrency (which is yet to be proved until Roisman officially votes). But the fact that he’s taking this consideration seriously, at least for now, is a reason to be optimistic.

If Roisman is indeed a supporter of the Bitcoin ETF, it means two out of five SEC commissioners will be ready to approve it, with Hester Pierce being the other SEC commissioner who has indicated her friendly position already.

Bitcoin ETF approval strong signal

A comment from the meeting hinting towards the Bitcoin ETF approval. The meeting happened about two weeks ago. | Source: sec.gov/comments

Besides, SEC’s Kara Stein, who voted ‘NO’ to ETFs before, is expected to leave office in December and it’s rumored that democrat Allison Lee will replace Stein. Perhaps, this seems to be another potential opening for the approval of ETF.

Subsequently, VanEck has all investor protection issues taken care of with zero leverage as well as accredited investor protection. All these factors only indicate that a bitcoin ETF approval is imminent. Also, with the date set for the ICE’s Bakkt exchange on December 12 this year, this will begin to clear bitcoin futures which were among the issues that led to the denial of the proposal initially.

With all indications pointing only to one direction – approval, it’s merely a matter of time before Bitcoin ETF gets approved or it’s even inevitable.

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KaratGold Proves Its Business Model By Providing Official Documents

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There has been a lot of renewed enthusiasm in the cryptocurrency market thanks mainly to Bitcoin’s strong move about 10,000.  Although Bitcoin continues to show its dominance, the altcoin market has yet to benefit from that rally.  A few of the largest altcoins remain popular but the rest of the market continues to lag behind.  In 2018, there was a lot of talk regarding a possible altcoin apocalypse where only the strong would survive.  That prediction appears to be playing out as expected.  Going forward, only the best projects that have a real world need will survive.  Crypto traders will have to spend a lot of their time doing proper research in order to find the best opportunities, just like in all financial markets.  One promising project that appears to have the makings of a future winner is KaratGold Coin.

KaratGold Background

KaratGold Coin is a cryptocurrency developed by the reputable German company Karatbars International, which maintains a leading position in the market of small gold items and investments. The project is part of a larger ecosystem, which involves several blockchain solutions that can be used for transactions, communication, investing and other tasks. During the past few weeks, however, the KaratGold ecosystem has been a target of unsavory scam allegations.  

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SonicX and Dash Could Challenge Facebook’s Libra for Global Payments Market Share

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When Satoshi Nakamoto unveiled Bitcoin to the world, the dream was always for Bitcoin to serve as a new universal currency.  It would be free from the bureaucracy of governments.  And free from the tyranny of the old-world financial cartels.  Although the dream hasn’t yet materialized, it comes closer and closer with each passing day.

One of the biggest roadblocks for Bitcoin has been scalability.  At a speed of approximately 7 transactions per second, Bitcoin lags behind other cryptocurrencies like Ripple and global payment processors like Visa.  Many expect the lightning network to have a positive impact on Bitcoin’s TPS but until that comes to fruition, mass adoption will likely need another significant development.

Libra Currency Announcement

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The rise of the crypto casinos

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In the hyper-competitive world of online casinos, operators are always looking for ways to stand out from the crowd. The most usual methods include using distinctive branding, offering generous bonuses and making sure that they are on all of the major so-called affiliate sites where players can compare and contrast casinos’ different offerings.

But now a whole new generation of casinos are starting to emerge – ones whose key difference isn’t what and how you play, but more in how you pay.

The rise and rise of the cryptocurrency casino is seen by many as the next logical step in a world that is slowly but surely starting to accept that Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, et al. are certainly here to stay.

Of course, it’s the first of these cryptocurrencies that has really grabbed the headlines and led the way with its meteoric performance in 2017 when it seemed like its $20,000 value was just the start of the story. Admittedly, this was short-lived and the value quickly fell back to a more sustainable level but, if it achieved one thing, it was to cement this exciting new kind of currency in the consciousness of the general public.

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