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CBOE has filed six Bitcoin ETFs with the SEC. The battle for supremacy has just begun.

Financial institutions are now bidding for Bitcoin exchange traded funds (ETFs) with Bitcoin future contracts trading live in the market.

The New York stock exchange recently filed a proposal with SEC for two Bitcoin ETFs – the pro-shares Bitcoin ETF and the pro-shares short Bitcoin ETF. The two funds will be tracking the momentum in Bitcoin future benchmarks as provided by CBOE and CME, being not involved in investing in Bitcoin or holding the cryptocurrency.

After NYSE, it is the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) who last week, together with the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), has filed for six different Bitcoin ETFs. Being the first one to launch Bitcoin futures contracts in the market, CBOE is optimistic about the emerging asset class.

Public records show that CBOE has proposed a few amendments to the rules to the SEC to allow the exchange to file for six Bitcoin ETFs. The amendments were submitted to the SEC between December 15 to 19. The list of six ETFs as filed by the CBOE include: Granite Shares Bitcoin ETF, Granite Shares Short Bitcoin ETF, Rex Bitcoin Strategy ETF, Rex Short Term Bitcoin Strategy ETF.

An insider from CBOE was quoted saying that he was upbeat about the success of the new business model and intimated that several partners have shown a keen interest in ETF products. The first trust filing reads that the fund ‘…intends to invest primarily in Bitcoin future contracts. It may also invest in other listed Bitcoin derivatives, OTC Bitcoin derivatives, US Exchange-Listed ETFs and non-US component stocks (collectively Bitcoin instruments)’.

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Pushing ETF products to get approval by the SEC is a tall order given that the SEC has been extremely cautious to accept ETF proposals in the past. The pioneers of Bitcoin trading, Winkleross Brothers, Cameron and Tyler, despite making a billion-dollar fortune in Bitcoin trading, have received stiff opposition from SEC. They were the first to submit their bid which demonstrates that the SEC nod is not a walk in the park.

One key reason for rejection in the past is that Bitcoin future contracts were not launched then. With the future contract already live, there is a high possibility that the SEC might review its position on this matter.

CBOE has made its intention to bring Bitcoin into mainstream trading known. Speaking to Bloomberg back at the start of November 2017, CBOE President Chris Concannon, said his firm is quite optimistic about ETFs.

The past week has seen a lot of volatility in the market as Bitcoin prices slipped by more than 44% from an all-time-high of $20,000 to a low of below $12,000. The price of Bitcoin has, however, recovered a bit in the past 24 hours and is currently trading at $14,532.7.

The arrival of ETFs and other Bitcoin related products is expected to bring more legitimacy and reduce the extreme volatility in Bitcoin prices.

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Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Please conduct your own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency.

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Ethereum Flippening Bitcoin In 5 Years?

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The dominance of Bitcoin (BTC) in the crypto markets due to the bear market, currently stands at 55.2%. Ethereum’s dominance is a distant second at 10.8% of the total cryptocurrency market capitalization. This is despite the fact that the value of ETH is still shaky with many traders postulating that it could get worse for the digital asset before it gets better. Ethereum’s decline has been blamed on three factors outlined below:

  1. Congestion issues on the network
  2. ICOs cashing out the ETH raised in the ICO boom of last December to late February this year
  3. Traders shorting ETH due to the above two reasons

Ethereum Flippening Bitcoin?

In a tweet on the 18th of September, Weiss Ratings stated that ETH will grab 50% of Bitcoin’s market share in 5 years. Doing the math, this means Ethereum flippening Bitcoin in the markets with a dominance that will be around 38%. BTC would be at half its current value, and at 27.6% of the total crypto market cap.

The full tweet from Weiss Ratings would go on to explain why this would happen:

“#Bitcoin will lose 50% of its #cryptocurrency market share to #ETH within 5 years, due to it offering more uses and being backed with superior #blockchain technology. We completely agree – unlike #BTC, which is a one-trick pony, the limit of…

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Crypto News: What Happened To Bitcoin?

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The crypto news of the day is what the heck happened yesterday in Bitcoin? In a matter of 2 hours, we saw the Bitcoin price go from 6320 to 6080 on Bitmex and then rocket higher to 6580. In the process, stops were cleaned out for both longs and shorts.

For all of 2018, Bitcoin has been a perfect vehicle for swing traders. The market has been playing support and resistance levels perfectly. The play has been to buy Bitcoin around the 6000 level and sell above 7000. Until this pattern changes, it’s what traders and investors need to keep doing. Yesterday’s price action, while crazy and extreme, does still support this strategy.

Why the crazy move in Bitcoin?

There are a number of thoughts as to why Bitcoin made the move that it did. They are technical related and don’t involve a fundamental reason. The first is that there are bots on Bitmex that go hunting for stops. The bot utilizes inside knowledge of where the orders are clustered. If the bot can move the market to where the stops are, it can get filled.

The second is that yesterday was the expiration of the CBOE futures contract. I am an ex-futures trader (now crypto) and know that expiration days can see some crazy moves. This is because it’s the last day to close a position on that futures contract.

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XRP Rally Lifts Bitcoin and Ethereum

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It’s quite surprising to be writing this, but the XRP rally lifted Bitcoin and Ethereum off yesterday’s lows. As I wrote yesterday in covering Bitcoin, my bullish enthusiasm was dampened by Bitcoin’s $300 drop. XRP rising has given renewed hopes that the lows for the year are in and higher prices are ahead.

XRP Rally

The most frustrating part about the XRP rally was the news put out by our competitors. We read the XRP rally was due to xRapid launching soon and also that a major Saudi Arabian bank had joined the Ripple network for international payments. I’ve been trading cryptocurrencies long enough to know that no one knows the exact reason why something happens in the market. This is a major buy spike that came out of left field.

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I am certainly feeling better about Bitcoin now than I was 24 hours ago. The lack of volume and the price action felt like the market was heading lower. Today, however, we are back around the 6350 levels.

The problem is that it still not enough to make me buy more Bitcoin. We are still in the middle of the range between 6100 and 6500. This neutral zone is not an area that I want to be putting on trades. Yesterday’s jump was indeed positive, but need proof that it was not…

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