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Bitcoin (BTC)’s market outlook now

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Last November 13th Bitcoin’s price in $6,000 and that was when it took off until it went beyond $17,000 on December 17th and, on the next day, the bears took over the market. It’s been going down since that day. Then November 14th of this year arrived and BTC plummeted, and then it went down again over the next weekend.

It was a slaughter. It went under 5k, so we all thought that 4.5k would be a good support level. It broke it and we thought the same about the 4k level, which it also broke. How low can it go? Will it go all the way to 3k? Maybe even lower, back to the 2014 level of $2000? We hate to give you bad news but it’s just possible.

The market is heavily oversold right now, but that, unfortunately, doesn’t mean it’s about to bounce back. All it means is that selling pressure is very intense. Over the last 24 hours, it’s recovered a little and Bitcoin is higher than 3.5k as we write this, but is this a fluctuation before a new fall or is it going to stay stable for a while now? There’s no way to know.

How Bitcoin market works

So this would be a good time to stop and think about the way the Bitcoin market works so we can visualize the circumstances in which things could improve, whenever they do.

Let’s start with the most obvious thing. This market has no institutional players. Wall Street and the traditional financial system have not overcome their Bitcoinphobia yet. This is a market that’s dominated by retail investors for the most part. Yes, some of them are very rich and can move a lot of money around, but they’re still private citizens, not institutional investors.

Rumors of institutional money pouring into crypto have been floating around the cryptosphere all year long but nothing’s happened yet. This is very important. It’s a big injection of money into Bitcoin, of the kind that only institutions can manage, what could bring about the next bullish market. It’s not the only factor, but it would go a long way. It’s not just about the money. If the world sees how the financial institutions trusting Bitcoin, that will breed a lot of confidence in everybody.

Another hand could come from Silicon Valley investors. Earlier this year, a bull run on Apple stock brought the company’s worth over a trillion dollars. And now it’s happened again, this time for Microsoft, which is now even bigger. These are the kind of investors who understand technology and are willing to trust it and invest in it. It’s the ideal bunch of people to become interested in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies and stop the current bear market. They will come into crypto, sooner or later, but when?

One thing is kind of clear: there are no serious predictions signaling an imminent change of trend. The Elliott Wave model needs two more correction waves before the cycle starts again, and some analysts are talking about a three-year-long bear market before it goes back up.

We don’t even know if we already hit rock bottom because, just when the price was headed for 3k, it bounced back, but only to 4k, it didn’t really start a new trend.

So what will happen? We’re pretty sure the market will recover, and reach new heights. That’s what it’s always done. We just don’t know when or how.

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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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