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Bitcoin Today: Is the New Bull Run about to Begin?

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Everyone can agree on the fact that Bitcoin today is not what it used to be. Ten months ago, when 2018 was only a few days young, the leading cryptocurrency started losing its value, thus beginning a 2018 bear market. Since then, Bitcoin’s value continued to gradually drop from its all-time high of $20,000 per coin to today’s $6,600

Of course, this was not the lowest that BTC has reached this year, and at one point, it even dropped below $5,800. However, most analysts and crypto experts agree that the current price of $6,637.39 per coin can be considered Bitcoin’s bottom.

Still, a lot of investors and analysts remain optimistic, with some of them claiming that Bitcoin is about to experience a huge price surge. The most notable one among them is crypto traders Ran Neuner, who firmly believes that BTC is about to explode, according to his recent tweet.

Is Bitcoin about to go on a bull run?

Neuner’s confidence in Bitcoin has grown significantly as the date of US SEC’s Bitcoin ETF decision is approaching. This is a decision that has been postponed several times so far, and it can easily be considered an event that has been anticipated throughout 2018.

Convinced that the decision will be a positive one, Neuner draws a parallel with Bitcoin today and Bitcoin from a year ago. Back then, a bull run that has brought the entire crypto market to new heights started just before CBOE launched Bitcoin futures after it was allowed to do so by US CFTC. The CME received the same decision on December 17, which was the final push for Bitcoin to hit its historic $20,000 per coin.

Now, a similar event is expected, as Neuner believes that the SEC will say yes to Bitcoin ETF applications. Furthermore, he believes that BTC ETF is a “way bigger deal” than the futures contract, which is why BTC might reach entirely new heights.

The future depends on the US SEC’s decision

Apart from allowing Bitcoin to reach an even higher value than last year, BTC ETF also has a potential to push the coin toward an even broader recognition. According to some experts, this may even mean allow Bitcoin to officially join Wall Street.

The fact that Bitcoin ETF decision is a long-anticipated one needs no confirmation. The SEC is currently tasked with reviewing, and possibly approving, as much as nine applications, submitted by three applicants. Because endorsing BTC ETF is such a huge deal, the SEC clearly wanted to take its time with deciding what to do. This is additionally supported by the fact that the decision-making was postponed several times, with the latest deadline being November 5.

Of course, many remain a skeptic of the decision, not believing that it will be a positive one. These individuals are quick to point out that the SEC rejected numerous BTC ETF applications already, with the most notable one being submitted by the Winklevoss twins. Their requests were rejected several times, first in March 2017, and then in July 2018.

Even so, Neuner remains optimistic about it this time, and so do numerous other investors, experts, and analysts. A favorable decision would make a big difference for Bitcoin today, and it might even spark the real mainstream adoption of cryptocurrencies.

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Importance of Bitcoin ETFs and Bakkt for the Crypto Space

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It is no secret that 2018 was a very bad year for cryptocurrencies, at least when it comes to prices and market cap. However, in its brighter moments, this year managed to set the stage for some very important events that are expected to make 2019 very successful and profitable. Two things have attracted the most attention, both of which were expected to occur in 2018, only to be moved for early 2019. Those two are Bitcoin ETF decision by the US SEC, and the launch of Bakkt.

What are Bakkt and Bitcoin ETFs and why are they important?

Let’s start with Bakkt first. Bakkt Exchange is a business that is set to launch at the very beginning of 2019. It is a cryptocurrency platform that is set to offer a large number of services, including things such as warehousing and trading. However, there is another thing that makes Bakkt special, and that is the fact that the exchange itself is a product of the same company that has created the New York Stock Exchange.

In addition, Bakkt will be supported by some very influential names, such as Microsoft, BCG, and even Starbucks, to name a few. Furthermore, Bakkt will support crypto-to-fiat conversions. Starbucks will actually be one of the companies that have volunteered to help test the system, as users will be able to convert crypto to…

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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 all,…

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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 rise…

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