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Brazilian Regulators Allow Investment Funds to Invest Money in Bitcoin

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Brazil’s investment fund regulator dubbed Comissão de Valores Mobiliários (CVM) has allegedly legalized investment funds to invest their money into the cryptosphere through acquiring the share of funds and derivatives.

Investors with a portfolio of digital assets such as Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ethereum could purchase a share in the foreign funds. The funds would take a commission to operate the transaction just like a stock fund.

Brazil Proceeds with prudence

According to a report conducted officially by the Finance Ministry of Brazil (FMB), the news was first covered by a local media outlet called Portal do Bitcoin which addressed; funds will also be able to invest in assets traded in other jurisdictions as far the regulation in the market permits its trading.

The document issued by the Ministry of Finance reveals that there’s a scope for illegal activities such as money laundering. Therefore, these funds should be poured into the digital assets through a regulated exchange. The report adds the investment should be made in the administration of regulatory agencies that can control such illicit practices. Nonetheless, there’s no restriction on making investments in another way as far the regulatory and legal necessities are met.

Subsequently, the circular further claims that funds must take safety measures before buying a specific cryptocurrency to stay away from purchasing digital tokens issued by fake Initial Coin offerings (ICOs).

Moreover, the report points at six safety measures including checking the trading liquidity of a cryptocurrency, verifying the liquidity of a token and identifying the technology whether it is accessible, transparent, and identifiable by a user. In addition, the funds should ensure whether the software is open source and free.

Surprisingly, it also addresses that investments must verify the management of hostile sales method or check whether the arrangements bring divergence of interest and concentration of additional commands on the promoter or issuer of the digital asset.

That all being said, Brazilian regulatory agency raised a point of concern regarding the right pricing of each crypto asset, the document of Brazilian Finance Ministry reads:

“One possible parameter, in this sense, is the investment in crypto assets that contain the permanent disclosure of globally recognized price indices prepared by independent third parties.”

In the previous research conducted by the finance ministry, Daniel Maeda the chief of institutional investor relations at CVM stated, investment funds don’t have the authority to put the money in digital assets directly. According to CVM, investments funds that invest in cryptosphere will have to first clear that how they will move towards airdrops and hard forks.

Brazil has been continuously supporting the crypto industry, and it has come up with some impressive figures regarding market growth. The market of Brazil grew nearly from nothing to worth more than 2.5 billion USD last year.

Consequently, many crypto enthusiasts are considering this move as a significant step towards the worldwide acceptance of cryptocurrencies.

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Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Global Coin Report and/or its affiliates, employees, writers, and subcontractors are cryptocurrency investors and from time to time may or may not have holdings in some of the coins or tokens they cover. Please conduct your own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency and read our full disclaimer.

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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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