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What Changes May the Crypto Space Experience in 2019

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After the crypto hype of 2017, a lot of newly-arrived crypto enthusiasts were caught off-guard by the price crash and bear market that took over in 2018. One month after another, investors were waiting for things to change, and for another bull run to take place. Unfortunately, this did not happen in 2018, and while the year’s final days were seemingly stable, the rally everyone wanted to see has failed to arrive.

However, crypto investors remain optimistic, with many of them hoping to see some changes arrive in 2019. There are rather great expectations of this year, especially since the last one failed to deliver. However, many are interested in what exactly is to be expected in this year, which is what we will talk about today.

Bitcoin ETF approval

The US SEC’s decision regarding Bitcoin ETFs was one of the most anticipated events throughout 2018. Sadly, the decision constantly got delayed, and the SEC never actually provided an answer. The last delay has pushed the decision into 2019, and it is now expected to arrive on February 27.

Historically, the SEC was never ready to approve Bitcoin ETF, and many believe that the delays came due to the fact that the market was not ready for then in 2018. This is backed by the fact that the SEC rejected multiple application throughout the year. VanEck and SolidX submitted the one currently waiting for approval, and the crypto community believes that this one might have better chances than the others.

If it happens and the SEC reaches a positive decision, it is expected that institutional investors will start investing into the crypto space through ETFs, as they will allow crypto investments without the need to actually hold any coins.

The launch of Bakkt

Another thing that was supposed to arrive in 2018 but got delayed is a highly anticipated Bitcoin futures exchange called Bakkt. Bakkt is a project that the entire crypto community is supporting and expecting for a long time. The official launch is scheduled for January 24th, which is less than a week away at this point.

The project got a lot of attention from institutions as well, and it managed to secure $182 million in funding. Furthermore, it was openly supported by many reputable firms, such as Microsoft, Starbucks, Galaxy Digital, and many others.

The exchange’s focus is to be on physically delivered Bitcoin futures contracts, which is another thing that might attract institutions to the crypto space. While it might be extremely beneficial for the crypto world, the current issue is that the exchange has yet to receive launch permission. Due to the US government shutdown, the regulators cannot provide a “green light,”  and the exchange’s launch date will likely get postponed yet again as a result. Even so, it will almost certainly go live at some point in 2019, which will be a big thing for digital currencies.

Bringing crypto regulations

Crypto regulations are essential in order for cryptos to achieve the next step in their evolution. They can bring greater security to space, minimize the risks, and introduce at least some levels of stability. However, there are multiple obstacles when it comes to the creation of a proper regulatory framework.

Countries around the world have had their regulators work on coming up with guidelines for the crypto space. This turned out to be extremely difficult due to the lack of understanding the crypto world, market’s constant shifts, and changes, as well as the fact that cryptos are international, and no two countries in the world are trying to regulate cryptos in the same way.

Even so, the dire need for regulations may end up inspiring some sort of a solution for these issues, and many are hoping to see it happen in 2019.

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Investors Beware: Another Large Bitcoin Crash Might Be Coming

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The crypto prices have surged quite high in the last few months. Of course, their progress is nowhere near the one seen in 2017, but they appear to be getting there, one day at the time. However, things might not be as simple as that, and according to recent performance — it is more than possible that a major Bitcoin crash is incoming.

The fact is that cryptos saw a massive amount of growth in a very short period. Bitcoin itself more than doubled its price in only two months. Now, the rally is starting to crash in on itself, and the coin is already about $1,000 lower than last week. If such development does come to pass, a lot of people will experience quite large losses, although experienced investors might find some opportunities, and leverage in order to enhance their holdings’ long-term value.

For example, Bitcoin dominance is expected to crash very quickly, which will work in favor of quite a lot of altcoins. While this does not seem to be the best time to invest in BTC, altcoins are another story, and diversifying a portfolio now might end up being very profitable in days to come.

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Top 3 Coins to Buy Before They Go Big

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Crypto bulls are back, that much is clear. The long-lasting, harsh crypto winter is gone, and the new era in digital currency sector opens up some rather interesting opportunities. With many more bull runs expected to come in months ahead, a lot of coins are likely to blow up and maybe even hit new all-time highs, although that still remains purely theoretical.

On the other hand, the fact is that numerous coins are seeing prices that were not achieved since early 2018, and the overall momentum remains bullish. With that in mind, even if new records do not come for a very long time — chances are that many of the coins will blow up enough for investors to see some serious gains in months to come. As a result, investing in some of these coins now might be a very profitable decision, for those who have the patience to wait a few months. Here are some of the projects believed to have the greatest potential to go big in the second half of 2019 and beyond.

1. TRON (TRX)

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Can Crypto Credit Cards Disrupt the Fight Against Financial Crime?

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It is commonly known that the world of finances has the biggest problem with the crime of all existing industries around the world. It has been so throughout history. While the financial world has evolved, so did the criminal activities, and they continue to be an issue. With the arrival of cryptocurrencies, many were hoping that financial crime might be disrupted. However, for now, at least, it appears that cryptos themselves cannot find a way to resolve issues such as international money laundering.

In fact, when it comes to money laundering, the crypto sector appears to be the weakest link, especially because of the nature of digital currencies. The anonymity that cryptos are being praised for means that anyone can get a payment from an unknown source from anywhere in the world. This method can then be used for financing drug trafficking, cyberattacks, terrorists, and more.

Until recently, it was not easy for bad actors to make use of cryptocurrencies obtained for illegal purposes. The number of merchants willing to accept the coins was low, and criminals were forced to find a way to exchange crypto into fiat currencies. However, this came with a set of issues, such as taking foreign exchange risks and then sending the money through wallets and exchanges to a banking system that would allow withdrawal. The banking account was the biggest obstacle here,…

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