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Crypto Market Drops Again After SEC Delays Bitcoin ETF Decision

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After an optimistic growth that cryptos have been experiencing on several occasions in the last few weeks, a massive drop has hit the crypto market following the Bitcoin ETF delay from the SEC.

Bitcoin leads a new value drop

A recent price surge that was seen at the end of July has been canceled by Bitcoin’s (BTC) gradual drop over the course of the last few weeks. After another relatively solid growth which led Bitcoin slightly above $7,000 yesterday, the leading crypto dropped significantly over the course of only a few hours. Currently, Bitcoin is back to only being worth $6,353.61 as per CoinMarketCap.

Of course, as usual, other cryptos continue to follow BTC’s lead, and all of them within the top 10 (with the exception of the ninth one, Tether) have also experienced significant drops. This situation represents the new low for many coins in the last several weeks.

The reason behind such a large drop is the recent announcement by the US SEC, which was expected to soon state its decision regarding the Bitcoin ETF request. After announcing a new delay of the decision, nearly all cryptos entered red almost immediately.

According to the new plan, the SEC’s decision regarding the Bitcoin ETF won’t be announced until the end of September of this year.

Altcoins experience a price drop as well

As mentioned previously, a lot of other cryptos also suffered significant drops, with Ethereum (ETH) losing around 7% of its value in the first 24 hours, following the announcement. At the time of writing, ETH’s price is at $361.65 per coin, which is also a new low for this coin. Over the course of the last month, Ethereum’s value went down by 23% in total.

Other biggest altcoins per market cap are all going down, with the percentage of their drop varying from 4% to as much as 13%. IOTA has seen a drop of 9% already, while Ripple has gone down by more than 11%. Litecoin’s loss is similar to that of IOTA, with the coin losing around 8.5%.

The hardest hit on a cryptocurrency within the first 24 hours following the announcement was the one on Ethereum Classic. The coin has lost as much as 13% of its value in the first day after the SEC delay, and its price right now is $15.12 per coin. Eve ETC’s recent listings on Coinbase Pro and Robinhood that came in the last two days did not help this crypto at all, and it is currently suffering the largest drops on the market.

The situation is even worse when we take a look at the total crypto market cap, which has gone below $224 billion at the time of writing. It would seem that the market is still not ready for the bull run that was expected by numerous analysts. For now, the bearish trend continues, quite possibly due to the SEC’s decision alone. Whether this will change in the coming days or not, remains to be seen.

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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 USD that can then be used in Starbucks.

Bakkt exchange…

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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.

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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, stating that there is a reason to believe that the…

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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 to dominance. Many of the things expected to arrive are…

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