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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 has a huge potential to bring cryptocurrencies a step closer to mass adoption, but also to show institutional investors that working with them is safe and profitable.

When it comes to Bitcoin ETFs, on the other hand, they are another way to get institutions interested in cryptocurrencies. Through ETFs, institutions will be able to track a specific asset’s performance without actually owning it. That way, the risk of owning crypto — a coin they fear might be worthless — is eliminated, as they would come into contact with cryptocurrencies indirectly.

This way, they will also be able to keep their distance from scammers, price volatility, hacking attacks, and more. The process is overall more convenient and safe, and it can be the first step towards getting institutional investors to actually invest in digital currencies and make the space that much more stable. All that remains now is for the US SEC to decide and approve Bitcoin ETF applications, which is a decision that was pushed for February 27th, 2019.

Can Bakkt and Bitcoin ETF make a difference for crypto?

While there is no way to accurately predict the future and say it with certainty, Bakkt and BTC ETFs will likely have a massive impact on the crypto world. Institutional investors have decades of experience with low-valued assets, and the problem is not losing value due to volatility.

The problem that they have is security, as the possibility of having their assets stolen is what bothers them most. That is a very big problem for companies that regularly invest billions of dollars. Because of this, they would rather miss an opportunity to earn, then run into a risk of losing their funds.

Bakkt and Bitcoin ETFs will bring security in their own way, and encourage investors to join in. This will be a big change, which will likely not have any immediate consequences for the price of crypto. However, in time, the market will reach stability and higher levels of security because of this, which is why the community is so excited about these events.

As a direct consequence, crypto adoption would follow. Slowly at first, and faster after a while, until cryptocurrencies reached the mainstream.

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Rewards Platform StormX Offers 50% Crypto Cashback Bonus for Thanksgiving

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Singapore, Singapore, 23rd November, 2020, // ChainWire //

Blockchain-based rewards platform StormX has released a seasonal promotion for its award-winning Crypto Cash Back App. The promotion will allow app users to earn a 50% bonus on top of their cashback between Thanksgiving Day and Cyber Monday (November 26-30).

StormX has also introduced a brand-new staking service, allowing users to earn an additional 50% per year when they stake STMX tokens. The native ERC20 token of the StormX ecosystem, STMX has a total supply of 10 billion and is available to trade at many of the world’s top exchanges, including Binance and Bittrex.

“With Bitcoin’s price approaching its all-time high, interest in cryptocurrencies has renewed, though some people believe it’s now too expensive to buy in,” said StormX CEO and Co-Founder Simon Yu. “What we have done is create an easy way for such individuals to accumulate bitcoin, ethereum and other cryptocurrencies via everyday shopping.

“We’re also excited to provide users with the ability to earn greater rewards simply by staking their tokens.”

Since the StormX mobile app launched its Shop feature with over 700 stores in February 2020, some 400,000 unique users have been added to the rewards platform. StormX has also witnessed over 50% month-on-month growth for sales. The app is available for download on the App and Google Play Stores, and can be downloaded as a browser add-on from the Chrome Web…

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BITTREX GLOBAL CONFIRMS FREE TRADING AND LISTING FOR TOP DEFI TOKEN

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Valduz, Liechtenstein, 17th November, 2020, // ChainWire //

International cryptocurrency exchange promotes free trading and no gas fees for leading DeFi tokens

17th November 2020 — Bittrex Global GmbH. announced today 8 new DeFi tokens will be listed this week including:

  • UMA (UMA)
  • Aave (AAVE)
  • Balancer (BAL)
  • REN (REN & renBTC)
  • Kyber Network (KNC)
  • Band Protocol (BAND)
  • YF Link – (YFL)

Bittrex Global’s users can trade all of their DeFi  tokens with no trading or gas fees until 2021. The decision to enable free trading on Bittrex Global for DeFi tokens  follows on from the 1,000% growth of the DeFi asset class over the course of 2020.

The decision to enable free transactions will see more investors enter the Blockchain Act’s digital asset regulatory system, supervised by the Financial Market Authority in Liechtenstein (FMA) under the Due Diligence Act which requires traders to comply with the KYC/AML/CFT standards.

“The last year has seen huge growth in DeFi as an asset class and a number of significant milestones completed,” said Bittrex Global’s CEO Tom Albright. “As the asset class matures and more institutional and professional investors look at the fundamentals, we are likely to see increased demand and higher trading volumes for DeFi in 2021.

We’re really excited about what we’re seeing in the space and want to see these DeFi projects grow and help them build stronger platforms through increased adoption. Offering free trading fees…

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Ready for Chaos? Swingby’s Chaos-Mainnet Launches on December 28th

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Singapore, Singapore, 9th November, 2020, // ChainWire //

Swingby is the “warp-speed” protocol for inter-blockchain swaps. It allows all DeFi users to move assets between blockchains without a trusted party. 

Today, Swingby announces its first mainnet network will be released on the 28th of December; it will bridge native Bitcoins onto Ethereum via Wrapped BTC (WBTC).

The initial bridge will enable the most liquid digital asset in the world (Bitcoin), currently valued at a $300 billion market cap, to be moved onto the Ethereum network to tap its $10b DeFi ecosystem.

“This launch will be pivotal to Swingby. After December 28th, Swingby will have a fully operational Chaos-Mainnet network which will be generating a tremendous amount of value to the world of DeFi and bringing in a large number of new users” – Yusaku Senga, CEO

Why is this big news for DeFi?

On December 28th, Swingby will be launching its first Chaos-Mainnet bridge, allowing users to easily move their bitcoins into WBTC on Ethereum without the need for a trusted party. Similarly, the bridge can be used in the opposite direction allowing WBTC-ERC20 tokens to be moved back into native BTCs.

What’s so special about it?

  1. Trustless: Swingby’s Skybridge will be the only way to trustlessly swap BTC into wrapped Bitcoin (WBTC).
  2. Simple to use: The Swingby bridge has been designed to work with standard transaction types removing the need for complex smart contract calls…
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