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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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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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What is Bitcoin IRA and Which Ones to Consider Using in 2019

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As Bitcoin, and cryptocurrencies in general, continue to advance in the world of modern finances, many are finding new use cases for this form of money. Although cryptocurrencies still have limited use cases, many of them are finding new ways to be useful, which will give them an advantage and secure their long-term survival.

Bitcoin, for example, already has numerous use cases, including purchases of goods and services, crypto trading, loans, savings, and more. Another of its use cases includes individual retirement accounts or IRAs. Simply put, this represents an account that individuals can open at a number of financial institutions, and use it to save money for their retirement.

Many choose to open these accounts due to lower taxes, which allow them to save up more. IRA comes in several types, including traditional IRA, rollover IRA, and Roth IRA. Traditional IRA is as simple as it sounds — users simply open an account and start adding money that they can afford to deduct from their income.

Rollover IRA includes “rolling the money over” from the qualified retirement plan to the IRA, while Roth IRA allows users to deposit after-tax money which can then grow completely tax-free

Bitcoin IRAs work pretty much in the same way, except you deposit Bitcoin instead of traditional currencies. While some of the older, traditional IRAs have decided to expand their businesses in…

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Why BlocPal Is the Easiest Way to Accept Cryptocurrency

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The face of the retail industry is always changing.

E-commerce is one of the fastest growing trends worldwide, and for good reasons.

It’s convenient, secure, and is effective at connecting merchants with interested shoppers from across the world.

For this reason, it’s no surprise that online shipping is expected to overtake brick-and-mortar stores globally by 2021, making it the world’s largest medium for retail. As the industry changes, it’s important for retailers to keep up with the latest technology so they’re able to accommodate more customers at once. This is where BlocPal comes in.

BlocPal offers business owners an easier way to process payments

BlocPal understands that not every business owner adapts to technology at the same rate. As such, BlocPal has been designed to optimize transactions for both online and brick-and-mortar companies so that every retailer can enjoy the benefits that come with the world’s first true multi-currency payment solution.

With BlocPal, business owners can enjoy the following benefits:

    • The ability to process payments in fiat (USD and CAD) currency as well as Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin SV, Litecoin, and Ethereum. Expect more currencies to be added as BlocPal…
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Bitcoin Grows Beyond $4,000

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Bitcoin (BTC) is starting to make waves again, and while they are still small, investors around the world are welcoming the positive development. The number one cryptocurrency has just breached the $4,000 mark, and while this is still five times lower price than it was in early January 2018, it is over $800 higher than in early December 2018.

At the time of writing, Bitcoin price is at $4,048.60, after the coin experienced a 5.53% growth in the last 24 hours. Meanwhile, its market cap sits just above $70.5 billion, while the coin’s daily trading volume is at $5.7 billion.

Bitcoin has had a rough 2018, just like the rest of the crypto market. In fact, the coin is so influential that it usually dictates the market behavior, whether positive or negative. Right now, the rest of the market follows the positive trend, with all of the top 10 cryptocurrencies currently trading in the green, while only a few among the top 100 coins are experiencing minor losses.

The largest gainers among the top 10 cryptos by market cap are Litecoin (LTC) with a 7.64% growth, and Stellar (XLM), which is growing by 7.27%.

Bitcoin’s behavior in the new year has mostly been positive, which is a trend that originally started on December 17th, 2018. After a month and a half of constant losses, which have brought…

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