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JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) Warming Up To Crypto (BTC, ETH, XRP, LTC)

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The tide that is currently top Wall Street firms warming up to cryptocurrencies just got a bit bigger with JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) admitting that they are looking into the space. This was during a CNBC interview that featured Daniel Pinto, The head of corporate and investment bank at J.P Morgan and Chase. This statement was made when he was asked about the possibilities of the company investing and trading in cryptocurrencies, and in particular, Bitcoin (BTC).

Mr. Pinto had this to say about cryptocurrencies and Bitcoin (BTC):

“We are looking into that space. I have no doubt that in one way or another, the technology will play a role. [Regarding bitcoin], you cannot have something where the business proposition is to be anonymous and to be the currency for unknown activities. That will have a very short life, because people will stop believing in it, or the regulators will kill it. I think the concept is valid, you have many central banks looking into. The tokenization of the economy, for me, is real. Cryptocurrencies are real but not in the current form.”

With respect to Bitcoin Futures, Mr. Pinto had this to add:

“If we need to clear futures of bitcoin, can we do it? Yes. Have we done it? No.”

One of the theories that have been postulated on the numerous chat groups online, is that there might be some market manipulation with the supposed Mt. Gox dump. This means that it will impact the markets and cause a bear market that is ideal for the big Wallstreet firms to make an entry into the crypto-currency markets. However, these are just online rumors that have been fueled by a bear market and coincidentally, news of more and more ‘big’ companies and firms, showing interest in the space.

The Soros Fund Management firm recently admitted that it had got the go-ahead by George Soros to start trading in cryptocurrencies. To add to the above, Futures derivatives of the top 3 coins are now available on numerous trading platforms. Just recently, Crypto Facilities from the UK started offering Ethereum Future contracts.

In conclusion, this indirect admission by Daniel Pinto on the future of cryptocurrency trading by J.P Morgan Chase, would not come as a shock if it were to actually become a fact. Cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology have been constantly proving their real life usage since their inception and in particular now with the ongoing Consensus Summit in New York.

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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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What Will Happen First: BTC 2k or 5k?

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2018 has ended, and while there was no enormous surge that investors were hoping for, it still ended with a bit of hope for those wishing to see Bitcoin BTC rise.

Only two weeks before the end of 2018, BTC was in a desperate position, with the value of its coin being at $3,200, threating to drop even lower. However, a sudden surge occurred on December 17th, which returned $1,000 to its value. And, since it lost approximately $400 since then, the final days of 2018 have still seen BTC well-above its lowest point of that year.

Now, 2019 has arrived, with traders and investors wondering what will happen next? Is BTC going to drop to $2,000? Will it rise back to $5,000? Will the bear market expand to this year as well, or is the market ready for a proper bull run this time?

The answer, once again, remains uncertain. The problems with scalability may be reduced significantly soon, but high volatility remains an issue. Even the slightest shift can have enormous consequences for the entire market, and any news can impact the BTC price, no matter how big or small, or if positive or negative. To stop its further drop, BTC had to find a balance. However, this balance is more fragile than ever, and the price is expected to move very soon.

What to expect…

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