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Japan’s SBI Launches New Bank-Backed Exchange Favoring Ripple (XRP)

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Japan’s SBI Holdings-owned crypto exchange called SBI Virtual Currencies has launched a new service – VCTRADE. The service, as well as the exchange itself, came after many delays and various difficulties. Now, when it finally got launched, it will continue to improve and develop, and the first and only crypto that can be used as of yet is Ripple (XRP).

SBI Virtual Currencies’ long struggle

Back in October 2016, Japan’s financial service called SBI Holdings announced its new subsidiary, which was to be a crypto exchange called SBI Virtual Currencies. It would have been the first exchange that would have the total support of a large financial institution. The exchange’s registration with Japan’s FSA was only completed in September 2017. almost an entire year later.

As if this delay was not enough, the exchange’s launch was also postponed due to a large hacking attack on an exchange called Coincheck, which has demonstrated just how vulnerable these institutions can be. Security concerns appeared, and the business environment was in need of large changes, which postponed the official launch further.

The launch was announced for the summer of 2018, and this announcement came in April of this year by Yoshitaka Kitao, the SBI Holdings’ president. He also stated that the new trading service called VCTRADE will become the best soon after its launch. Well, the time has come, and VCTRADE has been live for several hours now.

Right now, the service is only open to those who have submitted an application for advanced registration back in October 2017. This includes around 20,000 individuals, which are currently receiving their usernames and passwords. Those who did not choose to take the advanced registration will also have the chance to create an account, but not before July 2018.

Ripple as crypto of choice

As of yet, the exchange will only support Ripple (XRP), with the only trading pair being XRP/JPY. However, the exchange doesn’t plan to stop here, and it will soon introduce other cryptos, starting with Bitcoin (BTC), as well as Bitcoin Cash (BCH).

According to SBI Virtual Currencies, the exchange’s trading environment will have an extremely high level of low-latency, due to its adoption of NASDAQ’s system for transactions. Additionally, they will also be able to offer a very narrow bid-ask spread.

Thanks to Google Chrome’s automatic translations, the SBI Virtual Currency’s website, which is in Japanese, can be freely browsed through by pretty much anyone. By doing so, you can see for yourself that the company claims the VCTRADE will offer large speeds, high reliability, and the ultimate transparency.

One thing that many people have been wondering about is why is the exchange only supporting XRP? The answer might lie in the Yoshitaka Kitao’s interview with Ripple from August of last year. Back then, he stated that XRP is cheaper, faster, and infinitely more scalable than pretty much any other crypto. He also admitted that the SBI has invested in Ripple back in 2016, as well as helped launch a joint venture called SBI Ripple Asia. Obviously, XRP has been a favorite of Yoshitaka Kitao, as well as of SBI in general, so it is no surprise that it became the exchange’s crypto of choice.

Not only that, but Kitao also tweeted that he believes that Ripple’s price will go up to $8-10 before this year’s end.

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HODLing Stellar Is A Good Plan For 2019

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HODLing, or holding on to a certain asset or assets has always been an extremely useful investment strategy, even before cryptocurrencies were even imagined. Now, with the market being more uncertain than ever, many are wondering what is the right thing to do with the coins in their possession.

Of course, things change depending on the coin in question, but today, we are going to talk about why it is a good idea to hold on to your Stellar (XLM) in 2019.

Why You Should Hodl Stellar (XLM)

The crypto market is rich with hundreds, and even thousands of different projects at this point, and separating valuable ones from those that are destined to slowly fade away can be tricky. However, even the biggest skeptics believe that Stellar is a coin that is here to stay.

XLM was first launched in 2014, and for a long time now, it has been among the top 10 cryptos by market cap. It is an open-source, decentralized protocol that allows users to send fiat currencies by using cryptocurrency as a method of transport. In a lot of ways, it is very similar to XRP. However, the biggest difference is that Stellar aims to offer its services to regular people, while XRP is more interested in working with banks and financial institutions.

Nevertheless, sending money, especially when it comes to cross-border…

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Reasons To Invest In Electroneum In 2019

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2018 has been quite a rollercoaster for the crypto space. Coins went up and down more times than anyone could have guessed, not to mention two massive market crashes. However, in a few short weeks, the year will be over, and a new, positive period for the crypto world is expected to arrive.

While there are many predictions for 2019, today we are only interested in one thing — Electroneum (ETN). A lot of people quickly took notice of this coin, and many believe that it is among the coins of the future. Indeed, it has received a lot of attention, and many are interested in why that is, and why investing in it is a good idea. So, let’s take a look at a few reasons why you should invest in ETN in 2019.

1) It is fast

Speed and precision of any service have always been very important to people. This importance is even greater when making a profit depends on it. Electroneum developers were aware of this when they created it, and the coin is up to 5 times faster than Bitcoin. This means that ETN transactions can be confirmed much faster, which in turn reduces fees and waiting time.

Furthermore, there are also plans to create Electroneum Virtual Currency Exchange, which will allow the project to act as an exchange. However, the even…

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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.

Cryptocurrencies need a sufficient monitoring mechanism, claims SEC chairman

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…

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