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Happy new month to you and all our readers! The last one month has been a tumultuous one for any crypto enthusiast, trader or hodler of any digital asset. Most of the days were filled with declining values and panic due to the news. Bitcoin BTC being the King of Crypto and being volatile during the last month, all alt-coins also suffered due to its relative instability.

A Recap Of September FUD and ETF Anxieties

First, there was the Goldman Sachs news of September the 5th that they were ditching plans to open a Bitcoin and Crypto trading desk. The news went to state that the firm was focusing on custody services that will bring the much-needed funds to the industry. In a sense, the news had stated that Goldman Sachs would not pursue digital assets as forms of investments. However, this news turned out to be fake, but the damage had been done.

Secondly, there was an air of anxiety for the SEC was scheduled to rule on the Bitcoin ETF application by CBOE, VanEck, and SolidX, by the 30th of September. However, the authority announced on the 20th of September, that it needed more time to make a decision. They also requested for the input of the public with regards to the rule change in the ETF. This, in turn, pushed the SEC decision to late December.

Thirdly, there was a bunch of Bitcoin futures contracts by the CME expiring on the 28th of September. Therefore, due to the historical past performance of Bitcoin BTC when futures contracts are about to expire, many traders had held back making any major moves for there was uncertainty. Many of the savvy traders headed to BitMex to attempt to short Bitcoin BTC and other digital assets, but Bitcoin proved to have a good support level above $6,500.

What October Holds For Bitcoin BTC

The first good thing about October, other than it being the month of good sports around the world, is that there is no pending major decision from the SEC. A Bitcoin ETF will not hover over the minds of traders as they attempt to make gains in the markets for the next few weeks.

Secondly, October comes before November and when the Bakkt firm is scheduled to launch. This then leaves the crypto space wide open for natural gains without fears of any bad news. Bakkt aims at bringing Bitcoin and crypto investing to the mainstream using existing regulation, rather than trying to change the rules like the pending Bitcoin ETF.

The firm also plans on providing custody services for the institutional investors who want to buy in bulk. Therefore, the challenge of storing large volumes of cryptocurrencies is left to Bakkt which is regulated and has all the necessary licenses.

Given the fact that the US stock market is worth an estimated $30 Trillion, Bakkt will make it possible for cryptocurrencies to bite off a small chunk of this value as investors look for alternative, untapped sources of attaining considerable gains. Bakkt recently tweeted their first investment product as follows:

Our first contracts will be physically delivered Bitcoin futures contracts versus fiat currencies, including USD, GBP and EUR. For example, buying one USD/BTC futures contract will result in daily delivery of one Bitcoin into the customer’s account.

In conclusion, and not hating on the month of September, October brings in a breath of fresh air in the crypto markets for there is no reason to be nervous in the markets. But as is always suggested, it is good to set stop losses and keep up to date with news from Global Coin Report.

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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.

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 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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