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Real Reason Why the SEC Rejects Bitcoin ETF

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Only two days ago, August 23, the US SEC once again rejected all Bitcoin ETF requests, this time filed by Direxion and ProShares. Experts claim that the reason behind the rejection is fear of ETFs leading to fraud and market manipulation.

Winklevoss twins Bitcoin ETF proposal

About a month ago, the SEC stated that market manipulation is a real concern, which is why they rejected the Bitcoin ETF request filed by the Winklevoss twins. The twins managed to establish Bitcoin’s values through the use of their crypto exchange, Gemini, which is said to be strictly regulated.

However, this was not enough for the SEC, and the Commission stated that the markets can be relatively easy to manipulate, given the opportunity. Relying on one single exchange to dictate Bitcoin ETFs’ value would be exactly one such opportunity. Bitcoin ETF can potentially lead billions in new capital to the market, and this is too serious an amount, and represents a high risk to the economy, in general.

Prior to the refusal, the twins were convinced that their proposal actually had a good chance to be approved. This was additionally supported by Nasdaq’s involvement, which is the second-biggest stock market in the world. Nasdaq is involved in Gemini’s operations so that all tradings and the market itself would always remain authentic and completely transparent.

Direxion and ProShares made their own attempt

After the SEC rejected the request of the Winklevoss brothers, it received new proposals filed by Direxion and ProShares. Their proposals used CME and Cboe futures markets, which are also very strictly regulated, to try and establish their ETF’s value. However, the SEC found a flaw to this proposal as well and stated that, while CME and Cboe are, in fact, regulated markets, the BTC futures markets are not large enough to be used for establishing the value of ETFs.

According to the government enforcement defense and securities litigation attorney, Jake Chervinsky, the real reason for the SEC rejecting all of these ETFs is the risk of fraud and market manipulation. If the ETF’s design significantly lowers or even prevents these risks, then the SEC would approve it. Unfortunately, these ETFs are not designed in such a way.

He also said that the SEC was not satisfied with the two institutions’ efforts to only rely on the futures markets. This is due to the fact that the majority of BTC trading still goes down in unregulated exchanges and markets. This makes the BTC futures markets too small, as well as unable to provide enough information regarding the market participants’ identities.

In time, when the BTC futures market grows, and regulated financial institutions expand enough to create bigger futures markets, the SEC might change its mind regarding the ETFs backed by derivatives. However, for now, the SEC has no intention to approve marked-backed futures in the US. Even so, many believe that the ETFs filed by Cboe and VanEck have the highest chance to actually be approved in a relatively short period, which remains to be seen.

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KaratGold Proves Its Business Model By Providing Official Documents

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There has been a lot of renewed enthusiasm in the cryptocurrency market thanks mainly to Bitcoin’s strong move about 10,000.  Although Bitcoin continues to show its dominance, the altcoin market has yet to benefit from that rally.  A few of the largest altcoins remain popular but the rest of the market continues to lag behind.  In 2018, there was a lot of talk regarding a possible altcoin apocalypse where only the strong would survive.  That prediction appears to be playing out as expected.  Going forward, only the best projects that have a real world need will survive.  Crypto traders will have to spend a lot of their time doing proper research in order to find the best opportunities, just like in all financial markets.  One promising project that appears to have the makings of a future winner is KaratGold Coin.

KaratGold Background

KaratGold Coin is a cryptocurrency developed by the reputable German company Karatbars International, which maintains a leading position in the market of small gold items and investments. The project is part of a larger ecosystem, which involves several blockchain solutions that can be used for transactions, communication, investing and other tasks. During the past few weeks, however, the KaratGold ecosystem has been a target of unsavory scam allegations.  

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SonicX and Dash Could Challenge Facebook’s Libra for Global Payments Market Share

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When Satoshi Nakamoto unveiled Bitcoin to the world, the dream was always for Bitcoin to serve as a new universal currency.  It would be free from the bureaucracy of governments.  And free from the tyranny of the old-world financial cartels.  Although the dream hasn’t yet materialized, it comes closer and closer with each passing day.

One of the biggest roadblocks for Bitcoin has been scalability.  At a speed of approximately 7 transactions per second, Bitcoin lags behind other cryptocurrencies like Ripple and global payment processors like Visa.  Many expect the lightning network to have a positive impact on Bitcoin’s TPS but until that comes to fruition, mass adoption will likely need another significant development.

Libra Currency Announcement

One development that could help pave the way toward mass adoption is the launch of the Libra currency.  Libra is expected to go live during the first half of 2020 according to Facebook’s June announcement.  According to Facebook, Libra will make sending money online cheaper and faster.  It will also have a hand in improving access to financial services, especially for the unbanked.  Given Facebook’s global reach, including many third world countries, providing financial access to the unbanked could provide a huge spark to global economies.  Additionally, it could provide the growth spark that cryptocurrency needs.

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The rise of the crypto casinos

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In the hyper-competitive world of online casinos, operators are always looking for ways to stand out from the crowd. The most usual methods include using distinctive branding, offering generous bonuses and making sure that they are on all of the major so-called affiliate sites where players can compare and contrast casinos’ different offerings.

But now a whole new generation of casinos are starting to emerge – ones whose key difference isn’t what and how you play, but more in how you pay.

The rise and rise of the cryptocurrency casino is seen by many as the next logical step in a world that is slowly but surely starting to accept that Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, et al. are certainly here to stay.

Of course, it’s the first of these cryptocurrencies that has really grabbed the headlines and led the way with its meteoric performance in 2017 when it seemed like its $20,000 value was just the start of the story. Admittedly, this was short-lived and the value quickly fell back to a more sustainable level but, if it achieved one thing, it was to cement this exciting new kind of currency in the consciousness of the general public.

Why Bitcoin and online casinos are the perfect partners

In many ways, it’s the perfect partnership between Bitcoin and online casinos with multiple benefits for both.

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