Current neutral observers are calling the crypto-coin market “volatile.” It’s not volatile. Since last December it’s been going down like a lead balloon, there’s no way around even for Bitcoin, Ethereum or Ripple (the top threes). But the cryptosphere marches on in the knowledge that bearish runs are not eternal but just a stage in which you wait for the next bullish run to arrive, and take advantage of the opportunity to buy cheap.
In that spirit, several blockchain projects keep moving forward and pursuing their goals as if the market didn’t matter at all. And if they get their way, the market won’t matter at all, indeed. Let’s talk about a few of them.
Last week was “Blockchain Week” in San Francisco, home of Silicon Valley and digital tech capital of the world. Many interesting news came out concerning Ripple, Ethereum and Bitcoin last week. Let’s briefly review some of them.
Ripple’s annual conference was held starting last Monday, with former President William Clinton delivering the keynote speech (which barely mentioned blockchain technology or cryptocurrencies at all) but gathering a lot of attention for the event.
Swell 2018 (that’s the conference’s name) concentrated on Ripple’s platforms’ applications and the launch of xRapid, the company’s new platform which will use XRP (Ripple’s native currency) as a means to consolidate an international remittances network.
Ripple’s technology to settle international payments is ready to go into the production stage. It’s not extensively deployed yet. But big players such as Banco Santander are using it already, and the tech is so good it could end up taking over SWIFT’s business. SWIFT’s conference is getting held at the end of this month too, and they also included Ripple in theirs (a big surprise to many).
The most relevant thing about Swell is that three big financial institutions are using xRapid in the production stage already, not just as a pilot or as a trial. If that works well for those three banks, many more will follow, creating demand for the XRP token and bringing Ripple’s technology into the traditional financial system’s mainstream.
Big and small banks all over the world are starting to realize how Ripple’s platforms and currency can give them a competitive advantage and joining in pilot programs. They can save money, time, provide their customers a better service. They’re paying attention.
The mood at Swell, according to participants, was very optimistic which is good news for everybody in the crypto community, not just for Ripple. It’s all about mainstream adoption, which is the point in which cryptocurrencies stand a serious chance to take over the world. No, we’re not joking about this.
After Ripple, we have Ehtereum to talk about. Things haven’t changed there in a while. The same amazing advantages. The same complaints: the network is slow, and the gas price becomes inconvenient as the token’s value goes up.
That is why the community is working hard to make things faster at Ethereum, but it’s also why many projects are looking to transfer their platforms away from Ethereum to other blockchains which are much faster and also much cheaper (Cardano, EOS, Tron are good examples, some of which, ironically, started over Ethereum).
On Bitcoin’s front, prices are still expected to rise. But nobody knows when. While nobody doubts this will happen, it’s becoming a bit of a tedious wait because it’s been ten months already.
There’s obviously nothing wrong with Bitcoin, but speculative pressure has kept it down for a very long time, and that pressure keeps almost all other coins down because, in exchanges, most cryptocurrencies are pegged to Bitcoin in some way or another.
In short: Despite the not so pleasing present, there seems to be a bright future ahead for Ripple, Ethereum and of course the king, Bitcoin. There’s plenty of good news in the cryptosphere, and we didn’t even mention Tron or other projects that have been leaping forward spectacularly. But don’t worry, we report on all those news too, every day.
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SEC Postpones Bitcoin ETF Decision Once Again
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.
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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.
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What to Expect in 2019: BTC, BAT, and Steem
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.
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In this bear market, everybody’s asking the same questions. Why is Bitcoin falling? When will the market turn around? Is this the end of the crypto boom?
However, before we can answer questions like these, we need to step back and do an honest appraisal of where our industry stands and what is really holding it back. Despite its growing popularity, cryptocurrency still struggles to gain mainstream appeal. While crypto has managed to distance itself from the early days, when it was used to buy illegal goods online, the currency still conjures up negative feelings for a lot of people unfamiliar with the technology — and all too often, for good reasons.
Cryptocurrency is still relatively new, which means that many casual users are still exploring different ways to use crypto in their day-to-day lives. Unfortunately, this lack of knowledge leaves a lot of users vulnerable to scammers seeking to take advantage of their ignorance and inexperience.
We’ve contacted various types of people within the crypto community, surveying newbies, traders, investors, and professionals, asking what the biggest problems in crypto are. We found there to be three major problems holding the industry back:
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