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SEC Announces Another Bitcoin ETF Delay

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The question of Bitcoin ETF still remains in the air, as the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announces another delay. The regulator has been receiving crypto ETF applications for a long time now, and while most of them were rejected, several requests received high amounts of praise and attention.

The regulator was expected to finally reach the decision regarding one such proposal, submitted by the San Francisco-based asset manager, Bitwise, by tomorrow, April 2nd. However, the SEC recently announced that the decision will be postponed yet again. As things are now, Bitwise’s proposal will be considered once again in mid-May 2019.

Bitwise application sees another delay

In many ways, Bitwise application was similar to many others, asking permission for operating ETFs which would be backed by Bitwise Bitcoin Total Return Index. According to the company, the index would allow investors to tap the largest crypto asset in the world. Not only that, but it would also include all of Bitcoin’s largest hard forks.

The company’s proposal also implies that the assets would be 100% secure and that they would be held by a regulated, institutional third party, acting as a custodian. Meanwhile, the index would be based on prices listed on various digital currency exchanges.

However, the SEC is either unsure of the proposal, or it wishes to delay the decision for some other reason.

The SEC struggle with ETF requests

As mentioned, this is hardly the first time that the SEC has faced such a request — or that it postponed the decision. Previously, blockchain technology company SolidX, partnered with VanEck, also submitted a proposal which was highly-anticipated. The proposal was filed all the way back in mid-2018, and the US regulator was expected to reach the decision by November.

However, as the deadline approached, the SEC announced a delay which scheduled the decision for the final days of December. After the US government shutdown made this impossible, the regulator re-scheduled the decision one final time, stating that the final consideration will take place in late February.

As the government shutdown prolonged, it was impossible for the SEC to do proper research and consideration. Many speculated that the ETF request might be granted by default, according to current US laws. However, the companies seemed to believe that working officials might refuse the request simply to prevent this. Since the risk of being refused was too great, VanEck and SolidX decided to withdraw the proposal, and wait for better times before submitting it again.

The request has yet to be re-submitted, and Bitwise proposal took the stage as the next highly-anticipated request — one that is seemingly following in SolidX’s footsteps. The regulator now once again has a month and a half before reaching the decision, with many hoping that it will finally be a positive one. However, whether or not this will happen still remains to be seen, as the SEC gives no indication regarding the request and their stance towards it.

The SEC received numerous other requests as well, and in mid-2018, they rejected as many as 9 of them within a single month. However, soon after the rejection, the regulator announced that the requests would be taken into consideration once again. Even so, not one of them has been given grant as of yet.

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Blockchain technology outshines Bitcoin and Gold during global pandemic

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As the popularity of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin begins to level up with investments made in metals such as Gold, together they have both made significant advantages for investors who have taken a leap to invest in them.

However, thanks to the pandemic and the dynamic shift in investing and the economy, many investors have seen fluctuating losses and gains thanks to the uncertainty of the current business world. 

Many investors that backed companies who have exposure to blockchain technology have seen an approximate amount of 54% return on investments over the past year. This is even after considering how hard the global tech market and companies have been hit since the beginning of the pandemic.

What is blockchain technology?

Blockchain technology was first introduced as a supportive technology for Bitcoin. A blockchain is a simple, unchangeable and un-hackable digital ledger that holds transactions in little blocks attached to a chain. The transaction is duplicated and distributed across the entire network of systems on the blockchain, making it available for everyone on the network to see. 

Each block in the chain contains various transactions which are recorded on the participant ledger every time a transaction takes place. The database is decentralised and is managed by multiple participants known as Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT).

Although blockchain technology was birthed from Bitcoin and was widely adopted for the use of cryptocurrencies, the way it works and its security has made…

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Bitcoin Surges After Tesla Bought $1.5 Billion Worth of BTC

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The sudden rise of Bitcoin has been connected to the decision taken by the Tesla electric car company to buy $1.5 billion worth of Bitcoin.

The company explained in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that it bought Bitcoin to diversify its cash returns and more flexibility.

Musk’s Tweets also impacted Dogecoin’s price

Tesla also added that it will start accepting Bitcoin payments for all its products, although this will be based on a limited basis and applicable laws. If the company concludes and starts accepting cryptocurrency, it will make it the first major car manufacturer to accept Bitcoin payments. The company’s founder and Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk has developed an interest in Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies.

He has been tweeting severally about the viability of the Dogecoin (DOGE), which doesn’t have an important market value attached to it.

Few hours after endorsing Dogecoin, the cryptocurrency rose by an impressive 50%. But regulatory authorities are still concerned about the risks in cryptocurrency investments, with several regulatory bodies warning traders and investors they could lose all their money from crypto investments.

But for Tesla, the company decides to diversify its funds and increased its cash returns. However, Tesla also warned investors about the volatility of Bitcoin’s price in its SEC filing. According to the SEC…

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XNO Token of Xeno NFT Hub listed on Bithumb Korea Exchange

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Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 25th January, 2021, // ChainWire //

Xeno Holdings Limited (xno.live ), a blockchain solutions company based in Hong Kong, has announced the listing of its ecosystem utility token XNO on the ‘Bithumb Korea’ cryptocurrency exchange on January 21st 2021.

Xeno NFT Hub (market.xno.live ), developed by Xeno Holdings, enables easy minting of digital items into NFTs while also providing a marketplace where anyone can securely trade NFTs.

The Xeno NFT Hub project team includes former members of the technology project Yosemite X based in San Francisco and professionals such as Gabby Dizon who is a games industry expert and NFT space influencer based in Southeast Asia.

NFT(Non-Fungible Token) technology has recently gained huge focus in the blockchain arena and beyond, making waves in the online gaming sector, the art world, and the digital copyrights industry in recent years. The strongest feature of NFTs is that “NFTs are unique digital assets that cannot be replaced or forged”. Unlike fungible tokens such as Bitcoin or Ether, NFTs are not interchangeable for other tokens of the same type but instead each NFT has a unique value and specific information that cannot be replaced. This fact makes NFTs the perfect solution to record and prove ownership of digital and real-world items like works of art, game items, limited-edition collectibles, and more.

NFTs are already being actively traded in markets globally. For…

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