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SEC Delays Bitcoin (BTC) ETF Decision

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The new statement from the US SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) claims that the decision whether or not to approve Bitcoin ETF will be delayed until September 21, 2018. The reviewing of the request will effectively put five other decisions on hold for now.

The SEC delays BTC ETF decision once more

Requests for Bitcoin ETF have flooded the US SEC in the last several months, and the Securities and Exchange Commission is under a lot of pressure to provide an answer. Instead of doing so, they released a new public document, claiming that the Commission finds it appropriate to postpone the decision, and review the requests once more. The new date of the decision appears to be September 21.

This is a move that a lot of people actually expected, and while many would love to see BTC ETF arrive sooner, rather than later, a lot of people still think that the SEC will not be comfortable with allowing it just yet. Some claims say that it is too early and that 2019 has much better odds of seeing the ETF approval.

Winklevoss twins ETF request denied

The recent speculation regarding the potential ETF approval has had large consequences, even if nothing actually happened. The speculation actually led to an increase in Bitcoin’s price, which hit $8,200 in only a few days. Soon after, however, the SEC decided to reject the ETF request submitted by the Winklevoss twins.

This has disappointed many, and Bitcoin suffered the most. Currently, its price is going down once again, and it is at $7,400. This is also the second time that Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss attempted to get the SEC to approve their Bitcoin ETF request and the second time that they were rejected.

Many have compared this situation to a decade and a half old controversy regarding the twins and Facebook. Back then, they accused Mark Zuckerberg of stealing their idea. On the other hand, many believe that the twins are extremely innovative when it comes to thinking up various concepts, but that they have a problem when it is time actually to execute them.

Because of this, one popular opinion claims that, even though their BTC ETF requests are continuously denied, someone else might submit a request that will actually get approved. There is still a decent chance for this to happen, and the crypto community is currently waiting for September 21st to see whether or not will we get the next Mark Zuckerberg.

ETF might bring BTC price to new heights

Another opinion regarding the current Bitcoin ETF issue came from Spencer Bogart, a partner at Blockchain Capital. Bogart has been a very vocal Bitcoin supporter recently, with a notable bullish tone that came as soon as Bitcoin went up a few weeks ago. He recently stated that there are many catalysts that might allow Bitcoin’s price to go further up and that BTC ETF is definitely one of the biggest ones.

Even though the Winklevoss request got denied, there are still others that the SEC might decide to approve. If that happens, the current drop in price will soon become the thing of the past, and BTC might skyrocket once more. Bogart also stated that the SEC’s time is running out and that they need to get on board if they want to stay relevant.

“The cat’s out of the bag,” he said, “[i]nnovation is going elsewhere if the SEC [U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission] doesn’t get on board soon.”

For now, the SEC decision has been postponed, which means that a few more weeks of waiting are to be endured. After that, pretty much anything can happen.

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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.  

Karatbars International and GSB Gold Standard Banking Corporation…

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ICTE May Bring About Sweeping Changes for Cryptocurrency Exchanges

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Cryptocurrency has taken the world by storm during the last few years. An entirely new financial market was created almost overnight which has captured the imagination of all its participants. Cryptocurrency is even starting to attract institutional money from investment banks, hedge funds, and other proprietary trading firms. Despite the rapid growth, traders remain extremely frustrated by having to deal with the fragmented nature of centralized crypto exchanges.

A Change is Needed

When cryptocurrency first began, there weren’t many participants and the trading volume was relatively insignificant. But, over time, that has radically changed. Some tokens now have a capitalization in the billions and are being traded 24-7 by institutions all over the world. Despite the volume, significant problems exist with the current way that exchanges work. Some of those problems include the following:

  • Constant fear of hackers
  • Exchange manipulation
  • Fragmented liquidity
  • Risk of identity theft

One of the biggest issues regarding centralized exchanges is the risk of being hacked. These hack stories seem to always be circulating around the internet. While experienced traders may have the tools to avoid becoming a victim, potential new traders have zero interest in dealing with this. And it’s not just the small exchanges that are at risk. Even large exchanges, such as Mt. Gox and Binance, are subject to being hacked.

Another huge risk is having to deal with…

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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.

Facebook’s most popular messenger, WhatsApp, has approximately 1.5 billion monthly users.  This application is…

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