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SEC Receives Yet Another Bitcoin ETF License Request

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The Securities Exchange and Commission (SEC) has received yet another request for Bitcoin ETF (Exchange-Traded Fund) license, and this time, the request came from CBOE (Chicago Board Options Exchange) Global Markets. So far, SEC has been pretty clear that it doesn’t plan to allow such licenses. However, the current situation might just be the one that will allow CBOE to get what it wants.

New attempt of an old request

SEC, which serves as the regulator for the US, has received numerous requests for licenses for Bitcoin ETF. However, the regulator has never given a positive answer to these requests. Now, they have received another one, this time from CBOE Global Markets, and this one might just manage to go through.

The reason for this is that SEC has recently stated that Bitcoin and Ethereum are currently not classified as securities. This fact alone might be enough to force SEC to finally issue an ETF license, even though it refused to do so before. If they decide to stay true to their statement, that would mean that CBOE Global Markets’ request is valid, and cryptos might enter a new era, where some of them may become tradable as ETFs.

Just to make this clear – an ETF is a special kind of fund, one which acts as a stock when it comes to trading. Still, it also owns the underlying asset of the regular stock. Basically, the shareholders would not be official owners of the assets, but they would still have the opportunity to receive some of the profits.

Thanks to the new viewpoint on BTC and ETH, CBOE decided to try and send a request to receive a license that would allow them to list and trade BTC shares that would be backed by VanEck and SolidX. VanEck is an active asset manager, while SolidX is a reputable blockchain company.

The situation has changed – but is it different enough?

One interesting thing that the request for VanEck SolidX BTC Trust was already made earlier. Twice, in fact, and both applications for a license were rejected last year, in March. Back then, SEC claimed that the market is completely unregulated, and they just couldn’t allow it with a situation like that. Now, things are different, and the same request came once again.

Each of the shares would be valued at 25 BTC, and SolidX Bitcoin Shares would be the only ones that would be traded. This is what the VanEck SolidX Bitcoin Trust is proposing. The unfortunate thing is that the investors will not receive this as a trading option even if the approval does arrive. At least not until the beginning of 2019.

Also, despite the fact that the situation regarding the crypto market differs greatly from the one from March 2017, this is still a hard time for making such a request. There is a lot of speculation regarding the financial funds, and their apparent move to offer crypto investments that are not exactly in compliance with what the current futures contracts are offering. Because of this, there is a general belief that the institutional investors are about to invest a lot into the crypto market.

Still, the possibility of SEC actually approving this request is not eliminated, and doing so might bring the US one step closer to where many other countries stand when it comes to cryptos. It might even be a step in the right direction for improving on their regulatory measures.

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Investors Beware: Another Large Bitcoin Crash Might Be Coming

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The crypto prices have surged quite high in the last few months. Of course, their progress is nowhere near the one seen in 2017, but they appear to be getting there, one day at the time. However, things might not be as simple as that, and according to recent performance — it is more than possible that a major Bitcoin crash is incoming.

The fact is that cryptos saw a massive amount of growth in a very short period. Bitcoin itself more than doubled its price in only two months. Now, the rally is starting to crash in on itself, and the coin is already about $1,000 lower than last week. If such development does come to pass, a lot of people will experience quite large losses, although experienced investors might find some opportunities, and leverage in order to enhance their holdings’ long-term value.

For example, Bitcoin dominance is expected to crash very quickly, which will work in favor of quite a lot of altcoins. While this does not seem to be the best time to invest in BTC, altcoins are another story, and diversifying a portfolio now might end up being very profitable in days to come.

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Top 3 Coins to Buy Before They Go Big

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Crypto bulls are back, that much is clear. The long-lasting, harsh crypto winter is gone, and the new era in digital currency sector opens up some rather interesting opportunities. With many more bull runs expected to come in months ahead, a lot of coins are likely to blow up and maybe even hit new all-time highs, although that still remains purely theoretical.

On the other hand, the fact is that numerous coins are seeing prices that were not achieved since early 2018, and the overall momentum remains bullish. With that in mind, even if new records do not come for a very long time — chances are that many of the coins will blow up enough for investors to see some serious gains in months to come. As a result, investing in some of these coins now might be a very profitable decision, for those who have the patience to wait a few months. Here are some of the projects believed to have the greatest potential to go big in the second half of 2019 and beyond.

1. TRON (TRX)

Putting TRON on the list should not really surprise anyone, as the project constantly comes up with new project updates, partnerships, and alike. It also constantly breaks records, as is becoming one of the biggest players in the dApp and smart contract development sector.

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Can Crypto Credit Cards Disrupt the Fight Against Financial Crime?

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It is commonly known that the world of finances has the biggest problem with the crime of all existing industries around the world. It has been so throughout history. While the financial world has evolved, so did the criminal activities, and they continue to be an issue. With the arrival of cryptocurrencies, many were hoping that financial crime might be disrupted. However, for now, at least, it appears that cryptos themselves cannot find a way to resolve issues such as international money laundering.

In fact, when it comes to money laundering, the crypto sector appears to be the weakest link, especially because of the nature of digital currencies. The anonymity that cryptos are being praised for means that anyone can get a payment from an unknown source from anywhere in the world. This method can then be used for financing drug trafficking, cyberattacks, terrorists, and more.

Until recently, it was not easy for bad actors to make use of cryptocurrencies obtained for illegal purposes. The number of merchants willing to accept the coins was low, and criminals were forced to find a way to exchange crypto into fiat currencies. However, this came with a set of issues, such as taking foreign exchange risks and then sending the money through wallets and exchanges to a banking system that would allow withdrawal. The banking account was the biggest obstacle here,…

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