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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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How is the Crypto Market Changing?

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It has been around a month and a half since the start of 2019, and there are already some pretty obvious changes in the way the crypto market operates, especially when compared to the last year. Early 2018 was almost a complete opposite. The previous year started with cryptocurrencies at their strongest, only to see them crashing down after a few weeks. Back then, the ICO model was still quite strong, and so was the hype surrounding the crypto space. New investors kept entering the space, and new startups emerged with their tokens ready to be sold.

As the year progressed, things started to change. The prices continued to drop, the ICO model went down from around $1.4 billion in raised funds at the beginning of the year to only $100 million in the last month.

The ICO model lost investors’ trust, as many of the projects turned out to be either too weak to survive after the crypto winter struck, or scams which tricked investors out of their money and disappeared. Not to mention that the increase in ICOs popularity attracted the regulators who cracked down on them pretty hard, especially in the US.

With all of that happening, it is of a small surprise that the investors started giving up on ICOs, especially with the constant drops in prices which saw even the largest coins…

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Understanding the Uses of Different Types Of Cryptocurrencies

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Cryptocurrencies – a term which has become incredibly prominent in the mainstream media during recent years due to the proliferation of Bitcoin millionaires. As a result, the new form of currency has earned an almost infamous status. However, as with any major step forward, there is still much confusion regarding the use of cryptocurrencies, what different types of innovative electronic cash exist and what they might mean for the future.

We’re putting all of this to rest as we explain what each of the leading cryptocurrencies can do.

Bitcoin

The most popular form of cryptocurrency, Bitcoin was first thought up in 2008 by the elusive and still unknown creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, who published the whitepaper online.

It took almost a decade for the cryptocurrency to reach its peak, but in December 2017 a single Bitcoin roughly exchanged for the price of $17,000, meaning anyone who held a substantial amount of the electronic cash became significantly wealthy.

In its early years, the cryptocurrency was strictly used as an alternative for cash transactions, and predominantly for trading goods and services. However as it has increased in popularity, its range of uses has also widened, now deployed for a variety of purposes including acting as collateral for investments at merchant banks, a direct debit for subscriptions services and most notably for sports betting.

Ripple

Bitcoin’s closest source of competition, Ripple was founded…

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New DoJ Ruling May Cripple Gambling dApps

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A new decision made by the US Justice Department has expanded restrictions regarding online gambling in the US affecting gambling dApps. While the Federal Wire Act of 1961 prohibited online gambling regarding sports since 2011, the new decision expanded on this, and it now includes all forms of internet gambling. Unfortunately for many, this now also includes cryptocurrencies.

The new decision came due to considerable difficulties when it comes to guaranteeing that only interstate betting will take place and that payments will not be routed via different states.

The new announcement was explained in a 23-page-long opinion issued by the Department of Justice’s legal team, which pointed out that the 2011 decision misinterpreted the law. According to that decision, transferring funds was to be considered a violation, but data transfers were not included. By exploiting this oversight, it was possible for gamblers to turn to internet gambling. Unsurprisingly, many have realized this early on, including startups, as well as large, established firms. This, of course, also included cryptocurrency companies as well.

The new decision changes what is allowed online

The decision to include all forms of internet gambling is a massive hit in the…

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