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South Korea Says No To Bitcoin Futures

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South Korea Says No To Bitcoin Futures

Bitcoin upward momentum faces its biggest test yet in the coming weeks. After rising to record highs of $14,000, some of the world’s largest exchanges are planning to introduce Futures derivatives as a way of attracting more institutional investors into the game. However, it appears the move is not going well with some regulators around the world.

 Ban On Bitcoin Futures

South Korea’s Financial Services Commission has provided the clearest of indications that Bitcoin Futures won’t be allowed in the country. Such a move would be catastrophic for the cryptocurrency given that the country is one of the biggest markets for digital currencies.

In addition, South Korea is planning to start taxing any profits generated from cryptocurrencies, a move that may not augur well with investors. Bitcoin has for the better part of the year traded on speculation. Moves by regulators to adopt a more wary stance on the cryptocurrency is thus expected to send fear in the market, which could spook investors.

South Korea has for the better part of the year maintained a soft stance on cryptocurrencies. Something that has worked in favor of bitcoin sentiments among investors in the country. A ban on Futures trading would mark the first time that the country’s regulator has moved to maintain a strong oversight in the sector.

“It is the first time for the South Korean authorities to ban trading a specific item. It seems that they made such decision worrying about if it gets out of control as they haven’t taken a position on cryptocurrency,” An official from the securities industry said.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Strategy and Finance, Kim Dong-yen says the latest effort is not intended to crack down the sector but instead provide more consumer protection. The Minster says they are approaching the matter with caution, given that impractical policies could lead investors to unregulated over the counter markets which are hard to oversee.

 U.S Bitcoin Futures

The Asian nation banning Futures trading has however had little impact on Bitcoin sentiments so far. This is in part because the void is poised to be filled by exchanges in the U.S. The CBOE and the CME Group are set to start offering Futures derivatives before the end of the year. NASDAQ, a well-known tech exchange is also set to offer Futures exchange sometime in the summer of next year.

Talk of Futures contracts in the U.S is the latest catalyst that has driven bitcoin to record highs. The derivatives are expected to attract mountains of cash from institutional investors who until now have not been able to get more skin in the game.

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Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Please conduct your own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency.

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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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