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Fundstrat Global co-founder Tom Lee’s thoughts on recent Bitcoin fall

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Tom Lee is a cryptocurrency expert at Fundstrat Global Advisors. He’s made name for himself by correctly predicting all kinds of markets many times over. Earlier this year, Mr. Lee made waves in the cryptosphere when he forecasted Bitcoin’s price to end the year at $25,000.

Not too long ago, Mr. Lee appeared at CNBC’s “Squawk Box” to talk about Bitcoin and other crypto topics and if you missed it, in this article we will give you the gist of it.

The interview opened asking Mr. Lee about Bitcoin. That was unavoidable in the coin’s currently calamitous state and the hash wars with Bitcoin Cash. While the red numbers in the market seem apocalyptic to many, Mr. Lee explained that the outlook is not as bad for several reasons. First of all, Bitcoin is currently more of a commodity than an actual currency, so tragedy will hardly come up of the current low market.

He also explained that crypto has two main players: users and speculators and that users will ultimately dominate the market because there is a new wave of users coming soon in the form of institutions. New regulatory clarity will give institutional investors and users the confidence they’ve lacked so far to adopt Bitcoin (and many other digital assets), come into the game and make the market mature at last.

The interviewer asked Mr. Lee explicitly about Bitcoin’s price by the end of the year, because the current trends make the $25,000 mark seemingly unreachable. Mr. Lee agreed that it doesn’t look so hot right now but he still said that $15,000 by year’s end is reasonable. When he was asked why he said that many different things could make this happen. He wasn’t specific about what could those things be, but he was very confident nevertheless.

Bitcoin ‘seriously’ undervalued

He also explained that Bitcoin is currently seriously undervalued. In his estimation it takes $7,000 USD to mine a full coin so, being a commodity, it won’t stay under that price for much longer because commodities are never sold at prices that are under production costs. On further explanations, he said that as the world grows more digital every day, digital currencies can only become more relevant and accessible. That will make adoption easier, more common, and will rise value for the market.

When the interviewers insisted on describing the sorry state in the cryptosphere, Mr. Lee explained that it’s not as bad as it looks. XRP, for instance, is doing quite well and is quickly becoming a viable alternative for Bitcoin.

To take his point further, he compared how much money is moved around the world using Bitcoin and Paypal. Bitcoin’s piece of that market is superior by a factor of three, even as the price goes down. In his estimation, it will be six times bigger than Paypal in two years, more or less.

Next, he described resistance to digital assets as a normal feature of the generational gap.

During the interview, Mr. Lee was pressed to be a prophet of doom of sorts, but he never lost his ground. Not just around Bitcoin, his arguments on every point were rational, calmed and he offered data when it was needed.

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SEC Postpones Bitcoin ETF Decision Once Again

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The new announcement by the US SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) states that the decision regarding the potential approval of several applications for a Bitcoin ETF (exchange-traded funds) is once again postponed. This time, the SEC declared that the decision will be made by February 27th, 2019.

The application requesting that VanExk SolidX BTC fund get s listed on Cboe BZx Exchange that was published on July 2nd needs to be given order by the commission within 180 days. Originally, the deadline for doing so was December 29th. However, the SEC decided to extend the period for another 60 days, effectively moving it to February 27th.

The SEC stated that designating a longer period for making a decision was found appropriate, as more time is needed in order to properly consider the rule change.

Cryptocurrencies need a sufficient monitoring mechanism, claims SEC chairman

Recent reports claim that the SEC received over 1,600 comments after requesting the public opinion regarding the ETF applications issue. In the past, the SEC rejected many such applications, some of which were even submitted by SolidX itself. In addition, they also rejected the applications submitted by Gemini, the exchange owned by Winklevoss twins. Brothers were attempting to gain ETF approval ever since 2013, although to no avail.

Other applications were also submitted by Direxion, ProShares, as well as GraniteShares. The SEC rejected them…

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What to Expect in 2019: BTC, BAT, and Steem

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There are only a few weeks of 2018 left, and considering how bearish and crypto-unfriendly this year was, a lot of investors will likely be pleased to see it gone. Many believe that 2019 will be the year that will correct BTC prices and bring forth the period of great recovery.

But what does that mean for digital currencies? Which ones are a good investment right now? This is something that we will, hopefully, be able to answer right now. Here are the top 3 coins that everyone should keep an eye on in 2019.

1. Bitcoin (BTC)

Of course, we have to start with Bitcoin, the first and largest cryptocurrency. Bitcoin has lost a lot in 2018, and its losses are unparalleled by any other coin. In fact, in terms of market cap, Bitcoin has lost as much as the rest of the crypto market put together.

Many believe that its rapid growth, which started in late 2017 and has brought it to its all-time high, is responsible. That the bearish 2018 was only a one large price correction of the last year’s price surge. Even if this is true, price corrections, luckily, all end sooner or later, and when this one comes to a close, Bitcoin will likely be ready for a big comeback.

2019 is expected to bring a lot that will serve BTC’s…

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The Three Biggest Problems with Crypto

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In this bear market, everybody’s asking the same questions. Why is Bitcoin falling? When will the market turn around? Is this the end of the crypto boom?

However, before we can answer questions like these, we need to step back and do an honest appraisal of where our industry stands and what is really holding it back. Despite its growing popularity, cryptocurrency still struggles to gain mainstream appeal. While crypto has managed to distance itself from the early days, when it was used to buy illegal goods online, the currency still conjures up negative feelings for a lot of people unfamiliar with the technology — and all too often, for good reasons.

Cryptocurrency is still relatively new, which means that many casual users are still exploring different ways to use crypto in their day-to-day lives. Unfortunately, this lack of knowledge leaves a lot of users vulnerable to scammers seeking to take advantage of their ignorance and inexperience.

We’ve contacted various types of people within the crypto community, surveying newbies, traders, investors, and professionals, asking what the biggest problems in crypto are. We found there to be three major problems holding the industry back:

Scammers

Failed projects

Immature technology

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