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Is Wall Street The Cause Of The Ethereum Crash?

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New decisions from large Wall Street entities have caused a lot of cryptocurrencies to sharply lose value. Bitcoin and Ethereum crash came as an immediate result.

Large Ethereum crash follows Goldman Sachs new announcement

As if this year wasn’t hard enough on cryptocurrencies already, it would seem that the bad news still won’t stop coming. After a month of a seemingly bullish market that finally gave hope to everyone, the crypto world has just had a really bad week.

The first thing that hit the crypto world was the US SEC recent decision to once again reject the Bitcoin ETF request. The market barely started to recover from this, when another hit fell. This one included a new activity within a long-dormant wallet filled with Bitcoin. The activity caused BTC price to drop immediately, as the wallet started sending long lost BTC tokens to various exchanges.

The market was already in a bad shape at this point, but a lot of investors remained hopeful, thinking that things can still get better. That is when the market received the final few hits, starting with Goldman Sachs’ decision to drop the launch of crypto trading desks. Immediately after this news, Bitcoin fell by as much as 7%, but Ethereum crash was even worse. ETH dropped by 15% in the first 24 hours following the announcement.

To be fair, Goldman did not completely turn its back to the crypto project. Instead, it only postponed it for a later time, seemingly due to bad regulations. Still, the decision had bad consequences for the entire crypto world. Besides the Bitcoin and Ethereum crash, other leading coins like Ripple and Litecoins dropped down a lot as well.

Additionally, Goldman is not the only one who dropped or delayed its big crypto plans. Mike Novogratz, who was a known Bitcoin bull, did the same thing. His plans for starting a crypto hedge fund were shelved in favor of a merchant bank.

Only now do we realize just how much this industry was depending on the Wall Street crypto adoption. When we look back, big plans like these were having crypto enthusiasts excited for over a year now. What’s worse is that all these negatives came at pretty much the same time, causing the market to go down just when things finally started looking up.

Cryptos still not ready to get on Wall Street?

According to sources familiar with the bank’s plans, Goldman Sachs is moving the crypto trading desks lower down on its list of priorities. Instead, it plans to dedicate its efforts to other crypto services, like providing custody products. The bank has been trying hard to enter the crypto world, but it still only made small steps to do so. The biggest progress was hiring Justin Schmidt a few months ago, as a head of the digital asset markets.

For the time being, the bank is still supposedly looking into how to best serve its customers, according to its spokesman. Unfortunately, it would seem that they have yet to reach any real conclusion regarding the digital asset offering.

Goldman’s caution is should not really come as a surprise for anyone at this point. After all, Bitcoin lost almost three-quarters of its value this year. Additionally, crypto trading on various exchanges went down by 80%. The total crypto market cap is at around $205 billion, which is almost four times less than its worth back in January. All in all, cryptocurrencies are not in a good place right now, and some positive development is desperately needed.

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Cryptocurrency Collateralized Debt Positions Are Growing in Popularity

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While Bitcoin (BTC) continues to hover around the magical 10,000 price level, altcoins continue to fight an uphill battle.  Simply put, hopes of a future bull run continue to diminish as Bitcoin maintains its dominance.  One school of thought is that a few altcoins will survive and flourish, but which ones are anyone’s guess.  That being said, it’s hard to go wrong picking against the top coins like Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Litecoin (LTC), and EOS.  These projects have managed to find a foothold in the market and have a better chance than most of staying there.  While traders wait for their positions to increase in value, one opportunity that may be worth looking at is initiating a collateralized debt position.

What is a Cryptocurrency CDP?

In traditional terms, a CDP is essentially putting up collateral in order to receive a loan against the deposited amount.  There are several examples of this in our day to day lives.  Auto title loans from large companies like TitleMax are extremely popular with consumers.  Consumers are essentially able to use their car as collateral in exchange for a cash payment which can then be used for whatever needs the consumer has.  The consumer can continue using their car as long as debt payments are made.

The same concept applies to cryptocurrency CDPs.  Consumers are able to put up crypto tokens, such as…

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Hodium Presents a Compelling Opportunity for Outsized Investment Returns

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I’m sure all of us remember the cryptocurrency glory days of 2017 and early 2018.  It was one of the biggest bull runs in history and created incredibly wealth for quite a few early entrants.  Unfortunately, for most of us, those gains have most likely been wiped out during the altcoin apocalypse.  The truth is that traders probably thought a bit too highly of their trading abilities when the reality was that anyone could have thrown a dart at a board and ended up making money.

As markets mature (and the crypto market is definitely maturing) it becomes more and more difficult to generate alpha.  In that regard, it’s similar to traditional financial markets.  I can remember trading during my high school days.  It was the late 90s and right in the middle of the dot.com boom.  Eventually, however, the euphoria fades away and reality hits hard.  Now, it’s become rather difficult to actually trade profitably which has given way to the rise of hedge funds.

Hedge funds are investment funds that pool capital from accredited and/or institutional investors and invest in a variety of assets, often with extremely complex portfolio-construction and risk management techniques.  The professionals employed by hedge funds are the best of the best and have spent years honing their craft.  That is why they’re able to make the millions of dollars that they normally…

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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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