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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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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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ICTE May Bring About Sweeping Changes for Cryptocurrency Exchanges

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Cryptocurrency has taken the world by storm during the last few years. An entirely new financial market was created almost overnight which has captured the imagination of all its participants. Cryptocurrency is even starting to attract institutional money from investment banks, hedge funds, and other proprietary trading firms. Despite the rapid growth, traders remain extremely frustrated by having to deal with the fragmented nature of centralized crypto exchanges.

A Change is Needed

When cryptocurrency first began, there weren’t many participants and the trading volume was relatively insignificant. But, over time, that has radically changed. Some tokens now have a capitalization in the billions and are being traded 24-7 by institutions all over the world. Despite the volume, significant problems exist with the current way that exchanges work. Some of those problems include the following:

  • Constant fear of hackers
  • Exchange manipulation
  • Fragmented liquidity
  • Risk of identity theft

One of the biggest issues regarding centralized exchanges is the risk of being hacked. These hack stories seem to always be circulating around the internet. While experienced traders may have the tools to avoid becoming a victim, potential new traders have zero interest in dealing with this. And it’s not just the small exchanges that are at risk. Even large exchanges, such as Mt. Gox and Binance, are subject to being hacked.

Another huge risk is having to deal with…

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SonicX and Dash Could Challenge Facebook’s Libra for Global Payments Market Share

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When Satoshi Nakamoto unveiled Bitcoin to the world, the dream was always for Bitcoin to serve as a new universal currency.  It would be free from the bureaucracy of governments.  And free from the tyranny of the old-world financial cartels.  Although the dream hasn’t yet materialized, it comes closer and closer with each passing day.

One of the biggest roadblocks for Bitcoin has been scalability.  At a speed of approximately 7 transactions per second, Bitcoin lags behind other cryptocurrencies like Ripple and global payment processors like Visa.  Many expect the lightning network to have a positive impact on Bitcoin’s TPS but until that comes to fruition, mass adoption will likely need another significant development.

Libra Currency Announcement

One development that could help pave the way toward mass adoption is the launch of the Libra currency.  Libra is expected to go live during the first half of 2020 according to Facebook’s June announcement.  According to Facebook, Libra will make sending money online cheaper and faster.  It will also have a hand in improving access to financial services, especially for the unbanked.  Given Facebook’s global reach, including many third world countries, providing financial access to the unbanked could provide a huge spark to global economies.  Additionally, it could provide the growth spark that cryptocurrency needs.

Facebook’s most popular messenger, WhatsApp, has approximately 1.5 billion monthly users.  This application is…

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