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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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Investors Beware: Another Large Bitcoin Crash Might Be Coming

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The crypto prices have surged quite high in the last few months. Of course, their progress is nowhere near the one seen in 2017, but they appear to be getting there, one day at the time. However, things might not be as simple as that, and according to recent performance — it is more than possible that a major Bitcoin crash is incoming.

The fact is that cryptos saw a massive amount of growth in a very short period. Bitcoin itself more than doubled its price in only two months. Now, the rally is starting to crash in on itself, and the coin is already about $1,000 lower than last week. If such development does come to pass, a lot of people will experience quite large losses, although experienced investors might find some opportunities, and leverage in order to enhance their holdings’ long-term value.

For example, Bitcoin dominance is expected to crash very quickly, which will work in favor of quite a lot of altcoins. While this does not seem to be the best time to invest in BTC, altcoins are another story, and diversifying a portfolio now might end up being very profitable in days to come.

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Top 3 Coins to Buy Before They Go Big

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Crypto bulls are back, that much is clear. The long-lasting, harsh crypto winter is gone, and the new era in digital currency sector opens up some rather interesting opportunities. With many more bull runs expected to come in months ahead, a lot of coins are likely to blow up and maybe even hit new all-time highs, although that still remains purely theoretical.

On the other hand, the fact is that numerous coins are seeing prices that were not achieved since early 2018, and the overall momentum remains bullish. With that in mind, even if new records do not come for a very long time — chances are that many of the coins will blow up enough for investors to see some serious gains in months to come. As a result, investing in some of these coins now might be a very profitable decision, for those who have the patience to wait a few months. Here are some of the projects believed to have the greatest potential to go big in the second half of 2019 and beyond.

1. TRON (TRX)

Putting TRON on the list should not really surprise anyone, as the project constantly comes up with new project updates, partnerships, and alike. It also constantly breaks records, as is becoming one of the biggest players in the dApp and smart contract development sector.

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Can Crypto Credit Cards Disrupt the Fight Against Financial Crime?

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It is commonly known that the world of finances has the biggest problem with the crime of all existing industries around the world. It has been so throughout history. While the financial world has evolved, so did the criminal activities, and they continue to be an issue. With the arrival of cryptocurrencies, many were hoping that financial crime might be disrupted. However, for now, at least, it appears that cryptos themselves cannot find a way to resolve issues such as international money laundering.

In fact, when it comes to money laundering, the crypto sector appears to be the weakest link, especially because of the nature of digital currencies. The anonymity that cryptos are being praised for means that anyone can get a payment from an unknown source from anywhere in the world. This method can then be used for financing drug trafficking, cyberattacks, terrorists, and more.

Until recently, it was not easy for bad actors to make use of cryptocurrencies obtained for illegal purposes. The number of merchants willing to accept the coins was low, and criminals were forced to find a way to exchange crypto into fiat currencies. However, this came with a set of issues, such as taking foreign exchange risks and then sending the money through wallets and exchanges to a banking system that would allow withdrawal. The banking account was the biggest obstacle here,…

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