Bitcoin ETF Comments Submitted to SEC Overwhelmingly Positive

  On June 26th, 2018, the Cboe submitted a Bitcoin ETF proposal to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In order to better understand the public sentiment, the SEC publically shared the submitted document with an invitation to comment. The SEC's request for comments was met with much interest; as 210 displayed comments on the SEC websi...
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Samsung Baltic Stores Now Accept Crypto via Blockchain Payments Platform CopPay

South Korean electronics titan Samsung has announced that its Baltic stores now accept multiple cryptocurrencies as a means of payment via the blockchain -based CopPay platform, according to a July 20 Medium post . The platform allows merchants to receive cryptocurrency and either keep the payments in a cold wallet or immediately convert it to fiat...
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Goldman Sachs' New CEO David Solomon Is Keen On Bitcoin And Crypto

  It's official — the new chief executive of Goldman Sachs will be the firm's current chief operating officer David Solomon, who last month said the New York investment bank is looking in to adding further bitcoin and cryptocurrency services to its portfolio. According to Solomon, Goldman Sachs is already offering clients publicly-traded deriv...
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FN: BlackRock Eyes Bitcoin Futures, Market Reacts to Increased Institutional Interest

The world's largest exchange-traded fund (ETF) provider BlackRock announced the formation of a working group to assess potential involvement in Bitcoin (BTC), Financial News (FN) reports today, July 16. The move furthers a U-turn on BlackRock's previously critical stance towards cryptocurrency. Following in the footsteps of fellow giant Goldman Sac...
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Top Swiss Stock Exchange Says It Is ‘Open’ to Offering Crypto Trading on Its Platform

  SIX Group, the parent company of Switzerland's principal stock exchange, has revealed that it is "open" to the possibility of offering cryptocurrency trading services on its digital trading platform. The platform, still in development, is set to launch by mid-2019, SIX Group's spokesman told the Swissinfo news outlet in an interview July 15....
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The Question of Bitcoin’s Future

  There is a lot of uncertainty revolving around Bitcoin these days, having entered the second hundred days of the bear market. People are now beginning to question whether the technology is worth their continued investment. Bitcoin, despite the last few months, is valued higher than it was at the same time last year. Most people now in Bitcoi...
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Bear Market’s Little Helpers? A Guide to Crypto Futures

  This article does not contain investment advice or recommendations. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision. Since their triumphant advent in the wake of the December 2017 bull run, Bitcoin futures seem to have occupied an oddly fixed position in the minds of many cryptocur...
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CBOE Global Markets Files New Bitcoin ETF License Application With SEC

  The United States has received another application from CBOE Global Markets . Other applications have unfortunately not been approved, but a Bitcoin ETF appears to have a better change of success. Many of these rejections have occurred as a result of an unregulated market, but the SEC has recently made clarifications. These changes show that...
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Recent Insights Reveal Nearly 6 Million Bitcoin (BTC) Are Lost or Stolen

Jameson Loop, a former lead engineer at BitGo and CasaHODL, has recently made an interesting claim on the Building on Bitcoin conference which has happened this week. According to him, 4 million BTC is lost forever and 2 million BTC is stolen. This means that 6 million BTC of the total supply will be permanently lost forever. In case you do not kno...
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What is Bitcoin?

  To cut through some of the confusion surrounding bitcoin, we need to separate it into two components. On the one hand, you have bitcoin-the-token, a snippet of code that represents ownership of a digital concept – sort of like a virtual IOU. On the other hand, you have bitcoin-the-protocol, a distributed network that maintains a ledger of ba...
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Coinbase Custody is Officially Open For Business

  Last week, Coinbase Custody accepted its first deposit. Today, we're proud to announce that we're officially open for business. Over the coming weeks, we'll continue on-boarding a set of world-class clients that includes leading crypto hedge funds, exchanges and ICO teams. Coinbase Custody's mission is to make digital currency investment acc...
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BitMEX CEO Arthur Hayes Stands by $50,000 Bitcoin Price Prediction

  BitMEX CEO Arthur Hayes recently stated that he still thinks Bitcoin ( BTC ) will reach $50,000 by the end of this year. The Wharton School graduate sated on CNBC that he thinks "something that goes up to $20,000 in one year can have a correction down to around $6,000." He added that bitcoin might be "one positive regulatory decision away" f...
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LIGHTNING NETWORK CROSSES 100 NODES, SEGWIT NEARS 20% DOMINANCE

The Lightning Network (LN) mainnet has almost doubled its node count and capacity in days as Bitcoin users rapidly switch on to its benefits. LIGHTNING: CORE ENTHUSIASM YET TO BECOME UBIQUITOUS Data from monitoring site #recksplorer shows 107 active nodes, 237 channels and a total Bitcoin load worth just over $19,000 – marking considerable growth s...
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What World Leaders Think About Crypto, and How They Want Decentralization to Bolster Centralised Power

  Given the apparent sensitivity of cryptocurrency markets to regulatory and political developments, it stands to reason that the world's leaders — and what they think about crypto — will be vitally important in determining the direction the cryptocurrency market will travel in the future. Many leaders have been willing to sit back over the pa...
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Is A Bitcoin ETF Finally Getting Closer To Approval?

  ETF providers hope to have cracked regulators' code for creating the first exchange traded product backed by Bitcoin — but it's going to cost you. Van Eck Associates and SolidX Partners on June 6 filed a request to list a Bitcoin-linked ETP to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund will be physically backed, which means it wil...
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Russian Hotels to Surprise World Cup Fans with Bitcoin Payments

  Football Fans will be able to pay with bitcoin for their accommodation when they visit Russia for this year's World Cup. Hotels in Kaliningrad, expecting guests from eight countries, are partnering with a local payment provider to offer the service. Booking a room for the day when England plays Belgium will cost approx. $300 in fiat. Also re...
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Six German Banks Have Been Trading Bitcoin for Some Time

An interesting connection between traditional finance and cryptocurrency has become apparent over the past few months. In Germany, various financial institutions are trading Bitcoin despite the lack of regulation. That is a surprising development, and an interesting one to keep an eye on. German Banks Embrace Bitcoin It has become rather apparent t...
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Bitcoin’s $30 billion sell-off: insights from crypto money supply analysis

Key findings As reported by the Financial Times , we apply concepts of money supply to bitcoin to better understand the crypto-economy. This enables us to classify bitcoin users into speculators, services, investors and lost bitcoin. We find that: Long term investors sold $30 billion of bitcoin to new speculators between December 2017 and April 201...
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Governor of Connecticut Signs Blockchain Working Group Bill Into Law

  Connecticut governor Dannel Malloy signed SB 443 into law, which establishes a blockchain working group to study the technology, according to public documents June 6. The working group is also tasked with shaping a plan to "[foster] the expansion of the blockchain industry in the state." The bill accordingly passed both legislative houses la...
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‘WE THINK IT IS GOING TO EXIST FOREVER’: SUSQUEHANNA OPENS BITCOIN TRADING DESK

  US financial company Susquehanna International Group announced it will offer Bitcoin trading to 500 clients following two years of offering the cryptocurrency in "private deals," the New York Times reports. CRYPTO ASSETS WILL 'CHANGE FINANCIAL SERVICES' Susquehanna International Group , an international trader which has headquarters in Penns...
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