Monthly Archives: November 2018

Op Ed: SEC’s Latest Declaration Creates Legal Minefield for Digital Assets

On November 16, 2018, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a public statement clarifying its intent to regulate activities involving the issuance and trading of digital assets. The SEC’s Statement on Digital Asset Securities Issuance and Trading pronounces that three categories of financial services that utilize blockchain or other distributed ledger technologies (DLTs) are within the purview of the SEC and require registration with the SEC unless exempt. This broad, authoritative declaration is not unexpected, as, to date, the SEC has stated that all digital […]

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VanEck Subsidiary Launches Bitcoin Index Based on US Spot Indices

VanEck subsidiary MV Index Solutions has launched a BTC Index based on U.S. price feeds from major over-the-counter liquidity providers. Investment management firm VanEck subsidiary MV Index Solutions has launched its own Bitcoin (BTC) index based on three major over-the-counter (OTC) desks, according to a press release published Nov. 20. MV Index Solutions is a firm that develops, monitors and licenses the MVIS Indices, which cover several asset classes, including equity, fixed income markets and digital assets. The new MVIS Bitcoin U.S. OTC Spot Index (MVBTCO) is […]

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Tom Lee Maintains $15,000 Year-End BTC Prediction Despite Market Crash

Tom Lee has maintained his year-end BTC price target at $15,000, citing the Bakkt launch and upcoming regulatory clarity as two main reasons. Despite the present market crash, major Wall Street crypto bull Tom Lee has reiterated his recently reduced year-end price prediction for Bitcoin (BTC) at $15,000 in an interview with CNBC’s Squawk Box on Tuesday, Nov. 20. In the recent statement, the head of research at Fundstrat Global Advisors pointed out two major types of crypto players — those who are “using it and have […]

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Report: Bitcoin Use in Payments Collapsed This Year

Per a recent study by Chainalysis, Bitcoin usage as a payment method dropped by 80 percent from January to September 2018. Bitcoin (BTC) use for commercial payments has reduced significantly this year, according to a study by Chainalysis cited by Reuters Nov. 20. To prepare the study, Chainalysis reportedly surveyed 17 Bitcoin payment processors. The amount of BTC handled by major payment processors reportedly dropped by almost 80 percent from the beginning of the year to September. The analysis of individual payment processors’ figures reportedly shows a […]

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Crypto Detectives Project Rates and Investigates Suspicious ICOs

An online platform created in Russia has set a noble goal of making the cryptocurrency industry safer for investors. The project investigates initial coin offerings (ICOs) that have raised suspicions and performs the due diligence for free. A report about each ICO is then published containing а summary of the findings and a conclusion about the project’s nature. Also read: Crypto Experts From Sanctioned Countries to Receive Training in Crimea Coin Offerings Under Surveillance The Crypto Detectives portal examines the whitepaper and website of a project that’s […]

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Why Making In-App Game Purchases Using Crypto is About to Get Easier

sponsored A blockchain-based platform which facilitates in-app payments in games has forged a partnership with one of the world’s biggest game engines. A blockchain-based platform that enables gamers to make in-app purchases using cryptocurrency has forged a partnership with Unity, a major game engine – giving developers the chance to unlock new revenue streams with lower fees. AppCoins offers an ERC20-compliant token which is compatible with some of the most popular wallets on the market, and is listed on the top three crypto exchanges. In a major milestone, […]

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Zimbabweans Use BTC to Pay for Food Hampers Amid Foreign Currency Crisis

Study263, a Zimbabwean-owned fintech startup operating from South Africa, has opened an online store allowing Zimbabweans to buy food hampers that are delivered directly to their homes. Shoppers have the option to pay for items like cooking oil and baked beans in BTC, Paypal or Ecocash, a local mobile money payment system. Also Read: Ivy and Hiveex Launch Ivypay to Facilitate Consumer Bill Payments in Australia As Prices Spiral, Study263 Helps Zimbabweans Import Food Using Bitcoin The southern African country of Zimbabwe, which adopted the U.S. dollar after […]

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‘The Big Issue’ Newspaper Launches Blockchain Platform to Promote Impact Investing

The Big Issue, a street newspaper sold by the homeless, is going to launch a blockchain-based investment platform. The Big Issue, a street newspaper sold by the homeless in the U.K. and other countries, is launching a blockchain-driven platform to promote impact investing, The Financial Times reports Monday, Nov. 18. Three investment companies — UK Standard Life Aberdeen, U.S. Columbia Threadneedle, and AllianceBernstein — will join The Big Issue as founders of the platform dubbed The Big Exchange. According to the FT, it will offer 30 to […]

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NYSE Operator’s Bakkt Confirms End of January Launch Date For Digital Assets Platform

The Bakkt digital assets platform has announced that they are now “targeting” Jan. 24, 2019 as a launch date. The Bakkt digital assets platform, which was created by the operator of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), announced in a Medium post today, Nov. 24, that they are now “targeting” Jan. 24, 2019 as a launch date. The Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), operator of 23 leading global exchanges including the NYSE, announced the creation of Bakkt in August of this year. Today’s Medium post notes that “given the […]

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PR: Lightning Fast Stablecoin USDX Launches Token Sale

This is a paid press release, which contains forward looking statements, and should be treated as advertising or promotional material. Bitcoin.com does not endorse nor support this product/service. Bitcoin.com is not responsible for or liable for any content, accuracy or quality within the press release. Stablecoins have been a hot topic in 2018, and many different companies are creating cryptocurrencies for P2P payments. The USDX Wallet payment system stands out from these overly complicated and undeveloped projects by delivering rapid and secure transactions with the ease of […]

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