Monthly Archives: January 2019

ICO Market 2018 vs 2017: Trends, Capitalization, Localization, Industries, Success Rate

2018 recorded both the highest point of growth of the ICO market and the most severe downturn since 2017. Disclaimer: 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. The ICO market data is provided by ICObench, based upon the projects’ announcements recorded in ICObench database, which includes over 5,100 ICOs since August 2015. In 2018, 2,284 initial coin offering (ICOs) reached their conclusion and investors could choose, on average, […]

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Analysis: Understanding the SEC’s Stance on Crypto

Last year the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission took enforcement action against initial coin offerings and other crypto companies perpetrating fraud. Many believe 2019 will be the year when regulators clamp down on rogue cryptocurrency operators. Here we decode the overlapping and occasionally contradictory stance taken by U.S. regulators, and consider what the market can expect. Also Read: Hundreds of ICOs Being Secretly Investigated by SEC, Claims Report Federal and State Regulators Have Opposing Views on Crypto In the U.S. there are multiple regulators overseeing cryptocurrencies, plus a number of […]

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Four Cryptocurrency Hotspots That Saw Tremendous Growth in 2018

In the last few years, the cryptocurrency environment has changed drastically and there is a bunch of new cryptocurrency hotspots popping up across the globe. Gone are the days when certain territories such as Zug, Prague, and other blockchain hub cities dominated the headlines. Now a variety of different regions like Malta, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Japan are quickly becoming cryptocurrency hotspots as well. Also read: More Japanese Crypto Exchanges to Self-Regulate Four Digital Currency Hubs Shine in 2018 Digital assets are becoming more popular every year […]

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Texas Updates Regulatory Guidance Regarding Cryptocurrency Activities

The Texas Department of Banking has published new guidance regarding the regulatory treatment of virtual currencies under the Texas Money Services Act. The document states that most transactions involving cryptocurrencies will not be considered a transfer of “monetary value” but the exchange of virtual currencies for fiat will likely be recognized as a “money transmission.” Also Read: More Japanese Cryptocurrency Exchanges Sign up for Self-Regulation  Texas Department of Banking Updates Regulatory Position on Crypto Transactions On Jan. 2, the Texas Department of Banking published a supervisory memorandum providing […]

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Coinbase Reportedly Bans Personal Account of Social Media Platform Gab Founder

The Coinbase merchant account of social media platform Gab’s founder Andrew Torba has been reportedly closed. The personal Coinbase merchant account of Andrew Torba, social media platform Gab’s founder, has been terminated, the official Gab.com account tweeted on Jan. 4. As blockchain blog Breaker reported earlier, Gab’s business account on Coinbase was allegedly closed in December. The news source put forward that a possible reason why it is hard for Gab to obtain a payment processor is its reputation for being the social network for people banned […]

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Crypto Markets See Green as Bitcoin Nears $3,900 and Ethereum Touches $160

The crypto markets are seeing a wave of green, with Bitcoin near $3,900 and Ethereum close to $160. Saturday, Jan. 5 — the crypto markets are mainly in the green today, as Bitcoin (BTC) moves closer to the $3,900 mark, data from Coin360 shows. Market visualization by Coin360 Bitcoin has shown slight growth today, up by around 3 percent and trading at about $3,899 at press time. Over the month, Bitcoin is up almost 1 percent and almost 7 percent over the week. Bitcoin 7-day price chart. […]

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Wendy McElroy: Interview with Jeffrey Tucker on All Things Crypto, Part One

Interview with Jeffrey Tucker on All Things Crypto, Part One Conducted by Wendy McElroy The multi-faceted Jeffrey Tucker is an American writer who focuses on market freedom, anarcho-capitalism, and cryptotech. He is the author of eight books on economics, politics and culture, a much-sought after conference speaker, and an Internet entrepreneur. Jeffrey is editorial director and vice president of the venerable American Institute for Economic Research, founded in 1933. His career has focused on building many of the web’s primary portals for commentary and research on liberty, […]

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Proof of Keys Event May Highlight Centralization of Crypto, but Some of Its Claims Are Unfounded

The Proof of Keys event raises questions over HitBTC, but questions also surrounds the event itself. Bitcoin celebrated its 10th birthday on Jan. 3, and in commemoration of this milestone, the very first Proof of Keys event was held. Organized by crypto investor and podcast host Trace Mayer, it urged cryptocurrency traders to withdraw their holdings from crypto exchanges, in order to promote the decentralization and monetary independence on which Satoshi Nakamoto‘s vision for Bitcoin was founded. However, as ostensibly positive as its message was, it was […]

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Blockchain Travel Service to Offer Hotels 20 Percent Cheaper Than on Booking.com or AirBnb

sponsored This service is aiming to switch to a “zero percent commission on retail bookings” model by utilizing smart contracts. The Europe-based company LockTrip wants to put the accommodation industry on the blockchain by creating “the first functional blockchain-based travel service.” The team says it already offers 100,000 hotels and more than 1,500 vacation rentals all over the world, with an average discount of almost 20 percent when compared to other booking sites — and with plans to add an additional 300,000 hotels and 900 airlines to […]

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Major Consulting Firm McKinsey Finds Little Evidence of Practical Blockchain Use Cases

There is little evidence of practical scalable use for blockchain technology, according to a post published by consulting firm McKinsey. Major financial consulting company McKinsey & Company believes that there is little evidence of practical use for blockchain, according to an official post published on Jan. 4. McKinsey was founded in 1926 and has a reported revenue for 2018 over over $10 billion, with over 27,000 employees globally. The article, written by three McKinsey partners, notes that the “evidence for a practical scalable use for blockchain is […]

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