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As originally written via CoinLive: (improved reading experience) Back in 2017, the blockchain industry experienced an unprecedented interest which ended in what is often referred in financial terms as “irrational exuberance”, with a large portion of the rally led by retail-type investors flooding the market to ultimately chase prices at illogically hefty levels based on the infancy stage of the technological advancements and its implementations. That rise was too fast too quick and eventually, in early January 2018, the bubble-like move came to an abrupt end. The question now is, what will it take for another sustainable bull run to materialize? At CoinLive, we will inspect the key missing pieces of the puzzle. In this article, we will investigate the ever-growing list of evidence that shows why a new type of investors, the institutional ones, looks set to enter the market in mass. The two critical impediments for the ‘smart money’ to have been on the sidelines are clearly identifiable. Firstly, it has to do with custodianship, in other words, having formal mechanisms that allow the safe storage of the asset. Secondly, the regulation around the crypto market must be clarified with clearer guidance. When it comes to the first missing piece of custodianship, the NY Times recently helped shed a light on where we are headed. The influential newspaper reported that ICE (Intercontinental Exchange), which is the parent company behind the NY Stock Exchange (NYSE), is working confidentially in the implementation of swap contracts for banks and large investors that will be settled with the physical delivery of Bitcoin. For ICE to even consider this idea it means that the problem of legal custodianship is being worked out so that the backing and security of Bitcoins by the NYSE will be in place. This will open the floodgates to a whole new market, where the King of cryptos and other digital assets down the road become available to a much wider and more influential customer base. We are certainly at a stage where institutions have recognized that Bitcoin is “too big to ignore”. What’s also important is that by using a swap contract, the trading of Bitcoins will be oversight under the existing regulatory framework of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, hence less regulatory uncertainty. As a reminder, the CFTC is headed by J. Christopher Giancarlo, who is a proclaimed pro-blockchain endorser after his popular appearance in front of a U.S. Senate hearing on blockchain technology last February, where he famously said: “We owe it to this generation to respect their interest in this new technology.” Moreover, earlier this year, Boston-based State Street, the world’s second-largest custody bank with around £24tn in assets under custody and administration, came out to announce that safeguarding clients' digital assets could be a service they are looking to provide a solution in the near future. If confirmed, it would represent a major move as it sets a precedent as the first global bank to provide custodianship services for crypto-related investments. While Bitcoin is not serving its initially intended purpose as a widely used method of payments (for now), it has found another appeal as a store of value that is uncorrelated to any other asset class, hence it has an exceptional use as a hedging strategy for multi-billion dollar portfolios to help reduce the overall volatility. Other stories strengthening the notion of institutional capital set to come into the cryptoverse include the news that Goldman Sachs will be trading futures contracts linked to Bitcoin’s price as an initial step, only to gradually transition into a more direct trading of buying and selling actual Bitcoins. Find our recent article where we explain why Goldman Sachs trading Bitcoin is such a big deal. Even the chief executive of Nasdaq, Adena Friedman, recently said considerations were being given to set up a virtual-currency exchange should the needed regulatory framework be resolved. Additionally, we have seen a growing trend of senior-level executives at institutional firms flocking off the safety of their well-established positions to venture into blockchain-related jobs. We include a few articles with evidence below: Goldman Sachs Executives are Moving to Cryptocurrency Hedge Funds Mike Novogratz Makes Goldman VP the COO of His Crypto Company Coinbase Hires Ex-Barclays Director to Expand Its Institutional Client Base Commonwealth Bank CFO to Lead Block.one as President and COO The migration in job positions from traditional financial markets into blockchain comes as no surprise and quite frankly, it appears to be a logical and rational step to be taken, especially in light of the new revenue streams the blockchain sector has to offer. Proof of that is the fact that Binance, a crypto exchange with around 200 employees and less than 1 year of operations has overcome Deutsche Bank, which has more than 100,000 employees and over 150 years of history, in total profits. What this communicates is that the opportunities to grow an institution’s revenue stream is formidable once they decide to integrate cryptocurrencies into their business models. Another piece of the puzzle, even if occurring behind closed doors, is the consideration to launch a Bitcoin ETF. Back in April, it was reported that the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has put back on the table two Bitcoin ETF proposals, according to public documents. The agency is under formal proceedings to approve a rule change that would allow NYSE Arca to list two exchange-traded funds (ETFs) proposed by fund provider ProShares. The introduction of an ETF would make Bitcoin available to a much wider share of market participants, with the ability to directly buy the asset at the click of a button, essentially simplifying the current complexity that involves having to deal with all the cumbersome steps currently in place. More evidence of the emergence of institutions playing a more dominant role in the blockchain industry is the unprecedented interest to amass Bitcoins in the OTC (Over the Counter Market). We perceive this trend as directly linked store Bitcoin as a store of value. This article by Bloomberg should give you a taste of what's happening behind the scenes: The Wealthy Are Hoarding $10 Billion of Bitcoin in Bunkers. As ConLive recently tweeted: "Our network of Insiders telling us between 5000-10.000 BTC are being sold every week OTC by Chinese BTC miners to Israeli buyers - Wall Street type - as they look to accumulate a big hand in BTC. “ !(https://coinlive.io/ckeditor_assets/pictures/868/content_2018-05-15_0957.png) Lastly, one of the most critical missing piece is the subject of global regulations. Back in March, Mark Carney, the head of Bank of England and the chief of the Financial Stability Board of G20 stated that “crypto-assets do not pose risks to global financial stability at this time.” That caused a temporary relief in the crypto sphere as the risk of a regulatory backlash was removed for the time being until July, the month when more clarity will be provided. The chair of the Argentina Central Bank, Federico Sturzenegger, on his role of sitting the G20 summit, said that members showed a unifying view on the need of cryptocurrencies to be supported by a more sound regulatory framework. The policy-maker, however, made it clear that they first need to examine the cryptocurrencies universe to gather the necessary data before proposing regulations. “In July we have to offer very concrete, very specific recommendations on, not ‘what do we regulate?’ but ‘what is the data we need?” Sturzenegger said. To sum up, the improvements in custodianship solutions, along with more clarity by the G20 committee, which is set to provide less uncertainty for institutional investors’ involvement, is a recipe for a renewed bull wave, this time of institutional capital, to shake up the crypto space. At CoinLive, we will not venture into the timing, as that is quite irresponsible trying to pretend we have a "crystal ball" to determine when moves will occur. We just simply look at the big picture and try to connect the dots by first breaking down the latest developments to then draw some conclusions. Never forget, markets should always be approached as a numbers' game, and while nothing is certain, we just attempt to envision and inform on scenarios with the highest likelihood.
30th July: Weekly Community Newsletter for Anonymous Bitcoin - Seventh Ed.
Anonymous Bitcoin Community Herald Edition 7
Editorial It seems as though people have finally realized how close we are to Anonymous Bitcoin's launch. A lot of action in this week just gone, and from here on in we can expect the frenzy of activity to increase. Thank you to everyone that joins in the conversation on Telegram and Discord, it is a pleasure hearing from you! Looking at the usual general market indicator, BTC, we see it has continued to remain steady at US$8k+. ZCL has seen some very high volume and nice green candles. As always, expect a retrace after some big moves, but personally, I wouldnt count on too much of a retraction. Congratulations to those that secured enough ZCL to run an ANON masternode post-fork early. Less that two weeks ago, this would have required an initial outlay of a mere US$850 to accumulate enough coins to run a MN. As of the time of writing, it now costs US$1500+. Be ready for additional information, news, and other releases in the coming days. ANON is preparing to share a lot more with you all! Thought for the week: If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.– Isaac Newton. Bonus! background information to quote: The metaphor of dwarfs standing on the shoulders of giants (Latin: nanos gigantum humeris insidentes) expresses the meaning of "discovering truth by building on previous discoveries". This concept has been traced to the 12th century, attributed to Bernard of Chartres. Bernard of Chartres pointed out that we see more and farther than our predecessors, not because we have keener vision or greater height, but because we are lifted up and borne aloft on their gigantic stature (Wikipedia). The next edition of this newsletter will be available 6th August, covering the week of the 30th July to 5th August, 2018. Important Announcements and Developments Anonymous Bitcoin has made the announcement that in the coming weeks, it will re-brand and drop the "Bitcoin" from its name. Twitter Link . Anonymous is its own project, looking to stand on it own merits, and this is a strong signal to all that this team is serious about long-term viability. To those who did not look any further into the project than the name, it 'appeared' that ANON was nothing more than a hijacked BTC and ZCL. We of course know this to be untrue. The point of open-source crypto, is to build upon the foundations and make improvements. This is ANON's goal. To take the best of what is on offer, and make it BETTER. The broad stability and base of Bitcoin, the privacy (less the fee of ZCash) in ZClassic, the masternodes of Dash, and other 'borrowed' code as well as ANON's own coding. Those that criticize this method – I do not ask you to stop using language, mathematics,computing, etc that have been previously invented by others!! This is obviously ridiculous, we all build upon that which has come before us. If its good enough for Isaac Newton, its should be good enough for the rest of us! To illustrate how seriously ANON takes it commitment to the crypto community, it the admins and devs have released a Medium FAQ . The team listens to the community, and takes the time to reply to the issues of concern. There is plenty of counter-argument to the FUD available for those that bother to take the time to look, rather than follow the herd mentality. I would like to make the observation: By following the crowd and criticizing that which we do not understand, we shall all be brandishing pitch-forks, and calling for witches to be burned soon if we are not careful! Please, lets learn from history, and try to support each-other in this new venture of humanity we are undertaking. Bounty Winners Congratulations!!! to our weekly (last week) merch giveaway winners - The Manatee of Binance and @LionAl3x and to our weekly (last week) BEST COMMENT winners (3 ZCL) Week ending JUL 22, 2018 Twitter: @sjaako87 Youtube: Rohan Reddit: @Caroleen002 Remember, it is easy to be in the running for this. Simply register and write a comment on our socials. And dont forget, with a ZCL price rise, the value of the prize has increased. Minor Updates and 'Links of the Week' Another Twitter re-tweet for ZCL giveaway campaign was run, and the Anonymous community is certainly growing quite quickly. Make sure that you are involved in all of ANON's socials, as our strength is in our community. ANON wants to hear from you, positive comments are, of course, enjoyed, but also constructive observations are welcome and taken on-board. Telegram: t.me/anonymousbitcoin t.me/AnonymousBitcoinBounty t.me/ZClassicCoin t.me/ZclassicCE And please, as ANON is in discussion with exchanges regarding listing, please have all your price and exchange discussions off Anonymous's official channels. You can discuss these topics here: t.me/anonymousbitcoinPP Also, join the admins in discussion on DISCORD. There is an open mic channel, and the admins are hosting conversation on there from time to time. Ask your favorite admin for a chat discord.gg/kJbhxNy The Week Ahead
Jake has indicated some major surprise announcements are imminent. I have a feeling everyone will be VERY happy!
The Crypto King Report February 7, 2018: Can the Sea of Green Be Trusted?! Article – 10 Buy and HODLS for 2018
The Crypto King Report February 7, 2018: Can the Sea of Green Be Trusted?! Article – 10 Buy and HODLS for 2018 I am always asked where do I recommend trading, well 2 great exchanges allowing new traders are: Binance: https://www.binance.com/?ref=15316928 Cryptopia: https://www.cryptopia.co.nz/Register?referrer=JaketheCryptoKing I appreciate all my loyal followers! I am trying to build a social media presence and would love if you followed me on Instagram and Twitter as well! For tips and strategy hours before being posted to the message boards follow on Instagram: JaketheCryptoKing and Twitter: JbtheCryptoKing. And now on Discord: https://discord.gg/qTjQp8W (join the group to reach me directly). Two days of green feels much better than sixty days of red! However, we are not out of the woods yet! It is very important to remember how much the cryptocurrency markets fluctuate based on market sentiment. The SEC hearing yesterday went exceptionally well with the U.S. clearly looking to regulate and not ban. This is a huge step when the rest of the year has been composed of FUD, we are finally getting positive news. However, positive sentiment can be short lived if the markets have another correction in the following week (leading up to the Chinese New Year). Does this schedule look like the market sentiment will be positive or negative over the course of the next month? To me it screams positivity! February 7: “Fintech World” Blockchain and Tokenomics 101, New York, NY February 8: Blockchain and BTC Conference, Gibraltar February 10: Cryptario Online Summit February 13: Blockchain Conference, St. Petersburg February 16: Dubai FX and Cryptocurrency and ICO Show, DUBAI, UAE February 16: The Bitcoin, Ethereum & Blockchain SuperConference, Dallas, TX February 21: Blockchain and Bitcoin Conference, Switzerland February 22: Blockchain and Bitcoin Conference, Bengaluru February 23: EnHack 2018, Essen, Germany February 23: Blockchain and Cryptocurrency con 2018, Dallas, TX February 24: NAC3 New York City, New York, New York February 27: Blockchain in Healthcare West Conference, San Francisco, CA February 28: Gibraltar International FinTech Forum, Gibraltar March 1: Blockchain and Bitcoin Conference Turkey, Istanbul Turkey March 1: International Blockchain Summit Moscow, Moscow, Russia People love to watch crypto traders squirm given the percentages that were made last year. However, if you’ve waited through this dip you are about to be handsomely rewarded. If you were wise enough (and wealthy enough) to continue purchasing through the dip…well I’m jealous of you to say the least! If you’ve been accumulating this whole time (I did until no more fiat remained) the rebound will be that much more enjoyable! I am excited to ride this wave back to a BTC sitting above $20,000 and a total market cap above $1 trillion. Today’s article was written 48hrs ago and completed yesterday morning (before the market recovery) as many individuals wanted to know about coins that were “Safe” and “Risky” plays for ALL of 2018. This article can proudly be read here: https://btcmanager.com/top-10-cryptocurrencies-2018-3-risky-3-safe-3-medium-1-winne?utm_source=onesignal&utm_medium=push If you’ve been paying attention the KuCoin moonshots from last month have been the biggest gainers the last 24hrs with many up 25-100%. Yes, they have a ways to recover still but compared to the “normal” market returns of BTC, the small alts during a rebound will blow by it. If you have any specific topics you want discussed (in upcoming articles) comment about them! Or feel free to PM me directly! Besides where can new traders begin, the next question I always get is, “What ICOs do you like?” Vestarin: Link to Purchase VST: https://vestarin.io/?ref=38b3eff8baf56627478ec76a704e9b52 The ETH to VST rate is currently: 3000VST per 1ETH. This will decrease to 1500VST per ETH by the time of the actual ICO sale (we are in pre-sale currently). This means you will have made a 100% return heading into the beginning of the ICO if you purchased at the pre-sale price. On the ICO ranking websites anything above a 4 is usually considered great. ICO Bench gave this a 4.7, currently the next best I can find is a 4.4. The ICO profile was a 4.9, team 4.6, vision 4.8 and product 4.4. These rankings are phenomenal and we are lucky enough to have the ability to purchase with a 56% discount. That means even if the coin hits the exchange at your exact purchase price you still make 56% in one month. That is a very impressive, “safe,” return. If the coin hits the exchange at a 100% premium, you’ve now made 312% because you were given a 56% bonus which also doubled. Vestarin is a fantastic 1-month play. The coin specializes in bringing crypto to small businesses and integrating the ability to pay for anything and everything via the Vestarin app (which you can download and checkout!). For a coin to be in this level of infancy, be rated 4.5/5+ on all the ICO sites and have such a strong team this is a great opportunity. As a great option for a February ICO or if you believe in the long term tech enjoy riding it out for 6 months. I’ve contributed a few ETH (as I do most ICOs I discuss) to this project, the investment choices is yours! 56%-300% seem like lovely returns, especially in this market. People keep asking about VST’s CEO. He is the Dan Blizerian of Eastern Europe. This is not a reason to distrust the company, if anything this is a reason it will receive incredible amounts of publicity! Imagine how viral a Dan Blizerian coin would go solely because of the publicity. Think PotCoin and Dennis Rodman. VST’s bonus is over in 5% (hours of this post). Referral Link: https://vestarin.io/?ref=38b3eff8baf56627478ec76a704e9b52 KYC Legal: referral: https://bookbuild.kyc.legal/?ref=23734776ffa2051a83eb8bc1 More than half way to its hard cap and it has the ability to solve one of the biggest issues in blockchain and ICOs. The Know Your Customer (the dreaded KYC form). If you’ve completed an ICO recently you know the form I’m talking about. The form they give you at the end, after you’ve sent your .5eth but before they will release their tokens. Basically stating you understand this market is unregulated, etc. Well a blockchain token has in essence solved this problem. I HATE KYC forms and if the KYC system was set up in a way in which you wouldn’t have to fill out that form repeatedly for every ICO it would be more convenient for all investors and ICO companies. KYC Legal intends to do just that. According to the founder DR, “This is a simple and quick way to complete client identification procedures, which can then be used to verify the client’s identity during various financial operations (so-called KYC (“know your customer”) requirements that financial institutions and companies working with the money of private individuals use to identify and verify counterparties before starting a financial transaction). This niche is completely untapped and I HATE KYC forms enough to think this is a brilliant idea. They are calling it a “Universal alternative to Personal IDs,” on the block chain. Brilliant concept and there are 2 days left to receive the 38% discount from the final price. A 38% gain prior to token sale completion is significant, imagine what will happen when the hard cap is reached and it hits the first exchange. KYC Legal: https://bookbuild.kyc.legal/?ref=23734776ffa2051a83eb8bc1 HireMatch – Monster meets the blockchain! They were at the Miami BTC conference and this is truly a fantastic concept. Hiring agencies have taken the internet by storm and assuming blockchain breaks into all sectors of business, the hiring sector is next! This is also a great ICO for U.S. based investors. They are located in Sunnyvale, CA. While the founders have significant experience in the hiring realm being the creators of Recruiter.com and other major recruitment agencies. Their coin symbol is HIRE and their ICO sale is ending fairly soon! With a very well connected team, already formed partnerships, and the ability for U.S. based investors to take place this is has potential to be a great coin! Please use my referral link: https://www.hirematch.io/APP/Register.aspx?id=44B726EC
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