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2018 is certainly shaping up to be the year cryptocurrency goes institutional

Aman Swami

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2018 is certainly shaping up to be the year cryptocurrency goes institutional
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This is the year that institutional money will come into the cryptocurrency market, thanks to the development of trading infrastructure, Tabb Group said on Tuesday.

The capital markets research and consulting firm’s senior analyst Monica Summerville and colleagues said in a report:

“If 2017 was the year cryptocurrencies went mainstream, then 2018 is certainly shaping up to be the year they go institutional.”

Cryptocurrency investors have been waiting for institutional money to come into the market. Many expected the launch of Bitcoin futures on major U.S. exchanges in December would have helped, but Bitcoin has lost more than half its value since then.

The market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies has halved from $800 billion in January to around $400 billion this month, according to CoinMarketCap.

Three main hurdles are regulatory uncertainty, lack of market infrastructure, and institutional-grade data sources — prevent institutions from participating in the cryptocurrency market at scale, the report said.

That has forced much of the institutional trading volume into over-the-counter trades, which ranges from $150 billion to $30 billion in daily trading volume, the analysts said, noting comparisons to the early ages of the now $5 trillion spot on the foreign exchange market.

The analysts said:

“But the newest technology providers entering this space are led by people from the wholesale financial markets who claim they have spotted a significant market gap waiting to be filled. The word on the street is that significant additional institutional money is being amassed and is waiting for the right conditions to enter the market — and expected to start doing so this year.”

With time Bitcoin has been adopted by many industries and governments. Even though a couple of years ago governments and industries were skeptical about the technology and believed it to be useless. Now it has great use and is promoting research on blockchain and cryptocurrency.

The Chinese government recently extended its research on blockchain technology and multiple online and offline stores that are now readily accepting Bitcoin and other altcoins as a mode of payment. The future looks bright for the cryptocurrency and the days of it being institutionalized don’t seem far away.

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Aman Swami is an Economics major from Christ University. He is very passionate about cryptocurrency and understanding of financial markets.

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China wants it fast and now – Orders to speed up Blockchain development

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China wants it fast and now- Orders to speed Blockchain development.
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The largest country in the world has a positive outlook towards Blockchain technology.

The State Council of China has demanded that authorities need to speed up the development of Blockchain technology. The country’s central administrative branch of government first issued this order on 4th May 2018. It addressed various strategies that required continued reformation of the Guangdong Pilot Free Trade Zone.

The Guangdong Pilot Free Trade Zone is a free-trade zone is in the province of Guangdong, China sandwiched between Hong Kong and Macau to build a vast international free-trading market. It was authorized by the State Council in 2014 and officially launched on April 2015.

An official document stated:

“To build a regional equity market in Guangdong, according to the opening up of the capital market, timely introduction of Hong Kong, Macao and international investment institutions to participate in transactions. We will vigorously develop financial technology and accelerate the research and application of blockchain and big data technologies under the premise of legal compliance.”

However, the document does not reveal or contain any details on the extent of blockchain technology that will be used in the Free-Trade zone.

According to China’s Ministry of Information and Technology, the Guangdong division has 71 blockchain startups. In 2016, the concept of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology was introduced as a part of their 13th five-year economic development plan from 2016 -2020.

The Bank of China [BoC] recently announced the initiative to irradiate poverty through Blockchain technology in the region of Tibet, an autonomous region in China.

supreme-n00b, a Reddit user commented:

“China has done this many times before. It’s not that they’re scared of new technology. It’s that they have the population to turn their own copy technology into the status quo. Why open yourself to Twitter when you can create a billion-dollar brand by forcing everyone to use Weibo. Crypto is no different. The Chinese are going to choose and run with a coin and put it on WeChat – instant use by hundreds of millions of people. Yet another billion – perhaps trillion in this case -dollar tech. The biggest mistake the Russians and Indians ever made was allowing western internet access to their people.”

colivingclub said:

“This seems pretty familiar. China bans Google service and creates their own search engine Baidu. China bans Facebook and creates their own social network Qzone. Next step – own internal cryptocurrency? And this won’t even cause any surprise”

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‘The U.S SEC must regulate the cryptocurrency market to eliminate the bad actors’ – says Ran Neu Ner

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‘The U.S SEC must regulate the cryptocurrency market to eliminate the bad actors’ - says Ran Neu Ner, the CNBC host
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CNBC Fast Money, hosted by Melissa Lee, had Ran Neu Ner as the guest this time. Ran Neu Ner is a famous host of CNBC Africa’s Crypto Trader show and is the Founder of OnChain Capital.

The main topic of discussion was about “Is cryptocurrency market being manipulated?”

According to Ran, in the past, it was easier to manipulate the cryptocurrency market because there were a very few exchanges, a few on-ramps, and off-ramps. However, today with an overall market cap of $330 billion, it is a bit more difficult, because there are many exchanges and the volume of the digital currencies are much higher.

He also mentioned about the recent tweets that exposed a group, who is manipulating small penny tokens and how they got exposed for manipulating small e-liquid tokens.

Melissa further raised a doubt about how the market manipulation is occurring in deepest markets like London Interbank Offered Rate [LIBOR] and compared it with the U.S cryptocurrency market.

Ran mentioned that he is not sure about it, because the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] has not regulated Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

Therefore, there are no regulated acts, under which the illegal terms can be questioned.

He says:

“what is the problem of driving the prices up? It is illegal in terms of what act? We are not a currency, not a commodity, we don’t know what we are.”

Further, they discussed, due to the uncertain market values of BTC and other coins, should the traders be cautious about what the SEC, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission [CFTC] or the U.S Department of Justice [DOJ] is going to look at.

Ran says, when the SEC and other organizations come up with regulations, it is going to open the floodgates for new money to come in. He thinks that regulations are eminent and he expects SEC to quote new regulations for cryptocurrency and hopes that everyone will follow it.

Also, he mentioned that he would encourage crackdowns because they can catch the bad actors who create a lack of trust. To obtain a real asset class with real people, eliminating bad actors is very important.

Ran believes that people across the U.S are waiting for the guidance of SEC and they have a huge part to play in regulating cryptocurrencies, while other countries are already looking into various aspects of cryptocurrency and have started accepting them.

A cryptocurrency enthusiast says:

Always an interesting conversation when it comes to manipulation. The #Silver market has had a conspiracy theory about being manipulated for more than 10 years.”

Anthony Matthew, a business analyst says:

“BTCUSD barely broke lower than 7500 all day, despite well-known news of cryptotrade manipulation and DOJ + CFTC investigation.  I feel like I am trading in the stock market again, so I am buying Bitcoin at 7500.”

A cryptocurrency miner named Chad commented:

“Maybe the DOJ and @CFTC will crack down on manipulative paid Roger Ver shilling appearances too”

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