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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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76497|Tron-based USDT: Huobi Global, OKEx and Gate.io announce support for new TRC-20-based Tether

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Tron Foundation’s relentless push for mass adoption received a major boost recently when Justin Sun, the Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer, announced their partnership with Tether [USDT] to create new stablecoin. The partnership would essentially bring USDT on the Tron blockchain, making transactions faster and free-of-cost, while also improving the use-cases of the stablecoin.

Three major exchanges have now announced support for the Tron-based version of Tether, further bolstering its position in the market. Singapore-based exchange Huobi Global, Malta-based exchange OKEx, and Gate.io, a blockchain assets exchange platform, announced in separate press releases that they will be supporting the new version of Tether.

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The TRX-USDT partnership was announced in early March in an effort to bring in a TRC-20-based USDT into the crypto-market. The ‘improved’ coin would stick to the technical token standards maintained by the Tron blockchain and would be interoperable with all Tron-based DApps and protocols.

In their respective press releases, Huobi Global and OKEx stated that the decision was fueled by strong user demand for inclusion of a full-spectrum of stablecoin trading. The exchanges also made it clear that there would now be three different protocol versions of USDT on their platforms: the Bitcoin network-based USDT-Omni, Ethereum-powered USDT-ERC-20, and the new USDT-Tron.

Though the exchanges are some of the world’s largest in terms of trading volume, Tron Foundation had earlier said that the TRX-USDT version was made primarily for Tron-powered Decentralized Exchanges [DEX].



Recently, Tron Foundation also announced an incentive scheme exclusively for TRX-USDT holders. The $20-million incentive plan included the addition of a 20% initial Annual Percentage Rate [APR] for holding the cryptocurrency, which was significantly higher than its prime competition, the USDT-Omni. The plan also announced a scheme spanning over 100 days where USDT-TRX holders would be rewarded more USDT-TRX.

Tron’s DApp program and BitTorrent Token [BTT] launch also saw huge success this year, leading to a temporary surge in the token’s price before a bearish market ensued. On March 17, TRX registered a transaction volume that was five times more than the cumulative transaction volume of its closest competitors ETH and EOS. The transaction volume during this move was recorded to be over $100 million.

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76476|DigiByte [DGB] soars by 9.7% as online movement for Coinbase addition gains momentum

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DigiByte [DGB] soars by 9.7% as online movement for Coinbase addition gains momentum
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The cryptocurrency market was punctuated by several altcoin surges this week, with Tezos and Ontology leading the charge. The latest entrant to ride the bull wave was DigiByte, the 35th ranked cryptocurrency on CoinMarketCap. It climbed up the charts to become the biggest gainer in the top 50.

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At press time, DigiByte [DGB] was trading at $0.015, and was rising by 9.72%. The cryptocurrency held a total market cap of $169.073 million with a 24-hour trade volume of $3.091 million. A majority of the trade volume was split between BiteBTC and Bittrex, two popular cryptocurrency exchanges. BiteBTC recorded DigiByte transactions worth $1.156 million, while Bittrex recorded $315,308 worth of DGB trade.

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The 24-hour chart showed the cryptocurrency’s value shooting up, before settling into sideways movement. DGB’s value surged from $0.0126 to $0.0144, in under an hour. It was speculated by many online that the addition of DigiByte on Magnum Wallet, and its latest release, the Magnum Notifier Bot, was what sparked the DigiByte surge. The bot is a free-to-use Telegram bot which notifies the user when the connected wallet participates in any transactions. The bot also gives DGB holders all transaction related information.



DigiByte was also helped by its community starting a new online campaign requesting Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong to add DGB to its fold. Frederik Bf67, a Twitter user, and a DigiByte fan tweeted:

“Hello Brian, i would love to see @coinbase adding @DigiByteCoin to it’s platform. You know #DGB has been around for a long time and has proven itself over time to be a highly secure and fast blockchain with exellent use cases suported by thousands of people on every continent.”

Another DigiByte fan, Mark Brown replied on the same thread saying,

“Tell that to @barrysilbert , he’s the one to talk to brother 😏

@brian_armstrong and @AsiffHirji can do so much. It’s out of their hands.

I’ve even helped pass along a petition and nothing. I’ve gotten over 10k signatures to have #dgb added to #coinbase and nothing.”

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