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Cryptocurrency regulatory working group to be set up by South African government

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The South African government has recently announced that they will be taking a more concrete and decisive approach to the concept of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin Cash [BCH] and Ethereum [ETH], according to a letter by Tito Mboweni, the Minister of Finance of South Africa.

The official also stated that the government was establishing a “cryptocurrency asset regulatory working group” that will focus on investigating and researching all aspects of digital assets as well as blockchain technology. The minister further detailed on the members involved in the task force, a roster that includes the Treasury, the Reserve Bank, Financial Intelligence Centre, the Financial Sector Conduct Authority and the SA Revenue Service [Sars]. Mboweni had said:

“It is anticipated that, following broad industry comment and participation, the crypto assets regulatory working group will be ready to release a final research paper on the subject during the course of 2019.”

The Financial official added that the revenue bodies were not able to monitor the profits and losses generated by cryptocurrency transactions because of the loopholes prevalent in the existing financial framework. In his words:

“However, work is underway within Sars to consider the amendment of the tax forms for the 2019 tax season in order to cater for the description of other assets (which will include cryptocurrencies) by means of a specific description field on the form.”

The South African finance minister went on to say that taxpayers have claimed that cryptocurrency transactions come under the ambit of ‘other trade income’ or ‘other trade loss’. This included cited examples of transactions involving Bitcoin Cash [BCH], Litecoin [LTC], Ethereum [ETH] and Zcash [ZEC].

This concept of cryptocurrencies is not new to the African country as just a few months back, South Africa witnessed the ICO launch of SAFCOIN, a proposed stepping stone for African citizens to learn about digital assets as a whole. During the launch, Neil Ferreira, the CEO, and co-founder of SAFCOIN, had said:

“Blockchain cryptocurrency is a confusing and unfamiliar concept to many Africans, which is preventing widespread adoption. With SAFCOIN, we hope to educate more people about the benefits of cryptocurrency and help them understand how and where to trade, so that they can be part of the global digital currency revolution and Africa’s cryptocurrency history.”





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Crypto Analysts are Bullish for XRP: Predicting it will Reach $7 in the Coming Weeks to Months

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Crypto Analysts are Bullish for XRP: Predicting it will Reach $7 in the Coming Weeks to Months
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The positive sentiment for XRP is strong, with a number of major players in the crypto space declaring some rather bold projections for its price to significantly increase in the near future.

Namely, prominent crypto identity, Sir Gordon Gekko, tweeted his prediction on May 28th that XRP will soon reach $7-$10 based on the similar signs after hitting a daily golden cross as it did in 2017.

The same significant event in 2017 saw Ripple’s price soar from $0.23 to a high of $3.30 to deliver investors and ROI of 1334% in less than one month.

The golden cross appears on a chart when a market’s short-term moving average crosses above its long-term moving average and indicates the potential for a major rally. In this case, the short-term average is based on 50-day period and the long term average is based on 200-day period.

XRP’s daily golden cross chart pattern in 2019:

The expectation of XRP’s monumental price increase is firmly backed by several other pro analysts, including Robert Art, who tweeted on the 19th June his foresight of $7 also. Robert further backed this up his claim in a YouTube post only 2 days ago stating he remains extremely confident that XRP is primed to explode.

Adding further fuel to the fire, Ripple has landed another impactful partnership with international money transfer company, Moneygram. The partnership will allow Moneygram to use Ripple’s native token, XRP, to improve operating efficiencies, increase earnings, and its abundance of free cash flow.

Since the announcement of the Ripple and Moneygram deal, Moneygram’s stocks more than doubled in price, demonstrating the confidence in XRP as financial services companies seek to leverage blockchain technology as it enters the mainstream.

More than sentiment and the media alone, it has been widely recognized that various chart indicators are pointing towards a break out in XRP’s price. As aforementioned, a daily golden cross, as well as an XRP/BTC double bottom seen on the 21st June which indicates a change in trend and a momentum reversal from the prior leading price action – being the bear market.

XRP/BTC in Double Bottom Pattern:

Additionally, the consistent increase in trading volume and the formidable upwards price action of the crypto market as a whole are unmistakable factors to consider as indicators contributing to a bull run.

More advanced trading strategies, in particular margin trading, are on the rise as traders from traditional financial markets join in on the action. With an obvious increase in leveraged long positions in an effort to maximally capitalize on the current and highly favorable trading conditions.

The trend to trade with leverage has markedly increased since the beginning of 2019, which should come as no surprise as the high-risk/high-reward strategy provides the opportunity to magnify a trade’s profitability by up to 100x [as is possible the leading margin trading platforms, Bitmex and PrimeXBT].

As further evidence of margin trading’s increased popularity, Binance has announced its plan to add a margin trading feature, and other exchanges like OkEX have upped its moderate leverage allowances, to a slightly higher leverage allowance of up to 5x. How much leverage Binance plans to offer is unknown as yet.

At this stage, the opportunity to trade XRP with 100x leverage is only available on PrimeXBT.  Thus, it’d be fairly safe to presume we will see another surge in the margin trading platform’s volume and new user numbers in accordance with the highly anticipated XRP bull run – as its users ‘go long’ in the hope of increasing an already expected 7x price increase by a whopping 100x.

Crypto trading is inherently high-risk and high-reward by consequent of its incredible volatility, which is what makes it so attractive to traders and investors.  It’s now possible that die-hard hodlers will finally reap the rewards of their patience, and that those who came late to the party post 2017 have a chance to make a sizeable profit from crypto once more this year in 2019.

Some analysts are saying the XRP price increase will reach the projected 7x within the coming days-to-weeks, whereas others are saying weeks-to-months.  The good news is that both predictions point to green!





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