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Bitcoin price has rebounded from $6,500 to $7,034 with the market cap of $125 billion, at this very moment. Other smaller cryptocurrencies including VeChain and Steem have somehow surpassed bitcoin with a 50% and 25% surge in value, respectively, while other major cryptocurrencies like Ethereum, EOS, Bitcoin Cash, Ripple, and Litecoin have also performed quite well over the past few days.

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Bitcoin Price Surge

Since 30th March, bitcoin couldn’t surpass the $7,000 mark, due to its low volume.  However, on 25th March, Bitcoin price achieved $9,000, with comparatively strong volumes on the cryptocurrency exchanges. But since then, the price of bitcoin has seen a constant decline. Even though the price of Bitcoin went to $8,800 but then again, it failed to sustain momentum and its price fell to $6,400.

For surpassing the $7,500-mark, Bitcoin will have to sustain its volume for the next few days, then it will be able to move back to the $8,000 mark.  At this time, the RSI (Relative Strength Index) of bitcoin is at 39.2 however, earlier, it was at 30, indicating oversold situations. Bitcoin is currently being traded in a neutral zone, also the top-cryptocurrency hasn’t shown any overwhelming sell volumes.

Therefore, the next few days are going to be really important for bitcoin, as its value has increased over the past 48 hours, and according to bitcoin’s MACD (Moving Average Convergence Divergence), it has started to gain a little bit momentum.

Jon Matonis’s Views About Bitcoin

A well-known investor, an executive at VISA and the co-founder of Bitcoin Foundation, Jon Matonis, has stated that the entrance of financial institutions such as Goldman Sachs could lead to an increase in the demand towards bitcoin (in the mid-term). Different Bitcoin analysis are being done, but if the leading cryptocurrency can recuperate from its present bear cycle, then experts like Matonis are predicting a bull run for the top-cryptocurrency, Bitcoin.

Matonis said:

“I think it’s fabulous that they’re getting into it because it brings in new liquidity. They’re going to develop futures markets, options markets, I even think you’re going to start to see interest rate markets around bitcoin. We’re used to hearing things about Libor, the index for bitcoin interest rates is Bibor”

SEC Against ICOs

Also, according to the New York Times report, the ICO founders, called Centra, were arrested for defying US SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) as they were distributing securities without getting any approval from the US Securities and Exchange Commission. If the SEC still keeps on curbing ICOs, it could lead to a wane in motion within the ICO ecosystem, globally.

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Is 2018 Year Of The Exit For Cryptocurrency Hedge Funds?

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Before we come to the point, and talk about the cryptocurrency hedge fund let’s know what actually a hedge fund is:

“It refers to an offshore investment fund, that attracts investment in stocks, property, or other such ventures using credit or borrowed assets. A hedge fund is usually based on a private limited partnership.”

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How did it all start?

The use of hedge funds witnessed a dramatic growth since the start of the 21st century. A hedge fund is usually a basic term used for an investment which is totally partnership based. It is a kind of agreement between two people, one might be a fund organizer or a sort of manager with vast experience, and the other one is an investor investors who acts as a limited partners. These two people pool their expertise and money respectively to form a hedge fund.

The basic purpose of a hedge fund is to purpose is to boost up the investor’s returns and get rid of all sorts of risks involved in the financial venture. Usually hedging tactics are utilized to reduce risk. Since many private hedge fund companies are closely tied to the founder personally, there is always a question about these funds that either they have a market capitalization or not?

What is a Cryptocurrency Hedge Fund?

With the passage of time cryptocurrency has become a popular mode of payment over many online platforms around the globe. It could not even escape the attention of hedge fund managers, Although many financial experts were too slow to recognize cryptocurrencies as a trustworthy area of investment, some hedge fund managers did not miss the chance from making moves in the crypto world. As the interest of investors increased, the launch of crypto based hedge funds also climbed up. The number of cryptocurrency or blockchain based hedge funds swa a continuous increase over the course of 2017.

The year of Exit for Hedge Funds

No doubt the cryptocurrency based hedge funds witnessed a continuous rise during the year 2017, but unfortunately the case is not so in 2018. According to many financial experts it may prove to be the year of exit for that kind of hedge funds. As a proof to that at least nine cryptocurrency based hedge funds have been closed down in the first three months of 2018 which is not an ordinary incident. All this was revealed in a report published by Bloomberg.

 

Crowd Crypto Fund and Alpha Protocol are at the top of this list. Crowd Crypto Fund closed down all of its platforms. Alpha Protocol on the other hand simply announced a refund to its investors which was completed on March 31.

 

But the valid point behind all that discussion is that cryptocurrency based hedge funds are not the only funds that met this fate, the traditional hedge funds which were more firmly established during the past few years also witnessed a visible decrease in interest from investors.

 

Do not forget to comment in the specified section below about this down fall of cryptocurrency based hedge funds.

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What Is the Difference Between Bitcoin and Litecoin?

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Bitcoin was launched in 2009 by a programmer called Satoshi Nakamoto. Bitcoin is world’s first cryptocurrency.  The code of Bitcoin is open source, which means it can be modified by anyone and freely used for other projects.

Since the launch of Bitcoin, numerous cryptocurrencies have been released with slight modifications in Bitcoin’s code, however, none has been able to dethrone Bitcoin from the top spot. One that comes the closest is Litecoin.

Litecoin was launched in 2011 with the objective of being the “silver” to Bitcoin’s ‘gold’. At the time of writing, Litecoin has the most noteworthy market value amongst other cryptocurrencies, only lagging behind the Bitcoin.

In this article, we put light on the essential differences between Bitcoin and Litecoin.

Major Differences Between Bitcoin and Litecoin:

  • The coin limit of bitcoin is 21 million while the Litecoin’s limit is 84 million.
  • The block reward of Bitcoin is halved every 210,000 blocks. On the other hand, Litecoin reward is halved every 840,000 blocks.
  • Initial reward: 50 BTC in Bitcoin, 50 LTC in Litecoin.
  • Mean block time: 10 minutes in Bitcoin, 2.5 minutes in Litecoin.
  • Difficulty target: 2016 blocks in Bitcoin, 2016 blocks in Litecoin.
  • Algorithm used: SHA-256 in Bitcoin, “Scrypt” in Litecoin.
  • Block explorer: “blockchain.info” for Bitcoin while “block-explorer.com” for Litecoin.
  • Creator: Satoshi Nakatomo (Bitcoin), and Charles Lee of Litecoin.
  • Bitcoin was created on January, 3rd, 2009 while the creation date of Litecoin is October 7th, 2011.
  • Market cap: $10,467,596,650.78 (Bitcoin) and $540,274,528.26 for Litecoin.

Mining Differences Between The Two Currencies:

Just like Bitcoin, Litecoin is also a cryptocurrency generated through a process called mining. However, mining for both the currencies is done in a different way. The major mining differences between Bitcoin and Litecoin are as follows:

  • A Litecoin block takes 2.5 minutes to generate while the same block in Bitcoin takes up to 10 minutes.
  • The algorithm used in Bitcoin is SHA-256, which helps accelerate calculations in parallel processing. Due to this characteristic, the race in ASIC technology has become extremely intense, which also results in the increased bitcoin difficulty levels. On the other hand, Litecoin uses the “Scrypt” algorithm. The calculations in this algorithm are much more serialized as compared to the calculations in SHA-256.
  • At the time of writing, the total hashing rate of Litecoin is just 95,642Terra Hashes per second, while the Bitcoin hashing is around 20,000 Mega Hashes per second.

Differences in Transaction:

The major difference between Bitcoin and Litecoin is the transaction time.

  • Bitcoin transaction confirmations are relatively slow, while Litecoin has the ability to handle a higher volume of transactions, thanks to its higher volume of blocks.
  • A downside of having a higher volume of blocks is that it increases the size of Litecoin’s Blockchain, which results in more orphaned blocks.
  • Faster Litecoin transactions mean reduced risk of double spending.
  • For two Litecoin confirmations, you will only need to sit tight for 5 minutes, while in Bitcoin, you are supposed to wait for 20 minutes for a similar number of confirmations.

A large number of people involved in Bitcoin often tout transaction and confirmation speed as moot points as the confirmations given by most merchants are zero for most purchases.

One thing to remember here is that all transactions are instant, it is just the network that takes the time to confirm it as it propagates.

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Riot Blockchain Making Plans To Launch Crypto Exchange In US

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Riot Blockchain is a former biotech company. It also has the honour to be the first mover on the NASDAQ. Riot has now its full focus on investments in cryptocurrency and blockchain startups with great success rate. It intends to gain exposure to the blockchain ecosystem with its targeted investments. For the time being Riot Blockchain has its core attention on the Bitcoin and Ethereum blockchains. It has also launched its own Bitcoin mining operation.

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Surprising Announcement by Riot Blockchain

At last Riot Blockchain has surprised the financial world by its sudden announcement according to which it may launch a crypto exchange in US. In a public filing Riot Blockchain stated that it just had intentions to investigate the launch of a digital currency exchange in the US. It also stated that this will also act as a futures brokerage firm.

Riot has also recently signed a letter of purchase for owning the Miami-based Logical Brokerage Corp that is registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. It is also a member of the National Futures Association, and also acts as an industry trade group.

Reason Behind This Decision

When asked about the reason behind this decision, John O’Rourke, Chairman and CEO of Riot Blockchain stated that Riot took that step because it discovered a crucial market requirement of increasing options for digital currencies within the United States. He further stated that Logical Brokerage will help to provide a trustworthy platform to manage specific service in the relevant market.

Journey from Bioptix to Riot

In fact Riot was not a part of the crypto-business from the start. It was previously known as Bioptix. It has established its identity as a veterinary products patent, no doubt during that period it had developed new ways to test disease.

It was in September when Bioptix made an investment in a cryptocurrency exchange for the first time. Right after two months it purchased a company that had real life cryptocurrency mining equipment. After that the company name was changed from Bioptix to Riot Blockchain and it progressed continuously in the crypto-business. However, switch of business and change of and the company’s name were not the only questionable moves. Riot Blockchain was the first newly born firms to give rise to rumours due to its unexpected turns and swirls into the flourishing business of cryptocurrency and blockchain ecosystem. And all this happened during last year’s dramatic fourth-quarter rally.

However, according to some critics the fact cannot be ignored that Riot’s cryptocurrency exchange plans are at its best right now and it will be quiet unexpected to see them postponed in the future.

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Warning issued by Philippines SEC to Crypto Investment Platform

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Like regulators in a number of countries, the Philippines Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has been increasing its concern over cryptocurrency related investments. It has recently warned a cryptocurrency investment platform because it offered unregistered securities. The firm known as Onecash Trading, recruits’ cryptocurrency traders as their affiliate members and promises to reward them in local currency, whenever they recruit new members of the same scheme for Onecash Trading.

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According to that SEC alert, the firm Onecash Trading has been promising potential investors returns of 200 percent interest over eight weeks. Though its registered headquarter is not known. Onecash claims its global coverage of services across 73 different countries. In a statement issued by SEC, it was said that the firm is offering unregistered securities to investors in the Philippines.

SEC thereby warned the public that such investment schemes are not secure whether they offer traditional currency use of money or cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, ethereum, litecoin, dash, monero or any other such digital currency. It was also stated that all such transactions are considered as securities subject to the regulatory authority of the SEC.

It was further stated that any person involved with promoting, selling and recruiting investment services for Onecash, no matter if he is a salesman, dealer or agent, the person will face prosecution and serious penalties up to 5 million pesos ($270,000) or imprisonment of up to 21 years.

Suggestions for Online Traders

The SEC has also shown its concerns that many online trading platforms appear to investors as SEC-registered and regulated companies or firms while in fact they are not. In the same way, many of these firms sometimes call themselves as exchanges, giving the pseudo impression that they are being regulated by national securities exchange. To cancel any chance of further fraud in this regard the SEC has devised a pack of rules in the light of which online traders should ask the following questions before they decide to trade digital assets:

  • Is your firm registered as a national securities exchange?
  • Can any information be found in FINRA’s BrokerCheck about any individuals operating your firm?
  • How do you ensure safety of your users’ trading and personal information?
  • What kind of measures you take against cybersecurity threats?
  • What kind of other services are provided by your firm?
  • How does your firm select assets for its digital trading?
  • Who can trade on the platform?
  • What is the trading criteria for your platform?
  • How do you set prices for your platform?
  • Are all the users treated equally or not?
  • Is your firm registered with the SEC for all the above-mentioned services?

The SEC hopes that the above measures would cancel any chance of fatal fraud in the online cryptocurrency related investments.

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European Union Official Says Blockchain is “Going Mainstream”

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According to the latest blockchain news 2018, the vice president of a European Commission has officially asked the EU nations to commit to blockchain-technology; which, according to him, is going mainstream. The vice president of the European Commission said this in a speech on “digitization,” and highlighted the blockchain technology as an area that EU nations must be committing to. European Commission vice-president, Andrus Ansip highlighted blockchain technology amid the parts where Europe is top-positioned and is playing a leading role along with AI (Artificial Intelligence).

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EU’s Opening Remarks

The official offered the “opening remarks” of the annual ‘Digital Day’ of European Union, which was initially held in Brussels this year, where Ansip stated:

“I would like to see EU countries make a similar commitment (as with AI) to blockchain technologies – now moving out of the lab and going mainstream. As with AI: we should make the most of this new opportunity to innovate.”

In order to achieve their aim, the European Commission’s official called on national governments as well as private sectors to subsidize the cause and stated the EU’s own “public purse only goes so far”, demonstrating almost 1% of the yearly-wealth produced by economies of EU and added, that they need a hard crash.

The remarks were quite noteworthy as they came up just within weeks, earlier in the month of February, when EU launched its own “Blockchain Observatory.” The EU blockchain establishment was first announced by the EC last year and was a response to an European Parliament mandate to reinforce the technical proficiency of EU in innovative technologies.

European Blockchain Partnership

According to the European Commission, it will be investing €300 million in projects that are linked to the use of blockchain technology directly. The EU also unveiled that it is placing the groundwork which is required to create a “European Blockchain Partnership” for promoting interoperable-infrastructures, amid EU nations, to boost and stand-in trusted digital services. In the meantime, the officials of EC previously hinted that they’d be presenting a regulatory framework for cryptocurrencies.

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