CFTC Is Waiting on SEC to Allow Futures Trading of More Digital Assets, Says CFTC Chairman

In a July 7 interview with predecessor Jim Newsome, current Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Heath Tarbert ran down a list of pending concerns standing between cryptocurrencies and the long-awaited promised land of regulatory clarity. Securities regulation and the CFTC’s purview Tarbert was careful to outline the distinction between the work of the CFTC and its elder brother regulator, the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC.  The determination of whether a digital asset is a security is “the sole province of the SEC,” Tarbert explained. “If their…

Future Bleak for Private Stablecoins, SFB Economist Says

SFB Technologies’ chief economist sees a future for central bank digital currencies, or CBDCs, but not for privately issued stablecoins. Speaking on a Unitize digital conference panel, Peter Dittus, chief economist for SFB Technologies, said he does see a place for privately-issued stablecoins.  “I don’t see a great future,” Dittus said of stablecoins on the June 7 panel, live streamed by Cointelegraph.  Two stablecoin classifications exist Stablecoins exist in two categories — privately issued and CBDCs, according to Dittus. Issued by governments, CBDCs essentially turn paper cash digital, with each…

Cardano’s ADA is Either #6 or 7 By Market Capitalization — Depending on Who Counts

Cardano’s ADA recently overtook Litecoin (LTC) in market capitalization. Now it may have passed Bitcoin Satoshi Vision (BSV) as well, depending on how the metric is calculated. BCH, BSV, ADA & LTC. Source: CoinMarketCap. How many ADAs out there? At the time of this writing, CoinMarketCap, or CMC, shows ADA in seventh spot, while Nomics has it at sixth —- just ahead of BSV. The controversy stems from the circulating supply —- CMC reports 25,927,070,538, while Nomics has the figure at 31,112,484,646. This represents a five billion ADA discrepancy. Blockchair,…

Bitcoin Futures Premium Shows That Institutions are Bullish on BTC

Bitcoin futures have seen a rising premium over spot BTC in recent months, which seems to indicate that traders are bullish on the benchmark cryptocurrency. This premium is particularly clear while looking towards the CME – which seems to indicate that professional traders and institutions are particularly bullish on BTC at the present moment. This comes as Bitcoin and the entire cryptocurrency market faces an intense bout of abnormally low volatility, which has caused liquidity to dry up. Periods of low volatility coupled with limited liquidity are typically followed by…

This Unique Perspective on Bitcoin Charting Makes Bull Breakout Clear As Day

Switching Bitcoin price charts from one type to another gives a clear as day look at what appears to be a full-blown breakout into a bull market. Better yet, the price action also shows a retest of downtrend resistance turned support, which could act as a launchpad for the cryptocurrency. Understanding Technical Analysis, Trend Lines, Subjectivity, and Bias Reading through Bitcoin-related subreddits or glancing through crypto Twitter comments reveals a strong disbelief in technical analysis. Some argue that drawing lines on charts is a senseless practice, and price action will…

COVID-19 Could Accelerate Crypto Adoption

During a Unitize panel on Monday, Balaji S. Srinivasan commented that COVID-19 has changed everything — and it could ultimately end up accelerating Blockchain adoption.  Srinivasan is known for numerous roles in the crypto space. He’s an angel investor, an entrepreneur, the former CTO of Coinbase, and a General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz. He believes COVID-19 has made centralized governments more powerful than ever before, and feels that government overstepping is causing people to seek new ways to maintain their fundamental rights. He speculates that this is where crypto and…

Market Wrap: With Low Volatility, Traders Seem to Like $9,000 Bitcoin

Over the past month, while market action has been relatively quiet, crypto traders have punched the buy button when bitcoin’s price drops below $9,000. Bitcoin (BTC) trading around $9,208 as of 20:00 UTC (4 p.m. ET), slipping 0.80% over the previous 24 hours. Bitcoin’s 24-hour range: $9,201-$9,379 BTC above 10-day and 50-day moving average, a bullish signal for market technicians, although trading volumes on Tuesday are lower than Monday. Bitcoin trading on Coinbase since July 5.Source: TradingView “Bitcoin managed to approach the level of $9,300, after which immediately rolled back…

The Popular Stablecoin Tether Is Now Circulating on the Bitcoin Cash Network

The most popular stablecoin tether (USDT) has officially been minted on the Bitcoin Cash blockchain via the Simple Ledger Protocol (SLP). At press time there’s only 1,010 SLP-based USDT in circulation, as the firm Tether Limited seems to be issuing small amounts and testing the SLP framework. Tether (USDT) is the king of stablecoins in the crypto economy and according to the company’s transparency page, there are more than $9.8 billion tethers in existence. The stablecoin is a token that is also hosted on a number of blockchains including the…

Bitcoin Options Data Shows Investors Betting on $50K BTC Price in 2021

Over the past three weeks, $150,000 worth of Bitcoin (BTC) $50K call options for June and December 2021 strikes have been traded. LedgerX derivatives exchange has been intermediating these ultra bullish trades, but what could be the rationale behind them? There are some good reasons for buying options with such small odds, but paying $1,000 for the privilege of purchasing Bitcoin 440% above the current price in 18 months seems unreasonable.  Even considering an annual 100% volatility, which is quite high even for Bitcoin’s standards, the probability that the price…

Nearly $60M in Bitcoin Moved to Ethereum in June

Nearly $60 million worth of bitcoins moved to Ethereum during June, according to data estimates from Dune Analytics. Wrapped Bitcoin, the oldest tokenized bitcoin protocol on Ethereum, is responsible for roughly 75% of that growth after moving more than 4,800 BTC to Ethereum last month.  Demand has increased for using bitcoin in a variety of decentralized financial services as Ethereum continues to be the most popular off-chain destination for bitcoins. More specifically, yield farming and MakerDAO adding tokenized bitcoin as collateral are likely strong catalysts, said Medio Demarco, former associate…