The Crypto Insurance Market May Total $6 Billion. That’s Nowhere Near Enough

As Wall Street raises the stakes around cryptocurrency, large institutional players are circling this new asset class and bringing with them their own set of requirements. For example, there’s a need for qualified custodians to hold the assets these big-money investors will trade, as in the traditional, regulated financial realm. But a less-discussed yet critical condition for making institutions feel at home is providing adequate insurance against theft for all those custodied assets. The problem is that there’s not enough of this insurance to go around. While insurance is an…

Amidst Recent Market Crash, Susquehanna ‘Crypto King’ Emphasizes Crypto Is a ‘Long Game’

Bart Smith, digital asset head at U.S.-based global trading and technology firm Susquehanna, has said he is still a long-term Bitcoin (BTC) believer amidst the market crash during an episode of CNBC’s “Fast Money” Nov. 20. Speaking just as the price of Bitcoin had plummeted to its lowest levels since October 2017, Smith — who is also known by the moniker of “Crypto King” — emphasized this was a “long game” and that “every great idea is volatile.” He noted that while figures from the world of mainstream equity strategy…

Crypto Bear Market Gives UK Regulators Breathing Space to Finalize Crypto Regulation

The cryptocurrency market crash has eased pressure on the U.K.’s financial regulator to introduce hasty new rules for the sector, Reuters reported Nov. 20. As Reuters outlines, the U.K.’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) had been pressed to expedite new regulation for the rapidly growing crypto space, raising the risk of a heavy-handed approach that could impede investment and stifle development. Now that the sector has settled, government officials and FCA representatives indicate they will be taking more time to fine-tune the balance between investor protection and fostering financial innovation. Speaking…

Ripple Finally Suffers Major Price Drop as Crypto Market Wipes Out $12B

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn The intense downtrend of the crypto market is finally having a toll on the best performing digital asset of the month. Ripple (XRP), now the second most valuable cryptocurrency in the market, is no longer up in value on a monthly basis. Throughout the past 30 days, XRP has maintained the $0.5 level relatively well with minimized losses even during a period in which the price of BTC and other major cryptocurrencies fell by around 10 to 20 percent. What Caused XRP to Drop? As a liquidity…

Tom Lee Maintains $15,000 Year-End BTC Prediction Despite Market Crash

Despite the present market crash, major Wall Street crypto bull Tom Lee has reiterated his recently reduced year-end price prediction for Bitcoin (BTC) at $15,000 in an interview with CNBC’s Squawk Box on Tuesday, Nov. 20. In the recent statement, the head of research at Fundstrat Global Advisors pointed out two major types of crypto players — those who are “using it and have wallets in crypto,” and those who belong to a speculative side of the market. According to Lee, those two sides of the crypto community should find…

Bitcoin Hits New Yearly Low at $4,280, Market Urgently Needs Rebound

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Over the past 24 hours, the price of Bitcoin fell from $4,900 to $4,280, by more than 12.5 percent amidst an unforeseen short-term price drop. On fiat-to-crypto exchanges like Coinbase and Kraken, which demonstrate a more accurate representation of the Bitcoin price given the premium on the Tether-to-BTC pair, the price of BTC dropped below the $4,300 mark for the first time in 2018. $4,280: Where is the Bottom? On November 19, a cryptocurrency trader and analyst known as The Crypto Dog stated that $4,800, despite being…

OKEx Rebuffs Market Manipulation Claims Over Early Bitcoin Cash Futures Settlement

The world’s second-largest cryptocurrency exchange OKEx hit back at accusations it “manipulated markets” by adjusting Bitcoin Cash (BCH) futures settlements in a fresh statement Nov. 20 sent to Cointelegraph. The exchange, which opted to deliver BCH futures early due to the coin’s contentious hard fork Nov. 15, subsequently saw a barrage of negative publicity over the decision, pundits complaining it had overstepped its remit in freely deciding when and how futures contracts would be settled. In particular, a dedicated Medium post by an entity calling itself AMBER AI accused OKEx…

Crypto Market Suffers From Large Sell-Off

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Over the past 24 hours, another $25 billion has been wiped out of the crypto market as major digital assets fell sharply in value. Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), and Stellar (XLM) recorded a loss of 14 percent, 14.5 percent, 45 percent, and 10 percent respectively, demonstrating a large decline in both volume and momentum. Bitcoin Cash Dropping More Than Any Asset As expected, Bitcoin Cash SV, a hard forked cryptocurrency created by the Craig Wright, Coingeek, and Calvin Ayre camp, fell from $170 to…

Bitcoin Price Dives Below $5,000 amid Choppy Market

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn The bitcoin price kicked off this week on a depressive note, extending its current bearish bias to another low level. The BTC/USD index fell from 5502-fiat to 4886-fiat on Monday, recording more than 11 percent in losses. The price action bled through crucial support levels that had a history of reversing bearish trends. It confirmed how investors are looking to take a break from cryptos until its political scenario improves. The recent Bitcoin Cash hard fork has set the market on fire, with big mining pools jockeying…

How Crypto Market Fall Influences Mining Hardware Sales and Producers’ Revenues

A year long bear crypto market appears to have had a negative impact on the profitability of cryptocurrency mining. In spite of this, Bitcoin miners still managed to generate $4.7 billion in profit in the first six months of 2018. Constantly growing competition between big mining pools and the increasing difficulty of Bitcoin’s algorithm make getting the first cryptocurrency less profitable and weight the scales against small players. Miners shut off their machines, and card manufacturers suffer losses. In particular, AMD representatives, whose last quarter fiscal report, published on Oct.…