Ethereum 

Bitcoin, Ripple, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Stellar, Litecoin, Bitcoin SV, TRON, Cardano: Price Analysis, Dec. 31

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision. Market data is provided by the HitBTC exchange. It is the last day of a very tough year for crypto traders. While 2018 started on an upbeat note, it is ending with uncertainty. Traders and analysts are divided on whether cryptocurrencies have bottomed out. This, in a way, is good, because markets…

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Bitcoin 

Bitcoin Could Revolutionize Governance, Says Cypherpunk Jameson Lopp

Jameson Lopp — a crypto industry figure and self-proclaimed professional cypherpunk — described Bitcoin (BTC) as the first step in a broader transition to an anarcho-capitalist society. Lopp’s comments were made in an interview on the Stephan Livera Podcast, published Dec. 29. According to Lopp, Bitcoin is an experiment that — if successful — could make the transition to an anarcho-capitalist society possible: “I believe that Bitcoin is a very interesting experiment that if is successful in the long run could not only revolutionize money, but revolutionize how we think…

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Bitcoin 

Stellar Co-founder Brands 90% of Crypto Projects ‘B.S.’

Most financial institutions will not use Bitcoin (BTC), payment network Stellar’s co-founder and CTO Jed McCaleb stated in an interview with Yahoo Finance Dec. 31. Speaking to the online news outlet, McCaleb — who is also known as one of the founding fathers of defunct Japanese Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, as well as the co-founder of Ripple — made an argument in favor of the use of permissionless, open blockchains in finance. He told reporters bluntly: “It doesn’t need to be the bitcoin blockchain, but if it’s not a public…

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Bitcoin 

Launch Timeline for Bakkt’s Bitcoin Futures to Be Clarified Early 2019: ICE

  The Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) announced an update on the launch of the Bakkt Bitcoin (USD) Daily Futures Contract in an official notice Dec. 31. The document from ICE — the operator of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and creator of digital assets platform Bakkt — states that “[f]ollowing consultation with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission [CFTC], ICE Futures U.S., Inc. expects to provide an updated launch timeline in early 2019 for the trading, clearing and warehousing” of Bakkt’s Bitcoin (BTC) futures contract. The document reiterated that previously the…

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Bitcoin 

Indian Gov’t to Approach Crypto Regulation ‘With Due Caution’

The Indian government is approaching cryptocurrency regulation with caution, tech magazine Quartz reported Dec. 31, quoting Pon Radhakrishnan, the Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Shipping. The latest episode in India’s increasingly drawn-out path to formalizing its domestic cryptocurrency economy, Radhakrishnan said that the lack of a “globally acceptable solution” meant lawmakers were unlikely to issue formal statues in the short term. Addressing the lower house of parliament, the Lok Sabha, on Dec. 28, he said: “In absence of a globally acceptable solution and the…

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Bitcoin 

NYSE Operator’s Crypto Platform Bakkt Completes $182.5 Million Funding Round

Digital assets platform Bakkt — created by the operator of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) — has announced the completion of its first funding round in a blog post today, Dec. 31. The institutional investor-focused cryptocurrency platform from the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) has officially raised $182.5 million from 12 partners and investors, according to the post. The partners and investors reportedly include major names in both traditional finance and crypto-oriented investing, including ICE, Boston Consulting Group, Galaxy Digital, Goldfinch Partners, Alan Howard, Horizons Ventures, Microsoft’s venture capital arm and…

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Bitcoin 

2018 Sees Bitcoin’s Lowest Average Daily Price Change: Report

This year Bitcoin’s (BTC) average daily price change was the lowest value reported in the past nine years, self-proclaimed professional cypherpunk Jameson Lopp tweeted Dec. 30. This year, the average daily value change for Bitcoin was -0.33 percent, according to Lopp’s tweet. In second place for lowest average daily price change was 2014 at -0.25 percent. The year with the highest average daily change was 2010, when Bitcoin saw an average 0.82 percent price change daily — followed by 2017, with an average 0.78 percent daily price growth. As Cointelegraph…

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Bitcoin 

UK Regulators Still Probing 18 Businesses Over Cryptocurrency Dealings: Report

The United Kingdom’s finance watchdog the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has revealed that it is investigating 18 companies over cryptocurrency use, local daily news outlet the Telegraph reported Dec. 29. Responding to a Freedom of Information Act (FOI) request from the publication, the FCA said it had closed the vast majority of its investigations into cryptocurrency-related businesses since May of this year. Out of a total of 67 such inquiries, it revealed, 49 had come to an end, either by issuing a warning to those involved or admitting there was…

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Ethereum 

Crypto Markets Teeter on New Year’s Eve, With Mostly Losses Across the Board

Monday, Dec. 31 — on the cusp of the new year, all but one of the top 20 cryptocurrencies by market cap are in the red, as data from Coin360 shows. Losses among the larger cryptos are tempered, with most losing 2-3 percent, and losses capped at 6 percent. Market visualization by Coin360 Bitcoin (BTC) has seen a mild loss of around 2 percent over the 24 hours to press time, currently trading at $3,816. The closing week of 2018 has been a volatile one, with Bitcoin breaking above $4,200…

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