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Goldman Sachs to Open a Bitcoin Trading Operation

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SAN FRANCISCO — Most big banks have tried to stay far away from the scandal-tainted virtual currency Bitcoin.

But Goldman Sachs, perhaps the most storied name in finance, is bucking the risks and moving ahead with plans to set up what appears to be the first Bitcoin trading operation at a Wall Street bank.

In a step that is likely to lend legitimacy to virtual currencies — and create new concerns for Goldman — the bank is about to begin using its own money to trade with clients in a variety of contracts linked to the price of Bitcoin.

While Goldman will not initially be buying and selling actual Bitcoins, a team at the bank is looking at going in that direction if it can get regulatory approval and figure out how to deal with the additional risks associated with holding the virtual currency.Rana Yared, one of the Goldman executives overseeing the creation of the trading operation, said the bank is cleareyed about what it is getting itself into.

I would not describe myself as a true believer who wakes up thinking Bitcoin will take over the world,” Ms. Yared said. “For almost every person involved there has been personal skepticism brought to the table.”

Photo Still, the suggestion that Goldman Sachs, among the most vaunted banks on Wall Street and a frequent target for criticism, would even consider trading Bitcoin would have been viewed as preposterous a few years ago, when Bitcoin was primarily known as a way to buy drugs online.

Bitcoin was created in 2009 by an anonymous figure going by the name Satoshi Nakamoto, who talked about replacing Wall Street banks — not giving them a new revenue line.

Over the last two years, however, a growing number of hedge funds and other large investors around the world have expressed an interest in virtual currencies. Tech companies like Square have begun offering Bitcoin services to their customers, and the commodity exchanges in Chicago started allowing customers to trade Bitcoin futures contracts in December.

But until now, regulated financial institutions have steered clear of Bitcoin, with some going so far as to shut down the accounts of customers who traded Bitcoin. Jamie Dimon, the chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, famously called it a fraud, and many other bank C.E.O.s have said Bitcoin was nothing more than a speculative bubble.

Ms. Yared said Goldman concluded that Bitcoin was not a fraud and that it did not have the characteristics of a currency. But a number of clients wanted to hold it as a valuable commodity, similar to gold, given the limited quantity of Bitcoin that can ever be “mined” in a complex, virtual system set up nearly a decade ago.

“It resonates with us when a client says, ‘I want to hold Bitcoin or Bitcoin futures because I think it is an alternate store of value,’” she said.

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More Bitcoin ATMs are being introduced by LibertyX as interest grows

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  • The company behind first launching Bitcoin ATMs in the United States, LibertyX to introduce more.
  • LibertyX have announced they will add another 90 ATMs to its network. 

LibertyX, the firm that launched the first Bitcoin (BTC) automated teller machine (ATM), in the United States, will be adding 90 new machines to its network.

The Boston-based firm will be partnering with independent ATM operator DesertATM, as part of the network expansion, as detailed within a report by global ATM market publication ATMmarketplace on July 18.

DesertATM will be uploading LibertyX on 90 of its Genmega ATMs to facilitate Bitcoin operations. In terms of the new Bitcoin ATM locations, these will be placed at; gas stations such as AMPM, ARCO & Chevron, as well as Family Dollar retail stores, as per the press release notes.

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Bitcoin not yet banned in India, regulations around the corner

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  • The Minister of State to the Ministry of Finance told the upper house of the Indian Parliament, cryptos are not banned yet.
  • The Minister, Anurag Singh Thakur, also stressed the need of creating a solution that caters to global regulators.

As per Anurag Singh Thakur, the Minister of State to the Ministry of Finance, holding or trading cryptocurrencies is not banned in India. During an address to the upper house of the Indian Parliament, Thakur stated that the Reserve Bank of India and the Ministry of Finance have issued notices regarding the use of Bitcoin and other similar coins:

“Presently, there is no separate law for dealing with issues relating to cryptocurrencies. Hence, all concerned Departments and law enforcement agencies, such as RBI, Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax authorities, etc. take action as per the relevant existing laws.”

The Minister’s response followed a recent report regarding an alleged crypto blanket ban draft which stated that the government would sentence crypto traders with a ten-year imprisonment.

In a separate letter addressed to the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Thakur stated that an interministerial committee needs to create a solution that caters to global regulators:

“It is difficult to state a specific timeline to come up with clear recommendations. The Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs is examining all issues, including the pros and cons of the introduction of an official digital currency in India. No decision on licensing and authorizing any entity or company to operate such schemes or deal with Bitcoins or any virtual currency has been made as yet.”

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Bitcoin price prediction: BTC/USD faces two healthy resistance levels on path back to $11,000

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  • BTC/USD is currently trading around $10,545.
  • The two resistance levels are at $10,575 and $10,700.

BTC/USD had a bearish Friday where the price fell from $10,660 to $10,540. Bitcoin managed to have a bullish start to this Saturday and is currently trading for $10,545. The daily confluence detector shows two moderate-strong resistance levels at $10,575 and $10,700. On the downside, there are two support levels of note at $10,500 and $10,375.

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The $10,575 resistance level has the 1-week Fibonacci 61.8% retracement level, while the $10,700 has the most substantial resistance level but no confluences has been detected. On the downside, the $10,500 support level has the 100-day simple moving average (SMA 100) and the 1-hour previous low. The $10,375 level possesses the 1-day Fibonacci 38.2% retracement level.

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