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Bitcoin Trading: Here’s Why it Hasn’t Gotten Much Attention From Wall Street

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Just after the global economic recession of 2008, bitcoin erupted out on the financial scene. Although the asset could not get much attention in it’s first few years, the past couple of years have proved to be quite exciting for the asset. The 2017 bull run of bitcoin is unknown to none as the asset almost touched the $20,000 mark in December. Bitcoin trading has gained serious traction since then. But alongside this, bitcoin trading has become one of the tougher options for the investors entering this arena owing to bear run that has continued on for more than a year now. Besides, the institutions and major giants from Wall Street also hold back from entering the arena of bitcoin trading. Here are some of the reasons why the situation is as we see it today.

The connotation attached with bitcoin since the beginning has not been largely positive in the media. Since the market is new and technological innovation in blockchain is being made at a very rapid pace, there aren’t many laws and regulations surrounding the asset. Due to this, a lot of negative, illegal and fraudulent activities have found their ways to enter this world. Owing to this, bitcoin trading has not been one of the favorite options of the investor community and Wall Street in general.

A plethora of scams is seen in the bitcoin world. Many investors from across the globe have lost a large amount of money to these scams. Besides, the price of bitcoin is highly volatile. One day the asset is going up with massive greens and the very next day, it is down on its knees resulting in the loss of a large amount of money for the investors. Making things worse, the price is highly prone to manipulation by big whales present in the game and hence bitcoin trading becomes too unnatural of an option for the investors.

The regulatory body in charge of approving of bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF), the United States Exchange Commission (SEC), has also not approved it owing to the issues like manipulation and prevalence of fraudulent activities. Putting all the pieces of the puzzle together, it is the evolutionary issues linked with bitcoin that hold institutions and giants from Wall Street from touching this asset.

But as we move into 2019, developments are being made in the regulatory arena. Different regulatory frameworks are being put in place so that investors in the bitcoin trading community can be provided with secure frameworks of operations.

It is too early in the bitcoin world as of now. Just like every technological innovation, it seems that bitcoin also needs its time to grow and mature. Things will likely change as we move forward. Although bitcoin trading might not be the most favorite option of the institutions as of now, it might become so in the future.

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Bitcoin [BTC] and other cryptocurrencies can be exchanged for ETFs and stocks, says Abra CEO

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Bill Barhydt, CEO and Founder of Abra – a leading fintech firm in the cryptocurrency space, spoke about a range of services offered by the platform, in an interview with Nugget’s News.

The discussion started with Barhydt talking about why he started Abra. He stated that it was because he wanted to “build an effectively new type of banking system,” adding that it was to replace traditional banking services with cryptocurrency-based services. The CEO stated that this could include investing, transferring money, and accessing credit. He also added that he wanted to create a “Whatsapp” for money.

This was followed by Barhydt stating that every country across the globe had its own dedicated mobile money system, such as Paytm in India, Venmo in the U.S, and WePay in China. However, there was no app that enabled its users to make cross-border money transfers. He went on to state,“[…] because they only work in one country by definition […] so one app that could work in every country could start to solve things like cross-border money transfer, cross-border payments, investing in Western assets in the east, and eastern assets in the West. so this is basically what we’ve built with the Abra service […]”

During the interview, the CEO was asked whether Abra’s focus was more on STOs, equities, and ETFs. To this, he stated that the platform was not providing any services related to STOs yet, adding that the market for those types of tokens wasn’t established as of now. He said that Abra currently supports 50 different fiat currencies and 30 cryptocurrencies that include Bitcoin [BTC], Litecoin [LTC], Ether [ETH], and Bitcoin Cash [BCH]. He added,

“[…] investment exposure via our smart contract model, so that you can invest in all 80 assets both crypto and fiat and move between them. We just announced that we’re adding US stocks and ETFs to that mix so they’ll be about 50 stocks and about 50 ETFs and you can literally exchange between any of the cryptos […]”

The CEO further added,“[…] and any of the stocks any of the fiat currencies and any of the ETFs so for example you can hold Australian dollars and buy Microsoft you can sell your Microsoft and exchange it for Litecoin and any combination of those across the entire portfolio […] our mission is to democratize access to financial services globally and this is a big step towards making that that vision a reality […]”

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Bitcoin [BTC] and Litecoin [LTC] Price Analysis: Bulls drag BTC from bear’s trap; fail to save LTC

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The cryptocurrency market was painted red on April 25 as most major coins fell. Bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency, also fell by 2.83% over the day, along with Litecoin [LTC], which reported a fall of 1.25% over the day.

At press time, BTC noted a fall of 0.39% over the hour and was valued at $5,433.19 with a market cap of $95.97 billion. The coin fell by 2.82% over the past day and noted a minimal growth of 2.90% over the past seven days. The 24-hour trading volume for BTC was observed to be $16.11 billion.

Source: Trading view

Source: TradingView

Resistance- $5,532.75

Support 2- $3,851.02

Bollinger Bands noted a bullish trend as the moving average line was under the candlesticks. The bands appeared to be converging, indicating reduced market volatility.

Awesome Oscillator indicated strong bearish momentum.

Chaikin Money Flow pointed towards a bullish market as the marker was above zero. However, it appeared to be approaching the mark, with a change in trend imminent.

Litecoin [LTC] one day chart

At press time, LTC fell by 1.25% over the past day and was valued at $72.54 with a market cap of $4.46 billion. The coin fell by 0.77% over the past hour and by 10.20% over the past seven days. The 24-hour trading volume was observed to be $3.13 billion.

Source: Trading view

Source: TradingView

Resistance- $93.131

Support- $59.488

Parabolic SAR indicated a bearish market as the dotted markers aligned above the candlesticks.

MACD line was under the signal line, pointing towards a bearish market.

Relative Strength Index indicated that the buying and selling pressure evened each other out.

According to BTC’s long-term chart, a bullish market was predicted. However, the CMF suggested that a trend reversal may be underway. LTC pointed towards a bearish market.

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Bitcoin Price Analysis April 25: Critical Decision Point For BTC – a Double Top or Hold Support?

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Since our previous BTC price analysis, and following the trend, the Bitcoin breakout had reached a daily high of $5627 on Bitstamp. This is still not our expected target (around $5700 – $5800), however, this is crypto and anything can change anytime.

Since yesterday, the crypto markets are suffering from severe declines: Both in Bitcoin and especially among the altcoins. This includes Ripple that keeps decreasing against Bitcoin since 2019 had begun.

A quick overview to keep things simple: the hourly and the 4-hours chart reveal a double top in Bitcoin around $5625. This setting is a bearish formation. From the other side, Bitcoin is still getting support from the mid-term trend-line on the 4-hour chart, along with the stiff resistance turned support area at $5300 – $5350.

Total Market Cap: $176 Billion

Bitcoin Market Cap: $96.3 Billion

BTC Dominance: 54.6%

Looking at the 1-day & 4-hour charts

– Support/Resistance:
As mentioned above, Bitcoin is very close to the ascending trend-line marked in orange on the 4-hour chart, along with the $5400 support area. This trend-line is holding nicely for the past ten days. The next critical support level is the resistance turned support $5300 – $5350 zone. Below lie the $5200, $5100 and $5000 support levels.

From above, after failing to break-out the previous high at $5625, Bitcoin marked $5500 as the closest resistance level. Above, lies the mentioned $5600 – $5625 resistance, before reaching to the major area of $5700 – $5800, which held the 2018 bear market as last support level throughout 2018. In case of a break-up, the $6000 level is not expected to be easier to overcome.

– Trading Volume: looking on the 4-hour chart, we see that the sellers’ candles (in red) are decreasing over the past two days. This could turn bullish, combined with the Stochastic RSI oscillator which is deep in the oversold area.

– Daily chart’s RSI: The RSI level had dumped down to 68, which is considered a support range. It will be interesting to see if it can find the necessary support here.

– BitFinex open short positions: the number of short positions continues growing up over the past days, and currently stands at 25.7K BTC open short positions.

BTC/USD BitStamp 4-Hour Chart

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BTC/USD BitStamp 1-Day Chart

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