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Drafted “Keep Big Tech out of Finance” Act Surfaces Days Before Libra Hearings

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A drafted bill entitled “Keep Big Tech out of Finance” has surfaced online, allegedly deriving from within the United States House of Representatives Financial Services Committee. The document’s metadata dates it July 12.

The bill’s provenance is unconfirmed, but crypto news site The Block quotes an inside source as saying it is with the Financial Services Committee. 

The document reads: 

“A large platform utility may not establish, maintain, or operate a digital asset that is intended to be widely used as medium of exchange, unit of account, store of value, or any other similar function, as defined by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.” 

The alleged bill goes on to define “a large platform utility” as a tech company that earns annual global revenues in excess of $25 billion. 

Given that Libra is scheduled for hearings before the Senate Banking Committee on July 16 and with the House Financial Services Committee on July 17, this bill seems clearly designed to preempt congressional authority to take decisive action on the issue of Libra.

Libra has attracted commentary and criticism from many corners. Chair of the Financial Services Committee Maxine Waters initiated the congressional hearings on Libra on June 18 by calling for a moratorium on the project. As Cointelegraph reported at the time, Representative Waters wrote: 

 “Given the company’s troubled past, I am requesting that Facebook agree to a moratorium on any movement forward on developing a cryptocurrency until Congress and regulators have the opportunity to examine these issues and take action” 

The night of July 11, US President Donald Trump tweeted similar concerns about the lawfulness of crypto usage, expressing opposition to Libra, Bitcoinand cryptocurrencies as a whole, instead promoting the continued dominance of the US Dollar.

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Crypto Market Cap And Bitcoin Holding Support: BCH, BNB, EOS, TRX Analysis

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  • The total crypto market cap is currently holding the key $210.0B support area.
  • Bitcoin price is also trading just above the $8,250 and $8,200 support levels.
  • EOS price is showing positive signs above the $3.050 and $3.000 support levels.
  • Binance Coin (BNB) is up more than 2% and it is trading nicely above the $18.00 resistance.
  • BCH price is holding the $220 support and it could rise above the $235 resistance area.
  • Tron (TRX) price is up around 4% and it is gaining pace above the $0.0162 resistance.

The crypto market cap and bitcoin (BTC) are holding important supports. Ethereum (ETH), binance coin (BNB), ripple, BCH, tron (TRX), litecoin and EOS might climb higher.

Bitcoin Cash Price Analysis

In the past few hours, there were mostly range moves in BCH price above the $215 support against the US Dollar. The BCH/USD pair is slowly rising and it is trading near the $225 level. On the upside, a clear break above the $235 and $240 resistance levels is needed for more upsides in the near term.

Conversely, a downside break below the $215 support area might push the price towards the $205 support area or the $200 pivot level.

Binance Coin (BNB), EOS, Tron (TRX) Price Analysis

EOS price is trading nicely above the $3.050 and $3.000 support levels. The price is showing positive signs above $3.100 and it could soon test the $3.200 and $3.250 levels. The main resistance on the upside for the bulls is near the $3.300 level.

Tron price remained in a positive zone and it recently settled above the $0.0160 resistance level. TRX price is currently up around 4% and it is trading nicely above the $0.0162 level. The next key resistance on the upside is near the $0.0165 level.

Tron price remained in a positive zone and it recently settled above the $0.0160 resistance level. TRX price is currently up around 4% and it is trading nicely above the $0.0162 level. The next key resistance on the upside is near the $0.0165 level.

Binance coin (BNB) performed really well in the past two days and broke a few important resistances near the $7.50 level. BNB price even broke the $18.00 level and it is currently trading near the $18.20 level. On the upside, an immediate resistance is near the $18.50 level, above which it could test the $18.75 and $18.80 resistances.

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Looking at the total cryptocurrency market cap 4-hours chart, there was a spike towards the $230.0B level. It seems like the market cap failed to gain pace above the $225.0B resistance area. It is currently correcting lower below $220.0B, but holding an important support near the $210.0B level and the 100 SMA. If there is a downside break, the market cap could revisit the $200.0B support. If not, there could be a fresh increase in bitcoin, Ethereum, TRX, LTC, EOS, ripple, ADA, XLM, WTC, BCH, and ICX in the near term.

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UNICEF’s crypto fund shows Bitcoin is accepted as financial asset

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Bitcoin, the king coin with a market share of 66.8 percent, continues to be the market mover as it attracts more sectors. This time around, the news broke from UNICEF as the agency announced that it would be accepting the largest cryptocurrency along with Ethereum for donation with the launch of UNICEF Cryptocurrency Fund. Moreover, the agency will not be converting the crypto donations to fiat, rather will be held and distributed in crypto.

The announcement read,

“In a first for United Nations organizations, UNICEF will use cryptocurrecy fund open source technology benefiting children and young people around the world.”

Michael Novogratz, founder and CEO of Galaxy Digital, spoke about the United Nations agency accepting cryptocurrency, in an interview with CNN. He stated that this shows that more people have started to accept “Bitcoin as a financial asset.” The Bitcoin proponent also pointed that contrary to UNICEF’s crypto fund, there were some charities that accepted Bitcoin, but would later see it for fiat mainly because “they’re more conservative.”

Subsequently, Novogratz also brought up Yale’s venture into the cryptocurrency space toward the end of 2018. The second-largest endowment in higher education backed a multi-million dollar crypto-fund, Paradigm by helping it raise $400 million. He said,

“[…] usually where Yale goes all the rest of the endowments follow. They’ve made investments in Bitcoin. Yale, Harvard and Standford have all invested and ventured funds that own bitcoin and venture properties in the space.”

This was followed by Novogratz speaking about the diversity of the cryptocurrency market and communities, and the on-and-off brawl between communities on social media platforms. To him, Bitcoin is the only cryptocurrency that has “a store of value lane.” He went on to say that Gold, which has a $9 trillion market cap, has value because “we say it’s valuable,” whereas the rest of the elements in the periodic table has value because of its use-case. He said,

“I think Bitcoin is going to be valuable just because we say it’s valuable but the rest of the cryptocurrencies are going to need to be used and it’s going to take a while for those economies to develop right? We had a bubble they all went up because they were all the next bitcoin in fact they are all not the next Bitcoin.”

Novogratz added,

“It doesn’t mean the Ethereum project isn’t an awesome project. In three or four or five years, it could be a spectacular project. It might have a huge amount of value but it’s not going to get the value the same Bitcoin does “

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Fidelty quite cautious about offering crypto says exec

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American firm Fidelity Investments has voiced the strict regulatory plans implied to cryptocurrencies in order to support the protection of its clients. Kathleen Murphy, an executive, stated about the measures taken against what to offer on the network. Fidelity is expected to roll out Bitcoin trading for institutional clients in May of 2020.

The personal investing president of American financial services company Fidelity Investments, Kathleen Murphy, has stated that the firm does not offer cryptocurrencies on retail trading platforms to ensure the protection of its clients. Murphy asserted this viewpoint during an interview with CNBC published on Oct. 11. After the interviewer asked when she expects users to trade cryptocurrency “in a meaningful way” on Fidelity’s platform, Murphy replied: “You know, we’re really careful about that. So we embrace crypto in terms of trying to understand it and be innovative and thoughtful. We’re also very careful about where we offer those types of things, so they’re not offered broadly on the retail platform. We want to be very careful about making sure that investors who really aren’t institutional investors […] don’t make a mistake with cryptocurrency.”

The firm is geared up to commence Bitcoin Trading for institutional clients in May 2020. Currently, it holds a total of $7.4 trillion worth of customer assets under its management.

Disclaimer: Coinnounce’s views are not necessarily reflected in the articles published, and they are the sole representation of the author’s opinions. Article’s information should not be taken as investment advice. Risks are involved in cryptocurrency investments and trading. Readers are urged to carry out extensive research before making a decision.

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