This week the market continued to stagnate, but we saw some promising signs in the altcoins field. While most of the attention is towards Bitcoin’s price and whether the support will hold, traders have also moved to altcoins where we saw a lot of interest during the week.
Bitcoin’s dominance declined since peaking at 72% and other cryptocurrencies finally managed to reclaim some grounds.
Despite the fact that during the past 3 months Bitcoin’s price has shuffled up, its current point is still respectable, compared to the beginning of the year when it was trading in the range of low $3,000s.
Meanwhile, it’s worth noting that big companies are abandoning Facebook’s Libra, including PayPal, Visa, and Mastercard. There are growing fears that the project won’t launch at all. However, Facebook has said that they will continue with their work so that Libra can see daylight and that there are no changes in their plans.
Overall, it was a positive week for altcoins which started to wake up from the crypto winter and it was a rather quiet one for Bitcoin.
Market Cap: $226B24-Hour Volume: $52.2MBTC Dominance: 66.4% BTC: $8,336 ETH: $184 XRP: $0.29BTC Shorts (BFX): 8.7K BTC
BTC Longs (BFX): 25.3K BTC
Alipay Fires Back at Binance’s CZ, Will Block Bitcoin Transactions. The official Twitter page of Alipay has responded to Binance’s Changpeng Zhao who had previously confirmed that users can use Alipay to buy Bitcoin on Binance. According to the payment processor, however, this is not the case and all transactions associated with cryptocurrencies are immediately halted.
Sweden’s Debt Collection Agency Is Auctioning Some Off. The Swedish Enforcement Authority auctioned off 4.59 BTC at a price of around $8,200 per coin. The entire thing was conducted online. The main reason for auctioning it off and not keeping it is the lack of existing infrastructure.
SEC Halts Telegram (TON) Sale: How Does It Differ From the EOS Case? The US SEC has halted the token sale of Telegram’s TON cryptocurrency. This happened soon after Block.one was fined for conducting its unregistered EOS initial coin offering. However, there are some key differences between the actions of the Commission.
It’s Been 10 Years Since the First Bitcoin Transaction: 5,050 BTC For $5. Ten years ago, the first Bitcoin market transaction took place. Back then, 5,050 bitcoins were sold for a grand total of $5.02. Now, these are worth upwards of $42 million. The network has also grown substantially ever since then.
US SEC Rejects Bitwise Bitcoin ETF Proposal. In a somewhat expected act, the US SEC has rejected the Bitcoin ETF proposal filed by Bitwise. The Commission said that it failed to meet the necessary requirements. More specifically, the main concerns were, once again, associated with market manipulation and illicit activities.
83% of Generation Zers Interested in Cryptocurrencies: KPMG Study. According to a study by big-four professional services company KPMG, approximately 83% of people from Generation Z are interested in cryptocurrencies. Moreover, it also appears that Millennials are intrigued as well as 71% of them said they are interested in the future of tokens.
Leading London Brokerage Provides Cryptocurrency Basket Including Bitcoin to Retail Investors. FCSM Group, a leading provider of online foreign exchange trading and other related services, has announced the introduction of a new cryptocurrency basket which includes Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, and XRP. All of the cryptocurrencies are weighted equally.
Grayscale Wins Approval for First Public Digital Currency Index Fund. Grayscale Investments has received a legislative approval to list its publicly-traded digital currency index fund. It’s called Digital Large Cap Fund, carrying the ticker GDLCF. It will be available to all investors who have access to US securities.