The European Regulator Will Create Norms for ICO by the End of the Year

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) is considering the issue of regulating ICO as a sale of securities.

In a speech before the Economic Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, the European Council President Steven Maijoor, mentioned the similarity of tokensales and financial instruments, which operate in accordance with a specific regulatory framework. The regulator still determines how to treat those ICOs which the specified norms of the law do not apply to.

Maijoor commented on the situation as follows:

“The subsequent question is what do we do with those ICOs that are outside the regulatory world. We will assess that as a board. We expect to report by the end of the year.”

We remind you:

The ICOs That Comply With the European Union Regulations Will Get a “Passport to the Whole of the EU Market”

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The List of Bitcoin Mainstream Trends Which Will Dominate in 2019

Bitcoin is one of the most famous cryptocurrencies in the world. It is actually the first one, thus, no matter what might be, it has already gone down in history. Even though the cryptocurrency may not be that popular right now, due to various reason, some changes are already inevitable, hence, let us just check on trends which will become a part of everyday life in 2019.

1. Bitcoin ATMs

The number of Bitcoin ATMs is growing rapidly. It is a kiosk which allows a person to buy/sell Bitcoins in cash or by credit card. They actually look like an ordinary terminal, yet, it is connected not to bank account, but to Bitcoin exchange. The number of Bitcoin ATMs in the world accounts for 4292 at the time of writing.

Source: www.statista.com

Such ATMs will definitely encourage people to use cryptocurrency, since now it becomes more understandable for ordinary people. If people get accustomed to use Bitcoin ATMs, then crypto will see a bright future.

2. Central banks and Bitcoin

Some people do not want to get involved in crypto as it lacks regulation, including bank regulation. However, in 2019, one of Bitcoin trends may become partnership between central banks and cryptocurrency.

Several banks have already introduced systems how to work with crypto. Bank of America, for example, has officially patented a system for saving crypto actives for significant corporations. Moreover, this week, one of the biggest American banks, JPMorgan Chase & Co, has announced that it developed its own digital coin – JPM Coin.

Perhaps, such implementations will bring positive effect on the relationships between crypto and financial institutions.

3. Bitcoin in smartphones

Since the beginning of the third millennium, a cell phone has become an integral part of our everyday life. By using a smartphone we can do almost everything that is connected to our work, study, leisure, or hobby. Financial transactions, including crypto operations, are no exception.

On May, 2018, Huawei Technologies Corporation provided users of its smartphones with the opportunity to use Bitcoin wallet BTC.com. At the end of the past year, HTC company released the smartphone Exodus, powered by blockchain. A person can only purchase the phone with digital currencies.

It is too early to say whether these phones will be successful and useful or not, yet still it is very important that world is trying to meet the needs of everyone.

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How to Choose Suitable ICO and Top ICO Trackers in 2019

Recently, the interest of potential investors to new ICOs projects has faded away a little.  It is explained by the fact that the cryptocurrency market has been in the downtrend for more than a year. But despite this, a huge number of new cryptocurrency projects constantly appear on the market. In order to have a convenient opportunity to look at the list of all current ICOs in one place, there have been created special aggregator sites, they are called ICO trackers. In this article, we will talk more about these services, learn about their advantages, disadvantages, and also provide you with a list of the most authoritative sites.

1. What are ICO trackers

So, as it was mentioned above, ICO trackers are specialized services that publish the necessary information about large ICO projects. It is possible to see lists of upcoming, existing or already completed projects on such resources. The main goal is to provide basic information to potential investors. On some of these sites, you can find not only the roadmap of a specific ICO but also its detailed analysis.

The staff of such services is doing a great job, which is aimed at studying the strengths and weaknesses of the blockchain ICO projects. As it is known, a huge number of scammers are concentrated in this area, for this reason, ICO trackers help potential investors navigate this dangerous market.

To understand the principles of such services, let’s take a closer look at the criteria by which projects are evaluated:

  • Risk. In order to compile an estimate for this parameter, the following data is studied: publicity of the development team, White Paper, availability of a test work product, the reputation of consultants and partners, etc.
  • HYPE. This criterion is counted by calculating the number of subscribers on the project pages in social networks, the frequency of its mentioning in the media, search results, etc.
  • Basic report. To evaluate this criterion, the following aspects are closely studied: the innovativeness of used technologies, the presence of its own blockchain, advantages and disadvantages, prospects and possible development options.
  • Investment Rating. According to the analysis, an expert forecast of the future of the project is provided.

All these factors help investors to get comprehensive information about a particular ICO and decide whether to invest their money in it or not.

2. Strengths and weaknesses of ICO trackers

ICO trackers are not perfect and they also have their own advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages

  • Providing basic information about the latest ICO.
  • Compilation and provision of project analysis, which significantly saves time for potential investors.
  • Listing scam projects.

Disadvantages

  • Not all services consist complete information about a specific project.
  • The information provided on the ICO tracker cannot be trusted 100% since such services cooperate with many projects as advertisements. This may mean that published information about a specific ICO may not be objective. For this reason, before starting the ICO funding, it is better to study it yourself.

3. Who needs ICO trackers?

Such services are actively used by investors, people who themselves conduct crowd sales, as well as all other users who are simply interested in this industry. A huge number of fraudsters are concentrated at this market. But despite this, there are really worthwhile projects that can give real profit to their investors, even in such a market. For a non-professional investor, it is quite a difficult task to find such an ICO. Therefore, investors use similar services to obtain key information about recent ICOs.

It should be noted that startups themselves are very willing to use ICO trackers because, such services are an excellent marketing tool for them.

4. List of popular ICO trackers in 2019

Recently, a sufficient number of ICO-trackers have appeared on the market. Each service has its own approach and its own criteria for evaluating new ICO coins. It is possible to find detailed information about ICO projects on larger sites, and some services simply publish WP with a link to the official project resource.

Here is a short list of popular and current ICO trackers in 2019 (according to the rating for 2018).

5. Conclusion

There are many scammers on the ICO market, lists of which can be found on specialized services – ICO trackers. Such sites allow investors to obtain key information about ICO projects.

These are certainly very useful services, but it is important to remember that ICO trackers are not the last resort, so before investing money in a certain project, it is better to search for information about it on the network.

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Bitcoin Price Analysis: The Representatives of JP Morgan and Fundstrat Share Their Opinions About Bitcoin’s Future

Another week has passed, yet Bitcoin still shows quite plain dynamics on the graphics. In fact, its price has not changed significantly since January 10th. Bitcoin price is $3459 at the time of writing.

Source: CoinMarketCap

Since Bitcoin’s price has recently stabilized, many institutional players began changing their attitudes towards cryptocurrency, let us see what the representatives of global companies think.

JPMorgan

The Global Market Strategist at JPMorgan, Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou, reckons that due to Bitcoin’s stagnation many big players will return to the industry. The volatility has “calmed down” and it means that investors can give Bitcoin second chance. He also said:

“The stability that we are seeing right now in the cryptocurrency market is setting the stage for more participation by institutional investors in the future. The cryptocurrency market was a new market. It went through a bubble phase [and] the burst.”

In his interview to CNBC, he stated that the cryptocurrency could not grow, because it was not regulated, but now the situation can differ.

Fundstrat

Wall Street research firm, Fundstrat Global Advisors, is sure that the cryptocurrency may see  new lows soon.

“The price structure for most cryptocurrencies remains weak and appears vulnerable to a pending breakdown to lower lows,” Robert Sluymer, the spokesman of Fundstrat, said.

In addition, Sluymer stated that the price can vary from $4200 to $3100 or ever lower. If it suddenly hits more than $4000, it would mark a 25% increase over today’s prevailing prices. However, Robert emphasized that the technical fundamentals of Bitcoin remain weak, so the price can have downward tendency to the price mark of $3100 or even lower – $2700. The representatives of Fundstrat have also suggested that 250 small-cap coins are at risk, as they all are vulnerable to market jumps.

There are some reasons why Bitcoin price may fall down:

  1. Lunar New Year. During this period, Asian traders have relatively weak activity which may bring consequences to Bitcoin’s rate. The unofficial holidays will last till February 19.
  2. Uncertainty with the US budget. The Congress and the President of the US cannot reach an agreement, this will have influence on financial markets.
  3. Trade war between US and China.

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Iran Allegedly Plans To Adopt State-Backed Cryptocurrency Today

The U.S-imposed sanctions continue bringing trouble not only to China, but also to Iran, so much that the Islamic Republic intends to adopt its own state-backed cryptocurrency today, January 29.

Reportedly, the Iranian government plans to make an announcement regarding to the digital assets at the Electronic Banking and Payment Systems Conference, which takes place in Tehran today. Unfortunately, the financial system was damaged, Iranian financial institutions are not able to conduct transactions and relate with the rest of the world due to the sanctions’ enforcement. From the citizens point of view, the possible variant to avoid a full financial blockage is to adopt crypto.

According to the news outlet Al Jazeera, the cryptocurrency, called Rial, will be rolled out in two phases.

  1. It will be utilized for making payments between Iranian-based commercial banks and other internal organizations in the domestic crypto space.
  2. Public access to the currency to make payments for local goods and services.

We remind you that the sanctions were imposed by the Donald Trump administration due to “malign activities” being carried out by the state. The biggest restriction is inability to use SWIFT system. Citizens are unable to make and receive payments for foreign trade activities and a wide range of other international transactions. That is why government deepened into research for other possible variants of conducting the cross-border transactions.

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Wall Street Supports Blockchain, Not Crypto At Davos

This year, at The World Economic Forum at Davos, one of the most urgent problems, alongside with Brexit and global climate warming, is the role of cryptocurrency in the world. Some important individuals do not support crypto at all, considering the blockchain technology is much more helpful for the world. One of those is PayPal CEO, Dan Schulman. He has given an interview to CNBC recently, where he expressed skepticism towards crypto.

PayPal CEO: “We’re not seeing many retails at all accept any of the cryptocurrencies”

The Wall Street representatives at the Forum also have stuck to this idea – “blockchain, not crypto”. Joseph Young, a leading crypto analyst, compared crypto and blockchain to airplanes and engines, saying “airplanes will go to zero while engines have potential.”

Several blockchain companies do not trust crypto as well. Jeff Schumacher, the founder of BCG Digital Ventures, thinks BTC may fall to zero. He believes that blockchain technologies hold value, but noted that such innovations shouldn’t be applied to currencies.

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Why Did VanEck and SolidX Withdraw Their Bitcoin ETF Launch Applications?

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) officially announced that the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) withdrawn the application to launch the ETF, previously filed by VanEck and SolidX.

According to the SEC, the application was withdrawn on January 22. The commission does not state the reasons why CBOE decided to withdraw the application.

However, a lawyer, Jake Chervinsky, published his opinion on this situation on Twitter. The Chicago Board Options Exchange may have been expecting a refusal and did not want another SEC’s negative decision to influence the future of CBOE.

We remind you, that back in June, 2018 VanEck and SolidX filed an application to launch Bitcoin ETF. The commission postponed the decision-making terms a number of times. February 27, 2019 was named the final date.

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SEC’s Jay Clayton Talks Crypto: What Future Awaits for the World of Digital Assets?

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