The Key to Institutional Investment Growth?

Registered custodial services, which are common in traditional investment classes, have been on the rise in the digital asset sphere, including for cryptocurrencies. Branding China Group (BC Group) has recently unveiled its plans for an insured custody service specifically for cryptocurrencies. A conglomerate with a diversified portfolio of blockchain-focused businesses in marketing communications and technology, believes its custody service removes one of the key barriers that have prevented professional traders and institutions from adding digital assets to their portfolios to date. Leading United States crypto exchange and wallet provider Coinbase…

Tom Lee Cites 13 Confirmations That the Crypto Winter Is Over

Fundstrat Global Advisors co-founder Tom Lee has claimed that the crypto winter is over in a tweet on May 19. In the message, Lee said last week’s Consensus conference in New York City was the latest of 13 signs indicating that the industry is recovering after a tough few months. His timeline of events documenting the turnaround dates back to November 2018, when a bitcoin cash (BCH) hard fork battle exhausted the bitcoin (BTC) supply held by two rival mining pools. Other significant milestones listed by Lee include Jan. 23 of this year, when on-chain transactions…

Japan Struggles to Regulate Online Gambling

Despite Japan’s reputation for being one of the most welcoming nations for fintech, online crypto gambling has struggled to take off in light of the country’s strict regulation. In late March, the blockchain-based, decentralized application (DApp) platform Tron announced that it would block gambling DApps in Japan, bringing the issue of regulating crypto gambling back to public attention. Cointelegraph takes a look at the legal and cultural approaches to gambling in Japan, along with how developers believe attempts to halt crypto gambling can only last so long. Tron complies with…

FedEx Blockchain Strategist Sees Teamwork as Key to Developing Blockchain Business Models

A senior executive from American delivery services company FedEx is unconvinced about the benefits of blockchain technology in its present form, Memphis-based local news outlet Commercial Appeal reported on May 20. In a new interview, the firm’s dedicated blockchain strategist, Dale Chrystie, said FedEx remains pragmatic about blockchain despite its previous efforts to integrate it. As it stands, conventional processes covering the shipping database aspect of its operations are superior, at least in part due to the nascent stage of blockchain. “To kind of burst the bubble, it’s not our…

Bitcoin Falls Below the $7,900 Mark as US Stock Market Sees a Minor Downturn

Monday, May 20 — most of the top 20 cryptocurrencies are reporting moderate losses on the day by press time, as bitcoin (BTC) has fallen below the $7.900 mark again. Market visualization courtesy of Coin360 Bitcoin is down over 1.7% on the day, trading at $7,883 at press time, according to CoinMarketCap. Looking at its weekly chart, the coin is up over 10%. Bitcoin 7-day price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap As Cointelegraph reported earlier today, strategists from United States banking giant JPMorgan Chase have argued that bitcoin’s recent rally has ostensibly soared past what…

First Since 2017: Bitcoin Price Logs Double-Digit Gains for Third Week

View Bitcoin has recorded double-digit gains for three consecutive weeks, a feat last seen during the height of the bull market in 2017. BTC’s quick recovery from Friday’s low of $6,178 indicates “buy the dip” mentality is quite strong. Further, the daily and weekly charts are biased bullish. Prices, therefore, could rise to $8,500 (July 2018) this week. Before such a rise, however, we may see a correction to $7,500–$7,200, according to the hourly chart. The short-term outlook would turn bearish only if prices find acceptance below the 30-day moving…

Bitcoin Has Soared Above Intrinsic Value During Latest Rally, JPM Strategists Claim

Strategists from United States banking giant JPMorgan Chase (JPM) have argued that bitcoin (BTC)’s recent rally has ostensibly soared past what they calculate to be its intrinsic value. Their analysis was reported by Bloomberg on May 20. The strategists — who reportedly include JPMorgan global market strategist Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou —  judge that the top coin has recently been trading in a way that mirrors its late 2017 rally, which preceded a protracted price slump. To ascertain the coin’s intrinsic value, the strategists reportedly analyzed bitcoin as a commodity and calculated its…

Bitcoin News Summary – May 20, 2019

Here’s what happened this week in Bitcoin in 99 seconds. Crypto markets this week reached their highest level since August of 2018. Markets then corrected downwards, however, sentiment is still bullish, with major news networks covering the resurgence of crypto. Bitcoin, Ethereum, BCH, and Gemini exchange’s US Dollar-based stablecoin can now be used to purchase goods from Starbucks, Whole Foods, Nordstrom and many more retailers. The US-based payments service, Flexa in collaboration with Gemini confirmed that their new crypto app, Spedn, will enable instant crypto payments in participating stores. It…

Bitcoin and Blockchain: The Tangled History of Two Tech Buzzwords

“I’m interested in blockchain, not bitcoin.” Admit it, you’ve heard this hundreds, if not thousands, of times. (You might have even said it yourself.) And sure, people know what you’re saying, you’re talking about the “technology underlying bitcoin” and you sound smart enough. Once it became known – or at least presumed – that you could apply cryptography in finance, in ways similar to how it’s used in bitcoin, everyone started making sure that statement fell from their lips. And that refrain – kicked off by bitcoin itself – remains…