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Bakkt: Through Thick And Thin



The rumors that the Bakkt bitcoin futures are going to be delayed have indeed been proven true. Bakkt has also just closed a funding round of $182,500,000.

The rumors that the Bakkt physically delivered bitcoin futures are going to be delayed have indeed been proven true. Bakkt has come out confirming that yes indeed they will not be making their 24th January that they had hoped after the previous delay. The CFTC has been delaying the process a little bit but it is just a delay and the guys as Bakkt have said that the launch will be in Q1 2019 and there will be an update soon about the exact date.


Funding Bakkt:

Bakkt has just closed a funding round of $182,500,000 which involves big investors such as CMT Digital, Boston Consulting Group, Eagle Seven, Galaxy Digital, Alan Howard, GoldFinch Partners, Horizons Ventures, InterContinental Exchange, M12, Microsoft’s Venture Capital Arm, PayU, Pantera Capital, fintech arm of Naspers and Protocol Ventures who have all put their money on the table backing Bakkt believing that they are probably going to be one of the biggest players in the crypto space.

Kelly Loeffler, the CEO of Bakkt said that their work is centered on driving institutional access for digital assets along with merchant and consumer uses and they are already expanding on this vision, collaborating with great companies like Starbucks in these efforts. They’ll share the details as the New Year unfolds but as their COO Adam White and Kelly have been working through the objectives of Bakkt, they are focused on opportunities to provide new infrastructure including the industry’s first institutional grade regulated exchange, clearing and warehousing services for physical delivery and storage.

Bakkt physically delivered bitcoin futures is just one of the many exciting things that they plan on doing. They also have a whole focus on bringing in merchants and consumers which is important as this is the thing that we all know that bitcoin needs: more merchant adoption and more retail user adoption.


The infrastructure being built right now in the crypto industry is massive. Anyone who thinks that the industry is dead or bitcoin is going to zero is seriously misinformed of the potential of the industry and of the assets representing that industry. It may take us some years before we can see real hardcore adoption of cryptocurrencies and price is surely going to follow that. When we have billions of people using bitcoin daily, imagine what that is going to do with the price.


Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Great Week for the top 10



The current week has proved to be quite amazing for the cryptocurrency market as all major coins are holding green. The total cryptocurrency market rose by around $1.5 billion yesterday night with the price of bitcoin reaching $4100.



BTCUSD Price Chart

BTC/USD Weekly Price Chart

Bitcoin broke the $4000 resistance level on 17th March and has been over this range since then. Bitcoin has turned the previous resistance into strong support now and has moved upwards slowly currently trading around $4120 (according to Bitfinex chart) with around 1% increase in the last 24 hours. If bitcoin is able to maintain its position above $4100 range for long, it might soon move ahead towards the major long term resistances such as $4500 and $4600.



ETHUSD Weekly Chart

ETH/USD Weekly Chart

Ethereum also saw a nice bullish momentum this week after reaching the highest point of $143. Currently, Ethereum is trading nicely around $140 and is experiencing a few dips while trying to move upwards.

Unlike other top 10 coins, Ripple market is experiencing volatility from the last week but the momentum is still quite bullish.

LTCUSD Weekly Chart

LTCUSD Weekly Chart

Litecoin has been following trends and is steadily trading around $60 from the start of the week. Litecoin has increased more than 1.67% in the last 24 hours which makes it the best performing crypto of the day (in comparison with the top 10 cryptos according to market capitalization). LTC is currently trading around $61 (according to Bitfinex chart).


The overall cryptocurrency market is in a bullish momentum with sings of further gains. After a long bearish trend, cryptocurrency analysts are now believing that the bull market might be coming soon.

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Tom Lee: Bitcoin Bull Market Coming Soon



Tom Lee, the co-founder of Fundstrat Global has predicted that the price of bitcoin will likely experience a bullish run in the next 5 to 6 months.

Tom Lee, the co-founder of Fundstrat Global also known as the bitcoin bull has predicted that the price of bitcoin will likely experience a bullish run in the next 5 to 6 months. Lee predicted this during an interview with the CNBC. According to Lee, the 200 daily moving average is the number to keep in mind. If bitcoin is able to stay above $4000 till August this year, it will cross the 200 daily moving average and thus technically the overall chart would start to look bullish.

During the interview, he also mentioned that the future of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies lies on the fact of whether it becomes an asset class and bitcoin is still in the early days of becoming one. Although Tom Lee has been quite bullish about the price of bitcoin, Fundstrat had recently posted a warning that the cryptocurrency market might crash to a new bottom before actually starting a bull run.


Tom Lee on JP Morgan Coin:

In the interview, Lee also expressed his concerns regarding the recently launched JP Morgan Coin which is a stablecoin launched by the banking giant JP Morgan Chase. He said that things such as the JP Morgan Coin and Facebook Coin create use cases for cryptocurrencies and according to him, the JPM Coin is surely not a competitor to bitcoin as it is a stablecoin in nature.

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Alert: Bitcoin Breaks Record, Highest Hash Rate Since November 2018.



The hash rate of bitcoin which is the power that secures the bitcoin network has recorded the highest level yesterday (19th March) since last year November.  The Bitcoin hash rate passed over fifty-two quintillion hash per second in accordance with the data feed on


Bitcoin Hash Rate:

Bitcoin hash rate is the computation of the performance of bitcoin miners. In simpler terms, as the hash rate goes higher, the bitcoin network becomes more secure. It becomes more difficult to attack the bitcoin network as an attacker would need increased resources in order to attack the network. The increasing hash rate also depicts the increase in the number of bitcoin miners. As the BTC mining difficulty level is quite stable now, more and more miners are joining the bitcoin network. Although, the increasing hash rate would eventually result in an increase in the overall difficulty level.

bitcoin hash rate 19th march

Bitcoin hash rate 19th March 2019


The bitcoin network security is at its peak since November last year. The highest hash rate ever recorded has been around 62 quintillion hash per second in August last year. Looking at the current chart, it depicts that the hash rate might even cross this level in the coming time.


The increased hash rate also builds up confidence in the minds of the miners as it shows the overall security of the bitcoin network and thus predicting a secure future of the investment of the miners. Thus, overall, more and more miners are now joining the bitcoin mining network after a subsequent decrease last year which led to a lot of miners moving out of the mining business. Bitcoin price analysts believe that the hash rate of the network follows the price of bitcoin as it helps them in speculating the future price of BTC.


During last year’s bear market, the hash rate also fell drastically which led to a lot of miners shutting down and the mining equipment were being sold at waste prices. Now as the hash rate is rising, miners are again turning on their mining rigs and moving back to business. It is also worth examining that the current hash rate of the network is even more than the recorded hash rate in December 2017 when the price of BTC went up to $20,000.

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