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Bitcoin ETF: All you need to know.

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Bitcoin ETF is an Exchange Traded Fund which is nothing but shares to be traded and backed by Bitcoin dependent on the price of Bitcoin itself.

Understanding Bitcoin ETFs and its current market conditions.

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With cryptocurrencies being in the spotlight for so many years, it has given rise to a number of other related financial fields like Initial Coin Offering and Bitcoin ETF or Exchange Traded Funds. Due to the highly volatile behavior of the Cryptocurrencies, many investors around the world are quite speculative and hence backed out from investing in them.  While lack of the crypto regulation in many countries, has taken people back in investing in them, some them are opting to stay away during to more regulations on them. People don’t seem to be content with the current suite of more than 1500 types of cryptocurrencies and need a stable counterpart of it, on the stock market to obtain a similar feeling of trading any normal asset apart from the cryptocurrencies.  

 

Bitcoin ETFs

Bitcoin ETF is an Exchange Traded Fund which is nothing but shares to be traded and backed by Bitcoin, whose price fluctuations would be dependent on the price of Bitcoin itself.  In simple words, Bitcoin ETF is nothing but a stock market counterpart of the cryptocurrency market which will open up opportunities for many institutional investors as well as a venture capitalist to come forward and take part in investments. It is even considered to be an innovative way to open up opportunities for the more number of people.

 

Below are some insights with respect to Bitcoin ETF.

  • Bitcoin ETF is like shares backed by the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, which has invariably attracted global investments. Assets like Gold, Silver, Oil, etc are traded through ETFs aka Exchange Traded Funds.  

 

  • It is even considered to be an indirect method of purchasing the cryptocurrency Bitcoin.

 

  • Investing in the Bitcoin ETF is one of the safest methods to shell out profits from them.

 

  • In the recent days, a number of proposals have been put forth before the SEC, to give them a green signal so that they can be traced on the stock exchanges.

 

  • Specifically, Solidx Shares Bitcoin ETF along with Direxion Long and Short Bitcoin ETF are the Bitcoin ETFs which are put forth for the proposal before the SEC to get listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) along with Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE).

 

  • Decision date for Solidx Shares Bitcoin ETF by the SEC is on 10th August and for Direxion Long and Short Bitcoin ETF, the deadline was extended to September.

 

  • This consideration of approval of Bitcoin ETF by the Securities And Exchange Commission is not an easy task, hence it is highly probable that they might postpone both the initiatives, in order to gain maximum time for their decision.

 

  • The initiative has attracted huge support from the major investors and venture capitalist apart from the community members.  

 

  • If at all the ETF are given a green signal, they would be coming into existence, not before January 2019. The reason being that a number of other proposals need to be filed which would take up a lot of time.

  • It is noteworthy that CBOE was also the first exchange to initiate Bitcoin Futures in its portfolio. Therefore, even this action is highly affecting the prices.

 

  • This is considered to be a positive sign in the cryptocurrency space as it is indirectly a regulated form of cryptocurrency.  This is even supported by the fact that JP Morgan and Chase Bank, joined the community after the Initiation of Bitcoin Futures.

 

  • One must be very careful in this hot cryptocurrency field as it is self-evident that anything which is Hot at last turns cold once it reaches its saturation levels.

Conclusion

Each and every single person on the cryptocurrency platform is looking forward for the decision of the Securities and Exchange Commission regarding the Bitcoin ETF which has created a lot of commotion in the highly volatile cryptocurrency market. The recent decision, to postpone might be the reason for the Bitcoin fall which indirectly has rendered the altcoins to experience a bearish trend.

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Can Bitcoin be Traced?

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Earlier it was challenging to trace Bitcoins, but current technology has led to practical ways of tracking stolen bitcoins.

Earlier it was challenging to trace Bitcoins, but current technology has led to practical ways of tracking stolen bitcoins.

To track the person who received the bitcoin, the address owner must be aware of it.

However, governments do not want bitcoin owners to be unknown, and they are trying to regulate bitcoin in a way that can be monitored.

It’s nothing new since people have been doing blockchain analysis and bitcoin tracking since bitcoin was used to exchange stuff on the internet.

 

Is Bitcoin Anonymous?

As Bitcoin has become more popular and some criminal activity has been disclosed on the Bitcoin network, many people have wondered whether their Bitcoin transactions are anonymous or whether there are some essential complexities that they should be aware of.

Bitcoin tumblers allow many different users to put their cryptocurrency in a “bucket” and then return the same bitcoin value to each user, but with bitcoins put into a bucket by other users.

Bitcoin is not entirely untraceable, but it is a common misunderstanding, as Bitcoin is well known for masking user identity.

 

Users who rely on bitcoin exchanges ( such as Bitfinex, Binance or Kraken ) to exchange money for bitcoin must disclose their personal information to such an account.

However, governments are beginning to introduce new rules that could force an anonymous Bitcoin exchange to verify the identity of a new user before allowing them to purchase Bitcoin with fiat currency.

Create multiple addresses so that bitcoin can be randomly distributed, making blockchain analysis more difficult and anonymous.

 

Bitcoin is often presented as an untraceable payment method that facilitates illegal activities by allowing criminals to make and receive payments without being monitored.

There are many ways in which the identity of a person can be exposed to bitcoin transactions.

 

Now you have your bitcoin clean; you don’t want to waste all the hard work of using it in a trackable transaction.

As such, if you can pay with bitcoin and rely on the trader not to keep any PII records, the purchase may be anonymous.

If you prefer to spend your bitcoin on other cryptocurrencies or cash, the easiest thing to do would be to go to the exchange.

Portfolios, currency exchanges, mixing companies, and P2P sites have all been used to cheat bitcoin users.

Keep in mind that bitcoin is still the most widely accepted cryptocurrency.

 

Bitcoin is the only virtual currency with enough people who want to buy it to become moldy.

Cybercriminals use the creation and monitoring of Bitcoin portfolios, which can be done automatically, helping them find out which victims have paid.

Bitcoin transactions are public and contain all the information we need to track ransom payments, provided that we know which wallets to look at.

In most cases, payment tracking is not as easy as cybercriminals move bitcoins through multiple wallets to avoid payment tracking.

 

So, if you’re still thinking about using Bitcoin for your transaction gateway, be careful that you can track it as well.

Most users use online bitcoin exchanges to exchange bitcoins for real currency, such as bitpay, coinbase, localbitcoins, etc.

As the number of pro traders is slightly lower in online markets, it is easy to look at the bitcoin transaction by going to their bitcoin address.

 

Oaktar can be used to collect much more than the information needed to identify and link someone to specific Bitcoin addresses and transactions and can do so without relying on cryptocurrencies.

As alarming as oaktar and its activities, no new information has recently emerged to indicate that the NSA has expanded its Bitcoin monitoring efforts to other cryptocurrencies.

These protocols include CoinJoin, Dark Wallet, bestmixer, io, sharecoin, and coinwap, all of which also offer Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies the possibility of anonymizing their transactions.

In the meantime, the more direct and intrusive methods of the NSA are also based on the fact that crypto users unconsciously compromise their internet connections, which could not be expected to monitor all cryptocurrency transactions in mass.

 

Bitcoin, the Internet currency loved by computer scientists, libertarians and criminals, is no longer vulnerable.

But Bitcoin ‘anonymity is also a powerful tool for criminal financing: virtual money can keep shady transactions secret.

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Forbes releases top 50 blockchain companies list

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Forbes has released top 50 blockchain companies using blockchain technology list and these are almost all household names of the world's largest companies.

Forbes has released a new top 50 blockchain companies using blockchain technology list and these are almost all household names of the world’s largest companies. In fact, they are all billion dollar plus companies such as Amazon, Citi Group, Foxconn, Comcast and a whole host of others and unsurprisingly the bulk majority of these companies are using Ethereum.

 

Although, outside of Ethereum which is, of course, the number 1 blockchain for these companies, we do see others like Hyperledger and Quorum for example, although much rarer on the list in terms of mentions are blockchains such as Stellar Lumens or Cardano. Blockchains such as TRON, EOS, NEM, and others are not mentioned in the list of top 50 companies.

 

Companies choosing Ethereum according to Forbes:

Big businesses really like what Ethereum is doing. Ethereum has also worked very hard to make these relationships happen over the last few years and those relationships are now paying dividends big time.

 

All the top 10 companies are located in China or the United States.

The Top 10 (Forbes List):

10. Ping An Insurance Company: China

9. Bank of China: China

8. Apple: United States

7. Wells Fargo & Company: United States

6. Bank of America: United States

5. Agricultural Bank of China: China

4. Berkshire Hathaway Inc: United States

3. JPMorgan Chase & Co: United States

2. China Construction Bank Corporation: China

1. Industrial and Commercial Bank of China: China

 

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JPMorgan expanding itself into the blockchain and crypto space

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JPMorgan Chase has been posting a lot of job opportunities in the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry on Indeed.com, the job listing portal.

JPMorgan Chase, the American multinational investment bank and financial services company has been posting a lot of job opportunities in the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry on Indeed.com, a job listing site. According to the data from Indeed.com, the overall job openings for the cryptocurrency industry also seems to be on a rise.

 

JPMorgan Entering the Cryptocurrency Space:

Though the CEO of JPMorgan, Jamie Dimon has always been a strong opponent of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, his company has been interestingly expanding its operations in the field of blockchain and cryptocurrency.

 

Last month, JPMorgan launched its own cryptocurrency known as the JPM Coin, which will serve the bank’s precious customers in order to make transactions between them more swift and steady.

 

Back in 2018, JPMorgan had launched a blockchain powered platform known as Quorum which might be seen quite homogeneous to bitcoin and ethereum, however, it is almost fully centralized in nature.

 

Large companies entering the Blockchain Space:

In recent times, a lot of huge companies worldwide have been entering into the blockchain and cryptocurrency space. According to a recent publication by the Forbes, large organizations such as IBM, Deloitte, Cisco, Microsoft, Consensus, and others have been curiously hiring employees that are experts in the field of blockchain technology.

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