NY Crypto Exchange Report Bearish for Bitcoin ETF Plans 1501

A new report drafted by the New York attorney general’s office (OAG) alleges that a significant number of cryptocurrency exchanges may be vulnerable to market manipulation, a finding that could prove ominous for hopes among investors that federal regulators will approve a bitcoin ETF or other exchange-traded crypto products in the near-term.

Bitcoin, according to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Jay Clayton, is not a security under federal law. However, an exchange-listed fund that provides investors with exposure to bitcoin would be a security, which is why the approval of these products falls under the SEC’s purview.

While several bitcoin ETF applicants have sought to create a fund whose shares would be backed by physical BTC, the sentiment among most analysts is that the first cryptocurrency ETF to receive a green light from the SEC will be one that holds bitcoin futures, which are already regulated by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

Currently, bitcoin futures are available on two regulated U.S. stock exchanges — CME and CBOE, both of which are based in Chicago. CBOE was the first to market with its cryptocurrency product, though CME’s sees much more average daily trading volume and bases its pricing data on a wider array of spot trading markets.

This is where the OAG report comes in. The report, published on Monday, is the culmination of a five-month investigation into the operations of 13 cryptocurrency exchanges. Among other things, the OAG examined whether exchanges, in its view, adequately combat market manipulation.

As noted by Bloomberg’s Matt Leising, three of the cryptocurrency exchanges that provide pricing data for CME’s future contracts had policies that the OAG flagged as problematic.

One, Kraken, incurred the OAG’s ire for publicly flouting the state’s inquiry, with CEO Jesse Powell arguing that market manipulation “doesn’t matter to crypto traders.” The report said that two others, Bitstamp and itBit, have no formal policies in place to prevent market manipulation.

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Will Bitcoin continue to fall? 6554

Bitcoin

It’s no secret that the cryptocurrency market is quite volatile. Almost any piece of global news can affect the price of digital assets in one way or another. Take billionaire Elon Musk, for example, who was able to influence the price of Dogecoin simply by tweeting. However, this does not always happen because of a particular case and with a particular coin. In 2020, for example, the world went into lockdown for the first time in a long time. Countries’ borders were closed and the logistics of many goods began to be disrupted. People had to stay at home, fearing for their health. The Covid-19 pandemic was to blame. You would think that a virus could have an impact on digital assets. As it turns out, it was able to reach cryptocurrency as well. Because of problems in the economy, cryptocurrency has begun to lose value.

This did not last long, and a year later Bitcoin set a new historical high. The price of the first cryptocurrency was above $63,000. Those enthusiasts, who during the chaos and lockdown did not stop believing that cryptocurrency was the future and continued to invest in digital gold, were able to make good money in just one year. Bitcoin began to be prophesied to reach $100,000 in the near future. There were many explanations from analysts and financial experts that Bitcoin could do this. Today, however, the picture for the crypto industry does not look so rosy.

Since the beginning of 2022, the first cryptocurrency began to lose heavily in price, for various reasons. Today, we can observe that Bitcoin is in prolonged drawdown, just like all other digital assets. Some call it a “crypto-winter”. This has already happened to the crypto market more than once. But why is the fall so noticeable?

Experts attribute the prolonged decline in quotations to the fact that the Federal Reserve System is tightening policy in the US, which raises rates to contain inflation in the country.

As cryptocurrency is a risky asset, investors and traders are trying to get rid of it or keep it to a minimum.

Also, the recent news that one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, FTX, has filed for bankruptcy has not had a positive impact on the value of digital assets either. The first cryptocurrency still remains in a kind of sideways position. At the time of writing, it stands at $16,993, according to CoinGecko.

What if Bitcoin keeps falling?

If the cryptocurrency drawdown continues, nothing good can come of it. As analysts say, this will entail quite serious and large changes in the global crypto market. A similar scenario was discussed this summer, in the online edition of CNews. The publication’s experts believe that continued drawdown will mean that many tokens that are not widely known will simply disappear, until there are only the top and in-demand coins that are able to survive in today’s realities.

Of course it is too early to talk about it now, things may change tomorrow if there is any positive news. But we can only wait and see what happens.

And to start trading cryptocurrencies today, you can use the RevenueBot cryptocurrency bot service.

CME Group Announces Launch of Euro-denominated Bitcoin and Ether Futures 7035

CME Group, the world’s leading derivatives marketplace, today launched Bitcoin Euro and Ether Euro futures.

“The launch of these new futures contracts builds on the strong growth and deep liquidity we have seen in our existing U.S. dollar-denominated Bitcoin and Ether futures contracts,” said Tim McCourt, Global Head of Equity and FX Products, CME Group. “Our new Bitcoin Euro and Ether Euro futures will provide institutional clients, both within and outside the U.S., with more precise and regulated tools to trade and hedge exposure to the two largest cryptocurrencies by market cap.”

Bitcoin Euro and Ether Euro futures contracts will be sized at five bitcoin and 50 ether per contract. These new contracts will be cash-settled, based on the CME CF Bitcoin-Euro Reference Rate and CME CF Ether-Euro Reference Rate, which serve as once-a-day reference rates of the euro-denominated price of bitcoin and ether.

These new futures contracts will be listed on and subject to the rules of CME.

For more information on this product, please visit https://www.cmegroup.com/cryptocurrencies#explore-our-cryptocurrency-products.

As the world’s leading derivatives marketplace, CME Group (www.cmegroup.com) enables clients to trade futures, options, cash and OTC markets, optimize portfolios, and analyze data – empowering market participants worldwide to efficiently manage risk and capture opportunities. CME Group exchanges offer the widest range of global benchmark products across all major asset classes based on interest rates, equity indexes, foreign exchange, energy, agricultural products and metals. The company offers futures and options on futures trading through the CME Globex® platform, fixed income trading via BrokerTec and foreign exchange trading on the EBS platform. In addition, it operates one of the world’s leading central counterparty clearing providers, CME Clearing.

Popular BTM Operator: Bitcoin of America Welcomes Shiba Inu Coin to Its Bitcoin ATMs 8285

Bitcoin of America has officially announced the newest addition to their Bitcoin ATMs (BTMs). Shiba Inu coin is now available at Bitcoin of America ATM locations. Bitcoin of America has more than 1800 BTMs across 31 states. They recognized the growing popularity of Shiba Inu and decided it was time to include it in their BTMs. Bitcoin of America also offers Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ethereum options. This news comes after their recent addition of Dogecoin in March of this year.

Bitcoin of America is a popular virtual currency exchange registered as a money services business with the United States Department of Treasury (FinCEN)(RegNum). They are known for their top-of-the-line customer support while also providing a fast and hassle-free transaction.

Bitcoin of America makes it easy for everyday businesses to get their hands on a Bitcoin ATM and for customers to buy Bitcoin. They take care of their host locations by providing passive income, increased foot traffic, and marketing. They even handle customer support and any maintenance/installation services.

The popular operator has made many updates to its BTMs and services over the past year. They launched their universal kiosks, which operate as a traditional ATM combined with BTM functions. Bitcoin of America has created a point-of-sale system for their tablet program, which has allowed businesses to accept cryptocurrency as a new form of payment. Bitcoin of America is constantly expanding and improving its services.

Data Mynt Payment Processing Platform Now Supports Bitcoin Payments 8171

Data Mynt, a leading provider of simple, stable cryptocurrency payment products, now enables payments over the Bitcoin network, which already supports roughly 225,000 transactions per day and $30 billion USD dollar equivalent volume per day worldwide (as of publishing).

Data Mynt merchants and partners join the 15,000 retailers that accept Bitcoin today, making it the world’s most widely used digital asset for payments. Retailers include Twitter, Whole Foods and Overstock.com.

Now the Data Mynt payment processing platform enables payments from any wallet and asset across the $2 trillion combined market cap (as of publishing) available to make a payment over the Bitcoin, Ethereum Mainnet and Polygon networks.

The Data Mynt payment processing solution enables merchants and enterprises to expand their payment options for their customers and partners. At the same time, it reduces payment processing costs and eliminates frictions such as chargebacks and crypto price volatility.

“As a payment processor, it only makes sense for us to enable our merchants and partners to accept what the world already accepts—the biggest cryptocurrency,” noted Data Mynt CEO Alex Christian. “Almost one-quarter of the US population owns Bitcoin. Many other countries such as Brazil, Indonesia, UAE, Singapore, Israel, India, Mexico, and South Africa have even higher adoption rates. Data Mynt merchants can feel good knowing they offer these Bitcoin owners another payment option.”

The dedicated Data Mynt global sales team began rolling out its payment platform in Q1 of 2022.

About Data Mynt

Data Mynt is a leading crypto payment processor. Its wallet, asset and blockchain-agnostic suite of solutions offer partners and merchants an omnichannel approach to accepting on-chain crypto payments free from volatility and the risks and costs of traditional payment methods. The Data Mynt payment platform is also designed to streamline implementation delivering a seamless customer experience. DataMynt.com

Popular BTM Operator Bitcoin of America Wins Silver in 11th Annual Best in Biz Awards 10366

Bitcoin of America has been named a silver winner in the Company of the Year – Midwest category in Best in Biz Awards, the only independent business awards program judged each year by prominent editors and reporters from top-tier publications in North America. Bitcoin of America is a popular virtual currency exchange, registered as a money services business with the United States Department of Treasury (FinCEN)(RegNum). Apart from ensuring a fast and hassle-free transaction, their customer support makes them the best in the industry.

Bitcoin of America has demonstrated rapid growth. In June of this year, Bitcoin of America’s Chief Financial Officer reported record company growth. In January, the company had a total of 630 Bitcoin ATMs. To date, they have seen a 138.095% increase in their number of locations. They even hit a major achievement of 1500 plus BTMs. Bitcoin of America has also seen enormous growth in their number of employees. In just one year their team grew over 32 percent.

Bitcoin of America also added new products, services, and even updates to their BTMS. In May, they announced the launch of their new universal kiosk. The kiosk combines the capabilities of a traditional ATM with a Bitcoin ATM. The universal kiosk is known to offer 3 different functions. The first is the traditional ATM feature where customers can dispense cash from a debit card. The second function is being able to buy bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies with cash. The last is that customers can sell crypto in return for cash. This is huge for business owners. These universal kiosks are bringing stores additional revenue streams, while also saving floor space. They also announced that Ethereum would be available for customers to purchase from any of their locations.

Besides offering cryptocurrency services to customers, Bitcoin of America has helped hundreds of businesses across the United States. Bitcoin of America offers a host program for store owners who are interested in cryptocurrency or are just looking to earn extra income. They take care of their host locations by providing them with passive income, increased foot traffic, and marketing. They even handle customer support and any maintenance/installation services.

SpaceSeven to Launch a Game-changing NFT Marketplace 5338

SpaceSeven

Switzerland, Zug, 24.11.2021: SpaceSeven — one of the few — if not the only scaled e-commerce, fully regulatory compliant NFT marketplace is expected to launch on November 23, 2021. The groundbreaking platform is built by Tacans, a Swiss-based Software development house, and Venture Builder, with an R&D center in Ukraine, on the Concordium blockchain platform. According to SpaceSeven, this allows the marketplace to significantly lower gas fees — to literally a fraction of the cost of Ethereum or other proof-of-work protocols, however, with transaction speeds that are ten times faster.

Packed with several game-changing features like ‘Universes’ that deliver unique experiences through exclusive customized galleries, SpaceSeven is undoubtedly redefining NFT marketplaces. The marketplace will also allow users to easily add NFTs from multiple networks and supports payment using crypto and credit cards.

Who is Behind SpaceSeven?

SpaceSeven is a multi-blockchain NFT marketplace built by Tacans with Concordium as its primary blockchain. Concordium is ideally suited to host NFTs as it offers 10x faster transactions than Ethereum and has incredibly lower gas fees.

Unlike other blockchains, Concordium is a Reg-DeFi-centric Layer 1 blockchain with an ID layer at the protocol level and fast and real finalization. This gives Concordium a competitive edge, as it is able to deploy a privacy-centric KYT design that protects legit users but at the same time enables it to revoke anonymity of certain transactions if needed.

Concordium’s unique ecosystem has empowered Tacans, the venture builder, to launch SpaceSeven which is an NFT marketplace that is truly sustainable, secure, and regulatory-compliant.

Lars Seier Christensen – Co-Founder & Group Chairman of Concordium and SpaceSeven

“I have been an investor, collector and lover of art for many years. I have never seen a greater opportunity for innovation, reaching new buyers, new creative formats and additional income streams for galleries and artists than the current development in the NFT industry. SpaceSeven is our contribution to this historic opportunity.”

What Problems Does SpaceSeven Solve?

While the growth of the NFT market offers many opportunities, significant challenges still plague the industry. These issues revolve around regulations, high fees, decentralization, security, and sustainability. With Concordium as its primary chain, SpaceSeven hit the ground running with solutions to overcome these challenges.

Regulatory Compliance

Designed with a built-in user identity layer at the protocol level, Concordium ensures that a user’s identity is confirmed and every transaction is trackable. Its Zero-Knowledge Proof design ensures two parties can interact and transact without revealing unclaimed information of the counterparty.

Low and Fixed Fees

Concordium’s transaction fees are well-defined and do not link to the value of an asset. Instead, they are fixed and backed into the protocol. The proof-of-stake model combined with incentive mechanisms ensures that transaction costs stay low and fixed.

Carbon-Net Neutrality

With Concordium’s proof-of-stake model that consumes minuscule amounts of energy compared to other blockchains like Ethereum and Bitcoin, SpaceSeven is proving to be one of the best eco-friendly NFT marketplaces.

Security

For better protection against fraud, Concordium transactions are assigned an encrypted ID. Furthermore, with Concordium’s two-layer consensus design, SpaceSeven remains secure if cybercriminals hijack less than 50% of its stake.

Decentralization

SpaceSeven aims to reduce entry barriers to the NFT market for digital artists, creators, and celebrities. The game-changing features listed above have enabled SpaceSeven to develop a secure, cost-effective, user-friendly NFT platform where all creators can mint and sell their NFTs at a fixed price or in an auction.

Wallet Integration

SpaceSeven will provide support for CryptoX Wallet in our NFT marketplace platform. This wallet will facilitate the CCD token, Concordium’s native token.

How to Access SpaceSeven

Our platform is available for users internationally. To mint, buy, or sell NFTs on the SpaceSeven NFT marketplace, visit our website.

Innovative Partnerships

ENTER Art Fair 2021
ENTER Art Fair 2021 recently signed a partnership with SpaceSeven. The world-renowned art fair based in Copenhagen has over 61 galleries, each minting one NFT. ENTER Art Fair aims to push beyond the confines of artistic conventions and experiment with innovative platforms. This ambition fits perfectly with what SpaceSeven stands for. Over 61 galleries participated in this event. Each gallery chooses just one of their top-rated artists to mint and sell a premium NFT on the SpaceSeven NFT marketplace. The event was held between August 26 – August 29, 2021.

DOROFEEVA NFT GAME
NFTs are now a global phenomenon and the launch of an NFT game with the participation of celebrities in Ukraine is raising great interest in the country. DOROFEEVA, one of the top Ukrainian pop singers, whose tracks are in the top charts of digital platforms, fashion influencer, blogger is the first one to join the platform. On the 27th of November, she will present the game being developed on the marketplace at The Conference.NFT together with SpaceSeven in Kyiv.

About SpaceSeven
SpaceSeven is the world’s first NFT marketplace built on the eco-friendly and highly effective Concordium blockchain as its primary chain. SpaceSeven allows artists to mint NFTs at low fees, showcase their work in exclusive universes, and sell them effortlessly.

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