Stablecoins to Play Key Role in Crypto Adoption, Says New Report

Stablecoins will play a key role in mainstream adoption of crypto technologies, according to a report published by California-based stablecoin startup Reserve on Wednesday, Feb. 20. The report, entitled “The State of Stablecoins 2019: Hype vs. Reality in the Race for Stable, Global, Digital Money” is based on information collected from 40 crypto and stablecoin firms. The report’s lead author is George Samman, a blockchain and cryptocurrency advisor. According to the document, Samman “was commissioned to research the stablecoin landscape and then independently report his findings for the broader industry…

Bitcoin Price Looks North As Trading Volumes Hit 9-Month Highs

View Bitcoin witnessed an inverse head-and-shoulders breakout on Monday and rose to $4,000 yesterday, confirming a bullish reversal on the daily chart. The trend change is backed by a jump in trading volumes to levels last seen in May 2018. The rally, therefore, looks to have legs and December highs above $4,200 could come into play, albeit after a minor bout of consolidation or pullback, as the indicators on the 4-hour chart and daily charts are reporting overbought conditions. A break below Monday’s low of $3,614 would invalidate the bullish…

Japan’s Second-Largest Securities Brokerage Daiwa Completes Blockchain Pilot

Daiwa Securities Group, Japan’s second largest securities brokerage, has announced the completion of a blockchain proof-of-concept (PoC) in a press release shared with Cointelegraph on Feb. 19. The PoC implemented blockchain in the trade matching of post-trade processing. The blockchain pilot project, dubbed “JPX Proof-of-Concept Testing for Utilization of Blockchain / DLT in Capital Market Infrastructure,” involved 26 companies, including financial institutions, system providers and institutional investors. The reported goal of the pilot — which just completed the second of two phases — was to increase the efficiency of blockchain…

Bitcoin Chart Has All Signs of a Bottom, Surging Past $4,200 May Trigger Big Move

In the past 48 hours, the valuation of the crypto market increased by $13 billion as Bitcoin moved rapidly from $3,600 to $3,900 by 10 percent. Traders are expecting a near-term pullback following a strong movement in the cryptocurrency market. The overall cryptocurrency market cap is continuing to make robust gains. Source: Coinmarketcap.com But, economist and analyst Alex Krüger foresees the Bitcoin price surging fast beyond key resistance levels if the dominant cryptocurrency is able to break out of the crucial $4,200 mark in the weeks to come. The time…

SEC Set to Begin Fresh Consultation Period on CBOE-VanEck Bitcoin ETF

United States regulator the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) says it will shortly commence the countdown period to approval or disapproval of the VanEck/SolidX Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF). The news was announced in an unpublished notice that was filed on Feb. 19. The move is the latest in a series of back-and-forth exchanges between the SEC and ETF sponsors. The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) — the exchange applying with the SEC to list the Bitcoin ETF — had withdrawn its application for a rule change on the ETF in…

Apple Taps Blockchain to Ethically Manufacture Your iPhone, Macbook

When you think of Apple, you think iPhone, iPad, or even privacy concerns. You probably don’t think conflict minerals used in the manufacturing of its devices or how blockchain could prove the cure for an ethical supply chain. Well, you should. The tech giant has filed a report with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission indicating it is studying ways to implement Blockchain in some form or fashion. Reading Between The Lines Apple submitted a filing called the “Conflict Minerals Report; Summary of Apple’s Commitment to Responsible Sourcing.” In the…

Major Japanese Trading Firm Marubeni Partners with US Blockchain Company LO3 Energy

Japanese general trading company Marubeni Corporation has partnered with a New York-based blockchain startup to use the technology for its energy business, Marubeni confirmed in a press release on Feb. 20. Marubeni, which has expanded beyond Japan into the United States as well as Europe, selected LO3 Energy’s transactive energy platform as the basis for an ongoing pilot project. The Japanese firm is the country’s fifth largest sōgō shōsha — a type of Japanese company that trades in a variety of products and materials. Using blockchain, the aim of the…

Binance Launches Decentralized Crypto Exchange Testnet

Major cryptocurrency exchange Binance has launched the testnet of its new decentralized exchange, Binance DEX, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on Feb. 20. Per Binance, the exchange, powered by Binance Chain — a new blockchain and peer-to-peer (p2p) distributed system — is already available for customers. Users can create wallets and start exchanging tokens on the Binance DEX testnet. CEO of Binance Changpeng Zhao explained that the new exchange will help users regain control of their private keys: “Binance DEX is a decentralized exchange with a decentralized…

Bitcoin Price Watch: Pullback In BTC Before Fresh Increase

Bitcoin price extended gains above $3,900 and traded close to the $4,000 resistance against the US Dollar. The price traded as high as $3,973 and later started a downside correction. There is a short term breakout pattern in place with support at $3,875 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken). The pair is likely to correct further lower towards the $3,830 or $3,800 support levels before fresh increase. Bitcoin price failed to surpass the $4,000 resistance and corrected lower against the US Dollar. BTC could…

Crypto Market Eyes Additional Gains: BNB, EOS, Bitcoin Cash, Tron (TRX) Analysis

The total crypto market cap traded towards the $132.5B level and later corrected lower. EOS price traded above the $3.50 resistance and it is currently consolidating gains. Binance Coin (BNB) rallied more than 10% and broke the $10.00 resistance area. Bitcoin cash price is placed nicely above the $140 support, with a bullish bias. Tron (TRX) price failed to stay above the $0.0250 support and later declined. The crypto market started a downside correction, but it remains supported. Dips in bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Binance coin (BNB), BCH, ripple, EOS,…