IBM Hints at Entering the Stablecoin Arena

Jesse Lund, head of blockchain solutions at IBM, has just hinted that the tech company has plans to explore stablecoins in an interview with Cheddar yesterday. Lund did not disclose when this venture may debut but said it would be on its World-Wire platform. IBM and Stablecoins IBM began its venture with Stellar in late-2017 and finalized most of its plans in mid-2018. Stellar is an open-sourced, decentralized protocol that focuses on transfers between fiat currency and digital currency. Lund told Cheddar that US banks are “very interested” in using stablecoins to…

‘No Change’ to Bitcoin Futures Plans, CME Says, as Cboe Pulls Back

It’s business as usual for CME Group’s bitcoin futures market, despite a retrenchment by rival derivatives exchange operator Cboe Global Markets. Contacted by CoinDesk Friday, a spokesperson for CME said the exchange has “no changes to announce re our bitcoin futures contract” and declined to comment on Cboe’s pullback. The affirmation is notable in light of the news Thursday that Cboe will not add a bitcoin futures contract for trading in March. This means that after the last currently traded futures expire in June, this market will essentially come to…

Bitcoin Bull Market Won’t Arrive Until Price Shatters $4,600

In the past seven days, the valuation of the crypto market has increased from $131 billion to $137 billion as the Bitcoin price slightly recovered to $3,960. Bitcoin Stagnancy Shows No New Money Entering Crypto Market The minor movement in the price of bitcoin despite the significant surge in the price of alternative cryptocurrencies suggest that existing money in the cryptocurrency market is moving – but new money is not flowing in. Speaking to CCN, a cryptocurrency technical analyst known as DonAlt said that there exists a newfound optimism in…

Litecoin (LTC) Firm above $50, Blockchain Could Modernize Congress

Litecoin price up 3.4 percent The blockchain is a window and an opportunity Participation level rise as Litecoin prices print higher Kevin McCarthy believes that blockchain will help build trust in public institutions. Such remarks are bullish for blockchain and could help prices of digital assets as Litecoin recovers from current lows. Litecoin Price Analysis Fundamentals Although we cannot refute the link between Litecoin and Bitcoin, we must agree that there are differences. The latter has a vibrant community. Since it is a public blockchain, changes are hard to make.…

Ripple (XRP) BB Squeeze Hints of Undervaluation and Demand

Ripple prices up 1.4 percent in last day Remittance faster and cheaper in Ripple platform Participation levels low as prices flat-line The decentralization argument will continue as long as there are ardent supporters. Ripple Inc executives maintain their ledger is decentralized, but critics are not buying it. Regardless, Ripple (XRP) buyers are in control and likely to close higher by close of this week. Ripple Price Analysis Fundamentals Like Bitcoin, Ripple is a third-party free remittance service. In a recent tweet, Pomp said Bitcoin as the first global payment option…

Coincidence? Bitcoin (BTC) Prices Up After Mark’s Judgment

Bitcoin prices up 1.4 percent in last week Mt Gox founder serving 2.5 years suspended sentence Participation picks up, BTC could print higher in days ahead. Mark is a free man, and despite heavy losses ordinary investors had to shoulder, a Japanese court remained lenient. All the same, it appears as if Bitcoin prices are on a recovery path and it is what investors want to see. Bitcoin Price Analysis Fundamentals After four years of investigation, it was time for Mark Karpeles to face the law. Appearing before a Japanese…

Bittrex Exchange Nixes RAID Token Sale at 11th Hour

Cryptocurrency exchange Bittrex said it canceled an “initial exchange offering” (IEO) just hours before it was set to launch. The RAID Project had planned to raise $6 million through the sale of a token called XRD to the exchange’s customers. But Bittrex said it called off the sale after learning that the issuer’s strategic partnership with an e-gaming data analytics company OP.GG had been abruptly terminated. That alliance “was a vital part of the RAID project,” Bittrex said in a statement. “When Bittrex International became aware of this significant event, we did…

Bitcoin Trading Volume Tops $11 Billion For First Time In Nearly a Year

Daily trading volume for the world’s largest cryptocurrency bitcoin exceeded $11 billion Friday, the most observed in a 24-hour period since April 25 of last year. At that time, the average price of bitcoin was $8,845, while today the crypto asset is listed for less than half the price, currently trading at $3,951 as per CoinMarketCap. However, the return in volume is potentially a sign investors aren’t losing interest in bitcoin despite the less than favorable market conditions. Interestingly, the amount of bitcoin trade volume had closely aligned with it’s…

Strong Bitcoin Volumes Bode Well for Price Breakout

View Bitcoin’s daily trading volume remains elevated at highs above $10 billion, going against the technical theory that investor interest tends to drop during periods of consolidation. Therefore, the ongoing sideways trading near $3,900 may end with a bull breakout toward the recent high of $4,207. Trading volumes have been strong since the corrective rally kicked off in early February, so a range breakdown looks unlikely. Prices could first see a drop below $3,865 (March 12 low) due to the extended consolidation. That said, the short-term outlook would turn bearish…

Canada Proposes Regulatory Framework for Cryptocurrency Exchanges

Canadian financial regulatory authorities are considering putting in place rules for cryptocurrency exchanges in the country. The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) published a consultation paper on Thursday, seeking input from the fintech community on how regulatory requirements can be developed for cryptocurrency platforms. “The emergence of digital and crypto assets continues to be a growing area of interest,” said Andrew J. Kriegler, president and CEO of the IIROC in a separate statement on Thursday, adding: “We must adapt to innovation, and provide…