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Blockstream Releases First Enterprise-Grade Product on Liquid

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Security tokens are coming to Bitcoin, courtesy of Blockstream.

The Bitcoin and blockchain technology company announced on May 15, 2019, the final day of the Consensus 2019 conference, that Liquid Securities, a platform for issuing and managing security tokens on its Liquid sidechain, is ready to go live. This platform will provide Liquid and its users with its first product to issue digital assets, a foundational milestone for bringing tokenization to the Bitcoin network.

Launched in October 2018, the Liquid sidechain is an auxiliary network built on Bitcoin, primarily to enable low-fee, low-latency transfers between exchanges. Blockstream has always advertised the potential for digital asset issuance on the sidechain, a promise it has now fulfilled in collaboration with Liquid Securities’ inaugural partners TokenSoft, BnkToTheFuture, Zenus Bank and Pixelmatic.

“This is big for Liquid, to move from something that is used by exchanges toward a more advanced financial network,” Allan Piscitello, director of product management at Blockstream, told Bitcoin Magazine.

Piscitello went on to say that one of the benefits of Liquid Securities includes having an asset that is both verifiable and auditable but also private. When issuing a token on Liquid, a company can keep specific details (like supply, allocation, etc.) private while allowing a trusted third party to audit operations. This means that enterprises don’t have to trade off privacy for transparency to stay compliant with regulations, all while leveraging “one of the most secure blockchain networks in the world,” according to Piscitello.

“We’ve been speaking to financial institutions for the past year and one thing that was very common in the requests they give is that they’re looking for being able to move assets privately, they’re looking for a scalable solution as well,” Mason Borda, CEO of Token Soft, told Bitcoin Magazine. “They’re all familiar with the Liquid name.”

The platform comes with a variety of issuer controls for tailoring a token to each user’s specific use case. They can, for instance, choose to manage tokens through Liquid Securities’ API or outsource this job to one of Liquid’s partners if it’s too onerous.

There are also internal controls for managing token issuance based on criteria like regulations and geographic restrictions, among others. Piscitello believes this will help to tame the “wild west of ICOs” which frequently confront “geographic or regulatory restrictions” during token sales. It will also make it easier for companies to issue tokens because they don’t need to roll out their own smart contracts, he said.

Offering an alternative to the free-for-all model of the ICO boom, Liquid’s tokenization platform could be an attractive option to regulated players, Mushegh Tovmasyan, founder of Zenus Bank, told Bitcoin Magazine.

“Being a very regulated entity, we’ve been searching for a compliant solution for our clients and shareholders,” he said.

Companies interested in the platform can apply for early access here.

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Dow Gloom Darkens after ‘Very Happy’ Trump Brags China Tariffs in Billions

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By CCN: U.S. President Donald Trump firmly stated his administration will not allow China to emerge as the global superpower and overtake the U.S., indicating that his administration will not compromise to reach a partial trade deal which may have an adverse effect on the Dow and the equities market.

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Speaking to Steve Hilton on The Next Revolution hosted by Fox News, President Trump said:

Yes, I do. I think that is their intention [to overtake the U.S.], why wouldn’t it be; they’re very ambitious people, they’re very smart, they’re great people, it’s a great culture, an amazing culture. You know when I had President Xi, I was showing him the Lincon bedroom, the White House, and I said this was built in 1799, you know I think of that as being really old. But, to him, that’s like a modern house.

President emphasized that China was catching the U.S. and was en route to becoming a much bigger economy. As such, the President said he is happy with the tariffs and is willing to remain patient for the right deal.

Is the dow set for gloom after trump’s interview?

Some strategists have suggested that Chinese negotiators may be planning to wait until the end of the presidency of President Trump in 2020 to secure a trade deal with the U.S.

But, President Trump said during the interview that he is satisfied with the tariffs in place, which have allowed the U.S. to take billions of dollars from $325 billion worth of Chinese goods.

He said:

A lot of people won’t be happy with this answer but I’m very happy now. We’re taking in billions of dollars, China is obviously not doing well like us. Since I’ve been President, we’ve made almost $10 trillion in wealth and China has lost $10 trillion in wealth. They’ve lost a tremendous amount. You know, you see what’s happening, their economy is not great, our economy has been fantastic.

In the past month, while the SSE Composite, which includes all stocks traded at the Shanghai Stock Exchange, fell by more than 10 percent, the Dow Jones declined by a mere 2.8 percent.

Still, with President Trump unwilling to compromise and President Xi reportedly preparing for a long trade war, the dispute that may intensify geopolitical risks is likely to have a negative effect on both the Dow and the Chinese equities market.

The Dow Jones has recovered in the past five days

The Dow Jones has recovered in the past five days by 500 points (source: Yahoo Finance)

One source briefed on trade discussions in Beijing told FT:

If the bulk of this agreement is about China doing this and China doing that, that’s totally unpalatable to a domestic audience.

Although the Dow Jones has demonstrated a stunning recovery year-to-date, a part of the optimism towards a full-blown bull market was the anticipation of the establishment of a full trade accord.

With the prospect of a full deal in the near-term largely dismissed and both governments preparing for a long-term dispute, the momentum of the Dow Jones could weaken in the short-term.

Trump won’t let china catch the united states

President Trump noted that China was getting close to beating the U.S. and becoming the largest economy in the world.

“They were catching us. They were going to be bigger than us if Hilary Clinton became President, China would have been a much bigger economy than us by the end of her term. And now, it’s not even going to be close,” President Trump said.

The unwillingness of the Trump administration to back down from its requests for key changes in industrial policies demonstrates the intent of the U.S. to maintain its dominance in the global economy.

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Dutch Bank ABN AMRO Abandons Wallie Custodial Bitcoin Wallet Citing Risk Concerns

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Dutch bank ABN AMRO abandoned its plans to launch a custodial bitcoin (BTC) wallet dubbed “Wallie” because of risk concerns, according to a report published on May 20 by tech news outlet The Next Web.

Per the report, the bank’s senior press officer, Jarco de Swart, said in an email to the outlet that the bank decided not to continue its plans after it “concluded that cryptocurrencies because of their unregulated nature are at the moment too risky assets for our clients to invest in.”

The rumors concerning alleged tests of the wallet first started spreading in January. Still, according to The Next Web, the bank had actually just asked 500 of its customers if it should develop the wallet and if so, how. Owler estimates the bank’s annual revenue to be $10.3 billion, and reports that the firm has 18,720 employees.

As Cointelegraph reported in November last year, major oil companies BP, Shell and Equinor have united with large banks — including ABN AMRO — and trading houses to launch a blockchain-driven platform, Vakt, for energy commodity trading.

Last week, Alexandre Kech, CEO of Onchain Custodian, predicted that collaboration between crypto and traditional custodians will grow.

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TRON Price Prediction Today: Daily (TRX) Value Forecast – May 20

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  • The short and medium-term outlook is in a bearish trend.
  • Traders may consider selling at key areas.

TRX/USD Medium-term Trend: Bearish

• Supply zones: $0.04000, $0.05000, $0.06000
• Demand zones: $0.01000, $0.00900, $0.00800

TRON is in a bearish trend in its medium-term outlook. After bullish exhaustion at $0.03319 in the supply area, the bears took control of the market. The cryptocurrency is in an ascending channel a correction pattern for downward price continuation.

The bulls manage a push to $0.02880 as the high of yesterday market before exhaustion and the bears stage a return.

The bearish 4-hour opening candle at $0.02830 sustained the bearish momentum with the cryptocurrency down at $0.02703 in the demand area.

The stochastic oscillator signal points down at 47% while price is between the two EMAs. These suggest downward momentum with more candle opened and closed below the two EMAs due to increased pressure by the bears.

$0.02655 in the lower line of the channel and a subsequent break may occur in the medium-term.

TRX/USD Short-term Trend: Bearish

The cryptocurrency is in a bearish trend in its short-term outlook. The double-top10 formation at $0.02870 in the supply area favour the bears in the short-term. Confirmation to the downward movement occurred at the bread of the two EMAs by the large bearish candle at$0.02830.

TRXUSD is currently down at $0.02697 in the demand area with $0.02550 in the demand area is the initial bears’ target. This was confirmed by the signal of the stochastic pointing down at % in the oversold region coupled with price below the two EMAs.

The views and opinions expressed here do not reflect that of BitcoinExchangeGuide.com and do not constitute financial advice. Always do your own research.

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Game Changer for Bitcoin? VanEck ETF Decision Tomorrow –  All You Need to Know

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One of the events the entire cryptocurrency community has its sights turned to is the VanEck/SolidX Bitcoin ETF proposal. It was published in the Federal Register back on February 20th, giving the SEC a legal timeframe of 90 days to make a further decision. This means that the Commission must come up with a decision tomorrow, May 21st.

May 21st – An Important Date for Bitcoin

The saga around VanEck/SolidX Bitcoin ETF proposal has been going on for quite a while now. Last year, their application was withdrawn after being delayed on multiple occasions by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). However, shortly after that, the application was submitted again, reigniting hope among those who believe that a Bitcoin ETF would catalyze a further increase in the price of the cryptocurrency, as well as further adoption.

The new application was filed with the Federal Register on February 20th, giving the SEC a binding term of 90 days to come up with a decision to approve, deny, or delay it. Interestingly enough, another Bitcoin ETF application was also filed with the Register on February 15th – that of Bitwise. The SEC delayed its decision on the latter, while even deciding to use the full 90 days term to make up its mind on the application of VanEck and SolidX. This is why May 21st is an important date to expect.

According to famous legal expert among the cryptocurrency community, Jake Chervinsky, however, the chances of a delay or denial are much higher than the chances of approval.

He bases his merit on the fact that the SEC is unlikely to approve the first-ever Bitcoin ETF without taking the full 240 days period that it legally can. Moreover, he also finds it rather unusual that the Commission didn’t delay the VanEck Bitcoin ETF together with that of Bitwise.

The lawyer also cited some of the reasons for the delay of the application of Bitwise, which include:

  • The nature of the market for Bitcoin
  • The efficiency of that market
  • The susceptibility of that market to manipulation
  • How the market is similar to markets for other commodities
  • Reports that a large percentage of reported volume is fake

Chervinsky pointed out that if VanEck has any chance of approval, then the SEC “would need to delay & aks all these same questions to them as well.”

What Does This Mean For Bitcoin?

While it’s anyone’s guess how a potential approval of a Bitcoin ETF would impact Bitcoin’s price and whether it would surge, the majority of the cryptocurrency community is undoubtedly sure of it.

According to Josh Roger, a well-known cryptocurrency trader and investor, the different scenarios will have different impacts on the price.

The upcoming VanEck ETF decision could certainly have a serious impact on BTC price.

Denial = Pull back the current price regardless of how good it looked this weekend.

Approval = push the price to new yearly high and create mass FOMO buying.

Delay = Expected & likely little change.

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Game Changer for Bitcoin? VanEck ETF Decision Tomorrow –  All You Need to Know

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One of the events the entire cryptocurrency community has its sights turned to is the VanEck/SolidX Bitcoin ETF proposal. It was published in the Federal Register back on February 20th, giving the SEC a legal timeframe of 90 days to make a further decision. This means that the Commission must come up with a decision tomorrow, May 21st.

May 21st – An Important Date for Bitcoin

The saga around VanEck/SolidX Bitcoin ETF proposal has been going on for quite a while now. Last year, their application was withdrawn after being delayed on multiple occasions by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). However, shortly after that, the application was submitted again, reigniting hope among those who believe that a Bitcoin ETF would catalyze a further increase in the price of the cryptocurrency, as well as further adoption.

The new application was filed with the Federal Register on February 20th, giving the SEC a binding term of 90 days to come up with a decision to approve, deny, or delay it. Interestingly enough, another Bitcoin ETF application was also filed with the Register on February 15th – that of Bitwise. The SEC delayed its decision on the latter, while even deciding to use the full 90 days term to make up its mind on the application of VanEck and SolidX. This is why May 21st is an important date to expect.

According to famous legal expert among the cryptocurrency community, Jake Chervinsky, however, the chances of a delay or denial are much higher than the chances of approval.

He bases his merit on the fact that the SEC is unlikely to approve the first-ever Bitcoin ETF without taking the full 240 days period that it legally can. Moreover, he also finds it rather unusual that the Commission didn’t delay the VanEck Bitcoin ETF together with that of Bitwise.

The lawyer also cited some of the reasons for the delay of the application of Bitwise, which include:

  • The nature of the market for Bitcoin
  • The efficiency of that market
  • The susceptibility of that market to manipulation
  • How the market is similar to markets for other commodities
  • Reports that a large percentage of reported volume is fake

Chervinsky pointed out that if VanEck has any chance of approval, then the SEC “would need to delay & aks all these same questions to them as well.”

What Does This Mean For Bitcoin?

While it’s anyone’s guess how a potential approval of a Bitcoin ETF would impact Bitcoin’s price and whether it would surge, the majority of the cryptocurrency community is undoubtedly sure of it.

According to Josh Roger, a well-known cryptocurrency trader and investor, the different scenarios will have different impacts on the price.

The upcoming VanEck ETF decision could certainly have a serious impact on BTC price.

Denial = Pull back the current price regardless of how good it looked this weekend.

Approval = push the price to new yearly high and create mass FOMO buying.

Delay = Expected & likely little change.

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