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SEC Commissioner Robert Jackson says Bitcoin ETF is on the Horizon

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Robert Jackson a SEC Commissioner says Bitcoin ETF is on the Horizon
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There had been a lot of rumors about the approval of a Bitcoin ETF, following the unsuccessful application that dates to late 2017. However, in an interview with Congressional Quarterly, U.S Securities and Exchange Commissioner, Robert Jackson Jr. said that a Bitcoin ETF is on the horizon.

Drew Hinkes, a Twitter user with the news platform ‘Athena Blockchain’, made the news public, even though the interview is expected to be made public by Feb 11. Drew tweeted:

The SEC commissioner admitted that presently it seems difficult for the Commission to approve a Bitcoin ETF, but that it will be aired. Robert Jackson said:

“Getting the stamp of approval from the deepest and most liquid capital markets in the world is hard, and it should be. Once we put the stamp of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission on an investment; once we make it available to everyday mom and pop investors, we are taking risks that Americans can get hurt.”

In summation, Robert gave some reasons why previous applications for Bitcoin ETF was not approved like that of Winklevoss twins, Tyler and Cameron, and also how recent applications is almost meeting up to the standard they set. Robert said:

“I’m happy to say market participants have begun to come in with ideas. Whether or not we’re going to find one that really protects investors I don’t know, but I do know that that case wasn’t especially close.”

Also, the most renowned and hopeful approval of the new year, the VanEck Solid Bitcoin Trust was withdrawn and then resubmitted after signs came that it could be rejected on Jan 23. Robert added

“Eventually, do I think someone will satisfy the standards that we’ve laid out there? I hope so, yes, and I think so.” This could be celebrated as SEC had listed the approval of a Bitcoin ETF as one of its targets for the year 2019.

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Tron (TRX) Finds its Way Back to the Top Ten List

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Tron CEO Justin Sun, known for his flair for publicity and announcement of any achievement on his network announced in a tweet that Tron has made its way back to the list of top ten performing cryptos. TRX’s performance has been outstanding since the second quarter of 2019 both in its level of development and features.

According to the Coinmarketcap.com index at the time of writing, the trend curve shows Tron is moving higher than most other coins including Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH). It currently trades at $0.039 increasing at 6.18% in 24 hours at a market cap of $2.6 billion.

A few days ago, Tron (TRX) had a new surge in price which saw it to the $0.04 trading price. This new rate has been retained seeing the digital asset performing higher than most other cryptos.

Looking at the recent happenings that have created a boost in Tron (TRX) performance; it can be easily seen that though the network has recorded few partnerships with other companies, more of what pushes up its performance is the volume of activities on the platform.

A report from Dapp.com states that Tron is the most ambitious project in the Dapp field. In the second quarter of the year, it has been able to launch $2 million projects more than other blockchain protocols in upgrading its Dapp ecosystem.

A review of TRX performance reveals that in a space of four months, the transaction volume increased from less than 130,000 transactions to  2 million transactions.

Investors may still not be so willing to stake much on this digital asset even with every sign of high returns, because the trend in activity can change any time.

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World’s Largest Interdealer Broker to Offer Crypto Derivatives

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Why Bitcoin Is Better Than Other Cryptocurrencies

TP ICAP has entered the crypto market where it is to offer crypto derivatives, hoping to boost its dwindling core business which is in commodity, financial and energy markets. Last year, TP ICAP lost 36% of its market value in the wake of the financial crisis.

It has since salvaged about 10%. TP ICAP is set to be the intermediary between customers wanting to buy and sell Bitcoin futures, Bloomberg reports.

The firm’s new venture will be based in London and will be led by Simon Foster and Duncan Trenholme. This move is however not sudden as it might seem. Roughly a year ago, TP launched a working group tasked with examining the firm’s best approach to cryptocurrency.

Notably, a year later, they announce their approach to crypto to be trading of Bitcoin futures and they envision adding non-deliverable forwards (NDFs) tied to Bitcoin.

This is a sweet spot for the firm as it joins other big players such as Fidelity Investments, JP Morgan, and Intercontinental Exchange to engage in crypto derivatives trade. These firms’ decision to engage in Bitcoin, derivatives trade is unlike their clients’ who prefer to not trade in cryptocurrencies that are still recovering from the infamous yearlong slump.

Bakkt, a much-anticipated crypto trading platform known for its multiple delayed times is set to launch its own physically settled Bitcoin futures trading testing on July 22. Additionally, Nasdaq is set to launch its own crypto futures platform during the course of this year.

“Every institution is on an educational journey,” said Trenholme, who is co-leading TP ICAP’s new venture. “Many are exploring how tokens can legitimately be traded or stored and I’d expect more projects to hit the market over the next year or two.”

TP ICAP is also exploring other digital asset offerings. The firm is thinking about participating in the actual cryptocurrency market. “We want to be close to what’s happening within this nascent asset class because we believe it’s important to invest in the early stages of a growing market,” said Simon Foster.

“TP ICAP also understands that this technology could disrupt or impact other asset classes where we currently operate, so we feel it’s important to be informed.”

This venture will entail cash-settled futures contracts trading on a regulated market which will be managed by CME Group to avoid potential risks of fraud and market manipulation. Their clients will also have to undergo rigorous anti-money laundering and identity checks.

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