Former Goldman Sachs President Not a ‘Strong Believer’ in Bitcoin; It ‘May Fail’

Gary Cohn, former economic chief to Donald Trump, says Bitcoin may fail, despite the digital asset having more than a decade long history, growing adoption, and increasing value from mere cents to $19,550 today.

On being asked about his views on Bitcoin, which is on a tear, and how the digital asset and cryptocurrency fundamentally transform our economy, Cohn had the typical ‘love blockchain but hate bitcoin’ reply. Former Goldman Sachs President and Chief Operating Officer in an interview with Bloomberg on Tuesday said,

“When we talk about blockchain we come back and talk about the infrastructure, that’s the highways and the pipes that are necessary for bitcoin but they’re necessary for many other applications and I think they’re very useful and I’m very bullish on them.”

As for Bitcoin, he doesn’t have a “strong opinion” on the flagship cryptocurrency, which has a market cap of $360 billion. He said,

“In essence, I’m not a strong believer in bitcoin… it is a developing asset potentially and for all the reasons it’s a strong developing asset class it may fail.”

He further explains that part of an asset class’s integrity to a system is knowing who owns it, why it’s being transferred, and if it is used for legitimate causes or corrupt practices. The 60-year old said,

“The bitcoin system today has no transparency to it, so there are a lot of people that question why would you need a system that does not have an audit trail, does not have integrity.”

According to him, Bitcoin “lacks some of the basic integrities of a real market” because “you don’t know who owns it, you don’t know exactly how much exists today, how much has been mined how much has been lost, how much has been thrown away on hard drives because they don’t exist anymore so it.”

This is the weakest argument ever for starters, he is talking about cash, and second, if Cohn had bothered to get himself acquainted with Bitcoin, he would have known the most extensive network is a transparent one, and that’s why the different government agencies have been able to catch people trying to route their funds in BTC to avoid authorities.

Haters are just going to hate and miss being part of this revolution until it’s too late.

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Author: AnTy

Bitcoin Seeing New ‘Macro Bullish’ HODLers; Traders Call Out Short Term Sell-Off Before New High

Yesterday, we managed to get back above $10,800 before President Donald Trump sent the BTC price tumbling by announcing that he broke off the additional coronavirus relief fund negotiations with the Democrat.

Unsurprisingly, Bitcoin’s drop of 2% was in tandem with the equity market, which fell nearly 1.8%. But interestingly, it was gold that got hit the hardest, about 2.6%.

Markets are still wobbly, despite Trump backtracking, with altcoins continuing to drown in losses.

With notable losers including CREAM (24%), SWRV (20%), YFI (14%), SUSHI (13%), CRV (12%), and Aave (10%) DeFi tokens continue to bleed the most.

Micro Scenario

While the leading digital asset’s price remains subdued, bitcoin realized volatility has hit a three-year low at 20%.

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As we reported, this could result in a bout of volatility. Although network activity calls for bulls, bears can’t be called off altogether as the last time bitcoin realized volatility hit the lowest was right before the crash of November 2018 started.

“Bitcoin 30-day historic volatility has been falling fast and is in the ’20s. In the past, it has hit 20% vol 7 times. 6 times prices exploded higher immediately, and vol hit 80% in a few months. 1 time (Nov 2018) prices fell sharply. Either way, a big move is coming soon,” noted Raoul Pal of Real Vision Group.

Before BTC could jump higher in the near term, many are waiting for the price to take a dip first.

“I remain bearish for the time being. 10k support was tested, but lack of strength is apparent, price action is weak, no volume. breaking last low of $9,882 would likely trigger massive selling across the board. bearish until convinced otherwise by bull strength,” said Trader Crypto Yoda.

And while trader Loomdart is also looking for a downwards move, he doesn’t see BTC breaking the important $10,000 level before hitting the 2019 high of $14,000.

Macro Bullish

Amidst this, the coins on the spot exchanges are dropping, which is even more exaggerated with global exchanges.

According to on-chain analyst Willy Woo, this is “very macro bullish,” because “it’s a sign that new buyers are coming in to scoop coins off the markets and moving them into cold storage HODL, we are seeing new HODLers right now.”

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The analyst also points out how the 2017 bull market was fueled by the first scoop up of the coin at that time, which coincided with Wall Street Journal covering Bitcoin as a legitimate investment vehicle off the back of the Winklevoss ETF news. This time, the latest coins moving off the exchanges coincides with MicroStrategy buying Bitcoin.

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Author: AnTy

Hope for Bitcoin ETF Approval? SEC Chairman Jay Clayton’s Departing Will Be ‘Massive’ for Crypto

On late Friday night, US President Donald Trump said he will nominate the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Jay Clayton to serve as the next United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

“For the past three years, Jay has been an extraordinarily successful SEC Chairman, overseeing efforts to modernize the regulation of the capital markets, protect Main Street investors, enhance American competitiveness, and address challenges ranging from cybersecurity issues to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Attorney General William P. Barr

On Clayton’s nomination.

This appointment will be effective on July 3.

Clayton will be replacing Geoffrey Berman as the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan who said he will not resign from his position and will only step down when a successor is confirmed by the Senate.

Berman oversaw several prosecutions of Trump’s top allies including his personal lawyers.

This may, however, turn out to be a good thing for bitcoin.

“The SEC chair is one of the most important U.S. officials for crypto regulation. Chairman Clayton’s replacement will have a massive impact on the industry (for better or worse). Our chance at ETF approval & clarity on a wide range of issues for years to come hangs in the balance,” said Jake Chervinksy, general counsel at Compound Finance.

Under Clayton, all the Bitcoin ETF application has been rejected on the ground of market manipulation. Just this week, a new proposal from WisdomTree is filed for an exchange-traded fund (ETF) with 5% exposure to bitcoin.

A Bitcoin ETF is expected to protect retail investors from paying a drastic premium to get crypto exposure. Grayscale retail investors are currently paying a 20% premium on BTC and a whopping 750% premium on ETH products.

Moreover, it means investors won’t have to get a wallet or go through a miner. An ETF would broaden the scope of potential Bitcoin investors which could serve as a hedge during volatility in the equity market.

“It would broaden the breadth of investors in BTC. This is important because some investors view Bitcoin as a safe haven when equity markets become volatile and/or move into a bear market environment. A Bitcoin ETF would be an easy and inexpensive way to hedge various market conditions,” Richard Keary, the founder of Global ETF Advisors LLC, told OKEx.

Galaxy Digital CEO Mike Novogratz also shared a hope over a possible Bitcoin ETF approval in the future if we get a crypto-friendly chairman or chairwoman.

There is even a possibility that SEC commissioner Hester Peirce aka ‘Crypto Mom’ may also move up the ranks to fill the position. The moniker ‘Crypto Mom’ came after she dissented on the SEC’s decision to reject a Bitcoin ETF application.

Just this month, Peirce was tapped for a second term that will last through 2025. She has been one of the most prominent crypto advocates who proposed a safe harbor for crypto startups looking to issue tokens.

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Author: AnTy

Bitcoin Is ‘Trading’ Like a Risk-On Asset But Gold’s Also Feeling the Selling Pressure

  • Bitcoin, oil, overseas equities, Treasury yields plunging
  • US President Donald Trump promises fell short of what investors were hoping
  • Gold also feeling the pinch from the fall in financial markets

Bitcoin started the day at a deeply red note, tanking to $5,713, a level last seen in May 2019. Overall the crypto market lost more than $50 billion, as altcoins followed bitcoin down.

The rout deepened on Thursday for the stock market as well as S&P 500 opened the market at 6.6% losses and the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 1,700 points.

CME Group meanwhile is closing its Chicago trading floor on Friday “at the close of business,” as a precaution due to the coronavirus.

Coronavirus also led the National Basketball Association to suspend its season indefinitely after Utah Jazz players tested positive for the new virus. Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson also tested positive for the coronavirus.

Investors’ expectations not met

From bitcoin, oil, overseas equities to Treasury yields everything plunged today after the World Health Organization declared Coronavirus a “pandemic”. Coronavirus (Covid-19) has infected 126,000 people globally while the US death toll was at 38 early Thursday with over 1,310 confirmed cases.

On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump restricted travel from Europe to the US for 30 days starting Friday. Trump pledged to provide financial aid and promised liquidity and capital but offered few details.

“Donald Trump’s public address fell short of what investors were hoping for,” said Ipek Ozkardeskaya, senior analyst at Swissquote Bank.

Today, European Central Bank decided not to cut interest rates despite the market expectations for a 10 basis point cut to stimulate the euro economy amid fears that a recession is about to hit the region. Both the Bank of England and the Federal Reserve cut rates over the last week.

Though the rates weren’t cut, the central bank did expand its asset purchase program by 120 billion euros ($135 billion) and announced measures to support bank lending.

Investors looking to de-risk

Gold, on the other hand, rose on worries about the economic impact of the coronavirus. Spot gold rose 0.5% to $1,642.46 per ounce, but down from the 7-year high $1,702 hit on Monday.

However, on the flip side, traders are selling gold to fund margin calls which are capping the yellow metal’s gains. Vandana Bharti, assistant vice-president of commodity research at SMC Comtrade said,

“Gold is now feeling the pinch from the fall in financial markets and travel ban. So, investors will keep money out of the markets for some time or book profits from the high levels, because of which we’ve seen some selling pressure in gold.”

Bitcoin meanwhile continues to follow the stock market which indicates the cryptocurrency is a risk-on asset.

“Bitcoin is trading like a risk-on asset. Not a safe haven, but the exact opposite,” said economist and trader Alex Kruger. However, the trader explained that the flagship cryptocurrency is trading like a risk-on asset and not being one as “investors are now looking to de-risk.”

However, Gabor Gurbacs, a digital asset strategist at VanEck maintains that both bitcoin and bullion are “safe-haven competitors against negative yielding government debt.”

The recently turned negative-yielding government bonds are relatively new, and “the next decade may redefine fundamental investment axioms about safe-haven assets.”

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Author: AnTy

Will Trump’s Stimulus Package Include BTC Investments As Part Of The Tax-Incentives?

One of the senior officials for President Donald Trump came with the proposal of a new economic package that stimulates people to make tax-free investments, Bitcoin (BTC) included.

It seems that the President’s administration is seriously taking new tax incentives into consideration, incentives meant to give the stock market a boost by allowing Americans to buy shares, stocks and cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin.

Tax-Free Household Income for Employees

According to what a number of sources have told on Friday to CNBC, the new proposal wants to make a part of the household income tax-free so that people invest outside a traditional 401 (k) plan that allows employees to divert a sum from their salary towards long-term investments. Larry Kudlow, President Trump’s senior adviser and the National Economic Council director, said the approach is focused on developing tax-free savings accounts, so the capital gains wouldn’t be taxed.

The Tax-Free Proposal Would Benefit Crypto Investors

Many who have invested in cryptocurrencies have been worried about tax liability, so the investment plan that wants to make a part of the income tax-free would greatly help them. As what sources told CNBC, in a household that gets $200,000 as income per year, $10,000 would be invested in the tax-free scheme. The proposals to cut taxes are to be formally announced in September and regarded as a way for President Trump to stand out from the crowd, especially when compared with his Democratic rivals.

Americans Are Investing in the Stock Market More than Ever

The White House has these policies through which it wants to accelerate the rise of the owning stocks trend. Last year, 55% of all Americans, which is a record percentage and the greatest number since the Great Depression, were playing the stock market. However, since the US House of Representatives is currently in the Democrats’ hands, the Trump administration’s tax legislation is very likely not to pass, at least not in the near future.

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Author: Oana Ularu

Bakkt CEO Expected to Be Appointed to Senate, But President Donald Trump Isn’t Too Happy

  • Bakkt is a platform developed by the Intercontinental Exchange.
  • President Donald Trump is wants to appoint U.S. Representative Doug Collins instead.

Kelly Loeffler is the CEO of Bakkt, the institutional Bitcoin futures platform launched by the Intercontinental Exchange. As Georgia Governor Brian Kemp aims to appeal to Republican women, reports indicate that he is expected to appoint Loeffler to a seat in the Senate next week. If she is nominated, Loeffler will make history for the state, becoming only the second woman in Georgia to ever serve with the US Senate. Local news outlet AJC reported on November 29th that it is even possible for Loeffler to finance GOP activities with her own funds alone, which could mean that some fundraising records will be broken.

Working to get the Republican vote in her favor, Loeffler expressed that strengthening the border is a goal of hers, as well as shutting down the trafficking of humans and drugs. Loeffler wants to see healthcare costs lowered for the public, and she has shown the desire to protect the national interests of citizens. In her own statement, Loeffler added,

“If chosen, I will stand with President Trump, Senator David Perdue, and you to Keep America Great.”

Presently, the seat that Loeffler would occupy is possessed by Johnny Isakson, who is facing health problems that are forcing him to step down. Officials from the Republican Party, though unnamed, stated that a public announcement on Loeffler’s appointment is expected from Brian Kemp at an upcoming press conference, planned for next week.

Despite Kemp’s apparent intentions, Trump and other party leaders reportedly are set on appointing U.S. Representative Doug Collins, rather the Loeffler. Collins has strongly supported Trump, as well as anti-abortion efforts and gun rights, which have been many of the deciding factors for Republican leaders getting behind the representative.

Loeffler, as the president and many loyal followers, see her, is too moderate. Though Kemp recently met with both Loeffler and the president last week for approval, he was unsuccessful in his efforts.

Even with this setback, Bakkt recently set a new record for daily volume of their Bitcoin futures contracts at $42.5 million on November 28th.

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Author: Krystle M

Former Fed Nominee for President Trump to Launch Frax Stablecoin Not Pegged to USD

The former pick of President Donald Trump for the Federal Reserve (Fed), Stephen Moore, has recently affirmed that he will issue a new stablecoin, which is set to be backed by a fractional reserve.

Moore is set to partner with Ralph Benko, a former deputy general counsel from the Reagan era, and with Sam Kazemian, the founder of Everipedia. Together, these three will launch the new stablecon, which will be named Frax.

The announcement revealed that Moore will serve as the new Chief Economic Officer behind the product and that Kazemian will work as the other co-founder in this initiative.

According to Moore, private currencies such as the one he is creating will soon be an important competition with central banks. This, he believes, will end the government’s monopoly of currencies and money, which will diminish the power of central bankers.

He believes that a global stablecoin will be important because there are several countries living in hyperinflation today and there is the need for a global currency that can have a stable value and protect them from these acute shifts in the economy.

It was also revealed that the new cryptocurrency will not be backed 1:1 with the dollar (USD). Instead, the reserves of the stablecoin will be loaned to generate interest on the money that the stablecoin provider has. This, the creators affirm, will ensure that prices will always stay close to one dollar.

Before joining with the others to launch Frax, Moore was a campaign adviser to Donald Trump. Benko was nearer to the blockchain world as he worked with the Chamber of Digital Commerce before, known as a pro-crypto advocacy entity.

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Author: Gabriel Machado

If e-Cigarettes Can Be Banned In The US, Crypto Traders Wonder If Bitcoin May Be Next

Could Bitcoin be banned from the United States? After U. S. President Donald Trump has banned flavored e-cigarettes from the country overnight, many people in the crypto world are wondering whether Bitcoin will be the next target.

Within a month, all e-cigarettes will have to be taken off of the U. S. market. The decision was made because of health concerns that they may be harming young people. Manufacturers will only be able to sell them again after extensive tests.

What does this have to do with the crypto market? Nothing directly, but Tom Lee from Fundstrat Global Advisors has recently shown his concern that markets can be simply wiped out by the government overnight.

He affirmed that the White House could ban Bitcoin and that “nothing is out of bounds”. He also argued that the ban would be very dependent on price. At the moment, there is no reason to ban the asset, but if prices went above $100,000 USD, around ten times higher than they are right now, the government could forbid citizens from using it.

Could a ban actually happen? Yes. The truth, though, is that this a very complex subject. India and China have banned BTC, but a lot of people still use it there, they are just doing it illegally.

You cannot really impose this kind of sanction on people because BTC is decentralized and people do not need the permission of the government for using it. They could be arrested or fined, though, or even have their BTC confiscated in some cases in which this was possible, so the ban could certainly hurt the industry.

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Author: Hank Klinger

Pro-Crypto SEC Commissioner Urges Regulators to Take a “Forward-Leaning” View on Crypto Matters

Pro-Crypto SEC Commissioner Urges Regulators to Take a “Forward-Leaning” View on Crypto Matters

With the crypto market gradually developing, one might have wondered why President Donald Trump has been keeping his opinions concealed regarding said matters.

Not too long ago, the president along with Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin both shared their distaste for digital assets, where the latter stressed the actuality of “very, very strong” regulations.

As a result, US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)’s commissioner, Hester M. Peirce, shared her viewpoint, which as reported by News BTC, seems to be filled with concern with respect to the possible setback it creates for the powerful country. Peirce was referenced saying that her greatest concern for U.S. is that the country,

“will fall behind other countries in attracting crypto-related businesses unless we are more forward-leaning in establishing a regulatory regime with discernible parameters.”

Given the large number of regulators, how things will turn out for cryptocurrencies remains a mystery, as Peirce notes this as being the peculiarity of the American system.

Interestingly, Ripple’s Brad Garlinghouse seems to have tweeted in regard to this matter as well, as he highlighted the fact that “not all crypto is the same.”

This appears to have been addressed in a letter to the U.S Congress to look closely at each project on a case-by-case manner, rather than generalizing the entirety of the market. Here’s an extract from the letter:

“In our view, digital currencies have the opportunity to complement existing currencies like the U.S dollar – not replace them. Without a doubt, blockchain and digital currencies will engender greater financial inclusion and economic growth not unlike the internet’s historic impact […] We urge you to support regulation that does not disadvantage U.S companies using these technologies to innovate responsibly, and classified currencies in a way that recognizes fundamental differences.”

[Author Alert] The author’s opinions above are solely based on their own self-conducted research. Assume any and all authors are using, holding, trading and/or buying cryptoassets mentioned as a portion of his or her financial portfolio. Use information at your own risk, do you own research, never invest more than you are willing to lose.

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Author: Nirmala Velupillai