All Cryptos See Major Losses as Market Hit by Distinctly Unfestive Correction

Friday, Dec. 25 — crypto markets are lacking in Christmas cheer, with many major crypto assets hit with double-digit losses. Virtually all of the top 100 coins by market cap are in the red, as data from Coin360 shows.

Market visualization by Coin360

Largest cryptocurrency Bitcoin (BTC) has plummeted over 9 percent on the day, and is trading at $3,812 as of press time, according to Cointelegraph’s Bitcoin Price Index. After bullish growth yesterday, Christmas eve, to break over $4,236, the top coin has been trading as low as $3,755 in the trading hours before press time — an around $500 drop.

Over these past seven days, Bitcoin’s trading pattern has been characterized by high volatility — veering between reclaiming the $4,000 price point and beyond, to dipping back down towards the $3,700–$3,800 range.

While the coin is still a strong 17.2 percent higher than its value at the start of its weekly chart, on the month, Bitcoin is down by around 12 percent.

Bitcoin 7-day price chart. Source: Cointelegraph’s Bitcoin Price Index

Second-largest crypto by market cap Ripple (XRP) has fared even worse, shedding a stark 15 percent over the 24 hours before press time, according to Cointelegraph’s Ripple Price Index. The asset is currently trading at $0.38 — following an intraweek peak at $0.45 yesterday. On its weekly chart, Ripple is nonetheless a strong 31.5 percent in the green, with monthly losses at a mild 7 percent.

Ripple 7-day price chart. Source: Cointelegraph’s Ripple Price Index

Ethereum (ETH) — ranked third by market cap — has lost over 18 percent on the day and is trading at $127 to press time. During yesterday’s mini-rally, Ethereum had broken above $150 — its highest price point in around five weeks.

Ethereum is a bullish 51.5 percent in the green on its weekly chart, and it has inched into green on the month, up by around 5 percent.

Yesterday’s price hike in the context of Ethereum’s 3-month price chart. Source: Cointelegraph’s Ethereum Price Index

Fourth-largest cryptocurrency Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is down around 20.7 percent and is trading at $164 as of press time. Having seen astonishing volatility as of late, the coin is around 113 percent up on its weekly chart — and down by around 27 percent on the month.

Newly-forked Bitcoin SV (BSV), currently ranked ninth largest cryptocurrency, is down around 15 percent at $93, according to CoinMarketCap data.

Including BTC, XRP, ETH and BCH, sixteen of the top twenty coins on CoinMarketCap are down by between 10 and 19 percent on the day. Stark losses have hit cryptos such as Litecoin (LTC) — down almost 12 percent at $31.09 — IOTA (MIOTA) — down 14 percent at $0.33 —  and Cardano (ADA), down 16 percent at $0.04.

Dash (DASH) is down by around 16 percent at $82; Ethereum Classic (ETC) is down around 13 percent at $4.72. Privacy-focused altcoins Monero (XMR) and ZCash (ZEC) are down 10.8 and 12 percent, at $50.5 and $61.57 at press time.

Total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies is at $128.8 billion as of press time — having hit over $147.8 billion yesterday. It nonetheless remains up from a low of $114.2 billion at the start of the 7-day chart on Dec. 18.

7-day chart of total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies from CoinMarketCap

Earlier today, news broke that Japanese internet giant GMO Internet Group is quitting the Bitcoin mining hardware sector, after reporting an “extraordinary loss” in Q4 this year, amid the unrelenting crypto bear market.

On a more positive note for adoption, blockchain protocol TRON (TRX) passed one million user accounts this week, even as the token has not been spared today’s blisteringly red markets.

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Investment Startup Bitwise Proposes ETF for Top 10 Cryptos

Crypto investment startup Bitwise is seeking regulators’ permission to offer an exchange-traded fund (ETF) tied to the top 10 cryptocurrencies.

The Bitwise HOLD 10 Cryptocurrency Index Fund ETF would track the returns on the startup’s HOLD 10 Index. That index is the basis for a passive investment fund which itself invests in the top 10 cryptocurrencies by market capitalization. This fund “captures approximately 80 [percent] of the total market capitalization of the cryptocurrency market,” the company said Tuesday.

According to a press release, the ETF proposal addresses issues surrounding supply, liquidity, trade volume and custody, which are areas the SEC has expressed concern about in the past.

The proposal, filed with the SEC, differs from other ETF applications under the agency’s review in that it lists multiple cryptocurrencies as part of the fund, and not just bitcoin.

The news comes just hours after the regulator announced it was postponing a decision on five other proposed ETFs. Those funds were proposed by Direxion Investments, which has withdrawn similar proposals in the past at the SEC’s direction.

At the same time, there is an effort to encourage the SEC to approve another ETF proposal, offered by VanEck and SolidX. The SEC is taking comments on this proposal, and may offer a decision as soon as next month if it does not choose to delay it as well.

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PR: Vaultbank to Bring Free Stock Trading with Margin, Top 20 Cryptos, 120+ Fiat Currencies

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SAN FRANCISCO — Vaultbank announces the addition of free stock trading to its October Launch. This is in addition to crypto trading and issuance of security tokens. With all of these services on one platform, users will have a single platform solution to invest globally, trade digitally, and cash out locally.

The Vaultbank Platform is currently in beta testing. A tiered global rollout is scheduled to begin in October 2018. Prospective users are invited to join the waitlist on Vaultbank’s homepage at vaultbank.io.

Through this newly formed partnership, Vaultbank has built a solution for Retail and Hedge Fund investors allowing them to trade U.S. equity securities (NYSE, Nasdaq, OTC) that are priced greater than $1.00 per share. These customers will have the ability to trade on margin and access real-time market data, as well as the ability to short.

This partnership allows Vaultbank to utilize its existing broker dealer for equities trading. Vaultbank is in the process of obtaining its own licenses and approvals for the creation, sale, and trading of tokenized securities in addition to dozens of utility tokens.

Aaron Travis, COO of Vaultbank, shares: “The addition of traditional equity securities on our platform enables our customers to utilize a single platform solution for all of their investing needs. Whereas they would previously use 3-4 other platforms, the Vaultbank Platform will allow individuals from 120+ countries to fund their account with their native fiat, trade an array of digital assets, and cash out to their mobile wallet or bank account. This development is in line with our goal of being a leader in the convergence of traditional finance with the digital asset space through the use of blockchain technology.”

ABOUT VAULTBANK

Vaultbank
Vaultbank is a FinTech company innovating the convergence of two worlds – traditional investments and digital assets. Vaultbank utilizes blockchain technology to create, issue and trade financial instruments through a single platform. By providing the next generation suite of financial services, Vaultbank will allow for the buying, selling, and spending of cryptocurrencies, tokenized securities, and traditional equities on web-based and mobile platforms.

For more information visit: https://vaultbank.io

The Vaultbank Platform
The Vaultbank Platform intends to be one of the first platforms to compliantly facilitate the global trading of both utility and security tokens. Vaultbank has been working with regulatory agencies and other governmental bodies to acquire necessary licenses and comply with strict KYC/AML, FATCA and accreditation requirements in jurisdictions all over the world.

The VB Token
Vaultbank intends to generate profits and distribute dividends to VB Token holders. The VB Tokens represent partial ownership stakes in Vaultbank and its VB Fund and are backed by non-voting shares of Vaultbank held in equitable trust.

The Vaultbank Board of Directors
The Vaultbank Board of Directors includes former BlackRock CIO Ken Kroner, Chairman of the Board Austin Trombley, former Third Point Capital Partner Keri Findley, former MasterCard Head of Digital Commerce (MEA) Aaron Oliver, and Gyft co-founder CJ MacDonald.

MEDIA CONTACT: John Nahas – john.nahas@vaultbank.io – +1-818-438-9707

Disclaimer: Vaultbank refers to a group of companies that includes Vaultbanc Ltd., a Singapore public company limited by shares, and certain of its affiliates. This press release is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities in the United States or elsewhere. Some of the statements in this press release may constitute “forward-looking statements” as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts. These statements include those relating to our expectations, estimates and intentions regarding our business and our industry, and are generally identified by the words “expects,” “intends,” “anticipates,” believes,” “plans,” “will be” and similar expressions. Readers are cautioned that forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and generally beyond our control. Other than as required by law, Vaultbank does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. Vaultbank is not a bank as defined under the Banking Act of 1933 or any other applicable law in the United States, Singapore or elsewhere.

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The Daily: TCAP Explores Market, Tutanota Accepts Cryptos, Huobi Launches Cloud

The Daily

In today’s edition of Bitcoin in Brief we cover stories about one of the largest inter-dealer brokers in the world exploring the cryptocurrency market, a privacy-focused email service that now accepts several cryptos, a new white label exchange offering and a cloud mining service that abruptly ended BTC contracts.

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TCAP Explores Market

TP Icap plc (LSE:TCAP), one of the largest connectors between banks’ traders in the financial, energy and commodities markets, has reportedly set up a ‘working group’ earlier this year to explore how it should approach cryptocurrencies. The crypto working group includes some of TP Icap’s most senior executives and was established under former CEO John Phizackerley, according to “people with knowledge of the matter” cited by Financial News London. This could be another indication that mega banks are looking to enter the crypto dealing market and that the networks that serve them are preparing for that day. Last week it was reported that Blackrock, the world’s largest asset manager, is probing the crypto market with a similar working group.

Hashflare Stops BTC Cloud Mining

The Daily: TCAP Explores Market, Tutanota Accepts Cryptos, Huobi Launches CloudHashflare, a cloud mining service which has been operating for a few years already, has announced it stopped its active SHA-256 contracts due to continued BTC mining unprofitability. The company explained in a Facebook post that: “For over a month our users encountered a situation when the payouts were lower than the maintenance fees, resulting in zero accruals to the balance. As of 18.07.2018, the payouts were lower than maintenance for 28 consecutive days.”

The team seem to think they can recover from this, writing “We expect that the cryptocurrency market situation will stabilize in the nearest future and we will be able to offer our users new advantageous solutions.” However, the reputation of Hashflare might be too tarnished for that, as many clients are complaining that the company offers no refund for their money invested in the contracts nor an alternative mining option to divert their resources to. People are also suspicious that the company has added KYC/AML requirements right before this announcement, preventing those who wish to remain anonymous from withdrawing their funds.

Tutanota Now Accepts Several Cryptocurrencies

Tutanota, an open-source end-to-end encrypted email with over 2 million users, has announced that the service has started integrating cryptocurrency support. As a first step, users can now donate to Tutanota with BTC, BCH, ETH and XMR. The developers are now also testing how easily they can automate the processing of crypto payments in order to add an option to pay with cryptocurrencies. “We at Tutanota have always been in support for cryptocurrencies because we welcome the idea of a decentralized payment method that works independent of centralized payment processors such as banks or credit card institutions”, the team stated. “We very much welcome the idea of an anonymous payment option as well. With Tutanota we want to provide an anonymous email service for journalists, whistleblowers and human rights activists who need the extra protection they get from the built-in encryption of Tutanota.”

Huobi Launches White Label Exchange Service

The Daily: TCAP Explores Market, Tutanota Accepts Cryptos, Huobi Launches CloudDid you ever want to launch your own crypto exchange but didn’t have the technical capabilities to set it up? Now you have a new option. Huobi, the Singapore-headquartered trading venue, has launched a new service for companies that wish to offer a white label exchange of their own. Called Huobi Cloud, the business will rely on Huobi’s existing platforms, providing services for setting up OTC exchanges and currency exchanges with little to no IT capability requirement. The company explains that clients can share the order integration system, wallet system, asset management and clearing system of the Huobi Global platform, connecting to its depth, liquidity, and market data.

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Vaultbank to Bring Free Stock Trading with Margin, Top 20 Cryptos, 120+ Fiat Currencies


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SAN FRANCISCO — JULY 19, 2018  Vaultbank announces the addition of free stock trading to its October Launch.  This is in addition to crypto trading and issuance of security tokens. With all of these services on one platform, users will have a single platform solution to invest globally, trade digitally, and cash out locally.

The Vaultbank Platform is currently in beta testing. A tiered global rollout is scheduled to begin in October 2018. Prospective users are invited to join the waitlist on Vaultbank’s homepage at vaultbank.io.

Through this newly formed partnership, Vaultbank has built a solution for Retail and Hedge Fund investors allowing them to trade U.S. equity securities (NYSE, Nasdaq, OTC) that are priced greater than $1.00 per share. These customers will have the ability to trade on margin and access real-time market data, as well as the ability to short.

This partnership allows Vaultbank to utilize its existing broker-dealer for equities trading. Vaultbank is in the process of obtaining its own licenses and approvals for the creation, sale, and trading of tokenized securities in addition to dozens of utility tokens.

Aaron Travis, COO of Vaultbank, shares: “The addition of traditional equity securities on our platform enables our customers to utilize a single platform solution for all of their investing needs. Whereas they would previously use 3-4 other platforms, the Vaultbank Platform will allow individuals from 120+ countries to fund their account with their native fiat, trade an array of digital assets, and cash out to their mobile wallet or bank account. This development is in line with our goal of being a leader in the convergence of traditional finance with the digital asset space through the use of blockchain technology.”

ABOUT VAULTBANK

Vaultbank is a FinTech company innovating the convergence of two worlds – traditional investments and digital assets. Vaultbank utilizes blockchain technology to create, issue and trade financial instruments through a single platform. By providing the next generation suite of financial services, Vaultbank will allow for the buying, selling, and spending of cryptocurrencies tokenized securities and traditional equities on web-based and mobile platforms.

For more information visit: https://vaultbank.io

The Vaultbank Platform

The Vaultbank Platform intends to be one of the first platforms to compliantly facilitate the global trading of both utility and security tokens. Vaultbank has been working with regulatory agencies and other governmental bodies to acquire necessary licenses and comply with strict KYC/AML, FATCA and accreditation requirements in jurisdictions all over the world.

The VB Token

Vaultbank intends to generate profits and distribute dividends to VB Token holders. The VB Tokens represent partial ownership stakes in Vaultbank and its VB Fund and are backed by non-voting shares of Vaultbank held in equitable trust.

The Vaultbank Board of Directors

The Vaultbank Board of Directors includes former BlackRock CIO Ken Kroner, Chairman of the Board Austin Trombley, former Third Point Capital Partner Keri Findley, former MasterCard Head of Digital Commerce (MEA) Aaron Oliver, and Gyft co-founder CJ MacDonald.

MEDIA CONTACT: John Nahas –  [email protected] – +1-818-438-9707

Disclaimer:  Vaultbank refers to a group of companies that includes Vaultbanc Ltd., a Singapore public company limited by shares, and certain of its affiliates. This press release is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities in the United States or elsewhere. Some of the statements in this press release may constitute “forward-looking statements” as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended.  Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts. These statements include those relating to our expectations, estimates and intentions regarding our business and our industry, and are generally identified by the words “expects,” “intends,” “anticipates,” believes,” “plans,” “will be” and similar expressions.  Readers are cautioned that forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and generally beyond our control. Other than as required by law, Vaultbank does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. Vaultbank is not a bank as defined under the Banking Act of 1933 or any other applicable law in the United States, Singapore or elsewhere.

 

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