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Survey: Half of Millennial Investors Trust Crypto Exchanges More Than Stock Exchanges

A new survey from investment platform eToro has revealed that 43 percent of millennial traders trust traditional stock exchanges less than crypto exchanges.

Nearly half of millennial traders have more trust in digital currency exchanges than in United States (U.S.) stock market exchanges. Data regarding millennial investment attitudes was collected in a new study from investment platform eToro and published on Feb. 19.

Per the report, 43 percent of the surveyed millenial online traders demonstrate less trust in the traditional stock market, while having more faith in cryptocurrency exchanges. 93 percent of millennial cryptocurrency traders reportedly said that they would invest more in digital currency if traditional financial institutions proposed such an option. At the same time, 71 percent of millennials that do not trade cryptocurrency said that they would begin if it were offered by conventional institutions.

Managing Director of eToro U.S., Guy Hirsch, said that the market is now witnessing a generation shift in trust from traditional stock exchanges to digital currency ones. “Immutability is native to blockchains and that makes real-time audit to be sensible and cost-effective and that is why millennials and Gen X perceive crypto exchanges as less likely to be subject to manipulation and less likely to be a place where bad actors get rewarded with taxpayer money,” Hirsch explained.

45 percent of the respondents expressed interest in allocating cryptocurrency in their 401(k) retirement savings plans, and 74 percent of digital currency traders would like to receive that option from their 401(k) plan providers.

The research was conducted by market research and strategy firm Provoke Insights on behalf of eToro in September 2018. Throughout the course of the study, the company surveyed 1,000 online investors from ages 20 to 65. The company notes that the margin of error is around 3 percent.

Research published last November revealed that cryptocurrency investing is most popular among millennials earning from $75,000 to $99,999 annually. The survey collected responses from over 1,000 Americans between ages 18 and 80. Almost 40 percent of respondents cited peer influence as a main reason for investing in crypto, and over 35 percent have reportedly been lured into the crypto market by the “Fear of Missing Out.”

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Non-custodial crypto exchange Leverj launches to mainnet

Today, the team behind Leverj, a high-speed non-custodial crypto exchange, announced the successful launch to the Ethereum mainnet. The Leverj application features the Gluon Plasma sidechain designed especially for trading. Blockchain Labs has completed the audit of Gluon Plasma contracts and all issues…

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Emaar Properties Allows Clients to Make Purchases Using Bitcoin and Ethereum

Emaar Properties, the world’s biggest property company outside China, is now accepting payments in virtual currencies. According to a recent article released by Micky, users can now purchase […]

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Countdown Restarts Tomorrow for SEC Decision on CBOE-VanEck Bitcoin ETF

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) may make an initial decision on not one, but two different bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETFs) proposals by April 5.

A bitcoin ETF proposal submitted (for a second time) by VanEck, SolidX and the Cboe BZX Exchange is expected to be formally published in the Federal Register Wednesday, kicking off the initial 45-day clock for approval, rejection or extension. The proposal was first posted on the SEC’s website on Feb. 13.

Once the proposal is officially published, the general public will have three weeks from Feb. 20 (meaning until March 13) to file their initial responses to it. Then the SEC will have another three weeks, until April 5, to make a decision or give itself an extension.

At the moment, the proposal appears in the Public Inspection section of the Federal Register website, meaning it has not yet been officially published. As the current page notes, “only official editions of the Federal Register provide legal notice to the public and judicial notice to the courts,” while the most recent version of the proposal itself says that it is scheduled to be published Wednesday.

The VanEck/SolidX proposal will join one filed by Bitwise Investment Management and NYSE Arca, which was published in the Federal Register on Feb. 15, meaning the SEC has until the beginning of April to decide on it or postpone the decision.

The Bitwise/NYSE Arca proposal was previously filed last year, and was widely expected to be the first proposal to be approved by the U.S. securities regulator. However, this proposal was withdrawn during the longest U.S. government shutdown in history and re-filed at the end of January.

If approved, an ETF could potentially bring new liquidity into a bitcoin market that is starting to show signs of recovery. However, it’s important to remember that the SEC can give itself up to three extensions on any rule change proposal, meaning it could still be months before a final decision is reached on either ETF.

Early feedback

While the formal comment period has not officially opened yet, the VanEck/SolidX proposal is already receiving feedback.

The filing’s first response, listed as from Sam Ahn at Hana Trading, asks how the companies are defining bitcoin’s intrinsic value. The question of intrinsic value is important for investors who may consider buying into the ETF, Ahn explains.

Ahn’s response links to seven previous responses on different ETF proposals, all of which also question bitcoin’s intrinsic value.

Gabor Gurbacs, VanEck’s digital asset strategy lead, declined to comment on this response.

Gabor Gurbacs image via CoinDesk archives

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Bitcoin Price Skyrockets, But BTC Faces Growing Resistance Around $4,000

Bitcoin has been able to maintain its upwards momentum that it incurred a few days ago and BTC has now pushed up to $4,000. This upwards price move has been fueled by a surge in trading volume, but one analyst is now importantly noting that trading volume over high-time-frames must improve in order for an upwards price move to be sustained long-term.

Other analysts are also importantly noting that Bitcoin is now beginning to establish $4,000 as a level of resistance, which could prove to be a critical level that must be broken through in order for further gains to ensue.

Bitcoin (BTC) Continues Climbing, But Faces Resistance at $4,000

At the time of writing, Bitcoin is trading up nearly 3% at its current price of $3,985. Bitcoin began its recent push on February 17th, when its price dipped to $3,600 before surging to its current price levels.

Following this move, BTC traded sideways for less than a day before continuing to climb until it hit approximately $4,000, which has proven to be a level of resistance.

Lucid TA, a popular cryptocurrency analyst, spoke about this resistance level in a recent tweet, noting that he believes BTC will rest around its current price levels before continuing climb.

“$BTC is hitting the first significant resistance since the breakout, I think we’re likely to rest a little while here.”

Hsaka, another popular analyst, shared a similar sentiment in a recent tweet, telling his followers that he will begin looking to short Bitcoin when its price reaches the low-$4,000 region.

“$BTC Not looking to short until the demarcated zone. Meanwhile, here’s an alternate way to find confluence with your S/R levels. Divide up a range/swing into quarters.”

Because Bitcoin and the entire cryptocurrency markets are fresh off of a large price surge, it is likely that they will range sideways, or drop slightly, before garnering enough buying pressure to propel them higher.

Analyst: Bitcoin Trading Volume Must Increase in Order for Price to Surge Higher

One notable feature of this latest BTC price surge is that its 24-hour trading volume has climbed significantly, surging from weekly lows of under $6 billion to its current levels of roughly $10.5 billion.

Josh Rager – another popular analyst – explained that over a longer time frame, Bitcoin’s trading volume is down significantly and an inability to continue increasing may lead BTC’s price back down to its support levels in the low-$3,000 region.

“$BTC Chart: Bitcoin currently at resistance level with a break and close above $4100 is bullish… But… Volume continues to decrease on high time frames: the decreasing volume w/ rising price = bearish. If the volume doesn’t pick up, I foresee $BTC price dropping back to support,” he explained.

As Bitcoin begins picking up steam and recovering much of its recent losses, analysts will likely gain further insight into whether or not this is a sustained movement, or if a drop back to its strong support level of $3,000 is inevitable.

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