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Crypto Week In Review: SEC Delays Bitcoin ETF, Goldman Sachs Enters Market

Although the past week was rather quiet for the cryptocurrency industry, the price action seen throughout the past few days seems to tell a different story, with Bitcoin trading within a hefty $1,400 range.

SEC Shoots Down VanEck ETF Proposal, Issues 45 Day Delay

On Tuesday evening, the SEC discharged an archive uncovering that it would defer its decision of the VanEck and SolidX Bitcoin ETF by 45 days. In a two-page report, the American administrative body featured the way that it was practicing its entitlement to postpone such a choice, from the first date of August sixteenth to September 30th. In spite of the way that the SEC didn’t out and out deny the proposition, some vigilant speculators saw this of an untimely indication of what was to come when the last decision moves about.

Jake Chervinsky, an American legal advisor dynamic in the cryptosphere, discharged a savvy tweet in regards to his feelings on the ETF and its situation with the SEC. Chervinsky, who keeps an ear to the ground in this industry, noticed that he anticipates that for the SEC will issue another expansion until December 29th. In a tweet in a similar string, the attorney anticipated that if the administrative body “organized procedures,” that a dissatisfaction with the proposition would be more than likely.

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Because of wild bearish theory, the market saw a brisk auction, with the cost of Bitcoin rapidly dropping through the key help at $6,800. Altcoins took after firmly behind, posting comparative misfortunes regarding rate. In any case, CNBC crypto investigator Brian Kelly noticed that the market response to this decision was silly, expressing:

“We’ve had this big runup, we’ve had a little bit of a sell-off today. If you are selling today after this decision, its the wrong way to do crypto investing.”

While some investors take Kelly’s statements with a pinch of salt, this statement alludes to the analyst’s longer-term hope for this nascent market.

Goldman Sachs Could Launch Crypto Custody In The Near Future 

Cryptocurrency custody solutions are seen by many as the next step for institutional adoption, with such services easing legacy market firms into this (relatively) foreign industry. As Bloomberg reports, Goldman Sachs, which is unarguably one of the most respected firms on Wall Street, may make a foray into the custody sub-industry. This unexpected news only comes a few months after the New York-based investment giant began the trading of Bitcoin futures on behalf of its clients.

The news of this surprising news comes courtesy of Goldman insiders, who added that there isn’t a definitive timeline for the potential development of such a service. While custody doesn’t sound like much independently, some users hypothesized that the successful launch of custody may entice the financial services firm to launch other crypto-focused ventures in the near future.

In response to a Bloomberg query, a Goldman Sachs spokesperson neither confirmed nor denied the existence of such a plan, stating:

“In response to client interest in various digital products we are exploring how best to serve them in this space. At this point we have not reached a conclusion on the scope of our digital asset offering.”

As covered in the previous Crypto Week In Review, Goldman is not the only traditional markets firm to show interest in custody, as Chicago-based Northern Trust expressed a similar interest for custody while speaking with Bloomberg.

Binance’s CEO Reveals Pre-Alpha Version Of Binance’s Decentralized Exchange

In mid-March, Binance, the world’s foremost cryptocurrency platform, announced the formulation of the Binance Chain project. In the announcement, the platform highlighted its move towards the development of a decentralized exchange. But in the months following Binance Chain launch, the firm went quiet, going multiple months without a substantive update. However, in a recent tweet, Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao provided his followers with a video of the “rough, pre-alpha” version of the Binance Decentralized Exchange (DEX).

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As this is nothing but a “pre-alpha” release, Zhao told his viewers not “to expect too much,” highlighting the fact that no graphical user interface had been created as of yet. Although it may have looked rough around the edges, a Binance developer successfully showed off three features that are essential for any respectable DEX.

While many were quick to cast aside this development, CZ sees this as “a small step for Binance Chain, (but) a big step for Binance.”

From what was seen, it has become apparent that all seems to be working according to Binance’s plan. But until Binance releases a version available for public consumption, it remains to be seen whether the DEX can handle an influx of volume and users.

Robinhood, Bittrex, and Coinbase All Add ETC/USD Support

Whilst the market has had a bearish week, the Ethereum Classic project experienced an influx of bullish news, namely the addition of ETC onto three prominent exchanges. First came Coinbase, who had announced the integration of ETC nearly two months before the actual listing occurred. On Friday, August 3rd, Coinbase revealed that its engineering team had entered the final testing phase for Ethereum Classic, expecting this stage to be completed by August 7th.

Staying on schedule, Coinbase launched Ethereum Classic support for its professional-focused platform on August 7th. But for now, fully-fledged trading features will not be available for all Coinbase customers, as the Californian crypto startup intends to issue a one to two-week trading delay for users of Coinbase Consumer (coinbase.com).

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Up next was Robinhood, the fee-less cryptocurrency platform that mobile traders have come to love, who introduced Ethereum Classic as its 7th supported crypto asset. For now, Robinhood traders will be unable to deposit or withdraw ETC to the platform. But make no mistake, Robinhood employees are doing their best to implement wallet support for this early-stage venture into the cryptocurrency market.

Last but not least, Seattle-based Bittrex announced a new ETC/USD trading pair, which is one of the exchange’s first forays into fiat-to-crypto (and vice-versa) support. ETC now joins Bittrex’s exclusive lineup of fiat-supported cryptocurrencies, which include BTC, ETH, USDT, TUSD, and XRP.

While many saw these listings as a positive sign for ETC, this array of positive developments has had no discernable effect on the price of the asset so far. So for now, it seems that Ethereum Classic proponents will have to take the full brunt of the stormy market conditions.

Market Tumbles To New Year-To-Date Lows, Investors Remain Hopeful 

The cryptocurrency market was already in a bearish state following the Winklevoss ETF denial, but as the most recent SEC announcement spread through the industry on Tuesday, everything began to cascade further downwards, with Bitcoin rapidly moving under $6,800. For a short period of time, some thought that Bitcoin found a place to stand at the $6,500 level, but as sell-side sentiment continued, Bitcoin was subject to a series of movements that placed the price of the asset at a new monthly low of ~$6,050. Despite the fact that many thought that $5,800 was the next stop for the Bitcoin train, for now, the train has been met with some resistance, as the market has found a foothold, albeit ever so small, within the $6,300-$6,400 range.

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While Bitcoin’s chart may look dismal enough, altcoins arguably had it worse, with assets like Ethereum, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, EOS and XRP posting losses of 15% or more. This altcoin sell-off resulted in Bitcoin’s dominance surging to the highest it has been in eight months, at a staggering 50.9% on Saturday night.

This altcoin capitulation has also resulted in the cryptocurrency market establishing a new year-to-date low, with the collective valuation of all crypto assets briefly moving under the $210 billion mark.

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However, in a direct contradiction to this drastic pullback, some industry leaders still hold bullish sentiment. Dan Morehead, Pantera Capital’s CEO and co-founder, called this move downwards an “overreaction” to the aforementioned SEC verdict, implying that the market could pose a recovery shortly. The crypto fund CEO also noted that investors should begin to focus on the positive news, instead of the bearish. While many may be skeptical of what Morehead has to say, as stock investment guru Warren Buffet once said, “be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.”

[Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are not intended as investment advice. 
Market data is provided by BITFINEX. The charts for analysis are provided by 
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