Blocksmatter Daily Crypto Morning March 13, 2019

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Good morning! 

The crypto markets are in the green today with majority of the top 100 cryptocurrencies recording average gains between 2-4% in the last 24h. The total market cap improved +1.9% and is hovering between USD 133-134 billion over the last 24h while trading volume came in a USD 30 billion range. The market breadth in top 100 was robust with an advance to decline ratio of 91/9. In the top 100, Chain continues to shine with a +59.4% pop as it went on to an exchange listing spree. After listing on Bittrex, the project announced that Indodax would start offering CRO-enabled trading pairs on its platform from March 14. Chain was followed by Maximine Coin (+32.0%) and Zcoin (+29.7%). Bitcoin and Ether gained +1.0% each to USD 3,908 and USD 133 respectively while XRP improved marginally to USD 0.3099 in the last 24h. A Swiss investor and a former crypto skeptic, Marc Faber, who predicted the 1987 stock market crash and the Great Recession just bought his first Bitcoin and told that he now finds the price of BTC attractive after its fall from nearly USD 20,000. He believes Bitcoin could become an effective global currency, but warns people should only invest what they can afford to lose.

After the launch of crypto custodial services by Fidelity, IBM has entered into the cryptocurrency custody space with Shuttle Holdings, a New York investment firm, which will launch the beta version of a custody solution for digital assets built on IBM’s private cloud and encryption technologies for potential users while Opera is getting ready to launch a new Opera Тouch web browser with built-in crypto storage which iPhone users can soon try to store digital money. Furthermore, the Thailand Securities and Exchange Commission has reportedly authorized the first ICO portal that allows to screen ICOs, perform due diligence, confirm smart contract source codes and conduct KYC procedures while the Central Bank of Russia wants to set an annual limit for so-called “unqualified investors” that want to purchase digital assets with amendmend of the “On Digital Financial Assets” Crypto bill that recently passed its second reading at Russia’s parliament. German’s Free Democratic Party (FDP) has argued that regulators and lawmakers have thus far failed to create a workable legal framework that would provide legal certainty for applications of blockchain technology whereas US SEC Chairman Jay Clayton confirmed that cryptocurrencies like Ethereum and other tokens of similar characteristics did not fall within the securities category under SEC standards in an official response to US House Reprensetative Ted Budd, who requested a formal pronouncement from the commission asking to clarify certain positions regarding cryptocurrencies.

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