Blocksmatter Daily Crypto Morning – March 15, 2019

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Good Friday morning! 

The cryptocurrency markets are holding steady with an upward bias. The total market cap improved by about USD 1 billion to USD 13.5.5 billion, in the last 24h with a significant jump in the trading volumes to the USD 33 billion range. The market breadth in top 100 was robust with an advance to decline ratio of 72/28. In the top 100, Chain continued it’s golden run with a +39.4% pop and was the best performer. Chain was followed by Digitex Futures (+18.4%) and Qtum (+18.0%). Bitcoin and Ether were marginally up at USD 3,918 and USD 135 respectively while XRP is slightly down at USD 0.3123 in the last 24h.

Estonia-based Nasdaq-powered digital trading platform DX.Exchange is claiming an industry first with its launch of security token trading and security token offering (STO) listings even as the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) revelaled that it will not add a new Bitcoin (BTC) futures market in March.  In blockchain use cases from Europe, Bolsa de Madrid (BME), Spain’s largest stock exchange, said it expects to go live by year-end with a blockchain-based system for certifying collateral pledges after testing the technology while French commercial court clerks plan to use a blockchain-based platform to record changes in companies’ legal status within the country. Amidst widespread use of blockchain technology, the leader IBM continues to invest in the same with the latest adition to its arsenal of blockchain patents with an application for improving the security of permissioned blockchain networks. IBM’s investment in the technology is supported by the fact that there is a rise of enterprise blockchains and organizations are reportedly seeing real efficiencies and cost savings from its use. Over the past year, the U.S. SEC has been quite active in its involvement in the choppy waters of the bourgeoning crypto space. In a recent interview, SEC chair Clayton told Fox Business, “What I’m concerned about at the moment is if it can be reasonably demonstrated that the underlying trading is generally not manipulated, it’s happening on reliable venues with good rules and that custody is something we can feel comfortable about.” Separately, blockchain found another supporter in Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the current Republican Minority Leader in the United States House of Representatives, who said that that blockchain can make the U.S. Congress a more efficient and transparent place.

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