In today’s Bitcoin news, we have a big headline coming from Bloomberg’s Matthew Leising and Alastair Marsh in which the new custody service for Bitcoin is announced. According to the press at Bloomberg that cites Fidelity’s decision from an official statement:
“Fidelity Investments is targeting a March launch date for its Bitcoin custody service, according to three people with knowledge of the matter, as the mutual-fund giant moves forward with a plan that could help ease fears of trading cryptocurrencies.”
The company also announced that they are serving a select set of eligible clients as they continue to build their initial solutions:
“We are currently serving a select set of eligible clients as we continue to build our initial solutions. Over the next several months, we will thoroughly engage with and prioritize prospective clients based on needs, jurisdiction and other factors.”
Another source familiar with the new enterprise told CoinDesk on Tuesday that this cold storage function on Fidelity’s Bitcoin custody service has already been launched and there are some assets under its management.
For those who don’t know, last October the Boston-based Fidelity which is a financial services giant (worth $7.2 trillion) announced its plans to enter the crypto market while citing the demand for cryptocurrency. Fidelity then launched a separate company to manage its crypto assets – named Fidelity Digital Assets.
This has been a big step in the institutional finance market, where big players seem to disrupt the crypto industry and aim at diversifying some of their portfolio into crypto holdings.
Bitcoin Expertise Is ‘Exploding’ Among Insurance Professionals In 2019: Study
“If you are not already involved in a blockchain project, you need to start looking for opportunities to test the waters with a limited use case or low-impact proof of concept,” is what Greg Donaldson said in the report, namely a senior analyst at Aite Group.When it comes to the actual growth and the need for blockchain experts, it is constantly increasing. 'Talent growth' is a category that we can see in the report which shows dramatic results. For example, only seven individuals showed their Bitcoin expertise in April 2017 - but 390 of them did in January 2019. Similarly, only two claimed both insurance and blockchain in their expertise - but 2,260 were skilled in both in January 2019.
“The interest in this technology has created an extreme need for more experts who can help the insurance industry develop solutions using blockchain,” the report notes.To sum things up, the report says that there is one system that is already implemented by some companies - which actually makes the insurance process more transparent and efficient. It keeps all of the customer information on a 'permissioned' blockchain - starting from the moment when a customer is offered a price quotation for a policy.
“Then once the customer purchases the policy, the customer knows the status and receives a policy and proof of insurance almost instantly,” explains Aite.
Bitcoin Is At $4,001 – Finally Breaking Through The ‘Crucial Mark’ Again
“If $BTC starts getting higher timeframe 4hr/1D closes below 3930, THEN I’ll consider being bearish short term. Unless you are a short term day trader flipping your outlook between 4400 and 2k after a red 30 minute candle isn’t too helpful,” an analyst named Luke Martin tweeted.Historically, the crypto market has been prone to making big swings during weekend trading sessions - meaning that traders may gain more insight into where BTC could be heading over the next couple of days. Another popular crypto trader and analyst named The Cryptomist on Twitter, spoke about the possibility of Bitcoin dropping in the $3,000 region. As she stated:
“$BTC Mentioned couple days ago we will see movement for yesterday price action. We dropped and bounced of candle support as RSI support failed. We have 2-3 days to break this 4010 region resistance before we break this candle support and test target #1 at 3900 range.”If the crypto drops below $4,000 it will likely be a strong psychological level of resistance which may prove to be difficult to break above.
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BitMEX CEO Arthur Hayes: Bitcoin Will Test $10,000 In 2019
“The 2019 chop will be intense, but the markets will claw back to $10,000. That is a very significant psychological barrier. [...] $20,000 is the ultimate recovery. However, it took 11 months from $1,000 to $10,000, but less than one month from $10,000 to $20,000 back to $10,000.”He also talked about the atomic swaps and distributed exchanges, the tracking of ICO tokens, the anatomy of the next global financial crisis and many other topics. In the report named "The Road To $10k" Hayes said:
"All is not lost; nothing goes up or down in a straight line. 2019 will be boring, but green shoots will appear towards year end. The mighty central bank printing presses paused for a while, but economic sophists could not resist the siren call of free money. They are busy inventing the academic crutches (here’s looking at your MMT), to justify the next global money printing orgy."While pointing to the last quarter of this year as the crucial for BTC, Hayes concluded:
"Green shoots will begin to appear in early Q4. Free money and collective amnesia are powerful drugs. Also after two years of wage cucking, punters should have a few sheckles to rub together."Earlier in March, BitMEX revealed that its own Ethereum Parity full note contained a "potential bug" and reported that the same node “sometimes reports that it is in sync, despite being several hundred thousand blocks behind the chain tip.” The authors claimed that this bug could be exploited by an attacker in some cases, but that is "highly unlikely to happen." In another analysis, BitMEX revealed that the 2018 crypto bear market accounted for 54% of the losses as well as $1.5 billion worth of transfers to external addresses and other factors that have brought projects' holdings down even further.
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