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The Bitcoin Futures Daily Volume Spiked 93% In Q2 2018 Alone



According to new research by CME Group’s bitcoin futures, the daily bitcoin volume has spiked 93% in the second quarter over the previous quarter. The open interest, on the other hand, posted a 58% increase as the company announced on Twitter.

The average daily volume also rose from 1,854 in the first quarter of 2018 – to 3,577 in the second quarter – and the open interest rose from 1,523 to 2,405 in the same period.

The CME Group’s findings were focused on the CF Bitcoin Reference Rate (BRR) and the CME CF Bitcoin Real-Time Index (BRTI) which are both standardized reference rates and spot price indices. Speaking of which, the indices right now have independent oversight and are meant to accelerate the professionalization of Bitcoin trading.

As CME CF announced, the indices have produced the BRR and BRTI rates since November 2016 with numerous Bitcoin exchanges and trading platforms – mostly from Bitstamp, Kraken, itBit and GDAX – all of which providing pricing data.

The BRR price has risen over the past 4 days, going from $6717.69 on July 17th – to $7361.88. While the BRR rate was $7361.88, the BRTI rate rose to $7398.10.

There are also Ether-dollar indices on CME, which were $460.86 while the Ether dollar real-time index was $462.41 at the time of writing.

Meanwhile, both CME and Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) are the only US-regulated exchanges offering Bitcoin futures products.

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In this Monday's cryptocurrency news, we can see a big movement on the upside for several altcoins - all linked to their new listings on the Coinbase platform. Following the listing of Basic Attention Token (BAT) and 0x (ZRX), the prices of Cardano (ADA), Zcash (ZEC) and Stellar (XLM) have all began to surge. Since November 2nd, BAT was officially integrated into Coinbase Pro and, XLM which is the native cryptocurrency of the Stellar blockchain network has surged from $0.22 to $0.28 recording gains of more than 27%. Cardano and Zcash have also followed the rise alongside Stellar, BAT and 0x, all of which Coinbase expressed in interest in May this year. Even though the privacy-focused altcoin Zcash dropped 3% throughout the past 24 hours, it has risen from $114 to $125 since November 2nd, surpassing $140 at one point and demonstrating a 21.7% increase. The price of BAT, however, dropped to the point before listing itself, demonstrating that the hype around listing is not always present. Still, BAT has surged big time before the drop and the Coinbase listing has been a confirmation that the token is not considered a security by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) - opening doors to many US and fiat-to-crypto exchanges in the world willing to accept and integrate it. The probability of Stellar, Cardano and Zcash to be integrated to Coinbase is right now very high. If such thing happens, there will be many positive developments including Stellar's blockchain wallet integration, the growing adoption of ZK-SNARKs technology of Zcash as well as rising adoption of Cardano's smart contract protocol.
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The Story Of BAT: How And Why It Lost 28% Overnight Despite Coinbase Listing

The Basic Attention Token (BAT) was in our crypto news section this week for losing 28% of its value following a high profile Coinbase listing for the asset. However, many were left wondering why the altcoin declined about 20% against the dollar and recorded a 28% decline in value in a two-day span. It all started on November 3rd when Coinbase officially announced the BAT token as live on Coinbase Pro - to be traded against USDC which is a stablecoin issued by Coinbase and Circle. Six days later (November 9th), Coinbase disclosed that the integration of BAT into Coinbase and other products is complete, stating:
“Starting today, Coinbase supports the Basic Attention Token (BAT) at and in the Coinbase Android and iOS apps. Coinbase customers can now buy, sell, send, receive, or store BAT, along with Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, Litecoin, ZRX and USDC.”
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The ‘NEO Super’ Fork: A Scam Or A Promising Blockchain?

In this week's crypto news, there are a lot of rumors and reports that center around the altcoin NEO and a potential fork of it that calls itself "NEO Super." The venture launched apropos of nothing at all and has one real project behind it - a wallet service that some community members fear that could be an effort to scam NEO users out of their private keys. However, one reporter has found that the NEO Super project is an effort to "snapshot" the NEO blockchain and use it on the Ethereum network, complete with "mining opportunities" and more. As the reporter notes, NEO Super wants to take "the most successful" elements of NEO and use them in the form of a standard ERC-20 token contract. With only 39 Twitter followers, the Twitter account of NEO Super was banned and the project's GitHub repository has made no notable changes or commits to the NEO codebase. Because of this, one reporter was quick to jump to conclusion and say:
“Because with a closer look at their LinkedIn pages you can easily tell that they are each fake.”
If you see it, the CEO and lead developer of this project John D. Martin has only three connections on LinkedIn despite his alleged seven-year development career. And even though there is no whitepaper for the project, there is a nice looking website and a clone of other NEO wallet services. On top of this, the NEOX whitepaper clearly says:
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To sum things up, this project is very confusing to declare it a scam outright - and very unknown and confusing to necessarily recommend. We'll keep a close eye on it in the future and notify you if there were any drastic changes.
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In our latest crypto news, we can see that since November 7, over the past 48 hours the entire crypto market lost $6 billion of its value, dropping to $214 billion. Bitcoin, on the other hand, managed to remain stable. Four days ago, all major cryptocurrencies including Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin and Stellar recorded gains starting from 4 to 31 percent while Bitcoin Cash was the only one to surge by more than 40 percent in just two days. However, most of the major cryptocurrencies retraced which is actually an expected movement among all of the traders in the community. When the value of Bitcoin Cash dropped and also many other small tokens demonstrated a decline as well, the crypto market recorded a drop of 2.5 percent of its value but looking at the monthly performance the valuation is actually up by $16 billion which means that it grew from $198 billion to $214 billion. To continue, the crypto market added an additional $22 billion which is an 11 percent increase. The volume of all cryptocurrencies remained relatively high for example; Bitcoin’s trading volume remained above the $4.5 billion price mark. Many traders believe that the BTC futures market will act as a huge catalyst for the next BTC rally which actually will lead to institutional investors making a large impact of Bitcoin’s price in a good way. It’s important to know that tokens could go through a correction movement in the following months if the US Securities and Exchange Commission decides that the tokens will go under the existing regulations. The SEC explained:
 “While many tokens have recorded gains in the range of 5 to 20 percent over the last week, regulatory uncertainty around tokens and their regulatory nature could lead to a decline in the value of tokens in the weeks to come.’’
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