Bitcoin: $6700 almost reached

Let's figure out what stands behind these new Bitcoin price maximum
01 November 2017   610

Bitcoin price

First cryptocurrency continues its rapid growth. At the moment of press, it is being traded on Bithumb exchange for $6682.31 average.

Bithumb Bitcoin Buy/Sell Orders
Bithumb Bitcoin Buy/Sell Orders

Average price is $6538.17 with almost $108B marketcap.

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Bitcoin Charts

Background

Let's try to figure out, what are the background on these new price hights of Bitcoin.

CME to launch Bitcoin futures contract
World’s largest derivatives exchange, CME Group, is to launch Bitcoin futures by the end of the year. Assuming regulators grant CME’s application, the exchange will become the second U.S. regulated exchange to offer Bitcoin derivatives to institutional traders.

Bloomberg says "Bitcoin is going legit, for better or worse."
This is unexpected move by one of the two leading providers of financial information for professional participants in financial markets.

Wyoming Passed Bill Exempting Utility Tokens from Securities Laws

The Wyoming House of Representatives has unanimously approved a bill exempting utility tokens from securities laws  
20 February 2018   71

On Monday, House Bill (HB) 70 passed the House 60 to 0 and will now head to the Senate. The bill exempts utility tokens from securities laws. This will attracts ICO’s launches to the state and will make the state a favorable environment for blockchain startups.

According to the bill, the utility token must meet three conditions:

  1. The token’s issuer must not market it as an investment;

  2. The token must be exchangeable for goods and services, for example, startups must have a working product or service at the time the tokens are issued;

  3. The token’s issuer must not actively make efforts to create a secondary market for the token by entering into a repurchase agreement or agreeing to locate buyers for the token.

It is important to note that there are four more cryptocurrency and blockchain-related bills currently moving through the Wyoming legislature.

HB 19 passed the House of Representatives on Monday and is now awaiting introduction in the Senate. The bill exempts cryptocurrency from the state’s money transmitter act.

HB 101 has passed its second reading in the House and, if it passes its final hearing, will then go to the Senate. This bill will allow companies to create and use blockchains for the purpose of storing records and conducting inter-office communication.

HB 126 has just passed its second reading in the House. It will allow the creation of series LLCs.

Senate File (SF) 111 passed a vote to introduce on Friday and is now headed to a committee hearing. This bill will exempt cryptocurrency assets from state property taxes.