Monday, May 13, 2019

Bitcoin is Dead as a Doornail – All Crypto Will Soon Go to Zero and Beyond?



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  • ·    “Bitcoin is dead” again amongst a record number of new user wallets, institutional investors preparing to enter the market, and substantial price appreciation.
  • ·    BTC/USD on the uptrend despite $40 million Binance hack.
  • ·    Fidelity Digital Assets announces it will enter the crypto market in the coming weeks.

Here’s a fun fact: Try typing “Bitcoin is” into Google and see what comes up.

The top suggestion by Google to fill in this blank? You guessed it.

Bitcoin is dead.

It’s May of 2019. Already, Bitcoin has been declared dead at least 17 times this year, and at least 355 since its inception in 2009.

Some news outlets claim that just because the Baakt BTC futures platform has been delayed multiple times due to regulatory concerns that the entire cryptocurrency sector is in decline. Nothing could be further from the truth.

While Baakt gets delayed, other parts of the Crypto community continue to see explosive growth. Kraken, one of the world’s oldest and largest cryptocurrency exchanges, is in the middle of a hiring spree with dozens of jobs available. 



It’s true that many other crypto companies have been laying off staff during the last six to nine months.

But does that indicate a declining crypto economy or simply an overzealousness by some select organizations?

There are many indications that institutional investment in crypto is at hand, even though Baakt is waiting on further regulatory clarity before proceeding with its physical-settlement BTC futures.  

And to be clear, the fact that some large institutions are awaiting guidance from regulatory bodies says nothing of the value of bitcoin or the future of cryptocurrency and blockchain. It just means that regulators are late to the game and continue to drag their feet.

BTC Seeing Record Adoption Rates


The rise and fall of the BTC/USD price aren’t the most important part of the story. Just look at the steady rise of new bitcoin user wallets created during the last several years:



This indicates that crypto is catching on despite so much fake news claiming the contrary. Bitcoin is not dead.

One thing that mainstream critics love to cling to when it comes to hating on crypto is high-profile hacks, even if those attacks amount to little in the grand scheme of things.

Binance Hack


This May, it was announced that Binance got hacked and lost $40 worth of BTC as a result. Poor Binance.

Fortunately for Binance wallet holders who made the unwise decision to hold their private keys on an exchange, Binance has a fund that will compensate such users for their losses.

And even without such a fund, the exchange will make the equivalent amount in profit in about six weeks.


Binance, one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges by trading volume and one of the most trusted and respected names throughout the industry, is now also among the largest cryptocurrency exchange hacks to ever hit the crypto industry since the inception of Bitcoin.

The “security breach” as Binance is referring to it as, resulted in 7,000 BTC being stolen from the exchange using advanced methods that helped the hackers remain undetected. The stolen Bitcoin at today’s prices, brings the total loss at the hands of hackers to roughly $41 million dollars – an amount Binance will be able to recoup completely in just 47 days, according to one crypto analyst.
  
Despite this terrible news, the price of BTC/USD continued to rally beyond $6,000.

How can this be? Shouldn’t the sky be falling all over the place? If bitcoin is dead, red candlesticks ought to be on every BTC chart in the world.

Something else must be going on, of course. While a $40 million hack makes for some great doom and gloom headlines, it pales in comparison to the potential market impact of institutional investors entering the crypto space.

One of the biggest institutional names in the crypto game is Fidelity Investments.

Fidelity Announces Intent to Buy and Sell Digital Assets

After much fanfare, Fidelity has finally announced that it will indeed be getting into the digital asset space.

Fidelity Digital Assets promises to lead the way in terms of institutional investors in the cryptocurrency sector. This is only the start of what is to come.



Bitcoin has reached a market cap of over $100 billion without any big-name players or “smart money” being in the market. What might happen once the flood gates are opened?

Fidelity Crypto Exchange Focuses on Security

Perhaps the biggest reason institutional investors have so far been hesitant to enter the cryptocurrency space has to do with their uncertainty with regard to cybersecurity.
There have been many high-profile hacks of large cryptocurrency exchanges that have resulted in over $1.6 billion worth of coins being lost, according to Coinbase’s State of the Blockchain report for Q2 2018. [This data is about a year old now and doesn't include the Binance hack of 2019.]

Fidelity, however, has a lot of experience with these kinds of security concerns.

The company has a proven track record of dealing with enterprise security and public/private key cryptography. Fidelity plans on incorporating their knowledge and existing practices already used in other parts of their business into their new digital asset custody platform.




They will use offline cold storage for the bulk of their digital assets, as many existing exchanges do. This is the safest method when it comes to crypto custody. And while it’s possible for any individual to do the same with their own private keys, most people don’t know how to do it.

That’s why institutional investors have already begun to accept the idea of a Fidelity crypto exchange.

Institutional Investors Already Piling into Funds Like the Fidelity Crypto Exchange


Companies like Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Northern Trust Corp. have also announced their interest in creating crypto custody services.

TD Ameritrade, E*TRADE and TradeStation expressed a desire to create something like what Fidelity has done, but so far haven’t made any bold moves.

While the above companies failed to act, some people have not. David Swensen, who manages Yale University’s endowment, for example, invested in two large cryptocurrency funds. Swensen is widely considered one of the world’s top money managers.

Bitcoin is Dead – PERIOD!


All things considered, bitcoin is dead. Definitely dead.

With the rise in new user wallets, the rise in price, and the adoption from institutional investors, you can stick a fork in this asset class. 

Bitcoin is like a cross between a phoenix and a jellyfish. When jellyfish are faced with death, they expel all of their reproductive fluids, leading to the creation of tons of new jellyfish.

Each time Bitcoin dies, it comes back stronger, like a phoenix rising from the ashes. It also brings more investors, more innovators, and more altcoins. Jellyfish.


Thursday, April 11, 2019

A Cryptocurrency National Currency Allows Nations to Become Sovereign Again Without the Need for a Central Bank


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Throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, central banks have managed to gain control of almost the entire global money supply. They have enacted strict manipulation of national interest rates and formed a total monopoly on currency creation.
We are all beholden to the policies enacted by central banks. A 2012 clip from CNBC describes this reality quite well:

For the first time in history since colonial times, Bitcoin does allow some measure of sovereignty.
The history of money is a broad topic that has been covered in thorough detail by countless other sources. It can be hard to zero-in on a single aspect of this issue as it goes so deep on so many levels.
For now, let us focus on the fact that individuals and nation-states no longer have a need for central bank-created fiat currencies. What are the implications of this miraculous new potential? How can it come to fruition? What nation-states have already acted to this end? And how can this benefit us all?

Countries Creating Their Own Cryptocurrency National Currency

Of course, the great irony of countries creating their own cryptocurrencies is that crypto prices are still denominated in fiat terms. When people check the price and market cap of any coin on Coinmarketcap.com, for example, they see the price in USD.
But all of that becomes irrelevant once a national economy switches over fully to a crypto-based system. Real prices can be denominated in terms of crypto and nothing else. Citizens can use smartphones, tablets, laptops, or hardware wallets to transact with each other directly or through crypto-connected point-of-sale systems.

To date, this has never happened. But what might the world look like if it were the case? Could countries and their citizens benefit from a cryptocurrency national currency, or at least from a Bitcoin Standard? How close are we to such a world?
Fortunately, progress is already being made to this end by several countries, many more than can be covered here. 

The Marshall Islands

The Marshall Islands have taken steps toward issuing their own cryptocurrency to supplement the US dollar.
SOV is intended to be the cryptocurrency national currency of The Marshall Islands in conjunction with the fiat currency known as the US dollar. According to CoinDesk,
" ...the notes take the form of a physical card that is secured with a blockchain-enabled microprocessor. They offer “immediate” transaction validation, zero fees and requiring no internet connection to use... "
Of course, the nation seems smart enough to not completely replace the USD, at least not yet. Perhaps they have become aware of what tends to happen to countries that attempt to circumvent the dollar.

The Lakota Nation

In contrast to The Marshall Islands, the Native American country within the United States of America intends to eliminate its dependency on the USD altogether. 
Mazacoin will be the only sovereign currency of the Lakota Nation. The coin is also hoped to be used by other parts of the Native American tribal community as well, but will first launch in Lakota. 

Venezuela

Venezuela is another nation that has created its own cryptocurrency. The “Petro” is tied to the value of oil. In the midst of an ongoing economic crisis fueled by crippling American sanctions, the country has been forced to pursue new financial options. Thus, the Petro was born.

The Petro is a serious threat to US dollar hegemony.
It’s no surprise then that America and NATO have already attempted to infiltrate the Venezuelan government with an imposter.
How hilarious is it that America talks of Russian election meddling via some sort of periphery influence while America attempts to directly install a new president in the government of Venezuela? Can there be any greater form of hypocrisy? How does the world not see through such a sham?

Akon’s Akoin in Africa

While not exactly a cryptocurrency national currency just yet, the famous R&B artist known as Akon made headlines in 2018 with Akion.
Akon is a genius when it comes to entrepreneurship and financial empowerment. Years ago, he spearheaded a movement called “Lighting up Africa” that brought electricity to large numbers of African citizens. 
And now he has leveraged the capacity of crypto to create a new nation-state with its own cryptocurrency national currency. Few would even conceive of such a thing as being possible. But with blockchain, that which was once only dreamed of can now become reality.

Akon deserves praise for his ingenuity and his willingness to help those who have been excluded from the financial system.

Cryptocurrency National Currency and Financial Freedom

The use of alternative currencies creates an opportunity for true monetary freedom for the first time in modern history.
The Mala Islands, Venezuela, Lakota, and Akoin are four examples of a cryptocurrency national currency potentially coming to fruition.
Back when only gold and silver coin counted as a legitimate currency, everyone was more or less in control of their currency. It wasn’t subject to the whims of a tyrannical banking institution. There was no currency creator that could choose to debase the currency of the people by creating trillions of units of fake paper wealth out of thin air as is happening today.
Today, financial autonomy is no longer out of reach for billions of people who are known as “the unbanked,” meaning they have no way to access the broader financial system. With nothing more than a smartphone, these people can now have some sort of involvement with finance that doesn’t have to involve central banks.
The creation and adoption of national cryptocurrencies will benefit everyone, banked or unbanked.