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Bitcoin 2021: Patrick Byrne On The End of Fiat

Patrick Byrne spoke at Bitcoin Magazine’s Bitcoin Conference 2021 on the End of Fiat stage in what he termed a “rare, rare appearance.”  After the…

Bitcoin 2021: What It Means To Lose Your Freedom

From prison—a maximum security federal penitentiary, to be exact—Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht placed a phone call with the Bitcoin community in attendance at Bitcoin…

Should you invest in Bitcoin right now?

Should you invest in bitcoin right now?  When bitcoin was launched initially, it was meant to be a platform that allows for anonymous payments. The…

Bitcoin to reach $300-$500k in 2021: Exante

BTC’s price to reach $300-$500k in 2021 By Victor Argonov, senior analyst at International investment firm, EXANTE Not too long ago, predictions that Bitcoin would…

Bloomberg Crypto Analyst Says Bitcoin Should Be $15,000

According to Bloomberg crypto analyst Mike McGlone, bitcoin is worth $15,000, not the $10,900 price as of press time. McGlobe is the senior commodity strategist at Bloomberg and, upon examining various factors like bitcoin’s rising hashrate––which continually hits new records––he determined Bitcoin is undervalued at current levels.

What Does University of Cambridge’s New Cryptocurrency Study Say About The Market?

The University of Cambridge and the school’s Centre for Alternative Finance published its third “Global Cryptocurrency Benchmarking Study.” The study examines crypto’s overall growth, as well as the niches of mining, off chain activity, crypto asset user profiling, regulation, and security. 

The September 2020 study highlights in particular mining, payments, custody, and exchange. Apolline Blandin, Gina Pieters, Yue Wu, Thomas Eisermann, Anton Dek, Sean Taylor, and Damaris Njoki co-authored the proposal. 

China Amends Bitcoin Inheritance Laws

After two secessions held in Beijing, China is drafting legislation to protect cryptocurrency inheritances. A draft of the country’s Civil Code was adopted, which regulates…

The State of Bitcoin According to BTC Investor Trace Mayer

Trace Mayer has a long history in the Bitcoin industry. As an investor, Mayer he has backed well-known Bitcoin companies, including BitPay, Armory, and Kraken. He’s well-read in Austrian economics, and has degrees in law and accounting.

The Coronavirus Outlook & The Global Economy

We’re likely not looking at a full recession like 2008, but global economies will reset amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

The RMB took a 20% hit. The Chinese government put an 175 billion liquidity injection into the markets. (600 million RMB had been destroyed due to Coronavirus existing on the bills.)

Winklevoss Capital, Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund, and Polychain Capital Back Bitcoin Mining as Digital Flare Mitigation Services

Crusoe Energy Systems, which converts natural gas to energy-intensive computing from its Denver base, has landed capital to build a new bitcoin mining facility.

The company plans to install 70 units next year, each having a capacity of about 1 megawatt (MW). Chase Lochmiller, Crusoe CEO, told Bloomberg in an interview on Saturday that Crusoe raised $70 million in fresh capital to fund its projects.

The new capital comes from two rounds, including $30 million in equity funding and $40 million in project financing. Bain Capital Ventures, already an invstor in Crusoe, KCK Group, Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund, Winklevoss Capital, and Polychain Capital took part in the fundraising. New York-based credit fund Upper90 led the $40 million round.

Shipping Containers Housing Bitcoin Mining Equipment Topple During Colorado Gale

Shipping containers housing bitcoin mining machines topped over amid high winds. Those containers, which are stacked four high, fell amid high winds on Nov. 29 and 30.

“As you may know, a wall of shipping containers came crashing down at Bldg 1625 — 3G Venture II — during the high winds of this past Friday and Saturday, 29 & 30 November, 2019,” wrote Graham Becker in an email to officials with the city, Fire Department and Pikes Peak Regional Building Department. “Fortunately, as far as I know, no one was killed or injured. Very fortunate, indeed.”

SEC: A Bitcoin ETF Approval Forthcoming

Dalia Blass, the director of the Division of Investment Management at the Securities and Exchange Commission, says the agency could soon approve a Bitcoin ETF.

The unlisted, closed-end interval fund will not provide daily redemptions nor be subject to considerable and unexpected liquidity demands during short periods, she commented during a keynote speech for the iCI Securities Law Development Conference.

Court Upholds Nordea Bank’s Ban on Employee Bitcoin Purchases

Nordea, a Danish Bank, won a court case allowing it to prevent staff from buying Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

Nordea first banned its employees from owning bitcoin in January 2018, after which Danish finance and workers’ rights figures threatened legal action.

New Bitcoin Exchange Traded Product Launches on Switzerland ‘s SIX Stock Exchange

New York-based WisdomTree launched a new bitcoin exchange traded product (ETP) on Switzerland’s SIX stock exchange. This product, which is physically backed by crypto, will compete on SIX with Amun AG’s similarly-designed bitcoin ETP, and is settled in the underlying asset.

WisdomTree, which has provided gold-based ETPs in Europe since 2003, said its Bitcoin ETP provides investors, “a simple, secure and cost-efficient way to gain exposure to Bitcoin while utilising the best of traditional financial infrastructure and product structuring.” Under the WBTC ticker, it is listed at a total expense ratio of 0.95%.

German Bundestag Approves New Law So Banks Can Sell And Custody Bitcoin

German banks will begin to offer the sale and storage of cryptocurrencies under new legislation. The banks had been barred from offering direct access to crypto assets.

The new law, which was written in the fourth EU Money Laundering Directive, rewrites this starting in 2020. Reported by Handelsblatt on Wednesday, the German federal parliament, the Bundestag, passed the bill, which will likely be signed by the nation’s sixteen states.

How Bad is Bitcoin Mining for the Environment? New Research Suggests Not So Bad.

Bitcoin mining emissions were on par with Estonia, suggesting that the climate change impact of the first digital asset is less than previously reported. Furthermore, the research seems to suggest that where Bitcoin is mined contributes to how much carbon Bitcoin emits. With so much of the mining being done in China, one might wonder if that country’s infrastructure is more to blame than Bitcoin.

Bitcoin Price Falls to Lowest Level Since May

The Bitcoin price fell to $6,558.14 on Monday before rebounding on Tuesday. Now at its lowest level since May, Bitcoin has lost $3,000 in value one month after China cracked down on businesses involved in cryptocurrency operations. Bitcoin is currently trading at $7,222.12.

Bitcoin increased in price to $10,000 last month after Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke highly of blockchain technology, though there were no indications he included cryptocurrencies in that sentiment.

Here’s Why Bitcoin Hasn’t Been Regulated Into Oblivion, According to Facebook’s Calibre Head

David Marcus is leading up Calibre, Facebook’s cryptocurrency project. As reported by CNBC, he said Wednesday that Bitcoin is digital gold, and not a good currency for transactions.

“I don’t think of Bitcoin as a currency,” Marcus told an audience at the New York Times DealBook Conference in New York. “It’s actually not a great medium of exchange because of its volatility. I see it as digital gold.”

Chinese Bitcoin Miners Get Reprieve from CCP

China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has removed crypto mining activities as an unwanted industry from its Industrial Structure Adjustment Guidance Catalog.

China has long been a mining leader in the crypto industry. As a world leader in computer hardware generally, the country was in a unique position to take lead the way when it came to mining bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. As in most hardware-intensive industries, the lion’s share of cryptocurrency mining hardware comes from China.

Where’s All The Institutional Demand for Bitcoin Futures?

Bakkt futures and custodial exchange traded 50 BTC (~$400,000) in daily futures contracts during its second week of trading, a significant decline from its opening week, as reported by WSJ.

$5.8 million was traded on Bakkt, which was created by the Intercontinental Exchange, during its first week. The following week traders moved but $2 million. That is just $400,000 daily trading volume.

Centrals Banks Issuing Digital Currency is Inevitable, says Federal Reserve President

Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank President Patrick Harker said on Wednesday it is “inevitable” that central banks will issue digital currency. He also said the United States should not be the nation to lead such a move. He had been asked about the Fed’s creation of “FedNow,” its own real-time payments system. The comments were first reported by Reuters.

“Frankly I don’t think we should be the first mover as a nation to do this,” Harker said at a St. Louis community banking conference. He noted the dollar’s status as world reserve currency and underscored the need for experimentation and tests when it comes to such technology.

David Wachsman Discusses Founding Global Blockchain PR Agency

When he founded Wachsman, a blockchain-focused professional services agency based in Manhattan, CEO David Wachsman didn’t know what to expect. “I had absolutely no idea,” he told me. “Anyone who would say they had a vision that it would look like this – well, they would be insane or lying. What I knew was that the bitcoin and blockchain space had a lot of brilliant people in it.” He calls his decision to found Wachsman the best decision he ever made.

The Gap Between Cryptocurrency and Banking is Shrinking

The gap between cryptocurrency and the banking industry is shrinking.

For instance, Bitwala, a German crypto banking startup, has begun rolling out their mobile banking app. Users who own an Android or iOS device can begin experimenting with this new functionality. The services are available across the entire European Economic Area. Clients in 31 countries can obtain a German bank account which includes a Bitcoin wallet and trading support. The creation of an account takes just minutes, according to the company. This would make it on par with opening a traditional bank account in one’s own country.

The Bitcoin Halving 2020 Might Have MASSIVE Implications for BTC Price

The Bitcoin halving is coming next year.

Bitcoin’s emission rate will be cut in half in 2020. This is known as a block reward halving. It is the third reward halving since Bitcoin was first introduced to the masses in 2009. Given the scarcity aspect of the world’s leading cryptocurrency, this reduced emission rate can have a significant impact on the price.

Historically speaking, block reward halvings are significant for Bitcoin. It helps reduce the amount of “new” BTC brought into circulation. At the current rate, 12.5 BTC is added to the supply every 10 minutes. Over the course of a day, that equals to 1,800 bitcoin, or $1,8 million at current prices. For a currency which is deemed to be scarce, there is still a lot of value being brought into circulation every day.

Bitcoiners Sue Banks in Israel

Israeli banks are facing lawsuits brought by domestic cryptocurrency enthusiasts. A recent freedom of information request demonstrates how Bitcoin holders in the country want more clarity regarding bank policies on cryptocurrency trading. Most banks there, like in much of the world, are cautious when banking blockchain companies, which makes life difficult for enterprise businesses in the blockchain industry.

In recent years, Israel has become a hotbed for cryptocurrency activity. Increasingly, people aim to obtain cryptocurrency, and this is often done through a bank account. For Bitcoin enthusiasts, this proves to be rather problematic in the country.

Bitcoin Futures Contracts Debut Next Month as SEC Delays Bitcoin ETF Decisions

The US Securities and Exchange Commission continues to delay its Bitcoin ETF decision on the Bitwise Bitcoin ETF Trust and the VanEck SolidX Bitcoin Trust, while Bakkt claims its acquired a New York state trust charter through the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS), enabling the company offer its physically-settled bitcoin futures contracts.

For the cryptocurrency community, the Bitwise and VanEck delays are nothing new. Rejection or approval of those investment vehicles will now have to wait until October 2019.

A Closer Look at the Two Letters Bitcoin Users Received from the IRS

The IRS wants to learn about the transactions of Bitcoin users in the United States. Despite the perceived privacy of Bitcoin and alternative currencies, crypto users are not exempt from taxation.

Anyone who moved cryptocurrency through a centralized exchange are required by law to file their taxes properly. Just last year, the US government won a court order for CoinBase’s customer list.

Japanese Bitcoin Exchange Suffers $32 Million Hack

A Bitcoin exchange in Tokyo halted services on July 12 and announced a major hack. Bitpoint, a Japan-based and licensed cryptocurrency exchange, was hacked for $32 million or $3.5 billion yen. Customers received an email alerting them to the fact that Bitpoint would cease all services while it investigates.

Max Keiser: Bitcoin is a Risk-off Store of Value Safehaven

(GSB) GoldSilverBitcoin CEO Justin O’Connell interviewed Max Keiser briefly at Bitcoin 2019, a conference in San Francisco hosted by Bitcoin Magazine.

What is surprising, novel, ironic or controversial about Bitcoin in Q2 2019?

MK: I think it’s the recognition now by mainstream analysts and media that bitcoin represents a store of value. I think that story, which we’ve been talking about for years, seemed ludicrous a few years ago. But, more and more on the institutional level they’re getting to understand that this does represent a risk-off store of value safe haven.

Bitcoin is Near $10,000

Bitcoin is poised to move beyond $10,000. At the time of writing, it currently sits at $9,922, and has already surpassed $10,000 on Chinese exchanges. Its record high is $19,666. Bitcoin is currently at its highest price since May 2018.

Bitcoin has tested the technical resistance set in April 2018 of $9,949, and the psychological resistance of $10,000 is next. Since April 1, Bitcoin is up 140 percent.