Bitcoin has been grinding lower in a trading range just above $30,000, prompting cryptocurrency insiders to flag the round number as a potential floor for the virtual coin.
Crypto prognostication is fraught with risk, not least because Bitcoin’s price has roughly halved from a record high three months ago. Even so, some in the industry are coalescing around $30,000 as a support point, citing clues from options activity and recent trading habits.
In options, $30,000 is the most-sold downside strike price for July and August, signaling confidence among such traders that the level will hold, according to Delta Exchange, a crypto derivatives exchange. It “should provide a strong support to the market,” Chief Executive Officer Pankaj Balani said.
Traders are also trying to take advantage of price ranges, including buying between $30,000 and $32,000 and selling in the $34,000 to $36,000 zone, Todd Morakis, co-founder of digital-finance product and service provider JST Capital, said in emailed comments, adding that “the market at the moment seems to paying attention more to bad news than good.”
Bitcoin has been hit by many setbacks of late, including China’s regulatory crackdown — partly over concerns about high energy consumption by crypto miners — and progress in central bank digital-currency projects that could squeeze private coins. The creator of meme-token Dogecoin recently lambasted crypto as basically a sham, and the appetite for speculation is generally in retreat.
Bitcoin traded around $31,600 as of 9:26 a.m. in London and is down about 6% so far this week. It’s still up more than 200% over the past 12 months, despite a rout in calendar 2021.
Konstantin Richter, chief executive officer and founder of Blockdaemon, a blockchain infrastructure provider, holds out hope for institutional demand, arguing Bitcoin would have to drop below $20,000 before institutions start questioning “the validity of the space.”
“If it goes down fast, it can go up fast,” he said in an interview. “That’s just what crypto is.”
The dramatic pullback in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies comes as a flurry of negative headlines and catalysts, from Tesla CEO Elon Musk to a new round of regulations by the Chinese government, have hit an asset sector that has been characterized by extreme volatility since it was created.
The flagship cryptocurrency fell to more than three-month lows on Wednesday, dropping to about $30,000 at one point for a pullback of more than 30% and continuing a week of selling in the crypto space. Ether, the main coin for the Ethereum blockchain network, was also down sharply and broke below $2,000 at one point, a more than 40% drop in less than 24 hours.
Part of the reason for bitcoin’s weakness seems to be at least a temporary reversal in the theory of broader acceptance for cryptocurrency.
Earlier this year, Musk announced he was buying more than $1 billion of it for his automaker’s balance sheet. Several payments firms announced they were upgrading their capabilities for more crypto actions, and major Wall Street banks began working on crypto trading teams for their clients. Coinbase, a cryptocurrency exchange company, went public through a direct listing in mid-April.
The weakness is not isolated in crypto, suggesting that the moves could be part of a larger rotation by investors away from more speculative trades.
Tech and growth stocks, many of which outperformed the broader market dramatically during the coronavirus pandemic, have also struggled in recent weeks.
Cryptocurrency services company BlockFi launched its first-ever crypto rewards credit card, in conjunction with Visa, to approved clients in the United States on Tuesday. BlockFi’s plans for a credit card were initially disclosed in December 2020 when the exchange released a waiting list for US-based clients, which is now over 400,000 people. BlockFi CEO Zac Prince expects everyone on the waitlist to receive their card around the end of July.
The new offering provides clients with a simple way to acquire bitcoin without having to pay fees or navigate the sometimes complicated onboarding processes at exchanges. BlockFi stands to benefit from utilizing the card as a customer acquisition tool as well as from the fees it will receive from money spent on the card.
“The crypto industry has come a long way since the first Bitcoin payment transaction 11 years ago,” Flori Marquez, Co-Founder and SVP of Operations at BlockFi said. “Today, nearly everyone knows about the important role crypto plays in reshaping the financial space, and our new credit card is set to be another game-changer. This card will make it easier than ever for people to earn Bitcoin back while making day-to-day purchases.”
Holders of BlockFi’s Rewards Visa Card will be able to earn 1.5% back in bitcoin on every purchase, with the payout increasing to 2% on every dollar spent over $50,000 annually. As an incentive to new users, they will receive a 3.5% bitcoin rewards rate for the first 90 days or until they receive $100 worth of bitcoin. The card also offers other benefits such as rebates on trading fees and comes with no annual fee or foreign transaction fees.
These rewards are competitive when compared to other traditional cards. For example, Bank of America’s Customized Cash Rewards credit card offers 3% cash back in one spending category of the customer’s choosing, 2% back automatically on grocery purchases and 1% back on all other purchases.
However, depending on an individual’s spending habits they could be outshone by Gemini, the crypto exchange headed up by the Winklevoss twins, when it launches its crypto rewards credit card this summer in partnership with Mastercard. While BlockFi only offers rewards in bitcoin for now, Gemini will give clients 3% back on dining purchases in any cryptocurrency offered on the exchange on purchases without annual fees or exchange fees. However, the rewards drop to 2% on groceries and 1% for all other purchases.
The launch of the BlockFi crypto rewards credit card also marks a new offering in Visa’s expanding crypto business. The electronic payments company has partnered with several crypto firms to offer Visa debit cards and supported over $1 billion worth of volume through crypto-linked cards in the first half of 2020, but the partnership with BlockFi will bring its first crypto rewards credit card. In 2021, Visa appeared on Forbes’ Blockchain 50 list after applying for over 150 blockchain-related patents and announcing an integration with US-dollar pegged stablecoin USDC.
Card users will receive a 1.5% cashback on an accrual basis for every transaction made through the card, which will then be converted to bitcoin and placed into a BlockFi account in a regular monthly cycle.
“Crypto rewards programs are a compelling way to engage consumers in the crypto economy,” Terry Angelos, SVP and Global Head of Fintech at Visa said. “We’re excited to see programs like the BlockFi Rewards Visa Card, which offer rewards that are relevant to the growing community of digital currency adopters.”
The move by BlockFi comes after PayPal Holdings Inc in October said it would allow customers to hold bitcoin and other virtual coins in its online wallet and shop using cryptocurrencies, a move which could help bitcoin and rival cryptocurrencies gain wider adoption as viable payment methods.
Bitcoin has surged about 160% this year, fueled by demand for riskier assets amid unprecedented fiscal and monetary stimulus, interest in assets perceived as resistant to inflation and expectations that cryptocurrencies will win mainstream acceptance.
BlockFi is a New York City-based start-up cryptocurrency financial institution. It lends U.S. dollars against bitcoin and other cryptocurrency collateral, as well as accepting deposits of cryptocurrencies which pay interest to the depositor. BlockFi Co-Founder and CEO Zac Prince has a background both in consumer lending and start-ups.
In February 2018, BlockFi received a $1.55 million funding in a seed round from ConsenSys Ventures, SoFi and Kenetic Capital, among others. In July it secured another $50 million in funding from Michael Novogratz‘s Galaxy Digital Ventures
An inhabitant of the British city of Newport has approached the local authorities, with the aim of conducting an important search for a hard drive that he accidentally threw in 2013 in a municipal landfill, said device had bitcoins, whose current value is it would approximate 210 million pounds, that is, an average of 288 million dollars.
How did this tragic situation happen?
The 35-year-old computer engineer, James Howells, in 2013 carried out the cleaning of his home, later he realized that he had thrown his hard drive with 7,500 bitcoins in the trash instead of another that was empty.
After his previous application was rejected, Howells makes an offer of 25 percent, or $ 72 million, to the council in the event that he recovers his losses.
“I would like the opportunity to sit down with the decision makers and present an action plan to them,” Howells told South Wales Argus, indicating that he is supported by a hedge fund, prepared to provide funding for the initiative.
What would be the programmer’s strategy to recover his hard drive?
The computer scientist assures that in 2013 a garbage container obtained a serial number when it was filled, this before being transferred to a grave and buried. Also, a grid reference was required.
“So I could access the landfill log, identify the week I dumped the hard drive, identify the container’s serial number, and then the grid landmark,” the developer said, according to the source.
Despite eight years since the incident, Howells remains optimistic about recovering the information within the device. “The box could be rusty, but it is possible that the disk inside where the data is stored still works,” said the engineer.
It is worth mentioning that, with the passage of time, this possibility decreases, according to the programmer, who gave the suggestion that in case his search had a successful end, the funds would be transferred in the form of help to patients with coronavirus of his city.
However, the Newport City Council has indicated that digging, storing and treating all the waste could cost millions of pounds, and there is no solid guarantee that the hard drive will be found or will continue to serve.
Likewise, the institution emphasizes that, in the event of extraction, the activity is impossible due to the requirements of the current licenses and that carrying out this could lead to a serious and negative environmental impact of the place, the same reasons for which they do not guarantee assistance.
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After a more than 100% surge over the past month, the cryptocurrency market is taking a massive hit Monday as regulators and other experts sound the alarm on bitcoin’s booming rally, but not everyone’s convinced the bearishness is warranted.
As of 10:30 a.m. EST, the value of the cryptocurrency market has tanked to about $900 billion from a high of $1.1 trillion early Sunday morning, according to crypto data firm CoinMarketCap.
The world’s first and largest cryptocurrency, bitcoin, is behind much of the decline, falling 17% over the past 24 hours—wiping out about $125 billion in market value.
Other top tokens are also plunging, with ether, XRP and litecoin down 21%, 16% and 25%, respectively.
“As with all high-risk, speculative investments, consumers should make sure they understand what they’re investing in,” the United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority, which regulates financials in the country, said Monday, also issuing a stark warning: “If consumers invest in these types of product, they should be prepared to lose all their money.”
The price plunge started Sunday after a report by the United Kingdom’s Sunday Timesshed light on the enforcement measures banks, including HSBC, are taking to bar transfers from cryptocurrency exchanges in the country.
Venture capitalist and longtime bitcoin supporter Tim Draper railed against the measures, tweeting early Monday that “banks don’t like bitcoin because it makes them less relevant” before issuing a bullish forecast that bitcoin prices will hit $250,000 by early 2023; bitcoin is currently trading at around $32,750.
“Bitcoin often exhibits large upside swings that tend to be followed by corrections—this is normal behavior for a new technology in the early stage of its adoption curve,” Anatoly Crachilov, the cofounder and CEO of crypto investment manager Nickel Digital, said Monday, adding that the market is positioned for expansion as institutional adoption soars. “Only professional investors with a long-term view on the underlying technology should have exposure to this asset class. They also need high-risk tolerance levels and, importantly, to never lose sight of the forest for the trees.”
Bank of America Securities Chief Investment Strategist Michael Hartnett warned that bitcoin looks like “the mother of all bubbles,” on Friday, noting that its roughly 1,000% surge since the beginning of 2019 has been fueled by “violent” inflation, akin to the short-lived surges of gold prices in the late 1970s and tech stocks in the late 1990s.
Before crashing 80% by the end of 2018, the price of bitcoin, which first launched in January 2009, climbed fifteenfold in 2017 amid a flood of heightened attention and surging mainstream adoption, as retail trading became easier through pioneering bitcoin platforms like brokerage Coinbase.
The cryptocurrency market’s massive rally has been fueled in large part by inflation concerns and institutional adoption. Investors have been eyeing regulatory approval of a bitcoin exchange-traded fund, but JPMorgan warned Friday that such a development may actually hurt bitcoin prices in the short term as investors cash out of the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust, an SEC-approved bitcoin price-tracking fund that many have turned to in lieu of an ETF.
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After a more than 100% surge over the past month, the cryptocurrency market is taking a massive hit Monday as regulators and other experts sound the alarm on bitcoin’s booming rally, but not everyone’s convinced the bearishness is warranted.”Bitcoin often exhibits large upside swings that tend to be followed by corrections–this is normal behavior for a new technology in the early stage of its adoption curve,” Anatoly Crachilov, the cofounder and CEO of crypto investment manager Nickel Digital, said Monday, adding that the market is positioned for expansion as institutional adoption soars.
“Only professional investors with a long-term view on the underlying technology should have exposure to this asset class. They also need high-risk tolerance levels and, importantly, to never lose sight of the forest for the trees.”Bank of America Securities Chief Investment Strategist Michael Hartnett warned that bitcoin looks like “the mother of all bubbles,” on Friday, noting that its roughly 1,000% surge since the beginning of 2019 has been fueled by “violent” inflation, akin to the short-lived surges of gold prices in the late 1970s and tech stocks in the late 1990s. Before crashing 80% by the end of 2018, the price of bitcoin, which first launched in January 2009, climbed 15-fold in 2017 amid a flood of heightened attention and surging mainstream adoption, as retail trading became easier through pioneering bitcoin platforms like brokerage Coinbase.
The cryptocurrency market’s massive rally has been fueled in large part by inflation concerns and institutional adoption. Investors have been eyeing regulatory approval of a bitcoin exchange-traded fund, but JPMorgan warned Friday that such a development may actually hurt bitcoin prices in the short term as investors cash out of the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust, an SEC-approved bitcoin price-tracking fund that investors have turned to in lieu of an ETF. As Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple’s XRP And Litecoin Lose Billions, Watchdog Issues Stark Crypto Price Warning (Forbes)SEC Charges Ripple With Selling $1.3 Billion In Unregistered Securities, XRP Loses $2 Billion In Market Value (Forbes) All data is taken from the source: http://forbes.com Article Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jonathan…#bitcoin#newsheadlines#cnnnewstoday#newstodaylocal#newstodayabc#newstodaybbc #
Paybis The One Stop Shop For All Your Cryptocurrency. Paybis offers a wide range of different payment methods to buy and sell Bitcoin and five more cryptocurrencies. You can buy Bitcoins directly on Paybis with credit or debit card or any payment method which suits you the best. Their goal is to provide the customers a secure trading platform with 24/7 live support.
Paybis is a fast-growing company of experienced professionals from various industries who joined efforts in order to solve the problem of getting crypto fast and securely. The team consists of IT and Executive professionals, as well as experienced traders with several thousand, completed deals in their background. Their mission is to provide one of the best international cryptocurrency exchange services and help people transfer their funds between different payment systems quickly and with minimum fees.
The Paybis story has started in 2014, since then the exchange has grown to an international market place which serves more than 200,000 customers worldwide. They have completed more than 200,000 transactions since the beginning.
Paybis LTD is the company behind the operations of Paybis.com exchange. The company is registered in the United Kingdom with the registered address as 35/3 Buchanan Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH6 8RB. The founders are originally from Latvia.
Two employees are listed on Paybis LTD’s LinkedIn profile who are working for the company. Inokentijs Isers, from Latvia, is the director of Paybis LTD according to the company registrar, but he does not have a LinkedIn account. The other founder of the exchange is Konstantin Vasilenko who is an IT expert with over 15 years of extensive experience in enterprise IT project management, CRM systems, Blockchain, Digital Payments, and cryptocurrencies.
From 2015 he is the co-founded Paybis.com.Prior to joining the cryptospace he had 10+ year working career at Accenture, a Fortune 500 global management consulting and professional services firm that provides strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations services. Vasilenko graduated from the University of Riga as an IT professional.
Paybis is actively present on major social media platforms. They are sharing industry related interesting information with their 1k followers on Facebook. Similarly, their 1k followers on Twitter can read guides and walkthrough from the exchanges beyond retweets of industry related news. Their Youtube channel however only has one video so far. An important item on their social media list is the Trustpilot page. Out of 3915 reviews, they have gained a 9.2 rating from their users, which indeed increases the transparency of their activity.
To sign at and trade on Paybis you have multiple options to choose from for registration. In order to make the signup process as smooth and fast as it could be, you can use your Facebook or Google account to sign up for their services quickly and securely. If you do not want to give permission to your account by third-party accesses, you can always go down the usual road of providing your name and email address for registration. You need to confirm your email address in order to sign in, so make sure you provide a valid email.
At the same time, they respect privacy promise all information you provide them is kept securely on their servers that are not connected to the public web.Normally it takes 10-20 mins to get verified while making the first transaction if you fill in all information required correctly and you upload good quality pictures. There are 3 levels of verification you can choose from, each has its own limits depending on the payment method you would like to use.
The level 1 verification is mandatory to use the platform. This includes providing personal information (like name, date of birth, address, ID numbers). You also need to provide a copy of your documents to them. For level 2 verification you need to provide them with a selfie of your IDs and a proof of your address. For level 3 verification they also require additional documentation for your bank account and a minimum amount of completed transaction on the platform.
Although generically speaking you are required to verify your identity when using the platform, there are some exceptions you can still buy bitcoin without verification. There are a few methods available to buy Bitcoin without verification. Amazon.com gift cards do not require verification. Additionally, the level 1 verification for Perfect Money, Advanced Cash and Payeer payment methods are granted automatically, thus you can make purchases of Bitcoin without verification up to specific amounts.
Verification limits are depending on the payment method you would like to use. For Visa/MasterCard credit/debit cards, limits are USD 20,000/50,000 per week/month. For other digital wallet payments like Advanced Cash, Perfect Money, and others, they allow up to USD/EUR 500,000 per week. With Bank Transfers EUR/USD/RUB Paybis allows up to USD 200,000 of purchases per week or equivalent in other currencies.
Paybis does not support every single country in the world. Due to local legislation, Paybis does not provide services to the residents of certain US states (New York (NY), Georgia (GA), Connecticut (CT), New Mexico (NM), Washington (WA), Hawaii (HI)) and some other countries due to international trade agreements. Make sure you check out the list of restricted countries on their website before signing up.
They also suggest certain payment methods depending on your location. In the US credit card is good for a large amount, but alternative payment provides are not available to US residents. For European Union residents all the listed payment methods are available. For Russia and CIS countries, the most popular payment method is using credit and debit cards, but they only accept EUR and USD payment, which mean additional currency conversion charges are applied on a transfer.
For the rest of the world, Paybis suggest using bank wire transfers but for them, EUR transfers are not supported. The most impressive feature of Paybis is the variety of payment methods they offer. You can pay with Visa and Mastercards, SEPA or bank wire transfers. But they also offer a lot of different alternative payment option, such as paying with Amazon gift cards or Skrill, Yandey, Perfect Money funds.
You can even earn extra cash through their lucrative referral program. 10% of the profit is shared after each transaction done by your referral. In addition to this, they have a multi-tier system which means you are earning commissions after those referrals which are an affiliate to your first level referral.Paybis also offers guest blogging opportunity for those who would like to improve the SEO of their site. Something you rarely see on any crypto exchange.
Fees on Paybis Before engaging into a deal on Paybis, make sure you check the fees and commissions on their rates sheet. The fee structure is a bit complicated so make sure you take the time to understand what you are dealing with. Each payment method comes with a different fee which is based on a % commission and sometimes a flat fee added to this. Flat fees can increase your base costs during a small amount of purchases. The price of bitcoin and other cryptocurrency is depending thus on the payment method you choose. Paybis tried to be transparent as much they could be on the fees side, so you can see next to each payment method how much will that purchase cost to you after the commissions and fees are deducted. The price of Bitcoin and other cryptos are also varying depending on if you are buying or selling.
Paybis have turned on the possibility to add ratings to their Facebook page this means anyone who has a Facebook profile can rate their service which they cannot modify. This ensures that even bad reviews stay on the page, but unfortunately also means that anyone can comment with a Facebook account, regardless if they have truly used the service. Out of 18 opinions, their service is rated at 3.8/5. There were two users complaining about their service so far. Their issue was that Paybis asked for personal documents before the transactions. On the other hand, apart from these complaints, there are no real complaints about their services, nobody reported that they got scammed using their services and their Trustpilot rating is very high as well.
Paybis does not store any cryptocurrency on behalf of you. When you purchase the coins, the cryptocurrency is transferred directly into the wallet of yours. This reduces the risk of a hacking incident where the funds of the clients would be stolen from the exchange.
They do not have a 2FA security layer, so the password protection is the only gate on the site. Paybis stores offline all client related information, not on public servers.
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Bybit is a crypto exchange from the British Virgin Islands. On the date of last updating this review (2 December 2020), Bybit informed on their website that they had more than 1.2 million users, which is very impressive.
Bybit is a crypto derivatives exchange where you can trade with as much as 100x leverage on a certain number of assets (see above what cryptos you can trade here). But that’s not all you can trade. At this platform, it is even possible to trade quarterly futures contracts. These contracts will expire based on its calendar cycle and converge to the spot price. One key advantage is that users no longer need to pay any funding fees.
Bybit’s matching engine is allegedly capable of up to 100,000 TPS (Transactions Per Second) which is incredibly impressive and a great future for anyone interested in leveraged trading. We say “allegedly” as there is no way for us to verify this information, not because we mistrust it in any way. Bybit continuously improves the safety and reliability of the trading platform. For instance, on 2 December 2020, they made a number of speed improvements to the platform that made order placements 50% faster, made the trading platform require 50% less CPU and memory load and made the connections to EMEA and Latin America 500% faster.
This platform is not only available for desktop, but also Android and Apple mobile phones. Most traders in the crypto world today carry out their trades via desktop (around 70% or so). However, there are naturally people out there that want to do it from their smart phone as well. If you’re one of those people, then this platform can still be for you, seeing as it has a native mobile application (unlike e.g. BitMEX).
As mentioned above, Bybit allows you to trade with leverage. This means that you can receive a higher exposure towards a certain crypto’s price increase or decrease, without actually holding the necessary amount of assets. You do this by “leveraging” your trade. In simple terms, this means that you borrow from the exchange to bet more. You can get as much as 100x leverage on this platform.
For instance, let’s say that you have 100 USD in your trading account and you bet this amount on BTC going long (i.e., going up in value). If BTC then increases in value with 10%, you would have earned 10 USD. If you had used 100x leverage, your initial 100 USD position becomes a 10,000 USD position so you instead earn an extra 1,000 USD (990 USD more than if you had not leveraged your deal). However, the more leverage you use, the smaller the distance to your liquidation price becomes. This means that if the price of BTC moves in the opposite direction (goes down for this example), then it only needs to go down a very small percentage for you to lose the entire 100 USD you started with. Again, the more leverage you use, the smaller the opposite price movement needs to be for you to lose your investment. So, as you might imagine, the balance between risk and reward in leveraged deals is quite fine-tuned (there are no risk free profits).
Different exchanges have different trading views. And there is no “this overview is the best”-view. You should yourself determine which trading view that suits you the best. What the views normally have in common is that they all show the order book or at least part of the order book, a price chart of the chosen cryptocurrency and order history. They normally also have buy and sell-boxes. Before you choose an exchange, try to have a look at the trading view so that you can ascertain that it feels right to you. The below is a picture of the trading view at Bybit:
US-investors may not trade here. The exclusion of US-investors is primarily due to regulatory reasons. The US-legal regime imposes obligations on many companies accepting funds from US-investors. If you are a US-investor, don’t despair! Why don’t you just try finding the best cryptocurrency exchange for you to trade at by using the filters in our Cryptocurrency Exchange List? Check it out.
Every trade occurs between two parties: the maker, whose order exists on the order book prior to the trade, and the taker, who places the order that matches (or “takes”) the maker’s order. We call makers for “makers” as their orders make the liquidity in a market. Takers are the ones who “take” this liquidity by matching makers’ orders with their own.
At Bybit, takers are charged 0.075% per order. This is difficult to compare to the global industry average taker fees for regular centralized exchanges, as the instruments traded at the different exchanges are also different from each other. In any event, 0.075% is a fair fee.
When it comes to the makers, their fee is -0.025%. This essentially means that each maker get paid to trade. To clarify, let’s say that you are the maker in an order where you purchase cryptocurrency for USD 1,000. This means that instead of paying USD 1,000, you will only have to pay USD 997.50. This is a very competitive trait indeed.
Bybit Withdrawal fees
When withdrawing BTC from the Bybit trading platform, you will have to pay 0.0005 BTC. This is 40% lower than the global industry average BTC withdrawal fee (0.0008 BTC) and thus also a very competitive withdrawal fee.
Bybit does not accept any deposits of fiat currency. This means that new investors (i.e., investors without any previous crypto holdings) can’t trade here. In order to purchase your first cryptos, you need a so called entry-level exchange, which is an exchange accepting deposits of fiat currency. Find one by using our Exchange Filters!
We run all exchange-websites in Mozilla’s Observatory-test (https://observatory.mozilla.org/). The score in such test is one of many indicators of the exchange’s security. Bybit received a B-score in this test. B is very impressive, particularly in light of most exchanges in our Exchange List only receiving F-scores.
Good work, Bybit!
Low trading fees are indeed very important for any crypto investor. All of the following exchanges also – like the above exchange – have very low trading fees (some of them don’t even charge trading fees at all):
Bitcoin is money, and money has always been used both for legal and illegal purposes. Cash, credit cards and current banking systems widely surpass Bitcoin in terms of their use to finance crime. Bitcoin can bring significant innovation in payment systems and the benefits of such innovation are often considered to be far beyond their potential drawbacks.
Bitcoin is designed to be a huge step forward in making money more secure and could also act as a significant protection against many forms of financial crime. For instance, bitcoins are completely impossible to counterfeit. Users are in full control of their payments and cannot receive unapproved charges such as with credit card fraud. Bitcoin transactions are irreversible and immune to fraudulent chargebacks.
Bitcoin allows money to be secured against theft and loss using very strong and useful mechanisms such as backups, encryption, and multiple signatures. Some concerns have been raised that Bitcoin could be more attractive to criminals because it can be used to make private and irreversible payments. However, these features already exist with cash and wire transfer, which are widely used and well-established.
The use of Bitcoin will undoubtedly be subjected to similar regulations that are already in place inside existing financial systems, and Bitcoin is not likely to prevent criminal investigations from being conducted. In general, it is common for important breakthroughs to be perceived as being controversial before their benefits are well understood. The Internet is a good example among many others to illustrate this.
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Trading of Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies increased sharply at the beginning of 2020, then jumped to a new high in February—a level that was sustained for the height of the Coronavirus crisis from March through May.
“If historical growth rates can be maintained, Bitcoin’s current daily volume would need fewer than 4 years of growth to exceed daily volume of all US equities and fewer than 5 years to exceed daily volume of all US bonds.”
Where is this Coronavirus-fueled trading volume coming from and who will drive the future growth?
Who’s Buying Bitcoin?
A new study from Cornerstone Advisors revealed that 15% of American adults now own some form of cryptocurrency—a little more than half of whom invested in cryptocurrency for the first time during the first six months of 2020.
On average, these new investors obtained roughly $67.5 billion in cryptocurrencies, roughly $4,000 per person. The self-reported value of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum for Americans who owned these assets prior to this year is about $111 billion, or close to $7,000 per person.
At 15% penetration, the US cracks the top 10 countries with the highest adoption of cryptocurrencies according to data from September 2019 (although a lot has changed since then).
The Demographics of Bitcoin Buyers
Who fueled this Bitcoin buying binge during the crisis?
High income, well-educated men. Nearly eight in 10 of 2020 crypto buyers were men with an average annual income of $130,000. Four in 10 have a Master’s degree or higher (70% have a Bachelor’s degree or higher).
Millennials and Gen Xers. Millennials (26 to 40 years old) comprised 57% of the consumers buying cryptocurrency in 2020 with Gen Xers (41 to 55 years old) accounting for 30%. Overall, 27% of Millennials and 21% of Gen Xers now hold some form of cryptocurrency, in contrast to 7% of Gen Zers, and 3% of Baby Boomers.
Bank of America customers. Overall, 21% of all consumers call Bank of America their primary bank. Of the consumers buying cryptocurrencies during the Bitcoin binge, almost half—47%—are customers of Bank of America. You’d think Bitcoin buyers would be customers of the digital banks, but only 6% of them call a digital bank their primary bank—in line with the population as a whole.
The Bitcoin Benefit
It’s hard to prove that holding cryptocurrencies is the cause of this, but 44% of Americans who have already invested in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies said that their financial health is “much better” since the beginning of the Covid crisis. That’s in contrast to just 5% of all other US consumers.
First Time Investors
From a demographic perspective, the first-time investors are very similar to the previous group of crypto holders, but they’re different in at least one significant way: They’re changing up the financial institutions they do business with.
Among the consumers who invested in cryptocurrency for the first time in 2020, half of them switched their primary banking relationship in the past six months—one-third did so in the past three months alone.
The Apple Effect
Apple Card holders only comprise 5% of all credit card customers, but among those that do have the card, 47% own some form of cryptocurrency—two-thirds of whom purchased crypto in 2020.
The Next Wave of Investors
The 11% of Americans who expect to invest in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are somewhat different, demographically, from the current set of investors. Specifically, they are:
Women. Women only make up 22% of current cryptocurrency investors. In the next wave of investors, they account for 35% of the total.
Minorities. African-American and Hispanic consumers, who comprise 28% of all Americans, account for 23% of current crypto investors. Among those that anticipate investing in the next 12 months, 37% are from these two ethnic groups.
Younger and older. Just 6% of Gen Zers and Baby Boomers already have cryptocurrencies. In the next wave of investors, 17% are Gen Zers and 11% are Baby Boomers.
Less educated. Among current crypto investors, just 18% have not earned at least an Associate’s college degree. Among the consumers expecting to invest in cryptocurrencies in the next 12 months, that percentage rises to 36%.
One area of concern regarding the next wave of investors: Just 30% consider themselves to be “very financially literate,” in comparison to 54% of those who already hold cryptocurrencies.
The Crypto Opportunity For Banks
The surge in cryptocurrency investing has been a boon for Square. Bitcoin revenue for its Cash App for Q1 2020 was $306 million, up from $65 million in Q1 2019. Not surprisingly, reports indicate that PayPal intends to offer crypto purchasing through its PayPal and Venmo apps.
While many banks prevent their customers from buying cryptocurrencies using the cards they issue, the mainstreaming of crypto investing raises new questions for bnaks—not just regarding allowing their cards to be used, but whether or not they should provide more cryptocurrency investment-related services altogether.
A new announcement from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) may be opening the door to that. According to an article here in Forbes, the OCC letter:
“Clarifies that national banks have the authority to provide fiat bank accounts and cryptocurrency custodial services to cryptocurrency businesses. This clarification may open the doors for larger financial institutions to be provide bank accounts to cryptocurrency companies, as well as actually provide custodial services for customers’ private keys.”
Among the large banks, a few appear to have a head start over the others. A site called Moon Banking provides a “crypto friendliness” score for banks, with USAA and Ally Bank leading the way in the US.
All banks—in particular, community banks and credit unions—should look at opportunities to provide Bitcoin wallets and other cryptocurrency trading services as a way to differentiate their services.
Ron Shevlin is the Managing Director of Fintech Research at Cornerstone Advisors. Author of the book Smarter Bank and the Fintech Snark Tank on Forbes, Ron is ranked among the top fintech influencers globally, and is a frequent keynote speaker at banking and fintech industry events.
On Friday, May 22, a new Tamarin Gerriety-shot documentary, Banking on Africa: The Bitcoin Revolution, will launch on Amazon Prime. The film depicts the full extent of crypto adoption in Africa and how digital currencies, specifically Bitcoin, are shaping lives in the region. Also launching on the same date will be a comprehensive research report by Arcane Research that covers the state of cryptocurrencies in the continent.
Produced by the award-winning house, Documinute, Decryptreports that the film explores how digital currency users in the continent are using cryptocurrencies to overcome challenges such as poor infrastructure, mismanagement of resources, and the high remittance fees.
Tackling High Remittance Fees Through Bitcoin and Crypto
On average, the cost of sending funds from the diaspora to Africa is painfully expensive considering that up to 41 percent of sub-Saharan Africans live on less than $1.9 a day according to a World Bank study. This is below the extreme poverty line by the World Bank’s standard. Cumulatively, the study further adds that slightly over 700 million people across the globe live in extreme poverty.
Cryptocurrencies bypass the middleman through decentralization and distribution. Compared to centralized institutions, crypto platforms are cheaper and relatively fast to transact from. Even though Bitcoin transaction fees have been rising in recent times, ballooning to $6.4 on May 19, a network change could see fees drop to within the $0.5 to $1 range.
Digital current networks are therefore a relief for people and institutions in the continent who have to put up with high transaction fees while remaining under-served by banks. Up to 66 percent of the population south of the Sahara desert doesn’t have a bank account. On average, the Arcane Research reports reveal, remittance firms charge a 9 percent fee, roughly 2 percent higher than the global average.
Blockchain Projects in Africa Are Successful
Even so, the inadequate and sometimes the lack of basic infrastructure is slowing down the penetration of cryptocurrencies and forcing blockchain projects to reconsider their plans. For instance, the low electricity penetration in the zone could prove a hindrance.
Still, for what Africa offers—judging from the success of several blockchain platforms as Akoin and Sun Exchanges, Africans desperately need an option to overcome current impediments.
Promisingly, recent statistics drawn by Paxful , LocalBitcoins & GenesisMining Bitcoin exchanges, and published by Useful Tulips in early May 2020 showed that Bitcoin trading volumes from sub-Saharan Africa topped $13 million—a new high.
0:20 – Introduction to ‘Mass Adoption in Africa 1:56 – “Why Africa matters to you?” 3:58 – What parts of Africa is blockchain being implemented? 6:35 – IOHK Implementing change in Ethiopia 8.23 – Mickey Watkins on World Mobile Change 11.14 – Richard Ells, Electroneum on ETN 11.35 – Akon on what, when and where 15:09 – Akon on including Africans in the project 16:47 Mickey Watkins ‘the government need transparency’ 19:42 Mass adoption of Africa in blockchain
A crypto exchange from Mexico has launched an initiative to gather COVID-19-related donations through cryptocurrencies.
Mexican cryptocurrency exchange Bitso joined forces with the crowdfunding platform Donadora to launch a crypto-based donation system. The platform will help gather funds to buy food for the most vulnerable families affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
According to a report published by El Heraldo de México on May 15, each pantry delivered will be worth 150 Mexican pesos. They will have enough food to feed families of between four and six members for a week.
Donation options include both fiat currencies and various cryptos, such as Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH) and XRP.
Crypto donations gain popularity as a crowdfunding method
The local exchange stated that crypto donations are a very efficient method for crowdfunding. This is due to their decentralized nature and the fact that anyone in the world can participate in the initiative.
Bitso released the following comments after the announcement:
“Donations through cryptocurrency wallets are easy, fast, and secure. Transactions are reflected in seconds, making it a very transparent method to ensure that your donation was received.”
Initiatives to fight COVID-19 continue to arise in the crypto space
Cointelegraph reported on another crypto crowdfunding campaign in April launched by the Italian Red Cross. The campaign aimed to build an advanced medical post to combat COVID-19 in Italy. This endeavor successfully raised $10,000 in four weeks.
Several crypto firms launched similar initiatives related to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis across the world, such as Binance, BitMEX and the Stellar Foundation.
Hello and welcome back. Mexican Bitcoin exchange Bitso has opened bitcoin donation support for Mexico City’s earthquake relief. Donations can also be made in Ethereum and Ripple. 50% of the donations will go to the Red Cross. The rest of the funds will go to professional non-profit Mexican rescue team, Topos de Tlatelolco. Cryptocurrency users who donate funds can also get the receipt related to their transfer. Bitso will liquidate any donated funds every Friday at noon for the next four weeks. Over 230 lives have been lost as a result of this sad event and at least 44 buildings collapsed in Mexico City with thousands more damaged. Let’s see how some of the top cryptocurrencies are performing. There is now talk that another version of bitcoin might be created in November. So let’s take a closer look. There was plenty of uncertainty and concerns before the August 1st split, but we saw it surge to over $3,000 at the beginning of August and it then climbed past $4,000 the very same month. Bitcoin hit its last record high at the beginning of September surpassing $5,000 on some exchanges. At the moment, Bitcoin remains just under $4,000. It did not suffer any significant losses over the past few days, since its dramatic drop at the weekend, when we saw it fall below $3,000. Last week, news surrounding China’s crackdown had quite a bit impact on cryptocurrencies, but defender of the cryptocurrency world, John Mc Afee who is currently in China was asked on twitter whether China plans to ban mining. Mc Afee replied that they will not, but trading of cryptocurrency against the Yuan will be halted in a few weeks. Until that time, users can still complete trades without issue. Mc Afee continues to defend bitcoin and remains bullish as he believes it will reach $500,000 in less than three years. Let’s take a quick look at ethereum, it remains under $300. It is currently around $280. The first stage of the Metropolis upgrade on the Ethereum network has been launched Bitcoin Cash climbed past $540 on Tuesday, but today we saw it drop to around $462. Dash has climbed over 10% over the past 24 hours. Last Friday we saw it fall to as low as $221.