As covered by CCN, the CME Group, the $51 billion U.S.- based financial institution and the world’s biggest options exchange, is set to open bitcoin for trading by December 18 on its platform. As of late, the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) is also planning to list bitcoin futures contracts on its platform and Nasdaq Inc. next year.
As per Bloomberg, billionaire investor Mark Cuban says bitcoin futures exchanging on such exchanges will positively affect the leader digital currency. He expressed:
“It’s going to be interesting. The outcome of it is going to be positive as the transaction fees for bitcoin are relatively higher. If this manages to bring these costs lower, bitcoin market will be in for a huge boost.”
Naem Aslam, a market investigator at TF Global Markets in London, added to Cuban’s analysis, saying that exchange costs, including digital money trade fees and custody services charges, could decrease if bitcoin demand grows because of futures trading on these exchanges.
Cuban, the majority owner of the Dallas Mavericks and a star on the investing theme show “Shark Tank,” has in the past stated that in spite of being a bitcoiner, he trusted the market was in an air pocket. He later changed his conclusion on bitcoin, as he exhorted “true adventurers” to put 10% of their wealth in digital forms of money – Cuban himself has put resources into cryptographic hedge funds, in bitcoin, and in other digital currencies.
Tim Draper, another billionaire who’s gotten over $110 million from his bitcoin ventures, was likewise anxious to see bitcoin futures on these exchanges. In an email to Bloomberg he composed:
“Bitcoin is a currency and should be treated as such. It makes perfect sense that a currency should be able to be hedged.”
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After the US SEC (Securities and Exchanges Commission) announced that it’s starting an investigation, the stock value of Longfin (fintech firm) has dropped below 30%.
According to a report, on 2nd April, Longfin divulged the investigation in a public 10-K filing to the Securities and Exchanges Commission. Longfin is among the NASDAQ-listed fintech companies and its market cap shot-up above 1,000 percent in last December, within only 2-days.
Investigation By SEC
On 5th March, Longfin was informed by the Division of Enforcement of SEC that they will be investigating transactions in the company’s shares and also demanded the documents related to its IPO and acquisition of Ziddu.com. Ziddu.com is a firm that focuses on smart contracts and micro-lending via blockchain technology.
In the 10-K filing, Longfin showed that its aim is to cooperate with the SEC investigations. The document says:
“We are in the process of responding to this document request and will cooperate with the SEC in connection with its investigation. While the SEC is trying to determine whether there have been any violations of the federal securities laws, the investigation does not mean that the SEC has concluded that anyone has violated the law.”
What does Venkat Meenavalli have to say about it?
CEO of Longfin, Venkat Meenavalli also acknowledged this gigantic spike in stock value last December, as he stated:
“This market cap is not justified. I valued my IPO pricing at $5.” He also added:
“We are a profitable company… We have nothing to do with this euphoric mania.”
The stock value plunged really quick after an adverse tweet was posted by a well-known short-seller, Andrew Left’s Citron Research and news that the FTSE Russell was considering to eradicate Longfin from its benchmark Russell indexes due to inadequate free-floating shares.
As for the negative view of Citron, Meenavalli said:
“We are going to take legal action after we file the 10-K” and added, “The company is a profitable company, making revenue.”
Also, at the beginning of this year, the SEC reported that it’s going to start an investigation on companies that are using public enthusiasm and blockchain technology to deploy their stock prices.
In the past decade, Cryptocurrencies have become a revolution in the modern economy and banking system. It acts as an alternative currency which serves as a financial transaction database for the general public and the cryptocurrency which pave the way for this successful revolution is Bitcoin. Bitcoin was the first of its kind and introduced in 2009 and since then it serves as the digital gold standard in the whole cryptocurrency industry. The value of bitcoin has been increasing over the past decade and the value of bitcoin in future estimated to have upgradation after recognizing present rate of increment. The value of bitcoin has increased from 0 to 7300 dollars from its introduction in crypto industry.
Value as a Currency
Bitcoin has emerged as a new world currency over the past decade. It serves as a global way of payment. Usually, the currency system depends upon the country’s economy and a centralized banking system which check the exchange rates of the currency with the global stock exchange. But Bitcoin doesn’t need all. It doesn’t depend upon any banking system.
Nowadays Bitcoin is usually measured or exchanged in terms of American dollars or Japanese yen it means anyone can exchange bitcoin either in dollars or yen depending upon the rate of exchange in the global market which can be high or can be low as zero. The difference between the other currencies which are supported by the banking system and bitcoin is that it doesn’t require any banking structure for its exchange and can be exchanged for dollars and yens depending upon their values.
Value as an Investment
In the field of Finance, the investment is a term which generates a value that describes the sum of future revenues generated. Up till now, bitcoin doesn’t hold any type of present and future revenues so It can say that now Bitcoin as an investment has zero minimal value.
According to the famous businessman, Warren Buffet bitcoin cannot become an investment and it is a mirage. Buffet said the idea which has high inherent value is just a joke in his view and it will have a bad ending.
Bitcoin a New Gold
Sometimes Bitcoin is also referred to as a new gold due to its inability to generates revenues. The assets which don’t generate any revenue such as gold but the gold has minimal value because of the industrial use and the manufacture of industrial goods that has given gold a minimal value despite having no financial assistance. Bitcoin has been compared to gold over the years due to having low financial investment.
Bitcoin as a Ponzi Scheme
Bitcoin also termed as a Ponzi scheme, which is described by the fraud investment in which manager provides fabricated reports and try to lure the new investors into the reports so they invest in their project and generates revenue for the older investors.
The characteristics of Ponzi scheme is:
- Usage of verbal guises
- Encouragement of high return to the new investor that lure them to invest
- Not having solid assets ground
- Minimal withdrawal of money by providing new plans
In the end, it can be said that the Bitcoin has integrated a revolution in the modern currency and banking system and the value of bitcoin has proved its popularity among the people and made it a global way of payment. In the recent, the value of bitcoin in future will increase as the rate of increment in the present time and maybe it will become a new gold or a mode of investment.
To begin with, Bitcoin has been the talk of every news channel, tabloid, website, etc. for a long while now. It’s increasing popularity might’ve caused a little problem for the network. Bitcoin is in a messy situation right now and something needs to be done. Fortunately, two possible solutions have been proposed as well, but only one can exist.
What’s The Issue?
In simple words, Bitcoin is unable to withstand the number of transactions taking place on the network.
The technical explanation is that the 1MB block size limit which is programmed into the system has become a problem and is causing delays in the processing of transactions. Basically, a purchase can take from a few minutes to hours to confirm.
Two techniques were proposed, which result in two different solutions: Bitcoin Unlimited, and Segregated Witness. They’re both proposed software updates to the Bitcoin network with the aim to completely change the way Bitcoin functions.
Obviously, the two can’t coexist, that would “fork” the Bitcoin network – splitting it into two different digital currencies.
A fork is known as a software update. Basically, updating a program from an old version to a new one.
It is a compulsory software update that is required in order for the program to function. It can be implemented to fix bug errors or any security issues present in the older version of the software. Also, a hard fork is irreversible.
The “hard fork” will split the blockchain, leading to the introduction of a new chain of transactions branching from the original one.
Starting off with Bitcoin Unlimited, this proposal is favored majorly by Bitcoin miners. To understand this, you must know the concept of Bitcoin mining. Bitcoin miners use specified powerful computers to solve complex mathematical algorithms in order to verify a transaction and be rewarded with newly issued bitcoins.
We are aware that there is a built-in block size limit of 1MB in the Bitcoin network, however, BU gives miners the permission to vote on increasing the block size whenever they want. This gives them control of the Bitcoin network, due to which they’re favored by miners.
On the other hand, SegWit is being voted by many Bitcoin enthusiasts and developers. Their aim is to optimize the Bitcoin coding in a way that allows them to decrease the transaction size and increase the transaction volume, all while sticking to the 1MB block limit. They suggest the use of a soft fork.
A soft fork is a software update that lets the network to adapt to the new functionalities and features implemented. The update doesn’t interfere with the existing software and the older version will still be usable.
Who Will Be The Winner?
Aha! Too bad we can’t answer this question because half the community goes for SegWit and the other half for BU. There’s not really much we can do, just voice out our opinion and educate others with whatever we learn and maybe help them come up with opinions of their own.
We’ll just have to patiently wait and watch how this turns out.
I’d like to point out that I have a very limited technical knowledge and only know my way around a few technical terminologies. This post is a compilation of weeks of research that I’ve put together myself. So, if you do find any errors, do let me know in the comment section below and I’ll be sure to check back on them.
Bitcoin has been on a roll ever since the hard fork incident took place. The digital currency climbed to many new heights within the past month but, the most recent one was it hitting a record of $5000 per coin on Saturday, last week. Let’s not forget, the value did fall by $1000 within three days before it made a speedy recovery. Bitcoin right now is hovering above $4,200 per coin.
We’re all aware that the rapid fluctuations of the cryptocurrency make it difficult to price products. But even with that continuing, there are still some exciting and wild purchases you can make with bitcoin.
Here are 7 of the most shocking things you can buy with bitcoin.
Back in the summer of 2014, Air Baltic was announced to be the first airline to accept bitcoin as a means of payment for airline tickets.
In 2013, ForCoinsLLC was launched by two bitcoin enthusiasts. Their aim was to make it simpler for consumers to purchase items with bitcoin. PizzaForCoins is their website that allows you to pay with bitcoin at local franchises of Papa Johns, Pizza Hut and Dominoes.
A college degree
You can get a master’s degree in digital currency from the University of Nicosia, in Cyprus. They accept tuition payments in bitcoin through a bitcoin exchange but, their first class is free online. The degree costs $14,500 however, if you pay in bitcoin, you get a 5% discount.
An apartment in Dubai
Looking for a new pad? Well, the Aston Plaza and Residences in Dubai newly announced that the developers would be accepting bitcoin as a payment for studios, one and two-bedroom apartments. Prices begin at around $127,800 which is 27.55 bitcoins.
In Berlin, a restaurant owner claimed that about 10% of his customers pay using cryptocurrencies.
A brandy distillery
Presently, a distillery in Nemesvamos, Hungary, is selling its building along with the equipments for a little above 73 bitcoins.
One funeral home in the U.S., Crescent Tide Cremation Services in Twin Cities, Minnesota is known to accept bitcoin as a means of payment. They even offer 3% discount if you pay in crypto-cash.
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