Bitcoin maximum supply will reach over 21 million coins and now more than 18 million are already mined. As per the Bitcoin news today the actual supply of the coins within the economy has to be bigger due to the many forms of fractional reserves practices.
The cryptocurrency expert Eric Wall warned that there is nothing to hold back the bitcoin owners from effectively expending the supply which could happen similarly as the banks hold onto the portfolio of assets. Wall believes that BTC usage could adopt a broader money supply which is similar to a mix between the activity of the central banks. Currently, most of the bitcoin adopters want to hold their coins in their own wallets. The custodial services however for crypto assets are expanding. Coinbase offers multiple custodial wallets and the Bakkt bitcoin futures exchange also bases the trading on holding BTC for its clients. Wall warns that this is the first stage of using IOUs instead of Bitcoin.
This usage of Bitcoin is compared to promissory banknotes that are issued in exchange for actual gold that is stored in banks. However, the proponents of sound money believe that any form of reserve banking will defeat the original purpose of BTC and will allow anyone to control their own wealth. The exchanges are the best option to actually inflate the Bitcoin maximum supply. The market operators claim to preserve Bitcoin in their cold wallets but they issue a database entry to the traders. By adding margin and lending services, the exchanges manage to increase the impact of BTC and the coins they hold into custody.
The exchanges trade about 1.5 million BTC each day and represent a small part of the supply. OTC deals are harder to estimate and the Bitcoin network carries about $4 billion and $300 million of transactional value per day which is still only a small fraction of the total BTC market cap. The supply of actual BTC coins is diminished. Some of the coins are locked beyond the retrieval because of private key losses and some coins have also been seized by states and law enforcement as we have seen in the previous blockchain news.
Growth Of BTC Millionaires Now Matches The Early Years: Report
“The rate of growth of 1000BTC addresses now matches the early growth in Bitcoin's network.”
Source: charts.woobull.comWoo was expanding on his original data from blockchain analysis resource Glassnode. According to him, the fresh desire for major Bitcoin balances at vastly higher prices than five years ago tells that wealthier individuals coming into the space.If the generating addresses with over 1,000 BTC at the time were doing so out of technical curiosity, the incentives in 2019 are purely financial. Willy Woo talked about this in his growth of BTC millionaires report and summarized:
“IMO we're likely in a new renaissance of Bitcoin, this one is powered by capital influx of high net worth investors, while the early one was from the tech savvy who were bootstrapping the network. Super Bullish.”Meanwhile, the crypto news show that the trajectory of balances topping 1,000 BTC picked up at the start of 2019 after a period of flat growth which started in late 2013 prior to the implosion of the major exchange Mt. Gox.As many news sites reported last month, the number of addresses containing more than $100,000 has also hit a new all-time high. At press time, around 3,070 addresses hold more than 1,000 BTC each, representing around 0.01% of the total, according to the BitInfoCharts' Bitcoin Rich List.What's also important is that many of the richest addresses - specifically the top four - belong to exchanges such as Binance which are holding Bitcoins belonging to millions of users.Besides the growth of BTC millionaires, the situation on the market remains the same - and the total market cap is nearing $225 billion.
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“You have companies like Fidelity and TD Ameritrade starting to push into this space. So ultimately you’re going to be able to buy Bitcoin in a regular brokerage account, or it’s going to look like a regular brokerage account. So I’m less concerned that you need a bitcoin ETF at this point in time.”Brian Kelly also pointed out to the fact that the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) decided to define Ethereum as a commodity and how this made a significant impact on the space.
“The CFTC saying that Ethereum is a commodity is huge for the space. It gives us regulatory clarity. [...] That opens the door for institutions to come in. [...] Everybody is concerned, what if they ban it? [...] The CFTC said ‘we’re not banning it yet, we’re gonna regulate it,’ and now investors can say ‘Put them in my commodity bucket.’”In May this year, Brian Kelly also said that the upcoming supply cut - which was brought by the next halving of the block reward - is what Bitcoin needs to rise further in the coming months. As we reported on October 9, the US SEC rejected Bitwise Asset Management and its proposal to list a Bitcoin ETF.Meanwhile, the Bitcoin news updates show that BTC is still vulnerable in the $8,000 region and trades at $8,350 today with a downward momentum. Meanwhile, there are altcoins surging such as Binance Coin (BNB) and Bitcoin SV (BSV). The market is not in a good position and things may change soon, but there must be a coin that will trigger a new bullish run.
Bitcoin Is No Longer Seen As The Driving Force Of The Current Market
“Now that Bitcoin is a big kid, anything can make it move, just like anything can make gold or a G-10 currency move,” said Selbert. “Bitcoin is part of the financial landscape in a very intertwined and mature way.”As it stands, Bitcoin is trading at $8,346 and the latest crypto news bring a mix of reds and greens on the marketplace. The 24 hour trading volume is stable at $46 billion and the dominance of Bitcoin has fallen to 66.8% - another sign that Bitcoin is no longer dominant in every single way.Among the tokens which are rising today we have Bitcoin SV (BSV) which managed to grow by 4.43% reaching $89.21 - and Binance Coin (BNB) which surged by 2.53% to a price of $17.46. The biggest loser, on the other hand, remains Chainlink (LINK) with its price of $2.54 following a 5.36% decline.
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