The true potential of Bitcoin is showing up every day in our crypto news section. However, one of the most evident cases for that was yesterday, when one Bitcoin user managed to move 29,999 Bitcoins that are currently worth around $194 million – paying a fee of only $0.1.
This transaction would certainly cost tens of thousands of dollars if it was made in banks, which puts Bitcoin in the spotlight. The $194 million payment has clearly demonstrated the potential of consensus currencies and how they aim to reshape the cross-border payments in a significant way.
In times when $1 million transferred through banks costs $10,000 and more, Bitcoin aims to reshape the market and bring the fees to less than a dollar. Even platforms like Transferwise which are known for eliminating the hidden fees in bank transfers are obsolete when it comes to cryptocurrencies.
For example, sending $1 million via Transferwise will cost over $7,500 in transaction fees – which in percentages shows that it is less than 1% of the total sum – making it cheap. However, on the Bitcoin network, it costs less than $0.1 to clear a $194 million transaction.
According to the cryptocurrency critic (and professor at Stern School) named Nouriel Roubini:
“So the cost per transaction of bitcoin is literally $60. So if I were to buy a $3 latte at Starbucks I would have to pay $63 to get it! So the myth of a ‘Brilliant new technology that reduces the vast fees of legacy financial systems!’ turns out to be a Big Fat Lie!”
In response to this, a respected cryptocurrency investor and the co-founder of Blocktower, Ari Paul, stated:
“BTC fees are less than $0.10, easily verifiable. If you value truth, you’d provide a public correction. If your goal is to mislead people with simply false statements, carry on. There’s nothing to research. Fees are publicly viewable from many sources (googling it works.) I find it better not to provide a specific source because then regardless of source, the source gets attacked,”
The discussion has proven that there are a lot of ‘false statements’ online – and that Bitcoin is really a pioneer in the world of feeless transactions.
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"BitMEX insiders revealed to me that this exchange is also used daily for money laundering on a massive scale by terrorists and other criminals from Russia, Iran, and elsewhere," Roubini wrote in a blog post. "The exchange does nothing to stop this, as it profits from these transactions."Roubini (Dr. Doom) also clashed with the chief executive of BitMEX, Arthur Hayes, at the Asia Blockchain Summit earlier this month. At the time, he branded Bitcoin "overhyped" and a "cesspool."
"Some of the biggest crypto players may be openly involved in systematic illegality," Roubini wrote, adding: "BitMEX [is] an unregulated trillion-dollar exchange of crypto derivatives that is domiciled in the Seychelles but active globally ... involves peddling to 'degenerate gamblers' (meaning clueless retail investors) crypto derivatives with 100-to-one leverage."On the topic of margin trading which is hot in the latest cryptocurrency news, Dr. Doom is again pessimistic. However, there are many other analysts which are optimistic on crypto. One of them is Simon Peters, analyst at eToro. As Peters said:
“Crypto bears are poised to pounce, after several high-profile U.S. government officials took aim at bitcoin and Facebook's Libra this week."Currently, Bitcoin is eyeing $10,000 in a new upward run which stabilized the market overnight.
Coinbase Is Rolling Out New Data Tools For ‘First Time’ Crypto Investors
“The top holder activity signal is the percentage of Coinbase customers with large balances of an asset (top 10%) who have net increased (bought) or decreased (sold) their positions in that asset through trading over the last 24 hours,” Coinbase explained in a blog post which went viral in the altcoin news. “This is updated approximately every 2 hours.”Speaking to CoinDesk, one Coinbase spokesperson further noted that top holder activity would be aggregated from all of the individual Coinbase accounts across the exchange - excluding the ones set up by institutions. Beyond the sharing metrics on Coinbase power users, the fact that Coinbase is rolling out their data tools will apparently help retail users make more informed decisions. The Coinbase customers will also be able to see the median number of days an asset is held by traders on the exchange before it is sold or moved to another address, the latest cryptocurrency news show. Another tool which Coinbase is rolling out will gauge the popularity of assets on Coinbase as well as their relative price correlations to other crypto assets. All of the "exclusive" data tools are available to any user for free starting from today.
“For individual investors, especially those new to crypto, we hope these new signals will encourage more informed management of a diversified crypto portfolio. We want trading signals to help first-time investors build the right portfolio to suit their investment goals,” a spokesperson from Coinbase noted.Now that Coinbase is rolling out these data tools, a senior engineer from the company named Will Drevo says that the platform's top crypto accounts have a tendency to buy rather than sell their portfolio positions.
“Historically, when top holders are either unusually bullish or bearish this has been indicative of changing market conditions, but not always," Drevo wrote in another post.Founded in 2012, Coinbase has snagged a $8 billion valuation this year.
Bitcoin Bounces Back Near $10k, Analysts Aren’t Convinced Of A Run
“Bitcoin had a nice bounce that tapped the previous 4hr chart low and I honestly think it needs to push up more before continuation down,” investor and trader Josh Rager wrote in his Bitcoin price update on Twitter late Wednesday.In the altcoin news, we can see that the increased momentum and the fact that Bitcoin bounces back has made a lot of altcoins wake up. It seems like Bitcoin's move to the upside has a more profound impact on the altcoin markets which had long failed to halt their declines. A lot of tokens in the top 20 cryptocurrencies by market cap showed improved performance on Thursday, with Ethereum (ETH) gaining 6.1% to hit $217. Litecoin (LTC) has also been growing as Bitcoin bounces back - it managed to post 15% gains while the embattled Bitcoin SV (BSV) also achieved double-figure growth. Previously, the bearish warnings had appeared - specifically from Brandt - suggesting that altcoin markets would not recover at all after the Bitcoin gains eclipsed them in 2019. The price of Bitcoin is stormy and its dominance sits at 65.3%. The total market cap has also regained a bit, and is currently at $268 billion.
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