The mobile payments firm Square, owned by the Twitter CEO and billionaire Jack Dorsey, has recently reported over $166 million in revenue coming from the sale of Bitcoin over the past year – something that is in the headlines on our DC Forecasts crypto news site today.
The company filed its financial results for the last quarter of 2018 with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) this Wednesday, in which it disclosed that it had earned around $3.3 billion last year, 5% of which came from the cryptocurrency buying service through the Cash App.
The Bitcoin sales raked in precisely $166,517,000 and the cost of purchasing the dominant cryptocurrency for the year was about $165 million, leaving the firm with a net profit of Bitcoin sales of $1.69 million.
Square’s quarterly figures that the Bitcoin business was a lot better in the second half of last year, making up to $95 million in BTC revenues in the second half which is way better than the $71 million in the first half of the year.
The firm also disclosed that the carrying value of Bitcoin held by it was $0.2 million as of December 31st 2018, stating that they assess the carrying value at each reporting data and record an impairment charge if the value exceeds the fair value.
Square introduced its customers to Bitcoin buying in November 2017 in some states only, expanding the facility to all 50 US states. The firm also received a “BitLicense” from the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) In June 2018, allowing it to offer other cryptocurrency services within the country.
Bitcoin Expertise Is ‘Exploding’ Among Insurance Professionals In 2019: Study
“If you are not already involved in a blockchain project, you need to start looking for opportunities to test the waters with a limited use case or low-impact proof of concept,” is what Greg Donaldson said in the report, namely a senior analyst at Aite Group.When it comes to the actual growth and the need for blockchain experts, it is constantly increasing. 'Talent growth' is a category that we can see in the report which shows dramatic results. For example, only seven individuals showed their Bitcoin expertise in April 2017 - but 390 of them did in January 2019. Similarly, only two claimed both insurance and blockchain in their expertise - but 2,260 were skilled in both in January 2019.
“The interest in this technology has created an extreme need for more experts who can help the insurance industry develop solutions using blockchain,” the report notes.To sum things up, the report says that there is one system that is already implemented by some companies - which actually makes the insurance process more transparent and efficient. It keeps all of the customer information on a 'permissioned' blockchain - starting from the moment when a customer is offered a price quotation for a policy.
“Then once the customer purchases the policy, the customer knows the status and receives a policy and proof of insurance almost instantly,” explains Aite.
Bitcoin Is At $4,001 – Finally Breaking Through The ‘Crucial Mark’ Again
“If $BTC starts getting higher timeframe 4hr/1D closes below 3930, THEN I’ll consider being bearish short term. Unless you are a short term day trader flipping your outlook between 4400 and 2k after a red 30 minute candle isn’t too helpful,” an analyst named Luke Martin tweeted.Historically, the crypto market has been prone to making big swings during weekend trading sessions - meaning that traders may gain more insight into where BTC could be heading over the next couple of days. Another popular crypto trader and analyst named The Cryptomist on Twitter, spoke about the possibility of Bitcoin dropping in the $3,000 region. As she stated:
“$BTC Mentioned couple days ago we will see movement for yesterday price action. We dropped and bounced of candle support as RSI support failed. We have 2-3 days to break this 4010 region resistance before we break this candle support and test target #1 at 3900 range.”If the crypto drops below $4,000 it will likely be a strong psychological level of resistance which may prove to be difficult to break above.
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BitMEX CEO Arthur Hayes: Bitcoin Will Test $10,000 In 2019
“The 2019 chop will be intense, but the markets will claw back to $10,000. That is a very significant psychological barrier. [...] $20,000 is the ultimate recovery. However, it took 11 months from $1,000 to $10,000, but less than one month from $10,000 to $20,000 back to $10,000.”He also talked about the atomic swaps and distributed exchanges, the tracking of ICO tokens, the anatomy of the next global financial crisis and many other topics. In the report named "The Road To $10k" Hayes said:
"All is not lost; nothing goes up or down in a straight line. 2019 will be boring, but green shoots will appear towards year end. The mighty central bank printing presses paused for a while, but economic sophists could not resist the siren call of free money. They are busy inventing the academic crutches (here’s looking at your MMT), to justify the next global money printing orgy."While pointing to the last quarter of this year as the crucial for BTC, Hayes concluded:
"Green shoots will begin to appear in early Q4. Free money and collective amnesia are powerful drugs. Also after two years of wage cucking, punters should have a few sheckles to rub together."Earlier in March, BitMEX revealed that its own Ethereum Parity full note contained a "potential bug" and reported that the same node “sometimes reports that it is in sync, despite being several hundred thousand blocks behind the chain tip.” The authors claimed that this bug could be exploited by an attacker in some cases, but that is "highly unlikely to happen." In another analysis, BitMEX revealed that the 2018 crypto bear market accounted for 54% of the losses as well as $1.5 billion worth of transfers to external addresses and other factors that have brought projects' holdings down even further.
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