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Without a Total Internet Shutdown, Bitcoin’s Regulation May Be an Intrinsic Impossibility

Bitcoin regulation remains a hotly contested matter. Lately, a number of legal factors regarding Bitcoin’s existence and use have come into play as governments pursue regulatory options.  Oversight jitters in East Asia have had a devastating impact on cryptocurrencies, triggering massive plunges. The slump in prices didn’t come as a surprise. “Regulation creates a more difficult business environment, as service providers decline to work with crypto startups due to uncertainty and a perceived threat of imminent and restrictive regulation”: Dr. John MathewsBitnation CFO- on why cryptocurrency prices took a hit.

 

South Korea, China and Japan have been at the forefront of pushing for a broad regulatory oversight. In September last year, China had declared ICOs and digital currency exchanges “illegal.” South Korea also followed suit saying it was considering a total ban on ICOs. Although major economies including the US and UK are merely discussing stricter controls, smaller jurisdictions including Estonia, Gibraltar and the Isle of man are eying cryptocurrency chance and aggressively pursuing regulation to avert the most clamant risks such as hacking and money laundering. Mojtaba Asadian– Founder and CEO of Darico AG– asserts the need for a “certain level” of regulation: “Blockchain is trustless public ledger that eliminates the need of central authority to authenticate the transactions using cryptography. However, certain level of regulation is welcomed to filter out the fraudulent activities and safeguard investor’s interest in such emerging market.”

 

But, is Bitcoin really regulatable? There are several key components that make it quite difficult to bring Bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies under full control. Bitcoins can’t be linked to any financial institution, territory or owners who want to remain unknown. Even if all cryptocurrency exchanges were to be shutdown or prevented from operating beyond certain borders, Bitcoin transactions would still be a child’s game-provided you have a simple VPN, a wallet and a network connection.

Regulatory attempts have also been worsened by the status of the existing banking regulatory frameworks that did not anticipate a technology like Bitcoin. Hence, without a united global front, there is very little chance of regulation seeing the light of day. Some experts believe that any attempts to control and stifle virtual currencies could only serve to increase their popularity. Andrei Gusev-CEO of WealthMan-says: “as a result of the push for regulation, cryptocurrencies will receive more recognition. Interest in cryptocurrency will increase. At the same time, the regulation norms in terms of enforcement will not be really effective because of the inability of the judicial system to make changes to the blockchain-based registry.” While echoing similar sentiments, Andrew Stanford-a Tech investor, entrepreneur and Partner at Asset Token ERC20– maintain that tangible regulations could be decades away: “Asset Token believes the regulations at the current moment are in a test phase and in a fluid state. Regulation will only speed the adoption by bringing it more attention.”

 

Setting and enforcing guidelines and standards is certainly essential, but should be done in a way that does not restrict virtual currencies or stifle its networks. Francesco Redaelli -Co-Founder and VP of Business Development at Koinsquare-underscores the need to protect this emerging industry while highlighting its ability to revolutionize the existing monetary systems. “The blockchain idea is really amazing, because it can seriously improve in thousands ways the monetary system giving more control, more data and more fast development to all the industries involved.”

Arguably, overregulation of cryptocurrencies (if at all possible) could hamper the growth of the internet.

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Cryptocurrency Market Continually Declining With No Major Increases

The Bitcoin price has been declining over the past month. Currently, it suffered a drop of 2.70% which is one of the dozen drops it experienced this week – falling to $7,345 and failing to sustain the momentum after almost reaching the $9,000 mark.

The sudden spike in volume made the crypto market move up slightly but struggling to record any major movements. Even though many investors expressed their optimism for the Bitcoin price in 2018, it is highly likely that it will drop to $6,000 as suggested by one cryptocurrency researcher named Willy Woo.

As Woo claims:

“I think we are gonna go to $5500-5700 next, I can’t see $7000 holding. Most likely we’ll balance a bit, then we’ll slide through. Long timeframes here, looking into June for rough timing of this to play out at a best guess.”

The co-founder of Blocktower and a famous cryptocurrency investor Ari Paul expressed similar thoughts, stating that an abrupt increase in volume and price is not expected. As he said:

“Always a good bet for vol to mean revert, but this has been a low volume consolidation which is a much weaker setup for explosive moves than a high volume consolidation.”

Still, there are people like Tom Lee who call increases in the value of Bitcoin and still believe that the leading cryptocurrency will rise by 70% in 2018, predicting a $25,000 target for Bitcoin in the short term. As Lee explained at the Consensus 2018 conference in New York:

“I think institutional investors have gained a lot of interest, and they haven’t really come into crypto yet because there is still some regulatory uncertainty. But that sort of ultimate allocation into crypto as an asset class is going to be a powerful reason why Bitcoin rallies.”

All in all, the struggles of the cryptocurrency market are real this month. The truth is that for some, they are a pain to the eyes – and for others – an amazing time to buy low and sell high.

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Bitcoin Wallet Xapo Implements SegWit

Xapo,, which is one of the widely used cryptocurrency wallet on the marketplace, has recently revealed that its platform activated the Segregated Witness (SegWit) scaling solution developed by the Bitcoin Core development team.

Earlier this month, Bloomberg reported that Xapo’s cold wallet stored in underground bunkers in Switzerland has more than $10 billion worth of Bitcoin. This is an amount that is larger than 5,670 banks in the US – making Xapo known for managing more than 98% of the bank deposits in the US.

Ryan Radloff who is the founder of Coinshares, recently stated that the vast majority of large-scale investors have their Bitcoin stored in Xapo’s vaults. As he said:

“Everyone who isn’t keeping keys themselves is keeping them with Xapo.”

Xapo is also one of the first and one of the very few successful companies that have commercialized custodial and security functions in the crypto space. According to Reid Hoffman who is a billionaire investor and co-founder of LinkedIn:

“They’re the first folks who recognized custodial and security functions would be key. He made the pitch in the morning and in the afternoon I called him with an offer.”

Even though online wallets are popular nowadays and quite influential, Xapo has dominance over the institutional market within the crypto sector as it directly deals with institutional investors and retail traders.

Meanwhile, SegWit is an advanced technology for optimizing transactions and decreasing the amount in fees that users are required to pay to miners in order to have their transactions broadcasted to the Bitcoin blockchain network.

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Can You Really Make Money With Cryptocurrencies: Explained

Nowadays, earning money using bitcoins is simple, although contrary to popular belief.

Most people will suggest you to:

  1. Mine Bitcoin – This method requires huge investment, and the ROI (return on investment) will be unsure and may take years. This can be done in places with low per unit electricity cost.
  2. Use BTC faucets – This doesn’t require any investment, but the amount of BTC you receive will be very low, almost in US cents.
  3. Put it in cold storage – You can safely store your bitcoins, but you won’t earn anything from it. Helps you to safely keep BTC as a long-term investment.

Moreover…

You can engage in trading. This is by far the most popular way people go about this business. There are hundreds of currencies out there, so after doing due research and figuring out which one looks most promising to you, go to a website such as Switchain to compare different exchange fees you can get for trading.

A lot of people decide not to engage in trading, but to buy a certain amount of coins and then just hold them in a wallet until, hopefully, the price goes way up so that cashing out would make it profitable.

The original way of earning Bitcoin is mining. That is, getting those new coins that are just entering the network before anybody else (since there is a new set of coins appearing on the blockchain every 10 minutes). This is way easier said than done though, considering that the competition is so high that you need very specialized machines to be able to pull it off.

Those will be the most basic few ways how people approach handling cryptocurrencies. Of course, once you get some, there are many, many ways of using them for buying different goods or trading in different ways, but those will be the main ways of earning them, which was the point of the question.

 

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Bitcoin Vs. Ethereum: Which One To Invest In This Year

The battle between Bitcoin and Ethereum is real this year. The truth is, both cryptocurrencies are great to invest in. However, if you are looking for a new rising star in the crypto world, many analysts agree that it should be Ethereum.

Now, there are some points that stand my ground here. Basically, Ethereum is a new rising star and could increase its value by thousand percents (just like Bitcoin) because of the following:

  • It is an open-source digital currency that is designed to allow peer-to-peer transactions
  • It is up roughly 4,000% to date
  • It is the second largest cryptocurrency out there with a market cap of $26bn, which certainly gives it some advantage over the others
  • It already increased to 55% in the past six months and dwarfed Bitcoin’s gains over the same period
  • The entire cryptocurrency is built on a newer generation of blockchain technology and is perfectly optimized for software engineers (according to William Mougayar, a blockchain expert)
  • The key piece of technology in Ethereum is called ‘smart contracts’ – allowing you to exchange money, property, stock etc. without having to go through a lawyer or any legal service
  • There are more than 35,000 developers and more than 500 startups embracing the platform
  • Big companies like BP and Microsoft are also using it

Hope that these points helped you see the value of Ethereum!

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