The volatility characterizing current market conditions, as well as Bitcoin’s relative stability in recent weeks, can definitely be deceiving. Bitcoin is currently trading above $10,000 and rumors of institutional capital on the way are attracting the attention of many investors, especially in light of the news that Bakkt, ICE’s new Bitcoin futures trading platform, will be launched in September. However, there’s no significant enthusiasm among the general public, and past experience proves that only a sharp rise in price drives the masses forward.
In the meantime, you can see the comparison of the value of the network against inflation in this logarithmic chart:
It is also interesting to note that since SegWit was implemented, the number of unapproved transactions in Bitcoin’s mempool has been trending downwards.
However, while Bitcoin’s winter is behind us, alternative currency holders can still feel the fierce cold and see how Bitcoin’s dominance in the market and social networks overcomes all the drama surrounding ICOs whose names no longer precede them.
Will the alts recover? And if so, who will be the last survivors on Alts Island? Recently, we’ve been seeing more and more exchanges delist alts that do not meet regulatory requirements or whose trading volumes are dominated by bots and market makers, or are nonexistent. Alts are definitely not in their prime, but have we hit rock bottom yet?
Of course, the regulatory domain also brings news as New Zealand issued guidelines for payroll payments in cryptocurrencies and the IRS issued another round of letters with a request to regulate the matter as soon as possible. In addition, the New York Supreme Court ruled that the New York Attorney General has jurisdiction over Bitfinex and required its parent company, iFinex, to provide the documents previously requested.
In conclusion, the crypto market continues its maturation and continually heals itself. 2019 has been positive, and it seems the industry’s most important mission is to build appropriate infrastructure and lay the groundwork for more meaningful adoption.
Santander UK Reportedly Halts Coinbase Payments. Well-known bank Santander UK has reportedly halted payments to the popular cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase. The decision was supposedly made because of increased fraud associated with the US-based exchange.
6 Reasons Why 2020 Could Be the Best Year in Bitcoin’s History. Bitcoin’s halving, the increasing amount of people comparing it to gold, controversy surrounding Libra, traditional inflation, mass adoption, and Bitcoin’s scarcity are just six of the reasons for which 2020 could be the best year in Bitcoin’s history.
Bitcoin Price Surges After Bakkt Bitcoin Futures Launch Date Announced. The Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) will launch its Bakkt Bitcoin futures trading platform on September 23rd. The news caused Bitcoin to begin a series of positive moves.
Satoshi Nakamoto “Reveal”: Yet Another PR Stunt? A press release started circulating the Internet a few days ago, claiming that Satoshi Nakamoto would reveal their identity yesterday. However, the websites mentioned have no relation to the anonymous creator of Bitcoin and were created using cheap domains just a few days ago, hinting that the whole thing is totally fake.
Binance to Launch Localized Stablecoins Resembling Facebook’s Libra. The world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by volume, Binance, is set to launch a regional version of Facebook’s Libra. The project is called Venus and it’s intended to battle the “financial hegemony” and to leverage Binance’s position as a leader in the field.
Samsung Adds Bitcoin Support to Its Blockchain Keystore. Samsung, the South Korean international conglomerate, recently announced the company’s Blockchain Keystore SDK for developers. The latest release supports Bitcoin. This version follows the previous release which only supported ERC20-based tokens and ETH.
Israeli Bitcoiners Petition Banks to Disclose Crypto Policies. The nonprofit Israeli Bitcoin Association has filed a freedom of information petition with a court in Jerusalem. It seeks to require local banks to disclose their policies on money originating from digital currencies.
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