Bitcoin Core Developers Introduced Update 0.17.0: Review of Innovations

Bitcoin Core 0.17.0

The creators of Bitcoin Core announced the release of a large-scale update for the most famous client Bitcoin. The updated version of the client had been developing for more than six months, headed by Wladimir van der Laan. The upgrade is based on almost 700 users’ suggestions.

The new version contains the “branches and borders” algorithm, which was created by BitGo developer Mark Ehrhardt. It is he who provides two important improvements:

1) The commission for each fragment is calculated before it becomes a part of the transaction.

2) The algorithm tries to compare different fragments in such a way as to obtain an amount as close to the one requested by the sender as possible.

Bitcoin Core 0.17.0 contains a lot of new features. All of the weak spots of the previous version have been fixed. The choice of coins in the new version is optimized: now they are stored in wallets as separate parts, the process of creating and using wallets is also significantly simplified. Users can create them through a graphical interface at any time. The developers ensured compatibility of HD and non-HD wallets, provided an opportunity to create unique wallets intended only for viewing, and also implemented partially signed transactions and reduced the blockchain volume.

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OKEx Adds 4 Stablebcoins To Its Listing

A well-known cryptocurrency exchange OKEx announced the support of four stablecoins on its official Twitter account, namely: TrueUSD, USD // Coin, Gemini Dollar and Paxos Standard Token.

Starting from October 15, the platform users will be able to make deposits with these assets. Bidding will start the next day. Tokens will be traded not only in pairs with BTC, but also with Tether.

We also remind, an Internet giant GMO Internet announced the release of its own stablecoin, which will be backed by yen:

Japanese Internet Giant Launches Its Own Yen-Pegged Stablecoin

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Bitcoin Is in Danger: Chinese Hegemony Over the Industry

In June, we mentioned that according to the Ripple’s CEO, China owned about 50% of Bitcoin as there were 4 major mining pools which produced them. As the time has passed, the figures have also raised quite impressively.

As the research of Princeton University and Florida International University shows, now China account for 75% of the whole mining activity of Bitcoin, i.g. #1 cryptocurrency now has large geographical centralization. The biggest threat is that the Chinese authorities may start controlling it or even influencing its stability and security.

The study reports, since 2015, more that a half of total hash power has been composing by the mining pools based in China. One of those is an infamous company – Bitmain. Moreover, the research tells about the ways China can harm Bitcoin.

China adopted a nasty attitude towards Bitcoin long ago, thus nothing can prevent it from attack Bitcoin, thought hegemony over the network still does not allow the Chinese government to destroy it. Bitcoin is a decentralized network, but Chinese authorities spare no effort to control it, as it does to the whole China.

The report has summed up that China brings danger to Bitcoin. We remind you

Founders of Alibaba, Bitmain, Binance, Huobi, OkCoin Got On the List of 2018 China’s Richest Businessmen

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Bitcoin Investment: Should I Invest in Bitcoins?

Bitcoin currency has already been used as a kind of a fiat money alternative for about 9 years. It is relatively popular all around the world. The first digital currency has made many people go nuts following the impressive ups and dramatic downs of its exchange rate.

Today, in October 2018, the whole cryptocurrency industry is looking forward to observing a new crypto-“miracle”. Search engines are overflowed with all those “How to invest in cryptocurrency?”. And this is not particularly surprising. Traders and different investors who own a significant capital expect cryptocurrency to be a promising investment tool in the long term. And if we talk about cryptocurrency, that basically means Bitcoin. Well, of course, there is a number of altcoins that can be worth making investments, but the first digital currency is definitely the most popular one.  

People still talk about investing in Bitcoin and this topic is interesting for many traders, investors and casual users. So, let’s take a closer look at this issue.

How to invest in Bitcoin

Before making an investment, one should obviously choose the way he or she wants to get some BTC. First of all, it depends on financial capacities. There are indeed many different options to invest in Bitcoin, but we will focus on two main ways that are currently the most popular and probably also the most effective.

Option №1: Taking advantage of the rate differences as a way of BTC investing

You might have already come up with the question, why people are still interested in making investments in Bitcoin when it costs less than $7 thousand per a coin? Well, influencers, opinion leaders, independent experts, and different analysists are confident that we will soon observe another sustainable increase of Bitcoin rate. And that is why many people start thinking about investing in cryptocurrency to make money out of the rate differences.

But what is the way to do that? It is actually pretty simple. All you need is some basics of math. In fact, investors are not really sad about the fall of Bitcoin. Many of them are even happy, especially those who believe that the cryptocurrency has a great future ahead. Today, if a trader purchases a BTC for $6,5 thousand, he or she will manage to make a good profit, in case BTC rate increases. Some really expect it to rise up to $30 thousand, and in this case, it will really be a good bargain. The key point here is whether the rate increases or not, of course.

Option №2: BTC mining

Besides, users can invest the special equipment that is used to mine Bitcoin. You may already know, that each BTC is actually a kind of a reward, given for the performance of certain calculations, necessary to issue new coins. Today these calculations are rather complex and require special high-performance equipment called ASIC-miners. The more users are there in the system, the more difficult are these calculations. This is called Bitcoin difficulty and it ensures that it always takes around 10 minutes to create a new Bitcoin block.

Investing Bitcoin this way means that you can get a certain number of BTC and store it till the rates grow or exchange it for another digital currency like Ethereum.

However, you’d better do not think that these two investment options will bring you fast and easy profit. This is possible only if the cryptocurrency rate increases significantly and in the case of mining, if your equipment has enough performance.

By the way, here is one more option of BTC investing. It`s actually difficult to say that it is a comprehensive way to invest in the cryptocurrency, but, anyway, many people use it today.

Bitcoin faucets

These are special websites, where users can get a reward for making certain easy tasks, usually related to online advertising. These rewards are paid in satoshi. The thing is, that one BTC includes as many as 100 000 000 satoshi, so one satoshi is only 0,00000001 BTC. So it`s actually a tiny piece of the market`s largest cryptocurrency. Investing BTC using Bitcoin faucets is not really effective, as you may never manage to collect at least one single coin.

Is Bitcoin a good investment

Well, if you have already decided to invest in digital currencies then Bitcoin will probably be the best option. Not only this cryptocurrency is a market leader and the most popular digital coin, but also it has relatively good liquidity as compared to other virtual assets. Many cryptocurrency followers believe that Bitcoin has a potential to become the main means of payment in the future. However, there are also those who bet on other digital currencies, as well as those who do not consider virtual coins as an investment option at all.

By far it seems that the question is it worth investing in Bitcoin remains undetermined, so let’s make it a little bit more clear. Bitcoin is relatively anonymous, decentralized and has a limited number of coins available for mining. This is, in fact, why hundreds of thousands of cryptocurrency followers made their decision in favor of BTC.

Anonymity

Investors do not have to disclose their personal data. The information about each transaction is public and everyone can see the address of the cryptocurrency wallets of a sender and a receiver, as well as how many BTC were transferred. However, the information related to owners of cryptocurrency wallets is not disclosed, so the whole system is relatively anonymous.

Decentralization

Bitcoin worth investing, as it has a decentralized management, which means there is no single administrative center. Transactions are carried out directly between users in a peer-to-peer network. However, Bitcoin users still have to pay certain commission fees for transfers of their virtual assets, because every transaction is confirmed and recorded in the blockchain by miners who receive rewards for this. Today small transactions are often not effective at all, as the commission fee is rather big. However, if a transaction is large, the commission fee will be relatively low.

Limited number of coins

Is Bitcoin a safe investment –  “yes” is the answer of many people, who believe that a limited number of Bitcoins to be mined is a strong advantage of the digital currency. It will prevent BTC from inflation.

“Why should i invest in bitcoin?– you may ask. The answer will probably contain both pros and cons. And that`s because Bitcoin has some special features, which are:

  • 24/7 trades, that allow making investments at any time;
  • most indicators have a rather good quality;
  • high volatility;
  • possible positive prospects of cryptocurrencies and, as follows, positive expectations related to Bitcoin investments.

Bitcoin investment trust

The risk remains here almost all the time and no one can guarantee that your money is 100% safe. Here are several examples why it can be rather risky to make investments in the largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization. Yes, Bitcoin still has a decentralized management, however, in a certain way the system is getting more and more centralized. This risk of investing in cryptocurrency is related to the fact that BTC rate starts depending on cryptocurrency exchanges.

Moreover, the significant part of all Bitcoins is owned by those who are engaged in mining or lease out high-performance mining equipment. Making new Bitcoins requires really a lot of computing power and gets more and more expensive. The competition within the system increases and it is almost impossible for casual users to join Bitcoin mining. That is why many people have already switched for other digital currencies that are easier to mine and can be later exchanged for BTC.

In some cases, Bitcoin`s anonymity is also a risk. Anonymous deals can be used for money laundering, as there is no effective state regulation of cryptocurrency transactions.

How to invest in Bitcoin stock

There are special cryptocurrency funds, similar to mutual funds that exist in the world of bonds and stocks. These funds are managed by private parties and it influences the interest rate. For instance, some cryptocurrency funds provide 1-2% per day.

Bitcoin investment strategy

There are two main types of cryptocurrency investment strategy.

The first one: investors buy BTC and sell the cryptocurrency when its rate increases.

The second one: Bitcoin holders trade their digital assets on cryptocurrency exchanges. This strategy is very similar to Forex trading.

Minimum Bitcoin investment

Many people decide to invest in Bitcoin because they hope to get huge profits in the long term. So, even a small investment is considered to be rather promising by many cryptocurrency followers. Eventually, the smaller is an investment – the lower is the risk. But, on the other hand, a really small investment can just be useless. Anyway, how much to invest in Bitcoin remains an open question and everyone has their own opinion.

Who said users can only invest their money? It is also possible to get BTC for free by investing one`s intellectual work. Well, just a bit of BTC, to be honest. Special websites offer users the opportunity to earn satoshi – the smallest fraction of Bitcoin – for the performance of different easy tasks, usually related to advertising. These websites are called Bitcoin faucets.

The main advantage of such an option is that users do not have to invest a single penny to get a piece of BTC, however, the drawback is also rather significant – it will take a really long time to get at least one BTC.

Invest in Bitcoin mining

Mining is actually how new digital currency is issued. Making investments in Bitcoin mining means buying special mining equipment or renting it from different providers. Cloud cryptocurrency mining is also possible. These services lease out their mining equipment for users to rent a particular amount of processing power.

There are some experts who think that cloud mining is actually the best way to invest in Bitcoin, as users don`t have to purchase, set, maintain and update expensive mining equipment.  

Anyway, both traditional and cloud mining still require preliminary investments.

Bitcoin investment sites

Before making investments in Bitcoin, basically, before purchasing it, you should have a cryptocurrency wallet to store your digital assets. Today Bitcoin holders and those who want to join them are lucky to have a large variety of different cryptocurrency wallets. These are, for example, mobile, hardware, online, desktop, cold, and even paper wallets.

If you are planning regular digital currency investment, we recommend having a local hardware wallet. However, it actually depends on what is more convenient for you and what meets all your requirements and there is really a number of options you can choose from. Do not forget to activate your cryptocurrency wallet.  

Usually, Bitcoin is purchased on cryptocurrency exchanges. It is really important to choose the right one, so we recommend taking the following criteria into account:

  • a region, where the exchange is registered;
  • input and output, exchange, transfer options, etc. – basically, what you can do with your funds in a digital wallet;
  • commission fee level;
  • reputation;
  • security level.

This will help you figure out whether is it safe to invest in Bitcoin.

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SEC’s ETF Decisions Will Come Out In October

The issue of Bitcoin exchange traded funds must have been the most difficult for the SEC the last couple of month. The Commission rejected ETFs, then rejected their own decisions, and the issue hung heavy in the air.

Currently, the SEC is accepting applications in support or against of Bitcoin ETFs. These applications will directly influence the initial 9 ETFs proposed a while ago by a couple of investment firms. The final decision of the Securities and Exchange Commission will be published on the 26th of October, 2018.

 

The crypto community has different opinions regarding the issue. Some of the still have hope ETFs might get approved, but most of them remain quite sceptical.

We remind you:

Abra’s CEO Is Sure Bitcoin ETFs Do Not Conform to the SEC Vision

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Top Bitcoin Movies Worth Watching

We bet there is not a person in your circle who has never heard of Bitcoin.  Nowadays, cryptocurrency #1 has become a TV star. Horror films, travel films, and Hollywood thrillers about it are produced. However, few people are aware of the existence of documentaries that illustrate “digital gold” as it is and exhibit its positive and negative sides.

The Coin Shark has collected its own TOP real-life stories about creation of the characteristics of Bitcoin.

1. The Bitcoin Gospel (2015)

The film is dedicated to both technical side of the cryptocurrency and its value in society. It also covers payments with cryptocurrency issue. The film starts with a performance of a Bitcoin evangelist Roger Ver and is basically dedicated to his way in crypto industry. In this film, you will learn how cryptocurrency works, why it is being promoted so much and who else, besides Ver, firmly believes in digital future.

2. Bitcoin: The End Of Money As We Know It (2014)

The documentary shows how much the new cryptocurrency has already influenced and is still influencing the traditional financial systems. Having watched it, you will understand how Bitcoin differs from other currencies and why so many people around the world want to own it.

3. The Rise And Rise Of Bitcoin (2014)

“The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin” is a film-history of the world #1 cryptocurrency. It covers all the events that have ever hit the headlines. Those who are closely connected with BTC will tell why Bitcoin volatility is associated with a rollercoaster ride.

4. Magic Money (2017)

This film is created as an answer to the popular questions about Bitcoin. There you will learn about what cryptocurrency is. The idea that the authors convey- Bitcoin is not controlled by financial institutions, but only by the people who use it. The creators in details investigate the origin of BTC and try to predict its future.

5. The Bitcoin Story (2015)

The Bitcoin Story is a collection of myths and rumors about the creation of Bitcoin, the basics of technology, political influence and its impact on the financial system. Also, the authors have created a collection of opinions of venture capitalists on cryptocurrency.

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