Should I Buy Bitcoin Today?

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The market of cryptocurrency is not having the time of its life now. Many people, who made investments in November-December of 2017 because of hype, have suffered severe losses, and nobody knows when the situation changes for the better. Thus, a large number of people are interested in the global perspective of Bitcoin and other coins, whether is it worth investing in digital currency and what to wait for in the nearest future. In this article we will try to analyze the situation and share our thoughts on this matter with you.

Contents:
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  1. What is happening to the market?
  2. Advantages and disadvantages of the leading cryptocurrencies
  3. Should you invest in cryptocurrency now?
  4. Conclusion

1. What is happening to the market?

Earning on investments in coins with a large capitalization in 2018 is, unfortunately, not really possible. The market lost about 75-80% of its capitalization in 6 months. In such a situation, only traders who speculate for fall (do shorting) or ICO-investors can earn on cryptocurrencies.

Now let’s take a look at the situation from a different angle and evaluate the growth rate of the cryptocurrency market over a longer period of time. As many experts say: “Investments need time, just like good wine.” And if you look at the 12-month graph of the cryptocurrency market capitalization, you can clearly see that the growth is about 280% per annum, and this is at the lowest point of correction. 

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According to https://coinmarketcap.com

Two years ago we could see an increase of investments by about 2200%. You can go deeper into the history of cryptocurrency, but these figures make it obvious that the market is still liquid and growing if you look at it in the long term.

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According to https://coinmarketcap.com

2. Advantages and disadvantages of the leading cryptocurrencies

Each coin is a separate company, with its employees (a team of developers), an idea, a technological base, etc. Each cryptocurrency has its own strengths and weaknesses. But if we are talking about the largest projects, we should single out two unconditional leaders: Bitcoin and Ethereum.

The most popular and the oldest cryptocurrency is Bitcoin, which has the most reliable and large blockchain. This coin can claim the title of digital gold, since it has some common characteristics with this precious metal (increase in the complexity of extraction, limited emission over time). The main disadvantages of the system are slow transactions (block generation takes about 10 minutes) and low bandwidth.

Ethereum has a much more advanced technological base than a cryptocurrency flagship. It is a huge platform, where you can run third-party decentralized applications. The main feature of the project is the technology of smart contracts, which can remove any intermediaries from the chain of interaction between the parties. Among the problems that Ethereum has, we can name inflation of the coin. The development team plans to switch to a new PoS algorithm in the future, which will help to reduce the inflation rate by about 20 times. However, nobody knows when it is going to happen.

3. Should you invest in cryptocurrency now?

There is no clear answer to this question, as no one knows what will happen to the industry in the future. However, if you analyze the news background more carefully, you can notice the global infusion of money into infrastructure development by the major market players (Goldman Sachs and other investment funds, as well as whole governments of individual countries, for example, India). It would seem that Bitcoin has fallen, the bubble has burst, but no, rich people are investing billions of dollars in new exchanges, farming farms, etc. Considering all this, we can conclude that the world’s major figures are betting on the cryptocurrency market and nothing bad will happen to the industry in the global sense at least in 3-5 more years.

4. Conclusion

The cryptocurrency market is not having the time of its life now, but if you look at it at a slightly different angle, it becomes clear that this is just another phase that will not last forever. What will happen to Bitcoin in the future is not 100% known to anyone, but the big players come to this field and, thus, we can conclude that we can be waiting for new historical highs in the coming years.

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SEC Regulations and SEC Vision Are Two Completely Different Things: What Does It Mean for Ethereum?

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The Securities and Exchanges Commission is the most influential organization in the US when it comes for crypto. If the SEC officially disapproves a project, this project is doomed. Crypto exchanges, crypto companies, ICO startups all comply with the mighty SEC.

However, it is important to distinguish when the SEC comes out with an official statement and when the SEC representatives declare their thoughts and opinions on a particular issue.

This is what the report published by Jay Clayton on the official website of the SEC is about:

Statements issued by SEC staff frequently include a disclaimer underscoring the important distinction between the Commission’s rules and regulations, on the one hand, and staff views on the other.”

This leads us to another thought. So far the crypto community was sure the SEC did not consider Ethereum a security on the official level. However, now it turns out that it was just the point of view of the abovementioned Jay Clayton.

Thus, Ethereum might still be a security after all. Hopefully, it will boost its exchange rate a little, since it hasn’t been particularly high these couple of weeks.

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Bitcoin Price Prognosis: How the Capitalization of the World’s First Cryptocurrency Will Change Over Time

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We often hear different economic terms to be used in relation to cryptocurrencies – volatility, capitalization, price, value, etc. Today we are going to talk about Bitcoin‘s market capitalization and will see whether this digital gold really constitutes any significant part of world’s assets.

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  1. What is market capitalization?
  2. Bitcoin capitalization
  3. Prognosis
  4. Conclusion

1. What is market capitalization?

Market capitalization is quite a broad term. However, the first association that comes to mind is,of course, stock market. There is no single opinion on cryptocurrency but cryptocurrency can be called a financial tool that resembles both, money and shares. There is market capitalization of valuable securities, joint-stock companies and the whole market. Respectively,It is the price of a share, all shares issued by a joint-stock company and aggregated cost of all shares that circulate on the stock market. Back to the cryptocurrency, in simple terms market capitalization is an index of a total cost of all the coins. Market capitalization level depends on the cryptocurrency rate and they jump up and down together.

2. Bitcoin capitalization

Bitcoin is the first cryptocurrency in the world that was created in 2009. Today  more than 17 million coins circulate in the world and the maximum possible volume of mined BTC is restricted to 21 millions. Such a size of Bitсoin emission is layed down in the cryptocurrency code and cannot be changed. One of the important functions of this model is inflation prevention.  Only the fifth part of all the cryptocurrency reserve is to be mined and it will be done many years later. Considering the fact that every 210,000 mined block (one time in four years in average) slows down bitcoin mining two times when every new cycle begins. This formula allows to calculate that mining of 99% of all BTC will take 28 years and  mining of the last 1% will take more than 100 years!

However, back to the topic of the first cryptocurrency capitalization. In  2016-2017 Bitcoin became a synonym to bumper profit and goodwill. Digital currency was growing so fast that its holders didn’t have enough time to celebrate every new pick that the BTC rate reached day by day. Many people raised good money at Bitcoin and some people made even decadently big money,considering the fact that it wasn’t necessary to make efforts to gain the profit. The same way, cryptocurrency is associated with easy money, fast profit and other attractive things. At the same time there are more and more opinions about the significant impact that cryptocurrency has on world’s economy. Some are concerned that further development of uncontrolled decentralized financial systems are dangerous, while others think cryptocurrencies can create a really free economy of the future where everyone is their own central bank. However is cryptocurrency and Bitcoin in particular really a big issue for the world’s economy? In other words, is the digital gold really a big part of world’s capital? Well, figures from the CoinMarketCap can help figure it out.

So, today (mid-September, 2018) the total cryptocurrency market capitalization exceeds $190 billion which is by the way 4 times less than in late December, 2017 – early January, 2018. Back then the total cost of all coins circulating on cryptocurrency exchanges was almost $800 billion. It may seem really a lot, but in fact even back then the whole cryptocurrency market was worth less than just a single company – Apple. August 2nd, 2018 the total cost of all stocks of this company exceeded $1 trillion. Given that the stock market capitalization currently amounts to more than $65.5 trillion, cryptocurrency market capitalization looks rather small.

So what place does bitcoin have in the cryptocurrency market capitalization?

As a number of altcoins appeared and started developing, bitcoin dominance gradually decreased. In 2013 it exceeded 92%, and decreased almost by 10% until 2016. In summer 2017 bitcoin dominance was hardly 40% and Ethereum was snapping on its heels. Today BTC dominates, having 57% and the index started increasing since May, 2018.

Anyway, back in 2012 bitcoin market capitalization was only $0.06 billion while in December, 2017 it exceeded $336 billion. Today it is a bit higher than  $100 million and one BTC costs around $6.4 thousand.

3. Prognosis

As we already mentioned, the level of bitcoin market capitalization depends on the cost of every particular BTC. Today the cryptocurrency market seems to be starting to recover gradually from the rapid decline in the first half of 2018. At the same time, some experts believe that what we could observe in spring, 2018 was not really a collapse but just a correction of the rate after an unnaturally large increase in the end of 2017, when BTC was traded at $20,000 per a coin. In February, 2018, Jesse Powell, CEO and founder of a large U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange called Kraken, told CNBC that capitalization of the cryptocurrency market could reach $1 trillion in 2018. So he basically expects it not only to recover lost ground but also increase its economic power. Moreover, it still remains an open question whether institutional investors finally “jump” into the cryptocurrency market, which will positively affect its capitalization. In July 2018, in a talk about bitcoin Maxim Balashevich, founder of an analytical company Santiment, told Forbes that “about a month ago we were just at the bottom of the 4th wave, and today we are in the 5th wave that should lead us to something between $25,000 and $50,000”.

4. Conclusion

So, can we expect a huge increase of bitcoin and cryptocurrency market capitalization in the longer term? Hard to tell. Anyway, today BTC`s capitalization is tiny as compared to the capitalization of stock market and it will probably take a long time for digital currencies to reach the level of huge public companies capitalization, even if they once again start increasing in value lightning fast.

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A Bitcoin Challenge Started Out in China: 21 Days With 0.21 BTC. Why Was It Stopped After Just 3 Days?

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We all have seen these shows where a person needs to survive a certain period of time with a limited amount of money in different locations. The Chinese TV decided to take it even further and add a new twist to the story.

A girl named He You Bing took up a challenge, during which she had to survive 3 weeks only having 0.21 BTC (approximately 1300 USD). That was all the money she had for food, dwelling and satisfying basic needs.

Considering the prices in China and also the fact that He You Bing carried out the challenge in megalopolises like Shanghai and Shenzhen (which are even pricier), it would seem quite an impossible task to complete.

However, if we think of the situation with cryptocurrency in China, here came another trouble for the girl, which was way more serious than the little amount of money.

He You Bing simply couldn’t find establishments that accepted BTC as a means of payment. She went from place to place, but most of the times very few people even knew about Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in general, let alone accepted it. As a result, she had to eat wild fruits from the trees, free samples from shops and sleep in 24/7 cafes.

By the end of the 3rd day the challenge had to be stopped, and He You Bing had to be taken to the hospital due to starvation symptoms – the girl was on the verge of losing consciousness.

However, she reached ones of her goal – the challenge attracted attention of the public, thus, raising cryptocurrency awareness in China. Hopefully, next time the girl will choose less radical methods to do so.

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McAfee Cryptocurrency Challenge Is Going Live

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Why Did Ethereum Face a Record Fall And What Should Investors Do?

In 2015, after the launch of the Ethereum blockchain, the cryptocurrency industry was transformed beyond recognition. In this article, we will talk about why Ethereum is such a unique product, how to mine it, and we will definitely  touch upon the urgent topic of the rapid fall of its price.

Content:
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  1. Features of the second most popular cryptocurrency
  2. More about the Ethereum mining
  3. Why has the Ethereum price recently dropped so much?
  4. Conclusion

1. Features of the second most popular cryptocurrency

Ethereum project is not just a digital coin, it is also a full-fledged platform based on which you can create your own decentralized applications. Another feature of the project is the support of smart contracts, which can potentially be implemented in any sphere of life. Thanks to Ethereum, a number of new decentralized projects began to appear on the market, that, in turn, accelerated the development of the entire cryptocurrency industry.

Ethereum is much more innovative than Bitcoin, it is often called cryptocurrency 2.0. Some of the largest banks in the world are already starting to work with the Ethereum platform, as they see the capacity of it, for example, Sberbank of Russia. Ethereum is almost the main popularizer of the blockchain technology for various types of business. It is also worth noting that transactions in the Ethereum network take an average of 20-30 seconds, whereas in the industry leader (BTC) this rate is approximately 10 minutes.

2. More about the Ethereum mining

The Ethereum blockchain works on the PoW algorithm, so the coin can be mined by the usual way for most users, by installing computing equipment or by using the services of data centers. Despite the fact that the coin is very popular, the complexity of its network is not too great yet, in order to start mining it at home.

  • The block size of the Ethereum varies from 20 to 30KBytes;
  • The average time between blocks is 14.4 seconds;
  • Reward for the new block is 3ETH;
  • The complexity of the network is 3129P.

The coin can be mined either independently or by joining a mining pool. It should be said that the second option is much more profitable and useful unless you have hundreds of thousands of dollars of initial investments. Another option for the mining of the Ethereum is cloud mining. It certainly eliminates many worries associated with servicing the farm, but results in profit which is much lower.

3. Why has the Ethereum price recently dropped so much?

Due to the great popularity and unlimited emission of the Ethereum tokens, the project has an inflation rate of about 10% per year. Vitalik Buterin, on behalf of the entire development team, said about the sharding of the network and the transition to Proof-of-Stake (Casper) protocols, which will reduce inflation by almost 20 times.

According to the graph of CoinMarketCap, the Ethereum price has grown from $8.33 to $1 378 over the past year, which gives 16 500% of rise. Unfortunately, this year we see a reverse picture of what is happening. At the time of writing, the rate of the second most popular coin fell to a psychological mark of $200 per coin. There are a number of reasons for such a precipitous fall, which we will discuss further:

  • General correction of the market. All 2018 the bears rules on the market, so all the coins lost from 60% to 90% of their peak values.
  • Forced sale of the Ethereum. The ICO market is developing rapidly over the past years. New blockchain startups, which created their products on the Ethereum blockchain, collected investments in ETH. After a successful ICO, developers need to cash out some of these investments in order to develop their project. Mass sale of an asset entails a decrease in its value.
  • Competitors. The market is beginning to appear quite promising projects, which, potentially, can solve all the problems of their older brother, such as EOS, NEO, Tezos, Cardano, etc. Of course, they are still far from the brainchild of Vitalik Buterin, but this is a very fast-moving industry, where changes occur at the speed of light.

4. Conclusion

Ethereum is an innovative locomotive of the cryptocurrency industry. Almost anyone can create smart contracts and their own decentralized projects with its help. The coin certainly has a certain number of problems that hinder its further development. The development team is actively engaged in their solution.

The coin rate has fallen dramatically, but this is not a reason to panic and sell off your coins. Fundamentally, nothing has changed, the project is still one of the most innovative in the market, so with a high degree of probability, it will have a bright future. And the temporary fluctuations of the exchange rate can be nothing more than market manipulation of the bears.

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John McAfee Predicted the Bitcoin Price for 2020

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The crypto enthusiast John McAfee told in an interview about the future of Bitcoin’s price in the long term.

McAfee commented on the fall of Bitcoin from $7400 to $6400 in 3 days, he believes that this is the manipulation of the market:

“You can only manipulate something if you have the power to do so. Now if that thing becomes more valuable your power decreases, and the inherent value is many times the current price of Bitcoin. It just comes through always in every market situation. The people that are manipulating it, they are going to lose billions of dollars and then it’s going to be over.”

McAfee said that Bitcoin’s market is now in an “infantile state,” comparing it to a blade of grass susceptible to the wind or step. He also added that it will become “a fire raging in the forest” soon.

Finally, McAfee talked about the “mathematics” of the coin and made his own forecast of Bitcoin’s price for 2020:

“Why don’t we look at the last Bitcoin? We have thousands of people to mine one coin. What is that coin going to be worth? Maybe billions. Mathematics doesn’t lie. Say what you want, mathematics doesn’t lie. If it’s not a million dollars in 2020, it has to be. The end of 2020, December. That’s my prediction, I’m going to stand by it…it is the number 1 coin for processing transactions. Run the numbers.”

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Do Not Sell Ethereum: Top Original Clothes Prints in Support of Cryptocurrency

Due to the latest changes in the cryptocurrency market and the news that Ethereum is dying, Vitalik Buterin is trying hard to support cryptocurrency. The Coin Shark editorial board also decided not to stay away and cheer the fans of ETH, as well as all holders of other coins. We present a selection of original things and accessories that we found on the web.

1. The Holy Vitalik

Vitalik Buterin, no doubt, has achieved incredible success in the field of cryptocurrency. Therefore, we completely agree with this image of Ethereum’s founder.


Source: https://www.redbubble.com

2. Almost Nike: JUST HODL IT

The famous slogan of the world-famous sportswear and footwear manufacturer Nike, suits the situation on the crypto market perfectly: just hodl ETH.

Source: https://www.redbubble.com

3. Do not let ETH go
It is sad to watch those selling cryptocurrency, and then, in the future, not only it restores its positions, but also grows in price. A girl with a balloon symbolizes a lost dream or, in this case, an Ethereum coin.


Source: https://www.redbubble.com

4. Time to buy Ethereum

These watches always show the right time. It’s time to buy cryptocurrency.


Source: https://www.cryptoclothe.com

5. Keep calm and hodl ETH

As you know, hodler is the slang name of an investor who buys cryptocurrencies and does not sell them, regardless of the situation on the market. This is what the well-known print reminds us of.

Source: https://www.cryptoclothe.com

Besides the images of Ethereum, various accessories, clothing and decorative objects are also produced in support of both Bitcoin and other digital coins.


Source: https://allthingsdecentral.com

 


Source: https://www.redbubble.com

 


Source: https://www.redbubble.com

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