The Main Myths Connected with Bitcoin: A Pyramid, A Bubble or A Valuable Asset?

There are a lot of different rumors, hearsays and myths about Bitcoin, so that its reputation is still uncertain. Most people take this asset as a financial pyramid in justifying that it isn’t proved physically. Let’s deal with it in more detail.

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  1.     Is Bitcoin a pyramid scheme?
  2.     What is Bitcoin backed by?
  3.     Conclusion  

1. Is Bitcoin a pyramid scheme?

First, let’s discover what financial pyramid really means. Well, a financial pyramid implies profit received from membership fees of new users to earlier participants. You have a great possibility to gain money in such scheme if only you are a founder or a co-founder of this project. According to the law of large numbers, sooner or later the schemes like this are doomed to failure.

Now, let’s discuss the market value laws, due to which Bitcoin’s price forms. If demand exceeds supply, the Bitcoin’s price is grows, if conversely, and the quantity of sellers is more than buyers, the currency falls.The price of any asset works in this way . For example: natural resources, wheat, precious metals, stocks, etc. So, accordingly, we can surely say that Bitcoin is not a financial pyramid.

2. What is Bitcoin backed by?

To deal with this question, first we should understand what “backed up asset” means. Let’s draw an analogy with the most liquid asset in the world, now it’s the USD. This is a fiat currency of one of the most developed country in the world. Its emission is fully controlled by the US Central Bank. At the dawn of its history, the USD was supported by official reserve assets, but it wasn’t for a long time, from the 1950s, when dollar became an international economic currency, its linking to gold disappeared. Nowadays dollar is supported only by people’s faith in stability of American economy, but in no way by something physical.

The next example will help us to understand the pricing on physical objects, such as: gold, platinum, etc. So, what factors have the impact on the price of, for example, gold?

  • Production cost
  • Values from using
  • Limitation

Not for nothing, Bitcoin is often compared with gold, actually, these two assets have a lot in common.

1. Cryptocurrency also can be mined and this process has its own cost price. For mining one Bitcoin X kilowatts of electricity are required. Every year the difficulty of mining is growing, that leads to increase of prime cost of mining.

2. Bitcoin’s value is made up of easy storing and transfer of funds directly from one user to another without involvement of mediators. It’s impossible to close Bitcoin’s chain,to do it, all participants’ computers all around the world should be turned off.

3. Don’t forget that emission of the coins is strictly limited to 21 million, that’s why the popularization of Bitcoin may inevitably increase its rate.

But, most of all Bitcoin is supported by faith in it by a lot of people all over the world. Most cryptocurrency investors are sure that in the nearest 3-5-10 years the digital coins will become an integral part of world economy.

3. Conclusion

All innovative products, face with some skepticism at the beginning of their history. It’s absolutely normal, because general public can’t take changes immediately. If you understand Bitcoin’s price forming, it will be clear that it’s not a financial pyramid. If you spend five more minutes, it will be obvious that Bitcoin is supported not worse than USA dollar or gold.

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How Is a Schoolboy Millionaire Doing: A Story About the Youngest Bitcoin Richer

Erik Finman’s life is like a dream. He is the youngest Bitcoin millionaire in the world. His digital wallet stores more than 400 BTC, which at the rate of $20 thousand per one coin was equal to $8 million.

From a schoolboy to a Bitcoin Millionaire

The story of Erik Finman began in 2011, when he was 12 years old. Young man received from his grandmother $1 thousand for college. However, the guy decided to invest them not in education, but in Bitcoin. He was confident that the digital currency has a great future and therefore he will have it, if he buys BTC. A schoolboy purchased Bitcoin on all the money that his grandmother gave him, with the rate of $12 per one coin.

The first million Erik earned at 15 years. Before that, the future millionaire, argued with his parents that he would not go to college if he earned his first million before the age of 18. When the Bitcoin rate first increased in the summer of 2017, Finman became a millionaire. After that, he went into business.

In 2013, Erik’s capital was valued at more than $100 thousand. This fortune pushed the guy to drop out from high school, in order to start his own business. Moreover, the young man was convinced that the secondary school provides with low-quality education.

“I had these teachers that were all kind of negative. One teacher told me to drop out and work at McDonald’s because that was all I would amount to for the rest of my life. I guess I did the dropout part.”  – said Erik in CNBC interview.

The young entrepreneur founded his own online educational platform Botangle, which helped the young people to find suitable teachers for class via video chat sessions.

January 2015 has been a remarkable for the guy. He sold Botangle for 300 BTC, whose rate at that time was $ 200 per coin. The buyer also offered the guy $100 thousand in exchange for the business. However, Erik was convinced that it was much more promising to make a deal with cryptocurrency.

“My parents asked ‘Why don’t you take the more cash? But I thought of it more of an investment.” –  Finman explained.

You may ask, what’s the catch? And the catch really is. After all, the guy for $100 thousand could buy 500 BTC instead of 300 BTC. But he chose cryptocurrency, because the official transaction is accompanied by certain difficulties with which, the underage wouldn’t not cope.

Today, December 2018, Erik has about 400 BTC at his disposal, and the Bitcoin rate varies within $4,000 per coin. That is, Erik’s fortune does not exceed $2 million. Despite the fact that experts like Warren Buffett are confident that the cryptocurrency is a bubble that is about to burst, the young man says:

“Personally I think bitcoin is going to be worth a couple hundred thousand to a million dollars a coin”

Some believe that the young millionaire suffers from paranoid syndrome. After an increase of popularity and capital, Erik is obsessed with the security of his assets. For example, he divides his capital into various super secured wallets.

Bitcoin millionaire lifestyle

Erik bought a house in West Hollywood, where he neighbors with young YouTube stars and IT elites. Well, and as usual it happens, the guy had his head turned by his fortune. The first evidence that Finman “went off the rails” was the reusable rental of Lamborghini sports cars.

The insanity did not last long. During this dizzying period, the guy did not insert the diamond teeth, did not fill the wardrobe to the full with clothing. By the way it is half empty. The millionaire dresses very inconspicuously: T-shirts, shorts and jeans.

Erik hated the school so much, that when he bought a car, it was indicative that he chose a number with his average grade of school certificate – 2.1GPA.

All of Erik’s relatives have a higher education, so they really want their children to get a higher education. But, a bet’s a bet,and besides, the guy is not going to college under any circumstances:

“The purpose of that would be to get another education level and get a job. I had to learn through running a business. Instead of writing essays for English class, I had to write emails to important people.” – said Erik. “The way the education system is structured now, I wouldn’t recommend it,It doesn’t work for anyone. I would recommend the internet, which is all free. You can learn a million times more off YouTube and Wikipedia.”

The young millionaire eats at Polo Lounge, In-N-Out Burger and other restaurants, depending on his mood. In his free time from work, the guy travels. He likes to have a rest on distant continents, especially Dubai.

Source: https://www.inverse.com

Now Finman is in charge of managing his own and family Bitcoin investments.

The young millionaire’s view of the future of cryptocurrency

The world’s first cryptocurrency by capitalization is not the only digital currency that makes up the capital of the millionaire. Litecoin and Ethereum are also in reserve.

If the young man believes in the future of Bitcoin, the future of Vitalik Buterin’s creation he doubts though. Erik believes that Ethereum’s growth depends on speculation on the crypto market.

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A Sextortion Crypto Scam Makes the Victims Lose Their Bitcoins

According to the research conducted by the company ProofPoint, specializing in cyber security, the residents of the US are now suffering from a major sextortion fraud scheme, involving Bitcoin.

The scam is pretty basic: a victim receives an email which claims that the criminals have dirt on him/her with a link to the alleged compromising info. In reality, this link leads to malicious software which is automatically installed to the device of a victim. After that, the person is required to pay 500 dollars in BTC or Dash, otherwise the compromising video will be posted online.

The company warns the users about the danger and encourages not to fall for the scammers’ blackmailing, moreover, not to open any links sent by them.

We remind you:

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, December 12: Cryptocurrencies Are Relatively Stable

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Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Litecoin, Cardano, Stellar, IOTA, Dash, Monero: Cryptocurrency prices

According to the online platform Coingecko, Bitcoin (BTC) remained stable over the past 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $3412 per coin.

Cryptocurrencies are both in the red and in the green zone:

Bitcoin Cash lost 4% over the past 24 hours and costs $95 per coin;

Ripple added 0.52% and costs $0.30;

EOS grew by 0.04%, and its price is $1.91;

Litecoin dropped by 0.91%, and its rate is $24;

Cardano increased by 0.32%, and its value is $0.029;

Stellar lost 2.76% and costs $0.11;

IOTA fell by 7.31%, and its cost is $0.24;

Dash decreased by 4.83%, and its price is $65;

Monero became cheaper by 1.40% and costs $43.

Over the past 24 hours, Ethereum lost 1.59%. The coin rate is $89, according to Coin 360.

The total market capitalization is $109 billion. Bitcoin accounts for 54.9% of the total volume. In monetary terms, it is $60 billion.

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, December 11: Cryptocurrencies Are Once Again in the Red Zone

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Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Litecoin, Cardano, Stellar, IOTA, Dash, Monero: Cryptocurrency prices

According to the online platform Coingecko, Bitcoin (BTC) lost 1.8% over the past 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $3425 per coin.

Cryptocurrencies are also falling in price:

Bitcoin Cash lost 3.52% over the past 24 hours and costs $99 per coin;

Ripple dropped by 1.43% and is $0.30 in value;

EOS minus 3.41%, and its price is $1.91;

Litecoin decreased by 1.50%, and its rate is $24;

Cardano lost 2.49%, and its cost is $0.029;

Stellar fell by 1.29% and costs $0.11;

IOTA added 2.85%, and its value is $0.24;

Dash lost 3.36%, and its price is $68;

Monero became cheaper at 4.77% and costs $43.

Over the past 24 hours, Ethereum lost 1.43%. The coin exchange rate is $90, according to Coin 360.

The total market capitalization is $110 billion. Bitcoin accounts for 55% of the total volume. In monetary terms, it is $60 billion.

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Top Serials Where Cryptocurrency is Mentioned

Who doesn’t like to relax on the soft couch watching a show after an intense day? The Coin Shark has made a compilation of serials about cryptocurrency, so that your rest will be complemented by benefits.

1. StartUp

This serial opens the compilation of crypto serials for a good reason. This is the first picture, that doesn’t merely deals with digital currency, but contain it in the heart of the plot.

Cybertriller about cryptocurrency, hackers, bankers and mobsters, who are combined in order to change the world. In the picture, instead of the well-known Bitcoin and Ethereum, a fictional digital coin called GenCoin is used.

TV series adviser Brian Stoeckert, expert in risk management and anti-money laundering, in the interview with CNBC said:

“People have heard about digital currency, but they really don’t understand how it operates. They just see it on the headlines,this is one way they can follow a story line and get a unique perspective on it”.

2. Mr. Robot

Sam Esmail created not just an American psychological TV show, but the whole iconic picture, which consists of 3 seasons. The serial is highly appreciated by programmers and those, who are interested in innovations.

The main character Elliot Alderson, played by an actor Rami Malek, leads a double life: by day, he is a cyber security engineer, and by night – a genius hacker. But the double life doesn’t end here!  Elliot has a split personality.

In the serial a fictional cryptocurrency Ecoin is involved, even the famous Bitcoin is mentioned. In one of the episodes, the president of E-Corp or “evil corporation” Philipp Price (the actor Christopher Michael) and a high-ranking official, whom serial fans compare to Jacob Lew, discuss the future of their cryptocurrency and Bitcoin.

“The problem here is hard cash is fading, rapidly, this is the way of the world right now and Bitcoin is spreading and it Bitcoin takes of the wheel all in a world of hell. It is unregulated,it’s already reached its transaction volume maximum and it is part plate control by Chinese miners”.

3. The Big Bang Theory

Popular comedy series, which wins our hearts with edgy sense of humor and thin sarcasm. Many believe, that the target audience of sitcom are just “techs”, since its main characters Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper, who were played by Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons respectively, are talented physics. Nevertheless, the humour doesn’t revolve around the science and the characters get into quite familiar situations for everyone.

The series creators were inspired by cryptocurrency so much, that in 2017 they have devoted the whole episode to it under the name “The Bitcoin Entanglement”. In the serie, the main characters recalled, that they had mined BTC and saved them on a Flash-drive, which was lost 🙂

4. The Simpsons

There is no person, who’ve never heard of The Simpsons. This yellow people are well-known around the world and head of the family Homer, voiced by Daniel Castellaneta, is often cited in comic public groups. And there is no wonder, because in this situational animated comedy you have everything you need in order to get inspired by positivity and get temporarily disconnect from worries.

The cryptocurrency in the serial is mentioned in an episode in 2013. In the serie Krusty the Clown tells, that he is broke, because “All it takes, is a bad luck with a ponies, worse luck in a Bitcoin market, heavy investment in a high and bookmark company”.

Also in the 7 serie, season 25, Bitcoin was depicted on the billboard near the school:

5. Almost Human

You must admit, that it would be weird if a science fiction TV show, events of which develop in 2048, didn’t concern Bitcoin. The creator, J. H. Wyman, wouldn’t make such mistake. True, Bitcoin in the series, is not what we are used to “not seeing”. Here, the first cryptocurrency of nowadays is presented in the form of a large flash drive.

6. The Blacklist

The cryptocurrency has not fully replaced the fiat and a certain percentage of humanity doesn’t even understand what it is. But, others are already bringing clarity to the public about the digital currency. The writers,of “The Blacklist” decided not to invent a new cryptocurrency, but to use the well-known Ripple.

We want to remind you, that recently Ripple has become the second cryptocurrency by capitalization on the market.

7. Billions

This serial is mandatory to view for those, who are involved in finance and closely linked to the economy.

Billions is a melodramatic picture with a dynamic plot. The action of episodes are develop around two largest players in the US financial world – successful businessmen Bobby Axelrod and the Prosecutor of the Southern New York District – Chuck Rhoades.  Chuck knows, that Axe’s fund is maintaining shadow activity, because of that he is constantly looking for and consequently finds compromising evidence. The cast characters – Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti respectively.

Now Billions – is the best serial about finance. The heroes begin to use cryptocurrency in the third season.

Cryptocurrency also appears in the following series: “The Good Wife”, ”Person of Interest”, ”Blindspot”, ”iZombie”, ”Family Guy”.

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Andreas Antonopoulos Does Not Think Bitcoin Is in a “Death Spiral”

With the current downtrend of Bitcoin and the crypto market in general, a lot of crypto experts and enthusiasts do not see any bright future for #1 digital coin. The infamous prediction of John McAfee now seems even more far-fetched than before.

However, some people still have faith in BTC. A famous author of books about cryptocurrency and blockchain Andreas Antonopoulos made a video where he explained what a death spiral is and why it does not relate to Bitcoin so far.

According to Antonopoulos, a death spiral arises when the hashrate of the network drops.

Since it is directly connected with the mining complexity, the complexity also reduces together with profitability, causing miners to leave.

However, the author believes this is not the case with Bitcoin, since BTC miners do not react to such price jumps immediately. Their plans are usually calculated for the long-terms results. Only if Bitcoin keep dropping for a significant period of time, the danger of a death spiral may appear.

Part of the reason that’s unlikely to happen is that miners have a much more long-term perspective, meaning that they have existing investments in equipment and they usually purchase electricity on long-term plans, they don’t pay it by the week,” says Antonopoulos.

Hopefully, the crypto author is right, because if miners start leaving the ecosystem of Bitcoin, the coin is doomed.

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