The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has refused to approve the bitcoin-related ETF financed by the Winklevoss twins one more time. Previously, the Bats BZX Exchange requested for the rule changing, which could allow new tools, which help to invest in BTC, to be introduced into the marketplace. Yet, last year, this proposal was rejected.
The Commission claims that its decision did not depend on whether the cryptocurrency and the technology of blockchain are valuable in terms of investment or innovation. The real sticking point of the SEC is connected to the fact that a big part of the Bitcoin trade occurs outside the USA.
In this article we will talk about the most famous bitcoin`s hard fork – the Bitcoin Cash: it`s advantages and disadvantages, forecast for the future, as well as the hard fork, which will happen on November 15, 2018.
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1. Briefly about Bitcoin Cash and comparison with Bitcoin
The main popularizer of the “new” coin is Roger Ver. He is quite famous person in crypto world. He was one of the first cryptocurrency investors. Due to increased attention to this industry, he became known as Bitcoin Jesus. But later, Ver decided to actively promote the hard fork (a branch) of the first cryptocurrency – the Bitcoin Cash. The network split occurred on August 1, 2017.
What is the difference between the BTC and the BCH?
Increasing of transaction`s speed in several times. The main feature of the new coin is an increased block`s size to 8 MB. On May 15, 2018, developers released the update, after which the block`s size increased to 32 MB. This solution made it possible to record much more transactions in one block, and thereby to increase network bandwidth.
Low commissions. Bitcoin Cash has very small commissions $0,05 – $0,010, which is significantly lower than that of the “older brother” $8 – $15.
With the current network load, a queue of unconfirmed transactions does not exceed 200 – 250, whereas with the original Bitcoin, this number can reach 7,000 – 10,000.
2. Disadvantages of Bitcoin Cash
Significant disadvantage of this fork is the automatic adjustment of the network`s computing complexity. Unfortunately, it has direct dependence on the speed of extraction of new data. That is, if for a certain amount of time miners get an insufficient number of blocks, then complexity decreases. This pattern works in both directions.
Miners started to use this vulnerability and got BCH in periods of complexity recession, and when the situation changed, they turned to BTC. Such actions led to the network`s destabilization and increased volatility of the BCH rate. This problem has not been solved till this day, but the development team manages to restrain it.
Cryptocurrency investors do not consider Bitcoin Cash as a long-term asset yet. This coin is more used as a speculative tool. For this reason, at the moment BCH has rather vague and uncertain future.
3. Briefly about the hard fork Bitcoin Cash
The hard fork of Bitcoin Cash was on November 15, 2018. After this event, the network received two incompatible consensus protocols BCHABC и BCHSV. The community of coin divided into two parts: on the one hand Roger Ver, and on the other Craig Wright. The outbreak of the conflict is considered to be Bitcoin ABC update, which began to support smart contracts and atomic swaps. In response to this update, Craig Wright offered the community his vision for the future development of the project. He proposed to increase the block`s size up to 128 MB. Such decision was not supported by Roger Ver and his part of miners. Because of this, another coin will now appear in the cryptocurrency world.
This is very good news for BCH holders. The matter is that after hard fork, investors received the same amount of coins of the new network, which complies with their BCH`s balance.
Against this background, the Bitcoin Cash rate grew up by almost 50% only for the first week of November.
This growth was artificial, therefore, we observed the same rapid rollback before the hard fork.
Bitcoin Cash is a project with rather big ambitions, ultimate goal of which is to push the original Bitcoin from the first place. In fact, BCH has fewer problems with scaling, and also can boast of low transaction commissions. But on the other hand, there is conflict between developers, still unsolved problem of automatic control of complexity, as well as increased volatility. Now it is hard to make long-term forecasts for Bitcoin Cash, as it is not clear yet, which of two networks will be more stable.
The current condition of the cryptocurrency market raises a number of question from traders. For the third day, the industry is either trying to revive Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, or just watching the collapse of the course. The question of what caused the collapse of the market and what should do those who still have cryptocurrency – makes world crazy. That is why, The Coin Shark have found answers for all of these questions and analysed per minute history of the fall of currency of Bitcoin.
The Chronology of the fall from 14th to 16th November
Wednesday, November,14 , Bitcoin break another 2018 bottom. According to data of CoinMarketCap, at 11:34 UTC the rate of the first cryptocurrency behaved stably, being at $6 365. Nothing foretold troubles, but at 17:19 UTC began unexpected fall, which last till the 19:19 UTC, where the price of BTC remained in half-dead condition at $5 765. Therefore, the capitalisation of the marked fell to $102 billion. After that, Bitcoin started to resist. In 20:04 UTC the currency show vital signs, increased to $5 858. But still, the end of 14th November was not a happy ending. In 22:48 UTC was settled a new record – $5 568.
If compare the data with an individual market, then on a Bitstamp the price of the BTC has already dropped to $5 534, and on the Kraken – $5 510. Last two weeks, Bitfinex exchange trade Bitcoin more than $6 000 per each unit. It turned out, that the 14th of November was still far from the end of BTC fall. According to CoinMarketCap, Thursday, November, 15, at 17:04 UTC, Bitcoin shocked everybody with the course of $5 358. On Bitstamp the first cryptocurrency down to $5 446, and on the Bitfinex – $5 638. At this point, this is the lowest course from the end of October, 2017.
The condition of the cryptocurrency market for the last year is unstable. It is accompanied by unexpectable highs, as well as painful falls. But not only Bitcoin drop it’s price position on 14th of November. Together with it, into a deep red zone came the major part of other cryptocurrencies. In doing so, the total capitalisation fell by $190 billion.
At the writing of this article, 16th of November, the condition of the cryptocurrency market is still in critical position – the course of Bitcoin stood at $5 500, and Ethereum backed down the second place in capitalisation Ripple.
What caused the collapse?
Just think about it, less than 24 hours ago, it was possible to sell the BTC on a thousand dollar higher. Probably, it is impossible to define why “the foundation was cracked” under the cryptocurrency, as for the example it can be done in a regular market. In the digital, the effect is first seen and only than the reason becomes known.
Reason #1: Contagious effect
On the basis of past, the cause of the fall have psychological nature. For example, people are massively starting to buy cryptocurrencies or fanatically selling.
Reason #2 : Direct correlation
Each financial currency pegged to its government, as for the example dollar – to the US economy. Cryptocurrency pegged with the people, which are both buying or selling it.
Reason #3: Global Bitcoin influence
Ironically, but there is a theory, that the general condition of the cryptocurrency is affected by Bitcoin. The value of all digital market is estimated in $182 billion, the $90 billion of which belongs to BTC. The majority of cryptocurrencies should be transferred especially in Bitcoin, before the sale. And now imagine, that selling of Bitcoin will start simultaneously several major players of the market. After this, the BTC prices are lowering, and this cause the panic attacks more than ones: “ Buy everything and as quickly as possible, while the price is low!” – this makes the course to grow.
What should do the owners of cryptocurrency: sell or wait?
It depends on the inner aspects of each owner. Even when the course is rising – it still have cycles of fall.
Who and how will affect the collapse of rate?
Cryptocurrency is the unstable tool. It’s system decentralised and doesn’t have the management center. Digital currency should strengthen the positions, so it can give the accurate forecast for the future. But, it appeared, that this fall will have no affect on ordinary users. There is no denying, that in a consequence many crypto-business will close. Cryptocurrency exchange are in the minimum risk area, as in such cases the number of transaction increases. Most of all, miners and the owners of the mining field will suffer the most. Since, the profitability depends on the price of extracted cryptocurrency. Within recent events, it is clear that mining is unprofitable occupation.
CIMB, Malaysia’s group of banks, signed an agreement with Ripple to develop a blockchain-driven remittance platform. DLT technology will help to promote banks in the South East Asian region and will offer more convenient services, according to the press release made by Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse.
The bank strives for resolving urgent problems in the system by implementing Ripple’s blockchain. The problems mainly refer to slow and quite expensive settlement process.
Ripple CEO said :
“We’re seeing banks and financial institutions from across the world lean into blockchain solutions because it enables a more transparent, quicker and lower cost payments experience.”
He also added:
“Now, by integrating Ripple’s blockchain technology, [CIMB] will enable their customers to send vital funds to family, friends and loved ones more efficiently.”
They also decided that CIMB would go over its system and analyse the possibility to implement Ripple’s DLT in other spheres.
One of the main “fights” has started between the CEO of Bitmain Jihan Wu and a computer scientist Craig Wright, who have repeatedly gone at each other on the social media, claiming that their vision of Bitcoin’s future is correct. Later on, the “war” was joined by John McAfee who supported Jihan Wu.
Those who stand against Jihan Wu are a idiots who don't see the realities of the playing field. Please, get real. I will not let my ego destroy me by making me think I could challenge the only real power in this space. My email to him should make it clear to anyone where I stand. pic.twitter.com/WJBJyzaEAy
According to the local news outlet, the enforcement agencies in Tokyo took 8 people in custody in connection with their possible participation in a gigantic pyramid scheme involving cryptocurrencies.
The police state that almost 6 thousand people became victims of the scheme and lost their crypto. The total amount of money stolen amounted to whopping 7.8 billion Japanese yen (almost 70 million dollars). Allegedly, the fraudsters were organizing different events and seminars and raised funds there, promising a huge return on the “investments”.
Out of 8 arrested people, 6 have already pleaded guilty. They will be charged with the violation of multiple financial regulations of Japan.
As soon as the network of Bitcoin Cash ABC started functioning, a huge amount of small-sized transactions (costing less than 0.5 BCH altogether) started happening. Moreover, they seemed to be coming between the same digital addresses, which proved them to be spam.
Although, this attack could not harm BCH ABC considerably, if it happens again and continues happening over time, it could potentially bring the whole network down. The rumors about the possible involvement of the team BCH CV have already started spreading.