“To Jail for Bitcoin” or a List of Countries Where You Should Not Mention Cryptocurrency

Bitcoin jail

Governments of leading countries around the world are still discussing the technological phenomenon of cryptocurrency and deciding what to do with it. There are no single international rules for the regulation of digital currencies, as long as this issue is solved individually within each individual state. In this article we will consider which countries recognized Bitcoin, where it was banned and what all of this will lead to for market participants.

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  1. Importance of cryptocurrency on the global scale
  2. Countries which recognized cryptocurrencies
  3. Countries which banned cryptocurrencies
  4. Conclusion

1. Importance of cryptocurrency on the global scale

We live in an era of active development of digital technologies that can change the world beyond recognition in a very short period of time. Cryptocurrencies have gained such popularity due to the fact that they are based on innovative blockchain technology. Now the market has a huge number of different coins and tokens. It is worth noting that the vast majority of them have no chance of a bright future. There are no guarantees that even Bitcoin itself will be the leader of the industry in 5 to 10 years. But what we can be sure of almost 100% right now, is that blockchain projects will be able to change the real sectors of the economy in the next decade.

The current situation is very similar to the boom and collapse of “dotcoms” at the beginning of 2000s. At that time, a huge number of search engines and other Internet resources were being developed, but only a few ones that have become real whales in this industry survived to this day

2. Countries which recognized cryptocurrencies

Saying the word “cryptocurrencies”, we mean, first and foremost, Bitcoin, as it is a reference point for the digital coin industry. It should be noted that most people, who are not very experienced in this topic, are convinced that Bitcoin is very popular among criminals, because you can make absolutely anonymous transactions with it. But this is only half true, since in fact Bitcoin’s transactions are not hidden, and in order to keep them secret, it is necessary to use special mixers, which, by the way, are constantly closed. To cut the long story short, achieving complete anonymity in the Bitcoin network is a rather complicated procedure. Other coins are better able to cope with this task, for example, Monero. Let’s go through the list of countries that have recognized Bitcoin as a means of payment or are on the way to legalizing cryptocurrency:

The US occupies one of the most tolerant positions as for cryptocurrencies. Given that this state has a key role in the global economy, this gives optimism to all market participants in the global perspective. Treasury classified Bitcoin 5 years ago as a company that provides financial services. Coins must be declared, they are regarded as property, thus, it is necessary to pay taxes if you own them.

Canada is also characterized by loyalty to cryptocurrencies. Regulatory authorities of the state are watching to ensure that coins are not used for money laundering. Cryptocurrency in Canada is regarded as a commodity, and transfers are considered barter. The tax code takes into account whether the transaction was an investment or a trade transaction.

Australia allows to carry out various operations with cryptocurrency. Tax Inspectorate classifies coins as a financial asset. They need to be declared, and the owners must pay taxes.

The European Union introduced mandatory verification of users this April. This should solve the problem of money laundering. According to the representative of the EU, in only a year about 5.5 billion dollars in cryptocurrency were laundered in the territory of member countries.

There is also a number of countries besides the abovementioned world giants, where Bitcoin is officially recognized. Today, we will not write about each of them, since at the moment they do not affect the world economy significantly.

3. Countries which banned cryptocurrencies

There are also states that perceive cryptocurrencies as a threat for various reasons, and protect their citizens from them in every way possible. So, let’s review the main ones:

China is the largest manufacturing center of the planet, China has a great influence on the world economy. In the Celestial Empire cryptocurrencies are prohibited for all financial institutions. However, they are completely legalized for individuals. Despite this, China is one of the key cryptocurrency markets of the planet.

Vietnam was opposed to implementation of cryptocurrencies at the dawn of their emergence. In this country, cryptocurrencies are completely prohibited for both individuals and legal entities.

Bolivia regards cryptocurrencies as financial pyramids. In this country you can go to jail for any type of cryptocurrency advertising.

Ecuador has banned all existing cryptocurrencies, but the authorities plan to create their own coins.

Also, there are countries where cryptocurrencies have not been determined with a legal status. For example, in the Russian Federation, the draft law on the regulation of cryptocurrencies was published only in January of this year, which does not prohibit their use, but specifically regulates their movement. In fact, this bill still has to be substantially finalized and reviewed by the State Duma. There is no clear time frame on this issue.

4. Conclusion

In fact, the countries where cryptocurrencies are legalized and controlled by the regulatory authorities are quite numerous. It is also worth noting that these states are the first-class states which control the entire civilized world. Decisions of states that totally prohibit the use of digital coins do not affect the world economy at the moment.

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What is Common Between Ripple Technology and XRP Token?

In this article, we will focus on the project, which has recently taken the second place in the cryptocurrency rating. Today we will talk about how XRP token is connected with the famous Ripple technology, which should make a revolution in banking sector in the future.

1. Briefly about Ripple cryptocurrency

The Ripple project is in no way just another copy or an improved Bitcoin`s version. The only thing that unites these two coins is the blockchain technology. Let’s clearly define what the Ripple is:

  • There is a system of gateways at the heart of the Ripple network, the performance of which is provided by hundreds of servers. Ripple works through distributed registry technology, but its architecture is completely different from the standard blockchain. The project does not have decentralization, since only those servers that have been approved by the company, are involved in transaction validation.
  • The main task of the project is to ensure a free and fast exchange of assets with minimum fees (0.00001 XRP).
  • The target audience of the project is banking institutions, which can save about $3 for each transaction with the help of Ripple technology. If we consider, that large banks spend millions of transfers per year, this leads to significant savings.

2. What positions does Ripple take now?

In mid-November 2018, the entire cryptocurrency market collapsed sharply. Many coins lost 40-50% of their value in a week. In this situation, XRP token showed relative stability and fell by about 20%. At the same time, Ethereum fell substantially in price. Because of this disbalance, Ripple took the second place in the cryptocurrency rating. For the moment of writing this article, the project`s capitalization is equal to 12.5 billion dollars. The gap from ETH is almost 3 billion dollars.

3. Future forecasts

Let’s talk briefly about prospects for this project, and what XRP hodlers can expect. For a start, it is worth noting that Ripple is a legal entity officially registered in the United States. This is an undeniable advantage for investors. But it should be understood that the Ripple technology used by banks has nothing to do with XRP token. The fact is, that Ripple has three different products (xCurrent, xRapid and xVia). Banking institutions are interested in the first one, and XRP token is directly related to the second one. Therefore, there is no direct correlation between XRP token rate growth and the introduction of Ripple technology into the banking sector.

Some experts say that banks can start using xRapid technology. If this happens, then XRP token will be really useful and needed. But if you go a little deeper into this question, it becomes clear that such a scenario is highly unlikely. In this case, banks will have to buy an intermediate XRP token additionally, which will increase the cost of transactions. Therefore, the vast majority of analysts believe that banks will not take such a step.

But there are still some reasons for token`s price increase:

  • The possibility that banks will shift to xRapid technology. It is unlikely, but still possible.
  • Increasing of customer base.
  • Regular burning of tokens (deflation).
  • Expanded applications (using Ripple technology, you can exchange absolutely any assets).
  • A general trend change on the market, may lead to another sharp rise in the token price.

4. Conclusion

The Ripple Company is a legal entity registered in the United States. It actively cooperates with the leading banks in America, but this does not concern the XRP token.

The coin definitely has a future, so it is better to keep it in cryptocurrency portfolio in a small amount (no more than 5% – 10%). Recently, XRP cryptocurrency firmly entrenched on second place in the global ranking CoinMarketCap.

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Bitcoin’s Price in 2019: Forecasts and Opinion of Experts

Attention of many people around the world is focused on the Bitcoin price. No one can say for sure, where it will go next year, or moreover in a few years. Some people believe, that the cryptocurrency industry has already reached its maximum, and all that we are waiting is a continuous decline of value. But there are experts who are sure that the maximum marks of BTC is only beginning and we are expecting for the new heights in the future. Well, let’s try to look into the matter and analyze the words of leading financial experts of the world.

1. Analysis of the current situation

As we all remember, the capitalization of the cryptocurrency market reached its historic maximum 831 billion dollars in January 2018. After this, a deep and prolonged correction has started, which partially continues until now. At the time of writing, the market capitalization is 107 billion dollars, the Bitcoin price has fallen in 6 times, and many coins have become cheaper in 10-20 times.

Source: CoinMarketCap

At first glance, everything seems to be bad and prospects are rather vague. But what if we tell you that everything is absolutely opposite and now it is the best time to invest in cryptocurrency? We are ready to back up our words with concrete facts about which very few people talk. 

  • Continuous growth of network`s hashrate. Despite the fact that the price of first cryptocurrency shows negative profitability throughout 2018, the total computing power of Bitcoin network is constantly growing. It means that miners are increasing their production capacity. And it is not about small or medium farms, since their share is negligible on the general background.

Source: https://bitinfocharts.com/

After analyzing this graph, it appears that big miners continue to invest hundreds of millions dollars in equipment. This means that major players continue to believe in further development of the industry, and therefore in future growth of the BTC rate.

  • Infrastructure development. In 2018, investor`s interest in cryptocurrency faded a little, but this did not affect infrastructure development. Every day, the number of places where you can pay with cryptocurrency is growing (paying taxes in the USA, real estate, online shopping, transport tickets, physical points of sale and more). It is a very good trend, because the more places you can pay with BTC, the more people will be involved in the digital economy.
  • The acceptance of cryptocurrency at the government level. In 2018, for the first time in 10 years of Bitcoin’s existence, they started talking about it at the international level. If earlier none of the world leaders paid enough attention to this topic, then this year at the G20 summit this issue was put on the agenda. World leaders agreed that it would be pointless to forbid cryptocurrencies and no one would do that. On the contrary, there was decided to develop an international legislative framework.
  • It’s still possible to become a “pioneer”. If you go to the website bitinfocharts.com and take a look how many Bitcoin wallets are registered currently, it is possible to see the number that does not exceed 23 million. Taking into account that more than 15 million of them are wallets, which balance does not exceed $100. The population of our planet now is about 7.6 billion people. Let’s take 40% of insolvent people (children, pensioners, people who live in a third world, etc.) – it comes out near 4.5 billion people. After comparing these numbers, it appears that there are still very few people who are really involved in the cryptocurrency industry. That means, a global large-scale acceptance of technology does not exist yet. This gives us a chance to become pioneers. After cryptocurrency becomes a commonplace for any person (like, for example, a credit card in our days), we will reap the benefits. Most likely you will hear such expression in future: “Why didn’t I buy Bitcoin in 2018?”.

2. Expert forecasts for 2019-2020

Now let’s see what famous experts say about the near future of Bitcoin, namely about its price.

Mike Novogratz, CEO of Galaxy Digital, believes that the start of Bakkt and Fidelity Digital Assets platforms will affect on entry of new investors into the cryptocurrency market. According to Mike`s opinion, now the most important point of resistance is the mark of $ 3,880. If we overcome it, then the rate may reach $ 9,000 till the new year. The next important mark is $10,000. After overcoming it, the price of BTC 2019 will go up sharply. Novogratz has no doubt that the next year rate of Bitcoin will overcome its historical maximum of 20,000 dollars.

Tom Lee, is one of the leading analysts of Wall Street. Previously, he stated that until the end of 2018, the rate of Bitcoin will overcome the mark of 25 thousand dollars. But after a few months, namely in July 2018, he slightly revised his views and named the new price of Bitcoin 2019 – 22 thousand dollars.

The forecast of John Mcafee is the most bravest of all existing on the market. He believed that by December 2020, the price of one bitcoin will be $1,000,000. Moreover, John is confident in his forecast like no one other. In his view, in the upcoming future, Bitcoin will replace dollar, which will cause huge demand.

3. Conclusion

After analyzing the current situation and the words of industry experts, we can conclude that Bitcoin and cryptocurrency in particular have a great future. Now we are only at the beginning and in the next decade, cryptocurrency will change our life. It should be noted that this article is not a call for investing in cryptocurrency. These are just our subjective thoughts about the future development of the industry. Remember, any investment entails a certain risks.

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800% Increase In Money Laundering Cases Connected To The Cryptocurrency

According to the report published by the news media outlet “The Japan Times”, the National Police Agency in Japan registered about 6000 cases of money laundering connected to the cryptocurrency industry. The figures were taken from the research in the period from January to October 2018.

The amount of cases has raised showing an 800% increase in compare to the period from April to December 2017.

An NPA official commented on this situation:

“We have seen some large-scale cryptocurrency thefts, and operators are believed to be scrutinizing transactions more rigorously.”

In the report, NPA also emphasized on the vulnerabilities of the cryptocurrency transactions. Anonymous transactions can be transferred to overseas, due to different cryptocurrency regulations in various countries, it is hard to track the culprit.

We remind you

How to Determine Whether a Cryptocurrency Is Reliable and Invest Your Money Properly?

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Vinny Lingham is Clear About Bitcoin: “I don’t think we see $20k for a while”

Significant part of crypto community, still cannot recover from the fall of the cryptocurrency, the rate of which is still in a red zone. According to the CoinMarketCap, Bitcoin, at the moment of writing the article, is set on at $3 747 per coin and still falling.

But some representatives of crypto community have their own view about the situation on the market and predict their own price of Bitcoin.

Vinny Lingham, an Internet entrepreneur, Co-founder and CEO of Civic, has answered to a few question of The Coin Shark, to clarify the situation on the market:

Hello, Vinny. What do you think, will Bitcoin be able to overcome the $20 thousand mark next year?

I took a $20k bet with Ronnie Moas in Vegas, last month. He predicted $28k by EOY 2019. I disagreed. I don’t think we see $20k for a while, at the very least 2020, but possibly even 2021.

In your opinion, what is the problem with cryptocurrency at the moment?

There is too much hype, and not enough substance, as well as too much focus on the technology and not enough focus on the business or consumer value add.

Can Ethereum become the leader in 2019?

It is possible, but unlikely unless they can fix the scaling issues and deal with the lack of consensus within their community.

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Bitcoin`s Overvaluation: Who Can Take Its Place?

Many experts think that Bitcoin is overvalued and that its real value is less, than the market one. Well, in this article let’s talk about the main cryptocurrency, discuss its disadvantages, the current situation, and forecasts for the future. So, first things first.

BTC`s place in rating now (rate, capitalization, market share)

The cryptocurrency industry is not having its finest hour nowadays. Over the past week, the market capitalization has decreased by $70 billion and today this mark is $123 billion. Despite the total prices collapse, Bitcoin retains its leading position – the market share of 54.4%. Now the market is too volatile, so the numbers that will be given in this material may differ from the real ones. For the moment of writing this article 1 BTC costs $3,880, and the capitalization of the coin is around at 67 billion dollars. It is possible, that when you read this article the above values ​​will be different.

Why BTC is considered as overvalued?

At the end of 2017, the BTC rate briefly exceeded $20,000. At that time, this asset was extremely overbought and overvalued. Euphoria reigned in the market, an increasing number of investors wanted to enter the market. But such a growth could not last forever, so a rapid pullback followed after.

Bitcoin has nothing to do with the physical world and by itself can not have real value, in the usual sense. What is BTC? This is just a set of data that is stored on the blockchain. Its value is determined by investors faith, as well as the users base. The problem is that the Bitcoin`s network in its current form is not able to process a large number of transactions quickly. This is one of the limiting factors on the coin`s path to get a universal acceptance.

Who can push Bitcoin from the first place?

Currently more than 2,000 different cryptocurrency projects are released. Is it really possible to find at least one coin from all this long list, that can take the first place in the global rating of cryptocurrencies? This is a rather complicated question, there is no definite answer on it. But speaking about the near future, the most answer will be “no”. The fact is, that now (the end of 2018) BTC holds a 54.4% share of the total cryptocurrency market. This means, that the remaining 2000-plus coins together make up only 45.6%.

But in the longer term, there is a chance, that some kind of token or coin will still be able to take first place. What cryptocurrency projects are capable to do this?

1.Ripple

Lately, it takes the honorable second place in global rating CoinMarketCap.

  • Price: 35 cents;
  • Market capitalization: $14 billion;
  • Issue: 100 billion tokens.

In short, the Ripple technology allows a large number of users to share assets at the same time. The project got its feet on the ground, and what is most important it is used in real life. This technology is used by large banks in order to reduce the cost of transactions (Earthport, Bank of America, HSBC, etc.). Ripple is able to process more than 1,500 transactions per second, with minimal fees (0.00001 XRP). Given the potential value of this project and the huge number of tokens, it can be assumed that Ripple has every chance to win first place in the global cryptocurrency rating.

2. Ethereum

  • Price: 109 dollars;
  • Market capitalization: 11 billion dollars;
  • Issue: unlimited (currently more than 103 million coins have been mined).

Ethereum firmly held the second place for a long time, but the last wave of correction moved it to the 3rd line in this list. We want to remind you, that literally in early November 2018, Vitalik Buterin (Ethereum`s creator) said that the project is waiting for a major update in the near future. If the developers succeed in doing all that, Buterin said, this will have a good affect on the future rate of the coin.

All other coins are too far from the top three in terms of capitalization and popularity among the masses. Potentially, almost any coin from the TOP-100, can get ahead in future, but its probability is extremely small.

Conclusion

For over ten years Bitcoin is the main cryptocurrency in the industry. The overwhelming majority of people when hear the word “cryptocurrency” unconsciously imply Bitcoin. Of course, BTC has its disadvantages, but the development team is working hard to eliminate them. This is a very complex process, the implementation of which requires a lot of time.

So, if we analyze this issue, we can say with confidence that it is unlikely, that any other coin will be able to take Bitcoin`s place in the near future.

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“Don’t do it in Beijing”: Chinese Authorities Banned Security Token Offerings

According to Chinese news media outlet Caijing, Beijing government decided to do away with any types of token sales, namely they banned security token offering (STO) in “Northern Capital”.

The statement was announced at the ‘2018 Global Wealth Management Forum’ by Huo Xuewen, the chief of Beijing’s Municipal Bureau of Finance:

“Recently, ICOs have been abandoned, and a new concept called STO has been advertised. With today’s platform, I will make a risk warning to those who are propagating in Beijing and want to issue STO. Don’t do it in Beijing. If you do it in Beijing, you will be taken away from illegal financial activities. When we have the authority to approve you to do an STO, we will say.”

The STO is a friendly-regulated kind of an initial coin offering (ICO). The STOs are enable to possess securities or stakes in business, as well as get the profits from it. The tokens represent tangible assets.

We remind you that China banned all foreign ICOs inside the country back in April this year. The SEC also decided to introduce fines for celebrities who promote scam ICOs.

SEC Is Going to Fine Social Media Celebrities Who Promote Scam ICOs

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