What is Bitcoin?

One blame it of being a speculative bubble, while the others call it a digital revolution – everybody has its own opinion about world’s first cryptocurrency — Bitcoin. Some people believe that cryptocurrency era that began with Bitcoin back in 2009 will become one of the greatest events in the history of economy, the others believe that digital bubble is likely to blow up soon. Anyway, everyone talks about Bitcoin and some even manage to make millions on it. The Coin Shark will explain, what Bitcoin is in simple terms.

Researches came up with different ideas to create a decentralized cryptographic currency already in the end of the 20th century. In 2008 a mysterious person or a group of people called Satoshi  Nakamoto, that still remains unknown published the description of a peer-to-peer payment system. This means that each user of such a network has equal rights – there’s no center and periphery, server and client.  

Bitcoin is a decentralized digital currency. Decentralized means that all transactions are made directly between users without any agents, like banks, payment systems, and without government control. Digital means that Bitcoin exists as a recording of transaction data. The data is recorded in blocks and the system of all blocks is called blockchain. This technology is the basis of Bitcoin, other digital currencies and blockchain-platforms. Each block is the result of calculations — a certain algorithm necessary to record information in the block. These calculations are carried out by miners, who create new blocks and receive a reward for that. The whole blockchain is located on every user device, So there’s no way someone can hack this distributed database unless they can access hundreds of thousands of devices at the same time. Safety and reliability are indeed Bitcoin’s major advantages. However, there is also the flip side of the coin. It is not possible to cancel or change transactions after they are made, so you’d better check everything very carefully in order not to send your cryptocurrency to somebody by mistake.

Bitcoin’s issue is limited — miners can generate as much as 21 million BTC. By the way, the more blocks are there, the more computing power is necessary to produce new ones.

Today many people use Bitcoin not only as an investment tool, but also as a mean of payment. According to Forbes, first Bitcoin transaction was made by an american Laszlo Hanyecz. Back in 2010 he offered 10,000 ВТС for a delivery of two pizzas. Today, as one digital coin costs around $11.5 thousand, it is possible to purchase real estate, pay for a hotel room or to pay in shops with Bitcoin.

Bitcoin’s greatest potential are independent transactions. Perhaps it will become a foundation of new and really free economy, that does not depend on central banks and state regulatory authorities. This currency exists as long as there is the Internet. On the other hand, Bitcoin does not have any physical value that it is based on, so Bitcoin rate can be rather volatile  and depend on speculations. Anyway, today Bitcoin would be an appealing investment, that is definitely worth trying unless you sell all your property to buy BTC.  

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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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Lightning Network of Bitcoin Blew Up: A 1600% Increase Since Last February

The BTC Lightning Network which was created to fight with the issue of Bitcoin scalability is developing at a huge pace. The story began last February. Back then, the network only had 1 thousand channels, worth 4 BTC per channel.

The network started growing. In August it already had 11 thousand channels with a price of 97 BTC per channel. We remind you:

The Number of Channels in the Bitcoin Lightning Network Exceeded 11 Thousand

And then Bitcoin Cash hardforked, and things went wild. The Lightning Network literally blew up. At the time of writing, the number of its channels equals to 16677. This means an increase by 1600% since the February of 2018.

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Bitcoin Is Plummeting Down: The Price Fell Lower than $3.4 Thousand

It seems like Bitcoin decided to end the year of 2018 with a record low exchange rate. The coin dropped by more than 11% in the last 24 hours and fell beneath the price point of $3400. Currently, it remains extremely unstable.


Source: CoinMarketCap

The market cap of BTC has also dropped significantly. Most Bitcoin holders are now hurriedly converting their BTC funds into USD or other more stable cryptocurrencies. Unfortunately, it seems like the downtrend of November keeps worsening in December. Hopefully, the new year of 2019 will bring a fresh start for Bitcoin and crypto industry as a whole.

We remind you:

November Has Not Been Quite Lucky for Bitcoin: The Monthly Performance

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, December 7: BTC Dropped by 12% in a Day, Cryptocurrency Collapsed

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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 a record 12.4% over the past 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $3377 per coin.

Following BTC, cryptocurrencies fell in price:

Bitcoin Cash lost 19.11% over the past 24 hours and costs $110 per coin;

Ripple fell by 12.3% and has a rate of $0.30;

EOS minus 25.04%, and its price is $1.70;

Litecoin decreased by 14.9%, and its cost is $25;

Cardano lost 17.72%, and its value is $0.028;

Stellar became cheaper by 17.42% and costs $0.10;

IOTA dropped by 17.53%, and its value is now $0.24;

Dash fell by 21.65%, and its price is $61;

Monero lost 2.18% and costs $45.

Over the past 24 hours, Ethereum dropped by 17.63% and continues to decline. The coin rate crashed down to $84, according to Coin 360.

The total market capitalization fell to $107 billion. Bitcoin accounts for 55.2% of the total volume. In monetary terms, it is $59 billion.

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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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BTC, BCH and BSV: Which Coin Is the Most Profitable for Miners?

Here comes the biggest irony of the last couple of months. As we all know by now, Bitcoin Cash hardforked, forming two new coins: Bitcoin Cash ABC (BCH) and Bitcoin Cash SV (BSV). The developers of BSV claimed very loudly that their coin would be so miner-friendly, that its competitors would not be able to survive. What happened in reality?


Source: Coin Dance

As we can see from the research made by Coin Dance, if BTC is taken as a cryptocurrency to compare the profitability of mining, BSV falls behind drastically. Meanwhile, among the three Bitcoin variations, the world’s first cryptocurrency remains the most beneficial for miners.

We remind you:

Bitcoin Cash Hash Wars: Who Really Won?

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