What Is the Future of the Cryptocurrency Industry?

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The cryptocurrency market can not boast of stability and balance, but it is the only investment tool that can multiply investments in tens of thousands of times in just a few years. “Bitcoin-fever 2017” attracted public attention to the industry. If only a couple of years ago only very few people knew about cryptocurrencies, now it is difficult to find a person who has never heard the word Bitcoin in his/her life. However, the general euphoria did not last long, and the whole market turned red right after the Christmas holidays. More experienced investors expected correction, but few people could imagine that it would last for such a long time. And now (the end of June, 2018) when the market is almost at an annual minimum (capitalization fell from $814 to $233 billion), everyone is interested in the question: what is the future of cryptocurrency? In this article we will try to turn off emotions and analyze what is waiting for us in the short and long term.

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  1. The future of cryptocurrency in the world
  2. Opinion of experts
  3. Conclusion

1. The future of cryptocurrency in the world

Is Bitcoin a certain industry standard? The overwhelming majority of investors are interested in the fate of the world’s #1 coin. Bitcoin has grown from $0.001 to $20k, now it is staying in the trading range between $5800 and $6200. If you compare it with the historical maximum, then rate of the coin is showing negative dynamics, but if you look at the situation in the perspective of a longer period of time, it becomes obvious that the asset is liquidated and is showing stable growth.

If we talk about the future of the world’s #1 cryptocurrency, then it is certainly very promising. At this point in time, any knowledgeable person knows for sure the vector of technology development for the next 10 years. Let’s operate with facts:

– World leaders discussed the rapid development of cryptocurrency at the G20 summit in 2018 and concluded that the point of no return had already been passed, and it was impossible to ban the industry, it needed to be regulated within the framework of the legislative field.

– Exactly one year ago Bitcoin cost about $2500, and the market capitalization was slightly more than $100 billion. Considering the almost half-year correction (with a little respite), the current figures are 2.5 times higher. This means that we see an increase by 250% on the annual chart.

– In 2017 Stanford University conducted a large-scale study of cryptocurrency, where the approximate number of Bitcoin wallets was calculated. Their number was from 5 to 11 million pieces. According to the authors of the study, the figures are not exact, but even if we multiply their maximum statement by 3, we will get about 33 million people who have done some operations with cryptocurrency at least once in their life. If we consider that the total population of the planet is 7 billion people, it becomes obvious that even an overestimated figure of 33 million seems insignificant. These figures let us understand that the globalization of the cryptocurrency industry is still in the future. The growth of new users will inevitably lead to an increase in the rate.

– The project Ripple is already cooperating with more than 100 banks around the world, thereby simplifying and improving their work (improving the level of security and speed of transactions, as well as reducing commission significantly).

2. Opinion of experts

Experts predict a different fate for it, from complete collapse to recognition as an only world currency. Let’s find out which opinion is closer to the truth and whether Bitcoin and other coins have a future.

John McAfee, perhaps the most ardent cryptocurrency adept, who is 1000% sure that Bitcoin will become the new world standard. He assures that BTC will outshine the dollar, as well as the latter outshone gold. According to his forecast, the Bitcoin rate will be at least $1 million by the December of 2020. He is so confident in his prediction that he agreed to eat a piece of himself if he is wrong. We think you guessed which part of the body we are talking about.

In order for such a fantastic forecast to come true, the coin must be recognized at the international level, and trillion investment rivers must flow into it. According to McAfee, this is quite realistic, since it does not require the unanimous consent of all countries of the world, G7 will be enough. The rest of the countries will be forced to adjust to the leaders which they depend on economically.

If this happens, Bitcoin will start to be used everywhere, just like dollar today. Why should Bitcoin lead an expedition to world technology digitization? Everything is simple, the industry pioneer has many similar characteristics with gold:

  • limited stocks (emission of 21 million coins);
  • the process of mining is gradually becoming more complicated;
  • significant energy costs for extraction.

All of these factors above exclude the inflation of the coin, which many other cryptocurrencies are subject to.

James Altucher is a private investor and a hedge fund manager. He believes that cryptocurrencies have all prospects to deprive the state central banks of the money issuance monopoly. If you remember, this right was taken from the telephone industry by the Internet in the past.

Altucher believes that the national currency of a certain country may fail in the nearest future, and the government will not have a choice but switching over to digital coins. The main applicants for this are Argentina and Venezuela. It surprising, but the Venezuelan government announced its intention to release the national coin El Petro literally a week after the statement of Altucher came out.

Elena Kvochko, the head of the security department at Barclays, believes that cryptocurrency has a future only if it enters the white legislative field. Bills on the regulation of cryptocurrencies in different countries differ, but, in general, 2018 gets the title of the “regulation” year. There is still a lot of work to do, but if everything is done correctly, it will significantly affect the industry.

3. Conclusion

The cryptocurrency industry will undoubtedly develop and doubting this statement is stupid for a variety of the abovementioned reasons. It is not yet clear what coin will become the leader in the next few years, many people are betting on the current favorite – BTC. However, it can not be denied that there are many other more technological, but less popular coins. They have all the chances to make it to the leaders’ list.

Money and traditional banks will not disappear anywhere in the next 5 years, the introduction of digital payment systems into everyday life will be gradual.

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Cryptopia Got Hacked, Crypto Exchange Is Suffering “Significant Losses”

One of the best crypto exchanges of New Zealand, Cryptopia, was hacked. It announced this sad news via Twitter stating that it had experienced a security breach that ended in a “significant loss”. However, the company did not mention any figures of the loss.

Cryptopia has suspended all the activities on the trading platform for an indefinite period. In addition, it has notified the authorities of the country, and now it cooperates with the police and the country’s High Tech Crimes Unit in order to investigate the hacker attack.

“Staff then notified and involved the appropriate Government Agencies, including NZ police and High Tech Crimes Unit who are jointly and actively investigating the matter as a major crime and they are assisting us with advice,” the exchange stated.

This is the first cryptocurrency exchange theft in 2019, however, many customers of different crypto exchanges call into question the security of them, as there were so many incidents that had to teach exchanges how to deal with it. Some users even blame the exchanges, in particular Cryptopia, in a bear market “exit strategy”.

We remind you

The Hackers of the “51% Attack” on Ethereum Classic Returned Half of the Stolen Funds

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A Video Gamer Received a 20-Bitcoin Donation on Twitch

A video game player under the nickname Sick Nerd received a donation from an anonym in the amount of 20 Bitcoins when playing the game RuneScape and streaming it on the platform Twitch.

Sick Nerd mentioned this on his Twitter:

At first, the streamer received only 4 BTC. He didn’t take it seriously right away, but kept receiving new donations in cryptocurrency. Overall, Sick Nerd became richer by over 20 BTC during his streaming session.

This is the largest crypto donation sent to a video game player ever, and, of course, the largest donation ever received by Sick Nerd (more than 70 thousand dollars).

Cryptocurrency keeps making its way into every sphere of human activity, and video games are no exception. We remind you:

Cryptocurrency Games: Bitcoin Game Review

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, January 15: Cryptocurrency Is Trying to Regain Its Positions

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

According to the Coin360 online platform, Bitcoin (BTC) gained 2.9% over the past 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $3626 per coin, but it remains quite volatile and changes the value.


The rest of cryptocurrencies are also in the green zone:

Bitcoin Cash added 4.99% over the past 24 hours and costs $133 per coin;

Ripple plus 4.58%, and is $0.33 in value;

EOS added 10.17%, and its price is $2.51;

Litecoin became more expensive by 6.66%, and its rate is $32;

Cardano grew by 5.85%, and its value is $0.043;

Stellar added 5.15% and costs $0.11;

IOTA gained 4.92%, and its cost $0.31;

Dash added 2.19%, and its price is $73;

Monero increased by 8.22% and is $46 in price.


Ethereum added 10.5% over the past day. The cost of the coin is $130.

The total market capitalization is $123 billion. Bitcoin accounts for 52.4% ​​of the total volume. In monetary terms, this is $64 billion.

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The Hackers of the “51% Attack” on Ethereum Classic Returned Half of the Stolen Funds

The alleged organizer of the “51% Attack” on the ETC network transferred back $ 100,000 to Gate.io. bitcoin exchange. It was stated by its representatives on their Twitter account:

As a result of the attack, the users of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange had lost about 46,000 ETC. The representatives of the exchange were going to recover the money lost at their own expense.

However, last Saturday, Gate.io reported that an unknown hacker returned about half of the stolen funds. The company tried to contact the hacker. So far, the reasons he returned the funds have not been clarified since the hacker have not responded.

The representatives of the exchange guessed that if the organizer did not seek to profit, it could be a white hacker who wanted to remind people of the risks. Gate.io also noted that the current hashrate of the ETC network is not high enough, which means that the attack might happen again.

Now a successful transaction in the Ethereum Classic network on Gate.io requires about 4000 confirmations. The exchange is confident that this measure will enhance security and recommends other crypto platforms to stick to such measure to protect traders.

We remind you that despite the significant losses of the Gate.io users, the hackers used a simple hacking algorithm:

«Атака 51%» на Ethereum Classic: полный анализ взлома

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, January 14: Cryptocurrencies Are in the Deep Red Zone

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

According to the online platform Coingecko, Bitcoin (BTC) lost 2.2% over the past 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $3520 per coin.

Cryptocurrencies continue to decline rapidly:

Bitcoin Cash lost 7.08% over the past 24 hours and costs $125 per coin;

Ripple lost 2.31% and costs $0.32;

EOS minus 4.08%, and its price is $2.33;

Litecoin minus 7.92%, and its cost is $30;

Cardano dropped by 6.85%, and its value is $0.040;

Stellar fell by 4.42% and costs $0.10;

IOTA lost 7%, and its value is $0.29;

Dash decreased by 2.79%, and its price is $71;

Monero fell by 2.02% and costs $44.


Over the past 24 hours, Ethereum has lost 6.03%. The rate of the coin is $118.
The total market capitalization rose to $118 billion. Bitcoin’s share is 52.8% of the total volume. In monetary terms, this is $62 billion.

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The CEO of Circle Believes That a Clearer Policy of the SEC Will Cure the Crypto Industry

The CEO of the project Circle, backed up by the major bank Goldman Sachs, Jeremy Allaire started a thread on Reddit together with his co-workers, where they debated the accomplishments of the company in the recent time, talked about prospects for the future and discussed the overall situation on the crypto market.

According to the representatives of Circle, one of the main issues with crypto in the US is the lack of regulatory framework and, most importantly, the inability of the Securities and Exchange Commission to clearly define cryptocurrencies as belonging to a particular type of assets.

We remind you:

The SEC: Unlike ICO Tokens, Bitcoin and Ethereum Can Not Be Securities

There absolutely needs to be more regulatory clarity to really make this fly — in particular around who can issue these, how they can be stored and transmitted, and what markets can allow their trading. There’s a lot of attention on this and we absolutely expect to see these issues resolved and for far more real world experiments to hit the markets this year,” said Jeremy Allaire.

Also, the CEO of Circle claimed that the US should follow the example of France and have a separate kind of taxation for crypto-to-crypto transactions.

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