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India Could ‘Legalize’ Bitcoin Next As Public Calls for Regulation

· May 31, 2017 · 10:00 am

India could legalize Bitcoin in the near future as feedback from citizens and businesses appears to be in support of regulating virtual currencies.


India’s Gov’t Asks Public About Virtual Currencies

The online comments section, which is to run for 10 days, has already received nearly 4,000 submissions since it was launched on May 21st.

The areas polled are: whether Virtual Currencies (VCs) should be banned, regulated or observed? In case VCs are suggested to be regulated, then what measures should be taken to ensure consumer protection, promote development and also which institution should be monitoring and regulating them?

It goes on to also ask what would be effective self regulatory mechanisms, and the methods which should be adopted to ensure consumer protection in these scenarios.

Feedback From Citizens & Organizations

Most comments are brief, but they do represent a generally positive opinion of Bitcoin and virtual currencies in general with some encouraging everyone to profit via taxation.

For example, one person commented:

Bitcoin, Blockchain is the future of finance, administration, governance, markets, IT etc. This technology has huge potential for a growing country like India. India should follow Japan, embrace this technology without introducing road blocks. If India put regulatory burden on it, it will not limit the technology but will keep India isolated from its benefits. Like internet, tech will grow irrespective. We have choice to embrace, or be left behind..

Another person said that government regulation will help reduce corruption and black market trade as well as proving useful for the economy as a whole.

Tarkesh Tambulkar wrote: 

Bitcoin is the future of India, it is also increases the tax of Indian government. So it should be regulated

“Bitcoin regulatory should improve economical growth in India, crypto currency makes digital India to reduce poverty in future it will reduce corruption and black money if government takes action to make bitcoin is legal and regulated,” added Melika Rajarao

Multi Commodity Exchange of India Ltd also weighed in, commenting:

We propose that Bitcoin be accepted as legal financial instrument in India and the regulations be governed under a separate ‘Virtual Currency Act’. The adoption of virtual currency should be encouraged in India since Blockchain technologies are now considered to be the future of electronic financial transactions. A very strong impetus to legalize virtual currency is its potential to drastically reduce corruption, shrink transaction costs and eliminate third party involvement.

There are some dissenting voices too, who call for the currency to be banned outright.

“We must impose ban on all kind of cryptocurrency at the earliest. It should be made illegal Gready indians [sic] have already invested their hard earned money and they are going to lose their money very soon,” wrote Manish Rai.

Overall, the responses appear to be in favor of “legalizing” Bitcoin via regulation, with other commentators seeing it as beneficial to the technological growth of the country, as well as staying in line with international trends like in Japan.

9 of 10 New Internet Users Will Be Indian

It is important to also consider India’s unique position, and the type of citizen who would actually be commenting online. India is a developing country with much of its internet activity currently done in English, relating as much to infrastructural barriers as much as language ones. What’s more is many only connect via their mobile phones.

These issues were explored in a report conducted by the consulting firm KPMG India and Google exploring the use of the Internet in the country.

“80% of Indian language internet users face challenges in using English keyboards. About 55% of the users find the high cost and limited internet access as key barrier for using the Internet regularly,” the report states.

There is positive news though, as the country would seem to be overtaking China in terms of new internet adoption.

“In the last few years, the rapid scale of adoption of Internet across the country has set the ball rolling and today Indian language users have already overtaken the total number of English language users on the Internet in India,” the report notes.

The report forecasts that digital payments, online government services and e-tailing will see the fastest growth in adoption by Indian language users.

At the same time, Bitcoin appears to be spreading rapidly in India, which can be see by a constant rise in trading volumes and increasing merchant adoption throughout the country.

Bitcoinist has previously covered Bitcoins use as ‘digital gold’ in India here and how it is helping the population overcome the friction of the Indian Rupee.

Will India’s government go for regulating VC’s, maintain the status quo or attempt to ban Bitcoin? Let us know in the comments below!


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UASF Continues to Gain Support as ‘Secret’ SegWit2x Roadmap Revealed

· May 30, 2017 · 10:30 am

Though a Bitcoin scaling agreement was reached at the recent Consensus conference in New York, many companies are increasingly supporting a User-Activated Soft Fork (UASF)  as a means to activate SegWit.


UASF Still on the Table

Although reports have stated that the Bitcoin scaling debate may be coming to an end due to what has been known as the ‘Barry Silbert Agreement,’ recent developments indicate that it may still be far from over, leaving other options like the User Activated Soft Fork (UASF), a proposal that has been slowly gaining traction among Bitcoin businesses.

The given agreement dubbed “SegWit2x” is a compromise by several companies in the blockchain space that represent roughly 83% of the global hash rate to activate the SegWit proposal at an 80% threshold and to activate a 2MB hard fork within six months.

Meanwhile, prominent Bitcoin community member “WhalePanda”  tweeted out the details of the SegWit2x proposal today. The roadmap sets only a month for testing. Furthermore, it proposes to get the nodes up and running as well as signaling by July 21st, 2017.

Interestingly, this falls before the BIP 148 August 1st activation date.

Given its short timeframe, Bitcoin Core proponents say that the given approach is not enough to properly implement a hard fork. Due to its risky nature, it would require a second SegWit BIP to be introduced before the current one expires.

This means that the UASF may be the only way to realistically implement SegWit. Although the proposal is viewed by some as somewhat “intrusive” or even dangerous, 27 companies have shown support for it, a number that has more than doubled since the last time we talked about this subject.

Who Supports UASF?

Since the last time we visited this subject, 15 companies have signaled their support for the UASF proposal, including:

  • Abra;
  • Bitcoin Embassy;
  • Bitcoin India;
  • Bitfury;
  • Bitrefill;
  • Electrum;
  • Mycelium and others.

Currently seven companies are also opposing the UASF: Bitpay, Bitillions, BTCPOP, CoinATMRadar, F2Pool, MrCoin, and OXT. Meanwhile, both the Ledger and Trezor hardware wallet manufacturers are currently ready for the UASF BIP 148 update.

While most companies are in favor of the miner activated SegWit, the same level of support is not reflected with the UASF proposal. Some companies are still waiting for a less intrusive method of activating SegWit. ShapeShift, for example, has publically stated that it will wait for the Barry Silbert agreement to materialize. If it doesn’t, then ShapeShift will run a BIP 148 UASF node.

The reason why companies are still waiting for other solutions can be found in the nature of the User Activated Soft Fork, which poses some potential dangers for the Bitcoin ecosystem.

What is UASF & What Are the Risks?

A User Activated Soft Fork is a soft fork in which the users or nodes create a penalty for miners that do not signal the intended soft fork. This is done through a modified version of a Bitcoin Client, which gives a block height limit for miners to start signaling SegWit.

Once this block height is reached,  nodes that are running the UASF client will stop accepting blocks that don’t support SegWit. Since nodes are the ones that verify transactions, if a majority of nodes is running a UASF client, then blocks that don’t signal SegWit will be considered invalid by the majority of nodes, while SegWit blocks will be accepted by every node, old and new.

Though this system seems like a sure way to activate SegWit, it sill poses some dangers for miners that continue to mine non-SegWit blocks and for nodes that are not running the UASF client. If a majority of miners decide not to support SegWit, there will be a chain split and old nodes that are not running UASF will follow the chain with the most miners.

This would mean that the Bitcoin blockchain would be split into two chains, one with and the other one without SegWit. The blockchain in which SegWit would be active would be the one with the least hash power, a concerning factor for Bitcoin’s security.

Do you think SegWit can be activated without the UASF proposal? Can the SegWit + 2mb Hard fork Bitcoin Scaling Agreement get it done? Share your thoughts on the comment section.


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China’s Biggest Exchanges to Add Ethereum, Other Altcoins as Demand Surges

· May 29, 2017 · 7:00 am

As altcoins continue to gain popularity throughout the world, Bitcoin exchanges in China are also getting in on the action and listing alternative cryptocurrencies.


Huobi to Support Altcoins

As the moratorium on cryptocurrency withdrawals is expected to soon end in China, exchanges in the country seem to be turning their attention to alternative cryptocurrencies. Two days ago, one of the big three exchanges in China, Huobi, announced it will launch Ethereum trading on May 31.

The announcement reads:

We are excited to announce the CNY/ETH will be listed on our exchanges. Trading will start at 12:00 May 31st (GMT +8). ETH deposit and withdrawal is available from now on.

Today, Huobi released a list of altcoins that are to be added in the future according to the rank of the coin in said list. According to Huboi’s underlying model, Ethereum, Litecoin and Ripple are the highest ranking coins following Bitcoin, followed by Dash, Zcash and Dogecoin.

Online news service cnLedger tweeted:

The list was ranked using a model created by Huobi which factors in the coin’s strategy, marketing, activity, risk and technology to calculate the relevance of the coin.

The list and underlying model can be seen in Huobi’s official announcement.

BTCC to Get In On the Action as Well

Huobi isn’t the only Bitcoin exchange in China that is to list alternative cryptocurrencies.

After a two-week poll, in which over 190k votes by the cryptocurrency community were counted, Ethereum Classic will be listed in the BTCC exchange. Bobby Lee, CEO of BTCC tweeted:

Although the exchanges employed a completely different method in which Huobi used a model to rank cryptocurrencies and BTCC used a community poll, both exchanges are interested in opening the doors for the Chinese community to invest in  alternative cryptocurrencies.

Huobi and BTCC, however, are not the first exchanges in the country to list alternative cryptocurrencies. The China-based Yunbi exchange allows users to buy and sell cryptocurrencies like Etherem, Ethereum Classic, Zcash, QTUM, Bitshares, and others. BTC38 also offers a multitude of cryptocurrencies to be bought and sold for CNY. Lastly, CHBTC also lists Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, and Litecoin.

Crypto in Asia

Although less-known exchanges in the country offer altcoin trading, most Chinese users are only familiar with Bitcoin and Litecoin, given that most cryptocurrency investors use one of the big three exchanges in the country, BTCC, OKCoin and Huobi.

China plays a big part in the Bitcoin world, ranking in the top 3 countries by daily trading volume but other countries in the continent are becoming increasingly interested in cryptocurrencies and it’s not just Bitcoin and Litecoin.

Take Japan, for example, where the recent Bitcoin law has created an accentuated demand for cryptocurrencies, making the JPY the biggest Bitcoin pair in the world by trading volume and that’s not all. Other cryptocurrencies are also gaining traction in the country.

Co-Founder of IndieSquare and Community Director at the Counterparty Foundation, stated in a recent blog post:

First, one of the unique characteristics of the Japanese crypto space is that altcoins are very popular as a means of investment and some of them have very strong and dedicated communities; some even more active than the Bitcoin community itself in a way. Among them, two of the most popular altcoins in Japan are XRP(Ripple) and XEM(NEM).

In South Korea, Ethereum and Ethereum Classic are also extremely popular, even more so than Bitcoin whose daily trading volume is smaller than that of ETH or ETC.

With China adhering to the altcoin craze, could Asia become the capital for alternative cryptocurrencies?


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Bitcoin Plummets $600 Following Volatile Thursday Trading

· May 27, 2017 · 5:51 pm

Bitcoin’s price suffered more losses on Friday following Thursday’s drop and subsequent rebound, plummeting 25% in a single day.


While it appeared that Bitcoin had regained its historic upward momentum following Thursday’s $500 drop, Friday proved even more turbulent as prices dived $600 from $2.5k towards $1.9k. As of Saturday afternoon, Bitcoin’s price appears to have stabilized around $2.1k.

Bitcoin price chart

What Goes Up, Must Come Down

Bitcoin’s price drop follows a week of unprecedented growth, in which it climbed from $2000 to an all-time high of $2800. Many claimed that a correction was overdue and that Bitcoin is back on its way towards $3,000.

Others have issued dire warnings of a Bitcoin bubble that may just now be popping. Older investors can still recall the sting of Bitcoin’s infamous 2013 crash (and subsequent destruction of the Mt. Gox exchange), and are wary of repeating the same mistakes. Bitcoin’s price also has a repeatable history of spiking suddenly before crashing to a higher, more stable level.

Friday, Bloody Friday

Traders have historically used Fridays to sell off securities or place shorts, anticipating a price drop come Monday morning due to what has been called the “weekend effect“. The upcoming long weekend combined with Thursday’s high volatility likely fueled a large sell-off in the cryptocurrency market. Bitcoin’s influx of new investors following its price increases may have also spurred a panic sell.

You Bought the Ticket, Now Ride the Coaster

Experienced traders have continuously warned new investors about Bitcoin’s notorious volatility. In a Reddit thread chastising those who bought at the top on FOMO (“fear of missing out”), one Reddit user had some choice words to share:

Now here’s the question: did you buy Bitcoin just because it was worth a certain amount of dollars, or did you buy it to hold a piece of the action? This is a piece of the action. Roller coaster to the moon has its ups and downs.” – zomgitsduke

Another thread was created by a user claiming to have dumped $45k into BTC at its top. He intends to exercise discipline and hold:

“Genuinely don’t give a s— that the price has corrected/crashed/whatever you want to call it. It’ll be back sooner or later. Bitcoin is long term. Don’t weep.” – thesilentwitness

Bitcoin To The Moon

Despite these recent setbacks, many are still confident that Bitcoin’s run isn’t over yet. The market appears to remain Bullish as traders look to buy in on the massive price dip.

Do you think Bitcoin is headed back up? Or do you think that the Bitcoin bubble has finally burst? Tell us in the comments below!


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Bitcoin’s $500 Price Drop Sets Community Abuzz

· May 26, 2017 · 12:00 pm

Bitcoin prices dropped yesterday from $2800 down to $2460, sparking concern and speculation across the cryptocurrency community.


The large drop in value has come alongside the largest Bitcoin Bull run in the currencies history, it caused panicked posts on social media with one Reddit user posting;

“What the hell happened with the drop from 2800 to 2460?!!!!!” – TakinBackMyLove, a distressed Reddit user.

Many other new Bitcoin users, drawn to cryptocurrency investment by the current upward cycle of the market, also voiced their concerns while Bitcoin veterans remained calm, having seen this all before, and much worse.

Welcome to Bitcoin

The drop follows three straight days of price increases for Bitcoin as the price climbed from $2000 to $2800, which is was an all-time high for coin. In financial markets, it is not uncommon to see corrections like this after relatively large gains over a short period of time, which really does bring a touch of sanity to a frenzied market. That the decrease was not more substantial, given what has overall been a very large rise, should give investors comfort.

Bitcoin Historical Prices

Past Volatility

Bitcoin has been historically famous for its massive volatility, with its price declining by several orders of magnitude in just the space of minutes. In August 2011 the price dropped by almost 50% from $13.50 down to just $7 in the period of 7 hours. However, the coin is also famous for its sudden gains too, as Bitcoin prices began hitting $80 dollars in the same year.

Bitcoin price drop August 2013

Another example is the 2013 crash, often attributed to the downfall of the infamous Japanese based exchange, Mt. Gox, when the site went down it took many Investors coins with it. Bitcoin took its time recovering, and cryptocurrency as a whole entered a bear market. Bitcoin has made slow and steady gains since then, however, it is only since March that the gains have started to rise at a disproportionately increased rate.

It comes as no surprise that in the wake of such massive gains that Bitcoin fever seems to have struck again.

Still Bullish

With daily candles ultimately still in the Green, all signs still point to the coin remaining Bullish and, at the current time of this writing, it has since started climbing back towards $2,550.

Bitcoin Still Bullish

What do you think of Bitcoin’s volatile history? Do you think prices will continue to climb or is it a bubble that is about to pop? Let us know in the comments below!


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Monaco Visa Card ICO Brings Crypto Token Spending To The Masses

· May 26, 2017 · 8:00 am

The cryptocurrency debit card market is gaining a new heavyweight as Monaco continues its 150,000 ETH ICO.


Debit Cards Take Advantage Of ICO Craze

Monaco, which is raising funds to launch its prepaid Visa card for spending Bitcoin and ERC20 tokens with fiat currency, has accrued around 26,000 ETH since the token sale began May 18.

The event marks the fully-fledged entry of crypto debit cards into the ICO realm, which has already seen startups with all manner of USPs benefit from millions of dollars in funding.

“Given the interest in the product over the past six months, it is likely demand will exceed supply,” bullish co-founder and CFO Rafael Melo said in an introductory video.

Speculation-Proofing ERC20 Tokens

Despite the mixed reactions to Ethereum startups’ ICOs in recent months, Monaco is hoping its multifaceted token plans will allay any fears among investors.

FundYourselfNow Crowdfunding Platform Announces Q1 2018 Launch, ICO Starts June 2, 2017

Sales of its MCO token are being performed on a sliding exchange rate to ETH, giving early investors an effective discount. Once the product is launched, a 1% so-called “software license fee” will send a portion of card transactions to a smart contract, generating value over time for MCO.

Incentive schemes such as lack of presale and a referral program are ostensibly designed to improve uptake and prevent ‘whale’ investors controlling significant portions of the token offering.

That said, Monaco is running a bidding program that will award a more advantageous ‘Black’ card to the ICO’s biggest investor.

Novice Users Targeted To Remove Confusion From Crypto Spending

Despite the project only being in worked on for 12 months, the huge surge in interest around Ethereum among lay consumers is generating spending demand. Cryptocurrency exchanges recently reported 600% increases in new users fueled by price rises, many of whom demonstrated a lack of knowledge about what Bitcoin or Ether really are.

Monaco is attempting to keep its product “beautifully simple,” as per promotional literature, using what it describes as “near-perfect exchange rates” to net novice users and beat out competitor offerings with higher fees.

CEO Kris Marszalek went as far as to promise that users would even save “up to 40€ out of every 500€” spent on the Visa card purely as a result of its improved FX rates.

User acquisition will meanwhile take an entirely app-based form, the startup saying it has “solved compliance issues” to enable facial scan and a “3-minute” registration process before cards can be ordered and used.

The ICO is due to conclude June 18.

[Note: This is a sponsored article] 

What do you think about Monaco’s ICO and debit card? Let us know in the comments below!


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Jeff Gundlach: Bitcoin is Soaring Because of China

· May 24, 2017 · 9:30 am

It’s no coincidence that Bitcoin is surging as the Shanghai composite falls, DoubleLine Capital CEO, Jeffrey Gundlach, claims.


Gundlach: Bitcoin Surge Linked to Shanghai Composite Fall

Jeffrey Gundlach, CEO of DoubleLine Capital, tweeted the above, making the assertion that the surge in Bitcoin price has coincided with a drop in the Shanghai composite, saying:

Bitcoin up 100% in under 2 months. Shanghai down almost 10% same timeframe, compared to most global stocks up. Probably not a coincidence!

This drop in the Shanghai composite has not followed the trend of most major indexes which have so far climbed this year.

That the Shanghai composite fell this year was seen to be a sign of it being under pressure from increasing Chinese regulation, with the index being down almost 10 percent over the last two months.

In local currency terms, the composite has fallen 5.65% from the 22nd of March with Bitcoin itself having risen 120% during this period.

Bitcoin in China

The rise of Bitcoin’s price has obviously been longer in gestation than this quick comparison, but with those eager to get out of fiat, it’s not hard to see why that might be, and why it has so far proved to have been the better choice.

Signs have been positive in China for Bitcoin, it’s a technological field the country is seemingly eager to keep up with, whilst currency pairing has been limited, trading between Fiat and Bitcoin is booming.

Capital Flight

China has a large expatriate market, with foreign talent being brought in due to the country lacking senior managers, many of these look to repatriate their money in a cost efficient way. With Bitcoin heralded for its micro transactional benefits for economic migrants sending money back home to their families, this also benefits those with larger incomes too, be it corporate or personal.

Bitcoin China Money

That China has frozen Bitcoin withdrawals from China based exchanges as part of their latest rounds of regulation demonstrates they are aware of this issue of capital flight (or money laundering) and are taking the necessary steps to counter it.

Something which in my opinion can only bring further stability to the digital currency and ultimately help protect not only Chinese citizens investment, but the market as a whole.

Is Mr.Gundlund correct in his comparison? Does China have a more progressive attitude to Cryptocurrency, and has the governments actions actually made the Chinese more confident in their investments? Does this mean that China is right to regulate? Let us know your opinions in the comments!


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BitConnect Coin (BCC) Records 18x Value Increase, within 6 Months of ICO

· May 23, 2017 · 11:30 am

Cryptocurrency newbie BitConnect Coin recently announced an 18x increase in value within six months, following its ICO. Since the altcoin’s crowdsale in November 2016, BCC has risen from $0.5 to $9 per unit. BCC has followed a trajectory similar to that of Bitcoin over Q1 of 2017 which is expected to continue throughout the year.


Similar to Bitcoin and other leading cryptocurrencies such as Ethereum Classic, BCC has a limited supply of 28 million units, making it a deflationary currency. Should the demand continue to increases above current levels, the cryptocurrency’s price could soon test new heights as the year progresses.

The market currently accounts for around 6 million BitConnect Coins and has a strong investor community for a coin of its age. The market for BCC appears healthy in several Asian countries. The BitConnect development team holds an optimistic outlook towards the cryptocurrency, and they expect its popularity to rise in other equally large markets shortly.

BCC presently commands a market capitalization of $82 million, a valuation similar to that of other innovative alternative currencies such as LISK, Ardor, and Iconomi. The drastic increase in BCC’s price and market cap has attracted the attention of more traders in the last few months. The team is also receiving inquiries about the best BCC trading practices from new investors, which indicates the increasing interest among not just seasoned investors but newbies as well.

Based on BCC’s performance during the first two quarters, the months of May and June presents themselves as an optimal time period for Bitcoin investments, mainly because of: an explosive growth of the cryptocurrency market and the short-term downward trend in BCC.

Despite a fall in BCC’s value from April 1 till early May, the cryptocurrency has seen meteoric gains since its inception. A recent price bubble in the cryptocurrency market saw most altcoins drop substantially, including BCC. However, in no time, the price of BCC has already started to bounce back, preparing itself to retest the previous high of $15.


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Global Cryptocurrency Market is Now Bigger Than Uber, Airbnb, Xiaomi

· May 22, 2017 · 10:30 am

The global cryptocurrency market cap has now blown through that of famous startups like Uber , Didi Chuxing, Airbnb, Xiaomi, and many others.


Global Cryptocurrency Market cap

As Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies gain traction throughout the world, more money keeps pouring from traditional markets into the cryptosphere. Breaking record highs during the weekend, Bitcoin, Ethereum and others have grown to unprecedented values, adding roughly $25 billions to the global crypto market cap in the last two days.

Currently sitting just under $80 billion, the global cryptocurrency market cap has now blown through that of famous startups like Uber ($68B), Didi Chuxing ($50b), Airbnb ($31B), Xiaomi ($46B), and many others.

Although there is still a long way to go to reach the value of giants like Apple, Microsoft and Amazon, this marks a significant milestone in the cryptocurrency progress.

The continuous rally in the crypto markets is believed to be mostly connected to the recent Japanese law, in which cryptocurrencies are considered as legal payment methods exempt of consumer tax. Not only that but in the midst of political uncertainty and as the traditional market continues to plummet, investors are looking for safe-haven properties that are often provided by gold and now by cryptos like Bitcoin and Ethereum.

Moreover, Bitcoin and altcoins are completely new to most average investors and represent a certain level of technical challenge. However, cryptocurrencies are actually much easier and cheaper to access than the traditional market. Buying stock in these startups is no easy task, as opposed to buying Bitcoin or altcoins, which is also a driving factor in the cryptocurrency rally.

As one Reddit user noted:

People are constantly whining about how hard it is to buy Bitcoin, but try buying into an IPO for one of those startups or just shares off the market. It’s not impossible, but it’s not cheap and it’s not easy. Relatively, crypto has a very low barrier of entry and you can trade as little or as much as you want. There’s no substantial minimum trade cost and fees are near enough to zero to have no impact.

Bitcoin Dominance

In the last month, the cryptocurrency landscape has changed drastically, gathering over $40 billion in market cap and doubling in size In time, Bitcoin has been losing its share of the crypto market at an accelerating rate.

Even though Bitcoin is still the “top dog” with a market dominance of roughly 46%, the change in market cap distribution represents an important shift in the cryptocurrency scene, one that may not be great for Bitcoin itself, but that is certainly great for the cryptocurrency market as a whole.

Bitcoin is likely to remain the leader in terms of coin market cap, given its broader application as a currency (and not as an appcoin or asset) and the relative advantages it has over other currencies such as security, immutability, and decentralization.

However, this change demonstrates that investors are becoming more knowledgeable about blockchain technology in general. Additionally, many newcomers are probably also investing in alternative cryptocurrencies with the hopes of catching the next wave after failing to buy bitcoin for double and even triple digit prices. 

Lastly, this shift in dominance may also be connected to the pressing capacity issues that Bitcoin is facing, preventing it from keeping up the growth of other coins that have yet to face their own scaling challenges down the road.

Paradigm Shift or Bubble?

Although this unprecedented rally is certainly a reason for excitement, many members of the community have voiced their concerns regarding the possibility that we are currently experiencing a bubble similar to the one experienced in 2013, which as we all know, had disastrous results.

Some are even comparing the current Poloniex situation with Mt.Gox back then, given the recent suspicion that Poloniex is manipulating the markets, an idea that isn’t so far-fetched since Poloniex comprises the majority volume on the most valuable altcoins.

The cryptocurrency surge presents signs that can be interpreted from multiple sides. While it is possible to present logical and compelling arguments for many theories, the truth is that cryptocurrencies are a completely new asset class. In other words, no one can predict how this nascent market will behave, especially in the information and internet age. 

One thing is certain, however, there is still a long way to go to reach mainstream adoption. Therefore, we could just be getting starting.

To give you an idea, the current global cryptocurrency market cap would have to grow tenfold to reach that of Apple. While Bitcoin itself would have to be worth roughly $46,000 USD to have the same marketcap as Apple or roughly $700 billion.

What do you think? Are we in a bubble? Will Bitcoin lose its position as the top cryptocurrency? Share your views on the comment section!


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