Úno 18

The New Normal: Cryptocurrency Goes Mainstream This Tax Season

· February 18, 2018 · 7:30 am

Until quite recently, most cryptocurrency investors either did not know or did not care to pay taxes on the capital gains they accumulated buying and selling digital coins. The cryptocurrency community is now facing a hard truth: they have to pay taxes just like all the rest of us.


[Editor’s note: This is a guest article by Mario Costanz, CEO of Happy Tax]

Virtual currencies exploded onto the investment scene last year, due in large part to the astronomical rise in the popularity of Bitcoin and its many successors. Interest in this exciting new investment shows no signs of slowing, and soon cryptocurrency will be as ubiquitous as the other traditional securities traded daily on Wall Street.

Until quite recently, however, most cryptocurrency investors either did not know or did not care to pay taxes on the capital gains they accumulated buying and selling digital coins. The cryptocurrency community is now facing a hard truth: they have to pay taxes just like all the rest of us.

The attention that virtual currencies are receiving from federal and state regulators is a positive sign that this innovative technology is heading towards the mainstream. Of course, it has a long way to go until it gets there. In the meantime, however, cryptocurrency investors need to accept the reality of growing government oversight.

Paying Cryptocurrency Taxes is Not Optional

Bitcoin emerged from an anonymous source far on the fringes of the internet nearly a decade ago. For a time, cryptocurrency traders enjoyed an investment environment free from government oversight. This has caused many investors to turn a blind eye to increasing regulation, particularly from the Internal Revenue Service.

Tax liability for virtual currency investments is still a bit of a gray area in many respects, and new laws and policies are sketching out the boundaries. However, one thing is absolutely clear: if you trade cryptocurrencies, you must report your activity to the IRS.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Asked to Provide a Clearer Cryptocurrency Tax Framework

To the great dismay of many early virtual currency investors, the IRS declared virtual currencies to be taxable capital assets back in 2014. Like other capital assets, cryptocurrencies are subject to the capital gains rules. The tax rate depends on how long you held your coins before you sold them, as well as the price you bought in and the price you sold out. If your capital losses on your cryptocurrency investments exceed your capital gains, you can claim the loss as a deduction on your income tax returns, up to $3,000.

In other words, the same rules apply to cryptocurrency investors as taxpayers who trade stocks and other securities. This sounds simple enough for any seasoned trader, but unfortunately, things in the cryptocurrency world tend to get complicated quickly.

Most securities are used only in straightforward buy-and-sell transactions. However, cryptocurrencies are also intended to be used to purchase goods and services. Contrary to the popular belief – and wishful thinking – of many cryptocurrency investors, cashing out of your virtual currency investments isn’t the only taxable event in the lifespan of your investment. Rather, tax liability arises whenever cryptocurrencies are traded for other coins, cashed out into fiat currency, or used to purchase goods and services. So, for example, if you buy a new couch on Overstock.com using bitcoin, your purchase will be subject to capital gains tax in addition to any sales tax that may apply.

Paying Crypto Taxes Using Cryptocurrency

This type of double-taxation poses a real challenge to the integration of cryptocurrency into retail payment systems. Fortunately, however, it isn’t all bad news. Just last week, the Arizona State Senate passed a bill allowing residents to pay their state income taxes using “Bitcoin, Litecoin, or any other cryptocurrency” allowed by the state revenue department. While the bill still needs to go through the Arizona House of Representatives before it becomes a law, it represents a landmark moment in the cryptocurrency world.

The Arizona bill has been received with a mix of enthusiasm and skepticism. On one hand, the inherent value of cryptocurrencies is still up in the air. Virtual currencies have become legendary for their volatility. The price of Bitcoin more than doubled in the last two months of 2017 before falling again to half its value in the first two months of 2018.

Bitcoin Taxes

Well-known cryptocurrency critics, like Warren Buffett and JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, claim that cryptocurrencies offer little to any market value and that current market prices are fueled entirely by speculation. On the other hand, the blockchain technology that supports the virtual currency market is a groundbreaking innovation that has the potential to change the way people use money entirely.

The fate of the Arizona law is now in the hands of state representatives, and it remains to be seen how the saga will unfold. It’s a bold legislative move that may be tossed aside by the state’s more conservative House of Representatives. However, it’s also a sign of the times. Arizona recognizes the potential value of virtual currencies as a technology, not just a security or replacement for traditional cash.

As a result, the state is posturing itself as a cryptocurrency-friendly market in anticipation of greater adoption of virtual currency technology and its derivatives. While the long-term viability of any virtual currency remains to be seen, the integration of cryptocurrency into government revenue streams is a positive sign for the future of this exciting new technology.

Will you be paying taxes on your cryptocurrency income this season? Let us know in the comments below!


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Úno 17

Chicago Trader Steals Over $2 Million in Bitcoin and Litecoin Cryptocurrency

· February 17, 2018 · 10:30 am

A Chicago trader is facing up to 20 years in prison for stealing over $2 million in Bitcoin and Litecoin cryptocurrency from his employer.


Most 24-year-olds would be quite happy to be attached to a new cryptocurrency unit for a major financial entity. That’s not a bad career path for someone who previously worked as a cryptocurrency trader in South Korea before joining Consolidated Trading LLC to become an assistant bond trader in July 2016. A new department looking to dive into the burgeoning crypto world is a great stepping stone for moving up. That is unless that person is a degenerate gambler. Such is the case of Joseph Kim, who stole over $2 million in Litecoin and Bitcoin cryptocurrency from his employer.

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Stealing Begins Almost Immediately

The cryptocurrency group was created by Consolidated in September 2017, and Joseph Kim joined the unit sometime during that month. He had his own personal cryptocurrency accounts, which he informed his employer of, and he was told to cease all personal trading to avoid a conflict of interest.

However, Kim transferred 980 litecoins (worth $48,000) on a weekend shortly after joining the new unit. When a supervisor found out, Kim said he transferred the coins to a “personal digital wallet for safety reasons” due to issues he was having with Bitfinex, the cryptocurrency exchange in Hong Kong. He then said that the coins had been transferred to a Consolidated wallet (which was untrue).

In November, the trader then sent 55 bitcoins (value of $433,000) from Consolidated into an unknown account. When confronted on this transfer, Kim said that the transfer had been blocked and that he was taking steps to unblock it. He later sent back 27 bitcoins into the corporate account, leaving 28 in his possession.

The Sizes Get Bigger

Eventually, Kim transferred 284 bitcoins (worth $2.8 million) from the company’s account into a personal wallet. He later sent back 102 of those coins into the Consolidated account, after which he then transferred the remaining 182 coins into a different account. Of that last amount, Kim lost a portion of it by personally trading.

Cryptocurrency gambling

When eventually confronted over all the transfers, Kim admitted to investing in short future positions using 55 bitcoins. He continued stealing cryptocurrency from the company to cover his margin calls, losses, and personal investments. After being arrested, Kim said that he was a degenerate gambler and admitted to converting the stolen Litecoin into Bitcoin for investment purposes.

Eventually, Consolidated managed to recover roughly 144 bitcoins from Kim’s various personal wallets. The financial company lost about $603,000 overall from the rogue trader’s gambling addiction.

In an email to his superiors at Consolidated, Kim said:

It was not my intention to steal for myself. I was perversely trying to fix what I had already done. I can’t believe I did not stop.

Investment gambling is real, and cryptocurrency is just a new avenue for some to indulge in the practice. The US Attorney has charged Joseph Kim with wire fraud, which could net him up to 20 years in prison. Kim has also made history, of a sort. He’s the first person in Chicago to be charged with wire fraud in regards to cryptocurrency.

Do you think that we’ll see more cases of traders pilfering cryptocurrency to fuel their gambling addiction in the future? Let us know in the comments below.


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Úno 16

Optioment Bitcoin Scam Triggers Europe-Wide Manhunt

· February 16, 2018 · 10:30 am

After possibly thousands of investors got burned by arbitrage-trading company Optioment last year, Austrian authorities have asked Interpol to help track down the fraudsters responsible for the Bitcoin scam.


Another Bitcoin Scam Burns Buyers

European authorities are on the hunt for criminals involved in defrauding thousands of individuals and losing over $100 million worth of investors’ Bitcoin.

According to reports, Optioment ran a now-defunct website while holding large-scale events in Austria — in which the company advertised itself as a “private Costa Rica-based Bitcoin fund” promising unrealistic returns. Law firm Lansky, Ganzger & Partner claims Optioment promised weekly interest payments upwards of 4 percent on long-term Bitcoin deposits, with the added incentivization of inviting new users.

Optioment apparently paid out returns on a timely basis at the beginning of its operation, which boosted investor confidence and encouraged users to reinvest in the scheme. Sometime around the massive bull run in November and December of last year, however, the returns stopped coming, and the fraudulent scheme collapsed.

Spokeswoman Christina Ratz told Bloomberg that prosecutors in Vienna are consolidating “hundreds of complaints” against the fraudulent company, and Die Presse originally reported that upwards of 10,000 individuals have been victimized, resulting in roughly 12,000 lost bitcoins — currently worth an estimated $118.5 million at the time of this writing.

Interpol

According to Bloomberg, no arrests have yet been made, but Interpol has been asked to investigate individuals in Denmark, Latvia, and Germany.

Reinforcing European Rhetoric

The hunt for Optioment’s operators comes at a time when some European countries are calling for a crackdown on cryptocurrency.

French Finance Minister Bruno le Maire and interim German Finance Minister Peter Altmaier have gone on record to state that cryptocurrencies are risky for investors and threaten long-term global financial stability.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has also expressed concerns over cryptocurrency’s criminal usage, stating that she is looking “very seriously” at cryptocurrencies “because of the way they are used, particularly by criminals.”

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Additionally, European Central Bank board member Yves Mersch has recently stated that cryptocurrencies are “not money, nor will they be for the foreseeable future.”

Most recently, the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) have also recently issued a press release warning consumers of the dangers associated with buying cryptocurrency.

Do you think scams like Optioment are permanently damaging the reputation of cryptocurrency in Europe and around the world? Let us know in the comments below!


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Úno 15

Ripple Signs Major Deal with Saudia Arabia’s Central Bank

· February 15, 2018 · 10:30 am

Ripple, the third largest cryptocurrency by market cap, has been on a tear lately, and it has now signed a significant deal with Saudi Arabia’s central bank.


Ripple Rapidly Gaining Traction

Ripple continues to make inroads into the traditional financial sector. It has recently announced a massive deal with the UAE Exchange and a major partnership with Lianlian International. Additionally, Banco Santander is set to roll out Ripple payments in Q1, and just today came the news that Western Union will begin testing XRP transfers.

Ripple XRP

According to reports, Saudi Arabia’s central bank has penned a deal with the San Francisco-based cryptocurrency company, which aims to help banks in the oil-rich kingdom settle instantaneous cross-border payments using blockchain software. Specifically, Saudi Arabia will utilize xCurrent, Ripple’s enterprise software solution facilitating such payments with end-to-end tracking.

Saudi Arabia’s deal with the cryptocurrency company is the first such blockchain-utilizing pilot program launched by a central bank. Dilip Rao, Ripple’s global head of infrastructure innovation, says:

Central banks around the world are leaning into blockchain technology in recognition of how it can transform cross-border payments, resulting in lower barriers to trade and commerce for both corporates and consumers.

Saudi Arabia’s partnership with the virtual currency company comes after Gulf regulators have expressed concerns over Bitcoin and the cryptocurrency market’s lack of regulation. Thus, Ripple has, unsurprisingly, proven itself to be an attractive offer.

Ripple Shoots Up After AMEX Deal and Secret US Bank Meeting

Unlike Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies that are largely founded on the premises of deregulation and decentralization, Ripple has openly marketed itself as a blockchain solution for traditional financial institutions. In turn, the cryptocurrency has long come under criticism for undermining what some consider to be the very foundations of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology.

Drawing further skepticism from investors is the fact that the vast majority of XRP tokens are owned by Ripple’s parent company, thus making it technically capable of regulating the price of said tokens.

XRP saw highs around $3.84 on January 4th but has since fallen as low as $0.59. It is currently trading at $1.12.

In December, UAE central bank governor Mubarak Rashed al-Mansouri also told Reuters that the central banks of both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are working together in hopes of issuing a digital currency that would help facilitate cross-border transactions between the two countries.

What do you think of Ripple’s efforts to continually sign major deals with financial institutions? Do you think Ripple undermines cryptocurrency’s foundations? Let us know in the comments below!


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Úno 14

Sp8de: The First Blockchain-Based Casino ICO with Jackpot Rounds

· February 14, 2018 · 10:30 am

Have you ever walked into a casino, only to walk out frustrated, feeling that you got cheated? Have you ever wanted to gamble at the convenience of your own home, without having to interact with people? Sp8de might be the answer for you.


Sp8de – Casino on Cardano

Similar to many new ICOs and blockchain projects, Sp8de aims to utilize the power of blockchain and cryptocurrency to revolutionize a specific market; in this case, casinos and gambling. However, unlike many other ICOs, Sp8de isn’t based on Ethereum. Instead, it will be based on Cardano, which, at time of writing, is the 5th largest cryptocurrency by market cap.

According to Sp8de, Cardano was chosen over other proof-of-work cryptocurrencies (e.g. Bitcoin or Ethereum) because they believe that POW coins cannot scale transaction-wise. For them, proof-of-stake is a much better option.

Ouroboros, the underlying proof-of-stake protocol beneath the Cardano blockchain, relies on generating unbiased entropy. This is extremely useful for projects like Sp8de – gambling platforms can use these randomly-generated numbers to ensure that their games are provably fair.

Sp8de is a protocol and a blockchain-based platform with features that are tailored for the growing blockchain gambling industry. Sp8de will be built on top of Ouroboros, which will equip it with the ability to generate fresh unbiased randomness for casino games. The transparent nature of the blockchain will also allow it to provide provably fair and completely decentralized games.

Initial Coin Offering – with Jackpots!

Sp8de has just concluded its presale last week, on February 8th. The ICO is divided into five stages: the pre-sale and four sale rounds, with each round having a different number of tokens available, different price per token, different likelihood of winning the lot that each token brings to its owner, and the number of lots reserved for participants.

Sp8de ICO Jackpots

Every Jackpot is essentially an airdrop of tokens. Every token sold during a sale preceding a jackpot will have a chance of winning a jackpot during the subsequent jackpot phases. This means that early participants will have a chance to win in multiple jackpot rounds. Participants of the 4th sale phase will only get one shot at winning the last jackpot.

Each jackpot will consist of a large sum of SPX tokens that will be awarded to a winner. Each jackpot phase will have multiple lots of prizes:

  • Jackpot I: 10 Jackpots each of 28,888,888.80 SPX. A total of 288,888,888 SPX on February 15, 2018, 9:00 AM UTC
  • Jackpot II: 28 Jackpots each of 13,888,888.86 SPX. A total of 388,888,888 SPX on February 23, 2018, 9:00 AM UTC
  • Jackpot III: 100 Jackpots each of 8,888,888.88 SPX. A total of 888,888,888 SPX on March 3, 2018, 9:00 AM UTC
  • Jackpot IV: 888 Jackpots each of 2,127,127.13 SPX. A total of 1,888,888,888 SPX on March 11, 2018, 9:00 AM UTC

To ensure that everybody gets the same shot at winning and no one is luckier than others, tokens won from a jackpot will not increase one’s chances of winning in a subsequent round.

Sp8de ICO and Jackpot Rounds

Not all tokens are created equal – tokens sold in the same phase can have different multipliers attached to its probability of winning the jackpot. A more detailed mathematical explanation is available in the Sp8de Whitepaper. Unsold tokens will be partially allocated to the jackpots and to the Sp8de Foundation, which will use them for further development and promotion of the project.

For more information about Sp8de, please visit sp8de.com.

What are your thoughts on Sp8de’s platform and unique ICO? Is Cardano a better blockchain choice than Ethereum? Let us know what you think in the comments below.


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Úno 11

New Jersey Cracks Down on Fraudulent Bitstrade

· February 11, 2018 · 7:00 am

Following the fallout from fraudulent Ponzi-scheme Bitconnect’s demise, New Jersey has officially ordered cryptocurrency investment entity Bitstrade to stop offering unregistered and fraudulent securities in the state.


New Jersey regulators have uncovered yet another fraudulent cryptocurrency investment company.

The announcement comes by way of Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and the Division of Consumer Affairs and has been ordered by the Bureau of Securities after an investigation found Bitstrade to be in violation of New Jersey’s Uniform Securities Law.

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Bitstrade was found to have sold unregistered securities while guaranteeing upwards of 10 percent daily returns, despite lacking a proper registration to sell securities in New Jersey.

Bitstrade also failed to disclose what have been deemed “key material facts” to prospective investors, including an official address, the names of its executive officers, the company’s financial status, potential risks to investors, and how investors’ money is used. Attorney General Grewal stated:

The Bureau’s action today reinforces our commitment to protecting investors as they navigate the uncharted and largely unregulated domain of cryptocurrency-related investments. We want to make sure that investors tempted to cash in on the cryptocurrency rage aren’t being lured into sending funds to an anonymous internet entity without knowing where the funds are going or how they’ll be used.

A visit to Bitstrade’s official website indicates that all signs indeed lead to a Ponzi scheme.

The company claims to be registered in the United States and purports to guarantee “outstanding returns” by “working as an investment pool, collecting multiple lower value investments and grouping them into one single HUGE investment, using those funds to trade on the stock market”—without any actual information as to how they use investors money.

BitConnect Sued By 6 Investors Who Lost Over $700K

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. According to Sharon M. Joyce, Acting Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs:

What makes Bitstrade’s fraudulent offer potentially more harmful for unsophisticated investors is that cryptocurrency is virtually anonymous, so there is no recourse for investors to recoup their losses. We’re reminding investors to be extra vigilant about fully vetting what is being sold before investing with cryptocurrency.

The Bureau additionally found Bitstrade’s Redland, California and Scottsdale, Arizona addresses to be falsified.

According to Christopher W. Gerold, Chief of the Bureau of Securities, “Bitstrade is a prime example of a company seeking to capitalize on the cryptocurrency craze. Regulators, including the Bureau, are actively responding to fraudulent crypto-cloaked securities offerings.”

Bitstrade requires purchases be made with Bitcoin.

Do you think Bitstrade is a Ponzi scheme? Do you agree that state regulators should actively try to prevent individuals from investing in fraudulent companies? Let us know in the comments below!


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Úno 10

France & Germany ‘Threatened’ by Bitcoin, Want Global Crypto Crackdown

· February 10, 2018 · 9:45 am

With Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies finally bouncing back after a steep correction to start the new year, finance ministers in France and Germany are looking to shut down the party by calling for a crypto crackdown.


France and Germany ‘Threatened’ by Cryptocurrency

French and German finance ministers continue to call for strict regulation on Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

According to reports, French Finance Minister Bruno le Maire and interim German Finance Minister Peter Altmaier signed a letter to fellow G20 finance ministers, in which they claim cryptocurrencies are not only risky for investors but also threaten long-term global financial stability. They write:

Given the fast increase in the capitalization of tokens and the emergence of new financial instruments … these developments should be closely monitored.

They also claim that cryptocurrencies “are currently largely mislabeled as ‘currencies’ in the media and on the internet,” creating a “lack of clarity” which “can only fuel speculation.”

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The finance ministers additionally claim to be the good guys, looking out for newbie cryptocurrency investors who aren’t quite sure what they’re getting themselves into, writing:

… the buildup of individual exposures to such volatile tokens could have damaging consequences for misinformed investors who do not understand the risks they are exposing themselves to.

Of course, these sentiments can easily be interpreted as authorities from traditional financial institutions feeling the mounting pressure from a rapidly increasing and ever more popular cryptocurrency market, which very much aims to disrupt traditional financial structures.

FUD, FUD, and More FUD

Finance Minister Bruno le Maire and interim German Finance Minister Peter Altmaier are not alone in expressing fears over Bitcoin and cryptocurrency. Other individuals from traditional financial institutions are also voicing their concerns.

European Central Bank board member Yves Mersch expressed his negative opinion on Thursday, stating that cryptocurrencies are “not money, nor will they be for the foreseeable future.”

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Additionally, Bank for International Settlements head Agustin Carstens expressed his deep-rooted fears, begging central banks to shut down Bitcoin—claiming cryptocurrencies are “piggybacking” on established institutions and becoming a “threat to financial stability,” stating:

[Bitcoin is] a combination of a bubble, a Ponzi scheme and an environmental disaster.

Now that’s some serious FUD.

What do you make of French and German finance ministers calling for a global cryptocurrency crackdown? Does this worry from mainstream financial institutions signal their growing fear of Bitcoin? Let us know in the comments below!


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Úno 09

Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec: ‘Cryptocurrency is the Future’

· February 9, 2018 · 9:30 am

Investor Robert Herjavec of Shark Tank fame is a big proponent of cryptocurrency, predicting that it will eventually replace cash.


One thing you can say about the principals on Shark Tank, it’s that they are pretty bold in going after what they want. Investor and cybersecurity expert Robert Herjavec is also not shy on where he thinks cryptocurrency will go in the future. He recently told MONEY that we’ll see cryptocurrency eventually chase away the concept of fiat.

Shark Tank

Big on Blockchain

One reason why Herjavec is bullish on cryptocurrency’s future is that he’s a big believer in blockchain technology. He says that this new technology is an absolute game-changer that will revolutionize how businesses verify transactions. This viewpoint is shared by his Shark Tank compatriot, Mark Cuban.

Herjavec then goes on to add:

It’s going to have massive benefits for humanity, in all kinds of transactions.

As for virtual currencies, he says:

To me, it’s the wave of the future. Fast forward 25 years from now, there will be some form of a cryptocurrency that we will pay for electronically, and the concept of cash will go away one day.

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Crypto Still Too Wild

While his comments above suggest that Robert Herjavec has bought his ticket for the cryptocurrency train and is picking a seat, he’s actually still not fully on board. He thinks virtual currencies are still way too volatile. He notes:

There’s no base for it. When I buy a house and it’s overpriced, I can live in it. There’s some fundamental value. The challenge with cryptocurrency is, it could go to zero. There’s no one exchange that is making them. Exchanges that sell them now can be hacked. We recently saw the largest breach ever — $500 million in 24 hours. If you had bought that exchange, it’s not that you’ve gone down 20% or 40%, you’ve actually gone to zero.

The exchange breach he references is, of course, the recent Coincheck hack. It is understandable for a businessman to be wary of any type of currency that can swing wildly in value from one day to another. Still, the ups and downs of crypto is what makes it so exciting to many people.

As for cryptocurrency replacing fiat in 25 years, that’s probably a bit of a stretch. It’s highly likely that virtual currencies will become as everyday as debit and credit cards are now, but cold, hard cash will probably be sticking around for some time.

Do you agree with Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec that cash money will vanish in the future, to be replaced with some form of cryptocurrency? Let us know in the comments below.


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Úno 08

Cameron Winklevoss Predicts 40x Increase for Bitcoin ‘Someday’

· February 8, 2018 · 9:00 am

Bitcoin has come a long way since the time 10,000 coins were allegedly used to buy a pizza— and if you ask Bitcoin bull Cameron Winklevoss, the gold standard of cryptocurrency still has a long way to go.


‘It’s Actually a Buying Opportunity’

Today, one Bitcoin is worth just over $8,000 USD. But according to Cameron Winklevoss, investors can expect it to go up 40x “someday.”

Cameron made the bold prediction on Wednesday this week to CNBC at the Milken Institute’s MENA Summit while claiming Bitcoin is better than gold. He stated:

Taking bitcoin in isolation […] we believe bitcoin disrupts gold. We think it’s a better gold if you look at the properties of money. And what makes gold gold? Scarcity. Bitcoin is actually fixed in supply so it’s better than scarce … it’s more portable, its fungible, it’s more durable. Its sort of equals a better gold across the board.


By Winklevoss’ logic, the argument that digital gold is actually superior to physical gold means the total market capitalization of Bitcoin should match, if not surpass, that of gold. He explained:

So if you look at a $100 billion market cap today, now last week it might have been more like 200, so it’s actually a buying opportunity, we think that there’s a potential appreciation of 30 to 40 times because you look at the gold market today, it’s a $7 trillion market. And so a lot of people are starting to see that, they recognize the store of value properties. So we think regardless of the price moves in the last few weeks, it’s still a very under-appreciated asset.

Whether or not Bitcoin is better than gold has been an especially contentious debate as of late. The World Gold Council has even published a report which claims Bitcoin could undermine central banks.

Skin in the game

Of course, the twins’ view is not an unbiased one. Since both brothers hold a significant quantity of bitcoin, and recently became one of the first Bitcoin billionaires, they do have a skin in the game when it comes to the success of the world’s first cryptocurrency. 

Tyler Winklevoss has also come to Bitcoin’s defense against critics like J.P. Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon, Warren Buffett, and Goldman Sachs.

Dimon Nowhere To Be Seen

Dimon infamously called Bitcoin a “fraud,” while investing giant Buffett has claimed cryptocurrency “will come to a bad ending”—despite admitting he doesn’t really understand the technology. Goldman Sachs has even gone so far as to claim that most cryptocurrencies will drop all the way to zero.

“You know the criticisms are just a failure of the imagination,” said Tyler Winklevoss.

Do you agree with Camron’s prediction? Let us know in the comments below!


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Úno 07

This European Royal Family is Looking to Invest in Bitcoin

· February 7, 2018 · 9:00 am

The Crown Prince of Liechtenstein, a tiny country in central Europe, has expressed interest in investing in alternate asset classes, specifically Bitcoin.


Crown Prince Eyes King of Crypto

Nestled between Switzerland and Austria, Liechtenstein is a German-speaking micro-state headed by the Price of Liechtenstein, but most of the actual power is held by his son Crown Prince Alois. During the aftermath of the World War II, the once great family was forced to sell their stunning art collection to stay afloat.

Now, with their finances in check and the collection well into the process of being rebuilt, the family is looking to venture into new investments, something even as volatile as Bitcoin. He’s hoping that investing in this new digital economy will one day restore his family’s wealth.

Crown Prince Alois told CNBC:

Particularly with this whole new digital economy, it is something to look into more into in the future.

The Crown Prince acknowledged that cryptocurrencies were still extremely risky. However, the technology behind many cryptocurrencies, the blockchain, could be used to streamline some industries including Liechtenstein’s government operations.

He mentioned that the royal family did not have experts on hand to handle the murky waters of digital assets, but that could change in the future.

Big Players Stepping In

After Bitcoin’s insane bull run in the last few months, lots of companies and even some governments have started to take notice of Bitcoin and blockchain technology.

Several governments such as Japan and Venezuela have announced plans to develop their own state-sponsored digital currencies, while huge corporations like Facebook and Starbucks look to possibly integrate Bitcoin and other electronic currencies into their existing infrastructure for payments.

Registration Allows Access To 'Free-To-Use Cryptocurrencies'

People are quickly starting to realize that, despite the price swings, Bitcoin isn’t going away. And those who don’t pay attention to the revolution will be left in the dust.

The value of Bitcoin and distributed ledger technology is yet to be realized, and as more old money piles in we’ll be able to see where this goes.

What do you think about this announcement? Do you think other governments will follow suit? Let us know in the comments below!


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