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Bitcoin Price Surge Dampens Altcoin Rally Hopes

There has been no Monday correction for Bitcoin this week as the top cryptocurrency has held on to its weekend gains. With market dominance, a touch under 60% many traders and crypto aficionados are beginning to wonder if the altcoins will ever recover.


Bitcoin Price Holding Steady Above $11000

Bitcoin is back at its 2019 high of just over $11,200 at the moment. It has spent most of the past day consolidating around $10,800 but started heading north again during the morning’s Asian trading session. Since the same time, last week BTC has made a solid 20% and has shown no signs of slowing down.

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There is a lot of resistance in the $11,700 region but that has not thwarted Bitcoin previously. A correction right now would be healthy though as parabolic charts are not. That thirty percent plus chart move that many have speculated about would drop BTC from its current high back to around $7,800. At this level or lower, there is likely to be a lot more accumulation before the next leg up.

Remember 2017? When Altseason?

Many traders on Crypto Twitter are starting to express concern about the performance, or lack of, for most of the altcoins. While some such as Litecoin have done extremely well the majority still appear to be frozen over from crypto winter. An earlier tweet by blockchain entrepreneur ‘The Crypto King’ served as a reminder from 2017.

“All the focus is on BTC… did everyone forget 2017?
BTC pumps. BTC Stagnates.
Alts go absolutely bananas.
Altseason 2.0 Tik Tok.”

This sentiment has been echoed by crypto trader ‘Moon Overlord’ who has also looked back at patterns in late 2017 when altseason took off.

“The altcoin sentiment feels eerily similar to mid to late 2017. Bitcoin just went up and up and $ALTS got smoked. Then all of the sudden WHAM, a few alts lead the way and they started going 50, 100X out of nowhere. I suspect this time will be no different, you won’t get a warning,”

It is true that many of the top performing altcoins from 2017 have done very little in 2019. Big pump coins such as Cardano and Stellar have now been dumped out of the top ten and are still down from ATH by 91% and 85% respectively. Other previously high performing altcoins such as IOTA, NEO, OmiseGO, ICON, Qtum, Lisk, VeChain and 0x are still battered and bruised showing very little sign of recovery.

Many have speculated that a lot of 2017’s tokens will fade away and be usurped by new offerings this year but at the moment Bitcoin is still dominating markets and an altcoin season has yet to begin.

Will Bitcoin give altcoins a chance to move higher? Let us know what you think in the comments below. 


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Visa, Paypal Say They’ll Pay $10 Million to Run ‘Facebook Coin’ – Report

Big companies like Visa and PayPal are reportedly willing to pay millions for the privilege of running a node on the Facebook cryptocurrency network.


Facebook’s foray into crypto has been met with mixed reaction. Some are hailing it as the next step in a global financial revolution, while others have expressed concerns over the company’s shady past record when it comes to security, privacy and data abuses.

Nevertheless, U.S. tech and finance giants clearly want a slice of the Facebook crypto pie. According to the Wall Street Journal, a number of financial and e-commerce companies, venture capitalists and telecommunications corporations have already pledged to back the new project.

Big Names Want In On ‘GlobalCoin’

The report added that over a dozen firms, which include Mastercard Inc, Visa Inc, PayPal Holdings Inc, Stripe Inc, Booking.com, and Uber Technologies Inc, have formed a consortium and agreed to pledge $10 million each to secure governance over the new crypto coin.

It was reported last month that the social media giant was recruiting backers and aimed to raise $1 billion for the crypto project.

Fearing Bitcoin, VISA and Mastercard Reclassify Crypto Purchases as 'Cash Advances'

The currency dubbed ‘Libra’ or ‘Global Coin’ is expected to be officially announced next week. The stablecoin will be pegged to a basket of government-issued currencies — similar to the IMF’s SDR (special drawing rights) basket of fiat currencies — to avoid the volatility of cryptocurrencies.

The report was not very complimentary of bitcoin stating,

It has been a decade since bitcoin was born, yet consumers hardly use it—or the hundreds of other cryptocurrencies—to pay for things. Facebook is betting it can change that with a crypto-based payments system built around its giant social network and its billions of users.

The usual regulatory concerns have been raised as governments get anxious about the potential for money laundering. According to the WSJ, Facebook won’t exactly control the new coin, neither will the individual members of the consortium, which is known as the Libra Association.

Citing people familiar with the situation, it added that some could serve as nodes for blockchain transaction validation.

Facebook is still the direct developer of the greatly guarded technology so its influence over the coin is likely to be as strong as it has over the data on the social media platform. Just like Google, Facebook has a highly secretive algorithm that determines what users can and cannot see in its news feed.

‘Facebook Coin’ Will Boost Bitcoin

Co-founder and partner at Morgan Creek Digital Anthony ‘Pomp’ Pompliano said that the move was especially bullish for Bitcoin adoption considering two of the backers are Visa and Mastercard.

Participating in the Libra project allows companies like PayPal, Visa, and Mastercard to exert some level of control over the new ‘cryptocurrency’ and its centralized governance. This makes the new coin unlike Bitcoin that’s an open-access cryptocurrency allowing anyone to download the software and run a node.

Therefore, ‘Facebook Coin’ is unlike to pose any real threat to the future of decentralized peer-to-peer finance. Instead, it already looks to be more like a competitor to banks or even Starbucks Rewards than P2P ‘digital gold.’

Will Facebook crypto be a threat to bitcoin? Add your thoughts below.


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Top 3 Cryptos, Not Named Bitcoin, Making Waves in June

As bitcoin price continues to hover around $8,000, some cryptocurrencies, namely Litecoin, LEO, and Binance Coin, have somewhat managed to steal the spotlight in recent days and are probably worth keeping an eye on in the short to medium term. 


Top 3 Cryptocurrencies: Litecoin (LTC)

Litecoin 00 managed to outperform all top 10 cryptocurrencies by means of market capitalization in the past 24 hours. Its price touched $120 which was an increase of around 12 percent.

However, Litecoin has since re-traced and is trading at around $115 at the time of this writing. Still, that’s about 5 percent increase on the day.

Litecoin’s performance throughout 2019 has been nothing but impressive so far. Since January 1st, LTC has gained around 300 percent.

More interestingly, the recent surge comes about 58 days prior to Litecoin’s halving event. It will cut the block reward from 25 to 12.5 coins per block, which could, in theory, catalyze a further increase in the cryptocurrency’s price.

LEO

LEO is relatively new on the market. It was issued through a private sale conducted by one of the popular cryptocurrency exchanges, Bitfinex. The event sold a total of $1 billion worth of LEO at the price of 1 USDT each.

At the time of this writing, LEO is trading at around $1.70, which is an increase of about 70 percent since its private sale. The cryptocurrency currently sits at a market cap of around $1.7 billion.

On the daily chart, LEO marks an increase of around 3 percent. According to LEO’s White Paper, iFinex will be doing regular repurchases and burns of the token on a monthly basis.

The company and its affiliates will buy back LEO tokens from the market equal to at least 27 percent of its gross revenues. The reducing supply, given the demand for the cryptocurrency remains the same, could also, in theory, keep its price moving higher.

Binance Coin (BNB)

This probably doesn’t come much as a surprise, but Binance Coin 00 continues to be on the watchlist of best-performing altcoins over the past year.

BNB has marked a slight increase of around 3 percent on the day. However, looking at the bigger picture, the cryptocurrency has surged more than 400 percent year-to-date.

Don’t be surprised if its increasing utility, particularly in Initial Exchange Offerings (IEOs), as well as the regular coin burns that reduce supply on the market, push its price to new all-time highs by the end of this year.

What do you think of these three altcoins and their performance so far? Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments below!


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Diamond-Backed StableCoin CEO Talks Blockchain For Storing Value

Bitcoinist spoke with Jeremy Dahan, founder and CEO of diamDexx, a diamond-backed stablecoin that promises to make cryptocurrencies more practical for everyday use.


In the decade since the 2008 financial crisis, the monetary system has changed tremendously. Once unshakable pillars of the industry no longer exist, and new financial instruments, like digital currencies, have become more accessible.

At its peak, Bitcoin and hundreds of other digital currencies achieved a market cap of nearly $800 billion. But despite a well-publicized price drop, these tokens continue to be popular investment vehicles in the digital age.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that they are fulfilling their purpose. Bitcoin was initially intended to serve as a borderless, decentralized currency that could facilitate commerce in the digital age. However, it’s erratic valuations, and broad speculative interest has made it more akin to digital gold than to usable currency.

Consequently, a cadre of asset-backed stablecoins have emerged that combine the functionality of digitization with the reliability of fiat.

While stablecoins can address many of the shortcomings in today’s cryptocurrency ecosystem, they have had their own share of problems. This is something that diamDEXX is striving to solve by backing their token with diamond assets and offering convertibility with real diamonds.

Jeremy Dahan

Jeremy Dahan is the CEO of diamDEXX, and we had an opportunity to chat with him about the role of blockchain in the future of finance and how asset-backed tokens could make crypto more practical for everyday use.

There is significant debate right now about the role of digital currencies in the economy. To what extent has volatility stifled crypto adoption or made it less likely to be used at checkout? 

Volatility has played an essential role in the usability of crypto. It’s basically the start of a vicious cycle that impacts cryptocurrency on all fronts – from regulations to the ways users interact with it. Companies, on their side, also don’t want to use and transact in unregulated assets that are also terribly volatile and can quickly put them in the red. It’s just not a wise way to do business.

But volatility is actually what’s attracting new users. It’s arguably the biggest use-case at the moment with many transactions being to/from exchanges. Why would investors be interested in a ‘stable’ diamond-backed digital token?

Speculation, as you say, has so far been the main driver of the crypto industry and, just as in today’s financial markets, will always exist. However, if we want to achieve crypto adoption and disrupt the current financial systems, we need to establish cryptocurencies as an everyday solution. For that, we need stability. Investors, can use this kind of currencies to both safeguard their profits and pay for products and services.

The blockchain is quickly catching on as the go-to technology for tracking and conveying financial assets. What makes this technology so beneficial in this regard?

People have always tried to create trusted institutions and to appoint figures of authority to verify that everyone follows the rules of the ‘games’ we play, whether that’s in finance, law, or even actual games.

This has been true digitally as well. With the internet and now the blockchain we’ve managed to create decentralized, incorruptible ledgers that codify and embed our rules into a trustless system, and I think that’s extremely valuable.

At the end of the day, code can’t be bribed and doesn’t make emotional decisions. It just does what it’s supposed to do, and anyone with the necessary knowledge can verify its integrity or point out flaws on it.

For those just becoming familiar with the idea of using digital tokens to store physical value, what’s the most significant benefit of tokenization?

Tokenization is not a new concept. Public companies have been doing it for ages in the form of shares and stocks. However, the blockchain has drastically changed the game by giving everyone the power to access these financial tools without having to go through the hoops imposed by traditional financial institutions.

In many ways, you’re now able to act and profit like a Fortune 500 company from your living room if you have something of value to offer to the world.

There are many so-called stablecoins coming to market that offer similar solutions to crypto’s well-documented volatility. What makes diamDEXX’s diamond-backed solution superior to the efforts of these other platforms?

The very first thing that sets the DIAM ‘Coinsistent’ apart from its competitors is token-to-stone redeemability. Thanks to this feature, DIAM users can obtain physical diamonds from their tokens’ worth of cryptocurrency. They can either receive a shipment or delegate these diamonds’ custody.

Thanks to this, we’re digitalizing, liquidizing, and ultimately creating the ultimate store of value. It’s also important that users take a look at diamonds as asset classes and realize their true value. Basically, we’re talking about the most crisis-resistant, best-performing asset of the last decades.

Saying something is ‘backed’ by an asset is a bit inaccurate. One must trust a third-party to actually deliver the asset if the user wants to claim it just like it used to be with gold-backed paper money.

Since our coin will also be listed on exchanges, it is on our best interest to create as many incentives as possible for people to hold and redeem DIAM. Our partnership with IDEX, a world leader in online diamond trading, has allowed us to create a platform where users can obtain diamonds directly from 8,000 manufacturers, saving them money by avoiding intermediaries’ commissions and cuts. IDEX is also our monthly auditor, which means we have yet another incentive to honor our commitment to transparency.

How can asset-backed tokens overcome the transparency problem that has plagued so many other platforms?

Precisely by providing transparency. Users should be very wary of anyone not wanting to comply with audits, documents, and proof of funds. The Internet, scanners, the blockchain, the cloud, and many more tools are there to make this easier than ever. Those who won’t comply with minimum requirements, I’m afraid, have something to hide. 

IDEX is a fully regulated and reputable company, and it oversees the auditing of our diamond vaults. Every month, our stock reserves’ value is being audited, with reports publicly available on our website.

What implications might that have for the broad crypto ecosystem? And to the economy itself?

The right asset-backed token might be a groundbreaker for the overall economy and for crypto. For the first time, we would be facing something that’s more valuable than fiat currency, both in the fundamental, ideological, and financial way.

What happens if such an asset is created? Only time would tell, but in my mind that can only mean that our competitors (even if those are government themselves) either try to shut us down or try to catch up to the trend. Eventually, great technology always wins.

What’s the point of using a blockchain (if it doesn’t remove trust) when one can simply ‘tokenize’ an asset using a centralized database?

A blockchain, of course, keeps a public track of every transaction, making the issuing, handling and burning of tokens transparent. It’s also reliant on Ethereum, a platform which users trust and know. On a centralized database, this level of transparency can’t exist.

Why is a native token needed? A sidechain like Liquid, for example, can harness the immutability and decentralization of Bitcoin. Why use less secure blockchains that are prone to 51% attacks and other vulnerabilities.

Our project relies on the fact that the dollar value of the diamonds in our vaults perfectly matches the amount of tokens to issue. Without a native token, the smart contract that regulates both the vaults and the amount of tokens cannot perform it’s functions, and we can’t ensure the consistency of our currency.

Having an ERC-20 token, on another hand, protects us from 51% attacks, since the Ethereum blockchain is strong enough to prevent these attacks.

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This IEO Crypto Token is Up 800% After Binance DEX Launch

Crypto figures were urging caution June 1 after the first token to trade on both Binance and Binance DEX saw suspiciously high trade volume.


Harmony Outperforms BNB Crypto Token

Harmony (ONE), which constitutes Binance’s latest initial exchange offering (IEO), saw over $600 million in volume in the 24 hours to press time, according to data from CoinMarketCap.

The token is the first to debut on both Binance’s regular platform and its newly-launched decentralized exchange, Binance DEX.

Executives had generated considerable buzz around the move through a concerted publicity campaign prior to the launch, which included a giveaway to promote ONE among prospective investors.

Analyzing the trade figures, however, veteran crypto social media voices appeared less than impressed.

“It’s up by 800%+ from (the) IEO. Wouldn’t recommend chasing this,” the Twitter account known as Squeeze summarized, noting ONE/USD trading at $0.025.

“I’ve been eyeing this for a while. This has very huge hype. But not gonna buy at this price. Will wait for dips in the coming weeks. If it moons hard, I don’t mind missing this. Plenty of other choices.”

Binance DEX Whirlwind

Harmony was little known before its Binance hook-up, with the launch of the DEX having already sparked major excitement among traders.

As CoinMarketCap confirms, Binance’s decentralized platform saw larger volumes in five hours than its biggest competitor, IDEX, achieved in 24.

“By tomorrow it will have done more volume than all DEX’s combined,” trader and journalist Dan Clarke forecast Saturday.

As Bitcoinist reported, Binance itself has seen a broad turnaround in its recent fortunes since recovering from a $41 million hack at the start of May.

Following a week of downtime, full functionality resumed May 15, with the platform’s in-house token, Binance Coin 00, forming the basis of a separate giveaway to reward users who stayed loyal during the platform’s difficulties.

BNB subsequently outperformed, reaching new all-time highs against the US dollar this week as it passed $35 for the first time.

The token, which can also be used against discounted trading fees on Binance, is now the seventh-largest cryptocurrency by market cap. 24-hour volume at press time was $560 million – still just short of ONE.

Separately, the exchange’s own research this week announced a changing trend in the crypto industry more broadly. After over a year of low appeal, non-crypto lay consumers were finally beginning to pay attention to Bitcoin 00 and altcoins again.

In addition, institutional investor interest was developing much more quickly, analysts said, a phenomenon which itself was contributing to the base of new Binance traders.

What do you think about Binance DEX and Harmony? Let us know in the comments below!


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Binance Research: ‘Non-Crypto Public’ is Now Getting Into Bitcoin

Institutional demand for crypto assets is decisively starting to affect the crypto space. Bitcoin remains the “bellwether” of the industry, while data showing that the crypto market has already bottomed out is becoming more explicit, according to Binance Research.


Institutional Appetite For Crypto Is Skyrocketing

The crypto industry will continue to gain momentum over 2019, with the pace of evolution potentially speeding up if crypto asset prices get a boost, according to a new Binance Research report released on May 31, 2019.

The report underscores the all-time high volumes of crypto assets recently traded on the CME Group. Indeed, over USD 1 billion were traded during a single 24-hour period in May 2019.

CME bitcoin futures

Specifically, as Bitcoinist reported, the CME Bitcoin futures reached a record high of 33,700 contracts on May 13, 2019. This impressive number of contracts was 50 percent higher than the previous record of around 22,500 contracts that had been reached on April 4, 2019.

This extraordinary flurry of trading reveals that institutional demand is entering the crypto market. Thus, the Binance Research report concludes,

Institutional investors, currently representing (in our conservative assumptions) less than 10% of all long-term investors, are growing their exposure to digital assets and cryptocurrencies, as illustrated by a premium of nearly 40% for Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) over BTC spot price at the end of May.

General Public Getting Back Into Bitcoin

Investors’ interest in Bitcoin over-the-counter (OTC) trading is also increasing. According to the report, in May Bitcoin OTC trading surged, reinvigorating interest in the BTC-USD pair.

Moreover, during May, the OTC market saw the participation of investors previously unrelated to the crypto space. The report states,

We have definitely seen more interest from the non-crypto public this month, and hope that the market ‘behaves’ such that the interest continues to build.

The prospects for the crypto industry could be even rosier if projects in the pipeline, either running on private or partially private closed systems, materialize by providing blockchain-based business solutions to everyday users. And the report goes notes that,

Thanks to their large user-bases comprised of both retail and institutional clients, these initiatives could ultimately benefit the whole crypto asset industry, with new users moving onto decentralized, permissionless and non-custodial platforms.

Furthermore, Binance Research also extensively analyzed changes in crypto asset correlations based on market structure, concluding that “Bitcoin exhibited the highest correlation with other assets…”

This, the report notes, makes BTC “the bellwether of the industry.”

Given Bitcoin’s stellar performance so far in 2019, it also reiterates a conclusion from April 2019, declaring ‘crypto winter to be over.’

Having emerged from a period of the highest internal correlations in crypto history, the data may support the notion that the cryptomarket has already bottomed out.

What do you think about the growth of institutional investors in the crypto space? Let us know in the comments below!


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Bitcoin Dominance Slips 5% as New ‘Altseason’ Taking Shape

Altcoins are shooting up in value in the past couple of weeks as Bitcoin dominance has slipped 5 percent. During the past 90 days, almost all major altcoins are marking notable double and even triple-digit percentage increases hinting at a possible ‘altseason.’


BTC Dominance Down 5% 

Altcoin season is a period in the market cycle, where other cryptocurrencies outperform BTC even as bitcoin is increasing in price.

During this period, BTC dominance, which is measuring Bitcoin’s relative share in the entire cryptocurrency market, is traditionally lower. In the meantime, altcoins are gaining strength and further momentum.

At the time of this writing, BTC dominance stands at around 55 percent. This marks a decline of about 5 percent in the last two weeks.

Bitcoin dominance still maintaining above 50%

It’s also worth noting that this comes at a period during which Bitcoin’s price has actually increased. Since May 14th, BTC is up almost 10 percent. Yet, despite the increase, its overall share in the total market has declined.

At the same time, as Bitcoinist previously reported, the market dominance index does not always paint an accurate picture of the market. Other indices, for example, put BTC well over 80 percent.

Is ‘AltSeason’ Upon Us?

Nevertheless, the fact that BTC market cap is slipping is a sign that altcoins are starting to catch up. Moreover, during the past 90 days, it also appears that the value of many major altcoins against the USD has also increased significantly.

Therefore, traders are now asking whether so-called altseason is upon us.

As seen on the above graph, some of the major gainers in the last three months include Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Binance Coin (BNB), EOS, Litecoin (LTC), DASH, and others.

The relatively short-term strength of altcoins, as well as the fading BTC dominance, could signal that an altcoin season is, indeed, taking shape.

Looking at the bigger picture, however, reveals a completely different story. During the last 12 months, most of the altcoins mark substantial losses in the range between 35 and 70 percent. Bitcoin, on the other hand, has posted impressive gains since its yearly lows of around $3,200 at the start of the year.

Moreover, altcoins tend to follow BTC’s performance and if Bitcoin sneezes – every altcoin catches a cold.

Bitcoin Still The Safest Play

While altcoins might be a good opportunity for some quick gains, the truth is that timing the market remains particularly challenging.

That’s perhaps best exemplified by Twitter user Marc de Koning (@Koning_Marc), who recently shared his experience of investing 1 BTC in 50 different altcoins each back in mid/late 2017.

“Out of 50 coins that each had 1 BTC put in, the overall current value is between 0.02 and 0.3 BTC per bag. Many coins delisted except for dexes which no one uses.”

The user didn’t share in which altcoins he had invested in per se, but the fact that out of 50 coins he had marked losses in the range of 70 to 99 percent speaks for itself.

Bitcoin, on the other hand, remains the best performing cryptocurrency. As Bitcoinist recently reported, it’s up 700 percent since January 1st, 2017. Furthermore, BTC is outperforming the stock market this year by an eye-popping 1000 percent.

What do you think of altcoins? Do you hold any? Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments below!


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Why Facebook’s Foray into Crypto Could be Fruitless

Mainstream media was abuzz last week with the news that Facebook has plans to launch its own digital token, ‘GlobalCoin’. This highlights the ignorance that big news outlets have, as Facebook really is ill-suited to have anything close to what we consider cryptocurrency.


Cryptocurrency by nature is a mathematically secure, disruptive peer to peer technology designed to act as a decentralized form of finance. Facebook is a million miles away from these concepts as it is highly centralized, highly censored, highly insecure, and largely untrusted. Any currency the social media monopoly produces of its own are likely to have the same traits.

Wrong Demographics

Recent research suggests that the Facebook user base is shifting demographically. The latest report by research firm Diar implies that Facebook’s foray into crypto could be fruitless. Quoting figures from Pew Research Center Diar added,

Facebook will be facing an uphill battle on multiple fronts, primarily starting from an aging user base whose knowledge of cryptocurrency likely to be near nil.

The platform has lost its dominance in the US teen market as numbers dwindle in favour of alternative social media outlets such as YouTube and Snapchat. Teens the do use it are unlikely to be in the financial position to be loading up on Facebook stablecoins either.

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The report adds that the number of retirees that have flocked to Facebook has doubled since 2012. There are very few in that category that even know what cryptocurrency is, let alone tech savvy enough to be able to use it as Diar points out;

Educating 25% of the world’s population about current cryptocurrency infrastructure that requires private-key management and the glaring reminder of the possible ultimate loss of funds is also unlikely as it would result in the project’s near instant failure.

GlobalCoin: Escalating Worries

Some big name news outlets have compared GlobalCoin to Bitcoin claiming that to could possibly be a competitor. The two could not be more different, Bitcoin transactions cannot be stopped as the blockchain is immutable by design. Facebook, like Paypal, will have full and total control over any funds deposited and converted into its new coin.

Considering its reputation with safeguarding personal data it would be pertinent to say that Facebook is not in the position to handle large scale finance. Diar picked up on this also adding;

The ownership of data by corporates using it to profit is just one of the anathemas to the decentralized ideology.

Over the past year or two Facebook has been embroiled in scandals involving major data privacy violations, security breaches, censorship, and fake news dissemination. How many people of sane mind are likely to trust it with their hard earned?

Would you use a crypto coin owned by Facebook? Add your comments below.


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10 Fintech Leaders Predict Bitcoin to End 2019 Above $9,500

Ten prominent fintech experts shared their bitcoin price predictions and all agreed that BTC would close 2019 above $9,500, according to Finder.com.


Experts Expect a Bull Market

The US-based comparison website surveyed 10 fintech leaders on their thoughts and projections on 13 cryptocurrencies (including the top-10 by market capitalization) and the participants included executives from BitBull Capital, Arca, and Blocktoken.

The participants were most optimistic about EOS, Binance Coin and Tron as each was forecast to gain 727%, 459%, and 449%, respectively.

When asked whether the current climate is ideal for the average person to invest in cryptocurrency, 5 out of 10 executives agreed that now is a good time to allocate a small portion of portfolio funds to digital assets. 4 survey participants also said that they believe Bitcoin will surpass its $20,000 all-time high during the next bull-run.

50% of the participants believe that the next uptrend will end just like the one in 2017. But while the majority of the participants expected Bitcoin to eventually cool off from its recent parabolic run, the general consensus was Bitcoin would exceed $9,659 by the end of 2019.

Analyst and participant Joe Raczynski said that:

We are entering a new period with Bitcoin. Many of the institutional players have said they are done with this experiment (publicly), which may be the case [but] I think privately, some other hedge funds and other institutions will continue to invest during this lower period.

Altcoins to Outperform Bitcoin in 2019

Surprisingly, Blockchain Capital partner Jimmy Song expects Bitcoin to close 2019 at $5,901 and Song explained that there seems to be some daylight between Bitcoin and other cryptos.

Bitcoin will start being seen as a different asset than all the others,” he said.

Meanwhile, Bitbull Capital’s Sarah Bergstrand said that she expects bitcoin price to “bounce between $3,000 and $5,000 for the next few months.”

The survey results also show that the majority of participants think Cardano (ADA) will wrap up 2019 at $0.14 and the group was fairly optimistic about EOS.

Brenden Markey-Towler from RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub predicting that

….as EOS transitions with NEO and Ethereum to next-generation consensus algorithms, I suspect their scope as an institutional technology will increase, and their value with it.

Stellar Lumens (XRP) is expected to reach $0.18 by year-end and the group optimistically forecasts that TRON and XRP will close the year at $0.15 and $0.44.

Finder has held its Bitcoin Predictions Panel since January 2018 and interested investors can find the details of each monthly survey here.

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Winklevoss: Sitting on the Sidelines is Crazier Than Investing in Bitcoin

Prominent Bitcoin investor and Gemini Exchange co-founder Cameron Winklevoss says that the future of money is currently being built with Bitcoin and crypto and that it’s ‘crazy’ to be sitting on the sidelines. 


‘The Future of Money is Literally Being Built’

Popular cryptocurrency commentator and a prominent Bitcoin investor Cameron Winklevoss has argued the craziness of investing in the crypto space. He said:

“Some people think it’s crazy to invest in crypto. Maybe. But definitely not as crazy as sitting on the sidelines when the future of money is literally being built before your eyes.”

The Winklevoss twins, in general, have been more than well-known in the space. Earlier in January, they said that Bitcoin will pass the $7 trillion gold market cap.

Mr. Wonderful Disagrees

One of those who seem to believe that investing in Bitcoin is more than crazy is popular TV personality and millionaire entrepreneur Kevin “Mr. Wonderful” O’Leary. Those of you who’ve watched the popular entrepreneur show “Shark Tank” surely know him.

Kevin O'Leary bitcoin

Just yesterday, in a rather heated debate with Anthony “Pomp” Pompliano of Morgan Creek Capital, on CNBC’s SquawkBox, O’Leary argued that there’s no value in owning bitcoin as an asset class. He said:

Where is the value in owning bitcoin as an asset class? Tell me why this, which is basically a digital game, has any intrinsic value. And where is the long-term value? Just this idea that they’re going to cut the number of units in half is just a scam. That’s just total BS.

Despite Pompliano’s arguments, the investor couldn’t seem to wrap his mind around the idea and denied all merits of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as well.

Tom Lee Says Current Bitcoin Bull-Run Has Legs

Speaking on CNBC’s Markets Now, Fundstrat Global Advisors’ head analyst, Tom Lee, discussed the current case for Bitcoin. He outlined that the top ten days in any year account for all the gains for crypto.

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However, Lee also said that there’s plenty of reasons to be optimistic. He reiterated on the narrative that Bitcoin “has proven to be digital gold” – something also expressed by the Winklevoss twins themselves.

Lee also mentioned the upcoming Bitcoin halving which is estimated to take place in less than a year from now.

As Bitcoinist reported yesterday, the overwhelming majority of people bullish regarding the effect it will have on the cryptocurrency’s price given historical trends.

What do you think of Bitcoin going forward? Let us know in the comments below!


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