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Argentina: Bitcoin Bought at $20K Retained More Value Than the Peso

Bitcoin has proven to be a store-of-value in Argentina where you would have been better off buying BTC at its peak rather than hold the peso.


Argentina Ensnared Political and Economy Turmoil

The Argentinian economy continues to shrink, afflicted by stubbornly high inflation, which President Mauricio Macri, who is running for re-election, has been unable to rein in. Hence, he is becoming increasingly unpopular.

On May 19, 2019, the country’s grim economic outlook became even muddier when former president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner announced she was running for the vice presidency alongside Alberto Fernandez (her former cabinet chief), in the upcoming presidential elections in October 2019.

Ms. Kirchner made the announcement a few days before the beginning of her trial for alleged corruption offenses related to public works contracts. The trial is scheduled to start on May 21, 2019. Reuters wrote,

Cristina Fernandez is considered by investors to be a riskier prospect because of her past populist policies. She introduced currency controls and tax increases on farm exports while in office between 2007 and 2015.

Fearing that if Ms. Kirchner returns to power it would bring populism back to the country, investors are now more than ever seeking refuge in safe-haven currencies, such as US dollars and Bitcoin.

In effect, Bitcoin’s value in relation to the Argentinian peso and Bitcoin’s trading volumes are reaching all-time highs. Likewise, the US dollar is an all-time high against the Argentinian peso. This set of circumstances will most likely reinforce Argentina’s inflationary spiral.

Argentinians Better Off Holding Bitcoin

Officially, as of March 2019, Argentina’s annual inflation rate reached over 55 percent. But even this elevated rate of inflation is questioned. Economist Steve Hanke argues that when using high-frequency data, the inflation rate in Argentina is over 80 percent.

Such a high inflationary rate significantly erodes the purchasing power of the peso, to such an extent that replacing the peso with Bitcoin to save Argentina’s plummeting economy no longer seems like a crazy idea.

As a result, many are turning their attention to Bitcoin’s deflationary attributes. For example, one strong argument put forward is that Bitcoin is a better store-of-value than the peso.

In this regard, Partner at Sixtant, Josu San Martin, noted:

If an Argentinian had bought Bitcoin at the highest point of the ‘biggest bubble in history,’ in 2017, he would have been better off than leaving his money in his Argentinian bank account. So tell me again how Bitcoin is a horrible store of value.

As a completely new asset class, Bitcoin is still volatile. Nevertheless, in the long run, Bitcoin is proving to be a better (and rapidly appreciating) store-of-value than gold, even more so in a digital economy.

In this regard, Grayscale Investments, one of the largest cryptocurrency asset managers, details key features to highlight Bitcoin’s superiority to gold in, verifiability, divisibility, durability, fungibility, portability, and recognizability.

Moreover, a compelling and most relevant argument for the Argentinian economy is Bitcoin’s inflation-resistant nature, which is strengthened by its scarcity. Only 21 million bitcoins will ever be created by around the year 2140.

Furthermore, Grayscale compares the cryptocurrency to gold in the features shown in the chart below.

To save the failing economy, President Macri has already received advice to bear Bitcoin in mind. In March 2019, serial investor Tim Draper advised him that to attract foreign investors he must dramatically transform Argentina’s economy and replace its peso with Bitcoin.

How do you think that Bitcoin can help Argentina to minimize inflation? Let us know in the comments below.


Images via  Grayscale, Shutterstock

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Argentina Central Bank’s Inability to Stop Inflation is Forcing People to Bitcoin

As Argentina’s inflation rate skyrockets to its highest level since 1992, people are increasingly turning to Bitcoin as an alternative.


Inflation in Argentina Surpasses 54 Percent

Argentina’s central bank already tightened monetary policy three times in the last month, and inflation is still accelerating at a rate of nearly 55 percent. Bloomberg notes:

The inflation rate rose to almost 55 percent in March, with consumer prices rising 4.7 percent in the month, exceeding all of the forecasts in a Bloomberg survey of analysts.

The unstable economic environment is driving many traders and investors to focus on Bitcoin. Thus, the volumes of Bitcoin traded in Argentina are reaching all-time highs, the latest data from LocalBitcoins/coin.dance shows.

Argentina’s economy suffers from chronic inflation to such an extent that no monetary measure seems to work. According to the Financial Times,

Argentina is trapped in a vicious circle. Demand of just a few million dollars in an illiquid market can weaken the peso, as has been the case since early March. Exchange rate depreciation leads quickly to increases in inflation, portfolio dollarization, and higher interest rates — now the central bank’s only means of defending the currency.

‘Replace Argentinean Pesos with Bitcoin’

The fact that Bitcoin is inflation-resistant makes it particularly attractive in this environment.
Consequently, many see Bitcoin as a potential alternative. They are advocating, even to the government, greater integration of the cryptocurrency into Argentina’s economy.

Bitcoin has already become integrated into many business activities. For instance, in 37 cities, public transportation users are indirectly using Bitcoin to pay for their rides, while Bitcoin ATMs are becoming more conspicuous in Buenos Aires.

Most relevant, President Mauricio Macri’s administration has already shown interest in Bitcoin and, its underlying technology, blockchain. For example, in March 2019, the government announced a partnership with Binance Labs, the blockchain technology incubator of Bitcoin exchange giant Binance. At the announcement, the government promised to match 1:1 Binance investment.

Moreover, in March 2019, serial investor and Bitcoin proponent Tim Draper recommended that President Macri attract foreign investors by dramatically transforming the country’s economy and replace the Argentinean peso with Bitcoin.

Draper even made a bet with Argentina’s president on the price of Bitcoin,

[I]f the peso is valued more than Bitcoin, I double the investment I am making in the country; and if Bitcoin acquires more value than the peso… that would be a perfect solution because there is no confidence in the currency.

How do you think the integration of Bitcoin into Argentina’s economy could help to minimize inflation? Let us know in the comments below.


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Bitcoin to $250K by 2023 Prediction is ‘Absolutely Solid,’ Says Tim Draper

Serial cryptocurrency investor and billionaire Tim Draper has said his Bitcoin price prediction of $250,000 by 2022 is “absolutely solid.”


Draper: Destination Clear, Path Uncertain

Speaking during the giant Web Summit tech conference in Lisbon which ended November 8, Draper, who is well known for his optimistic outlook on Bitcoin, in particular, doubled down on his price forecast few others have dared rival.

“I have a pretty good sense of what’s going on four, five, six ten years from now because that’s my business – to meet with young entrepreneurs who are putting a future into my mind,” he told a panel which also featured Blockchain CEO Peter Smith and Managing Capital co-founder Garry Tan.

…My prediction for $250,000 by 2022 – maybe 2023 but in that range – is absolutely solid, but I’m not so sure how we’re going to get there[.]

Cryptocurrency became an increasingly focal topic at this year’s Summit, which with almost 70,000 attendees constitutes the largest such conference in Europe.

Smith’s Blockchain, announcing a partnership with payment network Stellar at the event, has begun giving away $125 million in the latter’s Lumen tokens in a bid to increase awareness and adoption of cryptoassets.

‘Just Go Do It’

While touching on different aspects of how the industry should grow in future, both Smith and Draper agreed on the need to continue placing financial sovereignty in users’ hands.

“Why we aren’t all… creating Bitcoin, putting together a wallet – just go do it so you get the feel for it because it’s so much better than what we have today,” Draper told the audience.

All three panelists, with varying degrees of reluctance, meanwhile agreed that BTC/USD 00 should trade higher this time next year, Smith additionally confirming he was still accumulating bitcoin.

Anticipation of an end to what Tan among many others referred to as the “crypto winter” continues to run high across the community, with markets yet to provide hints of an imminent end to bear market conditions.

Tan added he was uncertain whether the ‘winter’ would be over by the end of 2019.

What do you think about Tim Draper’s price prediction reiteration? Let us know in the comments below!


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Cheers Again, Tim: ‘World Improving’ Tezos ICO Gets Draper Backing

· May 6, 2017 · 7:00 pm

Veteran crypto investor Tim Draper has announced his participation in the upcoming ICO for Blockchain platform Tezos.


Draper: Tezos ‘Going To Improve The World’

Draper, who first hit the headlines in Bitcoin after he won around 32,000 BTC in the Silk Road auctions in 2014, called Tezos “one of the tokens that is going improve the world.”

In an article published Friday by Reuters, Draper said:

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The best thing I can do is lead by example… Over time, I actually feel that some of these tokens are going to improve the world, and I want to make sure those tokens get promoted as well. I think Tezos is one of those tokens.

Tezos is a grassroots project by husband and wife trader team Kathleen and Arthur Breitman developed over the past three years.

It takes what it calls a “fundamentally different approach” to networks such as Bitcoin and Ethereum “by creating governance rules for stakeholders to approve of protocol upgrades that are then automatically deployed on the network.”

Tezos The New Ethereum Classic?

This added self-governance is a clear point of interest for Draper, whose ability to invest in ‘exotic’ ICOs without alienating investors makes him a rare player.

“I think most investor contracts did not anticipate something like an ICO… But we did anticipate that certain things are going to happen and finance is going to be transformed,” he continued.

Tezos ICO

With the crowdsale due to commence May 22, Tezos is following in the footsteps of a raft of crypto ICOs completed in Q1 2017. Many of these gathered huge funds – millions of dollars in as little as 15 minutes – but were not without their teething problems.

Most recently, attempts by Blockchain dating platform Matchpool and TaaS Fund became mired in controversy as accusations surfaced questioning developer integrity.

Both businesses put out official literature denying any wrongdoing, and investors appeared unshaken, both ICOs being completed and raising considerable sums.

Tezos Crowdsale

With Draper as a backer, the community will no doubt be eager to get on board this latest offering, in much the same way as Ethereum Classic gained in value considerably following Barry Silbert’s launch of a dedicated private fund.

Tezos’ token sale will run for two weeks and will not include a token cap.

“What we’re going to do is allow as many people who want to buy into the crowdsale over a two-week period,” Kathleen Breitman confirmed.

What do you think about Tim Draper backing the Tezos ICO? Let us know in the comments below!


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Innovation Through Bitcoin: An Entrepreneur’s Heaven

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Bitcoin is gaining global recognition for being a very disruptive force in the financial industry. Though the community is currently divided by the block size issue, the technology carries on and with it comes the ongoing opportunity to spawn innovation, create new applications for blockchain technology, and start new businesses. Entrepreneurs have been taking advantage of Bitcoin to develop new platforms and businesses that expand the utility of the blockchain and empower people with additional financial power.

Also read: Growing Demand for Global And Real-Time Payments To Boost Bitcoin Adoption

Innovation: Building With Bitcoin

Innovation comes from the desire to solve a problem in a new way. Innovation can be combining things or ideas in a way that hasn’t been done before, or it can simply be doing something better, cheaper and faster.

Blockchain technology has the ability to simplify payments, make them faster, and cheaper, therefore it is a primary protocol to base next generation financial platforms on. While new uses of the blockchain have been discovered, it’s still a very young market which has large potential for new players to innovate and apply the tech to industries which haven’t used the technology previously.

Because Bitcoin is technology-based, most new applications and businesses will be rather technical, requiring either extensive coding experience or startup money to hire a professional developer or team. These technological hurdles do stifle some innovation, but they should never stop a truly great idea. Distribution, encryption, financial control, and speed are all fundamental properties of Bitcoin which can be utilized towards accomplishing multiple tasks over a wide variety of applications.

The boost.vc incubator, founded by Tim Draper, has become a well-known Bitcoin incubator in Silicon Valley, accepting multiple startups into its program every year. In fact, there are incubators for tech-based projects all across the world that aim to help new entrepreneurs develop their business models, build their products and services, and begin the path to success. The disruptive nature of Bitcoin makes it a great protocol to integrate into the development of new ideas and platforms. Bitcoin has the potential to reduce costs, and increase speeds and security. Distributed assets and cloud computing will likely change drastically within the next decade as computing power continues to increase exponentially.

Entrepreneurship is all about solving problems with methods that improve or disrupt the current norm. If you can think of something that solves a problem in a way that improves on the norm and is an opportunity rather than an idea, you can innovate and start working on a business model. Entrepreneurship is all about identifying opportunities and inefficiencies that can be solved and applying a unique solution to them. While there will be resistance and friction in customer adoption, true innovation and disruption shines though. Bitcoin is a great platform to build and innovate with as it is still very young and the potential for new applications is immense.

Are you trying to innovate with Bitcoin? Let us know in the comments below! 


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