Banks of Hong Kong complicate the life of companies associated with Bitcoin. According to recent reports, players of the banking market refuse to cryptocurrency companies to open accounts, freeze existing accounts and delay any processes without any valid reasons. "Over the past two or three months, we have tripled our customer base," explains Thomas Glucksmann of Gatecoin. "The price of Bitcoin was growing, the amount of money that customers invested increased - banks could not choose the worst time that put us in the wheel."
In the evening on Sunday, Bitcoin tested a new historical maximum, having fixed above $ 8,000. At the Bitfinex exchange, the exchange rate was a record $ 8,130, Bitstamp and GDAX did not get much to the $ 8,100 mark. In addition, although the difference with the previous maximum was insignificant, it sets up certain positive thoughts. It seems that the news that LedgerX, the operator of the currency exchange, launched the first long-term Bitcoin futures option, forced the crypto currency to go again after the consolidation, which lasted several days.
The list of detractors of cryptocurrency is very large - from company executives to representatives of central banks. Perhaps, the greatest irritation is observed among officials and parliamentarians. However, if most states are limited to attempts to apply regulatory measures to Bitcoins, there are also those who go much further and issue laws prohibiting the use of cryptocurrency.
On November 15, the Chinese stock exchange OKCoin showed the value of the Bitcoin price above $ 15,000: on social networks, comments began to appear on the strange dynamics at OKCoin, the chart of which showed a 24.3 hour increase in Bitcoin at 123.21%, resulting in a new historic maximum of $ 15,151.
Bitcoin futures on major stock and commodity exchanges are the hottest topic of the month. The other day CME Group said that the launch of contract trading Bitcoins is a matter of several weeks. This will allow large investors to speculate on the price of Bitcoin, not having the most crypto currency in the portfolio. Earlier CBOE - another Chicago exchange, a competitor to CME, reported on the preparation of the launch of the stock market Bitcoin. And now the British Man Group can become the next company that will launch Bitcoin futures.
With what only predictions of Bitcoin prices we have not encountered lately! From conservative to bold and even fantastic. But what seemed unthinkable a year ago, now we already see on the charts. Some experts, for example, the representative of Boston University, Mark T. Williams (Mark T. Williams), otherwise known as Professor Bitcorn, several years ago prophesied the death of the crypto currency. Others, on the contrary, believe that the main rally is yet to come. It's impossible to say with certainty which of the two camps is right, how many people, so many opinions. The crypto currency investor and the head of Morgan Creek Capital Management, Mark Yusko, is sure that once the price of Bitcoin reaches 400,000 US dollars.
Even before bitcoin was invented, the British economist John Maynard Keynes developed a technique of calculation the annual interest rate of the crypto currency. According to experts, now it is about 57%. Born June 5, 1883 in English Cambridge, Keynes witnessed a tumultuous period in British history. After passing through the Boer War, both world wars and the world economic depression, he passed away on April 21, 1946. During his life he became famous as one of the world's leading economists. His most famous work is The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money, which was published in 1936 and became a model for future economic thought.
The popularity of the crypto-currency markets is growing rapidly, and this is not surprising, since the price of bitcoin has risen by 60% in just one last month. However, along with the passing of the mark of 7000 dollars for BTC, the congestion of the blocks again increased, as well as the commission of the miners. This was the reason for users' displeasure with unconfirmed transactions and the need to pay 5-10 dollars per transaction. The actual cancellation of the SegWit2X's hardfork not only does not solve the crisis of scaling, but rather aggravates it, since other solutions still do not work, and even activated more than two months ago SegWit has not been put into operation to the full.
You probably already heard about the fantastic growth of Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies. Golden times have come! Year ago, some people bought Bitcoins for $ 730 apiece and everyone looked at them like a maniacs, predicting a collapse in the near future. Now, everyone could register profits and go out for more than $7500! Not a bad growth for one year, right? Bitcoin has grown in price almost ten times! No one bank in the world would give such a deposit interest. Will not discuss what happened during last 10 years when Bitcoin rate raised from 0.01 US$ and everyone who have spent just 5.00 US$, now became a millionaire.
While skeptics continue to assert that bitcoin is used exclusively for speculation, one of private schools in New York City offered to pay for their services with Bitcoins. In an interview, the school manager in Montessori, in Wilthiron and Soho, Marco Ciocca, said that parents themselves asked whether there is a possibility to pay for the education by the bitcoins. After several such calls, Marco began to actively monitor the bitcoins and very soon already knew about all his advantages as a means of payment: fast transactions, low commissions, easy payment. Having conferred with colleagues, it was decided to include bitcoin in the number of means of payment for paying for tuition in a kindergarten.
Video with the speech of Andreas Antonopoulos under the name "Money as a System of Control", undoubtedly, should be watched by every follower of bitcoin. In it, Antonopoulos explains how money is used to control their senders and recipients, as well as tracking financial transactions around the world. In addition, he tells how false the banking system really is. Banks can not only freeze or confiscate money without our consent, in fact, they are the owners of our finances, we are simply granted access to them - and this, to put it mildly, is a dishonest deal. As explained by Antonopoulos, we do not have money in the bank, we have only an account that gives us access to the money that we placed in the bank, believing fake security guarantees. This situation is demonstrated by a brilliant example of the debt crisis in Greece - the entire population of the country kept savings in banks and they were insured, but one day the promise was violated and money was rendered inaccessible.
The cost of mining bitcoins has often been criticized by opponents of crypto-currencies. Let's see how much 1 BTC costs in barrels of oil. The industry of crypto currency is developing at a frantic pace and bitcoin continues to be the driver. It is on its extraction that most of the miners are oriented. The cost of bitcoin and relative stability of growth attract more and more people to this sector. The complexity of the network is growing and getting bitcoin is getting harder and more expensive. More and more new capacities are being introduced, which consume more and more electricity, for the production of which, mainly, oil is burned.
The Initial Coin Offering (ICO) market is new and relatively small. In 2016, the world spent an ICO of $ 103 million, if you do not take into account the hacked and canceled ICO project The DAO. In the same year, the world market of venture investments amounted to $ 127 billion. Meanwhile, according to the portal CoinDesk, for the first half of 2017, ICO was held in the world for $ 1.13 billion, of which $ 797 million was in the second quarter. The results of the second half of the year promise to be even more impressive.
Recently, the price of bitcoin exceeded 6,000 dollars, and the capitalization briefly exceeded $ 100 billion. Thus, the alleged state of the anonymous creator of crypto currency Satoshi Nakamoto exceeded 6 billion dollars, theoretically making it possible to include it in the list of the richest people in the world according to Forbes. At the current bitcoin course, 1 million coins, owned by Satoshi, would place him at 237 in the Forbes rating.
Star Jets International LLC now accepts bitcoin payments for private jet flights. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Advanced Defense Technologies, Inc. Customers who use Star Jets get to leverage all the advantages of using a corporate jet, according to an Econotimes article. Furthermore, customers have access to over 5,000 jets domestically and roughly 15,000 across the globe. The company allowing bitcoin transactions may now open up a new realm of possibilities for the company along with a new customer base.
October 17, Bitcoin.com published a contradictory statement, which stated that it was Bitcoin Cash that should be called bitcoin. In response, leading industry experts, including the maker of lightcore, Charlie Lee (Charlie Lee), criticized such attempts. Bitcoin Cash was launched in early August from hard fork bitcoin, which supported several major mining pools, including ViaBTC and Bitmain. Since then, the support and demand for Bitcoin Cash has decreased significantly, which is noticeable in terms of the hash and market capitalization of the crypto currency.
According to analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, brokerage companies that offer products in the field of crypto currency can have a big impact on the global market. In the report of the bank entitled "Implementation of Crypto-Currency - what are they good for?", Analysts are considering the potential of Bitcoin, Ethereum and XRP, as well as the main aspects of the market and open functioning network of detachment. It is noteworthy that the report touches on possible factors that could affect the future progress of the crypto-currency market, including financial products based on this technology.
The largest bank consortium in the US, , is launching a new platform for interbank payments, built on the basis of a blockchain. The Interbank Information Network (IIN) will be launched with the participation of two other banks - the Royal Bank of Canada and the Australian and New Zealand banking group and is built on Quorum, the corporate blockchain network JPMorgan based on the Etherium, which was first introduced last fall. It is expected that during the coming months other participating banks will join this initiative.