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Altcoin Season!

Take Advantage Of Altcoin Price Trends Of 2021

The evidence is abundant that 2021 is the year that will bring a jaw-dropping Altcoin Season. Just as the sun rises in the East and sets in the West, Bitcoin is the first cryptocurrency to rise in price, and the Altcoins eventually follow.

Bitcoin Leads, The Altcoins Follow

There’s no questioning that Bitcoin is the definitive OG of the cryptoshere, as is most likely best highlighted by the point that the flagship digital asset has been in a position to pique the interest of many prominent legacy financial institutions – like Microstrategy, BlackRock, Grayscale – during the last year or thereabouts.

Not just that, in recent months, a selection of banks and venture capital funds as JP Morgan, Raiffeisen, Pantera Capital have projected BTC to scale past beyond the $100k mark with great ease (not to mention our own Bitcoin prediction exceeding $379,000 in 2021), indirectly indicating their growing confidence in this yet incipient asset class.

Even with all the sell offs and volatility which was witnessed during the last week, data available on the web definitely shows that the number of addresses with 1,000 or over Bitcoin (referred to as “whales” in the crypto world) has continued to increase. As is ALWAYS so with professional institutional money, the “buy-the-dip” strategy is employed with full force.

It’s called “talking your book” om Wall Street jargon.

While big institutional players plant news stories and give interviews that create fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) – thus driving the price down as nervous traders sell – at the same time they are accumulating for themselves at lower prices.

Like it or not, that’s standard operating procedure for traditional markets, and especially crypto.

Bottom line: whales continue to buy Bitcoin.

And where Bitcoin leads, the altcoins will follow.

Forecasting Altcoin Market Activity for the Coming Year

We’ve been pounding the table that 2021 is going to be another moonshot type of year due to the 4-year cycle. 2013 was the year of the first 4-year cycle top. 2017 was the second instance of a tremendous crypto bull run into the second top of the 4-year cycle.

2021 will be the year of the third top of the 4-year cycle.

In order to gain a better understanding of how the 4 year cycle top will play out, we’ll go back and examine the previous iteration of the cycle.

Looking At The Altcoin Season Of 2017

It’s been said that “History doesn’t repeat, but it sure does rhyme.” If you go back and look at historical prices of Bitcoin from previous years, it’s very obvious that Bitcoin isn’t following the 4-year cycle precisely 100% on a daily basis, but the correlation is over 90%.

In other words, Bitcoin price action rhymes with previous Bitcoin price action.

Let’s look closely at Bitcoin’s price action in 2017 as well as the leader of the altcoins, Ethereum.

Bitcoin Price Action In 2017

Bitcoin was priced at $1,003 on January 1, 2017.

It took 138 days for Bitcoin to double in price. (May 18)

It took 216 days for Bitcoin to triple in price. (August 4)

It took 226 days for Bitcoin to quadruple in price. (August 14)

It took 284 days for Bitcoin to quintuple in price. (October 11)

Ultimately, Bitcoin went up more than 19-fold into the 4-year cycle high on December 17, 2017.

Ethereum Price Action In 2017

Ethereum was priced at $8.20 on January 1, 2017.

It took 60 days for Ethereum to double in price. (March 1)

It took 72 days for Ethereum to triple in price. (March 13)

It took 74 days for Ethereum to quadruple in price. (March 15)

It took 75 days for Ethereum to quintuple in price. (March 16)

By the first day of summer, June 21, Ethereum had increased in price by a factor of 41 times over.

Ultimately, Ethereum went up more than 170-fold into the 4-year cycle high on January 10, 2018.

Altcoin Season Lessons

Looking at the above prices of both Bitcoin and Ethereum, we can gain insights into how the altcoin season of 2021 will unfold.

Here are some key takeaways:

  1. Once altcoin season starts to gain momentum, prices of meritable altcoins will rise faster than Bitcoin.
  2. March is likely to be a very good month for the leading altcoins.
  3. By the summer of 2021, a handful of the best altcoins should be as much as 40 times higher in price compared to where they started the year.
  4. The top altcoins could go up in price more than 150 times their value at the start of the year.
  5. Bitcoin will reach its 4-year cycle peak 3 to 4 weeks before the altcoins do, and will start its new bear market.
  6. The entire altcoin market will follow Bitcoin into its next bear market.

Specific Price Targets

There’s no question in our minds that 2021 is going to be a very, very exciting year for cryptocurrency investors.

You should, however, remember that prices don’t move in a straight line higher. Bitcoin Experienced several LARGE drops in 2017, even though the the overall trend was wildly bullish.

The same is likely to be the case this year.

If you’d like to see some of our specific 2021 price predictions for specific coins, simply head on over to this page.

Altcoin Season Basics

An altcoin season is also a term used for a season in which an altcoin is outperforming the price of the original: Bitcoin. There are three stages to an altcoin season. The first stage is when there is a profiting trend on an altcoin that is very new, or a trend that is new to a particular altcoin. The second stage is when the profiting trend dies down, and there is no longer any substantial profit potential from the altcoin in question.

In the third phase, after the profiting trend has died down, the altcoin season starts to see a new influx of traders who are looking to make a long position in the market. By this stage, the profitability potential in trading on any altcoin is significantly reduced. During the second phase, the price movement of all-time high prices of bitcoin continues on its upward trek.

One of the factors that makes the altcoin season so interesting to follow is the fact that there is considerable amount of volatility in the market. The large increase in volatility is what allows an investor to profit from the trading of ether and another high valued alternative currency. Volatility is usually considered a good thing for experienced traders because it increases the opportunities to profit from price movement – both UP and DOWN.

For investors and holders, however, the volatility can be nerve wracking.

lastly, it’s important to remember that the altcoin season doesn’t last forever. In fact, most (statistically it’s over 90%!) investors lose money during the bearish period. However, if you find several profitable altcoins during this time, it can be literally, life-changing.

Come the end of 2021, just remember one fact: trees don’t grow to the sky.

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Standard Hashrate Welcomes 5 New Miners To BTCST

Standard Hashrate Group (“SHG”) is an open platform where prominent miners standardize and tokenize their BTC hashrate. Today, SHG announced Atlas Mining, BTC.TOP, Easy2Mine, Genesis Mining and Hengjia as tokenization miners. SHG welcomes these industry-leading companies to tokenize a total of 25 PH/s of Bitcoin hashrate into Bitcoin Standard Hashrate Tokens (“BTCSTs”).

With its successful debut on Binance Launchpool, BTCST has become the benchmark hashrate token with deep market liquidity and price premium. Further contribution of Bitcoin hashrate by Atlas Mining, BTC.TOP, Easy2Mine, Genesis Mining and Hengjia Group will bring to BTCST best-in-class skills in hashrate provisioning and continuity assurance.

“Atlas Mining, BTC.TOP, Easy2Mine, Genesis Mining and Hengjia form a diverse and powerful group to join as BTCST’s new batch of tokenization miners. They share SHG’s vision of bringing exchange-level liquidity to mining power and bridging real-world mining to the DeFi world. Their rich experience and collaborative approaches in industrial scale mining will be greatly complementary to SHG,” said Alex Zhao, CEO of SHG.

“We believe BTCST has connected Bitcoin mining to the DeFi world,” said Tony Ma, CEO of Atlas Mining. “With BTCST, we can earn real BTC via crypto-native staking.”

“Mining is an asset intensive industry. BTCST has turned mining machines into high liquidity assets as Grayscale does to Bitcoin, injecting incremental value into the mining market,” said Zhuoer Jiang, CEO of BTC.TOP.

“We believe a project like BTCST should focus on decentralization of hashrate sourcing,” said Cathy Yu, CMO of Easy2Mine. “We are glad to support this project as a tokenization miner.”

“BTCST is really exciting,” said Rene Hennen, COO of Genesis Mining, “It is one of the rare inventions which expands the Bitcoin ecosystem with the potential to add a lot of value.”

“As the operator of some of the largest hydropower cryptocurrency mining facilities, we applaud the innovation of the BTCST project,” said Jiwei Zhu, Chairman of Hengjia Group. “We hope to work with the BTCST project to improve its ecosystem.”

BTCST is a token collateralized by real Bitcoin mining power. By staking BTCSTs, holders of the tokens will receive daily Bitcoin distributions that correspond to the mining power staked. With BTCST, you mine Bitcoin the DeFi way.

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Crypto Fear And Greed Index Rebounds From 40

Two days ago, on January 22, the Crypto Fear and Greed index sharply dropped to a value of forty, moving the market sentiment from “Extreme Greed” to “Fear.” The index dropped to this level for the first time since October 3, 2020, when Bitcoin was trading at around $10,500. Today the index has recovered to a level of 70.

Before dropping to forty, the Crypto Fear and Greed Index topped at ninety five on January 6, demonstrating that investors turned extremely greedy amid Bitcoin hitting the all time highs about $42,000 on January 8. The Bitcoin price subsequently had a significant correction, dipping to as low as $28,750 three days ago, on January 21.

The Crypto Fear and Greed Index has been providing a reading of’ Extreme Greed’ for months now. Often considerable Bitcoin price pullbacks haven’t dampened the enthusiasm. For the whole month of December, as well as the outset of January, just about all readings had been above 90/100. Nevertheless, after the significant correction earlier this month, scores haven’t exceeded ninety.

Back in March of 2020, the index spent several weeks hovering around the extreme fear level of 10. This recent pullback to 40 is considered a healthy sign by market technicians who warn against overly bullish buying activity which can lead to a market becoming “overbought”.

Now that the excessive bullish sentiment has been cleared from the market, conditions are more favorable for Bitcoin to resume it’s climb.

How The Crypto Fear and Greed Index Works

Volatility is used by the indicator, social media engagement, market dominance, as well as Google Trends to assess investor sentiment towards the cryptocurrency.

Like the fear and greed indexes in the classic markets, the Crypto Fear and Greed index is actually a tool which measures 2 of the main emotions that affect just how much investors are actually ready to purchase cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin.

The extreme fear level could be an indication that investors are very worried, which may suggest an excellent buying opportunity. In comparison, when investors are actually getting overly greedy, it might be an indication that the industry is actually ready for a correction.

The Crypto Fear and Greed Index is able to separate the bullish and bearish conditions of the market by measuring the levels of perceived demand and supply of the various buyers and sellers. When the sentiment of greed is prevalent, the index measures how high the prices are when compared to other times. When the sentiment of fear is prevalent, then the prices are lower than other times.

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VBit Technologies Evolves From Solely Mining To Broader Crypto Services

VBit Technologies, one of only a few US-based hosting hardware mining companies, unveiled its new branding that will be more in line with their ongoing business diversification set to roll out in 2021.

After three years of serving as the ultimate symbol of VBit Technologies’ mission, their first logo is being retired. A new group of VBit logos is being introduced- one variation for each of their services within the crypto industry.

“VBit is a brand that moves with the times, and we have evolved dramatically over the few years from a company that was known primarily for selling mining equipment to a name that is connected with broader services within the crypto value chain,” Danh Vo, CEO and founder, said.

They further stated that their mission is to accelerate the financial technology revolution by advocating the incredible potential of blockchain technology to a bigger audience and developing cutting-edge products and services, and they wanted their logos to reflect exactly that. VBit Technologies will remain the leading brand – gathering all VBit specific service brands under its umbrella. 

Mr. Vo shared more details: “Crypto as an industry has now come of age, and is now firmly in the mainstream -it is here to stay and so is VBit Technologies. Our infinity-inspired logo is implicating our stability and futuristic aspirations.”

VBit Mining brand will represent the company’s mining hardware distribution branch – a trusted retailer of the Antminer ASIC miners, the most popular Bitcoin mining hardware globally. VBit Data Centerslogo will be hanging in the rafters of their US and Canada data center facilities, which are servicing thousands of people worldwide, and are on their way to becoming one of the largest bitcoin mining operations in the world.

They hinted that other brands would be presented later this year, as the company plans to develop additional service branches as their “…Ultimate goal is enabling acceptance of crypto-based tools and operations in the everyday lives of people across the globe, and the new logo design marks the start of the new era for VBit.”

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Vocal Platform Creates “Mystery of Bitcoin” Challenge

Creatd, Inc. (Nasdaq CM: CRTD), the parent company of Vocal, a technology platform for creators, continues to celebrate the one-year anniversary of its Challenges feature by launching two new creator contests for cash prizes. In addition to brand-sponsored Challenges, Challenges that are hosted internally by Vocal’s Curation team are an important way for the Company to give back to both its freemium and premium creator communities consistently throughout the year.

Commented Creatd CEO Jeremy Frommer, “Vocal is a creator-first platform and, while brand participation is a key component of a Challenge’s success, it is important that we additionally maintain a regular stream of Vocal-sponsored Challenges to advance the voice of creativity.”

“Part of how we do that is by offering an array of Challenges along multiple subscription tiers,” Frommer continued. “Vocal+ Challenges represent a significantly higher reward for participation while other Challenges offer less cash incentive but are still a great introductory opportunity for our freemium tier members. I am proud to announce that, as of today, we have a record number of six active Challenges currently open for participation.”

About “The Mystery of Bitcoin” Challenge:

“The Mystery of Bitcoin” Challenge is centered around the mysterious origins of cryptocurrency, and asks creators to submit a fictional origin story laying out “the who, the how, and the why” of Bitcoin‘s beginnings and the true identity of its mysterious inventor. Submissions to this Challenge will be accepted through February 16, 2021. To learn more, visit https://vocal.media/challenges/the-mystery-of-bitcoin.

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Clas Action Lawsuit Filed Against Bit Digital (BTBT)

Hagens Berman urges investors in Bit Digital, Inc. (NASDAQ: BTBTwith significant losses to submit their losses now.  A securities fraud class action has been filed and certain investors may have valuable claims.

Bit Digital, Inc. (BTBT) Securities Fraud Class Action:

The complaint centers on whether Defendants misled crytpocurrency investors about Bit Digital’s business operations and prospects by concealing that the company exaggerated its bitcoin mining operation.

Investors began to learn the truth, according to the complaint, on Jan. 11, 2021, when market analyst J Capital Research issued a scathing report about the company, concluding that Bit Digital operates “a fake crypto currency business” “designed to steal funds from investors.”

According to J Capital, “[t]he company reported at end Q3 2020 that it was operating 22,869 bitcoin miners in China,” but that “is simply not possible” and “[w]e verified with local governments supposedly hosting the BTBT mining operation that there are no bitcoin miners there.”

In response, the price of Bit Digital shares crashed lower.

“We’re focused on investor losses and proving Bit Digital faked its business by falsely portraying itself as a player in bitcoin mining,” said Reed Kathrein, the Hagens Berman partner leading the investigation.

Class Period: Dec. 21, 2020 – Jan. 8, 2021
Lead Plaintiff Deadline: Mar. 22, 2021
Visit: www.hbsslaw.com/investor-fraud/BTBT 
Contact An Attorney Now: BTBT@hbsslaw.com 
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Huobi Global Reports Trading Volume Of $2.3 Trillion In 2020

Huobi futures has noted that in 2020 there has been an impressive $2.3 trillion traded with an average of 6.3 billion per day. Within two years since its launch, Huobi Futures is now the largest cryptocurrency derivatives exchange by trading volume.

The futures market on Huobi has proven to be a popular and robust trading platform at a time where this style of trading and investing in cryptocurrencies has become increasingly popular. Marching alongside a steadily increasing price in Bitcoin, and other altcoins, Huobi Futures has kept pace with the needs of the market.

According to the statistics of TokenInsight, BTC rose by 90% from September to October last year. The open interest of BTC/USD swaps has risen from $1.2 billion to $2.4 billion in the same period with a growth rate of 100%. 

Making the process better

Huobi Futures has looked to keep in touch with the wants and needs of traders in order to offer a service that is robust, flexible, and easy to use. This has seen a number of different products and trading innovations launched.

From Coin-margined swaps to USDT-quoted options and coin-margined bi-quarterly futures, Huobi Futures offered improved services that lead to a new all-time high in 24-hour volume of over $28 billion on Nov. 26th.

Coin-margined Futures was the first product of Huobi Futures. Launched in December 2018, its trading volume has sustainably ranked first in the derivative market in only eight months. At present, Huobi’s coin-margined futures trading has included 13 major crypto assets with a unilateral trading volume of $1.32 trillion in 2020.

Following the introduction of their first flagship product coin-margined futures, coin-margined swaps launched on Mar. 27, 2020 and exceeded BitMEX, the largest coin-margined swaps exchange at that time, in 45 days. Its annual trading volume reached $785.5 billion in 2020 and it has covered 57 mainstream currencies, including a wealth of DeFi currencies for users to choose from.

In September last year, Huobi launched USDT-quoted options whereby users could trade without worrying about the risk of liquidation. 

The fourth product USDT-margined swaps. Launched in Oct. 26, 2020 its trading volume has grown rapidly with its cumulative trading amount exceeding $177.8 billion in just two months. 

What Has Huobi Futures Done In 2020?

Robust risk-control system and zero clawback

Huobi Futures is the first digital asset derivatives exchange in the industry that supports a three-phase liquidation protection mechanism and no transaction fees will be charged in partial liquidation. Moreover, the platform uses Exponential Moving Average (EMA) as a second reference for forced liquidation.

Due to its strong risk control system, the platform holds a record of zero clawback for 752 days since its launch in December of 2018. In version V6.3.0., the system has a throughput of 10W+, the response speed of placing and canceling orders is within 6ms, and the link delay is within 25ms.

Innovative functions

Huobi Futures supports multiple order types including Limit Order, Trigger Order, IOC and FOK. To improve the asset utilization and to reduce trading cost, Huobi introduced lots of innovative features like locked margin mechanism, take-profit and stop-loss, real-time settlement, Follow a Maker & Taker, etc. 

Huobi Futures also designed the “Switchable Leverage When Holding Positions” function for its coin-margined positions. With no need to close positions first, users can switch leverage with positions holding as long as there is no open order. All these exciting functions empower both institutional and retail traders to fetch out maximum benefits in derivatives trading. 

VIP level evaluations based on USD amount

Due to the fact that most crypto exchanges require at least hundreds of BTC to be traded per month to reach their VIP standard, many traders have been rejected by these platforms to get a VIP when the annual increase in Bitcoin price has risen by 400%. 

On Huobi Futures, as long as you have assets worth of 30,000 USDT in Huobi Futures account, you will be qualified for VIP. In addition to that, Huobi introduced an upgraded VIP Sharing Program, that is, VIPs of any other exchanges are considered as Huobi Futures VIP+1. Users could provide certificates of VIP level on other platforms to apply for a VIP+1 level on Huobi Futures for coin-margined swaps and coin-margined futures trading.

Conclusion

As we head into 2021, it appears there has been a further shift towards the digitalization of most things, including money. 

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Bitcoin Association Offers Free University-Style Bitcoin Courses

Bitcoin Association, the Switzerland-based global industry organization that works to advance business with the Bitcoin SV blockchain, today announces the official launch of Bitcoin SV Academy – a dedicated online education platform for Bitcoin, offering academia-quality, university-style courses and learning materials.

Developed by Bitcoin Association, Bitcoin SV Academy has been created to make learning about Bitcoin – the way creator Satoshi Nakamoto designed it – accessible, accurate and understandable. Courses are available in their entirety online and offered in three distinct streams:

Bitcoin Theory – covers the design of Bitcoin as a system as prescribed by Satoshi Nakamoto.

­­Bitcoin Development – provides vanguard information for application developers building with Bitcoin, including tools and techniques for leveraging the unique features of the network.

Bitcoin Infrastructure – looks at the underlying architecture of both the Bitcoin network and ledger, including how the network is constructed and scales.

Within each stream, courses are offered at introductory, intermediate and advanced levels, following a progressive structure designed to build on the concepts and knowledge introduced in the preceding course. At the conclusion of each course, participants will undertake an online assessment to test their understanding of the material, with certification available to those who pass.

The first course to launch, the introductory module of the Bitcoin Theory stream, is now available for enrollment at www.bitcoinsv.academy. Introductory level courses will be offered free of charge for the foreseeable future, part of Bitcoin Association’s commitment to making Bitcoin education available to as wide of an audience as possible.

Speaking on today’s announcement, Bitcoin Association Founding President Jimmy Nguyen, commented:

‘Education is a cornerstone of the work we do at Bitcoin Association, as we help businesses and individuals alike understand the Bitcoin system envisioned by Satoshi Nakamoto, and how Bitcoin SV is the only project implementing that Satoshi Vision. Bitcoin SV Academy will be a key component of that work moving forward, providing a platform to deliver a robust curriculum tailored to all levels of ability and knowledge, as we educate the world about just what’s possible with the power of the original Bitcoin protocol.’

Also commenting, Steve Shadders, Technical Director of the Bitcoin SV Infrastructure Team, said:

“The most important piece of infrastructure that Bitcoin can have is access and availability of education – not only does it broaden the pool of talent available to work and build with Bitcoin, but it also helps to spread awareness of what Bitcoin as an entire technology system can do and is truly capable of. The launch of Bitcoin SV Academy is a huge step forward in making meaningful change in this area – and having taken the first course myself, I can confirm that there really is something for everybody to learn in there.”

About Bitcoin Association

Bitcoin Association is the Switzerland-based global industry organization that works to advance business on the Bitcoin SV blockchain. It brings together essential components of the Bitcoin SV ecosystem – enterprises, start-up ventures, developers, merchants, exchanges, service providers, blockchain transaction processors (miners), and others – working alongside them, as well as in a representative capacity, to drive further use of the Bitcoin SV blockchain and uptake of the BSV digital currency.

The Association works to build a regulation-friendly ecosystem that fosters lawful conduct while facilitating innovation using all aspects of Bitcoin technology. More than a cryptocurrency and blockchain, Bitcoin is also a network protocol; just like Internet protocol, it is the foundational rule set for an entire data network.  The Association supports use of the original Bitcoin protocol to operate the world’s single blockchain on Bitcoin SV.

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With $5.3 Billion In Assets, Celsius Grows 10 Times In 2020

Celsius, the industry-leading cryptocurrency rewards-earning platform, announced today that it holds over $5.3 billion worth of cryptocurrency assets. In November 2020, Chainalysis was able to validate over $3.3b in total assets held by Celsius, making it the second-largest digital asset manager in the world.

Celsius continues to be one of the fastest-growing crypto platforms. Since the Chainalysis confirmation this past November, Celsius has gained over 125,000 new users totaling over 340,000 active users worldwide.

As Celsius gears up for another year of growth, other notable milestones for the company at this time include:

  • Over 340,000 active users worldwide
  • Over $200 million in crypto rewards distributed to the Celsius community
  • Over 52% of Celsius members choosing to earn weekly rewards in CEL token
  • Over 55,000 BTC held under management
  • 45 different tokens and coins supported and earning yield

“The crypto industry as a whole grew substantially in 2020. Celsius is proud to contribute to this growth and to provide many people with yield income on 45 assets they can not find anywhere else,” said Alex Mashinsky, CEO of Celsius. “As we see record numbers of institutions and retail users entering the space, they are looking for a store of value and yield to protect their assets from the debasement of the US Dollar. The record number of new dollars being printed by the FED is making the savviest investors in the world allocate assets to Bitcoin. Our results represent the growing need of savers to diversification and the lack of trust and transparency between financial institutions and the community. We have seen time and time again that customers choose Celsius for yield and loans because they trust us, and our goal is to always act in their best interests and consistently deliver industry-leading transparency.”

Through the Celsius platform, customers can earn weekly compounding rewards at rates up to 15% APY and borrow dollars against their digital assets at rates as low as 1% APR. Celsius created the yield-earning use case for crypto, and attributes its exponential growth to its community-driven mission and consistently distributing up to 80% of its revenues back to its community.

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Celsius helps hundreds of thousands of consumers worldwide to find the path towards financial independence through a high compounding reward income wallet and instant low-cost loans accessible via a web and mobile app. Built on the belief that financial services should only do what is in the best interests of the customers and community, Celsius is a Blockchain-based fee-free platform where membership provides access to curated financial services that are not available through traditional financial institutions. 

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Roger Ver Donates $2 Million To The Foundation For Economic Education

The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE.org) announced today that Bitcoin.com founder and early cryptocurrency investor Roger Ver has made two gifts totaling $2,000,000 in Bitcoin Cash (BCH) to support FEE’s work in advancing individual liberty and educating students around the world on the moral and economic foundations of a free society.

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The first $1 million gift supports FEE’s marquee events in 2021-FEE’s 75th anniversary year-as well as additional student programs, including online educational content and books. The second $1M gift takes the form of an endowment, which will be a perpetual source of support for FEE’s educational activities.

Ver, who previously donated $1,000,000 in Bitcoin to FEE in 2013, said he owes an intellectual debt to FEE and is making this new donation at a time during which he believes FEE’s work is needed more than ever.

“I was a subscriber to FEE’s long-running magazine ‘The Freeman’ when I was in high school and I owe a lot of my success in Bitcoin to what I learned reading about the moral urgency of having a monetary system that exists separate from state force,”

said Roger Ver. He continued:

“I was looking around the world today and I saw global lockdowns, inflation, attacks on individual liberty, and I thought: ‘Who are the most important voices of freedom today?’ FEE is at the top of my list. I want to help FEE have the same impact on the lives of millions of young people that they did on mine.”

FEE – Anything Peaceful

Founded in 1946, FEE is the oldest libertarian think tank in the U.S. Fee is celebrating its milestone 75th anniversary with events throughout 2021, including FEEcon (in Atlanta from June 17-19) and the FEE 75th Anniversary Gala on June 19th. Each year, FEE reaches an audience of hundreds of millions online and nearly 20,000 students through classroom programs in colleges and high schools in both the United States and Latin America.

“Roger supercharged our online growth in 2013 when he gave an unprecedented $1M in Bitcoin to FEE,”

said FEE’s Executive Vice President Richard N. Lorenc, who went on to say:

“At the time, this was the largest-ever donation of cryptocurrency and helped us significantly along a path of growing educational impact ever since. With these new major gifts of Bitcoin Cash, Roger continues his transformational giving just as we begin to celebrate FEE’s 75th year and unveil our campaign to expose ever greater numbers of students to the ideas of liberty, both in their classrooms and online.”

Asked why he chose to make his gift in Bitcoin Cash, Ver remarked:

“Bitcoin Cash of all cryptocurrencies has the best chance at creating more economic freedom around the world. Unlike the legacy Bitcoin chain, Bitcoin Cash can be sent instantly around the world to anyone for a fraction of a penny without arbitrary government limitations. It has the kind of potential that got me so excited about first investing in Bitcoin and Bitcoin companies back in 2011, and that potential lines up perfectly with the work FEE is doing to realize a freer, more peaceful world.”

With the new gifts from Ver, FEE plans to quickly grow their capacity to continue producing powerful videos, writing compelling articles, and developing classroom materials all focused on advancing individual liberty, free enterprise, and limited government in the realms of economics, art, careers, culture, and more. 

“Roger’s pioneering work in the cryptocurrency space shows how ideas can and do change the world,” 

said FEE’s President Zilvinas Silenas

“Likewise, Roger’s continued investment in FEE emphasizes FEE’s vital role in the field of economic education. FEE is the premier player in introducing the ideas of liberty and individual empowerment to young audiences, and we are honored that Roger recognizes our groundbreaking work online and in the classrooms. With the support of farsighted philanthropists such as Roger Ver, FEE will succeed in making human liberty the most credible economic and political philosophy among the rising generation.”

To learn more about FEE’s online and classroom programs and online media, visit FEE.org. To learn how you can attend FEEcon 2021, visit FEEcon.org. To join FEE in their mission to advance the foundational ideas and principles of a free society -individual liberty, free enterprise, limited government, entrepreneurial value creation, and high moral character – for the rising generation, visit: FEE.org/donate.

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Terra (LUNA) Token Launched On Voyager Digital

Voyager Digital Ltd., a publicly-traded, licensed crypto-asset broker that provides investors with a turnkey solution to trade crypto assets, today announced the listing of the Terra (LUNA) Token on the Voyager platform, expanding Voyager’s industry-leading offering to 57 digital assets.

“By adding the LUNA Token to the Voyager platform, our U.S. customers will now have one of the first direct fiat-to-crypto on-ramps available on mobile devices,” said Steve Ehrlich, Co-founder and CEO of Voyager. “Our commission-free agency broker platform is quickly becoming the most trusted and transparent vehicle for investors to buy, trade and hold digital assets. We will continue to enhance our customer-centric platform with additional offerings including debit and credit cards, margin and the listing of other digital assets.”

Terra LUNA is a next-generation smart contract platform and programmable money for the internet. Terra’s platform supports stablecoins that offer instant settlements, low fees and seamless cross-border exchange, and are loved by millions of users and merchants.

“Both Terra and Voyager are making crypto and blockchain more accessible for mainstream adoption,” added Terra Co-Founder and CEO, Do Kwon. “Terra’s focus on merchant and payment adoption will be pushing the future forward on blockchain-powered digital payments. We’re excited to be partnered with Voyager, availing the power of LUNA to the masses.”

About Terra
Terra‘s stablecoin ecosystem aims to make money easier to spend and more attractive to hold for users. Terra is the first (and today the largest by market cap) algorithmic stablecoin protocol in existence, supported by the Terra blockchain’s native asset, LUNA. Terra creates stablecoins pegged to the world’s major fiat currencies (USD, EUR, CNY, JPY, GBP, KRW, and the IMF SDR) that deploy decentralized monetary supply controls to retain value, generate stable interest, and keep transaction costs low. Terra now has the third highest number of transactions of all blockchains (after BTC and Ethereum) and is generating 13M USD in fees annually. TerraKRW today powers Chai, one of the largest e-commerce wallets in Korea, which hosts over 2 million users and generates $1.2 billion in annualized transaction volume. Investors in Terraform Labs (TFL), the group behind Terra, include Arrington XRP Capital, PolyChain Capital, Binance Labs, Huobi Capital, FBG Capital, and TransLink Capital.

About Voyager Digital Ltd.
Voyager Digital Ltd. is a crypto-asset broker that provides retail and institutional investors with a turnkey solution to trade crypto assets. Voyager offers customers best execution and safe custody on a wide choice of popular crypto-assets. Voyager was founded by established Wall Street and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who teamed to bring a better, more transparent, and cost-efficient alternative for trading crypto-assets to the marketplace.

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It’s Not Just Institutional Thirst, Retail Demand For Crypto Reaches ‘Unprecedented’ Levels

There’s just not enough Bitcoin to meet demand.

That’s not just some hopium-based fantasy by the leader of a fringe crypto cult.

No, it’s simple fact from tallying just a couple places where Bitcoin can be bought.

We’ve reported that institutional money is moving into cryptocurrency assets, and that institutional demand is higher than it has ever been.

Retail demand is also currently at “unprecedented levels.”

Unprecedented levels

Israeli trading and investing platform Etoro warned customers in Europe on Friday of possible limitations on crypto purchasing over the weekend. In an email, the exchange said: “The unprecedented demand for crypto, coupled with limited liquidity, presents challenges to our ability to support buy orders over the weekend. In light of this, it may be necessary for us to place limitations on crypto buy orders.”

eToro’s statement acknowledging unprecedented demand is just one of many that point to the fact that there isn’t enough Bitcoin available at today’s prices to meet demand.

Pantera Capital’s recent monthly letter to investors states that:

In last month’s investor letter we discussed that after 30 months of operation, Square’s Cash App is estimated to be buying around 40% of all newly-issued bitcoin.

PayPal just launched their new service that enables customers to buy, sell, and hold cryptocurrency directly from their PayPal accounts. It’s already having a huge impact.

The bitcoin community is proud to have grown to 100 million users over twelve years. PayPal has 300 million active users. As we’ve argued — and will argue more fully in our December investor letter — this rally is much more sustainable than 2017. One of the main differences is the ease of investing in bitcoin now — via PayPal, Cash App, Robinhood, etc.

Previously the friction to buy bitcoin was pretty onerous: take a selfie with your passport, wait days to a week to get activated, daily limits.

Three hundred million people just got instant access to Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies.

BOOM! The results are already apparent.

PayPal’s crypto infrastructure provider is Paxos. Prior to PayPal’s integration of crypto, itBit, the Paxos-run exchange, was doing a fairly constant amount of trading volume — the white line in the chart below.

When PayPal went live, volume started exploding. The increase in itBit volume implies that within four weeks of going live, PayPal is already buying almost 70% of the new supply of bitcoins.

PayPal and Cash App are already buying more than 100% of all newly-issued bitcoins.

Only 900 New Bitcoins Created Each Day

Bitcoin supply is growing daily. Literally, it’s growing by 6.25 newly created Bitcoins with each new block mined. By design, one Bitcoin block is mined every 10 minutes, resulting in an average of 144 new blocks every day. 144 x 6.25 equals 900 new Bitcoins created each day.

Genuine Bitcoin Investor Demand

As we reported above, just Paypal and Cash App are responsible for buying more than 900 Bitcoin per day.

Let’s look at another rather obscure place to buy Bitcoin: LocalBitcoins.com. This is a site outside of the massive mainstream crypto exchanges. It is sort of a peer-to-peer classified ad site that matches buyers with sellers on an individual level.

Compared to the big exchanges, such as Coinbase, this site is tiny. For instance, Binance alone had a Bitcoin trading volume in the past 24 hours of $2.77 billion at press time.

Contrast that to the average daily trading of Bitcoin at localbitcoins.com which is a mere $6 million. The difference in size is staggering. The point being, trading volume at localbitcoins.com is a tiny, extremely tiny, amount of Bitcoin being bought each day.

Now, be aware that most of the trading volume on Binance and other big exchanges is just that: trading, not investing. A trader can buy and sell multiple times per day with each of those trades adding into the cumulative total trading volume.

On localbitcoins.com it is definitely not “traders” doing the trading, it is mom and pop type of people buying Bitcoin to hold as an investment.

So let’s look at the numbers. $6 million worth of Bitcoin are being bought right now every day on localbitcoins.com.

How many Bitcoin is that?

$6,000,000/$37,000 each equals 162 Bitcoin.

Remember, there’s only 900 being created. And this tiniest little peer-to-peer exchange is responsible for its users buying up almost 1/5 of all newly created Bitcoin each and every day. This is purely Bitcoin volume, and does not include other cryptos such as XRP and Litecoin.

Paypal and Cash App are already buying more Bitcoin than are being created each day. This tiny little site is facilitating the buying of nearly 20% of all new Bitcoin being create. What about the customers of Binance? What about demand from the customers of Coinbase, Gemini, Kraken, Bittrex, Bitstamp, Huobi, Bitfinex, and hundreds of other exchanges are are many times lager than localbitcoins? Where will all the Bitcoin come from for those buyers to be able to purchase?

Only Existing Holders Can Supply Bitcoin To Match Soaring Demand

One thing is certain, there is no way to increase the supply of new Bitcoin being created each day and available on the market. With demand absolutely overwhelming new supply, that only leaves existing holders willing to sell in order to satiate buyer demand.

Which means only one thing: prices will continue to be bid higher.

There’s good reason for the crypto fear and greed index to be pegged on greed.

How high is high? Here’s our Bitcoin forecast for this year and beyond.

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Will Tether Quake The Crypto Market This Week?

A Big Nothing Burger Or The Pin That Pops The Bubble?

If the events in the crypto market of December 2020 teach us anything, it’s that the actions of the financial regulators can cause quakes that have a tremendous impact on crypto prices.

Think back to late November and early December. There was an abundance of enthusiasm towards XRP with the (back then) forthcoming airdrop of Spark tokens. In late November, the price of XRP stood at 26 cents.

Airdrop Of Spark Tokens

With the interest in holding XRP tokens so as to benefit from the Spark airdrop, crypto investors were rushing into XRP, and drove its price above 70 cents.

The upward momentum in price was invigorating.

Even after the airdrop, the price of XRP was hovering around 60 cents as late as December 20.

Enter The SEC

Then the news hit.

The SEC had filed a lawsuit against Ripple. The price immediately crashed to 20 cents, wiping out more than 2/3rds of XRP’s value in a matter of days.

The moral of the story: actions taken by financial regulators can have an overwhelming effect on price.

Fast-forward to today. An important deadline has arrived in the case of Attorney General of the State of New York v. iFinex Inc. (the parent company of both Bitfinex and Tether).

Tether vs. New York State

Some history of this case:

Back in April 2019, the New York Attorney General (NYAG) accused stablecoin operator Tether of covering Bifinex’s $850 million losses by sourcing its USDT to cover the shortfall. Nevertheless, Tether replied calling this accusation in “bad faith” and “riddled with false assertions”. Note NYAG has filed charges against iFinex, the parent company of Bitfinex and Tether.

During the preliminary injunction in May 2019, Judge Joel Cohen extended the deadline to ninety more days. By August 2019, NYAG presented another proof and evidence in the case highlighting how Bitfinex and Tether were allegedly involved in covering up the $850 million losses. Later, the NYAG also called out iFinex’s motion “an improper attempt to impede a lawful investigation”.

The case took an interesting turn last year in September 2020 when Judge Cohen ruled that both Tether and Bitfinex should produce documents disclosing their financial relationship. In addition, he also passed an injunction barring Tether to issue loans to Bitfinex by ninety more days.

Deadline Extended

Last month, on December 9th, 2020, Attorney General Letitia James filed a document requesting Judge Cohen to extend the timeline to January 15. The Attorney General said that “the parties continue to cooperate on the production of documents in response to the 354 Order, and anticipate that the production might be finalized in the coming weeks.”

Two days ago, Friday, January 15, was the d-day for iFinex to produce necessary info and the documents so that NYAG is able to continue the investigation further. iFinex had to produce documents detailing the issuance and redemptions of Tether’s USDT stablecoins, and also disclose the trading activity on Bitfinex concerning Bitcoin and USDT.

We’re currently at the crossroads of the most crucial cases in the crypto space. Tether’s market cap has grown to $25 billion, and the token currently sits at #3 on coinmarketcap’s list of the largest cryptocurrencies in existence.

Will Tether Drag The Entire Crypto Market Lower?

Some market analysts believe that the issuance of Tether is being used to prop up the price of Bitcoin, and by extension the entire crypto market. Others, such as Ganesh Viswanath-Natraj, Assistant Professor of Finance at Warwick Business School, stated on a recent podcast, “Based on our evidence there, there’s no effect of tether issuance on crypto asset prices.”

While there were no new statements from the NY Supreme Court on deadline day, a statement is likely to be forthcoming this week.

If and when the statement unfolds, the BIG question for the entire crypto market is “Will it be a nothing-burger, or will it be the pin that pops the crypto bubble?”

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Institutional Money Continues Surging Into Cryptos

It was less than 2 weeks ago that we reported Voyager Digital’s assets under management had risen from $5 million a year earlier to $200 million. In a further sign of a continued flood of money into crypto assets, Voyager Digital has announced that assets under management (AUM) has crossed $500 million in the past 24 hours.

Voyager Digital Ltd. is a publicly-traded, licensed crypto-asset broker that provides investors with a turnkey solution to trade crypto assets.

During the past year, while Voyager’s AUM grew from $5 million to $200 million, crypto investment firm Grayscale saw assets under management surge tenfold as wider adoption of bitcoin drove billions of new dollars into its trusts.

The firm’s assets lept to $20.2 billion from $2 billion last year, according to a quarterly report published this week. Grayscale’s Bitcoin Trust garnered the bulk of the inflows, surging to $17.5 billion from $1.8 billion in AUM as the popular cryptocurrency’s price soared higher. On average, the Grayscale’s bitcoin trust averaged in inflow of $90 million per week.

Institutional investors’ newfound interest in cryptocurrencies was also a boon for the entire cryptocurrency industry. Many market experts see no end in sight for continued instiutional money flowing into the sector.

The rally accelerated in the fall following MicroStrategy and Square revealing that they purchased bitcoin and opened the door for various other public firms to do exactly the same. PayPal’s announcement that it will permit users to purchase as well as sell cryptocurrencies further lifted prices in late October.

“The significant growth in our assets in such a short time frame shows the power of the Voyager model,” said Steve Ehrlich, Co-founder and CEO of Voyager. “Voyager’s AUM continues to grow exponentially, as well as the growth of daily net deposits and new accounts on the platform.”

About Voyager Digital Ltd.

Voyager Digital Ltd. is a crypto-asset broker that provides retail and institutional investors with a turnkey solution to trade crypto assets. Voyager offers customers best execution and safe custody on a wide choice of popular crypto-assets. Voyager was founded by established Wall Street and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who teamed to bring a better, more transparent and cost-efficient alternative for trading crypto-assets to the marketplace.

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Gemini Unveils Plans For Credit Card With Crypto Rewards

Gemini, a crypto exchange and custodian, today announced that it will launch the Gemini Credit Card, a credit card with cryptocurrency rewards. This effort has been accelerated by the acquisition of Blockrize, a fintech startup that has been building a credit card with cryptocurrency rewards. In preparation for launch later this year, Gemini has opened the Gemini Credit Card waitlist — providing Gemini customers, and those already on the Blockrize waitlist, with early access.

By combining Gemini’s simple, reliable, and safe platform with Blockrize’s rewards program, card holders will be able to seamlessly earn up to 3 percent back in bitcoin, or other cryptos, on every purchase they make with the Gemini Credit Card.

“The Gemini Credit Card will make it easier for any consumer to invest in bitcoin and other cryptos without changing their existing behavior, ” said Tyler Winklevoss, CEO of Gemini. “Rather than deciding how and when to buy crypto, customers can do so when making their everyday purchases. We’re excited to welcome the Blockrize team to Gemini and work together to continue to mainstream crypto.”

Those who join the waitlist, and the more than 10,000 people already on the Blockrize waitlist, will get early access. The Gemini Credit Card will work like a traditional credit card. It will be available to U.S. residents in every state and will be widely accepted wherever major cards are accepted. Rewards will be automatically deposited into a cardholder’s Gemini account.

For Gemini users or others interested in signing up to the waitlist, please visit: https://gemini.com/credit-card/waitlist. To sign up for a Gemini account visit: https://exchange.gemini.com/register.

This is Gemini’s second acquisition, following its acquisition of Nifty Gateway in November of 2019. Gemini continues to look for companies that align with its values and mission to empower the individual through crypto.

About Gemini

Gemini Trust Company, LLC (Gemini) is a cryptocurrency exchange and custodian that allows customers to buy, sell, and store more than 30 cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, bitcoin cash, ether, litecoin, and Zcash. Gemini is a New York trust company that is subject to the capital reserve requirements, cybersecurity requirements, and banking compliance standards set forth by the New York State Department of Financial Services and the New York Banking Law. Gemini was founded in 2014 by twin brothers Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss to empower the individual through crypto.

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50% More Financial Advisors Allocating Crypto Investments Over Last Year

Bitwise Asset Management, a leading provider of crypto index funds, and ETF Trends, a leading source of exchange-traded fund news, tips, webcasts, and investing ideas, today released the findings of the Bitwise/ETF Trends 2021 Benchmark Survey Of Financial Advisor Attitudes Toward Cryptoassets.

Nearly 1,000 financial advisors answered a series of questions on cryptoassets and their use in client portfolios. Survey respondents included independent registered investment advisors, broker-dealer representatives, financial planners, and wirehouse representatives from across the U.S.

Among the key findings:

  • A Nearly 50% Increase In The Number Of Advisors Allocating To Crypto Compared With Last Year: The percentage of advisors allocating to crypto in client portfolios rose from 6.3% to 9.4% in 2020.
     
  • 17% Of Advisors Are Considering Making Their First Allocation To Crypto In 2021: Among advisors who are not currently allocating to crypto, 17% are either “definitely” (2%) or “probably” (15%) allocating in 2021. If all do so, it would more than double the number of advisors allocating to crypto, bringing adoption to over 1 in every 5 advisors.
  • The No. 1 Motivation For Advisors Is Crypto’s Uncorrelated Returns, And Inflation Hedging Is Of Rising Interest: 54% of advisors selected “uncorrelated returns” as a motivation for including crypto in portfolios. This finding was in line with last year’s survey results. “Inflation hedging” saw the largest uptick in interest, with 25% of advisors highlighting it as an attractive feature of crypto, up from just 9% last year.
     
  • Most Advisors Are Getting Questions About Crypto From Clients: 81% of all financial advisors reported receiving questions from clients on crypto in 2020, up from 76% in 2019.
     
  • Advisors Are Increasingly Optimistic About Bitcoin’s Price: 15% expect the price of bitcoin to exceed $100,000 within five years, up from just 4% in 2019. Meanwhile, the percentage expecting bitcoin’s price to fall to zero decreased sharply, from 8% in last year’s survey to 4% this year. This continues the trend of the last few years: In our 2019 survey, 14% of surveyed advisors thought the price would fall to zero.

“The survey shows it’s still early days for crypto, with less than 10% of advisors allocating today,” said Matt Hougan, chief investment officer for Bitwise. “At the same time, adoption and interest are growing: The survey suggests the number of advisors allocating could double or more in the year ahead.”

“Financial advisors are increasingly looking for exposure to alternative assets, and interest in crypto is rising,” said Tom Lydon, founder and CEO of ETF Trends. “We’ve also seen a steady progression of interest in crypto from clients of financial advisors in the three years we’ve run this survey together. I see no reason for that to change in the year to come.”

Complete findings of the survey are available in the report here.

The survey for the report was conducted in December 2020.

About Bitwise Asset Management

Bitwise Asset Management is a leading provider of index and beta crypto funds. Based in San Francisco, Bitwise’s team combines expertise in technology with decades of experience in traditional asset management and indexing—coming from firms including Facebook, Google, Wealthfront, BlackRock, Fidelity, Deutsche Bank, IndexIQ, and ETF.com. Bitwise is backed by leading institutional investors and asset management executives, and is a frequent commentator on crypto in the press. It has been profiled in Institutional Investor, CNBC, Barron’s, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and many other leading publications. The firm is a trusted partner to financial advisors, RIAs, multifamily offices, hedge funds, and other professional investors as they navigate the crypto space.

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Bitcoin ATM Market Forecasted To Grow By 52.7% Per Year

Researchandmarkets.com has released a new report, “Crypto ATM – Global Market Outlook (2019-2027)” 

Global Crypto ATM Market accounted for $18.35 million in 2019 and is expected to reach $542.52 million by 2027, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 52.7% during the forecast period.

Some of the key factors propelling the growth of the market are fluctuations in monetary regulations, increasing fund transfers in developing economies, and rise in the number of installations of crypto ATMs. However, stringent government regulations that prohibit the usage of cryptocurrency in various countries are the restraining factor for the growth of the market.

Cryptocurrency is the digital or virtual money in the form of tokens or coins. An Internet-connected kiosk allows customers to purchase bitcoins with deposited cash. A crypto ATM is not the same as an ATM backed by a traditional financial institution or bank. Cryptocurrencies are designed to decentralized and provide peer-to-peer transactions.

By type, the two-way segment is expected to grow at a significant market share during the forecast period owing to its provision of both, buying and selling functions with additional security and user-friendliness. Based on geography, North America is anticipated to hold considerable market share during the forecast period which is attributed to the lesser legal barriers and the presence of software & hardware providers and integrators.

Some of the key players in Crypto ATM Market include General bytes S.R.O., Covault, Mainstreet Automaten GmbH (Orderbob), bitaccess Inc.Genesis Coin, Coinme, RusBit Ltd., bitxatm, Coinsource, and Lamassu.

What Are the Advantages of Using a Bitcoin ATM Machine?

A Bitcoin ATM is basically a kiosk that enables a user to buy or sell currency by using either a debit card or credit card. These ATM’s are capable of all major brands of debit and credit cards. Some companies like MoneyGram and FXCM have launched their own ATMs which accept both debit and credit cards. These ATMs provide all the functionalities of any traditional ATM machine like a teller, a key pad or an LCD screen but with the added capabilities of accepting major currencies.

There are also some companies that have launched their own version of a bitcoin ATM called a bitcoin ATM station. This is basically an upgrade of the existing ATM which enables users to make transactions in a more convenient manner and usually operates with the support of the manufacturer.

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The Rapid Growth Of Decentralized Finance

Decentralized Finance is a concept that has emerged in the last two years. The idea behind decentralized finance is to make use of distributed ledger technology (DLT), and its off-chain components such as Internet-based ledgers to function as an online payment system. With such a system, the collection of participants is enabled to transact without being restricted by the speed of the network connection or the storage space of electronic data. In fact, such a system can be configured to operate efficiently even with minimal technological setups. Also, it enables users to control their own funds by allowing them to control their privacy, security, as well as the transfer of funds.

An emerging wave of DeFi protocols took previously glitchy and hard-to-navigate decentralized apps and exchanges, such as EtherDelta, and transformed them into high-volume, high-yield unicorns that provided crypto investors with consistently high returns on a regular basis. In terms of total value locked (the value of the assets committed to the protocol), transaction volume and market capitalization, many DeFi platforms and their associated tokens now rival the top centralized exchanges.

Figuring out the point at which decentralized finance began almost always ends up in a rhetorical debate. Some argue that Bitcoin’s (BTC) invention a decade ago marked the start of it, as the major cryptocurrency was the first peer-to-peer digital money and represents the conceptual core underpinning DeFi. Others say — and would be technically correct in doing so — that DeFi started back in December 2017, when Ethereum-based protocol MakerDAO was launched, followed by Compound Finance and Uniswap, released in September and November 2018, respectively. On the other hand, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that DeFi’s true ascent started in 2020.

In decentralized finance, tokens serve as a form of currency. There are several ways in which tokens may be implemented in such systems. First, users may issue tokens which represent ownership of a certain amount of the digital currency i.e. tokens may be issued as e-assets.

Another way of implementing decentralized finance is through Proof of Stake (POS) protocol. Through this protocol, one can build a decentralized financial system by risking one’s own money in the exchange market in return for rewards in the form of dividends. One of the advantages of using this form of lending is that it gives access to a wider range of lenders; however, the downside of this is that there is a high risk associated with such a system since it makes it more difficult for smaller businesses to obtain traditional funding sources. Also, it requires that the borrower has a long history of paying dividends to ensure sustainability of the financial system. In order to build a sustainable financial system that will work for a long time, it is important to find a system that uses Proof of Stake as a base.

Because the distribution chain is unidirectional and allows all parties to participate in the execution of the programs contained within the platform, it is not possible for one individual, such as a broker, to tamper or interfere with this process. Therefore, DEFI and Cryptocurrency are two sides of the same coin: a robust, highly regulated, and completely trustless system that offers all participants tremendous protection. DeFi is a very important aspect of any smart contract based ICO, and all companies are rushing to capture their slice of this rapidly growing industry.

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World’s Oldest Operating Crypto Exchange Forecasts Trends For 2021

At the beginning of 2021, the world’s oldest cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, has seen an all-time high of over $40,000 on 8 January 2021, which is not surprising, since institutional investors as well as high-net-worth individuals consider BTC as a hedge against extraordinary fiscal stimulus programs. Here is an AMA summary from Chief Research Officer, Dan at BTCC.

ETH Price Prediction in 2021

The world’s largest financial derivatives exchange, CME Group, announces its ETH derivative product will go live on February 2021, following the launch of Bitcoin derivative product. It means Ethereum will be considered as a financial product, and will be regulated by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). We expect that the launch of ETH derivative product next year will bring more institutional funds into the market, thus the price of ETH is very likely to see a massive rise.

Growing Number of Institutional Players Entering the Crypto Market

The year of 2020 also has seen numerous examples of institutional investors turning their attention to the world’s most popular cryptocurrency. For example, one of the largest insurance firms, MassMutual, has purchased $100 million of Bitcoin on December 2020.

We expected to see the crypto market to rise from the end of 2020 to 2021. The difference between the bull run this year to the one in 2017 is that previous bull was driven by individual investors and some whales. However, the bull run this year is mainly driven by institutional investors pushing the price up.

Top 10 Cryptocurrencies to Look Out for in 2021

The major theme of crypto market next year will be around DeFi, Polkadot, and ETH 2.0, therefore we will expect ETH remain unchanged at the top 2. While XRP, BCH, LTC and EOS are not what the market needs for next year, we expect to see these coins fall out of their current ranking.

Here is a prediction of crypto ranking in 2021 by Dan: BTC, ETH, USDT, LTC, XRP, BNB, LINK, UNI, DOT, BCH.

BTCC currently offer 9 major cryptocurrency trading pairs including Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), EOS (EOS), Ripple (XRP), Stellar (XLM), Dash (DASH), and Cardano (ADA). Users can trade Bitcoin with leverage.

About BTCC

Founded in 2011, BTCC is the world’s longest-running crypto exchange and currently headquartered in the UK. With nearly 10 years of operating history, BTCC is known for its safe and stable, top-end market depth, and as well as faster transaction speed. 

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Binance Launchpool Debuts BTCST

The Bitcoin Standard Hashrate Token (BTCST) is now live on Binance Launchpool, and Binance plans on listing BTCST in the innovation zone at 6:00 am (UTC) on Jan. 13, 2021.

BTCST
BTCST

BTCST sets off to solve the problem of a limited number of exit options by bringing exchange-grade liquidity to the Bitcoin mining industry, and in secondary trading, BTCST will perform as a leveraged Bitcoin token free from liquidation risk. BTCST will create an efficient market for Bitcoin’s mining power in ways similar to how Grayscale Bitcoin Trust creates institutional liquidity for Bitcoin.

Four Key Points About BTCST

1. Bitcoin’s leveraged token

BTCST secures dual profits for its holders when the market is on a bull run, due to BTCST’s attributes as Bitcoin’s leveraged token.

BTCST is collateralized by 0.1 TH/s of real-world Bitcoin mining power, which is historically proven to be positively correlated to the performance of the digital gold, and hence the value of BTCST climbs along with the current skyrocketing Bitcoin market. On top of that, BTCST stakers claim Bitcoin mining rewards on a daily basis. If a user started to mine Bitcoin with a WhatsMiner M32s (a classic hardware model of Bitcoin mining) in October 2020, by the time of publication, the value of Bitcoin mined would have risen by 200%; however, the price of the mining machine itself increased 400% during the same time frame.

Therefore, it is safe to call BTCST a leveraged token of Bitcoin.

2. Grayscale-like operations in the mining industry

2020 is the year of Grayscale, and BTCST may prolong the saga in the Bitcoin mining industry. Institutional liquidity injected by Grayscale sparked the bullish market, and BTCST will help release liquidity to the mining industry and enable the execution of liquidity premium in the secondary market.

By trading BTCST, market participants can freely enter and exit Bitcoin mining exposure in any size, at any time, and with low costs. Even miners without mining power tokenized by BTCST can make use of the token to capture the profits or hedge against the risks of mining machine price fluctuation.

3. Enhanced cloud mining

Cloud mining is an imperfect solution to the lack of liquidity, and its reputation is clouded by frequent scams. The legitimate providers also fall short of full transparency.

BTCST is a cloud mining platform deployed on the Binance Smart Chain, with daily payouts executed by the dApp and all data traceable. Binance Pool, the world’s second-largest Bitcoin mining pool, functions as the auditor for BTCST and guarantees legitimacy and transparency.

4. DeFi of 2021

BTCST is a DeFi project without risks of impermanent loss. When a user un-stakes BTCST, the user is safeguarded by code to retrieve the same amount of BTCST along with the accrued Bitcoin mining rewards.

BTCST has passed the scrutiny of CertiK, one of the world’s leading blockchain security firms, scoring a 98 out of 100 in a security audit.