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Crypto News: Bitmain $500 million loss, Bitcoin Mining Scam, RippleNet

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Let's discuss three recent big crypto news. Bitmain losing $500 million within 3 months, bitcoin mining scam in Thailand and RippleNet adoption.

Bitmain Posts $500 million loss amidst crypto winters:

We all are aware of the bear run that has been impacting the crypto market for the last year. From the hardware elements to the software elements, every element of the crypto space has been affected by this bear run. Recently Bitmain, a mining hardware giant company indirectly posted that it lost $500 million loss in the third quarter of 2018.

Let us analyze the post posted by the Bitmain. It has earlier stated that it gained a profit of $1 billion in the first half of 2018. Further, it posted that total benefits it had by the third quarter of 2018 were $500 million. This means that if we subtract the benefits it had by the third quarter 2018 from the benefits it has by the June 2018, it clarifies that Bitmain undergoes the loss of $500 million within 3 months. This is really a big loss that the company faced from July to September 2018. Also if we talk about the revenue, it has a total revenue of $2.8 billion in the first half of 2018 and $3 billion by the third quarter of 2018. This means that the total increase in revenue of $200 million in three months.

The bear run has affected almost every organizations. The price of bitcoin went down to $2600 from almighty $19783. However, it is expected that the next bull run of the crypto space is on the way and could hit at any nearby time.

 

Bitcoin Mining Scam:

Where is a market, there is a  risk of fraud and scams. Recently, news came into light for a major scam in bitcoin mining. Victims of this big bitcoin mining scam have filed a case in Thailand. As per the sources, around 30 victims were frauded by a scam involving a bitcoin mining company named ‘CryptoMining.Farm’. The firm made fool of the 142 victims and cost them a scam of a total of $1.34 million.

Initially, the company promised to give 70% as annual return and the facility to withdraw at any time but later on, they started avoiding the facility of instant withdraw and said that they would pay in 84 installments. The installments would take 7 years to get the amount and also, the company promised to pay in form of foreign currencies which is completely against the norms of Thailand. This has costed all the victims to lose around $1.34 million. However, the technology crime branch of Thailand has filed the case and the investigation has been started.

One must require to get all the details of the crypto company in which they are investing. One should always read all the terms and conditions mentioned in the paper. And even after that if a company do these kinds of fraud, one must inform the technology crime bureau of the country.

 

RippleNet:

Recently, the second largest bank of Oman, BankDhofar has announced that it has started using the RippleNet technology for performing cross-border payments to countries like India. For the first time in the history of Oman, any bank has accepted the RippleNet for performing transactions. With this feature, the customers will be able to transfer cross-border funds using a mobile application within 2 minutes. This feature would be a great help to the Indians living in this country to transfer payments.

BankDhofar, which started in 1990, in Oman’s second largest bank. It had an amazing revenue of $28.2 million out of which the revenue itself in the year 2017 was around $2.4 million. On the other hand, RippleNet, based on blockchain technology, is an international payment provider for cross-border payment. It is a product of the third largest firm in the crypto space, Ripple XRP. RippleNet has expanded its service all across the globe and is one of the leading service providers for institutional payment.

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Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Great Week for the top 10

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The current week has proved to be quite amazing for the cryptocurrency market as all major coins are holding green. The total cryptocurrency market rose by around $1.5 billion yesterday night with the price of bitcoin reaching $4100.

 

Bitcoin:

BTCUSD Price Chart

BTC/USD Weekly Price Chart

Bitcoin broke the $4000 resistance level on 17th March and has been over this range since then. Bitcoin has turned the previous resistance into strong support now and has moved upwards slowly currently trading around $4120 (according to Bitfinex chart) with around 1% increase in the last 24 hours. If bitcoin is able to maintain its position above $4100 range for long, it might soon move ahead towards the major long term resistances such as $4500 and $4600.

 

Altcoins:

ETHUSD Weekly Chart

ETH/USD Weekly Chart

Ethereum also saw a nice bullish momentum this week after reaching the highest point of $143. Currently, Ethereum is trading nicely around $140 and is experiencing a few dips while trying to move upwards.

Unlike other top 10 coins, Ripple market is experiencing volatility from the last week but the momentum is still quite bullish.

LTCUSD Weekly Chart

LTCUSD Weekly Chart

Litecoin has been following trends and is steadily trading around $60 from the start of the week. Litecoin has increased more than 1.67% in the last 24 hours which makes it the best performing crypto of the day (in comparison with the top 10 cryptos according to market capitalization). LTC is currently trading around $61 (according to Bitfinex chart).

 

The overall cryptocurrency market is in a bullish momentum with sings of further gains. After a long bearish trend, cryptocurrency analysts are now believing that the bull market might be coming soon.

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Tom Lee: Bitcoin Bull Market Coming Soon

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Tom Lee, the co-founder of Fundstrat Global has predicted that the price of bitcoin will likely experience a bullish run in the next 5 to 6 months.

Tom Lee, the co-founder of Fundstrat Global also known as the bitcoin bull has predicted that the price of bitcoin will likely experience a bullish run in the next 5 to 6 months. Lee predicted this during an interview with the CNBC. According to Lee, the 200 daily moving average is the number to keep in mind. If bitcoin is able to stay above $4000 till August this year, it will cross the 200 daily moving average and thus technically the overall chart would start to look bullish.

During the interview, he also mentioned that the future of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies lies on the fact of whether it becomes an asset class and bitcoin is still in the early days of becoming one. Although Tom Lee has been quite bullish about the price of bitcoin, Fundstrat had recently posted a warning that the cryptocurrency market might crash to a new bottom before actually starting a bull run.

 

Tom Lee on JP Morgan Coin:

In the interview, Lee also expressed his concerns regarding the recently launched JP Morgan Coin which is a stablecoin launched by the banking giant JP Morgan Chase. He said that things such as the JP Morgan Coin and Facebook Coin create use cases for cryptocurrencies and according to him, the JPM Coin is surely not a competitor to bitcoin as it is a stablecoin in nature.

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Alert: Bitcoin Breaks Record, Highest Hash Rate Since November 2018.

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The hash rate of bitcoin which is the power that secures the bitcoin network has recorded the highest level yesterday (19th March) since last year November.  The Bitcoin hash rate passed over fifty-two quintillion hash per second in accordance with the data feed on Blockchain.com.

 

Bitcoin Hash Rate:

Bitcoin hash rate is the computation of the performance of bitcoin miners. In simpler terms, as the hash rate goes higher, the bitcoin network becomes more secure. It becomes more difficult to attack the bitcoin network as an attacker would need increased resources in order to attack the network. The increasing hash rate also depicts the increase in the number of bitcoin miners. As the BTC mining difficulty level is quite stable now, more and more miners are joining the bitcoin network. Although, the increasing hash rate would eventually result in an increase in the overall difficulty level.

bitcoin hash rate 19th march

Bitcoin hash rate 19th March 2019

 

The bitcoin network security is at its peak since November last year. The highest hash rate ever recorded has been around 62 quintillion hash per second in August last year. Looking at the current chart, it depicts that the hash rate might even cross this level in the coming time.

 

The increased hash rate also builds up confidence in the minds of the miners as it shows the overall security of the bitcoin network and thus predicting a secure future of the investment of the miners. Thus, overall, more and more miners are now joining the bitcoin mining network after a subsequent decrease last year which led to a lot of miners moving out of the mining business. Bitcoin price analysts believe that the hash rate of the network follows the price of bitcoin as it helps them in speculating the future price of BTC.

 

During last year’s bear market, the hash rate also fell drastically which led to a lot of miners shutting down and the mining equipment were being sold at waste prices. Now as the hash rate is rising, miners are again turning on their mining rigs and moving back to business. It is also worth examining that the current hash rate of the network is even more than the recorded hash rate in December 2017 when the price of BTC went up to $20,000.

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