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How Cryptocurrencies outpaced human minds

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Cryptocurrencies are a marvel of modern day technology. However, we as traders sometimes misinterpret what these digital coins were intended for.

Cryptocurrencies are a marvel of modern day technology. However, we as traders sometimes misinterpret what these digital coins were intended for. They were intended to replace our bank notes and fiat currencies. They were supposed to be the ultimate transaction option of the 21st century. Something that helped you do all of your banking, shopping and pretty much everything else much more rapidly.

But, and that’s a big but. Most of the people saw them as an investment. As a means of making more money, rather than utilizing them for what they meant to be utilized for. At this point it’s not too good of an idea, to have an account littered with Bitcoin for your shopping needs. This can be explained with simple Forex currency correlations. E.g. As you wait for a discount on that cool hoodie you saw on Amazon, the Bitcoin on your account gets less and less, which means that you would have benefited from just buying the piece of clothing without a discount. But with fiat currencies like USD and EUR, it’s quite impossible to get a completely different deal within that small timeframe. Why? It’s all about the volume.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. We’re here to discuss how cryptocurrencies as a technology managed to outpace our comprehension of them. Before we jump into it and discuss it. I’ll try to bring you an amazing example of when this sort of event happened in the past.

 

Lessons from the past

Follow me as we go into the fields of France, at the German border. The year is 1914 and the War to end all wars has just started. Most of the countries at this point have doubled their efforts at industrializing their economy and military. However, what they could never imagine was the devastation this industrialization would bring them.

 

You see, when the war began, there were not too many competent commanders who were well versed in the tactics of modern warfare. Most of them used outdated strategies like cavalry charges or infantry charges. This was why it boiled down to a stalemate for 4 years as people froze and died in the trenches, while the generals were trying to figure out why they were loosing.

 

World War 1 was one of the most devastating wars humanity has ever faced. And the sole reason to why it was so devastating, was the clash of the outdated mindset and the harsh reality. A large number of casualties were because the generals didn’t know what do to in face of artillery fire, and most of the soldiers had never experienced it as well. You see where I’m trying to get here right? A modern problem was approached with an outdated solution. A cavalry charge, in the face of machine gun fire. Basically a death wish.

 

A familiar scenario

But how does this correlate to Cryptocurrencies? Well, use the same argument, but with a bit of a twist. A modern solution was approached with an old mindset. Cryptocurrencies were seen as a means of making quick money and not using them for the value that they represented. Basically, people getting into cryptocurrencies didn’t quite know what they were doing.

The hype that we were able to direct to them, was enough to blind most of the investors when Bitcoin surged at nearly $20,000. Remember the articles you’d read in December, saying that BTC would reach $100,000. And only a few, who knew what cryptocurrencies were about, were able to predict the crash.

 

The main lesson from this crypto crash is not that Cryptocurrencies are untradeable or they shouldn’t be traded. It’s the complete opposite. We are in the midst of a bear, of course, it’s a perfect time to buy and trade. What I’m getting at is that we shouldn’t look at cryptocurrencies as a means of generating money. Buying them one day and then selling them off on the other. If cryptocurrencies are to really take off and give you the maximum amounts of profits, they need to be incorporated more into our economy. Take for example Venezuela. Which is a primary example of the value cryptocurrencies can bring.

 

One of the primary reasons for the crypto crash can actually be attributed to this false perception of the digital currencies. The more people don’t understand how the system works. The more susceptible they are to mistakes, which not only ruins investor sentiment but also destroys the market for those who actually know what they are doing.

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Bitcoin Still Stays Strong: Gamblers Prove

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The latest research from 1xBit indicated that cryptocurrency gamblers are doing just fine in terms of the overall bearish cryptocurrency market.

Despite the cryptocurrency gambling is a relatively new sphere, it causes more and more interest among the cryptocurrency stakeholders. The latest research from cryptocurrency gambling platform 1xBit indicated that cryptocurrency gamblers are doing just fine in terms of the overall bearish cryptocurrency market.

According to 1xBit, Bitcoin remains the most popular and widely used cryptocurrency among the gamblers and digital asset traders, despite the market falling. 1xBit is a well-known Bitcoin sportsbook and casino platform that allows users to withdraw, deposit and place bets on a wide range of sports. It doesn’t deal with fiat money, only with cryptocurrencies.

 

Another Bitcoin Rivals

The 1xBit’s latest updates were connected with adding XRP and TRX to the platform, which gained great popularity due to their low transaction fees and fast transaction speed, making them a perfect payment solution for crypto-gamblers.

Ripple is a famous cryptocurrency platform, designed primarily for payment systems. XRP is using to deliver payments between countries, businesses, avoiding unnecessary financial, time and labor costs. But it is also a perfect payment method for gambling. The transaction confirmation time for XRP is around 4 seconds, that is particularly important for live betting, where nearly every second counts. Also, this cryptocurrency provides full anonymity – you don’t need to provide your personal data to top up your wallet. On 1xBit website players can register with no need to provide any personal information and all the payments are made in cryptocurrencies, that guarantees your anonymity.

The second newly-added cryptocurrency became Tron (TRX) – one of the largest and most valuable tokens on the cryptocurrency market at the moment. Tron, which is an open-source global digital entertainment protocol, was originally created as a solution to a specific problem. But in a short period of time, it attracted the attention of investors. One of the recent examples is BitTorrent, a pioneer peer-to-peer technology for sharing files on the internet, which announced that it is creating its own cryptocurrency, based on the TRON protocol.

Despite these recent innovations, Bitcoin still remains the most dominant cryptocurrency on 1xBit by the total number and volume of bets.

 

Bitcoin Doing Well

The statistics were collected by 1xBit from their user base to analyze the gambler’s behavior on the platform. It shows that during the recent Q4 crypto crash and market falling by over than $100 billion, gamblers continued to place bets normally as before, despite the collapsing value of all 21 cryptocurrencies available there. Moreover, in the last quarter of 2018 the number of bets placed on the 1xBit platform – in the US dollar equivalent – were almost the same. This data reveals that crypto users appear to be less concerned about high volatility and poor crypto asset performance, but much more concerned about how much of a return they could make in the equivalent fiat value. Based on this research it’s clear that the crypto-gambling sector will be strong despite the price action on the markets.

Interestingly, more detailed studies indicate that 53% of the website clients preferable use Bitcoin for betting rather than in Ethereum (26%) or other cryptocurrencies. It means that Bitcoin still remains in great request.

But what about other cryptocurrencies? They are used but much less in comparison with Bitcoin. For example, the volume of bets in Litecoin is only 8%, while bets in Altcoin amounts to 7% and in Dogecoin amounts to 6% of overall bets on 1xBit.

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Stock Exchange of Thailand moving towards Cryptocurrency

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The Stock Exchange of Thailand or the SET is working out for applying for a digital license in order to run a cryptocurrency exchange.

The Stock Exchange of Thailand or the SET is working out for applying for a digital license in order to run a cryptocurrency exchange. With continuous regulations, Thailand is set to become the cryptocurrency hub in Southeast Asia.

 

Stock Exchange of Thailand: Interested in Crypto

As more and more people are moving towards adoption of cryptocurrencies, institutional investors are getting attracted too. As such there not many specific institutional platforms for trading cryptocurrencies and thus the stock exchange of Thailand is planning to introduce one for the institutional investors. If the financial regulators in Thailand approve the licensing, it would be a great step ahead for the crypto industry.

Pattera Dilokrungthirapop, who is a member of the board of directors of the Stock Exchange of Thailand, the exchange is getting ready to invade into the cryptocurrency market by presenting brokerage services for crypto trading.

She also said they believe that cryptocurrencies will grow massively in the future as more and more investors gain an understanding about them. She added that securities firms are curiously waiting for the Stock Exchange of Thailand to apply for the digital license.

 

Thailand: A cryptocurrency hub

Thailand is steadily moving ahead in the crypto space with regulatory clarity unline other surrounding countries such as China and India who are moving away from crypto adoption. Thailand is all set to become a captivating place for cryptocurrency and blockchain businesses with the government of the country also promoting blockchain technology. Last year, Thailand also legalized some cryptos such as bitcoin, litecoin, ethereum and more while the securities and exchange commission of the country has also given clear regulations in relation to initial coin offerings. Around 2 weeks back, the Ministry of Thailand had also granted licensing to three new cryptocurrency exchanges to operate in the country,

 

What are your thoughts on the future of cryptocurrencies in Thailand and how the Stock Exchange of Thailand moving towards cryptocurrencies will help the overall crypto industry? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Trump Government Shutdown: Impact on Bitcoin ETF, Bakkt and Cryptos.

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The ongoing government shutdown is devastating for the crypto industry. Major functions of the government are simply not working right now.

The ongoing government shutdown is devastating for the crypto industry. Major functions of the government are simply not working right now. The SEC announced that it will be limiting its operations reducing its staff during the shutdown and restricting the functions to those that meet critical needs and unfortunately the Bitcoin ETF may not be a critical need to the SEC.

The US CFTC is also doing limited staffing during the federal government shutdown. There is no time limit as to how long the government shutdown is going to go on but the longer it goes on, the longer will be the delays for these key items that the people have been waiting for. So the possibility of an extended government shutdown could definitely impact the cryptocurrency industry in the United States.

 

Will the government shutdown impact BAKKT?

Obviously, it impacts the launch of BAKKT, particularly their futures because the CFTC does not have the staff sitting around to regulate. In fact, BAKKT has announced that basically there is an indefinite delay at this point on the launch of their futures contract which is unfortunate but considering the dysfunction or the government shut down in America, it’s not really surprising.

But in the background of all this, it’s not as though that the Intercontinental Exchange has just gone to sleep and forgotten about all of the things that they want to do. They have recently acquired an established futures broker hoping to strengthen their bitcoin offering.

 

Impact on Bitcoin ETF

This government shutdown could lead to one of the SEC’s longest shutdown in recent years. So maybe the Bitcoin ETF is going to remain at the table for a long time from now because we have to realize that when these organizations come back to work there is going to be a massive backlog which will depend upon how long the government shutdown goes on. The SEC and the CFTC both have issued orders freezing all pending administrative proceedings until further notice and this will not be changed until we see the federal government gets back to work.

The fascinating thing here is that technically if the SEC fails to approve or disapprove the Bitcoin ETF by the deadline the ETF, in theory, shall be automatically approved but the reality is that probably won’t happen. The SEC will probably just put out a one page denial or a one page request for withdrawal or a one page delay notice or something like that so even though they are running with a low staff, they are probably just going to keep kicking the can down the road on all these things instead of just letting it happen but there is still a technical possibility of the Bitcoin ETF getting directly approved.

 

Reg A+

Obviously, the Bitcoin ETF and the Bitcoin futures contracts by BAKKT gets a lot of attention but that’s not all that’s going on. There are about sixty different countries which have applied for Reg A+. Reg A+ is basically a mini IPO. SO this permits the eligible issues to offer securities to the general public and not just to accredited investors and some of these will definitely be cryptocurrency projects. But like everyone else, even these companies need to wait until the government shutdown is over.

 

Is Bitcoin influenced by the government shutdown?

Looking at Bitcoin, we can see that it is not super influenced by events like these. Although the Bitcoin ETF, Bitcoin Futures, BAKKT and all of these things get a lot of people excited but of course remember that we don’t need Wall Street. The SEC and CFTC are regulating for projects, especially for Wall Street.

The IRS has had to send home 56% of its staff. This is an agency which is already dramatically underfunded and then to send home even more of their staff during tax season means that not a lot of audits are going to be happening and they are already struggling to adapt the new tax policies which were put in place recently.

 

The State Level Innovation:

While the Federal Government cannot regulate during the government shutdown, the State Governments are pushing ahead with very innovative legislation and playing with this technology and trying new things. For example, Vermont is putting insurance on the blockchain, Nevada has issued 1000 marriage certificates on the Ethereum blockchain, Wyoming is bringing land records to the blockchain, Bitpay is helping Ohio accept bitcoin for taxes, two Colorado senators have filled a bill to introduce a digital token act which would allow cryptocurrencies to bypass securities laws which if passed could turn Colorado to a leading legislation within the United States in terms of cryptocurrency regulations and lastly, New York has become the first state to create a cryptocurrency task force which will be studying the regulation use and definition of digital currency.

 

Even though the Federal Government is having a dysfunction due to the government shutdown, there is still innovation happening. What are your thoughts on the government shutdown? Tell us in the comments section below.

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