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Here are insights about the cryptocurrency scenario in Switzerland

The wealth management industry has always found itself as a major darling in Switzerland. Housing about 27% of the global offshore wealth, Switzerland has always been a sort of money hub of the world. Owing to their wonderful financial market, it is hardly a surprise to see them flourishing on the digital currency front too. The world has been very harsh towards digital currencies and several countries, even till date, have been apprehensive about them. However, Switzerland was one of the first countries to adopt digital currencies and the flourishing ICO (Initial Coin Offering – an unregulated means to raise funds for new cryptocurrency ventures) market is helping Switzerland accelerate fast towards the status of a ‘Crypto Nation’. It’s great involvement in the subject matter and quick moves in this fintech industry has brought Switzerland at the epicentre of cryptocurrency revolution.

 

Here are a few insights about the cryptocurrency scenario in Switzerland:

 

  1. Switzerland is fasting emerging as an ICO hub and this flourishment is largely owed to the great variety of rich investors and technical specialists, something that has always been Switzerland’s strong point. Economic experts and big financial players believe that Switzerland would be one of the strongest value holding contender in the future when digital currency becomes more mainstream.

  2. Not just digital currencies, Switzerland is also emerging as a great ecosystem for blockchains and other distributed ledger technologies. With the recent the implementation of forward-looking regulation by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority, Oliver Bussmann, the founder of the Crypto Valley Association said, ‘Switzerland is emerging as one of the world’s leading ecosystems for crypto, Blockchain, and distributed ledger technologies’.

  3. The First Bitcoin ATM was set up in Zurich four years ago in 2014. Moreover, the Swiss national rail company has since 2016, been providing the possibility of purchasing Bitcoins at over 1,000 distributors across the country.

  4. Zug, a small town a little while away from Zurich, has always been an economic hub owing to large investment firms, pharmaceutical companies and commodity trading groups. This place has unofficially become “Crypto Valley”, set up in 2013 their explicit aim is to draw startups dabbling in virtual currency technologies.

  5. Zug’s Crypto Valley claims to be receiving 5 – 10 queries per day from startups that work in the blockchain and digital currency sector. To flourish and increase the popularity of digital currency and educate the people about how it can be used for practical purposes too,  Zug started accepting in 2016, Bitcoins as a legal payment mode for council services.

  6. According to the Swiss financial watchdog Finma, out of the world’s six biggest Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) last year, four took place in Switzerland.

  7. The foundation of the second largest digital currency platform after Bitcoin, Ethereum, along with almost 200 other blockchain based companies is all credited to the land of Switzerland.

  8. There has been a lot of healthy competition in Switzerland for further advancement of digital currencies. Accordingly, the southern Italian speaking Swiss town of Chiasso, has been in healthy competition with Zug so as to establish itself as a “CryptoPolis”. It has started accepting bitcoin payments for some taxes.

  9. Finma recently warned people against the threats of money laundering in digital currencies stating that, ‘in a decentralised blockchain-based system, in which assets can be transferred anonymously and without any regulated intermediaries.’ Owing to the sharp increase in the number of ICOs in Switzerland, regulators outlined regulation guidelines for these fundraising schemes saying, ‘Creating transparency at this time is important given the dynamic market and the high level of demand’.

  10. Vontobel, one of Switzerland’s largest banks, created the first structured bitcoin product which is basically a tracker that lets an investor not to actually purchase any digital currency directly but to make an investment in its shifting value. Despite the involvement of some big names in the crypto pool, there still are several big names like UBS and Credit Swisse who have decided to keep their distance since they do not consider it valuable or sustainable in the long run.

  11. Falcon Private Bank, a Swiss private banking boutique headquartered in Zurich, has offered asset management services for a huge range of digital currencies (including bitcoin and ethereum).

  12. Switzerland’s openness to business innovation is another huge reason why it has been so successful on the digital currency front. Martin Eckert at MME has mentioned and applauded Swiss regulators to be one of the few ones who actually have good and deep understanding of the subject matter i.e. of the underlying technology and its complete working.

  13. The Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, deals with potential criminal infringements. Its Editor in Chief, Don Front, recently made a statement to Bloomberg News stating that is is possible for people with ill will to try and use these digital currencies in a way similar to Swiss accounts which would help them evade taxes. Accordingly, the IRS-CI has recently set up a team of special agents that would be investigating and providing proof of whether or not these digital currencies are being used to cheat the tax authority.

  14. 2017 was a big year for Swiss based ICOs. In the whole year, these ICOs raised about $550 million in funding. This makes up for almost 14% of the global ICO market, which stands at around $4 billion. The Zug based company, Tezos ICO raised around $232 million in July 2017.

  15. Switzerland’s approach to the entire digital currency market has been described as pragmatic by some and opportunistic to a certain extent by a few people. Kari Larsen, an attorney at Reed Smith in New York, has international experience in managing global commercial and legal risks. She reportedly stated that simply welcoming without looking where the consumer and market appropriate is rather a short sighted approach by Switzerland since it could soon face competition from places like Gibraltar which would eventually lead to damaging competition to attract ICOs.

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Elon Musk: Cryptocurrency is the future, Paper Currency going to end.

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CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, stated that the Day is not far when the paper currency will fade away and shall be replaced by the Bitcoin.

Enthusiastic towards cryptocurrency also the CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, stated that the Day is not far when the paper currency will fade away and shall be replaced by the Bitcoin. Which clearly means Musk is in favor of the decentralized currency ( also known as cryptocurrency).

 

In one of the episodes of ‘On The Road To Full Autonomy With Elon Musk, which is hosted by Tasha Keeney, the CEO spoke and discussed the developments that Tesla shall undergo and also spoke about the cryptocurrency with regard the future of technology and finance.

 

When Elon Musk was asked regarding Jack Dorsey’s prediction, which was that the Internet shall be witnessing Bitcoin as its native currency soon, Elon Musk answered it and found it interesting.

 

He further said that the idea and also the structure of the Bitcoin is great and it seems like there is some advantage to Ethereum. Elon Musk is not sure whether it will be good for Tesla resources to get into cryptocurrency.

 

Elon Musk also said that Bitcoin and Ethereum scammers were so rampant on Twitter, he decided to join in and He said at one point that he wants to buy some Bitcoin. Then his account got suspended cause obviously there was some automatic rule, he then ended the conversation by saying that he was just joking.

 

A campaign was started by Twitter which deleted several bogus accounts for “coordinated manipulation,” and promotion of cryptocurrency scams, Elon Musk appreciated the website’s efforts.

 

Elon Musk added that the disadvantage of cryptocurrency is that the nature of production is energy intensive as regards to the mining process.

 

Keeney referenced to the terrible financial condition in Africa, where the restrictions on the currency stop the citizens from converting their currencies and forcing them to go through the US dollar. To which Musk replied that cryptocurrency is a far better way to transfer money or value rather than pieces of paper. Paper money is going away.

 

Even after Elon Musk’s positive statement on cryptocurrencies, his recognition for the structure and concept of Bitcoin and Ethereum and his confirmation that paper money will be replaced by the decentralized currency, the Tesla CEO made it clear that his company will not be selling Bitcoins.

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Tim Draper: Bitcoin Mass Adoption till 2021

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Tim Draper said in an interview with the FOX Business on 18th Day of February 2019 that the world will soon start buying coffee by using Bitcoin.

Bitcoin is considered as digital gold or e-gold which has achieved dominance in the field of cryptocurrency. Tim Draper, who is the inventor of the Billionaire Bitcoin, predicted the rapid increase in the growth of the Bitcoin or cryptocurrency in the world and said in an interview with the FOX Business on 18th Day of February 2019 that the world will soon start buying coffee by using Bitcoin. According to his prediction, the world is just 2 years away from when everybody shall start to use Bitcoin.

 

By 2023, Baristas would be laughing at people who shall make the payment of their purchase by using the currency other than the Bitcoin, Tim Draper added.

 

Even after having a large number of Bitcoins, Tim Draper has no plan to trade or sell any of his Bitcoin.

Tim Draper previously claimed and predicted that by 2022, the net value of Bitcoin will reach to $250,000 per coin. The prediction is also said to be the highest prediction coming from the industry of cryptocurrency. But Draper is still not clear on how this rapid growth will take place but he is enough confidence that there will be massive growth in cryptocurrency.

 

Recently the CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey also publicized Bitcoin.

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The Mt.Gox Story: Where has it reached? What’s the future?

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A survey conducted on the users of Mt.gox revealed that nearly 70% of users have not received their funds yet even after complaining and placing the request

Mt.Gox was a Japanese based bitcoin exchange program, which stands for “Magic: The Gathering Online Exchange”. It handled over the 70% bitcoin transactions of the world. It was the largest ever bitcoin exchange. It held in 2014. In the February end, it was bankrupt. It was a massive hack happened ever in the history of transactions. It was the monetary massacre which has ever happened in history. On average, it lost about 740,000 bitcoins which is 6% of the total existence at that time. The monetary tangible value of that lost 740000 bitcoin was 460 million euro and above $3 billion of the amount had no records in the bank transactions. After meticulous sleuth somewhere near 200000 bitcoins got recovered but till date, there is no record of 650000 bitcoins, it has not been recovered yet.

 

Mt.Gox was hacked in the year 2011 June. The source is reported to be the computer of an auditor of the company. The hacker manipulated the monetary value of the bitcoin to one cent artificially and transferred 2000 bitcoin on an aggregate value and sold it. It was not just for once rather it was the spatial skulduggery of the hacker. Not just this, later on, the hacker purchased around 650 bitcoins from the exchange by artificially manipulating the price to be lower than that of the actual value and till date, the amount has not been returned.  

In spite of such a massacre, Mt.Gox re-established itself and turned up to become the largest bitcoin exchange in the world. It came to be the largest bitcoin exchange in the world but apparently, the event was facing the disturbing struggle. The security structure became poor on when it had to be strongest and it was disorganized in many of its sectors.

 

How did U.S.A react?

The US Department of Homeland Security sleuthed the matter meticulously and ramified that one of the subsidiaries operating in US of Mt.Gox was illegal and was operating on the not registered monetary transmitter. After the US discovered the skullduggery it seized $5 million from the company’s bank account. And Mt.Gox announced the temporary suspension of transactions in US dollars. This mischief leads to certain delays in the transactions and lost its position of the largest bitcoin exchange in the world. After the suspension of dealings in US dollars, Mt.Gox incurred significant losses because of credit deposits.

In February Mt.gox had to halt all the bitcoin withdrawals in order to receive the clear picture and identify the massive loopholes in the operations to draw the structured report and get a technical display of issues. The company after scrutiny stated that massacre was the result of transactional malleability. The company after such massacre was trying to grow gradually and one such concern reported again was of a security breach. After the accumulation of data the financial status of the investors still displayed the disparity. Coindesk indicated that 3000 customers reported that 68% were still waiting for the funds from Mt.Gox.

 

Where has Mt.Gox reached?

After the survey conducted by CoinDesk on the users of Mt.gox revealed that nearly 70% of holders have not received their funds yet even after complaining and placing the request. The wait has not finished yet still people are waiting to receive returns of their amounts invested. After the mischief, that survey reported that Mt.Gox has lost many of its high-level executives vanished. This issue was faced not only by customers and but the banking associated faced the same concern too. After so long hold on Mt.Gox now it has become somewhat stable. But after such massive felonious transactions reported the Mt.Gox lost its credibility in the market of bitcoin exchange. There had been multiple prices reported in the nominal value of bitcoin. Too many fluctuations in the value of bitcoin is a breach and are considered a flagrant violation of the law of uniform price. In economics, the persistence difference in price is atrocious for the flow of bitcoin in the market. But according to the CoinDesk survey, the spatial failure of withdrawal of funds has been reported yet.  

Later on, it was transpired that Mt.Gox along with its founder Mark Kerpeles are ensnared in the US lead operation. The escalated volume of bids for bitcoin on Mt.Gox apparently the bitcoin price began to rise gradually. The way transactions are propagated in the network the company has lost its customers. And the scalability issue has exacerbated.

After the scrutiny, Mt.Gox’s books seem to have plenty of fiat currencies in the bank. But after so much of instability Mt Gox managed to stabilize itself and called the new customers on the platform by reintroducing its market credibility. It will definitely take a lot of time for the brand to be recovered completely. The impact of this skullduggery was gigantic on the operations of bitcoin exchange because of which Mt.Gox lost its title of largest Bitcoin exchange in this world.

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