While most cryptocurrencies experienced massive losses throughout 2018, no one will soon forget the mid-November hard fork of BCH, which has given birth to BSV and has also pushed the entire crypto market into a completely new nosedive and created a BCH vs BSV rivalry. Now, over a month after the event, the market is still suffering consequences. However, many are interested in what did the hard fork manage to achieve, as well as what might await these coins in the future.
BCH vs BSV: A quick recap
As many already know, Bitcoin Cash (BCH), which itself came to be as a fork of Bitcoin, was scheduled to have a hard fork on November 15th. This was one of two hard forks that BCH is expected to have annually so that it can implement necessary upgrades and improve the blockchain. However, due to the difference in opinion within the BCH community, two sides eventually formed.
One was led by Bitcoin ABC, which wanted to bring its version of upgrades to BCH. The other was led by nChain’s Craig Wright, who believed that implementing said upgrades would change BCH and that it would no longer be what Bitcoin’s creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, envisioned when he created BTC a decade ago.
After months of debating, the two sides were unable to come to a consensus, and the hard fork resulted in the creation of two coins. Another problem was that both of them wanted to be considered the real BCH, which is why they entered a hash war. After more than a week of excessive block mining, Bitcoin ABC got its version of BCH to be considered the real BCH. As for Wright’s coin, it came to be known as Bitcoin SV (BSV).
BCH and BSV in a post-war market
As mentioned, the hash wars of these two coins started a downward spiral that has affected Bitcoin’s entire ecosystem, and the entire crypto market followed. Within only days, Bitcoin lost nearly half of its value, and the same is true for the crypto market as a whole. After the hash wars died down, the BSV representative, Calvin Ayre, stated that the community is ready to move on from the conflict. Their coin was doing well even without the BCH as their name, and they have decided that they do not want it anymore.
The entire situation has proven that the community believes that BSV should exist, and this fact alone is enough for the coin’s developers. Despite the fact that they have lost the name Bitcoin Cash, they consider BSV’s very existence to be their victory. At first, it appeared like BSV might disappear, and join Litecoin Cash, Bitcoin Diamond, and Bitcoin Gold. However, the coin soon started gaining value, especially in early December, when it started seeing massive gains in the middle of a crashing market.
BSV started advancing rapidly, in terms of price and market cap, and it quickly moved past several of the top 10 coins. The progression soon stopped, and dropped to 9th position, with a current price of $105.77. As for Bitcoin Cash, it also appeared like it might lose its position permanently, but it soon returned to the 4th spot, where it currently resides.
Right now, it appears like the market is trying to find a way to reach stability. After almost a week of growth, a lot of coins are currently seeing a slight correction. Investors have already given up on their dreams of a bull run, but many still hope that the market will successfully find balance in the last days of 2018.
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What Changes May the Crypto Space Experience in 2019
After the crypto hype of 2017, a lot of newly-arrived crypto enthusiasts were caught off-guard by the price crash and bear market that took over in 2018. One month after another, investors were waiting for things to change, and for another bull run to take place. Unfortunately, this did not happen in 2018, and while the year’s final days were seemingly stable, the rally everyone wanted to see has failed to arrive.
However, crypto investors remain optimistic, with many of them hoping to see some changes arrive in 2019. There are rather great expectations of this year, especially since the last one failed to deliver. However, many are interested in what exactly is to be expected in this year, which is what we will talk about today.
Bitcoin ETF approval
The US SEC’s decision regarding Bitcoin ETFs was one of the most anticipated events throughout 2018. Sadly, the decision constantly got delayed, and the SEC never actually provided an answer. The last delay has pushed the decision into 2019, and it is now expected to arrive on February 27.
Historically, the SEC was never ready to approve Bitcoin ETF, and many believe that the delays came due to the fact that the market was not ready for then in 2018. This is backed by the fact that the SEC rejected multiple application throughout the year. VanEck and SolidX…
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The new year was always considered to be a time of new beginnings, where people can reflect on the past and learn from their mistakes in order to be better in the future. The same is true for the world of crypto, and investors around the world are hoping for 2019 to be better, more profitable, and to have more success than 2018.
The hope for the future is even more important when we consider all the negative development in 2018. There were numerous high-profile hacking attacks, two market crashes, with a strong bear market in between. Not to mention that some of the biggest projects that may have brightened the year a bit ended up being delayed.
With that in mind, it is understandable why investors are looking forward to the new year and all the potential development that it may bring. In fact, there are several reasons why they should be excited about 2019.
1) Bearish market to loosen its grip
The first reason why 2019 can be a good year digital currencies is that it may finally break free of the bearish grip that has been felt ever since last January. Following the first market crash, the bears settled in, and the prices kept falling for an entire year. The market attempted to shake off the negativity on several occasions, with the biggest one being…
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2018 has been a pretty bad year for digital coins, and after the initial market crash that occurred a year ago, everyone was expecting a bull run that will fix things. Obviously, it never arrived, and instead of that, all that crypto market experienced was an entire bearish year and another crash in mid-November.
Now, however, it is a brand new year, and attempts to shake off the bears’ grip can be seen even in these first two weeks. The market is still struggling and mostly losing value, rather than gaining, with most coins being in trouble once more. Still, a lot can happen in a year, and most investors remain optimistic regarding 2019. Here are some of the coins that are believed to have tremendous potential, and to be the hope of this year.
Of course, Bitcoin comes first. This is the first cryptocurrency which is still dominating the market, with no other coin being even close to its market cap or price. BTC is the coin that has reached the most prominent heights, and it also lost the most in the previous year. However, there is still hope, as there are several projects and events scheduled for this year that might turn things around for the number one coin.
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