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Investing in Bitcoin is like Investing in Microsoft and Amazon in 2000

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The situation regarding the Bitcoin market right now looks a lot like the one surrounding big tech companies like Amazon and Microsoft 20 years ago.

Crypto market struggling again

The unstable nature of cryptocurrencies has been confirmed once more in the last few weeks. Only three weeks ago, many believed that another serious bull run is afoot after Bitcoin (BTC) hit $8,400 in a matter of days. This increase was warmly welcomed by crypto investors and enthusiasts from around the world, believing that the bearish trend that has dominated the year up to that point was finally over.

However, the bull run was short, and now, in mid-August, Bitcoin is once again struggling, seriously threatening to go under $6,000. Many believe that another drop might permanently damage BTC, making its struggle for dominance finally over. If that were to happen, the coin would never be able to reach its true potential.

And, while the situation with Bitcoin is bad, it is nowhere near as bad to the situation of the altcoins. While almost all cryptos are in the green at the time of writing, Ethereum (ETH) has seen a significant drop yesterday, as well as the day before. Ripple (XRP) has gone down by 93% from its record height.

While many have been trying to find a reason behind this behavior, some, like CoinShares’ Chief Strategy Officer, Meltem Demirors, believe that the issue lies in the lack of investors. This is especially true when it comes to institutional investors, since the market behavior either discourage them from bringing money to the crypto world, or they completely lose interest in it.

Demirors believes that this is due to the fact that cryptos are still mostly valued by their price. While the price does play a significant role, things like currencies’ goals and technology should also be taken into consideration. A lot of cryptos have a huge potential to revolutionize numerous industries. However, they can never properly shine since everyone are only looking at their prices. Prices that are almost always influenced by Bitcoin’s behavior.

The new coins are hit by the bearish trend especially hard. Blockchain startups that are hoping to launch their own coin through ICOs have a choice to either sell their assets now and keep whatever funds they manage to gather or to stay their course and hope for the best. Obviously, this is not much of a choice, and definitely not the way that future successful businesses should be acting.

While a lot of ICOs are trying to raise capital through BTC or ETH, they can’t do much with the prices constantly dropping. And, while there are somewhat stable altcoins out there, and they can preserve their value in the long run, there is also a big decision regarding which one can and should be trusted.

The history repeating itself

According to Demirors, this is a very similar situation to that in the early 2000s, when revolutionary technology companies like Intel, Microsoft, and Amazon appeared. While these have become megacorporations in the last 20 years, back then, they also struggled to gain trust and necessary funding.

Additionally, all those that did decide to support them had to wait for nearly a decade or more to see returns on their investments. The wait paid off, and they are all rich now, but at the beginning of these companies, the risks were huge.

Demirors also stated that new technologies, and especially ones that threaten to change everything that we have known so far, often take a very long time to be understood and accepted. Obviously, with the introduction of cryptocurrencies, this change is even bigger, since we have been using the physical money for thousands of years. Now, all of a sudden, the digital money is trying to take over. And while it definitely presents numerous advantages, accepting such a large change is not an easy thing to do, especially for older generations that are currently still calling the shots.

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As Global Tensions Grow, Bitcoin Price May Go Higher

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BTC Surged Again as A Safe Haven Asset During Global Tensions

  • India – China Border Conflict

After weeks of squabbling and brawling along their long-disputed border, hundreds of Indian and Chinese soldiers engaged in a deadly clash Monday in a river valley that’s part of the region of Ladakh last week. Troops had massed on both sides of the border in recent months in the northern India region of Ladakh and the southwestern Chinese region of Aksai Chin, causing global concerns of a potential escalation between the two.

  • North and South Korea Clash

Last Tuesday, North Korea destroyed the liaison office it jointly operates with South Korea in the city of Kaesong, just north of the demilitarized zone that separates the two countries. 

North Korea also said it would send troops to now-shuttered joint cooperation sites on its territory, reinstall guard posts and resume military drills at front-line areas in a violation of separate 2018 deals with South Korea. Jeong said South Korea will take “immediate, swift and corresponding” steps to any North Korean provocation.

The tensions grown in Asia and the potential “second wave” of coronavirus in the United States may add more difficulties to the global economic recovery. Thus, Bitcoin, as a safe haven asset, attracts more investors to…

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CoinFlip Continues to Dominate the U.S. Cryptocurrency ATM Market

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Although cryptocurrency has brought in a lot of traders seeking the dream of overnight wealth, cryptocurrency is a lot more than just striking it rich.  Cryptocurrency is about creating a new market with companies that are building cutting edge technology in an effort to continue elevating our way of life.  As the crypto market continues to expand, several companies are involved in creating ways for more people to participate.  One such company that appears to be making all the right moves is CoinFlip.

CoinFlip is the world’s leading cryptocurrency ATM operator that currently allows users to buy and sell 10 different cryptocurrencies including BTC, ETH, LTC, DASH, TRX, KMD, LINK, BNB, XLM, and USDC.  Due to the company’s quick growth, CoinFlip has quickly gained a reputation of being the place to go for all crypto ATM transactions.  In addition to its massive geographic coverage, there are four advantages that CoinFlip currently offers over its competitors:

  • Lowest fees of any cryptocurrency ATM in the world
  • Lightning-fast transactions that are typically completed between 10 and 30 minutes
  • Extremely easy customer verification
  • 24/7 customer support through phone, text, and chat

Given the global pandemic currently facing us, many companies have been struggling just to survive.  CoinFlip, on the other hand, is not only surviving but thriving.  The company has had an exciting few months and has even bigger plans…

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Cryptocurrency Fraud is Evolving; Bitcoin ATMs Mitigate Risk 

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In one of the more overlooked aspects of the crypto ecosystem, it appears that the bulk of illicit activities are shifting from hacks and thefts to cryptocurrency fraud and scams.

CipherTrace, the crypto-surveillance, and analysis firm released a report at the end of Q4 2019 that revealed hacks and thefts had decreased by 66 percent in 2019 while fraud and misappropriation of funds surged by 533 percent. And beneath the COVID-19 hysteria of 2020, hacks in the crypto sector have been eerily isolated. 

Outside of a few exploited flaws in P2P exchanges and DeFi flash loan vulnerabilities, the headline-grabbing hacks of exchanges for hundreds of millions of dollars have been absent so far this year. Is the industry due for another massive hack, or are stringent KYC/AML processes, regulatory crackdowns, better security practices, and blockchain surveillance working? 

KYC/AML Improvements Are Reducing the Appeal of Crypto Exchange Laundering 

2020 is far removed from the no-KYC wild west days of the early-mid 2010s where anonymous altcoin casinos preponderated and the Dark Underbelly of Cryptocurrency Markets thrived. 

Today, bitcoin and the crypto ecosystem is becoming institutionalized with a surfeit of derivatives (e.g., options, futures, perp swaps, etc.) available on…

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