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Why is Bitcoin price going down again?

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Last month was a good month for Bitcoin. It went from 6,300 USD to 8,400 USD in only a few weeks. That’s a far cry from the 17,000 USD it reached last December, but it was still a good run. The problem is that it could be over.

Over the last two days, Bitcoin has fallen drastically. At the time of writing the price is at 7,422 USD which is well below the eight thousand psychological level. The currency still reaches daily highs beyond 8,000 every now and then, but the overall performance remains inconsistent if we go by data provided by Coinmarketcap.

The whole cryptocurrency market is still under a bearish trend, as it’s been for most of the current year, but the other coins have not had even the little bull run Bitcoin experienced. Ethereum, XRP and Bitcoin Cash have lost around 5% in the last few days.

Why is it going down?

Politicians all around the world are starting to notice cryptocurrencies at last, and that has affected prices. South Korea, for instance, is one of the most critical places in the world for digital assets because of the many exchanges it hosts and the high trading volume it has, especially for Bitcoin. The South Korean government is pondering whether to start taxing cryptocurrency exchanges which have enjoyed tax benefits until now.

Hong Seong-ki, who heads the Korean cryptocurrency response team South Services Commission said that “cryptocurrency transaction brokerage is not effective in generating added value. In his words,

“While crypto markets have seen rapid growth, such trading platforms don’t seem to be well-enough prepared in terms of security”

Mr. Seong-ki then added that,

“We’re trying to legislate the most urgent and important things first, aiming for money-laundering prevention and investor protection. The bill should be passed as soon as possible.”

Then there was the news about Ledger Connect. It’s a blockchain-based software that is going to start trials in nine of the world’s most prominent financial institutions (Barclays and Citigroup, for instance). 

This software is backed up by IBM, whose reputation is still tremendous within in the technology industry, in partnership with CLS, a currency trading utility. While this services will be based in cryptocurrencies and blockchains, it takes demand away from Bitcoin. Another issue is power. 

Mining Bitcoin blocks take a vast amount of electricity; current estimates seem to point at the fact that Bitcoin’s mining nodes are using as much power as the whole country of Ireland. Governments are noticing this as well and trying to manage it. 

A spokesperson from the New York State Department of Public Service was quoted on this subject,

“These companies are using extraordinary amounts of electricity – typically thousands of times more electricity than an average residential customer would use. The sheer amount of electricity being used is leading to higher costs for customers in small communities because of a limited supply of low-cost hydropower.” 

So Bitcoin is entering a mining energy crisis, and that can be a crucial point in its history. Other bad news for Bitcoin was that Martti “Sirius” Malmi, a computer programmer who is believed to have worked alongside the enigmatic (and still unknown) Bitcoin creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, is joining a team of developers that are producing a new digital asset that will be called Axe.

But despite those challenges, there’s been much good news as well for both Bitcoin, and many other cryptocurrencies so let’s review some of them as well. The US SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) is analyzing the possibility to approve a new bitcoin exchange-traded fund

This initiative came from VanEck and SolidX and was filed through the Chigaco Board of Exchange. A decision is expected to be announced this month, but SEC is not in a hurry so the final decision could take several months anyway.

In another subject, a new study has found that the cryptocurrency investment market, especially the piece that has to do with Bitcoin, still has a lot of room to grow. 

It consisted of a survey done among a couple of thousand American investors. Only two percent said they own Bitcoin and not even one percent have it in their wishlist. Most of the investors surveyed expressed no interest at all in buying Bitcoin but a fourth of all said they are fascinated about it.

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Blockchain-Focused ETF Arrives on London Stock Exchange

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The crypto community is still waiting for the US SEC to approve Bitcoin ETFs, with speculation which application might get approval being one of the hottest topics in 2018. However, come 2019, the US government shutdown dragged on, and the Bitcoin ETF request which had the most potential to see a grant got withdrawn by the very companies that submitted the application.

While the question of BTC ETF remains hanging in the air, blockchain-focused ETFs seem to be a different matter entirely. In a recent announcement by an independent investment managed firm called Invesco, the company has stated that it was about to launch the largest blockchain-focused ETF in the world. They managed to go through with this plan, and the ETFs have reached the London Stock Exchange today, March 11th.

The exchange-traded fund includes a portfolio containing as many as 48 different firms which are bringing exposure to the emerging technology. Among them, there is Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, which is a well-known creator of chips used for crypto mining, as well as the CME Group, which is the first regulated exchange in the US which launched Bitcoin futures. There are many other well-known companies as well, such as Intel, Microsoft, and others.

Chris Mellor, the Invesco’s head of ETF equity product management in Europe, said that blockchain has a huge potential to increase earnings, even though…

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Could Jeff Bezos Turn to Bitcoin to Hide Fortune from Wife?

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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has made numerous headlines recently due to his overly-publicized divorce, which shows all signs of being one of the most expensive ones — if not THE most expensive one — in modern history. According to estimates, it might cost him as much as $70 billion, which will make his soon-to-be-ex-wife the richest woman in human history.

However, as the process continues to unfold, many have started wondering if things may have ended up differently for Bezos if he turned to Bitcoin for help.

Bitcoin as a divorce tool?

In the last several years — since Bitcoin and other cryptos hit fame — many have started turning to BTC during their divorce proceedings. In fact, it can even be said that using the largest cryptocurrency in this way has become a new trend. The trend has been gaining so much strength that numerous law companies started including advice on what to do in regards to Bitcoin as part of their websites.

However, while the trend has been picking up in recent years, it is nowhere near as easy as it might seem. For example, if there is even a suspicion of a spouse having undisclosed holdings appears during the divorce process, it might be enough to impact the final decision of the judge. In other words, even if there is a complete lack of evidence, but…

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Three Biggest Things To Know Come Cryptocurrency Tax Season

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In recent years, digital cash systems known as cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Litecoin have exploded into the public eye. A blend of cash and stocks, their use and value has grown exponentially. In 2017, the IRS decided to focus great effort on taxing them. In theory, this should be as simple as calculating taxes on any other type of property, bond, or other assets. Cryptocurrency, however, presents a unique challenge. The full extent of one person’s crypto activity can stretch across dozens of platforms and take a variety of different forms. This makes it difficult to gather all of this information cohesively, much less begin the seemingly- complicated process of reporting it.

These three tips should help anyone looking to legally report their crypto activity to figure out where to start.

Documentation is key!

There are dozens of different “exchanges” individuals can use to change their cash into crypto. When the flat currency is changed into cryptocurrency at the exchange, you establish your cost basis. This makes this data crucial when you begin the process of reporting.  Those who have used a variety of different exchanges should keep detailed records of everywhere that they made trades. Once tax season arrives, most exchanges will allow users to view their entire trading history with that exchange. This information will be necessary later to complete taxes.

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