Connect with us

Blogs

Cryptocurrencies (BTC, ETH, LTC, XRP) Will Edge Out Traditional Financial Systems

Published

on

cryptocurrencies
READ LATER - DOWNLOAD THIS POST AS PDF

The crypto markets have been in the red since Sunday and show no signs of stopping. Bitcoin (BTC) has been forecasted to touch $5,700 before any signs of a rebound can be seen. The King of Crypto is currently trading at $7,200 at the moment of writing this and down 1.70% in 24 hours. Ethereum (ETH) has also been affected and is trading at $539. Ripple (XRP) has not been spared and is currently trading at $0.57. Bitcoin Cash (BCH) has gone to levels below $1,000 and currently trading at $926.

The cause of the current decline has been the subject of speculation. Many traders have postulated the theory that Bitcoin manipulation is highly probable. They claim that it all started when the CME Group and CBOE started offering Bitcoin futures back in mid-December. But these institutions really be blamed? The crypto-verse is unregulated and subject to pump and dumps once in a while at the expense of the small traders.

But can it be that the actions of the ‘big shot’ financial institutions are the kicks of a dying horse? Are they seeing pending doom with the introduction of decentralization and peer-to-peer transactions as envisioned by Satoshi Nakamoto?

This might be the case. They are trying to make some profits before they fall like the wooden bricks while playing Jenga.

Niall Ferguson, an accomplished author and commentator, recently told a group at a seminar hosted by the Bank of England, that Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies were the financial systems of the future. He was also keen to note that we might be on the cusp of another financial crisis as the one witnessed in 2008. He had this to say:

“The financial system of today is not fundamentally that different than the financial system of the pre-crisis period, except that big banks are better capitalized. I don’t think much else is really different. The novelties, the things that will really matter ten years hence are still relatively small in scale. Whether its bitcoin or cryptocurrency generally or the massive revolution in online payments that is being achieved by the big Chinese tech companies, that’s the financial system of the future, and it is still small enough not to be systemically important in 2018. In short, I am left feeling we are only a matter of time before the next crisis.”

The last crisis was the fault of the American banks who were trading with derivatives of mortgages held by subprime borrowers. The interest rates of these mortgages fluctuated resulting in a domino effect of delinquent payments. What then happened is a total collapse of the economy due to lack of support for the value of the said derivatives.

Long story short, the banks messed it up. This then gives cryptocurrencies the opportunity of grabbing the wheel in terms of being the financial system of the future. Even with the current decline in the crypto market, there is some light at the end of the tunnel in crypto going mainstream. We hold the key to this adoption.

For the latest cryptocurrency news, join our Telegram!

Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Global Coin Report and/or its affiliates, employees, writers, and subcontractors are cryptocurrency investors and from time to time may or may not have holdings in some of the coins or tokens they cover. Please conduct your own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency and read our full disclaimer.

Image courtesy of Pexels

Blogs

Blockchain-Focused ETF Arrives on London Stock Exchange

Published

on

blockchain-focused ETFs
READ LATER - DOWNLOAD THIS POST AS PDF

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…

Continue Reading

Blogs

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

Published

on

Jeff Bezos
READ LATER - DOWNLOAD THIS POST AS PDF

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…

Continue Reading

Blogs

Three Biggest Things To Know Come Cryptocurrency Tax Season

Published

on

cryptocurrency tax
READ LATER - DOWNLOAD THIS POST AS PDF

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.

Calculate your total gains

Continue Reading

Elite