The DAO attack recently resulted in the Ethereum hard fork, the significance of which is still lingering and will continue to do so for a long time. The reason behind this is that this attack resulted in the bifurcation of the Ethereum blockchain. The newly formed chain is known Ethereum while the old chain that did not embrace any alterations to the code was renamed as Ethereum Classic (ETC).
Not only did the two coins adopted different roadmaps but also the original chain remained incompatible and lacked upgradation. This implied that none of the current upgrades and updates could be implemented on the platform of Ethereum. For instance, ETH is shifting to a proof-of-stake algorithm while ETC will continue working on a proof of work algorithm. ETH is also equipped with remarkable features like faster block completion times and smart contracts. To aggravate matters, most of the major personalities who used to work in the Ethereum community including Gavin Wood and Vitalik Buterin have shifted towards working at the new chain.
The resulting impasse that resulted from the conceptual and moral differences meant that there were some areas of contention between the two communities of ETC and ETH. While the newly formed ETH has emerged in the second position only after Bitcoin in the crypto market in terms of market capitalization, ETC is lagging behind at 17th position in terms of market capitalization.
Plans for 2018: Ethereum Classic aims to match with Ethereum in the use of smart contracts
Vitalik Buterin has suggested the idea to have the supply of ETH capped at about 120 million coins. This is consistent with the view that a limitless supply of ETH will be likely to cause harm to the value of the value of the currency in the near future. While this recommendation is still to be approved by the Ethereum community, it projects an interesting perspective regarding how the course the future of ETH may be taking. Besides this, it will be interesting to see how Ethereum shapes its monetary reforms and policies. This comes in the light of how ETH is planning to shift from a PoW to a PoS. In spite of the fact that both Ethereum Classic (ETC) and Ethereum (ETH) are decentralized platforms that provide smart contracts; the latter is favored over the former. However, the ETC team has a detailed plan of action, through which it plans to attain the goal of making its platform more appealing to developers.
The ETCdev team has its focus set on several development projects which it plans to carry out in 2018.the primary agenda of the team is to bridge the gap with Ethereum. Their roadmap for 2018 consists of three goals:
- Developing more scalability of the ETC platform through sidechains
- Assimilation with the internet of things (IoT)
- Offering a platform for third-party developer to enable them to design and establish their dApps.
A comparison between the current markets of ETH and ETC
The position for both ETH and also ETC is not particularly bright in the short-term. These coins have witnessed a turbulent season. Their value started declining fast in the last couple of weeks. The valuation of ETH was 857 dollars against the US dollar on 3rd March 2018, and its market capitalization was at a value of 84 billion dollars. On 2nd April its valuation plummeted to 390 dollars and the market capitalization value stands at 38.4 billion dollars. This plunge represents a fall of over 50% within just a month’s time.
ETC has also been going through a rough patch and there are fears that its value will also continue plunging until May. At the beginning of March 2018, ETC/USD traded at 30.79 dollars and the currency had a market capitalization value of 3.08 billion. However, by April 2nd, the valuation has plunged to 14 dollars and the market cap has shrunk to 1.4 billion dollars.
Which one should you choose?
While most believe Ethereum is the coin to bet on as it has the second largest market cap, several new features are being updated regularly, thus making it capable to disrupt several industries. However, there are several big names in the crypto industry that still root for Ethereum Classic. There is also the perception that Ethereum’s price may be exaggerated due to the building of ICOs on the network and the usage of Ether. The market outlook for both coins is negative currently, even though there is still ample opportunity in the future for investors to make a profit by investing in either. However, due to established market position and visibility, Ethereum is the safer bet.
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Blockchain-Focused ETF Arrives on London Stock Exchange
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…
Could Jeff Bezos Turn to Bitcoin to Hide Fortune from Wife?
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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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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