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Here Is Why Even Goldman Sachs’ CEO Is Warming Up To Bitcoin (BTC)

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A while back, a seasoned trader once advised this author that whether you love Bitcoin (BTC) or not, the cryptocurrency is the King of The Markets. This means that BTC dictates the general direction of all other crypto assets out there. Whenever Bitcoin is doing well or is experiencing sideways movement, the rest of the coins and tokens either increase in value or also experience sideways movement. The converse is also true. If BTC tanks, the entire market falls with it. Referencing old sailing boats such as those popularized by Pirate movies, BTC is the sail needed to carry this ship of cryptocurrency markets to our preferred destination of The Moon!

Similar sentiments have been echoed by the current CEO of Goldman Sachs, Lloyd Blankfein. He says that critics who believe Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies have no future are wrong 100%. Mr. Blankfein has been open-minded about the entire cryptocurrency markets since last year and had this to say at a conference of the Economic Club of New York:

“If you go through that fiat currency where they say this is worth what it’s worth because I, the government, says it is, why couldn’t you have a consensus currency?”

During an earlier interview with CNBC, Mr. Blankfein had reminded the audience that there was a period in US history when the US government abruptly abolished the gold standard and replaced it with a currency of ‘no value’,. This replacement currency was the USD. Back then, everyone embraced the change and has been the case till now where even foreign governments hold their reserves in the US Dollar.

He used this example to reiterate that Bitcoin could one day replace the regular fiat currency used around the globe. He expressed his opinion by saying that:

“A five dollar gold coin was worth five dollars because it had five dollars worth of gold in it. Then they issue paper money that is backed by gold in the treasury. Then one day, they issue paper money that does not have the backing of gold. There was no pledge that if you turn it in, I’ll give you five dollars of gold. It is fiat money. I say this piece of paper is worth five dollars and so therefore it is five dollars and a lot of people did not take that for a long time.”

By this statement, we can conclude that the acceptance of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies will be a matter of trusting that the asset holds value the same way paper money was eventually trusted as being a store of value.

Mr. Blankfein would later add:

“You move a little bit further and you get bitcoin that is not a fiat currency so I don’t trust it and I don’t like it. On the other hand, if it works, I say maybe it was a natural progression from hard money to digital money.”

In summary, the adoption of Bitcoin will have to come from a global change of mentality that it is a trusted asset that holds value. This will happen in a manner similar to how the USD came to be accepted as the natural store of value across the globe. It might sound ridiculous that the USD is simply paper, but there is a global consensus that it is valuable.

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Why Chinese New Year Affects Bitcoin (BTC)

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Bitcoin (BTC) lost about $100 in value in the last week, and, while reasons behind the drop in crypto prices can often be hidden and unclear — this time, that is not the case. The reason for this drop is believed to be the celebration of the Chinese New Year.

The New Year celebration was over more than a month ago for most of the modern world. However, things are a bit different in China. This is a country which is considered to be one of the oldest ones in the world, with a long and complex history. The country’s traditions are fascinating to many around the world, as so many of them are different from western culture. One of these traditions is the Chinese New Year.

The New Year celebrations in China start on January 28th, which was a week ago. The New Year itself is today, February 5th, although the celebrations and festivities are going to last until February 19th. For the people of China, and all those around the world who follow the country’s tradition, this is the time to relax, take a break, and perhaps travel and visit friends and family. But, what does it have to do with Bitcoin?

China and Bitcoin

Those who are new to the world of cryptocurrencies have likely already heard many stories about China banning Bitcoin trading and…

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EO.Finance Launches Highest Paying Crypto Referral Program of 2019

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The EO Referral Program, already touted to be a significant addition to the ecosystem has been launched, and more details can finally be revealed. Offering 30% of transaction fees for each referral, it is expected to be the highest paying crypto referral program of 2019.

 

Each user will receive their own unique invite link, which can be shared with friends or via social media, in order to start earning 30% of the companies fees for every transaction made by someone who registered using their unique link. Furthermore, receive 5% of the fees for each new referral introduced by your own referral, increasing earning potential and adding even more benefits to an already feature-packed ecosystem. The fact the ecosystem supports credit and debit card transactions, as well as more than 40 cryptocurrencies means it will be even easier for you to start earning from your referrals.

 

The EO Referral Program will also extend to EO.Trade following launch, meaning it will be possible to earn from a single referrals transactions across multiple products within the EO ecosystem. It is important to note that the figure of 30% is significantly more than most competitors offer.

 

Payment will be made in the same currency as was purchased or exchanged. Withdrawal of the profits earned via the program can be made instantly, meaning you can earn immediately from your referral.…

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Is Bitcoin (BTC) Ready for Another Surge?

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It is no secret that Bitcoin (BTC) has had a rough 2018. The coin has dropped by over 80% from its all-time high in a matter of months, it experienced two market crashes, a constantly bearish market, and even troubles within its own ecosystem. Crypto investors spent the entire year hoping for a surge that never arrived, and since BTC is the most influential coin within the crypto space, its behavior usually dictates the pace for other coins as well.

Then, the year finally ended, and investors believed they could finally start anew, hoping to see BTC perform better in 2019. While Bitcoin is certainly performing better than in 2018, the current state of things is still far away from a rally. However, there is a possibility that this might change in the future.

Projects that could have sparked the next rally

As mentioned, crypto investors around the world were hoping to see a new price surge with the arrival of the new year. So far, this has not happened, and while there were several events believed to be able to boost BTC value, several complications prevent them from occurring.

One of them is the launch of the Bakkt Bitcoin Futures Exchange, which was scheduled to happen on January 24th. However, due to the long-lasting US government shutdown, the exchange failed…

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