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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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Bitcoin about to drop to 4k, how will the market recover?

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It’s no secret that the cryptocurrency market (including Bitcoin) has been under a bearish run since last December 17th and it’s been going down steadily over the previous eleven months. But nobody was ready for the way in which the bears hit the market this November 14th.

It was just insane. The market capitalization for crypto went to its lowest point in a very short time. Bitcoin, which is crypto’s canary in a coal mine (so to speak) dropped below the 5k mark. It’s trading at $4,443 as we write this article and is expected to hit the 4k mark if things keep going in the same direction.

Can the trend change? Is there any good news to report? Any reason to be hopeful? The answers are: yes, yes, and yes.

The trend can and will change. We know this because drops as dramatic as the current one have already happened four times over the last ten years. Every time the market has bounced back to reach previously unexpected (allegedly impossible) heights.

About good news to report. There’s plenty. Blockchain projects like Ripple, Cardano, Stellar Lumens, Tron, and some others have reached impressive milestones this year. They are gaining adoption, becoming useful in the real world and securing strategic partnerships.

Also, even in the bearish climate, the crypto infrastructure has kept snowballing so you’ll be hard pressed to find any place in the world in which you…

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First crypto ETP gets approval from Switzerland, XRP takes a significant bite

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Bitcoin is currently at the lowest price it’s had in a year and, yet, confidence and interest among the traditional financial industry (which has been very skeptic since it all started) keeps growing at an unprecedented rate. Switzerland, the world’s quintessential banking country, has green-lighted the world’s first exchange-traded product tracking multiple cryptocurrencies.

It will be called Amun Crypto ETP and will go online next week on Zurich’s Six exchange. It’s designed to track five cryptocurrencies and to index their market performance. The five digital assets in question are Bitcoin, XRP, ETH, Bitcoin Cash, and Litecoin.

Having your tokens managed by Amun will set you back by 2.5%. It’s expected for Bitcoin to be responsible for about half of the trade, with XRP doing a quarter of business and the three remaining coins at smaller percentages.

The Swiss exchange parent company is Amun, a fintech company based in London and founded by Hany Rashwan. Mr. Rashwan assured to the press that the ETP is built to meet all the same standards valid in conventional exchange trade used by investors all over the world. Mr. Rashwan added,

“The Amun ETP will give institutional investors that are restricted to investing only in securities or do not want to set up custody for digital assets exposure to cryptocurrencies. It will also provide access for retail investors that currently have no access to crypto exchanges due to local regulatory impediments.”

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