For anyone that’s spent a certain amount of time in the cryptocurrency (and, in particular, the bitcoin) space, Roger Ver will be something of a household name. Dubbed the Bitcoin Jesus, he’s famous in the sector for his early support, buying up 25,000 BTC at $1 (an investment that’s now worth more than $425 million) and, subsequently, for pushing the bitcoin agenda across the globe between, say 2012-2016.
More recently, however, he’s turned from bitcoin saint to bitcoin sinner.
On the off chance that anyone missed the story, Ver is now a proponent of what’s called Bitcoin Cash (BCH), which is a fork of the bitcoin chain (which is now being called Bitcoin Core) and it’s designed to function in a similar way as does bitcoin but with faster transactions and lower fees.
And to Ver’s credit, it does exactly that.
The problem is, however, he’s marketing Bitcoin Cash as the ‘real’ bitcoin and, at the same time, promoting the suggestion the Bitcoin Core is not the version of bitcoin outlined in Nakamoto’s now famous whitepaper.
He’s also the owner of Bitcoin.com, which makes things a little complicated. Basically, Bitcoin.com offers him a platform from which to spread his belief that Bitcoin Cash is the bitcoin of the future and this has served to anger many of those holding, or using, or even just involved in, Bitcoin Core.
So why is this important today?
Well, take a look at this video.
The video is a YouTube reproduction of CNBC’s Fast Money from early this week and – you guessed it – the guest being interviewed is none other than Ver. Now, this wouldn’t normally be a problem. Well, it wouldn’t have been twelve months ago. Now, however, Ver is a Bitcoin Cash proponent and this sets up a skewed incentive type situation – one in which there’s a real conflict of interest.
For anyone that doesn’t want to watch the video, Ver is set up by the team at CNBC as being a guru in the bitcoin space and he then spends his time outlining a long-term bearish view for bitcoin, in favor of Bitcoin Cash.
At the interview’s completion, a number of the anchors suggest that, on the back of what Ver has said during the interview, they deem Bitcoin Cash as the better investment right now, as opposed to bitcoin (Bitcoin Core).
So why is this a problem?
Well, Bitcoin Cash is essentially an altcoin that Ver has a very vested interest in and it’s very favorable to him (from a financial perspective) to market Bitcoin Cash and, in turn, to push its price up on the open market. That’s not a problem but when you’ve been given a platform such as Fast Money and you use it not only to promote personal interests but to also suggest that a competing asset, one for which you are considered the guru in a large portion of the investment community, has a long-term bearish outlook, it becomes something of a problem.
The market response to the development has been somewhat flat. Bitcoin Cash is up a couple of percentage points, as is bitcoin (Core) and this may be something to do with the complexities of buying Bitcoin Cash as compares to Bitcoin (or a general lack of understanding of the two) right now.
When Bitcoin Cash is listed on Coinbase, however, as is widely expected to be the case by the end of this year, this conflict could heat up.
Again, for anyone that’s not seen the CNBC interview, it’s well worth a look.
Additionally, for anyone that wants to see just how much Ver cares about Bitcoin Cash (and, specifically, the fact that it’s referred to as Bitcoin Cash and not BCASH, as some of the community are calling it), here’s an interview that’s well worth checking out.
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Bitcoin Surges After Tesla Bought $1.5 Billion Worth of BTC
The sudden rise of Bitcoin has been connected to the decision taken by the Tesla electric car company to buy $1.5 billion worth of Bitcoin.
The company explained in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that it bought Bitcoin to diversify its cash returns and more flexibility.
Musk’s Tweets also impacted Dogecoin’s price
Tesla also added that it will start accepting Bitcoin payments for all its products, although this will be based on a limited basis and applicable laws. If the company concludes and starts accepting cryptocurrency, it will make it the first major car manufacturer to accept Bitcoin payments. The company’s founder and Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk has developed an interest in Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies.
He has been tweeting severally about the viability of the Dogecoin (DOGE), which doesn’t have an important market value attached to it.
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— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 4, 2021
Few hours after endorsing Dogecoin, the cryptocurrency rose by an impressive 50%. But regulatory authorities are still concerned about the risks in cryptocurrency investments, with several regulatory bodies warning traders and investors they could lose all their money from crypto investments.
But for Tesla, the company decides to diversify its funds and increased its cash returns. However, Tesla also warned investors about the volatility of Bitcoin’s price in its SEC filing. According to the SEC…
XNO Token of Xeno NFT Hub listed on Bithumb Korea Exchange
Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 25th January, 2021, // ChainWire //
Xeno Holdings Limited (xno.live ), a blockchain solutions company based in Hong Kong, has announced the listing of its ecosystem utility token XNO on the ‘Bithumb Korea’ cryptocurrency exchange on January 21st 2021.
Xeno NFT Hub (market.xno.live ), developed by Xeno Holdings, enables easy minting of digital items into NFTs while also providing a marketplace where anyone can securely trade NFTs.
The Xeno NFT Hub project team includes former members of the technology project Yosemite X based in San Francisco and professionals such as Gabby Dizon who is a games industry expert and NFT space influencer based in Southeast Asia.
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In addition to the large user base and deep liquidity, Wisebitcoin also stands out by offering up to 100x leverage to margin traders, with the ability to open a long or short position in their futures market. In the current bullish environment, leverage is a key way that experienced traders increase their exposure and try to profit from volatility.
For example, if a user opened a long position on ETH on January 2nd at a price of $750, they could have greatly multiplied their profits with even a small amount of leverage such as 5x as ETH reached over $1,100 within 48 hours. A simple unleveraged position would have netted $350 in profit, but a 5x position would have netted $1,750 and a 100x leveraged position would have netted an incredible $35,000 in profits from an initial investment of just $750.
Beyond leverage, Wisebitcoin additionally offers a simple and…