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Stepping off the rollercoaster: Why I’ve fallen out of love with Bitcoin

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The very word Bitcoin has almost become synonymous with that of cryptocurrency. It’s basically just a medium of conducting digital transactions – it’s a virtual currency and one of many. So how has it taken on a definition of its own and asserted itself as a leader in the digital financial ecosystem?

Bitcoin has been crowned king of altcoins, probably because it was one of the earliest and most successful of its kind. The trendsetter has ushered in a wave of cryptocurrencies built on decentralised P2P networks and has inspired a growing number of followers and spinoffs. But is Bitcoin struggling to keep up with the newcomers who have made considerable developments to the stability, security, and usability of the crypto world?

The supporting case for Bitcoin has been a clear one. Its pioneering infrastructure has situated it in a position of dominance in the altcoin realm. Bitcoin has a proven usage case as a store of value. Having existed over 8 years without failure, it has a large lead over most altcoins and has withstood the test of time as younger counterparts join the market. However, it seems to be on a downward slope, or at the very least, not progressing at the speed of the market.

In May this year, investors saw a $1,000 decline in the price of Bitcoin (CoinDesk). Notorious for its unpredictable highs and lows, it was unsurprising to many; as Bitcoin has always been the joy and bane of crypto-investors. 

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The data here shows the reasons respondents gave for not wanting to use Bitcoin in GB. Clearly, 63% reported not wanting to use Bitcoin because they “don’t know enough about them”. Bitcoin has disregarded the general public and has arguably made little effort to provide understandable and accurate information on the ins and outs of the cryptocurrency.

Existing in a time of inspired and improved mediums of digital transactions, Bitcoin faces better-equipt rivals. Aggressive volatility in the market, lack of trust and few regulations have caused relentless problems in the crypto market, and Bitcoin has offered very few solutions. 

One of the main attributes that give rise to the extreme volatility we see is speculation. The demand spikes for cryptocurrencies are fuelled by trading and speculation rather than through the adoption of the real world. This is abundantly clear when we consider that in 2018 the market capitalisation of cryptocurrencies hit an all-time high of over $800 billion but is currently at its all-time low at $200 billion (CNBC). 

What’s been done to improve the conditions of the crypto market?

Here, enters Stablecoin, a cryptocurrency that has revolutionised the crypto revolution itself. It has been created primarily to tackle the harsh volatility and unpredictability that characterises the crypto market. They aim to stabilise prices by pegging them to some other ‘stable’ asset. These can include a cryptocurrency, fiat money or to exchange-traded commodities- like gold. 

Instability makes for unfavourable market conditions that generate erratic investor behaviour and sell-offs that further weaken the money-earning opportunities in this niche market. Timvi (TMV), the secured algorithmic Stablecoin, has entered the market to tackle this precise problem and allow users to make money during both bull and bear market conditions. 

The stabilising functions of Stablecoins are twofold. Asset-backed Stablecoins, such as Digix Gold Token (DGX), aim to reduce price volatility backed by exchange-traded commodities, or by using fiat currencies like the US dollar. Algorithmic Stablecoins rely on computing logic to monitor the supply of currency to achieve stability by mimicking the mechanisms of central banks.

Stablecoins are gaining increasing traction around the world. According to CryptoCompare, the market cap of the biggest Stablecoin is roughly $4 billion. 

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The market cap of all Stablecoins now exceeds $5 billion. 

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In the same report, Bitcoin has claimed that they aim to develop their Stablecoin solution within the next few years. But this may prove to be too little too late and could be the turning point where Bitcoin loses its crown for innovation. 

Some Stablecoins such as Tether (USDT), a US dollar-pegged unit, are commonly used to trade bitcoins. One unit of Tether is intended to equate to one US dollar and has thus far proven to be generally reliable on delivering this. 

So, Stablecoins are more complementary than they are competitive with Bitcoin. Indeed, they are a form of infrastructure provided by cryptocurrencies. It is disappointing that Bitcoin is yet to have secured its place as the Stablecoin leader, but the emerging alternatives do well to console this. 

These developments are important for the future of the crypto market. Given that a currency is ultimately a store of value, it should not be speculative, but rather predictive and stable in order to grow the user confidence needed for cryptocurrency to go mainstream. The total Stablecoin market value share has more than doubled in the past 12 months and its continued growth may well suggest a fall in Bitcoin’s reign.

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How Casinos Are Embracing Cryptocurrency

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Digital currencies and blockchain technology have had an immense impact on several industries across the globe. One of the areas where this impact has been very profound is in the gambling sector – which has also been known for embracing the latest technologies. Gaming operators have always been at the frontlines when it comes to trying out new and innovative technologies all in a bid to keep their customers happy and interested.

That said, it was only a matter of time before cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Ripple, and Litecoin among many others made their mark in the gambling industry. All of the features that these digital currencies promise are, without a doubt, very desirable features for gamblers across the world.

The result is a mutually beneficial arrangement where digital currencies get the necessary boost to go mainstream while the gaming operators get a front-row seat as the world ushers in the new age of next-generation digital payments. Naturally, there has to be a framework for this and thankfully its already being implemented in both land-based casinos and in online gambling platforms. 

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Reaching true Bitcoin anonymity through the use of mixers

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There used to be a time when Bitcoin transactions were considered fully-anonymous. Back then, cryptos were only getting started, and Bitcoin was pretty much the only one that was used, apart from a handful of the first altcoins that followed. However, as the crypto industry continued to develop, current blockchain analyzers were created, and it became clear that Bitcoin’s transparency also includes tracking the coins’ movement, even when you are simply withdrawing them from your exchange to your wallet.

This is why it became necessary to use Bitcoin mixers, also known as Bitcoin blenders or Bitcoin tumblers, such as BitMix.biz, in order to reach true anonymity.

What are Bitcoin mixers, and why do you need them?

Bitcoin mixers, as the name suggests, are online services that mix Bitcoins in order to disrupt their traceability.

Let’s say that you have a certain amount of BTC in your wallet on your crypto exchange of choice. With all the exchanges having to follow KYC/AML procedures, that means that you need to verify your identity, so that the exchange — and therefore, the authorities — will know exactly who you are and how much money you earned through trading and investing.

Once you withdraw those coins to your wallet, blockchain analyzers can track the transaction, and so your wallet…

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The Bitcoin Meltdown is Chance to Double Your Bitcoin

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Most of the cryptocurrency holders have never felt a day so bad.

After a blustering day of trading which saw Bitcoin price drop from $7,950 to $3,800, the massacre caused the worst sell-off to set a new 2020 low which not seen since April 2019.

The history of bitcoin only has a day in 2013 to compare a 40% fall, at that time bitcoin once dropped from $266 to $50, that was also a day when despair defeated the belief of bitcoin and almost no one could foresee bitcoin can recover and prices will reach $10,000 in a few years.

“Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.” This is what Warren Buffett said about stock market and you can see the stock market never dies, it is just rise and fall happen in a different order at different times.

So it is with bitcoin. The bitcoin meltdown is a chance for a few bitcoin traders while the others are running away.

One typical way is to short bitcoin. Futures trading allows traders to make profits out of the future price difference of the derivatives. However, when during horizontal movement of prices, futures trading may gain you fewer profits to cover the possible loss of the margin.

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