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Fundstrat Global co-founder Tom Lee’s thoughts on recent Bitcoin fall

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Tom Lee is a cryptocurrency expert at Fundstrat Global Advisors. He’s made name for himself by correctly predicting all kinds of markets many times over. Earlier this year, Mr. Lee made waves in the cryptosphere when he forecasted Bitcoin’s price to end the year at $25,000.

Not too long ago, Mr. Lee appeared at CNBC’s “Squawk Box” to talk about Bitcoin and other crypto topics and if you missed it, in this article we will give you the gist of it.

The interview opened asking Mr. Lee about Bitcoin. That was unavoidable in the coin’s currently calamitous state and the hash wars with Bitcoin Cash. While the red numbers in the market seem apocalyptic to many, Mr. Lee explained that the outlook is not as bad for several reasons. First of all, Bitcoin is currently more of a commodity than an actual currency, so tragedy will hardly come up of the current low market.

He also explained that crypto has two main players: users and speculators and that users will ultimately dominate the market because there is a new wave of users coming soon in the form of institutions. New regulatory clarity will give institutional investors and users the confidence they’ve lacked so far to adopt Bitcoin (and many other digital assets), come into the game and make the market mature at last.

The interviewer asked Mr. Lee explicitly about Bitcoin’s price by the end of the year, because the current trends make the $25,000 mark seemingly unreachable. Mr. Lee agreed that it doesn’t look so hot right now but he still said that $15,000 by year’s end is reasonable. When he was asked why he said that many different things could make this happen. He wasn’t specific about what could those things be, but he was very confident nevertheless.

Bitcoin ‘seriously’ undervalued

He also explained that Bitcoin is currently seriously undervalued. In his estimation it takes $7,000 USD to mine a full coin so, being a commodity, it won’t stay under that price for much longer because commodities are never sold at prices that are under production costs. On further explanations, he said that as the world grows more digital every day, digital currencies can only become more relevant and accessible. That will make adoption easier, more common, and will rise value for the market.

When the interviewers insisted on describing the sorry state in the cryptosphere, Mr. Lee explained that it’s not as bad as it looks. XRP, for instance, is doing quite well and is quickly becoming a viable alternative for Bitcoin.

To take his point further, he compared how much money is moved around the world using Bitcoin and Paypal. Bitcoin’s piece of that market is superior by a factor of three, even as the price goes down. In his estimation, it will be six times bigger than Paypal in two years, more or less.

Next, he described resistance to digital assets as a normal feature of the generational gap.

During the interview, Mr. Lee was pressed to be a prophet of doom of sorts, but he never lost his ground. Not just around Bitcoin, his arguments on every point were rational, calmed and he offered data when it was needed.

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Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Global Coin Report and its affiliates, employees, writers, and subcontractors are cryptocurrency investors and from time to time may or may not have holdings in some of the coins or tokens they cover. Please conduct your own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency and read our full disclaimer.

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KaratGold Proves Its Business Model By Providing Official Documents

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There has been a lot of renewed enthusiasm in the cryptocurrency market thanks mainly to Bitcoin’s strong move about 10,000.  Although Bitcoin continues to show its dominance, the altcoin market has yet to benefit from that rally.  A few of the largest altcoins remain popular but the rest of the market continues to lag behind.  In 2018, there was a lot of talk regarding a possible altcoin apocalypse where only the strong would survive.  That prediction appears to be playing out as expected.  Going forward, only the best projects that have a real world need will survive.  Crypto traders will have to spend a lot of their time doing proper research in order to find the best opportunities, just like in all financial markets.  One promising project that appears to have the makings of a future winner is KaratGold Coin.

KaratGold Background

KaratGold Coin is a cryptocurrency developed by the reputable German company Karatbars International, which maintains a leading position in the market of small gold items and investments. The project is part of a larger ecosystem, which involves several blockchain solutions that can be used for transactions, communication, investing and other tasks. During the past few weeks, however, the KaratGold ecosystem has been a target of unsavory scam allegations.  

Karatbars International and GSB Gold Standard Banking Corporation…

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SonicX and Dash Could Challenge Facebook’s Libra for Global Payments Market Share

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When Satoshi Nakamoto unveiled Bitcoin to the world, the dream was always for Bitcoin to serve as a new universal currency.  It would be free from the bureaucracy of governments.  And free from the tyranny of the old-world financial cartels.  Although the dream hasn’t yet materialized, it comes closer and closer with each passing day.

One of the biggest roadblocks for Bitcoin has been scalability.  At a speed of approximately 7 transactions per second, Bitcoin lags behind other cryptocurrencies like Ripple and global payment processors like Visa.  Many expect the lightning network to have a positive impact on Bitcoin’s TPS but until that comes to fruition, mass adoption will likely need another significant development.

Libra Currency Announcement

One development that could help pave the way toward mass adoption is the launch of the Libra currency.  Libra is expected to go live during the first half of 2020 according to Facebook’s June announcement.  According to Facebook, Libra will make sending money online cheaper and faster.  It will also have a hand in improving access to financial services, especially for the unbanked.  Given Facebook’s global reach, including many third world countries, providing financial access to the unbanked could provide a huge spark to global economies.  Additionally, it could provide the growth spark that cryptocurrency needs.

Facebook’s most popular messenger, WhatsApp, has approximately 1.5 billion monthly users.  This application is…

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The rise of the crypto casinos

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In the hyper-competitive world of online casinos, operators are always looking for ways to stand out from the crowd. The most usual methods include using distinctive branding, offering generous bonuses and making sure that they are on all of the major so-called affiliate sites where players can compare and contrast casinos’ different offerings.

But now a whole new generation of casinos are starting to emerge – ones whose key difference isn’t what and how you play, but more in how you pay.

The rise and rise of the cryptocurrency casino is seen by many as the next logical step in a world that is slowly but surely starting to accept that Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, et al. are certainly here to stay.

Of course, it’s the first of these cryptocurrencies that has really grabbed the headlines and led the way with its meteoric performance in 2017 when it seemed like its $20,000 value was just the start of the story. Admittedly, this was short-lived and the value quickly fell back to a more sustainable level but, if it achieved one thing, it was to cement this exciting new kind of currency in the consciousness of the general public.

Why Bitcoin and online casinos are the perfect partners

In many ways, it’s the perfect partnership between Bitcoin and online casinos with multiple benefits for both.

The first of…

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