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Will Bakkt Push Bitcoin into the Mainstream?

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Bitcoin has been in a prolonged bear market for some time and has dropped as low as $8300 in recent weeks. This is the worst time for the cryptocurrency since prior to the bitcoin boom in 2017, and it has led to speculation that the original cryptocurrency could be on the decline. However, the digital asset may be about to bounce back. This could be thanks to Bakkt, the new digital asset platform which aims to provide a secure and well-monitored place for investors to trade bitcoin. Some analysts are even suggesting that this could lead bitcoin into the mainstream.

Bitcoin has been teetering on the edge of the mainstream for some time now, with various companies accepting payments in the digital currency. The reason why it hasn’t yet taken off is that it doesn’t have enough practical applications to encourage the everyday person to start using it. But the market is there for alternative payments, and this is particularly apparent in the online casino industry when new sites crop up. For example, Johnny Jackpot is a smashing new casino brand that accepts a number of payment systems including Neteller, Skrill, and Paysafecard. Global customers want to be able to use options like these which were designed for the internet.

The problem with all of the aforementioned systems is that they are still governed by banks, and when moving money across borders they are subject to fluctuating exchange rates. Bitcoin would solve these problems if it was adopted on a wider scale. Bakkt is aiming to pave the way for bitcoin to become an everyday asset by providing an ecosystem for digital assets. The company is backed by Microsoft and Starbucks, which should help foster trust from users. The coffee company allows customers to pay for coffee and food using bitcoin. Seeing as the brand is so influential, this could spark a high number of other major companies to follow suit.

According to the CEO of Bakkt, the company “is designed to serve as a scalable on-ramp for institutional, merchant, and consumer participation in digital assets by promoting greater efficiency, security, and utility.” This means that they want to move users away from traditional payment systems like credit cards, but provide the same levels of security and application. Bakkt wants to increase trust in bitcoin and digital assets, and also nurture millennials’ belief in the cryptocurrency. In the early days of Bakkt, the company is expecting significant institutional demand for its futures contract but admits that an immediate surge is unlikely.

Bakkt has been a long time in the making, and the concept was announced over a year ago. It is true that the initial release has not yet had the desired effect, but it could play a major part in bitcoin’s future. Having Microsoft and Starbucks on board is a huge plus point for the company, but it will need other influential industries to get involved and help spread the word. In a few months, bitcoin could be back on a bullish trend.

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As Global Tensions Grow, Bitcoin Price May Go Higher

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BTC Surged Again as A Safe Haven Asset During Global Tensions

  • India – China Border Conflict

After weeks of squabbling and brawling along their long-disputed border, hundreds of Indian and Chinese soldiers engaged in a deadly clash Monday in a river valley that’s part of the region of Ladakh last week. Troops had massed on both sides of the border in recent months in the northern India region of Ladakh and the southwestern Chinese region of Aksai Chin, causing global concerns of a potential escalation between the two.

  • North and South Korea Clash

Last Tuesday, North Korea destroyed the liaison office it jointly operates with South Korea in the city of Kaesong, just north of the demilitarized zone that separates the two countries. 

North Korea also said it would send troops to now-shuttered joint cooperation sites on its territory, reinstall guard posts and resume military drills at front-line areas in a violation of separate 2018 deals with South Korea. Jeong said South Korea will take “immediate, swift and corresponding” steps to any North Korean provocation.

The tensions grown in Asia and the potential “second wave” of coronavirus in the United States may add more difficulties to the global economic recovery. Thus, Bitcoin, as a safe haven asset, attracts more investors to…

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CoinFlip Continues to Dominate the U.S. Cryptocurrency ATM Market

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Although cryptocurrency has brought in a lot of traders seeking the dream of overnight wealth, cryptocurrency is a lot more than just striking it rich.  Cryptocurrency is about creating a new market with companies that are building cutting edge technology in an effort to continue elevating our way of life.  As the crypto market continues to expand, several companies are involved in creating ways for more people to participate.  One such company that appears to be making all the right moves is CoinFlip.

CoinFlip is the world’s leading cryptocurrency ATM operator that currently allows users to buy and sell 10 different cryptocurrencies including BTC, ETH, LTC, DASH, TRX, KMD, LINK, BNB, XLM, and USDC.  Due to the company’s quick growth, CoinFlip has quickly gained a reputation of being the place to go for all crypto ATM transactions.  In addition to its massive geographic coverage, there are four advantages that CoinFlip currently offers over its competitors:

  • Lowest fees of any cryptocurrency ATM in the world
  • Lightning-fast transactions that are typically completed between 10 and 30 minutes
  • Extremely easy customer verification
  • 24/7 customer support through phone, text, and chat

Given the global pandemic currently facing us, many companies have been struggling just to survive.  CoinFlip, on the other hand, is not only surviving but thriving.  The company has had an exciting few months and has even bigger plans…

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Cryptocurrency Fraud is Evolving; Bitcoin ATMs Mitigate Risk 

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In one of the more overlooked aspects of the crypto ecosystem, it appears that the bulk of illicit activities are shifting from hacks and thefts to cryptocurrency fraud and scams.

CipherTrace, the crypto-surveillance, and analysis firm released a report at the end of Q4 2019 that revealed hacks and thefts had decreased by 66 percent in 2019 while fraud and misappropriation of funds surged by 533 percent. And beneath the COVID-19 hysteria of 2020, hacks in the crypto sector have been eerily isolated. 

Outside of a few exploited flaws in P2P exchanges and DeFi flash loan vulnerabilities, the headline-grabbing hacks of exchanges for hundreds of millions of dollars have been absent so far this year. Is the industry due for another massive hack, or are stringent KYC/AML processes, regulatory crackdowns, better security practices, and blockchain surveillance working? 

KYC/AML Improvements Are Reducing the Appeal of Crypto Exchange Laundering 

2020 is far removed from the no-KYC wild west days of the early-mid 2010s where anonymous altcoin casinos preponderated and the Dark Underbelly of Cryptocurrency Markets thrived. 

Today, bitcoin and the crypto ecosystem is becoming institutionalized with a surfeit of derivatives (e.g., options, futures, perp swaps, etc.) available on…

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