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What caused the Bitcoin crash? Lessons to learn

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2020 was a good start for bitcoin that went from $7200 to $10,300 in just 40 days.  Then it dropped with all other assets during the pandemic. It came crashing down on March 13th from $8000 to around $4200.  This raised the question on whether Bitcoin is truly a safe haven like gold or silver? Or does it just play along with the stock market, if so, why should anyone diversify into Bitcoin?

First of all, Bitcoin is more than a mere safe haven.  It is a piece of the technology and by that token piece of history.  When you buy bitcoin – you are buying into the ecosystem that is being built (and will be built in the future). 

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However, that argument will not satisfy those who are losing their life savings in bitcoin who hoped that Bitcoin would not react the same way the stock market does and provide hedge against traditional market.

Is this crash caused by the pandemic? 

The important question on everyone’s mind is: is this bitcoin crash caused by coronavirus pandemic? 

In our opinion, not entirely, though it was one of the reasons for the crash but not entirely. 

Reasons that ignited the crash:

1. Plus Token Scam

Plustoken scam, as pointed by Sue Zhu and ErgoBTC, that the team of plus token has moved a very large amount of bitcoin to their account and later diversified them into two accounts.

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Plustoken was a ponzi scheme spotted back in Nov’ 2019 when Ergo warned about what’s happening. 

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These scammers are dumping their loot into the market and they don’t care at what price they can sell.  This massive sale off was combined with the market crash due to the pandemic and we had a rather ugly drop in Bitcoin price.  As you will see that the bottom did not last long as Bitcoin quickly jumped back.

2. Stock Market Crash

The pandemic, lockdown, massive job losses and looming recession (or even fear of depression) all forced the market to sell off.  Bitcoin is a relatively new asset which has not seen a single recession in its lifetime, as such, people naturally want to liquidate bitcoin along with their stock holdings into fiat to stock up food and essentials.  This is understandable during times like these. With the markets tumbling down and the trading halted, the ripple effect impacted all asset classes including bitcoin.

3. Panic Selling

Mass hysteria is a real thing.  Market doesn’t run on fundamentals – it runs on sentiment. Right now market sentiment is probably at its worst. This fear sentiment created a massive sell off in everything. We heard crazy news about how people were fighting over toilet papers or paying ridiculous amounts of money for it. That’s what happens when fear grips the market – it loses its rational mind.  A rational mind would say ‘bitcoin is going to be the future of money’ but a fear gripped mind would say ‘I need fiat in hand to provide for my family’.  The danger is not baseless but the overblown fear is.  

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Lessons to learn

  • Do not panic (FUD) sell or FOMO buy

Never go with the market that is driven by fear or greed. However, those are the two primary emotions that drive the market – so it is easier said than done. Those who bought when the market hit low $4200 are now sitting on a 50% gain in a short time. And those who sold at those rates are now re-thinking their decision.  Never put an amount in bitcoin or cryptocurrency that you are not willing to lose. We personally own a fraction of bitcoin that we will never sell, at least, not anytime soon.

  • Markets are meant to fluctuate

Market volatility is the norm.  Extreme volatility is the norm in crypto space. Veteran crypto traders have endured market crashes that traditional investors would never dream of living through.  Crypto space is not for the faint of hearts. Decide before you enter.

  • Bitcoin is still hedge against fiat inflationary practices

The very fact that governments around the world can print as much money they want, whenever they want, is a strong case for Bitcoin.  The US and Europe with a combined GDP of $26 Trillion have a combined debt of estimated $51 Trillion, they are never going to pay this back – instead – they will eventually have to rely on alternatives (like bail-ins or demonetization or tapping into Citizen’s accounts).  We may not see a country leaning toward those options anytime soon but we might see it sooner than later in other countries. Gold and Bitcoin continue to be the safe havens against fiat inflation. Gold is not finite (at least at the moment) – bitcoin is definitely finite and makes it more dear of an asset to own and HODL.

Of course, no one knows how this pandemic will end and the consequences of it in the near and long-term future.  In our speculative opinion, we will see some solutions emerging before May and the economy will start, even if slowly at the beginning, in May 2020.  The stock market will rally back up sharply – however – the after effects of printing unlimited money will catch up in form of inflation and fiat will start losing its power.  How far will that loss go – we will have to wait and see.

Stay safe out there. 

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Is this the end of XRP?

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Our dislike for XRP is well documented on our site…if you have missed them, here is a list of articles where we have made our opinion based disdain clear…

Why we do not support nor invest in Ripple

Ripple or not to Ripple? ‘Definitely not’ says a research report

5 questions we want XRP army to answer!

This is not a personal attack, mind you.  

We just don’t like the idea of a private company printing billions of dollars worth of money that is centrally controlled which goes against the spirit of crypto space.  This is our opinion and we are sticking with it.

Yes, we understand that we might be missing out on life-transforming gains on XRP by staying away from it.  It is OK with us. 

We generally do not trade based on sentiment, however, XRP has always been an exception given what we want Crypto space to represent.

Given all that, we were not surprised at all when the latest FUD around SEC investigation into XRP came out.

Is this the beginning of the end for XRP?

“Justice is on the side that can afford the best attorney” is the common joke in my country…and that seems to hold true for the world in general.

If we are forced into speculating, this is what might transpire in our view:

  • When drafting this article, we were of the opinion that SEC might just let this go through a simple fine (similar to EOS), however, after reading the complaint lodged by SEC we are not really sure that Ripple may be able to get off the hook that easy 
  • Ripple and SEC might compromise on a way forward in terms of reporting requirements, however, if SEC gets what they are going for – Ripple and Garlinghouse may not be able to continue their ‘sale’ of XRP
  • Ripple may use this ‘excuse’ to move its headquarters to a more ‘friendlier’ location outside the US, however, an unfavorable outcome from SEC could jeopardise its chances in most locations
  • Major exchanges could distance themselves from XRP until an outcome emerges to avoid getting caught selling unregistered ‘securities’

Is XRP a security?

We think so.  Of course, the court will have to rule the final verdict but here are the reasons why we personally think XRP is not like other cryptos.

  • Most projects actually are working on a solution and the revenue is dependent on the success and adoption of the project.  On the contrary, XRP had minted 100 Billion at the beginning of the project and kept bringing 1 Billion at a time to add cash to their business.  This means, whether or not there is any adoption – Ripple (and owners) made money by simply selling XRP.  At the time of this writing, owners still control billions worth XRP.  
  • Most projects that run an ICO have a majority of coins distributed to the investors…creators have little say in the way those coins then get circulated…take for example, EOS.  Although the company raised $4 Billion through ICO – they got away with a slap on the wrist because the owners do not control the majority of coins anymore
  • Ripple/XRP executives were caught bragging about how they can sell XRP to keep the business going (notice, they talked about selling XRP to make gains more times than the adoption bringing success);  Unfortunately, these talks are all public records and the SEC may use these in the court proceedings
  • Pages 9 and 10 of the lawsuit is really important where SEC claims that Ripple was warned about XRP being considered a security by a law firm, however, Ripple disregarded these warnings…excerpt 57 and 58 from the lawsuit

“57. On May 26, 2014, Larsen explained in an email to an individual formerly associated with Ripple that the international law firm that wrote the Legal Memos advised “that investors and employees could not receive XRP” because that “could risk SEC designation [as] a security.” Larsen also explained that the XRP he received upon Ripple’s founding was “comp[ensation] for . . . personally assuming th[e] risk” of being deemed the issuers of securities—namely, XRP. 

  1. In other words, as Larsen himself explained, he was paid at the outset in an asset (potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars) to assume a risk he knew existed—that the sale of the asset could constitute an offering of securities for which he would be held responsible.” 
  • There are allegations that Ripple paid companies to use XRP to ‘hide’ the fact that Ripple is difficult/expensive to use (this in the lawsuit), take a read.

“339. Much of the onboarding onto ODL was not organic or market-driven. Rather, it was subsidized by Ripple. Though Ripple touts ODL as a cheaper alternative to traditional payment rails, at least one money transmitter (the “Money Transmitter”) found it to be much more expensive and therefore not a product it wished to use without significant compensation from Ripple.

Is this an attack on the entire Crypto industry?

We do not think so.

If the SEC wins this case, it will set a precedent against having ‘centralized’ control on the projects without being treated as a security, however, it is unlikely to stifle the projects that do not have centralized control on the supply and sale of the coins, in our opinion.

Our whole [opinion] contention from the beginning has been that XRP does not fit the definition of cryptocurrency.  If anything, we are surprised that the SEC took this long to bring the charges.

It does not matter what we think about the project, what matters is the outcome of this battle. 

Will the SEC make an example of Ripple or will Ripple find a way to circumvent these proceedings.

Things might get very interesting going into 2021 for Ripple, Garlinghouse and XRP.Note: We have to do this to avoid harassment from the XRP army, in case you missed it earlier, this is our speculative opinion.  No one knows what might actually happen.

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Transforming Data Center Infrastructure With Blockchain

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Cryptocurrency – just hearing the name – can spark discussion topics on how innovative and controversial it is. However, nowadays, there seems to be a consensus that blockchain – the technological backbone of every form of cryptocurrency – is the former. The latter part of the discussion comes from the fact that cryptocurrency is still new, and needs more improvement, before it can actually be considered a wildly-accepted type of commercial (public) currency.

On the bright side, companies like Google and Goldman Sachs have already started to invest in various blockchain firms. And, it’s expected that sometime in the future, more big-name companies will follow suit, if cryptocurrency succeeds. Therefore, data centers and cloud hosting services must be ready to serve these new blockchain-based companies, as well as their needs, in the coming years.

So, you may be wondering: How did we get here? 

How Did It Start?

Modern blockchain started in 2008 with Bitcoin, which is a peer-to-peer Electronic Cash System. This white paper was a form of cryptocurrency that could live on a distributed network without any centralized authority; and blockchain is the technical backbone of that system, or a distributed digital ledger or database for it. No central authority will be able to manipulate the blockchain, since the whole network contributes to its creation and maintenance.

How It Works

In blockchain, two parties will make a transaction, to which they advertise it to the network. Then, various network nodes pick up multiple transactions, and arrange them into blocks. Afterwards, miners will use computers to add this block to the ledger (or blockchain).

Now, in order to add these blocks to the blockchain, the task requires a lot of computing power. Why? Because each of these blocks come with a sort of attached mathematical puzzle. And, to solve these puzzles, they need computing resources. But don’t worry: these puzzles are what miners are interested in, because they’re usually rewarded with tokens, just for adding a block to the blockchain.

Before the existence of blockchain though, business transaction would’ve been made through a trusted third-party company (i.e. a bank or a government institution), in order to guarantee the integrity of a transaction between two parties. However, blockchain eliminates that need by opening up the possibility for business transactions between parties worldwide, without the need for any financial or government institutions to step in. 

What Blockchain Means For GPUs

The need for blockchain means elevated demand for graphical processing units (or GPUs). As blockchain calculates, miners will have to provide enough computing power for it. And, as cryptocurrencies and blockchain-based applications become more popular, the higher the demand for computing power. That’s where GPUs come in, since blockchain-based calculations are best performed on these units. 

Data centers and cloud-hosting services will also have to look into AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards, in order to better serve the blockchain market; however, these graphics cards can be pricey. And, they’ll have to better optimize their infrastructure to be GPU-compatible.

Concerns?

The most controversy that cryptocurrency has faced is its vulnerability to possible hacking schemes. One can argue that there are major concerns about blockchain hackers taking – or planning to take – advantage of the fact that cryptocurrency doesn’t have enough protection yet to sustain itself, in case of a security breach that can cost millions.

Concerns on cybersecurity for data centers, in that case, seems to have spawned from cryptocurrency market’s promise of immense riches and overnight successes, to where anyone – including bad actors and hackers – will create an ever-growing threat in the cyber realm.

“One example of hacking of cryptocurrency was in January of 2018, when hackers were able to steal more than $500 million (or £380 million) worth of cryptocurrency from the Tokyo-based cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck,” adds Barnard. “Thus, that story, to this day, serves as a warning to what can happen, if cryptocurrency is unchecked. And, this story has many people concerned about whether cryptocurrency is safe to invest in or not.”

Conclusion

As you can see, data centers will have to go above and beyond to better accommodate the growing trend of cryptocurrency. And, to do so, they’ll need a good functioning digital infrastructure, to handle blockchain systems and increasing data processing demands.

This need for the right data center infrastructure is also increasing, since blockchain is expected to greatly impact the following:

  • Finance
  • Healthcare
  • Government
  • Transportation
  • Manufacturing
  • Medicine
  • Logistics
  • Other various industries 

Thus, it’s absolutely necessary for data center service providers to stay competitive, when it comes to such changes in technology, including blockchain. Ultimately, with an up-to-date infrastructure for blockchain to work on, data centers will be able to be sustainable, regardless of any changes and or developments made in the tech world for many years to come.

Author’s Bio: Katherine Rundell is a writer and editor at UK Writings and Academized. In her spare time, she likes to travel to different states, give special talks in various business training courses, read her favorite books (ranging in different genres).

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5 Best Crypto Movies To Learn Crypto From

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Bitcoin has been around for 10 years. As a result, there are many people who will keep tabs on it and cheer for its modern successes. So today, we want to celebrate along with crypto fans by bringing you a fun article about the topic.

If you thought that cryptocurrency is all business, business, business – well, in actuality, crypto has also made its way into cinema. Yes, in this article, we’ll show you the 5 best movies that involve Bitcoin, crypto, and blockchain. And, the good news is, you don’t have to read really long articles that talk about crypto, when you can watch a fun movie instead!

So if you want to gain a bigger understanding on what Bitcoin is, and why it’s so important in today’s world… or if you want to educate others on why Bitcoin is NOT something out of a science fiction movie (no pun intended), then check out these 5 great movies.

Cryptopia: Bitcoin, Blockchains And The Future Of The Internet (2020)

Cryptopia Bitcoin Blockchains and the Future of the InternetCryptopia is an ideal film for novice cryptocurrency people. So, if you’re a newbie in the crypto world, or want to brush up on your crypto skills, then check out this documentary. 

This film is a deep-dive into the crypto world, and it doesn’t shy away from explaining the good things about crypto, as well as the negative parts of it. Yes, crypto can be both a Godsend and a curse, depending on how you look at the narratives you’ll listen you in the documentary. In hindsight, the movie will explore the story of bitcoin, and how it has managed to evolve through the years with its ongoing promises that crypto is “the future.”

So, whether you’re a skeptic, or you want to learn more about crypto, you’ll get to see both sides of the debate – as a better alternative to regular currency in the future, or a financial disaster in the making. Either way, this documentary will answer any questions that you might have about crypto.

The Rise And Rise Of Bitcoin (2014)

The Rise and Rise of BitcoinEver wondered how cryptocurrency became a thing? Then check out The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin! The film covers the stories of some of the early adopters of Bitcoin, including Gavin Andresen who was famous for communicating directly with Satoshi Nakamoto to help him create better technology. (By the way, Nakamoto is mostly famous for authoring the Bitcoin white paper, and for devising the first blockchain database.

Overall, this movie was one of the major productions to cover the main points, in regards to how Bitcoin and its assets were created to begin with.

The Second Target (2019)

The Second TargetThe Second Target was written by Graham Holliday, and stars Athen Walton. The movie follows a group of local crypto thieves now having their eyes set on their latest target. They kidnap a detective they think is on their case, but end up kidnapping the wrong guy. To make matters worse, the son of the kidnapped man teams up with a stranger, and they plot to stop the thieves’ second heist and save the kidnapped man.

While you’ll be immersed in the action, you’ll be learning the basics of what crypto is.

Trust Machine: The Story Of Blockchain (2018)

Trust Machine understands that almost a decade has passed, since the crypto world has transformed things. Since its existence came to be, many different cryptocurrencies have been created, with a small percentage of them expected to stand the test of time after the dust settles. While some people are still skeptical about the concept of cryptocurrencies, there are some parts of the world where people actually use cryptocurrencies as a way to buy things. However, other places have faced significant problems, as a result of exchanging goods with crypto within the industry.

Crypto (2019)

Crypto MovieCrypto, despite its panning from critics, has garnered somewhat of a fanbase. With a stellar star cast like Alexis Bledel, Luke Hemsworth, and Jeremie Harris, it’s hard to not see this movie. And, with a thriving fanbase, this movie is not only for movie fans, but also for crypto fans. 

The story follows an anti-money laundering agent (Beau Knaff) who reunites with an old friend who’s now into mining cryptocurrency. Now, with a potato farm being on the verge of being repossessed, the two soon investigate a gallery, which may be tied into a multi-million-dollar money laundering scheme. 

It’s action-packed, and it has you cheering for the protagonists as you follow the story from beginning to end.

BONUS: Throwback Movie – Inside Job (2010)

Now, while the film doesn’t directly involve Bitcoin or blockchain, it’s a good appetizer for learning what they are. And, it’s a must-watch!

Inside Job covers the actions that made Bitcoin a household name in the first place. The movie sells the concept as a type of currency that can’t be manipulated, controlled, or corrupted by any government. 

However, the main topic of the documentary involves the late-2000s financial crisis. In 5 parts, the film will cover how changes in the policy environment and banking practices only added more fuel to the fire, rather than stop the crisis in its tracks. 

Critically acclaimed, and winning an Academy Award for Best Documentary, Inside Job will have you on the edge of your seat, as it takes you through the financial crash. All information in this documentary, as well as its controversial topic, are understandable for most audiences, regardless if you know about cryptocurrency or not. 

Conclusion

So, there you have it! That was our list of movies to check out, if you’re in the mood for learning about cryptocurrency. If you want to go down the rabbit hole about the topic, or if you’re in the mood for something different than your usual shows and movies, then head over to Netflix, online, or anywhere where movies are sold, and check out our picks on the best movies about crypto.

We hoped you enjoyed our list, and made it a movie night tonight! As you’ll see in these selected films, they’ll show you how cryptocurrency has changed people’s lives in so many ways than one, and has no plans of stopping. So, get out your popcorn, and take some good notes about crypto! 

Author Bio:

Kristin Herman is a writer and editor at Best essay writers. As a marketing writer, she blogs about the latest trends in digital marketing. In her spare time, she coaches up-and-coming marketers on how to perfect their advertising practices in the ever-evolving market.

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