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Securing the Future with the Past and Present of Bitcoin

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  • Halving events remind that Bitcoin can end mishandling of global monetary policies. 
  •  The US Central Bank poured fiat to the commercial banking system now at $7.17 trillion.
  • Paul Tudor Jones of Tudor BVI applauded Bitcoin’s growing role as a hedging asset. 
  • Peter Schiff warned that the Fed has lost its credibility.
  •  Embrace monetarism or choose Bitcoin as a firm, safe haven for money. 

On May 11, 2020, a miner took Bitcoin’s 630,000th block out of its digital depths, earning a 6.25-bitcoin reward. Before this momentous event, the mining reward had been 12.5 bitcoin. 

On Twitter, #BitcoinHalving trended as crypto fans from all over the globe huddled online to pay tribute to the digital currency’s third halving milestone. The cryptocurrency’s latest halving happened during the global pandemic’s lockdown period. Consequently, the community had to skip the phenomenon’s usual social events. 

Bitcoin can end the irresponsible handling of monetary policies

Celebrations moved from beaches, bars, and barbecues to Twitter, Zoom, and YouTube. Bitcoin Magazine live-streamed the occasion at BitcoinHalving.com. Andreas M. Antonopoulos, the famed Bitcoin educator, and author, took the audience back to the digital currency’s obscure days when Laszlo Hanyecz paid 10,000 BTC for two Papa John’s pizzas. 

Bitcoin is now firmly in its fourth epoch. The cryptocurrency’s pre-programmed halving feature ensures that there will only be 21 million mined BTC. 

The 2009 Genesis block reward was 50BTC. The Satoshi token’s first halving in 2012, dropped its reward to 25 BTC and then lowered to 12.5 BTC in the 2016 second halving. These halving events are a succinct reminder that Bitcoin can end the irresponsible handling of global monetary policies. 

The first two halvings occurred during periods of relative economic stability. This latest halving just as BTC’s conception has occurred amid massive, expansive rescue plans. 

The Significance Of The BTC Third Halving Event: The Present

Launching in the aftermath of the 2008 financial deregulation crisis, Bitcoin became a signal of the difficult financial times ahead. It also signaled the world’s need for a new and sensible monetary order. 

This new system would make the printing of paper money from thin air, a redundant move. One massive event that took place just around the same period as the halving, gives this occasion’s significance more clarity. With just but a few computer strokes, the Federal Reserve injected $3 trillion into the economy from February 2020. 

Scuttling to save the American economy, the super-powerful Central Bank printed fiat and channeled them to the commercial banking system. 

On February 26, the Fed’s already massive balance sheet read $4.16 trillion. By June 10, days after the halving, this amount had escalated to $7.17 trillion. 

Bitcoin as a solution to the inflation crisis

According to Dan Morehead, Pantera Capital’s CEO, the US printed more money in those three months than it did during its first two centuries as a country. In a letter to his investors, Morehead asked them to drop fiat and turn to Bitcoin as a solution to the inflation crisis. 

Calling the high-speed, massive bond-buying and fiscal spending the “Great Monetary Inflation” billionaire investor Paul Tudor Jones of Tudor BVI applauded Bitcoin’s growing role as a hedging asset. 

American libertarian, gold bug, and stockbroker Peter Schiff warned that the Fed has lost its credibility: 

“Any credibility the Fed has left will be lost. Federal Reserve Notes soon won’t be worth a Continental.”

With the Federal Reserve, adding a monetary value of 6.6 percent to the global economic output from nothingness, the developed world’s financial future is now more uncertain than ever

The largesse of central banks is the reason Bitcoin was made and over a decade since its creation, Satoshi’s vision has never been clearer.

Bitcoin now as rare as gold: What the future holds

Bitcoin over goldIn stock-to-flow terms, BTC is now as scarce as gold. 

As fiat currency losses dramatically, Bitcoin’s third halving makes it twice as hard as it was before the event as an asset. In its infancy, Bitcoin was purely an electronic cash system, which would work on a peer-to-peer basis. Institutional interest has significantly dimmed this narrative. It is now a hedge asset sought after by some it’s vehement past critics. 

Bitcoin as an investment-grade asset has become a reality as its supply limited quality shines through in an era of endless money supply. Jones neither a crypto nut nor a hard money diehard says that the coming recovery after the pandemic will differ from other past comebacks. Banks can lend more aggressively and demand will keep goods and services prices affordable. Pundits say that inflation will be veiled in asset prices. 

All these successful investors say that it is time investors trash the last decade’s financial playbook. Embrace monetarism or choose Bitcoin as a firm, safe haven for money. 

As expected, outrageous price predictions marked the third halving. As an illustration, Real Vision’s founder and CEO Raoul Pal projected a long-term value of $476,000 after the halving. Despite the buzz the halving had created in crypto circles, Andreas Antonopoulos was less steamed up.

“A whole lot of nothing is going to happen, for now. The monetary effects take quite a while to make themselves felt in the markets… It’s going to take a long time before the signal from the fundamental change in the inflation… becomes a dominant signal that is felt in the market.”

Conclusion

There was general euphoria that Bitcoin would take the world by storm. From the eyes of bank depositors the storm is not good as it will uproot commercial banking and result in a decline in depositors leading to a negative for bank top-line revenue.  Embrace monetarism or choose Bitcoin as a firm, and safe haven for money may be a tough decision to make for them.

Banks can lend more aggressively and demand will keep goods and services prices affordable. Pundits say that inflation will be veiled in asset prices. This may be so but there are still many concerns and worries swirling around bitcoin technology and its capacity to disrupt traditional financial systems.

Cryptocurrencies, bitcoin primary among them, are still reliant on the underlying infrastructure powering cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, much of which is located in China. The Chinese government could theoretically impose its will on the data miners who keep them running. So, for bitcoin to be trustless, it really needs massive adoption.

Author:

Sofia Lee, well known Content Editor at Cryptopolitan. She loves to create wonderful write ups of real value that serve the Finance, Crypto, and business audience. Her hobbies are travelling and reading scientific stories.

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Why this bull run has no precedence? ONE key metric to rule them all

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Everyone is singing the praises for the bulls’ arrival in the crypto space.

Some say that 2020 will mark the biggest bull run in cryptos’, albeit short, history.  

We are already in October so we doubt any fireworks will take place now since there is a lot of uncertainty about the US elections.

Add the uncertainty around the stimulus bills, unemployment trends, soon to be lifted forbearances and the list goes on.

2020 still has another 2.5 months to go but most of these uncertainties will take a while to show their true impact.

For instance, what will a Biden presidency mean for the economy and cryptos?  

How many people will be forced to sell their homes once the forbearance’s are lifted?

What happens if the next stimulus bill does not pass through?

When will the vaccine become available?

These are some of the unique situations that we have no precedence for. Do not let anyone convince you that we know what’s going to unfold, because no one does.

Yes, everyone has theories, like the ones we are presenting here, but that is all they are: theories.

The BIGGEST metric that crypto community is not considering

We are no economists nor can we run any fancy charts to impress a point on you.  

We are just good observers and have common sense to deduce a few things based on data.  

For instance, between 2007 and 2010 consumer spending dropped by an overall .2% and we know what that meant for the economy.

Personal consumption expenditure

In 2020, people have literally cut down on their spending.  Some of it is forced due to the restrictions imposed by external forces and most of it is self imposed.

I am sure the spending on marijuana, liquor and food have gone up but what about other spending?

2020 also saw a spike in the savings balances.  

Economy is not stimulated by people hoarding their money. People need to exchange value for the economy to thrive.

What happens to the spending behaviors when the true stats around evictions, lost jobs (that are not coming back) and small businesses that are shutting down permanently are out?

Our guess is that people are going to be weary of spending money in the short to medium term. If we were forced to pick a timeline – we would say about 12-16 months (assuming we get a vaccine in Q1 2021).

When is the next bull run? 

Based on what we have seen in 2007 through 2010 and observing the consumer spending habits in recent times, we think that Bitcoin (and cryptos) will not find their true peak until next halving.

We know this is not what you came to hear.  

If the bull run in your mind is hitting the 2017 highs then we do not think you have to wait until the next bull run.

If the bull run means a $100,000 bitcoin then we stand by our opinion on when that is going to be.

A case for bull run

In spite of what is going on in the street, following factors are acting as strong bull market signals for the crypto space. 

Hype: Crypto space (specifically Bitcoin) has been gathering a lot of steam in terms of brand awareness and mass penetration.  This is great for the long game.

Adoption: More than ever, private and public enterprises are becoming serious about bitcoin and underlying blockchain technology.  What is good for bitcoin is good for blockchain and vice-versa.  MicroStrategy investment, Paul Tudor Jones getting involved with bitcoin are some examples.

Tech explosion: Crypto space is home to some of the brilliant minds in the tech space. Add Big Techs interest in the crypto space and you have a perfect recipe for monumental shifts in crypto perception. Tech giants like Microsoft, Google, Twitter, Facebook are all getting involved with blockchain and cryptocurrencies in some shape or form.

Retail demand: More and more retail investors are looking for alternative investments and they are waiting on the sidelines to get involved with Bitcoin.  As soon as companies like Fidelity or other brands offer crypto investment through retirement plans – there would be a massive influx into this space.

DeFi: DeFi in its current state might be infested with shittty projects but as a concept and technological shift to turn the current banking system upside down – it holds great potential. Any demand to DeFi brings more demand to bitcoin, ethereum and blockchain in general.

Conclusion

The debate around when is the next bull run will hinge on how the market recovers from this pandemic. How soon will we get the vaccine and how many of the lost small businesses and jobs are we going to resurrect?

From a macro perspective, Bitcoin and few select cryptocurrencies will continue their upward trajectory so if you looked back to 2020 five years from now, you might think bitcoin was on sale.  

Question is: how many people have that kind of patience?

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Is Cryptocurrency driven by fundamentals or hype?

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During the early 2000s India experienced a massive real estate bubble. With a lot of western companies opening their outsourcing centers in India, the land prices shot up 2x, 5x, 10x, and even 100x.

You read that right. 

Have you heard about 100x in Real Estate?

To be sure, the demand was exponentially growing in the major cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad, etc., which were quickly turning into back offices for the many western companies.

The hype in these cities was somewhat justified.

However, here is the kicker.  Many remote places which did not directly benefit from this influx of foreign direct investment started seeing their prices go up in similar fashion.

In a crazy case of trickle effect and super-hype created by the real estate agents, properties were just trading from one party to another for unbelievable markups and the prices constantly went up.

Today, that massive bubble is still intact minus the crazy multipliers.

The reason we like the comparison of what happened in Indian Real Estate market to the crypto is that a genuine need in a specific space has been exploited to translate that hype onto anything tagged with the name. 

In India that hype tag was ‘land’ and in crypto that hype tag could mean anything from ICOs to DeFi.

Ask any crypto enthusiast they will make you believe that crypto is all about fundamentals.  However, anyone who has spent even a few months in the space quickly realizes that crypto prices don’t follow fundamentals.  

This is one place where Crypto space shares its similarities with the stock market as well.

Stock market is completely distanced from the economy and it too acts irrationally, that is, when people are losing jobs and businesses are shutting down permanently, the stock market rallies higher and higher.

Similarly, crypto space, to its own detriment, is ignoring the projects that have amazing fundamentals while pumping other projects solely based on the hype.

Long term vs. Short term

Hype is short lived. Fundamentals are a long game.

That is why we emphasize that anyone interested in the crypto space does their own research in finding the projects that meet their fundamental criteria.

Once you know that a project has fundamentals (team that can execute, problem worth solving, solution that can solve, market demand, etc.,) then you just ignore the FOMO and FUD.

This will help you sleep better and use your spare time and energy in quality endeavors like taking care of yourself or spending time with family, etc.,

If you get on the hype train – it will be difficult to catch the right wave and this constant lookout for the next big thing is going to rob you of all the peace.

And, if you find yourself on the right side of the wave – you will be decimated and drowned.

DeFi defies all common sense

That is what happened with a lot of people who tried to ‘time’ the DeFi market.  

Don’t get us wrong. Many people made a ton of money (and good for them).  However, remember, crypto at this point of its evolution is a zero sum game.  That means, for everyone who made a million someone lost that million.

Unless you got on a project quite early keeping your risk level low or you have some insider information (not to mention this being illegal), you can generally not ‘time’ the market.

Many veteran traders have lost their shirts in chasing the market.

Conclusion: does this mean I should stay away from DeFi?

We cannot tell you that.  That is something you got to decide for yourself.

By market cap, Yearn Finance is considered one of the top DeFi projects. It lost over 67% in less than a month.   

Personally, if the top most project is still trying to find the ground while other projects are losing 99% of their value in a matter of a day, that means one thing:  the space needs time to mature.

We will continue to learn about DeFi. We will continue to invest what we can afford to lose when we find the right project that meets our fundamentals criteria.

That is our strategy at the moment. You have to find a strategy that suits you.

While crypto space is riding on the hype at the moment, we continue to believe in fundamentals.

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Will India Ban Cryptocurrency Trading?

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India keeps playing with the emotions of the crypto community in India with constant back and forth of change in rules.

First it was a complete ban of crypto transactions. RBI forbids banks from serving any clients that deal in cryptocurrencies. Thanks to the Supreme court decision, RBI had to back off.

Now, there is a renewed effort to place a ban on crypto again.  

Is Crypto Ban a good thing for India’s financial future?

No, Cryptocurrency is here to stay according to many financial investors and billionaires. As nations prepare for a hyper-inflation cycle to sweep the world, Cryptocurrency can act as a hedge in addition to gold and silver.

If the government is concerned about illegal activities with cryptos then they can relax because most crimes happen in fiat cash transactions, not crypto which is traceable.

Crypto traders generally are not the ones that take part in illicit trades.  It is those who introduce illegal ICOs and OTC trades.

How about regulations?

Instead of banning crypto trades, how about bringing clear regulations to provide a framework for the crypto trading.

Such a framework should include stricter guidelines for ICOs and OTC trades.  

Crypto exchanges can relay the trading information directly to the tax authorities (instead of needing to be subpoenaed) so that there is transparency.

Will India Ban Cryptocurrency Trading?

That depends on whether India wants to be in the ranks of the United States, Switzerland, South Korea, etc., or if it wants to be counted among China, Russia and North Korea.

The United States, South Korea and Switzerland (along with other countries) are doing everything to stay ahead in the blockchain and crypto race.

Other countries we stated above are working to stomp on the innovation. 

A better question is: Can India ban cryptocurrency trading?  

The answer is NO.  

To ban cryptocurrency trading – India will have to shut down the internet.  

In the event of an actual law that bans Indians from participating in the cryptocurrency trading, the only people that will be impacted by those are the ‘honest’ citizens because the crooked ones will still find ways to trade using VPN or alias names.

For a country that wants to be at the forefront of technological revolution a ban would be a very backward decision.

We urge the Indian government to NOT punish the honest citizens by introducing a ban.  Rather, introduce a sensible legal framework for everyone to operate in.

This will bring more businesses to India and take India’s platforms to the world.

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