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06 Apr

Bitcoin Breaks Price Resistance and Moves to $5,200

By Daniel Zo Bitcoin, Price, Cryptocurrency, Whales Read Comments

So far, 2019 hasn’t brought along much price volatility on the cryptocurrency market, but the trend is quickly changing. With this in mind, the bitcoin price recently went through a 19% increase, thus breaking the $4,200 technical barrier. This quickly led to a price growth that managed to hit $5,000 in only a few hours. At the time of writing, Bitcoin is trading at $5,245.

As it often happens, following the price swing, numerous other important cryptocurrencies went through the same change. As such, the XRP, Litecoin and EOS all increased in value. The ether price grew from $137, and is currently trading at approximately $155.

Any price swing of this magnitude begs a simple, yet highly-relevant question – why? So far, several price analysts have shared their opinion on the matter. Before we dwell into the reasoning behind the uptrend, it is important to mention that this is pure speculation, granted bitcoin’s complex marketplace.


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26 Feb

The Cryptocurrency Market is Seeing New Price Gains

By Daniel Zo Bitcoin, Ethereum, Crypto, Elon Musk Read Comments

Cryptocurrency investors have certainly had a difficult year, given the fairly stable prices for all popular digital currencies. However, recent market developments are once again adding volatility to the market.

This has led to a bullish trend for Bitcoin, since the cryptocurrency has surpassed the $4,000 threshold. In fact, the price recently saw a $200 growth, bouncing from $3,900 to $4,100. In return, this helped increase bitcoin’s market capitalization to over $70 billion, whereas the entire market’s worth is now situated at over $140 billion.

The recent price volatility has also encouraged price spikes for other cryptocurrencies. As such, Ethereum saw a 6% increase, whereas XRP and Litecoin gained around 5%.


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16 Apr

Will Crypto Prices Continue their Bullish Price Increase?

By Daniel Zo Digital currency, Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, IRS, USA, Atlas Quantum Read Comments

The last couple of months have been nothing short of incendiary for digital currency users throughout the world. Following Bitcoin’s massive increase to $20,000 in 2017, the coin has been facing large volatility ever since. A few days ago, the bitcoin price managed to rebound more than $1,000 in less than 24 hours, after its price increased from $6,900 to over $8,000.

Economic analysts have found plausible reasons for both the decrease and increase in price. To kick things off, the price fall sustained until now, can be attributed to fear-selling, tax liability and regulatory changes. Tax liability is a bigger issue than people expected at first, considering the fact that the large price increase created massive short-term gains, which are taxable by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), in the United States. With $590 billion in value created in 2017 alone and U.S. holders capturing roughly 30% of value growth, many had to sell in order to keep their taxes in check, and avoid any issues with the IRS.


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05 Mar

Bitcoin Pizza Day Protagonist Tests out Lightning Network

By Daniel Zo Bitcoin, Lightning Network, Pizza Day Read Comments

If you have been involved in the bitcoin market, then chances are that you’ve heard of Bitcoin Pizza Day, a celebration of the time when Laszlo Hanyecz purchased two pizzas with 10,000 BTC, in order to prove that the digital currency can be used as a means of value.

When it happened, the transaction represented one of the world’s first purchases made directly via the digital currency. At current value, this is roughly worth over $100 million, a massive price for two pizzas.

Now, recent reports indicate that the early adaptor and bitcoin developer, wanted to test out the Lightning Network, a fairly controversial technology whose purpose is to run parallel to a blockchain, to speed up transactions. To do this, Hanyecz decided to purchase 2 pizzas for 0.00649 BTC, equal to $67 at the current market value. The transaction cost for this purchase using the Lightning Network was of only 6 U.S. cents, considerably lower when compared to current transaction fees for bitcoin.


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27 Feb

Self-proclaimed Bitcoin Inventor, Accused of Swindling $5 Billion in Crypto

By Daniel Zo Bitcoin, Craig Wright, Kleiman Read Comments

Craig Wright is perhaps one of the most well-known names in the digital currency industry, especially since he has proclaimed himself as the inventor of bitcoin. While Wright has never managed to prove that he is in fact Satoshi Nakamoto, he has recently come under fire, as he is being accused of swindling $5 billion worth of digital currency alongside other assets from the estate of a computer security professional.

To put things better into perspective, Craig Wright allegedly used phony contracts and signatures, to lay claim to bitcoin that had been mined by Dave Kleiman, one of Wright’s colleagues, who unfortunately died back in 2013.


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21 Feb

Anonymous Trader Purchases $400 Million-Worth of Bitcoin

By Daniel Zo Bitcoin Read Comments

During the last couple of weeks, the digital currency market has been affected by massive price swings, which have led to high speculation, bearish trends and an overall decrease in popularity for the market.

However, things are about to change, as recent statements given by economic analysts, are predicting that prices will return to the high values that they’ve been known for. While BTC is currently priced at $10,000, this figure remains low when compared to its $20,000 all-time high, yet still much higher when compared to its value several months ago.


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08 Dec

UK Treasury to Oversee Digital Currency Trading Activities

By Daniel Zo ATM, Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, UK, UK Treasury Read Comments

According to recent reports, the UK Government alongside with the governments of a few European Union countries are planning to further regulate digital currencies, in order to make sure that they’re not being used for illegal purposes, such as money laundering or illegal/terrorism financing.

The statement was first made by a spokesperson from the UK Treasury, who mentioned that bitcoin and other digital currencies should be regulated, and brought in line with the country’s current legislation on anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing policies. According to the spokesperson, ‘We have clear tax rules for people who use cryptocurrencies, and like all tax rules, these are kept under review. We also intend to update regulation to bring virtual currency exchange platforms into anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing regulation.’


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06 Dec

Chinese Central Bank Representative Issues Statement on Future of Bitcoin

By Daniel Zo Bitcoin, China, ICO Read Comments

For many years, China was an extremely important member of the digital currency market, with over 90% of the global trading volume being conducted in the region. However, back in September, the Central Bank of China decided to crackdown on cryptocurrencies and hence ban Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and stopping exchanges from serving customers in China.

Following the crackdown, there have been many rumours that China was planning to resume trading, yet a recent statement from a deputy governor of the People’s Bank of China dismisses these rumours.


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02 Dec

Study Shows Electricity Used for Mining Bitcoin is Bigger than Annual Usage of 159 Countries

By Daniel Zo Bitcoin, Mining, Electricity Read Comments

While the popularity of bitcoin has increased considerably over the last few years, the electricity usage for transactions and mining are coming under scrutiny. Recent studies showcase that the amount of energy being used by computers which mine the digital currency this year, is much greater when compared to the annual usage of around 160 countries.

For those who do not know, mining is the process through which transactions are verified by the network, through the solving of complex cryptographic problems. To make sure that transactions aren’t falsified, and that records of ownership remain unchanged on the blockchain network, transactions must be signed off into blocks, which are then verified by the miners. Once a block is solved, a 12.5 BTC reward is given to the miner, or mining pool responsible. This amount serves as the main incentive for miners, but is also the way that new bitcoin is added to the market.


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27 Nov

Bitcoin surpasses $9,000 and Sets New All-Time High

By Daniel Zo Bitcoin, Ethereum, CME Group Read Comments

It has often been said that bitcoin may reach the $10,000 milestone by the end of the year. While many speculated that this isn’t possible, the digital currency has recently hit the $9,000 milestone, and set a new all-time high.

The year of 2017 has been incredibly positive for bitcoin, considering the fact that its value multiplied 9 times, from $800-$1,000, to over $9,000.


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