Last week saw Bitcoin cross the $4000 mark for the first time in a continuation of a long-term bull-run that has seen it rise from just under $1000 at the turn of this year. Naysayers are drawing comparisons to investment bubbles from years past that were succeeded by crashes: Great Tulip bubble, dot-com & housing, while advocates are pointing to the intrinsic properties of cryptocurrencies finally being reflected in their price.
Coinbase has recently completed a $100 million Series D funding round, which featured investment from IVP, Draper Associates, Greylock Partners, and others. The company made the announcement via a blog post from Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong, and notified its customers by email. Coinbase has confirmed that the funding will be used to expand its operations.
After successfully testing digital currency viewing with its employees, Fidelity investments Inc is now ready to offer those capabilities to the company’s customers as well. The new offering debuted on Wednesday, and provides the firm’s clients with the ability to see their cryptocurrency holdings on the company’s client accounts pages. The move has been in the works for some time, and will enable those investors to more efficiently track digital currency investments on the same portal they use to monitor their stocks, mutual funds, and other investments.
The last year has seen the ICO become the preferred means of capital acquisition in the crypto industry, with more than one billion dollars of funding raised. While many praise ICOs for their easier access to capital, the SEC has a differing opinion to the many proponents who claim ICOs should be exempt from securities laws that require additional regulatory oversight. Generally ICOs do not issue rights to any equity or future earnings from a project or organization, which begs both a question about intrinsic value, and what mechanism beyond speculative trading could make ICO tokens fairly considered an “investment” or “asset” at all.
Russia’s National Settlement Depository (NSD) is reportedly considering plans to develop a platform that will enable the Moscow Stock Exchange to service digital currency assets. According to Kommersant, the goal is to create a blockchain-based service package that the NRM can use to record digital assets and settlements, identify cryptocurrency wallet-holders, and store private keys. Ultimately, the Depository hopes to create a bridge that connects fiat currency payment systems to digital currencies.
Digital currency exchange Poloniex issued a press release Monday detailing the company’s overall position on any potential Bitcoin turmoil that may arise in the next several weeks. That announcement made clear that the exchange would reserve the right to temporarily halt Bitcoin deposits and withdrawals if that becomes “necessary to ensure that all tokens stored on Poloniex remain safe.”
Reuters recently reported that the London Stock Exchange Group is partnering with IBM to develop a platform that will digitize the issuance of private shares for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Italy and throughout Europe. The LESG system has been built to store and share transaction records for SME SME shareholders, in a safe, “gated” environment.
Swiss regulators have given Zurich-based Falcon Private Bank approval to provide its clients with Bitcoin asset management offerings. On Wednesday, the bank began offering customers the ability to trade Bitcoin using their cash deposits. Falcon has partnered with Swiss cryptocurrency broker Bitcoin Suisse, which will provide the bank with access to the digital currency.
Nikolay Storonsky’s startup banking firm Revolut Ltd is receiving investor funding totaling $66 million. The two-year-old company has attracted capital from several investors, including Ribbit Capital, index Ventures, and Balderton Capital. Revolut has announced that it intends to use the funds for expansion of operations, and has plans to add digital currency trading for its customers.
In recent months, South Korea’s digital currency trading activity has been among the most robust in the world. Many policy experts have been uncomfortable with the lack of industry regulation, however, with some worrying that any sudden downturn in the cryptocurrency markets could negatively impact the country’s broader economy. This week, Democratic Party of Korea Representative Park Yong-jin announced that he intends to introduce a new bill to enact a framework for regulating digital currencies like Bitcoin.
While many analysts have been expecting Bitcoin’s recent price doldrums to continue for some time, one market analyst is projecting growth that could see the world’s most well-known digital currency rise another 50% above its current price. Goldman Sachs analyst Sheba Jafari offered that assessment in a recent note that was reported on by CNBC and other news outlets.
In a blog post published on Thursday, Blockchain CEO Peter Smith announced that the startup raised $40 million in its most recent round of funding. That Series B total is significantly higher than the company’s 2014 Series A result of $30.5 million, and was described by Smith as “the most substantial investment in the fintech space since Brexit” and “the largest Series B raised by any digital currency company to date.”
Since Bitcoin became the first decentralized cryptocurrency in 2009, digital currencies have been discussed a lot in the media. Much of that discussion has been about the volatile nature of their price. The recent burst of industry growth has not gone unnoticed, and many farsighted investors now see Bitcoin and other currencies as excellent opportunities to make big returns. Many investors, however, find that that their lack of technical knowledge can inhibit their ride to the top.
This is partly because cryptocurrencies don’t have central banks regulating their value, and partly because the global economy doesn’t yet price its denomination. Much of this cryptocurrency volatility is the result of cyclical ‘subsequent’ consequences flowing on from what happens in the traditional finance sector. The internal causes within the uncharted territory of the network is anyone’s guess (but this article is to help you get an idea).
In the brave new world of cryptocurrency, previous performance is not necessarily indicative of future performance. Because the technology is so new, the performance data that due diligence normally requires does not exist in the same way it does for other markets and company stocks. For now, cryptocurrency markets remain speculative, which means investors must avoid emotional trading decisions, and accept their proclivity for risk. Part one and two of this series of articles looked at how money derives its value, and why some digital currencies become worth more than others. This installment of my investment series will help you improve your odds of investment success in cryptocurrency and its related markets.
Whenever I hear people talking about cryptocurrencies, much of the conversation always seems to focus on the unsustainability of fiat currency. The common assumption is that the word’s fiat currency system is eventually going to collapse. However, it’s rare to find anyone talking about how that will happen. What issues will drive that collapse, and – perhaps more importantly – how will we be able to recognize it when it’s happening? Because the answers to those questions seem to be so complex, most people don’t ever bother to address them at all. The truth is, though, that the real issues are simple to understand once they’re laid out on the table. This article will attempt to explain some of these complex financial matters in simpler terms to facilitate a greater understanding of the problem at hand.
The Bitcoin price earlier broke to a new all-time high, reaching $2911 USD before falling at press time to 2880, according to CoinDesk’s Bitcoin Price Index — a rise from it’s opening of $2569.23 at the beginning of the day, June 5th.
Recent reports suggest that the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) may be considering a move to enact a regulatory framework for Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). Chinese cryptocurrency news source cnLedger posted the news on Friday, noting that Chinese central bank Digital Currency Research Institute head Yao Quian addressed the issue while discussing digital currencies and related technologies. As cnLedger reported,
With demand for Bitcoin and other digital currencies continuing to increase, it seems as though each day brings news of some new milestone in the cryptocurrency universe. Bitcoin exchange Coinbase could soon achieve its own milestone in the coming weeks, as the company is reportedly in negotiations with investors to raise capital that could result in the exchange eventually being valued at a billion dollars or more.
In remarks delivered at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum recently, Russian Central Bank Deputy Governor Olga Skorobogatova suggested that the world will eventually see nations create their own digital currencies. She also seemed to confirm that the tests required to prove the viability of such currencies had already been completed using platforms like the Hyperledger and Masterchain.
After more than three months of uncertainty, cryptocurrency traders with holdings on China’s three largest Bitcoin exchanges received welcome news this week when they learned that they will soon be able to once again withdraw their digital currency. That news ends the suspension of withdrawal activity that began in February amid central bank concerns about the exchanges’ compliance with AML/KYC requirements.
Did you know that digital currency is already providing a degree of monetary sovereignty for countries whose governments have abandoned their nation currencies – like Greece and other countries in Europe where citizens are forced to use the Euro? There is no denying that Bitcoin can fulfill this function up to a certain point. However, it’s important to consider whether the consensus of direction required for large-scale mass adoption is possible without a more centralized leadership model. After all, where money is concerned, individuals without a common set of interests will always look out for their own interests first and foremost. Strong and united leadership can not only aid in protecting the value of any cryptocurrency; it can also help to unite large groups of individuals and provide them with the common interests and long-term goals needed to help stabilize that currency’s value.