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The incoming Biden administration’s plan to flood the U.S. economy with trillions of dollars could ignite the next leg of the Bitcoin (BTC) bull market, as more investors seek refuge from a crumbling United States dollar.
Axios, an Arlington-based news outlet, reported Thursday that Joe Biden has asked Congress to provide Americans with $2,000 in stimulus payments to help offset the economic devastation of Covid-19. The incoming president has also proposed a $3 trillion tax and infrastructure package as part of his “Build Back Better” program.
“Economic research confirms that with conditions like the crisis today, especially with such low interest rates, taking immediate action – even with deficit financing – is going to help the economy”
If 2020 is anything to go by, the new tidal wave of stimulus could be another catalyst for Bitcoin as more money floods the market and makes its way into asset prices.
Even Donald Trump, a Republican, was no stranger to stimulus. Under his leadership, the United States passed a historic $2 trillion stimulus bill in March. Trump also signed a $900 billion relief package last month that would pave the wave for $600 stimulus checks.
The federal government’s inflation-boosting policies have coincided with record intervention from the Federal Reserve, which deployed trillions of dollars in 2020 to combat a liquidity crisis and keep overnight rates under control.
Although these policies provided a strong backstop for risk-on assets – a category that has included Bitcoin in the past – the emerging narrative surrounding BTC is that it’s a hedge against inflation.
This is not only corroborated by Bitcoin’s historic outperformance over the past 11 years but also by the fresh wave of institutional money entering the market. Institutions are buying Bitcoin with a clear purpose, and may one day become the industry’s “mega HODLers.”
Bitcoin’s digital gold narrative has been one of the biggest catalysts behind the institutional shift towards BTC. This narrative helped fuel Bitcoin’s 300% rally in 2020 and its more than doubling in price over the past three weeks. This trend could intensify in 2021 as the dollar’s purchasing power continues to erode.
Even JPMorgan Chase has acknowledged that Bitcoin is taking market share from gold, the traditional haven asset. On Friday, one Bitcoin was worth more than 22 ounces of gold, which represents a new all-time high.
This time, the news of Bitcoin’s recovery has weakened out of context, and only those who are deeply involved in cryptocurrency and truly believe in the future of blockchain technology and its widespread adoption can discuss it. Maybe there is no frenzy this time because some people are worried that they will fall again. Maybe because this bull market can be a real deal.
Not only do they let others buy it to support it but they buy it themselves. Large companies such as Square and Galaxy Digital Holdings actually store millions of dollars in Bitcoin. This may be good news, as it means that Bitcoin holders at the demonstration may be reluctant to sell shares because they do not usually buy institutional investments for quick profits.
According to Deutsche Bank, the current monetary system is fragile. Deutsche Bank believes that the number of users of digital currency will exceed 200 million by 2030. In the report “Imagine 2030”, Deutsche Bank stated that the demand for anonymity and more decentralized payment methods will grow, digital currencies will eventually replace cash one day. Ilias Louis Hatzis is the founder of Mercato Blockchain Corporation AG and a weekly columnist for DailyFintech.com. Usually, at this time of year, we start reading predictions that the price of Bitcoin will reach one million dollars. I’ve never been a big fan of price predictions. Some do them right, while most do them wrong.
Price forecasts are about short-term gains and are usually variable. Recently, I saw an interesting prediction in the news. Deutsche Bank made a very bold statement. The German bank released a research report called “Imagination 2030”. The bank stated that cryptocurrency is currently only a complement to the current cash payment system. But over the next ten years, they may be replaced. Deutsche Bank predicts that the number of cryptocurrency users will increase fourfold over the next ten years to 200 million. For the first 20 years, this growth was almost the same as the Internet.
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Professor Joseph A. Grundfest (Joseph A. As a former SEC and financial systems expert, Stanford University Law School Professor Grundfest has a unique position when it comes to commenting on the future of cryptocurrencies.
I bought bitcoins around 500 dollar and then l saw it start going up, so I thought I’m a genius at investment.
His name is Ricardo, Salinas, Plego, the founder and chairman of grupo Salinas with a fortune estimated at 12.6 billion dollars.
He is the second richest man in Mexico. Not long ago, Salinas revealed that 10 of his liquid assets are in Bitcoin. That may look a little irresponsible in Latin American conservative business circles. It’s a joke, it’s made of air. It has nothing tangible to back it up.
You know you heard all the arguments, so what is the rationale behind Salinas massive Bitcoin allocation, and why is Latin America a promising market for digital gold? to find out join us in our latest coin telegraph interview.
What’s up everyone, l’m giovanni! Welcome back to another coin! Telegraph show today I have the pleasure to be joined by Ricardo Salinas founder and chairman at grupo Salinas. How are you doing today? Ricardo, I am doing very well.
Hello from Mexico to everybody, so Ricardo. I would like to know what was the first time you heard about Bitcoin well, it was, I was invited to a conference in new york city. I think it was organized by sap. You know the guys that do enterprise software and there were different sessions and one of the sessions.
This guy from grayscale showed up and he gave us the whole talk about bitcoin and how he’s going to take over, and l thought man this is really interesting um. It immediately attracted my attention, l said: well, let’s try it out and see what happens and l put in a small amount. It was trading at the 200 per bitcoin, it was 2013, I didn’t understand this thing about the wallet and buying it in the exchange and so forth.
It was very complicated. So what I liked about great scale, was they simplified. It basically you’d put your money in a trust. Then this trust would do the investment they would take care of of the whole thing they would take care of the custody they sent you, you know a monthly uh statement.
Oh, that was a very good arrangement and eventually that that trust turned into gbtc, which is now an exchange-traded product. So I was very happy about it, but I’ll tell you the next part, which is very interesting. This was on the 1st of november. It was 200 and then l looked at it again on the 20th of november and it was already 550
So I thought I’m a genius at investment, I said I want to add some more so added a lot more and stayed in there for all the way until 2017. We made a very nice trading, profit cool. What is the property of Bitcoin that attracted your attention back then a digital asset that can be traded freely across the world.
I think that’s the most powerful thing you know um, because we have digital assets like fiat, currency, digital money, it’s very difficult to make that digital money or fiat money travel across the world. So if I have some pesos right now – and i wanted to send you – don’t know – a thousand dollars – we’d have to first sell those pesos buy the dollars, get the dollars, buy some euros figure out how to send their euros to europe, and then you could Collect your money over there very difficult, so I’m because we’re in the payment business here in mexico, we’re really big in that it attracted my attention as a payment vehicle, but then I figured out that no, it was not the payment issue. It’s the store of value that really makes it valuable. So that’s where we are today, I’m a big believer in the store value function.
Why do you think that Bitcoin is more valuable as a store of value than as a means of payment?
Because I think the the the payment application across borders is a fantastic application. I think it still has a lot of merit, but the thing is the volume of that for small payments is not important. I mean cross-border payments with big money is very important, but big money players are not into bitcoin, so we have to focus on small players, small amounts and – and that’s not a big volume.
Payments is mostly inside the current the country inside the currency system. So, in that respect, the application is, is the application for bitcoin in that environment is useless?
It doesn’t matter because there’s a very good way for me to transfer pesos from one individual to another inside my country right still, a lot of Bitcoin proponents say that Bitcoin has a great potential in the field of remittances, for example in the US. There are a lot of Mexicans working and sending money every month back to Mexico.
Don’t you think that that’s a great use case for Bitcoin, I think so, and it’s just a question of time. You know make people to adopt it. I mean the people who send money from the US to Mexico are not sophisticated customers. They are mostly manual workers trying to make a living in the united states, and they it takes a lot of effort for them to to win their dollars, and then they don’t have the means, I think, to participate in a Bitcoin transfer scheme, but I mean it’s obviously doable and to the degree that that Bitcoin is easily available and accessible in the US to these people.
They could do that easily and we want to have in our banking system. We want to have a brokerage system attached to the bank, where we can accept and bitcoins and trade them into pesos and also sell them, we’re working on all that. I just don’t see a big volume of it right now, but I think it’s it’s definitely going to grow so in between 2013 the year where you first bought Bitcoin and today Bitcoin experienced a lot of ups and downs.
Did you ever lose faith in the asset?
Well, let me tell you that’s a very good and interesting story because, obviously, when I bought the coins around 500 and then I started saw it start going up, I mean I was going crazy because I thought that I had to sell them. I mean it was obviously ridiculous right. It so happened that this trust that greyscale had it was impossible to get out of it until a certain date. So through no merit through no merit of mine, I had to sit around until that date came, which was in february of 2017, and then I could take possession of the of the asset and and sell it.
It’s not because I’m a genius, it just happened that I was not able to sell it. I was not able to short it. I was not able to hedge it, so just sat around and I think it’s been a great investment lesson.
Okay, so you said that you gained back control of your Bitcoin investment in february 2017. That year later, we had the Bitcoin price skyrocketing and then it crashed, and then we had the bear market in 2018..
How did your attitude towards bitcoin change during that bear market?
It was fantastic timing again and also through no merit of mine, but I think the peak was in December around 20 000 and then in fair in in january, when I got hold of the asset, it was 17 000. I sold it at 17 000. and got out of it completely. I had a big party, I’m very happy.
It was all my best investments ever, but you know we always return to the scene of the crime right. So when it went down to ten thousand, I thought well now it’s more reasonable and I bought some of the at that time, and then it went down more to six thousand.
I bought some more and and that’s where I am where our average right now is around 9 000 and I’m not selling it. I think I’m going to sit around for another 5 or 10 years, so you recently revealed that 10 of your liquid portfolio is in bitcoin. That’s a pretty massive position for an asset that is still considered by many investors to be highly risky and volatile.
Can you explain the rationale behind your portfolio construction?
Well, I always view my holdings as core holdings comprised of stocks in my companies equity in my company. This is my main position and that’s not for sale. It’s not for trade, it’s forever, so other than that stock portfolio. In my own equity, I have a good size trading portfolio that I call my liquid acids and I’ve always had those liquid acids mostly invested in in hard acids like gold, silver and precious metal miners.
That’s sort of been my my destination. I don’t trade in the high-tech stocks, the Nasdaq stocks, all the high flyers, the fangs, never touch them. I’m much more of a value investor, and so that’s why i have my liquid assets in the let’s call it hard money portfolio. So, for me, to take 10 of that and put it into Bitcoin is not a big deal. It’s just the position and hopefully it will turn out okay.
Do you plan to increase your bitcoin position in the near future when it drops?
I will certainly increase my position if it drops so, as reported by bloomberg your bigger listed assets, which is conglomerate group Electra Sab and TV Azteca slumped by 10 and 60 respectively this year.
Did your Bitcoin investments help to make up for some of those losses?
No, no, no, not even close, but you know again, those are my my main uh equity investments.
They happen to be quoted, listed, but they’re not for sale and at any price. So l’m not worried about the valuation of my my companies, I’m not in the stock selling business. I am in the money making business and as long as the companies continue to make money, we’re very happy okay, so my next question would be.
Why do you think that Bitcoin is so popular in Latin America?
I’m not so sure if it’s so popular in Latin America, but I mean obviously, what’s happened in Venezuela and Argentina where fiat money is collapsing and it’s become a scandal.
The way you see those wheelbarrows of of uh Venezuelan cash being thrown in the dumpsters, I mean it really opens your eyes to the problem of fiat cash. You know and most of our countries – I would say every country in Latin America has gone through some horrific inflation periods and it’s hard to forget that l mean there’s a lot of young people out there.
I’m 65 and remember what happened in the 80s. I remember very well and the the destruction of wealth and the transfer of value from the people to the government was was horrible and I think that creates a fertile ground for someone who who’s worried about preserving their capital.
Obviously this is a problem also in other countries, in Africa, for example, and in Lebanon. You know we have Zimbabwe, which is a basket case, and now Lebanese is a terrible thing, but this is what happens to fiat money.
You have been talking about Latin American currencies and also occurrences from developing countries, but what about the dollar?
A lot of our guests say that the dollar might face the same kind of debasement soon. What do you think about these predictions?
Well, the thing with the dollar is that, because it’s a reserve currency, a worldwide reserve currency, it has different kinds of rules, I mean, but the way they manage their central bank is like a third world banana republic. You know when internal credit of the federal reserve. More than doubles year over year I mean this is outrageous, it’s only because they’re Americans and they can get away with it any other country would have a massive depreciation.
However, having said that, what is the competition?
Europe is doing the same thing and I’m not sure about Japan, I’m not sure about the numbers, but Japan has also increased the central bank balance sheet in a horrific amount.
So what we’re seeing is that all the fiat, the major fiat currencies, are being debased as we speak so having the dollar collapse against the other currencies doesn’t make any sense. What’s going to happen is happening.
Is that asset prices go up in terms of dollars and that’s why we see the booming stock market in the United States?
I’m pretty curious to know what is the most common perception of bitcoin among Latin American entrepreneurs. I think there’s not really a perception very, very few people know about this and you know it’s the usual. If you get into a discussion about it, people say well, it’s it’s a it’s a joke! There’s nothing behind it! It’s made of air! It has nothing tangible to back it up. You know, you heard all the arguments. People are the same across the world, they all say the same thing right. So in this kind of conversation with your peers, you are always the outsider right. Oh, yes, I’m very much used to being an outsider okay.
I’m curious to know what is your counter argument that you usually use in these conversations with your peers to defend bitcoin?
I think the main confusion is people come up with this idea that, oh it’s not money so well, we have to go to definitions of what is money. You know money as a unit of account as a means of exchange as a store of value, and but anybody who studies monetary history knows that money has been evolving across time.
I mean that’s why I mentioned the book of the Bitcoin standard by this Lebanese gentleman cefedine and he has a really excellent chapter on monetary history and he takes us through how people used to have. You know big rocks as as proof of wealth, and then these rocks were traded and then how you go to copper and iron. People need to exchange stuff right and what they use to exchange is the most tradeable commodity, that’s within their reach, and that’s why gold and silver became very good instruments for trade they’re commodities.
They have some use and they’re highly desirable and they’re easy to exchange. So I mean, if you just consider that logic and the way that most of the world has now gone to an all digital money, bits and bytes in the ether i mean, what’s so bad about Bitcoin, it’s bits and bytes in the ether, but the big thing is it cannot be debased and it cannot be confiscated that easily it can be confiscated, but not so easily right.
So there’s got a lot of things going for it as a means of exchange. It’s actually a pretty good commodity to be used as a means of exchange. If you want to call it money or not, it’s totally personal doesn’t matter all right now, switching topic. According to a report published by intelligence, firm insights, the majority of the world’s illicit crypto funds ends up on Latin American crypto exchanges, and that is because, apparently, Latin American exchanges have very lacks kyc and aml procedures.
Don’t you think that this trend could prevent crypto from establishing itself as a legit asset in Latin America?
That has nothing to do with know your customer in in anti-money laundering much less with terrorism financing. If this is just you know, the established governments don’t like Bitcoin, because it’s a competition to their fiat currency and they don’t like it and they want to get get them down. So that’s what’s happening and I think in terms of Latin America, I don’t think that there’s a lot of bitcoin volume.
As far as I know, in Mexico, or in Venezuela or Argentina, I mean there’s got to be much less than what is traded in the us and europe. If you talk about volumes, so no I’m not worried about that. I just think that there’s a lot of hypocrisy by the establishment about this new currency being used for nefarious purposes, that’s just propaganda to try and derail the product.
Okay, so you don’t think that this illicit crypto activity could prevent bitcoin to become a legit asset?
To become accepted by large investors and institutions in Latin America, I think there’s a big difference between being legal and being legitimate. I mean the asset is legitimate period. End of story, there’s no question about it. It’s an asset that you can buy. You can sell with the willing third party there’s no question about being legitimate.
Now any government waiving their magic wand of legislation can turn it into an illegal asset. And America again is a good example. I mean gold was a very legal asset until 1931, when it became illegal and criminal to hold goal. Judge the stroke of a pen.
Roosevelt did that so will it be? Will it be legal? I don’t know, will some governments try to make it illegal?Probably are we so concerned about that?
No, it’s just the way things are awesome, thanks a lot ricardo that was a great conversation. Well, thank you giovanni and hopefully, we’ll have a very nice bitcoin year now that it goes over 20 000 any day. Now that was Ricardo, Salinas, founder and chairman at grupo salinas, I’m giovanni your host, if you enjoyed the interview, don’t forget to like the video and subscribe to our channel cointelegraph like subscribe and hodl [ Music ] foreign
… and a cryptocurrency expert, Ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, allow me to extend a warm Malaysian greeting to Andreas Antonopoulos. Thank you very much. Thanks Hello, everyone, Salam aleikum. It is a pleasure for me to be here.
This is my first time in Malaysia. I have been in Kuala Lumpur for less than 24 hours. I really like it. This is my last book. It was printed in September. It’S called the “ Internet of Money. .” People often say that this is a difficult topic to understand. Bitcoin is a difficult topic to understand and I have published two books on it.
The first book “Mastering bitCoin to perfection”, is for programmers engineers, technicians. How many of you are programmers engineers technicians? Is there anyone? Okay, so five people in this room can read the book in question.
It explains how bitCoin works. Maybe you can read the first three chapters before you get to the technical part From there.
It’s a little hard to read it’s a challenge, not because I wanted to, but because Bitcoin is a complex thing for any of you who are not programmers.
I wrote this book The Internet of Money not to explain how Bitcoin works, but why it’s important? This is a collection of 11 of my speeches delivered in this format.
It explains the philosophy of money, the importance of Bitcoin for society, and is a book for everyone.
I gave this book to my mother to read and she doesn’t understand anything about computers or money.
So the book is a good start. Before we begin, I would like to feel the people in the audience. I want to know how many of you know the technologies we are going to discuss today. Answer by raising your hand, Let’s start with the narrowest selection.
How many of you own BitCoin, Okay, someone has tried to have an effect on the community Hello. Thank you for coming.
Thank you for being here. How many of you have seen or experienced a Bitcoin transaction, but do not have money in that currency?
Okay, and how many of you have never made a transaction have no idea what Bitcoin is or how it works?
The topic is new to you great It’s about maybe 30 people For those of you who do not know the subject. I would like to know whether or not you understand what we are discussing today. Ask your questions.
I would like to hear even the most basic questions about Bitcoin, because I think these are important questions Once we finish the presentation and the questions and answers.
I would like to see the maximum number of people in the audience to install a Bitcoin wallet on their mobile devices and someone in the audience to give them their Bitcoin for free, but not all Bitcoin, but part of it just to see how the transaction is implemented.
You can then contact your friend with whom you started the exchange and exchange Bitcoin with it. The idea is to experiment. I assure you that this is perfectly legal And it’s very easy to carry.
This will allow you to try a technology that is easier to practice than to explain Yes Next question: How many people who have Bitcoin in the hall have it on their mobile device and would like to help people install a purse in which to deposit one or Two dollars, I would do that, look around, look who raised their hand and look for these people after the question and answer section.
Ask them to help you make a purse. Do not be shy. I myself will be happy to help you in the same way.
Okay. having said that, let’s start with the basics of Bitcoin in October 2008, in an anonymous mailing list called the Cyberpunk Mailing List, an anonymous participant using the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto announced the publication of an article, adding.
I think I have solved a computer problem and found a way to create a system of electronic money which is directly between people, user to user (, p2p ).
In the sense of the concept in computer science, I wrote a white paper on the use of this system and applied what was written in the article writing computer code.
On the same day, Satoshi Nakamoto published the White Paper. You can download it online. It is available at bitcoin.org. you can search for it with keywords: Satoshi Nakamoto white paper or Bitcoin white paper. In nine pages, Satoshi Nakamoto describes in detail and in a sense, even predicts many of the things that will happen in the next seven years.
What Bitcoin is what it can become and how it works, But he she or they don’t stop there. We don’t know if Satoshi Nakamoto is a man, a woman, or a group of people. Isn’t he an alien from the future?
Well, maybe it’s not the last Satoshi Nakamoto then published the software and invited people to participate in network development.
This gives you a first hint on how Bitcoin works. Bitcoin is a software Application and other stuff download this app. You run it on a computer, no matter your laptop or desktop computer. It is preferable to run it on a computer that is constantly connected to the Internet.
The application currently uses a lot of RAM and disk space, but in those days it was easy to use by computers. If you run the program, it goes online and finds other people using the same program.
You don’t know who these people are. She is not looking for. Certain people Creates a random network of peers, which we call a peer-to-peer network, ( p2p )
Each participant in the system is equal to the others. There is no special computer. All computers talk to each other. This is the equivalent of the crowd in a network sense That is, your computer.
Randomly connects to other computers, running bitCoin software, and together they create a network. This network is used to execute and promote transactions.
They are encoded in digital format. They contain information about the exchanged, value, and the given permission to exchange value. No one controls this network and this is a very important concept.
No one controls this network. you can control one of these computers, But you do not control the network. You run one of these applications. It connects you with other people and you can manage another application.
It speaks the language of bitCoin with other computers that speak that language, But no one manages or is responsible for this network.
Similarly, when you control a computer that speaks on the Internet and talks to other computers on the Internet, In fact, no one is in power or in control of the process.
If you communicate directly between these systems, This network began its existence on January 3, 2009.
On this day, the world changed for the first time in the history of money, trust institutions, and humanity. A system was born that is completely independent of government and institutions that builds trust through cooperation, communication, and computing through cryptography.
This system allows people to exchange value to exchange money and this money is called Bitcoin. So Bitcoin is an application.
The software you use on your computer to communicate with other computers using the same software bitCoin is the name of the network that connects all these computers.
There are 6,500 such as computers in the world. Wherever there is the internet, they demonstrate their presence. There are several thousand who do not, And there are tens of thousands who just listen to this network without actively participating in it.
This whole network is used to create and transfer value in the form of transactions that are measured and expressed in a new currency.
The Bitcoin currency is different from any other form of money we have ever seen. First, it does not exist in physical form. It is the culmination of a trajectory in human history. Over the millennia money has become an increasingly abstract form of currency.
We start with very tangible forms of currency. These are the goods goat, banana pineapple. These are very bad forms of money because you can eat them, they spoil or die.
They can also be lost. These are not good forms of money because they are the most valuable object from this money. We moved to gold, precious stones, and coins. These are better forms of money because you can’t eat them, they don’t die and they don’t spoil. They do not represent value alone. They are not the value, and this is an interesting concept.
Money is not the most valuable thing. money is the thing you exchange for a valuable thing. Bananas are not a good form of money, because bananas are the value you are trying to get money.
Is the thing you exchange for bananas and it has no value in itself? They are just a symbol and an abstraction
Money becomes something I can carry and give to someone tomorrow, and he might give me bananas in return.
This future promise of value is the essence of money. That is the essence of money. Is the ability to have an abstract object that is unchangeable, unadulterated and eternal, retains its value and represents the exchange value in the future as a promise?
Over time, these things have become less physical and more abstract. Why?
Because people don’t like change And if we tell someone in the past, “I’m not going to give you bananas for your work .”, I will give you a shiny gold coin, but don’t worry you can use this coin to get bananas.” They look and say: “I’ve always had bananas for my job. I think it’s better to have bananas than this yellow thing .”, One hundred years later, they already believe that the yellow thing is valuable.
Then you tell them : “Now I’m going to give you a piece of paper instead of the yellow thing, but don’t worry you can still turn these papers into bananas And most people said:” I don’t think it’s real money! ” I want the yellow thing”. The world goes on And in the end, we are changing and saying: ”You know what you will not receive either the paper or the coin. You will go, look at some numbers on a paper page or on a website.
This is your amount of money in the bank, But don’t worry, you can still use it to get food products. Services
This is really money, You can’t touch it, can’t see it It’s just a number. Finally, we come to Bitcoin. He has no physical form, It does not exist materially, it cannot be touched. It is just a digital form of money, But this is a digital form of money, completely different from anything we’ve seen before.
The difference is that this is not a form of money recorded in the company’s database or registers. This is not a digital form of money, that is a debt owed to a central bank or government.
This is not a digital form of money issued by a sovereign, a central bank, a nation, a king. This form of digital money is issued through complex and energy-intensive calculations on the Internet. It is stored simultaneously on each computer that is connected to the bitCoin network. This currency is valid independently from any computer participating in the bitCoin network. It cannot be tampered with falsified censored, frozen or confiscated.
It can be transmitted as information anywhere in the world. It can be verified independently by anyone who receives it, And it is not controlled by anyone. Its value is not controlled, Its issuance is not controlled. Ownership of it is not controlled. It is exchanged directly from one person to another without intermediaries. If I use my cell phone to make a payment to someone in this room, I’m making a digital transaction recognizing the fact that, through my digital signature, I authorize the transfer of a certain number of bitCoin that the network knows belongs to me to another bitCoin holder.
The recipient of this Bitcoin will be able to control the received funds through his own digital signature. Through a cryptographic key, You don’t need to know anything about digital signatures and cryptographic keys. When you use bitCoin, you see an application on your mobile phone or computer.
The app tells you that you have three bitCoins. It allows you to see the recipient’s address, which is a number and resembles an email address. The application allows you to select the Bitcoin number you want to transfer And when you press, send, it uses the digital signature and private key in your device to create and sign a transaction that is reported to the entire Bitcoin network. With the message, I transferred this value.
Then the whole network learns that this amount already belongs to someone else. They don’t know who this other person is. No one knows when you perform a Bitcoin transaction. It is not linked to or attached to an identity. No need to create an account, no need to register, give an ID or name location, address age, gender, race, religion, nationality, anything.
You don’t even have to be human Laugh, but it’s true bitCoin allows for the first time in human history, non-human subjects to control and possess value. This is strange because we have never had it in any legal system in the world. We have the legal fiction of corporations. Corporations may have value, but they can exist as associations between living human beings with Bitcoin, a software agent that is not owned by anyone can use and use a cryptographic key to own and trade Bitcoin internationally. This creates many interesting and very disturbing opportunities for the future.
Artificial intelligence systems can own and control money without the involvement of any human being. There may be corporations without directors.
They are completely controlled by software without the involvement of human beings, But back to the people.
If you are a person who has installed a Bitcoin wallet, you must go through a complex test to install this software. You must be able to download an application. That is all If you have an iPhone. You need to remember your iTunes password to install the app So far I’ve noticed that this is the hardest part of participating in Bitcoin global economy, remembering your iTunes password.
But if you can do that, If you have access to the Google Play Store, If you have a basic knowledge of mobile applications, If you can download the .exe file to Windows and install it, you can double-click, that’s it, You don’t have to give your name or email address You don’t register or create an account. Don’t have to prove who you are where you are or prove you deserve it.
You do not need a credit history, You do not need permission, ( authorization ). This is completely different from any piece of a system we’ve had before For the Internet generation.
The concept is very familiar When you open a browser and start using the Internet. …, Do I need to register or get a license to use the Internet?
Do you need to create an account to visit Wikipedia?
No, the only requirement is that you can install open, and use a web browser.
It was a time when the idea of allowing every human being to communicate without borders and censorship on the World Wide Web. It was horrible for some people For some it is still appalling.
Most of the younger generation find this idea liberating on a global scale. Bitcoin does the same with money, What happens when every human being on the planet with a simple download and installation of the application, it can become a member of a global economy without borders that allow people to send and receive money at will anywhere in the world. 24 hours a day without interruption for the last seven years And the fees do not depend on the amount of money you send but are paid simply for the capacity of the network. You use.
You can make a bitCoin transaction for about $ 1. It doesn’t matter if you transfer $ 1 or $ 100,000. You always pay $ 1. It doesn’t matter if you send the amount from here to another province of Malaysia or send it to the opposite. End of the earth, It doesn’t matter if you are an individual or a corporation or send the amount to another individual or corporation, It doesn’t matter. If you send it to someone who is rich or poor, You can do it. Bitcoin completely changes the way we approach it. Finance, But this is only the first layer of its effects Because the technology that allows two people from opposite ends of the earth to exchange protected value without knowing and trusting each other discovers a wide variety of applications that we have not yet imagined.
Bitcoin is not just money for the internet. Bitcoin is a platform. The technology used by bitCoin is a combination of ( 1 ) blockchain. The global transaction ledger that records each transaction by ( 2 ) the decentralized consent mechanism called “ proof of operation”, which allows security in the bitCoin blockchain from ( 3 ). The open-access system allowing everyone to participate without borders and from ( 4 ). Its boundless and neutral nature allowing participation, no matter who we are The only thing that matters is whether a transaction is valid not who its source or recipient is or what the size of the transaction is. These building blocks allowing bitCoin to exist, open the door to tens, hundreds, and thousands of applications of trust. In essence, bitCoin is a replacement for “ trust through institutions”, with “ trust through networks”
For centuries, humanity has depended on the fact that, in order to coordinate activities between a large number of people, we must have something to believe in So far. The best answer to this problem has been the institutions, Rule-driven associations of people, policies with built-in people-led monitoring, transparency, and accountability, to build centers of trust through tradition, reputation, and duration. Institutions of trust are failing around the world; They fail when they are newspapers. They fail in political institutions, They fail in a number of ways. The reason for their failure is that they are large-scale institutions made for industrial societies And we are no longer industrial societies of nation-states. We are now information societies with global dimensions, societies that cooperate across borders on a large scale. We are not now addressing issues that affect 30 million people in one country, but 7.5 billion people on one planet;
Traditional institutions do not work for problems and cooperation of this magnitude. They fail to cover the scale. They are not evil, They are not deliberately corrupt, They simply fail to solve the problems of global society In the period in which we see the old institutions failing. We also see the emergence of new governing institutions. New systems for global cooperation are emerging that allow us to collaborate, communicate, and solve large-scale problems. The first such system was the Internet With it. We saw the first system of communication that transcends nations and crosses borders. It allows anyone and everywhere to communicate. Bitcoin represents the same change but happening with money. It is a metric, network-centered monetary system that is beyond the nation-state. It is a network-centered monetary system that can scale and allow people to collaborate globally.
It allows anyone and everywhere to participate in the global economy without barriers without borders, without an ID card without recommendations, just by using software, This will change the world. Thank you.
Are your friends getting rich trading cryptocurrency? Do you want to get in on the trend, but have no clue how to get started? Luckily, for you, we here at Cointelegraph have put together a definitive guide for absolute beginners on everything you ever wanted to know about buying Bitcoin but were too embarrassed to ask Bitcoin Wallet.
The first step on your journey to becoming a legendary Bitcoin trader is to open a Bitcoin wallet. A Bitcoin wallet is simply an app website or device that manages your Bitcoin private keys and allows you to receive, store, or spend bitcoins Bitcoin Wallet.
Wallets come in two forms: hardware wallets and software wallets, also known as cold and hot wallets.
Cold wallets are hardware devices like Ledger Nano S, Trezor, and KeepKey. They are much more secure but often cost a few hundred bucks Hot wallets, protect your private keys via web applications, apps on iOS or Android platforms, and even desktop apps
Examples include Exodus, Freewallet, Jaxx, and Electrum. Hot wallets are the most popular way to store and access Bitcoin but can be hacked Theft. Protection After you’ve chosen a Bitcoin wallet, make sure to avoid scams and theft by:
1. Generating your private keys in a secure offline environment.
2,. Create backups of your private keys
3. Encrypt wallets to provide additional security next Steps.
Now that you’ve got a Bitcoin wallet, you are almost ready to start buying, but first, you have got to find someone willing to sell you their Bitcoin. In exchange for your money Exchanges, Most people buy and sell Bitcoin on Exchanges like Coinbase, Binance, or OKEx.
In order to open a trading account on a major exchange, you’ll ll need to have a valid ID and a bank account Buying Bitcoin. After you open your account, you need to find a good offer. You can buy the Bitcoin using your credit card or debit card and via bank transfer, but some restrictions may apply to Cash Exchanges. If you want to remain anonymous. Buying Bitcoin with cash may be a better way to go. Examples include Bitquick Wall of Coins and LibertyX.
You can meet with Bitcoin owners face to face and trade your cash for their crypto in person. If that’s your thing, If you’re not comfortable with that, you can also try an escrow service like Local, Bitcoins, Bitify, and Bitrated.
What Now Congratulations? You have just completed your very first Bitcoin purchase You are official, a cryptocurrency trader now well done Wondering what you can do with those Bitcoins Try, cashing out at a Bitcoin ATM buying other cryptocurrencies or even investing in an initial coin, offering ( ICO)
For the past several months, miners around the world have been extremely active, which can be seen through spikes in hash rates that coincided with a significant increase in the prices of cryptocurrencies. At the beginning of 2020, Ether (ETH) could be bought for $130, and now, ETH has reached $500. The king of cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin (BTC), added almost a cool $10,000 to its price.
So, how can users engage with the industry? What has been obvious for some time now is that solo mining is not the way to go. For Bitcoin, Ether and every major altcoin, the blockchain is built in such a way that the complexity of finding blocks is constantly increasing, which means that a pair of GPU cards is not powerful enough to generate one block.
The point is not that the rig is insufficiently powerful to mine Ether, rather it’s impossible mathematically. One rig can sit there searching for a block for several months. If we are talking about mining Bitcoin on ASICs, then it will take even more time. It’s easier to go bankrupt on equipment and electricity than to mine crypto solo. The calculation is simple: divide the total hash rate of Ether by your hash rate and get the number of seconds it will take on average to find a block.
So, it seems logical that miners would flock to mining pools, especially today, as even non-mining companies are starting to launch such products. For example, Binance recently launched its own mining pool for Ether.
What to know before joining a mining pool
A mining pool is a server that combines the computing power of all the participants connected to it. Miners join the pool over the internet, reallocating their hardware to the pool. They jointly perform mathematical solutions to find blocks of a specific cryptocurrency. When the pool finds a block, the pool obtains a consensus from other network participants, then receives a reward. This reward is shared among all members of the pool in accordance with the amount of hash rate provided.
Before choosing a pool, it’s important to know the size of the pool. When a pool grows, the chances of discovering a block increase. But the more people join the pool, the less profit each participant receives. This is a double-edged sword: small but frequent payments, or bigger payments, but less often.
Before joining the pool, users need to find out the minimum payment, which is the minimum amount of crypto that must be mined before it will be sent to the users’ wallet. If the minimum payment is high, then the user will have to be part of the pool for a long time before receiving any income.
Another important thing that should be mentioned is that participation in any pool is not free. Users pay a certain percentage of their income for participating. Usually, such commission varies from 1% to 3%. In general, participation in any pool does not require serious investment and knowledge, and if the user has already put together a rig, then it will not be difficult to figure out which pool to choose. Here is what to pay attention to when choosing a pool, regardless of the cryptocurrency mined:
- The number of participants in the pool, which affects individual income.
- Ping time, or time delay, which is a result of the user’s computer needing to transfer information to the pool. Ping time depends on territorial distance — the lower the ping, the lower the time delay and the faster the data is transferred. A high ping is not appropriate because there are pauses between block changes in cryptocurrency networks, and with high ping, the user’s computer can go over the values for the old block and mine in vain. Usually, a comfortable ping is up to 10 milliseconds;
- The size of minimum payout, which should not be too large, otherwise the payment may not take place for a very long time.
- There are many pools that are fraudulent or take a larger amount of income. Users need to find out the pool’s reputation in advance.
After constructing a rig, it’s time to choose a mining pool. Of course, most of the pools work for Bitcoin or Ether mining. Below are some of the most popular pools used to mine the top two cryptocurrencies. For Bitcoin, almost all the main pools are based in China, which is not surprising, as the country produces most of the Bitcoin mining hardware.
Founded in 2013, F2Pool is one of the oldest Chinese pools, and it’s of primary interest for Bitcoin miners. The pool accounts for almost a fifth of the total amount of BTC mined. The pool uses Pay Per Share+, or PPS+, as the payout model in which the miner receives a reward for each share accepted by the pool, regardless of the blocks found by the pool. The pool determines the cost of each share independently, taking into account the network complexity, reward, block time and the pool’s own power.
In addition to Bitcoin, the pool mines more than 40 coins. The commission, depending on the coin, ranges from 1% to 5%. As for Bitcoin, the pool takes 2.5% of the rewards as a commission, and payments are made once per day. Users must withdraw the earned money within 90 days, otherwise the pool will keep it for the development of the service.
Poolin is a pool owned by parent company Blockin that launched in 2017. The pool is popular among Bitcoin miners. Poolin offers quite a few coins to choose from: Ether, Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Bitcoin SV (BSV), Litecoin (LTC) and so on. Commission fees are not fixed; rather, they are set for each cryptocurrency separately, with a 2.5% fee for BTC.
The payment model depends on the chosen coin: PPS or Full Pay Per Share, known as FPPS. Under the latter method, the pool also distributes transaction fees among miners, which adds 10% to 20% to their income. This method is used to pay for Bitcoin mining.
A notable feature is that Poolin provides mining on ASICs and GPUs from Nvidia and AMD. The development team regularly updates the software every couple of weeks to ensure the stability of the service.
BTC.com is one of the largest international cryptocurrency mining pools. It’s controlled by well-known manufacturer of mining equipment Bitmain, which produces a line of ASIC miners under the Antminer brand. The China-based platform was launched in 2013.
The commission for each block mined by the pool is set at 4%. Besides Bitcoin, a number of other cryptocurrencies can be mined through BTC.com, including Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin. Mining pool representatives keep records of its users’ income.
AntPool is a Chinese project that was launched in 2014. Just like BTC.com, the pool is controlled by Bitmain. In addition to BTC, AntPool can mine seven more cryptocurrencies, including the privacy-oriented coins Dash and Monero (XMR).
Payments are made daily, and the service has low commissions, with some payments made with zero fees. In AntPool, payments are mainly made using the standard method, Pay Per Last N Share — or PPLNS — in which users get payments for the last share based on pool luck.
With this method, there is no fixed payment for the share, and the main issue is the speed of finding a block. When a pool uses the PPLNS method, the payment comes from “time shifts” between searching two blocks. It means that if the block is not found for a long time, the payment gradually increases.
A distinctive feature of the pool is the ability to work in “solo” mode — but not in the literal sense. The pool makes it possible to carry out “solo” mining through joint efforts. This means that the user whose rig has discovered the block will receive the payment.
SparkPool is registered in China and was launched in January 2018, and half a year later, the pool has entered the list of leaders in mining Ether. Additionally, SparkPool allows the mining of coins such as Nervos’ Common Knowledge Base (CKB), Grin, and Beam.
Mining takes place using the Ethash algorithm, and payments occur using the PPS+ method. Payments are made every day, based on Singapore Standard Time, and the minimum amount for payments is 0.1 ETH. On the 28th of every month, funds are withdrawn automatically if the balance is more than 0.0105 ETH, and the withdrawal fee is 1%.
Registering with the pool is optional. Users can mine anonymously, but if so, not all the functions of the pool will be available.
Ethermine is one of the most popular pools dedicated to Ether mining. This pool is the largest for Ethereum. Pool servers are located in Europe, Asia and the United States.
The pool uses the PPLNS payout model. The minimum payment amount is the equivalent of 0.5 ETH, and the maximum amount is 10 ETH. There is no commission for the withdrawal of funds, and payment comes instantly if the blockchain network is stable. The pool is intended only for mining cryptocurrency on GPU processors.
SpiderPool is a five-year-old Chinese project that only supports four coins: ETH, BTC, BSV and BCH. Nevertheless, the pool is quite popular among Ether miners.
There is not much information available for non-Chinese users, but the pool’s commission is 2%. The minimum payout amount depends on the coin, but once per week, users can apply for an amount that is below the minimum threshold. Otherwise, payments are made automatically once per day.
Nanopool specializes in coins that are mostly mined using GPU cards. Currently, Ether, Ethereum Classic (ETC), Zcash (ZEC), Monero, Ravencoin (RVN) and Pascal (PASC) mining are supported. The pool allows users to mine not only a single cryptocurrency but also two different cryptocurrencies simultaneously, with a proportional distribution of power between them. Like any other mining pool, Nanopool has a fee that is charged based on the income of its users. The pool uses the PPLNS payment method.
Withdrawing Ether from a miner’s account balance to their wallet is carried out in Nanopool automatically when the minimum payment is reached, which is 0.05 ETH.
Nanopool does not have a clear payment schedule, but payments happen in several stages throughout the day. As soon as the miner’s account balance exceeds the set minimum value, it will be paid during the next round of payment.
To mine or not to mine?
When choosing a pool, each person should pay attention to the list of available coins to make sure their coin of choice is on the list. Also, consider the payout and commission model, as a pool that offers the lowest commission and pays for transactions is preferable. Another issue is the proximity of the pool servers: the closer the server, the more stable the mining process will be.
In general, it can be said that no matter what coin the user chooses, they are unlikely to lose out when using a mining pool. According to Chun Wang, co-founder of F2Pool, the entire mining industry is currently on the rise:
“Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies mining are continuing to grow, just the same as last year. Thanks to DeFi, there has been a period of high transaction fees in the ETH network in the past few months, leading to the ETH mining revenues much higher than usual. People were attracted to buy related mining machines to mine ETH. With the decline in mining revenue, miner’s passion for ETH mining participation fades recently. But BTC and other coins’ price rising rapidly makes mining more profitable, more people are willing to participate in mining now.”
- Saylor states that the economic crisis of 2020 caused hyperinflation of major assets.
- “Bitcoin is about digital scarcity,” says Saylor.
- He believes that cash is losing value at a pace far greater than the media reports.
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Under Saylor’s leadership, Microstrategy Recently increased its BTC holdings by $175 million to a whopping $425 million.
But why the big bet? The pandemic, of course.
More importantly, how this pandemic, and its economic fallout, has changed the world of money forever.
Stocks Are Now Hyperinflated. Cash Will Become Worthless
Saylor states that while the nominal rate of monetary inflation is zero, the pandemic caused hyperinflation of assets. This wasn’t reported in the news, however.
Because central banks like the ECB and Federal Reserve have been increasing the money supply to stimulate the economy, the value of stocks and their companies has seen a major decoupling.
“Every asset that represented the value of an entity was going up in value, while the actual value of the entity was going down,” explains Saylor. “The nominal inflation rate is zero, but the asset inflation rate is 15%.”
The Microstrategy CEO pointed out that Apple stock has somehow doubled despite flat revenues. With rampant asset inflation and plummeting cash value, Saylor sought alternative assets to preserve his wealth.
At first, Saylor was skeptical of Bitcoin, saying it felt “scary.”
However, he soon changed his mind, concluding that it was more efficient than gold or any other asset as a store of value.
Saylor Has Invested Hundreds of Millions in Bitcoin
Since this realization, Saylor directed his company to buy $425 million worth of Bitcoin in total. He also personally holds over 17,000 BTC.
Some have asked how much #BTC I own. I personally #hodl 17,732 BTC which I bought at $9,882 each on average. I informed MicroStrategy of these holdings before the company decided to buy #bitcoin for itself.
— Michael Saylor (@michael_saylor) October 28, 2020
The decision makes perfect sense, according to Sayler.
He views money as a form of energy and Bitcoin as the most efficient way to channel that energy, especially now that the fiat supply is expanding rapidly. In his mind, the risk does not come with a broad bet on the crypto industry, but rather in choosing Bitcoin specifically.
“Bitcoin is about digital scarcity,” says Saylor. “If you don’t understand monetary energy, you don’t understand Bitcoin.”
Saylor cut his teeth investing in valuable .com registrars, buying domains like “wisdom.com,” flipping them for a profit later. He views his confidence in the .com domain category as equivalent to choosing Bitcoin.
Because Bitcoin is the dominant blockchain and has had ten years to mature, Saylor believes he has made the right decision, even if not everyone around him feels the same way.
“There are people in the outside world that don’t agree with me,” says Saylor. “If they all agreed with me, I wouldn’t be able to buy Bitcoin. It would be too expensive.”
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