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Bitcoin Lowest Level Hit Again

Bitcoin has hit its lowest level again this year. Is it the beginning of the end for Bitcoin? I bet that question has been asked many times over in 2018.

Bitcoin gained house-hold name status around Thanksgiving last year. That was the kind of year Bitcoin had in 2017.

Bitcoin’s Lowest Level

But now, Bitcoin is down more than 30% since Thanksgiving 2017.

But that’s not as bad as being down 60% on the year, 18% this week alone, and hitting the lowest level of 2018 today. At the time of writing, BTC is selling for $5,148 and is down nearly 9% on the day.

As is the industry standard, Bitcoin tends to lead the pack; other major cryptocurrencies are down, with Ethereum and Ripple losing over 12% and 4.5% respectively. In fact, this loss is so significant for Ethereum that Ripple has just overtaken it in terms of market cap.

Now Ripple is the second most valuable cryptocurrency in the world. Ethereum is third.

All in a week’s work.

Calm Before the Storm

Bitcoin’s lowest level came unexpectedly—BTC had remained around the $6,400 range for most of October despite the rest of the global markets going through sell-offs.

It was around this time last year when Bitcoin began its epic rise, first topping $10,000 at the end of November and was worth almost $20,000 per coin by Christmas.

The CBOE brought in the first Bitcoin futures trading platform on December 10th, but prices hit their peak the same day the CME began Bitcoin futures trading on December 17th.

The futures market gave investors the ability to bet on the decline of Bitcoin price. It was the ultimate gambling platform—Bitcoin, with a value derived from speculation and nothing tangible, could now make investors even more money by betting on, effectively, market speculation.

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Crypto Today

But today paints a different story. This past week has wiped approximately $40 billion off the entire cryptocurrency market capitalization.

According to eToro analyst Mati Greenspan:

“The next logical level of support is at $5,000 but if that doesn’t hold, the next logical support level isn’t until $3,500. With all the falling prices lately, this definitely fits the definition of a buyers market.”

But do you think anyone is expecting Bitcoin to really kick off again? Do you think if you bought in now that the coin might repeat the good old days of 2017?

Something tells me betting on its decline these days makes for an easier prediction.

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Bitcoin Cash Hard Fork Controversy

Hard forks and lack of governance were a huge issue during the rise of cryptocurrency back in late 2017. It seems this hasn’t changed in 2018, as we have just encountered a new Bitcoin Cash hard fork controversy.

Hard forks are required for large blockchain network updates and require all nodes running the network to switch over to the new chain at a designated block number. Unfortunately, not every node running the network agrees with the direction of the project and decides to start its own fork with other nodes—creating a new ‘forked’ chain and new digital currency.

Hard fork splits in 2017 brought about the digital currencies Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Bitcoin Gold (BTG), Ethereum Classic (ETC), Bitcoin Diamond (BCD), Monero Classic (XMC), and Monero Original (XMO).

Bitcoin Cash Hard Fork Controversy

On November 15th, Bitcoin Cash underwent its second scheduled protocol upgrade. However, a competing proposal emerged that was not compatible with the original roadmap and caused the BCH community to be split into three fractions: Bitcoin ABC, Bitcoin Unlimited, and Bitcoin SV.

Bitcoin ABC represents the conservative approach to the update, which aims to preserve Bitcoin Cash from radical changes. ABC is led by Roger Ver, CEO of Bitcoin.com. Bitcoin ABC is also backed and represented by Binance, Coinbase, and Bitmain.

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Bitcoin SV, or Satoshi’s Vision, was founded last Friday by a blockchain firm that is associated with Craig Wright—who has in the past deemed himself as Satoshi Nakamoto and has often been mocked by the crypto community. Bitcoin SV seeks to increase the block size of BCH from 32MB to a max of 128MB in hopes of increasing the network’s capacity and scale.

Bitcoin Unlimited is a neutral fork and the leaders are looking for a compromise between Bitcoin SV and Bitcoin ABC, asking for a vote between all the miners.

Hash War: Who’s Winning?

Currently, Bitcoin ABC has the most support but Craig Wright isn’t backing down.

This just shows the need for proper governance and voting within these blockchain projects, because this Bitcoin Cash hard fork controversy has become a circus.

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IDEX List RedCab Token | Step Forward for Ride Sharing Company

IDEX, the only Ethereum-based, fully decentralized crypto exchange with real-time trading and high transaction throughput has announced the listing of RedCab LLC’s REDC token.

RedCab, a decentralized peer-to-peer transportation solution entirely powered by blockchain technology, announced the listing this week with the Panama-based exchange.

IDEX is recognized as the most advanced Ethereum DEX in the industry, supporting limit and market orders, gas-free cancels and also the ability to fill many trades at once.

Consisting of a smart contract, trading engine and a transaction processing arbiter, the smart contract is charged with storing all assets and also with executing trade settlement, while all trades must be authorized by the users private key.

RedCab has ambitious plans to expand beyond its native Egypt into Bahrain, the KSA, as well as Asian and European markets.

At this stage, almost everyone has heard of, and possibly even tried out, some of the larger ride-hailing companies on the market, such as Uber, Lyft and Grab, but few actually know the way those companies go about running their business.

A 25 percent profit is made through each driver, which makes it difficult for those working for those companies to earn a respectable living.

With a 15 percent profit cut, RedCab provides drivers with a higher percentage of take-home pay, and have a distinct focus on community, providing users with an entirely different experience than those who use Uber.

One question on many readers minds is likely to be “Why RedCab?”

According to the company itself, “Many start-ups have been rising in the market recently to solve the transportation issue. Most of them are successful as a business, but none of them have succeeded without social collateral damage.

Despite the fact that technology has bridged the gap for transportation needs and has successfully solved some problems in the past ten years, this left us with multiple copycat business models without any iteration or innovation.”

One pet peeve that many have with Uber is the spike in fares when certain conditions occur, such as rain and heavy traffic.

“Customers are not only searching for a trendy service, but looking for a true reliable service with sustainable quality and safety, that offers all transportation options and services with a low competitive price, and because customers hate to be abused; so on a rainy day, or a day with heavy traffic; ‘high rates’ fare is not a good move.”

RedCab seem able and willing to provide drivers with more tangible benefits than we’ve yet seen in this industry;

“Based on a recent survey conducted on drivers working as part-time for one of the major car-hailing services app, 91% of the population have joined the hailing service apps to increase their income and 87% to work flexible shifts. 

Our business model guarantees a 20% increase in the income of drivers with a clear strategy to capitalize on the network dominance where the time of the people who chose to partner with us and drive is managed more efficiently.”

The listing with IDEX is yet another step forward for this company that is looking to take the industry in a new, more community-based direction.

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Lack of Decentralization Exposed with Reversed Transaction

Blockchain protocol EOS, run by Block.one, has just become the subject of a new crypto scandal. It all began on November 9th, when a picture emerged on Reddit of a moderator on EOS reversing a transaction that had already been confirmed.

Decentralized?

According to the Reddit user u/auti9003, a reverse transaction occurred without the owner’s permission. The arbitrator, Ben Gates, referred to the blockchain project’s constitution as a basis for his decision. Gates wrote:

“Under the powers afforded to me as arbitrator under article 6 of the Rules of Dispute Resolution, I, Ben Gates, rule that the EOS account in dispute should be returned to the claimant with immediate effect and that the freeze over the assets within the said account is removed.”

Many EOS users weren’t happy with the findings posted on Reddit. One user by the name of ethswagholder said:

“What a pile of garbage is EOS? Why would anyone use this over a bank account and traditional legal system? These guys raised $4BN to recreate the legal system using a token that is neither censorship resistant, nor immutable. Brilliant.”

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This isn’t the first time EOS’s model of governance has been questioned. Back in early October, allegations were made accusing the platform’s major block producers (BPs) of “collusion” and mutual voting. It was suggested that the main EOS nodes took part in mutual voting, with a handful of payoffs to remain in power of the EOS blockchain.

Daniel Larimer, CTO of Block.one, confirmed the project’s lack of decentralization in an interview last month. Larimer told Colin Talks Crypto:

“Decentralization isn’t what we’re after. What we’re after is anti-censorship and robustness against being shut down.”

Well, that should give you some peace—ha! Larimer still claims EOS is more decentralized than Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) because it takes 11 BP’s to control the network. For Bitcoin and Ethereum, it would only take around three to four pools.

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Bitcoin and Blockchain | Banks Must Embrace or “Bite the Dust”

With all the constant news about the price of Bitcoin, it’s possible to forget what it was invented for. Cryptocurrency trading plays only a small role in what Bitcoin and blockchain technology can do for our world. Most importantly, they can end the hegemony central banks have on the way we make payments to each other.

Today, there are supposedly thousands of cryptocurrencies available. Many of which seeks to fix the issues central banks have created. However, they don’t all have the same goals. While some may wish to obliterate our current banking system, others simply want to improve it. Banks must find a way to work with these co-operative cryptocurrencies or they will likely face extinction.

The Current Banking System is Too Complicated

In 2015 a global financial literacy test found that 57% of adult Americans are financially illiterate. It’s not surprising then that most people don’t know how complicated it is to transfer money between banks. It’s painstakingly complicated, it’s the reason why payments can take so long – days or even weeks in some circumstances.

When money doesn’t leave a bank, transfers are easy. For example, if two people use the same bank and transfer funds between themselves it’s very straightforward. The bank simply debits the payer funds and credits the receiver.

But when we need to pay someone who uses a different bank this becomes an issue. You would assume that it would work the same way, but unfortunately not. Instead, each bank must have an account with each other to give and receive funds.

To pay someone who belongs to another bank, the funds must first be given to the bank. The bank then takes that money and puts it in their own account in the other bank. Once that money is there, it is transferred to the receiver. This means funds can sometimes be swapped between different hands numerous times before they reach their destination. This entire process becomes even longer when there are large quantities of funds involved.

Blockchain technology can simplify this process, making transactions more direct. Additionally, this also makes transactions cheaper as well.

Blockchain Technology is Ripe for the Globalized World

The old method that is currently in place does not fit in with the world we now live in. Companies are increasingly multinational with offices in many different countries. The process above becomes even more complex when it includes foreign banks. These banks may not have accounts with each other, which might mean a third country may need to be involved.

This is an irrelevant issue for blockchain technology which overcomes this issue. With Bitcoin, overseas transactions can take place at the same speed as domestic transactions.

Funds will be safer

Blockchain technology has also been highlighted as a safer alternative to transferring funds as well.

Decentralized vs. Centralized

One of the key selling points blockchain is that it is decentralized. Centralized networks, such as banks, put themselves at risk because they are easier to hack. Once inside a centralized network, a hacker has access to everything. It only takes one weakness to be manipulated.

By being decentralized, all information is shared amongst everyone all the time. This means that no one is in control of the network. For a hacker to manipulate the information on the network, they would need to control at least 51% of it. This is no easy feat and would require an extremely powerful computer.

Restoring Trust with Transparency

Trust is a major issue for many banks, especially after the 2008 crash. In 2017, a YouGov survey uncovered a number of interesting insights into global trust in banks. While 74% of Americans trust banks, only 37% of Europeans do.

Blockchain technology is also able to restore people’s trust in banks. Most blockchain’s use what is called a distributed ledger. This ledger is used to record every single transaction that takes place and can be viewed by anyone.

With such a powerful tool, banks can be properly regulated. This not only reduces illegal activity, such as money laundering. It also shows clients how their money is being used and transferred.

Cryptocurrencies Working with Banks

Some cryptocurrencies have been designed specifically to work with banks. One of the largest already doing this is Ripple, which is also considered the third largest cryptocurrency. Ripple works by acting as an exchange for money transfer. By doing this, transactions are more direct, much faster and cheaper as well.

Bitcoin’s Position

Bitcoin was designed as an alternative to fiat money. In an ideal world, users would not need to have banks or bank accounts, they would only need bitcoin. This, of course, puts it at odds with the banking world.

Despite the above, it is still possible Bitcoin can integrate with it. Some banks are already doing it and it could ensure their survival. Though, for wide-scale adoption to happen, it is likely Bitcoin will need to be a lot more stable.

Until that point is reached, Bitcoin is prime to be traded. Traders can utilize BitMex signals and Deribit Signals to make the most of it.

Conclusion

Blockchain technology benefits many industries for the better, most of the time making them more efficient. Banking is another industry that urgently needs to be simplified and blockchain looks like the perfect way to do that.

There are several benefits to adopting blockchain technology: banks can simplify transactions between themselves, making the process quicker and cheaper; banking institutions will be impenetrable to hackers, ensuring their client’s funds are safe; banks will be able to increase trust in their clients by utilizing a distributed ledger.

The banking sector will find it tough to accept the changes and some may fight them. This may even result in some banks closing and some new ones opening. It should be considered that different countries may adopt blockchain at a slower rate and may use a different blockchain. But the result will be the same, banks must embrace change or “bite the dust”.

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