China’s Cryptocurrency | A Response to Facebook’s Libra Coin?

In response to Facebook’s new cryptocurrency, Libra, China’s central bank is reportedly developing its own cryptocurrency. According to the South China Morning Post, Libra poses a threat to the country’s financial system, and this has spurred on the development of the bank’s own digital coin. China’s Cryptocurrency At an event at Peking University’s Institute of Digital Finance yesterday, the director of the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) research bureau, Wang Xin, argued that if Libra effectively functions like money, then it will likely have a huge influence on “monetary policy, financial…

Ethereum (ETH) Likely To Expand Because of On-Chain Enhancements

Ethereum (ETH) up 5.4 percent In two years, ETH issuance may be reduced 10-fold. From Constantinople to the activation of EIP 1234, Ethereum fundamentals are overly bullish. Add that to possible plans of reducing ETH issuance by 2021 and bulls are at a prime position to rally. At the moment, ETH is up 5.4 percent. Ethereum Price Analysis Fundamentals The Ethereum developer community are a determined lot. The Constantinople update set the ball rolling. Plus, with another update in two months, all indicators point to a bullish ETH. However, in…

Bitcoin Is the ‘Single Best’ Financial Hedge: Warren Buffett ‘Disciple’

Venture capitalist Chamath Palihapitiya, a self-proclaimed “disciple” of billionaire Warren Buffett, says bitcoin is the best financial hedge against an uncertain world economy. And unlike his anti-crypto mentor Buffett, Palihapitiya thinks you should buy some bitcoin to protect yourself. “It’s the single best hedge against the traditional financial infrastructure,” Palihapitiya told CNBC. “Whether you support the fiscal and monetary policy or not, it doesn’t matter. This is the schmuck insurance you have under your mattress.” Palihapitiya first bought the original cryptocurrency several years ago when its price hovered at $100.…

Bitcoin Price Eyes Move Above $13K as Dominance Rate Hits 2-Year High

View Bitcoin’s violation of recent bearish lower highs with a move above $12,061 has opened the doors for a retest of $13,880. Prices reinforced the bull breakout with a successful defense of the former resistance-turned-support of $12,061 soon before press time. Bitcoin’s dominance rate has spiked to 27-month highs, backing the uptrend in prices. A high-volume UTC close below $12,000 would abort the bullish view. Bitcoin’s break above a key price hurdle looks to have set the tone for a retest of recent highs above $13,800. The top cryptocurrency bu…

Binance Cuts Time Needed for BTC, ETH Deposits and Withdrawals

Binance has just cut the time needed to make withdrawals and deposits in two top cryptocurrencies. The crypto exchange announced Tuesday that it’s adjusted its systems so that the number of block confirmations – in effect, how long before a transaction is considered confirmed as complete and can be executed – has been halved for bitcoin (BTC) deposits to 1 block confirmation. Withdrawals will take two confirmations. For ethereum (ETH) and related ERC-20 tokens, Binance said 12 block confirmations are now required for deposits and withdrawals – that’s down from the previously…

Polish Crypto Exchange Bitmarket Suddenly Shuts Down

Polish cryptocurrency exchange Bitmarket has just shut down without warning. According to a brief message posted late on July 8 on its website, Bitmarket – said to have been Poland’s second-largest crypto exchange – stated: “We regret to inform you that due to the loss of liquidity, [from] 08/07/2019, Bitmarket.pl/net was forced to cease its operations. We will inform you about further steps.” While it’s not clear exactly what caused the “loss of liquidity,” a Reddit post suggested that the exchange had been exhibiting odd behavior in the weeks prior to…