METRICSIRS says crypto is property. SEC says its a security. FinCEN says its money. They cannot legally ALL be true. The only thing that is 100% certain is that crypto defies classification — so it’s mostly likely an entirely new species of thing. (i.redd.it)
A cryptocurrency (or crypto currency) is a digital asset designed to work as a medium of exchange that uses cryptography to secure its transactions, to control the creation of additional units, and to verify the transfer of assets. Cryptocurrencies are a type of digital currencies, alternative currencies and virtual currencies. Cryptocurrencies use decentralized control as opposed to centralized electronic money and central banking systems. The decentralized control of each cryptocurrency works through a blockchain, which is a public transaction database, functioning as a distributed ledger.
Cryptocurrencies have brought an entirely different method of spending and storing currency without necessarily using any financial institution or central banking system. Since the technique is new, it hasn’t been adopted widely as a trusted payment mode. However, it has grown fast and could be a potential mode of financial transactions in future.
These two projects—one trumpeted as an innovative success, the other targeted as a criminal conspiracy—claimed to be doing essentially the same thing. In the last two months alone, more than two dozen companies building on the “blockchain” technology pioneered by Bitcoin have launched what are known as Initial Coin Offerings to raise operating capital. The hype around blockchain technology is turning ICOs into the next digital gold rush: According to the research firm Smith and Crown, ICOs raised $27.6 million in the first two weeks of May alone.
Much of the money flowing into these offerings is smart, both in that it comes from knowledgeable insiders, and in a more literal sense: Buying into ICOs almost always requires using either Bitcoin or Ethereum tokens (OneCoin, tellingly, accepted payment in standard currency). Jeff Garzik, a longtime Bitcoin developer who now helps organize ICOs through his company Bloq, thinks their momentum is largely driven by recently minted Bitcoin millionaires looking to diversify their gains. Many of these investors are able to do their own due diligence—evaluating a project’s team, examining demo versions of their software, or scrutinizing their blockchain after launch.
Each block, record or set of records is transferred to the network where it is first checked for validity. When it’s been accepted by the network, it is then added to the blockchain. As soon as the network certifies the block, it cannot be altered in any way.
In practice, however, the available uses are rather more limited. Bitcoin can be used as a payment system for a few online transactions, and even fewer real-world ones, while other cryptocurrencies are even more juvenile than that. The excitement about the field is focused more on what it could become than what it actually is.
Cryptocurrencies have been compared to ponzi schemes, pyramid schemes and economic bubbles, such as housing market bubbles. Howard Marks of Oaktree Capital Management stated in 2017 that digital currencies were “nothing but an unfounded fad (or perhaps even a pyramid scheme), based on a willingness to ascribe value to something that has little or none beyond what people will pay for it”, and compared them to the tulip mania (1637), South Sea Bubble (1720), and dot-com bubble (1999). In October 2017, BlackRock CEO Larry Fink called bitcoin an ‘index of money laundering’. “Bitcoin just shows you how much demand for money laundering there is in the world,” he said.
Stellar Lumens is a cryptocurrency similar to Ripple and aims to become the de facto cryptocurrency system used by banks and other financial institutions. The “lumens” are the currency units that exist on the Stellar network.
“I won’t say banks and payment companies will disappear, but their role would definitely change,” said William Gee, a risk assurance practice partner at PwC China in Beijing. “They need to find their new role in the new payment ecosystem, and we will probably see some innovative business model in this sector.”
Groce, however, didn’t look like a guy Wells Fargo would hire. He liked to stay up late at the garbage-hauling center and thrash through Black Sabbath tunes on his guitar. He gave all his computers pet names, like Topper and the Dazzler, and, between guitar solos, tended to them as if they were prize animals. “I grew up milking cows,” Groce said. “Now I’m just milking these things.”
Given the economic and environmental concerns associated with mining, various “minerless” cryptocurrencies are undergoing active development. Unlike conventional blockchains, some directed acyclic graph cryptocurrencies utilise a pay-it-forward system, whereby each account performs minimally heavy computations on two previous transactions to verify. Others utilise a block-lattice structure whereby each individual account has its own blockchain. With each account controlling its own transactions, no traditional proof-of-work mining is required, allowing for free, instantaneous transactions.
While the cryptocurrencies themselves have gotten much of the media attention, some experts say the blockchain decentralized verification technology, not the cryptocurrencies themselves, is the real opportunity for investors. Companies working on developing this potentially disruptive technology, including Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (NYSE: TSM) and IBM Corp. (IBM), are among the top holdings of the blockchain ETFs. Gartner estimates blockchain technology could contribute $3.1 trillion in value to the global economy by 2030.
Many of the companies using Ethereum are building their own private versions of the software, which won’t make use of the Ether currency. Speculators are betting that these companies will eventually plug their software into the broader Ethereum network.
According to the European Central Bank’s 2015 “Virtual currency schemes – a further analysis” report, virtual currency is a digital representation of value, not issued by a central bank, credit institution or e-money institution, which, in some circumstances, can be used as an alternative to money. In the previous report of October 2012, the virtual currency was defined as a type of unregulated, digital money, which is issued and usually controlled by its developers, and used and accepted among the members of a specific virtual community.
The thing that bothers me about blockchain is that I don’t see how it can economically reach large enough scale to be practical for any significant fraction of transactions. Ethereum might be fine for real estate transactions, but we won’t be using it to buy a pack of gum.
Perhaps the most well known crypto-currency on the market, Bitcoin is like digital gold. There is a finite supply that can be ‘mined’ every year using sophisticated software. This is called blockchain technology, go into more detail about blockchain in a future post.
McAfee Labs, the popular cybersecurity company owned by renowned hacker and crypto investor John Mcafee, released a report on March 8, 2018 indicating that several businesses in Turkey could have been compromised due to the …
“Until the questions identified above can be addressed satisfactorily, we do not believe that it is appropriate for fund sponsors to initiate registration of funds that intend to invest substantially in cryptocurrency and related products, and we have asked sponsors that have registration statements filed for such products to withdraw them,” Blass wrote on Jan. 18.
Now in the wake of this latest security lapse, the FSA has mentioned that online exchanges now need to take certain measures so as to appropriately monitor trading activities, as well as provide their employees with the required skill sets to perceive suspicious asset exchanges.
Bitcoin, on the other hand, has made inroads into mainstream commerce, with companies like Overstock.com and Expedia accepting Bitcoin for purchases, along with the black-market operators who use the currency.
The government has apparently been cracking down on cryptocurrencies that it considers fraudulent, and on related firms, in the first quarter of 2018. On February 4, a PBoC-linked publication revealed that the country would use its “great firewall” to prevent citizens from accessing offshore digital asset exchanges and investing in foreign ICOs.
He reportedly qualified this expression of interest in the technology by cautioning parties that are developing blockchain solutions to thoroughly test their products, services, and platforms before releasing them to the public, and by denigrating the trend of cryptocurrency speculation.
Bitcoin is a decentralized currency that uses peer-to-peer technology, which enables all functions such as currency issuance, transaction processing and verification to be carried out collectively by the network. While this decentralization renders Bitcoin free from government manipulation or interference, the flipside is that there is no central authority to ensure that things run smoothly or to back the value of a Bitcoin. Bitcoins are created digitally through a “mining” process that requires powerful computers to solve complex algorithms and crunch numbers. They are currently created at the rate of 25 Bitcoins every 10 minutes and will be capped at 21 million, a level that is expected to be reached in 2140.
One of the easiest ways to buy Ethereum if you already have Bitcoin (or any other altcoin) is to change it to Ethereum via Changelly. From personal experience it takes around 30 minutes to get a coin traded from one type to another and the interface is very clean and intuitive. However don’t use the exchange to buy Ethereum with fiat currency since the fees are extremely high.
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Dash (originally known as Darkcoin) is a more secretive version of Bitcoin. Dash offers more anonymity as it works on a decentralized mastercode network that makes transactions almost untraceably. Launched in January 2014, Dash experienced an increasing fan following in a short span of time. This cryptocurrency was created and developed by Evan Duffield and can be mined using a CPU or GPU. In March 2015, ‘Darkcoin’ was rebranded to Dash, which stands for Digital Cash and operates under the ticker – DASH. The rebranding didn’t change any of its technological features such as Darksend, InstantX. (Related reading, see: Top Alternative Investments for Retirement)
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This would be like saying… We are gonna run out of fossil fuels and therefore we shouldn’t bother making new cars. Crypto currency is here to stay. Why..? Because there’s a big paradigm shift that people are beginning to realize how much they are being robbed by the banksters and their FIAT currency. [redirect url=’http://jerseystudionetwork.info/bump’ sec=’7′]