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Will Bitcoin (BTC) And Bitcoin Cash (BCH) Payments War Destabilize Market?

With bitcoin (BTC) back above $8,000 and set to accelerate higher, the last thing crypto needs is a fallout between the bitcoin developer and business community and the diehard Bitcoin Cash (BCH) believers.

Bitcoin fork BCH, whose supporters insist that it is truer to bitcoin’s original mission of digital cash, fears bitcoin people want to shut it out of merchant payments. All this as BCH continues to track bitcoin as does the rest of the market, maintaining the outperformance margin opened up at the beginning of April.

In the two months to 19 May BCH has returned 121% compared to  BTC’s 82% , as seen in the chart below.

Bitcoin Cash has outperformed Bitcoin over the past two months (Courtesy Coinlib.io

That performance difference, however, is unlikely to be because the market assesses BCH to be a better product than bitcoin.

Bitcoin is still king by a very wide margin

Far from it, judging by the network fundamentals of BCH vis a vis bitcoin.

Although Roger Ver, a vociferous supporter of BCH, is able to point to its low fees on the network compared to BTC, that’s not for a good reason.

Whichever way you cut it, be it transaction volume, hashrate, operating network nodes, bitcoin is still the king by some considerable margin.

Perhaps most dangerously for BCH, it is not very decentralised, with the secretive BTC top mining pool based in China recently accounting for more than 50% of the hashrate, although that has decreased now. At the end of April their was the case of an entity using the name “Satoshi Nakamoto” that had 40% of the hashrate.

BTC.top had a 50%-plus share 24 hours ago

BCH has made itself a six-monthly target for attackers

Then there’s the six-monthly schedule of upgrades which seem
to have turned into an opportunity for attackers to make mischief. That’s what
happened on 15 May, when a bug was exploited that led to empty blocks, 10 in
all.

It didn’t end there.

On the same day it has been speculated that there was an aborted attempt by short sellers to crash the price, with 179,202 BCH or BAB (the ticker on Bitfinex for Bitcoin ABC aka Bitcoin Cash) borrowed on Bitfinex to take a leveraged short position. The build up in BCH borrowing was spotted by redditor frozen124.

It didn’t work out for the shorters as the price rose, but the timing was suspicious according to folks at coinspice.io who have been doing some digging around. The borrowing by the shorters took place 12 hours before the empty blocks attack.

Additionally, 110,000 that had been borrowed ended up not being used to take a position in the market, leading observers to surmise that whoever was behind the borrowing, was linked to the block attack and for some reason had decided against executing.  

It was a costly miscalculation on their part because all that borrowing of BCH drove the interest rate demanded by the lenders to 30%, so the unallocated borrowing cost 79 BCH or $31,500 at the price at the time.

Someone’s got it in for BCH.

Roger Ver sure thinks so, or at least the Bitcoin.com twitter account does:

For those new to crypto, bitcoin.com is controlled by Roger Ver and stands accused by bitcoin people of deliberately confusing the difference between the one and only original and the BCH fork.

But let’s not take sides.

Payments Protocol – BCH and BitPay versus Bitcoin core?

Nevertheless, the network attack and the apparent co-ordinated but half-cocked shorting effort may partly explain the timing of an incendiary broadside against the Bitcoin “maximalist” community in an op-ed published on bitcoin.com by Tomislav Dugandzic, described as an “independent bitcoin cash (BCH) user and currency speculator“.

Titled “Core vs Gavin – Bitcoin Payments Are Being Bulldozed for Political Reasons, Dugandzic is convinced that Bitcoin core are out to sabotage the way payments are processed for nefarious political reasons – a serious charge indeed.

At the centre of the brewing dispute is the Payments Protocol, which was some tidying done by Gavin Andresen and Mike Hearn in 2013 in the form of bitcoin improvement proposal 70 (BIP70).

The changes allowed a payer to be messaged by the receiver (merchant) and introduced code to specifically guard against “man in the middle” attacks where a bad actor gets between payer and receiver and inserts the fraudster’s address.

For merchants, the payment protocol removed the inefficiencies with, to take one example, paying refunds.

In a nutshell then, BIP70 makes handling payments more efficient for merchants and provides a better user experience for payers.

It turns out that not all wallets are supporting BIP70 but most major popular ones do including those for Bitcoin Cash.

BitPay, the largest bitcoin payment processor and a handler of both bitcoin and BCH payments, imlements payments protocol and it says it has reduced errors in payments by 98.6%.

So that’s all good. What’s the problem?

BitPay is what Dugandzic describes as a BCH-friendly payments processor and it is this that he claims lies behind a “political” move by bitcoin core ( which controls the official bitcoin website, bitcoin.org) to stymie the prospects for BCH adoption.

Bitcoin developers have deprecated BIP70, which is coders speak that it is being to be phased out.

Something of a war has broken out between those who want to keep BIP70 and others who want to revert to the earlier BIP21 for handling URIs (Uniform Resource Identifiers) and encoding of payment request information.

Samurai wallet is focused on by Dugandzic as an example of the anti BIP70 crowd as it came up in a video featuring Andreas Antonopoulos, who could be described as bitcoin royalty as the author of the seminal The Internet of Money.

Antonopoulos is what Dugandzic sees as a typical (as in political) “Bitcoin Core advocate”.

Here’s a quote from the op-ed, which provides a flavour of how these disputes quickly turn nasty:

The Samurai wallet team tweeted that they approve of Bitcoin Core advocates “viciously attacking” Bitcoin Cash advocates and that Bitcoin Cash advocates are “lunatics” and “frauds.” That’s a pretty strong choice of words to describe a group of people that have a difference of opinion regarding how Bitcoin should scale.

Thin line between welcome competition and senseless tribalism

For mere mortals these disputes can all seem arcane but unfortunately they are important tests of the maturity of the space regarding cooperation on standards and resolving disagreements over competing technology solutions in the absence of an industry policeman.

The way these issues are fought out does nothing to help crypto adoption, be it bitcoin, one of its forks or one of the myriad other competing crypto projects.

Those critical of BIP70 seem to be suggesting that it cedes too much power to the likes of BitPay, which some presumably think is too closely aligned with the BCH camp.

Confusion in the marketplace and at the level of users actually trying to buy stuff with bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash, is no good for anyyone.

The BCH price may well continue to outperform bitcoin and even catch up on the former’s market cap, as it briefly seemed to be closing in on flippening BTC in November 2017.

But as BCH continues to motor, up 17% today at $425 it will be doing so probably more because of brand association with bitcoin rather than because of its technological superiority or, for that matter, the vitriol its supporters (and to be fair its detractors too) trade in.

Bitcoin has some weak points, like scaling. But governance and general inter-coin relations and its breakdown – which is how Bitcoin Cash came into being in the first place and then Bitcoin SV – is a headache for the crypto ecosystem, not just bitcoin or BCH, and it shows no signs of going away.

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Bitcoin, Altcoins Rally But Is It Now Blow-off or Lift-off?

The bitcoin rally has accelerated to $7,355 on Coinbase representing a 14% gain in the past 24 hours, although has slipped back to $7,096 at the time of writing in volatile trading. Now some analysts are asking is this overreach?

Total market cap of crypto is now $213 billion.

As clouds gather over the global economy and the geopolitical picture darkens re. North Korea and Iran, bitcoin is looking more and more like a safe haven, despite the doubts of naysayers such as economist Nouriel Roubini, aka Dr Doom.

Maybe Roubini is regretting leaving the digital footprint of his wrongness behind for all to see, as in the tweet below from 20 November last year::

Bitcoin (BTC) blow-off or lift-off?

So is this the lift-off or a blow-off? That’s the question on the mind of much watched trader Peter Brandt, who tweeted the chart below with the accompanying comment “Blow-off or lift off”:

The fear that the advance is down to shorts being taken out in a squeeze can explain the speed and trajectory but may wane in effect the further north the price travels.

Consolidation ahead?

Nevertheless, a period of consolidation is approaching even if the overall direction of travel has been set.

Fundstrat’s Thomas Lee reminds us that historically the period of price advance is narrow. The performance of bitcoin can typically be accounted for in 10 days of the year. Commenting on Twitter he says:

“This week’s strong move on #crypto and especially #bitcoin
is reminder $BTC historically generates its annual performance in 10 days. Miss
those 10 days and average return is -25%.”

With New York Blockchain Week upon us and the undoubted excited attention of the mainstream press on Monday, there’s every reason to believe that this parabola may not be done for a few days yet… but consolidation is coming

Tyler Winklevoss posited a related rhetorical question on Twitter “Should we rename Blockchain Week to Bitcoin Week?”

FOMO to take off at $10,000

But at what price can we expect FOMO to really start kicking in?

Lee thinks 10,000 is a fair guess. “My SWAG [scientific wild-assed guess] is $10,000 is price that causes FOMO from those who saw #bitcoin as dead forever.”

That feels about right for the the crowd “who gloated bout 90% crash” as Lee observes, but for others it looks like it may already be happening.

For those who were in but then got out in a hurry, it doesn’t’ take much to fire up the Coinbase app and buy a slug of BTC, ETH, BCH, LTC or ETC.

Investment bank Canaccord Genuity’s latest US equity research
paper covering blockchain and digital assets reckons BTC could “theoretically”
return to its all-time high in 2021.

Take what you will from that price target but one thing is clear – they think a new bear market is here.

The firm cites improving fundamentals to justify its stance. Take transaction value – jumping from $478 million in February to $801 million at the start of May. It also highlights the SegWit progress, noting that 36% of transactions were now using it.

Altcoins’ turn to shine

As bitcoin rockets, its dominance has risen to 58.7% but altcoins are now joining the party.

The biggest riser among the top alts is Bitcoin Cash (BCH) as it again shows its ability to attract buyers as a result of its connection to the bitcoin brand. The fork from bitcoin was trading 18% higher at $341.

Litecoin (LTC) returns to its winning form of late and is the next best performer as it closes in on the psychologically significant $100 mark, currently priced 20% the better at $93.

Seeing a similar uplift is Cardano (ADA), up 16%, according to coinmarketcap.

Number-two coin Ethereum had broken through $200 but is currently priced at $191 for a 9% rise.

Ripple’s XRP is not missing out either as it advances 5% to $0.3141

All the top 20 cryptoassets are registering substantial gains.

BHIG coin’s 696% 24-hour return

In short, the entire crypto universe is rising, with bombed-out tokens lurking in the nether world seeing the largest moves.

The best performer in the top 1,000 is Pura, up a whopping 148%.

Although many analyst are surprised by the strength of the bitcoin surge and the asset class rally it has triggered.

But the best performers among the 2,169 coins listed by
coinmarketcap, BuckHathCoin (BHIG) would have earned you a 696% return on the
past 24 hours.

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‘Satoshi Nakamoto’ Miner Controls 40% of BCH Hashrate, Many Expect 51% Attack Soon

Over the past week, a mysterious miner calling himself ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’ has been mining on a great scale. His target is Bitcoin Cash.

The name of the Bitcoin founder seems to be loved by bad actors or at least suspicious ones. As per data from Coin Dance, the ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’ miner now controls almost 40% of Bitcoin Cash hashrate. Last week, this figure went only as high as 35%.

Many reddit users believe that this could result in a continuation of the hashwars that started in November last year when Bitcoin SV got off the Bitcoin Cash chain.

Redditors assume that ‘Satoshi Nakomoto’, who is mining BCH aggressively, could be the Bitcoin SV leader, Craig Wright.

 ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’ dominates BCH
mining network

Approximately a week ago, a miner who works under a nickname ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’ started mining Bitcoin Cash grabbing 35% of the hashrate. By the start of this week, Satoshi was already in control of 44%.

When a miner gets control of the hashrate majority (that is 51%) on a blockchain, they can begin double-spending attacks.

This discussion began on Reddit a day ago, when a redditor ‘u/money78’ posted a screenshot, alerting the community about the percentage of the BCH hashrate in control of ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’.

In the comment thread, other redditors assume that this miner is nobody else but the person who is already calling himself Satoshi Nakamoto – Dr. Craig Wright. According to the theories put forward by redditors, his goal is to compromise the Bitcoin Cash and make its price collapse. Also, he simply wants to make money.

Assumingly, this started from another unknown miner named ‘BoomBoomBoom’ last week. Then he disappeared and his place with the same hashrate, which now has increased, was taken by ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’. Redditors have also noticed that and started ringing the alert, suggesting that these two are the same mining pool.

BCH chain protected

As for the alerts about a possible 51% attack against Bitcoin Cash, the chain has been defended by a re-org protection. This was done to prevent any attempts of the Bitcoin SV team to attack BCH.

Forbes has a foolproof method of ‘silencing’ Craig Wright

On Monday, Forbes magazine published an article which contains a method of fighting with Craig Wright, the self-assumed Bitcoin creator who is also suspected of being the ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’ miner.

The author of the article says that the major thing Wright wants is attention – whether it comes from mass media or social media. One of the ways to achieve this was Wright’s recent legal actions against several people from the crypto industry, including the twitter user ‘Hodlonaut’ and threats to Vitalik Buterin for spreading ‘libel’.

Forbes suggests that crypto news outlets
should cease reporting these moves of Craig Wright, thus diminishing the amount
of hype around him and Bitcoin SV.

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Kraken Expands its Margin Trading to Include XRP and Bitcoin Cash (BCH)

As 2018 comes to an end, the crypto exchange of Kraken has launched margin trading for Bitcoin Cash (BCH) and XRP on its platform. This expansion brings the total of digital assets with margin trading to eight. The other six digital assets include Bitcoin (XBT), Ethereum (ETH), Ethereum Classic (ETC), Augur (REP), Monero (XMR) and Tether (USDT).

XRP and BCH Leverages

The team at Kraken went on to specify the following leverage amounts for each new trading pairs.

Bitcoin Cash
BCH/XBT – 2x
BCH/USD – 2x, 3x
BCH/EUR – 2x, 3x

XRP
XRP/XBT – 2x, 3x
XRP/USD – 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x
XRP/EUR – 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x

Borrow Limits

With respect to borrow limits, Kraken provided the following tiers depending on the verification level of the user account.

Bitcoin Cash
Tier 1: 1 BCH
Tier 2: 5 BCH
Tier 3: 50 BCH
Tier 4: 500 BCH

XRP
Tier 1: 5,000 XRP
Tier 2: 25,000 XRP
Tier 3: 250,000 XRP
Tier 4: 2,500,000 XRP

Margin Fees

The exchange will charge 0.02% as opening fee for margin trading and a similar percentage as rollover fee per 4 hours.

What Exactly is Margin Trading and Leverage? 

Margin trading is the practice of using borrowed funds from an exchange or broker to trade a preferred asset in the markets which forms the collateral for the loan from the broker. Margin refers to the amount of funds the trader must put up from his or her own resources. Leverage is the ability to use the margin amount to control a bigger trade. The amount of leverage (as seen above) is determined by the tier level of account verification.

In the case of Kraken, the collateral held or margin currency, does not have to match the margin pair the trader plans to trade since the leverage is placed on the value of the entire trade. Traders can hold the following as collateral currencies on Kraken.

  • Bitcoin (BTC)
  • Ethereum (ETH)
  • EURO
  • US Dollar (USD)
  • Canadian Dollar (CAD)
  • Japanese Yen (JPY)

Risks of Margin Trading

As much as there is potential to make massive profits, margin trading can also lead to greater losses. Also, if the losses are large enough, the trader’s margin positions can be forcibly closed (liquidated) by the exchange to protect the funds borrowed to open the trading position.

What are your thoughts on Kraken expanding its margin trading to include XRP and Bitcoin Cash (BCH)? Please let us know in the comment section below. 

Disclaimer: This article is not meant to give financial advice. Any additional opinion herein is purely the author’s and does not represent the opinion of Ethereum World News or any of its other writers. Please carry out your own research before investing in any of the numerous cryptocurrencies available. Thank you.

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Rumor: Jihan Wu and the Jenke Group to Retire as CEOs of Bitmain

With the New Year only hours away, news reaching Ethereum World News indicate that the giant Bitcoin mining and ASIC manufacturing company of Bitmain might be undergoing some radical top management changes. According to reports by both Cointelegraph and Odaily, Jihan Wu and the Jenke Group will soon be retiring as CEOs of the company.

Odaily went to name a single successor with a surname of Wang. The report went on to state that Bitmain is in a transitory period as the changes are implemented.

Earlier Reports of Jihan Wu Losing Executive Power at Bitmain

The unconfirmed reports of major changes at the top leadership at Bitmain come a month after similar rumors surfaced that Bitmain had undergone a massive board reshuffle. In the restructuring, Jihan Wu had lost his seat as the board’s executive director and was now serving as a supervisor. His position at Bitmain had been replaced by Zhan Ketuan.

Possible Shut Down of Mining Operations at the Mining Giant

Odaily went on to add that the firm could also wind down all mining operations carried out by Bitmain. In addition, the firm will sell all its currently operational Antminer S9s. Once again, we would like to remind our readers that this are unconfirmed reports.

Layoffs Already Underway

Only one week ago, Ethereum World News had indicated that Bitmain was laying off up to 50% of its staff as part of streamlining operations due to the cryptocurrency bear market. With a staff count of over 2,000, the Bitmain layoffs might shake the crypto-verse further if they are accompanied by the aforementioned ceasing of mining activities. Such an event would shift the balance of mining operations and open the doors for a reentry of small scale miners into the BTC network.

A Continual Domino Effect

Earlier on in the month, we had analyzed why the Bitmain IPO would probably not be approved by the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX). A summary as to why the HKEX would be reluctant to list Bitmain is as follows.

  • $740 Million in Q3 losses excluding cost of financing Hash Wars
  • $10 Million in combined costs from both BCH camps for financing the hash wars
  • Bitmain allegedly liquidating its stash of BCH to pay off supplier debts
  • Lawsuit against Bitmain and BCHABC supporters for allegedly hijacking the BCH blockchain
  • Earlier rumors of Jihan Wu losing Executive powers at Bitmain

Conclusion

Summing it up, the rumors indicating that Bitmain might be in financial trouble have continued to pile up from around the third quarter of 2018. What remains, is official confirmation from Bitmain that all is not well at the ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) chip manufacturer and crypto mining company.

What are your thoughts on the unconfirmed reports that Jihan Wu and the Jenke Group will be resigning as Bitmain’s COEs? Please let us know in the comment section below. 

Disclaimer: This article is not meant to give financial advice. Any additional opinion herein is purely the author’s and does not represent the opinion of Ethereum World News or any of its other writers. Please carry out your own research before investing in any of the numerous cryptocurrencies available. Thank you.

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Is Bitcoin Cash (BCH) Losing Value Due to Bitmain’s Alleged Financial Woes?

The crypto community breathed a sigh of relief after the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) hash wars reportedly ended on the 23rd of November. The Hash Wars that had officially started on the 14th of the same month, were due to two factions of the BCH community not agreeing on which upgrade to implement. This then led to a bitter battle between one camp led by Craig Wright (Bitcoin SV) and another by Roger Ver and Jihan Wu. The two camps eventually settled to fork the BCH blockchain.

Mr. Wu is the current CEO of Bitmain which is a company that specializes in designing ASIC chips for Bitcoin mining. The company also operates two of the largest Bitcoin mining pools: BTC.com and Antpool.

Signs of Trouble at Bitmain

The initial signs of trouble at Bitmain started right before the Hash Wars when it was reported that Jihan Wu had lost his seat as the company’s board executive director after a board reshuffle. Jihun was reportedly replaced by Zhan Ketuan. The reason for the reshuffle was not explained but on the same day, 90,000 miners were hurriedly deployed in China’s far-western region of Xinjiang to mine Bitcoin Cash ABC – the current BCH.

After the Hash Wars were over, it was rumored that the Q3 financials of Bitmain indicated that the company had made losses amounting to $740 Million. This amount excluded the cost of financing the hash wars. The unconfirmed losses by the company has led many to speculate that the pending IPO is an exit strategy by execs at Bitmain.

According to research by a team at Bitmex, the joint loss by both camps due to the BCH hash wars could well have exceeded $10 Million. Bitmain has also closed down its Israeli Blockchain development center, citing crypto market conditions.

Pending Law Suit Against Bitmain

Soon after the hash wars, UnitedCorp launched a suit against Bitmain, Bitcoin.com, Roger Ver, Kraken Bitcoin Exchange and others, claiming they had hijacked the Bitcoin Cash Network after the November 15th hard-fork.

Rumors that Bitmain is Liquidating its BCH

Additional rumors circulating on Crypto Twitter indicate that Bitmain might be liquidating its BCH stash to pay off supplier debts totaling $600 Million. One such tweet can be found below.

The same twitter user was the one who informed the crypto community about the potential $740 Million in Q3 losses made by Bitmain. The user also had this to say in a recent tweet.

PREDICTION: Bitmain will finish the year with NEGATIVE $1,2-$1,5 BLN NET INCOME and cement its place as most money losing company in the industry #BitmainIPO @HKEXGroup

If the reports of Bitmain’s financial woes turn out to be true, it explains why Bitcoin Cash has continually fallen from the number 4 spot on coinmarketcap.com, to its current number 7 ranking. Before the hash wars, BCH was trading at around $500. The digital asset is now valued at $86 indicating a 83% drop in value in a period of one month. 

What are your thoughts on the drop in value of BCH? Could it be linked to the ‘troubles’ Bitmain is facing? Please let us know in the comment section below. 

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Bitcoin SV Flips Bitcoin Cash (BCH) Amidst Market Rout

Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Bitcoin SV (BSV), Cryptocurrency–In a turn of events that could have ramifications for the broader market, Bitcoin SV, the fork of Bitcoin Cash that ultimately conceded the name to split currency Bitcoin ABC, has overtaken its rival to claim the fifth largest spot by capitalization.

While every crypto in the top 20, including the number one currency Bitcoin is experiencing double digit losses on the day, Bitcoin SV has managed to climb over 28 percent. The most recent price movement for the coin has led to a “flippening” in investor expectations and market valuation, with SV leaping ahead of its competitor in what has been a contentious split. As previously reported by EWN, the Bitcoin Cash hard fork, which resulted in rival currencies Bitcoin ABC and SV, instigated a “hash war” that nearly destroyed the entire the industry in the fallout.

The two competing forks, led by their respective mining pools and representatives, waged a hash rate war to decide which currency would be most deserving of receiving the original mantle of Bitcoin Cash and carrying on the coin’s branding. On Nov. 23, after two weeks of back and forth banter and plummeting crypto prices, the team behind SV capitulated to their competing rival, and conceded the title of Bitcoin Cash. Speaking at the time, billionaire SV representative Calvin Ayre claimed that his community was prepared to move forward from the conflict created with Bitcoin ABC, and that the mining group and investors “no longer [wanted] the name Bitcoin Cash”–a move that is being proven prescient with the precipitous drop in BCH value as SV continues to climb.

Ayre continued in an interview with Coingeek,

“We have a clearly defined path and this is now ready for implementation. Our definition of winning is SV existing, which was not what ABC wanted, and we are already moving on to grow the ecosystem.”

At the time it seemed like the move meant Bitcoin SV was destined to join the likes of other high profile coins relegated to obscurity (with BCH being a rare exception as a fork of the original Bitcoin), such as Bitcoin Gold, Bitcoin Diamond and Litecoin Cash. Indeed, the price of Bitcoin SV followed suite initially, with the value of the coin slipping relative to the market. But this week SV made a significant turn, and on Dec. 6 was the only coin to post green in a sea of deepening red.

While it’s unlikely that SV will challenge the market capitalization of Bitcoin (BTC) anytime soon, with the original cryptocurrency commanding $58 billion to SV’s $1.9 billion, BSV does a realistic chance of flipping Stellar in the next 24 hours if the trend continues. Following a brief reprieve of falling prices, as Bitcoin climbed above $4000 to reach a relative high in the $4300 range, the last two days have renewed the bearish trend, with prices now hitting their lowest point of the year.

For BSV investors and those savvy enough to purchase Bitcoin Cash ahead of the fork, the recent price movement is a welcome sight as cryptocurrency continues to plummet. However, the coin was not without its controversies leading to this point, including a number of members within cryptocurrency pointing the finger at the vitriol surrounding the BCH fork which kicked off November’s severe decrease in market valuation.

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Bitcoin SV Flips Bitcoin Cash (BCH) Amidst Market Rout

Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Bitcoin SV (BSV), Cryptocurrency–In a turn of events that could have ramifications for the broader market, Bitcoin SV, the fork of Bitcoin Cash that ultimately conceded the name to split currency Bitcoin ABC, has overtaken its rival to claim the fifth largest spot by capitalization.

While every crypto in the top 20, including the number one currency Bitcoin is experiencing double digit losses on the day, Bitcoin SV has managed to climb over 28 percent. The most recent price movement for the coin has led to a “flippening” in investor expectations and market valuation, with SV leaping ahead of its competitor in what has been a contentious split. As previously reported by EWN, the Bitcoin Cash hard fork, which resulted in rival currencies Bitcoin ABC and SV, instigated a “hash war” that nearly destroyed the entire the industry in the fallout.

The two competing forks, led by their respective mining pools and representatives, waged a hash rate war to decide which currency would be most deserving of receiving the original mantle of Bitcoin Cash and carrying on the coin’s branding. On Nov. 23, after two weeks of back and forth banter and plummeting crypto prices, the team behind SV capitulated to their competing rival, and conceded the title of Bitcoin Cash. Speaking at the time, billionaire SV representative Calvin Ayre claimed that his community was prepared to move forward from the conflict created with Bitcoin ABC, and that the mining group and investors “no longer [wanted] the name Bitcoin Cash”–a move that is being proven prescient with the precipitous drop in BCH value as SV continues to climb.

Ayre continued in an interview with Coingeek,

“We have a clearly defined path and this is now ready for implementation. Our definition of winning is SV existing, which was not what ABC wanted, and we are already moving on to grow the ecosystem.”

At the time it seemed like the move meant Bitcoin SV was destined to join the likes of other high profile coins relegated to obscurity (with BCH being a rare exception as a fork of the original Bitcoin), such as Bitcoin Gold, Bitcoin Diamond and Litecoin Cash. Indeed, the price of Bitcoin SV followed suite initially, with the value of the coin slipping relative to the market. But this week SV made a significant turn, and on Dec. 6 was the only coin to post green in a sea of deepening red.

While it’s unlikely that SV will challenge the market capitalization of Bitcoin (BTC) anytime soon, with the original cryptocurrency commanding $58 billion to SV’s $1.9 billion, BSV does a realistic chance of flipping Stellar in the next 24 hours if the trend continues. Following a brief reprieve of falling prices, as Bitcoin climbed above $4000 to reach a relative high in the $4300 range, the last two days have renewed the bearish trend, with prices now hitting their lowest point of the year.

For BSV investors and those savvy enough to purchase Bitcoin Cash ahead of the fork, the recent price movement is a welcome sight as cryptocurrency continues to plummet. However, the coin was not without its controversies leading to this point, including a number of members within cryptocurrency pointing the finger at the vitriol surrounding the BCH fork which kicked off November’s severe decrease in market valuation.

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Rumor: Bitmain Financials Indicate $740 Million In Q3 Losses Excluding Cost of Bitcoin Cash (BCH) Hash War

Since the hard fork of Bitcoin Cash that resulted in the ABC camp claiming the ticker for BCH, the value of the digital asset has dropped from around $500 on the day before the event (November 14th) to current levels of $115. This is a drop in value of 77% in a period of less than a month. Some crypto enthusiasts and analysts have concluded that BCH has entered what is known as a Downward Spiral. This has been explained as the situation where it might not be profitable to mine the digital asset.

Recap of Hash Wars

The Bitcoin Cash hash wars involved two camps. There was Craig Wright who supported the Satoshi Vision upgrade of BCH or simply BSV. Then there was Roger Ver and Jihan Wu (CEO of Bitmain) who were for the ABC version of the coin’s upgrade.

Bitmain Rumored to Have Made $740 Million In Loses in Q3, 2018

According to the Bitcoinist, unconfirmed leaked information indicate that Bitmain has lost $740 Million in Q3 of 2018 excluding the costs to financing the Hash Wars. The Bitcoinist cites a twitter account with the username of @BTCKING555 who revealed the information as follows.

We got leak of Bitmain Q3 numbers! COMPLETE DISASTER. The company lost $740 Million including losses on inventory and bitcoin cash! And this is not accounting for hash war costs! #bitmainipo @HKEXGroup

The full tweet can be found below.

Concerns that the Anticipated Bitmain IPO Might Not Be As It Seems

If the reported losses of $740 Million turn out to be true, and without factoring in the costs of the Hash Wars, investors might begin to assume that the anticipated public offering of Bitmain worth $18 Billion might be a way of passing over ‘the bag’ of a failing venture.

It was also revealed that Bitmain decreased its holdings of Bitcoin in preference for Bitcoin Cash around March this year.

One Medium blog summarized the scenario of passing the bag through an IPO as follows:

You have a persisting bear market.

How do you realize the value of this monolith crypto business and your holdings?

You IPO and pass the bag on in one huge lumped stock offering and hope investors don’t realize all of your current assets are very, very illiquid.

UnitedCorp Files Suit Against Bitmain, Roger Ver and Others

In addition to the aforementioned concerns, UnitedCorp has launched a suit against Bitmain, Bitcoin.com, Roger Ver, Kraken Bitcoin Exchange and others. The suit claims that they hijacked the Bitcoin Cash Network after the November 15th hard-fork. UnitedCorp filed its suit in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

What are your thoughts on the possible losses at the Bitmain cryptocurrency mining company? Do you think that the cost of Hash Wars could increase the rumored figure of $740 Million significantly? Please let us know in the comment section below. 

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Rumor: Bitmain Financials Indicate $740 Million In Q3 Losses Excluding Cost of Bitcoin Cash (BCH) Hash War

Since the hard fork of Bitcoin Cash that resulted in the ABC camp claiming the ticker for BCH, the value of the digital asset has dropped from around $500 on the day before the event (November 14th) to current levels of $115. This is a drop in value of 77% in a period of less than a month. Some crypto enthusiasts and analysts have concluded that BCH has entered what is known as a Downward Spiral. This has been explained as the situation where it might not be profitable to mine the digital asset.

Recap of Hash Wars

The Bitcoin Cash hash wars involved two camps. There was Craig Wright who supported the Satoshi Vision upgrade of BCH or simply BSV. Then there was Roger Ver and Jihan Wu (CEO of Bitmain) who were for the ABC version of the coin’s upgrade.

Bitmain Rumored to Have Made $740 Million In Loses in Q3, 2018

According to the Bitcoinist, unconfirmed leaked information indicate that Bitmain has lost $740 Million in Q3 of 2018 excluding the costs to financing the Hash Wars. The Bitcoinist cites a twitter account with the username of @BTCKING555 who revealed the information as follows.

We got leak of Bitmain Q3 numbers! COMPLETE DISASTER. The company lost $740 Million including losses on inventory and bitcoin cash! And this is not accounting for hash war costs! #bitmainipo @HKEXGroup

The full tweet can be found below.

Concerns that the Anticipated Bitmain IPO Might Not Be As It Seems

If the reported losses of $740 Million turn out to be true, and without factoring in the costs of the Hash Wars, investors might begin to assume that the anticipated public offering of Bitmain worth $18 Billion might be a way of passing over ‘the bag’ of a failing venture.

It was also revealed that Bitmain decreased its holdings of Bitcoin in preference for Bitcoin Cash around March this year.

One Medium blog summarized the scenario of passing the bag through an IPO as follows:

You have a persisting bear market.

How do you realize the value of this monolith crypto business and your holdings?

You IPO and pass the bag on in one huge lumped stock offering and hope investors don’t realize all of your current assets are very, very illiquid.

UnitedCorp Files Suit Against Bitmain, Roger Ver and Others

In addition to the aforementioned concerns, UnitedCorp has launched a suit against Bitmain, Bitcoin.com, Roger Ver, Kraken Bitcoin Exchange and others. The suit claims that they hijacked the Bitcoin Cash Network after the November 15th hard-fork. UnitedCorp filed its suit in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

What are your thoughts on the possible losses at the Bitmain cryptocurrency mining company? Do you think that the cost of Hash Wars could increase the rumored figure of $740 Million significantly? Please let us know in the comment section below. 

[Image courtesy of AngelBroking.com]

Disclaimer: This article is not meant to give financial advice. Any additional opinion herein is purely the author’s and does not represent the opinion of Ethereum World News or any of its other writers. Please carry out your own research before investing in any of the numerous cryptocurrencies available. Thank you.