Posted on

Steve Wozniak: Bitcoin (BTC) has Seen “Massive Value Creation”

Bitcoin (BTC)–Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak had positive words for the growth of Bitcoin in an interview with Bloomberg published on Feb. 26.

According to the tech legend, who has been a staunch supporter for Bitcoin and cryptocurrency, the industry has managed to generate “massive value creation” over the course of the last several years, even if prices have continued to falter.

Wozniak’s comments came in reference to the potential of Bitcoin and followed upon similar statements he made a year ago saying that Bitcoin could become the world’s future currency. His interviewer was quick to point out that Bitcoin has seen “massive value destruction” over the last year, a point of reference that Wozniak found disagreeable,

“I’m not sure I can buy that we’ve seen massive value destruction, I think we’ve seen massive value creation.”

Interestingly, Wozniak’s comments mirror those of Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian, who told Yahoo Finance last week that the bear market has been a net positive for cryptocurrency. Ohanian, who has been a starch supporter for Bitcoin, explained that the crash in crypto prices shook out market speculators and replaced them with committed developers and investors looking long-term. According to Ohanian, cryptocurrency is not attracting a talented group of entrepreneurs who are looking beyond daily price movements,

“What’s a strong signal to me is still some of the smartest people I know in tech are working on solving these problems. They’re building companies that are built on blockchain. The hype is gone. The fervor is gone. But I think that’s a good thing.”

Similar to Ohanian, Wozniak was less concerned with how the market had responded to undeniable industry growth for Bitcoin and cryptocurrency. Speaking in the interview with Bloomberg, Wozniak continued that psychology and emotional investment behavior drives a substantial portion of market behavior, including the price dip for cryptocurrency which has extended into a year-long bear market.

Despite cryptocurrency development, excitement and adoption being at an all time high (look not further than Facebook and JP Morgan being tied to stablecoin projects), investment into the industry has continued to languish. Wozniak pointed out that his interest in Bitcoin was not for its price or investment value, as a tool for innovation to experiment with.

However, Wozniak made headlines in January 2019 with his claim to have sold Bitcoin at the $20,000 peak–the currency’s last all time high–just prior to the crash,

“When it shot up high, I said I don’t want to be one of those people who watches and watches it and cares about the number. I don’t want that kind of care in my life […] Part of my happiness is not to have worries, so I sold it all and just got rid of it.”

Regardless of when Wozniak sold his holding of BTC, the tech entrepreneur has played a role in encouraging the development of digital assets and driving greater interest into the benefits of cryptocurrency outside of price behavior.

Wozniak’s comments come in stark contrast to those of Warren Buffett, who earlier in the week made the claim that Bitcoin is a “delusIon.”

The post Steve Wozniak: Bitcoin (BTC) has Seen “Massive Value Creation” appeared first on Ethereum World News.

Posted on

Facebook Cryptocurrency Shows Path Forward is Integration, Not Domination

Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Facebook–Last week, EWN reported on an industry rumor that Facebook, the social media giant with over 2 billion active users, was in the process of developing a new stablecoin cryptocurrency. Details on the token included an emphasis on being used for payments via the WhatsApp messaging service, with a particular focus on expanding into the largely untapped digital payments market of India.

Some pundits have used the Facebook development as an opportunity to cast stones at the broader industry of cryptocurrency, with the argument that Big Tech is now taking the reins of the blockchain away. As opposed to cryptocurrency being used as a tool of subversion for the established tech industry, in a similar way that the digital asset side has the potential to circumvent traditional fiat, the rise of Facebook Coin is putting the more libertarian narrative into a flux.

However, the adoption of cryptocurrency by a company as large and entrenched in the global social system as Facebook is an indication that the technology is reaching a critical point of validation as opposed to being swallowed by the zeitgeist of established platforms. The road to Main Street, like all technologies, is paved through integration, not domination. Cryptocurrency and the underlying proof of blockchain is a multifaceted conceptualization, made up of tenets of usability and belief.

Will the crypto anarchists be upset that a mainstream corporation is co-opting their beloved technology? Possibly. The advent of Google and internet conglomerates did not slow down the juggernaut of file and data-sharing for those who saw the technology as a portal to freely distributed information. Cryptocurrency will find a similar footing for different groups based upon their necessities. Stablecoins provide Facebook and like-minded social media platforms a secure means for transferring value globally, while also providing the innovation of truly digital money. Bitcoin, like many other cryptocurrencies, holds a distinct position as a digital asset, one that can be freely traded, speculated on and treated as an investment property in addition to currency.

If cryptocurrency continues to gain footing in mainstream corporations–a revelation that few investors in the industry would be sad to see–the rise of privacy coins could be a logical extension. While Facebook, Twitter and other casual operations will prefer the lack of volatility found in stablecoins, others users of crypto may seek it out as a means of private transactions, finding more utility in anonymous coins such as Monero and the like.

The watermark for Bitcoin and other cryptos is being used to buy a coffee at Starbucks, not overthrowing governments. Facebook is not taking away from the industry by building their own coin–they’re contributing to the recognition of the industry as a legitimate technology and providing validation for its use.

The staunch libertarian and anarchic ethos that has been entwined with cryptocurrency since its conception was the radical, passionate fuel that was needed to light the fire of development. It’s not casual interest that would give someone belief in an industry down over $600 billion in one year–but a belief for the potential of a technology and a futureseeking vision of what it could become in society. Facebook adoption is the integration that will lead to crypto-ubiquity, not the nail in the coffin that some see it as.

The post Facebook Cryptocurrency Shows Path Forward is Integration, Not Domination appeared first on Ethereum World News.

Posted on

Tom Lee Claims Market is Wrong, Calls for Bitcoin to be Valued at $14,800

Bitcoin (BTC), Cryptocurrency–While some are calling for the final demise of Bitcoin, with the currency exhibiting price movement that would indicate the bubble has popped, long-time cryptocurrency bull Tom Lee claims that an irrational market is to blame for the falling price of BTC.

Compared to previous predictions, which have the currency falling to $2500 with little support to turn around the losses of November, head of research at Fundstrat Global Advisors Tom Lee finds the value of Bitcoin significantly lower than what it should be. In a note to investors published on Thursday, the advisor gave some surprising and hopeful news for those who left confused over the precipitous drop in BTC pricing throughout November–a month which culminated in the worst losses for Bitcoin since August 2011.

Lee, who has been a long time cryptocurrency advocate and Bitcoin bull, claims that the fair value for the number one cryptocurrency by market capitalization should be between $13,800 and $14,800. As apart of his analysis, he cites the large number of active wallet addresses, how often BTC is used by accounts and the deflationary supply of the currency all pointing to a much higher valuation than the current price of $3400.

While some continue to chide Lee for his predictions, particularly following his oft-remarked, bullish claim in May that Bitcoin would climb to $25,000 by the end of 2018–putting the price of the currency above its most recent all time high–he remains confident in the outlook for the industry and his own valuation. As opposed to a flaw in his analysis for the worth of Bitcoin, Lee blames an irrational market for creating the current state of cryptocurrency valuation, with other indicators such as adoption pointing to a higher value,

“Fair value is significantly higher than the current price of Bitcoin,” he wrote. “In fact, working backwards, to solve for the current price of Bitcoin, this implies crypto wallets should fall to 17 million from 50 million currently.”

Lee cites a similar argument made by analysts and supporters of cryptocurrency, that while market prices are falling the adoption and influence of the industry is expanding. Mike Novogratz, another Bitcoin bull and CEO of Galaxy Digital Holdings which is heavily invested in cryptocurrency, described a similar sentiment in a conference call to investors reported on by EWN at the beginning of the month. While Novogratz remarked that it had been a horrible year for token prices, including losses for Galaxy Digital which have exceeded $130 million in 2018, he stuck by a strong outlook for the industry in 2019 and beyond,

“I fundamentally think you’re going to see big adaption in 2019, 2020. Lots of the items in the digital world, the e-gaming space, are low value items so I think people will be more comfortable participating in blockchain. We’re making big investments in that area.”

With the potential for Bitcoin growth and cryptocurrency adoption still climbing in spite of falling prices, both Lee and Novogratz are hinting at a market turn that could happen unexpectedly. Similar to the crash in internet stocks that occurred prior to wide-scale dissemination for both Wall Street and Main Street, cryptocurrency could be in the latency phase as investors and users wait for improved development.

The post Tom Lee Claims Market is Wrong, Calls for Bitcoin to be Valued at $14,800 appeared first on Ethereum World News.

Posted on

Bitcoin (BTC) Subreddit Surpasses One Million Subscribers

Bitcoin (BTC), Cryptocurrency–While most investors run for cover amidst the falling crypto prices, as the bear market of 2018 extends into the final month of the year, the Reddit based community for the number one cryptocurrency by market capitalization has hit a new milestone.

On Dec. 2, the subreddit for Bitcoin reached 1 million subscribers, marking a historic moment for the community that few other groups on the site have been able to achieve. Amazingly, given that coin price have fallen 70 to 95 percent from their high in January, the community of cryptocurrency has managed to show resiliency that could pay off in the long run.

Bitcoin, in particular, has cultivated a strong a following of investors who are looking for more than just profit. The community formed through Reddit has not only found ways to give back to need-based programs through the significant wealth created in last year’s bull run (such as the Bitcoin Pineapple fund which gave away a whopping $86 million to 60 charities–all from the generosity of one Bitcoin user), to consistently finding ways to form grassroots adoption.

While some have chosen to trade Bitcoin for the price speculation alone, the technology has a struck a chord with the majority of its following which extends beyond just being another appreciable asset. Each user may have their own reason for supporting the currency, ranging from a belief in the technology of blockchain and the superiority of digital currencies over their fiat alternatives, to a politically-oriented ideology that espouses decentralization and more libertarian views. However, the vast number of Reddit users and Bitcoin supporters around the world hold opinions that are a far cry from the one being attributed by mainstream outlets and economists–one that continually seeks to label crypto investors as gamblers, pyramid schemers or the propagators of a malicious virus.

With the subreddit now eclipsing 1 million subscribers, it contributes to the growing paradox of 2018 that was touched upon by Mike Novogratz in a conference call last week. As reported by EWN, the billionaire crypto supporter made no qualms about the state of the industry throughout this year, claiming it has been, “a horrible bear market in tokens,” with “plenty of reason to be depressed.” Despite the plummeting price of Bitcoin, which experienced its worst month of losses in November since August 2011, the support and adoption for the digital currency is on the rise, creating the bedrock for the technology to perform in 2019 and beyond.

While Google searches and general excitement for cryptocurrency has eroded with the market capitalization, down from nearly $900 billion in January, the industry has moved past daily appearances on CNBC and other popular outlets which were fixated on the climbing price and overnight millionaires being created in last year’s bull run. In place of that attention is a recognition that the industry still has yet to grow, with prices outpacing real world use at the start of the year. It’s not enough for Bitcoin to grow from exchange driven, price speculation alone: the currency has to find a footing in both usability and mindset for mainstream consumers before it can hope to match last December pricing.

Until then, the growing community for Bitcoin on sites like Reddit continues to provide a window into the state of crypto adoption, and the willingness for a segment of the population to try the technology that has been hailed as the next greatest innovation since the internet.

The post Bitcoin (BTC) Subreddit Surpasses One Million Subscribers appeared first on Ethereum World News.

Posted on

Bitcoin (BTC) Subreddit Surpasses One Million Subscribers

Bitcoin (BTC), Cryptocurrency–While most investors run for cover amidst the falling crypto prices, as the bear market of 2018 extends into the final month of the year, the Reddit based community for the number one cryptocurrency by market capitalization has hit a new milestone.

On Dec. 2, the subreddit for Bitcoin reached 1 million subscribers, marking a historic moment for the community that few other groups on the site have been able to achieve. Amazingly, given that coin price have fallen 70 to 95 percent from their high in January, the community of cryptocurrency has managed to show resiliency that could pay off in the long run.

Bitcoin, in particular, has cultivated a strong a following of investors who are looking for more than just profit. The community formed through Reddit has not only found ways to give back to need-based programs through the significant wealth created in last year’s bull run (such as the Bitcoin Pineapple fund which gave away a whopping $86 million to 60 charities–all from the generosity of one Bitcoin user), to consistently finding ways to form grassroots adoption.

While some have chosen to trade Bitcoin for the price speculation alone, the technology has a struck a chord with the majority of its following which extends beyond just being another appreciable asset. Each user may have their own reason for supporting the currency, ranging from a belief in the technology of blockchain and the superiority of digital currencies over their fiat alternatives, to a politically-oriented ideology that espouses decentralization and more libertarian views. However, the vast number of Reddit users and Bitcoin supporters around the world hold opinions that are a far cry from the one being attributed by mainstream outlets and economists–one that continually seeks to label crypto investors as gamblers, pyramid schemers or the propagators of a malicious virus.

With the subreddit now eclipsing 1 million subscribers, it contributes to the growing paradox of 2018 that was touched upon by Mike Novogratz in a conference call last week. As reported by EWN, the billionaire crypto supporter made no qualms about the state of the industry throughout this year, claiming it has been, “a horrible bear market in tokens,” with “plenty of reason to be depressed.” Despite the plummeting price of Bitcoin, which experienced its worst month of losses in November since August 2011, the support and adoption for the digital currency is on the rise, creating the bedrock for the technology to perform in 2019 and beyond.

While Google searches and general excitement for cryptocurrency has eroded with the market capitalization, down from nearly $900 billion in January, the industry has moved past daily appearances on CNBC and other popular outlets which were fixated on the climbing price and overnight millionaires being created in last year’s bull run. In place of that attention is a recognition that the industry still has yet to grow, with prices outpacing real world use at the start of the year. It’s not enough for Bitcoin to grow from exchange driven, price speculation alone: the currency has to find a footing in both usability and mindset for mainstream consumers before it can hope to match last December pricing.

Until then, the growing community for Bitcoin on sites like Reddit continues to provide a window into the state of crypto adoption, and the willingness for a segment of the population to try the technology that has been hailed as the next greatest innovation since the internet.

Posted on

Bitcoin (BTC) Losses in November Worst in 7 Years

Bitcoin (BTC), Cryptocurrency–With Bitcoin again slipping below $4000, the market of cryptocurrency is continuing the bear trend into the final month of the year.

After several months of low price volatility, where the fluctuation in value for the number one cryptocurrency by market cap dropped below that of tech stocks, it appeared that the crypto markets were going to make an eventful upward turn in November. Part of the influx of investment was driven by Bitcoin Cash, as buyers anticipated the minting of new coins following its hard fork on November 15.

However, the opposite occurred, with the coin plummeting in value in the hours leading up to the split and dragging most of the market with it. Instead of providing a resurgence to market prices, the forking of Bitcoin Cash into Bitcoin ABC and SV created a strong degree of investor uncertainty which in turn led to falling prices. The two camps, helmed by crypto figureheads Roger Ver and Craig Wright, created an all out “hash war,” which drew the wrong kind of attention for crypto and led to a general fire sale for the market.

Bitcoin plummeted alongside altcoins, and nearly $100 billion was wiped from the market capitalization in less than two weeks. While BTC watched a steady erosion in price throughout 2018, falling from an all time high of $20,000 at the end of last year to its stable trading point around $6500, the bottom fell out for the currency. Bitcoin dropped further to $3500, with nearly all analysts predicting a bleak outlook for the recovery of cryptocurrency prices that could continue into next year–and possibly beyond.

As reported by Bloomberg, the most recent price fall for Bitcoin was as bleak as it appeared to investors, with November constituting the worst month for BTC in the last seven years. While investors were flush in the midst of a bull run for Bitcoin at this time a year ago, November saw the currency drop 37 percent to a relative low for 2018, which constitutes the biggest loss since August 2011 when BTC fell 39 percent to $8.90. As previously reported by EWN, billionaire investor Mike Novogratz of Galaxy Digital Holdings admitted to the steep drop in valuation for cryptos and his crypto-based fund. Speaking in a conference call on November 30, Novogratz made no attempt to sugar coat the situation,

“It’s been a horrible bear market in tokens.”

However, as prices continue to find shaky ground in their lowest trading range of the year, general enthusiasts for cryptocurrency continue to find developments to be excited for, in addition to the catalyzing work of some development teams. Last week, EWN reported on a commitment by the TRON Foundation, makers of the TRX currency, to pay out $100 million over three years to spur innovation and creation of blockchain gaming for their network.

As token prices continue to cause headaches for long-term investors, adoption and blockchain growth is a positive for cryptocurrency advocates to hang their hat upon. While Novogratz, a long time Bitcoin and crypto bull, admitted defeat in 2018, even he pointed out that bubbling adoption today could lead to big moves–including institutionally backed investments–in 2019 and 2020.

The post Bitcoin (BTC) Losses in November Worst in 7 Years appeared first on Ethereum World News.

Posted on

Bitcoin Short Squeeze Imminent Based on Current Trading Trend

Bitcoin could be in for another significant price surge based on the current trading trends. The top-ranked cryptocurrency has managed to stay relatively stable even while the altcoin markets experience a post-weekend trading decline.

Massive Short Squeeze on the Horizon

One of the more defining aspects of the BTC trading narrative in 2018 has been the activities of shorts. 2018 has seen a significant increase in Bitcoin shorting where traders bet that the BTC price will fall.

Throughout August 2018, Bitcoin shorting rose to almost reaching the April 9 all-time high (ATH) signaling the fact that many traders don’t expect the top-ranked cryptocurrency to stay above $7,200. Even more profound is that in early April, BTC was trading at $7,000.

With so many Bitcoin shorts, the BTC price could surpass $7,300 with $7,500 a likely resistance level. Whether it maintains $7,500 or not would depend on the level of bull fatigue. A few short squeezes have happened in the last few months due to the high volume of short trading positions.

The likely reason for this next short squeeze is due to unprecedented levels of “short absorption” in the market. These absorptions are mostly unleveraged meaning that bulls (most likely whales) are making real BTC purchases at 1:1 U.S. dollar ratio. Thus, even though the shorts are making concerted efforts, the most probable market response in the interim is upward price movement.

Bitcoin Growing Steadily in the Last Seven Days

This imminent short squeeze comes as Bitcoin has been growing steadily over the last seven days. In that time, BTC has increased by eight percent as the top-ranked cryptocurrency sets its sight on maintaining the $7,000 price level.

While Bitcoin has remained relatively consistent, the altcoin market has been tumultuous, increasing in tandem with BTC but also experiencing constant pullbacks. Despite these pullbacks, the total market capitalization has climbed to $236.9 billion.

Do you think a massive Bitcoin price short squeeze is imminent? What is your end of September BTC price forecast? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

Image courtesy of Coinmarketcap.

Girl in a jacket

loading…

Posted on

Satis Group Price Analysis: Bitcoin and Monero Biggest Gainers Over 10 Years

Bitcoin (BTC), Monero (XMR)–According to a report by the initial coin offering (ICO) advisory and research firm Satis Group, both Monero and Bitcoin look to be the biggest winners in terms of price gain over the next decade. Satis, which publishes outlooks for both ICOs and current cryptocurrencies, as well as advising on  the forces that will shape the industry, has released a new forecast for the next ten years that puts XMR as the greatest price gainer while predicting XRP to be in for a historic crash.

According to the report, Monero is predicted to have a price appreciation of 38391 percent over the next ten years, bringing the price to a whopping $39,584 (up from its current value of $108 as of writing). The report also predicts Monero having a strong performance over the next year, predicting a four-digit percentage increase in price to bring the valuation of XMR to $1476.

In addition to being bullish on Monero, the new report also finds more profit to be made through Bitcoin, claiming that the number one currency by market capitalization will eclipse it’s previous all time high of $20,000 at some point in the next year to bring the total value of BTC to $32,914. The five and ten year outlook for Bitcoin is equally positive, with the coin poised to hit $96,378 and $143,900, respectively, over the coming decade. Ethereum and Litecoin were also listed in the report with positive gains, however Satis Group predicts neither coin to perform anywhere near as well as Monero and Bitcoin. Litecoin has an expected 10-year price outlook of $225, failing to eclipse December 2017’s all time high, while Ethereum’s outlook is pegged at $588–again failing to retest previous highs.

Interestingly, Satis Group finds XRP to have an overwhelmingly negative outlook, predicting the coin to reach a historic low in investment price. The former product of blockchain startup Ripple and current third overall cryptocurrency by market cap is predicted to be worth a penny in five-year’s time, and less than that over the full decade forecast. XRP, which once traded for as high as $3.84 per coin during the January’s bull run, is expected to continue a slow decline worth up to 90 percent of the current value, a price point that would result in a 99.7 percent decline since the last all time high.

The reasoning behind such a meteoric rise for Monero stems from the belief by Satis Group that anonymity-providing currencies will form the dominant share of the market rather than the current projection towards Dapps. Satis Group finds penetration into offshore deposit markets as the natural extension for the growth of cryptocurrency, making the value of a currency like XMR–which rebuffs censorship and can hide user transaction information–more attractive if the industry shifts towards providing greater privacy services.

Bitcoin also received a positive review from Satis Group, with the company highlighting that the high marketability and brand appeal of the coin would continue to climb with the growing penetration of cryptocurrency into society. Taken from the report,

“Despite a lack of appeal during retail frenzies, we continue to believe that BTC and its network effect will dominate end-market share within Currencies and the overall cryptoasset market, driven by: 1) increasing liquidity and purchasing avenues, 2) increasing brand recognition, 3) its position as the default base-pair within the crypto markets, 4) declining relative volatility, 5) relative lack of attack vectors, 6) network capacity alleviation through the maturity of layer-2 solutions, and 7) an increasingly high attack and overthrow cost.”

Girl in a jacket

loading…

Posted on

Bitcoin Price Approaches $7,000 as Tom Lee Predicts Explosive End of Year Run

After days of holding steady between $6,400 and $6,700, Bitcoin is finally making a run for the $7,000 price level. The top-ranked cryptocurrency headlines a substantial price recovery that has the total market capitalization climb to $225 billion.

Bitcoin Breaks $6,700 Resistance Level

Bitcoin rose by more than $200 on Tuesday (August 28, 2018), reaching $6,916 as of 7 am UTC. The sudden climb occurred at 12 am UTC as BTC rose from $6,766 to above $6,900 in a matter of 35 minutes. At press time, BTC was trading at $6,935 having risen by more than three percent in the last 24 hours.

The top-ranked cryptocurrency is currently at its highest price since August 7, right before the start of a series of declines that eroded most of the gains accrued in July. Apart from BTC, the rest of cryptocurrency appears to be performing well. ETH and XRP have both soared significantly, but MIOTA is the best performing top-ten coin, rising by more than 15 percent over the last 24 hours.

Outside of the top ten, NEO is up by nine percent, VeChain by 13 percent, DASH by 21 percent. More than 80 percent of the top 100 coins have experienced positive gains in the last 24 hours in what seems like a positive start to the week for the bulls.

Bitcoin Could Set New All-Time High (ATH) in 2018

A few days ago, Tom Lee predicted that BTC could end 2018 with a new ATH. Speaking to CNBC, Lee highlighted the correlation between hedge fund investment, emerging markets, and the price of BTC. According to Lee, signs point to an aggressive price climb for the top-ranked cryptocurrency.

Lee explained the connection between all three parameters using two factors – hedge funds and wealth effect. According to the Fundstrat analyst, the switch between “risk on” and “risk off” for hedge funds as well as the fluctuating stock market prices directly impact the price of Bitcoin. Commenting further, Lee said:

Until emerging markets begin to turn, I think in some ways that correlation is going to hold and tell us that sort of the risk on mentality is those buyers aren’t buying bitcoin.

Tom Lee has since the beginning of the year, predicted that Bitcoin would end 2018 at $25,000. Commenting on the fate of the number one cryptocurrency’s price, Lee said he expects BTC to end the year “explosively higher.”

Do you think the current price rally points to a significant market recovery? What is your end of year BTC price forecast? Keep the conversation going in the comment section below.

Image courtesy of Coinmarketcap.

Girl in a jacket

loading…

Posted on

Bloomberg: $500 million in Tether (USDT) Has Made No Impact on Bitcoin (BTC) Price

Bitcoin (BTC), Tether (USDT)–Despite Tether (USDT) printing over half a billion dollars worth of new coinage throughout the month of August, financial news outlet Bloomberg reports the move has had little to no impact upon the crypto markets.

While the company behind the most popular stablecoin cryptocurrency, now ranked 8th in total market capitalization with $2.84 billion in circulation, has been the target of numerous investigations, particularly those pertaining to the assets backing the coin, August’s massive influx of new tethers is apparently not swaying the crypto markets. Despite adding an additional $500 million worth to the total market capitalization, a move that has in the past brought accusations of Tether and its partners artificially propping up the price of the industry, Bloomberg reports that the link between new USDT hitting exchanges and an increasing Bitcoin price has eroded over the past year. Whether because of the prolonged bear cycle of 2018, which is already drawing attention for its investor fatigue, or a new market force at work, Tether no longer has the same impact as in the past.

Several economists and market analysts, most recently a group out of the University of Texas, have been observing Tether, it’s regular injecting of USDT into the market and the impact that has upon crypto prices to conclude that some form of manipulation or price stabilization is occuring. With the massive influx of freshly minted Tethers throughout the month of August, Bloomberg feels confident concluding that the input of the high-profile stablecoin is no longer swaying prices. Bloomberg also refutes another paper by the research group Chainalysis, which made the claim that USDT is influencing prices of altcoins and smaller capitalization cryptocurrencies, even if the stablecoin fails to move the price of BTC as it did with some regularity throughout 2017. Citing as an example, Bloomberg looks at August’s push of half a billion dollars worth of USDT into the crypto markets, without a corresponding price increase–or stabilization–for Bitcoin, in addition to other popular currencies such as EOS and NEO. Instead, altcoins have been largely in decline, with the price of Bitcoin fluctuating throughout the $6000 – $7000 range since the beginning of the month.

Whereas past injections of Tether, particularly to the tune of half a billion dollars (or roughly 17 percent of the total Tether now in circulation) would have corresponded to a significant price movement for Bitcoin, and the crypto markets in general. Instead, August 2018 has seen one of the steepest declines across the board for BTC and altcoins, with most currencies experiences double-digit losses in an already prolonged bear market. This has led some to the conclusion that either Tether is not directly manipulating the market with its timing and method for USDT injection–or at the very least not attempting to do so–or that the same forces that coupled Bitcoin rallies so closely with Tether injections have evaporated from the market.

Some have found stablecoins to be an interesting caveat to the high volatility, high risk of cryptocurrency investing. Compared to BTC and other altcoins, USDT and its brand of stablecoins provide the benefits of cryptocurrency while pegging the valuation to a fixed amount–in this case the U.S. dollar. Some find that the currencies exhibit too much centralization, and lack the departure from government fiat that has been so enticingly portrayed in the majority of cryptocurrencies. However, with the slumping crypto markets throughout 2018, Tether has become a safe harbor for investor funds, particularly those left on exchanges to ride out the price volatility of the market.

Girl in a jacket

loading…