Hurricane Irma Barrels Toward U.S., Threatening to Engulf Florida

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Photo Mark Kren, right, pulled storm shutters across the front of his restaurant in Jensen Beach, Fla., as Hurricane Irma advanced.Credit Jason Henry for The New York Times MIAMI — As Hurricane Irma threatened to engulf virtually the entire state of Florida in deadly winds, driving rain and surging seas, the largest evacuation in the state’s history saw hundreds of thousands of people scrambling into crowded county shelters and jamming highways as they fled north from the storm. With the clock ticking, some counties issued curfews for Saturday, and more shelters were opened to absorb the crush of people seeking cover from one of the most powerful hurricanes to hit Florida. Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, described Hurricane Irma as “a threat that is going to devastate the United States, either Florida or some of the southeastern states.” Eric Silagy, the chief executive of Florida Power and Light Company, said in a news conference that power losses were expected to affect 4.1 million customers, or 9 million people in the state. He said that every part of Florida would be affected and that people could lose power for an extended period, possibly weeks. The number of …

Insufficient Understanding of Cryptocurrencies Results in Their Volatility

Insufficient Understanding of Crypto Currencies Results in Their Volatility

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Bitcoin made the news in May when it passed the all-time high of $2,700 per unit, before swallowing a sharp correction and losing almost 30 percent of its value in 48 hours. Along the way, many other cryptocurrencies such as Ethereum, Litecoin, Dash, Ripple and Monero have followed Bitcoin in its correction. This scenario naturally leads us to think about the last quarter of 2013, when Bitcoin price jumped from $130 to over $1100. After this boom, we didn’t see a sharp correction, but a long and steady decline to the unit price of $200, followed by a long and steady increase period. Will the same steady decline happen in 2017? The main difference between 2013 and 2017 is that the ecosystem of Blockchain and cryptocurrencies is widely more developed. We went from theories and white papers to proof-of-concept, real world applications and significant investments. Nonetheless, little are those who truly understand the underlying technology powering this ecosystem. An insufficient understanding of the market Investors have been pouring capital into the market, betting that consumer demand will propel future growth. Cryptocurrencies are therefore subject to significant speculation backed by very little analysis, which makes this asset class particularly volatile. David Z. Morris, a contributor …

Ethereum Classic Becomes Fifth Largest Cryptocurrency, Briefly Beats NEM, Litecoin

Ethereum Classic Becomes Fifth Largest Cryptocurrency, Briefly Beats NEM, Litecoin

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Ethereum Classic has become the fifth largest cryptocurrency in the world after surpassing the market cap of Litecoin. Briefly, Ethereum Classic also overtook NEM, the fourth largest cryptocurrency with a significantly high daily trading volume. The daily trading volume of Ethereum Classic remains larger than Ripple and NEM, the third and fourth largest cryptocurrencies behind Bitcoin and Ethereum, at $326 mln. In fact, Ethereum Classic’s daily trading volume is 17 times larger than that of NEM. Simply Classic Over the past few months, Ethereum Classic has enjoyed an explosive growth in demand and daily trading volume primarily due to two major driving factors: the debut of the Ethereum Classic Trust and the integration of ETC by leading digital currencies. On April 24, Barry Silbert-led Digital Currency Group, arguably the most prominent investment firm within the Bitcoin and Blockchain industries, launched the Ethereum Classic Trust to provide a platform for accredited and institutional investors to invest in ETC via a regulated channel. Since then, Ethereum Classic has experienced an overall increase in demand, price, market cap and trading volume. By April 1, Ethereum Classic’s market cap was around $200 mln. In less than two months, the market cap of Ethereum surged …

Explosive Price Surge: $100 Bitcoin Bought in 2010 Now Worth $75 Mln

Explosive Price Surge: $100 Bitcoin Bought in 2010 Now Worth $75 Mln

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Earlier this week, CNBC, one of the few mainstream media outlets that have been offering extensive coverage on Bitcoin over the past few months, revealed that $100 worth of Bitcoin purchased in 2010 is now worth $75 mln. In a relatively short span of seven years, Bitcoin price surged from around $0.003 to a staggering $2,389. That is a 796,000x return as an investment. In fact, today, on May 24, Bitcoin price hit a new all-time high at $2,392 and is continuously demonstrating a rising demand from both casual and institutional investors. Bitcoin price hits new all-time high again for the second time this week at $2,392. Important to note, China made a strong comeback. pic.twitter.com/S8mceNDTqM — Joseph Young (@iamjosephyoung) May 24, 2017 The majority of mainstream media analysts suggest that Bitcoin price is completely speculative in the sense that investors are purchasing Bitcoin solely expecting a massive return in value. However, as Coingreed previously reported, prominent investors including GoldSilver.com founder Mike Maloney are encouraging investors to hold Bitcoin as a mandatory asset to hedge against inevitable global economic uncertainty and financial instability, not just as a large return investment. Bitcoin as digital currency and digital cash On the contrary, …

Vinny Lingham: Bitcoin Price Will Reach $3,000 in 2017

Vinny Lingham: Bitcoin Price Will Reach $3,000 in 2017

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Vinny Lingham, co-founder and CEO of Civic.com released a highly anticipated blog post entitled “Bitcoin 2017: A Currency Devaluation Hedge for Emerging Markets” on December 28 to share his thoughts on Bitcoin and its price trend in 2017. In his analysis, Lingham predicted that the Bitcoin price will double or triple within the next 12 months. Over the past year, Lingham has been one of the few analysts who accurately predicted the price trend of Bitcoin. In a blog post published in April, Lingham told his readers that Bitcoin would reach a market cap of $15 bln by the end of the year. Today, it surpassed the $15 bln mark, reaching its all-time high market cap. The reasons behind strong performance The vast majority of mainstream media outlets and analysts have cited economic and financial factors as a reason for Bitcoin’s price rally. Various events such as the demonetization of banknotes in India and Venezuela, crackdown on Wealth Management Products (WPMs) and tightening of capital controls played a strong role in the rising price of Bitcoin. However, Lingham notes that most failed to acknowledge the impact of rising Federal Reserve rates on the value of Bitcoin. When the Federal Reserve increases …

Blockchain Proven to be Faster Than Wire Transfers in Banking Payment Test

Blockchain Proven to be Faster Than Wire Transfers in Banking Payment Test

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Bitcoin and its revolutionary Blockchain technology have many advantages over the status quo. This ranges from better security, lower costs and superior inclusion. Another advantage is the speed of transactions, as the legacy banking system has been using the wire transfer method for generations. Now, results from a test run by a group of banking interests in Japan have revealed that Bitcoin’s Blockchain technology is more than ready to drag the current monetary transfer system into the 21st century. According to the Asian Nikkei Review, the unnamed “megabanks,” the Deloitte Tohmatsu accounting group and the Bitcoin exchange bitFlyer have been running Blockchain tests for a considerable part of 2016, with the final tests concluding in September. The goal was to see if Bitcoin’s Blockchain technology could hold up to the rigors and speed requirements of the current currency transfer systems. You could say that these tests were successful. “Blockchain’s low processing speed was seen as a major drawback of the technology,” said the Asian Nikkei Times. “But researchers were able to conduct 1,500 transactions per second using Blockchain, on par with the nearly 1,400 transactions the current interbank wire system is capable of handling at peak times.” The banks again were …