Despite the FUD, SEC-Compliant ICOs are Just Around The Corner

Despite the FUD, SEC-Compliant ICOs are Just Around The Corner

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Summary: The cryptocurrency space had an eventful July. Not only did the Bitcoin network prepare for the Bitcoin Cash hard fork, but the SEC also released a scathing report on ICO token sales. Given the uncertainty that lies ahead for ICOs, legal experts and compliance firms are quickly gearing up to protect both investors and creators of ICOs. Cointelegraph keeps you up to date with the latest and most important regulatory news in digital currencies. Thin red line Potential ICO investors and those planning token sales were rocked earlier this month when the SEC issued a report on July 25. The SEC report offered a scathing indictment of ICOs, ruling that the vast majority of “initial coin offerings” were actually securities offerings dressed up under a thin veil. We at Cointelegraph are in touch with some of the leading legal experts in the digital currency space, but there are not yet any clear guidelines for what the SEC might require in the future. Many planned are ICOs are still going ahead, but some are considering excluding US residents. This is not an ideal solution, however, as it seriously limits the amount of capital that such offerings might raise. Ultimately, compliance costs are going …

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 …

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, …

With One Percent of Indians Investing Money into Bitcoin, Its Price Can Reach $1000 by the End of 2016

With One Percent of Indians Investing Money into Bitcoin, Its Price Can Reach $1000 by the End of 2016

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What could possibly happen if and when a tiny fraction – one percent – of the Indian populationgets a hold on what Bitcoin could do for them in the country’s time of demonetization, which has forced the citizens into applying unusual efforts to access and use their hard-earned money? Something big, but not unexpected. For starters, a lot is happening globally and India is one of them. Taking Vinny Lingham’s tweeton Nov. 17, which says: “I don’t think the market fully appreciates how much money is about to flow into Bitcoin over the next month.” With hashtags like; #india #trump #china #fed, it could create a nexus, with the prediction by CivicKey’s CEO that the price of Bitcoin will hit the $1000 mark before the end of 2016. Lamassu’s co-founder Josh Harvey started this puzzle with a tweet that says that there are 13 mln people in the Indian one percent, and the fact that many of them will be hearing about Bitcoin now is in itself a big deal. With the Editor in Chief at Adamant Research, Tuur Demeester, adding in a tweet that Bitcoin, on Indian exchange Zebpay, has been selling for 20 percent premium, equivalent to $895, one could …

Like Gold, Bitcoin is Becoming the Ultimate Safe Haven Investment

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The relative stability of Bitcoin during periods of geopolitical uncertainties has allowed the digital currency to be considered by investors as a safe haven for the preservation of their wealth. Two major events in 2016 that quickly come to mind when considering the geopolitical risks borne by holders of fiat currencies, stocks, commodities and other financial elements are Brexitand the US elections. The fallout from these events saw the nations’ currencies and stocks plummet within very short periods of time. Safety first One of the most critical factors that investors consider is the safety of their investment. During periods of anticipated volatility, holders of local investments usually seek a safe haven for their wealth and value preservation. Recent events have shown that, like gold, Bitcoin is gradually assuming the role of a run-to hideout for value preservation. Michael Vogel, CEO of Netcoins, says: “In some circles Bitcoin is still considered a high-risk investment vehicle, while others consider Bitcoin to be the ultimate safe haven investment.” Digital currencies like Bitcoin were built from the ground up and designed for the era of information. Bitcoin allows value to be transacted directly, peer to peer, without an intermediary, hence it is not bound …

How Bitcoin Empowers Global Peer-to-Peer Lender BTCJam

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San Francisco-based startup BTCJam is taking peer-to-peer lending to a global audience, and is using bitcoin to achieve its vision. Bypassing the restrictions of fiat currencies, the company says, allows any individual in the world to receive a loan via its platform. While traditional wire transfers are costly and not always easy to set up, bitcoin allows approved BTCJam borrowers to receive funds almost instantly, wherever they may live and whether or not they have a bank account. Celso Pitta, the company’s CEO, told CoinDesk: “We are a global lending platform. We use bitcoin as a payment method to enable international, cross-border lending.” BTCJam CEO Celso Pitta talking about his startup at CoinSummit. Source: CoinSummit From banker to bitcoin entrepreneur Pitta, who hails from Brazil, had prior experience in the finance industry before starting BTCJam: “I worked for Citibank. Knowing banking from the inside, I knew that I could do better: a peer-to-peer lending website.” However, Pitta reached his first stumbling block when he discovered the penalty for starting an unlicensed money-lending service in Brazil. “I noticed that if you do [lending] in Brazil, you will go to jail for 10 years,” he said. As absurd as that might sound to some, this potential roadblock is …