U.S. investment firm Fidelity, which administers over $7.2 trillion in client assets, has announced the launch of a new company, Fidelity Digital Asset Services, according to an Oct. 15 press release …. Fidelity reportedly already works with “over 13,000” institutional clients — to draw these actors into the emerging (digital currency) space. See: https://cointelegraph.com/news/investment-giant-fidelity-launches-digital-assets-services-targeting-institutional-investors. Fidelity states 22% of institutional Investors have some digital asset exposure. See also: “Bearish on Bitcoin? This Fidelity Research Will Turn You Into a Raging Bull.” https://finance.yahoo.com/news/bearish-bitcoin-fidelity-research-turn-190021115.html
HAPPY 10 YEAR BIRTHDAY, BITCOIN! Thanks, 'Satoshi Nakamoto', for your 'white paper,' which you copyrighted with bitcoin.org in 2008!
Picture of a personal mobile bank (non-custodial, so no traditional bank or other middlemen) : a Ledger "USB thumb drive" hardware wallet. See also: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIDKex545oE for a Ledger 'unboxing' review.
In addition to each of us resolving to gain higher consciousness (enlightenment) on the spiritual side, on the material side bitcoin can help defend We the People from predatory capitalism. There is hope, because help is coming, fast. Bitcoin, the digital currency of the future, is capable of commandeering the most massive, peaceful, and universally beneficial transfer of wealth in history. You are invited to participate. A great ‘big picture’ article: https://medium.com/paradigma-capital/pax-bitcoiniana-5f54eda1a9f9. Click here to hear the sound of victory: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iN7uEEiT43Q.
The CEO of both Twitter and payment service Square, Jack Dorsey, believes Bitcoin will become the world's, and internet's, single future currency. He states bitcoin will replace the U.S. dollar within 10 years. See also: https://www.newsbtc.com/2019/02/12/researcher-bitcoin-lightning-on-square-could-be-bigger-than-crypto-etf-bakkt-combined/. Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong agrees, and pays employees' salaries in dollars or bitcoin. New Zealand federal law gives guidelines on how to pay employees in bitcoin.
U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commissioner, Rostin Behnam states: “Cryptocurrencies will proliferate to every economy and every part of the planet. We are witnessing a technological revolution. Perhaps we are witnessing a modern miracle.”
Max Keiser: "Bitcoin is a gift from God to help humanity sort out the mess it has made with its money ... China, Russia, and Japan are buying bitcoin for their own sovereign wealth funds."
@maxkeiser: "The first government that takes #Bitcoin to pay taxes wins." Over 120,000 people in Moscow use bitcoin. Former Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne says bitcoin is “the most important change in 6,000 civilizations of technology." Japan legally recognizes bitcoin as a currency. Apple.com co-founder Steve Wozniak has stated bitcoin is better than gold. From Fox News: "A single bitcoin could be worth $1 million in a few years, meanwhile bitcoin is saving lives in currency hyper-inflated Venezuela." See: https://bitcoinist.com/bitcoin-price-venezuela-doubling-18-days/. Also: https://www.rt.com/op-ed/450065-venezuela-us-control-resources/. And: https://bitcoinist.com/in-argentina-investors-flock-to-safe-haven-bitcoin/. "Bitcoin Hits $24,000 In Iran After Government Okays Mining." (09/06/2018) https://news.bitcoin.com/bitcoin-hits-24000-in-iran-after-government-okays-mining/ (bitcoin creation). Ukraine saw a sharp increase in bitcoin purchases in 2018. The World Gold Council claims Bitcoin could “… undermine the tools used by the Fed and other central banks to influence the economy.” (Thank God!) See: https://bitcoinist.com/world-gold-council-bitcoin-central-banks/. The Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman states: “Gold is dead… Bitcoin has more utility than gold.” Google has added the Bitcoin “B” symbol to its keyboard for iPhone users. Apple has added the bitcoin ฿ symbol to its icon set. Microsoft products allow users to insert the cryptocurrency symbol, ₿, by typing 20BF plus ALT. Microsoft accepts payments in Bitcoin for media content on its Windows and Xbox stores. See also: https://www.wired.com/story/microsoft-wants-protect-identity-bitcoin/. AT&T accepts digital currency payments via BitPay. Time Magazine states bitcoin development should be a worldwide priority. Belarus President: "We will mine bitcoins and sell them."
The relatively new virtual, digital currency, bitcoin (BTC), is understood differently by different people. According to Wikipedia: "Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer payment system and digital currency introduced as open source software in 2009 by pseudonymous developer Satoshi Nakamoto." Click here for more Wiki information: https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Main_Page. See also: https://www.coindesk.com/author-jimmy-song-talks-about-the-little-bitcoin-book. Beware bitcoin.com, because it tries to sell bitcoin cash (bcash) as if it were bitcoin. For a simple 1 minute 37 seconds on YouTube explanation: https://bitcoin.org/en/ . Bitcoin is created by computer operations called "mining." Bitcoin ‘miners’ find the solution to a complex math problem every ten minutes, which concurrently processes pending bitcoin transactions on the blockchain network. All bitcoin transactions must be confirmed at least three times by miners to be fully confirmed. Mining can be so profitable on a larger scale and bitcoin price that Samsung has entered the mining hardware manufacturing business. In April 2019 it typically costs approximately $5,500 to 'mine' one bitcoin. Tom Lee suggests a fair market value for bitcoin is about two and one half times the cost to mine one bitcoin. Therefore his estimate that as of April 2019 bitcoin should be worth about $14,000, not $5,000.
The bitcoin currency software is based upon "blockchain" database ledgers of the transactions, similarly your bank has computerized accounting records, debits and credits, transfers, correlating with the "infrastructure". The entire bitcoin transaction history can be downloaded onto your computer. Bitcoin is 'decentralized,' a basic element of freedom from bank and government middlemen and correlated corruption.
Andreas M. Antonopoulos is one of the most respected bitcoin experts; search YouTube for his videos. See his 2 minute videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-XUbH1F0Os and also: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhKIKB6cn6w. Just as you need not understand the action of electrons in your car's electrical system, you need not understand everything about bitcoin, or everything about its genius mathematical cryptographic software. The important thing is that the car gets you to your destination, the bitcoin payment system is working, and BTC is a store of value. Bitcoin may be the perfect currency when the transactions are almost instantaneous and free. See: https://www.bitcoinlightning.com. Also: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrr_zPmEiME. Check out their payment processing application, Open Node. A small scale beta lightning network is working now, initially for small retail purchases, which only takes 5 seconds. Also, see a recent report by Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/ktorpey/2019/01/23/bitcoin-lightning-network-payments-have-already-surpassed-all-altcoins-at-this-retailer/#5cce75223992. Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey welcomes a Twitter/Bitcoin alliance with his participation in the Lightning Torch pay-it-forward operation. See https://bitcoinist.com/jack-dorsey-twitter-bitcoin-lightning-network/. As with wallets, keep Lightning Network software updated. "With double the Bitcoin being sold to Square Cash app users alone than is unlocked by Bitcoin miners, the demand of Bitcoin will begin to greatly outweigh supply, and cause the value of the asset to set new all-time highs." See: https://www.newsbtc.com/2019/05/02/square-cash-app-bitcoin-supply/.
Bitcoin is the original digital currency, and it's success has spawned a new industry which is sometimes generalized as digital currency, 'crypto' currency due to greater and lesser degrees of anonymity, privacy, and security; and virtual currency. The MIT works suggest the possibility that bitcoin alone will remain, by simply achieving the capabilities of all the other digital coins, also known as alternative (alt) coins. In the event the internet went down, bitcoin could be transacted by satellite or amateur radio. See: https://bitcoinist.com/bitcoin-can-never-be-banned-reasons/ Also: “Satellite broadcasts from geosynchronous orbit. Pay with the #LightningNetwork to broadcast any message or data.” @Blockstream
The bankers attempt to dissuade us from owning our new currency, bitcoin. Their tactics include implementing onerous government regulations against bitcoin, and selling it short. The banker's monopolized mainstream news media (six American corporations control 90% of the news), spreads fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) about bitcoin. Those efforts are futile, because short term price drops simply increase the amount of bitcoin We the People can afford to buy. As bankers realize they need to capitulate and buy bitcoin (the currency of the future), the higher the price goes, and the wealthier the bitcoin holders get. This redistribution of wealth is on autopilot, like a perpetual motion machine. The investment opportunity of a lifetime? Maybe, but invest what you can afford to lose.
Bitcoin and the digital revolution it has started is better demonstrated and experienced, rather than explained, starting with how to set up and use a "digital currency wallet" (like bitcoin). See a video demonstration, learn by viewing, and then by doing. Max Keiser prefers a more private way to buy bitcoin: “This little Azteco printer replaces Bitcoin ATMs ... Merchants anywhere in the world can easily sell Bitcoin. Swap your fiat for voucher-code that loads onto your wallet. Done. ”See: https://azte.co. Another bitcoin service: https://www.abra.com/ advertises Abra is the only app (smartphone software application) in the world that allows you to buy, store, and invest in 28 cryptocurrencies (why?) as well as in equities like stocks, all-in-one place securely. (But why sell bitcoin for stocks, etc?) The Opera mobile browser, Opera for Android, will enable users to buy cryptocurrencies directly on their smartphones. Heretofore, one of the most popular ways to buy, sell, and use bitcoins is the bitcoin exchange, with a 'wallet,' offered by various online bitcoin companies, such as blockchain.info. See also: https://bitcoinist.com/best-bitcoin-wallet/ . See this 10 minute video on how to open a bitcoin wallet, buy bitcoin, and send it to someone else: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4WMAPXuHVg
To start, exchanges usually require personal information, a 'selfie' picture of your ID such as a driver's license or passport held next to your face. Some bitcoin exchanges restrict purchases to $100 per week pending more and more "verification", like weeks of more small purchases, like when using VISA or Mastercard. Comparison shop exchanges to avoid such restrictions. Some of the larger ones located in the U.S. include Kraken, Gemini, and Coinbase. Also, the few owners of Digfinex/Ifinex/Bitfinex/Tether/Crypto Capital are under (criminal?) investigation by the New York Attorney General for possible theft of $850 million of customer funds. See: https://steemit.com/cryptocurrency/@fortified/brock-pierce-or-is-billionaire-bitcoin-board-member-founder-of-tether-and-alleged-pedophile-a-covert-cia-asset? Canadian BTC exchange QuadrigaCX is bankrupt and under criminal investigation. Upon depositing national currency (e.g. the dollar) type funds into the bitcoin exchange account, often by bank wire transfer, or bank to bank account transfer, you are ready to buy. If you are already convinced you want to buy bitcoins, even just .001, one way is to open a bitcoin account at an online exchange, get ID verified and approved. Fund the account, enter a bitcoin buy order, consider transferring it immediately to your hardware wallet, and HOLDING it for years. Just follow the instructions on the website to set up an account. Or if you want to sell bitcoins, check your own exchange or wallet service, regarding their fees to sell bitcoins and deliver the cash to your bank account, such as by wire transfer which may take a week. Bitpay.com critics suggest peer-to-peer payment processors in lieu of centralization which can censor payments. One example: https://btcpayserver.org/ : “Accepting Bitcoin Payments With 0% Fees & No Third-party. BTCPay Server is a self-hosted, open-source cryptocurrency payment processor. It's secure, private, censorship-resistant and free.” See BITCOIN TRANSFER below for an example of a screen showing BTC transfer between bitcoin account addresses.
REASONS TO BUY:
Regarding the previous exponential acceleration of the price of bitcoin: http://www.altcointoday.com/bitcoin-capitalization-adds-1-bln-daily-industry-leaders-explain. See also the YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0kRLvpDBSY, "10 Reasons Bitcoin Price will Destroy All Time Highs in 2017". As you would expect, bitcoin value and thus bitcoin price are set by buyers and sellers in the bitcoin exchanges and other auction type markets. However, thin volume and short term trading on margin (using leverage) make for sloppy fill prices, thus more losses, about 90% of the time. An all cash buy and hold strategy seems promising. Evidence suggests ninety percent of short term traders lose money, so amateurs should be wary of competing with high speed computers automated by multi-million dollar artificial intelligence investments. Novice people often get upset with long term holders for not telling them when to sell and take profits. Most people are not experienced short term traders, and do not know when to buy back in, also known as reinvestment risk. It opens a new level of risk, which usually results in losses. It is safer and simpler to stick to the plan, a 5 year minimum holding period. A cointelegraph.com article states that historically, anyone holding BTC for 1,355 days has a profit. For the S&P 500 stocks, the figure is 23 YEARS. On April 23, 2019 when bitcoin closed at $5,440, one news headline read: “Bitcoin [BTC] Price Prediction Today: Rising Wedge Pattern and Double-Top Patterns Spell Doom.” Two months later the price hit an intra-day high of $13,880.
Max Keiser of RT.com states: "It's impossible to overhype bitcoin. The way bitcoin is changing society is as profound as Gutenberg's printing press or Edison's light bulb". Keiser dismissed concerns about bitcoin hacking, saying the core bitcoin blockchain itself has never been hacked while being immutable. Mark Yusko of Morgan Creek Capital states even conservative pension funds are interested in buying bitcoin. "Researchers from a consulting firm and a pension fund make the case for institutional investments in cryptocurrencies. Example of asset allocation: 1.3% in BTC." See: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3082808. BitcoinIRA.com enables investors to hold bitcoins in their retirement accounts. See also: https://www.equities.com/news/the-case-for-bitcoin-in-your-retirement-portfolio. Also: https://bitcoinist.com/bitcoin-two-three-year-bull-market-pompliano/. "Pompliano advises investors to bet on BTC and have it in their portfolios. Pompliano claims that once central bankers acknowledge the fact that Bitcoin has a 'non-correlated, asymmetric upside profile', “every central bank will be buying BTC”. “Bitcoin’s compounded annual growth rate is 235% over almost a decade.” "ROCKET FUEL: They’re going to cut rates and print money right as we march towards the Bitcoin halving. Buckle up. This will be wild 🚀 pic.twitter.com/QotDXKTJRj — Pomp 🌪 (@APompliano) July 25, 2019. Also: https://bitcoinist.com/bitcoin-price-to-hit-42000-in-2019-356000-by-2021-pantera-capital/. Various American universities such as Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Dartmouth, University of North Carolina, and MIT are invested in bitcoin. Bitcoin investors also include Facebook, IBM, NYSE, NASDAQ, Amazon, JPMorgan, Norwegian Air, and Starbucks. Abra CEO Bill Barhydt states that based upon his survey of big hedge fund managers and other institutional money managers, they will buy bitcoin this year (2019?) Then, ‘All hell will break loose.' Coinbase Custody is targeting $10 Billion in institutional funds for bitcoin investment, see: https://custody.coinbase.com/ , and also: https://gemini.com/institutions/ , and: https://xapo.com/institutions/ , and: https://www.ccn.com/nomura-unveils-institutional-grade-cryptoasset-custody-service/. Also: https://news.bitcoin.com/nyse-owner-bitcoin-should-be-in-retirement-funds-credit-cards-retail-stores/ . See also: https://bitcoinist.com/bitcoin-could-make-credit-cards-obsolete. Also: https://www.infowars.com/jp-morgan-warns-dollar-could-lose-status-as-worlds-dominant-currency/.
"40% of the world’s top 50 universities offer at least one class on blockchain or crypto assets." https://bitcoinist.com/stanford-offers-most-crypto-classes/ See also: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/07/bitcoin-education-at-high-schools-and-colleges.html. Twenty percent of all young U.S. adults now own bitcoin, and 9 percent of Americans overall. See: https://bitcoinist.com/20-of-all-young-u-s-adults-now-owns-bitcoin/, and:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJLPht2DkZU. About 11 percent of South Africans own digital currency, which is double the worldwide average. And: https://oracletimes.com/25-million-americans-consider-investing-in-crypto/.
Bitstamp Exchange Bitcoin Prices, Courtesy of Bitcoinwisdom.com
Some bitcoin price analysts focus on the number of transactions per day, called the hash rate, as an indicator of BTC miner bullishness, thus an influence on bitcoin price. See also: https://www.ccn.com/bitcoin-hash-rate-8-fold-20000-high-bullish/. The higher the hash rate the more computing power that strengthens the system.
Author: Mark K. McConnell is a former stockbroker principal and investment adviser, commodity trading adviser, educator, and retired career U.S. federal employee; BA, political science; BA, education; MA in interdisciplinary studies. The government regulations, investor ID requirements, security, and liability issues do not warrant my offering managed accounts at this time. A popular idea is to dollar cost average with once per month buys, for example. 'Businessmen's risk' commonly means use only speculation funds which if completely lost, will not affect your life style. Seek professional advice if need be.
Bitcoin, the worldwide digital currency of the future, is a tool to help achieve justice in society. As a practical matter, it will be easier to have peace on earth with one world government that is designed to enable the greatest good, to the greatest number, in the shortest time. We the People need to educate our leaders that we want that which is best for us. Then the many can prosper along with the few. Nothing is stronger than an idea whose time has come. Knowledge is power. Fairness and justice are the inherent ideals and goals of one world government. In his book The Republic, Plato specified that social science specialists, the governors, philosopher kings, were alone qualified to administer social justice. They were to be trained to know “the Good,” the enlightenment state as discussed in Plato’s "Allegory of the Cave." The more conformity with the laws of nature, the less bureaucratic government needed. Financial well being often facilitates more free time for Self development. For consciousness based education,see: https://www.mum.edu regarding using all of the brain structure potential to use all of the potential mind function.
To quote Albert Einstein: "You cannot solve a problem from the same consciousness that created it." Know thy Self, remember home, the kingdom of heaven within: pure consciousness. Perhaps instead of cursing the darkness, we should switch on the light. "Knowledge is structured in consciousness." Transcend.
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Tom Lee of Fundstrat Global Advisors makes a sophisticated case for a $10,000,000 bitcoin price in 2029. Click this YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGberGnxiJk&feature=youtu.be. Also, Tyler Jenks and Leah Wald: https://medium.com/@lucidfunds/the-long-and-winding-road-to-10-million-bitcoin-4b1c83d26e5d. In the 2018 bear market, Lee believes the bitcoin price bottomed out in 2018 near $3,200. At a bitcoin price of, let's say, $3,500; .01 bitcoin (BTC) would basically only cost $35.00. The smallest bitcoin price unit is one Satoshi, .0000001 bitcoin. Click here to see: https://satoshitobitcoin.co/. As of August 2019, one Satoshi, .0000001 bitcoin, is worth more than seven different national currencies. Which national currencies are the next to hyperinflate?
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Fortune Favors Bravery and Patience
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Per design, only 21 million of bitcoin will be 'mined,' and nearly 18 million of it already has been produced, about 85%. Thus, the scarcity factor: unlike fiat currencies, bitcoin is effectively not subject to inflation. Only 1 out of every 5,000 people will ever own 1 or more bitcoin(s). Also: “If you own 1 $BTC, you are mathematically guaranteed to be top 3/1000 richest in the world, in BTC terms. (21m / 7B). (@cz_binance) August 25, 2019." Approximately 1,000 bitcoin addresses own about 35% of the total bitcoin in circulation. See also: https://usethebitcoin.com/top-10-richest-bitcoin-owners/. According to bitcoinist.com, only 732,000 bitcoin addresses own at least 1 BTC. However, possibly four million bitcoins from the early days may have been lost such as forgotten on hard drives that were discarded, and if so, a maximum of only 17 million of bitcoins would ever exist. See: http://fortune.com/2017/11/25/lost-bitcoins/. Also, the number of BTC rewarding 'miner's' efforts was cut in half in July 2016, and will again in about May, 2020. The scarcity reminder helps increase BTC prices. Meanwhile, bitcoin is accepted for payment by some major corporations, like Expedia, Subway and Newegg. Major retailers like Amazon’s Whole Foods, Nordstrom, Regal Cinemas, Barnes & Noble, Bed Bath & Beyond, Lowe’s, Office Depot, Baskin Robbins, and GameStop will enable payment by bitcoin by the smartphone scan application called Spedn. Russia's largest online retailer, Ulmart, now accepts bitcoin (twelve percent of Russians say digital currencies are their main source of income). A primary competitor to the U.S. Postal Service, United Parcel Service (UPS), may soon accept BTC for payments. For a longer list, see: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/companies-accepts-bitcoin-list-updated-121556260.html
According to John Deters, chief strategy officer of the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE): "Bitcoin has now evolved to a point that its utility as both a payment vehicle and a store of value is clear, while the overall popularity of digital assets has proven to be pretty resilient." In December 2017, as bitcoin peaked at an intra-day dollar price of approximately $20,000, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) began trading bitcoin futures contracts. As expected (?), the first thing the institutional traders do is sell BTC short. If not long term committed, maybe weak hands should not be heavily invested in Bitcoin. The CBOE, with partners Van Eck and SolidX have applied to the SEC to allow a bitcoin exchange traded fund, (ETF). SEC Commissioner Robert J. Jackson Jr. states that an SEC-approved Bitcoin ETF is inevitable; in 2019?
Bitcoin's prices are not immune from politics. The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has announced that bitcoin is a commodity. Although BTC is referred to as a commodity, and as a currency, bitcoin is not, in and of itself, a commodity futures contract according to the National Futures Association, and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) states BTC is a commodity. The CFTC Commissioner has stated that there is an explosion of interest in digital currency, and BTC will probably cost Wall Street a lot of job losses. The thing is, bankers need to change their business model from maximizing profits at any cost, to adapting services in volume to the many, like 3 billion under-banked people. This author believes it is an act of patriotism and spirituality to invest in bitcoin. Bitcoin use combined with micro-finance, government subsidized smart phones, and free internet access, could help alleviate poverty worldwide. Bill Gates predicts that over the next five years “... digital money will catch on in India and parts of Africa and help the poorest a lot over the next five years." One Indian official tasked with bitcoin regulation decided it cannot be done. Will India waste even more valuable time by trying to create its own digital currency? Bitcoin is legal almost everywhere, see: https://www.coinstaker.com/cryptocurrency-legal-status/
Meanwhile the banks are investigating how they can profit from the digital currency ideas, such as adopting the block chain for banking services and accounting. A group called R3, comprised of over seventy of the world's biggest financial institutions has been researching ways to harness the speed, accuracy and efficiency afforded by the blockchain. In early 2018 their preferred digital currency appears to be 'ripple', centralized in the Ripple Labs corporation. With 100 billion ripple originally created, with the largest (nefarious) 'pre-mine' of any digital coin, gifting themselves control of 60 billion coins (centralization BAD), with only 38 billion circulating? And Ripple Labs can shut down any account at will, or the whole network? Some critics warn this setup increases the risk of "pump-and-dump" losses. Andreas Antonopoulos states that the blockchain is nothing but a slow database. It is bitcoin that is all important, not the blockchain infrastructure. He states: “Your keys – your Bitcoin; not your keys – not your Bitcoin.” Antonopoulos is not keen on BTC ETFs (exchange traded funds) due to privacy and control compromises ETFs would mean for investors. Still, the larger banksters are in denial, trying to remain relevant by extolling the blockchain supremacy over their nemesis, bitcoin. See: https://news.bitcoin.com/90-of-corporate-blockchain-pilots-will-never-materialize-researchers-say/. Meanwhile, Goldman Sachs bank is investing $ 59 million in BitGo, a digital currency custody firm that is government regulated. Major investment firm Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts (KKR) buys bitcoin. Also: https://www.coindesk.com/60-latin-american-banks-can-now-use-bitcoin-for-cross-border-payments.
Here is a statement from the New York state department of financial security: "It is in the long-term interest of the virtual currency industry to put in place appropriate guardrails that protect consumers, root out illegal activity, and safeguard our national security." As of 2015 in New York state there is now a $5,000 license fee to operate a digital currency business, a money transmitter license. However, Kansas, Illinois, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming have enacted laws that exempt some digital currencies from money transmitter licenses. Can the banks compete? Not in the long run, given the elegant simplicity of bitcoin. As the very young bitcoin 'geek' said to the banker: "You can't stop us!" See also: https://bitcoinist.com/bankers-know-they-cant-stop-bitcoin-says-max-keiser/. Bankers oppose bitcoin because there is no need for bankers, or their thefts, warmongering, and drug trafficking. As banker (and thus government?) opposition to digital currency is overridden, just as digital photography replaced film photography, the volume of bitcoin transactions will increase, and volatility will drop. Technology marches on. Not even bankers can stop the rising tide. Ohio businesses can pay taxes with bitcoin at OhioCrypto.com. State Treasurer Josh Mandel says bitcoin is a currency, and hopes other states will agree. State Representative Tyler Lindholm went on an interview on CNBC television to promote Wyoming as a welcoming destination for crypto businesses. He explained that if you mine bitcoin there is now no longer a property tax, no income tax and no corporate tax. In spite of heavy opposition from the banker lobby (no surprises) Wyoming easily passed a law allowing institutions to offer financial services using bitcoin. Wyoming has passed a law giving direct property rights to cryptocurrency holders, making it even harder for the state and federal government to confiscate your bitcoin.
One fear is that of money laundering and using bitcoin to facilitate crime, terrorism, etc. due to it's pseudo-quasi-anonymous nature. It is not terrorists using digital currency for such crimes, it is mostly the banks. “Fiat Money Outpaces Bitcoin 800:1 for Money Laundering”. https://www.ccn.com/news/fiat-money-outpaces-bitcoin-by-8001-for-nefarious-activities-report/2019/07/21/. “Digital currencies are much cheaper in circulation than traditional fiat money, promote trade, increase transaction transparency and reduce the risks of money laundering and tax evasion.” -- the People's Bank of China. Maybe less bankster theft, warmongering, and drug money laundering would cause fewer dead people, refugees, drug addicts, slaves, and terrorists? Antonopoulos: "Just because terrorists wear shoes, we do not ban the shoe industry."
The European Union has internal debate on whether it can regulate bitcoin at all, and has legally designated bitcoin as a currency that is exempt from value-added taxation. The Japanese bitcoin trading volume is fast increasing. One Japanese company offers bitcoin paychecks. Japan's largest BTC exchange is bitFlyer, now in the U.S: https://bitflyer.jp/en/. In 2019 most bitcoins are bought using the Japanese yen, followed by U.S. dollars, and S. Korean won. See: “Japan’s Financial Services Agency Loves Bitcoin and Lightning Network,” https://bitcoinist.com/japan-the-global-leader-in-bitcoin-and-lightning-network-adoption/. One third of S. Korean workers own bitcoin, comprising 30% of total cryptocurrency trading globally. Their popular anger stopped government threats to ban bitcoin trading. Large Chinese bitcoin exchanges are now moving to S. Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, etcetera. Singapore and Thailand have approved bitcoin trading.
When the Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange in Japan reported $480 million dollars worth of missing bitcoins (650,000 BTC) due to hacking, the exchange filed for bankruptcy. That hacking triggered the bitcoin price plunge from about $1,163 intra-day high in November 2013 to the January 2015 intra-day low of about $152 (per Bitstamp). Was that $152 intra-day low price the "despair" low point, therefore the bitcoin market bottom? Evidence suggests the Mt. Gox trustee Nobuaki Kobayashi has subsequently ignored the advice of Kraken.com CEO Jesse Powell, as well as reversed his own prior promises, and instead dumped thousands of bitcoins on the open market, thereby depressing the price. Self dealing (short selling?) market manipulation? Now in civil rehabilitation, creditors will be paid bitcoin. Regardless, long term bitcoin holders are patient. See: https://blockonomi.com/mt-gox-hack/ . Fundstrat Global Advisors’ Tom Lee states Mt. Gox selling is a short term concern, and does not change the positive long term fundamentals.
Ray Dalio is the founder the world's best and largest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates, with over $160 billion in assets under management. (It is interesting that he and all 1,700 of his employees practice Transcendental Meditation®.) See: http://www.tm.org. Dalio recommends gold investing, before the debt load implodes. See: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/ray-dalio-there-is-a-big-squeeze-coming-202511228.html. Is the U.S. total debt 72 trillion dollars, $220,000 for every American person, regardless of age, therefore not payable? See: https://www.rt.com/business/457603-us-soaring-debt-per-head/ OR, is the real U.S. debt a $400 trillion HOLE? See: https://www.rt.com/business/468658-us-debt-report-economy/. Billionaire Bill Gross, manager of the $1.5 billion Janus Global Unconstrained Bond Fund, states our financial system is like a "truckload of nitro glycerin on a bumpy road." Morgan Stanley Bank recently published a report calling bitcoin “a gold mine for institutional investors.” Good enough for individual investors, presumably. "He who owns the bitcoins makes the rules"?
JP Morgan Chase Bank CEO Jamie Dimon sometimes announces bitcoin is a bubble, fraud, etcetera; then his bank buys bitcoin at lower prices upon the resulting selloff (Dimon's daughter is a bitcoin buyer, and he admits the price may go to $100,000). One EU jurisdiction has Dimon under criminal investigation for market manipulation: https://www.thestreet.com/story/14322661/1/jp-morgan-ceo-jamie-dimon-bitcoin-market-abuse-swedish-firm.html. However, in March 2018 Dimon reversed course and obeyed federal law, in the bank's "full disclosure" report to the SEC and potential bank investors, stating bitcoin was a threat to the bank's business model (e.g., could put the bank out of business). Likewise, the Bank of America made a similar statement. Since 2010, JP Morgan Bank has paid fines of $28.7 billion for financial crimes like predatory lending and mortgage fraud resulting in the economic crash of 2008. Bankster-victimized homeowners cannot apply for those funds, which are mostly divided among federal agencies and the military. Why should the Justice Department jail the geese that lay the golden eggs? See: http://graphics.wsj.com/bank-fines-where-did-the-money-go/#secondStory. In December 2017 allegations arise against several such large banks for ongoing money laundering of human trafficking, drug trafficking, and terrorist armaments money. See: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/03/opinion/how-bankers-help-drug-traffickers-and-terrorists.html. Also: https://news.bitcoin.com/government-funded-drug-trafficking-makes-usd-the-worlds-dirtiest-currency/. And: https://news.bitcoin.com/big-banks-money-laundering-ubs-fined-danske-shuts-down/, also: https://news.bitcoin.com/how-the-worlds-leading-banks-help-launder-2-trillion-a-year/ and: “Anti-Bitcoin Banks Paid Over $243 Billion in Criminal Fines Since the Financial Crisis," see: https://bitcoinist.com/bank-fines-243-billion-bitcoin/.
Max Keiser replies: "To say bitcoin is fraudulent would be like saying gold is fraudulent. Some might say this, but no rational person would agree." John McAfee replies to JPMorgan CEO Dimon: "It costs $1000 to mine 1 bitcoin. (Now much higher). What does it cost to print US dollar? which one is the fraud?" #bitcoinpic.twitter.com/SyWzaEOzhS Meanwhile, Wall Street wants in on the bitcoin profits. See: https://news.bitcoin.com/first-soros-now-rockefellers-move-into-cryptocurrency/.
John McAfee @officialmcafee (Twitter): "We are in a revolution against the waning power of governments and bankers. Their only weapon is sowing fear. If you give into that fear, then it impedes and delays our inevitable victory. Cryptocurrencies are not crashing. They are bending against the impotent wind of the past." From 2010 to 2019 news articles have declared bitcon “dead,” 375 times, yet its economic fundamentals get stronger every day. Historically it has had several profit taking selloffs in price, from which it has always made historic bull runs, growth spurts.
Keiser continues: "US dollar, stocks, bonds, and property are all in bubbles. Bitcoin (and gold) are underpriced vs. these other assets that are in bubbles. Bitcoins are very cheap vs. government bonds - that are trading at multi-hundred-year highs - for example." Economist and Bitcoin Foundation founding director Jon Matonis states : “To the people who say bitcoin's a bubble, I would say bitcoin is the pin that's going to pop the bubble… The bubble is the insane bond markets and the fake equity markets that are propped up by the central banks. Those are the bubbles.” New York University’s “Dean of Valuation,” Aswath Damodaran, asserts that Bitcoin is a true currency and not a fraud, and bitcoin supersedes gold as a store of value: http://www.coindesk.com/people-trust-cryptocurrencies-gold-says-wall-street-dean-valuation. Saifedean Ammous: "Bitcoin is the most advanced and best form of money ever invented." "It has already increased 18 million percent in ten years". Read his The Bitcoin Standard textbook: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36448501-the-bitcoin-standard. Bitcoin Standard quotes: https://twitter.com/ydemombynes/status/985560599248756736.
Bitcoin's popularity around the world is rising, with more and more businesses accepting the currency. Approximately 260,000 Japanese food establishments and retail locations are currently accepting bitcoin as payment for goods and services. Over 1,500 restaurants in Denmark accept bitcoin payment. Bitcoin automatic teller machines (ATMs, or BTMs?) are now cropping up in some countries, and about 38% are two-way, accepting both the national currency to buy bitcoins, and accept bitcoins to get cash. The U.S. has about 2,355 BTMs as of November, 2018; with about 4,000 worldwide. In the U.S., "You'll Soon Be Able To Buy Bitcoin at the Grocery Store." See: http://fortune.com/2019/01/18/buy-bitcoin-grocery-store-coinstar/, and: https://www.coindesk.com/2000-more-us-grocery-stores-enable-bitcoin-buying-at-coinstar-machines. Every train station in Switzerland has a BTM, and soon, every Austrian post office. Bitcoin is payment for public transportation in 37 Argentine cities. Australians can now buy bitcoins in 1,200 newsstands throughout the country. All 10,000 French tobacco shops can sell bitcoin in 2019. See: https://www.rt.com/business/419158-switzerland-embraces-bitcoin-cryptocurrencies-ico/ Click here to find a bitcoin ATM near you: https://coinatmradar.com/bitcoin-atm-near-me/.
An ETF (exchange traded fund) example is a security that trades in a commodity, tracking the price, such as corn, gold, or oil, etc. An application for an ETF by Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss (the same twins who originated the Facebook idea), was denied twice. Although centralized, such an ETF should bring substantially more institutional money into buying bitcoin, and thus a bullish price rally. According to Cameron Winklevoss's forecast, bitcoin’s price could someday grow to as much as $340,000 with a market cap of $7 trillion. The twins' Gemini bitcoin exchange deserves a look regarding security of digital currency, as they offer qualified insurance. For security, bitcoin exchanges hold the majority of currency offline in 'cold storage.' However, Gemini promotes government regulation over customer privacy.
Magester Advisors released their research that suggested bitcoin would be the world's sixth largest reserve currency by 2030. If so, how much would each bitcoin be worth? Ronnie Moas of Standpoint Research states that "... a fraction of the world’s $200 trillion in stocks, bonds, gold, and cash will eventually make its way into bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies over the next 10 years. Moas thinks cryptos will be used as a payment system in emerging economies, and a store of value elsewhere. Cryptocurrencies then establish themselves as an asset class that mainstream investment advisers pitch to clients, he says. This scenario takes bitcoin’s market value from $225 billion today to $1 trillion. Overall, he believes cryptocurrencies will reach $2 trillion as they go to 4% of global investment assets', Moas says." The Ronnie Moas end of 2019 BTC price prediction: $28,000. "The Bitcoin industry and cryptocurrency market are growing at an exponential rate and if such growth rate can be sustained in the mid to long-term, the market cap of Bitcoin will be able to break the $1 trillion mark." See: http://www.newsbtc.com/2017/10/18/bitcoin-much-better-fiat-says-billionaire-investor-tim-draper/. Also: (Twitter) @RonnieMoas: "I dont care if bitcoin is not the fastest or cheapest. I'm buying & holding something that 300 mln people will be trying to get their hands on two years from now & there will only be a few mln available for sale. That mind-boggling supply/demand imbalance will drive $BTC to $100K." IBM (International Business Machines) blockchain leader Jesse Lund states bitcoin will be worth $1 million: https://cointelegraph.com/news/bitcoin-will-hit-1-million-says-ibms-vp-of-blockchain-jesse-lund.
If you buy even just one bitcoin for all cash now, or even a fraction of a bitcoin, like .01, for a long term holding, be sure to list it in your last will and testament. Perhaps reference a safety deposit box number? Clues in your will to find hidden treasure?
The National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations (NASDAQ), the world's second largest stock market after the New York Stock Exchange, has prototype software for securities transactions that uses the bitcoin blockchain technology. Currently, a stock purchase or sale takes two business days to close, besides the next step of actually transferring the funds. Using the blockchain technology, both steps occur immediately, and the data is, itself, the money. The Governor of China's Central Bank, Zhou Xiaochuan has stated that digital currencies will inevitably replace cash. Some countries are working on their own digital currencies. However, read this great article regarding bitcoin's superiority over the central banks' digital currency attempts: http://www.coindesk.com/central-bank-fail-digital-currency/ . Officials at the Swiss National Bank confirm that private digital currency like bitcoin is superior to any attempt by any national bank to create their own digital currency. The head of Germany’s central bank, Jens Weidmann, states that central bank digital currencies could weaken financial systems and make bank runs faster, and worse. In 2018 Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed: 'By definition, neither Russia, nor any other country can have their own crypto ... cryptocurrency goes beyond national borders.' One year later: https://www.coindesk.com/russias-largest-bank-is-quitting-central-banks-blockchain-project. Vladislav Ginko of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration: "US sanctions may be mitigated only through Bitcoin use. Because of US sanctions, Russia’s elite is forced to dump US assets and US dollars and invest hugely into Bitcoins. The central bank of Russia sits on $466 billion of reserves and has to diversify..." US sanctions were imposed in 2014, and as of April 2019 the Russian ruble is down 100 percent against the dollar. Bitcoin, on the other hand, is up 1000 percent against the USD during the same period.
In early 2015 one friend was considering a long term holding of bitcoin, so I suggested he use 'dollar cost averaging' (scaling in purchases) to accumulate a position. See: https://medium.com/@homeytel/dollar-cost-averaging-update-ae81204ae272. For example, he could make first of the month (cash) purchases of bitcoin between $200 and $300 per bitcoin, and those prices were available in 2015. He might never get the exact low price, but overall he might have an average cost of approximately $250 per bitcoin. If the price went back up to the "old" intra-day high (http://www.bitstamp.net exchange) of $1,145 per bitcoin, he would be a happy investor. Technical chart analysts love the idea of the price 'returning to the old high', the 'all time high' or ATH. Given the price surge In November 2017, I advised him that one profit taking idea is to sell when the daily price goes below the previous week's low, i.e., at sell stop order at $14,676, which was hit on 12/21/2017. I had not yet discovered the average BTC price growth rate of Pi over the previous nine years, or I could have suggested scaling out profits starting around the $19,500 area. See the weekly BTC price chart showing the Relative Strength Index (RSI) values: 90.22 on the week ending 12/16/2017; and 28.91 on the week beginning 12/09/2018.
Once in your bitcoin account, sending BTC is as simple as copying and pasting the send-to address window provided, such as this author's favorite bitcoin address: 3AVP4AFmMD7rqJpRHxD7XJSCv5E5Cb6wrH then enter the amount in fractions (decimals) of a bitcoin, such as .01, or 1 or more bitcoins, then click send. Or, spend (buying) is similar. Or transfer between your own bitcoin addresses. Done. It is as easy as text messaging on a cellphone. It is similar to online banking, moving dollars from checking to savings, etc. Some people have said it is as easy as sending an email. See also: http://www.bitcoin.org.
The European Union has fully licensed the bitcoin exchange http://www.bitstamp.net, effective July, 2016. No "seminar" or "webinar" is needed to open a bitcoin account, just log onto an exchange site and complete the sign-up instructions. Such exchanges offer trading and spot market investing for cash. Bitstamp also provides cashing in your bitcoins for currency or gold coins.
This model below is reportedly based on the stock-to-flow ratio, which compares the amount of a commodity in circulation divided by the amount that is produced on a yearly basis. “The Stock to flow model … the best valuation model for Bitcoin so far… implies that Bitcoin will be worth around $100k from May 2020.” (see @100trillionUSD on twitter)
This is a weekly high/low/close logarithmic price chart.
Bill Gates has stated about bitcoin: "Bitcoin is exciting because it shows how cheap it can be . . . in the future, financial transactions will eventually be digital, universal and almost free." "Bitcoin is better than currency." Did Warren Buffet "correct" him? Gates now states he would like to sell BTC short. Click here to see how cheap it is to move wealth via bitcoin: https://bitcoinist.com/whale-moves-212000-million-for-57-cents-using-bitcoin/. The average bitcoin transaction fee in January 2019 costs about 25 cents. If one bitcoin is worth $10,000, then .0001 bitcoin is worth $1.00.
Bitcoin's Natural Average Growth Rate: Pi?
(X - Time): 3.14; (Y - Price): 1
Traditional economists shake their heads, wondering what value is behind it. Bitcoin's creators and supporters consider it a liberating medium of exchange, not subject to the whims of central banks that print excess money. Bitcoin's magic inherent value is called belief that it will be more beneficial than fiat currency. Fiat means national paper currencies like the dollar and yen that governments print per the desires of the wealthy elite, regardless of the effects on the majority of the people. Fiat money like the U.S. dollar is not backed by precious metals, but rather backed by the taxpayers. Historically, fiat money has a reputation for becoming worthless within an average of 27 years. The dollar's buying power in 2018 is about 2 percent of its 1913 value. See: https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/CUUR0000SA0R. To quote former U.S. Senator and Secretary of State Daniel Webster: "Of all the contrivances devised for cheated the laboring classes of mankind, none has been more effective than that which deludes him with paper money." The oldest currency, the British pound, is now worth .5% of its original value. Stacy Herbert (@stacyherbert): "In 1970, the average annual salary in America equaled 159 ounces of gold per year. Today that average salary is 41 ounces of gold per year." Also: "Bitcoin is the restoration of the laws of financial physics." The Keiser Report, RT.com.
Libertas (Liberty) Aequitas (Equality) Veritas (Truth)
Also, see the price analysis on bitcoin's 'Golden Ratio Multiplier," by Philip Swift @PositiveCrypto; https://medium.com/@positivecrypto/the-golden-ratio-multiplier-c2567401e12a. Is it raining Pi? Also: 'The Moon' by Carl, one example from 05/11/2019: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4HqXEBqAfw. Historically, will these BTC prices be buying opportunities that save pensions, even with just a 1% asset allocation into bitcoin? See: https://thebitcoinnews.com/1-bitcoin-99-cash-portfolio-outperforms-gold-bonds-sp-500/. Arthur Hayes, CEO of bitcoin exchange BitMEX, predicted a potential BTC price drop to the $3,000 area or lower in 2019, thus a good buying opportunity for the LONG TERM INVESTOR. As of April 8, 2019 Murad Mahmudov believes the odds indicate the 2019 bitcoin low price is behind us, with a 2023 top above $100,000. See: https://twitter.com/MustStopMurad. Others believe the bitcoin price already bottomed out at the $3,200 area in 2018, another predicted 2019 low by Tyler Jenks (hyperwave theory) is $1,000, but eventually $10,000,000. Per bitcoin analyst and author Willy Woo the 2019 low was probably January 28th, ~ $3,375 area, therefore very bullish for the long term. See Tone Vays YouTube bitcoin video (on 03/16/2019, 53 minutes into video for Willy Woo), who on May 13, 2019 further declared it was 99% sure the 2018 bear market bottom was around the $3,200 area, thus 99% sure the next bull market is underway. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wojORjWyPvU . Mati Greenspan also provides bitcoin technical analysis on YouTube, see: https://twitter.com/MatiGreenspan. “Though are are things that governments and banks can do to slow Bitcoin down, there is nothing they can do to kill it. Think about Nixon's war on on drugs. It only made things worse.” — Mati Greenspan (@MatiGreenspan) July 12, 2019
Bitcoin exchanges and wallets do not necessarily operate in all U.S. states. Also, when considering doing business with a bitcoin exchange, attempt estimation of how long it will take to buy the bitcoins and what price you might get under current market conditions, and how long it takes to get your bitcoins or cash transferred to another place, and the cost. For example, see one European exchange's fees: https://www.bitstamp.net/fee_schedule/ .
Unemployed or underemployed people can make vague references to many of these bitcoin attributes, and other prospective benefits mentioned herein, without specifying bitcoin, as part of their informative email to potential bitcoin adult buyers. About 71% of bitcoin owners are male, mostly under age 40, and computer savvy. See: https://medium.com/futuresin/bitcoin-is-a-young-mans-game-99b8679f8c56. See also: “How Women Could Send Bitcoin to the Moon," http://fortune.com/2018/04/27/bitcoin-price-cryptocurrency-women-meltem-demirors/. Also: https://news.bitcoin.com/womens-interest-in-crypto-trading-has-doubled-uk-exchange-reveals/. Given that the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the SEC considers BTC a commodity, it would be akin to a person making a recommendation that the relative or friend buy a bushel of corn to benefit from any potential profit, such as during a famine. The email would ask, if the sender revealed the actual underlying vehicle (BTC) idea to the potential BTC buyer would that person email back a percentage of any new high gross profits to the email sender, for as long as the buyer owns the vehicle? If the prospective BTC buyer agreed to comply with this 'gifting back' scenario, in order to know the identity of the actual underlying instrument (BTC), the sender could then email this website address https://federalbitcoininvestment.com, or https://bitcoinfun.net, to the prospective BTC buyer. Consider educating the person, walking them through the purchase, and giving ongoing information. If subsequently persuaded to buy bitcoins, would the BTC adult buyer pay the BTC educator 25% or even 10% of the total gross new high profits (preferably paid in bitcoins, for example) to the educator's bitcoin address, monthly or quarterly? Setting aside the issue of 'legally enforceable contract,' maybe the honor system itself would work for some people (and thereby avoid complications.) If a friend fails to pay, replace them with a better friend? IRS regulations exempt from income tax a maximum gift of $15,000 per year. https://news.bitcoin.com/gifting-bitcoin-is-one-way-a-person-can-avoid-paying-crypto-taxes/ If the payments started in July 2010 at .08 (8 cents) per bitcoin, each $100 payment (1,250) bitcoins would be worth over 7 million dollars as of a June 24, 2018 bitcoin price of about $5,900 per bitcoin.
From technocracy.news: Nearly 80% of all transactions in Germany are made with paper currency, putting Europe’s economic engine in direct conflict with the vision coming out of Brussels ... The spillover effect has affected new forms of investment, like Bitcoin, which witnessed an astronomical rise over the last months and has been brought back into the discussion as a viable alternative to fiat currencies.'
Max Keiser of RT's Keiser Report offers a different view on the subject. "The problem describing bitcoin is twofold. First, you have to throw out what you think you know about money. Second, you have to become moderately fluent in a few technologies. The beauty of bitcoin is that as the price of bitcoin rises, more people are incentivized to tackle the learning curve out of self-interest. When the price was $3 - when Keiser Report first covered bitcoin - you could afford to ignore it. But as price heads to $5,000 and higher, you can't afford to ignore the technology and accept the fact that your preconceptions about money are probably wrong," https://www.rt.com/business/399761-bitcoin-overhyped-dangerous/?utm_source=spotim&utm_medium=spotim_recirculation&spotim_referrer=recirculation
"The cryptocurrencies are a statement of faith in a new community of entrepreneurial cosmopolitans who hold themselves above national governments, which are viewed as the drivers of a long train of inequality and war.” Robert Shiller, Nobel Prize Winner, Economics See: https://news.bitcoin.com/niall-ferguson-tells-bank-of-england-bitcoin-is-financial-system-of-the-future/
“Every informed person needs to know about Bitcoin because it might to be one of the world’s most important developments.” Leon Louw, Nobel Laureate nominee
“I think the Internet is going to be one of the major forces for reducing the role of government. The one thing that’s missing, but that will soon be developed, is a reliable e-cash.” Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize Winner, Economics
“Bitcoin is a technological tour de force” Bill Gates, Microsoft Co-Founder
"Bitcoin and other privacy focused and decentralized crypto currencies are the biggest innovation of my lifetime. They literally take the power and control of money out of the hands of government and into the hands of people that use it." --- Charlie Shrem, early bitcoin investor and entrepreneur
Malta To United Nations: Cryptocurrency Is ‘Inevitable Future Of Money’.
Daniel Krawisz, a co-founder of the Satoshi Nakamoto Institute, has written that Bitcoin-induced currency demonetization, or hyperbitcoinization is what would occur should any hapless currency stand in bitcoin’s path of total world domination, resulting in a bitcoin price of $100,000,000 (one hundred million dollars). See: . https://news.bitcoin.com/hyperbitcoinization-bitcoin-100mil-per-coin-2030/.“Bitcoin is the monetary black hole that will gobble up all fiat…” Max Keiser. See also: https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/op-ed-how-fiat-could-fall-and-bitcoin-could-soar. Meanwhile, according to a Yale economics study, at least 6% of total investment portfolio assets should be in bitcoin, whether or not the investor is enthusiastic about digital currency. See: https://bitcoinist.com/new-yale-study-every-portfolio-must-include-at-least-6-bitcoin/ Also: https://thebitcoinnews.com/yale-university-invests-in-400-million-crypto-funds/
Another popular bitcoin exchange is http://www.kraken.com, in San Francisco since 2011. It is entrusted by Japan as the trustee for the Mt. Gox claims, and has been given a top score for security.
BTC investor Roger Ver states: "We all wish we could have invested in Bitcoin when it was worth 10 or 25 cents per coin, as it is now worth $370/bitcoin (as of 9 Feb 2016). $100 investment at 25 cents/bitcoin would be a handsome $148,000 today. So, is it too late to invest in Bitcoin? I don’t know–is it too late to get involved in the internet?"
With growing acceptance of cryptocurrencies in Germany, as well as in Asian countries like Japan and Singapore, the banking industry will be forced to keep pace with the new financial technology world. Consider a recent (June 30, 2017) statement by Antony Jenkins, the former CEO of Barclay's Bank, quoted from bitcoin.com: "This is just in the footprints of what's going to happen here. As these technologies season and develop, we can imagine total transformation of the banking system, using Blockchain for example, in a world where banks don't really exist anymore." See also: https://www.cryptocoinsnews.com/lending-app-micromoney-aims-to-bring-2-billion-unbanked. The popularity of virtual currencies is undeniable, which means that even if these bigger institutions aren’t interested, others most definitely are. President of the Crypto Valley Association in Switzerland, Oliver Bussmann, has said that “more and more bankers are coming in,” hoping to capitalize on the lucrative gap left by their larger counterparts. http://bitcoinist.com/europe-small-banks-crypto-big-banks/.
$1,163 on 11/30/2013
$2 on 10/11/2011
$20,000 on 12/16/2017
Max Keiser continues: "Bitcoin has intrinsic value the same way a gold mine has intrinsic value. When you own bitcoin, you own a piece of a network that, like a gold mine, has intrinsic value," Keiser explains. "This is a bit misleading in that gold supply is worth trillions and bitcoin is worth billions. The real question is, what price would bitcoin need to get to the equal value of gold. The answer is, well into the $100,000 per bitcoin. Will it get there? I think so, yes." Slide forward to minute 13:50 to view Max Keiser’s guest “Vortex” to get his enthusiastic overview of the various strengths of bitcoin. See: https://www.rt.com/shows/keiser-report/443405-us-plutocracy-corporate-elite/. @maxkeiser
"#Bitcoin can peacefully euthanize the Fed. It’s the humane thing to do. Delaying the inevitable is cruel." The Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) states the bitcoin price must hit about $213,000 to replace the U.S. money supply.
WHAT bear market? On the monthly high/low/close bitcoin price bar chart below, dated 05/03/2019, bitcoin has never liked going below its 50 month moving average price (the yellow line). See also: https://bitcoinist.com/bitcoin-price-never-bear-market/.
Thanks to Murad Mahmudov for the above Bitcoin Growth of Market Capitalization. See: https://twitter.com/MustStopMurad. See also: See: https://cryptonews.com/news/50-positive-catalysts-on-bitcoin-s-horizon-by-murad-mahmudov-4652.htm.
“Bitcoin has outperformed USD by 23,440,508% since it started being priced in USD.”
Lowest Annual Bitcoin Price:
2012, $4; 2013, $65; 2014, $200; 2015, $185; 2016, $365; 2017, $780; 2018, $3200.
Once you have paid a small purchase fee, like .25%, subsequent transferring the BTC to a different account is electronic, and cheap. The SWIFT bank wire transfer of money can take from 2 to 10 days, depending on the situation, and cost between $20 and $65 U.S. dollars for small amounts. Transferring $100,000 could cost $4,000. Transfering bitcoin (when initiated from the wallet) only takes a few minutes in 2019, and on average costs about 25 cents. The blockchain computer network needs to do the verifications. Price chart links: https://bitcoincharts.com/charts/bitstampUSD#rg60ztgSzm1g10zm2g25zv and https://bitcoinwisdom.io/markets/bitstamp/btcusd. Also see https://tradingview.com. A table of current price activity of most of the major bitcoin markets: https://www.bitcoincharts.com/markets/. Also: https://coinmarketcap.com/coins/.
Scared money usually loses. Long term holders, sometimes misspelled as "hodlers," are not scared into selling. One poll suggests many bitcoin holders will not sell until the bitcoin price reaches $200,000. Long term holders may benefit by assigning someone else to report the annual bitcoin closing price thereby minimizing the fetish of keeping daily track of it, which can lead to selling before the recommended minimum 5 year holding term. The issue is not whether the price has doubled or halved today, but rather is the long term trend upward. HODL BTC to secure a future for children? “And its trend has been to grow at 235% compound annual growth rate … that (projection) put Bitcoin at $42,000 at the end of 2019…” See: https://oracletimes.com/new-bitcoin-btc-indicator-shows-that-btc-will-surge-to-370k/.
https://www.investing.com/news/cryptocurrency-news/cnbc-fast-moneys-brian-kelly-bitcoin-is-like-the-internet-in-the-1980s-1395370. “Bitcoin is going to ‘Amazon’ the banks. So, what do I mean by that? Bitcoin is a way to remove the third party from financial services, just like Amazon does to retail,” Kelly said. https://cryptovest.com/news/cnbcs-brian-kelly-loves-bitcoin-says-it-is-going-to-amazon-banks/
FederalBitcoinInvestment.com aka BitcoinTrustCurrency.com "Bitcoin is larger than Comcast, Boeing, Oracle, Pepsi, Citigroup, McDonalds, Netflix and Nike." See: https://www.newsbtc.com/2019/08/07/bitcoin-now-the-worlds-eleventh-largest-money-supply/
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: "Are banks doomed to eventually disappear? The answer is yes! Should this be done tomorrow and should it be done via bitcoin? That is a question."
Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States: "I am a big fan of Bitcoin … regulation of money supply needs to be depoliticized."
In a CNBC interview bitcoin venture capitalist Lou Kerner stated Bitcoin will be like Amazon.com which during the dot.com boom/bust was down in price by 95% for two years. Kerner says that Bitcoin is the greatest store of value ever created, and will surpass gold. Historically, over any two year period, long term bitcoin holders (“hodlers”) have always been rewarded. See: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/11/21/kerner-bitcoin-is-the-greatest-stored-value-ever-created.html
By automatically reducing in half the financial compensation for 'mining' new bitcoins, this 'halvening' or 'halving' effect is to emphasize the scarcity factor, with a tendency to thereby assist increasing the price. “Rekt Capital identifies that Bitcoin price rose over 13,000 percent following the first halving and 12,000 percent after the second. If Bitcoin was to rally by similar percentages from its current ~$10,000 price point, the eventual top may be between $385,000 and $425,000.” –newsbtc.com. See also: "$10 Million By 2023?" at: https://bitcoinist.com/bitcoin-trend-chart-predicts-2020-block-halving-could-be-massive-for-price/
Jake Chervinsky @jchervinsky (Twitter.com) is one of the primary authors of the New York state money transmitter law vis-a-vis bitcoin, the (onerous for business startups) "bitlicense." Regarding bitcoin and the banker's comparison to the Dutch tulip speculation craze/price crash in 1637 boom/bust, Chervinsky states: "Okay, let's compare bitcoin & tulips: Bitcoin is software enabling permissionless, trustless, censorship-resistant value transfer on a global scale. It has the qualities of great money: durable, portable, fungible, divisible & scarce. Tulips, on the other hand, are flowers."
One of the original bitcoin co-developers is Nick Szabo, who speaks of banks trying to imitate bitcoin: "JPM Coin and its near-twin the Petro lack the predominant source of value that distinguishes cryptocurrencies from bank money: trust minimization. "Bitcoin could survive a nuclear war." "Central banks will end up using bitcoin as a reserve currency.” Twitter: @NickSzabo4. See also: https://news.bitcoin.com/nick-szabo-central-banks-may-turn-to-cryptocurrency-reserves-over-gold/. Also: https://cointelegraph.com/news/central-banks-to-hedge-dollar-risks-with-bitcoin-pompliano-predicts.
DEBT IMPLOSION: See: "Economic recovery talk is smoke & mirrors as corporate debt bubble ready to bust ."– Richard Wolff, Published time: 16 Mar, 2019:
"Low interest rates allowed companies to borrow money at no cost. But instead of increasing productivity, the financing was used to drive up the cost of shares, setting the stage for imminent collapse." Prof. Richard Wolff told RT.
"US private corporate debt stands at a whopping $9 trillion, and that spells major trouble for the overheated economy as soon as recession sets in." Wolff said that unprecedentedly low interest rates are a scourge, not a blessing, for the US economy, as they only create the appearance of recovery, rather than contributing to growth in productivity.
“It’s a very dangerous place we’ve come to and that’s why all this talk of ‘recovery, recovery’ hides the fact that the things we did to look like we were recovering created the greater vulnerability than what we had in the first place.” Travis Kling, the chief investment manager of Ikigai Asset Management, agrees: "The trend in Bitcoin’s price flipped from bear to bull once the Fed said it would ease-off tightening and engage in permanent money printing (‘permanent QE’). This is wealth confiscation by the bank cartels to keep their insolvent balance sheets from imploding. The impact on Bitcoin and Gold will be moving to new ATH (all-time high) as safe-haven money pours in." See: https://bitcoinist.com/bitcoin-haven-fund-manager-kling/. See also: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/its-game-over-for-the-fed-as-the-central-banks-credibility-crumbles-2019-06-07?mod=MW_story_top_stories. The FBI needs to investigate the Federal Reserve Bank, the real bank robber, for stealing money from the many and giving it to the few, standard parasite procedure. Anthony Pompliano: [@APompliano] "REMINDER: When central banks cut rates and print more money, they are trying to make the rich richer by inflating asset prices. This literally steals wealth from those who are not rich and don’t own real assets." “Satoshi should win the Nobel Peace Prize... We finally have a currency that can assume global reserve status without anyone having to engage in violence.” “Now it is the most secure computing network in the world.” What should we do when we realize that for over two hundred years we have been paying the banks to steal our money and usurp our government? Buy bitcoin?
"Whoever controls the volume of money in our country is absolute master of all industry and commerce...when you realize that the entire system is very easily controlled, one way or another, by a few powerful men (Rothschild?) at the top, you will not have to be told how periods of inflation and depression originate." -- U.S. President James Garfield; like Presidents Lincoln, McKinley, and Kennedy: shot dead in public for opposing private banks issuing American money? Qui bono, who benefited? See: "All Wars Are Banker's Wars," https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JpYjxxfHyg. Also: https://www.academia.edu/13529283/War_Is_A_Racket_by_Major_General_Smedley_Butler_193 See also: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-10-30/why-do-we-have-wars. As with the Opium Wars in the 1800s, the recent Vietnam and current Afghanistan wars have been very successful in bringing poppies/opium/heroin to the world market. President Nixon was threatened with death if he stopped the Vietnam war/heroin export from the 'Golden Triangle', with some of the heroin shipped in caskets of dead American soldiers. Afghanistan now supplies 90% of the world's heroin market. See: ‘OPIUM’ REAL REASON FOR AFGHANISTAN WAR: Why Pat Tillman Was Killed / CIA Suiciding US Soldiers Overseas For Bankers …The Taliban Destroyed all the Poppy fields … This caused the US Bankers and New York Bankers, to lose $300 million a month in Drug Money." See: https://truedemocracyparty.net/2012/05/opium-war-reason-afghan-war-cia-killing-soldiers/. Also: "85 per cent of all drugs produced in Afghanistan are shipped out by US aircraft." https://presscore.ca/85-per-cent-of-all-drugs-produced-in-afghanistan-are-shipped-out-by-us-aircraft/. News reporters are NOT allowed to discuss the Bankster Warmonger Drug Cartel (BWDC); see: https://www.amazon.com/Kill-Messenger-Jeremy-Renner/dp/B00S8P0M3O. Is this why drug money bankers never go to jail? "U.S. Has Spent Six Trillion Dollars on Wars That Killed Half a Million People Since 9/11." -- Newsweek
"It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning. … The youth who can solve the money question will do more for the world than all the professional soldiers of history." --Henry Ford, inventor of the mass produced automobile.
"I had never thought the Federal Reserve Bank System would prove such a failure. The country is in a state of irretrievable bankruptcy." -- U.S. Senator Carter Glass, June 7, 1938
"The Federal Reserve (privately owned banks) are one of the most corrupt institutions the world has ever seen. …Every effort has been made by the Fed to conceal its power but the truth is, the Fed has usurped the government. It controls everything here and it controls all our foreign relations. It makes and breaks governments at will." -- Congressman Louis T. McFadden, 1933, Chairman, Banking and Currency Committee- Senator Louis T. McFadden (for 22 years Chairman of the U.S. Banking and currency Commission). See: https://topdocumentaryfilms.com/century-enslavement-history-federal-reserve/.
"Crooked? Criminal? Unconstitutional? Well, look around you today and see what the consummation of their (central bankers) activity at that time has accomplished, for right there began one of the blackest pages ever to be written into the history of our glorious country, binding our people link by link with a diabolical chain of economic slavery that can well be called the direct cause of all the grief, suffering, poverty, loss of homes, farms, business, and all the widespread unemployment we are laboring under today. Turn back and see what Thomas Jefferson, one of the men who helped to frame the Constitution, had to say about private banks issuing money." [Excerpt from the book: Lincoln Money Martyred, page 48]; http://libsysdigi.library.illinois.edu/oca/Books2008-08/lincolnmoneymart00butl/lincolnmoneymart00butl_djvu.txt
“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.” -- Thomas Jefferson, second President of the United States
In 1970 Henry Kissinger said: "Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control the people." See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Trial_of_Henry_Kissinger. F. William Engdahl's book Seeds of Destruction, among other issues, discusses food control through genetically modified organisms (GMO), 'frankenfood'. "Remember also, this cabal is one of many interconnected ones with fearsome power and ruthless intent to use it - Big Banks controlling the Federal Reserve and our money, Big Oil our world energy resources, Big Media our information, Big Pharma our health, Big Technology our state-of-the-art everything and watching us, Big Defense our wars, Big Pentagon waging them, and other corporate predators exploiting our lives for profit."
Central bankers have always used money printing and interest-rate-increase-and-decrease-induced-inflation and deflation-national-and-international-economic-booms-and-busts-with-attendant-wars, like a wave weapon of mass destruction that the targeted prey never understands. The greater the chaos, whether war or genocide or climate catastrophe, the more money and power they get. Use a search engine like Google using terms like “911 truth” and “911 inside job”. For example, see the articles and documentary links found under: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=911+truth&atb=v162-1&ia=web. Banksters succeed with drug trafficking money laundering by decoy tactics like focusing the discussion on digital currency regulation to prevent digital currency competition. The Japanese Yen is the most used currency for bitcoin trading, but 98% of money laundering cases in Japan have nothing to do with digital currency.
Why didn't our high school teachers warn us, so we would not ALL wind up in the lower economic class, or pre-maturely dead? Is it because most of the nation's high school text books are ordered following the lead of the neo-conservative Texas Board of Education/American Empire war propaganda machine? See: https://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/13/education/13texas.html. How the banksters may have caused U.S Civil War II and WW III: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WclYu5l4G0.
Has the Federal Reserve Bank been deliberately, with pre-meditated malice of forethought, for over 100 years, stealing our money, and thus our lives? “Central banks’ negative interest rates were supposed to increase spending, stop deflation and stimulate the economy. They may have done the exact opposite.” Bloomberg Economics @economics 08/2019. See some evidence charts below:
Expert pension fund managers buy Bitcoin to hedge against bond and stock market losses. To see an example of a White House petition to diversify 1% of Social Security trust funds into Bitcoin; click here: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/invest-one-percent-1-social-security-trust-funds-bitcoin-instead-us-treasury-bonds-avoid-excess-risk. Request made on 08/09/2018, $6,140 BTC closing price. See also https://news.bitcoin.com/two-us-public-pension-funds-back-new-40-million-crypto-vc/ .
Although past performance is no guarantee of future success, the future looks promising. In 2016 multi-billionaire bitcoin venture capitalist Tim Draper predicted a BTC price of $10,000 in 2018 (actually reached on 11/28/2017). When asked if he would sell bitcoin for dollars, he said: "Why would I sell the future for the past?" Also: “If I had a meeting with [Indian Prime Minister Narendra] Modi, I would have let him know he is making a huge mistake. [Bitcoin] should be the national currency.” “ It will set them back 40 years." See also: https://cointelegraph.com/news/expert-india-will-lose-an-almost-13-billion-market-by-banning-crypto. Draper suggests the same for the U.S. Also: "I’m Thinking $250,000 By 2023." Draper also states of Bitcoin “It's bigger than the Iron Age, the Renaissance. It's bigger than the Industrial Revolution .... (10 to 100 times bigger) than the internet." He states bitcoin will replace the US dollar in 5 years. “This is one of the best things that’s ever happened to us.” See: https://cointelegraph.com/news/tim-draper-says-bitcoin-is-bigger-than-the-industrial-revolution-in-debate-with-skeptics. "While the United States trends towards isolationism, it’s also opening the door to have the dollar supplanted by Bitcoin as the primary international currency of choice." --- Ken Jacobs, CEO of asset management firm Lazard. John McAfee, who has a math doctorate in point-set-topology, (also the creator of the first antivirus software), predicts bitcoin to be worth $1,000,000+ by the end of 2020. He states that is also due to U.S. dollar hyperinflation. McAfee states bitcoin is the most important invention since agriculture, the "saving grace of humanity." "Only an idiot could miss the fact that the crypto market is a brand new paradigm unto itself." @officialmcafee. Mark Yusko of Morgan Creek Capital calls bitcoin a digital gold store of value, and gold is an $8.4 trillion market, thus his eventual $400,000 bitcoin price prediction. “We believe bitcoin will be one of, if not the, largest network on the planet. We are in the middle of the greatest wealth opportunity … It’s beyond any of our imaginations.” See also: https://bitcoinist.com/study-suggests-scarcity-could-drive-bitcoin-prices-to-60000-by-may-2020/.
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Metcalfe’s Law: the value of a network is proportional to the square of the number of connected users of the system (n squared).
As you can see in the chart above, bitcoin is still in the early stages of growth.
Another bullish fundamental focuses on the superiority of bitcoin over gold. Thanks to the reddit contributor Anandagarg007 for this comparison chart:
This picture says a lot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThFGs347MW8. See also: https://medium.com/swlh/3-powerful-ways-crypto-is-completely-going-to-transform-our-lives-6dd392ed8a2c. All forms of social chaos speed up the rate of bitcoin adoption. To see a list of several bitcoin news online websites, click here: https://www.bitcoinmarketjournal.com/cryptocurrency-news-websites/ Antonopoulos: “We are looking at a new world in which three forces are going to be competing. Money of the people, money of the state, and money of the corporations.” U.S. Congressman Patrick McHenry on bitcoin: "The world that Satoshi Nakamoto envisioned and others are building is an unstoppable force.” In an interview with CNBC’s “Squawk Box”, McHenry stated bitcoin cannot be killed. “We should not attempt to deter this innovation; governments cannot stop this innovation, and those that have tried have already failed.” Also: https://bitcoinist.com/banking-committee-chairman-crapo-us-couldnt-ban-bitcoin/. Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong reacts to President Trump's bitcoin comments: “Achievement unlocked! I dreamt about a sitting U.S. president needing to respond to growing cryptocurrency usage years ago. ‘First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.’ We just made it to step 3 ..." See also: Bitcoin attorney, investor, and consultant Meltem Demirors: "Regulators are *always* going to use centralized intermediaries like exchanges to tax, pressure, and track bitcoin users. That's why non-custodial wallets and services are critical. Remove intermediaries. Remove choke points. Remove the ability to coerce and control." See her congressional testimony: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxhS8Bdddak. Michael J. Casey,chairman of CoinDesk’s advisory board and a senior adviser for blockchain research at MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative, states: ‘… a global regulatory backlash can’t kill the censorship-resistant bitcoin, the “Honeybadger of money.” [Unlike other animals who tire after a few minutes of combat, the fearless honey badger can engage in mortal combat for several hours.] See also: https://bitcoinist.com/andrew-yang-2020-president-bitcoin/, “Andrew Yang Is The Bitcoin-friendly U.S. 2020 Presidential Candidate.”
On May 16, 2011, @GregSchoen wrote: "I wish I had kept my 1,700 BTC @ $0.06 instead of selling them at $0.30, now that they’re $8.00!" In early August 2019, with the bitcoin price near $10,000, a Goldman Sachs Bank technical analyst suggested to its institutional investors that now is a good time to buy bitcoin. If you want bitcoin buying help, what computer user do you know and trust who will assist you?
Exchanges average price index:
Regarding the above bitcoin price prediction chart: "The highs of this new rush will reach as far as $50,000, and future races could bring Bitcoin as high as $250,000." See: https://bitcoinist.com/should-you-trust-scientists-with-market-predictions/
To help understand banksters, see: Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work, https://www.amazon.com/Snakes-Suits-When-Psychopaths-Work/dp/0061147893/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=snakes+and+suits&qid=1568564679&sr=8-1
Former Congressman and Presidential candidate Ron Paul states in his new paper "The Dollar Dilemma," just how bad the monetary system is today, and bitcoin can help fight the decaying global economy. See also:https://www.marketwatch.com/story/ron-paul-tax-free-crypto-could-help-avoid-a-fed-created-recession-2018-10-30?mod=hp_minor_pos21. He has been trying to abolish the Federal Reserve Bank (the Fed) for years. "The Federal Reserve should not exist." When one U.S. politician called for bitcoin to be banned, Ron Paul responded by calling him “just another Washington thug," and stated: "…the dollar is going to self-destruct.” A Ron Paul national poll result: bitcoin is the best investment for the future. See: https://bitcoinist.com/half-choose-bitcoin-ron-paul/
Christine Lagarde, the former Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), now President of the European Central Bank, warns a large-scale shift away from government currencies and into bitcoin could put bankers out of business; bitcoin is 'clearly shaking' the banking business. She praises digital currency and suggests it could transform the way people save and invest. See: https://bitcoinist.com/bitcoin-disrupting-traditional-banking-infrastructure/
Was former football star Pat Tillman killed for complaining about American soldiers guarding Afghan poppy fields? What would General Patton do if it happened to one of his men during World War II ?
If the U.S. debt load implodes (flash crash?), causing bank failures and U.S. dollar hyperinflation, people with assets like Bitcoin (aka BTC), gold, and silver will prosper (click here: http://www.usdebtclock.org/). To quote Microsoft former CEO Bill Gates: "Banking is necessary, banks are not." With bitcoin, be your own bank; un-confiscatable wealth. @maxkeiser: "Bitcoin will move 25 -30x faster to the upside than Gold as banks implode... At some point, the fiat (national currencies) world will just spontaneously combust." Analyst Willy Woo: half of the world population will own bitcoin by 2025." Buy at least a fraction of a bitcoin? See: https://cointelegraph.com/news/safeway-shoppers-can-now-get-bitcoin-back-as-change-at-894-us-stores.
This website (best viewed with the Chrome, Opera, Brave or Firefox browser) is intended for informational and entertainment purposes only; opinions, which can change, not giving advice. Per your preference JUST READ THE TEXT FOR NOW, view the video and other links later. Some analysts are scaling in monthly purchases, anticipating a possible bitcoin bottoming out price in 2019. To avoid U.S. economic sanctions, Russia has an internal debate about investing $10 billion of their $466 billion U.S. assets and U.S. dollars to buy bitcoin (BTC). See: “Russians Bought $8.6 Billion in Bitcoin, Says Kremlin Economist.” [Once the camel's nose is under the tent ... ?] “… increasing US sanctions will make impossible to do international transactions as usual so they purchase bitcoin as a way to circumvent US sanctions… According to Ginko, BTC will top $2 million by the end of 2019.” Click here to read the article: https://bitcoinist.com/russia-bitcoin-kremlin-economist/
When you sign into your bitcoin account (similar to logging into your email account), the above is an example of what a bitcoin withdrawal screen looks like when you want to transfer bitcoin from one address to another. Each bitcoin DESTINATION ADDRESS (aka 'hash') is unique, encrypted by 34 characters: numbers, capital letters, and lower case letters. If the above bitcoin address belonged to a merchant, imagine that you are spending 0.10 bitcoin to buy something worth $378.10 in U.S. dollars, because the current market price of bitcoin is $3,781.00. (However, if a merchant allows it, consider sending a small amount of bitcoin to test the success of that transfer before sending the larger amount). Then click the REVIEW WITHDRAWAL button to go to the next popup screen, Step 2, then click CONFIRM to send the bitcoin to the address shown. Use your wallet; or to use the public blockchain to check the transfer status, copy the bitcoin address, and insert it into the blockchain.com search window: click here: https://www.blockchain.com/explorer. Bitcoin privacy is enhanced if you use a new destination address each time, available with hardware wallets (see below). See also: https://news.bitcoin.com/how-to-outwit-blockchain-analysis-and-conceal-your-coins/
Have a piece of Bitcoin Pi:
"So, cryptocurrencies in general give us a stable medium through which we can communicate our information about values and prices in a way that no government mandarin (bureaucrat) can distort or usurp. For the predators who have used our central institutions to predate on the rest of humanity, it’s a very bad development." A statement from former Overstock CEO, Patrick Byrne, quoted from: https://thedailycoin.org/2017/07/31/patrick-byrne-cryptocurrencies-matter/ Another John McAfee quote: “You can’t stop things like Bitcoin. It will be everywhere and the world will have to readjust. World governments will have to readjust." Max Keiser again: “If Satoshi had released Bitcoin 10 years earlier, 9/11 would never have happened." "The first government that takes #Bitcoin to pay taxes wins."
Bitcoin YouTuber Sunny Decree states the price of bitcoin is basically a function of the same human emotion that characterizes all market psychology, greed and fear effects on price variations, per the chart below. See his video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXhbV3r3gng, and more recently, the YouTube 22 minute video of Saifedean Ammous explaning bitcoin strength: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFbXhTky2T4&pbjreload=10. See also:https:// saifedean.com.
One friend said he was worried about buying bitcoin, given the contrary opinion of vested economic interests. Andreas Antonopoulos states the greatest threat to bitcoin is not governments. China can terminate bitcoin trading, but that just forces the business elsewhere. Will China have good luck with its own digital renminbi (yuan)? In September 2017 the President of European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, stated: “(It is) not within our power to prohibit or regulate bitcoin”, yet some EU bankers want bitcoin taxed out of existence. This time, the will of We the People will prevail. See below: "'EU crackdown on bitcoin is attempt to protect banks." https://www.rt.com/news/413517-bitcoin-cryptocurrency-eu-crackdown/. See also: https://news.bitcoin.com/worlds-biggest-banks-helped-clients-steal-63-billion-in-taxes-in-europe/.
If any threat to bitcoin at all, perhaps one of the other digital currencies. Like what, bcash? A Microsoft report states it used the wrong approach to speed up b-cash transactions. Ethereum? The more complicated the software, the more attack vectors, and the easier it is to hack (thus the superiority of bitcoin?) See: https://news.bitcoin.com/report-claims-34000-ethereum-smart-contracts-vulnerable-bugs/ Maybe one that is not yet created? Could it compete with the burgeoning bitcoin industry, such as comparing transaction volume? The Amazon.com founder, Jeff Bezos, the wealthiest man in the world, wrote a book entitled: "Get Big Fast." Bitcoin is getting big fast. Bitcoin is battle hardened.
Andreas Antonopoulos advises: "Ignore the drama, bitcoin is stronger than ever." Another of his #LondonReal interviews: THE FUTURE OF MONEY: How Bitcoin & Blockchain Become The World’s Currency - Part 1/2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aILeOqZEwY (46 minutes). His website: https://antonopoulos.com/. Antonopoulos believes bitcoin will eventually absorb the functions of all the other digital currencies (also known as alternative coins, or "alt-coins.") He also cautions that an exchange traded fund (BTC ETF) only tracks price, is not BTC ownership, and could emphasize store of value over the currency (payment) feature, slowing down the widespread adoption of BTC as currency. Again, Your Keys, Your Bitcoin--Not Your Keys, Not Your Bitcoin. Hard wallet keys are PIN (several personal identification numbers, digits), backed up with a series of private seed words. He states: “Investing in education is always the best way to approach this technology. Education is rewarding, fulfilling, low risk and timeless.”
https://cointelegraph.com/press-releases/andreas-antonopoulos-to-teach-certified-btc-prof-prep-course-in-denver. Also, as BTC owners sell to buy goods and services, the fair redistribution of wealth will take care of itself. Jameson Lopp (@lopp) August 13, 2019: "The number of bitcoin addresses holding 1 billionth of the money supply (about 0.018 BTC / $200) is at an all-time high."
"RT: Under the new EU legislation on tightening regulation, are governments trying to discredit users of cryptocurrencies by labeling them all as ‘money launderers’?" [Author's note: the short answer is, yes, and "tax evaders". Even after our leaders betray We the People, McAfee says don't worry about it because the bureaucrats don't have the manpower to enforce it. See: https://thebitcoinnews.com/totally-absurd-new-fatf-rules-to-turn-bitcoin-exchanges-into-banks/. See also: https://fortune.com/2018/02/21/government-forfeiture-bitcoin-auction/.]
"If we have something that decentralizes the money supply and threatens the business model of the banks, there’s going to be pushback against it," claims former (British) MI5 intelligence officer Annie Machon ... "It is inevitable. Any crackdown on our rights of privacy on the internet always has an excuse that it is trying to stop money laundering or trying to stop terrorism or pedophiles or whatever." Adds Paul Rosenberg: "So many banks have been caught out money laundering on vast scales and have received vast fines for laundering gray and black money from particularly the drug trade. Perhaps, we should say that the EU should close down our banks, too ... What this really boils down to at the end of the line is the coercive institutions of the past being threatened by the voluntary institutions of the future." See: "Deutsche Bank Gets Raided After Calling Bitcoin a Risk for Criminal Activity." https://bitcoinist.com/deutsche-bank-raided-bitcoin/. Also: @zerohedge “Bank Run: Deutsche Bank Clients Are Pulling $1 Billion A Day.” https://news.bitcoin.com/leaked-transactions-banks-billion-money-laundering/, and: https://bitcoinist.com/bitcoin-force-against-banks-laundering-2-trillion-per-year. Also: https://www.theguardian.com/global/2009/dec/13/drug-money-banks-saved-un-cfief-claims. At a recent (June 2018) conference of the world's central bankers, the question came up as to whether bitcoin was a threat to the government fiat currencies. The answer was no, as long as the people retain confidence in those currencies. Why should they have such confidence? In the event of a bank run on such ‘too big to fail’ banks like JP Morgan, Wells Fargo, and Goldman Sachs; only the first two percent of customers can get their money out. The worldwide industry standard fractional reserve system often only requires 2% of customer's deposits to be retained in the bank. That enables 98% of the people’s deposits to be lent out to others, such as the military industrial complex. If peace broke out, the world economy would be transformed with a redistribution of wealth. The bankster fractional reserve system is a pyramid or ‘ponzi scheme’, and such frauds always fail. See the greatest theft in history, the Federal Reserve Bank: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQUhJTxK5mA. Bitcoin might not absorb all paper currencies very soon, as there will be co-existence depending upon time, place, and circumstances.
Or, just a 3 X 1 Gann angle channel?
"The NYSE's Owner Wants to Bring Bitcoin to Your 401(k). Are Crypto Credit Cards Next? Backed by Microsoft and Starbucks, Intercontinental Exchange is launching a startup called Bakkt to make the cryptocurrency safe for your retirement fund, and maybe for retail, too." [By Shawn Tully, August 3, 2018]
"Bitcoin could be on the verge of breaking through as a mainstream currency. At least that’s the goal of a startup that is soon to be launched by one of the most powerful players on Wall Street, with backing from some of America’s leading companies. This morning Intercontinental Exchange—the trading colossus that owns the New York Stock Exchange and other global marketplaces—announced that it is forming a new company called Bakkt. The new venture, which is expected to launch in November, will offer a federally regulated market for Bitcoin. With the creation of Bakkt, ICE aims to transform Bitcoin into a trusted global currency with broad usage." See: http://fortune.com/longform/nyse-owner-bitcoin-exchange-startup/.
"Intercontinental Exchange, the operator of 23 global exchanges including the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), has announced plans to launch an 'open and regulated' global digital asset ecosystem, as well as one-day physically delivered Bitcoin contracts pending CFTC review and approval. The company, called “Bakkt,” will work with enterprises including BCG, Microsoft, and Starbucks. See: https://news.bitcoin.com/nyse-owner-bitcoin-should-be-in-retirement-funds-credit-cards-retail-stores/. The first round of funding secured $182.5 million. Jeff Specher, the Chairman of Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) which owns the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and many other exchanges internationally: “Bitcoin could be the first worldwide currency.” Also, Etoro CEO Yoni Assia states: "In time, we believe that we will see the greatest transfer of wealth ever onto the blockchain." https://bitcoinist.com/etoro-ceo-wealth-blockchain-interview/.
"The hype around the #Bakkt launch is in fact reasonable. These BTC Futures will be BACKED by actual Bitcoin! This will create a liquidity channel into Bitcoin from the big institutional investors. Bakkt enables them to throw in their $trillions of dollars much more easily now!" Carl E. Martin @themooncarl Aug 17 (2019)
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If they say: "Badges? We don't need no stinkin' badges!", tell them the Bitcoin Badge is a magic talisman imbued with super normal powers of survival, therefore a strategic conversation piece. However, possession of that much knowledge obligates passing it on. An old Chinese saying: "Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime." @themooncarl: “It is fascinating to me that the school system globally does not educate students about money.” Qui bono? Who benefits, bankers? Would federal, state, and local government laws mandating digital currency bitcoin K-12 and continuing education be preferable to private theatrics? Given the high cost of health care, money is often 'life-blood', so should opposition to a bitcoin public education curriculum constitute criminal reckless endangerment?
$3,122 on 12/14/2018
Thomas Huber, a member of the Chair of Entrepreneurial Risks at the Department of Management, Technology and Economics at ETH Zurich university, states: "Bitcoin is currently the only viable candidate for a non-sovereign store of value, but it seems that it's still massively underpriced.… traditional investors have ‘missed’ some of the principle advantages Bitcoin offers — namely, a ‘secure, decentralized, and censorship-resistant’ payment protocol which constitutes the ‘reinvention of money.’ “ 07/26/2018 See: https://bitcoinist.com/bitcoin-value-proposition-underpriced/. Michael Novogratz (@novogratz): "Bitcoin is going to be digital gold, it is going to be a place where you have sovereign money." In a May 8, 2019 interview Mike Novogratz stated bitcoin was in a bull market, on track to revisit the $20,000 all time high by the end of 2020. Also: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/24/former-hedge-fund-manager-michael-novogratz-says-america-needs-redistribution-of-wealth.html
Tim Draper predicts the total market capitalization for cryptocurrencies will reach a whopping $80 trillion by 2023. Courtesy of the Lightning Network, ‘Everyone’ Will Buy Coffee With Bitcoin In 2021." See also: https://thebitcoinnews.com/relax-the-next-rally-will-be-bigger-than-you-can-ever-imagine/. “This is the beginning of one of the most amazing sociological changes in the history of the world. We are in for one of the biggest transformation moments and it is happening in the next five to ten years." https://cointelegraph.com/press-releases/tim-draper-and-alex-mashinskys-message-for-singapore-at-world-blockchain-summit.
"Until now whenever we’ve needed to transfer money we’ve had to rely on a third party, whether it be a bank, a clearing house or a payment network. Bitcoin offers, for the first time, a method for transferring value and making payments from anywhere to anywhere, in real-time, without any intermediary. This could mean we soon see many billions of people sending bitcoin everyday as easily as they currently send a text message."
“Don’t believe in central banks? No worries. Bitcoin is the US 10-year Treasury of the modern era,” the Financial Times wrote. See: https://bitcoinist.com/bitcoin-correlation-with-us-10-year-treasury-suggests-hedging-use/. See: https://coinmarketcap.com/converter/btc/usd/ to translate BTC and USD values.
Tesla founder and multi-billionaire Elon Musk: “Bitcoin is brilliant, paper money is going away." See: https://bitcoinist.com/elon-musk-bitcoin-hodl-nobel-prize/
Apple.com co-founder Steve Wozniak has given a glowing endorsement of bitcoin, saying that he hopes the cryptocurrency will one day serve as a global single currency. He states: “Only Bitcoin is pure digital gold." PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel agrees. Digital Currency Group’s Barry Silbert states Bitcoin is ’50 times more useful’ than gold. Silbert believes that the bitcoin infrastructure will be in place during 2019, then prices will 'snap back hard.' See his Grayscale Investment Trust TV ad: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/grayscale-bitcoin-investment-trust-gbtc-new-ad-drop-gold-125954273.html. Former Coinbase CTO Balaji Srinivasan states bitcoin is the new gold standard that will conquer Silicon Valley, Wall Street, and everything else. An article from investing.com suggested bitcoin could soon rapidly drive out cash as a means of payment. See: https://www.investing.com/analysis/how-long-till-bitcoin-replaces-cold-hard-cash-200310923/ “Never before has wealth been stored with such security. This drives BTC price. Which drives hashrate. Bitcoin won." See: https://bitcoinist.com/saurel-offers-convincing-reasons-why-bitcoin-is-better-than-cash. The prestigious realty firm Brown, Harris, Stevens (bhsusa.com) believes that in five years Bitcoin transactions will make up 25 to 30 percent of sales. see also: https://bitcoinist.com/bitcoin-digital-real-estate-property/. Financial blockades and economic sanctions are bad for humanity but great for Bitcoin. The more Paypal, Patreon, Visa, and Mastercard censor, the stronger bitcoin becomes. With a daily transaction volume of over $8 billion, bitcoin is on track to overtake Mastercard, the second largest credit card network in the world, in volume. See: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/big-milestone-bitcoin-track-transfer-161319470.html.
"50 Reasons to Pay Attention to Bitcoin" (updating needed)
1 CONTROL; you are FULLY in control of YOUR money 2 Freedom; other people can't vote your money away
3 Support the separation of state and money
4 No middlemen; bitcoin dis-intermediates the financial world
5 No transaction fees (~$0.003 ledger fee for on-chain)
6 No borders; send money to anyone; access anywhere
7 No transaction delays; propagation time < 1 second
8 No ‘banking hours’; control your money 24/7
9 No minimum account balance
10 No overdrafts (predatory fees: $32B /year in US)
11 No risk of identity theft ($1.5B /year in US)
12 No inflation (limited money supply)
13 No minimum age; it's the currency of the next generation
14 No bank runs; for that matter, no walks to the bank either
15 No bank holidays; just a lifetime holiday from the banks!
16 No capital controls
17 No hidden taxation
18 No bank bail-ins (WARNING: now banks can legally take your cash deposits as payment for common stock in their affiliated bank. When the second bank is bankrupt, your money has been completely stolen. See: https://www.wnd.com/2013/10/yes-feds-can-take-your-deposits/, and: https://bitcoinist.com/another-case-for-bitcoin-as-billions-vanish-from-savings-accounts-ghana/ 19 No paperwork (my bank had 5 pages of fine print!)
20 No chargeback fraud; fast settlement (~10min, soon faster)
21 Permissionless innovation; build the next financial app
22 Privacy; digital assets without a registered name
23 No social exclusion; poor people can use bitcoin
24 No censorship; send money to anyone
25 No account freezes or levies
26 Opt out of fiat and boycott the banks & government
27 No dealing with bankers; no supporting the war-dollar
28 No lost/manipulated records; immutable ledger entries
29 It will likely be worth a lot (>$1 trillion market cap) in the future.
30 Bitcoin is an antifragile technology; it gains from disorder
31 Bitcoin is open source; it evolves and improves daily
32 Bitcoin is still early-stage; huge potential innovation
33 15-45% discounts (Amazon, Starbucks, Etc)
34 No counterparty risk; it is decentralized
35 Not fractional reserve; not a debt-based economy
36 Use a currency that rewards saving (good behavior)
37 Huge potential in future robotic/machine economies
38 Potential for decentralized economic actors
39 Lost bitcoins (3 million?) will result in long-term money supply deflation
40 Escrow without escrow agents or paperwork
41 Safely store money in your mind with brainwallets
42 Use multiple wallets organize your money (like folders)
43 Initial public offering (IPO) without paying millions of dollars
44 Smart contracts; imagine a world without the need for lawyers
45 Smart property; imagine a car that checks the blockchain
46 Smart money; bitcoin is the first ‘programmable money’
47 Cash is king; bitcoin is cash for the internet
48 Investment hedge against currency or societal collapse
49 Help end world poverty & hunger for the 3 billion underbanked
50 #1 fastest growing industry for VC (virtual currency) investments
In China, OKCoin’s Duan said: "Talking about the impact of digital money now is like trying to predict how the Internet would transform lives in the 1980s. We know it’s going to be huge. It has the potential to change the entire economic infrastructure. We’re just not sure about when and how." The China market remains huge, as one survey suggests approximately 40% of Chinese people want to invest in bitcoin. Also, a white paper by the Chinese government bank, the People's Bank of China (PBOC), is a plan to buy one million bitcoins, enough for one bitcoin per China's 1 million villages (one third of the world's total). Each village, with an average of 916 people, would eventually be a "millionaire".
Read about China's potentially game-changing quantum encrypted communications satellite network: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4777230/Chinese-quantum-satellite-sends-unbreakable-code.html Could the quantum speed hack any PIN or password? Some BTC Core guys are worried, most are not: “In the grand scheme of risks and threats, it will take 20 to 30 years to be a real threat and by that time, we will have better signature schemes." Other countries around the world are looking to omit the U.S. dollar from their economy, and might replace it with bitcoin.
Other than an online internet "bitcoin wallet", consider using hardware wallets that stores BTC OFF-line, for example: https://www.ledger.com, https://www.keepkey.com, https://www.trezor.io. See also: https://news.bitcoin.com/ledger-reveals-physical-exploits-against-trezor-hardware-wallets/. Keep your secrets, hide wallets, use a safety deposit box? https://safedepositboxinsurance.com. And, double check receiving and sending addresses to verify they are correct. John McAfee recommends such OFF-line bitcoin wallet hardware to avoid loss of coins due to hackers. Is the 'jury still out' regarding the new smartphones that have offline 'cold storage' like Samsung and China's Huwei? Andreas Antonopoulos recommends NOT storing bitcoins on paper wallets unless you are skilled, because such paper wallets can be difficult to use and secure. He recommends hardware wallets. Not only do Tone Vays and Jimmy Song advise against keeping bitcoins and cash on exchanges, they also advise against involvement with ICOs (initial coin offerings) and various ‘tokens’ and 'stable'coins. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIrNRcX7JYo. See also: https://medium.com/@Panama_TJ/the-ten-commandments-of-crypto-security-3cd616185d40
An alternative source of bitcoins is https://localbitcoins.com. To comply with new EU anti-money laundering regulations, in June 2019 Locabitcoins.com terminated their service that enabled local, peer-to-peer buying of bitcoin with fiat currency (cash). This author has not investigated these exchanges for quality, or legality. Previously, some state law enforcement agents were working with the U.S. Secret Service to arrest localbitcoins.com bitcoin sellers for violation of state anti-money laundering and money transmission laws. Qui bono? Who benefits, from having contradictory federal (and state) laws, such as with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and SEC (bitcoin is a commodity) vs. U.S. Treasury - BTC is not legal tender, but it is money? Or rather, an asset, or property? If states like Wyoming, Pennsylvania, and Florida rule that bitcoin is money, and the U.S. Treasury says bitcoin is money, why not tax-free money? Have cake, eat it too? And if the U.S. Supreme Court decides digital currency is legal tender tax exempt currency, what reparations are due and payable? "Once any person would be able to use bitcoin for daily purchases, I believe that most governments will acknowledge it is a tax-free coin." Gidi Zakay, Bittax CEO. See also: “Portugal, for example, recently announced that it will eliminate tax on all earnings in cryptocurrency. The country’s tax authority further declared that payments and trading cryptocurrency in Portugal are now 100% tax-free.” https://bitcoinist.com/us-uk-losing-cryptocurrency-race/.
On August 1st, 2017, bitcoin had its split into two coins, bitcoin core (BTC) and bitcoin cash (BCH). "The creation of Bitcoin Cash is what is called a 'hard fork.' The creators are releasing a completely new software that allows for eight times the number of transactions per block. This means Bitcoin Cash could process transactions faster." Bitcoin Cash is worth far less than bitcoin. "Like bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash relies on the community. It will only be successful if people decide en masse to create the blocks for the bitcoin Cash blockchain." http://www.channel4000.com. See: https://bitcoinist.com/bitcoin-winner-takes-all-market/. https://www.investing.com/news/cryptocurrency-news/buy-bitcoin-sell-your-altcoins-says-pioneering-wall-street-blockchain-analyst-1464512. See also: https://bcfocus.com/news/bill-miller-a-billionaire-bitcoin-btc-investor-calls-altcoins-worthless/19761/. And: https://bitcoinist.com/bitcoin-will-be-the-amazon-of-cryptocurrency-says-vc-advisor/. Kiss of death for the altcoins? One federal Judge has ruled altcoin ICOs are securities. Investor lawsuits? In 2019, 90% of the ICO’s to date are either broke, exit scammed, or have no working infrastructure. A Microsoft study indicated trying to speed up BTC transactions by increasing the memory capacity of each block impedes the decentralization benefits, making bitcoin better than Bitcoin Cash (bcash). Remain observant. Regardless, consider staying in control of your private keys, such as with Ledger, Trezor, or Keepkey. Many exchanges and wallets initially refused to support BCH other than making it available to sell or transfer out, yet others provided support to trading BCH. Some referring to it as an "alt-coin," in need of further due diligence. Many bitcoin developers hate BCH, referring to it as a ripoff clone of bitcoin. The 'segregated witness" (segwit) BTC soft fork is now faster and cheaper. Those bitcoin wallet 34 character addresses start with the number 3 as opposed to the original bitcoin addresses that started with a 1.
Meanwhile, the U.S. dollar competes for other fiat currency investment flows. There is some shotgunning of the digital currency market with other virtual currencies; ICOs are initial coin offerings. Analysts at Satis Group indicate only about 5% of ICOs are successful or even look like they might be, while over three quarters of ICOs are scams. They compare to 'pink sheet' penny stock fantasies. China and a few other countries have outlawed them, and about half of them failed in 2017. Deception abounds, but there is also healthy competition as a few other currencies find their lesser niche in an ocean of capital, unless bitcoin co-opts those functions as well. We are confident that the blockchain can incorporate state of the art speedy hardware and software to expedite transactions, such as the Lightning Network, already successfully tested in real time: see: https://lightning.engineering/ and https://twitter.com/lightning. Also: https://news.bitcoin.com/first-real-bitcoin-lightning-network-payment-completed-via-bitrefill/ For less than 1 cent, Lightning Pizza Lets You Order Domino’s Pizza With Bitcoin anywhere in the U.S. with instant transactions and a 5% discount: http://LN.Pizza. There is plenty of optimism regarding bitcoin's future, such as this excerpt from a cointelegraph.com news article:
"Over the course of 90 days, Bitcoin values grew tenfold as an economic panic set in, bringing Bitcoin national press from CNN and others as the newest of virtual safety nets. History repeated itself last summer in Greece, as Bitcoin was pushed to an annual high by the economic collapse of the island nation in the Mediterranean Sea. The 'Brexit' vote forced the British Pound to drop over 10 percent, and this market value quickly switched to Bitcoin, spiking over $100. The election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th United States President, added a quick boost to Bitcoin of almost 4 percent in one night, as the specter of Trump spooked the markets.
Can a bull-run be guaranteed? No, but we’ve seen this movie before and know how it ends. As more E.U. members implode, and as Bitcoin continues to show its intrepid strength, year after year, where would you move your money in a crisis? Bitcoin is proving to be the best play in town, regardless of what country your town resides in. Given the fact that Italy is a considerably larger economy than Greece or Cyprus - Italy is ranked fourth in the E.U. overall, behind France - it looks like it could be a very Merry Christmas for Bitcoin owners." That is, until the January 2017 profit taking (but quickly followed by a price rebound). See also: https://bitcoinist.com/seven-financial-crisis-trigger-events-that-will-boost-bitcoin-adoption/
The online bitcoin company http://www.xapo.com offers a BTC wallet, a BTC debit card for ATM machine use in dollars, and like most wallets, the security of a deep cold storage Bitcoin security vault intended to protect bitcoin from hacker thieves. The CEO, Wences Casares, believes Bitcoin is the only digital currency that will survive, and it will be bigger than the internet. They also accept a check-in-the-mail to fund your account, enabling you to buy now, if the check arrives in California within 3 business days (moving to Switzerland soon?) They are registered in a few states. Xapo president Ted Rogers suggested "alt-coin" cryptocurrencies could be facing a “mass extinction event”. He added, Bitcoin trading around $6000 provides an “incredible opportunity” to buy. Their website quotes one advisor: "Lawrence H. Summers was the Secretary of the Treasury under U.S. President Bill Clinton, and continues to be one of the leading economic and policy thinkers of our time: