Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Bitcoin mining going mainstream as brokerage house Fidelity admits to mining the cryptocurrency

It is one thing for a sovereign government, central bank, or finance ministry to simply accept a cryptocurrency as money, but when a Wall Street brokerage house creates a desk to actually mine Bitcoin, then you know that the digital money has become accepted at the highest levels of finance.

In what bitcoin geeks undoubtedly interpreted as a sign of bitcoin’s renewed relevance now that its price is at all-time highs, Fidelity CEO Abigail Johnson told CoinDesk’s Consensus conference that her company is now in the business of mining bitcoin. 
Per the FT: 
“Ms Johnson noted that Fidelity has also set up a bank of computers built by 21 Inc that can crunch complex algorithms to be rewarded with bitcoin. 
“My…computer has mined over 200,000 satoshis,” she said, using the name for the smallest unit of Bitcoin. - Zerohedge
In the halls of Wall Street, if there is money to be made then no irrelevant asset class or idea is discarded or looked upon as trivial.  And if brokers across the spectrum really decide they want to financialize cryptocurrencies en masse, then regular individuals better be wary because the financial centers of the universe have the capital to buy it all up, and after that the real fun begins.

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