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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Bitcoin use surging in countries who have bad monetary systems, or large outdoor market environments

The tale of Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies has become two-fold.  First, it is a potent medium of exchange for high net worth individuals who want to transfer wealth from one currency to another. And secondly, it has functioned as originally intended in places like Venezuela and Morocco, where governments have either destroyed their own sovereign currencies through bad monetary policies, or where large outdoor markets facilitate the use of cash in the majority of their transactions.
On February 2, Venezuela's leading bitcoin exchange, SurBitcoin, was forced to suspend operations when its bank account was revoked. According to Rodrigo Souza, who runs SurBitcoin's trading platform, the bank closed the account in anticipation of a nationwide crackdown on bitcoin use in Venezuela after the police raided a warehouse with 11,000 mining computers. SurBitcoin is in talks with other banks, and hopefully it will be operating again soon. 
As he predicted, SurBitcoin's closure has led to a surge in peer-to-peer trading. LocalBitcoins, a site where users connect to buy and sell bitcoins, makes its trade volume public through an API. (See the chart below.) Last week, 464 bitcoins were exchanged in Venezuela on LocalBitcoins, the equivalent of nearly $470,000 dollars based on today's price. That's close to a 50 percent increase in volume since SurBitcoin stopped operating. (LocalBitcoins' previous trading volume peak was 377 bitcoins the week of October 15, 2016, but, at the time, bitcoin was worth almost 40 percent less than it is today.) - Reason
LocalBitcoins Venezuelan volume (BTC) |||

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies use are spreading rapidly in the Kingdom of Morocco on the blind side of the global Satoshi community. Professional crypto trader and developer, Aziz Elmi estimates that more than $200,000 of Bitcoin trading is done daily under the radar in his native Morocco. 
Elmi is a leading member of the crypto community in his country with a huge following and the main developer of AtlasCoin, one of Africa's only two cryptocurrencies. He is positive Morocco has a lot to offer to the digital currency world.
Morocco's unwillingness to open up enough to the rest of the world may account for the silent revolution that is going on there. Some pundits think Morocco might be ahead of some of the countries in Africa. Morocco is perceived as leaders in Bitcoin adoption, like Kenya, Ghana and even Nigeria. 
There is the general confidence in the Moroccan cryptocurrency community that there is great potential in their IT arena, especially in cryptocurrency coding and trading. This combined with the huge investments they are making will advance the Kingdom to be at the forefront of adoption in Africa, if the government will regulate the sector fairly. 
“More people and merchants are gradually integrating Bitcoin and other altcoins in their daily lives by accepting payments via Bitcoin. We believe the government should, therefore, intervene accordingly so as to regulate the circulation of Bitcoin reasonably," Elmi proposed. - Coin Telegraph
Bitcoin was created as a way for individuals to function in the global financial system without having to deal with devaluing sovereign currencies, or centralized control over money by governments and central banks.  And in the end crypto-currencies like Bitcoin and others will flourish more in most non-G20 economies, and most likely could have aided individuals in places like Cyprus and Greece when their own banking systems and economies collapsed over the past seven years.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Following four bank bail-ins last year, most Italians are hiding their cash outside of banks and buying gold

With the global shock that the Cyprus bank bail-ins did to depositor psyches back in 2013, the media has gone out of its way to hide any news of bank insolvencies that might lead to runs on the banks.  And this includes four little reported bail-ins that took place in Italy just last year.

But with the growing threat of even more Italian banks becoming insolvent, and the Damocles Sword of Deutsche Bank threatening the entire European financial system, depositors in Italy are not waiting around for the next crisis to take place, and over the past year have been taking out their cash to hide in their 'mattresses' and buying physical gold as a hedge for what they believe is coming very soon.

People in Cyprus had to find this out the hard way in early 2013. People awoke on an otherwise normal Saturday morning to the shock that the money in their bank accounts had been taken by a bail-in to recapitalize the banks. 
Not surprisingly, many Italians aren’t just waiting around to get “Cyprused.” 
I recently spent weeks on the ground in Italy investigating the ongoing banking crisis. I spoke with a prominent lawyer who told me that most Italians are now distrustful of the banks. They’re keeping a substantial portion of their savings in cash under their mattresses. They’re also buying lots of gold. 
I’ve been to Italy numerous times over the years. But this time, I saw something new. 
There were signs everywhere advertising gold bullion, like the one below. 
I think it indicates a strong demand for gold and a strong distrust of the banks. It seems to me like a slow motion bank run is already happening. This is the last thing Italy’s banking system needs. It’s further bleeding the capital in the banking system. 
I only see the situation getting worse… 
Italians are rightly afraid of bail-ins. That fear is leading them to withdraw their savings as cash and also to buy gold. This further drains the banks’ capital, making it more likely they’ll need to do a bail-in to remain solvent, which fuels even more withdrawals. It’s like a self-fulfilling prophecy. - International Man

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Yes Virginia, contrary to ECB rhetoric there will be a Greek depositor bail-in

After Greece changed course back in July and accepted the Troika’s demands for austerity measures to receive a new bail-out, the assumption was that only bond holders would be subject to any sort of risk that might see their securities decline, or perhaps even fall to zero.  Yet as one knows in the financial industry, and in the case of central bank policies, you can never fall asleep believing that your money is ever safe.
According to EU legislation that is in line with January’s G20 resolution, and is similar to Section II of America’s Dodd-Frank laws, starting on Jan. 1 any and all bank deposits within Greece (and the rest of the Eurozone) can and will be subject to confiscation and bail-ins to re-capitalize their banking systems.  And with these banks having already seen over $100 billion removed by depositors prior to the Greek bank holiday, it is fair to assume that these banks are already close to insolvent, and won’t be waiting long to allocate the people’s deposits towards funding their own deficiencies.

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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Forget Cyprus, Poland confiscates nations pension funds to pay for their debt

First there was Cyprus, where the EU and the world became exposed to a new form of bank bailout called the ‘bail in’.  Now, Poland has taken the next step when on Sept. 4 the government seized and confiscated half of the nations private pension funds, and collateralized them to help towards paying off their sovereign debts.
Interestingly enough however, the primary function of this confiscation is not about paying off the debt in a move towards eventual solvency, but to expand their collateral base to allow them to borrow even more money, and raise their debt limits.
 
 
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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Russia cuts off NATO access to Cyprus by offering them loans to restructure debt

Once again, Russia has strategically moved a pawn to block NATO and the United States on the chessboard of Syria.  In an agreement which completely shuts out opposition forces from using Cyprus as a base of operations for potential strikes against Syria, Russia offered the government cash to pay off existing loans with European banks, and restructured their debt at more amenable interest rates.



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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Bank run searces on Google reach all time high after Cyprus account thefts

On April 3, google searches for the term bank run reached an all-time high, even surpassing the 2007 Lehman crisis, and the ongoing Greek and Spanish bank crises.

Courtesy of Google

Additionally, many top investors and economic analysts are saying that what took place in Cyprus is not just a one time event, but a blueprint for economies in the rest of Europe, as well as the United States.

There is an old adage that says, if you want to invest well, do what the rich do.  For anyone who had been front running the Cyprus banking haircuts, they would have realized that not only did 135 wealthy Cyprians move their money out of Cyprus banks before the bank holiday, but some of these elite included the President, and Finance Ministers who went on to agree to the theft of uninsured accounts.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

What is Bitcoin and why is it now over $100 U.S. dollars

On April 1, the digitial currency known as Bitcoin grew its market value to over $100 U.S. dollars, doubling in just the past two weeks.  As European countries like Cyprus, Greece, and Spain look towards the ECB and IMF bailouts, then people are looking towards an alternative currency in the wake of failed confidence in the Euro.


But what exactly is Bitcoin, and how is it different than any central bank backed fiat money?  Those questions were answered in an interview between Tom Woods and Bitinstant's Erik Voorhees a few weeks ago.

Take a look.


Monday, March 25, 2013

Church to lose $100 million as EU and ECB forge policy to steal lawful deposits

As Europe rejoices on March 25 as the ECB and EU complete a program to save the banks of Cyprus, other institutions in the island nation are not so jubilant.  The church of Cyprus, which is part of the Greek Eastern Orthodox church, is expected to lose $100 million of their money, as the Euro Zone bailout plan intends to steal 40% of everyone's money over $100 thousand euros.



The Orthodox Church of Cyprus has lost over EUR100 million reacted to its holdings in Bank of Cyprus. Church leader Archbishop Chrysostomos II, in comments on TV, noted that "Cyprus asked for 'crumbs' compared to large size of Europe’s budget," and that those responsible in Cyprus should be punished (he blames the outgoing government, Ministers of Finance, the Central Bank, and the Executive Directors of Banks) - "those that brought the place into this mess, should sit on the stool." - Church of Cyprus via Zerohedge

The church joins with former Russian KGB and current FSB depositors who themselves are expected to lose over $7 billion of their money, simply because they stored it legally in banks that corrupt ECB officials used to purchase toxic assets, derivatives, and massive bonuses.



Funny how legal depositors can lose 40% of their money simply for being a good customer, but a bank like HSBC can earn 90% of their windfall for providing money laundering services to known terrorists, drug cartels, and international criminals.