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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

As future of Bitcoin continues to be up in the air, investors looking towards other crypto-currencies for less risk

While the future of Bitcoin is still up in the air due to the fight between two conflicting paths on how it should be managed and processed, speculators who have been at the core of recent price moves are now seeking alternative crypto-currencies that may provide less risk.

At the current time Bitcoin is not likely to implode if either of the two camps (Segwit and Bitcoin Unlimited) are successful in overtaking the other in their goals to improve upon the original and outdated blockchain setup, but the outcome will effect confidence in what is still a fringe and slowly maturing alternative form of money.  And as such many of the individuals and institutions who currently are in Bitcoin are appearing not to be afraid to take their profits and invest in other burgeoning crypto-currencies that at this time are less expensive.

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It's been a volatile period for bitcoin investors, as holders of the crypto currency prepare for a potential 'fork' in the blockchain. 
From Friday morning until Monday afternoon, bitcoin was trading under the $1,000 level, and even fell beneath $900 on Saturday. This is significant as, barring the weekend of March 18 and 19, bitcoin has traded above $1,000 since early February and hit a fresh all-time high of around $1,325 on March 10. 
Bitcoin faces a scaling issue, where the number of bitcoin transactions that can happen on the blockchain at any one time is limited. This is creating a backlog of transactions that are needed to be processed and slowing down the system. 
As a result, investors are hedging their bets or selling out of bitcoin, waiting to see whether or not the fork will happen, and if so, which blockchain will be favored by the market. 
Data from Bitfinex indicates around 49 million more coins have been sold than bought, or roughly 5 percent of total coins traded, in the last 30 days. Through March, the number of long bitcoin positions held by investors has decreased from 26,858 to above 23,142, while the number of short positions has increased from 9,820 to 14,731. 
Meanwhile, the market cap of blockchain assets other than bitcoin, such as ether, dash and monero, has more than doubled since March 10 from $3.5 billion to more than $7 billion, according to Chris Burniske, blockchain products lead analyst at ARK Invest. 
"At the same time, bitcoin's market cap has gone from $19 billion to $16 billion. Hence, bitcoin's market cap has lost $3 billion in value while the combined market cap of all other blockchain assets has added more than $3 billion," he told CNBC via email. 
"Given these market indicators, it would appear investors are diversifying their blockchain asset holdings, positioning themselves for a generally rising tide in this emerging asset class." - CNBC

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Bitcoin may not have a 'central bank', but it does have small groups seeking control over monetary policies

In the ongoing battle between two groups over control of the future of Bitcoin, a more important question needs to be raised regarding the true 'decentralization' of the crypto-currency.  And that is, if a small oligarchy of individuals (programmers) have control over the blockchain platform that runs Bitcoin, then does this same group have the power any time they see fit to institute monetary policies similar to the way the Federal Reserve does for the dollar?

Right now there are two opposing factions fighting over what is being termed as the 'Bitcoin Fork', and each have differing agendas for the future of Bitcoin.  One of the groups is known as Segregated Witness (Segwit), and is interested primarily in expanding the blocks that facilitate Bitcoin transactions and casually speeding up network functionality.  And while this group seeks dominion over the process, another group that calls themselves Bitcoin Unlimited has a much more aggressive agenda as they want to perform a complete overhaul of the current Bitcoin network.

And because of this inability to come to a consensus between the two factions, Bitcoin has the real possibility of splitting into two unique crypto-currencies running under the same umbrella.


But for holders and users of Bitcoin, just the fact that a small group of programmers can have control over the technology and institute changes as they see fit should bring about a note of caution since this means that anything, including the number of total coins mined, could be changed dependent upon the desires of the winning faction.  And in the end the ability to determine 'monetary policy' for Bitcoin means that there is a centralized body that has the power to dictate the direction and future of the crypto-currency.

Right now Bitcoin also acts as a corporation of sorts, with Bitcoin miners acting as a 'Board of Directors' and able to participate in voting for and against future policies.
Vogel explains that the ability to vote for changes to Bitcoin is essentially proportional to the computing power that each miner contributes to the Bitcoin network. This explains the fact that Bitcoin is based on Proof of Work (PoW). Vogel also notes that there is no preset voting period, so miners can vote for changes to Bitcoin at any time. In theory, this is a very elegant and unique way of handling the evolution of Bitcoin, although it does mean that the interests of miners guide the direction of Bitcoin. 
This explains why statements credited to top miners within the industry regarding Bitcoin scaling usually have a significant impact on both Bitcoin price and its general behavior. - Coin Telegraph
In the end, Bitcoin is not as decentralized as many believe, with decisions able to be made by the most powerful 'miners', and carried out by programmers who are not always in consensus on how the future of Bitcoin is to be determined.  And this also means that if either of these factions are one day co-opted by a government, a Wall Street entity, or some other group that doesn't believe in the ideals laid forth by Satoshi in the creation of the crypto-currency, then Bitcoin can very easily lose its fundamental benefits and morph into just another fiat currency no different than the dollar, the euro, or the yen.