Author: Darryn Pollock

Friend or Foe: Inside Poland’s Strange War on Cryptocurrencies

On the list of anti-cryptocurrency countries, Poland has never really stuck out. In fact, there has been enough evidence to suggest that the Eastern European country was moving towards embracing Bitcoin and Blockchain technology. However, a recently uncovered smear campaign by the NBP (National Polish Bank, or Central Bank) has thrown that all out of alignment. The NBP has admitted to paying a number of YouTubers a sum of about $21,000 in order to dissuade Polish citizens into buying cryptocurrencies for fear of losing all their money. The NBP has called this an ‘educational campaign’, trying to get across...

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Singapore’s Government Blockchain Experiment Is a Road to Regulatory Understanding

Last  Monday, Feb. 12 Chief Fintech Officer of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) Sopnendu Mohanty mocked the excessive speculatory activity that is “perhaps negatively impacting the whole experimentation of cryptocurrency.” He nevertheless confirmed his dedication to the Singapore central bank’s Blockchain project — “Ubin.” In Mohanty opinion, it is in two years when we’ll see the real impact of the project. So what precisely is the “Ubin project,” a Blockchain initiative by Singapore CB? What is Project Ubin At Nov.16 2016,  MAS announced it would be partnering with R3, a Blockchain technology company, and a consortium of financial...

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From Gibraltar to Australia: How Countries Approach ICOs

With Blockchain came Bitcoin, which spawned Ethereum, this led to a few other major coins either forking off or being born a new in the crypto space. As this ecosystem has grown, however, there has been a boom in more cryptocurrencies being created; the ICO boom. As more and more companies participate in ICO’s as a fundraising tool and draw in even more interest from individuals and investors, governments and regulators have started taking notice. The issue is, these hitherto unregulated investment opportunities are basically created with no safeguards for investors. They are mostly set out as promises in...

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Happy Chinese New Year, and How Crypto Will Remember the Last One

Since the inception of Bitcoin less than 10 years ago, there has undoubtedly not been a busier year than 2017, the Year of the Rooster, for the whole cryptocurrency market. Now, as Chinese New Year dawns, the Year of the Dog, it is worth looking back at all that happened. It all began relatively inconspicuously back in January 2017 with Bitcoin breaking the $1,000 mark, but from there the cryptocurrency market would make its mark, both in the mainstream and in the global markets. A gradual climb 2017 welcomed Bitcoin well at the top of the table, sitting just...

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So Is There a Correlation Between Bitcoin and Stock Market? Yes, But No

This article does not contain investment advice or recommendations. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision. Looking at the Bitcoin graph, and that of the stock market, including the Dow Jones and the S&P 500, you may have noted an interesting similarity. The stock market was growing to new heights rapidly, with even Donald Trump tweeting how it had risen 20 percent since his election. A little before these heights, Bitcoin had also surged up to its all-time high of $20,000 on Dec. 17. Both markets then started to...

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China Lines Up Its KO Punch, Will It Work?

China has admitted that banning ICOs and exchanges didn’t work as it goes for one last shot at an outright ban. China has not had the steadiest relationship with Bitcoin. Once, it was the center of the cryptocurrency universe, until it got too big for its boots and starting drawing attention from the controlling government. The bans came, first for ICOs then for exchanges, yet, this only slowed rather than stopped the growth of Bitcoin in general, and cryptocurrencies as a whole, in the People’s Republic. The idea was to stamp out Bitcoin and its affiliates as the Chinese...

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What Reasons Are Left to Buy Bitcoin Today?

It is difficult to back an asset that is in freefall, but there is still strong reasons to buy Bitcoin during the latest crash. There is little doubting why, in the run up to Bitcoin all time high of $20,000, people were entering the cryptocurrency market. There was a promise of massive growth, potentially huge returns on investment, and a story already told of missing out as an early adopter. People thus flooded the market, entering for all the wrong reasons, really. However, this created a massive spike in interest and a massive spike in price. Things have changed somewhat now, with Bitcoin heading towards $6,000 rather than above $20,000, and this has caused a huge sell off as investors now flood out of the market. But what reasons remain today for people to buy Bitcoin? Get in for the right reasons The issue was, with this massive spike in interest, that people were throwing money at something they did not understand in the hopes of making a profit. It sounds familiar because it happened before. The dotcom boom has predicated around similar happenings. People jumped on the bandwagon, not knowing why, and built a huge market on a flimsy base. Those who are not so technologically inclined may have shunned understanding Bitcoin as a new wave of technology, and used that as an excuse. But then still, as investors,...

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Bitcoin’s Correction Could Well Have Shaken Out Potentially Damaging Investors

It is the people in a market that can make it crash, so perhaps this is what Bitcoin needed There have been a number of times in Bitcoin’s history where people have thought that mainstream adoption had happened. However, the lead up to last December’s $20,000 high saw Bitcoin hit some really big adoption milestones. Through the memes and reports on mainstream news, Bitcoin was the word on everyone’s lips, and it was even near the summit of Google searches. This saw a new breed of investor entering the crypto community, but a dangerous one. Moneymakers The hype surrounding...

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Over 1 Mln People Sign Up For Early Access To Robinhood’s Zero-Fees Trading Service

Zero-fee crypto trading could really throw a cat among the exchange pigeons as Robinhood breaks the mold. One of the biggest gripes in the current crypto space, especially with the most popular Bitcoin being at the helm, is the expensive fees that are part and parcel of trading. Robinhood, however, took the whole scaling issue and flipped it on its head simply by offering zero-fees. It is a bold move by the mobile trading app, and the one that immediately challenges the hegemony of the major exchanges that currently rule the crypto space, such as Coinbase. Coinbase and other...

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Is Bitcoin’s Reign as King of Cryptocurrency in Danger?

Crypto market moves fast and if something does not happen soon, Bitcoin could become obsolete. Regardless of where your allegiances lie in the crypto community, homage should be paid to the original Blockchain solution – Bitcoin. However, it has been 10 long years now since Bitcoin came into being (an eternity in the cryptocurrency space) and things are starting to get away from the King. Bitcoin’s path was forever changed in August 2017 when a new challenger stepped up to the plate amid the rapidly escalating scaling debate. Bitcoin Cash appeared with its backers claiming it to be the...

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