Cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin (BTC) are just one decade old but they have proved to be one of the major profitable investment alternatives in the world.
BTC is up 64% from January 2020 but the gravity-flouting performance of the stock market is cornering venture capitalist attention. However, there are several conceptions surrounding Bitcoin investment. But people in the community want to know the reasons why they should invest their money in digital currency and which cryptocurrency to venture in.
Hackers and cryptocurrency experts have made the road bumpy for investors to start endowing their money in Bitcoins. Digital currency experts have got different sentiments on the future of cryptocurrency. Cyber-attackers have also managed to put people on tension since they are worried about making losses by losing their investment.
Nonetheless, in the year 2020, investing in BTC is one way of accumulating large amounts of profits. Investing in digital currency brings many benefits which include; portfolio diversification, investment potential, security, and convenience.
Even though Bitcoin still has a lot of things to prove to the financial regulators, it has exhibited a lot of real advantages to its customers and these include; direct transfers for immediate settlement, protection from payment fraud, lower fees, reduced possibility of identity theft, and access to historically inaccessible markets.
Why should an investor invest in digital currency, especially Bitcoin? Here are some of the reasons which have made BTC a more attractive and lucrative alternative investment.
The adoption for Bitcoin is skyrocketing across the world
A lot of factors have come into play to influence the adoption of Bitcoin. One of them in this year has been the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic. People have been advised by governments and health organizations including the World Health Organization (WHO) to use cashless means of making transactions (digital payments) including cryptocurrency. This has led to the boost in the adoption of tokens especially BTC. Bitcoin and blockchain are increasingly being adopted in our societies just like the internet.
Since the use of fiat currencies and traditional money causes more worries, stress and huge taxes, several businesses globally are now using Bitcoin as their primary virtual currency. With all the solutions accompanying cryptocurrency, BTC is the future of money.
More people have started to use and invest in Bitcoin cryptoasset due to Coronavirus pandemic. Bitcoin has been stable throughout this challenging period that has seen more than 867,542 people die and 26,192,041 infected with Coronavirus disease. Unlike our traditional money, BTC is not tangible, so it cannot spread Covid-19 from one patient to another (normal person).
This digital feature has given Bitcoin a chance to be highly used for payments and investment purposes. According to the report, the downloads and installs of cryptocurrency apps were seen growing significantly in this year of Covid-19 compared to the previous periods.
Since the most territorial borders have been closed, the movements have been limited, and this has pushed many investors, businessmen and customers, to use the online market and investment platforms – of which Bitcoin is among them.
The unique value proposition for Bitcoin is quite acceptable to the macroclimate
The word Bitcoin has been searched in Google multiple times more than any other coin. The number of Bitcoin searches worldwide hit 90% on April 2, 2019.
When the Covid-19 lockdown was widely active, the number of people showing interest on BTC increased to 100% from May 10-16, 2020, and when the lockdown was eased in different parts of the world, the interest decreased to 79% (July 26 – Aug 1, 2020). This gives you a picture of how much the cryptocurrency is loved.
Thanks to Coronavirus that has given Bitcoin a protracted platform to exercise its payment and economic importance. Today, there is much awareness by both the individuals, governments, companies, businesses, organizations, of BTC’s unique value proposition (UVP).
In 2020, BTC has managed to jog through the memory of many people and reminded them of the role played by gold back in the 1970s. Indeed, BTC technology is a far grander savings tech available to people and investors in 2020.
Bitcoin has a tendency of hitting and surpassing its record-high after a price crash
Investors have for long tested the price movements of Bitcoin. The coin has passed through many upward and downward trends in the last decade and has been pronounced ‘dead’ more than 380 times in the different media platforms. Nevertheless, BTC has always recovered and rallied to exceed its most new all-time-highs (ATH), and this always leaves investors with an optimistic mind hoping to make profits again when the crypto storm settles.
Bitcoin recorded an ATH of $30 in mid-2011 on several cryptocurrency exchanges. After the attack on Mt.Gox exchange, its price plummeted to a bottom of $2 in November the same year and later recovered in the following year (2012).
In April 2013, BTC traded $266 (Top of a price rally which experienced a 5–10% everyday increase). The price gradually plunged to approx. $70 in June before soaring to almost $110 in July. Price surged from about $150 in Oct to around $200 in Nov, touching over $1,240 on 29 Nov 2013 for the first time in the history of cryptocurrency. Nevertheless, BTC dropped to a low of $175 in 2015. Then, the coin started to gain momentum and made its ATH of $20k in December 2017.
Therefore, the historical price movements show that BTC has the potential to surpass its most recent ATH again, despite taking a little bit longer. Currently, the original cryptocurrency is changing hands at around $11,330 with a market cap of $209.36 billion. Bitcoin has proved that it’s worth an ultimate hedge.
And as the law of demand and supply has it, if the demand and price of BTC surge with more users than ever using BTC as the primary virtual currency, its value will ultimately soar, hence, more people, businesses, companies, retail and institutional investors will be flooding and attracted to invest in Bitcoin.
Learning about Bitcoin investment takes a short time, is easy and free
One just needs access to the internet to learn how to invest in cryptocurrency and this takes a shorter period to appreciate the concept of investment. But in our conventional investments, an investor would attend classes for him or her to learn the basics of investment. Generally one had to spend a lot of time and resources, hence making it more expensive than learning Bitcoin investment.
Using reputable platforms, experts, and cryptocurrency trading & investment books, it takes a few days for one to learn how to invest in BTC and make profits out of this investment.
There is a forest of other great cryptocurrencies such as Ethereum, Ripple, Monero, IOTA, Litecoin, etc. All these tokens are trying to use new tactics to penetrate the market and bring in more important benefits to their customers to surpass Bitcoin. Nonetheless, BTC has remained trading like a hot cake since it is the backbone and role model of almost all other digital currencies in this industry.
Bitcoin was the first cryptocurrency on planet earth and this gives more ultimate advantages over others who are tussling it out to make it to the top. Since its inception in 2009, BTC has demonstrated qualities of being a secure, trustworthy, decentralized and profitable cryptocurrency, as other coins are still hustling to catch users’ attention and attention. BTC is the coin to watch in 2020.
Governments embrace the use of Bitcoin
As various governments are still trying to develop their own central bank digital currencies (CBDC) to end the hegemony of BTC, other governments have come up publicly to recognize Bitcoin inheritance as legal. For instance, in Italy, it is now possible (for a friend, or family member or a company) to inherit someone’s Bitcoin funds and cryptocurrency rights using the blockchain network in case the owner is dead.
Many people used to lose their savings in case they are dead or insane. For instance, in 2018, it was reported that $1,000,000,000 worth of XRP (approx. 3,667,033,370 XRP) was completely lost when its holder died. The deceased was the only person who had the private key(s) of the digital wallet that contained his cryptocurrency funds. Unfortunately, his family has never gained from these funds.
The same story with the Canadian crypto exchange QuadrigaCX that left its 115,000 users in huge losses (US$190 million) and many declared themselves bankrupt after the death of its founder Gerald Cotton died while being hospitalized in India. According to CoinIdol, a world blockchain news outlet, about 1% of cryptocurrency holders die annually and their money is never insured to be given to their heirs.
In May 2020, China also added cryptocurrency to a list of legitimately inheritable assets, as Coinidol, a world blockchain news outlet, reported.
Now that the new solution is available that enables users to pass on cryptocurrency wallets to the designated heirs, more and more investors will be flocking to investing in BTC and other cryptocurrencies of their choices. Cryptocurrency especially Bitcoin will in due course become the globe’s most dominant currency in the near future.
Supercar maker Mazzanti Automobili launches security token offering
Italian luxury car manufacturer Mazzanti Automobili has launched its security token offering on regulated digital marketplace STOKR.
As part of the offering, Mazzanti aims to raise 999,999 euros ($1.2 million) on STOKR to develop a special edition of its hypercar model Evantra Millecavalli R.
According to a Feb. 25 announcement, Mazzanti’s STO will allow investors to purchase MZZ tokens, priced at 1 euro each. The token is issued by Mazzanti via Blockstream AMP, a platform for the tokenization of securities built on the Liquid sidechain of Bitcoin (BTC), which has been directly integrated with STOKR.
As part of the STO, MZZ investors will be able to receive a 50% revenue share in the sale of the Evantra special edition. The offering is available for select European countries, with a minimum investment of 50 euros, the announcement notes.
Mazzanti’s founder Luca Mazzanti said that the company has been considering running an STO for a while. The company initially announced its upcoming STO plans earlier in February.
In conjunction with the STO, Mazzanti also announced that the company will allow its customers to purchase all editions of the Evantra model with Bitcoin starting from Feb. 25. The move echoes Tesla’s recent move toward accepting Bitcoin payment for its electric vehicles.
Based in Luxembourg, STOKR has been listing various STOs in compliance with capital market laws of the European Union. Last year, Germany’s Federal Financial Supervisory Authority approved ParkinGO’s offering as the first cross-border STO on STOKR.
Finance Redefined: Ethereum exodus continues as Binance ‘helps,’ Feb 17–24.
The parabolic rise of the Binance Smart Chain has been all over the news this week, aided by a few seemingly unfriendly moves by the exchange itself.
It started on Friday, when Binance suddenly froze withdrawals of Ethereum-based assets for about one hour. Many interpreted it as a move against the blockchain and its ecosystem, given that the cited reason was “congestion issues” — something one hardly imagines is a problem for an exchange, unless they shoulder withdrawal costs for the user.
The day after, FTX started shaming Binance for excessive promotion of BSC on the exchange. Specifically, FTX was apparently “spending millions” in failed deposits that came over the Smart Chain but were meant for Ethereum. FTX’s accusation toward Binance, one of its investors, is that the exchange put BSC as the default option for withdrawing many ERC-20 assets, which caused a lot of failed deposits to FTX.
I can’t say I’ve ever noticed Binance Smart Chain being “the default option” for withdrawals. BSC is the first listed when you attempt to withdraw something like USDC, though it does not actually select the blockchain for you. Still, I can see how some newbies could get swindled by this. People overestimate the degree to which terms like “ERC-20” are known in the casual crypto community. Testing the withdrawal now, Binance forces you to go through a quiz where you confirm you know what you’re doing by selecting BSC. I have no idea when this was introduced, but it’s not impossible that it’s a response to FTX’s statements.
Overall though, there’s nothing inherently wrong with one company using its products to promote another of its products. From the official responses it seems that the Ethereum congestion incident won’t happen again because they “upgraded the systems.”
Cheap tricks would never be able to undermine Ethereum without there being an underlying fundamental weakness. And I think we’ve all had enough with Ethereum gas fees. I tried a non-Ethereum DeFi product recently, and it felt so good to pay just a few cents for a complete interaction.
Binance Smart Chain is already processing more transactions than Ethereum and has over 5 million unique wallets. Ethereum, with its much longer history, is currently sitting at 140 million wallets in total.
Ironically, Ethereum fans should secretly want the bull market to end right now. The longer it goes on, the more gas fees will remain high, and the more people will want to migrate away and seed other environments.
Second largest liquidation day in DeFi history
Speaking of the end of the bull market, a massive slide in crypto markets triggered some $24 million in liquidations on Tuesday, the second highest loss in DeFi history. It would’ve been the highest if not for that infamous day in November when Compound thought Dai was worth $1.3.
The firesale was triggered by nothing in particular, though I suspect that rising bond yields are having their effect on the riskiest of assets on Wall Street, of which Bitcoin is the quintessential representative. And then Bitcoin dragged the rest of crypto with it.
I don’t normally talk about price because I’m not a financial advisor or even a successful trader. But I am feeling a lot of fundamental and sentimental indicators of a coming correction, ranging from a wavering stock market to, well, the strength of Tuesday’s dump.
To top it all off, my non-crypto feeds are being invaded by crypto stuff, which is never a good sign. I certainly hope that I’m misinterpreting what is actually unprecedented adoption and acceptance, but let’s face it — it’s all about price for now, while fundamentals are still lagging.
With layer two platforms and new blockchains coming online, we may get something useful out of crypto and DeFi soon. But everything could happen before we get there. Be especially careful right now and, most importantly, don’t get liquidated.
In other news
Blockchain soccer gaming startup Sorare raises $50M
Sorare, a major blockchain-based soccer gaming platform, has raised $50 million from high-profile investors backing major companies like Twitter, Instagram and Discord
The fresh Series A round brings Sorare’s total funding to $60 million, the company told Cointelegraph Thursday.
The funding round was led by Benchmark, an investment giant famous for funding companies like Twitter, Uber and Snap. Accel Partners was another lead investor, known for backing companies like Facebook and Spotify. The round also included some additional investment from investors like Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, VaynerMedia CEO Gary Vaynerchuk, and Barcelona striker Antoine Griezmann.
With the new funding, Sorare is planning to continue growing its ecosystem, including launching a mobile application and onboarding the top global 20 football leagues. “We’re designing an experience where fans can celebrate, share, and live football moments at a deeper connection. We’re making fantasy football a reality,” Sorare said.
Founded in 2018, Sorare provides a digital collectibles platform based on the Ethereum blockchain. With non-fungible tokens, the platform offers a collective fantasy football experience allowing players to manage their players and earn prizes.
Gerard Piqué, strategic advisor at Sorare, explained that the platform aims to meet the significant shift to online and digital fan experiences:
“As world football has shifted from local supporters to global fanbases, football fans are looking for new ways to be connected to the game, the players and other fans.”
Blockchain and cryptocurrency startups have been actively tapping the soccer industry in order to bring new ways of fan engagement using emerging technologies. Socios and Chiliz represent some of the best-known industry efforts, jointly providing blockchain fan tokens for popular global soccer clubs like FC Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain. Earlier this week, Polish Legia Warsaw became the latest soccer club to join Chiliz and Socios.
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