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The Care Bears, Roger Ver, and Tesla shenanigans: Bad crypto news of the week

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While Bitcoin stays under its $12,000 ceiling, you can take your pick of future price predictions. The Winklevoss Brothers say that the coin will reach $500,000 and maybe even $600,000 if governments start to include it in their currency reserves. The twins didn’t put a date on that prediction but Ecoinometrics, a data analysis firm, thinks that the post-halving pattern points to a $41,000 price before the end of the year. Bitcoin will then hit six figures in mid-April, they say. Or you can take the advice of Max Keiser. The RT host sees Warren Buffett’s recent investments in Japan as a sign that the Sage of Omaha is getting out of dollars. Bitcoin, he says, will soon see all-time highs

Buffett himself has called Bitcoin “rat poison squared” but he’s not the only person to be skeptical about digital currencies. Users on Reddit have uncovered a thread showing the response to Satoshi’s initial posts. It looks like no one liked it… except Hal Finney. 

Roger Ver feels the same way now about Bitcoin ABC. The new Bitcoin Cash fork wants to implement a “coinbase rule” that would move 8 percent of new Bitcoin Cash to a development fund. The question is who gets to keep the Bitcoin Cash name. Ver wants to be sure it’s not ABC.

In friendlier news, Indian exchange CoinDCX will hold an online training and blockchain certifications course. The company hopes to reach 50 million users in India. Portbase, a logistics solution provider, has completed the first phase of its integration with the blockchain platform Tradelens. The companies will manage operations and processes for ports in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. And Spartan Black, an Asian cryptocurrency fund, sees good things in store for Polkadot. The price of the new protocol’s DOT increased by 200 percent within eight days of launch, and analysts think it still has a way to go. The protocol scales fast, costs less than Ethereum, and is made by Gavin Wood who was responsible for much of Ethereum’s development. 

Polkadot isn’t the only blockchain protocol that might be useful in the future. FinID is a Brazilian project developed through CPqD, a telecommunications research and development center. The project aims to use the blockchain to create sovereign, decentralized digital IDs. 

Tommy Leas, also known as DJ PLS&TY, has used Foundation, the Ethereum-based art and culture platform, to launch his vinyl “Very Special” EP. The platform sells tokens that buyers can redeem for a physical good, raising the price in line with demand. Leas started his limited edition record at $50. Twelve sales later, it’s selling for $68.27.

If that price sounds like a steal, you’re hearing what one Tesla employee heard recently. The employee was approached by someone offering them $1 million worth of Bitcoin in return for placing malware on Tesla’s computers. The hacker planned to demand $4 million not to publish the company’s stolen data online. But the employee told the FBI and worked with law enforcement to trap the hacker. A Russian national, Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov, has been charged.

Despite having such honest workers though, Tesla’s stock price has been less than stellar. The share fell 4.7 percent in a day, following the company’s decision to sell stock to raise capital. Zoom, however, zoomed up 41 percent in a day. That makes for a rise of 571 percent this year.

And finally, the Care Bears will be joining Cryptokitties and Atari on blockchain-based gaming world The Sandbox. The eighties toys will be releasing NFTs that players can use in the Care-a-Lot environment. Who would have predicted that?

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Joel Comm is an internet pioneer, New York Times best-selling author, futurist speaker and co-host of The Bad Crypto Podcast. That’s a fancy way of saying he writes words, says things and loves to play with cryptos.

The views, thoughts and opinions expressed here are the author’s alone and do not necessarily reflect or represent the views and opinions of Cointelegraph.

Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/the-care-bears-roger-ver-and-tesla-shenanigans-bad-crypto-news-of-the-week

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Bitcoin price hits $50K after bullish outlook from Citigroup and Goldman Sachs

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On March 1 cryptocurrency investors woke up to the sight of Bitcoin (BTC) rising from it weekend correction to $44,000 as the market found its bullish momentum and altcoins rebounded from their swing lows.

Data from Cointelegraph Markets and TradingView shows that the price of Bitcoin increased 16.6% from its low of $43,504 on Feb. 28 to the $50,000 level which bulls are attempting to flip back to support.

BTC/USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView

Earlier in the day, MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor tweeted that the firm had purchased another $15 million worth of Bitcoin, bringing its total holdings to 90,859 BTC and further demonstrating that institutional demand for the top cryptocurrency continues to grow as firms buy each dip’

Analysis of key BTC price indicators also shows that bulls were eager to buy the $43,000 retest which occurred over the weekend.

Not every analyst is bullish

Bitcoin’s surge above $49,000 has some calling for new all-time highs in the near future, but according to veteran analyst Peter Brandt, nothing is certain when it comes to the cryptocurrency market.

Today Goldman Sachs announced that it would restart its crypto trading desk and Brandt was quick to tweet the following chart and point out that its launch didn’t work out so well for the cryptocurrency market in December 2017. 

BTC/USD 1-week chart. Source: Twitter

According to David Lifchitz, Chief Investment Officer of ExoAlpha, it’s still “too early to tell” if the pullback in Bitcoin is over but $44,500 appears to have provided strong support.

In terms of whether the top cryptocurrency could breakout to new highs in March, Lifchitz said he’s uncertain on exactly what might happen as March is historically a bearish trading month for BTC.

According to Lifchitz, tax season in the U.S. could put bearish pressures on the market as investors may need to “sell some of their holdings to pay for earlier realized capital gains.”

From a bullish perspective, the 20% correction during the second half of February may have signaled an “early start” to the usual March weakness, with the worst of the downturn already transpiring.

Lifchitz said:

“Despite the 20% pullback, we’re still in an upward sloping trend since the October $10K breakout. The big unknown is what the miners will do as they are net sellers. They are the real short-term risk.”

Analysis of Glassnode’s Net Unrealized Profit and Loss (NUPL) metric shows that while both 20% corrections experienced during this cycle have created the “signature sideways and choppy” price action typically seen during bull markets, buyers have been stepping in sooner than they had in previous bull cycles and fewer long-term holders are willing to sell their BTC. 

Bitcoin Entity-adjusted NUPL. Source: glassnode

Steadying yields help to stabilize traditional markets

The traditional financial markets also rallied on Monday as Treasury yields stabilized and optimism related to the COVID-19 vaccine rollout boosted investor sentiment about the future of the global economy.

The S&P 500, Dow and NASDAQ all closed the day in the black, finishing up 2.38%, 1.95% and 3.01% respectively. The strong performance from each index occurred as global central banks world continue to reaffirm commitments to accommodative policies that will support the global economic recovery.

Altcoins also recovered their recent losses as Bitcoin price broke out to $50,000.

Daily cryptocurrency market performance. Source: Coin360

Binance Coin (BNB) was the best performer in the top 10, increasing 21% to $248, while Ethereum (ETH) saw its price rise 9.46% to $1,525. PancakeSwap (CAKE) and Fantom (FTM) both rallied price 36% and currently trade for $12.30 and $0.558 respectively.

The overall cryptocurrency market cap now stands at $1.52 trillion and Bitcoin’s dominance rate is 61%.

Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/bitcoin-price-hits-50k-after-bullish-outlook-from-citigroup-and-goldman-sachs

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Goldman Sachs Plans to Relaunch Its Cryptocurrency Trading Desk

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Reports on Reuters today revealed that American multinational investment bank, Goldman Sachs, will offer bitcoin futures and non-deliverable forwards on behalf of its clients starting next week.

According to sources familiar with the matter, the move is part of the bank’s effort to take advantage of the fast-growing crypto space, which is gradually becoming an investment of choice for institutional players. 

Notably, the bank is also considering developing a Bitcoin Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF) soon as part of its commitment to fully venture into the industry. 

Based on this regard, the unnamed source noted that Goldman Sachs had already “issued a request for information to explore digital asset custody.” 

Goldman’s First Shot At Crypto

In late 2017, Goldman Sachs became the first Wall Street biggest firm to ever consider offering crypto-related products, as the bank was planning to open a cryptocurrency desk.

At the time, the Wall Street financial institution was working on how to address security challenges associated with the business, as well as how it would custody the assets.

Plans were on the way for the launch slated for late 2018 when reports emerged in September that same year that the bank has chosen not to offer crypto-related investments. 

Sources said that the bank dropped its crypto plans due to the regulatory concerns associated with the industry, with regulators breathing down the neck of most projects. 

The issue of regulatory uncertainty has been the major stumbling block that hindered several institutional players from getting involved with cryptocurrencies. 

Interestingly, there have been clearer regulations in recent times luring institutional investors like Microstrategy and Tesla. 

The entrance of these large corporations has given other institutional investors the greenlight that crypto is safe compared to how it was viewed in 2018. 

Thus it could be the reason Goldman Sach is making plans to restart its cryptocurrency trading desk in earnest.

A Change Of Heart? 

However, Goldman Sachs’ second shot at launching a cryptocurrency trading desk comes less than a year after the bank told its clients during a conference call that bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are not an asset class.

Reports at the time suggested that part of the reason for the call was to discourage its customers from including bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in their portfolio.

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Bitcoin Still Has an Uncertain Future: Citibank Analysts

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In a 100-page deep-dive report dubbed “Bitcoin, at the Tipping Point,” Citibank’s global perspectives and solutions team noted that the cryptocurrency could potentially “become the currency of choice for international trade.”

The analysts acknowledged that the massive interest shown by several large institutional investors like Tesla, Microstrategy, and PayPal is one of the major propellants for the digital asset gaining mainstream adoption.

The team further noted that several other factors, including a wide range of digital payment options like stablecoins and Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), could also increase the chances of bitcoin adoption for cross-border settlements.

An Uncertain Future

The report also pointed out that a side-by-side comparison of the risks associated with bitcoin and the opportunities it presents makes it very easy to conclude that the digital asset is at a tipping point.

They wrote:

 “There are a host of risks and obstacles that stand in the way of Bitcoin progress… Weighing the potential hurdles against the opportunities leads to the conclusion that Bitcoin is at a tipping point… Bitcoin’s future is thus still uncertain, but developments in the near term are likely to prove decisive as the currency balances at the tipping point of mainstream acceptance or a speculative implosion.”

Bitcoin Going Mainstream Already 

The concluding part of the report quoted the famous philosopher, Schopenhauer, who said,

“All Truths pass through three stages, first it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”

The team states that the positive change in stance on issues about bitcoin by several financial institutions very well prove these words of Schopenhauer, which he said more than 150 years before the bitcoin idea was born.

Several banks had actively shunned bitcoin in the past, arguing that it has no intrinsic value as it is allegedly backed by mere speculations from its proponents.

However, bitcoin’s immense growth has forced its former critics to re-evaluate their stance and join the bitcoin adoption trend. Some of the biggest banks in the world have started offering bitcoin services to their clients.

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