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How can you trade in Bitcoin in India?

This will be the country's first app-based wallet that enables bitcoin transactions using a mobile number

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Pluto Exchange has launched first app that will trade in bitcoins in India
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Dubai based “Pluto Exchange” has launched a Bitcoin trading app specifically targeted at the Indian market. The app was announced by Pluto Exchange founder and CEO Bharat Verma.

All about the app

  • This will be the country’s first app-based wallet that enables bitcoin transactions using a mobile number.
  • The app offers a solution to the coordination problem between payment processors, financial gateways and banks.
  • All other apps already in the market do transactions using bitcoin addresses, which are long and prone to error while copying. This app will enable transactions using mobile numbers only, which are just 10 digits.
  • By using a four-digit personal identification number (PIN), users can now buy, sell, store and spend bitcoins via a mobile number.
  • The app would permit a range of transactions, including payments, remittances, business-to-business commerce, supply chain finance, asset management and trading.

RBI on Bitcoin

Bharat Verma, CEO, Pluto Exchange said that the Reserve Bank of India is concerned about the use of cash for dealing in virtual currencies, whose values have turned volatile recently.

“The RBI considers bitcoins as decentralized trading that is completely unregulated… so their status is not clear,” he said.

Current scenario of cryptocurrency in India

In India, there are at least 15 bitcoin exchange forums, with the majority being set up over the past two years. Bitcoins have been trading at more than Rs 10 lakh each, while people are investing amounts ranging from Rs 3,000 to several lakhs of rupees to buy these.

According to investigation agencies here, with the demand and price of cryptocurrencies on the rise, cyber criminals have found innovative ways to dupe those looking to invest. (IANS)

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As Bitcoin Turns 10, Its Investors Face Year-On-Year Loss

Investors who bet early on bitcoin and have stuck with it have faced a roller-coaster ride in its first decade.

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Bitcoin.com buttons are seen displayed on the floor of the Consensus 2018 blockchain technology conference in New York City, New York. VOA

Bitcoin was heading towards a year-on-year loss on Wednesday, its 10th birthday, the first loss since last year’s bull market, when the original and biggest digital coin muscled its way to worldwide attention with months of frenzied buying.

By 1300 GMT, bitcoin was trading at $6,263 on the BitStamp exchange, leaving investors who had bought it on Halloween 2017 facing yearly losses of nearly 3 percent.

A year ago, bitcoin closed at $6,443.22 as it tore towards a record high of near $20,000, hit in December.

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People use a bitcoin ATM in Hong Kong. VOA

That run, fueled by frenzied buying by retail investors from South Korea to the United States, pushed bitcoin to calendar-year gains of over 1,300 percent.

Ten years ago, Satoshi Nakamoto, bitcoin’s still-unidentified founder, released a white paper detailing the need for an online currency that could be used for payments without the involvement of a third party, such as a bank.

Traders and market participants said the Halloween milestone was inevitable, given losses of around 70 percent from bitcoin’s peak and the continuing but incomplete shift towards investment by mainstream financial firms.

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Transactions in cryptocurrencies occur the same way that you make transactions using any other fiat currency. pixabay

“The value mechanisms of crypto and bitcoin today are based more on underlying tech than hype and FOMO (fear of missing out),” said Josh Bramley, head trader at crypto wealth management firm Blockstars.

Growing use of blockchain – the distributed ledger technology that underpins bitcoin – is now powering valuations of the digital currency, he said, cautioning that some expectations for widespread use have not yet materialized.

Others said improvements to infrastructure such as custody services may allow mainstream investors who are wary of buying bitcoin to take positions.

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Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency and worldwide payment system. Wikimedia Commons

“We see behind closed doors financial and non-financial institutions beavering away to create the infrastructure,” said Ben Sebley, head of brokerage at NKB Group, a blockchain advisory and investment firm.

Bitcoin has endured year-on-year losses before, according to data from CryptoCompare, most recently in 2015.

Also Read: Climate Change Efforts Can Be Nullified Due To Bitcoin Production: Scientists

Retail investors still account for a strong proportion of trading, market players said.

Investors who bet early on bitcoin and have stuck with it have faced a roller-coaster ride in its first decade. Many told Reuters they are optimistic that they are still onto a winner. (VOA)