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What Does Bitcoin Depict in its Future Course of Action?

This market is not stable at the moment. It is driven by flow of transactions driven by sentiments of opportunistic and fear of loosing big.

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People use a bitcoin ATM in Hong Kong. VOA

Bitcoin has been in exitance for nearly 10 years now and it has witnessed all extra ordinary ups and downs in all these years. There was a time back in 2017 when it recorded the highest ever price of $19783. Although the prices plunged back down by more than two third from its peak in response to the interference of regulators. Such swings in the prices of any currency instruments does not occur in the normal course of market.

More of that later, let us focus on understanding the concept of Bitcoin.

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You cannot expect to rush into cryptocurrency trading and think you will make a huge
investment worth millions. Pixabay

What is Bitcoin?

Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency developed on the platform of blockchain technology. Its founding developer is believed to be Satoshi Nakamoto in 2009, which is known to almost all interested folks. But, Bitcoin and its peers does not operate in the form of bills or coins published or regulated by a government or bank. They are electronic assets formed and checked by a community of users who act in a decentralized way. They follow the same set of protocols as laid down by the person or persons who dreamed them up including Satoshi Nakamoto. It’s so called Bitcoin miners use the encryption technique which is depicted by the term “crypto”.

Bitcoin’s real innovation indeed was the development of Blockchain technology which is the foundation of all new crypto currencies being developed till date (except a few). Blockchain is a publicly visible and largely anonymous online ledger that accounts the calculations performed by miners to authenticate the transactions without the need for a regulating central authority. One can buy or trade bitcoin and other altcoins at any of the major cryptocurrency exchange.

 

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

 

How does it Operate?

Well, as far as the price of the crypto is concerned, it is mostly driven by the demand and supply factor in the economy, just like the price of any scrip in a stock exchange is determined. However, the stock market are regulated by the regulating authorities like SEBI in India, but there is no such regulating body in operation for cryptocurrency markets yet. Although, US is in the process of making a regulating body to control the activities of cryptocurrencies and give membership to those crypto operators who abide by the rule of such body. We might see a whole lot of regulatory bodies for this segment in the coming years.

Let’s turn towards the real deal for common folks. Exactly how does a transaction occur using these cryptocurrencies. Well the answer is as simple as you already know. Transactions in cryptocurrencies occur the same way that you make transactions using any other fiat currency. There are various e-wallet service providers, in which you can keep your crypto tokens (Bitcoin in this case). The only thing is that you may need to route through a crypto exchange in order to get hold of this currency unless you are getting paid by some other user. Several crypto exchanges are in operation now a days from where you can easily buy bitcoin with credit card or choose for the USD to BTC conversion over the counter. You can pay a part of Bitcoin in order to fulfil your transactional payment just as a cent in case of a dollar. Not to mention that you can transact with Bitcoin through electronic mode only.

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A Bitcoin logo is shown at a Bitcoin trading store, Dec. 21, 2017. VOA

That concludes the basic understanding of how this crypto operates in the real world. Bitcoin and its peers hold the potential for a revolutionary change in the operations of an economy. But this market is not stable at the moment. It is driven by flow of transactions driven by sentiments of opportunistic and fear of loosing big. For any new mode of transaction to overtake the current fiat monetary market, it must be as stable and regulated by a responsible authority. It is definitely going to take some considerable time for cryptocurrencies to get regulated. Until then, people will continue to use Bitcoin as per their potential and needs thereby making a strong case for its mass adoption.

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Facebook to Launch its Cryptocurrency Next Year: Report

According to Zuckerberg, Blockchain could give users more powers when granting data access to third-party apps

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A television photographer shoots the sign outside of Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. VOA

Facebook, which owns WhatsApp and Instagram, is gearing up to launch its own cryptocurrency next year, the BBC reported on Friday.

Called “GlobalCoin,” the cryptocurrency would work with a new digital payments system in about a dozen countries starting in the first quarter of 2020.

Facebook has been in contact with US and British financial regulators to launch it.

According to the BBC, Facebook is in touch with “Bank of England governor Mark Carney and officials at the US Treasury”.

With over two billion users across its platforms, Facebook could emulate WeChat in China which allows its users to chat, shop and play games without leaving its platform.

The Facebook cryptocurrency would need to overcome numerous technical and regulatory hurdles before it can be launched.

According to media reports, the Facebook currency could be designed to be a “stablecoin” with a value pegged to US currency in an attempt to minimize volatility.

A report last week said Facebook has reportedly set up a company called Libra Networks in Switzerland that is developing payments and Blockchain systems for the social networking giant.

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Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency and worldwide payment system. Wikimedia Commons

According to a report in CNET quoting Swiss publication Handelszeitung, the Facebook cyrptocurrency would be tied to the US dollar and could, therefore, remain stable unlike Bitcoin which has crashed.

“Facebook set up Libra Networks in Geneva several weeks ago. Libra is the social network’s internal project name for the digital currency,” the report said.

The Swiss company would focus on developing the software and hardware for currency-related functions like payments, Blockchain, analytics, big data and identity management.

Facebook declined to comment on the new report.

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According to a report in The Wall Street Journal earlier this month, the social media giant is “recruiting dozens of financial firms and online merchants” towards its cryptocurrency-based system that would use a digital coin similar to Bitcoin.

The New York Times reported in February that Facebook had a team of 50 people working on its virtual currency project.

In a public interview with Harvard Law professor Jonathan Zittrain in February, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he is “potentially interested” in putting the Facebook login on the Blockchain technology.

According to Zuckerberg, Blockchain could give users more powers when granting data access to third-party apps. (IANS)