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Is This Why The Status Quo Disdains Bitcoin? – The “Wrong People Are Getting Rich”

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, The wrong people--rebels, outsiders, nerds and techies-- got on the cryptocurrency boat while their insider/rentier "betters" blew it and are now raging bitterly onshore. The psychology of money, wealth and speculative manias is endlessly fascinating. Most of what's written on these subjects focus on the process of building wealth as if it were a quasi-science rather than a psychologically driven process. Only speculative...

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Are The Banksters Creating Their Own Cryptocurrency Called “Utility Settlement Coin”?

Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog, Independently-controlled cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin may or may not survive in the long run, but blockchain technology is definitely here to stay.  This technology has revolutionized how digital financial transactions are conducted, and it was only a matter of time before the big boys began to adopt it.  Previously, I have written about how the Washington Post is hyping something known as...

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One Bank Is Unsure If Any Humans Still Trade Stocks In Japan, Or Have All Moved To Bitcoin

While the wholesale disappearance of retail traders from stock markets is hardly a novel observation, it has taken on a whole new meaning in Japan, where the lack of carbon-based investors has prompted Deutsche Bank to ask if "Japan's stocks are still traded at all by humans." As Deutsche strategist Masao Muraki writes, since the US presidential election, Japanese stocks (in this case the TOPIX index) have been almost entirely defined by just three things: US stocks (S&P 500), the...

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Bitcoin Bounces Back Again – Beginning Of The End… Or Bump In The Road?

A crypto-Christmas miracle? Bitcoin is now unchanged from the pre-Friday bloodbath, having scrambled higher for the last 24-48 hours as much of the world enjoyed a day off.   The entire crypto space is rallying once again today but the question remains, is this another dead cat bounce on the way to 'zero' or is Tom Lee, John McAfee, and Mike Novgratz right, this is a bump in the road to $40k and beyond...   As The Economic Collapse's Michael Snyder notes, Bitcoin,...

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Was Coinbase’s Bitcoin Cash Rollout A Designed Hit?

Authored by Tom Luongo, There’s an excellent article over on Breitbart that looks at the details of Coinbase’s surprise roll-out of Bitcoin Cash (BCH) as a trading vehicle on their in-house exchange GDAX. It details the whole sordid mess and I would recommend anyone interested in the topic to read it for what it implies. To me, however, being the cynic that I am if there is a path to harming Bitcoin and the cryptocurrency market available to the money center banks, then they will...

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#BitcoinBreakdown: Five Easy Pieces

First Appearing on HedgeAccordingly Fourth Part of a series. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 By @sellputs Isn’t Christmastime just wonderful, so much time with family, really, just… so… much time. With family. If you caught the irony in that statement, you, too, need a distraction, an excuse to detach from the conversation and take a little “me” time. So take a few minutes to read this, our fourth column on bitcoin and all that it has unleashed. Your...

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Bitcoin – Millennials Fake Gold

I’ve been asked about Bitcoin a lot lately. I’ haven’t written anything about it because I find myself in an uncomfortable place in agreeing with the mainstream media: It’s a bubble. Bitcoin started out as what I’d call “millennial gold” – the young (digital) generation looked at it as their gold substitute. Bitcoin is really two things: a blockchain technology and a (perceived) currency. The blockchain element of Bitcoin may have enormous future applications: It may be used for electronic...

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Bitcoin Breakdown: How-to, Step by Step

Third part in a series. Part 1, Part 2  Article First Appeared on HedgeAccordingly.com By @sellputs Merrrrrrrrrry Bitmas! Bitcoin has been crashing like a Bad Santa all week long—it had surged up to $19,856 last Monday and had plunged as low as $11,590 by Friday, bouncing back up to $14k and change. So anyone who bought bitcoin last Monday is still smarting, and those who bought below $12k yesterday are feeling just plain smart. Either way, this column will tell you how...

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If Bitcoin Is A Bubble…

Authored by Erik Norland via CMEGroup.com, Our earlier articles on bitcoin discuss the crypto asset as a currency and a commodity. Both papers focused on the consequences of bitcoin’s defining feature: the asymptotic supply limit of 21 million coins. This gives it an unusual juxtaposition of demand uncertainty and supply certainty (as well as inelasticity). As a currency, it gives rise to a tension between its use as a store of value and as medium of exchange. Like commodities, it...

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Bitcoin Trust Plunges As Arbitrage Spreads Collapse

Just a week after CME started Bitcoin futures trading (and 2 weeks after CBOE), a number of massive arbitrage premiums have finally started to collapse as shorts dip their toes in a risk-limited way... The first 'arbitrage' is the Bitcoin Futures-Spot spread which was well over $2000 in the first few days of Bitcoin Futures trading. As volumes have picked up in recent days, the premium has compressed to zero today... This is the worst 3-day run for Bitcoin in over a month. And...

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