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Goldman Sachs has issued a request for information (RFI) to explore digital asset custody, according to a source inside the bank. The RFI was circulated to at least one well-known crypto custody player toward the end of 2020. The bank's digital assets initiative is "part of a broad digital strategy," the source said.
Winklevoss Twins Talk Their Bitcoin Price Target & Potential Stablecoin Regulation on CNBC - Dec 10th 2020By admin
The Winklevoss twins’ thesis is simple. For them, Bitcoin is gold 2.0 that will eventually disrupt gold:
“Our thesis is that Bitcoin is gold 2.0 and it will disrupt gold.”
Based on this observation, the Winklevoss twins believe that Bitcoin will reach the gold market cap in the next decade. The gold market cap is currently $9T.
The advantage of Bitcoin is that its monetary policy is programmatic. Everything is predictable. We can therefore estimate fairly accurately the number of Bitcoins that will be in circulation in 2030. This number will then be 20 million BTC.
If Bitcoin has a market cap of $9T in 2030, the price of Bitcoin will be $450K.
Over the next decade, the great monetary inflation we are currently experiencing will continue to intensify. Under these conditions, the U.S. dollar will continue to weaken, which will boost the price of gold, but also the Bitcoin price.
Under these conditions, the Bitcoin price could be closer to $500K than $450K with a market cap similar to that of gold in 2020.
The reasoning of the Winklevoss twins is the same reasoning that many Bitcoiners do as well. It is based on three major elements:
The law of supply and demand.
The gold market cap.
The endless inflation of the U.S. dollar.
With its current price of $18K, Bitcoin has enough to offer a 25x gain to all those who will choose to buy it before becoming HODLers.
Did you know that every single Norwegian citizen indirectly owns 0.000114 BTC?
''Oljefondet'' is a fond controlled by the Norwegian goverment where alot of Norways oil profits goes and are invested.
Every norwegian owns an equal part of this fund.
''Oljefondet'' Owns a 1,51% Stake in Microstrategy (source:https://www.nbim.no/no/oljefondet/beholdningene/beholdninger-per-31.12.2019/?fullsize=true)
Microstretegy owns approx 40,824 BTC (soruce: https://bitcointreasuries.org/)
The Norwegian population is 5 367 580 (source: https://www.ssb.no/befolkning/statistikker/folkemengde/aar-per-1-januar)
That means that every Norwegian citizen owns 0.00011485 BTC or approx 2 USD.
+ another 0,000000728 BTC pr Citizen from Square Inc. (4709 BTC where Norway has a 0,83% of the shares)
Bitcoin has profound impacts on our understanding of how the economy works and at the same time the technology behind Bitcoin is an incredible achievement in the field of distributed systems.
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Final notes Here is a list of more sources.
Saifedean Ammous - The Bitcoin Standard (economics)
Andreas Antonopoulos - The Internet Of Money series (general)
Andreas Antonopoulos - Mastering Bitcoin (technology)
Jörg Guido Hülsmann - Ethics Of Money Production (ethics, economics)
Austrian Economics: Hayek, Mises, Rothbard
Alistair Milne (British investor and entrepreneur) $120,000 USD by 2021 Max Keiser (Founder and CEO of Heisenberg Capital): $400,000 USD Anthony Pompliano (founder of Morgan Creek Digital): $100,000 USD by 2021 Tim Draper (Bitcoin advocate and venture capitalist): $250,000 by 2022 Raoul Pal (CEO of an investment strategy research service The Global Macro Investor): $1 million by 2025 Jeremy Liew (partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners and the brain behind Snapchat): $500,000 by 2030. (Citibank) Fitzpatrick's prediction is $318,000 for Bitcoin price in December 2021
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By Michael Krewson
It is interesting to see so many different people around the world from different nations going in on this.
By Michael Krewson
"The lines say we might go up to 1 trillion or down 0, no financial advice though."fast forward 1 day: price went up or down"See? I told you guys!" Now it is official: if it goes up, we will see higher prices.
I know for certain we’ll hit 10,900 so there’s a good chance we’ll pass 10,800 along the way. But no guarantees. You can also take a loan.. A second mortgage on the house.
Or sell some organs....
Or sell some of your grandmothers organs.... she won’t need those kidneys soon anyways and you could have some precious BTC
Sell futures to your own organs and buy them back with the appreciated bitcoins after they've goon up!
Don’t forget to ask relatives for money. Tell them you are in danger of losing your house. Once they give you money, immediately take the whole chunk of money and market buy Bitcoin.
My long lost Nigerian cousin who is a prince told me something similar. Except he needed it to buy his village back. I'm still waiting for him to tell me everything is okay. ☺️ I just sold, so this might be going moonward, boys. And if what you like what you heard and saw here on the free channel we’ve got our other channels pro channels with over 8500 students so if you want to join my beginners group just click on the link. If you’re looking to get rich fast make sure to buy plenty of our sponsor coin they’re all great guys over there and they just happen to have some of the best ideas out there nothing short of revolutionary but don’t take it from the guys (they’re paying) who love them and do some research of your own it can all be found in the description below.
A server or storage device that stores the entire blockchain and runs Bitcoin client software that checks all transaction data and the blockchain for compliance with the Bitcoin protocol. Online payment options have changed the way companies conduct business with their customers and customers, and today, almost every online order is quick and easy. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. - Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. not only gives regular users the opportunity to buy and sell Bitcoin through their credit cards and bank accounts, but also a dealer service.
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Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. After congratulating Satoshi on the launch of the Bitcoin 0.1, Hal Finney wrote as part of what he termed an ‘amusing thought experiment,’
Putting numbers into perspective, Hal Finney added,
" Either way, the now-deceased genius programmer although at that point saw Bitcoin’s potential, may not have believed it would reach its current level of success for he also said in that email that the chance of Bitcoin succeeding was ‘very slim.’ "
"The reason it's so hard for most people to understand is that most people don't really understand money. Money isn't wealth. It's an accounting system used to facilitate the exchange of wealth. (The paradox of money is that while everyone wants it, no one actually wants it - they want the stuff they can buy with it!) Many people are put off by the fact that Bitcoins are 'just data'. But that's what ALL money is, information! More precisely, money is a means for credibly conveying information about value given but not yet received (or at least not yet received in a form in which it can directly satisfy a person's wants or needs).
To put it yet another way, money is a ledger. With fiat currencies like the dollar, that ledger is centralized. And that gives the central authority responsible for maintaining that ledger tremendous power, power that history has proven will inevitably be abused. With Bitcoin, the ledger is decentralized. And that means that no one individual or entity has the power to arbitrarily create new units (thereby causing inflation), freeze (or seize) your account, or block a particular payment from being processed. We've had decentralized money before. After all, no one can simply print new gold into existence. And the 'ledger' of gold is distributed because the physical gold itself (the 'accounting entries' in the metaphor) is distributed. But with gold, that decentralization comes at a heavy price (literally). The physical nature of gold makes it hugely inefficient for global transactions.
And this is why bitcoin is important! It is the first currency in the world that is both decentralized and digital. It is more reliably scarce than gold and more private and transactionally efficient than "modern" digital banking. This is why people are excited about bitcoin, it has the potential to completely revolutionize money."
I thought I'd share it with you.
Have a good Sunday everybody!
The law of supply and demand is an economic model used to determine the price of an asset in a market.
This law of supply and demand will therefore lead to an economic equilibrium for the price of an asset as well as the volume of trade.
An existing asset in limited quantity for which demand would be strong would necessarily see its price increase if we stick to this law.
Indeed, strong demand from buyers would allow sellers to sell at a higher price.
Bitcoin Block Reward Halving Countdown
Reward-Drop ETA date: 12 May 2020 08:51:29
The Bitcoin block mining reward halves every 210,000 blocks, the coin reward will decrease from 12.5 to 6.25 coins.
Total Bitcoins in circulation: 18,219,288 Total Bitcoins to ever be produced: 21,000,000 Percentage of total Bitcoins mined: 86.76% Total Bitcoins left to mine: 2,780,713 Total Bitcoins left to mine until next blockhalf: 155,713 Bitcoin price (USD): $9,894.90 Market capitalization (USD): $180,278,027,883.75 Bitcoins generated per day: 1,800 Bitcoin inflation rate per annum: 3.67% Bitcoin inflation rate per annum at next block halving event: 1.80% Bitcoin inflation per day (USD): $17,810,820 Bitcoin inflation until next blockhalf event based on current price (USD): $1,540,759,616 Total blocks: 617,543 Blocks until mining reward is halved: 12,457 Total number of block reward halvings: 2 Approximate block generation time: 10.00 minutes Approximate blocks generated per day: 144 Difficulty: 15,546,745,765,529 Hash rate: 112.90 Exahashes/s
A lot of monkeys lived near a village.
One day a merchant came to the village to buy these monkeys!
He announced that he will buy the monkeys @ $100 each.
The villagers thought that this man is mad.
They thought how can somebody buy stray monkeys at $100 each?
Still, some people caught some monkeys and gave it to this merchant and he gave $100 for each monkey.
This news spread like wildfire and people caught monkeys and sold it to the merchant.
After a few days, the merchant announced that he will buy monkeys @ 200 each.
The lazy villagers also ran around to catch the remaining monkeys!
They sold the remaining monkeys @ 200 each.
Then the merchant announced that he will buy monkeys @ 500 each!
The villagers start to lose sleep! ... They caught six or seven monkeys, which was all that was left and got 500 each.
The villagers were waiting anxiously for the next announcement.
Then the merchant announced that he is going home for a week. And when he returns, he will buy monkeys @ 1000 each!
He asked his employee to take care of the monkeys he bought. He was alone taking care of all the monkeys in a cage.
The merchant went home.
The villagers were very sad as there were no more monkeys left for them to sell it at $1000 each.☹
Then the employee told them that he will sell some monkeys @ 700 each secretly.
This news spread like fire. Since the merchant buys monkey @ 1000 each, there is a 300 profit for each monkey.
The next day, villagers made a queue near the monkey cage.
The employee sold all the monkeys at 700 each. The rich bought monkeys in big lots. The poor borrowed money from money lenders and also bought monkeys!
The villagers took care of their monkeys & waited for the merchant to return.
But nobody came! ... Then they ran to the employee..
But he has already left too !
The villagers then realised that they have bought the useless stray monkeys @ 700 each and unable to sell them!
The Bitcoin will be the next monkey business
It will make a lot of people bankrupt and a few people filthy rich in this monkey business.
That' how it will work!
This forward just makes so much sense. What's important is, if you're investing you need to know when to quit.
- Do you agree?
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Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. . With dollars running low in Lebanon, ATMs are spitting back bank cards, and locals are panicking
November 22, 2019 at 7:10 p.m. GMT+1
BEIRUT — Over recent weeks, ATMs in Lebanon have been spitting back bank cards, refusing to provide dollars to those who ask for them, though people here have long used the American currency alongside the Lebanese pound. Dollars have virtually disappeared.
Panicked tenants have begun asking to pay their rent in pounds, but landlords are refusing to accept them as the local currency hemorrhages value. Some restaurants and bars have stopped taking credit cards, instead requiring cash to pay vendors. Other eateries have limited their menus, unable to pay for imported goods in dollars.
Lebanon is facing not just political turmoil, with daily protests across the country, but a financial emergency as well.
Even as demonstrators rail against the political elites they blame for the economic troubles, this deeply indebted country is facing an escalating liquidity crisis. The black market exchange rate has now soared to 1,900 pounds to the dollar, 26 percent higher than the official rate.
The dollar shortage is reverberating across the economy, suppressing consumer demand and driving up costs for Lebanon’s all-important service sector, which must pay vendors in dollars. Service industry employees are being laid off or given only 50 percent of their wages.
Banks had been closed altogether during a week-long strike called by the union representing banks staff over security concerns for employees. Many banks reopened Tuesday but have little to offer the public. A week ago, the Association of Banks in Lebanon set a $1,000 ceiling for withdrawals from U.S. dollar bank accounts and limited transfers abroad — which had been previously been halted altogether — to allow only for “urgent personal expenses.”
Some banks are even refusing to give customers the $1,000 they are supposedly allowed to withdraw. At least one bank refused to give dollars to customers who had opened accounts in other branches.
In downtown Beirut, spider web cracks have spread across the glass storefront of the Blom Bank, its walls and windows splashed with colorful graffiti echoing the chants of the protesters who have crowded into Lebanon’s streets: “Down with capitalism” and “We are not afraid.”
Security forces began standing guard out front this week, as they’ve done outside many other banks across the country.
One man stood in line to withdraw the remaining $300. He said he had taken his allotted $1,000 from another bank and was leaving for Canada to join his wife. “There is no future here,” he said, declining to give his name before shuffling off.
'Margin of tolerance' diminished
Over the past month, about $3.8 billion has been withdrawn from Lebanon’s banks, according to Jad Chaaban, an economics professor at the American University of Beirut.
These sizable withdrawals reflect a lack of confidence in the banking system and the wider economy, which is being undermined by a similar lack of trust in the political system. Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned Oct. 29 from his position after two weeks of nonstop protests against the political elite, and a new government has yet to be formed.
To sustain the fixed dollar-to-pound rate, Lebanon’s central bank must maintain foreign currency reserves. The Central Bank governor, Riad Salameh, has repeated recently that there are sufficient reserves and no liquidity issue, but people do not trust the central bank, Chaaban said. He said Lebanon needs an independent authority to carry out an audit and restore confidence in the banks.
Lebanon is one of the most indebted countries in the world, as measured by a debt-to-GDP ratio projected at 155 percent. After a 15-year civil war ended in 1990, the country’s rulers lowered corporate and income taxes and borrowed internationally to help resurrect the war-ravaged country. Lebanon later attracted foreign currency deposits by offering high-interest rates to maintain its stock of dollars.
These practices, however, widened the gap between the rich and the poor and fueled a yawning government budget deficit.
Lebanon’s economy and financial system have long been heavily dependent on remittances from the Lebanese diaspora abroad, which is larger than Lebanon’s resident population. In recent years, the flow of money into Lebanon has tapered off partly because of regional instability, according to Sami Nader, the director of Levant Institute for Strategic Affairs. More dollars have been flowing out of the country than into it, leaving Lebanon without enough dollars to cover its import bill and service its debt.
Lebanon’s economy has suffered in part from the spillover from the civil war in neighboring Syria. The tiny Mediterranean country has struggled to deal with an inflow of hundreds of thousands of refugees, clashes near and across the border and a shutdown of vital trade routes.
The role of the Iran-backed militia, Hezbollah, which has a significant presence in the Lebanese parliament, is also a complicating factor for the economy. Because Hezbollah supports the Houthi rebels in Yemen, who are engaged in a war with a Saudi-led military coalition, the “margin of tolerance” toward Lebanon among Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries has diminished, Nader said.
“Gulf countries constitute our strategic economic depth,” he said. “Not because we love them, but because 55 percent of remittances, which are the linchpin of our economy, come from the diaspora who live there.
“The international community has no reason to inject cash in the Lebanese market as long as Hezbollah is conducting Lebanon’s policies,” Nader said. “Why would Saudi Arabia step in to rescue a Hezbollah-dominated Lebanon that supports insurgents in the region who target Saudi with missiles?”
'They have ruined people's lives'
The protests, which erupted in mid-October, have targeted public corruption, and the anger has been exacerbated by rumors that some influential, well-connected people have been able to withdraw more than the maximum $1,000 a week.
“Banks are the lungs of the society. They are not just a company that is supposed to make money, but have a certain responsibility toward society,” said a real estate developer, whose name is being withheld because he fears reprisals. His company, which employed around 220 workers in 2017, now has only 15.
“Banks have proven they are not worthy enough to be in such a position. They have ruined people’s lives,” he said.
On the day the banks finally reopened earlier this week, employees watched the protests from behind the large glass facade of a bank headquarters, staring down at the hundreds of demonstrators banging pots and pans, chanting, “This country is for the workers; down with the capital’s authority.”
Clad in expensive suits and shiny shoes, some bankers and other bank employees stood in front of the building, watching or taking pictures. One employee changed into casual clothes and joined the protesters.
“We, bank employees, are not all enemies of the revolution,” the bank employee said on the condition of anonymity in order not jeopardize his job. “I changed into these clothes because the suit that I have to wear for work does not represent me or the class that I belong to.”
The most advanced money ever.....
Banks can't print more of it....
They say that no press is bad press, but that may not be true for Bitcoin. The
Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. has been getting a lot of negative publicity lately, with both the Wolf of Wall Street and the CEO of JPMorgan (ahem, they’re two different people) Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. the digital dollars a “fraud.” The investors’ concerns stem from the fact that the increasingly popular monetary system currently has no government backing and is based on “artificial scarcity.” Despite this lack of government support, federal regulators are certainly taking notice of Bitcoin. Last month, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. a hedge fund company with fraud, misappropriation, and issuing false account statements in its operation of what they called a “Bitcoin Ponzi scheme” that bilked $60,000 out of investors. Meanwhile, the Securities and Exchange Commission recently Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. both a real estate and diamond sales company with defrauding investors after prompting them to sink money into an “initial coin offering” (ICO), the first of its kind. A New York Times columnist described ICOs: “Imagine that a friend is building a casino and asks you to invest. In exchange, you get chips that can be used at the casino’s tables once it’s finished. Now imagine that the value of the chips isn’t fixed, and will instead fluctuate depending on the popularity of the casino, the number of other gamblers and the regulatory environment for casinos. Oh, and instead of a friend, imagine it’s a stranger on the internet who might be using a fake name, who might not actually know how to build a casino, and whom you probably can’t sue for fraud if he steals your money and uses it to buy a Porsche instead.” Buyer beware!
After bitcoin becomes too expensive for the average person to deal with it in whole bitcoins (already the case for some people), we will begin dealing, speaking, and thinking in smaller units like millibitcoin and microbitcoin, but the most elemental bitcoin unit is the satoshi.
How many satoshis are there (or at maximum)? This many:
Which is found by multiplying the maximum 21 million bitcoin by the number of satoshis per bitcoin, which is 100 million.
How do you pronounce that huge number? Like this:
"Two quadrillion one hundred trillion."
How many satoshis are available to us now (have been mined)?
Well, we've mined about 15 million bitcoin out of the 21 million maximum. Times 100 million that comes out to:
or, "One quadrillion five hundred trillion."
How many satoshis is that for each human being alive today? Taking a 7-billion approximation, that comes out to:
214,285 satoshis per human being.
In a total bitcoin-takeover scenario, where bitcoin truly moons and comes out to a price of, say, $3 million per coin and goes into worldwide use, each satoshi would have to be worth about 3-cents.
Thus, even in a total-bitcoin-victory scenario, it seems that there are enough satoshis in the world to run commerce at even the smallest level.
First of all, the fundamentals of Bitcoin are excellent and the revolution it is leading continues to advance month after month, block after block. The number of Bitcoins that can be put into circulation is known to all. Thus, in 2030, the maximum supply for Bitcoin will always be 21 million.
The demand for Bitcoin will increase in the coming years and with 8.6 billion people on Earth, the scarcity of Bitcoin will cause a sharp increase in its price.
8,600,000,000 population on Earth