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Bitcoin Tops $11,000 Again – Becomes World’s 6th Largest Currency In Circulation

 

Bitcoin is the fastest growing bank in the world yet has no employees or branches

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After ‘crashing’ earlier in the week, Bitcoin soared in the last 24 hours following confirmation from the CFTC that it has approved regulated futures (and options) trading on CME, CBOE, and Cantor. This sent the price back above $11,000 and shifted the cryptocurrency to become the sixth most-circulated currency in the world.

Bitcoin had, by all accounts, a remarkably volatile week, losing $3 bln in market cap in just 90 minutes as the price slid from $11,400 to close to $9,000 (on some exchanges it flash-crashed to the low $8,000s). Nevertheless, within 36 hours, the cryptocurrency has rebounded to over $11,000.

As CoinTelegraph reports, the CFTC news quickly rippled out across the industry and media, with a stream of delighted bullish statements gracing Twitter and other platforms.

“It’s an orgy” is how one strategist described the breaking news that US regulators have approved Bitcoin futures to start this month.

Digital Currency Group CEO Barry Silbert said on CNBC: “I think it is going to enable finally the approval of Bitcoin ETFs, and other digital currency ETFs, which is game-changing,” he added.

And Bitcoin prices jumped…

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At a value of Bitcoin at around $11,000 each, the total value of all Bitcoins in circulation is around $180 billion, which as CoinTelegraph details means Bitcoin is now the sixth most circulated currency in the world, behind five super powers, and outranking the Pound, the Ruble, and the Wonaccording to the Bank for International Settlements.

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While the number is substantial, should Bitcoin rise to $15,000, it will overtake the next highest circulating currency, the Rupee. The other four currencies outranking Bitcoin are the Yen, Yuan, Euro, and Dollar, all of which have dramatically greater levels of currency in circulation (the Dollar, for example, stands at $1.4 tln).

These numbers are, of course, somewhat skewed, because the value of notes in circulation is not reflective of the total value of a currency. Nevertheless, the numbers reveal the substantial power of Bitcoin in terms of currency interactions.

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Source: ZeroHedge

 

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South Korea’s 2nd Largest Commercial Bank is Testing a Bitcoin Vault and Wallet For Customers

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Shinhan, the second largest commercial bank in South Korea by market valuation and consumer base, has initiated the testing phase of its bitcoin vault and wallet services.

Why a Major South Korean Bank Decided to Launch a Bitcoin Vault and Wallet Platform

A representative of Shinhan Bank told Naver News, a media outlet operated by South Korea’s most widely used search engine, that the bank has come to a corporate decision to launch a bitcoin vault and wallet platform as a response to the recent hacking attacks of leading South Korean cryptocurrency exchanges including Bithumb.

In June, South Korea’s Bithumb, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume, suffered a security breach that affected 30,000 users. As a consequence, the bank refunded $1 million in funds and provided an extra $1 million to the 30,000 users as a compensation for the hacking attack they had experienced.

In an official statement provided to Naver, a Shinhan representative said:

“Shinhan is testing a virtual bitcoin vault platform wherein the private keys of bitcoin addresses and wallets are managed and issued by the bank. The bank intends to provide the vault service for free and charge a fee for withdrawals.”

Given that Shinhan serves millions of active users and tens of thousands of corporations in South Korea, the integration of a bitcoin vault and wallet platform into the existing infrastructure of the Shinhan banking system would immediately introduce bitcoin to the general consumers within the region. Such exposure of bitcoin to the mainstream within South Korea, a leading bitcoin market, would significantly increase in the rate of adoption of bitcoin in the country.

Shinhan to Become First Commercial Bank to Introduce Bitcoin Vault and Wallet Service

If Shinhan launches its bitcoin vault and wallet platform by mid-2018 as planned, the company will become the first regulated and large-scale commercial bank to provide bitcoin vault and wallet service.

At this stage, whether Shinhan will offer bitcoin brokerage and trading services to enable their existing clients and customers to purchase or sell bitcoin remains unclear. It is likely that Shinhan will partner with cryptocurrency exchanges within South Korea such as Bithumb, Coinone, and Korbit to provide liquidity to Shinhan’s client base.

Earlier this month, Choe Heung-sik, chief of the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS), stated that the South Korean government will not impose strict regulations on cryptocurrency exchanges in the foreseeable future.

“Though we are monitoring the practice of cryptocurrency trading, we don’t have plans right now to directly supervise exchanges. Supervision will come only after the legal recognition of digital tokens as a legitimate currency,” said Choe.

The integration and adoption of bitcoin by the country’s second largest bank would mean that bitcoin has already become a legitimate currency. As such, upon the integration of bitcoin by Shinhan, it is also likely that the South Korean government will regulate bitcoin, like Japan has done in March.

By Joseph Young | Crypto Coin News

Japan Made Bitcoin A Legal Currency – Now It’s More Popular Than Ever

 

Bitcoin trade in Japan accounts for about half of the global trade volume. That number has surged since the government passed a new law earlier this year, recognizing bitcoin as a legal form of currency. CNBC’s Akiko Fujita reports.

The “Wolf Of Wall Street” Says Jamie Dimon Is Right About Bitcoin

The guy who made tens of millions of dollars misleading American retirees into buying worthless pink sheet stocks says he agrees with J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. CEO Jamie Dimon’s comment that bitcoin is “a fraud.”

Jordan Belfort, the inspiration for Leonardo DiCaprio’s character in the 2013 Martin Scorsese film “The Wolf of Wall Street,” told the Street that he believes Dimon is right, adding that bitcoin “isn’t a great model.”

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In what may eventually be revealed as an important distinction, Belfort’s take was somewhat more nuanced than Dimon’s. While the JPM CEO predicted that all digital currencies would eventually become worthless, Belfort said there might be room for one.

“I’m not saying cryptocurrencies, there won’t be one – there will be one – but there has to be some backing by some central governments out there.

If any digital currency demonstrates long-term viability, it will probably be one that’s backed by a central bank.”

Two weeks ago, Dimon sent the price of bitcoin tumbling when he called the digital currency a fraud and said he would fire any JPM traders caught trading it. He added that it made people like his daughter feel like “geniuses” for buying in early.  

“It’s a fraud. It’s making stupid people, such as my daughter, feel like they’re geniuses. It’s going to get somebody killed. I’ll fire anyone who touches it.”

Surprisingly, given bitcoin’s role in helping disrupt the financial services industry, not every Wall Street CEO shares Dimon’s dim view on the digital currency. Two days ago, Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman told WSJ that he believes Dimon is wrong and that “bitcoin is certainly more than a fad.” However, he conceded that “there is a government risk to it” – alluding to Chinese authorities’ decision to shutter local bitcoin exchanges. Joining Dimon and Belfort in the skeptics’ corner is Bridgewater Associates Founder Ray Dalio, who said last week that he believes bitcoin is in a bubble.

Circling back to Belfort, he explained to the Street that he just couldn’t wrap his head around bitcoin…

“Basically, the idea that it’s being backed by nothing other than a program that creates artificial scarcity it seems kind of bizarre to me.”

He also claimed that he knows people who lost money in the Mt. Gox hack, and that the incident served as a wakeup call.

“They could steal it from you I know people who have lost all their money like that…”

Of course, Dimon’s statement didn’t stop JP Morgan Securities from transacting in a bitcoin-linked exchange-traded product traded on Nasdaq Stockholm, prompting an algorithmic liquidity provider called Blockswater to sue Dimon for “spreading false and misleading information” about bitcoin.

Traders, meanwhile, have continued to vote with their wallets: Bitcoin finally filled the “Dimon gap” yesterday, and has continued to climb on Thursday…

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So Jamie and the Wolf on Wall Street agree. Do we need to know anymore?

Source: ZeroHedge

Bitcoin Blows Through $4000 As Asian Demand Soars

While many of the largest cryptocurrencies are fading modestly this morning, Bitcoin is holding on to dramatic agains which saw the largest virtual currency spike to as high as $4190 as Yen, Yuan, and Won trading activity dominated volumes.

Bitcoin Cash remains in 4th place overall by market cap but Bitcoin is the only currency higher among the top 5 this morning.

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Soaring past $4000…

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As CoinTelegraph reports, the trading of Bitcoin in Japanese yen has accounted for almost 46 percent of total trade volume worldwide. The trading of Bitcoin in US dollar accounted for around 25 percent, while the trading of Bitcoin in South Korean won and Chinese yuan accounted for approximately 12 percent each.

Additionally, anticipated demand is being priced in after VanEck filed for an ‘active strategy’ Bitcoin ETF:

The Fund seeks to achieve its investment objective by investing, under normal circumstances, in U.S. exchange-traded bitcoin-linked derivative instruments (“Bitcoin Instruments”) and pooled investment vehicles and exchange-traded products that provide exposure to bitcoin (together with Bitcoin Instruments, “Bitcoin Investments”).

The Fund is an actively managed exchange-traded fund (“ETF”) and should not be confused with one that is designed to track the performance of a specified index.

The Fund’s strategy seeks to provide total return by actively managing the Fund’s investments in Bitcoin Investments.

Bitcoin’s solid performance in early August reflected that of gold’s amidst the selloff in stocks and bonds around the world due to the growing apprehensions over North Korea’s nuclear threat.

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And the latest moves this weekend in the crypto world suggest gold will open well north of $1300 tonight.

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