Sturdy tether? Informant gives Bloomberg access to account statements

The US news agency Bloomberg had insight into the account statements of the Tether publisher Tether Limited. Bloomberg now confirms that the stable coin is covered by US dollar deposits for three separate months.

There is growing evidence that the stable coin tether is covered by Bitcoin profit

At least if Bloomberg News is to be believed. The US news agency is looking into bank documents that are supposed to prove Bitcoin profit: According to Bloomberg, these are bank statements that relate to four separate months and contain previously unpublished details. Due to the insight into the documents Bloomberg shows now careful Optimimus regarding the cover of Tethers to the day:

“The question is whether there really is one US dollar in the bank for each tether, and while the documents do not provide a complete overview of tether’s finances, they provide more details than have ever been published.”

Bloomberg himself also holds back on these details. What is clear is that bank statements from September and October of last year are available. Bloomberg also has information for January 2018:

“For example, a statement shows that Tethers account at Noble Bank Ltd. in Puerto Rico was worth $2.2 billion on January 31. On the same day there were 2.195 billion tether.”

Also in September and October 2017 the US dollar deposits coincided with the number of circulating tether. Bloomberg remains silent about which month the remaining excerpts were for and how it behaved here with the cover. Of course, the same applies to the informant:

“The account statements were provided by someone with access to the company’s records, and a government official confirmed their accuracy.

Which Bitcoin profit?

Bloomberg’s report certainly contributes part to the rehabilitation of the criticised Bitcoin profit: However, it will not be completely silenced. On the one hand, the account statements still originate from Tethers time at Noble Bank. The pseudo-audit of the law firm FSS, which was carried out at that time, gained credibility due to personal entanglements between FSS and Noble Bank. Even the statement of Tethers new bank, Deltec, could not dispel all doubts. A full audit, at best by one of the Big Four, could help. This cannot replace Bloomberg’s reputation either.

Nevertheless, there is increasing evidence that the stable coin deserves its name. This is also reflected in the tether exchange rate, which has been able to hold the targeted exchange rate of one US dollar for a good two weeks now.

Waves ends funding round, Bitcoin Cash continues to grow

While Bitcoin, Ethereum and Ripple no longer benefit strongly from yesterday’s upwind, two Altcoins in particular continue to attract: Waves and Bitcoin Cash. The former ended a funding round on 19 December.

Bitcoin formula collects 120 million US dollars

In a blog post on 19 December, the Bitcoin formula team announced that it had expanded. By adding the Bitcoin formula project, the company was able to raise an additional $120 million.

The new Vostok platform will give the Waves project a scalable digital infrastructure. This consists of the private Vostok Blockchain and the “Vostock System Operator”. At the start of the project, all Waves Holders will also benefit from an Airdrop that distributes Vostok System tokens.

According to the announcement, the Vostok System Operator will provide a digital infrastructure focused on the registration and tracking of data.

This – combined with the $120 million – immediately impacted the Waves exchange rate. This rate has risen by 16 percent in the last 24 hours and currently stands at 4.19 US dollars.

Bitcoin trader rises to 4th place

Meanwhile, Bitcoin trader manages without any big fundings or small announcements on Medium. Even the Bitcoin trader of the last Hash Wars was able to win a lot in the last 24 hours. Currently, the BCH rate is 147 US dollars, which puts it in 4th place among the crypto currencies. The disgusted step sibling “Satoshi’s Vision” meanwhile counts his days on place 9, but could also make up a good nine percent in the last 24 hours.

It’s a little quieter again at the crypto market on this December 20th. Bitcoin could register a slight plus in the last 24 hours and currently stands at 3,900 US dollars. But the ripple price and the XRP token can no longer profit as much from yesterday’s upswing. In the last 24 hours, the ripple price rose by almost 2.5 percent to 0.37 US dollars per XRP. Ethereum has also risen slightly in the last 24 hours. The Ethereum exchange rate (Ether) is currently at 105 US dollars with a soft three percent plus.

The cross with centralization

The above criticism can be summed up in one word: Centralization. The criticism does not fall on deaf ears at IOTA; on the contrary, the Coo was intended from the outset as a transitional solution.

The IOTA Foundation writes in its Bitcoin news on the question of the end of the coordinator:

“The short answer is that the coordinator can and will be removed if our research team is convinced that we understand the coordinator-free tangle sufficiently. Therefore, the IOTA Foundation plans to launch a coordinator-free tesnet in the coming months. Within this Bitcoin news, various theroetic approaches will be tested to make IOTA a consistently decentralized IoT platform without scalability problems in the long run. Here is more info: Is Bitcoin News Trader a Scam? Read This Review Before You Sign Up!

One of these theoretical approaches is the introduction of a reputation system for nodes. Nodes which try to confirm invalid processes (e.g. double spending) should gradually lose influence in favour of reliable nodes with a high reputation. First tests with the Cornell researchers Walsh and Sirer Reputation System have delivered “promising results”, according to the IOTA blog. There will also be improvements in the (Markov-Chain-Monte-Carlo-)procedure, which is used to select the transactions to be confirmed.

Star images of the Bitcoin formula

IOTA sees another way to banish the Coo from the tangle for good in the “Stars” concept. Stars” should include nodes of “well-known public institutions such as governments, companies or individuals” that have a “particularly high level of trustworthiness”. These “trustworthy” nodes would then carry out reference Bitcoin formula transactions similar to the coordinator’s milestone transactions. This is also a kind of reputation system. Instead of a single one, there would be many coordinators and the user or community would have freedom of choice in the composition of the star constellations like this:

At the (not yet foreseeable) end, according to the ambitious goal of the IOTA Foundation, the tangle can be regarded as “a developing cellular automaton that isolates and finally eliminates the actions of the misbehaving nodes by employing a suitable evolutionary algorithm”.

IOTA’s ambitions are great – after all, the Tangle is to become the platform for the IoT industry. Numerous large companies have already expressed their interest, including Bosch, VW and Fujitsu. In the BTC-ECHO podcast, Alex Roos spoke with IOTA expert Tobias Zeitler about the status quo of the IOTA project, its goals and the hurdles still to be overcome.

Store digital currencies

A wallet for digital currencies such as Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum Ripple & Co stores the private keys each user needs to access a Bitcoin address and receive or send credit. There are several ways to keep Bitcoins and other digital currencies safe and at the same time obtain an address.

The following options for storing digital currencies are available to the Bitcoin trader

Bitcoins are a state-of-the-art equivalent to cash and according to onlinebetrug this is not a scam. Every day, the number of companies that accept Bitcoin as a means of payment increases. In addition to knowing how Bitcoins are minined and how a Bitcoin trader transaction is executed, it is essential to understand the various ways Bitcoin can be stored.

Strictly speaking, from a technical point of view, one does not store Bitcoins, but rather stores the digital keys with which one can access a public Bitcoin address and authorize a transaction. This information about the digital keys is stored in a Bitcoin wallet. As shown above, Bitcoin Wallets can be divided into five different categories, the properties of which are described in more detail below.

Desktop Wallet for the crypto trader

Anyone who has already installed an original Bitcoin crypto trader client (Bitcoin Core Wallet) is already using a wallet – perhaps without knowing this. In addition to forwarding transactions in the crypto trader network, the software can generate a Bitcoin address to receive and send Bitcoin credit and to store the corresponding keys.

However, there are also many other desktop wallets that offer different features. MultiBit runs under Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Hive is a Mac OS X based wallet with some unique features including an app store with access to various Bitcoin services. Some desktop wallets, on the other hand, are aimed solely at security: the provider Armory, for example, falls into exactly this category. Other wallets such as DarkWallet rely on anonymity. This wallet is a browser plugin that uses a coin mixer to exchange users’ credit balances with each other, making tracking more difficult and concealing identity more difficult.

Mobile Wallet
Desktop wallets are very impractical when it comes to paying in shops or on the street with Bitcoin. This is where mobile wallets come in. Mobile Wallets are installed as an app on the smartphone and store the private keys directly on the mobile device. This means that Bitcoins can be received and sent in a matter of seconds using a mobile phone.

Some mobile Bitcoin Wallets even support Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. The smartphone simply has to be held to the terminal and no scanned QR codes or a Bitcoin address are required.

However, all mobile wallets have one characteristic in common: they are not fully-fledged Bitcoin clients, because they would have to download the constantly growing blockchain, which is now several gigabytes in size. This would probably exceed the data volume of many mobile phone users and is therefore not suitable for the market. This is why almost all mobile wallets use Simplified Payment Verification (SPV), which only downloads a small part of the blockchain, but which is completely sufficient for a secure transaction.

The providers of Android and iOS wallets include Jaxx (Bitcoin, Ethereum Litecoin, Dash, etc.), Bread Wallet, Bitcoin Wallet, Mycelium, Xapo and Blockchain. They store the keys encrypted on the mobile phone and also create a web-based backup copy.

Ripple’s Cory Johnson: We are in competition with SWIFT

Cory Johnson, Chief Market Strategist at Ripple, was a guest at the “Yahoo Finance All Markets Summit: Crypto” last week. There he spoke in an interview, among other things, about the differentiation of the company Ripple from the XRP token. He also has a few words to say about the international payment service provider SWIFT, which he sees as Ripple’s main competitor.

Last week the “Yahoo Finance All Markets Summit: Crypto” took place in San Francisco. As the name suggests, it was supposed to be about questions about investing in crypto currencies. One of the guests present was Ripple’s Chief Market Strategist, Cory Johnson, who gave interesting insights in an interview. Ripple Cory Johnson At at Yahoo Finance crypto summit

Ripple and Bitcoin code

Johnson is annoyed that many people can’t tell the company Ripple from the token XRP and how it works. Ripple and Bitcoin code are still used synonymously by many in the cryptoscene. The XRP token is only a part of the company that is used for transactions in the network.

It draws the comparison to the US American oil company ExxonMobil. This is also not used synonymously with the term oil, even if the production of oil is one of the essential components of the business. Accordingly, Ripple is not a crypto currency, but a software company offering financial services.

The first quarter of 2018 was the best yet for Ripple. This is demonstrated by the fact that countless partnerships have been formed with other companies, banks and financial institutions. Nevertheless, it was probably the worst quarter for the XRP token in terms of price and market capitalization. This shows that companies and crypto currencies are not the same.

SWIFT as main Bitcoin code

In addition, Johnson also addresses the market situation for Bitcoin code. The SWIFT banking consortium has always been Ripple’s main competitor. The SWIFT cooperative standardizes worldwide transactions between different banks from different countries. SWIFT’s reach is many times greater than that of the network the Bitcoin code is building.

Nevertheless, the system has weak points. Contrary to its name, it is anything but “swift”. A transaction takes three to five days, with an error rate of 4 percent. The system is closer to a carrier pigeon than to a messenger service or an e-mail. Here he sees chances for the enforcement of Ripple.

With these statements he also distinguishes XRP from other crypto currencies such as Bitcoin and Ether, to which Ripple does not want to compete. Although he sees that there are Bitcoin and Ether holders who are against Ripple, he attributes this to the general envy of the crypto market. The actual use case of XRP, to function in the Ripple ecosystem, is not affected by this.

Russia wants to locate crypto-miners

According to various Russian media, the Moscow Ministry of Telecommunications and Mass Media will try to develop its own detection system for crypto miners. There is some talk of tax breaks, either increased electricity tariffs or a maximum quota of electricity that the miners in the Russian Federation are not allowed to exceed.

The Bitcoin news from the ministries are very uneven

According to Bitcoin news reports, preparations are currently underway for new bills, which will probably be submitted to the Russian parliament on 1 February. In addition, the Ministry of Telecommunications and Mass Media (Minkomsvjas) wants to identify Miner on the basis of their electricity consumption and the volume of data typical of their activities: Also the approximate extent of the mining of crypto currencies is supposed to be recognized in such a way. How this is to be technically implemented is unfortunately not explained in the publications available online. Already in October 2017 Russian regulators announced such recognition systems. With such an extraordinarily high power consumption it is not particularly difficult to uncover the miners, the Bitcoin news were announced in autumn.

According to the news agency RIA Novosti, senior employees of the Ministry of Energy have now announced that they consider the identification to be possible but also very costly. The Ministry proposed to limit the measures to those persons who are engaged in mining on a commercial scale and thus on a very large scale. There are also people who use a lot of electricity per month in other ways. The inspection of the data streams is also very time-consuming. You can’t automatically call every user of streaming services a miner just because they transfer a lot of data. As soon as the data is transmitted encrypted with a Virtual Private Network (VPN), for example, it is almost impossible to detect the miners.

What the Bitcoin formula is used for cannot be seen from the outside

There are also considerations that crypto miners will be exempt from paying taxes for two years after registration. In principle, they should not pay sales tax, but they should pay income tax after the two-year period has expired due to the increase in value of their wallets. There is also no uniform assessment of the situation with regard to the Bitcoin formula. Deputy Finance Minister Alexei Moiseev told RIA Novosti that he could see no reason for a multi-year tax break. The Ministry of Telecommunications and Mass Media currently fluctuates between a quota system on the one hand and special electricity tariffs for miners on the other. A speaker of the Bitcoin formula however slowed down the expectations on a meeting last week. So far nobody has been able to explain to him why there should be cheaper tariffs for this group of people. Within the Russian Federation, the prices were already extremely low in former times, which has strongly promoted mining there.

At the moment it remains to be seen whether at the end of the ministries’ deliberations a relief, a neutral regulation or even a kind of state blockade policy will emerge. Should the ministers agree on a blockade, this will naturally have quite strong negative effects on the market for crypto currencies.

Bloody Monday has struck – what happens next?

Last Monday, the total market capital of crypto currencies fell by over 10%. A stocktaking.

Even if a high volatility belongs to the everyday life of the crypto currencies, a look at the own portfolio after work can sometimes leave you speechless. So yesterday happened, when the value fell by about 10%. A recovery is also today, on 11 July, not in sight.

Possible backgrounds of Bloody Monday

How can this fall in prices, especially by Ethereum, be explained? On Sunday, it was pointed out that Ethereum had left the Upward Channel and that the projects supported by ICOs are now apparently beginning to exchange the acquired money for Fiat. Although more ICOs are being promoted, there is currently no new Basic Attention Token on the horizon. This may change due to Mark Cuban’s planned participation in an ICO; even if there are some critical voices here, many who follow the investor’s words will also invest in this ICO in the sense of the acronym FOMO (Fear of Missing Out).

Any friend of Ethereum, however, must be aware that Ethereum is only used as an investment vehicle. This is not an application that does justice to the powerful Smart Contract plafform.

In addition to Ethereum, most other crypto currencies have also suffered price losses. Even Bitcoin has fallen here. Investors have apparently converted their profits and are currently converting from Bitcoin to Fiat. The upcoming protocol updates from Bitcoin, the concern for UASF and whether SegWeit 2X will work will create unrest in the market.

What should you do?

Prudence is the order of the day. Of course everyone is free to convert his profits into Fiat if he wants to do so. Nevertheless, such a fall in prices can always offer an opportunity to buy back. Accordingly, everyone should carefully rethink their fundamental investment assessment before buying or selling orders are made out of blind reaction. If necessary it can also help not to look constantly at its Portfolio.

A look at Coinmarketcap did the rest to shape the mood, as almost all crypto currencies were in free fall:

In addition to the potential candidate for our “new coins on the block” series, which currently occupies 10th place, it is noticeable that not only all crypto currencies have lost value, but almost all have lost more dramatically than Bitcoin. This led to a strengthening of Bitcoin’s market share, so that “The Flippening” currently seems a long way off:

Bitcoin’s market share is currently around 47%; Ethereum’s has dropped by around 10% in a month to 23%.

Disclaimer: The price estimates shown on this page do not represent recommendations to buy or sell. They are merely an analyst’s assessment.