The New Bit Currency Crypto FX paradigm

(GLOBALINTELHUB.COM) — 10/15/2017 Dover, DE — The Bit Paradigm has arrived; with billions being thrown into projects that no one knows who are the founders, or if the profiles they use for their ‘team’ pages are guys working from home or have day-jobs at the local grocery store.  It is transforming the landscape so rapidly, we compiled a sequel to Splitting Pennies entitled Splitting Bits – Understanding Bitcoin and the Blockchain – available on Amazon Kindle for $2.99 and Paperback $9.99.

As Currency experts, we found nothing unusual in the Bit World, it’s just FX 2.0 and hopefully a catalyst for real global financial reform beyond the scope of the myopic Dodd-Frank Consumer Rip Off and Exploitation Regulation that have plagued the US consumer going on 5 years now.  As we’ve explained in our previous work, Splitting Pennies – FX is the basis for the global financial system.  Don’t forget that Bitcoin is denominated in US Dollars.  While FX is the least understood market in the world it is also the most important.

Just remember one thing – customers (business) need currency, they don’t need stocks or Crypto.  Take any business as an example, McDonalds (MCD) is always a great FX example – they need foreign currency as they accept it in more than 110 countries worldwide.

And being based in Chicago, they need to repatriate those currencies into US Dollars, making them one of the biggest FX traders in the world.  So where does Bitcoin fit into all this?  At the moment, it doesn’t.  Of course that’s all changing – and changing quickly.  The news changes by the day – as the Bit Paradigm goes mainstream.  The current market cap of the entire CryptoCurrency Market is $170 Billion according to Coinmarketcap.com.

While that is still far away from traditional markets, the growth rate is beyond parabolic.  Skeptical traders should remember the late 90’s when fears about the Euro kept investors away.  Just take a look at this Monthly EUR/USD chart showing the Euro’s rise against the dollar from lows of .83 to highs of 1.58 before settling into the range that it’s been in recently:

Euro Historical

The Red line from .83 to 1.58 is about 190% or double – and traders should also bear in mind in FX there is a lot of leverage, so the 100% return in 6 years could have been 1000% or greater (many funds did profit from this simple trade).

Of course, the real money in FX is in algorithmic trading, what the banks learned the hard way.. But the Euro is a great example of a synthetic currency that was created artificially, and finally succeeded to be an alternative to the US Dollar as a world reserve.  Although the technicalities of Bitcoin are far different, the gestalt is the same – Bitcoin is a currency created artificially, backed by nothing, and is increasing in value because people believe that it will be used in the future and that the price will go up.  Just like there’s nothing behind Bitcoin, there’s really nothing behind the Euro – with one key difference.  It’s possible for the ECB to print (mint) as many Euros as they want, but it’s not possible to do this with Bitcoin because of the design (there is a limited number of Bitcoin) and because there’s no central bank behind it.

The big story of currency trading Crypto is of course, new alt-coins other than Bitcoin, which are being issued so rapidly it’s impossible to even keep track of them.  Coinmarketcap.com lists 1170 different Cryptocurrencies, you can see the full list here.

For a detailed breakdown of how you can profit from trading Bitcoin, checkout our new book Splitting Bits.

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Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies flash-crashed Saturday night, one day after the US Commodity Future Trading Commission (CFTC) sent subpoenas four cryptocurrency exchanges in an ongoing probe into bitcoin manipulation that began in late July - following the launch of bitcoin futures on the CME, according to the Wall Street Journal
CME’s bitcoin futures derive their final value from prices at four bitcoin exchangesBitstamp, Coinbase, itBit and KrakenManipulative trading in those markets could skew the price of bitcoin futures that the government directly regulates.
In delay reaction, Bitcoin fell as much as $433 or 5.6% in Saturday night trading, with some noting that the flash crash happened shortly after a 90th ranked crypto exchange, Coinrail, had suffered a "cyber intrusion", and was likely the more relevant catalyst for the crypto price drop.
While major Cryptocurrencies were down from 4.5 - 5.5%, Bitcoin Cash dropped over 8.4%. 
The CTFC subpoenas were issued after several of the exchanges refused to voluntarily share trading data with the CME after being asked last December. Of note, the CFTC regulates the CTC. 
According to the WSJ, the CME, which launched bitcoin futures in December, asked the four exchanges to share reams of trading data after its first contract settled in January, people familiar with the matter said. But several of the exchanges declined to comply, arguing the request was intrusive. The exchanges ultimately provided some data, but only after CME limited its request to a few hours of activity, instead of a full day, and restricted to a few market participants, the people added.
What is curious, is that if there was indeed manipulation since the launch of bitcoin futures, it was to the downside, as the price of cryptos peaked around the time the crypto futures were launched, and are down well over 50% in the 6 months since.
Coinbase in particular has been under the watch government regulators. On February 23, Coinbase sent an official notice to around 13,000 customers to notify them they were legally required to turn over their information to the IRS
The IRS had initially asked Coinbase in July 2017 to hand over even more detailed information on every one of its then over 500,000 users in an attempt catch those cheating on their taxes. However, another court order in Nov. 2017 reduced this number to around 14,000 “high-transacting” users, which the platform now reports as 13,000, in what Coinbase calls a “partial, but still significant, victory for Coinbase and its customers.”
Coinbase told the around 13,000 affected customers that the company would be providing their taxpayer ID, name, birth date, address, and historical transaction records from 2013-2015 to the IRS within 21 days. Coinbase’s letter to these customers encourages them “to seek legal advice from an attorney promptly” if they have any questions. Their website also states that concerns may also be addressed on Coinbase’s Taxes FAQ. The ongoing legal battle between Coinbase and the US government dates back to November, 2016, when the IRS filed a “John Doe summons” in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
On Feb. 13, personal finance service Credit Karma released data showing that only 0.04 percent of their customers had reported cryptocurrencies on their federal tax returns. 
And in April, former New York Attorney General, Eric "we could rarely have sex without him beating me" Schneiderman, launched a probe of 13 major cryptocurrency exchanges according to the Wall Street Journal - claiming that investors dealing in the fast-growing markets often don’t have the basic facts needed to protect themselves.
Former AG Schneiderman’s office said the program, called Virtual Markets Integrity Initiative,  is part of its responsibility to protect consumers and ensure the integrity of financial markets, and its goal is to ensure that investors can have a better understanding of the risks and protections afforded them on these sites.
CFTC Commissioner: Crypto is a "modern miracle"
While the CFTC, IRS and New York Attorney General's office are all cracking down on cryptocurrency exchanges, it seems to all be part of the government's embrace of virtual currencies.  Last week CFTC Commissioner Rostin Benham called cryptocurrencies a "modern miracleat the Blockchain For Impact Summit held at the UN in New York last week. 
But virtual currencies may – will – become part of the economic practices of any country, anywhere.  Let me repeat that:  these currencies are not going away and they will proliferate to every economy and every part of the planet.  Some places, small economies, may become dependent on virtual assets for survival.  And, these currencies will be outside traditional monetary intermediaries, like government, banks, investors, ministries, or international organizations.
We are witnessing a technological revolution.  Perhaps we are witnessing a modern miracle. -Rostin Benham
Rostin hinted at the upcoming legal action against the exchanges during his speech:
Under the CEA and Commission regulations and related guidance, exchanges have the responsibility to ensure that their Bitcoin futures products and their cash-settlement process are not readily susceptible to manipulation and the entity has sufficient capital to protect itself.  The CFTC has the authority to ensure compliance. In addition, the CFTC has legal authority over virtual currency derivatives in support of anti-fraud and manipulation including enforcement authority in the underlying markets.

Meanwhile, the official Bitcoin website removed references to Coinbase, Blockchain.com and Bitpay, according to Crypto News - only one of which, Coinbase, was subpoenaed. 
http://Bitcoin.org  just removed/censored the 2 largest US Bitcoin companies (@BitPay Payment processing and @coinbase Bitcoin Exchange). It’s a good move: Bitcoin Core is obviously no longer Bitcoin, and should ideally be removed from both @BitPay and @coinbase too.

The CFTC officially recognized bitcoin as a commodity in September of 2015 when it went after Coinflip for operating a platform for trading bitcoin options without the proper authorization. Since the agency effectively asserted its dominance over the bitcoin market with that decision, this is the first time it has given its blessing to an bitcoin options trading platform. Expect a burst of institutional trading activity to follow - especially since they approved institutional options trading in July
This post sponsored by Total Cryptos @ www.totalcryptos.com  

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