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The bitcoin market worries experts

At the moment, the value of bitcoin is sky rocketing due to the rising demand of the cryptocurrency.  This has led many experts to believe that a fall is expected in the market soon. Currently, Bitcoin is preparing to reach a new record as it is on the journey of going from $4,031 to $4,500.

Bitcoin value has increased by 60% in the past month and experts are predicting that something could go very wrong in the market.

The reason behind bitcoin’s drive to such high notes is that a larger number of people have begun to obtain bitcoin and this increased demand has led to increasing the market capitalization of the cryptocurrency.

The head of investment strategy at Black Rock, Richard Ternhill, recently commented on the Cryptocurrency Exchange situation as “terrifying”.

In the meantime, Goldman Sachs specialists predict that the bitcoin price is expected to experience a sharp drop and its duplicates would downfall to zero. They are expecting the price to drop to $1,800.

 

Story Credits: marketsmorning.com

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ICO Coins: Utility Tokens vs Security Tokens

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Back in 2017, a boom in ICO creation was seen as hundreds of companies that were formed on the Blockchain with its attached digital currency were born in the form of an investable token. SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) already had a closer look at the ICOs token and has declared them securities in most cases. Not every token that is being developed off the Blockchain should have that quality that directs it to be categorized as securities. Only a few other types of tokens are available that can be built off the Blockchain and one of them are utility tokens.

Although there are more than two types of tokens, it’s still essential to improve these two types, as they can be used in defining a new token that comes through an ICO- the security and utility token. To understand the divergence between these two tokens, a direction can be selected by ICO that can work better for them.

utility tokens

What is Security Token?

If a value of crypto-token originates from an external tradable asset, it is categorized as a security token. If we look at the DAO tokens from 2016, it was declared by SEC that ICO tokens might be a subject to federal securities laws. ICO tokens never meant to be securities, but the chairman of SEC, Jay Clayton, noted that every ICO token that SEC has seen so far is considered as security and clarified, that if a crypto-asset that is allotted by a company upsurges in worth over time, depending on the company’s performance, it is also considered as security.

What is Utility Token?

Utility tokens are another style of tokens that serve a role in various cases where there’s a requirement of the security token. A utility token represents the future access to a service or a product of the company. The characteristic that defines the utility tokens is that they’re not intended for investments. If they’re properly organized, then this characteristic frees utility tokens from federal laws governing securities.

You can also say that utility tokens are the coupons for the company. It’s basically a token that is different from the typical ICO token that is being used by many at this time. Despite the fact that it’s not perfect for every company, there are still many examples where utility tokens have a great place against the security tokens.

Should you choose utility over security?

Many companies rely on the “securities” but still, there are many companies that will not do the same. There is a collection of multiple types of utility tokens as each of them has different features that could include the needs of ICO. So, it’s really important to split the tokens into fungible or non-fungible.

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Bitcoin Highlights – 2017 Edition

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2017 has been an adrenaline-packed roller-coaster ride for Bitcoin so far. Especially taking in the fact that it hit its highest record, crossing over 2,900 USD towards the end of June.

Here we are going to take a look at this year’s top bitcoin news from around the world.

 

BITCOIN VS. GOLD:

Who could’ve ever thought that something that exists virtually could cross the value of something as valuable as GOLD?

On March 3rd, 2017, the cryptocurrency set a fresh record of $1,268 while Gold rested at $1,233. The precious metal seemed to be having a bad month as it had dropped more than 2 percent within the same week. Meanwhile, Bitcoin seemed to be on the rise, with a 7 percent rise in a weeks’ time.

This cross is something that will always remain symbolic due to Bitcoin’s incomparable fighting power.

JAPAN:

The reasons behind the success of Bitcoin, particularly in 2017 could begin with the legalization of the cryptocurrency in Japan, which is Asia’s richest economy. Following the announcement, retailers and companies began queueing up to accept the popular digital currency. Moreover, the number of retail storefronts has risen to 300,000 in 2017 alone, things are definitely turning around for Japan.

Also, let us not forget that Japan has officially eliminated the tax on Bitcoin which is bound to drive an increase in Bitcoin trading.

RUSSIA:

Russia announced their legalization of the use of cryptocurrencies in 2017. Their government confirmed in late April, that a draft bill would create the legal framework for trading in cryptocurrencies. Surprisingly, this is coming exactly a year after the same Russian institutions had announced that anyone caught using Bitcoin or any other cryptocurrency would be jailed.

Why this change you may ask?

Russia plans on implementing the blockchain technology within its banking sector, to eliminate liquidity crisis and money laundering. Central authorities have closed down many banks but shutting down is not enough to wipe out frauds. Ultimately, authorities have decided to implement new technological applications that allow the government to surveillance people throughout. Thus, the sudden involvement is being shown in the digital world.

EDUCATIONAL INDUSTRY:

The University of Ohio has now officially begun hosting their first classes about Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as a part of its MFE curriculum. To follow up, several colleges have even started to accept Bitcoin as a payment method, a step that has definitely pushed Bitcoins to new heights.

In addition, two Montessori schools in Flatiron & Soho have now started to accept Bitcoin as a payment and 10 parents have already opted to enroll their kids using Bitcoin. Marco Ciocca, co-founder, and chairman of the schools added this payment option in June.

The above points prove that Bitcoin is becoming more and more popular as we type this article. People are intrigued to know more about the cryptocurrency and have adapted to the system to develop a better understanding. Obviously, because who wouldn’t want to exchange or shop for anything and everything without having to leave the comfort of their homes.

These are the major bitcoin highlights 2017 but, this is definitely not the end of it. Bitcoin is known for its staying power and we know that despite all of its competitors, it’s one tough cookie!

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Everything you need to know about Segregated Witness

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I have been noticing on many online bitcoin districts that various users are unable to understand the concept of Segregated Witness. This post will clear up any doubts, uncertainties, and myths regarding SegWit.

So, what happens in SegWit?

SegWit is short for Segregated Witness and it’s a proposal presented by the developers of Bitcoin Core. Originally it was aimed to solve the transaction malleability, which is a well-known weak spot in the Bitcoin system. The idea behind SegWit is that the signatures in a transaction, also known as the “witness data” are skipped when calculating the transaction id.

Basically, SegWit will update the 1MB size block limit to 4-million unit block weight limit. This counts serialized
witness data and one unit and core block data as four units. This is an entirely new transaction format, meaning the block size is increased. SegWit counts each byte in a witness as 0.25 bytes towards the 1MB block limit, thus the maximum size of a block becomes just under 4MB.

It’s not that the data gets smaller, it’s just counted in a way that allows for the block limit to be increased.

The short/easy version

In simple words, signature related data is removed from bitcoin transactions, causing them to appear smaller in size. Also, making the block size smaller, further, allowing more transactions to take place.

 

Clearing up myths and rumors

Myth: SegWit as a soft fork is much more dangerous than a hard fork

A soft fork ensures that the backward and forward compatibility is under control. Also, when a soft fork is set up, old versions of Bitcoin software will be able to function without any faults. On the other hand, a hard fork requires every Bitcoin user to update to the new software to support the consensus rules. Any user that fails to upgrade to the new software might be under the risk of getting thrown off the Bitcoin network.

 

Myth: SegWit is more complicated than a super simple hard fork

Similar to a hard fork, SegWit proposes the same idea of increasing the block size limit. No doubt, it is pretty complex and introduces several changes, but it is a relatively simple conceptual change. Basically, SegWit ignores the signatures when calculating the transactions, but as a soft fork, some additional changes must be made to make SegWit transactions compatible with non-segwit nodes. These changes then have side effects which can be beneficial to Bitcoin. It also contains more functionality than a hard fork increasing the block size limit. The hard fork to increase the block size limit also appears simple, but additional changes need to be made to support the deployment and to solve the quadratic hashing issue with transactions.

 

Myth: Miners who don’t upgrade to segwit will be forcefully told to quit the bitcoin network

This is false since SegWit will be deployed using the BIP9 versionbits which uses a 95% threshold. A miner would not run into any trouble, as long as he follows certain rules. However, if he fails to follow these rules, he could end up with transactions including witnesses but he wouldn’t be having the witnesses nor the witness root hash in the Coinbase. This would be an invalid block that would be in the orphan pool.

 

What are the benefits of SegWit?

Besides the obvious benefit of having to increase the capacity, there are several other benefits that come with the introduction of SegWit. Some of those benefits are:

  • Node performance is tested based on how weighting data
  • Signature covers value
  • Linear scaling of sighash operations
  • MultiSig gets more security
  • Script versioning
  • Increased security to almost-full-nodes

Why hasn’t SegWit been activated yet?

If there is not enough support shown, it might result in a contentious fork. That means a part of the network switches to the new client while some remain to use the older version. This leads to two sets of cryptocurrencies with different rules, co-existing and competing for users and legitimacy.

In order to avoid such a situation, the developers of SegWit have programmed a specific rule in the software proclaiming that it will only activate once it reaches the 95% mark.

Currently, the support is hovering around 32-33%. 

Everything you need to know about Segregated Witness

 

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Bitcoin – technology meets Swiss Watches

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12 July 2017, Switzerland introduces a new “Bitcoin Watch.”

Bernecker Uhrenwerke associates the digital currency Bitcoin with unique wristwatches, categorized by the new design. This effort is just to utilize the bitcoin community.

Everyone is blown away by the success of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. With expansions of numerous transparent and daily new records, they also surprise their major opponents. Bitcoin fans have the opportunity to demonstrate their ethics on daily basis. Now, there is the first Bitcoin watch is available to prove the support for digital currency with elegant design.

“Bitcoin watch” offers in two collections of 4 models each. Moreover, with Swiss company Ronda’s Quartz movement, or, in luxury variety, with 39 well-known Swiss watch maker’s Eterna.  Its price is between 260 Euro(quartz) and 3700 Euro (automatic).

This new watch is launch on the inventive platform “Kickstarter.” Whereas, the price of Quartz collection in the restricted publication of 500 pcs at Kickstarter is up to 229 euro and “automatic” collection’s price in limited edition is 2290 euro.

News credit: www.coindesk.com

 

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How To Get Registered With FINtrac?

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Every business needs an identity. A secure platform for business transactions. Accordingly, It needs a complete registration. Following are few steps of registration:

  • You have to complete the pre-registration form. Where you need to submit your business information, either it is a corporation, sole proprietor, or partnership based business.

While, after the completion of pre-registration form, the company will contact you within 5 days with ID and password.

  • You need to sign in MSB registration system with ID and password provided by the company. (MSB registration is a system where business is described by the owner that transmits or converts money).
  • MSB registration includes 4 sections: home page, navigation through MSG registration form, submitting your form to FINtrac and you will receive notification messages, definition, etc.
  • After the submission of the MSB form, you need to complete other information:
  1. Your bank account information
  2. Complete information about compliance officer
  3. You employees number
  4. Business structure
  5. Information of senior management of MSB
  6. Complete information about your branch and Canadian MSB agent.
  7. Total expected expense including the fees

Meanwhile, Company will take 14 days for the verification. If the company rejects your form, there is nothing more for you. On the other hand, if you get the approval, you will proceed to the next step which involves:

  1. Your approval notice and registration number
  2. Clarification request (if you didn’t respond this section on time, you may assess penalties). The clarification request includes (sign in with MSB then, follow the instruction about response to clarification strength then, review the information and at the end, check your details, once you submitted your form, you will have done with your work)

Following are some Criminal Penalties:

  • In case of a suspicious transactions, the penalty is up to $2 million and/or 5 years imprisonment.
  • In case of a large cash transaction or an electronic funds transfer, the penalty is up to $500,000 for the first offense and $1 million for subsequent offenses.
  • If you fail to meet with record requirements the penalty can go up to $500,000 and/or 5 years of imprisonment.
  • During the examination of the compliance, if you fail to provide information, the penalty will be up to $500,000 and/or 5 years imprisonment.
  • Disclosing the facts or suspicious transactions: the penalty is up to 2 years of imprisonment.

What is The Penalty In Case of Violation?

At minor violations, the penalty starts from $1 dollar to $1000, depending on the violation nature.

  • At serious violation, the penalty goes from $1 to $100,000,
  • The extremely serious violations may see your penalty going from $1 to $100,000

Third, These penalties are applied according to the Canadian act “Proceeds of Crime and Terrorist Financing Act”.

A company with the negative background will be not registered with    MSB.

What Are The Documents Required for The Registration:

When you are going to register your business with FINtrac, the following are the documents required at the time of registration.

  • ID
  • Bank statement
  • Driving license
  • Passport details
  • Birth certificate

You may also need to provide other documents on demand. 

How to Contact FINtrac?

If you want to know more details about your registration, you have an option to visit the site. In addition, you can directly contact the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Center of the Canada. The address is:

24th floor, 234 Laurier Avenue West

Ottawa, ON K1P 1H7, Canada

Contact number: 1-866-346-8722

Goodluck!

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