Satoshi Nakamoto familiarizes Bitcoin anonymously around the world. The online digital currency was published in late 2008 on cypherpunk mailing list in its white paper. Furthermore, cryptographer follows the same method in the 1990s.
However, bitcoin has few online, offline and social media forums. We will discuss some top bitcoin forums in this article.
Online Bitcoin Forums:
A passionate community of the users, developers, businesspersons, investors follow the expansion of the bitcoin. Members of this community have a discussion about market trend, share their ideas regarding digital currency on both online and offline platforms. Following are few online platforms for the discussion.
The Bitcoin Mailing List:
Propagation of the bitcoin adoption among the public needs more development. Basically, they need a platform to share their ideas and developers start working on its core software to provide such comfort to the users. In 2011, bitcoin mailing list introduced on Linux foundation server especially launched for this purpose.
Where everyone has the opportunity to join the list. While brokers only allow posting on topics.
A bitcoin platform, where bitcoin community is free to have a discussion about the Bitcoin technicalities. This forum was the part of the bitcoin.org in early 2011. Sirius owns this domain and admin goes by Theymos.
This platform is common for the signature campaigns or promotion messages attach to the comments by users. Those who meet the requirements for this feature, take compensation from the advertisers.
News accumulating site, which allows its users to arrange communities such as subreddits around topics of interest. Two most common subreddits such as r/Bitcoin and r/BTC, among the users, with 230,000 and 36,000 subscribers. r/Bitcoin was the one-man show in late 2015. But, when scaling debate occurred, facilitators amended the discussion that supported Bitcoin XT. In addition, an increase in block size slightly than second-layer solutions. Then, few members launched r/BTC to reclaim their voice.
A discussion site, where you are free to talk about the Bitcoin and have a lot of discussions about it. You can visit the site http://btcwarriors.com/
Bitcoin has covered all the aspect of the interest. It has the community channels, groups, lists, pages on all well-reputed websites. A large number of the companies have created channels on various platform such as slack to cover all the aspects of the cryptocurrency.
A single click on Facebook or Linked in will brings a wide information in front of you. Whereas, for other including WhatsApp, Telegram or slack – you need a group or network to proceed.
A forum where developers teaming up to work on the projects. Bitcoin has a source on the platform with the thousands of the commits from bitcoin core developers. In short, this is a place where only developers allow for underwriting the discussion by using their cryptographic code.
Three well-known Bitcoin forums provide the physical meetups, conferences, and hackathons.
Bitcoin community has active meetup groups around the globe. Meet.com facilitates such type of groups. Member of this bitcoin trading platform has the meeting once or twice in a month and share their experiences, market trend and current situation accordingly. In addition, few groups have to launch the pads for startups, a marketplace where anyone has the total opportunity to buy and sell physical bitcoin.
By attending the conferences, you have the opportunity to interact with others business holders, developers, talk persons from different communities.
Hackathons were organized and developed by Bitcoin software developers and contributors. Contributors use them to showcase their innovations and compete. You can easily find such type of events around the world.
Before discussing the main issue, let’s discuss about the crypto financial derivatives and their role in digital payments. Crypto financial derivatives also known as bitcoin derivatives, are in fact security arrangements with a price that is dependent upon or derived from an underlying contract whereby differences in settlement are made in the form of digital cryptocurrencies.
Due to the insecurity involved in this whole process, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has toughened its requirements for CFDs in terms of cryptocurrencies. If you are investing in cryptocurrency, this update may affect your future investment plans.
Role of ESMA in Financial Decision
In fact ESMA is an independent authority which makes sure to improve investor protection and promote more stable financial markets. ESMA’s board of supervisors is solely responsible for all the policy decisions. The decisions and policies of ESMA have a direct impact upon the following areas and stakeholders:
- Financial service providers
- The financial services industry
- Retail and institutional investors and consumers
- Users of financial markets
- The economy of general public
- Regulators of securities markets
What are CFDs?
To be precise and to the point, CFDs are in fact arrangements made in the form of a futures contract, according to which differences arising in the settlement are compensated in the form of cash payments, rather than physical goods.
CFDs are usually assumed to be an easier way of settlement as compared to other contemporary methods. It is also preferred by majority of users because as all gains and losses are paid in cash form. The most interesting case in terms of CFDs is that without actually owning one, it gives its investors all the risks and benefits of a security.
Expected change in leverage limit
It is being expected that the leverage limit of CFDs will be changed to 2:1 at its opening by the EU regulator. According to this leverage limit, the investor must have enough funds to cover at least half of the contract value upon its opening. Previously, the leverage limit was 5:1, it allowed the investor deposit only 20 percent of the CFD’s at the time of deal.
The reason behind this sanction is only that ESMA recently highlighted in one of its statements that cryptocurrencies required a deeper monitoring due to the risks it posed in case of undergoing investment deals. ESMA is not alone to show concern in case of cryptocurrencies, even the the Austrian Finance Minister proposed to strictly regulate the cryptocurrency derivatives in order to prevent money laundering with it.
Due to its lack of protection EU regulators have also warned investors about the ultimate risks associated with cryptocurrencies.
According to the chairman of the US SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission), Jay Clayton, ‘all ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings) are not fraudulent’. These remarks were made by Clayton, on 5th April, during a speech at Princeton University. Clayton also added that stamping out fraud in the cryptocurrency market is perilous to protect customers. As well as, the improved regulatory analysis will essentially benefit the industry by removing fraudsters from it and con artists who give the whole place a bad name. Since there’ve been many ICO fraud cases before, the remarks of Clayton became viral.
Jay Clayton’s Remarks
“Is the approach taken in Washington by the SEC adversely affecting distributed ledger technology in other areas? My hope is that it’s actually helping because this technology is being used for fraud… And to the extent that it’s being used for fraud, history shows that government comes down harshly on that technology later.”
He also added:
“If we don’t stop the fraudsters, there is a serious risk that the regulatory pendulum – the regulatory actions – will be so severe that they will restrict the capacity of this new security.”
Clayton signalled about SEC investigations, in February 2018, that his agency would be investigating cryptocurrencies and at that time, he said:
“I believe every ICO I’ve seen is a security.”
However, a few weeks later, ICOs were again targeted by the SEC as it issued dozens of subpoenas to the tech-companies related to cryptocurrencies, and counsellors to explore how ICOs are organized.
ICOs Ceased for Scam
Fraud charges were filed against the co-founders of Centra Tech, Robert Farkas and Sohrab Sharma on April 2, by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Centra tech co-founders were accused of raising $32 million by vending unregistered securities throughout the Centra ICO, as it was promoted by Floyd Mayweather (boxing champ) and DJ Khaled (record producer).
According to public documents, the SEC is now looking forward to two bitcoin exchange-traded funds for listing on the NYSE Arca, which is the first “all-electronic” exchange in the US. The name of these two-bitcoin exchange-traded funds are:
- The ProShares Bitcoin ETF
- The ProShares Short Bitcoin ETF
SEC to Allow Cryptocurrency ETFs
Cboe president, Chris Concannon advised the agency to permit crypto ETFs and soon after that, the SEC consideration of bitcoin ETFs showed up. In a letter, that was sent to the SEC, on23rd March, Concannon sacked criticism that virtual currencies are extremely volatile to be treated like other dependable commodities.
Concannon wrote in the letter:
“Because of its innovative features as a digital asset, bitcoin has gained wide acceptance as a secure means of exchange in the commercial marketplace and has generated significant interest among investors.”
Concannon also added that there is sufficient reliable price info from the bitcoin futures market on CME and Cboe Futures Exchange that must alleviate the regulatory uncertainties about its impenetrability as an asset-tool.
Richard Thaler is well-known for his expertise and work in behavioural economics, also, he’s a Nobel prize-winning economist. Recently while speaking to a Portuguese publication ECO, he stated that after taking a close look at the market, he thinks that “bitcoin and its sisters” seem like a bubble and despite his analysis, he doesn’t have any idea when this bubble might burst.
Thaler said, that he can clearly see a bubble in the debt markets, as the given rates are almost close to zero. Furthermore, he added, that the market to him seems like a bubble of “bitcoin and its sisters”. Also, the cryptocurrency ecosystem is also acting absurdly, according to Thaler.
Thaler highlighted the Long Island Iced Tea’s shares as an example, as the shares are surging above 300% following a blockchain rebrand to Long Blockchain Corp. According to Thaler, it doesn’t make sense that companies are adding blockchain to their name and by just doing that, their value is going up, and it just keeps going like this.
Thaler had already paradoxically discussed the whole Long Island Iced Tea case on his Twitter account. It happened after he got the Nobel prize, for his work in behavioural economics that also warns us of the distinctions between the behaviour of reality and homo economicus.
By using the examples of the dot-com bubble and 1987 Black Monday crash, Thaler said, he didn’t try to anticipate when this bubble of “bitcoin and its sisters” will burst, because by looking at history, we can clearly see that awful things can happen when markets become irrational.
In normal markets, we don’t see extreme events like these as often as we do in the cryptocurrency markets – Richard Thaler
Last year, in an interview, he stated that it looked like he was living in the riskiest moment of his life, and the stock markets seemed to be napping, although he admitted that he couldn’t understand it. He also admitted that was anxious about the stock markets and when the investor gets nervous, then it’s obvious that he’s going to get agitated. However, he noted that nothing can spook the market.
It seems like that Richard Thaler doesn’t like bitcoin, however, he isn’t the only Nobel prize-winning economist who dislikes bitcoin. Joseph Stiglitz, who won the price in Economic Sciences in 2001, apparently doesn’t find any useful functions for Bitcoin and thinks that cryptocurrency could be regulated out of the existence. Robert Shiller (Nobel laureate), who won a prize for his work in Trendspotting in asset markets, back in 2013, predicted that we’ll see a bitcoin crash, although it won’t go to zero, but it will probably bring the cryptocurrency down.