Shortly after a major hack cost one of the world’s foremost exchanges, Binance, 7000 BTCs worth $41 million, Changpeng Zhao’s brief consideration of ‘reorgs’ spurred the crypto-verse’s interest. While aimed at recovering a $41 million loss, the idea was quickly dropped since it signaled telltale signs of market manipulation.
While the hunt to find the Binance hackers continues, it has sparked a discussion within the crypto-community to find out the direct implications of a ‘reorg’. While most crypto-analysts, influencers, and entrepreneurs despised the reorg idea, Money Button’s Ryan X Charles created waves when he tweeted,
“Blockchain reorgs are an important part of the Bitcoin protocol.”
Discarding any concerns of “market manipulation by the miners”, Charles argued that the reorg process would “encourage miners to stay on top of their game”. He further supported this claim by saying,
“If a miner gets reorged, it’s their loss. Users don’t care because their transactions are included in both chains.”
As the tweet gained traction in the crypto-verse, the community exhibited mixed feelings about Charles’ take on the short-lived reorg idea. One crypto-enthusiast went to the extent of disputing Charles’ claim of reorgs not affecting users, responding,
“It does affect users. If your chain has high chances of being reorg from time to time, then I cannot trust 1 conf as final. So no matter if your fees are low and Tx come into the first block .. I will still need to wait for more confirmations than a reliable chain.”
With the hunt behind the lost BTCs still underway, the community is yet to agree unanimously on the implications of any reorg idea that may be proposed in the future. If the reorg idea were to finally catch fire in the future, experts speculate it to be the fundamental ‘damage control’ strategy for future hacks and thefts of the similar kind.
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Bitcoin will likely be valued at $100,000 with a market cap of over $2 trillion before the end of 2021
The entire cryptocurrency market seems to be on the brighter side of the market since the beginning of the year. A majority of the coins have recorded significant recoveries from their 2018 slump, a period during which most coins lost over 90 percent of their value, when compared to their all-time highs. Among all the coins in the market, Bitcoin [BTC] aka the digital gold, was noted to be making a massive comeback as the coin breached the $11,000 mark after nearly 15 months. The coin however, soon retracted to settle below the $11,000 level.
According to CoinMarketCap, at press time, Bitcoin was trading at $10,887.27 with a market cap of $93.549 billion. The coin recorded a 24-hour trading volume of $20.757 billion for the past 24 hours and saw a massive rise of over 17 percent over the past seven days.
Anthony Pompliano, Co-founder of Morgan Creek Digital Assets, predicted that the largest digital currency could rise to reach $100,000, before the end of 2021. Pomp added that he was around 70-75 percent confident in this prediction. He stated,
“As I have previously said, making predictions is difficult […] Part of my process as a professional money manager is forming a thesis (price target), identifying a timeline (date), and establishing a confidence level. And then constantly re-evaluating those three aspects of my thought process as I receive new information.”
Pomp however, listed six pointers that have to be understood beforehand. First, this prediction is not an investment advice, and people should do their own research before investing in the digital currency. The second is with respect to Bitcoin’s volatility, with Pomp remarking that since it was a highly volatile market, the coin could witness a significant fall before being valued at $100,000. He stated,
“I anticipate that there will be numerous 20-30% drawdowns from new all-time highs as the asset continues to appreciate in value. These mini-boom/bust cycles should not cause panic, but rather need to be understood as natural market dynamics whenever an asset gains significant value in short periods of time.”
Further, the partner of the investment firm stated that the rise would be driven by several catalysts. This includes institutional adoption, exchange-traded funds and retail product approvals, global instability, governments all across the globe manipulating currencies, markets and economy. He went on to state,
“The market cap of Bitcoin will reach $2+ trillion when Bitcoin is worth $100,000. This is less than 1/3 the market cap of gold and less than 1/40 the global money supply.”
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