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Bitcoin [BTC]: ‘Gucci Gang’ rapper forays into Lightning Network with website integration

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Bitcoin [BTC] and the rest of the cryptocurrency market has been working towards achieving mainstream adoption amongst the masses. This mantra seems to have worked in small capacities after the adoption of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies by institutions and other popular individuals in the general financial space.

In a move that may provide a significant boost to Bitcoin’s claim of being ‘digital gold,’ Lil’ Pump, the American rapper best known for his Billboard-topping ‘Gucci Gang,’ revealed that users can now use BTC to purchase articles and memorabilia on his merchandise store, ‘Unhappy’.

The clincher in the deal, according to many proponents of the cryptocurrency, is the fact that payments will be conducted over the Bitcoin Lightning Network [LN]. The release of the Lightning Network was meant to increase the speed of Bitcoin transactions, while at the same time reducing fees on individual transactions.

Source: unhappy.com

Source: unhappy.com

On checkout, the website gives the user three options of payment: credit card, PayPal and finally, Bitcoin. Once the user chooses the Bitcoin payment option, they are directed to a window where they have the choice to transact payments on the Lightning Network or opt for a standard on-chain Bitcoin transaction. Both options can be carried out by scanning their respective QR codes, a process that is aimed at streamlining the checkout process thanks to the LN.



Many supporters of Bitcoin consider Lil Pump’s involvement in Bitcoin as a step in the right direction for the world’s largest cryptocurrency. The ‘Gucci Gang’ singer is not the first mainstream personality to associate himself with Bitcoin as both Eminem and Soulja Boy have previously made references to it in their songs. However, Pump is the first to implement a practical application around digital assets.

The Bitcoin Lightning Network saw another use case recently when Sparkswap raised $3.5 million to build a cryptocurrency exchange on the network. Terry Griffith, Founder of Sparkswap, stated,

“They’re just frustrated by the fact that it takes weeks to pull their money out. By building Sparkswap on Lightning Network Atomic Swaps, we can get performance and currencies needed to build liquid markets without giving up control of your assets.”





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JP Morgan: Big banks stand corrected as Bitcoin rally past intrinsic value; admits current surge mirrors 2017 rise

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Big banks are riding a FOMO wave as the Bitcoin bull-run is just beginning. Spearheaded by the changing colors of JP Morgan, which recently forayed into the digital assets world, the banking elite is now suggesting that their initial stance on Bitcoin and the larger cryptocurrency world might have been off.

A recent chart by JP Morgan shows the current BTC price veer upwards chiding the “intrinsic value” the big bank placed on the virtual currency.

Based on the article by Bloomberg, the price of the coin would reverse towards the end of December 2018 and then make marginal gains until May 2019, all under the $5,000 mark. In reality, the BTC price, after dropping to “rock bottom” at just above $3,100 in early December 2018, edged upwards.

Several spurts of growth were seen in early January and February, prior to a massive April ascendance. On April 2, Bitcoin did away with the bank’s value mode and amassed a daily gain of over 15 percent, fuelling its current rise. Breaking the $5,000 ceiling in the process, which was pegged to remain intact well into May 2019, the king coin is now almost $3,000 ahead of the mark and is not looking to stop.

Source: Bloomberg

It should be noted that JP Morgan’s “intrinsic value” is calculated on the basis of the marginal cost of production, electricity prices, and hash rates. This model does not take into account, at least on absolute terms, the anticipatory effect of the 2020 halving, which, according to a slew of analysts is the behind the price rise.

Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou, the MD in the Global Market Strategy team at JP Morgan stated that Bitcoin breaking through its “intrinsic value” showed signs of mirroring its 2017 bull run. He evidenced this move by comparing the pre-December 2017 slump to the one seen prior to the current bullish swing.

The analyst added:

“Over the past few days, the actual price has moved sharply over marginal cost. This divergence between actual and intrinsic values carries some echoes of the spike higher in late 2017, and at the time this divergence was resolved mostly by a reduction in actual prices.”

With the analyst admitting that the imparting of an “intrinsic or fair value” to a cryptocurrency, much less a volatile one like Bitcoin, is a “challenging” ordeal, a mere JP Morgan acknowledgement of a Bitcoin bull-run is a remarkable sign for the digital assets industry, especially given the bank’s and its CEO Jamie Dimon’s Bitcoin-bashing in the past.

Mati Greenspan, senior market analyst at eToro attested to the same, adding a key point that JP Morgan failed to take into account in their calculation. He stated:



“Great to see JPM finally admitting that Bitcoin has intrinsic value.
Now wait till they understand that miners who run a surplus tend to begin hording.”

Despite Bitcoin slumping at press time, recording a 1.23 percent decline against the dollar, the prospects look positive. After recording a massive gain on 19 May, briefly surging past $8,000 for the second time in a week, Bitcoin created a High-Low [HL] at $7,100, which many analysts look at with glee.

This HL immediately following last week’s pull-back caused due to post-Consensus bears, a Bitstamp sell-order and market correction showed the king coin’s bullish persistence and can even be a foundation for a $9,000 ascendance, defying any “intrinsic value” expectations.





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