The whole cryptocurrency market has been bleeding ever since the bear stepped in, earlier this year. Along with all the cryptocurrency witnessing a drastic fall, quite similar to its drastic rise, it also drew the attention of the entire world including well-known politicians, media outlets and celebrities.
The one cryptocurrency majority of the people around the world have heard of, at least once, is Bitcoin, the largest cryptocurrency by market cap. This was solely because of the hike in its price, wherein Bitcoin almost reached $20,000.
However, the virtual currency has crushed the sentiments of its investors as the coin is now touching its lowest points from its all-time high. Today is one of the days the cryptocurrency marked another low point, wherein the coin reached over $3130.29 on Coinbase.
Apart from its price, the coin was recently in the spotlight because of a statement made by Atulya Sarin, a professor at Santa Clara University. The professor stated that the cryptocurrency is on its path to zero as it has entered the death spiral phenomenon, because of its price falling below the mining cost.
Now, an early Bitcoin adopter has stepped in and remarked that Bitcoin is dead. The person in the spotlight this time is Erik Finman, a teenager who ended up becoming a Bitcoin millionaire during the 2017 bull run. Additionally, Finman has reportedly been investing in Bitcoin since 2011. In an interview with MarketWatch, he said:
“Bitcoin is dead, it’s too fragmented, there’s tons of infighting I just don’t think it will last. It may have a bull market or two left in it, but long-term, its dead.”
Bitcoin was not the only currency critized by the teenage millionaire. Litecoin [LTC], the seventh-largest cryptocurrency, also joined his bandwagon, stating that Litecoin has “been dead for a while”. Finman went on to say:
“It’s like when the sun is going down and there’s that eight minute period just before it goes dark. Litecoin is in its seventh minute.”
Nonetheless, he considers that cryptocurrencies which are project driven possess the potential to succeed, with his top picks being Ethereum [ETH], ZCash [ZEC], and Bitcoin Cash.
76467|Ripple partner SBI Holdings announces foray into mining space; will compete with giants Nvidia and Bitmain
SBI Holdings, Inc. announced the establishment of its chip mining arm, the SBI Mining Chip Co., Ltd or SBIMC. With this development, the Tokyo-based firm will foray into the manufacturing of mining chips, a strategic move to enhance its existing digital asset business.
The official notice issued by the financial giant stated that the SBI Group practiced its digital asset mining business overseas, and now planned to diversify its potential business scope.
SBI group partnered with a US-based semiconductor firm to roll out the new manufacturing unit. The group, which is a strong advocate of a wide range of businesses based on blockchain elucidated,
“The SBI Group will promote efficient, reliable and sustainable mining operations to develop a sound and solid cryptocurrency market.”
SBIMC will be led by Adam Traidman, who was an investor in the company and also served at NASA previously. Among his many accomplishments, Traiman formerly served as the CEO in Chip Estimate and WearSens.
SBIMC will be leading chip manufacturer, Nvidia’s latest competitor. The Taiwan-based firm sustained losses during the crypto-winter, but it recovered after the recent acquisition of Mellanox, a semiconductor player. The Bitcoin mining giant, Nvidia, had predicted a bullish crypto market was confident of clearing its stockpiled mining equipment. The chipmaker was also reported as the worst performer in the S&P 500 list, at the end of 2018.
Another big rival in the mining ecosystem is Bitmain. The Beijing-based mining giant has also been operating poorly after registering a loss amounting to $500 million, owing to the massive crashes in cryptocurrency prices.
76216|Anthony Pompliano’s Morgan Creek Digital Capital makes strategic investment propagating mass crypto adoption
The cryptocurrency market was helped along in its pursuit of mass adoption, with many proponents of the space lending a helping hand. The latest news about the bigger players in the cryptoverse included the tie-up between Morgan Creek Digital Capital and Ikigai Asset Management.
The official release stated,
“Morgan Creek Digital announced today that it will be the lead anchor investor in Ikigai Asset Management’s flagship fund focused on executing systematic and fundamental liquid hedge fund strategies as well as opportunistic venture-stage crypto asset investments. Ikigai is a crypto asset management firm launched in December 2018 by former Point72 Portfolio Manager Travis Kling and partners Timothy Lewis, and Anthony Emtman.”
Morgan Creek Digital partner, Anthony Pompliano, is a voracious supporter of Bitcoin, and has held a bullish viewpoint about the world’s largest cryptocurrency. Post the partnership with Ikigai, Pompliano talked about the company’s positive devleopments, and claimed that they were well-positioned to capture the outstanding returns brought by cryptocurrencies in the coming future.
Ikigai Chief Investment Officer Travis Kling said,
“DLT and crypto assets are fundamentally changing our world. We are honored to receive this investment from Morgan Creek Digital and look forward to working closely together with Mark, Jason, and Pomp in this exciting arena.”
Pompliano recently sat down with Galaxy Digital’s Mike Novogratz to discuss elements like liquidity, trust and custody that need to be given a boost. Novogratz stated that the cryptocurrency market was presently a booming place of business, especially with the entry of companies like JP Morgan, Telegram and Facebook. He further claimed that it was a big opportunity to invest, with Wall Street sentiments changing. The Galaxy Digital CEO added,
“Wall street earlier thought that you shouldn’t take risks on something small like cryptocurrencies. They are getting close though, not doing anything but are getting really ready. We are anyway working hard on the security token business and I promise you this, the upcoming tokens and ICOs will be a lot bigger but less sexy.”
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