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Bitcoin’s Lightning Network is semi-custodial banking, says Bitcoin Unlimited’s Peter Rizun

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Bitcoin's [BTC] Lightning Network is semi-custodial banking, says Bitcoin Unlimited's Peter Rizun
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Bitcoin’s Lightning Network has become one of the most popular topics in the cryptocurrency space. Lightning Network is a second-layer mechanism used for transmitting off-chain payments by utilizing the security of the Bitcoin blockchain. The channel enables two participants to create a channel for the purpose of transferring Bitcoin, without the need for recording it on a blockchain.

The hype for the Lightning Network gained momentum after the Lightning Torch campaign on Twitter. Influencers such as Jack Dorsey, Samson Mow, WhalePanda, CZ, and Riccardo Spagni, have all participated in passing the torch around the Twitterverse.

However, the second-layer network has been questioned by many despite its rising popularity. Peter R. Rizun, Chief Scientist at Bitcoin Unlimited, is one of the critics who remarked that the Lightning Network “is a semi-custodial banking.”

He further stated that “the degree of custodianship is proportional to the fee required to escape from a non-cooperative channel.” Rizun added that if the fee required to escape from a non-cooperative channel was in the “same order of magnitude” as a user’s channel balance, then the Lightning Network is “effectively full-custodial banking.”

Rizun views were backed by Emin Gun Sirer, a Cornell Professor, known to give his views on cryptocurrencies and the financial system on a regular basis. He said,



“Peter nails it. If channel creation is expensive, LN turns into a re-creation of the banking system.”

Rizun further explained his pointers on a Reddit thread. He said,

“Imagine that fees averaged $100 per transactions. You’ve been using a channel for a while and now your remaining channel balance is near $100. When I say “your remaining channel balance,” I mean the amount you actually have available in that channel, already net of the $100 fee to close the channel to the blockchain.”

Source: Reddit

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He further added,

“$100 fees are a low estimate in a future where most transactions are done on LN. But $100 is a lot of money to most people in the world. This means that for most people, LN will not bring them financial freedom and the ability to be their own bank and send payments to anyone they choose. For most people, LN will look like banking looks today.”





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Priya is a full-time member of the reporting team at AMBCrypto. She is a finance major with one year of writing experience. She has not held any value in Bitcoin or other currencies.

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Bitcoin’s [BTC] current performance shows that it is a great diversifying asset, says Morgan Creek’s CIO

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Bitcoin's [BTC] current performance shows that it is a great diversifying asset, says Morgan Creek's CIO
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The phenomenal rise in Bitcoin’s [BTC] price has excited the cryptocurrency market, with many speculating that the end of the prolonged bear market is near. Many proponents in the cryptocurrency space have also voiced their opinion about how positive fluctuations in the world of digital assets have actually enabled them to outperform the best of the S&P market.

In a recent interview on CNBC’s Fast Money, Mark Yusko, Chief Investment Officer at Morgan Creek Digital Capital, spoke about the rippling effects of the cryptocurrency market and the implications of Bitcoin’s current run. Brian Kelly, CNBC’s famous Bitcoin bull, further added that he hoped people would put their money on Bitcoin. To this, Yusko replied,



“Morgan Creek had launched the cryptocurrency challenge back in December and there were not many takers. In a way that was good because BTC is up by more than a 100 percent right now, which is a much better hit rate than that of the S&P market. We will see that in the next 10 years, Bitcoin will outstrip even its current performance and maybe even more.”

Morgan Creek’s CIO further opined that BTC is a great diversifying asset and that it should be in everybody’s cryptocurrency portfolio. He added that at the end of 2018, many analysts thought that 2019 would be the year when BTC would see a lot of bear bounces. However, the world’s largest cryptocurrency managed to beat expectations. Another argument that he laid out for BTC’s longevity was the predicted credit crisis in 2020, a market shift that is expected to cripple mainstream banking systems.

Despite the coin’s present performance, the ‘king coin’ was hit with some negative news recently after the latest Binance research report hinted at ‘disruption with trading pairs,’ as BTC pairs lost 38.9 percent of its market share. The research stated that out of all the trading pairs, USDT saw the largest net inflow, with a total increase slightly below $1 billion.





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