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Cryptocurrency client base up by 122% in 2018, suggests Silvergate Bank’s report filed with the SEC

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Cryptocurrency client base up by 122% in 2018, suggests Silvergate Bank's report filed with the SEC
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The advent of the bear market created a ruckus in the world of cryptocurrencies, with prices crashing, and market caps becoming a shadow of its highs in 2017. According to a recent report released by Silvergate Bank however, the number of clients coming into the field of cryptocurrency surged, despite the coins’ poor performances.

The report stated that in 2018, the number of its clients venturing into the digital assets world stood at 542, while it was just 244 in 2017. Total deposits also increased by 8 percent, from $1.46 billion to $1.58 billion. Despite the positive news however, Silvergate Bank warned users about the risks involved in the space. The bank stated,



“Our business is subject to many substantial risks and uncertainties you should consider before deciding to invest in our common stock … including risks that that the digital currency industry may not gain widespread adoption, that legal and regulatory uncertainty regarding the regulation of digital currencies and digital currency activities may inhibit the growth of the digital currency industry, that our low-cost funding strategy may not be sustainable, that our deposits may be adversely affected by price volatility.”

The report also listed out the factors affecting the development of the digital currency industry, which included factors such as price volatility and the involvement of the Securities and Exchange [SEC]. The report elucidated,

“…government and quasi-government regulation of digital currencies, their use, and intermediaries and other businesses involved in digital currencies, noting in particular that the SEC has taken action against several cryptocurrency operators and has raised questions whether certain digital currency exchanges must be registered with the SEC to continue operating;”

Other factors affecting the propagation of digital assets included the restrictions on or regulation of access, related to cryptocurrency exchanges. The SEC has been quite active with respect to the field of cryptocurrencies, something made evident by the comments from Valerie Szcepanik, the SEC’s advisor for Digital Assets. She said,

“I’ve seen stablecoins that purport to control price through some kind of pricing mechanism, whether it’s tied to the issuance, creation or redemption of another type of digital asset tied to it, or whether it is controlled through supply and demand in some way to keep the price within a certain band.”





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Bitcoin’s [BTC] biggest threat is its users, not governments, says Bitcoin.org’s Cobra

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Bitcoin’s [BTC] biggest threat is its users, not governments, says Bitcoin.org’s Cobra
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Bitcoin [BTC], the world’s largest cryptocurrency, saw a significant surge earlier this month, helping the coin break strong resistance at $5,000 and $5,200. Following the great fall of the king coin in early 2018, the Bitcoin ecosystem was struggling with scalability and technological issues, eventually leading to the hard fork.

Bitcoin.org’s Cobra, who is also the co-owner of Bitcointalk.org, has always maintained that Bitcoin was the cryptocurrency to look out for through his various Twitter bouts with prominent personalities in the cryptoverse. Due to his strong, unbridled support for Bitcoin, he has often trashed altcoins for their low market dominance.

In a new Twitter thread, Cobra spoke about the “biggest threat” to the Bitcoin ecosystem. Even though many crypto-enthusiasts believe that governments and technological issues were the biggest threats to the king coin, Cobra had a completely different opinion.

According to the Bitcoin maximalist, users have the potential to signal Bitcoin’s doom. His tweet read,

Source: Twitter

Source: Twitter

Though most Bitcoin supporters usually support his opinions, this tweet was met with a lot of resistance. Twitterati swarmed the thread in an attempt to prove him wrong. A user named @MrHodl alleged that this could not be true as Bitcoin had “no community.” He added that this, in turn, prevented toxicity in the ecosystem.

Cobra replied to the tweet stating,



“I think there is a community, it’s just not fully representative of everyone with a stake in Bitcoin. Most holders are quiet and not too familiar with what’s going on. There’s people with 1000+ BTC and they don’t engage at all with discussion platforms, just lurk.”

Some Twitter users took it as an attack on Bitcoin investors and opposed Cobra’s stance. A user @CarstenBKK commented,

“Maybe I am lost in translation. What do you wanna tell us? That you are part of Bitcoin network of people owning/using it, but you are just disgusted by the idea, that the network is called community in the sense of direct human collaboration and affection to the groups ideals?”

Previously, Cobra had accused Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and Square Crypto of pandering to Bitcoin users, while also suggesting that the crypto project was merely a way to bring in more users for Dorsey’s CashApp. His tweet read,

“Gotta respect how hard @sqcrypto is pandering to Bitcoiners. Very clever how @Jack has embedded himself in the community; in return the community promotes @CashApp, which gives that service a small but dedicated and activist group of early users.”





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