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Roger Ver claims Bitcoin [BTC] maximalists have got Gold all wrong

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Roger Ver never fails to stir up a storm within rival communities, this time riling up one of his favorite targets, the Bitcoin [BTC] community. Ver, who is also referred to as Bitcoin Jesus has continued his tirade against the top cryptocurrency since Bitcoin Cash [BCH] hardforked away from Bitcoin [BTC] in August 2017.

In his most recent tweet, Bitcoin Jesus stated that the BTC camp gets the concept of one of the most stable assets in the world, Gold, wrong. He stated that the metal has a “huge amount of industrial uses,” and it is because of these very uses that Gold is considered a “store of value.”

His tweet stated:

“It’s amazing how many BTC maximalists don’t even know that gold has a huge amount of industrial uses completely separate from just being a store of value. In fact, it’s those other uses that enable gold to be used as a store of value.”

Roger Ver failed to reference anything regarding the supply limitation of Gold, much like Bitcoin which is capped at 21 million. He claims that “those other uses,” give it the status of being a store of value.

The implication from this tweet could be, besides an obvious attack on Bitcoin, is that the top-cryptocurrency does not have any “industrial uses,” and hence is one of the reasons BTC cannot be a “store of value,” or a medium of exchange. However, this implication was not explicitly mentioned by Ver in his tweet.

Twitter users did not waste time and began lambasting Ver using the aforementioned supply cap argument.

Mike Dudas, the founder, and CEO of The Block Crypto did not mince his words. He commented:

“You and I both know that that is total horseshit — and I’m not a BTC maximalist, just someone with a normal amount of brain cells.”

jratcliff63367, a game developer and software engineer at Nvidia, a Graphics Processing Units [GPU] manufacturer which is used in Bitcoin mining equipment, stated:



“If gold were useful but also as plentiful as grains of sand, it would be nearly worthless. It’s not worth money because it’s ‘useful’, it’s worth money because it is scarce. BTW, Satoshi explained in detail how bitcoin mimics (and improves) upon the properties of gold.”

Dr. Bitcoin [ß] commented:

“No, it’s not. Silver and copper have many (more) industrial uses. That property is not what enables gold to be used as a store of value; its stock to flow ratio is. Regardless of how high demand is, amount of gold mined per year is predictably between 1-2% of total supply.”

As far as stability goes, Gold being precious and, more importantly, a tangible metal will allow it to have more features of an asset striving to be a “store of value.” However, in terms of transferability, cryptocurrencies are more widespread. jratcliff63367’s second comment succinctly puts forth this argument:

“It’s amazing that Roger doesn’t see the ‘industrial uses’ for bitcoin. The last time I tried to send an ounce of gold across the planet over the internet it didn’t work for me. Bitcoin does.”





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Has XRP decoupled from Bitcoin? Is it due to immense pressure from manipulators?

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Hash XRP decoupled from Bitcoin? Is it due to immense pressure from manipulators?
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Opinion: Bitcoin, the first cryptocurrency, has had over ten years to grow. However, other altcoins did not have the liberty, due to which Bitcoin exerts its dominance over almost all altcoins in the ecosystem, be it Ethereum, XRP, or Cardano. The price of altcoins generally tends to rise if Bitcoin’s price surges rapidly. The same can be said about the downtrend as well, which is why altcoins are said to be coupled with Bitcoin.

However, the recent buzz on crypto-twitter is that XRP is on the verge of decoupling from Bitcoin. A Twitter user @XRPMOONSHINE tweeted:

“DO ME A FAVOR OPEN UP A BTC/USD CHART AND AN XRP/USD CHART. THEY HAVE DECOUPLED AND ARE MOVING DIFFERENTLY.”

In a very general sense, the comparison of the price change of XRP and BTC gives a crude understanding of whether the prices have actually decoupled or not. Hence, the daily chart attached below shows the price of BTC and XRP against the US Dollar and extends from August 2018 to April 2019. The price of XRP seems to be following a lag from the price of BTC and do not necessarily mean that it has decoupled.

However, there are timeframes where the price of XRP has moved completely unrelated to that of Bitcoin. For example, the meteoric rise of XRP from September 18 to 22 was far higher than the price pump of BTC over the similar timeframe; but the drop of XRP from November 18 to December 16 was exactly the same as that of BTC’s.

Furthermore, XRPMOONSHINE suggested that XRP price was being manipulated. He tweeted:

“It is being manipulated to keep it from rising. For example look at XRP/BTC pair. Keeping it under the down sloping resistance from .80 in September. Thats what I mean by Suppressed, Although im expecting a fairly large move to the upside before 4/24/19.”

The “idea” of the price of XRP being manipulated is not unpopular within the XRP ecosystem as Peter Brandt, a famed trader, suggested the same in one of his tweets.

Brandt tweeted:



Conclusion

XRP may have started to decouple from Bitcoin, but it surely hasn’t decoupled completely. The notion that XRP is being manipulated to keep its price below certain levels can also not be confirmed without proof.





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