Sweden’s banking chief dismisses Bitcoin as ‘stamp trading’

Stefan Ingves (the governor of Sweden’s central banks) has not given Bitcoin much thought.

Ingves stated that private money often collapses sooner than expected at a Stockholm banking conference. Ingves said that trading in Bitcoin was a way to make money, but it is not as easy as trading in stamps.

Ingves, the governor of Sveriges Riksbank, recently stated that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency are unlikely to be exempted from regulatory oversight as they grow in popularity.

Wael Makarem is a senior market strategist at Swedish trading broker Exness and believes that the Scandinavian nation views cryptocurrency’s volatility with trepidation.

He stated that investors are concerned about current volatility in Bitcoin and Ethereum. This is especially because these benchmarks have not been able to reduce losses in the past, which is often considered a sign weakness in the crypto market.

“On the other side, headlines about EU regulators moving closer to implementing new regulations regarding cryptocurrencies, anti-money laundering rules, and tax reporting requirements adds downward pressure.

Makarem said that investors are also afraid of strict rules and regulations that could restrict the adoption or use digital assets.

Europe is still skeptical about crypto

Ingves’s remarks are generally in line what other central banks have said about cryptocurrency. Gabriel Makhlouf, governor of the Central Bank of Ireland, stated that Bitcoin investors should be ready to lose all of their money in February.

He said, “Personally, I wouldn’t put my cash into it, but clearly some people think it’s a good investment.”

“People invest money in tulips to make an investment.”

Andrew Bailey, the Bank of England Governor, stated that cryptocurrency had no intrinsic value, and could crash to zero.

‘Major catalyst’ needed to send Bitcoin price to a new ATH, says analyst

The cryptocurrency market has been on an upswing over the past month. Bitcoin prices have risen 73% from $29,200 on Jul 20 to $50,478 Aug 26, which has prompted Dan McDermitt (co-founder of TheChartGuys) to be cautious.

McDermitt claims that Bitcoin’s unrelenting march over the last month was due to ‘a lack of weekly consolidating’, which was an impressive progress that frustrated bears because ‘everyweek is a lower low.’

McDermitt says he expects an equilibrium pattern for the monthly timeframe, which is a pattern with higher lows than highs in tightening ranges.

McDermitt said:

“I anticipate that we will be looking for a lower high than the all-time highest, initially.” I am just looking for patterns that will shift in the short-term to allow for some weekly consolidation. This would help to cool things down a little.

McDermitt believes that to reach a new all time high, the market needs a catalyst, such as the passing of a BTC-ETF, because a run up to $65,000 will be possible ‘on the backs of very significant volume.

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Cryptocurrency passes massive $2 trillion

Over the weekend, cryptocurrency reached a significant milestone when it reached a market capitalisation in the staggering $US2 trillion (or A2.7 trillion) for the first time.

CoinGecko tracks 8884 cryptocurrency coins and found that between them, they were now worth $2,108,466,906,329 ($A2.8 trillion) at time of writing.

This means that the total value of all 8884 cryptocurrency types is more than $2 trillion.

This is an incredible achievement, considering bitcoin launched in 2009 as the first decentralised cryptocurrency. It was launched with just one coin.

This is not the first time that digital currency has surpassed $2 trillion. It reached the 12-digit mark in April, just before it plunged dramatically.

Bitcoin is responsible for a large portion of cryptocurrency’s market capital. It surged to its highest level since May, when it reached its all-time high.

Bitcoin was worth $48,152 (A65,439), but it fell to $47,526 (A64,639) Monday.

Its market capitalization is $US894 trillion ($A1.2 Trillion). This makes it less than half of all cryptocurrency’s total value.

Major players in digital coin world

There are over 8000 different types of cryptocurrency available on the market. Other than bitcoin, there are many other cryptocurrency that have contributed significantly to the $US2 Trillion market capitalisation.

Ethereum is the second-most valuable crypto token. It’s worth $US3290 (A4484) per coin and has a market capitalisation $US387 billion (A526 billion) as of this writing.

Ethereum was first traded in 2015, with one coin that had a value of $A3.76.

Cardano is the third most valuable cryptocurrency.

Cardano rose by 47% in the past week.

According to CoinGecko, during the same time period, binance coin rose 14 percent, XRP rose 61%, and dogecoin rose 18%.

This is the second consecutive time that crypto has surpassed the $US2 trillion mark.

It seems to have held so far, and was well into the trillions mid-Monday.

The crypto market cap reached $US2.02 Trillion on April 6, 2018.

Bitcoin reached an all-time high of $US50,000 (A68,000) on May 16.

However, prices began to fall after that.

Bitcoin Prices Climb Above $41K; Ethereum Surges After Software Upgrade

Global crypto market market capitalization has increased by 2.97% in the past day to $1.68 trillion. Bitcoin is the most traded crypto by trading volume and m-capitalization. Bitcoin was quoted at $41,607.

Ripple, Tether and Cardano were also among the cryptos that traded in the green with gains of between 0.05-1.6%. Filecoin was the strongest, while Chainlink and Ethereum Classic were lower.

After a major software update on Thursday, Ether crypto saw some traction. On an intra-day basis, the cryptocurrency saw a surge of more than 4 percent. Ethereum was last trading at $2868. The Ethereum Improvement Proposal 1559, also known as the adjustment, will see the reform of how transactions are processed on the Ethereum network. The upgrade will primarily result in stabilization of transaction fees. It will also reduce Ether crypto supply, making it more valuable.

Mudrex, a global algorithm-based crypto trading system on positive momentum in cryptos, Edul Patel, CEO and co-founder said that ‘Ethereum rallied and traded volumes exceeding Bitcoin speaks to the positive momentum within the largest Altcoin. The crypto community was pleased with Ethereum’s most recent upgrade. He added that trade volumes had increased dramatically.

Digital tokens such as Terra, Uniswap and Polkadot are up to 20% on a weekly basis.

MicroStrategy Pledges to Add More Bitcoin to Balance Sheet

MicroStrategy, a publicly traded business intelligence company, has pledged to add Bitcoin to its corporate balance sheet which already contains 105,000 BTC and is valued at approximately $4 billion.

MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor stated that he was pleased with the implementation of his digital asset strategy. We were able to increase our digital holdings by raising capital. They now total more than 105,000 bitcoins. We plan to continue investing additional capital in our digital asset strategy.

Speaking during a live video call with investors Thursday, CEO Michael Saylor and CFO Phong Li struck a defiant tone at a time when the mainstream press has taken aim at the firm for its focus on accumulating Bitcoin amid its recent market downturn.

Saylor, however, did not seem to be fazed by the criticism. He stated: “Our macro strategy was to acquire and hold Bitcoin. We will help to explain Bitcoin to regulators, the public, and the media.

“We believe that acquiring Bitcoin right now is a smart move. He said that he feels like there is an opportunity to grab as much of the land as possible right now.

Saylor stated that he was pleased with the investment, and described an improving economic climate for Bitcoin in spite of negative news catalysts which have apparently deterred retail investors.

“The China exodus was a great thing for Bitcoin. Saylor stated that the result was a global decentralization in mining. “Long-term, the Westernization Bitcoin is good for Bitcoin and the U.S. dollar as well as Western technology.

Saylor was still available for questions during the question-and answer portion of the event. Saylor was asked if the company would be open to investing in crypto assets such as Ethereum.

Saylor responded, “Our strategy is to concentrate on Bitcoin. It’s possible to plug Bitcoin into the digital economy, and it makes everything more efficient. Bitcoin is the solution to everything.

Simply holding Bitcoin is the best and most risk-free investment strategy.

Phong Li, for his part, supported Saylor’s assertions that the investment has ‘generated substantial wealth for shareholders’ while noting that the company still needs to deploy its Bitcoin strategy.

Saylor stated that Bitcoin was the most popular financial asset ever created, and is growing at an accelerating rate.
“If you go back twelve months, it’s difficult to find any publicly traded companies that have Bitcoin on their balance sheets. You now have more than a dozen companies that have billions in Bitcoin on their balance sheets.

Saylor spoke out about the future of MicroStragey and stated that “Going forward, you can expect us to purchase additional bitcoin.”