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Bitcoin Soars Above 9K Mark with Strong Momentum

Bitcoin Soars Above $9K Mark with Strong Momentum

The cryptocurrency market might have had a horrid time over the past few weeks, but things have changed this week.

Much of the reversal in fortunes is possibly tied to the upcoming Bitcoin halvening event.

Why the Sudden Jump?

The world’s biggest cryptocurrency by market cap has been in the doldrums due to the coronavirus-induced market crash over the past weeks, but now it seems to be on course to reach its previous levels. This morning, Bitcoin gained 1.9% to hit $9,099 a token, and that is a strong start, considering the fact that it gained 15% yesterday.

Any major rally in Bitcoin is generally followed by a rally in other cryptocurrencies as well, which is exactly what happened today. Other major cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin recorded gains for the third consecutive day. Over the past few weeks, the price action in the crypto sphere has been in lockstep with other asset classes that are classified as risky. However, the situation has changed dramatically this week. Crypto experts suggest that the rally in Bitcoin is possibly linked to the halvening event that is going to take place this May.

A halvening indicates the slashing of rewards by 50% for Bitcoin miners, and when that happens, it usually results in a lower supply of BTC tokens in circulation. Many analysts are pondering whether the cryptocurrency is going to experience a crash at this time. As a matter of fact, it is important to point out that in the past, the cryptocurrency has shown significant bearish price action on the day of the halvening.

>> Ethereum Soars Over 125% Since March: What to Expect Now?

That being said, it is also necessary to point out that it is very difficult to predict whether BTC is going to rise or fall on the day of the halvening event. However, it should be kept in mind that months after the previous two halvening events, Bitcoin went on strong rallies.

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Ankit Singhania

Based in India, Ankit is a financial content writer and stock market analyst. He has worked for almost a decade on several financial projects related to the stock market news, fundamental research and technical analysis for several websites. He obtained his Masters Degree In finance (MS – finance) from ICFAI. Currently, he serves as a financial consultant and technical analyst at Tradersinsights.com.


Heiko Closhen, Entrepreneur

Bitcoin Price Hits Two-Week Low Garnering Interest from Small Investors

Bitcoin Price Hits Two-Week Low, Garnering Interest from Small Investors

Bitcoin price fell by 9.8% last week, registering its most significant weekly decline since mid-March.

The currency hit a two-week low of $8,630 early Monday, with prices last seen at $8,730—which is down more than 11% from a post-halving high of $9,960 on May 18. The recent price drop is, in turn, causing the number of addresses holding smaller amounts of Bitcoin to rise. The number of unique addresses that are holding at least 0.01 BTC (approximately $87 at current price) rose to a new high of 8.47 million on Sunday, according to blockchain intelligence firm Glassnode. At the same time, the number of addresses holding at least 0.1 BTC (roughly $870) rose to a lifetime high of over 3 million households on Friday. Some believe the increased demand during the price dip may be associated with the idea that Bitcoin could repeat history by charting a price rally over the next 12 months.

The cryptocurrency experienced a 30% pullback in the four weeks that followed its second reward halving on July 9, 2016. However, the decline was erased in the months that followed, and prices rallied to record highs by March 2016. “The price pullback was expected, and the long-term bias remains bullish,” said QCP Capital’s co-founder and managing director Darius Sit. “We would accumulate if prices drop to the $6,000-$8,000 range.” Of course, the number of small addresses doesn’t necessarily represent new individual investors because a single person can hold cryptocurrency in more than one address.

On top of that, exchanges and custodial services also hold Bitcoin in multiple addresses. “Wallet management systems of virtual asset service providers have become more complex and granular. Their wallet clusters include more small wallets for security,” said Ju. Even if small investor participation has been increasing, it’s unlikely to have a significant impact on Bitcoin price, as the market is still dominated by large players, which are typically known as “whales.” On the flip side, the number of addresses holding at least 10,000 BTC and 1,000 BTC have gone down over the last two weeks, according to Glassnode.

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What’s more, options market activity is suggesting a more profound price drop could be in the offing in the near-term. “Traders are buying out-of-the-money puts,” said Head of Digital Assets at Swissquote Bank Chris Thomas. A put option is a bearish bet on the cryptocurrency, and a call option represents a bullish bet, while an out-of-the-money put option has a strike price that’s lower than the market price of the underlying asset. Thomas said he expects Bitcoin to move toward the $8,000–$8,200 range in the short-term, which looks likely, as the cryptocurrency has breached a trendline rising from March lows.

Bitcoin fell by 5% on Monday, going against the support of the 2.5-month-long bullish trendline. “However, the relative strength index is neutral,” Yuriy Mazur, head of data analytics at cryptocurrency exchange CEX.IO, told CoinDesk. “There is no clear understanding where BTC will go, currently. It may either retrace back to $6,500 or reach $10,000. We may get a clear indication of the further direction in the nearest days.” The immediate bearish case will weaken if Bitcoin price rises above Sunday’s high of $9,310 on the back of strong volumes. However, it may take a convincing move above $10,000 to restore the bullish trend.

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Kristen Moran

Since graduating from the Journalism Program at Langara College, Kristen has gained over six years of experience writing for newspapers, magazines, online publications, and blogs – covering everything from municipal politics to local restaurants to mining projects in Brazil. Now she serves as a finance writer, covering cannabis, mining, tech, biotech, and investing. She has a passion for the written word, as well as cooking, dancing, traveling and life, in general.


Heiko Closhen, Entrepreneur

Bitcoin Association opens registration for third BSV Hackathon

Bitcoin Association opens registration for third BSV Hackathon

Today, Bitcoin Association officially announces and opens registration for its third BSV Hackathon competition

for developers, with $100,000 in cash prizes (payable in Bitcoin SV) staked for the winners. Following two successful Hackathons in 2019, Bitcoin Association is once again delighted to partner with leading enterprise blockchain development firm nChain, as well as digital currency conglomerate CoinGeek to organize this third competition. BSV Hackathons are global coding competitions for developers. Within a set frame, entrants (which can be individuals or teams) are tasked with developing an application on the Bitcoin SV blockchain within the parameters of an overarching theme announced at the commencement of the competition.

Registration is free and open now. This 3rd iteration of the BSV Hackathon will look a little different from past editions. As with prior competitions, there will be a virtual competition period, but it will last almost two months rather than just over one weekend. The virtual competition commences on June 23 and ends August 18. This longer competition period allows entrants to take advantage of their extended time at home during current COVID-19 self-isolation periods, and conceptualize, design and build a more complete project. Entrants will be provided with access to a digital platform designed to facilitate collaboration between team members, as well as experts from nChain and even fellow competitors who will be available to provide advice throughout the competition period.

Following the virtual competition period, three finalists will be selected by a panel of expert judges. The finalists will present their submission at the CoinGeek New York conference (anticipated to be in New York in October 2020) for final judging. Normally, a representative from each finalist entry is flown to the CoinGeek conference city to make their presentation in front of the live conference audience. Given event and travel conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bitcoin Association will evaluate later whether finalist presentations will happen live or through online video. The winner will walk away with a $50,000 prize, with $30,000 for second place and $20,000 for third, all paid in Bitcoin SV.

Jimmy Nguyen, Founding President of Bitcoin Association, commented on the announcement, saying:

‘It’s extremely exciting for Bitcoin Association to kick off our third BSV Hackathon, following months of work from our team planning for the competition. Developer training is a core element of Bitcoin Association’s work and the BSV Hackathons provide a fun opportunity for developers to test themselves and learn more about building applications on the Bitcoin SV blockchain, all the while competing for some serious BSV prizes! We encourage all developers – whether you have worked on other blockchain platforms or have no blockchain experience at all – to compete in this Hackathon and build with us on BSV.

Past entrants have used the BSV Hackathon as a platform from which to build and develop not only innovative solutions, but real businesses – as finalists have the opportunity to be considered for investment if their projects can sustain a business venture. Now that Bitcoin SV’s Genesis upgrade has restored the original Bitcoin protocol and massive scaling continues on BSV, I’m looking forward to seeing what creative developers can build using the technical power inherent in the original Bitcoin and the massive scaling capabilities of BSV.’

Steve Shadders, CTO at nChain, also spoke, saying:

‘The BSV Hackathons are a great point of entry for developers interested in developing blockchain applications. They’re an exciting time for us here at nChain too – we’ll once again be responsible for the technical elements of the competition, with our team providing support and development assistance throughout the competition. We’ve seen some excellent ideas come to fruition as a result of the first two BSV Hackathons and I’m sure that with the longer time frame for this third competition, we can expect many more to emerge this time around.’

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Heiko Closhen, Entrepreneur

How you do your Bitcoin out of a paper wallet

How you do your Bitcoin out of a paper wallet

 If you have a paper wallet (actually only a piece of paper that includes the secret key to access your Bitcoin),

then the information you need to access your money is on paper. It is a set of numbers – usually starting with a 5 – known as the private key.

How to get your Bitcoin

Hardware wallets (also known as cold wallets) consist of external storage devices that are designed to keep your Bitcoin as secure as possible. This means that getting your money out can be a bit tricky. The easiest way to do this is through the hardware portfolio’s own service or software. If you want to know about the Bitcoin Future, it is good idea to read bitcoin latest updates.

Ways to lose your crypto-currencies.

1. Losing your password.

One of the most absurd and frequent ways to lose your coins is to lose your password. There are many who long ago bought bitcoins to use as currency and given their little use, they left them cornered in a drawer. This drawer was the hard drive of a computer, which when it was obsolete ended up in the trash. At other times the key was in a USB that refused to resuscitate, after years without using it. Now that the price is skyrocketing, they pull their hair trying to get their old coins back. Other times the owners have their bitcoins, but they cannot use them because they do not remember where they kept the keys. These days, they’re trying to find a discarded disc, which they assume is in a dump in South Wales.

2. Hackers

Yes, it is possible to steal your information from your computer or mobile phone without your realizing it. The latest theft detected by this system operates in the shadows and hijacks a currency transfer operation to a virtual wallet. Basically, the user enters his private key in the wallet where he wants to send the money. The Trojan detects the operation and replaces the target wallet with its own. This crypto shuffler has been stolen more than $ 140,000, according to Karspersky. There are also cases of wireless key theft. A client claims to have lost $ 155,000 of his digital portfolio after connecting to the Wi-Fi of a restaurant

3. Pump with timer.

Tether, a startup that works with the exchange of crypto-currencies in virtual wallets, claims that a hacker stole $ 31 million from them. The most worrying thing about the news is not the robbery itself, but the possibility that it is a robbery from the inside. This aspect is something that is being investigated. These systems are created by developers who can insert lines of code to be activated on a favorable date or circumstance. Programmable internal theft is a real threat. At other times “pre-mined” cryptocurrencies can be put into circulation. With this system it is easy to guess how the listing price can be manipulated.

4. Bugs.

An error in the development of systems can cause the loss of currency by mistake, or facilitate its theft once the vulnerability is discovered. You don’t have to be a great cyber security expert; we all are familiar with cases of unexpected vulnerabilities. The penultimate one that affects the security of Wi-Fi networks. The last one that affects a series of digital certificates printed on our DNI, and that has already been disabled. The last such loss was $ 300 million, when a technician trying to restore the functionality of a series of virtual wallets blocked them forever.

5. The traditional scam.

A system already successfully used to steal bitcoins is the hacking and subsequent hijacking of a computer. The sadly famous “Wannacry” locks a computer and asks for a ransom in bitcoins. Phishing attacks such as those that continue to be used successfully against bank accounts can also be used. Cheating is something that is beyond e-security. It does not matter how sophisticated and secure a system is in its implementation, if someone is able to gain your trust and make it easier for you to access your data.

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Heiko Closhen, Entrepreneur

12 Best Cryptocurrency Exchanges 2020 Buy Bitcoin amp Altcoins

12 Best Cryptocurrency Exchanges [2020] – Buy Bitcoin & Altcoins

Which is the best cryptocurrency exchange for buying or selling Bitcoin or altcoins in 2020? We list and review 12 top exchanges worthy of your consideration.When trying to decide on the best cryptocurrency exchanges, it is not simply a matter of ranking by volume or performing a broad comparison according to fees, accessibility, trading tools, or other common features.

Find a Bitcoin exchange which suits your needs

Most exchanges aim to support a particular type of client based on their location, experience, payment method, need for anonymity and so on, while very few can be considered broad catch-all exchanges designed for a non-existent “average user.” That is why we decided to offer a list of the best Bitcoin and cryptocurrency exchanges to cover the needs of all our readers. We will include the top major exchanges that offer the broadest range of services, as well as some smaller exchanges that focus on more specific types of clients. This way, every reader will be able to find the best cryptocurrency or Bitcoin exchange for their unique needs. With the Fed pumping trillions of dollars into the US money system in recent weeks, now is as good a time as ever to purchase Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies. After all, Bitcoin doesn’t partake in quantitative easing, right? Let’s get started with our list of the top exchanges.

The 12 Best Cryptocurrency Exchanges

This table features the top 12 best Bitcoin and crypto exchanges: Read on to find out the specifics of each exchange


Coinbase was created to be the most trusted name in cryptocurrency exchanges, and in this respect, it is more or less unrivaled in the marketplace. Coinbase is regulated as a US financial institution, including FDIC insurance for US deposits of $250,000 or less, and is compliant with key EU financial regulations. Coinbase is also backed by major mainstream investors, such as banks and investment funds. “The most trusted digital currency platform” – Source: Coinbase This level of trust ensures that Coinbase is the exchange of choice for most beginner cryptocurrency investors, and features a simple design to accommodate this client base.

Unfortunately, this focus on trust means that Coinbase trades in only a limited number of cryptocurrencies, though it does trade in all the top names. Clients are also limited to a relatively small number of countries of origin in North America, Europe, and Oceania. Coinbase has a fantastic track record when it comes to security, with only 2% of its customer’s funds held online at any one point. Along with its insure-policy, this makes Coinbase one of the safest exchanges to use for users looking to purchase cryptocurrency.t Coinbase, our first priority is to ensure that we operate the most secure and compliant digital currency exchange in the world.”


Binance was founded by Changpeng “CZ” Zhao, a Chinese software developer who previously built systems for the Tokyo Stock Exchange and developed futures trading software for Bloomberg’s Tradebook. Although initially based in China, a crackdown in regulations on cryptocurrencies there led the exchange to move to Japan. However, when Japan’s FCA issued Binance a warning, they decided to relocate to Malta. Binance is the exchange of choice for coin-to-coin cryptocurrency trading with some of the largest numbers for available coin pairs and trading volumes in the industry.

However, Binance flagship exchange also does not deal in fiat currency at all, making it a strictly cryptocurrency-based exchange. The base unit of exchange, then, is not USD, but rather Bitcoin itself. Binance also boasts low fees for trades and withdrawals. Trading fees are discounted if the user is holding Binance Coin (BNB). In 2017, Binance became the exchange with the largest trading volume, largely due to its huge selection of crypto assets available to trade. In February 2020, In an effort to sustain its impressive growth, Binance introduced margin trading, which is now available for BTC, ETH XRP, BNB, ETH and TRX. Binance has made some interesting acquisitions over the years, including Trust Wallet in 2018 and CoinMarketCap in April, 2020.


FTX.com is a revolutionary new exchange which has stormed on to the scene in the last 6 months. Founded by Alameda Research a cryptocurrency trading firm, it has made a bunch of cool new products. Read our full review of it here: FTX exchange review

FTX has many amazing new crypto products

Leveraged Tokens – Special Erc-20 etheruem based tokens called ‘bull’ or ‘bear’ which represent either a 3x long or a 3x short on an underlying cryptocurrency.
Indexes – Baskets of coins which together represent a certain index and can be traded on perp contracts. For example the ‘Shitcoin Index’ which contains 58 altcoins.
Perpetual contracts – Until recently these were really only available in Bitmex, but FTX has taken these contracts to a new level, offering them on many smaller coins (LEO, TEZOS, BNB, ETC just to name a few.
Presidential 2020 – USA presidential election futures which allow you to either short or long your preferred candidate.

These are just some of the cool features, but there are a bunch more.


CEX.io is a fiat-to-crypto exchange that offers some advanced trading features while still being very friendly for beginners to use.
Otherwise experienced investors who are new to cryptocurrencies often use CEX.io for the kind of trading that they are accustomed to with traditional securities and platforms.

Reasons to choose CEX.io cryptocurrency exchange – Source: CEX.io

CEX.io allows for free bank transfers for verified accounts and charges a small fee for unverified accounts using VISA or Mastercard. CEX.io also features low trading fees.
Most CEX.io users are drawn to the advanced trading features that traditional cryptocurrency exchanges do not generally offer. CEX.io also offers margin trading, which is essential to many trading strategies.
CEX.io does have a limited offering of cryptocurrencies, though it covers all the major coins. It also allows for a variety of coin-to-fiat pairs, including EUR, GBP, and RUB, which most exchanges do not.


LocalBitcoins is a peer-to-peer exchange for trading between fiat currencies and Bitcoin.

As a peer-to-peer exchange, LocalBitcoins acts as a medium between two parties who decide for themselves how many Bitcoins to trade, at what price and through which method. This means that people can make personal transfers of both fiat currency and Bitcoin while avoiding any regulations or taxes that they might face for making the same trade on a traditional exchange. LocalBitcoins allows people from all over the world to trade Bitcoins for any fiat currency based on a peer-to-peer system regardless of local cryptocurrency laws or financial regulations. LocalBitcoins operates by letting sellers place an advertisement for a percentage cost of the total value of the proposed trade. Buyers can then choose to trade with these sellers based on the offered terms. Buyers and sellers both have reputation scores based on past transactions, and users must decide for themselves whom to trust.


Bitfinex is among the most advanced fiat-to-crypto and crypto-to-crypto trading platforms, boasting some of the highest liquidity and trading volumes among exchanges. Bitfinex has few rivals when it comes to cryptocurrency traders who are looking to implement advanced trading techniques and trade large volumes. Bitfinex offers the full range of features that traders expect from a platform, including advanced order types, margin trading, and a vast range of coins and fiat currency pairs.

Bitfinex also boasts low fees that are geared toward high-value traders, with fees dropping dramatically as the trade value increases. Bitfinex has suffered two major hacks in the past as its massive volumes made it a prime target, but they have since paid back all losses to clients and significantly improved their security set up to be among the best in the industry.


Bittrex is a crypto-to-crypto exchange that was designed with one priority in mind above all else: security. Bittrex was designed by a team with decades of experience in security for major software developers, such as Microsoft and Amazon. Bittrex also keeps most of its client funds in cold storage (inaccessible to hackers) and has a robust system for verification. In addition to security, Bittrex focuses on offering an enormous range of crypto-to-crypto trading pairs, with some of the highest trading volumes in the industry. While Bittrex may not be the first choice for experienced cryptocurrency traders looking to trade major coins, it is arguably the best exchange for trading less popular coins. Bittrex does have slightly higher trading fees than most exchanges and accounts can only be funded using Bitcoin, Ether or Tether.


Coinmama is a simple cryptocurrency broker that offers users a quick and easy way to buy coins using fiat currency without needing to store them on a third party exchange. Coinmama is ideal for people who simply want to purchase a cryptocurrency using fiat money without delays, hassles, lengthy registration, or hacking risk. Most often, people will make an initial cryptocurrency purchase using Coinmama, and then deposit the resulting coins from their personal wallet into a crypto-to-crypto exchange. Coinmama does charge relatively high fees for its services, so it is only recommended for users that are willing to pay a premium for speed, discretion, and simplicity.


Kraken is one of the oldest and largest cryptocurrency exchanges. It trades in both cryptocurrencies and fiat currencies, with a larger number of pairs available than most similar exchanges, though not by an enormous amount. Kraken caters to advanced cryptocurrency traders by offering features like margin trading, OTC, and futures, though it does also make an effort to be accessible for beginners as well. Advanced traders will find all the features that they expect from an advanced platform, as well as relatively low fees that scale down with volume size.

Kraken promotes its essential features as having:

  • A comprehensive security approach
  • An intuitive crypto trading platform
  • Fees as low as 0%
  • A global 24/7 support team
  • A range of funding options

Kraken did have some performance issues in 2018 that garnered it a slightly poor reputation, but it has performed problem-free since then.


Changelly offers a rare service in the crypto space: fast and anonymous crypto-to-crypto transfers with no third party holding.
Changelly is not designed for investing or trading, but rather as a fast, discreet and efficient means for exchanging the coins in your private wallets. Changelly works by offering you competitive exchange rates for a large range of coins and then making the transfer directly between your own private wallet. For this service,
Changelly charges a higher fee than most trading and investing exchanges, but not excessively so. The premium paid is for the anonymity and simplicity compared to a more traditional crypto-to-crypto exchange.
Changelly does also allow fiat-to-crypto exchanges, but these have notoriously high and opaque fees, and this service is not widely used.

Prime XBT

Prime XBT is a next-generation fiat-to-crypto exchange that offers cutting-edge trading tools, extremely high leverage and pooled liquidity from other cryptocurrency exchanges. This combination of features makes
Prime XBT a top pick among advanced traders looking to capitalize on short term price movements in the top 5 coins.
Prime XBT accounts can be directly funded with Bitcoin or indirectly funded through Changelly using fiat or other coins.
Prime XBT offers by far the lowest trading fees in the industry, as well as the highest liquidity by drawing on the trading volumes from the top 12 existing exchanges.
Prime XBT also has an extremely advanced interface, the ability to short crypto/fiat pairs and up to 100 times leverage, which is far more than the 2 to 3 times leverage offered by even the most competitive trading platforms.


For those who want to increase their purchasing power in pursuit of bigger and faster profits, BitMEX is undoubtedly the king in this area with its cryptocurrency derivitives trading platform that provides up to 100x leverage. That means if your account balance stood at either $10,000 or 1 BTC, you would be able to trade with funds worth up to $1 million or 100 BTC respectively thanks to the leverage offered. We do not recommend using 100x leverage, as it is a gamble and basically the same as playing roulette in a bitcoin casino.

BitMEX – “The next generation of Bitcoin trading products”

You can see how this has the potential to hugely increase gains, and equally, massively increase losses! And with it widely reported that “95% of traders fail” and lose money across most financial markets, this leverage should definitely be utilized with caution. Nonetheless, leverage certainly has its benefits and BitMEX is a vastly popular trading platform, so it’s definitely doing a lot right. BitMEX has excellent security, it’s easy to sign up, and allows its users to trade 8 different cryptocurrencies both long and short. So, whether you’re an aggressive trader looking for big returns, or simply looking for a way to free up some trading capital or go short, BitMEX is definitely a leading exchange that’s worth checking out.

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Ben Basarab

Experienced trader and finance writer, Ben spends most of his waking hours (and some of his sleeping ones) dealing with cryptocurrencies and markets in general. With an education in economics and finance and an interest in history and politics, there isn't much happening in the world of finance that he's not following.


Heiko Closhen, Entrepreneur

How to Store amp Secure Crypto on a Ledger Nano S 2020 Expert Guide

How to Store & Secure Crypto on a Ledger Nano S [2020 Expert Guide]

How to keep your Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency safe using a Ledger Nano S and expert methods.

1 Introduction

There comes a time in every crypto-holder’s life when he or she has to take a serious look at how secure their current holdings are. Over the years, I’ve witnessed multiple people storing their crypto in ways that are begging for trouble. This includes the following:

  • Leaving their coins in an exchange wallet (with or without 2FA enabled).
  • Using a browser-based wallet with an unsecured computer.
  • Using a mobile wallet with known security flaws.
  • Storing a wallet on a rooted mobile.
  • Using a software wallet on their virus riddled PC.
  • Not using a hardware or paper wallet to store large amounts of crypto assets.

You shouldn’t be leaving your coins on an exchange, and if you can avoid it, you shouldn’t be using a software wallet. If you’re going to take away anything from this article, make it the fact you must obtain and use a hardware wallet or a paper wallet if you hold more crypto than you are willing to lose. If you’re interested in general security practices, it’s worth checking out our post on OPSEC and the best way to stay safe as a cryptocurrency holder online. To drill this point home let’s outline some previous known events in which users have lost obscene amounts of crypto.

2 Known Hacks & Losses

The following are (mostly recent) events in which large amounts of cryptocurrency were compromised resulting in losses for the victims. I’m not going to list every example, these are cases off the top of my head and should be enough to give you an idea of how common this is. There are likely many similar cases every year that are not made public by the victims. I’ll update this list periodically. As you can see, securing your coins should be taken seriously!http://blog.chuck-reynolds.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/securing-background-324×160-1.jpg Let’s discuss one of the two decent options for securing your crypto: hardware wallets. Paper wallets are also a good option in certain circumstances but are not as suited for regular access to your funds on an internet-enabled computer, so we won’t examine them here. Paper wallets are discussed in our blockchain guides.

3 Hardware Wallets – Ledger Nano S vs. Trezor

There are many hardware wallets available, and most manufacturers offer many models. For the sake of simplicity, we are only going to discuss these two options today, as they are usually readily available and are arguably the most popular. The KeepKey deserves mention here too as it’s been getting some positive reviews. The aim of this article is not to shill you my favorite hardware wallets, however, it’s an important purchase, so let’s briefly go over the pros and cons of these two:


The Ledger Nano S takes the cake mostly due to price and currency support. That’s not to say other hardware wallets aren’t good. Do your own research and buy a wallet that’s right for you. And remember, always purchase your hardware wallet direct from vendors or authorized distributors. Never purchase from Amazon, eBay or third parties if you can’t be sure the device hasn’t been tampered with.

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Greg Adams

Managing Director, Editor, Proprietor & avid crypto-enthusiast. Greg is the founder of [blokt] and was the original editor responsible for building the team of journalists we have today.Greg specializes in crypto-security and sees himself as accountable for ensuring our readership, both new and experienced cryptocurrency users, stay safe and maintain high standards of personal security and OPSEC.Greg has broken many security-based news stories before any other publication, including the Parity Vulnerability story in November 2017, and the Bee Token Hack story in January 2018. Greg's industry commentary has been published on investing.com, capital.com, and express.co.uk.


Heiko Closhen, Entrepreneur

Bitcoin BTC Struggles to Maintain 10000 Falls to 9500 Support

Bitcoin (BTC) Struggles to Maintain $10,000, Falls to $9,500 Support

Bitcoin price is seeking support at $9,500 after touching $10,500 this month.

Bitcoin price has come under significant pressure this week as it failed to hold the $10,000 level,

which it had reached rather easily since starting this year around $6,900. While the price broke $10,000 on February 9, 2020, following a golden cross between the 50-day and 150-day moving averages, and even managed to defend the breakout for a couple of days, it could not hold its own against significant profit-taking, which turned the tide against the bulls. The $9,500 support is holding for now, and earlier, had served as the launchpad to breach $10,000. While downward pressure is increasing as market sentiment is turning bearish, the RSI is also cooling down, and technicals indicate that a fall to $9,000 should be the worst-case scenario in the short to mid-term.

On the upside, $10,000 is still a realistic target, but investors may hold off for now given the negative comments coming out of the United States. Last week, Steven Mnuchin, the United States Secretary of the Treasury claimed ‘significant’ new crypto regulations are on the way, while the Department of Justice is calling Bitcoin mixing a crime. Meanwhile, the upcoming Bitcoin halving is still widely anticipated as a positive driver for the price, but it is possible that the development may be priced-in at $10,000 per Bitcoin. Even though 2017 saw Bitcoin hit $20,000 without stopping, the crypto market has matured since, and there is money to be made on both, longs and shorts, which has resulted in major price swings. For now, $10,000 is a major price level for Bitcoin, and failure to breach it in the coming days may exposure further weakness in the price.

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Heiko Closhen, Entrepreneur

Bitcoin Futures Forecast BTC 2020 2025 2030

Bitcoin Futures Forecast (BTC) | 2020 | 2025 | 2030


Bitcoin long term presentation

Bitcoin opened 2018 with a high of $ 13,290 and closed the year at around $ 3,800. This represents an overall loss of 72%. In comparison, the Dow opened the year at $ 24,824 and closed at around $ 23,300. This represents an overall loss of 6.2% for traditional investors.
However, 2019 is another story as bitcoin opened it to $ 3,700 but has climbed nearly 60% (to date) and is currently hovering around $ 5,900.

If we are honest, bitcoin is still, for the most part, a favorite toy of experienced and less experienced speculators, but the number of manufacturers is also booming. The surrounding ecosystem and infrastructure is building at a blinding pace as the brand's presence and recognition reach unprecedented heights, especially among the younger generations.

Take a look at some of the best Bitcoin robots that can make you money while you sleep.

The old establishment, mostly made up of old white people, still yells at bitcoin , throws blows, insults and calls for a ban (best proof of their blatant lack of understanding of how bitcoin works ). Fortunately, biology is on the side of bitcoin – the old ruling class and the archaic technologies on which they cling are disappearing, giving way to new ideas and technologies.

Bitcoin already has real estate in the minds of future decision makers and wealth holders and it is only a matter of knowing when, and not of will, bitcoin enters the traditional financial world.

Let's take a look at the fundamental forces that will propel bitcoin up in 2019.

We can divide the fundamental principles into two categories: protocol improvements and the construction of ecosystems / infrastructures.


Protocol improvements

Freelance journalist Ian Edwards has written a great article on bitcoin improvements that you can read   here  . Here is an extract from the most important developments. It should be noted that prolific bitcoin developer Pieter Wuille on May 6 unveiled two Bitcoin Improvement Proposals (BIPs) that offer plans that could prove fundamental for a possible upgrade to the cryptocurrency.

Wuille's first BIP describes a "new type of SegWit version 1 release, with spending rules based on Taproot, Schnorr signatures and Merkle branches".

While the second describes "the semantics of the initial script system under bip-taproot".

Below you will find the most important protocol developments we are working on at the moment, with no specific deadline when they will be implemented.


MAST, short for Merkelized Abstract Syntax Trees, proposes to improve Bitcoin by changing the way smart contracts are written in the blockchain. Indeed, it allows to divide smart contracts into their individual parts. This has several advantages in terms of confidentiality, transaction size and enabling larger smart contracts. There is no set timetable for its implementation.

Schnorr signatures

Schnorr signatures, named after their inventor, Claus-Peter Schnorr, are a proposal to replace Bitcoin's current digital signature algorithm (ECDSA) with a more efficient algorithm. The first way to improve the bitcoin protocol is to allow the aggregation of several transaction signatures into a single signature.

This would reduce the size of transactions in these types of transactions and could reduce the use of Bitcoin network storage and bandwidth  by transactions   by about 25%   Second, Schnorr signatures would increase the confidentiality of multisig transactions by aggregating the signatures in those transactions, thus masking the original signatures.


Bulletins promise to improve Bitcoin's privacy by masking amounts of transactions, while leaving the addresses of the sender and recipient public. They are already implemented on Monero while the implementation of Bitcoin is still pending and according to Wuille “” far too premature to propose their inclusion in Bitcoin . ” 

Confidential transactions

Confidential transactions (CT) would keep the amounts of Bitcoin transactions visible only to participants in the transaction. 

Sidechain projects

The side chains are intended to allow other block chains to connect to the Bitcoin network using a separate piece linked to bitcoin . This means that each side chain is a separate block chain which can have different rules from the main Bitcoin network while staying connected to it. There are currently several sidechain proposals under development: Liquid Network, RSK and Drivechain.

Liquid network

Liquid is a private side chain, so there is some control over who can access it. The advantages of Liquid are that it allows instant transactions, confidentiality (confidential transactions are integrated) and the possibility for users to hold Liquid funds outside of an exchange.


RSK is a side chain that plans to bring smart contract functionality and near-instant payments to the bitcoin network . Like Liquid, it uses a federated system, with depositories that follow the movement of bitcoin between the RSK network and the main Bitcoin network . To do this, it uses a token called SBTC (smart bitcoin ), which is linked to BTC in a 1: 1 ratio.

Kinematic chain

Drivechain plans to allow multiple blockchains to connect to the main Bitcoin network . Like RSK, the Drivechain side chains built can be secured by Bitcoin miners using a mine fusion. Unlike RSK, Drivechain is flexible and developers can create side chains to suit desired specifications, such as larger block sizes or privacy features. 


Mimblewimble is a proposal for a Bitcoin blockchain that claims to offer higher security than the current Bitcoin protocol , improved scalability, another type of cryptographic security and an ASIC-resistant mining algorithm to encourage decentralization of mining.

Lightning Network

Of course, there is the highly controversial Lightning Network project, the long-awaited Layer 2 scaling solution that is raising hopes among bitcoiners and drawing a lot of conflict and detriment from other camps, mainly bitcoin forks like BCH and BSV .
Lightning Network, experienced significant growth last year. The first Lightning implementation developed by Lightning Labs was launched in beta in March 2018. 

In just over a year since it went live on the main network, there are now almost 4,300 nodes with active channels and around 38,000 channels in total. The faster growth of the knot in the past three months could be linked to the release of the Casa Lightning Node, which made running a knot much easier for a regular non-technical user.

It should also be noted that the average number of channels per node has increased steadily over the past year. In addition, node and global network capacity has increased in the past year to reach the current 1,079 BTCs (over $ 6 million) enclosed in nodes and channels.

Ecosystem and infrastructure

Bitmain's big fall

Bitmain, on the other hand, suffered huge losses under the leadership of Jihan Wu and Micree Zhan. They had followed the technological direction of Roger Ver to convert Bitcoin to Bitcoin Cash. In August 2017, Bitcoin Cash successfully issued from Bitcoin and Bitmain had bet big on this range and this technology adding a huge amount of hashing power behind the Bitcoin Cash range . Bitmain had also planned an IPO in early 2018. Bitcoin Cash was again forked, the IPO was refused and, with $ 400 million in losses, Jihan Wu and Micree Zhan are leaving Bitmain.

Institutional money enters Bitcoin

  • Last year, reports have revealed that George Soros and the Rockefeller family began to take positions in the new class of cryptographic assets, according to Bloomberg. The family's $ 26 billion Soros Fund Management was planning to trade digital assets. Venrock, the VC arm of the Rockefeller family, decided to take a different approach by partnering with Coinfund to help entrepreneurs start blockchain businesses. 
  • In late April, Charlie Lee, the creator of litecoin , revealed that he had rep era of trading pairs  Bitcoin and   litecoin  on its portal TD Ameritrade Think or Swim. While some people put this news aside as a joke or a glitch, other users have confirmed that they have also seen " BTC / USD" appear on their accounts on TD Ameritrade. TD Ameritrade has more than 11 million customer accounts with over $ 1 trillion in assets. The American broker already offers Bitcoin futures trading .
  • Circle, Coinbase , BitGo, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and other large financial institutions have already launched crypto-centric custody solutions or plan to offer short-term crypto custody begin to serve increasing numbers of institutional investors in the coming month.
  • In July, Blackrock – the world's largest exchange traded fund (ETF) – announced that it had launched a task force to assess the investment potential in Bitcoin .
  • Goldman Sachs made progress towards adopting cryptography throughout the year. Thus, in April, cryptocurrency trader Justin Schmidt was hired by the company in response to customer interest in the space.
  • The following month, Rana Yared, an executive with Goldman Sachs, confirmed that the company intended to buy and sell Bitcoin – after concluding that the preeminent cryptocurrency was "not fraud".


Bakkt – which will facilitate bitcoin futures trading for institutional investors – electrified the crypto community in August 2018, when it announced its imminent launch.

Bakkt will guard and discover the prices of bitcoin – which is regulated as a commodity by the CFTC – in a manner designed to be free from market manipulation and fraud. Bakkt was scheduled to be commissioned in January 2019, but the deployment has been postponed several times due to regulatory delays. There is currently no launch date set for the new platform.

Fidelity launches institutional platform for Bitcoin and Ethereum

Fidelity Investments creates an independent company dedicated to the supply of cryptocurrencies to institutional investors.

Called Fidelity Digital Assets, the Boston-based limited liability company will provide enterprise custody solutions, a cryptocurrency trading execution platform and institutional 24-hour, seven-day-a-week advisory services. to align with the permanent blockchain trading cycle.

Fidelity Investments provides financial services for $ 7.2 trillion in client assets and provides clearing, custody and investment services to 13,000 consulting firms and institutional brokers. 

OTC markets

According to cryptocurrency research group Diar, institutional trade in cryptocurrencies on traditional exchanges has declined in volume due to the BTC's hosting in the main outfit portfolios this year. Rather, there has been a shift to OTC trading.

During the hours of OTC market, trading volume BTC increased by 20%, while volumes of Bitcoin Investment Trust (GBTC) Grayscale have decreased by 35% in 2017 compared to 2018 for the same period. It seems that institutional traders are heading towards higher-liquidity physical BTC markets . 

ETF attempts

The approval of a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) has been sought by a number of industry players in recent years.

Several crypto companies, such as Gemini and Bitwise, have applied for a crypto ETF, but so far regulators have not approved any. However, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission may change its position. The agency is now more concerned with the fight against fraud on platforms that offer ETFs rather than on the ETFs themselves. We believe the SEC may soon approve a crypto ETF.

Universities dip their toes

In addition to large investors and individual funders, universities like Harvard, Yale and Stanford have all invested in cryptocurrency funds. An undisclosed source revealed that endowments from the respective universities have invested tens of millions of dollars in at least one crypto fund.


It is no secret that one of the obstacles to the entry of institutional investors into the crypto space is the need for an appropriate regulatory framework; hedge funds cannot simply invest their clients' funds in the same free and easy way as a retail investor.

Regulation is not a crypto killer. The regulations will provide the clarity essential to investors, large and small, as well as to the entities issuing the coins themselves. People can start to focus on the best way to leverage these assets to diversify portfolios, transfer money overseas and improve business models, instead of looking over their shoulders for fear of hit the SEC. With increased regulation, increased adoption will follow, particularly among those for whom due diligence is paramount. Financial institutions will be able to confidently offer these investment options to their clients, pension funds can incorporate cryptocurrencies into their long-term holdings – the applications are endless.

Famous contributors

Jack Dorsey is the CEO of Twitter and has shown support for Bitcoin ( BTC ) and the Lightning Network.

Steve Wozniak is known for co-founding Apple, one of the largest companies in the world. Wozniak said Bitcoin would become the global currency.

There is another Bitcoin bull on the market, Peter Thiel. The venture capitalist has already bet on Bitcoin and the possibility of it becoming a safe haven of the gold type. In a conversation with CNBC, he said it would be Bitcoin long and neutral with everything else.

Tim Draper, a recognized venture capitalist, has been involved in the crypto market for a very long time. He invested in Bitcoin when it was traded under $ 1,000 and he also made very optimistic predictions for the future of this digital asset.

Ashton Kutcher has been a staunch defender of Bitcoin and has invested in a sports betting blockchain, UnikoinGold, with billionaire Mark Cuban.

Joe Rogan said he was fascinated by the idea, but that he hadn't given all of his attention to bitcoin , but thought it could really shake up the global economy.

Price action and market changes

Quick historical overview

Here is a brief history of the ups and downs of bitcoin prices , as compiled by colleagues from U.today:

  1. At the start of its journey, Bitcoin was worth less than $ 1.
  2. The first peak was $ 30 in July 2011, followed by a decline to $ 4.
  3. In mid-2013, Bitcoin crossed the price of $ 200 but fell back to $ 120.
  4. An important point was the end of 2013, when the price rose to $ 1,100. However, the next 2 years have been a solid drop for Bitcoin . The background was a $ 240 mark.
  5. The turning point came at the end of 2015, then the stable growth of the coin began. This lasted until the end of 2017, when the price hit an all-time high of $ 20,000.
  6. All of 2018 was marked by a tremendous fall. Any analysis and forecast turned out to be wrong. Bitcoin hit the low of $ 3,200.
  7. In 2019, a new growth cycle began and the price again exceeded $ 5,000.

Since the start of 2019, bitcoin has clearly been the most profitable asset class, as reported by Binance Research.

Market forecast for Bitcoin price:

Everyone and their mother have made a Bitcoin prediction for this year and the years to come. Everyone's opinion shouldn't concern us, but some forecasts have more value than others, so we will choose the most relevant ones below.

Let's take a look at some of these Bitcoin predictions .

John McAfee   Bitcoin Price Prediction – $ 1 million by 2020

John McAfee, the eccentric founder of popular security software and a controversial Bitcoin follower , predicted that Bitcoin will reach $ 1 million by 2020. He has also added his own touch to the set of prediction bets to eat his male parts if he failed. He then relativized his bet.

Willy woo

The founder of Woobull.com predicts a coming bearish momentum in the price of Bitcoin as the second quarter of 2019 approaches. Willy expects the price of Bitcoin to bottom out in the coming months before entering an accumulation period for the rest of the year.

“All of our blockchain indicators remain bearish. NVT, NVTS, MVRV, BNM, NVM. They are experimental but have made very correct calls to date, even when traditional indicators on the stock market indicated the opposite. "- Willy Woo

Mike Novogratz

The billionaire made his predictions on the price of Bitcoin at the end of last year, declaring that the coin could reach highs of $ 10,000 at the end of March (missed on this one) and cross its ATH price of $ 20,000. here the end of the year. The founder of Galaxy Digital believes that the institutional investment of companies like Fidelity and Bakkt will be the key to soaring BTC prices .

Sonny Singh   Bitcoin Price Prediction – $ 15-20,000 through Thanksgiving

Sonny Singh, Bitpay's chief commercial officer commented on the future of Bitcoin calling Bitcoin an "800 pound gorilla, because it has access to the most notable" network effect "of all decentralized networks. He firmly believes that there is a high probability that BTC will reach $ 15,000 to $ 20,000 by Thanksgiving, 2019, explaining that the probability of a crypto ETF and an influx of funds for startups is high.

Sam Doctor from Fundstrat and Tom Lee   Bitcoin Price Prediction

Tom Lee, co-founder and research manager of Fundstrat, believes that the break-even point of extracting 1 BTC is directly linked to the price of cryptocurrency.
Tom Lee said that the BTC fair value is much higher than the current price. The current fair value is between $ 13,800 and $ 14,800, which he says could increase to $ 150,000 per coin as soon as Bitcoin wallets account for seven percent of the 4.5 billion Visa holders.

Doctor Sam, a Fundsrat Lee and analyst have predicted that by 2019, BTC could reach no less than 36 000 $, with a probability of $ 64 000 and a maximum of $ 20 000 at the lowest.


Zhao Dong Bitcoin Price Prediction

Zhao Dong, one of the biggest Bitcoin OTC traders in China and an influencer recently predicted that Bitcoin could reach $ 50,000 by 2021. He reiterated that this is the best time to invest in BTC and said that you could get 100-200% return. more than 3 years if you invest now.

Anthony Pompliano   Bitcoin Price Prediction

In a recent tweet, Anthony Pompliano, founder of Morgan Creek, said that Bitcoin was going nowhere. He said the BTC could go down to $ 3000, after which it will continue to bullish from 2019. He said there was no reason to panic over the price drop because the fundamentals of Bitcoin are getting stronger.

Murad Mahmudov

Murad Mahmudov, host of “On The Record”, estimates that Bitcoin will hit a new record by the end of 2020. A prominent crypto personality and analyst Tone Vays generally agreed in an interview with this statement, adding that there were 40% chance of seeing a new record in 2020. This percentage increases to 45% for 2021.

Fran Strajnar: $ 200,000

Fran Strajnar, CEO of crypto research firm Brave New Coin, expects the price of Bitcoin to reach $ 200,000 by January 1, 2020. In an interview with Inverse in 2018, Strajnar said that “ adoption rates continue to be fairly stable, and adoption rates are highly correlated to price, so therefore, unless for some reason people just stop continuing to adopt Bitcoin  , we should see $ 200,000 by Bitcoin no later than January 1, 2020. “

Wheatley model: $ 2,352.03

According to a Forbes article, the Wheatley model predicts that Bitcoin will trade at a rather bearish amount of $ 2,352.03 in 2020. The article explains that the Wheatley model focuses only on the demand for Bitcoin and also notes that Wheatly and researchers have given a total market capitalization much lower in bitcoin . that the actual ceiling is ($ 20 billion is the figure used in their estimation model). The slow growth in demand for Bitcoin explains why its price forecast for 2020 is so low.

Hayes model: $ 55,931.60

The Hayes model, on the other hand, predicts a much higher trading price for the BTC in 2020. Indeed, although the Wheatley model focuses on Bitcoin demand , the Hayes model focuses on its supply. Bitcoin's supply is expected to slow as it approaches its supply ceiling, which should push up prices.


The current sentiment in the Bitcoin community is positive and technical improvements as well as overall ecosystem growth herald a bright future in the future. Technical indicators signal a bullish race ahead and with more people understanding the unique features and benefits of bitcoin compared to the traditional system. Although past performance is not a good indicator of the future price, the fundamentals underlying Bitcoin may well see it soar in the near future to 20,000 USD crossing its record price.

Heiko Closhen, Entrepreneur

Bitcoin SV’s Intraday Gain Sees Downside Corrections

Bitcoin SV’s Intraday Gain Sees Downside Corrections

Bitcoin’s price trend has recently stopped its bull-run that it was carrying to hit the $10,000 price mark.

With this, the crypto market has taken a bearish turn around as the prices are responding to BTC’s price decline. Bitcoin SV is no exception when it comes to such market volatility. The currency is holding a moderate bearish bias today since 03:00 UTC. It is visible that in the current disturbed market, a fresh start something a bit too much to ask for. However, at least a steady movement above the key support level is crucial.

Bitcoin SV Price Analysis

BSV/USD opened yesterday at around $187, and it remained around that price range for a while. A bullish breakout took place when the price of Bitcoin SV stepped up a bit and traded above $189.It is today morning when the coin has seen a sharp bullish move, and it cleared a few resistance levels above 50% fib level and reached $206.93 by registering a 9.30% hike. However, the downward correction that occurred in the latter half of today has ushered the BSV price below the 50% fib level. Currently, Bitcoin SV technicals are indicating mixed signals. The currency is well above the 200-day EMA line while the MACD indicator is in the negative zone. At the moment, BSV needs a support level, which is what it is testing at $198.

Article Produced By
Ruti Vora

Ruti regularly contributes in-depth news articles for leading cryptocurrencies. She contributes technical chart-based price updates and analysis pieces on world's leading digital currencies. She holds graduate degree in journalism.



Heiko Closhen, Entrepreneur

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