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Bitcoin (BTC) Price Spikes Above $13k First Time Since January 2018

Bitcoin (BTC) Price Spikes Above $13k First Time Since January 2018

Bitcoin (BTC) price surges above $13,000 for the first time in over two years following positive news on the leading crypto over the week.

BTC was the first cryptocurrency to successfully record transactions on a secure, decentralized blockchain-based platform. BTC reached above $13,000 in January 2018, six weeks after it reached an all-time high of over $19,000.

Recently, BTC got attention from many publicly-traded companies like Microstrategy and Square, stating Bitcoin as a reserve asset. At the time of writing, BTC price is at $12,976 with a 24-hour trading volume of 19 billion, according to Coingecko

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Bitcoin Price Chart 1-Month (Source: TradingView)

Moreover, PayPal’s announcement on the launch of a new service enabled its customers to buy, hold, and sell digital currency with its 26 million merchants worldwide. This announcement also triggered the surge of BTC’s price.

In a July report, Bloomberg Intelligence set $13,000 as a breakout price target for bitcoin.  Called the leading digital currency ad a caged bull. Bitcoin has gained 82 percent, year to date. 

Bitcoin was also seen to be competitive against other cryptocurrencies such as the S&P 500 and gold. Today, the S&P 500 is traded at $3,465, while gold currently amounts to $1,733. Moreover, BTC is globally considered the sixth most valuable currency, with a higher value than all UK Pound Sterling notes and coins in circulation. 

Despite the global COVID-19 pandemic, BTC has managed to withstand all the crypto market trials and volatility. Particularly in countries like Japan and Turkey as well as the leading companies.

 

BTC inflows in crypto exchanges

High Bitcoin Inflows on Exchanges Despite Price Drop

Bitcoins inflows are high on exchanges, with the motive of selling it but the users are not booking orders despite the BTC price drop. 

According to Chainalysis data, there was a 26.36 BTC change in Bitcoin held on exchanges which is positive and above the 180-day average. This indicates that there is an increase in Bitcoin held on exchanges. Bitcoin inflows exceed above 110% in crypto exchanges.

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Change in Bitcoin on exchanges (Source: Chainalysis)   

Bitcoin the first and top cryptocurrency in terms of market capitalization. At the start of September, Bitcoin experienced a price drop from nearly $12,000 to $10,000. As per CoinGecko, BTC is changing hands at $10,654,  at the time of writing.

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BTC/USD Price Chart (Source: Trading view)

Meanwhile, the overall cryptocurrency market cap now stands at $350.9 billion. Bitcoin’s dominance index presently at 56.4%. When the BTC price goes up, there will be more inflows than outflows on the crypto exchanges. Users are waiting for a price rise to a particular level to execute their sell orders and get on profits.

Moreover, Bitcoin interests are increasing worldwide, Nigerian shows more interest in the asset than in any other country in the world. The country had a transactional value of $34.4 million in the Q2 of 2020 alone. 

With many developments happening across various blockchain industries, the crypto community may expect more surprises in the space. It is also clear that BTC is on track to reach various milestones. 

 

Bitcoin to surge over $55k

Bitcoin Expected to Spike Over $55k in 2020, 500 BTC Outflows

Bitcoin(BTC) is on track after four months of halving, it follows a similar graph of 2012-2016 halving, which shows a positive sign. 

Investors can be patient and hold Bitcoin Says Plan B creator.

“Patience is Virtue”

Additionally, Bitcoin the first and top cryptocurrency in terms of market capitalization. It dips to $11,290 after reaching the support value of $12,067 on the same day. As per experts, it is clear that BTC is in track to reach various milestones.

Besides, DeFi adoption has increased in recent times and many investors and short-term traders are more interested in getting those short-term high profits, which can be bad news for Bitcoin. Furthermore, nearly 500 BTC outflows in recent times says Chinese mining pool Poolin.

Dan Held, executive of Kraken exchange included the supply readings as one sure sign that Bitcoin will start a fresh price bull run. 

Nevertheless, don’t think investing in BTC will let you down. It’s a long-term investment. Moreover, Cointelegraph reports Bitcoin is in track for its bullish season by the end of 2020.

According to the article, the Stock-to-flow (S2F) price module Bitcoin is expected to spike over $55k after 2020 halving.

The article mentions that,

“The predicted market value for bitcoin after May 2020 halving is $1trn, which translates in a bitcoin price of $55,000… one or two years after the halving, in 2020 or 2021.”

As per the S2F price module, price target of $288k in the end of the forth halving in 2024.

The Stock-to-flow is a number that indicates how many years, at the current production rate. It required to achieve the current stock. However, higher the number, the price will be high.

Recently, many top crypto exchanges are getting raided by police officials. Moreover, it is not good news in the crypto space. 

Since we all believe in decentralized exchanges, TheNewsCrypto team believes crypto adoption will increase in the upcoming future and soon expect seniors like Warren Buffet to join the game of crypto. 

Bitcoin Price Hits $12k Again, Traders are Turning Bullish

Bitcoin (BTC) reached $12k after being rejected at the threshold two weeks ago. Traders are becoming more optimistic that the crypto asset will hold the key level this time.

Bitcoin has reached $12k for four times since August 2, 2020, but changing the crucial resistance level to support has been a great challenge. 

At the current value, Bitcoin has a market capitalization of $221.8 billion, which is around $5 billion less than its peak market capitalization in 2020 that was achieved on August 18. 

The cryptocurrency has now gained 3% in the last 24 hours and 1.5% in the last week as a result of a sudden uptick in interest in the general cryptocurrency market, representing modest gains in the short term.

Bitcoin (BTC) Price Chart: COIN360 VIEW

Some factors that are leading traders to become more bullish on Bitcoin in the short to medium term. Factors including the potential catalysts are the declining U.S. dollar, the strength of the $10k support, and Ether’s strong upsurge.

BTC typically remains stagnant throughout September to early November and has done so since 2016. Based on that historical pattern, there is a possibility that BTC ranges between $10k and $14k.

Ark Invest CEO Cathy Wood said, 

“We could stay in a new trading range, just at a little bit of a higher level than the recent 6 to 10. Maybe we’re in the $10,000 to $13,000 range. Nonetheless, a breakout.”

Altcoins also notched notable gains as Bitcoin spent a few days consolidating, a few managing triple-digit gains as BTC price broke out to $12k.

MiniSwap (MINI) rallied 245.14%, DeFinition (DZI) gained 266.83%, and Spaghetti (PASTA) surged highest, with a  358.21% gain. 

According to CoinMarketCap, the overall cryptocurrency market cap now stands at $391.5 billion. Bitcoin’s dominance index currently at 56.6%.

An even more encouraging outcome would involve BTC flipping the $12k -$12.4k range to support. TheNewCrypto believes that BTC would prepare for a strong move to $13.5k before this month ends.

Bitcoin and its history

Bitcoin and its History

The world is becoming ever more contingent on the internet. So it’s no surprise that Bitcoin, a globally secured online version of cash has claimed the interest of investors, but not many shops accept Bitcoin yet and some countries have banned it altogether.

Bitcoin is a valuable crypto coin because people are ready to exchange them for real goods and services, it can be bought by using both fiat and altcoins, or can also be generated by using a computer which is called mining.

What is Bitcoin?

Bitcoin is the earliest cryptocurrency that started in January 2009, which inspires other projects in the blockchain space. The person who created Bitcoin and its identity is still a mystery.  Bitcoin is commonly abbreviated as “BTC”. The word “Bitcoin” is capitalized in the context refers to an entity or concept, whereas “bitcoin” is in lower case refers to a quantity of the currency or the units.

It has been created, distributed, traded, and stored with a decentralized ledger system which is known as a blockchain. It has skyrocketed approximately $20,000 in 2017, but after two years its price has been reduced to half of that value.

Who Invented Bitcoin?

Bitcoin was invented in the year 2008 by a group of people named Satoshi Nakamoto. It was started in 2009 when he implemented the bitcoin software as open-source code.

How Bitcoin began?

Bitcoins are generally created as a reward for a process known as mining. The bitcoin network was created when Nakamoto mined the first block of the chain, called genesis block on Jan 2009.

According to the Blockchain Analysts estimation, Nakamoto has mined about 1million bitcoins before disappearing in 2010, when he handed Gavin Andresen the network alert key and control of the code repository. Andresen became lead developer at the Bitcoin Foundation later.

Key highlights

  • August 18, 2008: Domain name “bitcoin.org” was registered
  • October 31, 2008: Anonymous Satoshi Nakamoto published Bitcoin whitepaper
  • January 3, 2009: Mined the Genesis Block or block number one.
  • January 12, 2009: The first Bitcoin transaction.
  • December 16, 2009: Released version 0.2
  • November 6, 2010: The value of Market cap exceeds $1 Million.
  • October 2011: Litecoin was created by Bitcoin forks for the first time
  • June 19, 2011: Security breach of the Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange which caused the nominal price of a bitcoin to fraudulently drop to one cent.
  • June 3, 2012: Largest block 181919 created with 1322 transactions
  • June 2012: Launches coinbase
  • September 27, 2012: Formed bitcoin Foundation.
  • December 7,2013: Price falls to around $760.
  • June 2015: One of the most significant cryptocurrency regulations BitLicense gets established.
  • August 1, 2017: Bitcoin forks Bitcoin Cash again.
  • August 23, 2017: SegWit or Segregated Witness gets activated which is a soft fork on the Bitcoin Network that aims to solve scalability issues
  • September 2017: BTC trading was banned by China
  • December 2017: Launched first bitcoin futures contracts by CBOE Global Markets (CBOE) and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME).
  • December 2017: Bitcoin price reaches its all-time high of $20,000.
  • January 2018: Price drops as a result of the 2018 cryptocurrency market crash.
  • November 15, 2018: Bitcoin’s market cap value fell below $100 billion for the first time since October 2017.
  • October 31, 2018: 10 year anniversary of Bitcoin
  • May 11, 2020: 3rd Bitcoin halving

How bitcoin works

Bitcoin is a decentralized system, in which transactions are recorded in a distributed ledger called a blockchain. Bitcoin is not linked to any kind of central banking system, that’s one of the major parts of its appeal.

Users can get bitcoin by installing the bitcoin wallet on a computer or mobile phone, you can see the bitcoin address has been created and more addresses can also be created whenever it’s required. You can send the address to your friends to make them pay you or vice versa.

All the transactions which are confirmed will be on the blockchain, which allows the Bitcoin wallets to calculate their spendable balance, to verify the new transactions, ensuring they were actually owned by the spender. Bitcoin wallets will have a secret piece of data called a private key or seed, used to verify that they are from the owner of the wallet

Bitcoin mining

Mining is generally a process of adding records of transactions to the public ledger called the Blockchain. Through mining, users can earn Bitcoin without paying for it. Bitcoin can be received by miners as a reward for completing “Blocks” of verified transactions added to the blockchain.

Miners who find a solution for a complex hashing puzzle first will get rewards. Nowadays mining bitcoin was not easy as before, it has become a big deal, there is a chance that the cost of the equipment and the electricity alone can take your profits quickly.

How to store bitcoin?

Bitcoin can be stored by keeping it safe on the exchanges or wallets. There are many exchanges in which you can store your bitcoins. Users can also sell or buy bitcoin for altcoins or fiat coins. To know more about the listing pairs and trading click:

Bitcoin can be lost by crypto users due to theft, computer failure, losing access keys, etc. In order to avoid Bitcoin loss, users can store bitcoin using wallets. Some of the wallets are Cold storage or offline wallets, Desktop wallet, Hardware wallet, Paper wallet, etc.

Cold storage wallets are generally not accessible via the internet and it is one of the safest methods for holding bitcoins safely. Desktop wallets are similar to cold storage, these can only be accessible in our private desktops. Hardware wallets are safer and secure, in this type bitcoins can be stored using the device like USB sticks which we can carry with us around. Paper wallets usually contain the Bitcoin seed written on a piece of paper, these wallets can be stored easily because they don’t take up more space.

How much Is Bitcoin Worth?

The total value of all the bitcoin in the world was $171.2 Billion as of June 20, 2020.

Ticker BTC
Current Price $11,800
Market Cap 18,479,580
24-hour Volume 2,233,402
Circulating Supply 18,469,575
Max Supply 21,000,000
BTC Current Values

Bitcoin Exchanges

A bitcoin exchange generally acts as the intermediate between a buyer and seller, we can also say it is between a “maker” and a “taker”. Users can deposit bitcoin via a bank transfer, wire, and other means of deposit, with the service charges.

  • Decentralized Exchanges

Decentralized exchanges are exchanges, they are operated without a central authority. These crypto exchanges generally allow peer-to-peer trading of cryptocurrencies. There are lots of benefits in the decentralized exchanges.

Decentralized exchanges maintain a fundamental level of user interest in the form of liquidity and trading volume. Users of a decentralized exchange may have less recourse than the exchanges with the centralized authorities.

Special consideration

  •  Fees

Depending on the buy and sell order carried out within the exchange, all the bitcoin exchanges have transaction fees.

Making deposits and withdrawals comes at a price, which depends on the payment method used to transfer funds. Other than the transaction fees and funds transfer fees, traders may also have currency conversion fees, depending on the currencies accepted by the exchange.

  • Bitcoin wallets

Bitcoin exchange is generally different from a bitcoin wallet. Through the bitcoin wallet, users can store their coins. They can also store private keys that are used to authorize the transaction and to access the bitcoin address.

  • Makers and takers

The buyer or seller can place the limit order, the exchange adds it to its order book until the price has been matched by another trader. When the price gets matched, the buyer or seller who sets the limit price is referred to as the maker. Traders who place a market order that immediately gets filled are takers. 

Benefits of Bitcoin

  • Bitcoin has greater liquidity relative to other cryptocurrencies
  • It has increasingly wide acceptance as a payment method
  • Easy International transactions than regular currencies
  • Low Transaction fees
  • Elimination of Banking fees

Russia’s Top Crypto Exchange Website was Blocked by Telecom Regulator

BestChange.ru, an aggregator of over-the-counter (OTC) cryptocurrency suppliers in Russia, is being blocked by the country’s internet censorship agency, Roskomnadzor.

According to the popup announcement on BestChange.ru, the website is still available to the users through VPN or websites like BestChange.net.

Website block announcement is made on local social media VK.com, stating that BestChange.ru website was blocked alongside a bunch of other industry sites. As per the public court records, Roskomnadzor blocked BestChange.ru alongside websites like cryptowikipedia.ru and coinpost.ru. 

As per the SimilarWeb data, BestChange saw almost 3.3 million traffic in July, with most of them coming from Russia, Ukraine, and Turkmenistan.

Although the court-approved BestChange website blocking on Jan. 22, the company only notified on July 23.

BestChange Head of Public Relations Nikita Zuborev said,

“We always hear about the lawsuits accidentally, we never get a subpoena [in time] and our lawyers always have to request a time extension to appeal first and then get to the lawsuit itself.”

The lawsuit also targeted cryptocurrency news websites and even an online shop was offering bitcoin for sale or goods in exchange for bitcoin.

The website was first blocked in 2017, but the website remains available through a VPN. Again the website was blocked in 2019.  

Bitcoin is not illegal in Russia, but it may not be used as a means of payment. On July 31, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin signed that starting from January 2021 payments in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are going to become illegal.

Nasdaq-Listed Company Microstrategy Moves $250 Million Into BTC

On Tuesday, Nasdaq-listed and publicly-traded business intelligence firm MicroStrategy has purchased 21,454 bitcoins at an aggregate price of more than $250 million, adopting the crypto as its primary treasury reserve.

Microstrategy was one of the principal organizations in the enterprise business intelligence software sector. It has a 30-year history of anticipating technology trends.

It was a pioneer in relational analytics, web intelligence, mobile intelligence, and hyper-intelligence.

Microstrategy’s investment in Bitcoin is only a part of its new capital allocation strategy, which seeks to maximize long-term value for its shareholders. Bitcoin is persuasive proof of a predominant asset class for those looking for a drawn-out store of significant worth. 

MicroStrategy’s CEO Michael J. Saylor said,

“This investment reflects our belief that bitcoin, as the world’s most widely-adopted cryptocurrency, is a dependable store of value and an attractive investment asset with more long-term appreciation potential than holding cash.”

Saylor detailed that his association took months upon choosing its capital allocation methodology, considering large-scale factors like the monetary and public health crisis by COVID-19 and exceptional government money-related upgrade estimates.

In recent months, Bitcoin and Gold have both surged beyond investigator forecasts, providing more force for major acquisitions like this. Saylor called Bitcoin as digital gold since Bitcoin had brand recognition and global acceptance.

Generally, business intelligence is a data-driven field, it’s no surprise that such an organization will be the first to become tied up with BTC. Likewise, Coca Cola bottlers have just opened the floodgates by declaring that they will trial Ethereum for the supply chain. 

Travala.com Adds Support to Expedia for Crypto Bookings

Travala.com, a crypto accommodation booking platform announced that it is adding support for Expedia Partner Solutions (EPS), a global B2B partnership brand within Expedia Group.

Travala users can now pay for Expedia through 30 listed cryptocurrencies which include Bitcoin, Ethereum, Binance Coin, and AVA, Travala’s native crypto. EPS allows the rapid application programming interface (API) to be accessed by Travala, which allows the foundation to offer its accommodations to the users. There are over 700,000 Expedia accommodations now available through Travala, which already has more than 2 million hotels in 230 countries. 

Expedia powers the business of leading airlines, travel agencies, top consumer brands, and thousands of other partners. It generally aims to support partners like Travala to scale their business faster than ever before in order to build fantastic experiences for its travelers.

Expedia Senior Vice President Alfonso Paredes said,

“We are passionate about innovation and recognize that booking & payment choice continues to evolve in a fast-changing world.”

Juan Otero is a CEO of Travala explained that the partnership with Expedia comes as a rebound for his travel business from its COVID19 lows. The month-over-month booking revenue of Travala increased, and 13% of bookings were paid through Travala’s AVA token, a crypto equivalent of loyalty points, and airline miles.

Travala also has similar deals with Booking.com, and has added over 90,000 destinations to its platforms. After this partnership, the revenue increase was 33%. It also partnered with TravelByBit, a crypto flight booking service platform. This partnership scaled up the platform to give the best service to travelers wishing for spending the crypto assets.