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Bitcoin Halving: Nigeria, Others Get Ready For Uncertain Bitcoin Future

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Nigerians and other global investors in the cryptocurrency market are getting ready for Bitcoin Halving on May 12, 2020.

Cryptocurrency’s most dominant coin, Bitcoin, would experience a historical transformation from supply end for the third time this month. The process known as Bitcoin Halving would impact the number of Bitcoin supplied into the block every 10 minutes.

Bitcoin Halving is a process where the number of Bitcoin earned by miners, known as a block reward, is halved.

The process that began in 2009 started with 50 coins mined every 10 minutes. This was halved twice to current 12.5 bitcoins mined every 10 minutes. According to a document released by Satoshi Nakamoto, who may be an individual or a group that created the digital coin, the process will end with total coins of 21 million around the year 2140.

Why is Bitcoin Halving Important?

Unlike the Central Banks, Bitcoin is not manually regulated rather its algorithm has been engineered to gradually reduce the number of Bitcoins that can be created over time.

Therefore, while the supply of Bitcoin will continue to reduce, its demand will remain constant. A process that if eventually worked could see the digital currency hitting $50,000 a coin or even $1 million as more money would be chasing fewer coins.

This is different from central banks’ approach where money in circulation can be increased or reduced depending on the economic situation.

“Unlike most national currencies we’re familiar with like dollars or euros, bitcoin was designed with a fixed supply and predictable inflation schedule. There will only ever be 21 million bitcoins. This predetermined number makes them scarce, and it’s this scarcity alongside their utility that largely influences their market value,” Blockchain.com, a crypto wallet company, stated in a post.

Advantage of Bitcoin Halving

Bitcoin was trading at $2.01 a coin in 2012 before block reward was first halved to 25 Bitcoins from 50 Bitcoins, the price per coin rose to $664 a coin by 2016 due to the scarcity created by the halving as miners are the only one that can earn the coin every 10 minutes for creating additional blocks needed to strengthen the security of the blockchain.

In 2016, when the block reward was halved again to 12.5 Bitcoins, the price of the cryptocurrency rose to $20,000 in 2017 before plunging to as low as $2,800 a coin 2019 and $3,800 in early March 2020.

Bitcoin 20000Therefore, some Bitcoin experts and investors are predicting that additional reduction in the supply of Bitcoin would bolster the price of the digital currency going forward while others have said the fundamentals have changed that Bitcoin Halving has been priced into the current level as the process is now pretty known by investors.

Still, at Investors King we believed a reduction in supply would positively impact the price of the dominant cryptocurrency but not immediately given the current global health crisis. Therefore, halving may benefit long-term investors more than short term traders as we doubt the market would receive enough funds in the near-term given present surge in global risk and uncertainty.

Implications of Bitcoin Halving

Halvings happened every four years or after every 210,000 blocks. These blocks helped strengthen the cryptocurrency blockchain, improve its security and bolster the confidence of investors holding the unregulated digital currency as an investment vehicle.

However, the continuous reduction in block rewards may result in fewer investments in mining given the amount involved in its set up.  Also, considering the rate at which new blocks are created or expected to be created to further strengthen the Bitcoin blockchain, a decline may render it vulnerable to attacks and gradually expose the unproven or untested blockchain to hackers.

“The more computing power miners direct towards Bitcoin, the harder it is to attack because an attacker would need to have a significant portion of this processing power, known as the hashrate, to execute such an attack, stated by Coindesk.

“The more money they can earn by way of block rewards, the more mining power goes to Bitcoin, and thus the more protected the network is.”

On May 12, 2020, the global cryptocurrency investors and traders expect block reward to be halved again to 6.25 Bitcoin.

Is the CEO/Founder of Investors King Limited. A proven foreign exchange research analyst and a published author on Yahoo Finance, Nasdaq, Entrepreneur.com, Investorplace, and many more. He has over two decades of experience in global financial markets.

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SEC Fines Kim Kardashian $1.26 Million For Unlawful Crypto Promotion

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has fined U.S reality T.V star Kim Kardashian $1.26 million for violating its rules by promoting a crypto asset.

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U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has fined U.S reality T.V star Kim Kardashian $1.26 million for violating its rules by promoting a crypto asset.

SEC stated that Kim promoted a crypto security asset offered and sold by EthereumMax without making the necessary disclosure that she was paid to promote it.

The post shared by the reality T.V star contained a link to the EthereumMax website, which provided instructions for potential investors to purchase EMAX tokens.

The agency specified that Kardashian should have disclosed a $250,000 payment she received to publish a post about EthereumMax’s EMAX tokens on her Instagram account.

In a statement made by SEC chairman Gary Gensler via his Twitter handle, it reads “Today @SECGov, we charged Kim Kardashian for unlawfully touting a crypto security.

“This case is a reminder that, when celebrities/influencers endorse investment apps, including crypto-asset securities, it doesn’t mean that those investment products are right for all investors”.

Gary Gensler also separately posted a video on Twitter about the settlement, stating that celebrity endorsements should not be construed as financial advice.

Reacting to the fine, Kim Kardashian provided the following statement about the charges and the settlement via a statement made by her lawyer.

It reads “Ms. Kardashian is pleased to have resolved this matter with the SEC.  Kardashian fully cooperated with the SEC from the very beginning and she remains willing to do whatever she can to assist the SEC in this matter.

“She wanted to get this matter behind her to avoid a protracted dispute.  The agreement she reached with the SEC allows her to do that so that she can move forward with her many different business pursuits”

The settlement reached with the SEC by Kardashian includes a $260,000 payment that represents that original amount, plus interest, as well as $1 million in penalties.

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Lunc Burn: Binance Burns 5.595 Billion Lunc Coins

Binance, the world’s leading cryptocurrency platform, has finally agreed to burn Lunc coins as proposed by the Lunc community.

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Binance, the world’s leading cryptocurrency platform, has finally agreed to burn Lunc coins as proposed by the Lunc community.

On Monday, the cryptocurrency trading platform announced it has burnt 5.596 billion Lunc coins worth $1.863 million in its first-ever Lunc burn.

The company disclosed this in a statement released on its platform and obtained by Investors King.

Explaining the modalities for burning going forward, Binance said it would be in batches and would be done every Monday. The next Lunc burn would be on October 10, 2022.

Binance management first rejected the idea of burning customers’ coins without their approval following Lunc’s community proposal of a 1.2% tax, a process generally initiated by cryptocurrency projects to reduce supply and prop up the price of tokens.

Lunc community immediately started calling for a boycott of the platform, saying Binance agreed to the decision from the onset and even demanded that Lunc community commenced it from their end before the exchange will implement the same on-chain.

Eventually, Binance agreed to burn its fee (commission from Lunc transactions) and not customers’ coins. On Monday, Binance sent its first burn coin to a burnt wallet with transaction ID of F6B1CB656843438013D3C9A5948A1353AA3C65F6AE30D627AF791EEE0311AA36

Binance said “The calculation of total trading fees on LUNC spot and margin trading pairs to be burned from the previous week will be done every Monday at 00:00:00 (UTC). The subsequent on-chain burn transaction and weekly report will be updated by each Tuesday at 00:00:00 (UTC).

“The first batch of trading fees on LUNC spot and margin trading pairs to be burned will be calculated from 2022-09-21 at 00:00:00 (UTC) to 2022-10-01 at 23:59:59 (UTC). The fee rebates on LUNC spot and margin trading pairs toward Binance Spot Liquidity Provider Program for the period of 2022-09-21 at 00:00:00 (UTC) till 2022-09-27 00:00:00 (UTC) will be excluded from the burn amount.

“Trading fees on LUNC spot and margin trading pairs that collected in a token other than LUNC (e.g., USDT, BUSD and BNB) will be converted to LUNC with the real-time exchange rates on Binance every Monday at 00:00:00 (UTC).

“LUNC burn mechanism will not affect trading fees on LUNC spot and margin trading pairs, with the maximum trading fee rate remaining 0.1%.”

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Hackers Receive $2 Million in Cryptocurrency for Discovering Flaws in Aurora Platform

Aurora, a company that provides Ethereum compatibility, NEAR Protocol scalability, and industry-first user experience through affordable transactions, has paid $2 million to two hackers that discovered a vulnerability in its platform

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Aurora, a company that provides Ethereum compatibility, NEAR Protocol scalability, and industry-first user experience through affordable transactions, has paid $2 million to two hackers that discovered a vulnerability in its platform.

According to the company, no user’s funds were affected by the EVM scaling and bridge solution. The two hackers were awarded $1 million each in the company’s native cryptocurrency Aurora.

The bounties would be paid out in a year’s time by the ImmuneFi bug bounty platform handling the payments.

Halborn, a security company, identified the flaws on June 10 before revealing them on Wednesday, September 29, 2022. Aurora is a Layer 2 scaling solution and EVM-compatible bridge between the Layer 1 NEAR protocol and Ethereum. The initial vulnerability was caused by Aurora’s use of a separate ERC-20 (fungible token standard) known as NEP-141.

The bridge between the two chains is permissionless, which means that anybody may bridge over any token to any address without their knowledge.

An attacker may have produced a worthless NEP-141 token on NEAR, bridged it to Aurora, and then distributed it to unwitting victims. As a result, attackers would be able to “take ETH from Aurora addresses essentially for free,” according to the report. This is due to the bridge’s ability to charge the recipient or victim a fee denominated in ETH.

The second vulnerability was related to the bridge’s burning feature. Tokens are burnt on one chain and debited on the other when users bridge funds from one network to another.

An assailant may have staged a “fake burn event” without it really happening. This bogus event might then be used to take funds from the Ethereum locker, which is the Aurora bridge’s stored amount of ETH utilized for chain bridging.

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