Bitcoin Hits N13 Million Per Coin on Wednesday
Bitcoin extended its gain to N13.11 million or $27.681 per coin on Wednesday morning as investors continue to dump money on cryptocurrency assets following the signing of the US stimulus package by President Trump.
The world most capitalised crypto-asset gained 19.27 percent in the last 24 hours to extend its bullish run and increased its market value to N243.13 trillion with a N4.63 trillion volume of trade.
Despite global uncertainty, especially with more countries expected to shut down because of the new variant of COVID-19, cryptocurrencies have deferred traditional assets and continue to soar in an unusual move that has made businesses and organisations start accepting Bitcoin as a form of payment.
In a recent article by the Wall Street Journal, luxury auto dealers in Vegas have started accepting Bitcoin from wealthy investors. Nick Dossa, the owner of one of the auto businesses, said 3 to 5 percent of the dealership’s revenue comes from Bitcoin deals.
Still, it was PayPal’s decision to get into cryptocurrency exchange space following a fallout with Facebook Libra that further pushed cryptocurrency into the mainstream in spite of lack of regulation and control that has led to over N13 billion lost in 2020 alone.
The entire crypto space could skyrocket without regulatory hindrance in 2021 given that Paypal is planning to increase available options by allowing users to make payments from their bitcoin balances to any of the 28 million merchants already on Paypal by the first half of 2021.
Ethereum also gained 10.59 percent to N277.716 per coin and N31.67 trillion market capitalisation, more than the currently celebrated N20.4 trillion seven high Nigerian Stock Exchange value attained this year.
Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash and Binance Coin added 23.98 percent, 8.09 percent and 19 percent to N46,675, N132,397 and N17,720, respectively.
Central American Bank for Economic Integration Supports El Salvador’s Bitcoin Law
The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI), which has 15 member countries, will help El Salvador implement bitcoin as legal tender.
The CABEI president has expressed his support. “We’re very optimistic,” he said.
The head of the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) expressed his support for El Salvador’s bitcoin law Monday. CABEI Executive President Dante Mossi said that the bank will give El Salvador technical assistance to implement bitcoin as legal tender.
Last week, El Salvador became the first country in the world to pass a law making cryptocurrency legal tender.
The CABEI has 15 member countries: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Dominican Republic, Belize, Mexico, Republic of China (Taiwan), Argentina, Colombia, Spain, Cuba, and Korea. The bank’s objective is to “promote the economic integration and the balanced economic and social development of the Central American region,” its website details.
Mossi said his organization will work with El Salvador’s finance ministry and central bank to select a team to work on the implementation, Reuters reported.
Mossi believes that the move to make bitcoin legal tender would offer many benefits to people in El Salvador. For example, it would lower the cost of remittances for relatives of Salvadorans living abroad, he explained.
The CABEI executive president also called on El Salvador’s government to develop a regulatory framework for bitcoin in order to prevent “bad actors” from taking advantage of the system’s anonymity, the publication conveyed.
Following El Salvador’s move to make bitcoin legal tender, lawmakers in a number of Latin American countries have expressed their interest in bitcoin.
The countries include Paraguay, Argentina, Panama, Brazil, and Mexico. Moreover, Tonga and Tanzania have also reportedly expressed interest in bitcoin.
Venture Capitalist Tim Draper Reaffirms His $250K Bitcoin Price Prediction by 2022
American venture capital investor, Tim Draper, said that he thinks bitcoin could reach $250K by 2022, and during an interview with CNBC’s Jade Scipioni this week, Draper reiterated his six-digit bitcoin price forecast made in April 2018.
Tim Draper, the venture capitalist who has his hands in a myriad of blockchain and crypto companies, discussed his bitcoin (BTC) price prediction with CNBC this week.
Draper is well known in the crypto community as he has founded a number of firms that work within the industry. He has also founded organizations like Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ), Draper University, Draper Venture Network, Draper Associates, and Draper Goren Holm.
Draper is famous for purchasing thousands of bitcoin (BTC) in July 2014 from the U.S. Marshals Service auction that sold BTC stemming from the Silk Road marketplace. Back then, Draper predicted that BTC would reach $10K per coin and this prediction came to fruition. This made people begin to think of Draper as an oracle, and he was pressed for a new prediction when BTC came close to the $20K zone in 2017.
After many reporters asked Draper his next bitcoin price forecast, he finally answered on Friday the 13th, April 2018. “Serious winds (of change) at our block(chain) party last night,” Draper explained to his followers on Twitter. “I predict $250K by 2022,” Draper added. Since then, as far as predictions are concerned, Draper stepped out of the limelight and many other investors have given their own bitcoin price predictions over the last three years.
Now that BTC has tapped a new all-time-high above $64K per unit, Draper is once again standing behind his $250K prediction. While speaking with CNBC’s Jade Scipioni on the broadcast “CNBC Make It,” Draper said:
“I think I’m going to be right on this one. I’m either going to be really right or really wrong [but] I’m pretty sure that it’s going in that direction.”
Draper Speaks About Dogecoin and Elon Musk’s Critique of Bitcoin’s Energy Use
Draper then explained that he thinks merchants will flock to support BTC within the next few years. “Give it about a year and a half and retailers will all be on Open node, so everybody will accept bitcoin,” Draper stressed. “Then beyond that, I think [bitcoin] continues up because there are only 21 million of them,” the venture capitalist added.
The executive also touched upon dogecoin (DOGE) during his interview and explained that there has to be something that makes the public like the dog token.
“There must be something to dogecoin because it makes us all smile but no engineers are working on it,” Draper said. “Doge devs to improve system transaction efficiency. Potentially promising. I tend to focus on the ones where people are dedicating their lives to improving the currency.”
Draper told CNBC he thinks bitcoin will be the center of financial activity worldwide for a long time and described BTC as one of the world’s tech giants. “[Bitcoin] is sort of like Microsoft [in] the software world or Amazon in the e-commerce world,” Draper remarked.
Furthermore, before Draper made his prediction the venture capitalist spoke about Elon Musk and Tesla’s critique of Bitcoin’s energy use. He commended Musk for what he had previously accomplished but in terms of understanding bitcoin’s energy consumption, Draper thinks he’s wrong.
“Elon, first of all, is one of the most brilliant men in the world…maybe the most brilliant, [but] he got this one wrong,” Draper said.
Bitcoin Remittances to El Salvador Surge 300% Ahead of BTC Becoming Legal Tender
Bitcoin remittances to El Salvador jumped more than fourfold in May from the previous year, according to data from blockchain analytics firm Chainalysis.
Last week, El Salvador passed a bill making bitcoin legal tender in the country alongside the U.S. dollar.
The monthly bitcoin transfers of under $1,000 to El Salvador totaled $1.7 million in May, representing more than a 300 percent increase from $424,000 the previous year, Reuters reported, citing data from blockchain analytics firm Chainalysis.
The monthly bitcoin transfers to the country peaked in March at $2.5 million. While remittances using bitcoin have soared, they are still a small portion of total remittances to the country.
According to the World Bank, remittances using traditional money totaled nearly $6 billion in 2019, and about 95 percent of total remittances in the first quarter of this year came from Salvadorans working in the U.S.
El Salvador became the first country in the world to make bitcoin legal tender when its congress passed President Nayib Bukele’s bitcoin bill last week.
The country is now focusing on bitcoin mining using energy from volcanoes, which aims to be “very cheap, 100% clean, 100% renewable” and with “0 emissions.”
Several organizations have voiced concerns over El Salvador’s move to make bitcoin legal tender, including the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which warned the country of legal and economic issues last week.
Rating agency Moody’s said last week that El Salvador’s bitcoin law “carries risks for the financial system, the stability of the country’s monetary regime and signals a lack of a coherent economic framework.”
Meanwhile, an official with the Bank of International Settlement (BIS) called the bitcoin law in El Salvador an “interesting experiment” but said it did not change the bank’s approach to cryptocurrency.
The president of the European Central Bank (ECB), Christine Lagarde, similarly said the ECB’s policy is unaffected by El Salvador’s bitcoin law.
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