Zac Cheah, the CEO at Pundi X, a crypto PoS (point-of-sale) machine manufacturer and developer, has said that the global cryptocurrency sector will be equipped with more than 100,000 crypto PoS machines by 2021.
In an interview with ZDNet Korea, Cheah
“In the next three years, at least 100,000 crypto PoS machines will be distributed. In the past six months, merchants have requested 25,000 crypto PoS machines from Pundi X.”
Targeting Merchant Adoption
As Starbucks chairman Howard Schwartz previously said, multi-billion dollar conglomerates outside of the cryptocurrency and finance sector are currently skeptical toward digital assets like bitcoin and ether, the native cryptocurrency of the Ethereum blockchain protocol, due to their lack of merchant adoption. He said:
“I personally believe that there is going to be a one or a few legitimate trusted digital currencies off of the blockchain technology. And that legitimacy and trust in terms of its consumer application will have to be legitimized by a brand and a brick and mortar environment, where the consumer has trust and confidence in the company that is providing the transaction.”
Currently, merchants have three key issues that are preventing mainstream retail adoption of cryptocurrencies:
- High fees / scalability
- Lack of cryptocurrency support from existing machines
By creating PoS machines that can both support various cryptocurrencies and existing payment methods like credit card transactions, Pundi X has solved the issue of cryptocurrency integration. But, volatility and high fees still remain as key issues.
The emergence of stablecoins such as Tether, TrueUSD, CircleUSD, and Basis have provided merchants an option to accept digital assets whose value is hedged to that of the US dollar to eliminate volatility.
As for the high fees of cryptocurrencies, most public blockchain protocols including Bitcoin and Ethereum have made significant progress in the development of two-layer scaling solutions that are capable of processing micro-transactions or extremely small payments with nearly zero fees.
Hence, in the mid-term, the first two issues of digital assets pertaining to volatility and high fees will most likely be solved.
Cheah said that crypto PoS machines can be useful in regions like South Korea and China that already have nearly 90 percent adoption of credit cards and mobile payment applications such as Alipay, Samsung Pay, and KakaoPay, because Pundi XPOS supports mobile payment apps including Alipay, Samsung Pay, and WeChat Pay, while facilitating payments from bank-issued cards.
But, simply supporting cryptocurrencies will not be sufficient to convince merchants to switch from their existing payment infrastructure to crypto PoS machines. Cheah noted that the company’s product depends on its belief that digital assets will become the default payment method of the global economy in the long-term.
South Korea is a Main Market
As a leading crypto exchange market that accounts for nearly 35 percent of global crypto trades, Cheah said that South Korea is one of the few key markets Pundi X will focus on in the near future.
“Given that South Korea accounts for 35 percent of global crypto trades, the demand for cryptocurrency acceptance by merchants from local investors will increase rapidly,” said Cheah.
Bitcoin Technical Analysis: BTC/USD danger remains at large, $3000 eyed
- Bitcoin price on Monday nursing minor losses of some 1.4% into the second half of the day.
- Vulnerabilities continue to lurk for BTC/USD, at danger of retesting the $3000 mark to the downside, where some call it the bottom.
- Bobby Lee, forecasts $333K for Bitcoin. Saying, “If history repeats perfectly, then the current bear market for #Bitcoin would bottom out at $2,500 next month, in Jan 2019. And then the next rally would start in late 2020, peak out in Dec 2021 at $333,000, and then crash back down to $41,000 in Jan 2023.”
Spot rate: 3474.38
Relative change: -1.60%
Support 1: 3466.00, near-term ascending trend line.
Support 2: 3392.70, daily pivot point support.
Support 3: 3252.53, psychological support.
Resistance 1: 3516.95, 15-minute resistance.
Resistance 2: 3655.36, daily pivot point resistance.
Resistance 3: 3777.85, daily pivot point resistance.
BTC/USD 4-hour chart
- Price action is depressed, moving within a range-block, ahead of further potential moves to the deep south, $3K remains eyed.
Crypto market colored in red; Bitcoin languishes under $3,400
- Altcoins resumed the downside after a short-lived recovery.
- Bitcoin returned to $3,300 after an attempt to break above $3,600.
The cryptocurrency market was short-lived. Once again. Bitcoin and other major altcoins resumed the downside movement on Monday with the total capitalization of digital assets in circulation dropped below $110B, killing hopes to witness good bullish trend into the year-end. Prices bumped into resistance levels unable to instigate buying interest amid pessimistic sentiments that gripped the market.
Stephen Innes from Oanda is among those who prefer to hold off on calling the bottom on the cryptocurrency market. He believes that we still do not have a convincing use case for Bitcoin and the absence of good non-speculative reasons to buy it makes the situation worse.
“Bitcoins have gone well beyond the ridiculousness of tulip bulb mania, It’s has been a disastrous year for cryptos, and by all indication, the current bear market could go from bad to worse with no fundamental or underlying reasons to buy BTC even more so when the only support offered up is a squiggly line on an analyst chart,” he commented.
Bitcoin has lost nearly 4 % since this time on Monday to trade at $3,380 at the time of writing. The first digital coin smashed both $3,500 and $3,400 handles after a failed attempt to settle above $3,600. Lack of buying interest may increase the short-term pressure on BTC that has already lost about 84% from its all-time high of $19,000.
Ethereum, the third largest digital asset, stays under critical $100. ETH/USD is changing hands at $90.00, having lost 3.7% in the recent 24 hours. The coin’s market value is dropped at $9.4B, while the average trading volumes have settled at $1.7B, down from $2.5B at the end of the previous week. Ethereum network is getting ready for a pivotal Constantinopole update scheduled for January 2019, which puts the coin under additional pressure.
Ripple’s XRP is trading marginally above $0.30 within the strong bearish trend. The coin is 3% lower on a day-on-day basis and mostly unchanged since the beginning of Tuesday. The second largest coin with market value $12.3B is dominated by bearish sentiments of the cryptocurrency market. Irresponsive to fundamental news, the coin is likely to stay volatile.
All major altcoins out of top-20 are in red, losing from 1% to 10% as bears are back at the driving wheel.
Nouriel Roubini and Anthony Pompliano’s “Buffet Bet 2.0” feud rages in the Twitter-verse
Anthony Pompliano, a Bitcoin enthusiast and the founder of Morgan Creek digital asset recently set off a bet, now being called as the Buffet Bet 2.0, putting $1 million at stake. The bet by Pompliano is a competition between the performance of S&P 500 index and cryptocurrencies as a whole.
Roubini being himself had an opinion on this bet and bad-mouthed Pompliano and his bet, which led Pompliano to invite him to go against the bet. The feud continued as Roubini took to his Twitter saying that Pomp is “changing goal posts” and “talking books all day”.
To Roubini’s Tweet, Pompliano replied:“Talk is cheap. You taking the bet or going to Monday morning quarterback this one?
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On December 10, Roubini erupted the feud again when he Tweeted:“You take bets only when there is no counter-party risk, ie when the side losing the bet is still there to pay it. The loser pompous @APompliano who lost 80% for investors in his shitcoin fund is only seeking attention with his bet. His fund will be BUST/GONE well before 10 years”
Pompliano replied to him saying that Roubini was the candidate for the worst call of the decade.
Mark W. Yusko, the co-founder of Morgan Creek Digital also replied to Roubini’s above-mentioned thread saying that there was zero counter-party risk in the “Buffet Bet”.
A Twitter user Bitvillain replied to the same thread:“Sounds like an easy win for you Nouriel. I think there are plenty of good charities that you could donate your winnings to. Take the bet! Surely the odds of crypto beating the S&P 500 over 10 years is close to zero. What could possibly go wrong?”
Meanwhile, on the other side of Twitter-verse, an S&P believer, Jim O’Shaughnessy, Chairman & Chief Investment Officer, OSAM, bet against the cryptocurrencies in his tweet saying that he was up for the bet.
O’Shaughnessy in subsequent tweets said that the bet was not going to happen. He tweeted:“[email protected] won’t do it, @patrick_oshag (my son, the least-millennial millennial I have ever met) is tired of talking about crypto, so, no bet from us. Ah well…