Bitcoin’s Lightning Network has been one of the most instrumental scaling solutions for the cryptocurrency, since its inception. The second layer open protocol system was officially launched on the Mainnet in January 2018. However, it only recently picked up popularity due to the ongoing Lighting Torch experiment.
According to recent reports, the Lightning Network has more active nodes than the combined numbers of XRP, Litecoin and EOS.
Data produced by longhash.com indicated that the Lightning network had 3,884 active nodes with active channels, at press time. Bitcoin [BTC] and Ethereum [ETH] were the only cryptocurrencies with a higher number of active nodes, with 10,603 and 7,580 nodes respectively.
The combined number of active nodes acquired by Litecoin, XRP, and EOS was approximately 3300, an indication of the Lightning Network’s active utilization and rapid growth.
At press time, Lightning Network’s channels held BTC worth over $3 million, equivalent to around 759 Bitcoins. This suggested that the LN’s channel capacity had increased by a factor of 100, since February 2018. The graph below indicates the sum of channels value, since the launch of the Lightning Network.
According to data from 1ML.com, the Lightning Network had 7,320 nodes, at press time. In February 2018, the number of active nodes in operation was close to around 618. This remarkable growth marked an increase of around 532% since last year.
However, a major criticism of the Lightning Network is the possible centralization of a few large nodes. According to Diar, it was observed that 10 of the largest LN nodes commanded over 53% of the network’s capacity.
At the start of 2019, the 20 largest LN nodes had 38% of the network’s capacity. Despite improvements in distribution, over-reliance on larger nodes was still prominent.
Bakkt Futures to Launch in the Current Quarter
Managing director and quant strategist at Fundstrat Global Advisors Sam Doctor suggested in a Twitter post published on July 19 that Bakkt’s Bitcoin (BTC) futures contracts will launch this quarter.
According to the post, which includes a summary of Fundstrat’s takeaways from the Bakkt Digital Asset Summit held on July 18, the firm’s futures will launch in the current quarter. The launch is set to follow tests announced last month, which are scheduled to start next week. The firm believes that the launch will be a catalyst to accelerate entry of traditional institutional investors. The post notes:
“THERE APPEARS TO BE A CRITICAL MASS OF ADOPTERS READY TO COME ON BOARD ON DAY 1 OF THE BAKKT LAUNCH, WITH THE SALES TEAM GAINING TRACTION AMONG BROKERS, MARKET MAKERS, PROP TRADING DESKS AND LIQUIDITY PROVIDERS.”
During the aforementioned event, Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) commissioner Dawn Stump apparently expressed that no current cryptocurrency could threaten financial stability and that the regulator sees a growing demand for Bitcoin futures from the public. Also during the summit, chief information officer at crypto investment firm Blocktower Ari Paul was reportedly confident that once a killer app or user interface makes cryptocurrency on-ramps safe, reliable and as easy to use as Paypal, retail adoption will be enormous.
According to the Fundstrat notes, Paul also said that institutions should not dismiss crypto assets, considering their low correlation with traditional assets and with compound annual growth rates of 200%-300%. He also said that inflation and confiscation resistance of cryptocurrencies are a key value proposition.
Pantera Capital CEO Dan Morehead, on the other hand, said that most tokens will fail and a handful of base protocols will survive, but with thousands of decentralized applications built on top of them.
As Cointelegraph reported in May, the Intercontinental Exchange is reportedly taking steps to ensure approval from the United States CFTC for Bakkt.
Bitcoin Price Slips 10% in 24 Hrs as Fed Raises Facebook Libra Concerns
Bitcoin Price Slips 10% in 24 Hrs as Fed Raises Facebook Libra Concerns
Bitcoin price (BTC) shed more than 10% on July 11 as markets appeared to react to criticism of Facebook’s Libra from a senior United States lawmaker.
Market visualization courtesy of Coin360
Data from Coin360 sees the majority of cryptocurrencies firmly in the red Thursday, hours after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Facebook’s offering should not continue development.
Libra, which aims to act firstly as a cross-border payment method, allegedly buoyed Bitcoin throughout recent weeks, with commentators arguing its public profile was driving publicity and uptake of Bitcoin itself.
Powell’s demands, which follow similar words from representatives of the Senate House of Financial Services Committee, leant weight to that theory.
“Libra raises serious concerns regarding privacy, money laundering, consumer protection, financial stability,” he said during a speech before a congressional committee. “These are concerns that should be thoroughly and publicly addressed.”
“THESE ARE CONCERNS THAT SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY AND PUBLICLY ADDRESSED.”
At press time, BTC/USD traded down 10.4% at $11,530, having risen as high as $13,160 in recent days.
Bitcoin 7-day price chart. Source: Coin360
The drop places the pair still within its recent corridor between around $9,700 and $13,800, with volatility still in evidence across crypto markets.
Altcoins, meanwhile, delivered noticeably worse performance as Bitcoin price fell, with several assets in the top twenty by market cap shedding 15% or more.
Ether (ETH), the largest altcoin, lost a similar amount to Bitcoin, hitting $272 and firmly losing support at $300 once again.
Ether 7-day price chart. Source: Coin360
Among the worst performers were Bitcoin SV (BSV), which lost 17.2%, and EOS (EOS), which was down 20.2%.KEEP TRACK OF TOP CRYPTO MARKETS IN REAL TIME HERE
Bitcoin Approaches $11,000 With All Top 20 in Green
Saturday, July 20 — crypto markets have seen another upward move, with all top 20 coins by market cap seeing major gains, while Bitcoin (BTC) has approached $11,000 mark again.
After dipping below the $11,000 threshold on July 14, Bitcoin has approached the price point today, with its intraday high of $10,944, according to data from CoinMarketCap. The biggest cryptocurrency added 3.7% to its price to trade at $10,922 at press time. As Bitcoin has seen significant volatility this week, with its price having dipped below $9,500, the cryptocurrency is down around 3% over the past 7 days at press time.
Ether (ETH), the second cryptocurrency by market cap, is up over 5% and trading at $232 at press time. The top altcoin is down 13.4% over the past 7 days.
Ripple (XRP), the third top cryptocurrency by market cap, added 6.4% to trade at $0.339, also seeing a notable growth over the past 7 days, adding up to about 2.6%.
Bitcoin SV (BSV), the ninth top cryptocurrency by market cap, has added over 25% to its value today, seeing the biggest growth among the top 20 coins by market cap.
As of press time, total market capitalization amounts to $298 billion after that number dropped below $250 billion earlier this week. Daily trade volume amounts to around $63 billion.
The new wave of green on crypto markets follows a recent bullish prediction by managing director and quant strategist at Fundstrat Global Advisors Sam Doctor, who suggested that much-anticipated Bakkt’s Bitcoin futures contracts will launch in Q3 2019.
Additionally, India’s Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur said yesterday that there is no legislation in India that expressly bans citizens from using cryptocurrencies.