President Donald Trump ruffled many feathers and raised quite a few eyebrows when he took on bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies during one of his characteristic Tweetstorms. Apparently, Trump has a fair idea of what bitcoin is and what it can do, and his tweets make it clear that he is not a fan of cryptocurrencies.
Donald Trump gets schooled on bitcoin
Donald Trump’s negative take on bitcoin has drawn sharp criticism from several quarters. Morgan Creek Capital Management CEO Mark Yusko is one of the many voices taking on Trump’s misunderstanding of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
Donald Trump’s first objection to bitcoin is that it isn’t money, and this is where Yusko takes his down with a short and simple retort.
Yusko points out that the US Dollar is a fiat currency, which means that it does not possess any intrinsic value. So Trump not treating bitcoin as a form of money does not cut it in Yusko’s words.
The Morgan Creek CEO points out that money is a medium that facilitates exchange of goods and services in an economy. This very definition is the reason where Trump’s view of bitcoin as not being money is defeated.
After all, bitcoin is now being accepted across several verticals as a valid means of payment. Around 20 Circle K convenience stores recently started a pilot program to deploy bitcoin ATMs in Arizona and Nevada.
Across the Atlantic, Switzerland’s first online retail store had recently announced that it will start accepting payments in cryptocurrencies. These developments make it clear that the general population is indeed treating bitcoin as money, and that’s the way it should be. After all, the digital currency came into existence to serve the purpose of making peer-to-peer payments, which would ideally be made in exchange for some consideration.
Crypto’s worth as money cannot be doubted
The fact that bitcoin in particular and cryptocurrencies in general are decentralized digital assets without any agency controlling them is the reason why they are being used as money in several countries across the globe.
For instance, African countries rely a lot on cryptocurrencies to facilitate international trade. After Zimbabwe banned the use of the US dollar, the South African rand, and the British pound, bitcoin demand started spiking. That’s despite the fact that Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe had prohibited local banks from processing bitcoin transactions over a year ago.
But Zimbabweans are now engaging in peer-to-peer transactions to circumvent the bans on both cryptocurrencies and the US dollar. So bitcoin is giving them an avenue to conduct trade beyond borders, and this proves why the flagship cryptocurrency is as good as money.
Donald Trump’s flawed understanding of cryptocurrencies has brought the entire community together. So don’t be surprised to see more crypto experts coming out and teach Donald Trump a thing or two about bitcoin.
Bitcoin (BTC/USD) forecast and analysis on October 18, 2019
Cryptocurrency Bitcoin (BTC/USD) is trading at 7991. Cryptocurrency quotes are trading below the moving average with a period of 55. This indicates a bearish trend on Bitcoin. At the moment, cryptocurrency quotes are moving near the lower border of the Bollinger Bands indicator stripes.
Bitcoin (BTC/USD) forecast and analysis on October 18, 2019
As part of the Bitcoin exchange rate forecast, a test level of 8200 is expected. Where can we expect an attempt to continue the fall of BTC/USD and the further development of the downward trend. The purpose of this movement is the area near the level of 7260. The conservative area for Bitcoin sales is located near the upper border of the Bollinger Bands indicator strip at 8420.
Cancellation of the option to continue the depreciation of Bitcoin will be a breakdown of the upper border of the Bollinger Bands indicator stripes. As well as a moving average with a period of 55 and closing of quotations of the pair above the area of 8540. This will indicate a change in the current trend in favor of the bullish for BTC/USD. In case of breakdown of the lower border of the Bollinger Bands indicator bands, one should expect acceleration of the fall of the cryptocurrency.
Bitcoin (BTC/USD) forecast and analysis on October 18, 2019 implies a test level of 8200. Further, it is expected to continue falling to the area below the level of 7260. The conservative area for selling Bitcoin is located area of 8420. Canceling the option of falling cryptocurrency will be a breakdown of the level of 8540. In this case, we can expect continuation growth.
Bitcoin re-enters $8,000-zone, but what is its upside potential? – Confluence Detector
- BTC/USD went up from $7,998.50 to $8,077.50 this Thursday.
- The daily confluence detector shows two healthy resistance levels to overcome on the upside.
Following two straight bearish days, which took the price below the $8,000-zone, BTC/USD is on the course to recovery. Bitcoin had gone up from $7,998.50 to $8,077.50 this Thursday before it improved further to $8,087.40 this Friday. The hourly BTC/USD chart shows us that the market found intra-day resistance at $7,943.15 before it bounced up to $8,075. Since then, the price trended horizontally for a bit, negotiating with the $8,090 resistance line. The bulls managed to rally together to break past it and go up to $8,110, before correcting itself to $8,087.40.
BTC/USD daily confluence detector
The daily confluence detector has two healthy resistance levels at $8,190 and $8,260. $8,190 has the five-day Simple Moving Average (SMA 5) and one-week Fibonacci 61.8% retracement level. $8,260 has the SMA 100, one-day Pivot Point resistance two and one-day Bollinger Band middle curve.
On the downside, there is a support level of note at $8,065, which has the SMA 5, SMA 50, SMA 200, one-hour Bollinger band middle curve, one-day Fibonacci 38.2% retracement level and one-hour previous low.
Bitcoin could become store of value, as institutional interest increases
Institutional interest in Bitcoin has seen a significant rise in 2019, as several derivative financial products on top of Bitcoin have flooded the market. Active exposure of these investors to the digital asset realm has brought back the debate about whether Bitcoin is the new “store of value.” According to Grayscale’s managing director Michael Sonnenshein, there has been a certain shift in perception for sure.
Sonnenshein appeared on ‘The Scoop‘ recently to discuss the impact of institutional investor’s exposure to the digital asset class. The managing director of the firm believed that although Gold has been the standard store of value for centuries, and it made sense in the physical age, but given the rapid growth of the digital monetary age, Bitcoin for sure is challenging to become the new store of value. He explained,
“It is now nearly 2020 and we’re starting to ask investors with this question which is, what constitutes a store of value? It historically has been gold but that may have made more sense for a physical age. As we are in fully immersing ourselves now in this digital age perhaps gold doesn’t hold up as much as it once did as that store of value and perhaps investors need to think about a digital store of value such as Bitcoin.”
Institutional investors hold the key for Bitcoin and any other digital asset to gain mainstream adoption, and as of today they are more aware and learned about Bitcoin and its potential as an investment than ever before. More importantly, these investors are using Bitcoin as a hedge fund and store of value to diversify their investment portfolio as well as make quick capital gains on their investment.
The increasing interest of institutional investors is evident from the fact that GrayScale registered its highest gain in the last quarter with over $250 million raised from the investors, Binance has registered the highest daily volumes of over $700 million from its Binance futures platforms. Bakkt has launched its futures contracts recently while CME’s futures contracts year-to-date volumes have seen a significant rise over the past year.