Bitcoin Surges Past $4,000 on Speed Breakthrough

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Bitcoin Surges Past $4,000 on Speed Breakthrough

Bitcoin surges past $4,000 for the first time on growing optimism faster transaction times will hasten the spread of the cryptocurrency.

The largest digital tender jumped to a peak of $4,187 Monday, a gain of nearly 17 percent since Friday, after a plan to quicken trade execution by moving some data off the main network was activated last week. The solution — termed SegWit2x — had been so contentious that a new version of the asset called Bitcoin Cash was spun off earlier this month in opposition.

Bitcoin Surges Past $4,000 on Speed Breakthrough

The split grew out of the tension between growing demand for the virtual currency and some of the design features that had fueled that popularity — the decentralized verification procedures that ensured against hacking and government oversight. While this month’s confrontation ended up as little more than a speed bump in bitcoin’s more than 300 percent rally in 2017, concerns remain around the capacity to increase transaction volumes.

“Up until now a lot of people didn’t really believe bitcoin could go any higher until the scaling issue is resolved,” said Arthur Hayes, Hong Kong-based founder of bitcoin exchange BitMEX. “With this actually being implemented on protocol, theoretically the amount of transactions that can be processed at a reasonable speed is going to be much higher, so a lot of people are very bullish about bitcoin now.”

Because of a cap on the amount of data processed by bitcoin’s blockchain, transactions started to slow as its popularity boomed. The community was then divided between the SegWit2x solution backed by a group of developers and another supported by miners that sought a larger increase in the block size. The latter then became Bitcoin Cash.

Bitcoin Cash, whose price has retreated since peaking right after its birth, has neither disrupted its progenitor’s operations nor undercut its appeal.

While SegWit2x has garnered enough support for activation, challenges remain. Its next stage involves doubling the block size to 2 megabytes some time in November, a possibility that’s still mired in debate. Reduced support could thwart this step, with some arguing that Bitcoin Cash — with a block size of 8 megabytes — has obviated the need for another “hard fork” to upgrade the bitcoin again, Hayes said.

The cryptocurrency’s staggering price surge has bolstered related businesses. Digital currency exchange Coinbase Inc. announced Thursday it’s received a $100 million investment. The supply of bitcoin is capped at 21 million, compared with 16.5 million that had been mined as of Saturday, according to blockchain.info.

“People are starting to price in the consumer demand from Coinbase’s $100 million fund-raising round,” said Justin Short, London-based founder of trading platform Nous. “That’s a lot of advertising budget. Every $1 million of marketing brings new demand, which increases the price as the supply is limited by design.”

Source – Bloomberg

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Mats
Mats
6 years ago

Aha, by “empty coins” you may mean USD, EUR, JPY and other “over-inflated” currencies backed up by huge debt? In that case I agree, since they’re bound to devalue big time over time. But all the same I’m sceptical about Cryptos in the current form being totally deregulated.

Cheers, Mats

Mats
Mats
6 years ago

Thanks Vlad! It is exciting that you disagree 🙂 I’m of course no expert at all, it is more of a stomach feeling I have. I personally have absolutely nothing against Cryptos (I’ve tried to demo-trade bitcoin, which is exciting), I just don’t think they will sustainable in the end if authorities decide to regulate them (which I strongly believe will happen). If they don’t, it is double morale to me in comparison with prevailing tax prosecution, “the war against terrorism”, the Panama Papers etc.. Moreover, which Crypto is to trust, they pop up as mushrooms out of the ground… Read more »

Vladimir Ribakov
Vladimir Ribakov
Reply to  Mats
6 years ago

Hi Mats

By empty coins, I meant all the recent ICO and the AltCoins that have nothing behind them but hype…

Mats
Mats
6 years ago

Dear Vlad and All I’m very sceptical about crypto currencies. I suppose that I’m very old-fashioned and not an up to date guy (I totally missed this train). Not that I resent new technologies at all, but because of my age and experiences, I have it hard to believe that this will be sustainable and that you can just create so many millionaires out of the clear blue sky without any real and hard assets behind it, ok, with the exception of the new technology behind perhaps… First of all most Western tax authorities are after every penny they can… Read more »

Vladimir Ribakov
Vladimir Ribakov
Reply to  Mats
6 years ago

I agree with you Mats and same time – disagree

There are a lot of empty coins which will cause much more broken people than millionaires, but there are some, like BTC and others that might be the new era in the financial world