SHIBA Inu and Bitcoin are down today after President Biden statement drawing attention to potential pitfalls of the currency such as ransomware and other cyber threats.
The statement from Joe Biden read: “Cyber threats can affect every American, every business regardless of size, and every community.
“That’s why my administration is marshalling a whole-of-nation effort to confront cyber threats.”
The White House also signaled that the US will gather 30 other countries, including NATO and G7 allies, to discuss responses to cybercrime.
“This month, the United States will bring together 30 countries to accelerate our cooperation in combatting cybercrime, improving law enforcement collaboration, stemming the illicit use of cryptocurrency, and engaging on these issues diplomatically,” it read.
Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell also announced Thursday that there are no plans to ban cryptocurrency in the US, and prices soared 10 percent.
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CHINA PREVIOUSLY SHUT DOWN CRYPTO EXCHANGES, PART TWO
While crypto creation and trading have been illegal in China since 2019, further crackdowns this year by Beijing warned banks to halt related transactions and closed much of the country’s vast network of bitcoin miners.
Thursday’s statement by the central bank sent the strongest yet signal that China is closed to crypto.
CHINA PREVIOUSLY SHUT DOWN CRYPTO EXCHANGES
It’s not Beijing’s first move against digital currency – in 2017, China shut down its local cryptocurrency exchanges.
Despite the war on crypto, Chinese mines power nearly 80 percent of the global trade in cryptocurrencies.
SHARES IN CRYPTO FIRMS FALL
Shares of cryptocurrency-related firms Coinbase Global, MicroStrategy Inc, Riot Blockchain, and Marathon Patent Group fell after China’s central bank put a ban on crypto trading and mining.
“It’s been a very volatile week to say the least, so I think going into the last week of September the volatility is likely to continue especially with the end-of-the-quarter window dressing,” said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Spartan Capital Securities in New York.
Investors are also looking for signs of progress on President Joe Biden’s spending and budget bills.
CHINA’S CRACKDOWN ON CRYPTO IS ‘BIG OPPORTUNITY’ FOR US
China’s crackdown on cryptocurrency transactions “is a big opportunity for the U.S.”, according to Pat Toomey, the top Republican on the Senate Banking Committee.
This comes as the US Securities and Exchange Commission lobbied for more regulations when it comes to cryptocurrency.
Speaking to the BBC, the two 30-something German men behind the channel explained that the idea started as a joke.
“We felt that everything keeps getting more expensive these days and building savings is super-hard to achieve with high rents to pay,” they said.
“It seems like most people from our generation see no other chance than throwing a lot of their savings on the crypto market, without having a clue what’s going on there.
“We were joking about whether my hamster would be able to make smarter investment decisions than we humans do.”
The amount to be traded is determined when Goxx runs through one of two “decision tunnels”.
Depending on which tunnel he runs through, the amount he will buy or sell the cryptocurrency changes in 20 euro increments.
All of the data is rigged to a computer that makes the transactions in real-time on Goxx’s behalf.
CRYPTO-TRADING HAMSTER, CONTINUED
The four-legged financial fiend is not completing transactions himself, of course.
Instead, Goxx’s trading decisions are made inside a camera-rigged “office” attached to his regular cage.
Every day, when he enters the office, a stream is started on Twitch and a tweet is sent out to his followers notifying them that trading has begun.
The hamster then runs on an “intention wheel” that chooses one of 30 different cryptocurrencies to trade.
A CRYPTO-TRADING HAMSTER OUTPERFORMS MARKET
A hamster in Germany is trading in cryptocurrencies and has consistently been outperforming the S&P 500.
The furry animal, called Mr Goxx, has been busy working since June, thanks to a specially adapted cage.
He determines which currencies to buy or sell by running on his wheel or walking through one of two tunnels.
Mr Goxx started trading on June 12 this year.
The site states that the page is just for fun and does not offer financial advice.
PUSH FOR MEXICO TO FOLLOW EL SALVADOR
In early October, Grupo Elektra, a leading banking and retail company in Mexico, threw its support behind Bitcoin by introducing the Bitcoin Lightning Network as a payment method.
But Mexico’s central bank quickly shot down the plans, warning: “The country’s financial institutions are not authorized to carry out and offer to the public operations with virtual assets, such as Bitcoin, Ether, XRP.”
Many of the country’s lawmakers remain opposed to Bitcoin, despite grappling with high inflation rates due to the continued devaluation of its currency.
EXPERT COMMENTS ON TETHER’S VALUE
Despite its claim to be a stablecoin, Tether has still witnessed spikes and sharp falls in price, Susannah Streeter, senior investment and markets analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, noted in May.
She told The Sun: “It has also been criticised for a lack of transparency, has had to settle US lawsuits and trading in the currency is banned in the state of New York.”
WHAT IS TETHER?
It’s described as a “stablecoin”, which is a type of cryptocurrency that aims to keep crypto values stable.
Tether aims to do this by pegging the price to a regular “fiat” currency, like US dollars, Euros or the Chinese yuan.
Tether claims to keep values steady by holding reserves in that currency in a bank.
WHAT IS LITECOIN?
As the name indicates, the cryptocurrency is small.
But Litecoin, which was established in 2011 by Google engineer Charlie Lee, operates similarly to Bitcoin.
Mr Lee on occasions refers to Litecoin as the “silver to Bitcoin’s gold.”
The two cryptocurrencies act similarly in how their global payment operations are set up. Both are not controlled by financial institutions.
RISKS OF ROBINHOOD, PART THREE
In July, the platform was also ordered to pay nearly $70million in fines and compensation for misleading customers and outages.
If you are seeking a discount broker and are looking to open an IRA account, you can check out the following platforms: Vanguard, Fidelity, TD Ameritrade, Merrill Edge, among others.
RISKS OF ROBINHOOD, PART TWO
For investing individual stocks, make sure you check company reports, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings, broker notes, and press releases so you can make the best decisions for your money.
Another risk when choosing Robinhood along with other brokers is that they can restrict trading when there’s unusual activity.
RISKS OF ROBINHOOD
When it comes to risks, investing alone is one because you’re not guaranteed to generate a profit and the value of your assets could fall.
If you’re choosing Robinhood so you can trade stocks and cryptocurrencies – then the game gets even riskier.
Cryptocurrencies are not only difficult to understand but even tougher to predict when bearish trends in the market will take place.
For example, cryptocurrency was thriving this year up until Elon Musk said that Tesla was halting the acceptance of payments in Bitcoin.
Since then, the crypto spaced has endured volatility.
On Robinhood, you can do limit orders, which are only executed at your specific limit price or cheaper.
Users can also buy or sell cryptocurrencies at fractional amounts, meaning they don’t buy a full coin, and place orders on their watch lists.
You can see the estimated buy or sell price for a cryptocurrency online or through the app.
WHAT IS ROBINHOOD?
The Robinhood platform operates as a discounted brokerage that offers commission-free trading.
Specifically, users can trade exchange-traded funds (ETFs), individual stocks (including American depositary shares), and options.
You can also trade Robinhood’s stock thanks to the company recently going public at a $1.2billion valuation.
Unlike many discounted brokers, the company does not offer individual retirement accounts.
The bulk of Robinhood’s revenue comes from order flow.
CAN YOU TRADE CRYPTO ON ROBINHOOD?
Yes, unlike most of its discount rivals, Robinhood offers 24/7 crypto trading through its platform.
Its crypto investors can buy or sell with a market order, which means it’s executed at the current market price.
EXPERT COMMENTS ON ALCHEMY PAY AND BINANCE
Shaun Heng, vice president of growth and operations at CoinMarketCap told The Sun that it’s challenging to assess the risk of many crypto projects like Alchemy Pay.
And while he isn’t a fan of Alchemy Pay’s crypto-linked cards, he did tout one its partners Binance, which is the largest crypto exchange by trading volume globally.
Heng said: “The partnership with Binance is most definitely a good sign of validation for the project.”
WHO FOUNDED ALCHEMY PAY?
The cryptocurrency was co-founded by payments industry veterans Molly Zheng, Shawn Shi and John Tan.
Trading for Alchemy Pay first began in September 2020.
According to Alchemy Pay, it is the “world’s first” hybrid crypto and fiat payment gateway.
Through Alchemy Pay, users are allowed to receive payments in the local currency of their choice, regardless of how it is sent.
In other words, don’t invest more than you can afford to lose or into something you don’t understand.
Cryptocurrencies are also especially volatile, and their values can make large swings at no notice.
There’s scant regulation for crypto firms, so you’ll find yourself without protection if and when things go wrong.
Giveaway scams often pose as celebrities or well-known figures and ask victims to send Bitcoin, promising to send back a much larger amount.
Many giveaway scams are marketed over social media, attempting to connect through Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
For instance, victims reported sending more than $2million to scammers impersonating Elon Musk.
WHAT IS HBAR CRYPTO?
Hashgraph is similar to a blockchain and was created in 2017 by American computer scientist Leemon Baird.
The Hedera Hashgraph system is a distributed ledger built on Hashgraph and was created by Baird along with Mance Harmon.
HBAR is the cryptocurrency of the Hedera Hashgraph.
The company itself expalins: “HBAR is the native, energy-efficient cryptocurrency of the Hedera public network.”
SOLANA SCALABILITY, CONTINUED
Myron Jobson, personal finance campaigner at Interactive Investor, told The Sun: “The collection of 10,000 artworks reported sold out in under 10 minutes. Each piece was ‘minted’ using the SOL token.”
He added that “there’s a sentiment among crypto evangelist that Solana has strengthened its status as credible challenger to Ethereum as the blockchain of choice for building decentralized applications”.
‘MILESTONE SCABILITY TEST’
Solana is on the rise following a “milestone scalability test” last month.
It hosted the “Degenerate Ape Academy”, a collection of digital artworks (NFT) on Solanart, a marketplace on the Solana network.