Bitcoin News Summary – February 18, 2019

Here’s what happened this week in Bitcoin in 99 seconds.  Morgan Creek Digital’s new crypto venture capital fund received investment from Virginian pension plans. The fund has raised $40 million, most of which for investment in promising crypto companies, though some portion will also be allocated to Bitcoin. A series of tweets by Wikileaks denounced Craig Wright, the self-proclaimed inventor of Bitcoin, as a “serial fabricator.” Wikileaks also presented documents which they say Wright forged to support his claim to be Satoshi Nakamoto. US bank, JP Morgan Chase &…

Ethereum’s Vitalik Buterin Discloses Non-ETH Crypto Holdings and Other Revenue Sources

Ethereum (ETH) co-founder Vitalik Buterin has disclosed that his crypto investments are virtually exclusively devoted to the Ethereum network, in a post published to an “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) Reddit thread on Feb. 18. The AMA post is dedicated the Ethereum leadership and accountability, asking those in leadership positions in the ETH community to share their possible conflicts of interest. In Buterin’s summary, his total holdings of non-Ethereum ecosystem tokens — comprising Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Bitcoin (BTC), Dogecoin (DOGE) and Zcash (ZEC) — account for less than 10 percent of…

Although Touted for Security, Blockchain Is Still Hackable

MIT Technology Review magazine has published an article today, Feb. 19, arguing that security-touted blockchain tech is still vulnerable to hacks. The magazine is fully owned by the United States Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In the recent article, the MIT Technology Review stressed that blockchain technology represents a complex economic system that depends on unpredictable human behavior. As such, the Review pointed out multiple security breaches that have been increasingly emerging in cryptocurrency and smart contract platforms since the inception of crypto, citing a number of incidents including the…

Japan’s Central Bank Examines Central Bank Digital Currencies in New Report

Japan’s central bank has examined the role of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) in the current monetary system in a report released on Feb. 19. In the document, the bank describes the possible ways to implement a CBDC and the hypothetical consequences of different approaches. The report divides possible CBDCs in two categories, the first being those accessible to the general public in a form like banknotes, and the other as those limited for large-value settlements. The source of this categorization is attributed to the report released by the Bank…

Staking Coins for Gains Potentially a Good Strategy in a Bear Market but Is Not Without Risk

Volatility coupled with one of the longest bear markets ever experienced by the cryptocurrency industry have compelled many investors to consider staking as a method of “playing it safe,” according to a Bloomberg article. Staking, which is similar to earning dividends or interest on your investment, is not a new concept. However, in a long bear market, it does become more prevalent among cryptocurrency investors, as possible gains from regular trading are not as fruitful. As Kyle Samani, managing partner at Multicoin Capital Management, stated to Bloomberg: “Regardless of market…

South Korean Capital to Invest Over $1 Billion in Fintech and Blockchain Startups by 2022

The Seoul Metropolitan Government has announced plans to invest more than $1 billion in blockchain and fintech startups by 2022, according to the official announcement published on Feb. 18. According to the release, the South Korean capital’s government plans to use the “Seoul Innovation Growth Fund” for startups that have various investments problems with Series A funding rounds. The fund, launched last year, will primarily focus on startups related to blockchain and fintech industries. The Seoul Metropolitan Government announcement underlines that the average investment per company in London and Silicon…

Dow Futures Eye Feeble Open, But is Bitcoin on the Verge of a Historic Recovery?

The US stock market appears doomed to make a weak entry into the week’s first trading session following Monday’s Presidents’ Day holiday, as the Dow and its sister indices are all forecasting opening bell declines. The bitcoin price, on the other hand, burst out of a prolonged period of stagnancy and has many investors questioning whether the cryptocurrency is on the front end of a new bull market. Dow Futures Point South As of 8:55 am ET, Dow Jones Industrial Average futures had lost 58 points or 0.22 percent, implying…

Litecoin Massively Outperformed Bitcoin Since November Sell-Off By 4x

Investors who purchased Litecoin during the significant November 2018 sell-off earned four times more returns than the investors who bought Bitcoin, highlighted Joe McCann. The financial expert, who serves as the head of systematic trading at crypto asset management firm, Passport Capital, calculated the returns made by the “silver cryptocurrency” from its three-month low to its three-month session high. He found that between November 14, 2018, and February 18, 2019, bitcoin price recovered up to 25.19 percent from its session low. On the other hand, Litecoin corrected as high as…

Op Ed: How Bitcoin’s Protocol of Peace Can End the Nuclear Age

Since it came to life in early 2009, Bitcoin has begun disrupting the world of finance. Over the years, this decentralized digital currency came to mean different things for different people. For some, it presented opportunities for prosperity, becoming the best performing asset in their portfolio. For others, this peer-to-peer cash for the internet represents a non-confiscatable digital gold that could enable financial sovereignty. For those who are concerned about civil liberty, Bitcoin’s censorship resistance and permissionlessness define it as free speech money. “Yellow Vest” protesters occupying in the streets…

SEC to Review NYSE Arca Bitwise Bitcoin ETF Proposal

Yet another journey to launch a bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) has begun. According to a published notice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has begun reviewing a proposed rule change for a bitcoin ETF filed by NYSE Arca and Bitwise. The Commission now has 45 days from the date of publication to make a final decision on whether to approve, reject or extend the rule change. Should the SEC require more time to review the proposal, it can extend the review period up to 90 days, once it gives…