Review Category : Economics

 
 

The Reverse Merger as a Shortcut to a Publicly-Traded Bitcoin Vehicle

Attempts to build an asset offering financial exposure to bitcoin for the average investor has interested global entrepreneurs for years, yet an SEC-registered product that can be traded easily from a standard portfolio remains to be seen. Given the regulatory scrutiny such an instrument would be subject to, the most efficient way to access public markets with a bitcoin asset may be a known subversion of the standard issuance process: the reverse merger. In July 2013, Winklevoss Capital brought significant attention to this topic when they filed the S-1 for an ETF to track the price of bitcoin. The fund …

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Litecoin Leads Bitcoin in Dramatic Price Move

Yesterday proved rather interesting for the digital currency markets, particularly as related to alt coins. While prices were mostly up on the day across the board, one particular dynamic stood out as noteworthy: a massive leap in LTC / USD was followed shortly thereafter by a similar climb in XBT / USD. We’ve written previously about the interaction of bitcoin and litecoin, noting that their trading indicates a strong relationship between the two (see here and here for further detail), but for litecoin to so visibly and dramatically lead trading is relatively unprecedented and largely unexpected. Bitcoin maintains a total …

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Bitcoin’s Sixth Year Likely Driven By Institutional Participation

Happy Genesis Block Day to all of our readers. Today marks the five-year anniversary of the first bitcoin block ever mined, ushering in not only a new digital currency, but also the functional implementation of a potentially revolutionary value transfer technology. Over the past year, market participants have witnessed tremendous growth cycles driven by regional catalysts around the globe – from the Cypriot financial crisis in March to the Chinese exuberance over the last quarter. With increasing interest coming from institutional finance of late, it appears the most significant wave in bitcoin’s sixth year may be oriented not geographically, but …

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Trading Volume Indicates $1M+ Revenue to BTC China in First Week With Fees

One week ago today, rumors began to hit the market of Chinese payment processors no longer being able to serve bitcoin exchanges. BTC China and OKCoin, the leading XBT / CNY exchanges by volume for much of the past few months, also reinstated trading fees on the same day. Those factors combined have led to reduced trading volume at those exchanges, as well as a glimpse into why bitcoin companies have attracted so much venture capital in 2013. On September 24, BTC China temporarily removed trading fees from their exchange. Bitcoin’s popularity in China ballooned dramatically shortly thereafter as other …

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BTC China Halts CNY Deposits, CNY-USD Spread Climbs to 30% as CNY Volume Drops

Bitcoin markets have been roiled dramatically in the past two weeks by actions of the PBOC. Initial notice on December 5 stating that financial institutions would not be allowed to transact in bitcoin were followed by rumors that payment processors would no longer be able to serve bitcoin exchanges, which have since been validated. The result has been not only a dramatic drop in exchange rates – from $650 to as low as $400 earlier today – but also an historic spread between USD and CNY markets, reaching upwards of 30% this morning. This morning, BTC China and OKCoin temporarily …

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Bitcoin Falls 20% on PBOC Rumors, Chinese Exchanges Reinstate Fees

Bitcoin suffered a roughly 30% drop before recovering somewhat yesterday after word hit the market indicating Chinese regulators would no longer allow payment processors to serve bitcoin exchanges. Doubts about the validity of such statements have increased since their announcement, with little official word seen yet from regulators or payment companies. Incidentally, at least two of the largest CNY exchanges happened to drop their zero-fee trading on the same day, offering initial insight into how much free trading was bolstering the recent Chinese market presence. Yesterday morning, reports began surfacing on Chinese microblogging sites indicating the country’s top payment processing companies …

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[TGB] Market Dashboard Overhaul: New Exchanges, Alerts, Conversion Tools

This morning we launched a series of upgrades to our Market Dashboard. Your feedback has been crucial in prioritizing feature improvements and we hope you will continue to send us your thoughts at [email protected]. Additional Exchanges and Conversion Given the increasing distribution of global trading volume, the Market Dashboard now covers the four largest bitcoin exchanges including Bitstamp, Mt. Gox, BTC China and BTC-e. A 24-hour volume overview was added as well to help you stay abreast of shifting market liquidity. We’re in the process of adding even more exchanges – let us know what you’d like to see by …

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PBOC Addresses Bitcoin, TGB Measures China’s Behind-the-Scenes Interest

The impact of Chinese enthusiasm for bitcoin in recent months has been felt by effectively all market participants. Since the beginning of October, bitcoin’s exchange rate has climbed roughly 950% vs most government fiat, largely driven by CNY markets. Equally as interesting are the aggregate habits of Chinese market participants visible via a number of non-traditional sources and the signals those metrics may send. Daily XBT/CNY trading volume in China has climbed from approximately 10K XBT per day in early October to more than 150K per day more recently. The drivers of that volume is likely a mix of general …

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Bitcoin-Litecoin Ratio Returns to Historic Norm, Peercoin Climbs 200%

As bitcoin continues to climb to record highs, reaching as high as $1,141 on Bitstamp, it is joined in growth by a number of alternative digital currencies. The most visible has been litecoin, which has returned to what might be considered a normal trading range relative to bitcoin. Litecoin is not alone in its gains, with others like Peercoin and Namecoin making similar gains. The rise of litecoin has made numerous headlines over the past week, surprising many with its meteoric gains and crossing of one billion dollars of market capitalization. Yet, the dynamics in which it is actually traded …

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Familiar Price Gains, Updated Infrastructure: A Look at the Bitcoin Economy (Part 2)

As initially discussed in Part 1 of this series, bitcoin’s exchange rate has garnered significant attention for its recent climb, but far less visible is the dramatic growth in the infrastructure underlying bitcoin economy itself. In continuing with the theme of Part 1, this report will look at the economic evolution behind bitcoin’s growth since the last time exchange rates climbed this dramatically. Adoption In the beginning of this year, the notion of a business accepting payments in bitcoin – particularly at a physical store – was relatively unheard of. When bar/nightclub EVR (co-owned by Charlie Shrem of BitInstant) in …

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