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Bitcoin's Halving Is Nothing Like Quantitative Tightening

Bitcoin’s Halving Is Nothing Like Quantitative Tightening

Frances Coppola, a CoinDesk columnist, is a freelance writer and speaker on banking, finance and economics. Her book “The Case for People’s Quantitative Easing,” explains how modern money creation and quantitative easing work, and advocates “helicopter money” to help economies out of recession. On May 11, block 630,000 on the Bitcoin network was mined. The rate …

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Bitcoin’s halving breathes life into CME’s options product with new accounts rapidly growing

Bitcoin’s halving breathes life into CME’s options product with new accounts rapidly growing

Bitcoin’s halving appeared to have fueled a surge in a trading product at one of Wall Street’s most important financial institutions. Trading volumes and open interest in CME Group’s bitcoin options product has surged since the event last Monday, which saw the number of bitcoins produced with each transaction block falling from 12.5 BTC to …

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For Bitcoin's long-term growth, how important are its narratives?

For Bitcoin’s long-term growth, how important are its narratives?

After not having fully fulfilled its promise of emerging as a peer-to-peer electronic cash system, Bitcoin has moved on to other avenues. After a decade long existence, many are convinced that Bitcoin is best suited as a long-term investment tool or as a store a value with scarcity properties that mimic the likes of precious …

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Ethereum's advanced improvement proposals might put Bitcoin's dominance at risk

Ethereum’s advanced improvement proposals might put Bitcoin’s dominance at risk

Improvement proposals are crucial to the health and evolution of cryptocurrencies, with the Bitcoin and Ethereum‘s ecosystems at the forefront of several improvement proposals since their inceptions. While Bitcoin has proposals like Lightning Network, Taproot/Schnorr signatures, Miniscripts, and many other promising improvement upgrades, ETH also has also seen proposals like EIP 20, EIP 137, EIP …

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For Bitcoin's institutional investors, how important is a regulated environment?

For Bitcoin’s institutional investors, how important is a regulated environment?

When it comes to crypto-markets, the last few years have seen increased institutional interest. Today, Bitcoin is viewed as a legitimate investment tool, with the king coin having doubled down on its store of value narrative. With the third block reward halving taking place in little over a week’s time and with BTC’s price going …

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Why Bitcoin's impact on Latin America's unbanked remains 'fairly limited'?

Why Bitcoin’s impact on Latin America’s unbanked remains ‘fairly limited’?

Over the years, while cryptocurrencies, namely Bitcoin has explored different use cases, one of the strongest narratives Bitcoin has been part of involves providing a financial avenue for the world’s unbanked population. This has been demonstrated in developing markets in which a substantial demographic continues to not have access to the country’s financial infrastructure or …

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Bitcoin's Lightning 'play' with derivatives is a pitch far from perfect

Bitcoin’s Lightning ‘play’ with derivatives is a pitch far from perfect

The debates around Bitcoin’s Lighting Network have continued to make headlines, despite the fact that it has been years since these first emerged. The 2nd layer payments protocol on the Bitcoin blockchain is supposed to solve Bitcoin‘s scaling issues and enable more payments in a faster and reliable manner. However, it has been reported that …

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Bitcoin's Recent Recovery Won't Salvage a Terrible Month for Prices

Bitcoin’s Recent Recovery Won’t Salvage a Terrible Month for Prices

While bitcoin has climbed sharply from recent lows below $4,000, it’s still on track to end March with a double-digit price loss. The top cryptocurrency by market value is currently trading near $6,440, representing nearly a 68 percent rise from the low of $3,867 registered on March 13. Even so, prices are still down 24 …

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