PANIC swept the cryptocurrency community in the wake of Kosovo’s ban on crypto mining, and in the US, a new bill might challenge the Federal Reserve’s future ability to issue crypto.
Minnesota Republican Tom Emmer introduced the bill, which would keep the federal government from issuing a US-backed digital currency.
Emmer argues that central bank-issued digital currencies (CBDC) would allow the government to surveil American consumers.
Meanwhile, Kosovo’s government made the announcement banning crypto mining at the end of 2021, saying the temporary ban on mining is meant to offset an energy crisis in the region.
The country has the cheapest energy prices in Europe, according to The Guardian, which has made it a desirable location for crypto-mining operations.
Bitcoin saw a slight dip on Sunday following a volatile week.
On January 10, the cryptocurrency hit its lowest point since October 2021, but by Sunday night it had recovered to a value of $43,252.12.
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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.
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.
Robinhood prepares to launch cryptocurrency wallet
Robinhood announced a new partnership with a blockchain data analytics platform ahead of its planned cryptocurrency wallet launch.
Robinhood will use Chainalysis’ data, analytics, and software to meet compliance requirements and provide secure crypto transactions, Motley Fool reported.
The partnership comes ahead of the planned 2022 launch of Robinhood’s crypto wallet.
More than 1.6million people are on a waitlist for the new feature, according to Motley Fool.
What is Robinhood? Continued
Unlike many discounted brokers, the company does not offer individual retirement accounts.
The bulk of Robinhood’s revenue comes from order flow.
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.
Play-to-earn gaming, part two
The new play-to-earn gaming model that rewards gamers with cryptocurrency for playing isn’t technically free.
Gamers could have to spend $1,000 or more in order to start earning in the Axie Infinity universe, according to Forbes.
The popular platform for play-to-earn gaming requires beginners to have three “Axies,” which are available for purchase on the game’s Marketplace Dashboard.
Participants can then earn cryptocurrency for selling potions, breeding rare Axies, and playing various games.
What is play-to-earn gaming?
Axie Infinity is the most popular platform for play-to-earn gaming at the moment.
It allows users to build a collection of “Axies” that players can use across its universe of games.
The company then uses Blockchain to reward players for gaming, according to Forbes.
Any digital assets earned by participants can be sold on the platform or traded outside Axie Infinity’s universe.
Dogecoin spikes after Tesla news
He said in a Tweet that Tesla would allow purchases of some merchandise with Dogecoin and “see how it goes.”
Dogecoin went from a fraction of a penny in worth at the start of 2021 to a record-high price above 74 cents in May, CNBC reported.
The price stood at 17 cents on December 16.
Elon Musk says Dogecoin is best for transactions
The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX says Dogecoin is the best cryptocurrency for transactions.
Elon Musk told Time Magazine that the meme coin is better suited to transact with over Bitcoin for two reasons.
He said the transaction volume of Bitcoin is low and the cost per transaction is high.
Musk said he believes Bitcoin is more suitable as a store of value while Dogecoin “encourages people to spend, rather than sort of hoard.”
What are Altcoins, continued
Simon Peters, crypto-asset analyst at eToro, said: “They build on the success of bitcoin by slightly changing the rules, economics or use cases to appeal to different users.”
“Altcoins vary greatly in their use cases and practical application. They typically have a form of technology they underpin or provide a liquidity solution to a product or service.”
What are Altcoins?
Altcoin stands for alternative coin, a type of virtual currency that uses the so-called blockchain to allow secure transactions.
Altcoin is a category of cryptocurrency rather than a currency itself, and there are more than 900 different altcoins available.
$7.7billion lost to scammers in 2021
More than $7.7billion worth of cryptocurrency was stolen worldwide in 2021.
The revelation came in a report by blockchain data firm Chainalysis, which also found scams involving crypto are up 81 percent over last year.
Scams were the largest crypto-based crime with fewer individual scam victims in 2021 but a higher average loss per victim, Yahoo Money reported.
What is the entire crypto market worth?
Roughly, the entire crypto market is currently worth over $3trillion.
The value of the market going forward is likely to fluctuate, as it greatly depends on what cryptos decide to do next.
Banks embrace crypto, continued
Executives at large banks are beginning to hop on the cryptocurrency train as some invest their time in learning about the new payment method.
Bank of America spokesman Mark Pipitone told the New York Times, “The bank sees potential in blockchain, and we’re currently a leading patent holder in the space with more than 160 patents. But we still haven’t found a use at scale to make the financial lives of customers and clients better.”
Banks embrace crypto
Banks are paying for slowly catching on to the future of cryptocurrency as they struggle to benefit and profit.
As cryptocurrency start-ups explode, they are starting to offer credit cards and loans while banks are left in the dust.
According to the New York Times, “Bank of America’s chief executive, Brian Moynihan, barred the giant company’s wealth managers from putting any client money into cryptocurrency-related investments.”
Celebrities and NFTs, continued
NFL superstar Tom Brady launched a sports NFT platform that sells signed NFTs in retro 8-bit style.
Comedian Jimmy Fallon said he is a big fan of the Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT.
Kings of Leon released its latest album as an NFT that included exclusive artwork and gig tickets, according to crypto website Cointelegraph.
John Cena called his attempt to sell a series of 500 NFTs for $1000 each a “catastrophic failure” and only ended up selling 37.
Celebrities and NFTs
Fashion brands, sports leagues, and celebrities have all turned to the NFT trend, which exploded in popularity in 2021.
People like Paris Hilton and Grimes launched a series of NFTs that quickly sold out.
Grimes has also raised $6million by selling several pieces of digital artwork at auction through NFT marketplace Nifty.
Snoop Dogg revealed he is a fabled white whale known in the NFT world and has amassed well over $17million in NFT items.
What is Ethereum?
Ethereum is a cryptocurrency that was released in 2015. It’s the second largest after Bitcoin.
In fact, some experts believe it has the potential to one day overtake Bitcoin as the dominant coin in the market.
It was founded by eight people, one of which is 27-year-old cryptocurrency “celebrity” Vitalik Buterin.
He recently became the world’s youngest crypto billionaire as Ethereum soared in value.
Ethereum is also a ledger technology – using “blockchain”, like Bitcoin – that companies are using to build new programmes.
Trader on cryptocurrency losses, part two
The rumor turned out to be untrue, leaving the trader in the red again.
The third and last time was before the new coin Matic was announced. The trader said they bought up the coin too close to the announcement date.
“Anyway, don’t believe in rumours and hype, just stick to your usual crypto plan”, the trader said.
Trader details their cryptocurrency losses
An investor revealed online how they lost a fortune after buying cryptocurrency based on rumors — three times.
The anonymous trader described the losses on Reddit, saying their first loss on Cardano hurt the most.
“Everything about the announcement seemed legit: It’s not a sh**coin, Smart contracts are a thing and there was a lot of hype,” the trader said.
The trader said as soon as Cardano went live, its price tanked leaving the trader at a huge loss.
Risks of investing in cryptos, part five
Finally, the truth in marketing materials is a risk in investing in cryptos.
Firms may overstate the returns of products or understate the risks involved.
Risks of investing in cryptos, part four
Another risk of investing are the charges and fees.
Consumers should consider the impact of fees and charges on their investment which may be more than those for regulated investment products.
Risks of investing in cryptos, part three
A third risk of investing in cryptocurrencies is product complexity.
The complexity of some products and services relating to cryptoassets can make it hard for consumers to understand the risks.
There is no guarantee that cryptoassets can be converted back into cash.
Converting a cryptoasset back to cash depends on demand and supply existing in the market.
Risks of investing in cryptos, part two
Another risk of investing is price volatility.
Significant price volatility in cryptoassets, combined with the inherent difficulties of valuing cryptoassets reliably, places consumers at a high risk of losses.