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Saturday, March 4 2017

How bitcoin reached parity with gold

Would you rather have one bitcoin, or a single ounce of gold?

The answer used to be obvious. Even at the climax of the legendary 2013 rally, bitcoin was never able to reach unit-for-unit parity with gold.

However, since an off-year in 2014, the enigmatic cryptocurrency has steadily climbed in price to take the title of the best-performing currency in both 2015 and 2016. And today? After continuing its rally into 2017, the price of bitcoin has now passed this arbitrary, but psychologically important measure of parity with an ounce of gold.

How did we get here so fast?

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Friday, March 3 2017

Bitcoin Reaches Parity With Gold

For the first time ever (based on Bloomberg data), Bitcoin is trading at parity with an ounce of gold.

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Saturday, February 25 2017

Good As Gold (Again)? Bitcoin Soars To New Record Highs

Bitcoin topped $1200 overnight for the first time, bringing it ever closer to the price for an ounce of gold...

As Bloomberg notes, a ten-day rally for the cryptocurrency has narrowed its gap with the precious metal to the smallest on record.

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Sunday, January 8 2017

Are Bitcoins now more valuable than gold?

The price of Bitcoin seems to have exceeded the price of gold for the first time; however, this comparison is completely arbitrary. Gold is measured in weight, while Bitcoin, much like currency, is an abstract form of money and can only be measured in units of itself. One Bitcoin is worth a lot more than 1 gram of gold, but a lot less than 1 tonne. Despite Bitcoin’s stellar performance in 2016, the size and depth of the cryptocurrency market is dwarfed by the $7 trillion gold market. Gold remains the only true global money with a size and volatility comparable to that of fiat currency.

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Wednesday, January 4 2017

Bitcoin: The Top Performing Currency For a Second Year in a Row

Bitcoin is no stranger to extreme fluctuations.

For each of the last four years, the cryptocurrency has either been the best or the worst performing currency – with nothing to be found in between.

Luckily, for those that follow the digital currency closely, those fluctuations were mostly pointed in an upwards direction for 2016. The currency finished the year at $968.23, which is more than double its value from the beginning of the year.

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Sunday, October 30 2016

Bitcoin Is Soaring: Up Over 10% In One Week On Chinese Buying Spree

Since then bitcoin has tripled, and over the past two days has broken out sharply to the upside once again, now over 10% higher in the just the past week. The latest round of buying took place overnight with major bids emerging from China, which have taken the price of bitcoin on the most popular US trading platform, Coinbase, to $725 as of this writing.

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Saturday, August 6 2016

Hacked Bitcoin Exchange Says Users May Share $68 Million Loss

After suffering a crippling hack earlier this week, Hong Kong-based bitcoin exchange Bitfinex said it may spread the loss among its users, including ones not directly impacted by the hack.

“We are leaning towards a socialized loss scenario among bitcoin balances and active loans to BTCUSD positions,”

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Wednesday, August 3 2016

Bitcoin Price Crashes After Exchange Admits Security Breach, Over $60 Million Stolen

Bitcoin prices are crashing on extremely heavy volume - down over 30% in the last 2 days - after Hong Kong-bassed Bitcoin exchange Bitfinex halted all trading after it discovered a security breach. As CryptoCoinsNews reports, the theft of 119,756 bitcoins has now been conclusively confirmed which makes it the largest theft in bitcoin’s space since MT Gox.

Representatives from the exchange told CoinDesk engineers were seeking to uncover issues at press time, though the company had confirmed roughly 120,000 BTC (more than $60m) has been stolen via social media.

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Tuesday, August 2 2016

Are Bitcoin and Gold Prices Correlated?

Bitcoin has been called 'digital gold', but does this mean the two markets behave similarly?

This relationship has been top of mind for industry observers for some time, as media coverage has often championed the idea bitcoin is a new 'safe haven' asset.

But while some market observers have claimed there is a correlation between bitcoin and gold, members of the digital currency trading community disagree. Further, some have collected data they believe shows this relationship is speculative at best.

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Wednesday, July 13 2016

Brazil: Bitcoin Surpasses Gold Trading

Globally, gold is still an asset with higher volumes than bitcoin. As claimed by the London Bullion Markets Association, the average daily value of gold transfers is roughly US$ 20 billion, whereas bitcoin trades amount to over US$ 1.5 billion.

Such market data as well as recent developments indicate bitcoin is increasingly being perceived as a new safe-haven asset, to which investors can resort in times of crisis. In short, it is a genuine competitor to gold. The big difference is the thousand years track record of gold against just seven years of bitcoin.

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Sunday, June 12 2016

An Everyman's Guide To Understanding Cryptocurrencies

Bitcoin on the move

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Monday, May 9 2016

Bitcoin 2016?— “There has been an awakening…”

Bitcoin 2016?— “There has been an awakening…”

Sunday, March 13 2016

Central banks beat Bitcoin at own game with rival supercurrency

Computer scientists have devised a digital crypto-currency in league with the Bank of England that could pose a devastating threat to large tranches of the financial industry, and profoundly change the management of monetary policy.

The proto-currency known as RSCoin has vastly greater scope than Bitcoin, used for peer-to-peer transactions by libertarians across the world, and beyond the control of any political authority.

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Sunday, December 13 2015

Bitcoin mystery: Sydney ‘founder’ sold $85m in currency for gold

The Sydney businessman outed as the possible creator of Bitcoin paid almost $85 million worth of the digital currency to a controversial business figure to buy gold in an ­attempt to build his business, ­according to a Federal Court claim.

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Monday, November 30 2015

The Bitcoin Universe Explained

This infographic explains the wide ranges of the Bitcoin universe

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Sunday, September 20 2015

Bitcoin Is Officially a Commodity, According to U.S. Regulator

Virtual money is officially a commodity, just like crude oil or wheat.

So says the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), which on Thursday announced it had filed and settled charges against a Bitcoin exchange for facilitating the trading of option contracts on its platform.

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Wednesday, August 19 2015

Bitcoin Battered After "Governance Coup"

Naysyers are warning that the recent plunge in Bitcoin prices - from almost $318 at its peak during the Greek crisis, to $221 yesterday - is due to growing power struggle over the future of the cryptocurrency that is dividing its lead developers. On Saturday, a rival version of the current software was released by two bitcoin big guns. As Reuters reports, Bitcoin XT would increase the block size to 8 megabytes enabling more transactions to be processed every second. Those who oppose Bitcoin XT say the bigger block size jeopardizes the vision of a decentralized payments system that bitcoin is built on with some believing the split could spell the end of bitcoin. However, the turmoil in the price also coincides with some rather notable global macro events from Asia (where Bitcoin is extremely popular).

Finally, we note that add that the biggest winner from this is gold

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Friday, May 15 2015

Digital currencies: A gold standard for bitcoin

BitGold wants to create a platform similar to PayPal for gold, allowing users to set up an account in minutes and buy gold, which it can transfer to anyone with a mobile phone or email address. The gold can be bought with a credit card or bitcoin. It has raised around $12m from outside investors, including Soros Brothers Investments, run by George Soros’ son, and Canadian asset manager Sprott.

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Wednesday, May 13 2015

BitGold begins trading on TSX Venture Exchange as gold transaction platform builds momentum

BitGold is the first serious financial services platform ever built around gold. The online service allows users to buy gold, store gold, and pay for goods and services around the world using gold as the currency. The service has been active for less than a week, but has already signed up thousands of users.

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Wednesday, May 6 2015

Announcing a new global operating system for gold

BitGold’s mission is to make gold accessible and useful in digital payments and secure savings. The BitGold platform provides innovative solutions to the challenge of transacting with fully allocated and securely vaulted gold. BitGold accounts are free and convenient to open by anyone, anywhere* in just minutes. BitGold provides users with a secure vault account to purchase gold using a variety of electronic payment methods, or with currency through an ATM network. The platform also provides transaction capability including: instant cross-border gold payments, merchant invoicing and processing for gold, debit card spending of gold at traditional points of sale, conversions to a customer's external digital-wallet or bank, and physical gold redemptions.

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