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1  Economy / Speculation / Bitfinex massive spread on: April 28, 2019, 09:05:22 PM
What could explain this huge, increasing, spread between Bitfinex and other popular exchanges?

This looks like a fantastic arbitrage opportunity, so why no one is taking advantage of it?  Huh
2  Economy / Speculation / What will be the effect of 2019-2020 financial crisis on Bitcoin's price? on: December 05, 2018, 07:19:02 PM
Maybe "financial crisis" is a strong term, but all indicators are pointing towards at least some sort of recession...

It would be a first time for the cryptocurrency market so I'm wondering what things will we see; maybe some resemblance to the bond market? I seriously have no idea.

The chart of the week Smiley

3  Economy / Speculation / Bitcoin capital fleeing to Ethereum? on: February 01, 2018, 02:09:53 AM
I have avoided Ethereum like the plage since day one mostly because of technological reasons, and when the DAO fiasco happened I felt like I proved my bias against it. Having said that, from a market perspective I have to admit that Ethereum had an amazing performance during the last four months, and it's doing remarkably well during this bloody January.

Right now Bitcoin have a market cap of $172B, and for Ethereum it's $110B. If this trend continues we may get overpassed this quarter, and since it seems like no new money is coming to the crypto market in general I wonder if people are, for whatever reason, swapping Bitcoin for Ethereum.

Are bad programmed smart contracts running over an insecure platform that hot for this market?
4  Economy / Speculation / Official Bear Camp Thread (late-2017 edition) on: December 08, 2017, 12:09:38 AM
Hey y'all my dear bears! Bear season is coming soon and it looks like this time we will have some brutal ride!

Alpha leader: Proudhon (as always)
Invited: all the ol' permabears of course, tempbears, and why not, weak-hands too!  Cheesy
Not invited: the obviously delusional rest...

So, lets predict when will Bitcoin crash into the tripledigits. I think that after the upcoming flash crash and some short bulltrap, we will see an extreme fall probably in mid to late January, what do you think?

5  Economy / Speculation / Bitfinex daily volume (+1.5B USD!) on: December 04, 2017, 04:19:57 AM
Can we please speculate how the hell is Bitfinex trading billions every day when they can't even operate with US banks?

Today for instance they traded more crypto than GDAX, Bitstamp, Bittrex, Gemini, Poloniex and Kraken COMBINED! ($120 million more to be exact Shocked)

Since Bitfinex' parent company (iFinex) also owns Tether, and since they will probably never get audited by a Big Four, I just can wonder what the fuck is going on here...
6  Economy / Speculation / Triple digits by 2018? on: November 29, 2017, 09:07:38 PM
Do you think we could see sub $1k prices at some point next year? I mean, is that even a possibility?

7  Economy / Speculation / bullish dream on: September 05, 2014, 12:39:48 PM
Today I had one of those very realistic dreams: for some reason I can't remember there was a new rally, and the price went to $4653 in a rally short period of time, and I was really sad because I didn't own any btc.

I have a feeling, but I can't buy Bitcoins right now, so do me a favor a do not start a new rally until next month ok? thx
8  Economy / Service Discussion / A consensus network, or how to stop a big lose (fork it!) on: March 01, 2014, 05:12:17 AM
Mt.Gox claims that someone gained illegal access to their systems and stole 850,000btc. They filed for bankruptcy protection.
Three weeks ago Mt.Gox closed their withdrawals and reported that someone was using transaction malleability to steal their bitcoins. A couple of days before the public statement we had a new peak on days destroyed:

If, and only if, what Mt.Gox is claiming is true and those bitcoins were stolen three weeks ago, then we can assume that right now there is a single entity (could be one single person or a group) owning ~7% of all the btcs mined until now, and since many old wallets are lost forever this percentage could be much significant in relation to the current market cap. Which means that there is a new single entity with a lot of power over Bitcoin's economy.
Please check out the depth chart of the biggest exchanges to understand how bad is the current situation: if this entity drop all those coins in the open market the price would go close to 0, literally. And even when an event like that could last maybe just a couple of hours, I believe that most people would lose all their confidence and Bitcoin could die as a currency. Actually, the 850k could be divided in 3 parts and just use the first part to send the price to single digits, and keep the rest to make everyone scare. You could even write and sign some message to terrorize the community. I know that all this was already discussed, but now the thing is real...

Is there anything we can do? iff Mt.Gox still have their private keys then yes: Bitcoin is a consensus network and we can fork the blockchain whenever is necessary. We need Bitcoin to be useful as a currency, and sometimes we will need to take extreme measures. Specifically, what we can do is pay miners to double-spend the illegitimate transaction and recreate the last ~3000 blocks. There may be people affected by doing this (ie people who received coins from the thief), but if the amount is not something huge then Mt.Gox should be able to pay for their loses.

The only thing we need is consensus, we must analyze what is worse: a fork or a shady entity owning too many bitcoins.

tl;dr: to fork or not to fork, that is the question
9  Economy / Speculation / A cracker owning 850,000btc. How bad is that? on: February 28, 2014, 03:47:40 PM
So MagicalTux and his lawyer confirmed that some cracker gained illegal access to their systems and stole 850k coins, don't ask me how that is possible...

Since many old bitcoins are most probably unspendable, what real percentage of bitcoin's market cap is now owned by a shady cracker? I would say something between 10% and 20%, which means that now one person with no moral values could destroy the economy at any moment.

I'm really worried. I saw a lot of bad things over the last 4 years but nothing like this.

Bitcoin as a technology is still amazing, but the economical impact of one bad guy owning a loooot of coins is pretty scary  Sad
10  Economy / Speculation / The Insider Information Theory on: February 08, 2014, 12:59:50 AM
  • The first drop was almost at midnight (UTC time)
  • The official statement was published at 16:19 (Moscow time, which is just +04 UTC)

This is almost 12 hours before the public announcement.

Coincidence? I DON'T THINK SO!

11  Economy / Speculation / Bearish week, take care!! on: January 27, 2014, 06:23:17 PM

We are about to start a really bearish week! There are bad news from everywhere: USA (BitInstant CEO/Bitcoin Foundation VC arrested), Russia (Bitcoin could turn illegal), China (January 31st).

I'm not telling you to sell... but maybe you should if you care about short-term.

God help us.
12  Economy / Economics / Bitcoin exotic-bonds for payment processors like BitPay on: January 24, 2014, 07:11:01 PM
How do bitcoin processors process their bitcoins? Smiley
Do they just go to various exchanges and drop their bitcoins or what?

I was thinking, would it be possible for them to sell some kind of financial instrument that let people buy their bitcoins at some price lower than the current/last price before they actually have those bitcoins? I mean something like a bitcoin "bond"..

It could work like this: the processor expects to reach some specific amount in the next x time period, they checkout the order book in some exchange and they know that if they sell those bitcoins they would obtain (obviously) an amount much lower than the "last price", so instead of market-selling, they create a public offer for bonds so people could buy Bitcoins at some price lower than the current market price (or best ask) of some specific exchange BUT higher than the price they would obtain if they market sell.

Seems it could result in a win/win situation since people how buy those instruments are going to get a better price for the bitcoins, and the processor would obtain more fiat, AND also the market would be more stable Smiley

But I really don't know much about economics, so please tell me what do you think.

13  Economy / Speculation / [poll] MtGox rollback/goxloop opinions on: December 06, 2013, 10:23:16 PM
Since April's crash MtGox is looping big sells orders, preventing any possible flash crash.

I believe if you're being bull this feature leaves you calm since it's kind of a life-jacket for panic sells... but anyways I would like to know your opinion, I don't really care about your position or how fair is this.

And of course, some people can analyze this behavior to predict short-term market bounces on MtGox making things more interesting Wink
14  Bitcoin / Legal / Can you still use Bitcoin to buy and sell goods in China? on: December 05, 2013, 09:37:52 PM
Simple question, I want to know if this translation from Google is right:
"Notice" clearly the nature of Bitcoin, think Bitcoin is not issued by the monetary authorities, does not have, such as legal tender currency of the mandatory attributes, not the true meaning of money. From the nature point of view, Bitcoin is a specific virtual goods, does not have legal status and monetary equivalent, can not and should not be used as currency in circulation in the market. However, Bitcoin transaction as a commodity trading behavior on the Internet, ordinary people have the freedom to participate at your own risk premise.

Original text:

This statement was issued by: PBC (People's Bank of China), MIIT (Ministry of Industry and Information Technology), CBRC (China Banking Regulatory Commission), CSRC (China Securities Regulatory Commission), and CIRC (China Insurance Regulatory Commission).


Please note that I'm not asking if Bitcoin was "banned" in China since it clearly says that ordinary people can trade it as a "commodity", I want to know if the automatic translation from Google is correct and that Bitcoin can't be used as a currency anymore.
15  Economy / Goods / Fine art - modern sculptures similar to Calder on: November 28, 2013, 11:34:01 AM
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16  Economy / Speculation / New paradigm - the bubble that never pop? on: November 21, 2013, 10:18:07 PM
Wow! just wow, what the fuck is going on here? how is this possible?? yesterday I expected a a rebound to 650, max 700, but not to this: we are still going up  Shocked
At this point I'm thinking if it would be possible to keep going up until 1000 and stay there, seems ridiculous since never happened before in Bitcoin... does anyone knows about an extreme fast peak that never went down?  Huh

Even the log graph shows we are above the expected price for this period, but what happen if the market is accelerating exponentially? are we going to keep growing from this point?

I can't understand this anymore, it doesn't seems real, why now? the only thing I can do with my btcs now is paying for delivery service, some web services, and buying some giftcards... but well, now it seems obvious that is not about what you can do with btcs but that "everybody knows" that bitcoin is going to keep growing til at least 100.000!
And now I can only think that maybe China is going to adopt Bitcoin for real, letting millionaires all around the world inject money to their banks without asking shit, a la Switzerland!

should I turn bull again? are we in a real new paradigm?
17  Economy / Speculation / [poll] US Senate hearing reception (part II) on: November 20, 2013, 12:27:21 AM
I didn't have the opportunity to watch this second hearing yet, but I would like to know your opinion.

Yesterday the results of the poll were:
Positive    - 38 (92.7%)
Neutral    - 2 (4.9%)
Negative    - 1 (2.4%)
Irrelevant (aka same old^2)    - 0 (0%)
18  Economy / Speculation / 2nd US Senate hearing: Banking Committee, BitPay and more on: November 19, 2013, 07:14:23 PM
Today is the 2nd of the hearings, at 3:30 EST. You may watch it in C-SPAN3:

First panel:
  • Jennifer Shasky Calvery (Financial Crimes Enforcement Network)
  • David Cotney (Commissioner of Banks, Massachusetts Division of Banks)

Second panel:
  • Anthony Gallippi (Co-founder and CEO BitPay, Incorporated)
  • Mercedes Kelley Tunstall (Partner and Practice Leader, Privacy and Data Security Group, Ballard Spahr LLP)
  • Sarah Jane Hughes (University Scholar and Fellow in Commercial Law, Maurer School of Law, University of Indiana)
  • Paul Smocer (BITS President, Financial Services Roundtable)

feelings? Tongue
19  Economy / Speculation / [poll] US Senate hearing reception on: November 19, 2013, 07:56:04 AM
I read many different points of view about the hearing: some people thinks that the US Senate is giving green light, some others are not happy because of regulations.

What is your opinion?
20  Economy / Speculation / Bears Bunker - Official thread on: November 18, 2013, 08:25:23 PM
Let's stay together my fellow bears, not even the most irrational bull still believes in this madness:

Yesterday (Sunday) the price in China went from 3000 to 4000 in 12hs, today we almost reached 5000.
And MtGox and Bitstamp are blindly following BTCChina.

The current situation is ridiculous and everybody here knows it...
Can anyone mention just ONE good reason to explain this price? well, no, because there is no reason for this delusional rally. Actually the only reason for this rally is the rally itself: people are buying only and only because they see other people buying and the price is going up like crazy!

So what happened over the last month in Bitcoin:
  • Jiasule, a Baidu division, started accepting bitcoins
  • Silkroad seized
  • "First" Bitcoin ATM
  • Bitmit (the only eBay-like website for btcs) went bankrupt

The Baidu thing is just hilarious, and the story about those news bitcoins ATM in Canada is almost irrelevant since BitInstant is still (and forever?) down.

But now we have the US Senate hearing, is this going to change anything? I don't think so, but let's see...
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