Episode 135 – RAND Corp: Bitcoin Can Increase Economic Power of User

Bitcoin mining difficulty makes a large jump. 2MB Blocksize BIP proposed by Jeff Garzik. The Federal Reserve raised interest rates to 0.25% and the crowd goes wild. Argentina lifts currency controls on Peso. RAND Corp report indicates that Bitcoin user can have some positive side effects. AirBitz partners with Fold and the future of wallet integrated services. Russia starts pilot run of a new a payment solution. The Canadian Dollar is weak. A fiat version of bitcoin is being proposed sans blockchain.

 

 

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Traditional Markets

Gold down slightly to $1067

Silver up to $14.08

Oil drops again to $34.55

DOW finishes the week down 17,128

30 Year US Treasury is up slightly to 2.92%

 

Crypto Markets

BTC up slightly to $440

LTC down slightly to $3.50

ETH is at $1.00

 

News

Mining Difficulty jumps to 93.4 Billion

http://www.financemagnates.com/cryptocurrency/news/bitcoin-mining-difficulty-jumps-the-most-in-16-months-100b-next/

Jeff Garzik Proposes BIP 202; Block size Increase to 2 MB

http://www.newsbtc.com/2015/12/20/jeff-garzik-proposes-bip-202-block-size-increase-to-2-mb/

Fed raised interest rates to a whopping 0.25%

http://www.cnbc.com/2015/12/16/fed-raises-rates-for-first-time-since-2006.html

Argentina to lift capital controls Peso tumbles to over 13 per $1 US

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-12-16/argentina-to-announce-lifting-of-currency-controls-today

U.S. National Security Report: ‘Virtual Currencies Can Disrupt Sovereignty’

http://bitcoinist.net/u-s-national-security-report-virtual-currencies-can-disrupt-sovereignty/

Airbitz partners with fold

https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/airbitz-partners-with-fold-allows-users-to-buy-gift-cards-inside-wallet-1450121665

Russian Mir Card

http://bitcoinist.net/russias-mir-card-takes-competition-to-visa-mastercard-and-bitcoin/

Canadian Dollar is currently weak

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/loonie-drops-72-cents-1.3369475

The Anti-Bitcoin—A Centralized Digital Currency—Takes Root

http://www.paymentssource.com/news/technology/the-anti-bitcoina-centralized-digital-currencytakes-root-3023026-1.html

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