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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

Episode 131 – Fear Machine Hijinks

ISIS does not have a bitcoin address worth $3 Million. European Union looks to slaughter individual rights after the attacks in Paris. Police in the United States take more property than robbers. Trump distracts the US with outrageous rhetoric.

 
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Traditional Market

Gold down slightly $1078

Silver down slightly $14.20

Oil up $41.46

DOW up 17823

30 year down 3.02%

 

Crypto Market

BTC ~ $322

LTC ~ $3.10

ETH up $1.34

 

News

EU Bitcoin ISIS?

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/europe-wants-to-crack-down-on-bitcoin-despite-little-evidence-that-isis-uses-it

The fed might be subject to audit because of new bill passed by house:

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/260760-house-passes-bill-to-overhaul-the-fed

Police take more property than burglars

http://rare.us/story/federal-agents-took-more-money-and-stuff-from-americans-in-2014-than-burglars-did/?utm_source=JulieBorowski&utm_medium=Facebook&utm_campaign=Partnership

Bernanke!

https://www.cryptocoinsnews.com/ben-bernanke-worried-terrorists-use-bitcoin/

Government tries to make it easier to take your money

https://myra.gov/about/

Coinbase Debit Card

http://www.wired.com/2015/11/coinbase-unveils-countrys-first-bitcoin-debit-card/

Trump suggests labeling Muslims in a similar way that Hitler labeled Jews before world II  

https://www.yahoo.com/politics/donald-trump-has-big-plans-1303117537878070.html

http://news.yahoo.com/donald-trump-wants-to-create-database-for-syrian-refugees–surveil-mosques–bring-back-waterboarding-195633361.html

http://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/By-hyping-anti-Muslim-ideas-GOP-has-made-the-6647454.php

Episode 122 – Interview from Ghana, No Rate Hike From the Fed

We interview the leaders behind BitUnit in Ghana, Africa and talk about their upcoming conference. The Federal Reserve decides not to raise interest rates this month – hype has already begun that they will do so next month. Debt ceiling woes are clamoring once again. 9 big banks look to the blockchain technology.

 

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Show Notes:

Traditional Markets
Gold up $1140
Silver up $15.18
Dow down to 16,384
Oil up $44.98
30 year US Treasury down slightly to 2.934%

Crypto Markets
BTC steady at $230
LTC $2.83
ETH $0.95

Schedule

Stay tuned for discussion about the FEDs recent decision and what it might mean for the markets. First up we have an interview from

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-09-17/bitcoin-is-officially-a-commodity-according-to-u-s-regulator

THE FED
http://www.econotimes.com/Bitcoin-price-vis-a-vis-US-Feds-interest-rate-decision-89767
Discussion about interest rate non-hike

Debt ceiling

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/debt-ceiling-will-be-hit-by-end-of-october-obama-administration-warns-congress_55f1ec69e4b03784e27897f2

Nine of the World’s Biggest Banks Form Blockchain Partnership
http://recode.net/2015/09/15/nine-of-the-worlds-biggest-banks-form-blockchain-partnership/

Closing

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/bitunit-2015-bitcoin-seminar
http://bitunit.cryptoavenue.com/