Ep243: Blockchain Predictions for 2018, South Korea Eyes BitLicense for Exchanges

South Korea is looking at licensing crypto exchanges. Salon readers may opt into allowing the site to use some cpu power for mining Monero rather than seeing ads. Small European banks look to seize cryptocurrency opportunities to compete with the bigger banks. We look a list of blockchain predictions for 2018 and give our thoughts.



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Traditional Financial Markets Cryptocurrency Markets
Gold $1,350 Bitcoin Cash (BCH) $1,332
Silver $16.85 SegWit (SW) $9,293
Oil $60.70 Ethereum (ETH) $908
Dow Jones 24,893 points DASH $663
30Y UST Yield 3.179% Litecoin (LTC) $207

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Episode 134 – Where in the World is Satoshi Nakamoto?

New Hampshire passed bitcoin regulations. Australian Tax Office raids house of man to steal money, turns out WiReD thinks the guy is Satoshi. China on course to overtake Switzerland for worlds top rice producer. More countries are looking to outlaw cash. GoCoin and Ziftr merge. Occupational licensing costs an average $1000 per American household.

 

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Traditional Markets

Gold down slightly $1075

Silver down $13.89

Oil drops to $35.36

DOW 17,265

30y US Treasuries down 2.8763%

 

Crypto Markets

BTC 435

LTC 3.57

ETH 1.03

 

Bitcoin Difficulty estimated to be above 90 billion after next adjustment.

Bitcoin Regulations in NH

http://bravenewcoin.com/news/new-hampshire-money-transmitter-rule-change-will-include-bitcoin-businesses/

Australian Police Raid house of suspected Satoshi

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-bitcoin-exclusive-idUSKBN0TS0AB20151209#HIKHttHmeRaYKS3L.97

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/companies/ato-in-the-hunt-for-possible-bitcoin-founders-stash/news-story/f7efe50bb9ecb0c608d58a902c5a4efe

China on course to surpass Switzerland as top rice producer.  

http://www.rwrreport.com/china-to-overtake-switzerland-as-world-leading-producer-of-rice.html

Sweden to outlaw cash

http://www.businessinsider.com/sweden-has-declared-war-on-cash-2015-12

Higher interest rates in December?  Many Economists think so.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/wsj-survey-economists-are-convinced-fed-will-raise-rates-in-december-1449759601

GoCoin and Ziftr looking to merge

http://www.newsbtc.com/2015/12/10/bitcoin-payment-platform-gocoin-takes-merger-vows-ziftr/

Canada’s Central Bank governor considers negative interest rates.  

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/stephen-poloz-monetary-policy-1.3355704

Occupational Licensing costs the average American household $1000

http://ij.org/occupational-licensing-costs-the-average-american-household-over-1000/

Episode 61 – BitLicenses and the Efficiency of the Bitcoin Network

Dell to accept bitcoin. BitLicense is being talked about as a means of making bitcoin “safe”. China based OKcoin, Bitcoin exchange, to accept dollar deposits once again. INNCoin, a promotional gold-backed crypto. A look at the economic and environmental costs of the Bitcoin network relative to traditional markets.

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