Argentina, in particular, has been struggling with inflation for years, with the latest official data showing an inflation rate of 102% as of April 2023. In this environment, Bitcoin has emerged as an attractive alternative for those looking to hedge against inflation.
Bitcoin is being attacked on all fronts. The central powers are scared – very scared.
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There’s something sinister on the horizon for global markets right now. Any rational person can see it.
Bitcoin has been grappling with the Macro outlook, Faketoshi’s lawsuit and the lingering after effects of Luna and other scams that gobbled up the leverage throughout the crypto system.
However, when chatting with Bitcoiners who ignore the noise and focus on the long-term; there is still a strong presence of positivity and patience.
Let’s take a look at a few things that have been happening recently…
This bear market has ruined a lot of people. Many have been liquidated. Many have lost fortunes (but many of those fortunes were based on nothing in the first place).
As the crypto world flounders, there are some who simply don’t care what has transpired. They don’t care that Bitcoin has reached $20,000. Because they know the end-game.
The bear market. Here we are again. Or, to some, welcome for the first time.
It’s that time of the cycle, where conviction is being tested and a reality check is needed for most.
To many readers, you are here because no matter what price you bought at, whichever friend you listened to or whatever reason you think you may have bought Bitcoin; you actually bought Bitcoin for one reason. You may or may not realise it yet, but you made a bet against the current system. You hedged against manipulation. Bear markets make investors realise this. And unfortunately, this bet you made is the furthest thing from being easy.
Last week, a massive scam broke out where many users of Trezor hardware wallets were affected.
Yes, most scams/hacks occur when holding your Bitcoin on exchanges or with custodians but when custodying your own Bitcoin. The highest risk comes with human engineering. There are steps you need to take and a mindset you need to maintain, to avoid scams when custodying your own Bitcoin.
We are about to see the 19 millionth Bitcoin enter circulation sometime in the next week. And there’s only another 2 million to go, by the decade ~2140 AD, based on the supply and halving schedule.
19 million Bitcoin in supply. 2 million left. 21 million Bitcoin only. And 56 Millionaires worldwide.
In the words of Greg Foss, ‘it’s just math’.
The long term repercussions of this, are going to be frightening to many who like things to remain the same. Because this was the point of critical mass for the US Dollar and America’s hold on nations through their reserve currency. ‘After this war, money will never be the same.’
To put it simply, it was the moment Richard Nixon moved off the gold standard and the fiat system was born. I firmly believe that the next generation/s will look back and deem this as a dark, dark moment in mankind’s history and yet, most people don’t even know what it is.
With regulation looming, altcoins are in for a rude awakening. They will most certainly increase regulation on Bitcoin exchanges over time, but Bitcoin itself will keep evolving and circumventing. This is what it does best. Decentralisation is everything. It is the entire point of crypto. But most people fail to realise what this actually means. It is what makes Bitcoin indestructible and thus, so valuable. It is what makes Bitcoin the only competitor to the Plutocrats. Bitcoin is Us. Everything else is Them.
There are a lot of possibilities this year and the biggest short-term factor will undoubtedly be what Central Banks decide to do. Dovish or Hawkish – either will drive the price.
In the long-term, however, it doesn’t matter. This is why we implore people to have a long-term perspective on their Bitcoin holdings.
As Bitcoin adopters put in more time and effort to understanding this asset, we will likely see this asset move from risk-on to risk-off, with a lot of volatility in between.
Sit back, focus on the things that matter, don’t try to time the markets, stack more Sats, have a long-term perspective and enjoy the ride.
Have a great year ahead!
Happy new years, happy 13th birthday to Bitcoin and finally we would like to introduce you to the new Bitvice – where we’ve made buying and securing Bitcoin simple.
Whilst Bitcoin’s price has been boring people to death, we’ve been hard at work and have partnered with Stitch to make buying Bitcoin the right way – as easy as possible.
We are taking a thorough look at what’s happening in Turkey and what similarities it has with South Africa’s past, present and potentially, it’s future. The ANC is not the only corrupt government on this planet. Unfortunately, the fiat system has led central powers down a dark road where greed is endless, money printing is easy, and thus the fiat roads are all leading to zero. We can exit all of this madness. There is an incorruptible, uncontrollable, decentralized, scarce asset called Bitcoin, that is the complete antithesis to this all and the ultimate hedge against inflation.
The funny news for the week… It seems that El Salvador’s president Bukele has become a ‘toxic maximalist’ who’s taking a liking to trolling world powers. In other news, Microstrategy bought the dip – big time and a Bitcoin price floor model by Plan B has just been broken.
We want to let you know about some South Africans working on Bitcoin – domestically and globally. Most of the Bitcoin news is from the US or Europe, but at home, there are smart South Africans trying to bring Bitcoin closer to the people.
This is a topic most Bitcoiners have thought about, but few actually implement. The brutal reality of being a Bitcoiner at this point in time …
The latest weekly Bitcoin News including Bitcoin’s upcoming activation of Taproot this month, Zimbabwe considering Bitcoin as a legal payment service and the Bullish indicators of Q4!
The Bitcoin ETFs are exchange-traded funds that track and mimic the value of Bitcoin. These are traded on traditional market exchanges and allow individuals and more importantly, institutions to indirectly invest in Bitcoin, without having to own or custody it themselves. In other words, the Bitcoin ETF will allow investors to seek return via the Bitcoin price, without actually owning the asset themselves.
First of all you’re probably wondering if Bitcoin could possibly reach $1million? The short answer is yes, it could. The only real questions are how long would it take to reach that mark, how volatile will the journey be and how far will the US Dollar be devalued against what it is today?
A basic guide for Bitcoin self-custody. The do’s and don’ts of managing your private keys to ensure that you always remain in control of your Bitcoin. It is a vital step in the direction of self-sovereignty. Bitcoin was designed exactly for this method of ownership. Self-custody brings the promise of freedom, but requires that you take extreme ownership of the assets under your control.
This week we want to focus on one thing that happened yesterday, the 7th of September. A day that might be remembered in the history books of the future.
Bitcoin was officially adopted in El Salvador as legal tender and the country became the first to officially buy Bitcoin in its sovereign capacity!
Introducing a new instalment to our newsletters: Bitvice’s Bitcoin Basics.
For those that are new to Bitcoin we will be covering the basics in a simple, bite-sized way to help you learn more about this complex subject and to give you the tools to explain the topic to friends and family in a concise manner. This week’s topic: Bitcoin’s Blockchain.
Open networks are networks that do not require permission to build on top of, or use. These are inherently better than permissioned or closed networks guarded by gatekeepers, as the sheer volume of people able to access and build new innovations on the network dwarf any benefits given by a closed network.
Earlier this week, we sent out an email to all Bitvice clients regarding the Ledger hardware wallet controversy and Ledger’s controversial new service offering: Ledger …
Let’s remember that the might of the United States is based on countries settling trade, but more importantly, energy, in US Dollars. Nothing is more important to the US.
Well, those pesky countries called China, Russia and others (South Africa included) aren’t listening to big uncle Sam.
A round up of the top news stories this week including:
– Annual Bitcoin conference
– Germany to raise food prices by 20-50%
– 19 millionth Bitcoin was mined on Saturday