El Bitcoin cae mientras Turquía prohíbe los pagos con criptomonedas

Las criptodivisas ya no pueden ser utilizadas, directa o indirectamente, como medio de pago, ha dicho el banco central de Turquía.

 

  • Turquía ha prohibido el uso de criptodivisas como medio de pago, directa o indirectamente.
  • El bitcoin cayó algo más de un 2% tras conocerse la noticia.

El bitcoin cayó un 2%, hasta aproximadamente 61.600 dólares

El Bitcoin y otras criptodivisas han sido prohibidas como forma de pago de bienes y servicios en Turquía, según un anuncio publicado a primera hora de hoy por el banco central del país.

El bitcoin cayó un 2%, hasta aproximadamente 61.600 dólares, poco después del anuncio, que citaba posibles daños „irreparables“ y riesgos significativos en las transacciones con criptodivisas. La nueva legislación entra en vigor el 30 de abril.

Las criptodivisas habían estado en pleno auge en el país, que ha visto cómo la inflación debilitaba el valor de la lira turca. La lira turca alcanzó casi mínimos históricos el mes pasado, coincidiendo con un repunte de las búsquedas de Bitcoin en Google en Turquía.

El Banco Central de Turquía (CBRT) dijo que la prohibición, sobre el uso directo o indirecto de criptodivisas y otros activos digitales de este tipo, era necesaria porque estos activos „no están sujetos a ningún mecanismo de regulación y supervisión ni a una autoridad reguladora central“, entre otros riesgos de seguridad.

Turquía representa un gran porcentaje del uso de criptodivisas en Oriente Medio. El país ocupa el puesto 29 de los 154 países del Índice de Adopción Global de Criptodivisas de la empresa Chainalysis, y el número uno en Oriente Medio. En la bolsa turca BTCTurk, el intercambio más habitual es el de liras por Bitcoin.

„La lira [turca] ha sido extremadamente volátil en los últimos años, lo que ha llevado a algunos a cambiar parte de sus ahorros por criptodivisas“, señala el informe de Chainalysis.

Probablemente conduciría a una adopción aún mayor de las criptomonedas

El informe también mostraba que la adopción previa de plataformas de pago y tecnología financiera móvil era mayor en Turquía que en el resto de la región y que, si se adoptara un marco normativo sólido, probablemente conduciría a una adopción aún mayor de las criptomonedas.

Sin embargo, las autoridades turcas han optado por una postura más draconiana, en contraste con otras naciones de la región, como los EAU.

En marzo, un representante de la industria turca de la criptomoneda dijo a Decrypt que el temor a los controles de capital podría empujar a los ciudadanos normales a buscar alternativas que no impliquen cuentas bancarias normales.

Al igual que la India y otros países que han intentado prohibir las criptomonedas, Turquía podría reconsiderar su drástica medida.

Bitcoin-Nutzer erreichen über eine Milliarde?

Bitcoin-Nutzer erreichen über eine Milliarde? Wann?

Ungeachtet seiner Volatilität und der Kritik von prominenten Regulierungsbehörden hat Bitcoin in den letzten Wochen die Aufmerksamkeit von Leuten wie Elon Musk und anderen Mainstream-Influencern auf sich gezogen.

In den Worten von Marshall Hayner, CEO von Metal Pay, befindet sich Bitcoin auf seiner „vierten Welle“ der Akzeptanz. Der Chef glaubt, dass der Crypto Cash Vermögenswert in den letzten Monaten Allzeithochs erreicht hat, und mit ihm kamen Institutionen, die den Krypto in ihre Bilanz aufgenommen haben. Darüber hinaus behauptete Hayner, dass die Popularität von Bitcoin Unternehmen dazu bringt, den Vermögenswert als Absicherung gegen die Inflation von Dollar und Euro zu sehen.

In der Zwischenzeit wies der CEO von Visa, Al Kelly, auf das Wertaufbewahrungspotenzial des Assets hin, indem er BTC als „digitales Gold“ bezeichnete. Kelly machte den Verweis, während er die Krypto-Roadmap von Visa ankündigte.

Milliarde Nutzer Bitcoin in den nächsten Jahren

Solche Schritte von namhaften Finanzunternehmen können nur bedeuten, dass Bitcoin tatsächlich auf dem Weg zur Mainstream-Adoption ist. Kürzlich sagte der Krypto-Influencer und Analyst Willy Woo voraus, dass eine Milliarde Nutzer Bitcoin in den nächsten Jahren annehmen könnten. Woo wies darauf hin, dass Bitcoin jetzt ungefähr die gleiche Anzahl an Nutzern hat, wie das Internet im Jahr 1997 hatte. Allerdings scheint Bitcoin schneller zu wachsen:

„Die nächsten 4 Jahre auf [dem] aktuellen Weg werden Bitcoin-Nutzer auf 1b Menschen bringen; das ist das Äquivalent zu 2005 für das Internet.“

Über alle Regionen hinweg stufte der Global Crypto Adoption 2020 Index von Chainalysis die Ukraine, Russland und Venezuela als erste, zweite bzw. dritte große Adoptoren von BTC ein. Es folgte China auf dem vierten Platz, während die USA den sechsten Platz belegten.

Die Vorhersage von Woo mag sich bewahrheiten oder auch nicht, aber sicher ist, dass die Nachfrage nach BTC und anderen Kryptowährungen nicht nur von Institutionen, sondern auch von Privatanlegern steigt. In der Tat, Börsen Binance, Bitrue, Coinbase und Kraken vor kurzem konfrontiert technische Schwierigkeiten bei der Verwaltung der plötzlichen Handelsaktivität von einem Zustrom von neuen Benutzern auf ihren Websites.

The founder of IOTA speaks on Medium

The founder of IOTA speaks on Medium about his departure from the Foundation

  • The founder of IOTA, David Sønstebø, was dismissed on 10 December.
  • He published an article on the subject on 26 December on Medium.
  • In it he argues that the consequences of the separation were inevitable.

IOTA founder David Sønstebø broke his silence on the issue of his departure on 26 December.

Sønstebø has issued a statement on Medium. In the message, he gave his side of the story about his departure from the Foundation and left public messages for the other members of the IOTA Foundation board.
Technically happy

As far as the public was concerned, IOTA was moving in a positive direction at the end of 2020. In December, the company formed a partnership Immediate Bitcoin on environmental sustainability solutions. On November 30, the platform announced its next generation portfolio, Firefly. In addition, the IOTA 1.5 public test network, called Chrysalis, went online. Behind the scenes, tension was mounting.

The beginning of the end

The first official indication that something was wrong came in the form of a short article on the blog of the IOTA Foundation (IF). In the message, the board of directors and the supervisory board stated that their interests and those of Sønstebø had „considerably diverged“. They thanked him for setting up the entity they were running and wished him entrepreneurial success.

However, on 12 December, an addendum appeared on the blog. The foundation reminded readers that „IOTA is not about one individual“. At the same time, the foundation emphasised the role that David Sønstebø played in the foundation and initial construction of the solution. They also wrote that his departure „changes absolutely nothing“ regarding the strategy and delivery of Chrysalis and Coordicide.

Sønstebø’s response

On 26 December, Sønstebø published his version of the facts about his departure. He first explains that he remained silent at first in order to continue the release of Chrysalis.

Sønstebø claims that what led him to write his article was the inevitable mess created by the IOTA Foundation. His departure, he writes, could have been co-ordinated between him and IF in order to stifle discussions.

Rather than chronicling an „eye for an eye“ attack, Sønstebø points out three salient elements of the development of the project that led to his departure. He focuses on the maturation of the project and the need for a separate CEO/COO. He then focuses on the finances (especially in 2020) and his repeated suggestion to liquidate the foundation in order to keep the IOTA project itself independent of the markets. He also stresses that the suggestion to liquidate was not due to financial problems at the IOTA Foundation. Finally, he describes a panicked board of directors seeing a possible benefit – the creation of new services – slipping through their fingers. According to him, as the founder, they never had this possibility in the first place.

After explaining his side of the story, Sønstebø has farewell words for each member of the board of directors and the supervisory board. For some he has good memories, for others a scathing criticism. And for one: „And M#!DE.“

Bitcoin is ‚more a religion than a solution,‘ according to billionaire Mark Cuban

„No matter how much BTC fans want to pretend it’s a protection against apocalyptic scenarios, it’s not.

The billionaire who once said that bananas are a better medium of exchange than Bitcoin is asserting his view that crypto is more of a collectible financial asset than a reliable one.

Bitcoin Over $20,000: Bullish and Bullish

2020 has been a great year in terms of institutional adoption of Bitcoin (BTC). Companies such as MicroStrategy and Grayscale significantly increased their holdings of cryptomoney, while individuals associated with traditional finance (such as CNBC’s Jim Cramer) found themselves changing their minds about owning cryptomoney. Still, the asset has its detractors.

In a Dec. 8 interview with Forbes, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said that cryptomoney users should not look to Crypto Bull as a protection against apocalyptic scenarios. He also believes that crypto is unlikely to replace fiat currency in the short term.

Bitcoin is a „convex bet,“ says the CEO of an institution with $600 million exposure to BTC

„Bitcoin is] a reserve of value like gold that is more a religion than a solution to any problem,“ Cuban said. „Countries will take measures to protect their currencies and their ability to collect taxes, so the more people believe that this is more than just a store of value, the more risk they face of government intervention.

Cuban’s comments came when Bitcoin’s price was below $19,000. Since then, the asset has reached new all-time highs, topping $20,000 for the first time in history and trading above $23,000 by the time this story is published.

UK Investment Manager Shifts Focus from Gold to Bitcoin in „Defensive Move

The billionaire claimed that commodities such as bananas offered more benefits than Bitcoin, but still recognized it as an „investment asset:

„A banana is more useful, potassium is a valuable nutrient for all the people on the planet, but as long as people accept BTC as a digital version of gold, it can be invested.

Peter Schiff will start buying Bitcoin when its price reaches $50,000, according to Max Keizer

Mark Cuban has an estimated net worth of $4.2 billion. He claimed to own approximately $130 in Bitcoin in August 2019 from the purchase of tickets and merchandise from the franchise. Since BTC’s price remained below $12,000 that month, Cuban’s cryptoactives could easily have doubled if he still had them.