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Coinbase’s Political Action Committee Shuts Down Without Ever Raising a Cent

Coinbase is moving to shut down its political action committee (PAC) without ever raising a cent.

The San Francisco-based crypto exchange filed a Termination Report for its PAC on April 3, 2019, according to publicly available documents on the Federal Election Commission’s website (FEC). The move means that the exchange wants to shut down its PAC, though it was not immediately clear if the committee had actually been shut down.

A Coinbase spokesperson confirmed that the exchange had filed to shut down its PAC, but could not say if the FEC has granted the request yet.

PACs are typically formed to raise funds on behalf of specific candidates for public office or business and ideological interests. However, the Coinbase PAC did not raise any funds, nor did it back any candidates during its 10-month lifespan, public filings show.

Personnel change

The exchange first launched its PAC in June 2018, and it was run by former chief policy officer Mike Lempres, who left the exchange last year to join venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.

Brian Brooks, who joined Coinbase as chief legal officer in September, was the likely candidate to have taken over the PAC following Lempres’ departure.

According to the FEC’s website, a committee can file to terminate its operations if “it no longer receives (or intends to receive) contributions,” or if “it no longer makes (or intends to make) expenditures.”

That said, a committee is required to continue regularly filing disclosure reports until the FEC accepts the termination report, the site explained, adding:

“Committees shouldn’t stop filing just because they checked the ‘Termination Report’ box on their regular campaign finance disclosure form. Committees must file regularly scheduled reports until the Commission notifies them in writing that it has granted their request to terminate.”

Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong at Consensus image via Coinbase/YT 

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Think Your Altcoin Will Beat Bitcoin ROI? Then Don’t Look at This Chart

Bitcoin dwarfs every other altcoin when it comes to return on investment (ROI) since initial exchange listing, data shows. Had you threw in just $100 bucks into BTC in 2010, you would be a millionaire today.


Bitcoin ROI Shows Why They’re Called ‘Altcoins’

A new visual graph from DataLight perfectly illustrates just how impressive Bitcoin ROI (return on investment) has been over the past decade.

Buying just $100 USD worth of Bitcoin in mid-2010 would have netted you a cool $1.3 million today. That is, if you managed to ‘hodl’ instead of ‘sodl’ your precious bits until today.

By comparison, every other cryptocurrency has been dwarfed by BTC when it comes to ROI since being first listed on an exchange.

Granted, when it comes to trading on exchanges, Bitcoin has an almost 3 year head start even on Litecoin, one of the oldest ‘altcoins’ and the first to use the Scrypt hashing algorithm. But for those banking on the ‘silver to Bitcoin’s gold’ to beat Bitcoin’s returns anytime soon may be out of luck.

Certainly, Litcoin has seen some impressive rips in recent years. However, the price of Litecoin has had a much different trajectory while being at the mercy of BTC market cycles.

For example LTC/USD peaked at around $35 in November 2013. These same price levels then repeated in July 2017….and again in January 2019. This is more reflective of speculative, pump-n-dump behavior than a (secondary) store of value.

Bitcoin, on the other hand, stands out  as it continues to post higher highs after every bubble making it the perennial leader of cryptocurrencies today.

Ethereum (ETH) 00 has been the best performing altcoin since its exchange debut in 2015. One hundred bucks into Ethereum would have netted you roughly $68,000 today at around $170 per ETH. Though, undoubtedly, this figure would be much higher at Ethereum’s all-time high of nearly $1,400 in January 2018.

Bitcoin-branded forks like Bitcoin Cash, meanwhile, have fared even worse, actually depreciating in value since their inception.

Bitcoin Apples to Altcoin Oranges

More recently, Bitcoinist highlighted the stellar performance of Binance Coin (BNB) 00, which has skyrocketed in value since launching in mid-2017. In fact, it has become the first cryptocurrency to surpass the January 2018 all-time high.

At the same time, comparing in-house digital tokens like BNB (and pretty much every other ‘alt’ with a foundation or a company behind it) to Bitcoin is like comparing apples to oranges.

In fact, every single altcoin is paired against bitcoin by default for a reason. Admittedly, some altcoins have performaned marvelously against BTC since their inception, particularly on shorter timeframes.

But as the saying goes: the faster they rise, the faster they fall.

That’s because their low market caps on exchanges are both a weakess and a strength. In bull-markets, for example, a lower cap means a coin can be pumped much easier allowing it to outpace the gains of high cap cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin.

On longer timeframes, however, the story repeats over and over again as Bitcoin demonstrates who’s king.

#REKT? Not With Bitcoin! Yearly ROI On Largest Cryptocurrency Still Tops 150%

Think Your Favorite Altcoin Can Beat BTC? Good Luck.

Therefore, it is no surprise that Bitcoin, being a truly leaderless, decentralized and open-source cryptocurrency, has attracted the most network effect and hashing power to be the most secure blockchain today.

Subsequently, this give investor confidence more confidence in Bitcoin above all. It also means that it’s the de facto choice for trustlessly transferring value over any other cryptocurrency regardless of fees.

It’s also no coincidence that the SEC is considering approving a Bitcoin ETF only. It’s why Bitcoin trading instruments have been the first to hit traditional markets; and why investors are increasingly calling it ‘irresponsible’ not to have exposure to BTC in 2019.

In fact, data has shown that allocating only 1 percent of one’s portfolio to bitcoin historically outperforms the S&P 500, gold and US Treasury bonds.

But, more importantly, it also highlights the possibility of a Lindy effect, suggesting that the ‘internet of money’ could be a zero sum game. If so, then betting on ‘the next bitcoin’ looks more like gambling. Whereas bitcoin is increasingly becoming the safer play and one of the best investment opportunities in generations.

As InterchangeHQ cofounder, Dan Hedl says:

You think the altcoin you’re holding will beat Bitcoin’s return? Good luck.

Is investing in altcoins a good strategy compared to only bitcoin? Share your thoughts below!


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My Sleepless Year Discovering Bitcoin’s Code

Coil’s Stefan Thomas describes the arduous year he spent re-implementing bitcoin, a task so taxing that he fell asleep on his keyboard.

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Bitcoin Price Volatility Soars 200% in April

Bitcoin price volatility has tripled over the past 30 days as BTC/USD has made an impressive push above the $5,000 mark. At the same time, overall volatility is actually in decline as Bitcoin adoption spreads. 


Bitcoin Price Volatility Triples in April

The volatility of bitcoin price has surged nearly 200 percent from a monthly low of 1.26 percent to 3.31 between April 1 and April 2, according to Bitvol.info. Currently, the volatility stands at 3.54 percent.

bitcoin price volatility

This occurred as BTC/USD skyrocketed by 22 percent in just the span of one hour propelling the cryptocurrency above $5,000 for the first time in 5 months.

Since the early April surge, the price has remained in a relatively tight range between $4,900 and $5400 amid bullish forecasts and other indicators possibly signaling a market bottom.

Bitcoin Volatility Decreasing With Time

The given volatility index gauges the price movement of BTC price over the past 30 days. Currently, the volatility stands at 3.54 percent, the highest in 3 months.

Overall, bitcoin price volatility has actually been declining over the years. In fact, 2018 was one of the least volatile periods in Bitcoin’s history despite an 80 percent drop in USD value.

Last year, the volatility index remained under 4 percent for most of the year. The only exceptions being the tail-end of the January 2018 crypto market price peak and the November-December period when BTC/USD saw a steep plunge below the $6,000 mark.

bitcoin price volatility

Data from the past 8 years shows a clear downtrend in overall spot price volatility. Despite the 80+ percent changes in bitcoin price in 2018, today’s fluctuations are nothing compared to Bitcoin’s early years when the price could easily move +/- 100 percent in a single day.

No One Wants a Stable Bitcoin

One of the most common criticisms of Bitcoin is that it is too volatile. Its wild fluctuations in price, the argument goes, means it cannot be money. Because its USD equivalent value transferred can diminish (or rise) in seconds.

This concern falls flat though because this problem is solved by BTC payment processors, stablecoins and other solutions.

At the same time, fluctuations in spot price shouldn’t be too surprising as bitcoin emission doesn’t follow typical supply and demand. This is why many traders and investors actually love the chaos of bitcoin price 00 volatility. When price moves, everyone pays attention.

It is these volatile days, in particular, that have given traders the biggest returns, compared to the rest of the year. This is the time of maximum opportunity and likely why having a low time preference and ‘hodling‘ — instead of trying to time the market — has proven to be a successful strategy for many Bitcoin investors.

Volatility Boosts Bitcoin Awareness

As Bitcoinist previous reported, overall interest in bitcoin also lags behind price moves. Google search trends over the past month reveal that the phrase “buy Bitcoin” spiked a day after the price surge caught everyone off guard.

As price moves (in either direction), people want to know why. What is Bitcoin? Should they buy now? Should they sell? Why is it rising so fast?

Moreover, virtually everything in the cryptocurrency space mirrors the bitcoin price chart. From website traffic to trading volume, to the number of headlines seen in the press.

Admittedly, the majority of the public is all about ‘when moon?’ and not ‘in it for the technology.’

Unsurprisingly, greed and fear drive the market. Luckily, humans have the ability to learn from experiences.

Educating yourself about what bitcoin is, why it was created, and historic market cycles could spare you the FOMO (fear of missing out) next time around. It could also help prepare for the next spout of bitcoin price volatility and avoid buying high and selling low.

In the meantime, all eyes will be glued to the price of bitcoin as traders wait to catch the next wave.

Is the return of Bitcoin volatility another bullish sign for BTC price? Share your thoughts below!


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Chinese Company Lost $23 Million Allegedly Mining Cryptocurrency in Secret

A subsidiary of Chinese firm Huatie has been sold off at 10 percent of its initial value following losses from suspected secret cryptocurrency mining activities amounting to about $23 million.


90 Percent Value Plunged Probably Due to 2018 Bear Market

According to Chinese crypto media outlet 8BTC, Huatie HengAn, a subsidiary of Huatie has been sold for $2 million. Reports indicate that the company’s value plunged by about 90 percent from an initial valuation of $25 million, all in the space of one year.

Huatie HengAn originally a construction company reportedly purchased 36,500 units of hardware listed as “servers” from Canaan and Ebang in 2018.

Given that both companies don’t sell servers but instead sell crypto mining hardware, the suspicion is that Huatie HengAn pivoted from construction to cryptocurrency mining.

Back in December 2018, Huatie’s end-of-year financial report showed losses of about $14 million for its subsidiary firm. By February 2018, the total net loss had risen to $23 million.

With the total loss just $2 million off from its initial $25 million investment into the business, it appears the parent company decided to count its losses and sell the business.

If Huatie HengAn was indeed engaging in cryptocurrency mining, it would be the latest in a growing list of businesses affected by the 2018 bear market.

During the year-long bear period, the entire cryptocurrency market fell by an average of more than 80 percent across the board.

2018 – A Dreadful Year for Mining Companies

For the first half of 2018, it appeared as though mining companies were immune to the hemorrhaging prices in the cryptocurrency market. However, by Q3 2018 reports of difficult financial situations began to emerge.

Cloud mining services like Hashflare were the first to shut down citing lack of profitability. Then reports began to emerge of massive losses for mining giant Bitmain – a situation further worsened by a bet on Bitcoin Cash that ultimately backfired.

The fallout from the suspected losses has seen the company downsize its workforce, firing entire departments. Bitmain has also appointed a new CEO.

Ebang, Bitmain, and Canaan abandoned plans for massive initial public offerings (IPO). GMO also incurred losses of $12 million forcing the company to shut down its mining hardware enterprise.

Even companies like Nvidia that sold hardware for miners weren’t left out as the company is reportedly trying to offload unsold inventory as demand shrunk in 2018.

Do you think Huatie HengAn was secretly mining cryptocurrencies under the guise of could computing? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.


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