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Bitcoin’s Legal status

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Technically Bitcoin don’t need legality, but few countries are less amicable towards the computerized money (digital currency) than others. A few governments have begun creating administrative and regulatory frameworks for cryptographic currency, others boycotted digital currency; and numerous governments have not taken an official position on the innovation.

The stance of some major nations and their administrative position regarding Bitcoin is as given below.

United States

The United States has declared it an asset similar to that of stock, and the federals have not taken any stance on Bitcoin. This made it qualified for capital gains tax than income tax.

Bitcoin use is lawful (legal) in each of the 50 states. However, some state governments have started controlling bitcoin-based organizations by either applying existing licensure directions to them or creating unique guidelines for the organizations.  

A few expresses that apply existing controls to bitcoin have endeavored to indict people selling bitcoin in a distributed manner (peer-to-peer). As indicated by experts in those states, the people being referred to worked as unlicensed money transmitters, in this way abusing the states’ monetary licensure laws.  

China

The Chinese government’s association with Bitcoin is regularly examined and as often as possible misunderstood. In late 2013 and start of 2014, the People’s Bank of China reported it would not permit its customer banks to exchange specifically with Bitcoin organizations — blocking account exchanges for exchange customers. In 2014, the government likewise asked for Chinese cryptographic money trades not go to the principal Beijing Bitcoin Conference, and issue a joint articulation cautioning clients against risky speculative investments.

 Opposing to widespread belief, China has never “banned bitcoin”. More recently, arms of the Chinese government have demonstrated a warmer attitude to “blockchain technology”, saying China has natural advantages in hardware and innovation it should leverage to become a leader in the space. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) published a blockchain research paper in October 2016.

Australia

The Australian government has received a receptive way to deal with Bitcoin and digital currency up until this point. It even held a Senate request, which closed the nation should regard bitcoin as (legal) money, or like an outside currency. 

Bitcoin still faces a couple of obstacles in Australia. Initially is the nation’s Goods and Services Tax (GST), a 10% deals charge connected to local consumer products and services. Since bitcoin is dealt with as a “supply” instead of “cash”, its sales might be taxed. This has constrained Australian trades to charge a premium for bitcoin deals, and thus driven customer offshore. 

Maybe the principle obstruction to bitcoin development in Australia originates from the private banking sector. Bound by strict KYC/AML directions, large banks have consistently and singularly shut accounts having a place with Bitcoin organizations and individual dealers. Indeed, even consistent new businesses with friendly banking relationships confront this if a solitary client takes part in any fraudulent activity.

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52% of ICO’s failed in 2017

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According to the data compiled by Fabric ventures and Token Data, 52% of ICO’s failed in year 2017, and only 48% of them were successful.

A Total of $5.6 billion was raised by ICO’s in 2017, making it the most beneficial year for ICO founders ever, although project success ratio has dropped.

Number of successful ICO’s in 2017 were 435 with average funding of $12.7 million

10 largest projects raised 25% of total ICO’s funding 

worrying sign is that return on investment for new investors in the market is on downtrend.

Venture capital fund Fabric Ventures and cryptocurrency data provider TokenData shared the figure in their “State of the Token Market” report. 2017 saw a huge boom in companies raising money by issuing their own digital currencies, which are structured similarly to bitcoin, in return for funds to build their business. These “coins” can then be traded freely on online exchanges, offering greater liquidity to investors than traditional equity investment.

“More than $5.6 billion of capital was raised in 2017 according to the metrics used by the TokenData team,” the report says. “This compares to $1 billion of ‘traditional’ venture investing in blockchain startups in the same time frame and a ‘mere’ $240 million raised by token sales in 2016.”

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Fabric Ventures and TokenData found 435 successful ICOs out of an attempted 913 last year — meaning just 48% were successful.

The average amount raised was $12.7 million but the report notes: “Collectively, the 10 largest sales raised close to $1.4 billion and roughly 25% of the total capital raised in 2017.”

Almost a third of funding went towards blockchain infrastructure projects. The biggest ICO of last year was Filecoin, a project to build a decentralized data storage solution based on the blockchain. The project raised $257 million in September.

The majority of people investing in these ICO projects have been retail or small-time investors but institutions are increasingly looking at ICOs due to their eye-catching returns.

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Berlin: The Crypto Capital of Europe

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When it comes to spending crypto currencies in real life, it seems that Berliners are way ahead of entire Europe in terms of usage of crypto currencies.

Guardian referred Berlin as Bitcoin capital of Europe back in 2013, and it seems like with the passage of time Berliners are getting more into crypto currencies.

Nowadays people can buy an apartment, book holidays, eat and drink in a number of trendy bars and even pay for further education using the controversial cryptocurrency Bitcoin.

One of the first universities in Germany to accept Bitcoin as a mean of payment is the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT). The ESMT Berlin EMBA is ranked highly in the world for career progress and first started accepting Bitcoin payments in December 2016.

Georg Garlichs, CFO of ESMT explains that Bitcoin is a decentralized virtual peer-to-peer currency and can now be used for all payments to ESMT. The institution also accepts Ethereum, Litecoin and Dash and many other cryptocurrencies as a form of payment. “Similar to an SMS, the digital currency enables worldwide money transfers within a few minutes without involving a bank. ESMT is an innovative and future-oriented business school,” says Garlichs.

Niels Göttsch is the owner of Leuchtstoff Kaffeebar in Berlin which introduced Bitcoin payments in 2012 and has been fascinated by cryptocurrencies for a very long time. Why? Göttsch explains the idea of having a currency that doesn’t need an authority and therefore cannot be controlled by any state or company as one reason.

“There’s no political decisions in there. The algorithm is transparent to everybody,” says Göttsch.

Göttsch explains the second reason is that nobody can control Bitcoin payments. “First it is pseudo-anonymous, it’s hard to track user data. Second is you don’t need a bank that charges random fees. It  is international and can be transferred to local money in every country you are in.”

Leuchtstoff Kaffeebar also accepts Ether as a form of payment. Do many customers use the Bitcoin and Ether payment services? Göttsch says: “It was more in 2012. Now with the high fees it’s not that common anymore.”

Networking is key in the crypto scene and Berlin’s tech scene has a strong, vibrant community. Developers, anarchists, libertarians, cypherpunks and would-be entrepreneurs have all been rubbing shoulders at bars in Berlin where you can pay with Bitcoin and where everyone is open to talking about crypto.

 

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32 Cryptocurrencies with market cap of over $1 Billion

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Market cap is one of the most important indicators to know the worth of any cryptcurrency,Boom of 2017 in crypto market lead many crypto currencies to reach different milestones. One of the most important targets for any crypto currency is to reach the target of $1 billion, and that’s what happened with 32 cryptocurrencies.

According to coinmarketcap, there are 32 different cryptocurrencies with market cap of over $1 billion

Bitcoin and Ethereum leading the market cap

Bitcoin is still the most valuable crypto currency in the world with market cap of over $190 billion, followed by ethereum ($110 billion) , so both these crypto currencies hold more than $300 billion in market cap out of total $580 billion, so Bitcoin and Ethereum are leading the number game in crypto market.

Here’s the list of 32 crypto currencies with market cap of over $1 billion

  1. Bitcoin ($190 billion)
  2. Ethereum ($110 billion)
  3. Ripple ($50 billion)
  4. Bitcoin Cash ($27 billion)
  5. Cardano ($14 billion)
  6. NEO ($10 billion)
  7. Stellar ($9.8 billion)
  8. Litecoin ($9.7 billion)
  9. EOS ($8.1 billion)
  10. NEM ($7.9 billion)
  11. IOTA ($6.7 billion)
  12. Dash ($6 billion)
  13. Monero ($4.8 billion)
  14. Tron ($3.9 billion)
  15. Icon ($3.6 billion)
  16. Ethereum Classic ($3 billion)
  17. Qtum ($3 billion)
  18. BitcoinGold ($3 billion)
  19. Vechain ($2.8 billion)
  20. Lisk  ($2.6 billion)
  21. RaiBlocks ($2.5 billion)
  22. Populous  ($2.5 billion)
  23. Tether ($2.2 billion)
  24. OmiseGo ($1.7 billion)
  25. Stratus  ($1.4 billion)
  26. Zcash ($1.3 billion)
  27. Steem  ($1.3 billion)
  28. Bytecoin ($1.2 billion)
  29. Siacoin   ($1.2 billion)
  30. Binance Coin ($1.2 billion)
  31. Bitshares  ($1.1 billion)
  32. Verge  ($1.1 billion)
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