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80% of total bitcoins have already been “Mined”

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Bitcoin is precious, and there is a limited supply of world’s biggest crypto currency. Cryptocurrency wallet and tracking website Blockchain.info shows on Saturday that total amount of Bitcoins in circulation crossed 16.8 million mark, that equals 80% of total bitcoins that could be mined (21 million).

According to the whitepaper issued by Satoshi Nakamoto, total bitcoin supply is limited at 21 million and 16.8 million have already been mined means 80% of Bitcoins are mined.

With less than 4.2 million tokens left to be mined, cryptocurrency is only 20 percent away from reaching its hardwired 21 million token limit.

There are currently just over 16.8 million tokens in circulation with market price of around $14000, and market cap of $240 billion.

Mining is getting tougher

Each bitcoin is mined from what is known as a block , a data set on the blockchain  which releases a handful of tokens each time it is successful broken down.

But the computer algorithms behind the blocks are getting harder to crack. It is a feature of the system that encouraged early adoption and now fights off inflation.

The current block reward is 12.5 bitcoin, but approximately avery 210,000 blocks the reward is cut in half. This will happen sometime in 2020.

The original mining reward stood at 50 tokens before it was halved to 25 and then 12.5. The next reward will only account for 6.25 tokens per block, thus making mining unprofitable.

Price is expected to rise

The increasing difficulty is clear because all bitcoin were already mined by 2017, but between 2016 and 2017 only 7 per cent were released. Then from 2017 to 2018 only another 3 percent were mined, and next year this number is expected to be even lower.

Some experts have suggested that once the number of available tokens decreases, bitcoin’s price tag could go through the roof.

Jamie Redman, contributor to Bitcoin.com, said: “In most cases when an asset is limited and resources are harder to come by, the supply causes demand for the market.

“The supply of bitcoin shows a significant gap between how many there are and those who want to obtain some”

Price is expected to go higher by the time as mining rewards are shrinking and demand is getting higher.

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Australian Taxation Office warned against crypto retirement funds

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Regulatory authorities around the world have tighten the grip on crypto projects. Taxation authorities like Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Australian Taxation Office (ATO) are the latest to join the list with strong initiatives.

Australian Taxation Office recently sent warning letters to the investors who have invested a large part of their retirement savings in crypto related funds. ATO sent these letters in order to warn investors against high risk investments like crypto. One of the key responsibilities of regulatory authorities and taxation authorities is to keep investors away from high risk investment schemes.

A spokesman from ATO told local media that “We have already seen instances in 2018 where investors lost significant amount of their retirement fund in crypto investments, so it’s our duty to make them aware about the kind of risk crypto market posses”. The spokesman further explained that they are also against the huge exposure in any single asset class. “We are not saying that we are all and all against the crypto market or crypto assets, but we are more concerned about the kind of exposure these crypto retirement funds have in single crypto asset like Bitcoin”

“If an investor is putting more than 90% of his retirement savings in crypto then obviously it is at high risk and that’s what we discourage, we have no issues in diversified portfolios but if crypto retirement funds are having 100% exposure in crypto assets then we have to warn investors about the potential losses.

Self-Managed-Super Funds (SMSFs)

SMSFs are type of retirement accounts privately managed by individuals rather than the institutions or regulated financial companies. Australian Securities and Investments Commission also supports ATO’s decision, in a recent statement ASIC said

“Be wary of services offering to establish an SMSF for you in order to gain exposure to cryptocurrencies. Not only does operating an SMSF involve significant time, skills and responsibility, you may also be putting your retirement savings at risk”

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“Coinbase seeing $200-400 million in new crypto deposits every week”: Armstrong 

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CEO of Coinbase, Brian Armstrong says that “Adoption of crypto by Institutions is no more an uncertainty. The question was valid about 12 months ago, but now everything has changed as we’re seeing $200-400 million a week in new crypto deposits from institutional clients”

In a recent tweet, Armstrong further says that trust and safety means a lot to crypto investors and Coinbase is on a mission to provide safe infrastructure to institutional clients in order to increase adoption.

Coinbase has completed acquisition of Xapo which helped them in institutional business. In a recent blogpost, Coinbase further mentioned that in just one year of launch, Coinbase custody has reached a staggering number of $7 billion of assets under custody, stored on behalf of 120 clients from 14 different countries.

The highlight of today’s tweet from Brian Armstrong was the numbers from Institutional investors. Safety have always been a big issue for investors and that’s why there were lot of discussions regarding adoption of crypto at Institutional level, but with $200 – 400 million coming into Coinbase every week, we can easily say that crypto adoption at institutional level is no more a question, it’s a reality.

The way forward 

We already discussed about the importance of safety of funds in crypto market, but in order to increase adoption, crypto market must create new traders. Traders love leverage, borrowing and lending which allows them to trade the market even with limited resources. Retail forex market is a prime example of such facilities. Coinbase did mentioned in the blogpost that they are excited to explore new ways to monetize and leverage crypto assets like borrowing and lending.

Bitcoin ETF

Decision about the Bitcoin ETF by securities and exchange commission is pending in October. Exchange traded fund approval from SEC can open new doors for crypto adoption at an institutional level.

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