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How Can I Get Free Cryptocurrency From an Airdrop?

In the cryptocurrency space,

already prone to extreme levels of interest by digital money enthusiasts, some of the most-hyped events are airdrops. An airdrop is an event in which a cryptocurrency developer issues free coins or tokens to a user base, sometimes as a result of a hard fork and sometimes as part of a promotion or other change in network design. The key for most investors is becoming aware of the airdrop phenomenon before it takes place. If you find out too late, you've missed out on your chance for free tokens or coins. Fortunately, a report by decentralpost.com provides cryptocurrency investors with tools to gain more advanced notice about these special promotions and giveaways.

Airdrops That Take Place Alongside Hard Forks

One of the most common scenarios in which an airdrop is likely to take place is a hard fork of a major cryptocurrency. More than 20 bitcoin hard forks have taken place in the past year, for instance, and some of these resulted in investors who previously held bitcoin receiving new tokens for simply maintaining their investments. EtherZero, LitecoinCash, and MoneroV were projects that caused a similar level of investor sensation in recent months. In each of these cases, though, time showed that the forked coin was far less important than the original, and the new altcoin eventually lost interest and value.

Staying Apprised

How should an investor go about monitoring upcoming airdrops to make sure that he or she has access to the latest altcoin information? One of the first and most important tools is Twitter. This social media platform has become a hotbed for cryptocurrency investors, and it's common for a digital currency developer to provide information about an upcoming airdrop via a tweet. Investors may even regularly search for the phrase "airdrop" on Twitter, although this can provide a deluge of information that is difficult to sift through. For this reason, dedicated Twitter accounts like Crypto Airdrops and AirdropAlert can be useful.

Besides Twitter accounts dedicated to upcoming airdrops, information about these events can be found at a number of different websites. Of course, there is no guarantee that any information found on Twitter or on one of the sites above will be genuine, or that a newly issued digital currency will not be fraudulent, so investor caution is paramount.

Investing in cryptocurrencies and Initial Coin Offerings ("ICOs") is highly risky and speculative, and this article is not a recommendation by Investopedia or the writer to invest in cryptocurrencies or ICOs. Since each individual's situation is unique, a qualified professional should always be consulted before making any financial decisions. Investopedia makes no representations or warranties as to the accuracy or timeliness of the information contained herein. As of the date this article was written, the author owns bitcoin and ripple.

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TRON’s $1.7M Airdrop To Ethereum Community Is A Potential Killer

TRON’s $1.7M Airdrop To Ethereum Community Is A Potential Killer

The launch of TRON testnet signals

that TRX will soon leave the ERC20 network and move to its personally developed mainnet, which will provide dependable futures for users and developers. Not long after TRON revealed the launch, it stated that the mainnet will be fully deployed in May and that anything that has to do with TRON will move out of ERC20 network, a platform owned and managed by Ethereum.

Now, the TRON team has aired that it earmarked 30 Million TRX (equivalent to approx. USD$1.7M) airdrop to Ethereum community as an appreciation towards Ethereum for their “support during TRON’s ERC20 phase in addition to preparing for the Super Representative Elections after mainnet launch”.  While TRON is making all these moves, the cryptocurrency is as well revealing it will soon be a competitor to Ethereum, and will soon outsmart the platform by becoming a DApp platform. The revelations did not go down well with Ethereum, resulting in the CEO, Vitalik Buterin saying the project has no soul. There is a sense in accepting that one has competitors, there is also a sense in accepting that one’s competitors are not reliable. Maybe Vitalik has chosen to accept the later and move on.

It is a fact that TRON is now Ethereum’s competitor, and the platform is doing everything to become more acclaimed than Ethereum is. This is visible in Justin Sun, founder of TRON’s statements and body languages. “From today to the last day, we are no longer the ERC20 token and in the future, we will compete with Ethereum as a DApp platform,” Sun had said during the launch of testnet.

“We will compete face to face with Ethereum, and we have confidence we will build a large ecosystem; a much large ecosystem than the Ethereum. I will explain to you why we can surpass Ethereum in the future.” After declaring to be Ethereum’s competitor, the platform unveiled a whopping sum airdrop purposely for Ethereum community. This is a potential killer for Ethereum, it is in many ways!

The Airdrop Is Nearly For Every Ethereum Users.

The airdrop is majorly for those who have a balance of over 1 ETH after January 1, 2018. It appears like TRON wants to give nearly all Ethereum users the opportunity. Doing this will give Ethereum investors an avenue to experience the newest generation decentralized network and participate in community governance because according to TRON, there are many issues on Ethereum platform that TRON has solved on its main Network.

The airdrop as well gives the Ethereum community an opportunity to experience a high transaction per second development platform and use TRX to vote in TRON’s democratic community. This is saying something that the Ethereum community might not understand. Even though the TRON’s team did not state that Ethereum’s platform is not decentralised, they believe theirs is more decentralized, hence, the reason for Ethereum community to have a taste of a new generation democratic platform. This is purely an enticement for Ethereum community, and it may kill Ethereum, or make it HODlers believe in TRON.

Remember TRON is Moving Everything It Has Out Of Ethereum’s Platform?

TRON team will not only migrate to mainnet, it will as well have its DApps which are right now on Ethereum moved to TRON network. At present, TRON has 100 million users on its DApps, and all the DApps will be migrated to the new platform once it is launched.  There is no way Ethereum won’t feel this, but it will feel the $1.7 Million airdrop the most.

TRON Donates 1 Billion USD To Community

Funny how TRON donated $1.7 Million to Ethereum community, and now the platform is donating $1 billion to its community. The fund is purposely for developers and supporters to make TRON grow. Meaning, in few months after the launch, DApps will flood Mainnet and possibly outnumber that of Ethereum. The way TRON is moving, it actually wants to kill Ethereum, or possibly make it hibernate from the crypto space and if possible render its DApp platform useless.


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  • Yusuff Olayode Supoto is a technology enthusiast, book editor, and business developer. He has contributed to Huffington Post, Thrive Global, TheTick Times, The Independent Republic, Oracle Times, among other reliable platforms. Yusuff just fell in love with blockchain, and he’s doing awesome in the space. He roars on many occasions, especially when things go wrong in his country, when Manchester United loses, and when CR7 scores. Yusuff is praying to meet to meet who's who in the blockchain industry, may be in an international conference.

Cryptocurrency Market Approaching $400 Billion as Bitcoin Tests $9,000

Cryptocurrency Market Approaching $400 Billion as Bitcoin Tests $9,000

 

 cryptocurrency market extended its bullish rally on Sunday,

as bitcoin and the major altcoins continued to test multi-month highs. Buy orders accounted for the overwhelming majority of transactions, giving rise to expectations of a more sustained upswing in prices.

Cryptocurrency Rally Continues

The combined value of all cryptocurrencies peaked at $397.2 billion on Sunday, the highest since Mar. 8. At press time, the market was valued just below $394 billion. Transaction volumes ebbed on Sunday, with daily turnover amounting to $20.8 billion. Volumes were up around $25 billion on Saturday. In terms of individual currencies, bitcoin crossed the $9,000 mark for the second time in as many days. The digital currency was last seen trading at $8,932, having gained 4.8%. However, its share of the total market decline to around 38%.

All major altcoins contributed positively to the rally, with Ethereum gaining nearly 5% to $632. The value of Ripple XRP rose 2.6% to $0.886. Bitcoin cash also extended its bullish rally, climbing nearly 7% to $1,226. Since bottoming at $249 billion on Apr. 6, the cryptocurrency market has added nearly $150 billion in value. Since the market crash of early February, coins have crossed the $500 billion mark on only one occasion, and that was roughly two weeks later. The total market has been capped below $400 billion since early March.

Bulls in Firm Control

The dramatic recovery in cryptocurrency prices can be summed up in one vital statistic: nine out of every ten trades have been buy orders. That figure was as high as 92.9% on Thursday, according to TurtleBTC. Cryptocurrency trading is largely governed by investor sentiment, especially among speculators entering the market for a quick profit. This environment, when combined with thin volumes, often generates sporadic trading conditions that are characterized by extreme volatility.

Sentiment has been overwhelmingly positive over the last two weeks as investors looked to capitalize on extreme oversold conditions. Traders have seemingly shrugged off negative news headlines concerning India’s crackdown on cryptocurrency trading as well as the state of New York’s inquiry into exchanges. There’s strong reason to believe that South Korean traders are playing a major role in the price recovery. According to the most recent volume rankings, three South Korean exchanges are among the top-five in total trading volumes.  They are: OKEx ($1.8 billion in daily volume), Upbit ($965 million) and Bithumb ($751 million).

With the recent spike in volume, cryptocurrencies are once again trading at a large premium in South Korea. This is generally the norm during bull cycles due to high demand and supply constraints. These premiums drew negative attention to exchanges last year as government officials began equating cryptocurrency trading with gambling. Disclaimer: The author owns bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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Sam Bourgi is Chief Editor to Hacked.com, where he specializes in cryptocurrency, economics and the broader financial markets. Sam has nearly eight years of progressive experience as an analyst, writer and financial market commentator where he has contributed to the world's foremost newscasts.

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Genesis London Conference: Study Shows Ethereum is More Decentralized Than Bitcoin

Genesis London Conference:
Study Shows Ethereum is More Decentralized Than Bitcoin


At the Genesis London blockchain conference
held in February by Binary District, Cornell professor, cryptocurrency expert, and computer scientist Emin Gün Sirer said in an interview that a study done by prestigious university Cornell has shown the Ethereum blockchain network is currently more decentralized than bitcoin. Ever since the debut of Ethereum in 2015, false information about the technology and the foundation of the Ethereum blockchain network have circulated around cryptocurrency communities, leading some investors, users, and developers to believe the Ethereum network is inferior to other major blockchains in terms of security and decentralization, given its flexibility and ability to handle large-scale decentralized applications.

A study done by Cornell professor Sirer and researchers at the institution has shown that less Ethereum nodes are linked to institutions or organizations than bitcoin, which means that more nodes on the Ethereum network are operated by individuals rather than companies. “The data shows that the [Ethereum] nodes are both in the latency space, and also geographically more distributed round the world. Ethereum nodes tend to come from all sorts of places, smaller networks, and homegrown entities, as opposed to Bitcoin nodes, which tend to be located in data centres. Our study found that the majority of Bitcoin nodes, 56%, are in data centres,” said Sirer.

Ethereum is structurally and fundamentally different to bitcoin because its network is optimized to handle decentralized applications (dapps). The Ethereum network should be able to process thousands of transactions per second in the long-term to support dapps in the size of Facebook or Twitter, as Coinbase co-founder Fred Ehrsam previously noted. In an interview with South Korea’s biggest mainstream media outlet JoongAng, Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin emphasized that full scalability of Ethereum could take 3 to 5 years, depending on the implementation process of innovative scaling solutions like Plasma and Sharding.

Sharding significantly optimizes the process of mining through the proof-of-work (PoW) consensus algorithm by eliminating competition amongst miners. Instead of miners spending computing power to win individual blocks, miners can cooperate to solve mathematical problems so that computing power is not lost. Plasma is a highly anticipated solution that is currently being developed by the open-source community of Ethereum developers that can allow various blockchains within the Ethereum network to handle different tasks, to reduce the burden on the main Ethereum blockchain.

At the conference, Sirer also noted that hardware-based technologies such as Intel SGX can help public blockchains like bitcoin and Ethereum to settle thousands of transactions per second. SGX is existent on all Intel devices such as laptops, and with it, users can send zero-confirmation transactions in a peer-to-peer manner, without straining the main blockchain. “SGX is a very exciting technology, and there are other trusted computing technologies, not SGX, but by other vendors, that provide similar guarantees. What that gives you is the ability to know what protocol somebody else is following. That is a fundamental leap.”

In the long-term Sirer said that a rapidly increasing number of institutions, conglomerates, retailers, and companies in general will shift towards the blockchain, moving away from centralized databases. But, because problems surrounding blockchains are very technical, Sirer echoed the viewpoint of Buterin in saying that it could take many years of development and significant resources to properly commercialize blockchain technology.

“Blockchains actually constitute an enormous opportunity to rethink the way we build backend systems. Instead of building things in the old fashioned way, with centralised databases that talk to each other, that need to be reconciled, that need to be kept in sync, we can actually now build much more efficient distributed databases that share information naturally, in a seamless manner,” Sirer added.

Third Co-Founder Of Centra Tech Charged With $25 Mln Securities Fraud

Third Co-Founder Of Centra Tech Charged With $25 Mln Securities Fraud

The third co-founder of crypto financial services

startup Centra Tech Raymond Trapani has been arrested yesterday, April 20, and charged with securities and wire fraud of more than $25 mln associated with the company’s Initial Coin Offering (ICO), according to the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) press release April 20. The two other co-founders, Sohrab Sharma and Robert Farkas, were arrested and charged of the same offenses earlier in April. Sharma, Farkas, and the now also arrested Raymond Trapani advertised the “Centra Card,” a debit card that was reportedly backed by Visa and Mastercard, which allowed users to convert crypto into fiat currencies.

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reports that no partnership actually existed between Centra and the two credit card companies. According to the DOJ’s press release, after the founder of an unrelated allegedly fraudulent ICO was arrested last fall, Sharma asked Trapani and Farkas to remove all false information, “fufu,” about Centra’s deal with Visa from their website: “I rather cut any fufu . . . Now . . . Then worry . . . Anything that doesn’t exist current . . . We need to remove.”

New York Times writer Nathaniel Popper tweeted an excerpt of the SEC’s complaint against Trapani, referring to the problems the Centra Tech founders ran into by using random people’s photographs as their “team members” online. One solution to the issue of needing to remove the photos when people complained was to invent a fake car accident to kill the fake CEO and his fake wife:

In the DOJ’s press release, Deputy U.S. Attorney Robert Khuzami said,

“As alleged, Raymond Trapani conspired with his co-defendants to lure investors with false claims about their product and about relationships they had with credible financial institutions.  While investing in virtual currencies is legal, lying to deceive investors is not.”

Centra Tech had been promoted by celebrities like boxer Floyd Mayweather and DJ Khaled. Last fall, the SEC had warned the public that celebrity endorsements of ICOs could be illegal if they don’t reveal the compensation they receive for their advertising.

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Molly Jane is a Russian Literature major from California with a background in writing. She joins Cointelegraph after working as a freelance journalist and blogger.

WikiLeaks Shop Reports Suspension Of Coinbase Account Due To Terms Of Service Violation

WikiLeaks Shop Reports Suspension Of Coinbase Account Due To Terms Of Service Violation

 

 

WikiLeaks Shop, the merchandise arm of international

anonymous publishing non profit WikiLeaks, reported on Twitter Friday, April 20, that their account with crypto wallet and exchange Coinbase has been blocked. WikiLeaks Shop’s tweet contains a screen grab from an alleged email from Coinbase that states the organization violated their Terms of Service and therefore “can no longer [receive] access to [their] service.” Coinbase has not responded to a requests for comments on the specifics of WikiLeaks Shop’s violation by press time.

All proceeds of the shop go to WikiLeaks operations, and customers can pay in Bitcoin, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, Dash, Dogecoin, Ethereum, Neo, Namecoin, Vertcoin, Monero and ZCash through Coinpayments.net. The official WikiLeaks Twitter posted a call for a “global blockade” of Coinbase in response to the block: Bitcoin (BTC) advocate Andreas M. Antonopoulos tweeted that Coinbase has “repeated history,” as Bitcoin has played an important role for WikiLeaks from the time when the non profit was legally unable to use traditional banking systems:

Last fall, WikiLeaks leader Julian Assange publicly thanked the US government on Twitter for forcing the organization to rely on Bitcoin due to the banking embargo, giving WikiLeaks a 50,000 percent return. Assange also urged WikiLeaks donors to use cryptocurrencies for their donations as a way to avoid this financial blockade. The WikiLeaks website accepts Bitcoin, Litecoin, Monero, and ZCash for donations.

Antonopoulos added in a comment to his tweet that this embargo by Coinbase is unlike the first in that it is “purely symbolic,” as there are other crypto wallets out there, but that the “symbolism is a pretty poignant reminder of what centralization and banking regulations mean.”

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Molly Jane is a Russian Literature major from California with a background in writing. She joins Cointelegraph after working as a freelance journalist and blogger.

What was 1st bitcoin faucet?

What was 1st bitcoin faucet?

The Faucet and Airdrop relationship

The First Faucet

When Bitcoin came to be, many of you are aware of the first sale that being a Delivery Pizza paid for with 10000 Bitcoins. That would have been nice if you were that pizza delivery professional, huh? But the advent of the “faucet” was not far behind and is just recently getting its well-deserved recognition in the history of the Bitcoin revolution.

Like why and what is a faucet? The term faucet is used because Bitcoin faucets even by today’s standards deliver meager amounts for menial effort. The use of giving away small amounts of Bitcoin does serve several purposes. It brings traffic to the domain site that is giving away this valuable commodity. Back in 2011 when Bitcoin was trading (selling) for around .08 cents as of July 2011 (note: It did increase in value that year by 900% and closed in December at $2.00 per coin) and it also raises the awareness of the coin. Two very important functions of these strategies. Raise awareness and drive traffic.

Even today, in fact, more so, the faucets are not only becoming main stream but also becoming a major factor in introducing new emerging coins.

Who is Gavin Andresen


Gavin Andresen is a software developer best known for his involvement with bitcoin. He is also known for inventing the first coin faucet and the name as well.

Originally a developer of 3D graphics and virtual reality software, he became involved in developing products for the bitcoin market in 2010, and was declared by Satoshi Nakamoto as the lead developer of the reference implementation for bitcoin client software after Satoshi Nakamoto had announced his departure. In 2012 he founded the Bitcoin Foundation to support and nurture the development of the bitcoin currency, and by 2014 left his software development role to concentrate on his work with the Foundation.

Faucet Culture


When Gavin first introduced his landmark free Bitcoin faucet in 2011, little did he know he would spur a huge cottage industry. From the scams of the Russian faucets, to established long-term faucets like freebitco.in, coin distribution and awareness have been driven in part by this new industry, simply by giving away small amounts of valuable coins for just visiting, and a series of qualification submissions then verified (to prevent robots) simple captcha action.

Today's multi-faceted faucet systems have matured to the point where intense evaluations have delivered well organized semi-automated platforms with documented recorded and live training making it possible for the entry level penniless novice, with great determination, discipline, and patience the potential of producing literally millions of dollars in a matter of a few years. Case in point:

If you had been so perceptive and fortunate to have been aware of Gavin Andresen’s Bitcoin faucet that was paying out 5 coin per captcha (remember back then 5 Bitcoin represented .40 cents) If you had been determined and processed that faucet just 2 times a day for 1 year (assuming the faucet limitations permitted like today’s faucets do) you could have earned 3,650 coins. At the time worth only about $292. But with foresight and understanding, holding on to those coins for just 2 years would have yielded (Bitcoin grew to over $1000) about $3,650,000.

Fast forwarding to today and making historical assumptions with the projected value of Bitcoin come 2020, many projectionists, experts and market makers predict Bitcoin reaching as high as $1 million dollars.

Our recent analysis has shown with aggressive determination and borderline obsession one can achieve about .5 – 1 coin per month with today’s faucets. That would be 24 coins by 2020 and based on these assumptions; a person could literally earn over 24 million dollars.

This understanding makes it clear why faucets have become mainstream and have grown major successes in the cottage industry like the 2-year-old company known as Faucethub.

Faucethub

A centralized advanced faucet system(s) with a secure API based wallet (to eliminate fees) for micropayments has created a portfolio of literally 100s of third-party faucets and has made the developer of the Faucethub system very successful with an active network of 1.2 plus million Faucet Heads (the culture of obsessed people doing menial task for meagre results).

His system has been responsible for making others wealthy and extreme supporters of the crypto counterculture.

Airdrops and Faucets similarities


2017 was the year a new coin giveaway occurred called Airdrops. Similar in results, many new crypto companies traditionally launched by selling their soon to be coins called tokens at perceived deep discounts, thereby raising literally millions upon millions of dollars before even beginning the development phase, I am sure you have heard the bad press of many of these ICOs just being nothing more than exit scams, making many investors victims and losing millions of dollars in this new wild west crypto culture. That being said, the expected results are many countries particularly the United States coming down hard on the ICO launches, with huge costly legal requirements, filings and regulations.

This is to be expected with any new industry but has hit the crypto industry particularly hard. Therefore the mother of invention always a close associate of the entrepreneur, has given birth to the Airdrop. The concept being similar to the faucet, the Airdrop is designed for several reasons. First is to bring awareness the new company, organization, platform, what have you. Many Airdrops have launched major success, like OmiseGO. Dropping 75 million coins with a site registration and ether wallet requirement, the airdrop has been extremely successful with the coin now trading at around $15 per coin in less than a year

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Fake News: World’s Largest Crypto Exchange Binance Isn’t Adding Dollar Pairs

Fake News: World’s Largest Crypto Exchange Binance Isn’t Adding Dollar Pairs

Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange,

has stayed ahead of the curve in recent months with plans to work with banks and potentially introduce fiat trading pairs, something that is sure to make a big impact on the market if implemented. At the moment, investors typically have to buy high cap coins like Bitcoin or Ethereum on exchanges like Coinbase and then withdraw funds to other exchanges in order to buy altcoins, all of which costs time and money in the fast-paced world of crypto trading. The fiat trading pair option would open up the market to many new investors put off by the inaccessibility of the current system.

Binance has shown itself to be a forward-thinking company with plans for long-term growth, evidenced by their recent announcement of their plans to move to Malta to escape regulatory pressure in Japan and develop their platform. They are joined by Bitfinex which is relocating from Asia to Switzerland to enjoy more crypto-friendly regulation. However, while Binance is working with banks and exploring fiat trading options, they corrected claims earlier today that they will be allowing users to buy digital assets with

US dollars.

The reports are “fake news,” a spokeswoman said by email.

Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao confirmed the report an hour ago on Twitter. This is contradictory to multiple articles and reports from various media outlets and Twitter accounts that flooded the crypto news space on Friday, which may well have caused an upward trend in a number of altcoins.

While plans for fiat pairs may be in the pipeline, there are no plans at the moment to include USD. The market has seen a significant rally over the last 24 hours, continuing an upward trend that emerged over the last two weeks, with Ripple and Bitcoin Cash both seeing an increase of over 15 percent.Binance has held the top spot on Coinmarketcap’s overall list of exchanges for some time, with over $2 billion in trading volume over the last 24 hours.

Conor is a cryptocurrency journalist and an ICO writing consultant at The Written Craft content service. He's an advocate of decentralized public control of finance, an off-grid enthusiast, and really fun at parties too.
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Cryptocurrency Market Surges to $365 Billion, Start of a Bull Rally?

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IMF’s Lagarde Counters Crypto Warnings With New Praise Of ‘Potential Benefits’

IMF’s Lagarde Counters Crypto Warnings With New Praise Of ‘Potential Benefits’

 

 

The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde

was buoyant about cryptocurrency in a blog post in support of the technology, published Monday, April 16. The post, which comes roughly one month after Lagarde cautioned against the “dark side” of cryptocurrency, sees the IMF leader focus on what she describes as the “potential benefits” of “crypto-assets such as Bitcoin.” “A judicious look at crypto-assets should lead us to neither crypto-condemnation nor crypto-euphoria,” she writes. While continuing her narrative about the need to reign in illicit activity involving crypto, which she had voiced during January’s World Economic Forum 2018 and since, Lagarde nonetheless reiterates the need for an “even-handed approach”

going forward:

“Understanding the risks that crypto-assets may pose to financial stability is vital if we are to distinguish between real threats and needless fears. That is why we need an even-handed regulatory agenda, one that protects against risks without discouraging innovation.”

She continued, “A clear-eyed approach can help us harness the gains and avoid the pitfalls of the new crypto-assets landscape.” Lagarde’s call for a balanced outlook on cryptocurrency comes at a time of increasing regulatory involvement in the industry, while traditional financiers continue to call Bitcoin a ‘bubble’ and pundits spy the start of a market surge.

Author – William Suberg
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William Suberg got into Bitcoin while completing his Masters degree and hasn't looked back since, writing about anything crypto-related which makes him sit up and pay attention. He started working with Cointelegraph in October 2013.