There is nothing quite like a Happy new year and $1000 Bitcoin, to cap off what has been an amazing past year for Bitcoin investors. In a matter of 30 days, Bitcoin has had a phenomenal run rising +29%, from $800 on December 17 to $1032 on January 2, 2017. The market capitalization of Bitcoin surpassed the $16 billion mark, taking a stunning pole position for the decisive best performing commodity and currency awards in 2016. Bloomberg, Reuters, CNBC covered the digital asset’s impressive rise over the past month, ebbing away the skepticism of new investors. Buyers coming in this week, from this renewed wave of interest, will possibly only ever marginally heard about this niche market.
Bitcoin was in the mainstream media headlines again this week, as an official cash ban in India led to speculative spike in Bitcoin demand. On most occasions, it is the Chinese, fleeing capital controls via Bitcoin as a safe, censorship resistant asset. This time, it was their neighbours, after Prime Minister Modi abolished the 500 and 1000 Indian rupee note.
Demand on Indian exchanges and p2p marketplaces shot up, as the digital currency traded at $1000 in India versus a $750 global average. 8000 miles away, in the United States, Coinbase was fighting off an unprecedented legal request by the IRS to access its customers’ history. Meanwhile, 2015’s divisive bitcoin block size debate resurfaced as Segregated Witness, a soft fork proposal gained 26% adoption by mining nodes.
Bitcoin Gears up to break the all time high
Bitcoin is back on a bull trend, and the market sentiment is calling for a go at the $1000+ all time high! Upward pressure on price is absorbing speculation on China’s Yuan devaluation and economic uncertainty on what a Trump win portends. Bitcoin core fundamentals are revving up for an upgrade to SegWit code 0.13.1 and the price of Bitcoin is heading up to $900 in the coming weeks, just in time for Christmas!
As of writing this, price is at $715.92, having retraced from $750. This week, price consolidated at the $700 for a couple of days, dipping as far as $685. A deep V-shaped bottom resumed the trend up, a reflection of the intent that has buoyed price 24% higher month on month.
The smart contract age is here.
It is no longer a dream that code will form and execute contracts. It doesn’t matter whether those contracts are human-to-human, human-to-machine or machine-to-machine.
And it is the blockchain that is making that possible.
As 2015 was coming to a close, members of the blockchain community were throwing about a new term. And the term was DAO. This is the acronym of Decentralized Anonymous Organizations.
The last time a Bitcoin Block reward halving happened was on November 28, 2012 (from 50 to 25 bitcoins per block). And that was also the first ever in the life of the cryptocurrency.
By then, many people didn’t know bitcoin, over $1 billion hadn’t been invested in Bitcoin startups and the av...