The price of Bitcoin and most of its colleagues from the alternative corner are still moving sideways. The market still smells more like bear than bull. This could change in November. According to Bakkt’s plans, it will then be possible to trade physically deposited Bitcoin futures.
Bitcoin evolution Futures? There already is!
As is well known, Bitcoin evolution futures are already an old hat – at least in crypto time. After all, CBOE made it possible to trade futures for the first time on 10 December last year – and thus tricked CME at the time. The Bitcoin evolution price, which was already on an upward trend, reacted to the CBOE announcement with an electrifying jump from around 11,500 US dollars (4.12.2017) to around 16,800 US dollars (5.12.2017). A few days later, when CME’s competitors threw their futures contracts onto the market, the exchange rate broke through the US$ 20,000 mark.
The Bakkt announcement on August 3, however, did not send such a signal. And this despite the fact that there is a decisive difference between Bakkt’s Bitcoin futures and the futures offered by CBOE or CME: Bakkt’s futures contracts should be “physically” backed.
Bitcoin evolution change owners
Bitcoin evolution Futures, also known as futures contracts, are generally agreements to buy or sell an object of trade at a certain (future) time and at a previously agreed price. It is not a Bitcoin evolution scam. You have the choice between two positions: the long position and the short position. In the case of the first position, the investor commits to buying the asset (the traded item) when the contract expires. Accordingly, the short position represents an obligation to sell the asset at the specified time.
Bitcoin futures are now futures contracts in which the underlying asset is the Bitcoin. However, this does not automatically mean that Bitcoin will change hands after a contract expires. Thus, the futures available so far are exclusively forward contracts with cash settlement, which bet on the price of the Bitcoin.
The situation is different with the Bitcoin futures from Bakkt: These are futures contracts, the fulfilment of which changes the asset (here: Bitcoin) or the ownership right to the owner. This means that the short position undertakes to sell the previously determined quantity of Bitcoin to the counterparty at the previously agreed price after the expiry of the contract and to transmit it “physically” (if Bitcoin can be considered as such). Should the Bitcoin price at this time be higher than the agreed price, the short position has made a loss. The deal for the long position was accordingly good.
The whole thing is to take place in a highly regulated environment. Bakkt thus wants to lower the inhibition threshold for institutional investors to enter the crypto market. In addition, the decision not to engage in margin trading is intended to ensure additional market integrity. Bakkt CEO Kelly Loeffler described the advantages of Bitcoin futures in a medium post on 20 August:
“In particular, the purchase and sale of Bitcoin is fully hedged or pre-financed with our solution. As a result, our new daily Bitcoin contract is not traded on margin, no leverage is used, and there is no possibility to claim a paper right to a tangible asset. This supports market integrity and distinguishes our efforts from existing futures and crypto exchanges, which enable margins, leverage and cash settlement. Combined with a secure, regulated warehouse solution, you can see how this market infrastructure can help more institutions and consumers participate in the asset class”.
The introduction of futures could awaken the price from its premature hibernation, but so far the price has been unimpressed. It is quite possible that the lessons of the past year will still resonate in the ears of investors.
In the series “The 10 biggest myths about crypto currencies” we would like to take a closer look at the 10 most common claims concerning crypto currencies and their chances and risks. We will knöpfen ourselves daily a new myth and check this for correctness.
The storage of Bitcoin evolution is cumbersome and risky
A common concern about the Bitcoin evolution and other digital currencies is that they are not physical money in the traditional sense – people don’t feel they have money in their hands and can spend it. Instead, cash that you keep in your own wallet gives you the security of owning money and being able to spend it freely.
The way in which money is stored therefore plays a central role for its owner, especially with regard to availability and security. This is exactly where the criticism of many potential investors starts, who lack exactly these elements of Bitcoin evolution crypto currencies. Instead, the storage possibilities of crypto currencies are unclear, make unnecessary efforts and are also not particularly secure.
Now one cannot contradict these arguments, which are presented primarily from the point of view of non-kryptoaffiner humans or beginners, completely. For someone who is dealing with the subject for the first time, the various storage options in virtual purses (so-called wallets) can quickly become so confusing. One can lose track of where one stores one’s money now.
The most similar to a classic wallet is a hardware wallet on which the digital money is stored separately and securely
In any case, it is advisable to transfer your acquired crypto currencies to a wallet afterwards and not to leave them at the stock exchange. This is the only way to get your private key, which is necessary to get access to the crypto currencies. A Private Key is generated for each new address. This must be kept very secure and secret, otherwise unauthorized persons can gain access to the coins in the wallet.
When choosing the wallet or wallets, it should be noted that there are different ways of securely storing crypto currencies. While an online wallet is available free of charge and – assuming Internet access – from anywhere, there is the situation that the keys are managed by external companies and the user cannot check their security himself. Desktop and mobile wallets solve this problem, but are bound to the respective devices in terms of both space and security. Moreover, mobile wallets do not function as a fully-fledged client, as it would exceed the volume of a mobile phone to load the entire block chain.
The major disadvantage of this solution compared to the other, spatially bound wallets is the high acquisition costs of hardware wallets. As a rule, however, storage on an offline device (cold storage) is considered more secure than storage on a device that is permanently or temporarily connected to the Internet (hot storage).
Basically, storing and switching between different means is no more cumbersome than handling cash. In order to transfer money from your bank account to your wallet, it is necessary to go to an ATM. Anyone can transfer money from the hardware wallet to their smartphone personally and from anywhere.
This myth – like so much else – can therefore be said about: Once you have a good look at the system, the everyday challenge you face is less of a challenge.
PayPal, a subsidiary of online auction house eBay, held a Bitcoin launch event on July 31 under the name PayPal TechXploration.
The city hall in San Jose, California, was filled with hundreds of people, some of whom could only get standing room. On the registration page, 700 people had already expressed their interest in the event.
PayPal and Bitcoin
Part of the event, hosted by PayPal and eBay staff and Bitcoin enthusiasts, aimed to explain to people the concept and technology behind Bitcoin.
The keynote speaker at the event was Scott Robinson, Director of the Bitcoin Incubator Program at the Plug and Play Technology Center and host of the Silicon Valley Bitcoin Meetup. During his presentation, Robinson pointed out that most people have probably never heard of Bitcoin before, as they have considered the US dollar to be the most effective currency to date.
He told the audience: “We have never really questioned the US dollar. We’ve never worried about the dollar.”
The Bitcoin technology
Explaining the Bitcoin technology to newcomers is not so easy, especially in such a large audience. Robinson began to describe Bitcoin listening as follows: “Bitcoin is both a protocol and a currency.” In part of the speech, Robinson explained how Bitcoin solves the Byzantine General problem. A problem other predecessors of the digital currency have already failed to solve.
“The practical consequence of solving the problem is that any Internet user can send their property to another user.
During his presentation, the audience asked which of them owns Bitcoin – a third of the people raised their hands.
Scott Robinson of Plug and Play asking how many people own bitcoin at the PayPal event.
Robinson’s presentation had two objectives: to talk about Bitcoin’s potential and to inform about the rise and importance of Bitcoin start-ups.
“Bitcoin is a five-year-old technology that can be compared to the Internet.
Robinson compares Bitcoin with the beginnings of the Internet. Source: CoinDesk
He also announced that Plug and Play was offering Bitcoin startups $25,000 in support, office space and mentoring for interested business people. After the presentation, two major Bitcoin startups were discussed that have helped Bitcoin be used by the masses.
One of them was 37Coin, an SMS Bitcoin Wallet service that allows people without a bank account to access financial resources via Bitcoin and mobile phones.
Joanthan Zobro, co-founder of the company said:
“We’re solving the fundamental first step in bringing Bitcoin to the market.”
To demonstrate the service, the company gave each listener $2 worth of Bitcoin by requiring each user to send an SMS to a specific number. Then a Bitcoin Wallet was automatically created and the corresponding amount was transferred by SMS.
Xapo’s Managing Director, Fernando Gouveia, also briefly introduced his company. The company has already received $40 million in venture capital and is one of the most successful companies on the Bitcoin scene.
PayPal was founded in 1998 and has been successful because people can send money via their email address. PayPal is a large company operating under the umbrella of eBay. Bitcoin and other digital currencies have become a serious competitor to the business model.
Scott Robinson talking bitcoin at the PayPal HQ.
In June, eBay CEO John Donahoe said that Bitcoin is more than just on the company’s radar screen and is looking for a way to integrate digital currencies. However, Donahoe and his team may be working on their own in-house solution that can compete with Bitcoin and other digital currencies. Earlier this year we reported that PayPal had filed a patent to develop digital tokens – this could be a sign that the company wants to create a competition for Bitcoin.
It may be a coincidence, but on the same day of the PayPal event, Stripe announced that it had invested in a project called Stellar. Also involved in the project is Mt.Gox inventor and Ripple Labs co-founder Jed McCaleb.