Facebook, Binance, Chinese Yuan Combine to Boost Bitcoin above $9000

By CCN Markets: The price of bitcoin (BTC) on Sunday surged above $9,300 to establish a fresh year-to-date high. The bitcoin-to-dollar exchange rate touched $9,388 at 0600 UTC — its highest since May 30 — on San Francisco-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase. The move brought the pair’s net rebound gains close to 200-percent, including a 154-percent since 2019 open alone. It further prompted bitcoin’s market capitalization to jump above $165 billion. At its highest, the cryptocurrency’s net valuation was more than $327 billion. Bitcoin Price Has Surged 7% in Last 24 Hours…

Jack Dorsey Expects Crypto, Blockchain to Be a ‘Secular Trend’ in Finance

By CCN Markets: Jack Dorsey is all in on bitcoin. The tech entrepreneur, who is at the helm of both Twitter and Square, recognizes that cryptocurrency and the blockchain will become a “secular trend” in financial services going forward, according to an interview he did with Quartz in London. He doubled-down on his belief that there will be a “global currency for the internet,” and bitcoin remains the “strongest candidate” for the job. Dorsey likens the internet to the “equivalent of a nation state,’ saying that “it will have a…

Bitcoin Surges as Analyst Warns That Binance Triggered ‘Altcoin Winter’

By CCN Markets: The bitcoin price climbed as high as $8,450 on Friday morning, lifting the flagship cryptocurrency to its highest mark since June 3. The trigger for that rally? Binance. The fallout? A punishing “altcoin winter” that could slaughter altcoin valuations while bitcoin continues to trend higher. Binance US Launch Could Trigger Brutal Altcoin Winter The bitcoin price cleared $8,450 on Bitstamp. | Source: TradingView That’s the shocking analysis of crypto economist Alex Krüger, who warns that Binance’s decision to launch a regional US exchange and boot US traders…

Amazon & Alibaba Trade Blows in War for China’s E-commerce Throne

Trade war or not, Amazon intends to challenge Alibaba’s dominance in China’s e-commerce industry. The Jeff Bezos-led company is on a hiring spree in China. Not to be outdone, Alibaba plans to raise up to $20 billion through a listing in Hong Kong. By CCN Markets: The war for China’s e-commerce marketplace is heating up, and it may result in a clash between two titans of industry: US powerhouse Amazon and homegrown champion Alibaba. Both Alibaba (NYSE: BABA) and Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) have had new developments emerge this week which…

Dow Cowers as Trump Blames Iran for Gulf Tanker Attacks: ‘It Was Them’

By CCN Markets: The Dow inched toward a cautious session on Friday following President Donald Trump’s blunt assertion that Iran owns the blame for attacks on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Dow Edges Lower; Nasdaq Suffers Steep Drop All of Wall Street’s major indices prepared to suffer opening bell declines. As of 9:07 am ET, Dow Jones Industrial Average futures had dropped 43 points or 0.16% to 26,078; that set the DJIA up for a 50.77 point decline. Dow Jones futures ticked down, albeit slightly, in the minutes…

Facebook Recruits Bank Lobbyist for Regulatory Assist with Crypto GlobalCoin

By CCN Markets: Facebook has just hired a senior UK bank lobbyist ahead of GlobalCoin launch to help the company cope with European regulations. According to the Financial Times, Facebook will employ Standard Chartered European Head of Corporate and Public Affairs Ed Bowles from September as its London-based director of public policy. Bowles leaves Standard Chartered after 12 years to join Facebook, the company that is expected to release the whitepaper of its upcoming centralized cryptocurrency, GlobalCoin, in four days. Regulatory Compliance in the Spotlight As Facebook had been facing…

Bitcoin Can Be a Hedge During Persistent Liquidity Crises: Grayscale

By CCN Markets: Global financial crises are on the rise, thrusting bitcoin into the spotlight. Legendary investor Warren Buffett called bitcoin “rat poison squared,” but it turned out to be nectar, nevertheless. The world’s largest cryptocurrency’s valuation jumped approximately 47 percent between May 5 and May 31 to close the month nearly $8,500. The same period witnessed the U.S. market’s benchmark indicator, the S&P 500, drop by approximately 6 percent. The bitcoin price was on a tear in May. | Source: TradingView Analysts called the bitcoin price surge a net…

This Bitcoin Chart Destroys the Argument That BTC Can’t Be Money

By CCN Markets: Every skeptic says the same thing: the bitcoin price is too volatile to be a real currency.  And they’ve got a point. Bitcoin’s huge swings make it risky as an investment and difficult as a day-to-day payment method. But it’s slowly changing. As more money flows into bitcoin, it’s becoming less volatile. And that means it’s becoming better money. Extreme daily bitcoin price movements are much rarer than in the past. | Source: Fernando Nieto As you can see, the graph shows extreme daily price movements are…

Google Trends Bitcoin Searches, a Key Price Indicator, Turn Mega Bullish

By CCN Markets: On June 7, Coin Street News (@CoinStreetNews) shared a chart on Twitter that could have serious implications on bitcoin’s price action. The account specializes in technical analysis of cryptocurrencies and other assets. They posted a Google Trends chart and revealed that “there are more people searching ‘bitcoin’ now than during the 2013 bubble.” The tweet also noted that the year-over-year data for the search term “bitcoin” has gone up for the first time in the past year. Coin Street News noted the significant rise in the search…

Italy’s Terrifying Currency Scheme is Insanely Bullish for Bitcoin

By CCN Markets: The Italian government is mulling the decision to issue a “parallel currency” in a move that could plunge the eurozone into crisis – and provide the best case yet for mass bitcoin adoption. In the same week, the Italian deputy prime minister proposed a tax grab on cash and valuables stored in safety deposit boxes. These crisis policies expose deep cracks in the fiat monetary system. The move prompted money historian Rebecca L. Spang to call for a new foundation of money. “The time has come for…