Chinese Policy Hinders Bitcoin Success
The financial world would be different lately without updates on Bitcoin, the digital currency that has demonstrated volatile changes in value since its beginning roughly five years ago. Now, however, it's just like the demise of Bitcoin's impressive performance may soon be approaching. The Silkroad takedown in October may haven't been powerful enough to pause the currency for the long-run. However, China's latest policies regarding Bitcoin surely aren't good for the once-regulation-free currency.
This week, BTC China - the most important Bitcoin exchange alive - announced that it might not accept deposits made with Bitcoin. This was revealed only a couple of short weeks following the government's ban involving large businesses that might trade large enterprises from trading in Bitcoins. Even a couple of European countries are choosing to return down on Bitcoin, only on a way smaller scale.
Though some people could also be disappointed to ascertain the last of Bitcoin's more luminous days, it's clear that for several financial professionals, Bitcoin's risks outweighed its benefits. Of course, the currency is 100% uninsured, but it's an asset that has proven to be incredibly easy to steal. As an example, this month, roughly $100m. in was stolen from customers of Sheep Marketplace, an online marketplace for illegal drugs. But, people making unsafe purchases aren't the sole people that have suffered. About the top of October, the Chinese trading platform for the digital currency Bitcoin, GBL, vanished completely out of nowhere, taking up $4 million of its customer's investments with it.
What makes the currency so great for thieves is that "ownership" of a Bitcoin is defined by nothing quite an individual's access to a "private cryptographic key to unlock a selected address". If another person comes into possession of your code, do whatever they please together with your money. It's not even really that tough to urge someone's key since many vendors store their buyers' private keys on the web. Although digital currency is often publicly traced online, laundering Bitcoin is often easy because of anonymous financial mentioned as "tumblers".
The question is, could Bitcoins stay viable if investigators discover how to trace them more successfully traceable? It wouldn't hurt, but with a main player within the Bitcoin market missing (China) and a growing number of governments introducing restrictions on the currency, the likelihood is quickly decreasing for it to experience growth. Even more importantly, analysts have long predicted that the currency is during a growing bubble that would burst at any moment.
CBW - External Analyst