Trump Trade Wars or Whales? What’s Behind the BTC Price Surge? $12,000+

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Bitcoin (BTC) has passed $12,000 ($12,278.10, €10,964.34 or £10,067.74) for the first time since mid-July today as the cryptocurrency starts to fork upwards. CoinMarketCap puts the value of BTC as now accounting for almost 70 percent of the global cryptocurrency market.

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Tom Maxon, Head of U.S. Operations, CoolBitX, an international blockchain security company specializing in digital asset compliance hardware and software:

“While markets are in turmoil around the globe, the recent bitcoin surge above $11K has a lot more to do with the 10 percent tariffs on $300 billion worth of Chinese goods announced by President Trump. This economic uncertainty has sent the Yuan into a tailspin, and China has responded with another escalation of the trade war. The Yuan has since rebounded to the key 7 per dollar level, but uncertainty is still high. For a lot of currency holders, bitcoin is seen as a safe haven. 

“However, there is a much bigger issue at play in the digital asset marketplace. Billions of dollars in the daily volume are handled by whales and managed portfolios through over-the-counter (OTC) desks, and actually, the relatively smaller volume is held in exchanges that are accessible by retail investors. OTC desks are largely unregulated and therefore, it is impossible to know exactly where the inflows and outflows are coming from. These whales and shrewd, large-volume traders (including exchanges themselves) will most likely leverage bitcoin’s current upward momentum toward a new high from its previous peak in order to short it to the detriment of less powerful retail traders.”

Jehan Chu, a managing partner at blockchain investment and advisory firm Kenetic Capital, told Bloomberg from Hong Kong:

“With the turmoil in markets and the streets, suddenly digital gold doesn’t seem like such a bad idea. Bitcoin is increasingly seen not only as a bet on the future but as a shelter for the present.”

Bitcoin’s increases this month come after Trump questioned Facebook Inc.’s plan to create its own cryptocurrency Libra and BTC dropped due to a selloff. The digital currency has more than tripled this year, recovering much of its plunge during 2018.

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Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015), a partner at ICO services collective Token.Agency ($750m+ and 90+ ICOs and STOs), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of some two dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1500 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat. Irish Tech News put him in the top 10 Token Architects in Europe.

Kastelein has an Ad Honorem - Honorary Ph.D. and is Chair Professor of Blockchain at China's first Blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead Institute of Software and Technology. In 2018 he was invited to and attended University of Oxford's Saïd Business School for Business Automation 4.0 programme.  Over a half a decade experience judging and rewarding some 1000+ innovation projects as an EU expert for the European Commission's SME Instrument programme as a startup assessor and as a startup judge for the UK government's Innovate UK division.

Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London (5x), Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, Prague, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara (2x), Shanghai, Singapore (3x), Tel Aviv, Utrecht, Venice, Visakhapatnam, Zwolle and Zurich.

He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He's written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and Virgin.com, and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French. A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein's professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he's travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world. In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he's raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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