Wall Street Embraces Virtual Trading Currency

BTCWires– The cryptocurrency can be used, like sending normal cash digitally, to buy anything from websites to digital content (Microsoft allows it as a payment method), jewellery to even pizza.

When a bitcoin is sent, the transaction is recorded, along with others made over a certain period of time, in a “block”. The block can be recorded by miners in a sort of public ledger known as a “blockchain”.

A hash required serious and energy-intensive computational power, and thousands of miners compete simultaneously to do it.

For the successful miners’ troubles, they receive 12.5 bitcoins – potentially worth tens of thousands of dollars.

As a virtual money-maker, it is no wonder that Wall Street has eventually warmed to the idea of the cryptocurrency.

The new products are subject to CFTC oversight. Bitcoin Trading and other digital currency trading is so much unregulated and that’s the only reason. Trading in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is largely unregulated, and that’s the point.   

Regulators’ Struggle

The CFTC declared in 2015 that it would treat bitcoin as a commodity. His company is trying to work with all of them, he said, while offering his own definition: “It’s a new asset class.”

Are ETFs Next?

That could enlist the SEC. ETF which is proposed by Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, co creators  of Gemini exchange, has been rejected by the agency by saying that surveillance sharing agreement which are necessary were too  difficult as it is given that significant markets for Bitcoin are unregulated. Cboe is basing its futures on prices from Gemini.
Pedestrians pass in front of the New York Stock Exchange.
Some of the biggest names on Wall Street are warming up to Bitcoin, a virtual currency that for nearly a decade has been consigned to the unregulated fringes of the financial world. A spokesman said that the company had no comment.

Wallstreet and Bitcoin

Bitcoin is giving traditional forms of cash a run for its money. The cryptocurrency is starting to hit the mainstream, with Wall Street gradually warming towards the nine-year-old source of digital cash.

Bitcoin, created in 2009 by an unknown person under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, is one of the largest cryptocurrencies with around 15 million bitcoins in circulation. There is a limit to how many bitcoins will be in circulation with Nakamoto setting a 21 million bitcoin threshold. The bitcoins can be divided into smaller parts with the smallest amount – one hundred millionth of a bitcoin – known as a Satoshi (first name of the founder).

Since its creation, the value of Bitcoin has skyrocketed. According to This Is Money, if you would have bought just £1.38 worth of bitcoin in May 2010 you would now be a millionaire. As of May 9, one bitcoin is now worth £6.850.51 ($9302.01).

Block Geeks argues that it was “small wonder” that Bitcoin emerged after the financial crisis in 2008, and the Occupy Wall Street movement. It was a time when banks were being accused of “misusing borrowers’ money, duping clients, rigging the system, and charging boggling fees”.

Bitcoin cuts out the ‘middle man’ through its decentralised system: no single institution controls the network, no physical cash to be printed and controlled, and there’s no interest fees.

What is idea behind this?

It started as an “academic idea among technology enthusiasts”, according to Digital Trends, but grew and grew until it became the latest craze where people could make a quick buck. It’s a store of value, a transactional medium, and an idea that some claim could change the future of economics entirely,” they write.