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[NEWS BLOG]: Iranian Conflict a Successful Beta Test for Bitcoin as Wartime Safe Haven

Bitcoin’s primary use-case is continuously evolving. At first, many thought the cryptocurrency would be the next generation payment method. Scaling issues and extreme volatility deterred many merchants from accepting BTC.

At that point, critics thought that the virtual currency would die. But, the number one crypto proved to be resilient as its value proposition changed into a store of value and as the only non-correlated asset in the world. In the last week, bitcoin’s use-case is making another transformation.

An analyst tracked bitcoin’s performance as the turmoil in Iran escalated. It appears that one of the surprising consequences of geopolitical risk - read more.


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India Plans to Issue a National Blockchain Framework

The Indian government is preparing a national framework to support the wider deployment of blockchain use cases.

Minister of state for electronics and IT (MeitY) Sanjay Dhotre said Wednesday that the government is drafting an approach paper on the National Level Blockchain Framework which discusses the potential for distributed ledger technology and the need for a shared infrastructure for different use cases. 

Dhotre made the announcement in a letter addressing questions about blockchain from members of the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Indian parliament.

In particular, MP Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma asked whether the government had encouraged and conducted research - read more.

Cryptocurrencies Show Signs of Maturing But Remain Too Risky

Bitcoin (BTC) presented historically low volatility this year, argues the Dec. 2019 SFOX report released on Jan. 8. Coupled with a lower correlation with altcoins, there are emerging signs that the market could start to behave in a more predictable way. However, the cryptocurrency asset class remains disproportionately risky compared to the stock market.

In its final monthly report for 2019, the analytics firm SFOX analyzed the yearly performance of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

Compared to traditional assets such as gold and stocks, Bitcoin held a remarkably low correlation index for the past six months. Its average 30-day correlation amounted to -0.037 - read more.

Crypto Tidbits: Bitcoin Explodes Past $11k, Ethereum 2.0 Nears, Cardano’s Shelley Launches

Bitcoin’s recent price action comes as a breath of fresh air for crypto traders, which had to deal with BTC flatlining in the $9,000s for around two and a half months. The leading crypto asset is attempting to pass the local highs of $11,500 as this article is being written.

Despite the strength of the breakout, Bitcoin’s macro volatility indicators remain at historically low levels. This may suggest, according to Bitazu Capital’s Mohit Sorout, that BTC has room to rally to the upside as ongoing volatility seems to be favoring bulls.

This latest rally in the crypto market has brought - read more.

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