BITCOIN, Ethereum, and Shiba Inu all ended this week up as crypto mining has completely recovered after a Chinese ban earlier this year.
Bitcoin was up 4 percent to over $50,000 per coin as of Sunday afternoon, while Ethereum was up 3.4 percent to more than $4,000, and Shiba Inu was up 5.5 percent to .00003620.
The hikes come as Bitcoin has completely recovered from a Chinese crypto crackdown earlier this year that took more than half of the world’s miners offline, according to experts.
Experts measure the health of Bitcoin mining by the hashrate, which refers to the computing power of all miners in the Bitcoin network.
After Beijing moved to get rid of the country’s crypto miners in May, 50 percent of the currency’s hashrate dropped off the global network, according to CNBC.
However, as of Friday, the hashrate is back up about 113 percent.
Meanwhile in the US, during a House Committee on Financial Services hearing focused on cryptocurrencies, Democratic representative Brad Sherman of California said that “the number one threat to cryptocurrency is crypto.”
He continued by saying that “Bitcoin could be displaced by Ether, which could be displaced by Doge, which could be displaced by Hamster Coin,” before adding, “And then there’s Cobra Coin. What could Mongoose Coin do to [Cobra Coin]?”
Since then, several Mongoose Coins have gone live, Decrypt reported.
Cryptocurrencies are highly volatile, meaning their values often make large swings with no notice.
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Risks of Robinhood, part two
For investing individual stocks, make sure you check company reports, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings, broker notes, and press releases so you can make the best decisions for your money.
Another risk when choosing Robinhood along with other brokers is that they can restrict trading when there’s unusual activity.
In fact, Robinhood faced some outrage earlier this year when it restricted trading on meme stocks including GameStop and AMC.
Risks of Robinhood
When it comes to risks, investing alone is one because you’re not guaranteed to generate a profit and the value of your assets could fall.
If you’re choosing Robinhood so you can trade stocks and cryptocurrencies – then the game gets even riskier.
Cryptocurrencies are not only difficult to understand but even tougher to predict when bearish trends in the market will take place.
For example, cryptocurrency was thriving this year up until Elon Musk said that Tesla was halting the acceptance of payments in Bitcoin.
RIP Mr Goxx: ‘He fell asleep peacefully’
“Mr. Goxx showed no signs of serious illness, besides having some kidney issues as a cause of a professional mite treatment in his early days,” the sad announcement continued.
“While having normal amounts of food until Sunday, he then suddenly refused eating and fell asleep peacefully on Monday morning.”
“For us humans behind Goxx Capital, the situation is hard to grasp and questions about a possible continuance of the project are not relevant to us at the moment (for now, we will leave everything as is),” the statement added.
“Thank you and rest in peace, Max (a.k.a Mr. Goxx). You will be missed, and your memory will live forever on the blockchain.”
R.I.P. Mr Goxx, the crypto-trading hamster
Sadly, Mr Goxx, the crypto-trading hamster, passed away on November 23.
The tragic news was shared on Mr Goxx’s official Twitter account.
“We feared this day like no other and are truly shocked for it to happen just now,” Mr Goxx’s Twitter account tweeted on Wednesday.
“In deep sorrow, we have to announce the loss of our beloved furry friend.”
The account continued: “Being with us as a pet for quite a while, he became famous out of nowhere. Mr. Goxx has brought joy to people all across the globe and reminded us not to take life too seriously.
“He shed light into dark moments of pandemic, inflation and many kinds of trouble.”
Speaking to the BBC, the two 30-something German men behind Mr Goxx the crypto-trading hamster explained that the idea started as a joke.
“We felt that everything keeps getting more expensive these days and building savings is super-hard to achieve with high rents to pay,” they said.
“It seems like most people from our generation see no other chance than throwing a lot of their savings on the crypto market, without having a clue what’s going on there.
“We were joking about whether my hamster would be able to make smarter investment decisions than we humans do.”
The amount to be traded is determined when Goxx runs through one of two “decision tunnels”.
Depending on which tunnel he runs through, the amount he will buy or sell the cryptocurrency changes in 20 euro increments.
All of the data is rigged to a computer that makes the transactions in real-time on Goxx’s behalf.
Crypto-trading hamster, continued
The four-legged financial fiend was not completing transactions himself, of course.
Instead, Goxx’s trading decisions were made inside a camera-rigged “office” attached to his regular cage.
Every day, when he entered the office, a stream was started on Twitch and a tweet was sent out to his followers notifying them that trading had begun.
The hamster then ran on an “intention wheel” that chose one of 30 different cryptocurrencies to trade.
A crypto-trading hamster outperformed market
A hamster in Germany previously traded in cryptocurrencies and consistently outperformed the S&P 500.
The furry animal, called Mr Goxx, was busy working since June, thanks to a specially adapted cage.
He determined which currencies to buy or sell by running on his wheel or walking through one of two tunnels.
Mr Goxx started trading on June 12 this year.
The site states that the page is just for fun and does not offer financial advice.
Why is Bitcoin bad for the environment?
The problem surrounds the amount of energy used to mine a single Bitcoin.
Computers are needed for complex mathematical calculations to put a new Bitcoin into circulation online.
This process is also known as mining.
A lot of energy is needed for Bitcoin mining and some experts are concerned that vast amounts of fossil fuels are being used to create this energy.
Major meme coins, part 2
Another dog meme that has picked up traction this year has been Saitama inu, whose logo appears to feature a wolf surrounding a human face.
“Tokens like Shiba Inu, Dogecoin and newest gainer Saitama are all a part of the evolution of digital finance in their own unique way,” Chris Kline, chief operating officer and co-founder of Bitcoin IRA, recently told The Sun.
Separately, Tiger King is a meme coin that has picked up strong momentum off the past month, which is based on the popular Netflix series.
The major meme coins
The surge of the meme coins this year all started with Dogecoin.
That was then followed by Shiba Inu, which both feature the same dog breed in their logos.
The image became a popular internet meme called doge, and it features the dog surrounded by text in the comic sans font with words like “much wow.”
Both Shiba and Dogecoin have been popular dog meme coins this year.
What are meme coins?
A meme coin typically gains off a social media or an internet-based joke.
It all started with GameStop and AMC earlier this year, when a Reddit mob trolled short-sellers by driving up the prices of those stocks.
The memes then spread over to cryptocurrencies – and there are now a few major ones today.
Gyen cryptocurrency price predictions, continued
Wallet Investor expects the price of GYEN to add another zero and fall to $0.00845 in a year’s time.
Meanwhile, Digitalcoin expects GYEN to gain to around $0.022 in 2021.
Furthermore, Goldman Sachs expert Andrew Lokenauth is even more bullish on GYEN.
“From my prior experience, I feel it will be included on other exchanges due to demand,” he told The Sun.
“Also, due to current hype and mentions of GYEN on Reddit and Twitter, this can easily reach 10 cents.”
Gyen price predictions
The price of GYEN has jumped thanks to becoming available to Coinbase pro members.
Where the price will wind up in the future is tough to predict – and it is yet to be included on other major exchanges like Robinhood.
Marie Tatibouet, chief marketing officer of crypto exchange Gate.io, told The Sun that stablecoins aren’t exactly supposed to surge in trading like this.
“It looks like the demand is so high that the peg has failed to hold,” she said.
“A good stablecoin shouldn’t surge or fail under scrutiny.”
What are red flags of scams?
Gizmodo shared that other red flags of the SQUID coin being illegitimate was that the website that the creators launched was filled with spelling and grammatical errors.
The crypto’s telegram channel also did not allow comments from outsiders, and its Twitter account did not allow users to reply to posts, which Gizmodo flagged as suspicious.
Who is behind Algorand?
The Algorand Foundation based in Singapore is behind the project.
Algorand claims that it speeds up transactions and improves efficiency when compared to bitcoin and other blockchains.
What is Algorand?
Algorand is a cryptocurrency of the Algorand blockchain, a public decentralized network on which smart contracts can be built.
It was created in 2019 by Silvio Micali, a professor a the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
The computer scientist has also won the Turing Award for his work in the area of cryptography.
Can Shiba Ibu hit $1?
Shiba Inu has soared in value recently, hitting several new all-time highs.
On November 12, 2021, cryptocurrency exchange CoinDCX listed Shiba Inu on its mobile trading app.
Up until then, it was only available on the platform in trade-only mode on CoinDCX Pro.
Shiba Inu being traded on CoinDCX follows the company announcing it is the first cryptocurrency firm in India to reach a valuation of over $1billion, giving it unicorn status.
On October 28, Shiba hit an all-time high of $0.00008845.
Will Shiba Inu’s price rise?
For Shiba in particular, there has been a fair share of volatility this year despite the surge in the past month.
For example, up until October 28, the token hit its last record high of $0.00003641 on May 11.
It’s difficult to predict how Shiba Inu’s price will change in the future, due to a wide number of factors affecting it.
This includes regulatory crackdowns around the world, comments by high-profile individuals such as Musk, and other developments.
Shiba Inu Coin, continued
Whether you’ve already invested or not, keep in mind that making money through cryptocurrencies or other investments is never guaranteed, even with a popular one like Shiba Inu.
Cryptocurrencies are especially volatile, so their values can crash with little to no notice.
What are Shiboshi NFTs?
Shiboshi NFTs are non-fungible tokens representing various “lovable creatures.”
The NFT holders will also be able to name the Shiboshis for an additional $100.
The Shiboshis will come with generic names like 00001.
The post states: “It’s important to name your Shiboshi because names are unique and can only exist once in the Shib Oshiverse.
“With the expansions, we are planning, this could potentially make your Shiboshi more valuable.”
Crypto opportunity for U.S.A
China’s crackdown on cryptocurrency transactions “is a big opportunity for the U.S.”, according to Pat Toomey, the top Republican on the Senate Banking Committee.
This comes as the US Securities and Exchange Commission lobbied for more regulations when it comes to cryptocurrency.
China’s crackdowns on crypto
While crypto creation and trading have been illegal in China since 2019, further crackdowns this year by Beijing warned banks to halt related transactions and closed much of the country’s vast network of bitcoin miners.
The previous statement by the central bank sent the strongest yet signal that China is closed to crypto.
China stopped its crypto exchanges
In 2017, China shut down its local cryptocurrency exchanges.
Despite the war on crypto, Chinese mines power nearly 80 percent of the global trade in cryptocurrencies.