Bitcoin to be Like a Flu, Barclays Says

Analyst Joseph Abate found a lot of common between "digital gold" and infection
10 April 2018   527

Barclays Plc analyst has found enough similarities between bitcoin and infectious diseases in order to build a valuation model for the asset, originating from the world of epidemiology. This is reported by Bloomberg.

The analyst broke the pool of potential bitcoins-investors into 3 groups: susceptible, infected and unreceptive. He argues that when the price rises, the infection spreads.

As more of the population become asset holders, the share of the population available to become new buyers -- the potential ‘host’ population -- falls, while the share of the population that are potential sellers (‘recoveries’) increases. Eventually, this leads to a plateauing of prices, and progressively, as random shocks to the larger supply population push up the ratio of sellers to buyers, prices begin to fall. That induces speculative selling pressure as price declines are projected forward exponentially.
 

Joseph Abate

Analyst, Bloomberg

A similar dynamics is observed in the spread of infectious diseases, when the epidemic reaches the so-called threshold of immunity - "the point at which a sufficient portion of the population becomes immune such that there are no more secondary infections" the analyst writes.

The main variable that determines when the BTC price is replaced by a fall is the share of the population who is aware of bitcoin and who wants to invest (susceptible population), Barclays says. Studies show that in developed economies, everyone knows about bitcoin, and the share of the susceptible population is small, the analyst writes.

Analyst team believes that the speculative froth phase of cryptocurrency investment -- and perhaps peak prices -- may have passed.

HashFlare Users to Face Withdrawal Issues

Looks like Bitcoin cloud mining is not super profitable
18 July 2018   92

Users of HashFlare mining pool can't withdraw their funds, while their contracts are threatened with a temporary ban. Even lower restrictions on withdrawal of funds in the amount of 0.03 BTC caused problems for users, but the service raised the threshold to 0.05 BTC and 0.1 ETH . This is reported by Cryptovest.

In addition, financial pyramids are often promoted under the guise of mining contracts for cloud mining. For last few months, there was a big jump in mining difficulty of many cryptocurrencies, so, old contacts had become unprofitable.

As reported, the reason for the locked funds dates back further - at the beginning of June, so much hashing power was flowing into the Bitcoin network that contracts saw all the mined coins go toward their maintenance fee.

Currently, more and more users who have purchased contracts at earlier stages are facing the fact that they can not withdraw their funds. One of them managed to return the money spent through the bank card operator after filing a corresponding complaint.

To anybody that purchased a Hashflare cloud mining contract with a credit card, it might be possible to get a refund with that credit card as one of my followers tipped me. He bought his contracts at the end of 2017.
 

bccponzi at Twitter

The hash rate of bitcoin increased from 13 EHash / s at the beginning of the year to more than 40 EHash / s in recent months. The difficulty of mining in the present conditions depends on the circumstances of the specific miner. The cost of bitcoin mining for some of them is $ 4,400, while others spend about $ 5,800. However, in 2018, cloudy mining is called an even more dubious occupation than before, especially when it comes to mining bitcoin.