Bitcoin price BOOST: Expert reveals why bitcoin’s CRASH is GOOD for cryptocurrencies
BITCOIN’S price crash could be a good thing for cryptocurrencies as more and more investors
jump on the bitcoin bandwagon, an expert has revealed.
By ABIGAIL MORRIS
20:13, Fri, Jan 19, 2018 | UPDATED: 20:18, Fri, Jan 19, 2018
Bitcoin is not going away but it is facing major competition from other cryptocurrencies like
Ripple and Monero, Spencer Bogart from Blockchain Capital said.
Speaking to CNBC, he said: “I think now in 2018 we have a lot of people that recognise that
bitcoin is not going away.
“But we have to go back and if we rewind to 2014 when bitcoin came off its highs of $1000 and
started declining back to 300, we had the bust of the Silk Road and Mt. Gox.
“People felt like this was the end of bitcoin. That was the sentiment even for a lot of hardcore believers.”
“I would say today when I talk to a lot of people out in the marketplace, everyone recognises that bitcoin
is not going away.
“So there’s a legion of people out there, an increasingly growing segment of people, that see this as
a great buying opportunity and I definitely think that’s the case with bitcoin.”
Bogart said that though Ripple in competition for bitcoin, it is other coins like Zcash and Monero that
are the real risk to bitcoin.
He said: “I think the Zcash’s and the Monero’s of the world have a real place in this.
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“We’re getting a little bit deep in the tech here but privacy is the other side of the coin to fungibility
so when I use my $20 bill at the local grocery store, they don’t differentiate one $20 bill from another
$20 bill right?
“That’s an important feature of Monero and Zcash and these privacy coins is that they’re all treated
“Potentially with bitcoin, each of them has their own unique set of history and its own unique set of
owners that could be an asset or it could be a liability longer-term.”
Bitcoin rose 4.35 percent to £11,205.75 at 20:15pm in London and Ripple gained 3.88 percent to
$1.53 at 20:15pm in London, according to coindesk.com and coinmarketcap.com.
Monero gained 4.72 percent to $348.62 at 20:17pm in London, accord to coinmarketcap.com.
More than $200billion was wiped off the crypto markets’ market capitalisation because of fears of a trading ban in South Korea.
Bitcoin bottomed out at $9,402.29 (£6,774.26) at 3.39pm on Wednesday, its lowest price since November, according to CoinMarketCap data.
Ripple’s price dipped below $1 to $0.91 (£0.66) on Wednesday. And things weren’t much better for Ethereum, which saw its price plummet from $1,431 to $780 (£559) last Wednesday.