As we see the astonishing rate of bitcoin adoption accelerate throughout the globe, one of the key things to watch are region specific updates.
Japan is already well on their way to full integration but several small countries have already outlawed it outright. In my opinion, the key region to watch right now is India.
It’s been one year since Prime Minister Modi took the drastic step to basically outlaw cash and the citizens are still struggling to adjust. So far they’re mainly relying on credit cards but some are still using old bank notes on the black market.
So this headline is particularly interesting at the moment.
Of course, the government doesn’t necessarily have to respond to the court’s wishes with any real action but it’s comforting to know that they’re pushing it forward.
The price of bitcoin climbed to a new all time high of $7,965 following this announcement before pulling back slightly this morning.
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All stocks are green this morning. Wall Street gave an appropriate salute to Washington DC and the stocks went higher.
Republicans were easily able to get their new tax bill through the House of Representatives and now face a tough battle when the bill reaches the Senate. House Republicans have now proved that they’re willing to sell their souls for a win. This bill, on the face of it will have the effect of depriving 4 million of the poorest Americans of their healthcare in order to drastically reduce taxes on the wealthy.
This is the definition of robbing from the poor to feed the rich.
Of course, many souls on Wall Street are already involved in a long-term lease with the Devil. We can see here that the S&P500 was able to erase five days of losses in about five hours.
Ripple + American Express
Ripple caused waves yesterday as two major financial firms announced that they will now start using their service. American Express and Santandar Bank will use the Ripple blockchain to open a blockchain payments wormhole between the US and the UK.
The price of Ripple’s XRP tokens spiked on the announcement. However, the excitement wore off pretty quickly when it became clear that the new payments channel will likely not use XRP in the initial stages.
Here we can see the initial spike from a stable rate of 20.5 cents per token to as high as 27.1 cents per token in just under an hour.
Still, the fact that these two very large financial institutions are partnering with this particular startup is astonishing and should be seen as a positive step both for the Ripple network and the entire crypto community.
Astonishing growth continued…
Over the past 24 hours, including a slight pullback, the value of all crypto-assets has risen by an additional $5 Billion. Over the past month, the total market cap figure has gone from $173 Billion to $225 Billion this morning for a total industry growth of 30%.
The weekends have proven to be particularly volatile in the crypto-markets so I’d like to wish you an astounding weekend ahead.