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MicroStrategy quiere comprar 400 millones de dólares más en Bitcoin

MicroStrategy continúa mostrando interés en Bitcoin (BTC). La compañía anunció que está buscando 400 millones de dólares para aumentar sus participaciones en Bitcoin. Con el fin de reunir estos fondos, la empresa informó que tiene la intención de ofrecer notas senior convertibles en una oferta privada a compradores institucionales.

MicroStrategy quiere aumentar su exposición a Bitcoin

MicroStrategy anunció en un comunicado de prensa el 7 de diciembre que quieren aumentar sus participaciones en Bitcoin Up. Para ello, tienen la intención de ofrecer 400 millones de dólares de notas senior convertibles con vencimiento en 2025.

Se espera que la oferta privada tenga lugar para inversores institucionales en base a la Regla 144A de la Ley de Valores de 1993. Según el anuncio oficial, los bonos no estarán garantizados y devengarán intereses pagaderos semestralmente entre el 15 de junio y el 15 de diciembre de cada año.

Según el comunicado de prensa, MicroStrategy quiere invertir el producto de la venta de los billetes en Bitcoin. Esta no es la primera vez que la compañía muestra interés en Bitcoin. MicroStrategy fue una de las empresas que adquirió BTC en los últimos meses.

La nota de prensa dice lo siguiente:

„MicroStrategy tiene la intención de invertir los ingresos netos de la venta de los billetes en Bitcoin de acuerdo con su Política de Reserva del Tesoro hasta que se identifiquen las necesidades de capital de trabajo y otros propósitos corporativos generales“.

MicroStrategy ya ha adquirido 40.824 BTC. Esto representa casi el 0,20% de todo el BTC que se emitirá. Sin embargo, MicroStrategy quiere seguir añadiendo más BTC a sus reservas.

Esta empresa podría ser una de las primeras en invertir grandes sumas de dinero en el mercado de la criptodivisa. En el futuro, otras empresas podrían seguir la decisión de MicroStrategy y añadir activos digitales a su balance. Esto demuestra que los inversores institucionales están prestando mucha atención al mercado de la criptografía.

El G7 quiere regular las criptodivisas

Cabe mencionar que los funcionarios de finanzas del G7 están pensando en regular las monedas digitales. Los ministros de finanzas y los banqueros centrales del Grupo de los Siete consideran que es muy necesario regular el mercado criptográfico.

El Ministro de Finanzas de Alemania, Olaf Scholz, explicó que „deben hacer todo lo posible para asegurar que el monopolio de la moneda permanezca en manos del Estado“. Además, la declaración conjunta emitida por el grupo explica que hay un fuerte apoyo en todo el G7 para regular todo el mercado. Otro tema discutido fue relacionado con los stablecoins y el papel que están empezando a jugar en la economía.

Square lanza una iniciativa de 10 millones de dólares para promover la energía limpia para Bitcoin

La empresa de servicios financieros Square, con sede en Estados Unidos, ha puesto en marcha una Iniciativa de Inversión en Energía Limpia de Bitcoin con una financiación inicial de 10 millones de dólares.

Según un comunicado de prensa de hoy, Square declaró que pondría los fondos a disposición de las empresas que impulsan la adopción y la eficiencia de las energías renovables en el ecosistema de Bitcoin.

La iniciativa está en línea con la misión de Square de ser reconocida como una empresa de „carbono neto cero“ para el 2030.

Amrita Ahuja, Directora Financiera de Square, dijo:

Comprometerse a ser un contribuyente neto de carbono cero es coherente con nuestro propósito de empoderamiento económico, ya que seguiremos trabajando para nuestros clientes sin contribuir a los problemas climáticos a largo plazo.

En su búsqueda por promover la sostenibilidad del programa, Square añadió que reinvertiría cualquier beneficio obtenido del programa de inversión limpia de Bitcoin Energy en la iniciativa.

Además, el programa se extenderá a otras empresas que compartan las mismas ideologías que Square para recaudar más fondos con el fin de seguir apoyando a las empresas que utilizan tecnologías de energía verde para la extracción de bitcoin.

¿Bitcoin consume demasiada energía?

Bitcoin ha recibido un gran revés en el pasado por su uso intensivo de electricidad en la minería. Los analistas temen que el aumento de la minería de BTC tenga un efecto adverso en el medio ambiente.

Este desafío ha obligado a los funcionarios gubernamentales de ciertos sectores a imponer leyes estrictas a la minería de Bitcoin, y algunos reguladores exigen que las empresas utilicen sólo energía renovable.

A pesar de que más granjas mineras están comenzando a adoptar la energía renovable para las operaciones mineras, el cofundador y CEO de Square, Jack Dorsey, confía en que la actividad será alimentada completamente con „energía limpia“ en el futuro.

Añadió que si se utiliza energía limpia para alimentar la minería de Bitcoin, ayudará a eliminar su huella de carbono, a la vez que fomenta la adopción de energías renovables a nivel mundial.

Contrariamente a la noción generalizada de que las operaciones de minería criptográfica se llevan a cabo utilizando energía no renovable, lo que perjudica al medio ambiente, la investigación publicada por CoinShares revela que el 74% de la minería se realiza utilizando energías renovables.

According to a recent report by Kraken Intelligence, bitcoin’s price increase in 2020 would be due to holders.

The report analyzes the performance of the crypto markets over the course of 2020, up to and including November, and among other things highlights how this year has seen a very significant increase in BTC withdrawn from exchanges on the one hand, and the supply of stablecoins on the other.

This would suggest that:

„organic spot demand for BTC from „hodlers“ is driving BTC appreciation“.

It is also no coincidence that he uses the term „hodler“ instead of holder, because he is clearly not referring to those who buy BitQT to resell them tomorrow at a higher price, but to those who buy them to hold them indefinitely as a store of value.

The most striking case of the year in this regard is that of MicroStrategy, which not only bought BTC for a countervalue of several hundred million dollars, but also chose it as its primary reserve.

By the way, in November the whales accumulated about 56,000 BTC, probably causing the price increase, as they may not be fundamentally speculative purchases.

Kraken, why holders have been driving Bitcoin up.

The point is that BTC purchased by hodlers are effectively taken off the market forever, unless the holder needs to sell them.

That is, these are not bitcoins that momentarily leave the market when they are purchased at a bargain price, only to return after the price eventually rises, but they tend to stay out of the market even when the price rises.

Therefore, Kraken’s report states:

„The movement of coins out of exchanges also indicates that the immediately tradable supply of BTC continues to dry up if market participants move coins into cold wallets.“

He further adds that BTC is in the midst of a new bullish cycle, hit an all-time high in November, and remains very close to $20,000, although many are preparing for a correction.

Incidentally, in 2020 annualized price volatility nearly doubled, on a monthly basis, and in November it returned to April levels.

This recent increase coincided with an increase in trading volume ($86 billion in November), and an all-time high on the exchange of $19,850.

Despite this, the November price appreciation would appear to be congruent with the substantial increase in network activity, i.e., not the result of a simple speculative bubble.

The correlations of bitcoin with other assets have also changed.

The correlation with „risk-off“ assets such as the dollar, gold or US Treasury bonds had risen to around 0 at the beginning of November, but then fell to below -0.7 in the course of the month.

On the other hand, with respect to „risk-on“ assets, such as the Nasdaq, Stoxx 600, and S&P 500, at the beginning of the month it had fallen back to around 0 and then climbed back to around 0.7.

In short, in the last quarter of the month the picture for Bitcoin is changing, and it is even likely that these are not extemporaneous changes due only to speculation.

I Millennials promuoveranno l’adozione dei Bitcoin per gli anni a venire: Il CEO di BlockFi

Un panel di BlockShow condivide le intuizioni sul futuro dell’adozione della crittografia dal punto di vista di Millennials.

Millennials, una generazione assediata dai debiti degli studenti, dai bassi salari e dalla mancanza di risparmi, può riscrivere le proprie narrazioni finanziarie utilizzando Bitcoin (BTC) e la crittovaluta secondo una tavola rotonda al summit BlockShow di quest’anno a Singapore.

Questo è stato l’elemento chiave del panel „Millennial investment trends – new wave of personal finance“ con Aya Kantorovich di FalconX, Zac Prince di BlockFi e Michael Sonnenshein di Grayscale. Il panel ha approfondito l’impatto di Millennials sul futuro degli asset digitali.

Durante la discussione, Prince ha individuato tre importanti tendenze di adozione dei Bitcoin che sono indissolubilmente legate a Millennials e ai giovani investitori: Il trasferimento di ricchezza in corso da Baby Boomers ai giovani attraverso le eredità, la crescita di asset alternativi e il cambiamento della preferenza per tutto ciò che è digitale.

Gli asset alternativi in gestione hanno superato a giugno i 10.000 miliardi di dollari a livello globale, con un incremento di oltre il 55% rispetto al 2013, secondo il fornitore di dati Preqin. Sebbene gran parte di questo cambiamento si sia verificato a livello istituzionale, Millennials svolgerà un ruolo sempre più vitale in questo mercato.

Prince ha detto che si aspetta che crypto „cresca come una quota di quel secchio di alternative“.

„I Millennials investiti da Crypto sono un gruppo di valore folle […] Queste sono persone che erano in anticipo su questa tendenza“.
Secondo Prince, è solo questione di tempo prima che altre istituzioni finanziarie creino delle rampe per servire questi demografi.

„È davvero una questione di accessibilità“, ha aggiunto Aya Kantorovich, responsabile della copertura istituzionale di FalconX. Anche se meno rialzista rispetto alle attuali tendenze del Millennio, Kantorovich ha affermato che la sua azienda ha visto un grande afflusso di aggregatori al dettaglio e di fornitori di pagamenti che „hanno bisogno di una buona liquidità“, il che è un chiaro indicatore di una crescente adozione a livello di consumatori.

Anche Michael Sonnenshein, amministratore delegato di Grayscale, ha individuato un importante cambiamento nel modo in cui le persone, soprattutto le generazioni più giovani, vedono la diversificazione crittografica.

Anche se molti ritengono che la diversificazione in crittografia sia una decisione importante, la diversificazione all’interno della crittografia è sempre più importante, ha detto. Gli investitori stanno iniziando a guardare oltre il Bitcoin e ad altri asset con „staying power“, come Ethereum (ETH) e Litecoin (LTC).

Sonnenshein ha parlato della crescita di „Ethereum first, o in alcuni casi, solo investitori di Ethereum“, un’intuizione che ha condiviso anche con Bloomberg la scorsa settimana.

Steve Wozniak creates a blockchain company with his token, the WOZX

45 years after co-founding Apple with Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak launched Efforce (WOZX), a blockchain company that aims to reinvent energy efficiency. Efforce presents itself as an energy market allowing companies to undertake energy efficiency projects without barriers.

Strive, a future blockchain giant?

Famous Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is launching his 2nd company, Efforce , aimed at transforming and energizing the energy efficiency market. After forever changing the world of tech, Steve Wozniak is now taking on the energy industry, helped by blockchain .

Efforce promotes itself as a blockchain-based energy market that enables companies to take energy efficiency measures without barriers. The new company wants to be accessible to all – regardless of borders – so that any company and investor can „monetize the transferable energy savings“ .

As the press release points out , the financing of energy efficiency measures is proving to be particularly complex, both financially and in terms of regulations. This greatly limits the speed of growth of this market. To boost energy efficiency across the world, Crypto Engine is accompanied by a blockchain- based platform and its own token, the WOZX .

“Endeavor was created to be the first decentralized platform that enables everyone to participate and financially benefit from global energy efficiency projects, and create meaningful environmental change,” said Steve Wozniak.

The exchanges between the parties will be fully managed by smart-contracts on Ethereum . In addition, the WOZX is an ERC-20 token which acts as a utility token for Efforce. The WOZX serves as a certificate for initiating energy saving projects and for cooperation between consumers and savers.

Contributors who wish to take part in energy saving projects on the platform may be required to lock in 1 WOZX for every 1 USDT of contribution . Such a mechanism would eventually make it possible to raise the demand rate, for example to be required to block 1 WOZX for every 10 USDT of contribution.

Holding WOZX tokens gives voting rights for the general governance of the project, in addition to offering interests to its holders.

A start with great fanfare for WOZX

Although the first Efforce concepts were launched in September 2017, its launch has just happened. Since December 3, the WOZX token has been listed on the HBTC platform , and its success is already remarkable.

With a listing price set at $ 0.10 on the platform, WOZX is trading at the time of writing these lines around $ 1.48. The launch seems particularly successful, especially since the volumes exceed 10 million dollars over the last 24 hours .

The token should also be listed on the South Korean platform Bithumb , before most likely making its entry on other platforms.

For the moment, it’s hard to know how far Efforce and its WOZX token will take us. However, with Steve Wozniak at the helm, this new project may become a staple in some time.

With the goal of democratizing the $ 250 billion market for energy efficiency projects, will Efforce succeed in repeating Apple’s feat of expanding access to personal computers?

Paris Blockchain Week: summary of the event

The 2020 edition of Paris Blockchain Week (PBWS) will take place on December 9 and 10.

The event will take place in a fully virtual format, with over 160 scheduled speakers.

BeInCrypto is the event’s media partner

Paris Blockchain Week (PBWS), one of the largest European conference on blockchains and cryptocurrencies, is back with a 100% virtual format that will bring together 1,700 participants, 160 of the best speakers in the sector, 100 media partners and more than 70 sponsors.

Some of the leading speakers already confirmed for Paris Blockchain Week include Changpeng Zhao, founder and CEO of Binance , Ryan Selkis, co-founder and CEO of Messari , Arthur Breitman, early architect of Tezos, Ben Livshits, researcher in Head of Brave Software, Ryan Zurrer, Founder of Dialectic, Kathleen Breitman, Co-Founder of Coase, Emin Gün Sirer, Founder and CEO of Ava Labs and over 160 others.

All the elements that make the PBWS special have in fact been reproduced on a digital platform so that all participants, speakers and sponsors can participate online, anywhere in the world

Speakers can make presentations on virtual stages, sponsors can exhibit in a virtual exhibition hall, and attendees can engage in a one-to-one video network through a dedicated app.

This event is supported by the French Minister of Economy and Finance, the Secretary of State for Digital, and La French Tech.